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Home Care Advice

Your time is valuable. And the fact that you’re here means you take care of your home and would like to make a simple fix yourself. Our contractors are quick and punctual but that still leaves you taking time out of your day for what often turns out to be a repair you could easily accomplish in just a few minutes.

Homeowners have found the information below to be so useful you may want to tuck away the link to this page and return over and over as you encounter some of the challenges of owning a home.

Fix a Running Toilet

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Allowing your toilet to run can waste up to 2 gallons of water per minute. Imagine what that will cost if left unchecked.

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Helpful Hints for Extreme Cold

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When temperatures drop to dangerous levels, there are a number of precautions you can take to protect the systems in your home.

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How to Reset Your Garbage Disposal

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Your garbage disposal is a tough appliance. But if you put the wrong thing down the drain it’ll jam. Avoid the obvious–no solids, silverware, eggshells–and it’ll run smoothly. If your disposal only hums and doesn’t seem to grind and drain food then chances are you’ve merely jammed it. Eventually, your drain will clog and lead to even greater expense and inconvenience.

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How to Replace a Thermostat Battery

If you have a programmable thermostat, chances are good that it has a battery. Like any battery, the one in your thermostat must be replaced regularly to keep your thermostat–and heating and cooling system–operating correctly.

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How to Clean Your Air Conditioner Condensate Line

When you see water running from the area of your furnace and air conditioner, chances are there is a clog in your condensate line.

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How to Reset a GFCI Outlet

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A ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is a safety feature required usually when an outlet is installed near water–bathrooms, kitchens, exterior fixtures. They are designed to trip when a current imbalance occurs. When this happens, it’s easy to reset the outlet.

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How to Light a Gas Furnace

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While some newer gas furnaces have an electrical apparatus that ignites the gas, older ones typically have a pilot light that can be relit if it goes out.

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How to Turn Off a Water Heater

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Your water heater is designed to last a long time. But from time to time, you may need to know how to turn off a water heater even if just for cleaning or maintenance. If your water heater starts leaking, you’ll want to turn it off before it can do damage and until someone arrives to make repairs. Remember, you’ll need to turn off the gas (or electric) and water supplies.

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How to Change or Clean a Furnace Filter

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One of the most common reasons we see for unnecessary service calls on furnaces is a failure to change the filter regularly.

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How to Remove Drywall

No one wants to look at pipes and wires in their home so that’s why we put them behind drywalled walls and ceilings. When those lines fail, we realize that identifying and getting to the problem may not be so easy. Removing drywall doesn’t require any special tools or skills.

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