Show Notes: On The House Christmas – On the House

Show Notes: On The House Christmas

By on December 22, 2018

Show Notes for On The House with the Carey Brothers Aired December 22, 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like our Christmas episode!

We’re grateful that you’re a part of our On The House family and you let us be a part of your lives!

We took many calls of thanks this show and it warms our hearts to know we’re helping you make your house a home and keep it fine tuned!

Enjoy this wonderful season with the ones you love and take a moment to remember your “why.”

Did you miss the live episode? Don’t worry! We turn every hour into a podcast episode! Listen to any episode here!

Looking for an Easy Gift for your Favorite Gardner?

Every rose has its thorns but apparently not every bloom has a name. For flower lovers the world over, tending to those tender petals and nurturing a seed or bulb into a stunning floral display that exudes color and beauty is one of the most gratifying pastimes around. Once you’ve given your favorite gardener a bevy of tools, a comfy chair to sit in while weeding, and a few other essential outdoor knickknacks, what surprises do you have left? Well, there’s no one more thanks to this Name a Rose present that puts your friend or family member on the front lines of horticultural greatness.


Even novice growers can use this kit to raise a unique rose from scratch – or from the provided seeds, as the case may be. Other goodies like a souvenir poster, a leaflet full of rose facts, and plant markers round out the tin’s contents. All that’s left is to register the rose and wait for the official name certificate to make its way back in the mail. More than just a present, your gift comes with life-long bragging rights that are sure to earn that special someone major standing in their gardening circle or crafting group. And, if you’re really lucky, they might even name their intoxicating blossom after you!


Your Dream Bathroom

Brought to you by American Standard Walk-In Tubs

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How to Spend the Most Important Hour of the Holiday Weekend

I find that the Christmas weekend—whether you celebrate or not—tends to be a time to focus on enjoying your home and your family. But you can spend some time on yourself, too. This weekend’s project is all about self-care.

Take a Break, Take a Bath
The practice of bathing as a therapeutic activity has a long history, dating back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese and The Middle east.
The ancient Greeks celebrated the practice of bathing with hot tubs and a form of hot-air bath known as laconica. They reveled in olive oil’s moisturizing and healing benefits, slathering it on their skin. Their enjoyment of therapeutic bathing was widespread…in fact, its practice was so celebrated by the Greeks that it soon caught on with the Romans as well.
Romans selected lavender as their bathing scent of choice for its relaxing properties as well as its ability to relieve depression and inspire mental clarity.
The Egyptians eschewed the use of soap as we know it today. Their preference was for a concoction of lime, oil and natural scents. They also enjoyed baths of milk and honey for smooth skin.
Romans, Greeks and Middle Easterners added things like citrus peel, roses, lavender and other herbs to their baths. Some people in the Middle East have continued the tradition of public baths into modern times, and they’ve changed little over the centuries.
Ancient Chinese bathing traditions relied on ginger for its detoxification benefits, curative properties and boost to virility. Asia’s rich tradition of therapeutic bathing originated a number of practices that continue today. The Japanese utilized green tea as a soothing, relaxing ingredient in their luxurious, specially designed soaking tubs. Green tea is touted today as an increasingly popular tonic for a variety of ailments and to maintain vigorous health.


Update on Camp Fire in Paradise, California

Scott Michaels, Program Manager of longtime On The House Affiliate Newstalk 1290 KPAY in Chico provided an update on the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA

So often we forget about the lost traditions that a natural disaster can cause, but Paradise isn’t going to let one tradition go. They held a tree lighting ceremony for this holiday season to celebrate what they still have to be thankful for, their community and unity in this difficult time.


5 New Year Resolutions for your Home to Start Now

Get a jump start on that 2019 to-do list

• Decluttering your home
• Planning a room renovation
• Putting holiday decorations away early
• Tackle little projects
• Organize a specific space

What’s your New Year’s Home Resolution?


Winter Wear and Tear On Your Home

It Doesn’t Take a Major Disaster to Cost You Thousands

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According to a study published by the Insurance Information Institute, winter storms caused around three and a half billion dollars worth of property damage in the U.S.

Don’t panic, though: with a little preparation and forethought, you can protect your home and your investment in your property from the worst of winter storm damage

The Plumbing

According to a recent article by Time magazine, the average insurance claim for burst pipes due to freezing is fifteen thousand dollars. Contrast that number with what it would cost to wrap your pipes with foam insulators (roughly $1 per six feet), disconnecting your hoses (free), and insulating your hose bibs (roughly $5 each).
This is an especially important way to protect yourself if you live somewhere where sub-freezing temperatures are rare, but not impossible, because homes in those areas are not constructed with such temperatures in mind.

