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Two Reasons Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Waterproof Your Basement

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Reasons Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Waterproof Your Basement

The basement is a part of the house that can be quite easy to ignore.  This is especially true if it’s unfinished since that makes it even more convenient to avoid going down there.  However, although you may think that your basement is an insignificant part of your home, it could actually be much more important than you think.  There could be tiny cracks in the walls of your basement that are affecting the way things operate in your home.  That’s why it’s such a good idea to have your basement waterproofed.  Use this information to learn more about why now is the perfect time to have a contractor come out and waterproof your basement. Waterproofing Your Basement Could Help You Save Money One of the main reasons why you should waterproof your basement is because it could be the key to helping you keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket.  You might not realize it, but your basement could be causing you to spend more money than you actually have to. Understand that, as your home settles, it’s natural for cracks to start to form in the foundational levels of your home.  However, if the cracks are allowed to go unchecked, they can widen to such an extent that they become gateways that let your climate-controlled indoor air escape outside.  As this happens, your heating and cooling unit will have to pull on more power in order to maintain a consistent interior temperature.  The more power your unit consumes, the higher your energy bill will be. When you waterproof your basement you essentially seal up these minuscule crevices that let indoor air out and outside air in.  As a result, your energy expenses will start to decrease and you can begin to realize the savings. Waterproofing Your Basement Keeps Unwanted Critters Out Another reason why you should waterproof your basement is because it can be pivotal in keeping unwanted critters out of your home.  You may be avoiding the basement because you’ve seen too many pests down there.  Waterproofing your basement makes it more difficult for things like insects, rats and mice to enter your home.   Having your basement waterproofed could turn out to be an excellent decision.  It gives you more living area so you can have an additional family or game room.  Don’t wait; contact a basement waterproofing expert today so you can enjoy these great benefits and much...

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Learn What To Expect If You Need To Have Your Hot Water Heater Replaced

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Learn What To Expect If You Need To Have Your Hot Water Heater Replaced

When the water heater in your home stops working properly, it can be hard to know what to do as a homeowner beyond calling a professional. You will more than likely need to get it replaced if it cannot be repaired. If you find out that your water heater needs to be replaced, use the following guide to know what to expect to ensure that the process goes as simply as possible. Hiring a Professional The first thing you need to do is hire a professional to help you with the water heater replacement. The water heater is an intricate part of the inner workings of your home. You do not want to risk causing damage to a water heater when you go to install it or any of the fittings that will attach to it when you take the old water heater out. Determining Which Water Heater You Need When you hire a professional to help you with the replacement of your water heater, he or she will be able to let you know what options are available to you and which one they would recommend you purchase. There are many different types of water heaters available and you need to be sure to get the right one to serve the needs of your family so that you can always have hot water when you need it. The technician may even be able to go with you to the store to select the perfect water heater for your home. Removing the Old Water Heater Next, the technician will remove the old water heater. He or she will have the proper tools and training to know how to detach it from the home and remove it without causing any damage. Once the water heater is removed, he or she will let you know if you need to dispose of it or if they will take care of it for you. If you need to dispose of it, the technician should be able to give you tips as to where to dispose of it locally. After the old heater is removed, the new one can be installed quickly and easily. Once the new heater is installed, you should be able to notice a huge difference in efficiency because it will be running properly in comparison to your old one that was not. The installation does not take long, so you should have hot water in your home again within a few...

