Home Maintenance

Jeff Schroeder is general manager of American Kitchen and Bath, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2008. He can be reached at (408) 372-8959 or by email.

Waterproofing Your Home

Posted on July 19, 2018 by James Florence

SAN JOSE — An essential aspect of home maintenance (both inside and out) is protecting against moisture intrusion. One of the most effective measures in this regard is the application of sealant materials such as caulking. However, when performing this step, it’s vital to not only address pertinent areas, but also to use the correct sealant for the area it’s being applied to.

Inside the home, the two main areas to focus on are the bathroom and the kitchen. In the bathroom, any gaps around the shower, tub and sink should be sealed. In particular, you should make sure all corners inside the shower are sealed to prevent water from leaking into the walls or onto the floor, Read more

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Video: Inspecting Your Home Exterior

Posted on April 30, 2018 by James Florence

SANTA ROSA — Host, Sarah Rutan: To ensure the integrity of your home exterior, it’s a good idea to perform regular inspections. Today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Leo Diaz of Diaz and Sons Construction to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Leo Diaz: Walking around your property twice a year is a great idea so that you can catch situations that happen with the property before they become a big problem. Like, some good ideas would be when you’re walking around look at the nail heads, if they’re popping out. Look at the caulking on the property. Look at any gaps around the eaves, Read more

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Inspecting Your Home Exterior

Posted on April 13, 2018 by James Florence

SANTA ROSA — As a homeowner, it’s important to periodically inspect your home exterior. A good way to do this is to walk around your home and look closely for any potential issues. By doing this a couple of times each year, you can catch and remedy problems before they become full-blown. Here are a few things to look for during your inspection:

  • Missing/protruding nails. Exposed nail holes can allow water to penetrate your roof and siding, which can potentially lead to dry rot issues.
  • Missing/worn-out caulking. Caulking is used to seal gaps around windows, doors and other areas from moisture intrusion. However, it isn’t permanent, so you’ll need to reapply it periodically.
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Annual Roof Maintenance

Posted on October 31, 2017 by James Florence

MOUNTAIN VIEW — As autumn advances toward winter, it’s a good time to do some preventative roof maintenance in anticipation of the rainy season. Start by clearing leaves, tree branches and other debris off of your roof, paying special attention to valleys and other areas where debris can collect and cause leaks. Next, thoroughly clean out your gutters and downspouts. If neglected, your gutter system can become clogged with debris, which can result in damage to your roof, siding and windows.

After cleaning your roof and gutters, inspect your roof’s various waterproofing components. This includes seals and flashings around roof penetrations like pipes and vents. Since the summer heat can cause these to wear out prematurely, Read more

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Video: Annual Roof Maintenance

Posted on October 31, 2017 by James Florence

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Host, Sarah Rutan: As autumn advances toward winter, it’s a good time to do some preventative roof maintenance in anticipation of the rainy season. Today we’re in Mountain View with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Joe Stefani of Shelton Roofing Company to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Joe Stefani: Hello. This is a roofing tip from Shelton Roofing. With autumn upon us and winter coming soon, we will want to get our roofs cleaned of debris and make sure that all pipe and vent flashings, any penetrations to the roofs, would be sealed for the winter. Residential roofing, we will have to clean gutters, roof systems. Read more

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Avoiding Problems When Cleaning Your Stovetop

Posted on October 30, 2017 by Mari Patrick

COTATI — Cleaning your stovetop may seem like a simple task, but if you aren’t careful, you can accidently cause problems with its functionality. In particular, you need to prevent moisture from getting into the wrong places. For example, if the stove’s burners get exposed to too much cleaning solution, they can cease to function until they dry. Additionally, if moisture gets behind the control knobs, it can potentially affect the electrical components directly behind them.

To prevent these types of problems, it’s important to use the right amount of cleaner on your stovetop and apply it correctly. Rather than spraying the cleaning solution directly onto the stovetop, spray it onto the cloth you’re using to wipe it down. Read more

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Video: How to Clean Your Stovetop

Posted on October 30, 2017 by James Florence

COTATI — Host, Sarah Rutan: Cleaning a stovetop is a simple task, but if you aren’t careful, you can run into problems. Today we’re in Cotati with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dane Marcey of Kelly’s Appliance Center to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Dane Marcy: A common problem a lot of people have when cleaning their stoves is getting too much moisture on it. A good tip is to spray your cleaner on a rag, and wipe it down. If you spray the cleaner directly on, you can get water and moisture behind the knobs on the electrical components.

Another common issue that’ll happen is when you’re cleaning around the burners, Read more

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