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Five Sure Signs That You Have Water In Your Basement

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Sure Signs That You Have Water In Your Basement

No one wants water in their basement. Not only is it messy, but it can lead to harmful mold and mildew. However, if you live in a part of the country that is subject to frequent rain, keeping the water out of your basement can be a challenge. You don’t have to see pools of standing water to know that you have a moisture problem, there are a number of more subtle signs that something is amiss. 1. White, chalk-like deposits. If you don’t notice any standing water, but you see white, chalk-like deposits around your basement’s windows and outside walls, this is likely a sign that water has been there and has evaporated. The white substance isn’t really chalk; it’s small amounts of limestone and other minerals that can be found in most city water supplies. 2. That tell-tale musty smell. Moisture is a dark, enclosed space has an odor that unmistakeable. If you’re confronted with that strong smell of mildew when you open the basement door, it’s time to call the waterproofing professionals. 3. Flaking on your basement walls. If your brick or concrete basement walls are flaking, water has likely penetrated inside the surface of the walls and the salt and other minerals in the water is causing the outside of the wall to deteriorate. 4. Black spots on the walls. Black spots on your basement walls can be mold that is forming due to the moisture in the air. This can be a serious situation if left unchecked. Large amounts of black mold can aggravate chronic breathing conditions, such as COPD and asthma. 5. Bowed walls in your basement. A sign of a serious basement water problem is walls that are slightly bowed or less than plumb. This is generally caused by the water-saturated ground surrounding your foundation pushing on the walls and causing them to shift slightly. Water in your basement can be caused by a number of issues. This can be as simple as a clogged gutter or as serious as a foundation that needs reinforcement. If you notice one of more of these warning signs, it’s time to call in the professionals. Persistent water in your basement can cause your foundation to deteriorate over time as well as lead to mold and mildew forming and being circulated throughout your living space. A good basement waterproofing contractor can evaluate your situation and propose a course of action for solving your moisture...

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How To Refinish A Pine Floor

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Refinish A Pine Floor

If your pine floor is faded or scratched, you don’t have to replace the floor. Pine floors are a soft wood, which means the grain is less dense than solid hardwood floors. However, pine can be refinished to look new even by a beginning DIY person. Here are some tips to refinish pine flooring. Prepare to Work For this project, you need: work gloves face mask safety glasses broom mop plastic hammer 80 -grit  and 100-grit sand paper 150-grit sandpaper belt sander and palm sander foam roller or bristle brush stain and sealer  Close the windows and doors, then seal entryways with plastic to keep dust from spreading. Hammer in loose nails. Soft wood is prone to contracting, which may loosen nails. Remove vent plates in the floor,,and lay plastic cover them. Remove as much furniture out of the room as possible, and cover non removable items with plastic. Sand the Floor Sweep or vacuum the floor, then damp mop the floor, and let it dry. Keep the sander moving at all times on soft wood, or it will cause marks. Attach 40- grit sandpaper to the belt sander, and begin sanding at one end of the room several inches from the wall. Sand the length oft he floor; following the grain of wood. For newer flooring, start with 100-grit sandpaper. Change to 100-grit sandpaper, and repeat the process. For newer flooring, change to 150-grit sandpaper. Use the hand sander on edges and corners. Sweep sand dust, and damp mop to ensure all the dust has been removed. You may save sand dust to use as wood filler for dings or scratches. When you need to fill a scratch, mix the dust with lacquer thinner. Apply the Stain and Sealer Plan a path to apply stain and sealer , so you won’t be walking on the floor after staining. Add sealer first on wood that is completely exposed using the brush or roller, and let it dry. This will help the stain set evenly, since pine absorbs stain fast. Apply the chosen stain with a brush or foam roller; following the wood grain. Let the stain dry, which commonly takes about twenty-four hours. Sand the stain with 100-150-grit sandpaper, since it will feel rough after drying, but do not sand too hard to avoid removing the stain. Clean sand dust. Apply a second coat of stain, if desired, and let it dry. Refinishing pine floors helps them last longer, but it takes patience. If you don’t trust your skill, or you think it’s time for a replacement, hire a contractor or company like Painting By Jerry...

