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Wednesday, November 3, 2021   /   by Melisa Kern

It's Time to WINTERIZE Your Home

Here are a few tips for preparing your home for winter:

Protect Your Pipes
Depending on the region of the United States you're in, you'll need to protect your pipes from bursting this winter.
Time to Weatherproof
Weather stripping or installing storm doors and windows will prevent cold air from entering your home or heat from escaping it, which will reduce your power bills. Door sweeps are also an effective and easy way to keep the cold out.
Clean the Gutters
Cleaning your gutters is an important part of winter prep. A good rule of thumb is to have the gutters cleaned as soon as the last leaves have fallen in the autumn. To prevent clogging, inspect and clean the gutters of leaves and other debris. Clean gutters will also allow melting snow to drain properly.
If you want to avoid gutter cleanings, consider gutter guards. They can be made of stainless steel or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and will help keep out leaves, pine needles, roof sand grit and other debris from your gutte ...

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021   /   by Melisa Kern

16 Things Every Homeowner Should Know

What happens if your toilet overflows? Or the water line ruptures and floods your kitchen?Homeownership is a big step, and comes with a lot of responsibility. Here is a list of basic things every homeowner should know. 
How to Fix a Running Toilet
If your toilet is running water nonstop, it’s a must-fix situation or else your water bill will wash you away. So it’s a good idea to get acquainted with what you see when you lift the top of the toilet tank (it’s called the flush valve assembly, by the way). Sometimes the fix is as simple as repositioning a part of the assembly, but if that doesn’t solve your problem, you may need to replace it.
 
How to Unclog a Drain
Harsh, pricey chemicals shouldn’t be your first option when a sink drain gets clogged — better to keep a small plunger and a drain snake on hand to work out the problem mechanically. After you’ve removed the primary clog, clean out the smelly gunk by putting a cup of; ...

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Thursday, December 10, 2020   /   by Rachel Dickerson

2020 Holiday Season vs. COVID-19

The Holidays are looking a little different this year... 
Christmas is a special time of year! Typically, you would be attending large family gatherings, cooking/baking with family and friends, or maybe joining crowds at the mall to get the Holiday deals. Luckily, being social is not something you have to miss out on this year. You can still do traditions with your family and friends, it might just have to be virtual! 
“Because of the technology available to us today, we actually have the ability to speak to and see our family and friends in real time. While it may feel weird to use video instead of being in person, it truly can make you feel closer together during this season,” said Dr. Berson- Prisma Health. 

Here is a List of 10 Socially Distant ideas for Your 2020 Holiday season: 

1. Send Your Holiday Cards
2. Decorate a Gingerbread House 
3. Christmas Movie Night
4. Take a Drive around Greenville to see Holiday Lights 
5. Send 1 ...

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020   /   by Rachel Dickerson

How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

Some local governments require that sellers provide buyers with a detailed home inspection while giving the buyer the option to obtain their own inspection. In other parts of the country, the seller only provides disclosures, and the buyer pays for their own home inspection.
Whether you're producing a seller's home inspection for the buyer or expecting the buyer's home inspector to show up on your doorstep, it's best to be prepared!

1. Clean the house. 
A clean home says that you care about the house. It's a good idea to make a good impression. Don't make the mistake of thinking inspectors can see past dirt and clutter, because they can't.
2. Be on Time
Have the house ready for inspection at 8:30 if an inspector makes an appointment with you for 9:00 a.m. Sometimes home inspectors are early. It's also common for inspectors to start on the exterior of the home, so leave the shades down or drapes drawn until you're dressed. More than one unprepared seller has been ...

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Thursday, November 21, 2019   /   by John Briley

Outdoor Turkey Frying: Tips and Tricks

Thanksgiving is on its way, and for most of us, that means turkey. In recent years, fried turkey has grown significantly in popularity; this has led to a lot more people deciding to pick up a large fryer and try their hand at frying their own at home. Unfortunately, this has led to a sharp increase in fryer-related accidents as well. Nothing can ruin a Thanksgiving faster than fryer incidents that result in burns, fires or other serious problems.


To that end, let’s look at a few ways to keep your turkey-frying adventures safe. Whether you’re a first-time fryer or a seasoned turkey-frying pro, here are some things to keep in mind to help keep your holiday safe.

Picking the Right Fryer
There are a few different options available when it comes to turkey fryers. You can opt for a propane fryer that heats with a burner or an electric fryer that you need to plug in. Regardless of the option you choose, make sure that it has temperature controls so that you can keep the o ...

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