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Five Reasons Your Roof Might Be Leaking

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A leaky roof can create a bevy of problems, issues, and expenses for homeowners. If you notice that your roof might be leaking into your home, immediately contact a roofing contractor for an evaluation before damage can occur. However, if you keep an eye on some key areas regarding the roof, it is possible to prevent leaks and maintain the condition of your home’s roofing. Five things that can cause your roof to leak include: Shabby Shingles Shoddy shingles can cause your roof to leak. Moisture and precipitation can seep through the spots that are not protective by shingles, and deteriorate the materials beneath. If left in disrepair, these areas can cause leaks into the home resulting in more extensive damage. Gaping Gutters When checking out your roof, be sure to look over your gutters and eavestrough. If these systems have loose segments or gapes, they can push water toward the home and cause leaking around your roof. Clear and tighten your gutters a couple times a year to ensure that they remain functional and that they aren’t leaking water in and around your roof. Dirt and Debris If you allow dirt and debris to accumulate, it will become heavy from the moisture in the environment. This added weight can be detrimental to shingles and roofing materials, causing them to deteriorate and decay. It is most pragmatic to periodically sweep and clear the roof to reduce the risks of leaks. Leaning Ladders You can create leaks in your roofing over the course of time if you are using the the eavestrough or edging to support your ladder. Many consumers may lean their ladder against the edge of the roof during home repairs and maintenance, which is not only dangerous, but that can create cracks, leaks, and damage. Avoid supporting a ladder against the roof or eavestrough. Pesky Pests There are a number of ways that pests and wildlife can damage your roof, and the wear on the materials can break-down and deteriorate over time if allowed. Besides running over and building nests on the roof, pests may gnaw at shingles to create dens, which will result in leaks. The damage that these creatures wreak can be prone to mold and mildew, too, as these spots will be vulnerable to any moisture present. A leaky roof can cause extensive damage to the home, not only with the property damaged by water but also in the potential for mold and mildew, which can be detrimental to those living there.  Be sure to regularly check and inspect your roof to identify any issues early on, and resolve them before damage can occur. The roof protects your home, so it makes sense to do what you can to keep it in tip-top condition. For more information, contact Burroge Construction...

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Five Good Reasons To Invest In An Electric Heat Pump

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Heat pumps help keep your home comfortable, both in the winter and the summer, by transferring air that is heated and cooled naturally by the ground around your house to your interior living space. Because they are moving conditioned air rather than generating it, these systems use significantly less energy than a typical heating or cooling system. However, saving energy isn’t the only good reason to invest in an electric heat pump. Reasons to choose an electric heat pump 1. It saves energy . . . and energy dollars. Because a heat pump makes use of the earth’s natural heat, you can save a significant amount of energy and money on your utility bills. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a typical household could save around 30 to 40 percent on their electric bill by switching from and electric-powered furnace to a heat pump. 2. You could qualify for a federal tax credit. Another good reason for choosing a heat pump over a traditional furnace or air cooling system is the current federal energy saving tax credit program. If you purchase a qualifying heat pump and have it installed by December 31, 2016, you’ll be eligible for a tax credit equal to 30 percent of the purchase price and the cost of the installation. This applies to adding a heat pump to your primary or secondary residence, to both new construction and existing homes. To claim your credit, you simply complete IRS Form 5695 and file it with your regular tax return. (Note: not all heat pumps are covered under this program. A good HVAC contractor from a company like West Country Heating & AC can help you choose one that qualifies for the credit.) 3. A heat pump is both a heating and cooling system. A heat pump functions as both a heating and a cooling system, so you only have to purchase one system rather than two separate systems. 4. Heat pumps produce more even heat. Heat pumps provide uniform heat throughout your home. You won’t have the cold spots and hots spots you can have with a traditional furnace. 5. Heat pumps are better at dehumidifying a house than a traditional air conditioning system. During the warm weather months, heat pumps are more efficient at ridding the air of moisture than a traditional cooling system because it uses air from the ground that is naturally less moist than the atmosphere. While a heat pump might not be the right choice for every homeowner, this type of system saves energy, can save you money on your utility bills and your taxes and produces a more even heat throughout your...

