Steven Boucke: Accounting Ace
Michael Gallup: Automotive Ace
Charlene Locke: Rug Cleaning Specialist
Dr. James Mattingly: Dental Genius
Randy Zechman: Solar Specialist
Aaron Weiss: Roof Master
Chris Street: HVAC Authority
Jerry Thompson: Electrician Extraordinaire
Mike Chavez: Painting Pro
Mark Benda: Moulding Master
Bob Blanchette: Auto Auteur
Dave Steely: Carpet Cleaning Connoisseur
Carl Lundgren: Insurance Expert
Ernie Andrade: Cleaning Industry Entrepreneur
Christopher Wells: Construction Connoisseur
Udi Finkel: Locksmith Leader
Amanda Lafferty: Interior Design Star
Laurie Kreger: Masonry Manager
Tim Hassler: HVAC Authority
Rich Moore: Solar Specialist

Gain Knowledge from Expert Contributions

If you want to gain knowledge on specific local services and become a more savvy consumer, we encourage you to access the Diamond Certified Expert Reports through the search options on the right. These mostly industry-specific articles, tip sheets, videos and blog entries are created for consumers by local experts. The authors know what they’re talking about because they own or manage a local Diamond Certified company that’s been rated Highest in Quality. Each has contributed their expertise to create these reports for you and other consumers as a way to give back to their community.

RECENT DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT REPORTS

Video: Removing Dirt from your Carpet

With Charlene Locke of Sequoia Oriental Rug Cleaning & Restoration, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PALO ALTO − Host, Sarah Rutan: When dirt gets tracked onto your carpet, you’ll need to know an effective technique for removing it. Today we’re in Palo Alto with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Charlene Locke of Sequoia Oriental Rug Cleaning & Restoration to…Read More

How to Remove a Carpet Spot

By Charlene Locke of Sequoia Oriental Rug Cleaning & Restoration, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PALO ALTO − When soil gets tracked into your home, it can become embedded in your carpet and result in dirty or discolored spots. Fortunately, by employing the right techniques, you can often remove these spots yourself. Before attempting to clean a…Read More

Video: Preventing Wine Stains on your Carpet

With Charlene Locke of Sequoia Oriental Rug Cleaning & Restoration, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PALO ALTO − Host, Sarah Rutan: When red wine spills on your carpet, knowing the correct clean-up procedure will go a long way toward preventing a permanent stain. Today we’re in Palo Alto with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Charlene Locke of Sequoia Oriental…Read More

Preventing a Wine Stain on your Carpet

By Charlene Locke of Sequoia Oriental Rug Cleaning & Restoration, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PALO ALTO − One of the most common culprits of carpet stains is spilled red wine. Fortunately, by employing the right techniques, you can prevent a permanent stain if this happens in your home. When red wine gets spilled on your carpet,…Read More

Charlene Locke: Growing Sequoia

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

PALO ALTO − When Charlene Locke became co-owner of Sequoia Oriental Rug Cleaning & Restoration in the late 1970s, she immediately knew she’d found her niche. “I loved this business from the very beginning,” she affirms. “What I liked most was…Read More

Video: Dashboard Warning Lights Explained

With Bob Blanchette of Luckscheider Automotive, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE − Host, Sarah Rutan: When one of your dashboard warning lights comes on while driving, knowing what it means will help you determine the right course of action. Today we’re in San Jose with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Bob Blanchette of…Read More

Dashboard Warning Lights Explained

By Bob Blanchette of Luckscheider Automotive, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE − A car’s dashboard contains several warning lights, each of which indicates a particular maintenance need or engine problem. While not all drivers are familiar with what each light signifies, it’s important to know the difference between a light that…Read More

Bob Blanchette: Dual Ambition

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN JOSE − For Bob Blanchette, a career in auto repair not only reflects his love of cars, it also satisfies the dual facets of his personality. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a penchant for figuring out how things…Read More

