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Video: Tile Roof Maintenance

Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert tips on roof replacement and maintenance. One of the points mentioned was tile roof maintenance, which consists of several specific measures. To learn more about tile roof maintenance, watch this informative video by Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Tom Rhoads, owner of Roof-Life Construction.

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Tip Sheet: Five Ways to Maximize Your Carpet’s Lifespan

A new carpet is an expensive investment: one that requires ongoing maintenance to sustain both its appearance and performance. That’s why Matt Cole of Cole’s Carpet & Upholstery Company suggests taking proactive steps to protect your carpet from premature wear and tear. Here are Matt’s top five carpet care tips: Continue reading “Tip Sheet: Five Ways to Maximize Your Carpet’s Lifespan” »

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Tip Sheet: Five Ways to Maintain Your Home’s Exterior

Much emphasis is put on maintaining the interior of the home, but an equally (if not more important) aspect to address is its exterior. That’s why Dennis Thompson of Thompson Construction says homeowners should take proactive steps to protect the outside of their homes from the elements. Here are Dennis’ top five tips for exterior maintenance: Continue reading “Tip Sheet: Five Ways to Maintain Your Home’s Exterior” »

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Tech Support: How to Care for Your Computer

In today’s world, computers have become integrated into nearly every aspect of life, from entertainment and education to finances and even relationships. While we’ve yet to reach a futuristic reality where our devices have literally become appendages, when it comes to characterizing the role computers play in our everyday lives, a term like “sidekick” may be apropos—after all, does a day go by that we don’t spend time on our computers? And how many of us never leave the house without our smartphones, laptops or tablets? You might start to think of your devices as programmable pals, binary buddies, computerized companions…you get the idea.

Considering the pivotal position they inhabit, it seems only fitting that our computers should receive the utmost care; and yet, we tend to forget that they, like ourselves, have needs and vulnerabilities that require ongoing support. To keep your computer happy and healthy, as well as avoid common pitfalls like malware and data loss, consider the following tips: Continue reading “Tech Support: How to Care for Your Computer” »

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Party on the Patio: How to Get Your Yard Set for Summer Fun


With summer fast approaching, you’ll want to prepare your outdoor living space for optimum enjoyment of the warm, sunny weather. Photo: Hansen Landscape Contractor (2015)

If you’re like most Bay Area residents, as the long days and balmy evenings of summer set in, you’ll want to be spending as much time as possible outside. An outdoor living space can serve a variety of functions, whether an ambient setting to entertain guests or a relaxing oasis for lounging during your annual staycation. In order to get the most enjoyment out of your space, however, you’ll first need to get it clean and functional again after having sat unused all winter. Here are a few aspects likely to require your attention:


Proper swimming pool maintenance consists of two essential aspects: cleaning and sanitation. Photo: Royal Pools of Santa Clara, Inc. (2015)

Swimming Pool
Following its winter dormancy, your swimming pool needs a bit of maintenance to get it ready for summer use. According to John Pittman of Roger’s Pool and Spa Service, Inc., it’s best to start by getting the pool and its filter cleaned. You can clean the filter by disassembling it and using a garden hose to wash off the individual parts. You’ll also need to adjust your filter’s run time, from the minimal off-season setting up to 6-8 hours a day during the summer. Continue reading “Party on the Patio: How to Get Your Yard Set for Summer Fun” »

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Diamond Certified Experts: Heating and Cooling System Tips


Considering the complex nature of heating and cooling systems, it’s beneficial to know some maintenance basics. Photo: Innovative Mechanical, Inc. (2015)

Temperature regulation and air quality are key concerns in any indoor environment, which is why, in addition to keeping your home’s heating and cooling systems functional, you’ll want them working as efficiently as possible. We’ve asked five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to share their tips on basic HVAC maintenance and troubleshooting.

