Why Does My Furnace Sound Like It’s Backfiring? Ask an HVAC Expert

Tim in Sacramento is having somewhat of a scary issue with his furnace this weekend, so he’s reaching out to ask an HVAC expert about it. Tim writes: “Hey Bell Brothers crew, I hope you all are having a nice winter. I know it gets much busier toward the middle…

How to Remove Fluoride from Your Tap Water at Home

I remember when I had to go to the dentist as a little kid. My favorite part of every trip was the end, when after all the cleaning—plus hopefully good news that I didn’t have any cavities—the dentist would let me pick a flavor for my fluoride treatment. I’d always…

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…