Top Tips for Winterizing Your Home
As winter nears and temperatures drop, Americans are preparing for the onslaught of high energy prices waiting to hit their doors. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is projecting a sharp increase in prices for homes this year, driven by the colder temperatures, higher demand, and price hikes. These prices are likely to cause widespread […]
Warning Signs Of Contaminated Soil On Your Property
Soil has been called our life support system. Without it, human life would be almost impossible. But for most of us, our interest probably starts and ends with wanting to have an attractive backyard! Contaminated soil can make it more difficult to achieve the healthy lawns and plants we all love to see thriving in […]
The Healthy Homes Bill (HB 2842): What Is It?
During a pandemic, living in a healthy home is more important than ever. But, as the Healthy Homes bill points out, viruses aren’t the only thing that can impact your health at home. The Healthy Homes bill (also known as House Bill 2842 or HB 2842) was presented to the Oregon State Legislature in 2021. […]
Common Causes for Clogged Sewer Lines
If you’re reading this post, chances are you’re experiencing some rather unpleasant signs that might indicate a problem with your sewer system – whether it’s a foul smell, backed-up drains or something similar. Oftentimes, problems that arise with drainage or sewage backups are caused by a clogged sewer line. Your main sewer line is the […]
What Senate Bill 64 Means for Portland Homeowners
A new bill signed into law by Oregon Governor Kate Brown aims to protect public health through several procedural changes – including one amendment that will impact homeowners in Portland. Senate Bill 64, also called the Oregon Health Authority’s public health housekeeping bill, provides updates to five areas of public health: Tobacco purchases (for people […]
How Do the Radon Testing and Radon Mitigation Processes Work?
If you’re reading this, you may be wondering whether certain homes are more likely than others to have radon. In general, the short answer is no. That’s because it really has almost nothing to do with the house itself — at least not as far as the type of house, when it was built, whether […]
A Homeowner’s Guide to Asbestos in Portland Homes
You may know that asbestos is something to avoid, but do you know exactly what it is, where it’s found and how common it is to find asbestos in homes that are more than 30 years old? More than half of U.S. homes were built prior to 1980, which is when the use of asbestos […]
How To Winter-Proof Outdoor Faucets & Water Fixtures
Although outdoor water systems—including faucets and water fixtures—can be easy to forget about during the colder months, it’s important to take the right precautions to prevent both outdoor and indoor water systems from freezing. Take these steps to keep your water running smoothly this season. Winter Proof Your Faucets And Fixtures Unscrew Hoses From Outdoor […]
How To Prevent Bathroom Floods From Getting Worse
You can’t undo what’s already been done. However, you can remedy the situation. Follow these steps ASAP after a bathroom flooding to prevent further damage from happening. Shut Off Your Water This one may sound obvious, but the very first thing that you should do if your bathroom is flooding is shut off the source […]
Where Do I Go For Questions About the Environment?
In this day and age the environment is a hot topic riddled with politics and clouded with misinformation. As a human, it’s important to stay on top of the issues that can have an effect on both yourself and the place you live (you know, Earth!) So where do you go to make sure you’re […]