Video: Preventative HVAC Maintenance

With Chris Street of Enviro Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

ROHNERT PARK − Host, Sarah Rutan: To ensure efficient performance and maximum lifespan, your home’s heating and cooling systems need to be preventatively maintained. Today we’re in Rohnert Park with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Chris Street of Enviro Heating & Air Conditioning to…Read More

Preventative HVAC Maintenance

By Chris Street of Enviro Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

ROHNERT PARK − A little preventative maintenance can go a long way toward keeping your home’s heating and cooling system performing optimally. The best way to ensure this is by having a professional HVAC technician perform an annual maintenance service on your…Read More

Chris Street: A Second Trade

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

ROHNERT PARK − When a debilitating injury ended his roofing career, Chris Street found himself starting from scratch in a new professional field. In the end, however, his twist of fate resulted in a greater success than he’d ever imagined. “I developed…Read More

Video: Considerations for Choosing Draperies

With Amanda Lafferty of National Blinds & Flooring Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN FRANCISCO − Host, Sarah Rutan: When picking out new window draperies, you’ll want to consider more than just their color. Today we’re in San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Amanda Lafferty of National Blinds & Flooring Inc. to learn more. Diamond…Read More

Considerations for Choosing Draperies

By Amanda Lafferty of National Blinds & Flooring Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN FRANCISCO − One of the best ways to enhance the aesthetics of your home is with custom draperies. However, in order to make the right selection, you’ll need to consider a lot more than just the color of the fabric. One…Read More

Amanda Lafferty: Born to Design

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN FRANCISCO − For Amanda Lafferty, a career in interior design was a natural progression of her inherited flair for home decorating. “I’ve always been interested in creating beautiful spaces,” she says. “I think I got it from my mom, who is…Read More

Video: Oil Change Tip for Older Vehicles

With Michael Gallup of A & A Automotive Corporation, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAUSALITO − Host, Sarah Rutan: With the gradually changing consistency of motor oil products, owners of older vehicles need to know about a crucial maintenance tip. Today we’re in Sausalito with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Michael Gallup of A & A Automotive Corporation…Read More

Oil Change Tip for Vintage Vehicles

By Michael Gallup of A & A Automotive Corporation, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAUSALITO − One aspect of automotive technology that has evolved substantially over the last century is the way in which fuel is supplied to the engine. For decades, this crucial function was performed by carburetors, but in the late 1970s,…Read More

Michael Gallup: High Horsepower

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAUSALITO − When Michael Gallup got his first job pumping gas at a local station, he didn’t have a clear vocational goal in mind—just a love for cars. “I was your classic car guy in high school, always working on hot rods…Read More

Video: Cleaning Spills on Your Carpet

With Dave Steely of Maximum Carpet Cleaning, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CONCORD − Host, Sarah Rutan: When a spill occurs on your carpet, knowing how to deal with it properly can make all the difference in preventing a permanent stain. Today we’re in Concord with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dave Steely of Maximum…Read More

A Thorough Procedure for Preventing Carpet Stains

By Dave Steely of Maximum Carpet Cleaning, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CONCORD − Spills on the carpet are never anticipated, but knowing what to do in the event of one can help you prevent a permanent stain. Follow this thorough stain prevention procedure: 1. With a tightly folded, 100 percent cotton…Read More

Dave Steely: Maximum Integrity

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

CONCORD − Dave Steely started cleaning carpets right out of high school, but it took him a while to find businesses that shared his personal values and professional integrity. “Back then, the bait-and-switch tactic was very prominent, with fly-by-night companies…Read More

Video: Understanding Beneficiary Designation

With Carl Lundgren of Mitchell & Mitchell Insurance Agency, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

NOVATO − Host, Sarah Rutan: Whether you have or are planning to make a legal will or trust, you’ll need to know some important guidelines regarding beneficiary designation. Today we’re in Novato with Carl Lundgren of Mitchell & Mitchell Insurance Agency to learn…Read More

