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In this episode we tackle that seasonal foe, ice dams. We describe what causes ice dams, how to prevent and/or remove them safely, and take a look at the role your attic ventilation and insulation plays in the formation of ice dams.

We also discuss Zonolite, an insultation material used between the 1940s to mid 1980s that was found to contain asbestos.

For more information on the identification and mitigation of Zonolite, please visit: https://www.zonoliteatticinsulation.com/

Listener question: Shut-off valves

We go over why shut-off valves typically fail and give some recommendations for replacement

W.hat T.he F.ail: DIY spark arrestor

Don’t try to stop fire with flammable material.

Ice Dam Cause & Effect

Attic Insulation & Ventilation

Ball Valve

W.hat T.he F.ail

DIY spark arrestor made of flammable material

Factory spark arrestor made of non-flammable material

Mystery Plants and Garden Planning

This week we tackle the perennial question: Do I let the landscaping grow in this first year I own my home, or do I change everything out right away? We cover plant identification, landscaping tips, how to remove dangerous/problem thorny interlopers, and garden...

The Homes of Our Lives

In this episode Christopher and Theresa walk down memory lane and discuss the homes they've owned, the deferred maintenance issues they faced in each home, and what they learned along the way. Also in this episode: door rot - what might cause it and how to address it!...

Get That Deck Ready For Summer!

It's officially spring! After a rather rough winter, we needed a break from Doom & Gloom podcasts. This week we're talking decks - how to ensure they're ready for spring, and how to maintain them. We touch on patios a bit, too! And we discuss our Maintenance...
Shelves of glassware

Storage

Most of us have a lot of stuff. A great deal of that stuff is useful, but that doesn’t mean it has to be immediately accessible at all times. In this episode we take a verbal stroll through the home and discuss the many storage options available for the variety of...
Before and after cleaning view of an AC unit

Central Air Unit Maintenance

Hey, guess what? It's hot and humid in Minnesota during the summer! Crazy, right?! Anyway, we know that routine cleaning and maintenance of things that we operate by pushing a magic button on the wall are tasks that slip by us all too easily, so we're here to remind...
Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi

The Straight Poo About Sewers

  Oh, yay! It's time to talk about sewers! Because of Taro Gomi's classic book, we all know that every home needs a way to manage waste. In this episode we talk about all types of sewers, what a sewer scope inspection will find, and talk about many gross and...
Fireplace with a wood burning insert

Fireplaces, Wood Stoves, and Chimneys

This week we dive into all things fire! Fireplaces, wood stoves, and chimneys all require regular maintenance in order to function properly and SAFELY! Now that the burning season is more or less over, this is the best time to have the fire-heat system in your home...

Honest Home Podcast – The Launch

After many years of being podcast enthusiasts, Christopher and I are excited to announce the launch of our very own podcast! The Honest Home Podcast is an educational podcast about home maintenance. We cover typical seasonal and preventative maintenance looks like,...
Electrical panel

Electricity!

Most of what we cover in this episode is: Electricity can kill you. Never hesitate calling a licensed electrician to handle the work for you. Having said that, we do cover some homeowner DIY basics - swapping out lights, switches, and outlets. We also discuss common...

Home Owner Repairs vs Contractors

This week we look at what types of repairs are great for homeowners who want to really get into the work of maintaining their home, versus those instances when a contractor might be the best person for the job. We also discuss how to vet a contractor.   W.hat...
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