Understanding Home Improvement Projects

The Pros And Cons Of Paving A Private Dirt Road

If you have a private dirt road leading up to your home, you are responsible for that path. As such, you have to maintain and care for it, not the city or county you reside in. Many people who have private rides often debate whether to pave the road with asphalt, or leave it as a dirt or gravel road. There are pros and cons to paving a road. Learning about these pros and cons will help you make a decision that makes the most sense for you. Read More 

Signs Of Home Sewage Line Failure

If you live in an area where sewer lines are connected directly to your home, then you are lucky that you do not need to contend with a septic tank and the regular pumping that needs to take place every few years. However, you should understand that a sewer line can fail much like a septic system can. There are a variety of signs that indicate that your sewer line has a serious problem. Read More 

Dirty Details: Improving Your Soil For Better Plant Growth

If you are having a hard time getting grass and other plants to grow well in your yard, there are many reasons why they might be struggling. A common reason is because your soil is nutritionally depleted or does not have the right texture to support rich and healthy plant growth. Here are some signs that your soil might be lacking and what you can do to fix it. Trouble Signs Read More 

Holy Smokes! What To Do When Your Oil Furnace Starts Smoking

If you're like most people, you learned at an early age that smoke means fire, and that if you ever smell smoke, you should get out of the home immediately. While this is certainly a good safety precaution in most cases, if the smoke in question happens to be coming from your oil-burning furnace, you need to know a little more. As long as you catch it early, smoke billowing from an oil-burning furnace is not necessarily a sign you need to evacuate immediately. Read More 

Storm Left Your Plumbing A Mess? Tips To Clean And Unclog Your Vent Stack

If a recent thunderstorm left your plumbing and home in a mess, clean and unclog your vent stack. Heavy rain and strong winds can wash or blow leaves, dirt and paper down your home's vent stack. Sometimes, animals seek shelter inside your vent to escape the harsh weather. When any of these problems happen, the debris blocks the flow of air in the vent stack and plumbing lines, as well as creates a foul smell in your house. Read More