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Cleaning Chimney Not a DIY Project

Q: Can I clean my own chimney? I don’t want to spend tons of money and be told I have to make expensive repairs just to use the fireplace. — Rich C. in Portland, Maine A: Your reluctance is understandable, because the chimney cleaning industry, like other contractor services, has Continue reading →

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Protecting Apartment from Bad Water Leak

Q: I heard a horror story from an old college friend about her apartment’s pipes springing a leak in the wintertime, and the maintenance crew not addressing it for days. I don’t know what I would do in the same situation. Do you have any advice? — Taysha L., Alexandria, Continue reading →

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Squirrels Set Up Residence in Attic

Q: While putting some stuff in the attic, I heard some scratching and squeaking sounds. I know we don’t have mice in the house, but I couldn’t see any nests or fur around the attic. Sitting outside the next day though, I saw a squirrel climb under the eaves and Continue reading →