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Get Better Humidity Control By Regularly Changing Your Air Filters

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Get Better Humidity Control By Regularly Changing Your Air Filters

With time, an air conditioner’s filter usually wears out. This reduces its ability to trap dust since the wear and tear can create holes that are big enough to let in dust particles. And since the air filter is an air conditioner’s first and only defense against dust accumulation, failure to trap the dust particles usually leads to dust-related problems. One of the most common of these problems is reduced cooling efficiency at the evaporator coil area. And since an air conditioner’s ability to cool air usually allows it to reduce humidity levels in a home, the reduced cooling efficiency is bound to cause humidity control problems. Dust accumulation and evaporator coil performance The evaporator coil has one job: to facilitate cooling by creating perfect conditions for effective heat exchange between the refrigerant and the passing air. It is designed to be a low pressure area so as to maximize the amount of heat that the refrigerant absorbs when evaporating. It is also made of copper, which is a good conductor of heat, to guarantee efficient heat exchange. Accumulation of dust particles on the surface of the evaporator coil usually takes away the made-from-copper advantage. This is because continued accumulation of the dust particles creates an insulating layer that then reduces the rate at which the refrigerant absorbs heat from the air passing over the evaporator coils. Reduced cooling efficiency and humidity control Normally, the cooling effect created by the evaporating refrigerant causes condensation to occur at the evaporator coil area. This reduces the amount of moisture in the air that the air conditioner dumps in the area that it is cooling, something that eventually reduces the room’s humidity. In an air conditioning system whose evaporator coil is covered in dust, the reduced heat-exchange efficiency that occurs because of the dust layer will reduce the level of condensation in the area. Less moisture will therefore be removed from the passing air. As a result, the air conditioner will have a hard time controlling the humidity of the place it is cooling. The increased humidity in your home may then lead to mold growth that may then trigger allergic reactions in your loved ones. Changing filters for better humidity control To prevent this from happening, change your air filters regularly. Doing so at least once after every three months will ensure that your air conditioner has a dirt-proof defense system. It will prevent the efficiency-reducing layer of dirt from covering the evaporator coils, something that will then improve the effectiveness of the dehumidification process of your air conditioner. To learn more, contact an HVAC services...

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Things To Do With Your Old Garage Doors Instead Of Throwing Them Out

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Things To Do With Your Old Garage Doors Instead Of Throwing Them Out

Instead of throwing your old garage doors to the curb or taking them to the landfill when you have new doors installed, you might want to consider some other things that can be done with them. To help get your creative juices flowing, you will want to review the following suggestions. Donate Them To Charity There are some charities out there that accept building supplies, even if they are used. As long as they are still in good enough shape, someone in need might be able to put them to good use. Some of these charities may simply find the people in need and donate your old garage doors, while others will sell them to the general public for a discounted price. The money collected goes towards various needs such as helping the homeless or building new homes for low income families. Use Them When Building A Dog House If your dog spends a good bit of time playing outside in the yard, it would be nice to provide it with shelter that it can use if needed. You can spend the money to purchase a dog house from a pet store or you can build your own with the use of old wooden garage doors. You can use the old doors for the side walls, roof, and floor. You may want to make sure that you are placing your finished dog house on top of some bricks or patio stones in order to prevent ground moisture from causing your dog house to develop mold and rot. Create Custom Decorative Signs If you like decorative signs that have unique, clever, or funny sayings on them and would like to make your own, you can use your old garage doors to do just that. Simply cut your doors into the various sizes that you would like to use for signs. Do not forget to sand down any rough edges so no one gets cut on them. Apply a fresh coat of paint over your new sign boards. Once that initial coat of paint is dry, you can paint whatever saying you would like on to the sign. You can freehand the lettering, or you can use stencils for a more uniform look. After all of that has dried, you will want to apply a clear coat of protective sealant over all of it so that it will last for as long as possible. With those few suggestions in mind, you should be able to find a good use for your old garage...

