Archive: Tips

12 Tips for Planning a Home Remodeling Project

All this time spent indoors has been causing us to rethink our homes. Maybe that open concept idea isn’t so great after all? From nurseries and offices to kitchens and bathrooms, a home remodeling project can certainly improve your indoor ... Read More

4 Smart Upgrades for Your Plumbing

By now, you probably already have smart devices in your home — lighting, security, cooking, entertainment, and more. Well, plumbing is beginning to enter the fray. Curious about smart upgrades for your plumbing? Continue reading to learn about the different smart ... Read More

Summer Electrical Safety Tips for Kids

While summer is looking a little different than we expected, there’s still going to be plenty of swimming, barbecues, and relaxing indoors. But with all of the extra activity at home comes the added potential for electrical accidents. With summer ... Read More

How to Go Green With Plumbing

Making your plumbing system more efficient isn’t just about saving green, it’s also about making our world ever greener. Going green means saving money and protecting the environment. So, how do you go green with your plumbing? From identifying and fixing water ... Read More

Preparing for the Unexpected: How to prevent in-home water damage

Tips to help you avoid one of the most common preventable insurance claims One of the most common homeowners insurance claims is completely preventable.  It’s not fires or theft; it's not wind, hail, or storm damage. it’s water damage. We're not ... Read More

How to Outsmart Mother Nature: A Homeowner’s Spring Survival Guide

Humans have been outsmarting nature forever. Fire, agriculture, boats, planes, technology. We’ve been steadily increasing life expectancies. We’ve reached the moon. Our homes are no different. We can control the environment at will, access clean water at any time, and have ... Read More

Electrical Safety Tips for Spring

With spring and shelter-in-place upon us, there’s a lot more time for working and playing around the house. And that means more opportunities for electrical accidents, such as coming into contact with a live wire, overloaded circuits, and electrical fires. ... Read More

7 Tips to Improve Your Air Conditioner Efficiency

These are hard times and people are looking for ways to reduce home repairs and cut back on expenses. Since you’re stuck at home, learn how to improve your air conditioner efficiency to save money, reduce breakdowns, and extend the ... Read More

Why Your Water Heater Isn’t Working | Water Heater Troubleshooting

If you’re like most Americans, you rely on your water heater every single day. Whenever you wash clothes, take a shower, or run the dishwasher you are counting on all of the water heater components working together to provide clean, ... Read More

What Tax Credits Are Available for Making Your Home Energy Efficient?

Millions of Americans are busy preparing their taxes (or at least thinking about it), but IRS codes and manuals can be difficult to understand, even by trained lawyers. To make things more complicated, taxpayers must navigate the new set of laws ... Read More

How to Hide Your Outdoor HVAC Unit

The outdoor HVAC unit — that big metal box that contains the compressor, fins, wires, tubes, and fan — is a must-have for central air systems, but it can be a huge eyesore in the yard. In addition to hiding the ... Read More

How to Seal Air Leaks Around the Home for Year-Round Savings

Air leaks around the home can waste a lot of energy. When it’s summer and your air conditioner is running full blast, cool air escapes and warm air enters. In the winter, the reverse occurs — valuable heat escapes and ... Read More

Top Kitchen Remodeling Trends and Options for 2020

  Besides the bedroom, the kitchen is probably the most-used room in the house. It’s the heart of the home where family and friends gather for conversation and victuals, kids can do homework, and mail gets opened and sorted. When it comes ... Read More

5 New Year’s Resolutions for the Home

2020 isn’t just the start of a new year. It’s the start of a new decade. This year feels particularly important for setting New Year’s goals. Promises, that if kept, will bring you favor in the coming decade. What do ... Read More

Winter Fire Prevention Tips: Stop Home Fires Cold!

According to the National Fire Protection Association, home structural fires peak during the hours of 5:00 and 8:00 pm and during the winter months of December, January, and February. Nearly half of all home fires occur during these three months. Cooking equipment ... Read More

Home Heating Hacks to Save Money and Energy

Heating your entire home doesn’t have to be a chore. It doesn’t have to be expensive either! Whether you have a five-bedroom house or a quaint little cottage, it is possible to heat your entire dwelling at a reasonable rate ... Read More

Combat Winter Dryness and Sickness With a Whole-Home Humidifier

You feel uncomfortable in your own home, despite blasting the heater and using moisturizing conditioner and dryer sheets. On top of all of that, you’ve caught a cold or a sinus infection. What gives? It sounds like you’re dealing with ... Read More

Outdoor Fall Maintenance Essentials

This fall and winter, make sure you are taking all the necessary steps to keep your home, and especially your heating, plumbing, and electrical systems, working safely and efficiently. Here is our Outdoor Fall Home Maintenance Checklist to help you prepare ... Read More

Pre-Winter Furnace Maintenance Checklist

Furnaces, also known as gas or electric forced-air systems, don’t require a lot of work by the homeowner.  However, a little furnace maintenance can goe a long way for you.  A licensed professional should perform most heating and cooling maintenance. While ... Read More

Common Electrical Hazards in the Home

Many people are unaware of the electrical hazards that are present in their own homes, apartments, or workplaces. But with some basic electrical safety knowledge, most electrical fires and electrocutions could be avoided. With the holiday season quickly approaching and it ... Read More

How Do I Maintain My Plumbing System?

