Recent Home Improvement Articles

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Home Improvement
Elizabeth Michael

How to Keep Your Garage Pest-Free

Pests often seek shelter in warm, dark spaces, and your garage often fits that description. Here are some helpful tips to let these guests know they're not welcome in your garage — and how to keep them out.

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Home Improvement
Elizabeth Michael

Why Do My Drains Smell Bad?

Walking past your sink and catching a whiff of strong odor can definitely be jarring, and the underlying causes of stinky drains can range from minor blockages to serious plumbing issues.

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Home Improvement
Katelynne Shepard

How to Prevent Pipes From Freezing During a Power Outage

Cold weather can lead to frozen pipes that could burst and cause leaks and serious damage. An ounce of prevention is worth ... well, gallons of cure.

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Home Improvement
Elizabeth Michael

What to Do if Your Sewer Backs Up

When a sewer line backs up, it can affect multiple drains in your home at the same time, sometimes leading to flooding, water damage and a host of plumbing issues. Here's how to handle a sewer line backup and how to prevent potential backups in the future.

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Home Improvement
Shelley Frost

Why Does My Bathroom Smell Like a Sewer?

Is the smell in your bathroom a little off (and not for obvious reasons)? Troubleshoot bathroom sewer smells with this guide.

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Home Improvement
Gwen Case

Are There Different Types of Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are dreaded pests that bring images of bulging eyes and dirty brown bodies to mind. But what if you see a bug that doesn't quite match your mental picture of a roach?

SUmp pump battery backup and alarm
Home Improvement
Sandy Hess

Alert: Here's What to Know About Sump Pump Alarms

A sump pump alarm is an electronic device that monitors the water level in your sump pump’s basin. While the sound of this alarm doesn’t necessarily mean there’s an emergency, it does mean you need to take action.

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Home Improvement
Michael Franco

Can You Leave Small Appliances Plugged in?

The decision to leave small appliances plugged in when not in use is a balancing act between convenience and energy conservation. This guide can help.


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