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4 Benefits Of Investing In A Wrought Iron Fence

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Benefits Of Investing In A Wrought Iron Fence

Are you opening a private elementary school and don’t know which type of fence should be installed around the property? You might want to consider getting a wrought iron fence, as there are numerous benefits that will come with the investment. Take a look at this article to find out why investing in a wrought iron fence is a wise decision for your business. 1. Adds Great Curb Appeal A wrought iron fence is beneficial because it will add a lot of curb appeal to the landscape surrounding your private school. The beauty of the fence might even attract more people so you can fill your classes in a timely manner. The best thing about a wrought iron fence is that you can choose between numerous different designs, as the metal can be bent into any shape. You can even opt for getting the name of your private school shaped into the metal to make the fence more unique. 2. Provides Satisfactory Security Although people will be able to see through a wrought iron fence, it is great for keeping intruders off of your property. Being able to see through a wrought iron fence is actually a perk for a schoolyard, as it will allow parents to peek in on their kids when they are playing outside. Depending on the height of fence that you choose, it will be hard for people to jump across. Plus, wrought iron is a hard metal that will be difficult for a trespasser to bend and create a large enough space to enter your property. 3. Highly Durable A wrought iron fence can last longer than many of the other fencing types. For instance, you won’t have to worry about untimely deterioration from water damage as you would with a wooden fence. You can also get a wrought iron fence powder coated to make it even more durable. Basically, a powder coating can be static-electrically sprayed onto the iron and baked into it in the color of your choice. You will end up with a more appealing fence that is also resistant to several outside elements. 4. Does Not Require Much Maintenance Maintaining a wrought iron fence in a good condition is not a difficult task, especially if you get it sealed with a protectant that can prevent it from rusting. If an area of the fence becomes bent, such as from a car crashing into it, you can simply replace that specific area without the need for a new fence. Contact a commercial fencing company to get a wrought iron fence installed as soon as you are...

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Adding On An Extra Bedroom To Your Home? Here’s Why A Ductless Heat Pump Is A Good Idea

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Adding On An Extra Bedroom To Your Home? Here’s Why A Ductless Heat Pump Is A Good Idea

If you are thinking about adding an extra bedroom onto your home, you might be thinking about having an HVAC company tie the new room in with your existing HVAC system. However, you might find that a ductless heat pump system is a better option. These are a few potential reasons why. Avoid Replacing Your Entire HVAC Unit Depending on the size of your home, your existing HVAC unit and your add-on, there is a chance that your existing unit is not powerful enough to heat the entire home and the new add-on, too. This could result in the need to replace your entire existing unit, which can obviously be expensive. It might not seem like a big deal if it’s about time to buy a new unit anyway, but if your unit is not too old and is in good condition, it can be a waste. A ductless heat pump will allow you to add reliable heating to this new part of your home without having to fully replace your existing unit. Enjoy Separate Climate Control in Your Added Bedroom There are a few reasons why you might want to enjoy separate climate control for your new bedroom, depending on what the room will be used for: If the new addition is going to be your master bedroom, you might like being able to adjust the heat to your preferences without changing the temperature in the entire home, such as if you like to sleep in a toasty room in the winter or if you prefer for your room to be a bit cooler at night. Some people add onto their homes when having a new baby. If this is the case, it can be nice to be able to keep the room nice and warm for the baby, without having to heat the entire home more than usual. If you’re going to be using your add-on as a guest room, you can save money on your heating bills by only heating the room when someone will be staying in it. If you’re going to be using the room as a workout space, it can be nice to keep it a bit cooler than the rest of the home while still having ample heating so that it doesn’t get too cold in the winter. As you can see, if you’re building an add-on to your home, it can be a better idea to use a ductless heat pump to heat it. Luckily, an HVAC contractor like Salem Heating & Sheet Metal, Inc. or others can assist you with...

