home repair

Countertop Fixes

Repair kitchen counters that show a history of wine spills, dropped pans, and unidentified sharp objects, and you’ll maintain the value of your kitchen and home. You can easily hide some counter mishaps, while only professional contractors can solve other surface problems.

Here’s a look at counter cures and lost causes.

Granite

 

Even granite counters suffer kitchen wear and tear. But you can make them shine with a little time and know-how. After you fix them, don’t forget to reseal them.

Hot Water Heater Maintenance

Hot water heaters work hard for you, providing warm baths, clean clothes, and sparkling pots and pans.

So show your water heater some love by following a routine maintenance schedule that will keep it running for its 15-year expected lifetime, and perhaps beyond.

Here’s what you need to do:

Adjust the thermostat to 120 degrees. You’ll save up to 5% in energy costs for every 10 degrees you lower the temperature, plus you’ll reduce the risk of scalding.

Fall Home Maintenance

Get your home in peak condition for the winter by following a few of these home maintenance tips.

 

Look for signs of peeling or blistering paint. Besides being unattractive, it’s a sign that the exterior paint film is failing and can no longer protect the siding of the building, leading to wood rot.

 

Deck Maintenance

Decks can be a wonderful spaces to enjoy your yard and nature while having a comfortable spot for a seat and a drink. Here is a list of ideas for deck maintenance to ensure your deck is in peak condition for relaxation and entertaining.

 

Wash the Deck

An unwashed deck is an invitation to mold and mildew, which can cause rot. Here’s how to wash your deck:

Window Leaks and An Energy Audit

Take a close look at your windows, doors, and skylights to stop air leaks, foil water drips, and detect the gaps and rot that let the outside in. You can perform a quick check with a home air-pressure test, or your own energy audit

 
Luckily, these inspections are easy to do. Here’s how to give your house a checkup:

 

How to Check for Air Leaks

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