“I think we blew a breaker!” Chances are you’ve heard that a time or two in your lifetime. Of course, that means a trip to the electrical panel to flip the breaker back to the "On" position. Resetting a breaker is pretty simple, but there is a lot of safety protection woven into that process, and a reason why the breaker tripped. Today we’ll explore this a little further and shed some light on why the electrical panel is one of the most important safety features in your home.

Planning to add a cooling system to your home this season? Let’s get your investigating done now so you can get it installed before the first heat waves hit. To help you sort through cooling options, here's an overview of products that may enter the picture:

Summers just keep getting hotter along the Colorado Front Range. This blog will deftly skirt the global warming debate, but what’s hard to dispute is that each year gets hotter. To compensate, more and more people purchase air conditioners and evaporative coolers to stay comfortable during our relatively brief, yet at times intense summer heat.

In the Boulder and Denver area, there are many communities where a high water table, spring runoff, or heavy seasonal snow or rain creates significant concerns about basement flooding. Water seeping up from below the basement floor, through cracks in the foundation wall, or at the joint where the basement floor and foundation wall meet, can create an unhealthy indoor environment — not to mention ruin valuable flooring and belongings that may reside in the lowest level of your home. In some areas, this may even be a year-round issue.

No one knows better than you what might find its way down the drain pipes in your home. A family member who sheds hair like a bear in the shower? Cooking oil and grease pitched down the kitchen sink when no one is looking? A future sea captain four-year-old performing a burial at sea in your toilet with his favorite toy?

When ‘air pollution’ comes up in conversation, the image it conjures for most people might be smog along the horizon. Yet, many homeowners are unaware that the air inside their homes often contains a higher concentration of pollutants than outdoors.

Electricity is an incredible boon to modern life and so reliable that we often take it for granted. The comforts and conveniences afforded by electricity, from lighting, comfort and security, to education, communication, entertainment, and so much more, highlight its far reaching impact.

For most Coloradoans, adding humidity to their home during the winter is a nice quality of life improvement. Health benefits, improved general comfort, and protecting wood products from excessive expansion and contraction are all advantages that proper indoor humidity helps provide. How to add that humidity can sometimes be a challenge.

Does your home have a chilly basement? It wouldn’t be a surprise to us, because it’s a common situation for many Colorado Front Range homeowners. The basement is located fully or partially below ground level, where the sun doesn’t add much thermal assistance like it does to your home's upper floors. Unfortunately, central heating systems often weren’t designed to effectively provide the desired comfort level down there – well, because it was the basement! For those that actually wish to use the basement level of their home, and be comfortable while doing so, supplementary heating is a topic worth exploring.

Have you been here? Standing at the kitchen sink, desperately hoping the greasy, backed up, watery muck will start going down the dang drain. But no matter what names you scream at it in fury and panic, the slimy mess just slowly creeps higher! So, what do you do? You might head off to the hardware store and buy a drain cleaning solution, dump it in the sink and pray for a miracle. For many drain professionals, this would be the wrong answer. The products that will clear that mess of who-knows-what out of the drain also eat away at the very pipes that house that mess. A short term fix, but potentially a long term headache.