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Cleaning Tips For Your Asphalt Parking Lot

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cleaning Tips For Your Asphalt Parking Lot

Your parking lot is the first thing that clients and customers see when they visit your business. Because of this, you should aim to have a clean parking lot that is free of clutter and gunk. Fortunately, keeping your asphalt lot clean is not difficult. Use the tips here to keep your parking lot looking fresh, spotless, and welcoming to visitors.   Stain Removal Methods Oil and dirt stains will inevitably show up on pavement. These stains are somewhat of an eyesore, but you can remove them using the methods below. Laundry Detergent Method – Powdered laundry detergent removes oil and dirt stains from clothing, and it also removes them from asphalt surfaces. Apply a generous amount of powdered detergent to the stains in your parking lot. Add a bit of water to create a paste-like consistency, and let that sit for at least 30 minutes. After this, scrub the surface with a stiff brush. You can rinse away the excess residue using the deep cleaning methods described below. Kitty Litter Method – Cat litter can be used as an absorbent to remove oil from asphalt surfaces. Sprinkle the kitty litter over oil stains throughout your parking lot. To treat prominent or stubborn stains, step on the kitty litter with closed-toed shoes to apply pressure. Let the litter set for several hours or overnight. Sweep it up before performing the deep cleaning process. Deep Cleaning Tools To effectively deep clean your asphalt parking lot, you need to use the correct tools. Before you use one of them, sweep your parking lot using a push broom. This will get rid of light to moderate dirt and residue and make the washing process easier. Consider one of these tools: pressure washer – A pressure washer is a tool used to remove dirt and caked-on residue from outdoor surfaces. You can rent or purchase pressure washers from hardware stores and online retailers. You may use concentrated liquid cleaner along with it. Liquid cleaners often contain chemical ingredients and solvents, so use them with caution. flat surface cleaner – A flat surface cleaner performs the same action as a pressure washer but covers large areas of asphalt at once. This tool has a large circular base that is attached to a spray wand or pressure washer. The base reduces streaking or ‘zebra stripe’ patterns that may occur if you use a pressure washer alone. You can buy the base and attach it to a pressure washer, or you may buy an entire cleaning unit.   In some cases, even the best deep cleaning tools will not repair the look of an asphalt parking lot. If you notice that the parking lot surface is broken, cracked, or otherwise damaged, get in touch with an asphalt paving contractor (such as Lakeridge Paving Company). Investing in a fresh, even, and high-quality parking lot surface makes your business more attractive, and it makes parking and walking safer for...

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3 Tips To Extend The Life Of Asphalt Shingles To Reduce The Cost Of Repairs And Replacement

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips To Extend The Life Of Asphalt Shingles To Reduce The Cost Of Repairs And Replacement

Installing a new roof can be a big headache, as well as expensive. The chore of replacing your roof is something that will eventually have to be done, but you can also do some things to extend the life of your asphalt shingles. Maintenance and repairs are key to long lasting shingles, as well as improvements that help prevent problems like ice dams. Here are some improvements that you may want to consider to extend the life of your roof: 1. Regular Cleaning With Care To Prevent Damage To Shingles One of the best things that you can do to reduce potential damage to your asphalt roof is clean it regularly. The trick to this is doing this chore with care and not causing damage when trying to clean the shingles. It is not a good idea to use a pressure washer; instead use a garden hose and a broom with soft bristles to gently scrub the roof it is needed. This will prevent wear of the granules on shingles and prolong their life. 2. Repairing Damage And Addressing Issues With Heavy Wear Roof damage can be caused by many things, such as weather or wear due to areas where there is a lot of water runoff. It is important that you address repair needs before they cause more problems. In addition, you may want to address any problems that you may have with runoff and common wear of your shingles. This can be done by adding small structures to divert the water and improve runoff. 3. Protecting Your Asphalt Shingles With A Cool Roof Coating Asphalt shingles can also be damaged from the sun, which can also contribute to heat gain and more energy use to cool your home. A cool roof coating is a coating of sealant that is light in color to reflect sunlight and keep your home cool. These coatings have the added benefit of protecting your shingles from wear and can actually extend the life of your roof. If you are also looking for energy improvements, a cool roof coating can be a good solution. These are some tips to help you extend the life of your asphalt shingles for a longer lasting roof with fewer problems and repair costs. If you are ready to start replacing your asphalt shingles, contact a roofing contractor like those found at Heritage painting & Waterproofing and talk with them about what can be done to reduce...

