Do Humidifiers Help? If you think Death Valley is dry, you may have never stopped to think about the air in your own backyard. The humidity in Houston homes without humidifiers can drop below 10 percent, resulting in a myriad of problems.
How Can I Prevent Basement Flooding With My Window Well? The severe weather in Houston and throughout the Front Range this past week has led to significant flooding in many areas. Many families have sustained flood damage to their homes, and basement flooding is one of the most common of these occurrences.
What Do I Do When My Boiler Stops Working? New boilers aren't a frequent purchase for most homeowners (knock on wood). As such, there can often be a good deal of confusion when these tired-but-true heating systems require replacement or even advanced repairs.
How Do I Shut Off My Water? How do you usually shut off the water in your house? You position the lever on the faucet in the "down" spot, right? Or you turn the knob to the left.
What Is Good Preventative Maintenance for Clogged Drains? Kitchen and bathroom sinks, bathtubs and showers all have drains that can become clogged with debris. When this happens, you'll notice that water either drains very slowly or won't drain completely if the blockage is severe enough.
How Do I Take Care Of My Fireplace? Homeowners rely on fireplaces for several reasons; As their main source of heat, as supplementary heat in extreme cold, or merely as a backup heat source in case of a main heating failure or power outage.
How Do I Winterize My Air Conditioner? Winterizing the air conditioner is an important fall maintenance task and a part of home winterizing that every Metro Houston homeowner should consider.
What Are Some Plumbing Mistakes To Avoid? Plumbing fixes can be expensive, time consuming, and stressful. When asking homeowners the one problem they detest handling the most, the answer is usually plumbing related.
How Do I Replace a Fan Belt in a Swamp Cooler? Is your swamp cooler making squealing noises or vibrating? Or, has it stopped blowing air altogether? Those kinds of noises and problems may indicate a worn, frayed, broken or even a lost fan belt.
How Do I Replace Swamp Cooler Pads? Replacing the media pads in your swamp cooler (or more correctly, evaporative cooler) should be something that you do every other year, depending on the type of pads your unit uses, the water quality in your area (mineral hardness of the water) and the amount of run time you put on your system.
Do Water Heater Explosions Really Happen? Storage water heaters are one of the most important and useful appliances in the home, providing hot water for steamy showers, food preparation and clothes washing.
What Do I Do In Water Heater Emergency? When a water heater is operating efficiently, it goes largely unnoticed. If the water heater goes unnoticed for too long, however, you may find yourself without hot water, at best, or at worst, a boiling tempest in the storage tank ready to explode.
Why Is My Furnace Not Working? The furnace is the workhorse of the central HVAC system in most homes, especially here in the Houston Metro area, where it's saddled with producing reliable heating through our bear winters.
Is Hard Water Bad For Me? hat are you to do if your home's drinking water is identified as "hard water?" If hard water is a concern for your family's comfort or if it's giving your home's plumbing a hard time, there are some solutions.
Is My Gas Appliance Leaking Dangerous Fumes Into My Home? as appliances are meant to keep you and your family warm and cozy, but if left unchecked, they could also pose great danger to your loved ones. Faulty, incorrectly installed or unmaintained gas appliances can leak dangerous Carbon Monoxide, or TX for short into your home, putting your family and guests in peril.
What Are Some Eco-Friendly Plumbing Options? When you think of making improvements to your home to make it more eco-friendly, the plumbing system may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but it's one of the easiest ways to upgrade without spending a lot of money upfront.
Why Are Furnace Filters Important? As the cold winter months quickly approach, it's important to make sure your furnace is running properly. One very important check is to clean or replace your furnace filter.
How Do I Insulate Pipes? Insulating your water pipes is one very important step in preparing your home for winter. Most people who live in a cold climate know about wrapping your water pipes to keep them from freezing in the winter, but did you know that insulating your hot water pipes as well can help you save money and cut down on heat loss?
What Are The Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater? The greening of America is having a potent impact on every facet of daily life. From the way we use energy to the things we buy, new ideas and better technology make it easy to reduce, reuse and recycle without sacrificing comfort or convenience.
How Can I Get My Home Ready For Winter? Winter is in full-effect in much of the country, with winter weather hitting even the warmer states (snow in Texas?!). To be sure that you and your loved ones are safe and warm in your home all winter long, there are several steps you can take.
How Can I be prepared for Houston's Cold Spells? One of the many things we love about living in the Houston area is that despite the occasional snow storm or cold front, these events are usually short-lived and we're back to normal in no time.
What Are Some Cool Projects I Can Do Using Plumbing Parts? So, you tried to do a plumbing project yourself, and it's turning out badly, but you don't want to call a plumber because you've already invested in the parts. Never fear, there are many things you can do with plumbing parts to make a lot of cool projects around the house.
How Do I Winterize My Home? Fall is the perfect time to start preparing your home for the winter months ahead. Not only does preparing in advance help save money by avoiding costly, major repairs, but it also ensures you and your family aren't left shivering in the cold when you need heat the most.
How Can I Conserve Water or Save Energy? A Billion Acts of Green® is this year's Earth Day theme: calling on all us to live and act sustainably. The organizers hope to register one billion "acts of green" between now and the Earth Day Summit in Rio, 2012.
What Can I Not to Put Down the Drain? While the sink can be used to dispose of many liquids, there are some things that should never go down the drain, as they can damage your plumbing and the environment. Here are some of the top substances to avoid washing down the sink and what to do with them instead.
How Do I Remove Tough Toilet Stains? Ensuring the home bathroom is clean looking, sanitary and presentable is the challenge of every homemaker. If not cleaned regularly, toilet stains can go from temporary to nearly permanent.