Tag Archives: upkeep

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

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

DIY vs. Professional Work

The summer heat is cooling off, storm season is all but gone, fall is setting in, and it’s time to take on those home renovations you started in the spring with a full head of steam. While you’re prioritizing your renovation checklist, some of your projects seem tedious. Do It Yourself or hire a professional?… read more

Gutter Care, Maintenance, and Cleaning Tips

The warm weather has now arrived, which means that many people across the country are beginning to tackle spring cleaning projects both indoors and outdoors. One outdoor project that often gets overlooked, however, is cleaning out your home’s gutters. Ensuring your gutters are cleared from debris is an important step in protecting your home and… read more

Caring for Vinyl Siding

  Vinyl siding gives homes the look and charm of traditional wood without the related issues of rotting, splitting, etc., making it the most popular siding on option on the market today. However, it’s important not to mistake “low-maintenance” with “no-maintenance,” as every type of siding requires at least some periodic upkeep to keep it… read more