People frequently will ask "how do I maintain my plumbing?"  We often don’t think about our plumbing system until something goes wrong, but like anything else, preventative maintenance is better and cheaper than waiting for a repair or replacement. With plumbing ... Read More

Time to Spring Ahead!

It's time to Spring Ahead again, but does it really matter? What kind of winter has this been?  Well, it depends on where you live.  Here in Lancaster County we had an early snow.  It seemed like it might be a ... Read More

Be careful! The cold is upon us!

Tips to protect yourself and your property from the severe cold Soon we are going to feel cold weather the likes many of us haven't experienced in maybe a generation.  Incredible cold is hitting the northern tier and northeast of the ... Read More

Be Sure to check your Smoke Alarms this Weekend!

Time to check your smoke alarms when you turn back your clocks This weekend it will be time to “fall back” into Standard Time. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, which means you’ll want to check your ... Read More

Thunderstorm Safety Tips

Do you know what to do to stay safe? It's that time of year again when we are approaching that confluence of peak time to be outdoors coupled with the greatest threat of thunderstorms.  While most all of us love the ... Read More

What causes a clogged kitchen sink?

Whether you have a garbage disposal or not, it is not wise to put everything down the drain, unless you want a clogged kitchen sink. Unfortunately, some people think so.   And, unfortunately, it could cost you for indiscriminately washing everything ... Read More

How to Keep Your White Clothes Looking Fresh

Keeping white clothes bright, white, and fresh can be a challenge. Bleach can be a great refresher to your garments and keep them looking their best. However, you can't use bleach on every fabric.Bleaching Your White ClothesMake sure to check ... Read More

Things to Look for in a Convection Microwave Oven

Many households have grown accustomed to the convenience of having a microwave oven, but only a few have taken advantage of the benefits offered. The difference between a regular microwave oven and a convection microwave oven is its ability to ... Read More

Gas or Electric Range? Which is Better for You?

Maybe you’re sitting in your kitchen – contemplating life and maybe also the difference between electric and gas ranges. Is there a difference? Which type is better? When an appliance, stove, or range has reached the end of its life, you’re ... Read More

Foods You Should Not Put in the Refrigerator

The refrigerator is a wonderful invention, but it's not a miracle preserver for every type of food. The following food items just don't fit in the fridge and should be kept either on the counter or in the freezer. Some ... Read More

Tips on How to Maintain Your Appliances

More people take their appliances and electronics for granted than anything else in their home. We use these items on a daily basis, and many people are completely unaware of how to maintain them. This can result in costly breakdowns, ... Read More

Learn the Difference Between 3 and 4 Slot Dryer Outlets

The 3-slot dryer outlet is currently being replaced by the 4-slot as is required by law. Many people have had the dilemma of trying to convert the 3-slot dryer into the 4-slot one and vice versa. For residences built in ... Read More

How to Care for Different Types of Fabrics

Different fabrics require different care. Cotton and linen are both natural fibers, but using the same techniques on both will result in the material losing quality over time.Caring for LinenUse a delicate detergent and low spin speed. Make sure to ... Read More

Put Your Washer to Work by Washing More than Just Your Dirty Laundry

Even though your washing machine is best suited for your dirty laundry, there are lots of other - often surprising - things that can be cleaned in the washer. Here are just a few to keep in mind.Sports GearYou probably ... Read More

Let’s Spring Ahead!

What an interesting winter it has been.  Not a lot of snow, and not many severely cold days. We did have a few cold snaps where we had to be ready for frozen pipes and other worries; and of course ... Read More

Kitchen Pantry Storage Ideas

There is something inherently gratifying about a well-stocked pantry, and keeping it organized is key. Whether you have an allocated pantry in your home, or if you are trying to carve-out a pantry-space in a small or crowded kitchen, there ... Read More

Make Life Easier by Making After Dinner Cleanup a Breeze

People who want to create a restaurant experience at home usually stop at the food part. It can certainly be great fun to throw together an elegant meal for a special occasion that contains exotic ingredients and then make it ... Read More

How Long Will Onions Last in the Refrigerator? Which Vegetables Stay Fresh for a Long Time?