Common Mistakes Regarding Beneficiary Designations

By Carl Lundgren of Mitchell & Mitchell Insurance Agency, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

NOVATO − If you’ve established a will or trust, you’re probably familiar with the term “beneficiary designation.” A beneficiary is any person or entity to whom you designate control of your finances and possessions in the event that you pass…Read More

Carl Lundgren: Face to Face

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

NOVATO − As a math major in college, it only made sense for Carl Lundgren to pursue an analytics-based career. However, beneath his head for numbers was a heart for people. “I majored in math sort of by default—I didn’t…Read More

Video: Considerations for Buying an Electric Car

With Jerry Thompson of Integrity Electric, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN RAFAEL − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re thinking about buying an electric car, you’ll want to consider a few different factors, including how you’re going to charge it. Today we’re in San Rafael with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jerry Thompson of…Read More

A Crucial Consideration When Buying an Electric Car

By Jerry Thompson of Integrity Electric, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN RAFAEL − An electric car offers several advantages, from eliminating fossil fuel usage to reducing maintenance needs. However, if you’re thinking about purchasing an electric vehicle, one factor you’ll need to consider is how you’re going to charge it….Read More

Jerry Thompson: Electrical Integrity

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN RAFAEL − When Jerry Thompson was 18 years old, he wasn’t sure which direction his professional path would take. Fortunately, with a little paternal guidance, he was able to forge his way to a successful career. “I got involved…Read More

How to Maximize the Aesthetic Value of Moulding

By Mark Benda of Moulding Masters of California, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CONCORD − One of the most important yet overlooked aspects of architectural moulding installation is the role of color—not that of the moulding itself, but of the complementary wall paint. In order to make the moulding “pop,” you should make it a…Read More

Mark Benda: Moulding Master

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

CONCORD − Mark Benda spent the first part of his professional life working with cakes and other confectionary creations, so it’s no wonder that when he decided to switch to the building trades, he chose the one closest to his…Read More

Video: Considerations for Moulding Installation

With Mark Benda of Moulding Masters of California, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CONCORD − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning to install moulding in your home, make sure you consider a few pertinent factors before work begins. Today we’re in Concord with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mark Benda of Moulding Masters of California to learn…Read More

Video: Water Heater Replacement

With Leigh Marymor of The Lunt Marymor Company, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

EMERYVILLE − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning to replace your old, traditional water heater, it’s important to know the full extent of your options. Today we’re in Emeryville with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Leigh Marymor of The Lunt Marymor Company to…Read More

Video: Assessing Filter Options

With Tim Hassler of Hassler Heating & Air Conditioning, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

EL CERRITO − Host, Sarah Rutan: In maintaining your HVAC system, there are multiple options for filters you can use. Today, we’re in El Cerrito with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Tim Hassler of Hassler Heating & Air Conditioning to learn more. Diamond…Read More

Going Above Minimum Standards with Air Filters

By Tim Hassler of Hassler Heating & Air Conditioning, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

EL CERRITO − Some people think air filters are all the same, but this is far from the case. While the heating and cooling systems in many homes have standard, one-inch fiberglass filters, the reality is that these do little to improve…Read More

Tim Hassler: A Brotherly Opportunity

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

EL CERRITO − Tim Hassler used to have a fruitful career in the biotech industry, but when his brother suggested they join forces in the HVAC field, he knew it was a good opportunity. “I was working as a regional manager for…Read More

The Benefits of Permeable Pavers

By Laurie Kreger of Set in Stone Remodel & Renovation, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

When planning to add a hardscape feature, some people automatically envision a conventional concrete or mortar installation. However, many home and property owners are turning to an alternative option: permeable pavers. The biggest advantage permeable pavers have over conventional paving…Read More

Laurie Kreger: Romancing the Stone

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SANTA ROSA − Laurie Kreger may not have the background or expertise in the masonry trade that her husband does, but she has nonetheless played an instrumental role in the ongoing success of their business. “My husband, Vince, is a second-generation…Read More

