How to Make Your Home (Virtually) Mouse-Proof

by Charles Bellefontaine • November 19, 2019

Mice might seem cute and fuzzy, but make rude house guests. Mice can cause a lot of issues in your home. They can chew through electrical wires, causing a fire in your home. They can leave bacteria and other diseases on your countertops. Their stinky messes can even accumulate within your HVAC system, affecting the […]

What Flooring Is Right for Your Home?

by Charles Bellefontaine • November 8, 2019

Before choosing a material for your home’s flooring, you should know a few things about it, such as how long it will last before needing to be replaced. It also helps to understand how to maintain the different types of flooring you’re considering. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of some popular flooring […]

Pros and Cons of Allowing Pets on Your Rental Property

by Charles Bellefontaine • October 14, 2019

Owning a rental property isn’t only about collecting rent. Making sure the bills are paid on time and guaranteeing that everyone is paying their rent is a huge responsibility. Aside from that, it’s also important to make sure that the tenants are happy. One way to do so is by allowing them to have pets […]

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Why You Should Hire an Inspector to Look Over Your Newly Constructed Home

by Charles Bellefontaine • September 4, 2019

Buying a home is part of the American dream, but this experience does involve some stressful moments. You want to make sure that your beautiful home doesn’t come with a lot of unexpected problems. Having an inspection done before purchasing can keep you from being stuck with structural or safety problems that require immediate repair. […]

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Owning Older Homes— What You Need to Know About Asbestos

by Charles Bellefontaine • September 4, 2019

Older homes offer a great deal of charm with their beautiful, antique looks and distinctive styles. However, many homes that were built before the 1980s are at high risk for containing asbestos. Read on to learn more about what asbestos is, the risks it can pose, and what you can do about it. What Is […]

Sump Discharges

by Charles Bellefontaine • June 11, 2019

Sump pumps gather ground water from around the house and move the water away from the house. The goal is to reduce the water pressure on the foundation which will prevent water entry into the house. I see quite often where the sump discharges into the sewerage pipe. The city limits of Chicago does allow […]

An Old Painters Trick

by Charles Bellefontaine • May 27, 2019

We like to use pretty bright flashlights when doing what we do. If you take a bright flashlight and shine it down the side of the wall or ceiling, every deformity shows. In the photo above you can see where the joints of the drywall are. This ceiling was kinda borderline. I wasn’t quite sure […]

We do get a surprise every now and then.

by Charles Bellefontaine • May 26, 2019

Most people think that wires should be in conduit to protect the wire. Although true, the main purpose is to give a way to flow massive amounts of electricity at the breaker that is energizing anything that shouldn’t be energized. This photo here, the wires can energize the fan and the fan will remain energized. […]

Vent Connector Sizing

by Charles Bellefontaine • May 19, 2019

When replacing a water heater or furnace, it is often necessary to replace the vent connector as well. The vent connector is the pipe that connects the appliance to the chimney. If the correct size pipe is not present on an appliance, there is a good chance that the combustion gasses from the appliance will […]

by Charles Bellefontaine • May 13, 2019

One of the tests we preform for vinyl siding is to pull the larger pieces and see if we can slide it back and forth. Vinyl siding needs to be installed loose because the siding expands and contracts with the changes in temperature. This siding was tight and I was unable to slide any of […]