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How To Decide Between Roof Repair And Replacement

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Decide Between Roof Repair And Replacement

Do you own a home with a roof that’s starting to leak? Are you wondering whether your roof needs to be replaced or if it can simply be repaired? If you’re new to homeownership, this can be a difficult choice to make. Some roofers you talk to may insist that you do one, while other roofers might insist that it’s best for you to do the other. To help you choose, here are some things to consider when choosing to repair or replace: Soft spots: If your roofer reports no soft spots, then you may have a good candidate for roof repair. Soft spots can mean water damage, termite damage, dry rot, or something else entirely. Your roofer would have to remove most of the shingles on your roof to simply assess the damage. When your roof has no soft spots in the vicinity of the leak, the leak is more likely to be caused by a simple fault in the shingles themselves than by damage to the sub-roof. As a result, your roofer should only need to remove the shingles from a small section to remedy the situation. Age: Did the previous owners tell you that they had a new roof installed in the past couple years? If so, this makes it likely that the roofers reused the flashing that was on the roof before. Flashing consists of strips of metal that are nailed down underneath the shingles in order to provide extra protection on peaks, in valleys, and around vents. If the flashing is reused, the roofers are unlikely to get the nails in exactly the same holes as before. As a result, there will be tiny parts of your roof that are less protected than other parts. Fortunately, if flashing is the issue, roof repair should be as simple as pulling up the shingles in those areas and nailing down new strips of flashing. Missing shingles: If you’re just missing one or two shingles due to an especially heavy storm, you probably only need a simple roof repair to replace them. On the other hand, if your shingles are crooked, curling or otherwise looking damaged for no reason, then it’s more likely that you’ll need a complete replacement. But if you have a damaged section like this with a heavy southern exposure and the rest of the roof is in shade or has a northern exposure, you may only need to replace the southern section. While it’s probably best for you to replace the whole thing at once, as your roofer may try to tell you, replacing as much as you can afford may be your best option if you’re on a limited budget. For more information, contact professionals like Starkweather & Sons Roofing &...

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3 Tips For Keeping Your Garage Warm In The Winter

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Keeping Your Garage Warm In The Winter

If you’re like many people, you might spend a lot of time in your garage. You might have a hobby that requires you to work in the garage, for example. In the winter months, however, you might find yourself spending a lot less time in the garage because of the cold. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to help keep your garage warm this winter. Along with making this part of your home more comfortable for when you’re spending time there, it can even help prevent your garage from making the inside of your home cold, which can help you save money on your heating bills during the cold months. 1. Seal it Up First of all, a garage that is not properly sealed up can allow a lot of cold wind to get in. This means that you’ll need to do what you can to seal it up. Check your garage door first to make sure that it closes tightly, and consider installing new weatherstripping to help keep the cold out. If you have windows in your garage, consider using caulk to help keep them better-sealed. For assistance with these tasks, consider hiring the services of a garage door company like Raynor Door Company. 2. Keep the Door Closed Obviously, it goes without saying that you’ll want to keep your garage door closed while you’re working in your garage if you are worried about the cool air. However, it’s important to keep it closed other times, too, if you want to help keep it warm. Some people are in the habit of leaving their garage open while they’re working in the yard, for example, but keeping it closed can help keep the cold air out. Keeping your garage door closed as much as possible can have other benefits, too, such as ensuring that someone who might be thinking about stealing something can’t see what you have, for example. 3. Use a Space Heater A small space heater, such as an electric space heater, can work well in the garage. It’s a good option because you only have to use it when you need it, such as when you are working in the garage. Plus, having a spare space heater on hand can be helpful anyway, since you can easily move it into the house if your heater stops working or if your heater isn’t able to keep up with the cold temperatures. Just make sure that you use a space heater that is rated for indoor use, even for use in the garage, if you will be keeping your garage door closed while using it. As you can see, you don’t have to suffer from a cold garage all winter long. Instead, follow these tips to keep your garage warm when the temperatures...

