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7 Tips For Protecting Your Home’s Crawl Space From Pests

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 7 Tips For Protecting Your Home’s Crawl Space From Pests

Whether or not you want to face it, your home’s crawl space could be a haven for pests ranging from mice to roaches. You could even run into a squirrel in the area. To keep the area pest-free and prevent the pests from moving into the rest of your home, here are some pest control strategies to use.   Repair foundation cracks. One of the most accessible methods of entry for pests to the crawl space is the foundational wall. Repairing the wall is not only a means to keep pests out, but it helps to make your home more structurally sound.  Install a vapor barrier. Pests need water to survive. If your crawl space does not have a proper barrier against moisture, water can build up in the area and be a welcoming sign to pests looking for a home.   Insulate plumbing pipes. Any pipes that are running through your crawl space could provide the water pests need. A slow leak can also invite the development of mold. When the pipes are insulated, any moisture that is in the area will not cause them to rust and leak.   Check your gutters and downspouts. Ideally, the water from the gutters should be directed to the downspouts and then diverted away from the home. However, changes in the positioning of the gutters can cause the water to be pushed back towards the home. Periodically checking the position of them can ensure the water is going in the right direction.  Close the foundation vents. Foundation vents are designed to help push humid air out of the home. However, in high humid times, the humidity can cause the humid air to rise and create moisture in the crawlspace. Closing the vents when the humidity levels are high can help to keep moisture at bay. Moisture in those spaces usually means pests and mold are around the corner. Replace the crawl space screen. If your crawl space is missing screens or they are in poor condition, pests can take advantage and enter the home. Once you have replaced the screens, make it a habit to inspect the screens on a monthly basis to ensure they are still in good condition.  Update your insulation. Over time, the insulation in the crawl space can become worn. When this happens, the area becomes more attractive to pests. If the insulation is worn, replacing it is not only good for keeping pests out, but it also helps to keep energy costs down.  Work with professionals, such as a contractor and a pest control technician, to keep your home safe from pests. For more information, visit this...

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3 Problems With A Foundation Settling That Can Lead To Serious Structural Damage

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Problems With A Foundation Settling That Can Lead To Serious Structural Damage

If you have noticed that there is an area of your home that seems to be slowly sinking, this can be a sign of serious problems ahead. These problems can be caused by things like erosion, soft soils, and poor footings. To solve the problem before it leads to costly repairs and damage to your home, you may need to have foundation shoring done. Here are some of the serious foundation settling problems that you will want to have repaired before the damage becomes too great: 1. Erosion Problems Causing Soils To Washout Beneath The Foundation Erosion can be one of the major problems that you have to deal with your home. These problems are often directly caused by backfill and poor landscape drainage. To correct the problem, your home will need to have the foundation shored up at the area where the backfill and soil has been washed away. When you have these repairs done, it is often a good idea to have the landscaping outside your home redone with improved drainage to ensure soil does not erode and water drains away as it should. 2. Soft Soils Causing Your Home To Start To Sink Into The Earth Many of the most populous areas around the country are built near water and directly over wetland areas. These areas have soft soils, which eventually buildings sink into. Older homes can have problems with certain areas of the home sinking in soft soils. This problem may need to be corrected with shoring the foundation and jacking your home back up. Another process that is used to ensure your home settles evenly is tensioned cable systems in concrete, which make the foundation act as one solid block so there is not one area that sinks faster than another. 3. Bad Footings And Design Issues Causing The Foundation Settling Problems Bad footings can be another problem that you have with your foundation. These problems can be due to homes that were built before building codes in an area or due to poor craftsmanship. When you have a problem with the footings failing, the area will have to be repaired and support added beneath your home with foundation shoring. You may also want to consult a structural engineer to help with improvements that can prevent these problems. These are some of the foundation damage problems that you will want to deal with before damage is too much to repair. If your home looks like it is slowly settling, contact a company like B And Y Drilling Inc to help with shoring up your home and preventing further...