The Roof

Another expensive potential casualty of winter storms is the roof on your home. Water can find its way into cracks, freeze, and make them larger. Ice can back up on your roof and create a dam, collecting runoff until your room collapses or your gutters come off. Snow can accumulate in such amounts as to weigh enough to crash through your roof, and the winds from winter storms can carry loose shingles away.
According to that same article, a roof rake for excess snow removal will cost you less than fifty dollars. Professionally installed heat tape to prevent the formation of ice dams might cost you more than a thousand. Cleaning your gutters of dead leaves at the end of fall will only cost you a bit of sweat. A new roof (not accounting for water damage in the home) will run you north of twenty grand

Around the Home

Winter preparedness doesn’t end at the four walls and roof of your home, either. Other than the hose bibs and gutters mentioned above, there are several things you can do to your property to protect your home from winter storm damage. If you live in an area that experiences ice storms or freezing rain, you should have the trees on your property inspected each summer.
An unhealthy tree can shed several hundred (even thousands) of pounds of limbs in an ice storm or a wind storm, or they can topple and plow into your home, smash your other plantings, outbuildings, cars, and your friends and family. Don’t find out the hard way that you have diseased trees, ready to come down with the next storm.

An Ounce of Prevention

Every winter will add another layer of soot to the inside of your chimneys, another accumulation of lint in your dryer vent hose (and these are other regular maintenance items you should stay on top of), but with a little prevention, the big-ticket winter calamities—frozen pipes, collapsed roofs, toppled trees—can all be prevented.


What Causes Noisy Water Pipes?

Kids may be loud, but your water pipes should never be noisy. Unfortunately, certain water pipes make noises due to clogs, weather and a myriad of other factors.

What Are Noisy Water Pipes Are Typically Caused By?
Any suspicious noise coming from your pipes can be cause for concern. But no need to panic just yet, if you find the source of the noise it can be an easy fix. Here are a few situations that may cause noisy pipes:
1. Water Hammer
2. Loose Pipes
3. Worn Out Washer
4. Main Shut Off Valve
5. Toilets

Water Hammer

Noisy pipes can be caused by several factors. Let’s start with what is commonly known as water hammer. Water rushing through the pipe and out the faucet moves with speed and force. When you shut off the faucet, the water flow is brought to an abrupt halt. But that energy has to go somewhere. Normally in the wall behind each hot and cold faucet is an air chamber in the pipe. It used to be about 10 inches of pipe soldered vertically.

Then, when the rushing water was stopped, it would push up that vertical pipe where it would hit a cushion of air in the pipe. That would prevent the water force from causing the pipes to rattle, or hammer. Now, there are commercial air cushions that are attached to the pipe in the same place that do the same job. Hammering can develop because over years, the air in that little vertical riser is lost, and thus the cushioning effect is lost.

How to Prevent Water Hammering

Eliminate water hammering by shutting off the main water, opening all faucets and then drainin g the whole house from the lowest faucet. When you restore water, air will again be pushed into the risers designed to prevent water hammer.

Loose Pipes

Another cause of noisy water pipes is a loose pipe under the house. The flushed water moves rapidly and in large volume and can cause a pipe to sway, setting up a rattling effect.

How to Fix Loose Pipes

Drain pipes are usually suspended from the floor joists under the house and a little stabilization may be all that is needed. By crawling under the house with a flashlight while someone flushes the toilet, you should be able to find the source by listening and looking.

Worn Out Washer

A worn out washer in a faucet or valve often causes whistling in water pipes or squeaky pipes. The direct source of this squealing is in the valves that connect to the washing machine.

How to Fix A Worn Out Washer

If you notice the squealing sound comes when the washer is on, you have an easy solution. First, shut off the valve and check the washers in the hose. Replace if they look worn or cracked. If that isn’t it, shut off the house water and repair the faucet. One of the faucet’s washers is likely worn or the valve seat is worn, causing water to be forced through a smaller opening and setting up the noisy pipes.

Main Shut Off Valve

Another source of squealing water pipes, particularly when it seems to resonate through the whole house, can be either the main shut off valve for the house or the water pressure regulator.

How to Fix Main House Valve

For the main shut off, turn off the water at the street valve first and then replace or repair the main house valve. If that isn’t it and you have a pressure reducer on your incoming cold water line, it may be in the reducer’s manifold.


Yet another noise problem can come from the toilet. If, after flushing, you hear a banging or rattling at the end of the fill cycle, then it is likely that the ballcock assembly, which controls the fill process, is worn.

How to Prevent Noisy Pipes from Your Toilet

Depending on the style and how new the ballcock assembly is, you might be able to repair it. Otherwise, replace it with a better one.


That’s it for this week’s episode! Thank you for listening!

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