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  1. How much does sewer cleaning cost?

    In any home, normal wear and tear can cause the main sewer line to eventually back up. This clog can be due to normal blockages from grease and household items or outside problems like encroaching root systems. Whatever the reason, a blocked sewer line is going to cause problems. Resolving the problem should be done as quickly as possible to avoid backups and further cleanup and repair costs.

    While you can purchase a number of products on the market designed to help homeowners tackle ...
  2. What do I need to know about asbestos in my home?

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ID:	11333You probably don't think about asbestos exposure very often. The EPA banned its use in 1989, and after all the news articles about how asbestos causes cancer and mesothelioma, who would want to use it at all?

    But the ban was removed a few years later, and while contractors virtually never use asbestos in residential applications anymore, it remains in millions of homes, especially those built before the 1970s.

    Although asbestos in the home ...
  3. What’s the key to hiring a reputable locksmith?

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ID:	11332Locksmithing may be the ultimate emergency service. Like plumbers, electricians and other home service standards, when you need a good locksmith, you need one RIGHT NOW.

    But unlike those others, you may go decades without calling a locksmith for help. You probably have a go-to electrician and HVAC company ready to call, but when you're hiring in a hurry, you can easily find yourself at the mercy of the first locksmith you call.

    Furthermore, ...
  4. What mistakes should I look out for when planning a remodel?

    Whether it's a new addition, a kitchen remodel or major work elsewhere in your home, the path to that perfect remodel is littered with potential pitfalls. Keep a sharp eye out for these issues during your planning process, and look for a contracting professional to guide you through the process.

    1. Underestimating your budget

    Contractors say they see this time and again: Homeowners tend to get flustered and feel in over their heads when costs escalate and tough decisions ...
  5. Do I need to repair my gutters?

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    Gutters serve the important function of diverting water away from your home, preventing costly damage and keeping your siding and foundation in good working order. With regular maintenance, gutters can last for many years. But if they're beginning to show signs of wear, it may be time to repair or replace them. These are a few things to look out for.

    ARE YOUR GUTTERS SAGGING?

    If you see your gutters leaning or pulling away from your house, ...
  6. Your smart-home devices could be easy to hack. Here’s how to protect yourself.

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    So your holiday gift was a new smart-home device. It could be Amazon's Echo, often called "Alexa," or Google Home using "Siri," which provide music, news updates and other information features; iRobot Roomba to clean your floors; the Ring doorbell, or a smart TV for voice-command video.

    Maybe you're thrilled with your gift, or maybe you're a bit wary, given recent reports of cyberhacking of some devices. Internet-oriented devices ...
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