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How To Landscape To Help Improve The Water Runoff Around Your Home

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Landscape To Help Improve The Water Runoff Around Your Home

Keeping your home’s exterior well-landscaped can help improve its appearance and improve your home’s value. Well-planned landscaping around your home can also help keep your home’s foundation and basement dry and safe from moisture problems. Here are two ways you can accomplish this in the landscaping around your home. Build Up Foundation Soil Raising the bedding soil of any landscaped areas next to the foundation of your home not only creates visual interest, the sloping soil also helps keep water flowing away from your home’s foundation instead of toward it. One expert recommends when you build up the soil around your home’s foundation or basement to create a slope of at least six inches within the first ten feet away from your home. This slope allows the water to flow the pathway of least resistance, which is away from your home. Building up the soil around your home to create a steeper slope is better and will help improve your foundation’s ability to stay dry. If you lack any extra soil you can use to build up the landscaping around your foundation, you can order extra soil from a landscaping company, which they can deliver by truck to your property. Soil that is installed at a level elevation around the foundation of your home or even sloping toward your home will allow water in the soil to seep downward and saturate the area around your foundation. This, in time, causes the water to flow into your home’s foundation through cracks or gaps in the foundation wall and slab, leading to a wet basement and growth of mold and mildew. Using Mulch or Ground Cover A second method to help improve the water runoff around your home is to plant ground cover on your landscape beds around your home, or install a mulch or similar soil covering. This is especially helpful when you complete it in addition to adding slope to the soil around your home. Using a vegetation ground cover or mulch will provide cover and protect the soil from excess saturation during rain storms and help the water flow down your sloped landscaped areas and away from your home. This helps reduce the soil erosion to any bedding you have built up around your foundation.  Some attractive and thick vegetation ground cover includes bishop’s weed, periwinkle, hens-and-chicks, and cotoneaster. For a non-living mulch, you can use bark, wood chips, or even rubber mulch to cover the soil around your home. Use these tips to help landscaping your yard for a dry foundation and basement interior. For more information, contact companies like Goller...

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Floor Cleaning 101: 3 Helpful Tips For Removing Stains

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Floor Cleaning 101: 3 Helpful Tips For Removing Stains

Your home flooring is resilient. However, it is not stain-proof. Even with regular care and cleaning, one spill can stain your beautiful flooring. This may be frustrating, especially if you have guests arriving. Luckily, you can clean most floor stains yourself with a bit of effort. A good cleanser and these three tips will have your floor looking as good as new: 1. Always Perform a Test Before you begin cleaning a large stain on your floor, make sure you perform a test in a hidden area. This might sound odd, but it is very important. Scrubs and harsh chemicals may leave an even worse stain. So always apply and wash away the cleanser in a small or hidden area before you take on the big stain. This will ensure that your flooring won’t look worse or encounter other issues. If you are going to use a strong cleanser, you might want to dilute it as well. This will make it much easier to rinse away after you’ve cleaned the floor. 2. Use Cool Water Another helpful tip is to clean your floors with cool or room temperature water. This might sound odd, as hot water is typically used to clean things. However, cool water works better on stains. This is because hot water may cause the stain to expand or set in to the floor. So always clean and rinse your flooring with cool water. 3. Use The Proper Tools Finally, make sure that you are using the right tools for the job. While you might think that you can use all types of tools on any flooring, you can’t. Some cleaning tools may damage a specific type of flooring. As you might expect, the proper tools for cleaning your floor will depend on the type of flooring you have. For example, tile flooring should be cleaned with a soft mop or nylon pad. A nylon pad should be used for stains, while the soft mop should be used for daily cleaning. If you do not know what type of tools you should be using, ask a flooring contractor. While cleaning your floor and getting rid of stains might seem difficult, it doesn’t have to be. With these tips and a good cleanser, you can remove most of your flooring stains yourself. If the stain is too large or you just don’t have the time, you can contact a floor cleaning service like J Maintenance Co to do the job for...