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Electrical Problems In A Home: How You Can Detect Them & The Cost Of Rewiring

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do the bulbs in a specific light fixture seem to blow out shortly after they have been installed? You may be dealing with faulty electrical wiring in your home or the problem can lie within the light fixture itself. In this article, find out how to detect electrical wiring problems and what it will cost to hire an electrician to rewire your home if necessary. How Can a Homeowner Detect Electrical Wiring Problems? One sign that there is an electrical wiring problem in your home is when you turn on a light fixture and it begins to make popping noises. However, the popping noises may also mean that the fixture is old or has a short in the wires. Getting the fixture replaced will fix the problem if there is nothing wrong with the wires in your ceiling and walls. Another sign of bad electrical wiring in your home is when multiple lights flicker in different rooms. If you are only experiencing flickering with a single light fixture, it may simply mean that the bulb is in need of a replacement. A few of the other signs you can look for include: Discolored electrical outlet covers A burning smell coming from electrical outlets Too many or few volts flowing through outlets Constant turning off (tripping) of circuit breakers An electrician can find out what the problem is by inspecting the electrical outlets and circuit breaker box. He or she will test the amount of volts flowing from the circuit breakers to the outlets by using a multimeter. After determining what the problem is, you may have to get a single room rewired or the entire house. How Much Will it Cost If a Home is in Need of Being Rewired? Rewiring a home of a moderate size can cost as little as $3,500 if it there is nothing making it difficult for the electrician to install new wires. You can expect to pay even less if you are only getting a single room rewired. Other fees may be added if you need new electrical outlets due to the old ones getting damaged from wiring problems. Don’t ignore possible electrical problems by simply changing out bulbs when the continuously. You don’t want to put the problem off to the point where your home catches on fire. Contact an electrician at places like Skyline Electric Inc as soon as possible to get your home inspected so repairs can be made to keep you...

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When Do You Need A Locksmith For Your Rental Properties

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you own rental properties, you need to make sure that you are keeping up on the status of the locks on the properties. To help you see why you need to have a locksmith on hand for your rental properties, you need to review the following points. Change Of Tenants Even if you feel that you had the best and most trustworthy tenants in the world, you still need to make sure that a locksmith is changing out all of the locks on the doors. After all, you never really know what some people are capable of. Also, they might have given a key to a friend or family member and forgotten all about it. Would that friend or family member try to enter the home after those tenants left? Regardless, your new tenants will have peace of mind when you are able to tell them that new locks have been put on all of the doors. Tenants Are Locked Out It happens more than you might realize, so if you are new to being a landlord, you might need to think about finding a trusty locksmith that you can have on call for the  tenants. Whether you give the tenants the number to call when they are locked out or you call for them, the locksmith can get them inside of the house and make copies of keys if need be. In some cases, depending on where your tenants lost their keys, you might want the locksmith to change the locks for you and the tenants. Windows Need to Be Better Secured You want to protect your tenants and your property. To do this, you might need a locksmith to put new locks on the windows in the house. Even if the windows that are currently installed do not already have a lock system in place, you might still be able to find a locksmith that will be able install something for you. As you can see, there are a lot of reasons you need to find a quality locksmith for all of your rental properties. Make sure that you are finding one that is available during the weekends and after normal business hours as well. Sure, you might pay a little more for the services of being available on-call, but when you are dealing with rental properties, you need to have access to services whenever you need them the most. (For more information, go to...

