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Preparing Your House For Winter: 3 Stress-Relieving Steps To Consider

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

One of the more stressful times of the year for a homeowner is the winter. These months can get extremely cold. In order to prepare your home for the winter, you can consider these steps: Purchase Heating Oil In order to keep your home warm throughout these months, it’s smart to purchase a lot of heating oil. This type of oil comes with several advantages over gas and other heating methods. For one, compared to gas and electricity, heating oil warms up more quickly. That’s because heating oil burns hotter than both natural gas and electricity. This type of oil burns extremely clean, so you don’t have to worry about harming the environment or causing breathing problems for your family. Heating oil from companies like Self Heating Cooling is also extremely abundant. There are companies online that can deliver this type of oil to your front door. You don’t have to worry about leaving the comforts of your home during those cold days of the year. Maintain the Furnace’s Air Filter In order for heating oil to work properly, you are going to need to maintain your furnace. If you don’t, it could break down and hinder your ability to bring warm air into your home. First, locate the filter access and take out the filter. If it’s covered in dirt and it is not reusable, it needs to be replaced with a new filter. If you don’t change a dirty filter, it’s going to make your furnace work inefficiently. This could cost you a lot of money. If your furnace’s air filter is reusable, you can clean it with a portable vacuum. Make sure to remove all of the dirt and dust from the filter, and then insert it back into the filter access. Replace Damaged Door Seals Over the years, the seals underneath your doors can get cracked and damaged. When this happens, warm air inside your home could escape, driving up your energy bills during the winter. That’s why it’s so important to regularly inspect these seals. If the door seals are damaged or coming up, you need to replace them. As a replacement, try to find a door seal made out of aluminum and vinyl. Not only are these materials durable, they are also water-resistant. If water gets on your seals, they are not going to break down. The winter months are cold and sometimes, they could be filled with snowy days. In order to deal with these months as a homeowner, you can purchase heating oil, maintain your furnace and replace damaged door...

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Two Important Carpet Maintenance Questions Answered

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Carpet has emerged as one of the most common features in modern homes. This should not be surprising given the fact that the price of carpet has plummeted while its durability has vastly increased. However, many homeowners have never had carpet, and as a result, there is a strong chance that they may need a couple of questions answered to ensure that they get the most from their carpets.  How Often Should Carpet Be Cleaned? One of the most important steps for ensuring that your carpet last for years is keeping it clean. If carpet is not routinely cleaned, it can cause permanent discoloration or odors to develop. When these problems arise, the only way to correct them may be to replace the carpet, and this can result in thousands of dollars of expenses.  Fortunately, you can avoid this problem by routinely thoroughly cleaning the carpet. In fact, this should typically be done at least twice a year. While cleaning carpet may seem inconvenient and labor intensive, it is possible for you to hire professionals to come to your home and perform this work for you. This will allow you to enjoy the benefits of clean carpet without having to spend the time or labor performing this mundane task.  Does Steam Cleaning Lead To Mold Growth? Sadly, some people may not properly clean their carpets because they are under the belief that this will lead to the formation of molds and mildews in the carpet. Considering the health risks that these substances can pose, it is not surprising that this fear can dissuade some people from performing this routine task.  However, it should be noted that as long as the carpet was properly dried after the cleaning, it will be impossible for these materials to start growing. To further expedite the drying process, you can increase the ventilation of the room that was recently cleaned. By opening the windows and placing floor fans around the room, you can increase the ventilation enough to cause the excess moisture to dry in a matter of hours.  Keeping your carpet looking great is one of the most important parts of ensuring that your home is always an inviting place. However, some homeowners have never had carpet, and they may not understand what is needed to keep these materials in good condition. Understanding the importance of routine cleanings and drying the carpet, you can avoid many of the most common problems that carpet will experience on the course of its...