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5 Reasons To Get A Steel Door When Your Garage Is Constructed

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Reasons To Get A Steel Door When Your Garage Is Constructed

Have you decided to get a garage constructed for your vehicles but don’t know which type of door to get? A good option to consider for your garage door is one that is made out of steel. Your investment will be worthwhile because of all of the benefits that you will get to enjoy. Take a look at this article to review a list of some of the benefits that comes with investing in a steel garage door. 1. Is Not as Heavy as Most Garage Door Types One of the perks of opting for a steel garage door is that it is not too heavy. The lightweight steel comes in handy when it comes to keeping the torsion springs durable. Basically, the torsion springs are the parts of a garage door that supports its weight as it moves up and down. When the torsion springs are always under a large amount of pressure from weight, it is easy for them to wear out fast. 2. Can Provide Insulation Steel doors are able to provide insulation for the garage. However, it will depend on the quality of steel that you opt for. Keep in mind that some steel garage doors are not as thick as others. You want a steel door that has thick metal, insulation between two panels and weather seals for the best energy efficiency results. 3. Will Not Rust from Rainwater You don’t have to worry about a steel garage door deteriorating from making contact with rainwater. One of the perks of steel is that it is resistance to rust. You won’t even have to get the door sealed to enjoy the rust resistance. 4. Available in Various Colors A steel garage door does not have a plain industrial look as you may think. You can actually purchase a door in the color of your choice. If you get tired of the color in the future, all you will have to do is get the door repainted to give it a completely different look. 5. Can Be Recycled in the Future If you decide to get rid of your steel garage door for a different type in the future, it can be recycled. You will help the environment by getting the door recycled because it won’t end up in a landfill and contributing to global warming. Invest in a steel door and hire a contractor to begin constructing your garage as soon as you are ready. Click on the link for garage construction or do an online...

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Restore The Beauty Of An Old, Wooden Cabinet With Fresh Stain And Varnish

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Restore The Beauty Of An Old, Wooden Cabinet With Fresh Stain And Varnish

If you have an old, wooden cabinet inside of your home’s kitchen that has a faded surface, restore the beauty of the piece of furniture by sanding its wooden surface and adding a coat of stain and varnish with the following steps. Once you have completed the wood refinishing project, you will own an attractive piece of wooden furniture that will add beauty to the inside of your home. Materials electric or hand sander low and high grit sandpaper wood cleaner lint-free cloths can of wood stain mixing stick paint tray vinyl tarps painter’s tape paint tray paintbrushes (various sizes) can of varnish ​Sand And Clean The Cabinet’s Surface Carry the cabinet outdoors to complete the restoration steps since the stain and varnish contain harsh fumes that should be applied in a well-ventilated area. Use an electric sander or hand sander that has a piece of low-grit sandpaper attached to it to sand the cabinet’s surface. Move the sander firmly over the old varnish and stain in order to remove as much as possible. Lightly sand the cabinet’s surface with a piece of high-grit sandpaper afterwards. Clean the cabinet’s surface with wood cleaner and a lint-free cloth. Dry the wood with a clean cloth once you are done. Apply A Coat Or Two Of Stain Mix a can of wood stain and pour it into a paint tray. Place the cabinet on top of vinyl tarps so that the ground isn’t exposed to any spills. Place strips of painter’s tape on any hardware that is on the cabinet’s exterior that you do not wish to cover with stain. Apply the stain with a paintbrush. Move the paintbrush in straight lines over the wooden surface. If there are any small details in the piece of furniture, use a thin paintbrush to cover them with a coat of stain. Wait for the stain to dry. If any portions of the cabinet’s surface aren’t covered sufficiently, add a second coat of stain. Add Varnish To The Cabinet’s Surface Mix a container of varnish and pour it into a clean paint tray. Use paintbrushes to apply an even coat of the varnish to the furniture’s exterior. The varnish will provide the cabinet with a shiny surface and will protect the wood from damage associated with moisture. Once the varnish dries, remove the pieces of painter’s tape. Set the cabinet inside of your kitchen. It will look newer and will complement other furniture and decor inside of the...