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Roots Destroying Your Drain Pipes? 3 Steps To Repair The Damage

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Roots Destroying Your Drain Pipes? 3 Steps To Repair The Damage

If you live in an area that’s been affected by the drought, chances are good that the trees in your yard are trying to find a convenient source of water. That means that they’re going to send their tap roots out to find easy access points. Unfortunately, those easy access points might just end up being your drain pipes. Tap roots can gain access through small cracks and joints in your pipes. Once they’re in, they’ll continue growing, until they’ve outgrown the pipe. When that happens, the pipe will burst, and you’ll be facing expensive repairs. If your drains have suddenly gotten sluggish, or your toilets are flushing slower than they used to, you should have your drains inspected for root growth. If the inspection is positive for root growth, here are three methods that can be used to remove the growth and repair your pipes. Hydro-Jetting If your drain lines are overrun with roots, hydro-jetting is a quick and effective way to take care of the problem. With hydro-jetting, high pressure water is forced through the pipes. The force of the water blasts through the roots and flushes them through to the sewer. The benefit of hydro-jetting is that it will also remove other types of debris as well, including solid waste, grease and toilet paper. Pipe Lining If the inspection shows that tree roots have already started damaging your drain pipes, and you have minor leaks, pipe lining can repair the damage without requiring complete replacement of the damaged pipes. With pipe lining, the damaged section of pipe is lined with a protective sleeve, which will prevent leaks. In most cases, the lining will only need to be placed in the damaged area. However, if it looks like other areas of the pipe may begin leaking soon, the lining may be extended beyond the damaged area. Pipe Bursting If tree roots have caused extensive damage to your pipes, and they need to be replaced, pipe bursting can take care of the problem without extensive trenching. Pipe bursting allows the old pipe to be broken apart at the same time as the new seamless pipe is installed. With seamless pipes, the roots won’t be able to find a way back in to cause future damage. Pipe bursting can be used on any type of sewage pipe including clay, PVC, and cast iron. If the trees in your yard have damaged your drain lines while trying to find water, don’t panic. The methods described above can be used to repair the damage and protect your pipes from future...

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Signs You Need to Replace Your Attic Insulation

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Signs You Need to Replace Your Attic Insulation

Attic insulation is an important part of your home’s heating and cooling systems. Because heat rises and because the roof of your home absorbs a large amount of sunlight during the summer months, there is a large degree of temperature transfer between your attic and the exterior of your home. If your attic insulation is not up to par, your energy bills can greatly increase, and your home’s comfort levels can fall. Thankfully, there are a number of things that you can look out for to help determine when it’s time for you to replace your attic insulation. Drafts If you notice a greater number of drafts within your house than you are used to that cannot be explained by opened doors and windows, especially in the upper parts of your house, your attic insulation has probably begun to degrade. As insulation gets older, it begins to crumble and group together, creating gaps in your insulation that leads to air being able to seep in through your roof and into your attic. The difference in the temperature of this air and the air throughout the rest of your house causes things to get a bit drafty. Pest Infestations If you have any pests within your attic, you may want to contact a contractor as soon as possible to take a look at your insulation. Any pests that have taken up residence within your attic can make nests within your insulation and tear it up, causing air to enter into your attic. Furthermore, if there is an opening somewhere in your roof that is large enough to let pests into your attic, it is extremely likely that your insulation has become water damaged as well and will need to be replaced. Increased Energy Bills If you notice an increase in your energy bills during the winter or summer without a corresponding change in the amount of use that you are giving your air conditioner or central heating unit, your insulation is probably doing a poor job of keeping hot or cool air within your home. This means that the average temperature of your home will fluctuate more often, causing your heating and cooling systems to work harder and more often to maintain the comfort levels within your home. This can greatly increase your long-term costs, so it’s a good idea to have your attic insulation looked at as soon as possible so you can save money. Talk to a company like Alaska Quality Insulators Inc for more information about how poor insulation may be affecting your...