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Answering Gnawing Questions Concerning Pest Control In Grain Bin Storage

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Most farmers spend more time being concerned with losing crops before they are fully grown and ready to harvest, but pests in grain storage bins can be just as big of a problem in need of attention. In fact, The Colorado State University Extension reports that the presence of pests after harvest cause just as much crop loss as pests can cause during the growing season. Therefore, it is imperative that you, as an agricultural professional, know how to tackle the issue head on. Here are a few of the most common questions concerning pest control in grain bin storage: What are some steps to take to deter pests in grain bins? There are several practices you can adopt to help deter pests in your grain storage areas. One of the first is to make sure that you follow safe handling and sanitation practices during harvest seasons. Your equipment, such as the storage bins themselves, should be appropriately maintained inside and out. Further, good housekeeping around storage bins will help to prevent pests from being attracted to the area. Is it true that cold temperatures are an effective way to eliminate pest problems? Cold air can in fact help to alleviate an issue with some types of pests. Many insects will not breed or reproduce when the temperatures are cold. Therefore, it is imperative that you know how to use air systems in your storage bins to alleviate temperatures inside. Cold air should be funneled inside during the colder temperatures at night and even smaller quantities of grain should be stored to more evenly distribute cold air. What is integrated pest management? Integrated pest management, or IPM programs, is a basic plan of action that should be implemented at the start of the storage season and followed throughout the year. This can involve several different methods of grain preservation from pests including: Grain cleaning Grain bin and equipment sanitation Fumigation Temperature management Humidity control Farmers who utilize an effective integrated pest management plan are much less likely to see great amounts of loss to their harvest. It is a good idea to take some time to learn about the various steps that should be part of your own program. Grain loss is a serious issue when you are in the business of agriculture. An infestation can cause a loss of as much as ten percent of total capacity, which can be a devastating blow to your total harvest. Be sure you are taking proper measures to prevent insect and pest issues in your grain storage...

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Know Your Type When Choosing A Garage Door Opener

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Scree! Scree! Screeeee! Has your relationship with your garage door opener been reduced to endless squealing nagging that leaves you dreading coming home? Has the level of communication gotten so bad that not even replacing the batteries in the remote or keypad helps open the doors between you two? If this sounds familiar, then it’s probably time to end this toxic relationship once and for all and replace the poor thing. Shopping for a new garage door opener is a lot like dating; depending on how you do it, it can either be really fun or make you want to give up on the whole idea altogether and just open your garage door by hand like they used to do in the good old days. At first glance, all garage door openers may look alike, but the truth is, a variety exists to fit your particular needs, whether you prefer the quiet, shy type, the big and loud type, or just a low-key, low-maintenance type. So, look carefully, especially when in the rebound phase, and don’t just pick the first or cheapest one you come across. With that in mind, here’s the speed-dating version of what types of openers there are to choose from: Chain-drive garage door openers are like bad selfies: They’re everywhere. As the most common type of opener, they use a chain and metal trolley to do their work. With a metal-on-metal operation, these openers like to talk frequently (and loudly), so only bring this one home to meet the family if the garage either is detached from the house or shares a wall with a room that doesn’t mind the noise, like a bathroom or laundry room. However, if you’re looking for a cheap date that will turn into a long-term relationship, this drive is the way to go. They cost the least and are very low maintenance. Ding-ding! Next! Belt-drive garage door openers use a rubber belt rather than a harsh, metal chain to lift the door, so they’re more the shy, quiet type that likes to whisper sweet nothings when saying hello and goodbye each day. And while they’ll make you pay more at first with a higher price tag, the money you put into them up front will ensure their dependability and loyalty for many years to come. Ding-ding! Next! Screw-drive garage door openers focus on the straight and narrow path, literally. They use a threaded steel rod to lift and lower garage doors. Don’t let their small size fool you, though. Although they tend to be a bit slow, they are not afraid to do work usually reserved for the big boys. In fact, screw drives were designed to lift large and heavy doors and frequently out-perform chain and belt drives on that front. As long as you pay attention to them once in a while and keep them lubricated, they won’t talk too much, either. Choosing a garage door opener does not have to be as painful and frustrating as dating. Armed with the right information, the choice will be as natural and easy as pushing a button. Talk to professionals, such as American Eagle Garage Door Services, for more...

