Jacqueline Medina

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jacqueline Medina is a freelance writer with a background in environmental science, education, and small business support. Outside of her writing work, she enjoys maintaining and renovating her 19th century home in New Jersey. You can connect with Jacqueline on LinkedIn.

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OCTOBER 4, 2021 | MONDAY
Solved! Why Is My Water Heater Making Noise?

Q: Recently, I noticed my hot water heater making noise. It isn’t an old heater, but it’s been making a weird sizzling noise. Why is my water heater noisy, and should I be worried about i...

SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 | TUESDAY
How To: Clean Solar Panels

Solar panels have become increasingly popular for meeting home energy needs. By absorbing sunlight, they create a current that’s converted to usable electricity. The amount generated depe...

SEPTEMBER 20, 2021 | MONDAY
Solved! What Does Mouse Poop Look Like?

Q: This morning, I noticed something along the edges of my kitchen counter: dry-looking pellets that remind me of tiny black rice. I don’t know how long they’ve been there, but I’m worrie...

AUGUST 13, 2021 | FRIDAY
Solved! How Long Does A Furnace Last?

Q: I live in an older home with an older furnace. It’s gone through a lot of repairs since I’ve lived here. How long does a furnace last, and how can I figure out my furnace’s life expect...

JULY 8, 2021 | THURSDAY
What Does Poison Sumac Look Like? Everything You Need To Know About Identifying Poison Sumac

Q: Last year, I moved into a new home on wetlands. I just started clearing out parts of the yard and found what may be poisonous plants. What does poison sumac look like so I can identify...

JULY 1, 2021 | THURSDAY
What Is ROI? Return On Investment, Explained

Q: We’re looking to renovate some rooms in our house, but we can’t agree on where to start. A friend recommended an ROI calculator. What is ROI, and how can calculating it help with our r...

JUNE 24, 2021 | THURSDAY
Solved! What Are Signs of Termites?

Q: I’ve noticed some odd insect activity in and around my home, as well as some soil tunneling near wood features outside the house. Could these be signs of termites?A: Termites are a com...