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Yes! Dirty and clogged air filters waste money on energy costs and cause damage to your HVAC system. #1 reason for HVAC system failure? Dirty air filters. #1 reason for dirty air filters? YOU! Despite our best intentions, calendar reminders, or strings we tie to our finger, we generally forget to change the filters. What's the Big Deal with a Dirty Air Filter? A dirty filter r...

Many homeowners have homes with asphalt shingle roof coverings with streaks- i.e., lighter here, darker there. Take a peek at the photo and guess which areas are stained - lighter or darker? We hope it's obvious but if it's not, the darker areas are actually stained brown or black from algae. Don't worry if you got the wrong answer, lighter areas often are misdiagnosed as stains when, in...

Summer energy bills skyrocket just like fireworks when it’s steaming hot outside. Here’s a list of five cost-saving methods to help you declare independence from high energy costs. +1F:-3% It's a simple ratio. For each 1F increment above 72F, you save about 3% on your cooling expenses. Now, we’re not math geniuses, but if your monthly energy bill is $250 and you increase your thermostat fr...

Never fear, June is here- and it’s National Safety Month. Think you’ve heard it all before? Think again. It’s always good learning or refreshing how home safety can help prevent you and your family from getting hurt. One Size Does Not Fit All Home Safety. What comes to mind when you hear those two words together? Keeping your toddler or infant safe? Keeping your kids or teenagers safe? Keeping y...

The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain. A classic lyric from a classic musical. But unfortunately, 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 2,0...

Whether we have a 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. Chances are that your deck is safe, but we’ve all witnessed news reports of critical injuries, which occur every summer after a deck collapses without warning. You’re certainly welcome to search “deck collapse” or “deck accid...

Pools are like relationships: complicated! But a pool also is just like any other property investment: Maintain = Enjoy vs. Neglect = Regret. Why It Matters: How Many Pools? Pools are a big market all over the nation- and world! According to the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP), there are over 9 million pools, with 350,000 coming on line every year. California, Florida, Texas ...

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...