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Know What To Expect If You Plan To Have A Dock Built In The Near Future

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Know What To Expect If You Plan To Have A Dock Built In The Near Future

If you want to have a dock built on your property, it is important to know that building the dock will not take very long, but planning for the build can be quite extensive. Many people do not realize how much time and effort goes into a dock build. Use the guide below to learn a few things that you need to expect if you plan to have a dock built in the near future. Design Layout Discussion The first thing that will happen is that you will meet with the dock builders and discuss what type of dock you are interested in having built. You need to let them know if you plan to have boat lifts built onto the dock, if you want a roof built over it, and if you want a shed or storage space built onto the edge of the dock. The builders need to know how long you want the dock to be, as well as how wide you want it to be so that they can create a printed design proposal for you. Create the Design Next, the builders will hire an architect to create the design for them to follow. The design must be very precise, so that they can know exactly how much material they need to order to complete the job. Once the design is created, the builder will bring it to you to get approval for the design. If there is anything you want to change, you need to let the builder know right away. Apply for the Appropriate Permits Before any building can begin, the marine contractor must get specific permits in order to have the dock built. He or she must submit the proposals for the design plan, specific information regarding if there will be electricity to the dock, and if there will be boat lifts. Once the permits are received, the builder can continue. Order the Materials Once the permits have been accepted, the builder can order the appropriate materials. There are often numerous materials that need to be delivered to the job site in order for the builder to build the dock. There needs to be a path for the large delivery trucks to make it to the build site with ease. If there is not a path, the builder may get a chainsaw and start making one, with your permission. Once all of the materials arrive, building can start. It typically does not take very long for the dock to actually be built though. Once it is completed, inspections need to take place to ensure that it is sound and strong before you can actually start using it....

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Does Your Bedroom Carpet Get Dirty Quick? Keep Your Bed From Intensifying The Problem

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Does Your Bedroom Carpet Get Dirty Quick? Keep Your Bed From Intensifying The Problem

With the bedroom being a space in your home you likely sleep in every night, it’s likely that it receives more wear and tear over the years than the rest of the rooms in your home. If you use your bedroom for more than just sleeping and getting ready, the carpet will likely get dirty at a faster rate. Vacuuming the carpet once a week or so will prevent your carpet from looking excessively muddy. But, you should figure out how to minimize its dirtiness to maximize the lifespan of the carpeting. It is possible for your bed to be one of the main reasons you have to clean the carpet so frequently. Remove Pet Hair on a Daily Basis If you have a household with cats and dogs, their hair is going to get everywhere. It will happen more often in the areas where they lay down, as this is when the hair will most likely come off. So, your bed may be the primary destination for hair, and you need to prevent it from finding its way onto the floor. Shaking off the comforter outside or using a rubber glove will allow you to easily remove the hair. If you can get your hands on a reusable lint roller, you can use it to pick up hair on the comforter, pillows, and sheets. Use a Solid Bed Frame The bed frame you use can actually have a noticeable impact on the carpet’s condition. A metal bed frame is not going to stop dirt particles from reaching the ground. But a solid bed frame can prevent dirt particles that fall of the bed from hitting the carpet, which could settle into the fibers with enough time. This does mean you will need to find or make a bed frame that does not use slates to provide support to the bed. It allows you to lift up the mattress and just vacuum the inside of the bed frame, which should be very easy to clean. It works similar to how a dinner tray prevents crumbs and spills from getting elsewhere. Enjoy Liquids Safely It is perfectly fine to have drinks next to your bed, whether you tuck them within the bed frame, put them on the headboard, or place them on neighboring nightstands. But, these drinks can become an issue when they end up spilling and staining the carpet. This is a problem that you can easily avoid by getting your hands on reusable and spill-proof water bottles to dedicate for usage in and around the bed. If you find yourself getting professional carpet cleaning more than once a year due to carpet wear and tear in the bedroom, you should try out these methods to take care of bed-related issues.  For more information, contact Conscientious Carpet Care or a similar...