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What Value Does A Fence Add To Your Home?

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Value Does A Fence Add To Your Home?

Is the cost of adding a fence to your humble abode worth it? Fences do many positive things, from adding style to improving your security. Here are some of the main benefits that you will get when you decide to add a fence.  Provide Safety for Children and Pets If you have any small children or pets, having adequate fencing can be almost a necessity. It will allow you greater peace of mind if you can let your kids play outside or pets explore the yard without constant supervision. If a pet or child starts running away from your supervised area, they will still be contained within your yard and won’t be tempted to explore areas where they could be unsafe. Keep Out Prying Eyes Intruders will have a harder time casing your property for a potential break-in if there is a fence in the way. Consider your fencing to be an additional source of home security.  Greater Comfort in Anonymity If you like to sit outside and have a beer after work, you might not want to have neighbors watching what you’re doing. Even if you’re not a paranoid person, the comfort of knowing that no one is watching you can be necessary for many people, especially in a work culture where we are increasingly exposed to other people at all times.  Delineate Your Property Fencing adds a border to your property that creates a psychological barrier. Do you want to keep people’s pets off of your lawn? Would it bother you a lot if a neighbor came and picked one of your flowers? You may think that your property borders speak for themselves, but adding a fence around your property is a way to take a strong stance about people entering your property without your permission. You can be sure that people will think twice before crossing the barrier a fence adds to your home.  Sell for a Higher Value And finally, you won’t be the only person who sees the value in adding a fence. Potential buyers will get value out of your fencing as well if you decide to sell the home. That means that you may get a higher selling price for the house, and your fencing costs might pay for themselves. In fact, fencing can be a search criteria for some people who have children or pets or who simply value the privacy a fence adds.  For additional information on having a fence installed, contact a company like Rut...

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Tips For Choosing A Water Treatment System

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Choosing A Water Treatment System

If you’re thinking of installing a water treatment system, but haven’t started your search, you will quickly learn that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. While the end goal is basically the same, there are several different types of water treatment systems which can make searching for one overwhelming. Here are some tips to help simplify the process and increase your confidence in your selection. Investigate Your Water Before purchasing a water treatment system, one of the first things you want to do is to investigate your water. Sure, all water treatment systems are designed to treat water. However, exactly what minerals they treat and just how aggressively they do so vary from unit to unit. In order to ensure the unit can meet your needs, you first need to know what the makeup of your water is. To do this you can purchase your own water testing kit or you can hire a professional to come out and accurately test the water for you. Once you know your water makeup you can better target your efforts. Know Your Water Usage It’s also a good idea to investigate your level of water usage in your home. This step is important not so much in terms of the function of the unit, but instead to ensure it can produce water at the rate at which you need it to. Should you purchase a unit that is too small for your needs, you might be left with untreated water when you need it and selecting a unit that is too large is simply a waste of money. Investigate your water usage habits first so that you can purchase a unit that is sized appropriately. Treatment Areas You also want to consider the treatment areas you want to focus on. There are some units that are designed to serve the entire home and then there are those that are focused on certain areas. For example, some homeowners decide against a whole-home unit and instead have smaller units installed near their bathroom water fixtures. Neither option is right or wrong, but instead focused on personal preference. Sit down and consider if you just want the water treated in certain areas or everywhere so that you can make a wiser selection. Make sure you are taking your time when making your selection to ensure you find a water treatment unit that is best suited to meet your needs in both the short and long-term. A professional can help you along the...

