Do Humidifiers Help? How to Combat Denver’s Low Humidity Effects

If you think Death Valley is dry, you may have never stopped to think about the air in your own backyard. The humidity in Denver homes without humidifiers can drop below 10 percent, resulting in a myriad of problems. These problems can extend well beyond dry skin and general discomfort — dry air and low humidity can cause damage to your home as well as inhibit your family’s personal health. We’ll talk about what humidity is, how it relates specifically to the Denver area, and what you can do to … [Read more...]

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Now that we’re past the hottest point of the year here in Denver, CO, there’s no better time than now to get started on fall home maintenance. Fall Home Maintenance Checklist Getting your home winter-ready now means less work for you when that first big snow hits the Front Range. We’ve compiled our top fall home maintenance tips to help you better prepare your home for the colder months ahead. Fall HVAC Tips Transitioning from summer to winter means switching from cooling to heating your … [Read more...]

The Best Tips for Efficiently Heating an Old House

They say what’s old can be made new again, and that statement definitely rings true for houses. While old homes can offer sufficient shelter and a genuine charm that’s hard to come by with modern homes, they can also come with their own set of challenges — including being less able to retain heat during the cold winter months. A lack of heating efficiency in older houses is a common issue due to a number of factors. Old heating systems, poor insulation, and old doors and windows that don’t … [Read more...]

Common Boiler Problems to Watch for in Your Home

This article provides you with an understanding of basic boiler parts and maintenance as well as common problems to watch for so you’ll know when to call in a professional. Your boiler keeps your home warm in the winter by producing and then circulating hot water or steam throughout your home. It warms your rooms using small hot water pipes and a pump to heat either through baseboards, radiators or radiant floors. While a furnace is also a heating system, it operates by forcing warm air … [Read more...]

Window Well Maintenance Tips That Help Prevent Basement Flooding

The severe weather in Denver 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. One of the main causes of basement flooding is poor window well drainage or a lack of maintenance of the window well drain. In many instances, this flooding can occur rapidly, resulting in serious water damage. The typical draining mechanism … [Read more...]

What To Do When Your 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. The uncertainty is magnified by a lack of understanding about how boilers work; while many homeowners have a surface-level understanding of furnaces, basic knowledge about boilers is not nearly as widespread. With this in mind, let’s demystify boilers. How do they work? What … [Read more...]

Common Plumbing Problems to Look for When Purchasing a Home

You’re excited!  You’ve found the right home, your offer has been accepted and you want to be sure your new property is in great shape and has no hidden problems before you sign on the dotted line. Do yourself a favor: take advantage of a home plumbing inspection prior to closing, while there’s still time to negotiate repairs if needed. Hiring an experienced plumbing professional as part of your buying decision can save you time and money -- especially if they find something that can be … [Read more...]

How to Shut Off Your 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. Or maybe you have to jiggle the handle a little bit to get the water to stop flowing (that’s a different problem for another article!). But if you need a more permanent way to shut off water, would you know what to do?  Would you know how to locate the main water shut off valve? Are you even sure you know what a valve is or does? If you don’t, … [Read more...]

Drain Cleaning: 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. Fixing a backed-up drain doesn’t take a lot of time or tools, but you might not even have to do this if you take steps to prevent clogs from forming in the first place. Here’s a guide on how to prevent drain clogs and how to fix clogged drains. Prevent Drain … [Read more...]

Fireplace Repair, Troubleshooting, and Maintenance

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. Fireplaces can also create a mood like nothing else can, but in order to reap their benefits a bit of maintenance and the occasional troubleshooting and repair will be required. While some of the repairs and maintenance procedures mentioned here are easy, others are not and may require the … [Read more...]