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Cleaning Up Your Home Drinking Water

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cleaning Up Your Home Drinking Water

If the water in your home has a chlorine smell or mineral deposits settle out of the water when it sits, you can clean up your water with a home filtration system. These systems remove a variety of contaminants, including disease-producing microorganisms and pesticides. Here is how you can easily make the water you get from the faucet safer and more enjoyable. Carbon Granule Filters These filters act by passing the water over small granules of carbon. The carbon acts as a physical filter by removing large particles in the water. It also is a chemical filter, reacting with chlorine and pesticides to remove them. A simple carbon filter can be purchased as a water pitcher. Fill the top section of the pitcher with tap water and it drains down into a lower container from which you’ll pour your drinking water. Other filters come as an attachment to the faucet or to the water line under the sink. Over time, the carbon granules need to be replaced to remain effective. Ceramic Filters This is purely a physical filter which removes some parasites from the water. Water passes through a porous ceramic sleeve to filter the water. The tiny pores in the ceramic sleeve get clogged up so the sleeve needs to be periodically scrubbed clean. These filters typically come as an attachment to the faucet or water line under the sink. These filters remove some heavy minerals, so they have some softening effect on the water. They may also come with a carbon filter to remove more contaminants from the water. Ultraviolet Light Filter Ultraviolet (UV) light kills certain bacteria and viruses in your drinking water. Light tubes that emit UV waves are sealed in a cylinder through which your household water flows. These systems must be installed by a professional water filtration service. The UV light tubes fade over time and need to be replaced. These systems often include a carbon filter for the physical and chemical filtration that it provides. Caron and Zinc Filters These two elements create ions in the water which draws contaminates out. The water passes through cylinders containing these elements to remove chlorine, iron, lead, bacteria, viruses, minerals and a variety of other contaminants. These systems must also be professionally installed. The copper and zinc granules must be periodically replaced. With such a range of home water treatment systems, you can start with the simple carbon filter solutions and upgrade your filtration technique over...

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Tips For Recovering Topsoil After Construction

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Recovering Topsoil After Construction

Topsoil is a vital component of any healthy lawn or garden. This soil is the relatively thin layer of soil on top, generally only extending down several inches. It’s composed of soil, organic matter and microorganisms – the key components for a healthy growing area. It can be destroyed during construction if steps are taken to preserve it. If you are having construction done at your home, the following tips can help you preserve and improve your topsoil.  Tip #1: Save the native soil The native topsoil is the best topsoil. The microorganisms in it have evolved to your climate and growing conditions, so they will thrive better than those in a topsoil trucked in from elsewhere. Talk with your construction crew before they begin. They should scrape the topsoil from the site and pile it in an out of the way area. If you are concerned about it blowing, cover it with a tarp. The soil should also be kept lightly moistened to ensure any helpful organisms, like worms, in the soil survive. Tip #2: Till before reapplying Construction equipment is heavy. This usually means the work site gets quite compacted before the project is finished. The problem with compaction of the subsoil is that water can’t soak into it easily. This leads to water staying just above the subsoil and results in soggy topsoil. The waterlogged soil will cause plants and grass to die. It can also lead to increased fungal problems, such as mushroom or moss growth. Have the top foot or so of the subsoil tilled to loosen it up before you replace the topsoil. This will work air and moisture into it so you don’t have compaction problems. Tip #3: Add new topsoil wisely Sometimes your existing topsoil just won’t be enough. This usually occurs either because some topsoil was lost to wind, or because you simply didn’t have sufficient topsoil beforehand. In this case, purchase outside topsoil carefully. Make sure it has been screened to remove any large rocks or debris. You also want to get the test data sheet for the soil. This will show the soil’s pH level and nutrient content. You can then perform a test on your native topsoil to determine its content. This will allow you to pick an outside topsoil that closely resembles your native soil. Before the truck arrives with the outside topsoil, spread your native topsoil over the site. Then, top this with the outside soil. You can then use a cultivator to mix the two topsoils together. This will allow your native microorganisms to begin populating the outside soil so it will act more like native topsoil. For additional reading, contact local...

