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The Risk of Using Unlicensed Contractors

Saving money sounds good, but when it comes to home repairs, you must decide: Do you want to save money now, or later? What most Orange County homeowners don’t realize is that unlicensed contractors are cheaper for multiple reasons. The obvious one is that they do not acquire a bond to protect their work and […]

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Test Your Home Maintenance Knowledge!

Sometimes it’s called a “Honeydo” list. You know the one—”Honey, can you unclog the drain?” or “Honey, can you fix the roof?” It’s easy to ignore the Honeydo list, but it is essential. Why? Because staying on top of home maintenance is a lot easier and cheaper than fixing it when something goes wrong. Your […]

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Finally, Some “Winter” Weather Here in the OC

After the dry and warm “winter” spell we’ve had here in Orange County, we are finally getting some cold, wet, and blustery weather. The weather system has traveled down the coast from Alaska. The National Weather Service predicts the storm will give Los Angeles a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms late today – but other […]

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Experts Say We May Have a Drought This Year

After all our talk about how dry this winter will be, you might be calling us liars by now. Just goes to show, you can’t predict everything. (That’s why preparedness is so important!) Nevertheless, half an inch of overnight rain is not going to make up for the extremely low rainfall we’ve had in Orange […]

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Be Careful, Mold Can be Tricky to Spot

You might overlook that little black patch growing in the corner of your room, thinking it’s harmless. We all want to believe that our Orange County homes are safe and clean, but what you might not know is that little black patch could be mold, proliferating before your very eyes and sprouting health risks in […]

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Santa Ana Winds and Warm Weather Can Help Mold Grow

Um, is it August? The Santa Ana winds are so pervasive this year–right now it feels like the height of summer, not the depths of winter. Many other areas of the nation, like Alabama, are facing extreme weather right now, and Washington was just ravaged with winter storms that brought most of the state to […]

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Rain Plus Warm Weather Could Equal Mold

For the past 3 days it’s been raining off and on in Orange County, and it’s done more than just annoy commuters on the 91 and 5 freeways. (Skiers and snowboarders are rejoicing—the snow has finally arrived!) Right now water could be entering your Orange County home from many points, and you might not even […]

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Check Your Roof for Leaks Before it Rains to Prevent Mold Growth

We’ve been talking about this eventuality for some time, and we hope you heeded our warnings. The cold front that battered the Northwest is now knocking at our door, with another Pacific storm hot on its heels. Down here in Southern California, including Orange County, we won’t see much from the first storm, which fizzled […]

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Water Leak Detection Systems Can Prevent Flooding in Your Home

Recently we have addressed water leaks both inside and outside the house, as the rainy season has arrived in Orange County. For those of you in places like Michigan, North Dakota, New York (i.e., anywhere outside Southern California), don’t laugh. Yes, we call 36 hours of rain a “storm”. (more…)

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Prevent Water Damage in Your Orange County Home: Part Two

Who was happy to see the rain in Orange County this weekend? The hillsides and vegetation have been dying for moisture, as our winter has been remarkably like summer for almost two months now. But don’t forget those windstorms we had late last year, and how much damage they did. Now, with the hillsides dried […]

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