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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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Monday, November 18, 2019   /   by John Briley

Heat it Up! Getting Your Central Heating System Ready for Winter

As winter slowly approaches, it is time to give some thought to your homes heating system.  While we are fortunate in the Upstate area to not have long periods of bitter cold, the last thing you want as a homeowner is to have your heat go out for a cold snap.  If you haven't given it any thought, it is time to get moving before old man winter arrives.
 
Heating 101 
 
New owners and seasoned owners alike may have little knowledge of home repairs and routine maintenance.  There are plenty of easy tasks to complete that will help to improve your heating system's performance during the colder months.  Below are some easy DIY items to complete this weekend:
 
Change your air filters.  Your HVAC system will do its best when your filters are regularly replaced.  The filter gets dirty over time and will have a harder time filtering the air and allowing your system to breathe.  When this happens, the air being pulled through the ...

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  heating & air, homeowner, winter prep

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