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Help! How Do I Unfreeze Pipes?

By Dave Judd on Jan 17, 2017

How Do I Unfreeze Pipes

Now that winter has arrived in full force, frozen pipes are a real possibility for homeowners.

This is what happens when your pipes freeze: you go to sleep, the outside temperature drops, and when you wake up, the inside of your home is covered in water. The below-freezing temperatures cause water in your pipes to freeze and expand. If the upstairs pipe has frozen and bursts, then the water…

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Five easy tips to keep your home running smoothly and efficiently

By Dave Judd on Jul 06, 2016

1. Get to Know Your Plumbing System – An important first step in maintaining your home plumbing is knowing where your pipes are. AND, If you had an emergency, would everyone who might be home alone know how to shut off all water? It’s a good idea to share your knowledge of where the shut-off valve for your plumbing is located. We can help if you need assistance on this. The same applies for your main gas shutoff.
2. Checking…

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Pet Odors SOLVED!

By Dave Judd on May 04, 2016

Recently, I leased a rental property to tenants from hell. By the time I realized the property was not being treated well, significant damage was already done. Unbeknownst to me they had brought in four dogs, four ferrets, and miscellaneous birds and cats.

When I finally got my property back I found not only bug infestation but a more serious immediate problem: a horrible odor from animal urine and feces. The stench was overpowering. It took a determined soul to…

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Towel Warmers – You don’t have to be the President’s spouse…

By Dave Judd on Apr 21, 2016

Jackie Kennedy once gave a television tour of a home she had remodeled, and was proud of an item I had never before seen. She had Towel Warmers in her bathrooms. Really? My thinking at the time was “how well-off must you be, to have or to need something like this?”
It was years later before I opened a plumbing and tile showroom. I began traveling to discover all the coolest (but maybe obscure) fixtures and accessories for homeowners, and…

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Why Wi-Fi? ADVANTAGES of a wi-fi thermostat vs. a programmable ‘stat

By Dave Judd on Feb 24, 2016

Your schedule changes every day. Why shouldn’t your thermostat be just as flexible to accommodate that? If you’re coming home from work earlier than expected, the ability to change your thermostat settings from across town is just a simple touch on your phone.  If you’re feeling hot or cold but don’t want to leave the couch, again it’s a simple touch command on your phone. Of course you can still manually change it as well. There are many choices…

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Natural drain cleaners

By Dave Judd on Jan 25, 2016

Why use a natural drain cleaner?
If you’ve ever used crystal draino or another caustic drain-unclogging product, you probably know how dangerous, toxic, and unfriendly these products are to our environment.
None of us intentionally wants to harm our planet, and we all want to enjoy a healthy environment in our homes. Fortunately there are much better alternatives to caustic chemicals. It’s much better to maintain clean piping and to minimize germs with a few easy steps, rather than…

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Do I need to buy a home warranty?

By Dave Judd on Jan 12, 2016

home-warranty
A recent survey stated that 2/3 of home buyers report the failure of two major items in their home within the first year of ownership.  This fact creates a slam dunk for companies offering home buyers a homeowner protection policy.  Typically purchased by the seller, home warranties offer the buyer ‘peace of mind’ protection for the failure of appliances and household systems.
The policies are relatively inexpensive, but there’s a catch. …

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