QUIZ: Are You a Home Maintenance Maven?
Think you’re a home maintenance whiz? Check to see if your house is in tip-top condition with this quiz.  
Arizona back yard with pool
Water conservation has become a way of life for most Phoenix residents, but it’s becoming even more important during the current drought, city water officials say. Here’s a checklist from…
Home with Roll-Off Trash Bin for Renovation Waste
Can’t wait to try out the textured plastering technique you just saw on “This Old House”? Do you always put down the power drill when “Renovation Realities” is on? Could…
spot hail damage
Depending on where you live, hail can be either a sporadic, mildly irritating event or a potentially devastating, destructive threat. According to the National Weather Service, hailstones fall to earth…
greywater systems
Hundreds of thousands of gallons of water literally go down the drain each year from your household appliances. In fact, an average family of four uses 400 gallons every day,…
Daylight Saving Home Maintenance Tasks
Updated March 2015 It may not feel like it after the winter we’ve had, but spring is approaching, along with one of the annual rites of the season. At 2…
prevent pipes from freezing
Granted, Benjamin Franklin had fire safety in mind when, in 1736, he famously advised Philadelphians that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” But his words could…
Chicago Tops Bedbug ‘Cities’ List: 5 Ways To Keep The Critters at Bay
For the second year in a row, Chicago has topped the list of cities with bedbug infestations, according to a just-released report by pest control company Orkin. The list ranks cities…
Are Icicles a Sign of an Ice Dam?
Perhaps you saw them around the holidays: white or blue outdoor lights that simulate trickling icicles. Or greeting cards that depict houses with large icicles hanging from the gutters. While…
Phoenix Officials Add a Few More ‘Rs’ to the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Mantra
When it comes to waste, most people are familiar with the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle. But the City of Phoenix is adding two more to the mix: reconsider and reimagine.…