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  1. Should I get gutter guards?

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ID:	11224If you're sick and tired of climbing a ladder to scoop leaves out of gutters, gutter guards and covers may be an answer. However, they're not a replacement for regular gutter cleaning.

    Gutter guards and covers are essentially designed to act as a filter over your gutters in an attempt to block debris from entering your gutter without inhibiting the gutter's ability to draw water away from the roof.

    Although these additions are often advertised ...
  2. How should I maintain my outdoor kitchen?

    With Independence Day in the rear-view mirror but the hottest vacation weeks still ahead this summer, your outdoor entertaining space may be getting a serious workout. It's easy to think of exterior furniture as basically maintenance-free. After all, they're built for outdoor weather and they get rained on all the time, right? But much like your interior, outdoor spaces require some time and attention to keep them in the best possible shape. Follow these tips to maintain your outdoor kitchen and ...
  3. Should I install outdoor lighting?

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ID:	11222Just as you rely on a well-designed lighting plan inside your home, you should pay careful attention to how you illuminate the exterior. Outdoor lighting can ensure your family's safety, improve home security and enhance how you use the space.

    DECORATIVE LIGHTING

    Judicious use of outdoor decorative lights gives your home character. They can be used to highlight flower gardens, decorative architectural components and landscaping. Small, low-voltage ...
  4. How can I ensure my family will be safe in an emergency?

    June is National Safety Month, making it an excellent time to review your family's safety systems and procedures.

    Do you know how to turn off your utilities? An emergency may require you to shut down your water, electrical or gas lines in a pinch. None of these are difficult to do, but you don't want to be fumbling around to figure it out when seconds count. Learn where your home's shutoff points are, and how to access them.

    PREPARE FOR HOME FIRES

    At least ...
  5. How can I prevent summer mold?

    Summer provides ideal conditions for mold growth in many regions of America. The combination of humidity, rainfall and tightly sealed home envelopes help mold grow out of control in a hurry. Fortunately, you can take steps to keep this problem from ever happening. Follow these tips to ensure a mold-free home for the season.

    MOLD PREVENTION

    Mold needs water to grow, so moisture control is your best weapon. Cooking, showering, running the dishwasher and outside air entering ...
  6. How should I pressure wash my house?

    Pressure washing offers a great way to quickly blast dirt and grime from exterior surfaces like driveways and decks, quickly and efficiently freshening up the surface.

    Pressure washing basically uses a water pump and electric or gasoline motor to power a high-pressure hose and sprayer to generate an extremely powerful spray. In some cases, detergents or other chemicals are used to enhance the effect.

    Sometimes, the term is used interchangeably with "power washing," ...
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