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With the cooler months approaching, it’s important to make sure your fireplace and chimney are in good working order. In last week’s article, we worked with Jeff Peterson from the DC area’s Potomac Services to cover some of the firebox-specific issues you might...
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Depending on where you live, your fireplace could get used consistently or simply exist as a design element that’s fired up just once or twice a year. Regardless, whenever you’re playing with fire, it’s a good idea to be extremely careful and well informed about the safety hazards...
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The words “black mold” can strike fear into the hearts of even the most dauntless of homeowners, and with good reason. Scientifically known as Stachybotrys chartarum, black mold is different from other types of household mold in that exposure to this toxic mold is...
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If you have carpeted floors, you’ve likely heard plenty of tips and tricks for how to keep your carpet clean. What you may not have heard is that some of those shortcuts can actually be more harmful than helpful in the long run. Be careful not to fall into a carpet cleaning...
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Dust, which consists of itty-bitty particles of just about everything, remains the undefeatable foe of housecleaning—there is simply no way to eliminate it. Nevertheless, preventing dust buildup is essential because all those seemingly harmless dust bunnies can actually be bad...
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The initial idea behind Best Pick Reports was simple: go straight to the source—homeowners—and gather invaluable data on company performance in a variety of categories. What began as a door-to-door review aggregation service is now backed by a robust database of hundreds ...
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Despite thousands of years of domestication, cats have never really abandoned their wild natures. Cat toys that mimic tiny rodents or birds flood store shelves because our feline friends have yet to shed their desire to hunt. Even the flabbiest tabby takes a primal delight...
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In assessing and managing trees, there should be a balance between the benefits the tree provides and the risks it poses to the individual and the property...
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The pantry is one of the most frequently accessed parts of a house, and as such, it can easily get out of control. Depending on the size of your pantry, you may not have room for a lot of clutter. Transform your labyrinth of pasta boxes and preserves with some of our pantry...
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At the end of a busy day, a homeowner needs a tranquil space for relaxation, not a cluttered bedroom. Messy surroundings can make it difficult to fall asleep, causing serious health consequences. While the previous installments in this series on weekly chores focused on...
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