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When A Tree Occupies Two Properties: Your Tree Responsibilities

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When A Tree Occupies Two Properties: Your Tree Responsibilities

There comes a time in the life of many property owners when they discover that a tree that was planted on the property line by former residents has overgrown its boundaries. The tree could be mostly on your property, but planted by someone on an adjoining property, or it could be mostly on the neighbor’s property, but planted by previous owners of your abode. When the tree appears to be a nuisance to either you or the neighbors, who is supposed to take care of it? Here are your “tree” options. Consult with the Neighbors Regarding What to Do with the Tree If you are on good speaking terms with the neighbors, ask them what they think all of you together should do with this tree. They may decide that it can be removed, and then it has to be determined who has the right or privilege to remove it. Your neighbors may also decide that they do not want to excise the tree from the property, but they are willing to trim it and keep it under control to keep your yard neat and tidy. Usually, reasonable people are reasonable about what to do with “common property” things, such as trees that border on two properties. (If you cannot reach a reasonable solution with your neighbors, be sure to take them to court before you remove a tree that may not be yours to remove.) If the Neighbors Give You Full Rights to the Tree If your neighbors say that the tree is absolutely yours to do with as you please, get it in writing. Then you can call a tree removal service to help you remove the tree and fill in the hole. It might even be best for you to install a fence to establish property lines after the tree is removed so that there is no question as to how much of the tree was this or that person’s responsibility. The tree service may even check with you and your neighbors to make sure it is alright to remove the tree, since the work will take place on both properties. If You and the Neighbors Just Trim the Tree If your neighbors (and you) decide that you can live with this tree occupying both properties but agree that it needs frequent maintenance, you can perform your maintenance on the section of the tree that is on your property, and the neighbors can do the same with the tree section on theirs. Just to make things easy, call a tree service every time to do the maintenance on your section. That way, you have a third party involved and receipts to show that you did your...

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Adding On To Your Home? What You Need To Know About As-Built Surveys

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Adding On To Your Home? What You Need To Know About As-Built Surveys

When you decided to renovate your home, you knew you had a long road ahead in terms of construction. What you probably didn’t expect was all the red tape that comes along with this process. Local and state agencies require homeowners to complete several processes before, during, and after embarking on major renovation, including as-built surveys. If you’re like most people and this term is foreign language, here are just some important things you need to know. What Exactly Is It? The most important thing to understand is that unlike traditional construction surveys, an as-built survey is not a single-phase process. This survey is generally performed routinely throughout the course of the project. In the initial stages, the survey is used to ensure the addition you’re planning will not infringe on the property lines of other owners that surround you. However, as the project progresses, the purpose of the survey then becomes to ensure that the work being performed is in line with the original plans. Even something as minor as a change in the dimension of a wall will be monitored during this survey. Is It Required? In short, the question of whether or not this survey is required is yes. As previously mentioned, this process is something that is imposed by local or state zoning officials. In many instances, an as-built survey is just as critical as obtaining a construction permit in that if you construct the addition without following the appropriate steps, you could face harsh fines and even be required to tear down the new structure. Even if you happen to live in an area where this is not a requirement, this is still a process that you should consider as it serves as somewhat of a quality assurance tool for the build. If there are any variations from the original plan, the surveyor will quickly bring them to your attention so that you can discuss them with the construction manager promptly to ensure the addition is constructed based on your exact specifications. Choose The Right Surveyor When obtaining a survey, you want to ensure you are partnering with a licensed surveyor. If you are fulfilling a local or state mandated survey requirement and the surveyor is not licensed, the results of their findings will be uselessness, leaving you to start all over again. A major home renovation is a serious investment. An as-built surveyor can help you protect this investment. Contact a company like Bush Roed & Hitchings Inc to learn...

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3 Regular Maintenance Tasks That Can Keep Your Hot Tub Working Properly

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Regular Maintenance Tasks That Can Keep Your Hot Tub Working Properly

