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A home exterior with excellent curb appeal.

Taking Care of Our Most Valuable Asset

Our homes are more than just structures; they are our sanctuaries, our safe havens. Whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, maintaining a pristine house and yard is essential. Not only does it enhance your quality of life, but it also has several tangible benefits. Taking care of our most valuable asset is crucial and how it can positively impact our well-being, finances and community relationships.

The Value of a Pristine Home

1. Financial Benefits

  • Higher Resale Value: A well-maintained home and yard can significantly increase its resale value. When it comes time to sell, potential buyers are drawn to properties that exude curb appeal and cleanliness. A fresh coat of paint, neatly trimmed hedges and a clutter-free interior can make a world of difference.
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Septic Maintenance

Thanks to Inspectology and Young Septic Services for this handy septic maintenance information.

Maintaining a septic system is crucial to ensuring it functions properly and lasts a long time. Here are some things a homeowner can do to maintain their septic system:

Regularly pump the septic tank

Pumping the septic tank is important to remove solids that have settled at the bottom of the tank. This can certainly cause blockages and potentially damage the system. How often the tank needs to be pumped will depend on factors such as the size of the tank, the number of people in the household, and the amount of wastewater generated.

Watch what goes down the drain

Be mindful of what is flushed down the toilet and poured down the drain...

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pesky gutter issues

Don’t Lose a Home Sale Over Pesky Gutter Issues

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about pesky gutter issues.

When you picture the most sought after features of a home, you probably imagine things like brand new kitchen appliances, a spacious deck, or plenty of yard space. It’s likely that functioning gutters wouldn’t be anywhere near the top of the list. The only time we really think about our gutters is when they are malfunctioning. However, malfunctioning gutters can decrease the value of clients attempting to sell their home and introduce a slew of issues for new homeowners.

The Importance of Functioning Gutters

Every year, homeowners’ insurance companies pay out roughly $2.5 billion in water damage-related losses. 37% of homeowners have claimed losses due to water issues...

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When is it time for an air duct cleaning?

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Air ducts need to be cleaned every 3-5 years.

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about cleaning your air ducts.

Air duct cleaning is an essential part of maintaining your home, but it can be hard to tell when you’re overdue for a visit from Clean Sweep Maryland. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends a professional cleaning every 3-5 years. Some conditions warrant a visit more frequently.

What Are the Benefits of an Air Duct Cleaning?

Air duct cleaning is great for improving indoor air quality and removing household allergens associated with asthma-like symptoms. Dust mites, pollen, pet danger and dust all enter the air and are sucked into your home’s air ducts.

When the ducts are not cleaned on a regular basis, the dirty air...

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Prevent Pipes from Freezing

Thanks to Tom Benisch of State Farm for this episode of Tips from the Pros on preventing pipes from freezing.

Frozen Pipes Could Be a Big Problem, One That May Be Prevented

frozen pipes can be a big problem

What’s worse than a major home maintenance disaster? Try several major home maintenance disasters at once. When a house’s water pipes freeze, the situation is not as simple as calling a plumber. A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.

Frozen water pipes are a problem in both cold and warmer climates, affecting a quarter-million families each winter, and it can happen in homes with both plastic and copper pipes. It’s all too common, especially considering this damage is largely preventable.

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