Even though your refrigerator and freezer allow you to keep leftovers relatively fresh and safe to eat, there is a limit to how long your vegetables can be stored. And yet, not many people really take this into account. They ... Read More

Does it Matter What Type of Laundry Detergent You Use in Your Washing Machine?

When you shop for laundry detergent, you might wonder if there's a big difference between different detergent types. Actually, depending on how you do laundry and what kind of stains and dirt you have, there is somewhat of a difference. ... Read More

How to Create a More Efficient and Productive Kitchen

A kitchen remodel can range from simply making space for new appliances to a full renovation that calls for new cabinets and countertops. While you should take some time to make sure that your newly renovated kitchen is visually appealing, ... Read More

Frozen pipes?

Some helpful tips to prevent them in the first place Water expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water will most ... Read More

How Often Should You Change the Water Filter in the Refrigerator

There are different types of refrigerators, the most common these days are refrigerators with water filtration systems. If you own this type of fridge with a water filter, it is important that you know about the mechanism of the water ... Read More

Tips to Find the Best Washer Dryer Laundry Pair for You

Since you're unlikely to find a washer and dryer combo unit in most American homes, you're probably going to have to mix and match when shopping for a washing machine and a clothes dryer. Here are a few tips that ... Read More

Tips to Remove Odors from Your Refrigerator

Even though a refrigerator can keep food safe to eat for at least a few days, it's easy to forget what kind of food you have. After a few weeks, you might open the refrigerator door only to be assaulted ... Read More

Trends for 2018

When we get later into the winter thoughts naturally turn to sprucing up your home for all of the warm weather entertaining to come. This is a great time to remodel your kitchen, bath or laundry room to include the ... Read More

Must-Have Refrigerator Features

Today's refrigerator appliances have evolved as integral to convenient, healthy living. Researching must-have refrigerator features and other considerations in smart refrigeration is as important as visiting appliance stores in person. Prior to purchasing at a home appliance store, consumers should ... Read More

How Do Humidity Drawers in Refrigerators Work?

The price of produce has risen extensively in the last several years. This situation makes proper preservation of your produce paramount, and this can be accomplished with a proper humidity drawer. What is a humidity drawer? What does it do ... Read More

Need help with the laundry? Teach your kids to help!

Why We All Hate LaundryIf you're like most moms these days, laundry is a never-ending, smoking, freight train. Piles of both folded and unfolded, clean laundry lie in extra rooms and bedroom corners, and dirty laundry bags seem like bottomless ... Read More

How to get ChapStick® out of clothes

Imagine pulling your fresh and fluffy laundry from your clothes dryer only to find that it is riddled with stains from a stray lip balm. ChapStick®, lip balms, and lip sticks can wreak havoc with your laundry, when these get ... Read More

Why you should really clean your household appliances

Why Should You Clean Your Household Appliances?The cleanliness of your home and kitchen is important to your overall well being. With the amount of time we spend in our homes, there exists an obvious need to keep our appliances clean ... Read More

How to get ink out of a dryer

Ink stains in the dryer can spell trouble for each and every load of wash that you do. Get rid of these problematic spots with a few tricks and tips that will remove the ink and eliminate the chance of ... Read More

Don’t let FOG ruin your holidays

We're approaching the Holiday Season...Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day.  For many people, FOG is a major issue.  No, we don't mean the fog of possible over-imbibing.  Nor do we mean the difficulty of getting to Grandma's house because you can't ... Read More

Cooking pans that you actually need

Everyone dreams of having a fully-stocked kitchen that can handle any type of meal. But if you can't afford that, you can make do if you only have the following four cooking pans. These are almost as important as any ... Read More

Save money and control static with wool dryer balls

Wool dryer balls are fast-becoming a popular item online and in some shops and retailers. These laundry essentials are found at a wide price-point, but are simple to make on your own. Consider making these easy balls for gifts to ... Read More

Did you?

Originally published in 2015, we thought it would be good to bring back again.   This weekend was the established time that we were to change our clocks (for those clocks not in our smart phones or computers). Did you take the ... Read More

How much water does an automatic dishwasher use?

 When your hands are at war with plates of crusty, baked-on lasagna, it's hard to realize just how much water is running down the drain. Between rinses, scrubs, and distractions, washing dishes by hand can use 27 gallons of water ... Read More

How to clean a front load washing machine

Front load washing machines have been designed in a way that the doors are watertight and airtight. Additionally, they have a seal with a rubber gasket. The rubber traps moisture and provides a perfect environment for mold growth and unpleasant ... Read More

Dishwasher cleaning tips

While dishwashers are great for cleaning and sanitizing your dishes, the kitchen appliance itself needs to be cleaned every so often. Dirty dishes may expose your dishwasher to grease, food debris and soap scum that tends to accumulate inside the ... Read More

What are the benefits of a bottom mount refrigerator?