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How To Choose The Right Commercial Electrician

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Choosing the correct commercial electrician can ensure that your project is completed in a timely manner, according to code, and with minimal additional cost. Several factors must be taken into account when hiring a commercial electrician, also referred to as an industrial electrician, that are separate from hiring other types of contractors, and are often overlooked. Consider the Project in Question First, you must consider your project. While general electricians can handle small repair, installation, and rewiring projects, other larger projects might require specialty tools, licenses, and knowledge that is not common in the general workforce. Once you have identified the nature of the project, find out whether or not you need to hire someone with a special license to undertake the project. Generally, anything that directly affects the superstructure of the building or taps into municipal outlets requires a specialty license, but if you are unsure, you can always ask electricians in your area or consult your local guidelines. As an example, in Delaware, there are four classes of license – Master, Limited, Master Special, and Limited Special – that are each permitted to work on certain projects that holders of other licenses would not legally be allowed to. Do a Price Comparison Between Similar Electricians When you’ve found a handful of electricians that are capable both in terms of licenses and knowledge to perform your task, consider their price – compare the overall cost of the project with their reputation, the length of their professional career, and the relative strengths of their references. While it may be tempting to save money on electricians, especially when hiring residential electricians for small projects, keep in mind the old adage of “You Get What You Pay For.” While cheap is attractive, it may also signal inexperience or unexpected additional costs at the end of the project. Talk to Previous Customers and Review Credentials Most importantly, consider the professional life of the electrician and investigate both their previous customers and credentials. Ask previous customers about the quality of work performed, whether or not the work has maintained its function, and whether or not the project was completed on time and on budget. Consider investigating licensing institutions and schools to see whether they are accredited or well-reviewed. Internalize the Value of your Project Few things in life are disposable, and your house or building is absolutely not one of these things – while saving money can be attractive, realize that the work you are asking the electrician to do could mean the difference between a safe, energy efficient home, and a home that is prone to structure fires or other incidents. Consider your project an investment rather than a cost, and make sure you are getting what your money is...

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How Land Surveyors Can Help Determine Property Lines for Fences

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There’s an old adage that “good fences make good neighbors.” Before you set about establishing a fence between you and your neighbor, however, you’d be smart to have your land surveyed. That way, you don’t accidentally put your fence in the wrong spot – which can cause some serious damage to your neighborhood relationships. In fact, getting your land surveyed is important if you plan on any improvements to your property, to avoid having a nasty surprise down the line. Why Are Land Surveys So Important? There are only two times people tend to think about getting their land surveyed: before they buy or start building on a piece of property and after they’ve already run into a problem with a boundary dispute, because they didn’t survey the land prior to buying or building on it. It’s much smarter to fall into the first group of people and not the second. Having a piece of property surveyed will help you avoid a number of common problems, and provide answers to questions that you may have about your use (or intended use) of the land, including: boundary lines, which are smart to know before you build a fence, or seek a permit for something like a swimming pool in your backyard.  easements or rights-of-way: to learn about legal impositions on the property. For example, your neighbor may have an easement granting him the right to cross your property with his car that you cannot legally block. encroachments, which occur when one property owner builds something that is partially over another person’s property line. An encroachment can be something as complicated as a new addition to a house or as simple as a flower bed. Can’t You Just Rely On Old Markers? If you can locate old survey markers you might be tempted to rely on them without further inspection. However, unless you know when and how those markers came into being, it may be wise to get a new survey done anyhow. The problem with old survey markers is that they are usually nothing more complicated than pins placed in the ground. While it’s a crime to move survey markers, it does happen, especially on property that isn’t well-developed or in rural areas (where it’s less likely the person moving the marker will get caught).  You also have to be cautious about relying on old survey markers because you don’t know how well researched the old survey was, or even how it accurately it was performed.  Modern methods include a combination of title research, a comparison with any existing legal descriptions, a comparison against old surveys for accuracy, and measurement of man-made structures on the property (including driveways and drainage ditches).  Nobody wants to get into a property dispute with a neighbor, so don’t guess about the property lines when you’re getting ready to build that fence! Often, the best way to avoid getting into a dispute is to clearly identify the boundaries of a property before you make any changes, and a land surveyor, such as DC Gohn Associates Inc Surveyors & Engineers, is the right person to...

