Spring fixes to protect your home from the elements

Spring fixes to protect your home from the elements

After a rough winter in many areas of the country, spring has been no fling. Insurance claims for damage from hail, wind, and sewer and sump pump backups spike in the spring, according to Travelers. With snow shovels stashed, now’s a good time to inspect your house for any damage that may have occurred over the winter while your were inside keeping warm. Here are some steps to take to prevent further harm from wild weather.  

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5 easy appliance fixes you can do yourself

5 easy appliance fixes you can do yourself

In Consumer Reports recent report “Repair or replace,” we advise consumers not to spend more than 50 percent of the cost of a new item to repair the old one. But not every problem needs a repair technician. Here are five easy fixes you can do yourself for as little as $ 2.

Refrigerators. If it seems to run constantly, dirt and debris might be coating the condenser coil. (See the manual for the location.)
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Quick fixes for unhealthy indoor air

Quick fixes for unhealthy indoor air

As temperatures fall, windows and doors stay shut, leading to stale, pollutant-prone indoor air. In fact, indoor air is often more problematic than the air outside, even for people living in smog-ridden, traffic-choked cities. But there are simple ways to mitigate the effects without going to the expense of a whole-house air purification system.

Vacuum regularly. This is one of the best ways to eliminate dust, dander, mold, mildew, and other allergens in the home. The models that do best in (read more)