Posts by Andrea Bledsoe


  • What Homeowners Need To Know During National Fire Prevention Week

    Posted by Andrea Bledsoe on October 8th, 2014

    This week, October 5 – 11, is National Fire Prevention week and time to revisit safety protocols that will help you protect your family and home from fire risk. Cooking Safety The kitchen is a popular room for families to gather, but it can also be one of the most dangerous rooms in the home if your cooking practices are not safe ones. The following behaviors

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  • Water Quality Tips For Your Home

    Posted by Andrea Bledsoe on August 4th, 2014

    August is National Water Quality Month so we’re wondering, have you tested your water quality lately? Water is one of the most important things that we consume so we should make sure that the quality is consistently up to par. If your water comes from a public water system, the water is monitored and tested, and the results are reported to federal or state agencies that mak

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  • Everything You Need To Know About Hiring A Contractor Part 3 Of 3

    Posted by Andrea Bledsoe on March 5th, 2014

    Part III: Contractor Contracts 101 After you've compiled a list of contractor candidates, detailed in part I of this series, and completed your research on potential contractors, detailed in part II, it's time to talk contracts. Remember the number one rule for every project: Insist on a written contract, even if not required to by your state. Your contr

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  • Everything You Need To Know About Hiring A Contractor Part 2 Of 3

    Posted by Andrea Bledsoe on March 4th, 2014

    Part II: Research Your Strongest Prospective Contractors Start your homework to pare down the list you compiled after reading Part I of this series. Ask the key questions. Getting satisfactory answers to these questions will help you narrow down your search: How long have you had your business? You want to hire a company that is well established. You

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  • Everything You Need To Know About Hiring A Contractor Part 1 Of 3

    Posted by Andrea Bledsoe on March 3rd, 2014

    Part I: Compile A List Of Contractor Candidates Know the type of contractor you need. Before contacting a contractor for your project, it is a good idea to figure out exactly what you want done in your home. What do you want the renovation to look like in the end? It’s important to be able to be specific about what you want done when you meet with a contractor or an

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  • Air Quality Series On Air Duct Cleaning Part 3 Of 3

    Posted by Andrea Bledsoe on February 21st, 2014

    Preventing Air Ducts From Getting Wet There should not be any moisture in your air ducts. The most effective way to prevent the growth of biological organisms in the air ducts is to control the moisture. Moisture can get into your duct system by way of leaks or if the system was installed or serviced improperly. According to research, a major factor in the presence of

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  • Air Quality Series On Air Duct Cleaning Part 2 Of 3

    Posted by Andrea Bledsoe on February 20th, 2014

    Determining Whether The Duct Cleaning Job Was Thorough The best way to check that your heating and cooling system is now clean is a thorough visual inspection. Your service provider may take photos to show you what the condition is inside the ducts. Every part of the system should appear clean. You should not be able to see any debris. Before work begins, show your service prov

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  • Air Quality Series on Air Duct Cleaning Part 1 Of 3

    Posted by Andrea Bledsoe on February 19th, 2014

    February is National Care About Your Indoor Air Month and there is limited knowledge about how beneficial it is to have your air ducts cleaned and about possible problems with doing so. There are different conditions in everybody’s home, so it isn’t possible to make general statements about whether or not it would be helpful to have your air ducts cleaned. To find out if you sh

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  • Protect Against The Hazards Of Lead-Based Paint In Your Home Part 3 Of 3

    Posted by Andrea Bledsoe on January 27th, 2014

    What Homeowners Should Know About Lead-Based Paint Repairs And Renovations The EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair And Painting (RRP) Rule Repairs, renovations and even painting projects can disrupt lead-based paint and create harmful dust and paint chips. Firms that make repairs, perform renovations or do painting projects in homes, preschools or childcare facilities

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