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Cleaning & Caring For Your Quartz Countertops

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cleaning & Caring For Your Quartz Countertops

Granite countertops have been a popular choice for countertops. They’re less expensive and easier to care for than marble. However, quartz has been making its way into homes all around the country. Quarts looks like a beautiful mixture of granite and marble. It’s also simple to care for. Here is how to clean and care for your quartz countertops. Proper Use Use Hot Pads When cooking, it can be tempting to take your skillet or pot off the stove and set it on your countertop. Some countertops can handle that kind of heat, but quartz is not heat resistant. The heat from the pans can seriously damage the countertops, so make sure you use a trivet or a hot pad to set your pan on. Cutting Boards Cutting boards might seem like a no-brainer, but many people think that they can nix them with quartz countertops. Quartz is one of the hardest minerals on earth. In fact, it comes in only fourth after diamond, corundum, and topaz. Quartz doesn’t scratch easily, so people sometimes assume that they don’t need cutting boards when they cut on their countertop. While you might be able to cut something without seeing a scratch, repetitive cutting can cause scratches, and it can also ruin your knives. Cleaning Glass Cleaner If you don’t have tough stains, glass cleaner is always a good choice for quartz countertops. A mild glass cleaner for standard windows around your home is perfect. It is strong enough to clean the mess, but not strong enough to eat into the stone. Kitchen Cleaner If you have been cooking with meats and other items that can leave bacteria around your kitchen, a disinfecting kitchen cleaner is a great option. Some people will use bathroom cleaner because they feel like it will provide extra disinfectant. However, many bathroom cleaners contain bleach and other abrasive chemicals. Kitchen cleaners have non-abrasive chemicals that are made for countertops and kitchen appliances. Vinegar Vinegar is a non-abrasive liquid that is a natural disinfectant. If you have tough stains on your countertops, you can use a baking soda and vinegar mixture. Add a small amount of vinegar to baking soda so it forms a paste and spread it on the stain. Let it sit until it begins to dry and then wipe it away. Wipe down your countertop with water afterward and your counter will be nice and clean. Quartz countertops are beautiful and they last a long time because they’re hard and non-porous. However, they aren’t heat or chemical resistant. Therefore, you need to make sure you take good care of them and use mild detergents when you...

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The Strength, Durability, And Security Of Residential Impact Doors

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Strength, Durability, And Security Of Residential Impact Doors

If you live in a geographical location that has intense weather activity or if you want extra security and safety for your home, you may want to consider the installation of custom impact doors for your residence. Impact doors can be constructed from wood, fiberglass, vinyl, and/or glass and offer the residential homeowner many advantages over the standard interior and exterior residential doors. Here are some of the advantages and features of residential impact doors: The Weather Resistance of Impact Doors – Custom impact doors are built strong enough to withstand storm damage including rain, wind, and flying debris in all kinds of weather. The National Hurricane Center has standardized the sustained wind speeds of different winds that range from Category 1 to Category 5. These categories are considered dangerous and capable of causing damage to humans and building structures. Impact doors are made in compliance with code requirements established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to withstand wind, rain, and flying debris in all 5 categories.  The Sizes and Shapes of Impact Doors – Custom impact doors are made to fit your unique residential doorways and can be installed in many sizes, shapes, and configurations. Single doorways, double doorways, garage access doorways, sliding glass doorways, and other interior and exterior doorways can all be installed with impact doors. All impact doors adhere to regulation door span width limits set by FEMA so they can properly withstand the pressure of different weather conditions. FEMA codes also specify the thickness requirements of the wood, fiberglass, vinyl, and double-paned glass that is used to create impact doors and rates them according to the amount of external pressure they can withstand, as well as their weatherproofing, durability, thermal protection, and corrosion resistance.  The Energy Efficiency of Impact Doors – Custom impact doors are often installed to stabilize the interior temperature of a residence. This is done to control the amount of heat that is allowed into a residence in the spring and summer and the amount of cold that is allowed into a residence in the fall and winter. Impact doors can greatly improve the energy efficiency of a residence and reduce utility costs in all seasons.  The Appearance of Impact Doors – Custom impact doors and door sashes look exactly like other standard residential doors and door sashes except they are built stronger and more efficient. The door frames and sills on impact doors are strengthened as well as the door locks and door handles. All impact doorway hardware is constructed with stainless steel anchors, fasteners, and hardware.   Custom impact doors can greatly improve the safety and security of your home, make it considerably more soundproof, and also enhance your home’s resale value. An investment in custom impact doors can be a great asset to your residence and keep your family safe, secure, and confident in any situation or weather...

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Why Does Mold Form Around Air Conditioning Vents?

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Does Mold Form Around Air Conditioning Vents?

