Ask FRED: Why Does My Sink Smell?

Steve Magill

Have you ever wondered why your sink can smell so badly from time to time? Your bathroom sink that gets the most usage?
There is an oft forgotten feature in your sink that needs regular cleaning like your toilet needs regular cleaning.
That smell is in the sink overflow canal. It has to be cleaned out with a cleaner and flushed regularly, just like a …

How to Inspect Your Home after a Winter Storm

Home Inspection

Winter storms spell trouble for our homes. The mass amounts of snow and dropping temperatures can cause severe damage, some of which you may not notice until it is too late. Whenever you get a chance, be sure to check the house for any potential issues. Here are some areas that you should inspect after a winter storm.
Roof & Gutters
The roof is directly …

Flushing a Tankless Water Heater with Fred

Tankless Water Heater

Heating water accounts for up to 30% of an average home’s energy budget. Some makers of gas-fired tankless water heaters claim their products can cut your energy costs up to half versus regular storage heaters. If you do go with this option, it will require some maintenance. Specifically, a tankless water heater can collect minerals that build up and erode the walls of your tank’s heating …