Video: The Benefits of Permeable Pavers

With Laurie Kreger of Set in Stone Remodel & Renovation, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA ROSA − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re  planning to install a patio or another hardscape feature on your property, don’t forget that there’s an alternative to conventional concrete paving. Today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Laurie Kreger of…Read More

Video: Laser Cavity Detection

With Dr. James R. Mattingly, DDS of Dr. James R. Mattingly, DDS, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

WALNUT CREEK − Host, Sarah Rutan: While x-rays are valuable tools for identifying cavities, many dentists are turning to a technological innovation that allows for earlier detection. Today we’re in Walnut Creek with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dr. James Mattingly to learn more….Read More

Detecting Cavities with Dental Laser Technology

By Dr. James R. Mattingly, DDS of Dr. James R. Mattingly, DDS, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

WALNUT CREEK − Traditionally, dentists have employed two different methods to detect cavities: x-rays and directly examining teeth with a handheld instrument. While these continue to be valuable techniques, a more recent innovation benefits patients by identifying cavities in their earliest stages:…Read More

Dr. James R. Mattingly, DDS: Destined for Dentistry

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

WALNUT CREEK − Many people don’t discover their professional proclivities until later in life, but Dr. James R. Mattingly, DDS seemed predisposed for dental work from a young age. “Unlike a lot of kids who grew up with a fear of being…Read More

Video: A Crucial Step Before Caulking

With Mike Chavez of Mike Chavez Painting, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA ROSA − Host, Sarah Rutan: Prior to applying caulking or another sealant to a wood surface, you’ll first want to make sure the surface is properly prepared. Today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mike Chavez of Mike Chavez…Read More

An Important Step before Caulking

By Mike Chavez of Mike Chavez Painting, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA ROSA − Caulking is a useful technique for closing up exterior cracks and gaps that allow air and water to permeate your home. By making a home more weather- and draft-resistant, caulking can help protect exterior wood from rot…Read More

Mike Chavez: Primed for Success

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SANTA ROSA − When Mike Chavez was introduced to the painting trade by the father of a friend, he had little idea he was being primed for a permanent profession. “My buddy’s dad was a painter, and I worked for him during…Read More

Christopher Wells: A Love for the Trade

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

BRISBANE − It was on the shores of Long Island where a young Christopher Wells discovered what would become a lifelong love of the building trades. “My initial interest in carpentry started when I was 14 years old,” he recounts….Read More

Video: Assessing Your Home’s Foundation

With Christopher Wells of Christopher Wells Construction, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

BRISBANE − Host, Sarah Rutan: To ensure earthquake safety, you’ll want to know the condition of your home’s foundation and whether it needs to be repaired or reinforced. Today we’re in Brisbane with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Christopher Wells of Christopher Wells…Read More

Assessing Your Home’s Foundation

By Christopher Wells of Christopher Wells Construction, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

BRISBANE − Earthquakes are an ongoing concern for anyone who lives in the Bay Area. One way you can be proactive about protecting your home and family is to know the condition of your home’s foundation. If you understand the…Read More

Video: Securing Your Deadbolt Strike Plate

With Udi Finkel of Quick Key, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PLEASANT HILL − Host, Sarah Rutan: To ensure the security of your home’s exterior doors, it’s important to make sure their strike plates are properly installed. Today we’re in Pleasant Hill with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Udi Finkel of Quick Key to learn…Read More

Reinforcing Your Deadbolt Strike Plate

By Udi Finkel of Quick Key, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PLEASANT HILL − You may think your home is safe from break-ins because your exterior doors have standard hardware components like deadbolts. However, while a deadbolt is a crucial part of door security, if its strike plate isn’t installed correctly,…Read More

Udi Finkel: Quickest Keys in the West

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

PLEASANTON − Udi Finkel traces his roots in the locksmith trade back to his tour of duty with the Israeli military. “When I was in the military, I learned how to pick locks and things of that nature,” he says….Read More