Having a hot tub can be a great luxury and a nice way to relax with family and friends. But the hot tub party can come to a stop if you don’t take steps to properly maintain it. Your hot tub requires regular maintenance and care to ensure things continue to operate without a hitch. Here are three maintenance tasks that every hot tub owner should be sure to perform on a regular basis if they want to avoid having to call a local hot tub repair company. Clean the Skimmer Weekly Keeping your hot tub’s skimmer clean is important to ensure proper filter flow. Even if you only use the hot tub once a week, the skimmer will still likely accumulate some debris, such as body hair. The skimmer should also be the first thing you check before you start operating the tub again after a hiatus. If you don’t have a hot tub cover, it’s possible some leaves or other problems could have found their way into the tub. Hose Down the Filter Once a Month While the skimmer is your first line of defense against issues, your hot tub’s filter also plays a key part in keeping the entire system operating smoothly. Once a month, or more often with heavy use, you should take a garden hose or some other device that can put out a heavy stream of water and spray down the filter. Rotate the filter while spraying as this will help dislodge any debris that is stuck between the pleats. Keep the Water Sanitized, But Still Drain and Refill Every Three Months Properly managing your hot tub’s sanitation level is key to maintaining a clean experience for you and any hot tub guests, and this includes using chemicals to regularly sanitize the spa. But even with regular sanitation, your hot tub water will still need to be completely replaced after a time. In general, try to completely drain and replace your spa water every three to four months, depending on how often you use the tub. Don’t forget to re-add the chemicals to the fresh batch of water and give it time to settle in before you climb back in. A hot tub can make your house the favorite of all of your family and friends but only if you take steps to ensure that things will continue to operate smoothly and safely. Clean your skimmer at least once a week or before and after every use to make the filter’s job easier over the long term. Once a month, give the filter it’s own bath courtesy of a high-pressure garden hose. Finally, use chemicals to maintain proper hot tub sanitation but don’t forget to completely drain and refill the tub every few months for best results. If you run into any issues, contact a local hot tub repair company for assistance. For more information or assistance, contact companies like Kaupas...

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Making Your Driveway Kid-Friendly

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Making Your Driveway Kid-Friendly

Kids never like to stay inside, even when the weather is damp or cold. Often your yard is full of water puddles or dirty snow, so you may try and discourage them from going outside. Of course, fresh air and exercise are good for kids, and getting the kids out of your hair for even thirty minutes seems like heaven. One way to get your kids outside in any weather is to make your driveway an attractive place for them to play. Surface​ Maintaining your driveway is necessary for protecting your vehicles from pothole damage. As a result,you need to patch any area that is losing asphalt or concrete as soon as you see a problem, including the development of cracks. In addition, you should apply sealcoating every few years to maintain the look of  the driveway and to keep it from deteriorating. If you are not the DIY type, you can easily find a local contractor to do the job for a reasonable price.  A smooth surface protects your vehicles, but it also makes your driveway a safe place for kids to run and play. They are less likely to trip and fall when your driveway is nice and smooth. Also, they are better able to play games. Sidewalk chalk has been the savior of many parents who are trying to keep their kids occupied but only works well on a crack-free surface. Also, when the cars are in the garage, your children can have a nice safe bike ride or scooter ride in the driveway. Once the driveway has been scooped clean of snow in the winter, kids can play there without being covered in the wet, often nasty stuff, saving you several extra loads of laundry. Play Equipment The driveway has long been a prime place to set up a basketball hoop, but you can also modify it to provide even more play space. For instance, if you have a circular drive, you can pave the inside of it to allow for a playhouse or simple play area for your kids. You can add flower boxes and even certain hardscaping elements, such as a bench or two, to keep it attractive while still providing a nice, smooth place for your children to play.  Driveway maintenance is important to protect your vehicles and your home’s curb appeal. Keeping a nice driveway is also good for your children. You can have a nice clean area that is perfect for play and that allows you to keep a close eye on your...

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Answers To Common Questions You Might Have About Sealcoating Your Driveway

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Answers To Common Questions You Might Have About Sealcoating Your Driveway