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3 Tips For Stabilizing The Soil In Your Yard

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Stabilizing The Soil In Your Yard

When it comes to maintaining the beauty of your home’s exterior, landscaping can play a critical role. Homeowners often fail to realize the importance of protecting the soil that serves as the foundation for their home’s landscape. Erosion can seriously compromise the beauty and function of your home’s landscape. Here are three simple things that you can do to help prevent soil erosion in your yard in the future. 1. Know your yard’s soil profile. When trying to determine the best way to prevent soil in your home’s landscape from erosion, it can be beneficial to know the soil profile of your yard. Investing in a soil test will help you identify the types of materials that are present in your yard’s soil. Certain materials (like sand and clay) are more susceptible to erosion and will need an aggressive erosion-control strategy to remain intact. When you know if your yard’s soil has a high percentage of sand or clay, you can mix in other materials to help decrease the likelihood of erosion in the future. 2. Control the flow of water in your yard. Few things have the power to erode soil like water. In order to ensure that your home’s landscape isn’t ravaged by erosion, it’s important that you take the steps necessary to control the flow of water in your yard. Be sure that your gutters and downspouts drain into a gravel slump so that they don’t negatively affect the soil in your yard. It can also be helpful to create catch basins where rainwater and excess water from your sprinkling system can be collected without overflowing. The catch basin allows water to seep into the soil’s surface slowly over time, eliminating the potential for erosion that is created when water flows freely across your yard. 3. Plant the right foliage on sloped surfaces. Sloped areas are particularly susceptible to damage caused by erosion. To prevent the soil on slopes in your yard from eroding away, you need to plant foliage with deep root systems. Incorporating juniper, clematis, or artemisia into your landscape design ensures that you have plants with root systems that are deep enough to hold the soil in place on a sloped surface. You should see a significant reduction in soil loss once you plant the right foliage on your yard’s sloped surfaces. Erosion control should be something that all homeowners are aware of. Protect your home’s landscape from erosion by investing in a soil test, controlling the flow of water on your property, and planting the right foliage on sloped surfaces. For more information, consider contacting companies like Geotech Solutions...

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What To Do About A Chip In Your Windshield

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Do About A Chip In Your Windshield

If you’re driving down the road and a big truck flings road debris against your windshield and damages it, you’re faced with the decision of whether to drive with the damage or call for roadside repairs. Each situation is different, but it generally isn’t safe to drive with a damaged windshield. It may even be against the law in your jurisdiction. Fortunately, you can call a mobile windshield repair truck to come to your location, whether it is by the road, at your work, or at home. Here is some information about how the repair process works. Evaluating The Damage The first decision the glass contractor has to make is whether to repair or replace the windshield. Even if the glass has to be replaced, it can usually be done at a mobile location. One thing that determines if the glass can be repaired is the location of the chip. If it is directly in front of your line of vision as you drive, the contractor may opt to replace the glass, even though the repairs are invisible. You don’t want to risk the repair work causing problems with how well you can see when it rains or when light hits the glass. Also, if the chip is close to the edge of the glass, it may be better to replace the windshield to ensure the glass is stable. Finally, the size of the damage is considered. Usually a small chip or two can be repaired. However, if there are several chips or if there are cracks radiating from the chips, a replacement may be indicated. Filling The Chip If the chip can be repaired on the spot, the first step is to clean debris out of the damaged area. After that, clear epoxy is injected into the glass. It fills in the chipped area to stabilize the damage, and since it is clear, it has the visual effect of making the chip disappear. The final step is to buff the surface so no bumps or residue are left behind. The contractor will let you know how soon you can drive the car. The epoxy needs to cure for several minutes depending on the type of filler used and the weather at the time. Using Your Insurance Coverage Your car insurance may not pay for windshield repairs since they are not as costly as glass replacements. Be sure to check your coverage before you have the work done so you know if you have to pay out of pocket or if the contractor can bill your insurance company. If your windshield has to be replaced, there is a better chance your car insurance will kick in so you can have the work done at no cost to you. Whether your insurance company pays for the repairs or not, you don’t want to put off fixing the glass. A sudden temperature change or hitting a bump in the road could cause the chip to send out cracks that lead to further damage. When the glass is cracked, it isn’t stable. That means you aren’t protected as well in case of an accident. Plus, if the damage spreads into your line of sight, it could pose a danger when you’re driving down the road. Make it a priority to repair your...

