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Three Tips For Quickly Drying Off A Sofa After A Flash Flood

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tips For Quickly Drying Off A Sofa After A Flash Flood

In the event of a flood, if your sofa is very valuable, it’s important to quickly dry it off with both towels and any other convenient tools that you have. Otherwise, the water in the bottom of the sofa in particular will spread upward and everything will eventually get inundated with mildew. So when you’ve just suffered a flash flood in your home, read these three tips for quickly drying off a sofa. Lean The Sofa On A Wall Near A Door That Can Drain Water Out In all but the most serious flash flood cases, you’ll be able to give your sofa a partial refuge from the flood water by placing it near a door. This is because a cracked door can drain most of the water out while you escape the rest with a small wooden or plastic platform. If your sofa is very large, just make sure that you set it on the wall slowly and carefully so that you don’t cause a large hole. If the door by itself isn’t quite adequate for draining most of the water out of the room the sofa’s in, you can also block off some of the doorways with plastic boxes, towels, and lots of duct tape. Use A Blow Dryer To Heat Up The Sofa’s Bottom As Much As Possible While it’s important to use a lot of towels on the bottom of your sofa, it’s also important to utilize a convenient heat source such as a blow dryer. This is because the heat will make water partially disperse from both the bottom of the sofa itself and any wet surfaces that are deep in the sofa’s interior. Alternate between holding the blow dryer a decent distance from the sofa’s bottom and holding the instrument’s snout right up against it. This will ensure that both the surface and the interior of the sofa can be directly aimed at by the blow dryer. Point A Vacuum At All The Sofa’s Exposed Holes Once water is partially heated up, point a vacuum at all the exposed holes you can find on your sofa. This will serve to suck up as much water from the interior of the sofa as you possibly can without taking it apart. While you’re working on holes that lead to the base of the sofa, you might as well drive your vacuum’s head through any wrinkles on the top of the sofa. This will eliminate the possibility of even partially absorbed water between a wrinkle, causing a putrid smell in the future. For professional help in this situation, contact a company such as RTC...

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Living In A Hurricane Prone Area? Learn About Protecting Your Windows

Posted by on Aug 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Living In A Hurricane Prone Area? Learn About Protecting Your Windows

Windows are structurally one of the weakest parts of your house, and if you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, you will need to take additional steps to protect them. Consider these 4 ways to give your windows added protection. Plywood The simplest, cheapest, and most well-known method of protecting windows is by using plywood. All it requires is cutting a piece that is larger than your window frame and securing it to the exterior of your home. This can be an effective method for protecting windows against weak storms, but won’t be enough for the strong winds of a hurricane. Consider using this method if you are located inland enough where your home doesn’t see the strong winds that those near the coast experience. Hurricane Netting Using hurricane netting may not seem like a wise idea, but the strong fabric material will provide protection while also being affordable. While some wind will pass through the netting, it slows down the wind enough to protect the glass from shattering. The downfall of hurricane netting is that it does not provide much protection from debris. Many homeowners prefer it though because it is lightweight and easy to store when not in use. Shutters While most shutters on homes are purely decorative, they can actually serve a purpose if you have shutters that are functional. Shutters that provide protection against hurricanes typically are made of metal so that they can withstand impact, and can be easily latched shut at a moment’s notice. Shutters still do not provide ample protection against water, which can leak in through older windows when rain is coming down at great force. Practical shutters are also not the most attractive item to always have installed on a home. Impact Windows When your home is located in the brunt of a hurricane prone area, you need to consider replacement windows as a solution to the problem. The benefit of installing impact windows is that they will be able to withstand large impacts from flying debris, and form a tight seal that can even protect your home from flooding. While impact windows are the most expensive of these 4 ways to protect your windows, they are the only way to ensure that your home stays protected during a hurricane. If you feel like they are right for your home, contact a local contractor about a price quote for having impact windows installed. One company that may be able to meet your needs is Fas Windows and...

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Turning An Existing Flat Or Low-Slope Roof Into A Cool Roof

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Turning An Existing Flat Or Low-Slope Roof Into A Cool Roof

Flat and low-slope roofs, like those found on many commercial or institutional buildings, can heat up intensely as the sun’s rays hit them. After all, they can receive direct sunlight for most of the day. But while this heating is not ideal for the surface of the roof, it’s also not inevitable. More businesses and organizations are moving towards environmentally-friendly “cool” roofing as a way to combat this problem. Cool roofing is a term for roofing that doesn’t heat up in the sun like many traditional roofing materials. A cool roof does this by reflecting sunlight rather than absorbing it. This can refer to reflecting visible light – a white roof will stay cooler than a dark one – as well as reflecting invisible wavelengths like ultraviolet and infrared light. The most effective cool roofs reflect visible and non-visible rays from the sun. What Are The Benefits Of A Cool Roof? The most obvious benefit of cool roofing happens in hot weather: because the roof absorbs less heat, it helps keep the interior of the building cooler. This translates to lower air conditioning costs as well as a more comfortable interior. It can also prolong the life of the roof itself by preventing wear and tear caused by high roof temperatures. And there are larger environmental benefits as well: the lower energy use from cool roofing means less air pollution and lower power plant emissions. How Can Your Roof Become Cool? While the sloped roofs common on residences often need to be replaced in order to become cool roofs – they are reliant on the material used for the roof – flat and low-slope commercial roofing has an advantage. Flat and low-slope roofs that are in good condition are candidates for elastomeric coating, which can turn a regular roof into a cool roof. By applying a layer of semi-flexible polymer to the surface of a roof, that surface can become reflective. In addition, elastomeric coatings are also seamless and watertight, helping to prevent leaks and protect your roof. Is Your Roof A Good Candidate For Elastomeric Coating? A flat or low-slope commercial roof should be in good condition before being coated. That means that regular roof maintenance has been kept up with; it’s a good idea to have your roof inspected for damage before having elastomeric coating installed. Small amounts of surface damage to a roof may be fixed by the elastomeric coating itself; however, subsurface damage will need to be repaired separately before any coatings are installed. Contact a commercial roofing company like Bell Roof Co to perform any necessary...