Bottom mount refrigerators have recently become very popular, as opposed to the more traditional top-mounted units featuring a freezer on top and cool space below, or French door side-by-side freezer and cool space areas. When you visit an appliance store ... Read More

National Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways ... Read More

Foods that should always be kept in the fridge

Are you storing your foods properly? There are many foods that seem to end up in the pantry or on your counter that really should be kept in the refrigerator. Failure to keep these items chilled can result in spoilage, ... Read More

Everything you need to know before buying a wine refrigerator

Wine sales are currently sky rocketing, and where and how we choose to consume wine is changing. Many people prefer to drink their wine at home rather than at the bar/restaurant. Moreover, the consumption of wine has turned into a ... Read More

Recycle your coffee grounds!

If you drink coffee, you likely are accustomed to tossing out your used grounds.  Don't.  Instead, start reserving these for a multitude of uses around your home, from cleaning concoctions to lush plants. Furthermore, consider how you are reducing your ... Read More

Fulfill your cooking and baking needs with these essential kitchen tools

From cooking websites, cooking shows and kitchen stores all raving about must-have kitchen items that will make your cooking experience easier, it has become difficult to separate essential tools from the not so useful items. Some items are however definite ... Read More

Kitchen safety tips that need to be enforced

The kitchen is where you live your life. It is where you prepare healthy meals for your family, and where your family gathers to talk about the cares of the day. Unfortunately, the kitchen is also the site of many ... Read More

How much water is your washing machine using?

Consumers used to worry about their washers using too much water. Now they seem more concerned about their washing machines not using enough. While each brand will vary, most modern washers are built to maximize the wash using as little ... Read More

Oven, stove, range…what’s the difference?

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the above kitchen appliances as many people often refer to a stove as an oven. An oven is a chamber for cooking without external burners, a stove is a cooking appliance without an ... Read More

Proper loading of your washing machine makes a difference

If you want your washer to do its job, make sure that you are loading it properly. Clothes will get cleaner and you will save energy if you use your machine according to the manufacturer's recommendations, which will keep the ... Read More

Not a chef? Not a problem!

Fix cooking mistakes with these tips. Boiling water is pretty much the easiest kitchen task out there. But it isn't necessarily super simple all the time, especially when you're trying to boil the right amount of water for pasta on your ... Read More

Organize your fridge like a pro!

If you've recently cleaned out your refrigerator, then congratulations! You've just completed one of the most tedious and disgusting chores you will probably need to do. Here are a few ways you can organize your fridge to make the next ... Read More

Filtering laundry lint

One of the biggest problems that you will have with your laundry appliances is filtering out laundry lint, especially if you have a septic system instead of a public sewer connection.  Even though your washer and dryer have ways of ... Read More

Enjoy fresh, soft towels with these tips

Do your towels need a refresh? Here are some suggestions.There are few things better than drying yourself off with a fresh, fluffy towel after a hot shower. The problem is that towels rarely stay fluffy for long. After a handful ... Read More

The latest kitchen appliance trends…

...that will make your kitchen the talk of the town!If you want to have a modern kitchen that meets all of your needs, you will need a variety of cutting edge appliances. Some of the appliance features in today's kitchens ... Read More

Kitchen trends that you need to know about!

The kitchen is sometimes described as the heart of a home, and sometimes you just need something that'll make it beat a little faster.An Efficient KitchenFor someone who loves to create delicious culinary concoctions, you want to have the most ... Read More

Tricks to make cleaning your cook top a breeze

Over time, cook tops can build up quite a bit of gunk and grime. But cleaning them doesn't have to be a daunting task. Read on to learn some tips that make cleaning both gas and electric cook tops easier.Use ... Read More

Things you can put in a dishwasher that aren’t dishes

Dishwashers are amazing time savers. There's nothing quite like clearing a huge pile of dishes after friends come to visit and having a machine do the cleaning for you while you go back to watching TV. It's also nice to ... Read More

Spruce up your laundry room with these tips

Your laundry room may be the most functional room in your house, but that doesn't mean it has to look boring. You can have a color, pattern, and design scheme here just like any other room in your home. To ... Read More

Keep Laundry Organized & Efficient with These Tips

Washing and drying laundry is an ever-present task that never goes away. For this reason, it makes sense to streamline the process as much as possible through the use of updated technology and efficient routines. Here are some tips to ... Read More

Make laundry sorting easier with these tips

Most people have had the experience of removing their laundry from the washer or dryer to see red clothes that were formerly white or a sweater that looks two sizes smaller. This happens when you don't sort the laundry and ... Read More

Organize your refrigerator the right way

Have you ever opened your refrigerator so stuffed with food and containers that you’re afraid everything will avalanche out? Sometimes, it’s just easier to leave the mess alone than to go through all of your expired food. But it doesn't ... Read More

Cut energy costs with these laundry tips

The best way to save on your laundry costs is to avoid doing it completely, right?Many a busy parent has had this thought when considering how to tackle that big mound of dirty clothes. But as much fun as this ... Read More

Choosing the perfect range for your kitchen

Are you in search of a new kitchen range? With the variety of options nowadays, you'll want to know what's right for you. Check out these four steps to choosing the perfect kitchen range.Step 1. Choose a range based on ... Read More

Never lose a sock again with these tricks!