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Understanding How to Resolve Sparking Outlet Problems

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding How to Resolve Sparking Outlet Problems

If you have recently started noticing sparks coming from your home outlets, then this may be an issue that needs to be addressed by a residential electrician. However, the problem also may be one that can be fixed fairly easily by you if you have some DIY skills. Keep reading to learn about what you need to do to resolve the issue. Identify Ordinary Sparks Some outlet sparking is normal, especially if you have not used an outlet in some time. If this is the case, then you will notice a spark as soon as you plug in a light, appliance, computer, or other object. In this case, the spark is one that develops due to the fast moving electricity that surges through the outlet and into the plug. Basically, the electricity moves faster than your hand and a spark forms between the outlet and the metal plug. This spark is not very strong and it is also not dangerous. It is similar to the release of electrical energy that you may see when static builds and discharges.  Just like static electricity, the spark may be more pronounced if it is dry in your home. Dry air allows an electrical charge to build up and the resulting discharge is larger than normal. If the sparking issue is worrisome to you, then consider adding a humidifier to your home to help moisten the air. If the sparks stop when you add the humidifier, then the issue was likely a normal and common one that does not need to be addressed further. Consider Short Circuits In some cases, sparks are the result of an outlet that has a short circuit. A short circuit is when electrical current moves outside of its intended path. Intended paths are closed ones that help to keep or retain the electrical current in a controlled and safe environment. Under normal circumstances, the electricity enters the home through the main power line and then through the circuit breaker panel. The current branches off and moves through each of the connected wires attached to the breakers. The electricity then reaches each outlet where electricity flows through the plug and into the light or appliance.  All wires are covered with insulation to keep the current controlled and moving through the intended path. However, if the insulation breaks, then electricity will discharge out of the wire and into the air. Also, if the bare wire butts up against a metal part of the outlet, a screw, or another piece of metal in the region, then the metal will conduct the electrical flow. The short circuit issue can cause a spark to form.  Short circuit sparks are larger and more serious than normal outlet discharge ones. They can cause fires and they also can create an electrocution issue. The most common cause of a short circuit is the general wear and tear or aging of the wires or other components that attach to the outlet. You can turn off your electricity and investigate the wiring attached to the outlet. Look for any signs of missing insulation or rust around the wires. If you see any issues, then you can replace the wiring. If you do this, just make sure to use wire nuts or screw on wire attachments wherever new wiring is spliced into place. ...

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5 Reasons To Choose A New Construction Home

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Reasons To Choose A New Construction Home

When you’re ready to purchase a different house, you may have the option of looking at existing homes vs. new construction homes in a brand new community. It is not surprising that many people prefer purchasing a newly built home. There are a number of reasons to choose new construction homes, such as: Make Your Home Your Own One of the best things about purchasing a new construction home is the fact that you will have the opportunity to help design your future home. Most builders allow the buyer to select the flooring, countertops, and appliance packages that they prefer. That means that you get exactly what you want when you move in — no need to worry about spending more money to make changes or start remodeling projects after closing. In addition, in many cases, when you buy a new construction home, you can select the lot that you would like your home to be built on. Warranties Almost all home builders offer buyers of new construction homes a warranty that guarantees the house for a specified amount of time. So if, by chance, any type of problem arises in the months after you move in, you can rest assured that it will be repaired for you, and you won’t have to spend any money out of pocket. Community Features New home builders typically build in new communities that are carefully planned out. A lot of new communities being built in this day and age offer parks, sports courts, walking and biking paths, and beautiful common areas. Some larger new communities may also offer a clubhouse and community pool for residents to use. All of these features can make buying a new construction home the perfect fit for your lifestyle. Less Maintenance While owning a home can be great, many homeowners dread the regular maintenance that must be done. Luckily, most new construction homes don’t require a lot of maintenance or financial investments. Since everything is brand new, you won’t have to worry about replacing an old roof, upgrading old appliances, or making any other type of major repair. Instead, you can just relax and enjoy your brand new home during your free time. Energy Efficiency A huge plus for new construction homes is the fact that many home builders are building incredibly energy efficient homes. It is not uncommon for new construction homes to have energy efficient windows and appliances, which can help reduce electric and gas...