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How To Find And Fix Air Leaks In Your Home

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ensuring that your home is energy efficient requires paying attention to all the little details. This could mean installing a programmable thermostat so you can better control your family’s use of your heating and cooling system, or it might mean putting in ceiling fans to give your system a little help during the summer and winter months. But one of the most important (and effective) things you can do to maximize your energy dollars is to address any air leak problems in your home. If your home isn’t airtight, a significant portion of the conditioned air your system is producing is being wasted. To solve this problem, you have to first find the leaks, and then fix them. Where to Look for Leaks When you’re looking for leaks in your home, you’ll find they can be almost anywhere. One way to detect these leaks is to position a burning incense stick close to anyplace you suspect a leak. If there is a leak, the smoke will move sideways. There are several specific areas you should look at while searching for leaks: Doors/Windows: A major source of leaks in any home are cracks and gaps around doors and windows. These can be easily addressed using caulk and or weatherstripping. Outlets and Switches: Outlets and light switches can also have leaks around them. You can either seal these leaks using gaskets you place behind the plate or by spraying in expanding foam from a can. Pipes and Vents: You should also check around any pipes or vents passing through exterior walls. While small cracks can be fixed using a caulking gun, for larger openings you will need to use expanding foam. Recessed Lighting: Another place to look for air leaks is around recessed lighting. These lights could easily let conditioned air escape from your living spaces up into your attic. Use gaskets to seal these leaks. Attic Doors: Install a gasket seal on the patch or door leading to your attic to keep any conditioned air from seeping past it into the attic. Open Flues: Make sure that your furnace or fireplace flue is closed when you’re not using it. Attic Flooring: Examine the floor of your attic to locate any cracks or gaps that are allowing air to escape into the attic. You can repair small cracks using a caulking gun, but you should repair larger gaps with expanding foam sprayed from a can. A company like Century Heating & Air Conditioning Services can perform a heating audit on your home to determine exactly where and how air is being lost. If you don’t want to check the entire home yourself, contact a professional who can help...

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The Many Benefits Of Portable Toilets

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Porta-potties are quite the common sight in American cities. If you drive around for more than a couple minutes, you are very like to see at least one portable toilet. But why is this? The answer comes from several distinct qualities of the portable toilet: its efficiency, consequent popularity, and extremely visible nature. If you need to conduct any sort of project outside, you should consider portable toilets for the following reasons: The Design The portable toilet is a streamlined system which houses only the absolute essentials. It is generally a vertical rectangular prism that is several feet taller than the average man. Inside is simply a seat with a hole, resembling a traditional toilet. Some units might also be equipped with hand sanitizer dispenser. However, portable toilets do not flush and thus do not have running water. Instead, the bowl is filled with a disinfectant solution which helps mitigate the odor and pathogens in human waste. They do not need to be cleaned very frequently, but a specialized vehicle is required when they need maintenance. The Purpose Portable toilets fill a very large need in modern society: the need for a cheap plumbing system that can be moved and reused. Most construction projects and outdoor events use portable toilets because there is no reason to create a costly plumbing system for a temporary problem.  If you only need toilets for a very short period of time, such as a week, then you are able to rent portable toilets for much cheaper than it would cost to buy them. Rental companies that specialize in portable toilets, such as Walters Portable Toilets, can be found nationwide, both on the internet and in brick-and-mortar locations. Maintenance One of the primary draws of portable toilets is that they do not necessarily require a lot of maintenance on your part. If anything goes wrong or if they fill up, all you need to do is hire a cleaning company to bring a specialized vehicle to your location. These vehicles generally come equipped with a large pump system that is used to extract the waste from your portable toilet. After that, all you need to do is refill the bowl with more disinfectant solution. If you are considering an outdoor project of any variety, perhaps a school function or a sports event, then you should consider using portable toilets. They fill all of your needs with a low price tag and no maintenance...

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