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How to Maintain a Clean Roof on Your Home

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

One part of your home that does not get cleaned too often if your roof. Since it is so difficult to get to your roof, it is common to find algae, moss, and debris on it over time. Follow these steps for giving your roof a good cleaning. Algae Removal When it comes to removing algae, your initial thoughts might be to use a pressure washer. Unfortunately, using a pressure washer could actually cause damage to your shingles and destroy the protective coating on the them. This will void your warranty, which is definitely not good if you recently had a roof installed. Algae is mainly a cosmetic issue, so there is no need to risk damaging your roof to remove it. The black streaking caused by algae is hard to prevent from happening. It forms by feeding off limestone, and streaking is caused by the wind pushing the algae over time. If you want to remove these streaks, try using a cleaning solution that is designed to work with asphalt shingles, as it will help maintain the protective coating. Moss Removal If you have parts of your roof that are shady and moist, there it is a potential breeding ground for moss. The best way to get rid of moss for good is to add acidity to your roof. Since moss needs a very specific acidity level to grow, you can disrupt its ideal environment by adding lemon or orange juice on the moss. Ammonia and baking powder are also known to destroy moss by making the area more alkaline. Once the moss is gone, you can clean the area using a garden hose instead of a power washer. Just make sure to spray the water down the shingles instead of upward, as you do not want water to accidentally get underneath your shingles. It also helps to get sunlight on the area where moss was growing to prevent it from growing back. Try trimming the trees around your roof so that the sun covers it completely Debris Removal When removing leaves, dirt and sticks from your roof, you will want to avoid using anything hard that can disrupt the shingles’ protective coating. Use a soft bristle broom to sweep the roof off in a downward motion, or a leaf blower that will simple push the debris off your roof. Following these tips will help keep your roof looking great all year round—contact a roofer like Freedom Roofing for more tips on cleaning your...

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Household Plumbing Jobs You Don’t Want To Do

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re a handy homeowner, then you’re likely used to doing a lot of home repairs yourself. While putting in a new kitchen faucet or bathroom shower head are straightforward, there are a few plumbing projects you should leave to a licensed plumber. Some of these are dangerous and others will cause a big mess if you do them incorrectly. Here are some projects you should consider having someone else do before you get in over your head. Installing a Utility Sink This may be something you’ve wanted to add to your laundry room for some time. It’s also an example of a project that you should hire a plumber for if you want to be successful. The sink will likely be located close to your washing machine for easy access to the water lines and drain. To make sure the drain runs smoothly, the drain pipe must be run at a certain angle. This also prevents water from the washing machine from backing up into the sink. The water lines need to be connected properly with a water hammer arrestor. This prevents the banging noise from water pipes when you turn the water on and off in the sink. These are details that a plumber will know about so your sink gets installed correctly. Main Sewer Drain Problems If you suddenly find several sinks are not draining, you may have a blockage in the main sewer line. Clearing a clogged bathroom sink is minor but working with the main sewer drain can become a major project. Hire a plumber for this job so you don’t end up with a costly repair bill. The main drain connects you with the city sewer system. It runs through your yard out to the street where it meets with the sewer. Along that length of drain pipe, there could be tree roots and other objects that have made their way into the pipe. If not careful, you could break the pipe while trying to clear it. The only repair then is an expensive excavation to dig up and replace the broken pipe. A plumber knows what to expect and may even use equipment to visualize the inside of the sewer line. They may be able to clear out the roots, or work around them, so you can get a few more years of use out of that drain before needing to dig it up and replace it. Water Heater Replacement This is a job for a plumbing service that also does water heater installation. Your water heater is a big boiler. The hot water causes pressure to build up in the tank and, if it’s not installed properly, you could risk a dangerous tank rupture. Removing the old tank is difficult due to the mineral deposits that have built up in the tank and make it heavy to move. This may be the most dangerous plumbing job in your home and is best left to those who do it often. Doing your own home projects can save you money and give you the pleasure of working on your home. Leave the dangerous, messy and expensive projects to a plumbing service. Enjoy your home knowing that these remodeling and repair projects are done properly by the...

