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Get That Deck Ready For Summer!

Honest Home Podcast, Season 1

It’s officially spring! After a rather rough winter, we needed a break from Doom & Gloom podcasts. This week we’re talking decks – how to ensure they’re ready for spring, and how to maintain them. We touch on patios a bit, too!

And we discuss our Maintenance Inspection service for existing home owners who simply want to know what needs fixing around the house.


Deck Checklist

  • Railings are secure
  • Spindles are secure and spaced at most 4″ apart
  • Boards are free of rot
  • No raised nail or screw heads
  • Stairwell handrail is adequate for support and firmly secured
  • Deck finish is free of peeling (if painted) and not faded (if stained)
  • Deck finish repels water
  • From a distance, the deck appears level with no signs of heaving

Under-deck gutter system.

Under-deck gutter system.

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Before and after cleaning view of an AC unit

Central Air Unit Maintenance

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Mystery Plants and Garden Planning

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Fireplace with a wood burning insert

Fireplaces, Wood Stoves, and Chimneys

This week we dive into all things fire! Fireplaces, wood stoves, and chimneys all require regular maintenance in order to function properly and SAFELY! Now that the burning season is more or less over, this is the best time to have the fire-heat system in your home...

Working with kids

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Electrical panel

Electricity!

Most of what we cover in this episode is: Electricity can kill you. Never hesitate calling a licensed electrician to handle the work for you. Having said that, we do cover some homeowner DIY basics - swapping out lights, switches, and outlets. We also discuss common...

All About Ice Dams

In this episode we tackle that seasonal foe, ice dams. We describe what causes ice dams, how to prevent and/or remove them safely, and take a look at the role your attic ventilation and insulation plays in the formation of ice dams. We also discuss Zonolite, an...
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