Tips from Toby Allergies & Your Furnace
If you think your allergies have been worse this year than most - they probably are. The great growing conditions mean the plants that cause our allergies (ragweed, grass, etc) is growing strong and that means lots of sneezing, itching, and watery eyes. In this weeks tip we show you how to keep allergens out of the house and breathe a whole lot easier!
Tips from Toby – Fall Bugs, Mice & Itches!
The Oak/Itch mites are back in full force. Learn about Whup a Bug from Toby and his Brother - who’s lawn team was being eaten alive. Whup a Bug is all natural and it has been keeping the itch mites and other biters away for quite some time. It might work for you! The mice and bugs are trying to get into your home as the nights get colder. We show you the easy solutions to keep them out of the house and not spray any chemicals or leave nasty traps inside the house! Watch the video tip now to find out how you can keep from getting bit or bothered over the Fall.
Tips from Toby Foundation Check
Typical Kansas City Summer! Long periods of heat and no rain followed by heavy downpours. If you're not watering around your foundation on a consistent basis you can have flooding in your basement or even worse - foundation cracks. Our Friends at Atlantis Drainage Solutions give you some great tips on things to check for around the home that might be causing the problems. Such things as downspouts draining improperly, clogged gutters and soil erosion around your foundation may be the culprits and a lot less money to repair that extremely costly foundation repair or French Drains. Some of us do need foundation repair but be sure you are getting the right advice and if you are unsure get a second or even third bid and check those backgrounds online!
Tips from Toby – Ant & Insect Free Home
You see those t.v. commercials all the time, somebody is frightened by bugs and runs and gets that gallon of chemicals and starts spraying all over the inside of the house. DON'T SPRAY CHEMICALS INSIDE YOUR HOME! Unless you want it leaving a bunch of sticky dead bugs around, or enjoy breathing chemicals, there is a much easier way to rid your home of bugs, ants and spiders. Watch this week's video tip as we show you the effective and easy way to keep the bugs from getting in your home and enjoying your lawn again without getting bitten by ticks or mosquitos!
Tips from Toby Keeping Cool
Last week was the first time many of us fired up our AC's this season and that resulted in thousands of emergency calls all over the city. Almost 80% of those calls could have been avoided (along with the expense) by doing a few simple tasks to keep your air conditioning system running smooth all season long. From checking that filter to cleaning off the outside coils and much more, we show you the quick, easy things you can do to keep your AC running cool and efficiently all Summer long.
Tips from Toby – Here Come the Bugs!
After a mild winter and the recent rain the insects are in full force and ready to annoy, sting and get in our homes. Keep them out along with keeping the chemicals out of your home. Watch Toby’s tip to find out how to keep those annoying pests out of your home. From ants to spiders and much more we show you how to keep those pests out and setting up nest in your home. We also help you knock down the population in your lawn so you and the kids can get out and keep from getting bit. Remember - many insects including ticks and mosquitoes carry disease, so be sure to avoid getting bit as much as possible. The good news - in just a couple of hours this weekend you can build a moat around your home that will keep the bugs from entering your home alive!
Tips from Toby Winter Outdoor Quick Tips
After some really cold temps we've finally received a break with warmer weather which means it's a good time to venture outside and do some inspection work before our next cold snap. About 60% of foundation issues are caused by clogged gutters, broken downspouts, or improper drainage. Now is a good time to make sure those downspouts aren't clogged and draining away from your home. Those ornamental grasses near your home need to be pruned back. They are a fire hazard and should be trimmed now to allow them to grow back next Spring. Do you have ice melter handy? It won't be long before the next cold snap comes upon us. Make sure you pick up some ice melter that is safe for your concrete, pets and carpet next time you're out shopping. Keep a bag handy in your trunk too! Finally, don't forget to check for places where pests like mice can sneak in around the garage or in those big piles of leaves close to the house.
Tips from Toby January Quick Tips
Tired of being cooped up in the cold? Going a little stir crazy? We've put together a list of Toby's favorite Home, Lawn and Garden Quick tips that are easy and will have you feeling like you made some big accomplishments (for those that have already broken their New Year's Resolutions). Watch the video tip of the week now to find out some easy things you can do around your home to keep things running great!
Tips from Toby – Warmth, Heaters & Electric System
Have you been using those handy space heaters to warm that Winter chill? Is the space heater safe? At this time of year we see tons of electric fires because circuits are being shorted out and space heaters can ignite blankets or cause a short quickly. Watch this week's tip and find out what to look for in "safe" space heaters and find out how to make sure your electric system is handling the extra load.
Tips from Toby – Winter Indoor Humidity
It's that time of year where our furnaces dry out the air, our noses, throats, furniture and much more. This can leave a lot of damage to cabinets, wood floors and of course be an irritant. Check out our tip on adding a whole house humidifier to your home or ways to add humidity to your home safely. Keep from shocking your family, static cling in your hair and enjoy more comfort in your home now!