Video: How to Jumpstart Your Car

With Snehal Shah of Auto Techies, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

FREMONT − Host, Sarah Rutan: Most vehicle owners keep a pair of jumper cables in the trunk for use in the event of a dead battery, but the reality is, not everyone knows how to use them properly. Today we’re in Fremont with…Read More

Video: Solar Incentives

With Aaron Weiss of Roofmasters / Bird Control Services, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SUISUN CITY − Host, Sarah Rutan: Due to the number of financing options and government incentives available, there’s never been a better time to install a solar energy system. Today we’re in Suisun City with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Aaron Weiss of…Read More

Taking Advantage of Solar Incentives

By Aaron Weiss of Roofmasters / Bird Control Services, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SUISUN CITY − Until recently, many California residents have been hesitant about installing solar energy systems due to the costs involved. However, with the various government programs in force today, there’s never been a better—or more affordable—time to go solar….Read More

Aaron Weiss: Roof Master

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SUISUN CITY − With a name like Roofmasters, a business has a lot to live up to. Fortunately, owner Aaron Weiss has the professional background and expertise to back up his company’s moniker. “I’ve been in roofing my whole life,” he says….Read More

Video: Deep Cleaning Your Home

With Ernie Andrade of All Bright Maintenance Services, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE − Host, Sarah Rutan: When cleaning a home, it’s easy to neglect hidden and hard-to-reach areas, but many homeowners don’t realize this can actually pose a sanitation hazard. Today we’re in San Jose with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Ernie Andrade of…Read More

Video: Investment Management Fees Explained

With Steven Boucke of Unkar Systems, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PLEASANTON − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re an investor, you’ll want to understand the fees involved in managing your accounts. Today we’re in Pleasanton with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Steven Boucke of Unkar Systems to learn more. Garrett Boucke: As a potential investor in different…Read More

Understanding Management Fees in Investing

By Steven Boucke of Unkar Systems, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PLEASANTON − As a potential investor in different investment partnerships, your fund manager will send you “fund offering documents,” which describe how individual partnerships operate. One aspect to pay attention to is the management fees your capital account will be…Read More

Steven Boucke: Accounting for Success

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

PLEASANTON − Steven Boucke used to work for some of the biggest corporations in the tech industry, but after taking a chance and branching off independently, he discovered a newfound sense of fulfillment. “I was working as a systems analyst…Read More

Video: The Importance of Routine Pet Checkups

With Dr. Howard Schutzman of Antioch Veterinary Hospital, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

ANTIOCH − Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to the health of your pet, being proactive about checkups can make all the difference. Today we’re in Antioch with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dr. Howard Schutzman of Antioch Veterinary Hospital to learn more….Read More

Video: Financing Your Solar Installation with PACE

With Randy Zechman of Clean Solar, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE − Host, Sarah Rutan: Whether you’re planning to lease or purchase a solar energy system, there’s a new financing option you should know about. Today we’re in San Jose with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Randy Zechman of Clean Solar to learn…Read More

Financing Your Solar Installation with PACE

By Randy Zechman of Clean Solar, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE − You’re certainly seeing more homes in your neighborhood with solar panels on their roofs. You’re likely wondering if solar is a good choice for your family and if can you afford it. Some consumers do pay cash for…Read More

Randy Zechman: Solar Energized

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN JOSE − A self-described “serial entrepreneur,” Randy Zechman knows a good business opportunity when he sees it, so as soon as he looked into the solar energy industry, he knew he needed to get involved. “Clean Solar, Inc. is…Read More

Video: A Simple Way to Reduce Attic Temperature

With Jim Humphrey of JH Construction & Remodeling LLC, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CAMPBELL − Host, Sarah Rutan: If your home tends to retain heat during the summer, there’s a simple, low-cost measure you can take to cool things down. Today we’re in Campbell with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jim Humphrey of JH Construction to…Read More