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Compare and Contrast: Impact and Double-Pane Windows

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Compare and Contrast: Impact and Double-Pane Windows

If you are considering updating the windows in your home, two popular choices are double-pane and impact windows. However, they each provide unique benefits and are not necessarily equally appropriate for every home in every area. Therefore, it is a good idea to be aware of the following information about those options, so that you can be sure that you have made the most appropriate choice for your needs.  Understanding the Double-Pane Window The double-pane window is often well known because of its ability to provide extra insulation to the home. It is important to note that they do provide some extra resistance to high winds or flying debris because they are thicker than the standard single-pane windows many homes still have. However, they are not appropriate or legal in some areas that are prone to hurricanes or other severe weather.   Instead, they are often a better choice for homeowners who want to make ecologically responsible choices for their home and save money on their heating and cooling costs. They consist of two panes of glass that are separated by an area featuring an insulative gas. For extra protection against heat or cold, a double-pane window can receive external glazing. Planning for Impact Windows Impact windows are remarkably similar to double-paned windows, but tend to be the purchase of choice for homeowners in areas that are prone to hurricanes and tornadoes. They are also made of two or more panes of glass, but their panes are connected using plastic. They usually need to be installed in window areas that have been reinforced to allow for better support and protection against high winds.  If you live in an area such as South Florida where hurricanes are common, there are laws that may impact your use of impact windows. For instance, your glass needs to be certified to stand up to specific wind speeds and debris so that if an object flying at a high rate of speed hits the window during a storm, the window is less likely to shatter. If windows do shatter, their construction allows the pieces to break apart and, thus, the damage is less likely to be deadly.            In conclusion, the windows on your home can have an enormous impact on the safety of everyone inside the home and even the costs of keeping your home at a comfortable temperature throughout the year. Check out for more information about which window you should...

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Fixing Puck Dents in Your Garage Door

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fixing Puck Dents in Your Garage Door

Any parent with a child that loves to play hockey knows that stray pucks are bound to find their way to a closed garage door. If shot with enough force, a stray puck can easily create a dent in the surface of your garage door. If you notice some puck damage on the surface of your garage door, here are three simple tips that you can use to help you fix these dents.  1. Pound out the dent. Small dents can sometimes be pounded out with the help of a rubber hammer. Close the garage door and locate the dented area on the inside of the door. Place a small block of wood over the dented area, then pound this block of wood with a rubber hammer. The wood block helps to absorb the blow of the hammer and distribute the force evenly over the surface area of the dent. Continue pounding until the dent has been pushed out and the surface of the garage door is even once again. 2. Fill in the dent. If you are unable to pound the dent out of the surface of your garage door, then you may want to try filling in the concave area in order to create a smooth surface on your garage door’s exterior. Auto body filler can be used to fill in the dented area. Mix the filler according to the manufacturer’s directions, then apply a generous amount to the concave surface of the dent. Smooth the filler with a piece of cardboard, let it harden, and then sand the area smooth before applying a fresh coat of paint to the entire exterior surface of the door. This process will help to camouflage puck-shaped dents in your garage door. 3. Replace the dented panel. When you are unable to pound out a puck-shaped dent and you don’t want the hassle of painting the whole door to camouflage a dent that has been filled in with auto body filler, you can opt to replace the damaged panel with a new one. Contact a garage door manufacturer like Callahan Door and Window in your area to secure the parts if you feel comfortable completing the repair yourself, or partner with a reliable garage door technician to have the dented panel replaced by a professional. If your kids have left puck-shaped dents on the surface of your garage door, you can easily remove these dents by pounding them out, filling them in, or replacing the dented...

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