Caring for a home’s driveway is a critical task that new homeowners are often poorly informed about. This can make it easy to make some simple oversights that could potentially shorten the lifespan of the driveway while also causing noticeable cosmetic issues. To help you minimize these risks, sealcoating should be done on a regular basis. However, if you have only recently acquired your first home with a paved driveway, you will likely appreciate the following three commonly asked questions and their answers. Why Would You Need To Sealcoat Your Driveway? Moisture damage can be one of the main threats for a driveway. Over the course of time, it is possible for this moisture to start to seep into the small pores on the surface of the pavement. If moisture is able to soak into the pavement, it can expand when the temperature drops or it may evaporate when the temperature increases. When this occurs, the moisture will start to put increased pressure on the pavement, which can lead to cracks forming. By applying a sealcoat, you will be giving the pavement a waterproof layer that will help to prevent the moisture from being able to seep into the pavement. What Is Involved In The Sealcoating Process? Sealcoating a driveway might seem like it will be a difficult or inconvenient task to have done. However, this is actually a fairly simple task to do. In most instances, the driveway will only need to be pressure washed before the sealcoat is applied. This is necessary to prevent dirt and other particles from preventing the sealcoat from bonding directly to the surface of the pavement. Once the pavement has been pressure washed, the sealcoat will be applied using a series of special rollers. For those that lack the tools or time to do this essential maintenance, it is possible to hire pavement maintenance contractors to perform this task. Will A Driveway With A Sealcoat Require Any Special Care? If you are concerned about the sealcoat requiring special care to keep it effective, you will be relieved to learn that these coats do not require much special care. Typically, the only thing that will need to be done is to regularly wash or sweep the driveway. Removing debris is important as it can gradually degrade the sealcoat in a couple of different ways. For example, it is possible for these particles to physically rub against the sealcoat, which removes the coating. Additionally, debris on the pavement can trap moisture against the sealcoat, which may also degrade its protection. For more information, contact local professionals like ASAP Asphalt Sealing & Paving...

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Pooling Water In Your Air Conditioner: What Causes It And How A Plumber Can Help

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pooling Water In Your Air Conditioner: What Causes It And How A Plumber Can Help

Window air conditioners are supposed to be installed at a slight angle in your windows. This allows the little drainage hole at the bottom to release rain water that falls through the part of the air conditioner that hangs outside the window. If water begins to pool inside the air conditioner, you can hire a plumber to help fix the problem. Here is how that works. Evaporator Leaks The evaporator inside older window A/C units often develops a leak. When that happens, not all of the condensation that heads into the evaporator gets to where it is supposed to go. It then pools in the bottom of the air conditioner and leads to puddles coming forward and sputtering and spitting out the front vent of the unit. Pretty soon you have a very wet floor in front of the unit. If you can, try to readjust the unit so that it tilts backward a little to allow the extra water flow out the  back. If that does not work, a plumber can assess the unit and install a hose that will extract the current excess water and then act as an additional drainage port. Debris on the Outside Has Created a Chute for Rain or Blocked the Drain It is kind of a fluke occurrence, but it does happen. Leaves get plastered to the outside of the air conditioner, creating pockets that collect rain and chutes into the unit that allow the water a direct path in. Clear all of the debris that you can see, and then consult the plumber. He or she may be able to construct a rain hood that will keep the rain off of the unit but still allow it to drip as it should to the outside. If debris has managed to get inside the unit or stuck on the underside of it, and it has blocked the unit’s drain port, the plumber can help you clear out the port and unblock it so that it continues to drain properly. Hoses Inside the Unit Are Badly Damaged If you have corrected all of the fore-mentioned problems, and your A/C unit is still having a problem with pooling water, it may be that all of its internal hoses are completely shot. The plumber can open up the unit, replace the hoses for you, and then close it up again. If it still does not work, you may just want to consider replacing your air conditioner...