If you ever wonder how two socks go in the wash and only one comes out, you are not alone. Your washer and dryer are continuously getting a bad rap and reputation for eating socks. The key to hanging on ... Read More

Things to consider when placing your laundry set

Make sure that you plan and position your washer and dryer placement with some thought. Positioning the set in the wrong spot could interfere with your daily routine, cause inconvenience, and become a headache fast.Some things to keep in mind ... Read More

What you should know about lint traps

You probably know the importance of clearing the lint trap in your dryer, but if you have a lint trap on your washer, do you maintain it? The lint that comes from your laundry during washing can clog up your ... Read More

How to sort laundry for efficient washing

To keep colors true and get whites truly bright, you need to sort your laundry correctly. It's an extra step, but one that saves your clothes. It's worth the effort.What's the Point?Sorting your clothes by color, fabric and heavy dirt ... Read More

What to look for in a top load washer

As its name implies, a top load washer is one where you load clothes from the top rather than the front. Before you bring a new washer home, it's important to check to make sure you have the right washer ... Read More

The best ways to clean small appliances

Small appliances such as coffee makers, blenders, and juicers are great labor-saving devices. Unfortunately, they can collect dirt and grime quickly due to their small size, curves, and moving parts. By cleaning up splatter and other messes on your small ... Read More

What to look for in a front load washer

Before you go out and buy a new front-loading washer, make sure that you buy the one that will best suit your home and life.Some things to look for in your new washer are:The Measurements Typically a front load washer ... Read More

Are you overloading your dryer?

Tempted to shove just a few more clothes into the dryer?  Don't!  You'll waste energy and your clothes will take much longer to dry.  And that's just the beginning of the issues you will have.Here is a look at why ... Read More

Spring Ahead this Weekend!

When you change your clocks, be sure to check your smoke and CO alarms too!What winter?  Here in PA we haven't had much of a winter.  Some are still waiting for it to arrive.No matter, the calendar says its March.  ... Read More

What Should You Recycle?

Do you know what your local municipality requires or accepts?  See the 17 things not to recycle.Most, if not all municipalities in the cities and suburbs of the United States have some sort of recycling rules or guidelines.  Lancaster County ... Read More

Top vs front-loading washing machines: what’s the difference?

Washing machines just might be the biggest labor-saving device of the last century. The fact that you need one goes without saying, but which type should you purchase? You can choose a model where you load your clothes through a ... Read More

Clean your dryer lint filter and save money

The lint filter in your dryer is easy to overlook. And that's too bad because cleaning it regularly can save you money and time.The Benefits of a Clean Lint Filter A clean filter helps you in four ways. Here is ... Read More

Clean tough burnt food off of your pans

Cleaning burnt food off a pan is one of the least enjoyable parts of cooking--and cleaning. Maybe you got distracted while frying meat and its charbroiled remains are stuck to the pan. Another possibility is that you forgot to grease ... Read More

Smoke Alarm Alert: 3 Vital Tips That Could Save Your Life

Smoke alarms and your safety are something that we take seriously here at Brubaker Inc.  Do you have them in your home?  If so, what condition are yours in?  Do you know what kind they are?  We have previously discussed ... Read More

Find the right refrigerator style for your home

When you're ready to start shopping for a new refrigerator, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of models now available, and you might have trouble getting started with your search. Here are a few key points to ... Read More

Design Ideas for Small Kitchens

We all dream of a large, luxurious kitchen with endless storage, two islands, and industrial appliances; in reality many of us have small, inefficient kitchens. Instead of viewing your tiny space as a hindrance, let’s look for all of the ... Read More

Posted by Nicole R. Martin
Remodeling Project Specialist, Brubaker Inc.

What are you shopping for this Christmas?

Need some help?Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become well-known as the best shopping times during the year because of deep discounts and special offers from retailers, even offered by stores who almost never cut their prices. While many people ... Read More

Don’t Forget!

The leaves are turning on the trees, meaning that winter will soon be here.  So, when does the time change?  It is almost time to “fall back” into Standard Time.  Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, ... Read More

May is National Electrical Safety Month!