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Central Air Conditioning Or Wall Units? Which Is Better For You?

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

If you have considered getting central air conditioning, you may wonder if it will be worth the money. What are the differences that you would have over using standard wall unit air conditioners? Here are a few points for you to consider about the installation of central air conditioning to help you make a decision on whether it is something that you will want to pursue: Installation When installing central air conditioning, it is best to hire HVAC contactors to have the job done properly. Central air conditioning has a lot of duct work that will need to be done and the furnace will need to be converted to be able to force cool air throughout the home. These are things that should be done professionally, as they hold some safety risks if they are installed improperly. Wall units are able to installed by the average homeowner without much trouble. They are heavy, but they are able to be placed using basic tools and knowledge. When installed, window units can take away from the appearance of the home and they block up windows so that you cannot use them to see outdoors. Cooling Factors Central air conditioning will cool down an entire home at one time. The cool air is pushed throughout the vent system in the house, making it comfortable in a short amount of time. Wall units will only cool one room at a time. You would need wall units in several different areas of the home to get the amount of cooling that you would get with a central air conditioning system.  Price Factor Installation of central air conditioning is more expensive than placing wall units. You will need to pay a service to have it put in properly. However, if you use the duct work that is already installed for your heating, installation will not be as costly. Wall units are relatively inexpensive to purchase, but they will still use electricity to run them. The amount of electricity needed to run either system would need to be based upon the temperature conditions in the area where you live and the amount of space that you are trying to cool. Disadvantages Window units will need to be taken out and replaced each season. They can be removed by thieves that want to gain entry into the home. Central air conditioning will not allow you to cool just one room, so the temperature will need to be the same throughout the...

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Signs Of Distress In An Aging Water Heater

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As your water heater ages, it will start to show signs of corrosion and disrepair. Water heaters are good for approximately 10 to 13 years, depending on the brand, type and also luck. When your water heater nears this age, it’s a good idea to inspect your water heater on a regular basis. Knowing the signs of water heater distress may help you avoid a costly disaster: Strange Noises Water heaters make noises, such as the sound of gas flowing through pipes, even in their normal state. However, if your hot water heater has recently begun to make strange noises, like popping and cracking noises, this could be a sign of a mineral deposit build up. Over time, this problem will only become worse, reducing the efficiency of your hot water heater and forcing it to work harder than necessary to heat the water in your home. Eventually, this process will wear down the water heater. Draining the water heater may help, but some old water heaters can’t easily be drained because the sediment inside can create blockages. In other words, if your water heater is old, this could be a sign that your water heater is in a downward spiral.  Rusty Hot Water Rusty water could be an indication that the pipes in your house are getting old, but rusty water could also point to a problem with your water heater. If your hot water has recently started to take on a reddish tinge, your water heater could be beginning to fail.  Leak Even a small leak is a dangerous thing for a hot water heater. Look for puddles beneath the water heater, corrosion and water dripping down the sides of the water heater. Don’t delay calling for water heater repair if your water heater is leaking–even just a few tablespoons.  Burn Marks Burn marks or signs of charring around the panel or access opening is an indication of a problem with the burner or flue. This may not be an indication of immediate failure, but is a sign that your water heater is starting to develop the many problems that will eventually lead to its demise.  It’s a good idea to replace your water heater once it reaches the end of its expected lifespan, even if it hasn’t yet broken. However, if your water heater starts showing any symptoms of immanent failure, call a water heater repair person for a replacement immediately. To learn more, contact a company like Ace Plumbing, Heating and Air with any questions or concerns you...