The Benefits of a Radiant Barrier

By Jim Humphrey of JH Construction & Remodeling LLC, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CAMPBELL − Energy efficiency and in-home comfort are both high priorities for most California homeowners. One affordable home improvement measure that addresses both of these aspects is the installation of a radiant barrier in the attic. A radiant barrier mainly…Read More

Jim Humphrey: Trading Up

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

CAMPBELL − Jim Humphrey began his professional life in an office, but when he found himself growing increasingly dissatisfied, he decided to trade in his tie for a tool belt.“I’ve always had an interest in construction, especially after I took…Read More

Video: How to Seal Your Tile and Grout

With Derrick Tracey of Derrick Tracey Custom Tile & Marble, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

LIVERMORE − Host, Sarah Rutan: Sealing tile and grout was once a messy endeavor, but thanks to today’s cutting-edge products, it’s now something you can easily do yourself. Today we’re in Livermore with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Derrick Tracey of Derrick Tracey…Read More

DIY Tile and Grout Sealing

By Derrick Tracey of Derrick Tracey Custom Tile & Marble, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

LIVERMORE − In the old days, sealing tile and grout was a messy (not to mention smelly) job, which is why most people left it to the professionals. Today, however, the emergence of water-based sealers has transformed this once-arduous task…Read More

Derrick Tracey: Stone and Tile with Style

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

LIVERMORE − For Derrick Tracey, what began as a mere summer job ended up becoming a lifelong livelihood. “I went into college not really sure what I wanted to do,” he recalls. “To earn some extra money between semesters, I…Read More

Mike Schwarzbart: Motor Workin’

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

ALBANY − Even after going to college to study a totally different field, Mike Schwarzbart seemed destined to return to his first love of automotive repair. “I was always a gearhead in high school,” he remembers. “In college, I majored…Read More

An Easy Way to Protect Your Fuel Pump

By Mike Schwarzbart of Berkeley Motor Works, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

ALBANY − If you’re like most vehicle owners, you want to get the maximum longevity out of your car or truck. One of the best ways to promote your vehicle’s long-term health is to properly maintain its fuel pump. If…Read More

Video: Maximizing the Life of Your Fuel Pump

With Mike Schwarzbart of Berkeley Motor Works, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

ALBANY − Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to your vehicle’s fuel pump, one simple habit can make a substantial difference in enhancing its lifespan. Today we’re in Albany with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mike Schwarzbart of Berkeley Motor Works to learn…Read More

Video: Sonograms for Pets

With Dr. Howard Schutzman of Antioch Veterinary Hospital, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

ANTIOCH − Host, Sarah Rutan: Pet health issues can be difficult to diagnose, but thanks to innovations in medical imaging, there’s now a simple, non-invasive way to detect internal issues. To learn more, we’re in Antioch with Dr. Ken Gonsier of Antioch…Read More

Video: Pet Dental Health

With Dr. Howard Schutzman of Antioch Veterinary Hospital, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

ANTIOCH − Host, Sarah Rutan: Everyone knows the importance of brushing and flossing, but did you know it’s also important to monitor your pet’s oral hygiene? To learn more, we’re in Antioch with Dr. Jennifer Boyle of Antioch Veterinary Hospital, speaking on behalf…Read More

Dr. Howard Schutzman: Veterinary Vitality

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

ANTIOCH − After four decades in the veterinary field, Dr. Howard Schutzman traces his beginnings to a formative childhood influence. “When I was five years old, I went to visit my second cousin, who was a veterinarian,” he remembers. “His…Read More

The Importance of Routine Pet Checkups

By Dr. Howard Schutzman of Antioch Veterinary Hospital, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

ANTIOCH − Many pet owners take an “as needed” approach to veterinary visits, but just like with human checkups, this can have negative consequences. A better plan is to bring in your pet for regularly scheduled checkups. Ongoing exams are…Read More

