Storm-Prepping Your Home

The Midwest is pounded by storms every year. Even during a light storm season, there are always a few memorable storms and this will not change anytime soon. When preparing for a Midwest storm season, there are always a few essential items to monitor on the home preparation checklist. Be prepared for a power outage… read more

Spring Cleaning: Home Exterior Edition

Winter is almost over and spring is just around the corner. You have spent the entire winter bundled up in your house, slowly watching dirt and grime build up on the home’s exterior while knowing you cannot wash it in the freezing temperatures. Now that spring is here, it’s time to throw on a spring… read more

8 Ways to Stay Warm in a Cold Garage

The shop can be a person’s simple escape from the world. But when the winter comes, it becomes increasingly difficult to enjoy a DIY project or simply talking with a group of friends when it is 8 degrees outside. Some of the best conversations you ever had were held in that garage, so you push… read more

Interior Problems Caused by Winter and How to Avoid Them

  Midwest winters are harsh on people, but also on plumbing. Broken-down water heaters and clogged, frozen and splitting pipes are all too common during the winter months. These plumbing issues can leave your showers cold, tubs backed-up or even cause costly and permanent damages to the structure and foundation of your home. Here are… read more

11 Tips to Save Energy Costs This Winter

  As Game of Thrones’ great Ned Stark never got the chance to say, winter is here. What’s unique about Midwest weather patterns is that summer and winter reach both extremes of the temperature gauge compared to the rest of the country. It’s blistering hot and humid in the summer, and frigid in the winter,… read more

Quick Fixes for Drafts and Air Leaks

  It’s 9 am on a chilly Sunday morning. You’ve been looking forward to this day—your favorite NFL ream team has a huge game against a division rival. An essential win on their journey to make the playoffs. You wake and put on your casual morning hoodie. You walk into the kitchen to prepare a… read more

Winterizing Your Home Exterior

  Winter weather has already teased Iowa with an underwhelming snowfall in October, and it’s already gifted neighboring Nebraska with a few inches. This is a great reminder to prepare your home for the upcoming winter. Winterizing your home does not just help homeowners save money during the winter months, but it prevents costly damages… read more

Preventing Chimney Fires – Stay Warm AND Safe This Winter

Many people know that keeping their chimney clean is what they’re “supposed” to do, but often times don’t exactly know why. And, sadly, sometimes people learn the true importance of chimney upkeep a little too late…after they’ve been run out of their home by a house full of smoke or, worse yet, after a chimney… read more

Autumn Gutter Prep

With autumn around the corner, it’s a good time to prepare your gutters for the upcoming season. Debris can fall and clog your gutters in the spring and summer months, but your gutters are most susceptible to debris during the autumn months, specifically from falling leaves. Clogged gutters can cause backups and even flooding, so… read more

How to Clean Popular Sidings and Exteriors

Home siding is an often overlooked part of home maintenance. Homeowners see it every day and over time it starts to blend into the background. This often occurs to the point where people begin to simply glance over it. Wear and tear and build-up is unnoticeable on a day-to-day basis, but annual cleaning is essential…. read more