Summer is officially upon us here in New Hampshire (NH), which means gearing-up for weekend picnics, roasting s’mores by the campfire and dusting off the grill for some weekend barbecues. Aside from all the weekend gatherings and beach visits, the summer months in NH also brings warmer weather and, you guessed it, the need for an air conditioner. With temperatures climbing into the 90’s on some days, performing routine tasks can be difficult and seemingly impossible without the relief of an air conditioner. Once you dig out the portable air conditioner from storage, dust off the spiders and place it in the desired location, you notice the unit is leaking and causing unsightly water damage. What do you do next?
Dryers are one of those appliances in your home where you “set it and forget it.” You throw your freshly washed clothes into the dryer from the washing machine, set the timer and then forget about it until the timer goes off 50 or 60 minutes later. However, did you know that by “setting and forgetting” about the clothes in your dryer, you could be putting your home at risk for a fire? According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), there are over 16,000 reported home fires each year resulting from a clothes dryer, with dust, lint or fiber igniting first in just under 30% dryer fires. So, before you toss your laundry into the dryer without cleaning the vent first or leaving the house to run errands while the dryer is running, there are a few tips to keep in mind to help prevent an unexpected fire.
The attic is a space in your home that you may not venture up to very often. If you’re anything like me, you brave the dark, extremely hot or extremely cold (depending on the time of year) area a few times per year, and that is more than enough! Since the attic is a location in your home that does not get as much traffic as the living room or kitchen, issues such as mold may go unnoticed for quite some time. Mold is one of those words that make New Hampshire (NH) homeowners cringe, as dollar signs and anxiety immediately come to mind when the dreaded green or white-colored enemy is witnessed. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help prevent attic mold and tips on what to do if you find it in your home.
The attic: a space in your home that houses Christmas decorations, bins of seasonal clothes and the occasional tarantula-sized spider that makes you cringe at the thought of venturing up to this dark and desolate space. However, while you may be like me and only make your way up to your home’s attic when you absolutely need to, what many New Hampshire (NH) homeowners do not realize is that this dark, moist area may also be home to mold growth. Since the attic is not as frequented as other locations in the home, mold can form and grow quickly and discretely, and may only become noticed when other issues arise from the growth.
Sump pumps are a great item to have in any home or business, as they help keep the structure dry by pumping water away from it. Sump pumps are especially useful during the spring months when melting snow saturates the ground and builds-up around the structure’s foundation. However, while sump pumps are a great commodity to have, they can fail from time to time, so it is essential to learn what common issues may cause sump pump failure, as this may save you time and costly repairs down the road.
Have you ever woken-up on a chilly winter morning and discovered the pipes in your house were frozen? You turn the knobs on the bathroom sink in frustration, hoping that water will eventually trickle out, but nothing happens. This situation is one that I experienced numerous times as a child, as the pipes in the attic would frequently freeze. While frozen pipes are something many home or business owners never want to experience, it does happen quite often here in New Hampshire (NH), as temperatures often plunge below the freezing mark and cause the water in pipes to freeze. Locations that are most prevalent to frozen pipes are attics, garages and basements, as these areas are often not heated.
Having frozen pipes is something that no home or business owner wants to experience, as it can lead to unsightly water damage, costly repairs and even mold growth. Although the warmth of spring is just around the corner, there is still plenty of time for Old Man Winter to throw some snow, ice and frigid temperatures our way. After all, this is New England, right? So, before you decide to pack away your thermal socks and insulated gloves, it is important to remember that your home or business can still be impacted by February’s frosty temperatures-especially waterlines and pipes.
Many New Hampshire residents are staying warm this winter season by loading up their fireplace with the wood they’ve spent all season cutting, and hoping it lasts long enough to burn away the winter blues. While having a fireplace is a great way to keep your home warm during the winter season, do you know what items are safe to burn? Or better yet, what items you shouldn’t burn in your fireplace? This may seem like a very simple question for some, but for others, throwing some of the wood you’ve cut down from the woods is sufficient enough. Unfortunately, there are many types of wood that are not recommended to be burned in a fireplace, as well as other everyday items such as plastic and newspapers, as these items may cause a chimney fire or result in toxic fumes. So, before you toss the sports section of the newspaper portraying a loss for your favorite team or family photo of everyone wearing matching holiday sweaters into the fireplace, review the below guidelines on what is and isn’t recommended for you to burn.
The holidays are wrapping up, your in-laws have graciously left until the next family gathering, but not before giving you parental advice or cooking recipes that you will only use for them, and now it’s time to take down the holiday decorations. If you’re anything like me, the Christmas tree will be down before New Year’s Day and your fur-children will go back to chewing the kitchen table legs and area rugs. To ensure your holiday season is wrapped up nicer than the bow on the Christmas presents, your friends at Soil-Away have composed a few helpful tips on how to properly dispose of your real Christmas tree.
The holiday season is upon us once again, and it seems like just yesterday that we were barbecuing in the back yard for Memorial Day and watching fireworks on the 4th of July. Now, it’s time to pull out the artificial Christmas tree from underneath the stairs in the basement, and prepare for coming face-to-face with the in-laws once again, as they make comments on how dry the ham is or why your children are not in matching sweaters. However, while many people decorate their homes with artificial Christmas trees, over 30 million people will go out and purchase a real one.