Video: Laser Treatment for Pets

With Dr. Howard Schutzman of Antioch Veterinary Hospital, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

ANTIOCH − Host, Sarah Rutan: If your pet is experiencing chronic arthritis, urinary tract infections or another painful condition, therapeutic laser treatment can be a beneficial option. To learn more, we’re in Antioch with Dr. Brie Duff of Antioch Veterinary Hospital, speaking…Read More

Video: Conserving Water with Landscape Irrigation

With Jeff Sheehan of Confidence Landscaping, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CAMPBELL − Host, Sarah Rutan: With the current drought conditions in California, it’s time to change the way we approach watering our landscapes. Today we’re in Campbell with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jeff Sheehan of Confidence Landscaping to learn how. Diamond Certified Expert…Read More

How to Conserve Water with Landscape Irrigation

By Jeff Sheehan of Confidence Landscaping, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CAMPBELL − When it comes to landscape irrigation, Californians have a tendency to overwater plants to the point of twice and even three times the amount of water they actually need. However, under the current drought conditions, this is no…Read More

Jeff Sheehan: Growing Confidence

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

CAMPBELL − Jeff Sheehan started doing landscape work in his childhood, but it wasn’t until much later that he realized he’d been preparing for a lifelong career. “As a kid, I used to go around and mow all the neighborhood…Read More

Video: The Benefits of Implant Overdentures

With Dr. George Koerber of The Dental Center at Sears, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CONCORD − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you experience recurrent issues with your lower dentures coming loose, you’ll want to know about a procedure than eliminates this annoyance. Today we’re in Concord with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dr. George Koerber of The Dental Center…Read More

The Benefits of Implant Overdentures

By Dr. George Koerber of The Dental Center at Sears, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CAMPBELL − If you wear dentures, you’ve probably experienced the annoyance (and perhaps embarrassment) that occurs when they unexpectedly come loose. The fact is, conventional dentures don’t always stay put, especially on the lower jaw. Mere physics help keep upper…Read More

Dr. George Koerber: An Unexpected Inspiration

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

CONCORD − When George Koerber found himself stationed at a military hospital during his tenure in the United States Army, he never expected it would lead to a career in dentistry. “While serving in the Vietnam War, I was stationed…Read More

The Right (and Wrong) Way to Clean a Wood Floor

By Roy Nelson of Roy's Woodcraft Flooring, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE − While there may not be one right way to clean your hardwood floors, there are definitely several wrong ways. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is using an inappropriate cleaning product on your floor. In…Read More

Video: Trenchless Sewer Replacement

With Ray Ramirez of General Plumbing & Rooter, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to sewer line repairs and replacement, a modern innovation has turned a once-arduous job into a relatively simple undertaking. Today we’re in Antioch with Danny Jimenez of General Plumbing and Rooter, speaking on behalf of…Read More

Video: Preventing Ants and Cockroaches

With Felipe Montanez of Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PETALUMA − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re concerned about pests, you’ll first need to know the best way to keep them out of your home. Today we’re in Petaluma with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Felipe Montanez to learn one way to prevent…Read More

A Simple Way to Prevent Pest Infestations

By Felipe Montanez of Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PETALUMA − Two of the most common insects that pest control professionals deal with are cockroaches and ants. While there are various methods for eradicating these domestic intruders, the best policy is to prevent them from entering your home in…Read More

Felipe Montanez: Diligence and Dedication

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

PETALUMA − Years ago, Felipe Montanez was working in a tire shop and ready for a change of pace, so when he came across an advertisement for a career in pest management, he was immediately intrigued. “In particular, I was…Read More

Video: Troubleshooting Dryer Vent Issues

With Andy Gatley of Best Chimney Sweep, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA ROSA − Host, Sarah Rutan: If your dryer is dirty or doesn’t seem to be functioning properly, it may be due to a problem with the dryer vent. Today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Andy Gatley…Read More

