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Keeping your home well-maintained can add to its value and save you money in the long run. But it can be hard to decide when to take on a home maintenance project yourself and when to bring in a professional. Find the answers to your home maintenance FAQs. 

 

             

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Photo: HPS Palo Alto, Inc., 2016

AIR CONDITIONING
Keeping Your Cool: DIY Air Conditioning Maintenance in Five Steps

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Performing seasonal maintenance will help keep your air conditioning system running optimally. Photo: Kelly Plumbing & Heating, Inc., 2016

Your central air conditioning system is designed to keep your home cool during the summer, but like any system or appliance, it requires intermittent maintenance to stay operating at peak efficiency. 
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ROOF, GUTTERS
A Top-Down Approach to Home Maintenance

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As shingles wear down, a roof’s structure becomes vulnerable to water and rot. Photo: Marin County Roofing Co., Inc., 2016

When it comes to maintaining your home, it’s easy to get overwhelmed thinking of the many systems and fixtures that require ongoing attention. One way to simplify things is to take a top-down approach, which means addressing maintenance needs in a descending, linear fashion...
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FURNACES
Avoiding a Furnace Disaster

  

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UPHOLSTERY
Take Simple Steps to Maintain Your Upholstery

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After cleaning, thoroughly air-dry the upholstery to prevent mold growth. Photo: Master's Touch Upholstery, 2016

Preventative measures and regular maintenance go a long way toward preserving the beauty of your upholstery. To increase your upholstery’s longevity and keep it looking like new, consider the following tips...
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STONE, TILE & GROUT
Proper Stone, Tile & Grout Maintenance

 

WATER HEATERS
How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Water Heater

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It’s vital for a water heater to maintain proper water pressure—typically between 60 and 80 psi. Photo: Water Heaters Masters, Inc., 2016

While a traditional water heater’s average life expectancy is 10 to 12 years, this can be significantly extended with ongoing maintenance, and sometimes even doubled. 
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DECKS
Deck Maintenance Intervals