Don't Overload Your Home According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47,700 home fires in the U.S. are caused by electrical failures or malfunctions each year. These fires result in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage. Overloaded ... Read More

See our Laundry Feature in R&A Magazine

The Laundry...the Room Forgotten by our very own Nicole MartinOne of the most overlooked yet hardest used areas in the home is the laundry room. Just because something is functional doesn’t mean it can’t also be beautiful and efficient. There ... Read More

Tips for Choosing a Space Heater

Consider your choices carefully Looking ahead to this Valentine's Day Weekend, weather forecasts are projecting some of the coldest weather of the season.  We will need to be mindful of over-exposure to the elements if we are outside, and protecting vulnerable ... Read More

It’s cold out!

It's the first real taste of winter this season.  Be sure to do these things to make sure it isn't bitter. For the latter part of 2015, there were some who were wondering if we would ever have anything like a ... Read More

Preparing Your Appliances for the Holidays

Be prepared--ahead of time. A party host's worst nightmare.  Envision this: it's your favorite holiday of the year.  You have a large gathering coming later in the day; you're in the midst of massive preparations in the kitchen discover that ... Read More

Avoid a Thanksgiving Plumbing Disaster

  Someone once quipped that Thanksgiving was invented for our Nation to give thanks, while the day after was invented for the plumber. that true in your household? No other day of the year is as busy for plumbers as the ... Read More

Did you?

This weekend was the established time that we were to change our clocks (for those clocks not in our smart phones or computers).  Did you take the time to do one other thing as you changed your clocks?  If we forget ... Read More

Hear the Beep Where You Sleep!

National Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10, 2015. Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm. If you didn’t know that, you’re not alone.  An online questionnaire distributed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) showed that less than half (42 percent) ... Read More

What’s the best way to make a wooden cabinet? Whittle by whittle.

Cabinets are an extremely important part of any remodeling project because they are generally the hardest working fixtures in a kitchen and provide the only necessary storage in many bathrooms. Besides function, they also provide one of the major design ... Read More

Posted by Nicole R. Martin
Remodeling Project Specialist, Brubaker Inc.

How to Choose the Right Countertop

All About CountertopsSelecting a countertop material is one of the biggest decisions in your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project. The countertop is an immediate attention-grabber when someone walks in the room. With all of the choices available today you can ... Read More

Posted by Nicole R. Martin
Remodeling Project Specialist, Brubaker Inc.

How to Choose a Backsplash

There are three backsplash materials that are commonly used. Here's the pros & cons of each option. Laminate Pros: Laminate is cost effective solution and it is easy to clean.Cons: Laminate is recognized as an outdated style. It can only be ... Read More

Posted by Andrew Baker
Remodeling Project Specialist, Brubaker Inc.

Is Your Challenger Brand Electric Panel Safe?

Certain types of Challenger electrical panels and breakers catch fire!  Really!  Check your panel today, as Challenger was very popular in the '80s and '90s. Circuit breakers are designed to keep you and your family safe. However, there are a ... Read More

Is Your Electric Panel Safe?

How old is your panel? What brand is it? Today, more than ever, we depend on electricity. Everything seems to operate off of electricity, or has electric components in it that are critical to its operation or performance. Most people have ... Read More

Conserve Water and Save Money

Simple ways to save water and utility costs We have herd a lot in the news lately of the drought in the western portion of our Nation, especially in California.  Even here in the Northeast portion of the United States, we ... Read More

May is National Electrical Safety Month!

Are you as safe as you can be around electricity? People are injured or killed by electricity every year. Statistics tell us that there are over 400 electrocutions and over 4000 non-fatal injuries every year in the United States. That is ... Read More

Ideas For Remodeling Your Laundry Room

One of the most overlooked yet hardest used areas in the home is the laundry room.  Just because something is functional doesn’t mean it can’t also be beautiful and efficient.  There are many ways to take your laundry area to ... Read More

Posted by Nicole R. Martin
Remodeling Project Specialist, Brubaker Inc.

Seasonal Tips for Spring

Spring is finally here and it’s time to make some quick checks around the house .. Here are some quick and immediate plumbing tips for you to consider as the weather starts to warm. Plumbing When turning on water valves for the ... Read More

Did You Remember?

It's that time of year---don't forget to change the batteries in your CO and smoke alarms! Wow!  Two memorable winters in a row! We'll ask the question again just like last year: who isn't ready to 'Spring Ahead' out of this ... Read More

A Big Flush on Sunday?

Will you be watching Sunday evening? For many Americans, the day of the NFL's Super Bowl is virtually a holiday. In fact, some people think it has been for many years. According to Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times ... Read More

The Party’s tonight and I ran out of room in my refrigerator!

Tips and ideas for where to go with the extra drinks. Okay, so tonight is the big celebration.  You've got a crowd of people coming over for the festivities and no where near enough room for the refreshments.  If you live ... Read More

Top 10 Tips to Survive a Remodel

  If you’re about to embark on a kitchen, laundry or bathroom remodel, here are 10 tips to help you remain cool and calm during the construction. Get Organized - When packing up your bathroom or kitchen in anticipation of the remodel ... Read More

Posted by Andrew Baker
Remodeling Project Specialist, Brubaker Inc.