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3 Best Roofing Materials for a National-Style Home with a Pyramid-Shaped Roof

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Best Roofing Materials for a National-Style Home with a Pyramid-Shaped Roof

National-style homes are examples of early American architecture partly based on the simplicity of Native American structures. The homes have simplistic lines and floor plans that can still prove charming and functional. One way to accent the simplicity is to choose an attractive roofing material, particularly if your home has a pyramid-shaped roof. The four parallel low-pitch roof segments of the pyramid roof meet at a shallow ridge and provide an attractive and distinct topper for your home. However, some roofing materials are better than others for this sort of home and roof. Here are a few options to discuss when you next talk to your roofing repair contractors.  Good: Asphalt Shingles Asphalt shingles are lightweight and fairly durable for the low cost. The shingles can be made in almost any color commonly found on roofs and can be pressed or fabricated to have textures similar to wood shingles or slate tiles. Asphalt shingles are just a good all-around material for most roofing projects, but they are particularly good for a pyramid-shaped roof due to the roof style’s larger surface area. More surface area means more materials needed for the project, which can quickly drive up project costs. This is especially problematic if you are already on a tight budget. Good: Wood Shingles Wood shingles add texture and natural beauty to any roofing project. The textured shingles can soften the sharper lines of the pyramidal roof, which can help make the house look a bit too boxy. You can also opt for a bright or dark stain color on the shingles to bring even more visual interest to your home. Wood shingles are a bit more upkeep than slate shingles. The wood can expand and contract in the heat or cold and, over time, those motions can make the wood warp. But the need for occasional maintenance and maybe a sooner replacement might be worth the cost given the visual impact your roof could make with them. Bad: Metal Roofing  Once used primarily for industrial and garden settings, metal roofing has come a long way thanks to dye and fabrication advancements. But the standing seam or shingle varieties of metal roofing best suit homes that have a lot going on visually rather than the already simple national-style house. The metal roofing might end up making the house look even more stark and geometric. An exception is if you already have a lot of ornamental trim or details on your home and do want a simpler roof. The metal roof could work nicely in that situation, as it won’t draw the eye away from your other décor. Bad: Slate Tiles Slate tiles are regal and elegant and might be a bit too eye-catching for the roof of a national-style home. These homes look best when balanced between simplicity and decorative accents. The slate shingles might provide too much of an eye draw and make the rest of the house look plain by comparison. There’s also a cost issue due to the large surface area of the pyramid roof and the high cost of slate tiles. But if your budget allows for this, and if you really love the look of slate, you can by all means use this material, as the pyramid roof has enough bracing to support its weight....

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3 Heavy Construction Equipment Machines That Are Better To Rent Than Buy

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Heavy Construction Equipment Machines That Are Better To Rent Than Buy

When you own a construction business, some of your largest costs will be the equipment that you commonly use. A dump trailer, excavator, and other heavy equipment you use on nearly every project are best to own outright, but there are other machines that you may use less frequently, but are still necessary to complete your construction projects quickly and efficiently. Rather than invest in purchasing all of your heavy construction equipment, you can rent some of the machinery you don’t use as often to save money on a per-project basis. Here are 3 machines that you are better off renting, and why. Cranes A crane is used to lift and secure beams and other structural supplies on projects where you are building on high levels. Cranes are most typically used in the building of tall structures, bridges, and large warehouses. A crane service can also be useful in landscaping projects or excavation, and require a skilled individual to operate them safely. A crane purchase can be very expensive, especially when you may not be using this type of equipment on every job, or if you have to hire someone to operate the machine for you. However, a rental can be very cost-effective, being as cheap as $100 per hour, including crane operator costs. Backhoes Backhoes are smaller than loaders and have a dual function, being able to remove and relocate debris and other items from the front and back buckets. You may find yourself using a backhoe when your other equipment, such as a skid steer or excavator, cannot handle a single job effectively. Since you likely have equipment that can do much of what a backhoe can do, you can avoid the hefty costs of purchasing one for larger projects and simply rent on instead. You can rent a backhoe by the hour, day, or even week, as needed. Bulldozer For large reconstruction of buildings or entire tear downs, bulldozers are effective in clearing large paths and getting rid of heavy debris quickly. This common construction equipment machinery costs anywhere from $30,000 to upwards of $200,000, making affording this large and useful machine fairly daunting. Even if you plan on using a bulldozer for many of your projects, it’s wise to rent one instead of purchasing so you have funds to invest elsewhere in your construction business. There are many large equipment machines that can prove useful to your business. Knowing which heavy construction equipment pieces you can rent over buying can help you save money while being able to complete your projects...

