Diamond Certified Experts: Essential Vehicle Maintenance for Optimal Performance

By taking a proactive approach to maintenance, you can make the most of your vehicle investment. Photo: Faxon Garage (2014)

By taking a proactive approach to maintenance, you can make the most of your vehicle investment. Photo: Faxon Garage (2014)

Let’s face it: in this day and age, a vehicle is more than just a means of transportation—it’s an investment, and a substantial one at that. From the price of engine repair and body work to ongoing fuel and insurance costs, owning a vehicle constitutes a major financial obligation, which is all the more reason to be proactive about maintenance. With this in mind, we asked five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to weigh in on key areas where maintenance matters most. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Essential Vehicle Maintenance for Optimal Performance” »

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How to Prevent Gum Recession

Gum recession is a unique condition in the realm of oral health. Since there’s no associated pain or irritation, it can progress gradually over time without being noticed. Also, unlike issues such as cavities and misaligned teeth, there’s no simple way to reverse the effects of gum recession. While missing gum tissue can be restored through a surgical procedure, a technique for naturally regenerating tissue has yet to be discovered.

Gum recession isn’t easily remedied, which makes proactive prevention all the more important. Photo: Richard F. Sellman, D.D.S. (2014)

Gum recession isn’t easily remedied, which makes proactive prevention all the more important. Photo: Richard F. Sellman, D.D.S. (2014)

Due to its subtle yet permanent nature, it’s crucial to take preventative steps against the various factors that contribute to gum recession. Continue reading “How to Prevent Gum Recession” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Preparing for a Road Trip

Headed out on a road trip this summer? Watch this video for some tips on how to prepare your car for a long drive.

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Water Conservation Tips for Your Home and Landscape

Water conservation is always a priority in California, but it’s even more important during times of drought, which is why now is a great time for Bay Area residents to focus on minimizing their usage and waste. Here are some helpful tips from three Diamond Certified Expert Contributors on how to maximize water conservation in your home and on your property.

By utilizing modern water-saving products and methods, you can significantly reduce water usage both inside and outside of your home. Photo: Rivas Landscape Group (2014)

By utilizing modern water-saving products and methods, you can significantly reduce water usage both inside and outside of your home. Photo: Rivas Landscape Group (2014)

1. Go low-flow. According to Jamie Rogers, president of Rogers Remodel Inc., one of the simplest ways to conserve water in your home is to replace faucet aerators, shower heads and toilets with low-flow models. Continue reading “Water Conservation Tips for Your Home and Landscape” »

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Dealing with Roof Algae Buildup

When it comes to roofing, most Bay Area homeowners try to get the most out of their investments by making upgrades to secure longevity and performance. However, while it’s important to address integral aspects like waterproofing and ventilation, few homeowners consider another important factor: the buildup of algae and mold on roof shingles.

While not a threat to your roof’s integrity, algae and mold buildup on shingles can be an unwelcome eyesore. Photo: Ross Roofing & Construction, Inc. (2014)

While not a threat to your roof’s integrity, algae and mold buildup on shingles can be an unwelcome eyesore. Photo: Ross Roofing & Construction, Inc. (2014)

The good news is that unlike faulty waterproofing, which can result in expensive repairs or replacement, algae buildup on shingles won’t compromise a roof’s integrity. Continue reading “Dealing with Roof Algae Buildup” »

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5 Overlooked Aspects of Home Energy Efficiency

While making upgrades can enhance your home’s energy efficiency, it can be counterproductive if your existing appliances and systems aren’t operating at peak performance. To help consumers identify key problem areas, we asked five Diamond Certified Experts to weigh in on some of the most basic yet overlooked aspects of home energy efficiency.

Photo: D. Cook Construction (2014)

To maximize your home’s energy efficiency, it’s important to address commonly overlooked details. Photo: D. Cook Construction (2014)

1. Air sealing – Dustin Cook of D. Cook Construction
Air transmission is a major cause of home energy loss—it’s typically conducted through cracks, joints, and other gaps between the interior and exterior of a home. A simple way to address this is to fill in breaches with supplemental sealing agents like caulk and expansive foams. Continue reading “5 Overlooked Aspects of Home Energy Efficiency” »

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Oak Tree Maintenance: The Basics

All trees require ongoing maintenance, but oak trees respond best to a minimalist approach. Photo: Horticultural Services, LTD (2014)

All trees require ongoing maintenance, but oak trees respond best to a minimalist approach. Photo: Horticultural Services, LTD (2014)

With unique and majestic forms that add character to the Northern California landscape, it’s no surprise that Bay Area residents love their oak trees. However, due to rising concerns about the health of indigenous oaks—particularly the recent epidemic of sudden oak death—many property owners have gone on the defensive and become more proactive about preventative maintenance. While this is certainly a positive trend, some people fail to realize that oak trees tend to require minimal maintenance, which means overdoing it can do more harm than good. Continue reading “Oak Tree Maintenance: The Basics” »

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Replacing Windows in San Francisco

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Save Energy Company recently completed this window installation project in San Francisco featuring ogee lugs. Photo: Save Energy Company (2014)

When it comes to retrofitting and renovation, San Francisco homeowners face challenges as unique as the city itself. One issue that many homeowners face is how to make their older homes more energy efficient. A great way to increase energy efficiency in any house is to upgrade the windows and doors. However, according to John Gorman of Save Energy Company, swapping out old windows for new ones isn’t always a simple task in San Francisco. Continue reading “Replacing Windows in San Francisco” »

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How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Water Heater

Being proactive about maintenance can make all the difference in your hot water heater’s performance and longevity. Photo: Atlas Plumbing & Rooter (2014)

Being proactive about maintenance can make all the difference in your hot water heater’s performance and longevity. Photo: Atlas Plumbing & Rooter (2014)

Hoping to benefit from attributes like increased longevity and energy savings, many homeowners are making the switch from traditional water heaters to tankless models. For some, however, the costs of conversion and installation are prohibitively expensive, while for others the estimated financial returns of going tankless are too minimal to make it a viable option. In either case, a more cost-effective alternative is to maximize the life of your current water heater. Continue reading “How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Water Heater” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Identifying Home Improvement Scams

Watch this video to learn about the warning signs of a home improvement scam.

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