Troubleshooting Dryer Vent Issues

By Andy Gatley of Best Chimney Sweep, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA ROSA − A common issue when it comes to home appliances is a reduction in dryer efficiency. In addition to longer drying times, this issue is often accompanied by overheating of the dryer unit. In many cases, these symptoms…Read More

Andy Gatley: Sweeping Up the Town

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SANTA ROSA − When asked about their motivations for entering a particular trade, most professionals cite an auspicious opportunity, the influence of a family member or a specific attribute that drew them to the industry. When asked how he got…Read More

Video: Ozone Treatment for Oral Decay

With Dr. John Licking of John R. Licking, DDS, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SUNNYVALE − Host, Sarah Rutan: While most dentists treat oral decay by removing the affected teeth, an alternative approach can circumvent the need for extraction. Today we’re in Sunnyvale with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dr. John Licking to learn more. Diamond Certified Expert…Read More

Treating Tooth Decay with Ozone Therapy

By Dr. John Licking of John R. Licking, DDS, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SUNNYVALE − Tooth decay is a bacterial infection that continues to be a prevalent oral health problem today. Typically, a dentist will treat tooth decay by amputating the affected area and replacing it with a filling or dental prosthetic. In…Read More

Dr. John Licking: An Unforeseen Reward

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SUNNYVALE − Dr. John Licking was initially drawn to the dental profession by its elemental characteristics, but he eventually discovered an unforeseen reward. “In high school, my favorite subjects were art and science, which I took into account as I…Read More

Video: Updating Your Smoke Detectors

With David Lorber of Superior Builders & Remodelers, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

OAKLAND − Host, Sarah Rutan: If your home still has old, battery-powered smoke detectors, you should consider replacing them with updated models. Today we’re in Oakland with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor David Lorber of Superior Builders & Remodelers to learn more. Diamond…Read More

Smoke and CO Alarm Tips

By David Lorber of Superior Builders & Remodelers, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

OAKLAND − Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors may be easy to ignore, but they can also potentially save your life. Fortunately, there are new models that are simple to use and further improve home safety. One of the biggest advantages…Read More

David Lorber: A Renewed Awakening

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

OAKLAND − Having worked for his father’s construction firm throughout his youth, the last thing David Lorber had planned was to further pursue the trade in adulthood—that is, until he had what could be described as a vocational epiphany. “It…Read More

Video: Two Common Questions about Solar Power

With Rich Moore of Freedom Solar, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CAMPBELL − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re interested in solar power but don’t know much about it, you’ll want to know the answers to two basic questions. Today we’re in Campbell with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Rich Moore of Freedom Solar to…Read More

Two Common Questions about Solar

By Rich Moore of Freedom Solar, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CAMPBELL − While a lot of homeowners are interested in solar energy, many have questions about the various aspects involved. Here are two common questions solar companies receive from consumers: Is solar a good investment? To answer this question, there…Read More

Rich Moore: Renewable Enthusiasm

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

CAMPBELL − Rich Moore began his career in the high-tech industry, but he’s always been interested in renewable energy, so when an opportunity arose to get professionally involved, he didn’t hesitate. “I was working with semiconductors and microchips for Texas…Read More

Video: Making the Most of Your Mortgage Loan

With Edward Tran of Selection Mortgage, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE − Host, Sarah Rutan: While most homeowners try to pay off their mortgage loans as quickly as possible, an alternative strategy can be surprisingly lucrative. Today we’re in San Jose with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Edward Tran of Selection Mortgage…Read More

Making the Most of Your Mortgage Loan

By Edward Tran of Selection Mortgage, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE − If you’re like most homeowners, one of your main financial goals is to pay off your mortgage loan as quickly as possible, but believe it or not, this may not be your most financially beneficial option. Due…Read More

Edward Tran: Financial Finesse

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN JOSE − After graduating with a degree in finance, Edward Tran was looking forward to applying his talents in the professional realm, but soon after going to work for a major bank, he found himself at an occupational dead…Read More