Easy steps to take to avoid a Thanksgiving plumbing disaster

By HAL CONICK, Content Producer for Penton Media and CONTRACTOR Magazine and IAN SIMPSON, Correspondent for Reuters News Service   Every November, people across the country gather with friends, family and others for a feast of epic proportions (and usually, epic portions). ... Read More

How to Choose Lighting for Kitchens and Baths

When planning a remodel project, people often focus on cabinets, counters, flooring and faucets. The one item, and perhaps the most important, that often gets overlooked is the lighting. This seemingly less-exciting element not only dictates how usable your space ... Read More

Posted by Nicole R. Martin
Remodeling Project Specialist, Brubaker Inc.

Seasonal Tips for Autumn

Plumbing Be sure to disconnect all hoses from outside faucets. A connected hose can prevent proper drainage from the faucet and may freeze and damage the faucet. If you have an outside faucet that is not a frost-proof faucet, be sure to ... Read More

Aging in Place – Preparing your Home for the Future

With the cost of assisted living and retirement homes soaring higher and higher, many retired people are starting to realize that their best option is to stay in their current home for as long as they can. Investing money into ... Read More

Posted by Andrew Baker
Remodeling Project Specialist, Brubaker Inc.

Summer time–Enjoy and be Careful!

(Portions previously posted July 18th, 2013) Okay, so it was a long, cold winter.  And a rather chilly Spring.  But Summer is finally here, and those hazy, hot 'Dog Days' are certainly just around the corner. We've all heard of the 'Dog ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Summer

Plumbing Do you find yourself running out of hot water? Check the date of manufacture on your water heater. This can be found on a label on the unit. Typically the first four numbers of the serial number are the month ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Spring

Plumbing When turning on water valves for the first time after the cold season is over, check for any leaks that may result from a pipe that may have had some leftover water in it that froze. Also check for leaks ... Read More

Spring Ahead! And check those smoke alarms and CO detectors!

What a winter it has been!  Who isn't ready to 'Spring Ahead' right out of this frozen snow-filled icebox of a winter right headlong into Springtime warmth?In due time...warmer temperatures hopefully are just around the corner. Many have asked where the ... Read More

Vacation Tips for Your Home

You can easily overlook your support systems when going away for a weekend, vacation, or extended period of time.  If something happens while you’re away, you’ll come home to a nightmare and regret that you weren't better prepared. To make sure ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Winter

Plumbing Do you have trouble with pipes freezing? Turn a faucet on to a slow trickle on an especially cold night to aid in keeping it from freezing solid. If you anticipate freezing problems or you have time in advance, try ... Read More

60 – and 40 – Watt Bulbs Banned for 2014: What You Need to Know

By Sarah B. Weir, Senior Writer, YAHOO Shine On Jan. 1, 2014, it will be lights out for standard incandescent 60- and 40-watt light bulbs. In order to comply with efficiency standards outlined in the Energy Independence and Security Act, which ... Read More

Easy Tips to Cut Your Home Energy Bill This Winter

While the first official day of winter hasn't arrived yet, for many areas of the nation one look out the window would suggest otherwise.  The snow and ice has us thinking how cold it is and that we might be ... Read More

It’s That Time Of Year Again…

...where doing this one little step could save your life. Okay, it's that time of year again.  Daylight continues to recede. There's a little less each day, and now we've hit that point where we need to turn our clocks back ... Read More

Prevent Kitchen Fires!

National Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12, 2013. Do you know what the leading cause of home fires is?  It's cooking!  According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home, followed by heating ... Read More

Can Your Refrigerator Make You Sick?

Some tips for keeping your refrigerator clean. Hands down, we have the safest food supply in the world. And we have some of the strictest standards for food safety also. So why, then is there each year an estimated 76 million Americans ... Read More

Do You Ever Find Yourself Saying “I Could’ve Done That!”?

Have you ever seen a piece of art in a gallery or museum and thought, “I could have done that?” Frequently that remark is made within earshot of someone else who retorts, “But you didn’t!” For many of us, the materials ... Read More

Protect Yourself From The Summer Heat

We've all heard of the 'Dog Days of Summer'...and it actually has its origins in astronomy and not weather!  Stars aside (and dogs, for that matter), the time of year from early July until around the second week of August ... Read More

10 Ways To Remodel Greener

Looking for ways to remodel greener?  Push past the hype and learn what really makes a renovation kind to the earth and easy on your wallet.  By Ken Grono, Let's get to the nitty-gritty of what it means to remodel green. ... Read More

