Why a Clogged Drain in Winter May Be a Mainline Sewer Problem

I recently had a problem with my car. It wasn’t all that severe. The battery was dead from old age, and it just needed to be replaced. Now, this is the sort of car maintenance I can basically do with my eyes closed. Or, at least, maybe with one eye…

Can Double Pane Windows Be Repaired? Ask a Window Expert

Kelly in Sacramento has had a tragedy befall the new double pane windows she invested in, and now she’s looking for some info that can help. Kelly asks: “This is a little bit of an embarrassing question, one I’m hoping is more common than I think, but I’m just going…

How to Do an Energy Audit on Your California Home

I was watching a rerun of one of my favorite shows of all-time the other day, Cheers. Now, I don’t mean to give away my age here, but Cheers was a sitcom that was on when I was much younger. It was basically about a bunch of people who worked…

How to Safely Strap a Water Heater in a Closet to Get It Up to Code

I recently took a trip to Ireland with my family and was stunned by how the rolling hills and big trees they have there were actually pretty similar to what we have in Northern California. In fact, when we were riding around the country, there were times I might have…

3 Common Winter Plumbing and Sewer Problems in Northern California

A couple of years ago, we had a rainy winter like I’ve never seen before in my life—and that’s saying a lot because I was born and raised in Northern California. It was two winters back and we were still in the middle of that five-year drought. Well, we certainly…

California Home Energy Audit FAQs for Earth Conscious Homeowners

I think one of the biggest differences between me now and me when I was just starting out in the world is that, these days, I don’t get overwhelmed by the small stuff. When I was younger, things like paying for my health insurance and looking into car maintenance felt…