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Plumbing Help: What to Do When a Pipe Bursts

[fa icon="calendar'] August 2, 2017 at 1:50 PM / by Home Services Expert

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Few home crises can strike fear in the heart of a homeowner as instantaneously as a pipe burst. If you're home when it happens, this mini-explosion can literally jolt you off a chair. And if you walk into your home after the pipe has already blown apart, the sound of surging water can make your stomach lurch with anxiety.

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Plumbing Help: Why You Shouldn't Ignore a Leak Under a Sink

[fa icon="calendar'] July 28, 2017 at 2:22 PM / by Home Services Expert

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Of all the leaks that a home can spring, the ones under a sink are usually the ones that escape the notice of homeowners the longest.

The reason? From what the experts at Experts in Your Home hear, it's most likely because we're not in the habit of getting down on all fours and rummaging through a cabinet under a sink, whether it's in the kitchen, bathroom or laundry room. We open the door, grab the item we need and close the door. And we move fast.

But we soon make a startling discovery: the item we grabbed happens to be wet – maybe even soaked. This discovery triggers an uncomfortable but reliable gut feeling: something is wrong.

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Chico Plumbing Help: My Toilet is Overflowing - What Do I Do?

[fa icon="calendar'] July 19, 2017 at 2:33 PM / by Home Services Expert

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Discovering an overflowing toilet isn't exactly the way you want to start a day. Then again, it's no way to interrupt or end a day, either.

In the midst of a plumbing crisis, when emotions run higher than the water in your commode, it's easy to make a misstep in trying to regain control of the situation. So allow Experts in Your Home to lead you through the steps now, in a moment of calm, so that you'll know how to respond like a pro.

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Think You Have Hard Water? Assess, Test and Let a Water Softener Do the Rest

[fa icon="calendar'] July 13, 2017 at 3:57 PM / by Home Services Expert

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With all the noise a dishwasher is capable of making, you would think that every utensil, glass and plate you remove from it would exude the same sparkle as the day you brought it home from the store.

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Tips to Make a New Carpet Upgrade Easy

[fa icon="calendar'] July 7, 2017 at 2:07 PM / by Home Services Expert

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Shopping for new carpet is a little like shopping for a new mattress. You sort of know what you want. And you sort of know what you like. But if a sales person asked you to explain your criterion, you'd be better off pointing to a few samples instead.

Plenty of people make major purchases based on their “I'll-know-it-when-I-see-it” instinct. But you don't have to select new carpet this way because you have Experts in Your Home, who will supply you with the language and skills you'll need to make an informed choice.

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Wood Floor Care Tips from Experts In Your Home

[fa icon="calendar'] June 26, 2017 at 2:08 PM / by Home Services Expert

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We don't see it often: the 100-year-old-plus home with hardwood flooring that has literally stood the test of time. But these homes exist in the Chico area, and they carry a valuable “teaching moment” for anyone who loves wood flooring and wants it to last.

As with many commodities that are capable of lasting a long time but sometimes don't – think of air conditioners, furnaces and decks – the difference often comes down to maintenance. Let Experts in Your Home make you feel like an expert in your home so you can extend the life of your solid wood or engineered wood flooring – and maybe even make it worthy of centenarian status.

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Add Beauty & Charm to Your Home with New Wood Flooring

[fa icon="calendar'] June 20, 2017 at 11:17 AM / by Home Services Expert

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It's a safe bet: if the average Chico homeowner were handed a blank check from their favorite home improvement center, he or she would redeem it for new wood floors.

More than any other home amenity, wood flooring conveys warmth, style and easy elegance and complements modern décor as surely as it does homes with traditional furnishings.

Experts in Your Home has installed wood flooring in homes all around Chico – whether or not the homeowner has been handed a blank check. The first decision we ask homeowners to make is whether they prefer solid or engineered flooring. This can be a difficult choice because the flooring is so similar that homeowners really have to “drill down” and consider the advantages and drawbacks of each.

The process is rather enlightening – and can help you, too, if you want to add beauty and charm to your home with new wood floors.

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How to Clean Tile Flooring

[fa icon="calendar'] June 13, 2017 at 10:06 AM / by Home Services Expert

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We clean our hands with soap, wash our hair with shampoo and clean our clothes with detergent.

The active ingredient here is soap, so when Experts in Your Home tell a homeowner with a newly installed tile floor that all he or she needs to clean their floor is water, it's no wonder it takes a few rounds of persuasion.

In reality, there is a little more involved in keeping tile flooring looking its best. But when we say “little,” we mean very little. If you haven't fallen in love with your ceramic or natural stone tile floor by now, you will when the Experts reveal how blissfully low maintenance tile flooring really is. Here are our tips on how to clean tile flooring:

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Types of Tile Flooring & How to Choose the Perfect Fit

[fa icon="calendar'] June 7, 2017 at 1:54 PM / by Home Services Expert

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It's easy to understand why tile is the flooring of choice among many Californians. Tile is durable, water-resistant and simple to clean, making it a fine choice for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and entryways. And because so many Californians have extended their living space with outdoor patios and kitchens, tile has found its way outside, too.

Of course, most of that gorgeous tile was installed a long time ago. When a new tiling project is on the horizon, something “funny” happens when some people lay eyes on the tile section of their favorite home improvement store. Like the finish on some ceramic tile, a glaze often forms – and not on the tile, but over their eyes.

It's easy to become confused over tile, so allow the flooring experts at Experts in Your Home to simplify the distinctions and point out some of the advantages and disadvantages of various tile.

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5 Great Ideas to Create Your Dream Backyard Living Space

[fa icon="calendar'] June 1, 2017 at 11:57 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Savvy homeowners know that there are many sources of inspiration: magazines, websites and especially that enterprising neighbor (with a seemingly sky-is-the-limit budget).

The well of ideas can run deep, and Experts in Your Home has written about a favorite “well” before - Pinterest. But sometimes, the Experts turn to the experts, especially at this time of year, when people ask for ideas to invigorate their backyard. We know: making even one crucial change can transform a dull, lifeless backyard into a dynamic one that becomes a favorite congregating place – and not just on special occasions but every day of the week.

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