Back to Cleaning Basics With Vinegar

We all know what vinegar is, right?  It's used mainly for cooking. Not necessarily.  From 5000 years ago until the mid-1900's it was also used as a mild cleaning agent. Now, in recent years, there has been a return to white vinegar ... Read More

Ways To Save Money On Your Air Conditioning Costs

If you have central air conditioning or a window air conditioning unit, you can cut your electric bills significantly, especially in very warm climates, by following these energy-saving cooling tips for when the cooling season begins. When buying a window air ... Read More

Refrigerator/Freezer Care & Maintenance Tips

Proper care and maintenance of your freezer will not only improve efficiency and performance, but will save energy dollars, and help your food contents to last longer. Location of Your Appliance Placing your refrigerator and/or freezer directly near a heat source, outside ... Read More

Do you care about your Indoor Air Quality?

February is sometimes known as "National Care About Your Indoor Air" Month   We hear it in the news all of the time.  More and more instances of asthma and other respiratory irritations and illnesses.  Skin irritations.  Flu bugs and other communicable ... Read More

Do you have a steam heating system?

Here are 15 tips to peak performance. Compliments of Contractor Magazine. With energy costs at record levels, efficiency is on the minds of homeowners, and contractors are being asked to bring utility bills down. However, there are not as many contractors out ... Read More

January is National Radon Awareness Month

Many of us are aware that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in humans, for both men and women.  Many people associate smoking with lung cancer.  However, there is another lung cancer-causing killer out there: radon. You can’t ... Read More

What are you doing to promote optimal health for yourself?

Ah, it's that time of year again.  The days are short, and while they aren't so cold yet in our area, that isn't dampening the Holiday Spirit.  Time to gather loved ones, and, given the tragic events of late in ... Read More

Could This Happen To You?

Be sure to check your home heating system and that you have working CO detectors. It's that time of year again.  An article in the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era (11/20/12) reported a situation that could have ended tragically. A family’s heating system was ... Read More

So…who invented the toilet?

Thomas Crapper?Really?While that makes for a nice, tidy, humorous answer, it is not true.  He did not invent the toilet. He did, however, do much to increase the popularity of the toilet, and developed some important related inventions to it.  ... Read More

It’s that time of year again, when we ‘Fall Back’ and change our clocks.

It's also a great time to perform a few other basic safety-related procedures around your house. This weekend, we will be setting our clocks back 1 hour.  This is a great time to do a few other things, such as change ... Read More

What To Do If You Should Lose Power

By now we are all feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Eastern third of the Nation.  This may go in the record books as one of the largest storms, in terms of geography (not necessarily intensity) ever. Here is ... Read More

Are You Prepared?

National Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13, 2012.   How good is your knowledge of history?  Remember hearing or reading of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871?  Tradition has it that it started when the O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern in ... Read More

Speaking of Smoke Alarms…

So you have smoke alarms in your home already?  Do you know what kind they are?  Did you know that they could possibly not go off in time? NBC's Today Show and Nightly News highlighted the importance of having both photoelectric ... Read More

September is Mold Awareness Month

Did you know? Studies have shown that there is an association between factors related to indoor dampness like, mold and mildew, and a wide variety of respiratory illnesses.  These can including asthma, asthma exacerbation, respiratory infections, and upper respiratory tract symptoms ... Read More

Air Conditioner Appreciation Days

Or...better known as the Dog Days of Summer. Where would we be without air conditioning?  True, our forebears in a bygone era didn't have it, but if they could have looked into a crystal ball to see the future, is there ... Read More

What things should I consider when setting a budget for my bathroom or kitchen remodel?

The answer is provided by Nicole Martin of Brubaker Inc. in Lancaster's R&A Magazine. The prospect of designing your perfect bathroom or kitchen and selecting the beautiful fixtures you will enjoy for many years is an exciting adventure.  The first ... Read More

Protecting Your Floor When You Need To Move That Appliance

Recently we received this message from a customer of ours:   We had new vinyl flooring installed in our kitchen and laundry rooms. Our washer and refrigerator severely damaged the vinyl (tore it up quite nicely!) when these were moved to clean ... Read More

The Importance of Grounding and Bonding

Grounding in electrical systems in homes, businesses, and industries is something that many people do not understand and/or take for granted. It is not uncommon for the grounding pin to be removed from the plug of an appliance or extension ... Read More

How To Maintain Your Refrigerator

One of the larger investments inside your home is your refrigerator. Simple maintenance and cleaning procedures can greatly extend the life and efficiency of it. Here are some pointers to keep your fridge running well now and for years to ... Read More

Safety Note – A check for your home’s heating system

An article in the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era (10/4/11) noted a potentially deadly situation. A family’s heating system/chimney was not working properly.  The carbon monoxide level in the home had reached a deadly level; fortunately the family had a carbon monoxide detector that alerted them to the odorless silent ... Read More