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Having Humidity Problems In Your Home? Clean Your Air Conditioner Filters

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Having Humidity Problems In Your Home? Clean Your Air Conditioner Filters

High humidity makes a home uncomfortable. This is because it reduces the human body’s ability to get rid of heat. It also creates a conducive environment for dust mite infestation and mold growth, something that then increases the risks of allergic reactions in loved ones. To prevent these negative effects of high humidity, taking measures to keep the humidity levels in your home under control is a must. As it turns out, something as simple as cleaning your air conditioner filters can go a long way towards helping you do this. Here is what you should know about the relationship between your air conditioning system’s filters and humidity control. Clogged air filters and coil icing When dirt accumulates on an air filter, it clogs it. This reduces the rate at which warm air passes through the filters. This is a problem since all the air that enters an air conditioner has to pass through the filters. As a result, clogging essentially starves the entire air conditioning system of the incoming air. The evaporator coil is one of the parts of an air conditioning system that is affected by this air starvation. This is because it essentially depends on incoming warm air to balance off the cooling effect created by the evaporating refrigerant. Having less of the warm air in this area usually leads to a drastic drop in temperatures, something that then causes a layer of ice to form over the evaporator coils. Coil icing and reduced condensation The layer of ice that forms over the evaporator coils has insulating properties. It will therefore reduce the rate at which heat is transferred from the passing air to the refrigerant. This eventually leads to a drop in the efficiency with which the air conditioner cools the air. As a result, any air leaving the evaporator coil won’t be as cool as it should be. This is a problem since the air conditioning system usually relies on this cooling process to both reduce the air’s moisture-carrying capacity and trigger condensation. The air being dumped into the home will therefore have more moisture than necessary, leading to less-than-desirable humidity levels. Cleaning your filters to boost the system’s humidity control capacity To prevent coil icing that results from restricted air flow, it is advisable that you regularly clean your air filters. To do this, use a vacuum cleaner to suck any grime and dust particles from the surface of the filters. After you are done, soak them in a water-vinegar solution for a couple of hours before airing them to dry. Doing so will not only get rid of the airflow obstructions, but also discourage growths such as mold from developing on the filters. It will ensure adequate air flow within your air conditioning system and hence reduce the risks of reduced humidity control that results from coil icing. To learn more, contact a company like Aggressive Mechanical...

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Mold Allergies And Home Improvement

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mold Allergies And Home Improvement

Mold allergies are very common throughout the US. There are around 1,000 species of mold in the US and many of them can lead to itchy eyes, sneezing, a runny nose, congestion, and other allergy symptoms. One of the biggest issues when it comes to mold is that it can easily grow in certain areas of a household. While mold can be an issue, there are ways to prevent it. Here are three home improvement projects that can help reduce mold in the home. Gutters Clogged or broken rain gutters can lead to water getting into the home. This moisture can lead to mold growth in a short period of time, something that is not good for those suffering from mold allergies. Regular gutter cleaning by a company like Mr.Gutter, LLC and consistent maintenance is a must. Homeowners can clean their gutters themselves or hire someone else. The average cost to clean the gutters of a one story, 1,500 square foot home is $70 to $200. If the gutters are in bad shape, then replacement is often the best option. Using a gutter company to install new gutters usually runs around $1,050 to $2,400 for the entire project. For homes that are already experiencing mold due to inadequate gutters, the cost is worth it. New Flooring Carpeting is a popular choice in many homes especially in areas such as bedrooms. However, carpet is at high risk for mold growth. For those who suffer from mold allergies, ripping out the carpeting and replacing it with new flooring is often the best choice. There are plenty of options in place of carpeting that can be used including tile, wood, or vinyl. Wood is one of the most expensive options costing around $4,240 to install while vinyl or linoleum is much cheaper at $357 on average. New Drywall Mold growing on walls is something that many homes experience. While small amounts of mold growth can be successfully cleaned, new drywall may be required if the problem persists. The first thing to do if figure out where the source of the mold is coming from. Leaking pipes and water getting in from the outside are often the culprits. Tearing out the drywall makes finding the source of the moisture much easier. Replacing the drywall costs on average $996 to $2,320. Despite the cost, this is a home improvement project sufferers of mold allergies should consider. When it comes to home improvement, there are a few things that those who suffer from mold allergies should consider doing. Cleaning or replacing gutters can help prevent mold from growing inside and outside the home. Replacing carpet with a new type of flooring can also help reduce the amount of mold in a home. Finally, new drywall is often needed if mold is a...

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