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HomeSquare’s Summer BBQ Safety Guide

safety important when grilling, as shown in this photo of man charcoal grillingIt’s that time of year again – time to break out the patio furniture and toss some hamburgers and fresh veggies on the grill!

Grilling is an extremely popular pastime, with about 75 percent of households owning at least one charcoal or gas grill. But before igniting the coals or the burners, it’s important to refresh your memory regarding proper cleaning, grill prep and usage so your dinner doesn’t turn into a charred mess – or a painful lesson in fire safety.

Food certainly tastes great cooked over a smoky grill, but working with open fire invites some risk. Grilling causes nearly 9,000 home fires each year, accidents that occur most often during the peak grilling season in July. Grill accidents cause $118 million in property damage every year and send 16,600 people to the emergency room, more than half of those for burns.

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Kitchen hood cleaning and beyond: what unexpected items need cleaning in your home?

copper kitchen hoodWhen’s the last time you moved the fridge to clean behind it? What about the little crack
between the stove and the countertop? If you’re like most homeowners, you may not pay as much attention to the areas in your home that you can’t see. And even if you have taken the plunge, you may not be eager to revisit: those long-neglected crevices filled with goop and grime can produce some gag-worthy smells when that debris is finally dislodged.

Cleaning for appearances is one thing, but have you ever thought about the importance of a deep scrub for proper home maintenance? Thorough cleanings go beyond a quick wipe-down here and there when you’re expecting guests. This attentive service ensures that your expensive appliances, freshly-painted walls and pristine floors remain in like-new condition for as long as possible.

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Don’t panic! Learn when you truly need emergency maintenance

Lightning striking behind home, possibly triggering emergency maintenanceImagine coming home from a long day, ready to relax, unwind and spend an evening with your family, only to find that something has gone seriously awry in your home. Anything from a burst pipe to a broken door to an can cause a gigantic mess, and these unpleasant surprises are downright stressful or even panic-inducing.

Sure, we may expect home damage or broken appliances during a thunderstorm or hurricane, but home emergencies aren’t just related to the weather outside. Pushing off less-urgent repairs, lack of regular care or just plain old age: any and all of these will contribute to the “perfect storm” that  might send any element of your home into a tailspin. What’s worse than the problem itself, however, is being caught without a plan in place.

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Tack These Handyman Services Onto Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

Clean kitchen

It’s that time of year again — time to throw open the windows, break out the buckets and gear up for a renewed round of spring cleaning!

Each year, 72 percent of us participate in some form of spring cleaning. Most of us will tackle our bedrooms; many others will head straight to the closets to donate or sell clothes that we no longer want or need. And while spring cleaning actually has roots in Iranian, Jewish and Chinese springtime cleaning traditions, it’s good for our peace of mind, too: for those of us who enjoy scrubbing and purging, spring cleaning triggers a “neurological reward” that makes us feel accomplished and fulfilled.

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Do you really need heating and air conditioning service?

Heating and air conditioning service

Spring has sprung, and that means the cooling season is right around the corner.

As we transition from boots and gloves to flip-flops and bathing suits, our air conditioners also need to “change” for the warmer weather ahead. From replacing filters to cleaning out debris, it’s important to ensure that our heating and air conditioning system, called an HVAC system (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), is running at its best during the sweltering summer months.

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