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Fantastic Features Of Ranch Style Homes

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fantastic Features Of Ranch Style Homes

Whether you are having a home built or simply shopping for available homes in your area, you have many different architectural styles to choose from. One of the more loved but also more rare types of homes is the ranch style home. Ranch style homes are truly beautiful and unique and can make for a truly great living space. Thus, if you are searching for a home, definitely keep this lovely style on your list, and, if you’re having a home built, you will want to consider requesting a ranch style home since they have so many awesome features. A Rich Blend of Cultures and History Ranch style homes are interesting in that they are both modern and historical at the same time. They first gained popularity in the 20s thanks to Spanish influence. However, in the 40s, their style was meshed with American Southwest styles popular at the time, particularly in California and the surrounding areas. This led to a ranch style home, still common today and especially popular in the 70s, that is an interesting mix of both Spanish and American styles, making every ranch style home a nice, intriguing little blend of both Spanish and American culture. One Convenient Story True ranch style homes feature only one floor. While some soon-to-be homeowners prefer more space and more floors, ranch style homes are nice in that they have everything you could ever need on one floor. This makes them ideal for families with disabled members or for people who prefer a smaller, more familial type of dwelling. These homes will also age with you; if you one day are unable to navigate stairs, you can still live comfortably in your ranch style home. In that regard, these are homes that can truly last you a lifetime, without modification being necessary in your later years. Open Floor Plans Another nice thing about ranch style homes is that they feature spacious, open floor plans. One room easily flows into the next, making these homes easy to navigate and allowing them to feel more roomy. Open floor plans are actually quite popular these days, so you can truly have the best of both worlds–a home that is both classic and modern in its design–when you choose a ranch style home. As you can see, there are a great many benefits to a ranch style home, so definitely consider ranch style custom homes as you shop for or plan out your dream...

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2 Reasons Your Washing Machine Is Walking Off Its Foundation

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Reasons Your Washing Machine Is Walking Off Its Foundation

A washing machine can occasionally start shaking violently due to an imbalance in the load of clothes inside. But if your machine is shaking so violently that it walks off its foundation or spot on the floor, and there’s not a load imbalance, your unit might have a bigger problem at hand. There are a few key parts that can cause a washing machine to shake and shimmy. Diagnosing the problem is often easy enough if you have so do-it-yourself experience but you might want to leave the actual fixes up to an appliance repair professional. Misadjusted Leveling Leg(s) You probably already know that your washing machine has legs underneath that it stands on. The legs are called leveling legs because they are meant to be adjusted until the machine sits level. The normal vibrations of wash cycles can cause these legs to start to shift out of place and make your washer less level, which in turn makes it more prone to imbalances and walking. You check the legs by looking under the machine. This might require you to lie on the floor and use a flashlight. Make sure that the machine seems to be level on all legs and that all of the legs seem to be present. If you’re not sure how many legs are supposed to be down there, check your owner’s manual, but it’s usually either two or four. Suspect a problem? Ask someone to help you tip the unit up so you can better access and inspect the legs. Each leg should have three parts: a bottom rubber foot, the leg body, and the locking nut that keeps the leg in place. If one of those pieces is missing, you need to get either a new nut or a new leg. If everything is in place but a leg is out of position, simply use a wrench to loosen the locking nut, twist the leg until it is level with the others, and then reattach the locking nut firmly. Damaged Shock Absorbers Is your washing machine a front load model? Your shaking problem might be due to an issue with the shock absorbers, which are a type of strut that runs between the frame and the exterior part of the tub that holds your clothes. Damage to the shock absorbers can cause the tub to vibrate more than it’s meant and cause the entire unit to shake off its foundation. You can perform a quick visual inspection on the struts by removing the front panel and looking inside for something that looks like a strut. Check both shock absorbers for any signs of breakage or any other damage. If the absorbers look damaged, call an appliance repair technician from a company like 5 Corners Appliance Company to replace the absorbers and don’t use the unit until the problem is...

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