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Three Tips For Keeping Your Garage Door Safer

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tips For Keeping Your Garage Door Safer

Each year, there are around 30,000 injuries that result from the use of a garage door. Whether it comes from a cable snapping or one of the rollers broke, the garage door can be very heavy. In fact, it can even be lethal if you find yourself under one that comes crashing down. All garage doors should have a safety system in place that helps control the door and prevent it from falling, but these systems can malfunction just like any other system. In an effort to protect you and your family members, here are some tips to help ensure that your garage door system remains safe. Don’t Touch Moving Parts Anytime the garage door is moving up or down, you want to make sure your hands are out of the way. Children are especially susceptible to touching anything that is moving. There are certain places on the garage door that can be very dangerous when in motion. These can include the door panels, vertical rails, or any other moving part around or on the door. Even when you are opening or shutting the door manually, you want to be careful where you place your fingers. If you are not careful, you could smash them or worse. Always use the handle to operate the door manually.  Inspect Your Garage Door You should receive a maintenance guide with your garage door to help you understand what each part does and how it should be maintained properly. You can have your garage door inspected by a professional for around $100, or you can choose to do it yourself. If you plan to do it yourself, you need to know what to look for. Some of the things to look for are that the rollers are working properly, the tracks are parallel, and the bolts or nuts are not loose. If you do find a problem with one of these, you will want to call your garage door repairman to come and check out the situation.  Keep Your Garage Door Opener Safe Many people think it is safe by placing your garage door remote on the sun visor of your vehicle. This is a good way to not only get it stolen, but the kids have easy access to it. When you leave the opener with kids, they could easily press buttons causing the door to move up and down without warning. This can be very dangerous for someone who may be walking under the door. Additionally, should someone steal your garage door opener, they now have full access to your home. This is why it is important to keep your opener out of sight.  Contact a garage door company, like All Pro Quality Garage Doors, Inc. or a similar location, for more info and...

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Improve The Appearance Of A Granite Counter And Add A Backsplash Behind It

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Improve The Appearance Of A Granite Counter And Add A Backsplash Behind It

The granite counter in your kitchen can look like it came straight out of a showroom after removing stains from its surface and adding a backsplash behind it by completing the directions below. Once you have improved the appearance of the counter and its surroundings, care for it regularly to maintain its beauty and prevent damage to either item’s surface. Materials baking powder water bowl spoon sponges granite cleaner towel measuring tape pencil ceramic tiles tile adhesive foam brush tile cutter sand grout putty knife water Eliminate Scratches And Stains Mix equal amounts of baking powder and water together until they form a creamy paste. Apply the paste to a sponge and rub surface scratches on the counter. Press down firmly and add more of the baking powder and water mixture to each one until they are no longer visible. Apply granite cleaner to a clean sponge and apply it to any visible stains. Once the granite counter is clean, rinse its surface off with a clean, wet sponge and dry it with a towel.  Attach Tiles To The Wall Measure and mark an area behind the counter that you would like to use as a backsplash. Purchase ceramic tiles that will complement the color of the counter. Use a foam brush to apply a thin, even layer of tile adhesive across the back of the first tile that you are adding to the backsplash. Line up the tile and press it firmly against the wall. Continue adding the other tiles in the same manner until the marked section is covered. Use tile cutters to cut any tiles that won’t completely fit into the marked area. Wait for the tile adhesive to dry. Fill Gaps Between Tiles With Sand Grout Use the edge of a putty knife to apply sand grout in between adjoining tiles. Once each joint is filled smooth out the surface of the sand grout with the flat part of a putty knife. If any grout gets onto the surface of some of the tiles, remove it with a damp sponge. Wait the amount of time that is listed on the sand grout’s packaging for the product to dry. Once this has occurred, enjoy the updated appearance of your kitchen. Maintain the granite counter and backsplash by removing spills and stains promptly with products that are designed for granite and ceramic. As a result, you can avoid additional damage, and the counter and backsplash will continue to add beauty to the room.  For more ideas about how to improve the look of your kitchen, check out companies like Fixture...

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