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The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plane. A classic lyric from a classic musical. It's just not true. Gravity applies everywhere, including Spain. Unless you live on the moon, gravity always forces water to seek the lowest possible point, which is your home's foundation, basement, or crawl space. Rain, Rain, Go Away! Did you know that when 1" of rain falls on a 2,000 square foot roof...

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. At least until the daily police line-ups are posted to the WWEW (World Wide-Eyed Web). But how do you know that what happens on your deck will stay on your deck? Whether we have a passing fancy for an evening of five-card stud or visits to the casino, gambling with the safety of our deck is akin to playing the odds – the house always wins. We’re no...

Question: Are you a heliophile? Read on and decide for yourself! Pools are great, aren’t they? Lounging lazily, watching the puppy-dog clouds drifting overhead, lollygagging in the shallows, chatting with friends and family on a dreamy summer afternoon, skinny-dipping at midnight under the stars (preferably not under your neighbor’s window). Pools are terrible, aren’t they? Futzing aro...

Imagine. A bright, warm spring morning after a drenching rain shower. You’re perusing the morning paper on your iPad, sipping a cup of coffee, when, out of the corner of your eye, you notice a small insect land lazily on the nearby window sill. Where did that bug come from?  Wait a second, that bug has lots of friends! Termites are Your Quiet Natural Disaster Termites are just bugs, right?...

Alas, poor Yorick, he tested positive for mold. Well, not Yorick, but his abode.  Yorick's home has mold, lots of mold, elevated levels of mold. In this post, we review mold remediation, which is just a fancy way of saying “fixing the mold problem.” And what, pray tell does nutella have to do with all of this? See our previous post about challenges of mold and how best to conduct a mold insp...

You’ve been there, right? Open the pantry, untie the bread bag, drop a slice on the counter, slather liberally with Nutella, commence to munch, and then...upon closer observation...realize that the treasured white slice has various shades of green and gray!  Suppressing the urge to vomit, you wonder what fatal fungi you just consumed. (OK, that’s not really the mold to which we refer, but we li...

It's time to hack your home organization. Here are some GENIUS home organization hacks that you have to try! 1. Drawer Organization At just about $1.50 each, craft board from your local big box home store could be the answer to your drawer dilemmas. Just cut to size and paint and you'll have a custom drawer organizer. Source: KevinAndAmanda.com. We also love the idea we found on Pinterest.com to...

According to realtor.com, summertime ranks a quiet third when it comes to the best and most popular times to sell (Number 1 and 2 being spring and fall). However, there are some perks to the season of which you can take advantage - foliage is in full bloom, light pours through your home highlighting its features, and many people are simply smitten with the sunshine and are eager to call your place...

Question What are those black flakes in my whirlpool tub? Answer Hold your stomach... The black flakes are mold and mildew, bacteria from human skin, oils, soaps, and other junk (use your imagination) that have been allowed to spawn in residual water left behind within the piping from the last time the unit was used. Whirlpool tubs don't drain completely after use; water remains in t...

Since we are currently "enjoying" a cold winter day (week), I thought it fitting to write a couple of posts on "winterization". It is always interesting when I arrive at an inspection to find signs on the windows and doors, as well as the water heater and all of the plumbing fixtures, proclaiming the house to be "winterized." So, what is winterizing, why is it done, and when should it be don...