When you see mold or mildew around your air conditioning vents, you’re probably wondering where it comes from. After all, the air that blows out of the vents is supposed to be dry. However, mold means there’s moisture somewhere, so you need to start looking for what is getting wet, staying wet and encouraging mold to grow. Here are some frequent culprits. 1. Faulty Condenser One major component of the outdoor condenser is the compressor, which turns a gas (air) into a liquid (water). There are also other important components that condensers use to pull moisture out of the air, and when one or more of them is faulty, you can end up with air that is simply not dry enough and an environment that’s perfect for mold. 2. Wrong-sized Air Conditioner You might think that an oversized air conditioning system would do more to cool the air and remove moisture, but it isn’t necessarily true. A properly-sized unit cools and dries the air. However, a unit that’s too large will cool the air faster than it needs to. Because the thermostat says it’s sufficiently cool, the unit shuts off, but it hasn’t had enough time to dry the air. When the weather is especially humid, this moisture lingers in the air and can build up and create the perfect environment for mold in the ducts. When the unit turns on again, it blows the mold spores through the ducts and they land on and around the vents. 3. Leaks Holes anywhere in your home can enable water to reach your ductwork or insulation, providing one of the growing conditions for mold: a moist environment. Leaks can be holes or cracks that allow water or moisture to enter, or they can simply be areas where cold air can come in contact with a part of your air conditioning system, such as a partially open or poorly sealed window. The cold air can cause condensation to form, introducing moisture to the system. 4. Dust Dust in the ductwork provides the other growing condition: a food source. Dust can come from clogged or poor quality filters, or filters that don’t fit properly. It can never really be completely eliminated, so any time water or moisture infiltrates the system, mold can feed off the dust, multiply and be expelled onto the register. Mold spores and dust are ever-present in the environment, but when certain conditions are met, they combine and the spores multiply to the point that they cause problems. Air conditioning systems need to create the proper balance of temperature, humidity and dust control to keep mold at bay. Faulty compressors, too-large units, leaks and poor filtration are the usual culprits, but there could be more. If you have discovered mold near your vents or registers it’s a sign that something is wrong, so have an air conditioner repair service inspect your system to find the sources of the problem and eliminate this unsightly condition. Learn more about air conditioning by reading more on this blog....

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Bubble, Bubble, Gurgling Black Trouble: What That Sludge In Your Drain Is And How To Get Rid Of It

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bubble, Bubble, Gurgling Black Trouble: What That Sludge In Your Drain Is And How To Get Rid Of It

If you have some foul odors emitting from your drains, you may want to take the drain pipes apart and get a closer look. There are any number of things that can create that foul sewer smell that emits from your sink and tub drains. When the majority of that foul smell belongs to a black sludge, you may be quite grossed out and think of horror films that start this way. Fear not, the black sludge is not something that will eat your face off, and it can be easily removed by a sewer and drain cleaning professional. (If you want to do the cleaning yourself, you can address all of the sludge you see, but you will still need the help of a plumber to remove the sludge you cannot see or reach.) What That Black Sludge Is The black sludge that you just discovered in your newly dismantled drain pipes is mostly organic in origin. Much of it is decomposing hair and skin, along with body oils and any grease or fats from your kitchen that you poured down the drain. It may be slippery and almost gelatinous at times, which is the result of cheaper soaps, body washes and hair care products. All of these things eventually collect in the traps in your pipes and then build up around and in other areas of your drains and pipes. How to Get Rid of It Although the black, foul-smelling sludge is nasty enough to turn your stomach, it is often quite safe to touch. (The only exception occurs when you have used liquid drain cleaners that have high concentrates of corrosive acids, which can burn your exposed skin.) You can use paper towels to clear and clean away all of the sludge you see. A baby bottle brush will help clean parts of your pipes that your fingers cannot reach and help push a wad of paper towel through the pipes to clean them better. To clean and disinfect the pipes and make them smell so much better, soak all of the loose pieces of pipe in a tub of scented bleach or pine-scented disinfecting cleaner. As for the sludge you cannot see, hire a sewer and drain cleaning specialist. He or she will run some special augers down your drains that clean as they clear the drains and the pipes farther down the lines. Then he or she will thoroughly flush these pipes, drains and sewer lines with a commercial product that can break up the sludge and get it to move all the way out of your home and into the city sewer lines. To learn more, contact a company like A Absolute Plumbing &...

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