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One third of the energy you pay for probably leaks through holes in your house. Air leaks can also cause moisture and indoor air quality problems. Stopping air is the second most important job of a building enclosureNext to rain, air leaks through walls, roofs and floors can have the biggest effe...
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued guidance to homeowners who have had problems with Chinese drywall on how they can claim a tax deduction to help cover the costs of repairs to their home.  The drywall tax guidance (pdf), issued this week, flushes out the details on how homeowners can...
Act now or lose $1,500. The federal energy tax credit is about to expire. Install a high-efficiency natural gas furnace and tankless water heater from a NW Natural Certified Contractor and get up to $2,590 back in rebates, tax and gas credits. After December 31, 2010 at least $1,500 of these ince...
How Often: Twice a year Why: Increase dryer's lifespan and efficiency while reducing risk of fire What do I do? • In addition to removing lint from the lint trap after each load, periodically give your lint trap a thorough cleaning by scouring it gently using a soft brush, warm water, and dish so...
How often should you do it?: Twice a Year Why: Weighing in at over 400 pounds, your garage door is the largest movable part in your home. If it's not working properly, it can be extremely dangerous—not only to your automobile, but also to adults, children, and pets. What do I do: • Check the nuts...
A little water goes a long way We hear a lot about how moisture can be an indoor pollutant in tight houses. But just how much moisture can be a problem; how does boiling a pot of water compare to a 15-minute shower? This keeps some of us mold worrywarts up at night, so I thought it would be a go...
Make a detailed list of all your household possessions, and keep the list somewhere safe. Such a list will prove invaluable if you ever need to file an insurance claim. Don't wait until you have damaged, lost, or stolen property to assemble all the details. The stress and anxiety of the moment w...
  Water is an essential to all our lives. But when it leaves its trace behind it can look messy. Here are some tips to remove some of these stubborn stains. Save leatherSpilled water on your leather couch or car seat? Just ball up a piece of fresh bread and blot at the water to remove it without ...
"Button up" for comfort and savings. Since home heating is likely one of your biggest energy expenses, it pays to invest time now in buttoning up your home against the cold months ahead. Insulate Adding insulation is one of the most important things you can do to control your heating and cooling ...
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the Upper Big Branch mine disaster have reminded Americans of the risks associated with oil, gas, and coal   The fuel is carbon-neutral, but the smoke can be nasty. The particulates in wood smoke contribute to air pollution and lung disease. Environmentalists ofte...

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Serving all of the Portland Metro and outlying areas for over 13 years. We serve buyers and sellers ranging from first time homebuyers, to captains of industry.