1. Know the location of your furnace filter: Kim Haddon of Haddon Heating & Cooling
While routine furnace filter replacement is often neglected, for some, the problem starts with locating the filter in the first place. If you don’t know where your furnace filter is, there are a few common places to check, including the furnace blower compartment, an external compartment of the furnace, or a return air grill in either the ceiling or a nearby wall. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Heating and Cooling System Tips” »

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Diamond Certified Experts: Car Care Tips


While easily overlooked, vehicle maintenance steps like monitoring tire pressure can have a considerable impact. Photo: Menlo Park Chevron (2015)

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s not surprising that our vehicles often get taken for granted. However, considering the vital role they play in our daily routines, ongoing vehicle maintenance should be a top priority. Fortunately, most aspects of maintenance are fairly simple and, in many cases, can be performed independently. Take a minute to review some of these car care basics provided by five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors.

1. Tire maintenance: Walee Gon of Faxon Garage

When a vehicle’s tires are under-inflated, it leads to increases in fuel usage, braking distance and tread wear. For this reason, it’s important to monitor inflation levels on an ongoing basis, which can be done using a hand-held tire pressure gauge. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Car Care Tips” »

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A Top-Down Approach to Home Maintenance


When prioritizing maintenance for your home, one helpful strategy is to start at the top and work your way down. Photo: Trademark Roofing (2015)

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Get Your Drains Cleaned Before the Holidays

Watch this video to learn why it’s a good idea to hire a plumber to clean your drains before the holiday season.

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Tips on Maintaining Your Home’s Windows

Maintaining the windows in your home is relatively easy and can save you money on future heating, cooling and repair work. Depending on the type of window you have, consider the following tips:

Maintaining metal or vinyl frame windows

  • Start with a visual inspection of the window and frames. Rubber seals hold the glass in place, and if the seals deteriorate over time, you’ll have an air or water leak. To replace the rubber, remove the window
    sash and take it to a glass repair shop. You may need to call a professional to remove the window.
  • Check for cracked or broken glass, which should also be replaced by glass shop professionals.
  • If you have double- or triple-pane windows, look for moisture between the glass panes, which indicates the seal between the panes has failed. The space between the panes is usually filled with gas to help provide insulation; if the seal is broken, the insulation value of the window goes down.
  • Check around the window casing where it meets the wall and fill any gaps with a paintable latex caulk.
  • If you have weather stripping, make sure it’s in good condition. (You can usually find it seated in a groove in the window frame; it’s easy to replace.) Remove a short section from the window and take it to a repair shop to find the right replacement.

Maintaining aluminum frame windows

  • Check the windows for cracked or broken glass. Rubber seals hold them in place and usually require specialized equipment to reinstall properly. Remove the glass pane (with its individual frame) from the window unit and take it to a repair shop.
  • Look for broken frame corners on the individual panes. Take any windows with this problem to a repair shop.
  • Ensure the frame is well-seated and sealed with a bead of caulk against the window casing. Don’t seal the factory-provided weep holes near the bottom of the window frame—these allow for drainage of any moisture that accumulates inside the framework.

Maintaining wood frame windows

  • Start with a visual inspection of the window panes and glazing (the putty that holds the glass in place). Cracked panes and missing glaze allow drafts, which raise heating and cooling bills.
  • Look over the paint. If it’s badly chipped or chalky to the touch, you’ll need to paint the exterior woodwork. A poor paint job allows moisture to penetrate the wood, causing rot and swelling.
  • Inspect where the window casing meets the wall. Use a high-quality paintable latex caulk to fill any gaps or cracks between the window frame and the siding or brick.
  • Make sure the windows seal tightly when closed. If they’re loose, you may need to add weather stripping around the window channels.

To find a Diamond Certified window company in your area, click on one of the links below.

Alameda County: www.diamondcertified.org/alameda-windows

Contra Costa County: www.diamondcertified.org/contra-costa-windows

Marin County: www.diamondcertified.org/marin-windows

Monterey & San Benito Counties: www.diamondcertified.org/monterey-san-benito-windows

San Francisco: www.diamondcertified.org/san-francisco-windows

San Mateo County: www.diamondcertified.org/san-mateo-windows

Santa Clara County: www.diamondcertified.org/santa-clara-windows

Santa Cruz County: www.diamondcertified.org/santa-cruz-windows

Solano County: www.diamondcertified.org/solano-windows

Sonoma County: www.diamondcertified.org/sonoma-windows

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