Home Works Blog

Thanks for visiting our home improvement blog! Here you'll find some great information on saving money, staying comfortable in your home, and keeping your family healthy and safe in all seasons and weather. From furnaces to air conditioners to energy audits and carbon monoxide, our blog will keep you up to date.

Alarming News

As wintertime quickly approaches, the thought of your furnace or electricity going out while you are away from your home, cabin, or office, would be nothing short of disastrous! Frozen and busted plumbing pipes can flood a home in an instant leaving thousands of dollars in damage that could have otherwise been easily avoided.

A Freeze Alarm can give you peace of mind and save you countless thousands in repair damages. Here’s how it works.

Concerning Hot or Cold Rooms

Doesn’t it seem like there’s always one room in your home that doesn’t quite act right when it comes to staying the proper temperature?

 You walk over to try and feel any air coming out of the register and find that there’s not enough for even a warm thought. If this is the case, a simple duct booster fan could be your warm, affordable solution.

 These booster fans are just as simple as they sound. Just like this one here, they fit right into your existing heat piping and can deliver twice as much air flow as what you were previously getting.

Wintertime Warmth

A lack of humidity in our homes can cause breathing problems, dry, itchy skin, damage to the woodwork in our homes and feeling all around much colder than we normally should. A “whole house” humidifier is a wonderful solution to feeling better and saving money.

How To Handle Frozen Water Pipes

Frozen water pipes due to extremely low temperatures are very common here in Michigan, but it’s just the first step. The next step is busted water pipes, so when they freeze, you have to act quickly… and that’s where the trouble starts.

 So what’s the fastest way to thaw a water pipe? With a blow torch of course! Now, that’s also so the fastest way to burn down your home as we’ve seen a few times already in winters past. Here are some better ways to handle frozen pipes so you won’t need a new house when you’ve finished.

Duct Cleaning… For The Health of Your Home

Most people are now aware that indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern. After even as short a period as 10 years, your ductwork may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home's living space. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people that can become an extreme health hazard.

 

The Home with a Silver Lining

 

Here’s a relatively new product that’s vital for a safe and comfortable homeI’m referring to a stainless steel chimney liner. Flue or chimney liners protect masonry chimneys from the corrosive effects of flue gases. Flue gases are acidic and eat away the mortar joints of unlined chimneys.

Back Up Generators

Power outages can literally be devastating! Basement flooding from no sump pump power, food spoilage from a refrigerator or freezer not running and even medical equipment such as breathing machines and oxygen generators that cannot operate without a valid power source. Want an automatic solution that can save you thousands of dollars the very first time you find yourself without power due to damaged electrical wires or severe storms?

How to Detect and Handle a Natural Gas Leak

The gas we use to cook with, heat our homes and even warm our water is nothing to be afraid of, but it is necessary to be aware of the dangers it can present if there’s a leak or if the piping that carry’s the gas is worn or damaged. Here are some danger signs to watch for that indicate you may have a natural or propane gas leak.

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