Trellis News

How to clean and maintain your bathroom vent fan

Natalie McKenna/ POSTED ON July 22nd, 2016

The heat just won’t stop! As we move into one of the worst month’s to live in Arizona, we thought we’d offer an indoor home maintenance tip. Grab a brush or vacuum, and enjoy that A/C. Here’s how to clean and maintain a Bathroom vent from Danny Lipford of Today’s Homeowner.   How to clean …

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How to affordably finance remodeling projects

Natalie McKenna/ POSTED ON April 28th, 2016

May is just around the corner! And with it comes National Home Improvement month. Homeowners across the country are planning to tackle remodeling projects. However, too often the last thing that homeowners focus on is how to affordably pay for work that goes beyond a can of paint or a few swings of a hammer. Since …

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Make your A/C unit last

Natalie McKenna/ POSTED ON March 29th, 2016

Here comes the heat! Follow these four easy to-dos to help extend the life of your A/C unit.   1. Replace filters. Don’t make you’re A/C work harder than it has to. When you’re running your air more often than not, try to change your air filter every 60 days.     2. Keep your …

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How to: Keep your refrigerator running.

Natalie McKenna/ POSTED ON February 25th, 2016

Spring is right around the corner! And with it comes Spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is a great time to dust off your refrigerator coils. This once-a-year maintenance item will help ensure maximum performance and extend your fridge’s life. Follow these three steps to clean coils: Unplug your fridge. (Don’t worry about food spoiling – cleaning your …

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Yearly Home Maintenance Checklist

Natalie McKenna/ POSTED ON January 29th, 2016

The new year is here! And with it comes some important home maintenance. Use this list to make sure your home is in tip-top shape for 2016!      

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Oh Christmas tree… It’s time to go!

Natalie McKenna/ POSTED ON December 29th, 2015

Don’t wait for your tree to dry out before taking it down. Avoid fire hazards by disposing of it before the New Year. Here are some tips from Lowes on how to remove your tree in a safe environmentally friendly manner: Remove décor: ornaments, light, skirt and tree stand. Keep a bucket nearby to dump …

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How to remove egg from your home

Natalie McKenna/ POSTED ON October 27th, 2015

If some Halloween hooligans took aim on your home, armed with eggs as ammunition, this is the guide for you! Step 1: Act quick You can’t predict when your home will get egged. BUT if you get home late and see you’ve been egged, don’t wait until morning! Give Mr. Clean a call and get …

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Tree trimming tips

Natalie McKenna/ POSTED ON August 12th, 2015

It’s that time of year again: monsoon season. Every year, amidst the rain, wind and dust, we see the same thing — trees down on houses, cars and power lines — major branches scatted throughout the street.  The wind load bearing against an unattended tree, coupled with shallow, saturated ground soil and storms leads to substantial damage. Proper …

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Landscaping secrets revealed

Natalie McKenna/ POSTED ON July 16th, 2015

Getting started. Train your garden & plants.  A garden is only as good as its watering schedule. Encourage the growth of deep, strong roots by training your garden to withstand dry days. Water it deeply two to three times a week instead of watering it lightly every day. Make mulch your amigo. A layer of …

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Give your water heater the attention it deserves.

Natalie McKenna/ POSTED ON May 4th, 2015

Prolong the lifespan of your water heater by draining it down at least once a year. Here’s how: There are two main types of water heaters,  gas and electric. The instructions below address both types. Electric: Turn off the electricity to the water heater. (You may need to turn off a breaker or remove a …

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Forget spring cleaning. This year, focus on spring maintenance.

Natalie McKenna/ POSTED ON April 22nd, 2015

Whether you’re excited for summer…or dreading it (hey, we live in the desert!), there are some simple homeowner maintenance items you should add to your springtime to-do list. Remember compact soil is happy soil. Make sure low areas in yard yard or areas next to your foundation are filled with compact soil. Spring rains can cause yard …

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