Painting Outside or Staining a Deck in Summer Temps

Lifestyle, Senior woman, 50+, paints a deck.

The exterior features of your home, including your deck and siding, are exposed to harsh elements all year round. Untreated wood is bound to rot in wet weather, bleach and crack under the intense summer sun, and freeze over in the winter. Repainting your house or staining your deck in the summer is important to protect these structures from extreme… Continue reading

How to Check Your Water Pressure

Close up of a partly clogged shower head in a bathroom, causing it to putting out so little water

Your home’s water pressure is important. If it’s too low, your dishwasher and washing machine will struggle to do a good job. Showers are also miserable when there’s hardly enough water to lather up. Of course, high water pressure is also problematic. The additional strain on your plumbing system can lead to worn-out joints, burst pipes, and significant water damage.… Continue reading

Potential Wildfire Starters in Summer

A sign in the Yosemite national park warns residents of the high wildfire danger in summer

Wildfires have become increasingly common across North America in recent years. This is especially true in the West where ongoing droughts have left parched soil and dead plants in their wake—in other words, fuel for forest fires. By understanding how wildfires start, we can all do our part to prevent them this summer. What Does Fire Need to Burn? Fire… Continue reading

Potential Summer Weather Hazards

Extreme fire danger warning sign - fires prohibited

Severe weather comes in different forms depending on the time of year. Summer is an especially notorious time for weather-related disasters, with billions of dollars in property damage occurring every year across North America. Can you guess the top five most common summer weather hazards? Here’s a look at each one. Hurricanes Hurricanes are one of nature’s most destructive forces.… Continue reading