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Signs That It Is Time To Replace Your Home Windows

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As a homeowner, it is very important to make sure that you are doing everything you can in order to keep the entire structure safe and sound, especially when it comes to your windows. It is important to make sure that you are familiar with the signs that tell you it is time to replace your windows. If you need a little help with that, you can check out the following points listed below. Cracks In The Glass Never assume that a small crack in the glass is fine to be left alone, especially if that crack does not seem to go all the way through the glass. No matter how big, small, deep, or shallow that crack is, it means that the window should be replaced. Whether you live in an area prone to hurricanes or you live in the middle of the country, you need to make sure that your windows are able to withstand high gusts of wind. If there happens to be a major wind storm and the glass is struck just right with a gust of wind, you could very well find your floor covered in shattered glass. The Frame Is Separating From The Glass Pane Sure, you might think that you can simply add a little bit of caulking between the glass and the frame and that should hold it together. While that might work as a very temporary solution, you will find that it will not last long. Eventually, the pulling will continue to the caulking and will no longer be hold everything together. If anything, the caulking can help keep cold air from coming inside while you wait for a window replacement. In the mean time, it is important to remember that the glass could come completely separated from the frame, causing it to crash on your floor or outside on the ground depending on which way it is already leaning. The Wood Frame Feels Spongy The wood frame of your window should never feel spongy. If it does, it is because it is absorbing water and will soon begin to rot as water damages the integrity of the wood. As the frame rots, you will find that the glass pane is likely to fall out of the frame. Therefore, the spongy feeling should be your first indication that something is going wrong and that you are going to need to replace that window. As you can see, there are some pretty clear signs that may indicate the need for a window replacement. Whether you will be doing the work yourself or calling in a professional like Fas Windows and Doors, you need to make sure that you are not waiting any longer than you absolutely have...

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What Should You Do If You’ve Been Exposed To Asbestos?

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you’ve undergone a home renovation project or you grew up in a pre-war building, you may be concerned about your exposure to asbestos—the fire-retardant building material frequently used before the mid-1970s. Although it’s unlikely that exposure (even repeated exposure) to asbestos has caused you permanent harm, quick diagnosis is key to a good prognosis. Read on to learn more about asbestos and what to do if you believe you’ve been exposed. What is asbestos, and why is it dangerous? Asbestos was once prized as a building material for its flame-retardant qualities, and it was used in ceiling tiles, insulation, and other areas where fire was common. When asbestos is simply dormant in a piece of material, it poses no real harm. However, during demolition of asbestos-containing materials, harmful particles are released into the air and can be inhaled. These particles are especially harmful to lung tissue and, once inhaled, cannot be removed, so repeated or long-term exposure to “mobile” asbestos can cause serious pulmonary harm. One of the most common diseases caused by asbestos exposure is mesothelioma, or a rare type of lung cancer. Unlike other lung cancers, mesothelioma can affect other tissues in the chest cavity. For example, many mesothelioma patients also have heart issues because the asbestos has inflamed the exterior lining of the heart, or trouble swallowing because the asbestos has irritated the throat.  What are some signs and symptoms of asbestos exposure? In many cases, particularly if the exposure is mild or infrequent, no symptoms are present. However, mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses often present themselves in a similar manner as other pulmonary diseases—with a dry cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain. You may also notice yourself becoming more tired from routine activities, or winded when you move quickly or climb a flight of stairs.  What should you do if you believe you’ve been exposed to asbestos? If you’ve suffered asbestos exposure—whether it was recent or long ago—you should seek out a pulmonary specialist who can evaluate your lung capacity and screen you for any warning signs of mesothelioma or other asbestos-related illnesses. If your home still contains asbestos material, or if you’re not sure whether your insulation or ceiling tiles are made of asbestos, you should contact a construction or contracting company that specializes in asbestos remediation, such as Infinity Enterprises. Don’t ever try to remove asbestos from your home yourself—this removal requires specialized training and equipment, as well as disposal with a certified biohazard facility. If you’re planning to remodel a home that was built in the mid-1900s or earlier, contact a contractor just to ensure that you won’t inadvertently be releasing harmful asbestos fibers into the...

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