DIY Foundation Repair – Is It Right for You?

By:    |   Published May 29, 2018

Who doesn’t love the feeling of accomplishment? The pride, money savings and bragging rights at the completion of a successful DIY project are just a few of the reasons Americans just love to “do it themselves.” However, not every job around the house – or under it – is best tackled by a fix-it minded homeowner. Is DIY foundation repair right for you?

Just like there’s a difference between installing a new light fixture and rewiring an entire home, sealing a hairline crack and waterproofing the exterior of a home’s foundation are quite different tasks to undertake. Know your limits and trust your gut (or your spouse’s gut!) Don’t put your health or your property at risk.

Tips for Cleaning Mold Off Walls in Your Home

By:    |   Published August 4, 2017

When you find mold, it’s more than just an eyesore. It’s a health risk for you and your family. Your first instinct may be to clean it, but it’s important to know the proper way to handle it. In addition to the potential dangers mold and its spores, improperly cleaning mold off walls in your home will likely allow it to come right back. Read our guide on cleaning mold off walls like concrete, brick and drywall to learn the safest solutions for removing these invasive growths. read more

Black Mold Identification & Stopping It at the Source

By:    |   Published August 1, 2017

House molds are a growing concern in the minds of homeowners across the nation. Regardless of your area’s climate, leaks and cracks can promote mold growth in any nook or cranny of your home. Often, these growths go unnoticed for days, weeks or even months, allowing them to become health hazards and even damage your property. Certain molds are more dangerous than others; black mold identification in particular has become an important topic for property owners. read more

How to Clean Up & Prevent Damage After a Flood in the Basement

By:    |   Published May 26, 2017

Even the most well-prepared homeowners sometimes can’t prevent environmental disasters from happening. Whether it’s a fierce storm or a burst pipe, flooded basements are a reality that affects hundreds of thousands of homes each year. What can you do to minimize the damage from a flood in the basement? Read our tips on the proper way to handle basement flooding, including recommendations on how to protect yourself before they happen. read more

Protect Your Home from Water Damage with DIY Rain Gutter Repair

By:    |   Published April 26, 2017

Your gutter system is one of the most important parts of your home. Unfortunately, it’s one of the most common things that homeowners forget about until there’s a problem. Don’t let out of sight be out of mind – when your gutter isn’t functioning correctly, it could mean major damage! While waterproofing your basement is a good start, damaged gutters can affect your home’s siding and even the roof if not corrected in time. read more

The Best Spring Outdoor Maintenance Tips: Is Your Home Optimized?

By:    |   Published March 17, 2016

Who would’ve believed that Punxsutawney Phil – that weather-predicting groundhog – called for an early spring and this year he was right! Spring has indeed sprung in our area, giving us the chance to finally step outside and breathe the fresh air without putting on a parka. And warm weather may trigger thoughts of spring home maintenance. read more

DIY Basement Waterproofing: Tips and Things to Consider

By:    |   Published February 22, 2016

With networks like HGTV and the DIY Network, everyone is a self-proclaimed “Do-It-Yourselfer.” Depending on the size, scale and complexity of a project, the DIY approach can be a great solution. Not only can DIY projects save you money, but they also give homeowners a sense of pride and personal investment in their home. On the flip side, a DIY project gone bad can cause homeowners great devastation. read more

Signs of Termites in Your Home? 5 DIY Tips to Preventing Infestation

By:    |   Published November 5, 2015

Pests in the home is a problem that every homeowner will inevitably face. Contrary to popular belief, pests are a problem during all seasons – even in the colder months! No matter how cold it is outside, pests can find a way into the home. Out of all the pests, termites are the most well known and have the ability to cause the most visible damage. Are there signs of termites in your home? You’ll most likely find termites in the basement or crawl space of your home. read more

Basement Nightmares: Dark, Dank, & Moldy

By:    |   Published October 30, 2015

“I’ll see you tomorrow morning,” Sarah’s mother shouted from the driveway. This is the first time Sarah was invited to a slumber party and not just any slumber party, but one hosted by, Jennifer, the most popular girl in sixth grade. Sarah desperately wanted to fit in, after all, she was turning twelve next month. I’m practically an adult, she thought to herself. read more

Basement Nightmares: The Not So Itsy Bitsy Spiders

By:    |   Published October 27, 2015

Mary is a wife, mother, and entrepreneur who owns her own online retail business. On one particularly dark and stormy night in October, Mary finds herself home alone. Her husband is out of town on business, and her two children are sleeping over at a neighbor’s house. She finally gets some much needed alone time. read more