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3 Plumbing Services To Reduce Your Homes Carbon Footprint

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Plumbing Services To Reduce Your Homes Carbon Footprint

When you think of plumbing services, you likely think of leaks and clogged drains. There are several services that a plumber offers that have nothing to do with emergency plumbing and traditional issues like clogs. They can install systems that can reduce your home’s carbon footprint. Systems like greywater systems and rain collection or irrigation systems can help reduce waste from home, reuse water, and help your garden. Here are a few plumbing services you should consider if you want to reduce your home’s carbon footprint:  Tankless Water Heaters One of the easiest ways to reduce your home’s carbon footprint and reduce your energy usage or costs is to have your plumber install a tankless water system. These systems are small, do not use a traditional water heater unit, and heat the water as it is being used. This means you do not have the energy usage from keeping a tank full of water heated at all times. You also do not have wasted water that can happen from a leaking water heater.  These systems are ideal for small spaces or for large families where hot water can be an ongoing issue. Greywater Irrigation System A greywater system is designed to use water from your dishwasher, laundry, toilet, shower, and sinks to irrigate areas in your yard like gardens. It can also be tied into other areas so the water can be recycled, cleaned and reused. This cuts down on the water consumption in the home since the water is constantly being reused and recycled. This type of system does need to be installed by an expert plumber with experience in servicing and installation of greywater units. If you aren’t sure what type of unit may be ideal for your home and garden, consider a consultation to determine which option is best. Rainwater Collection System There are other ways to collect rainwater for your garden other than rainwater barrels. A roofing plumber can create a rainwater collection system using the rainwater from your roof and irrigation lines. The water can then be funnelled through an irrigation system for your garden, greenhouse, or to other collection systems on the property. This allows you to control where the water goes and how it is stored if you plan on using it later. These are just three of the plumbing services you can use to reduce your home’s carbon footprint. If you are ready to move forward with any of these services, or find out more about other options for your home, contact a local plumber or a company like Biard & Crockett Plumbing for help and...

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3 Ways To Ensure Your Well Water Is Safe To Drink

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Ensure Your Well Water Is Safe To Drink

If you have a water well on your property and use this water for cooking, drinking and bathing, you might have your worries about its safety. Although it’s certainly true that some well water is contaminated, you should be able to use your well water without worrying about it. Luckily, following these three steps can help you ensure that your well water is safe to drink. 1. Be Careful About Accidental Contamination First of all, you should make sure that you and your family members are not accidentally contaminating your water supply. Doing so can be easy, such as by using pesticides in your garden or by dumping chemicals out in your yard. You have to be very careful about what you pour out on your property, since these contaminants can seep into your groundwater supply and eventually end up in your home. Make sure that you dispose of all harmful chemicals in the proper manner rather than pouring them outside, and be careful to only use safe, organic fertilizers. You should also make sure to keep your septic tank inspected, cleaned and pumped to help prevent sewage from contaminating your water supply. 2. Have It Inspected Regularly Make sure that you have both your well and your well water inspected regularly. You should have your well inspected once per year for best results; this will both help ensure that your water is safe to drink and that your well is in good condition and isn’t in need of water well maintenance or repair. 3. Use a Filtration System If you have not already installed a filtration system in your home, now is the time to start thinking about doing so. One of these systems will filter your water and get rid of any potential contaminants to help keep you and your family safe. You can install separate filters on your faucets, or you can invest in a system that will filter all of the water that comes into your home. Having a well on your property can be a wonderful way to take advantage of all of the natural resources that are available to you and your family. Plus, it’s a good way to save on your monthly water bill. However, you might be concerned about whether or not your well water is safe for you and the others in your household to drink. Luckily, following these three key steps can help prevent any potential...

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Answers To 3 Common Questions About Sealcoating A Driveway

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Answers To 3 Common Questions About Sealcoating A Driveway

Asphalt is a durable and long-lived paving substance, but one that requires periodic maintenance in order to perform at its peak. Perhaps the most important thing you can do to extend the life of your asphalt surface is to apply a layer of seal coat. If you would like to learn more about this simple yet effective process, read on. This article will answer three commonly asked questions about seal coating. 1. Why is seal coating necessary? If asphalt is really so durable, many people wonder, then why is seal coating necessary at all? Think of it this way: you seal coat your driveway for the same reason you wax your car–as an extra barrier of protection against the harshness of the natural elements. You see, as hardy as it is, unprotected blacktop will slowly oxidize and decay under the constant attack of rain, snow, and UV rays. When in this weakened state, asphalt is much more prone to developing cracks and potholes. Seal coat refreshes such blacktop and provides a powerful protective barrier. As a result, a driveway that has been regularly seal coated may last up to 30 years, whereas unprotected asphalt may need to be replaced in as little as 10.   2. How often should I seal coat my driveway? To derive the maximum benefit, a driveway only has to be seal coated every other year. In fact, seal coating it more frequently than this may do more harm than good. That’s because an excess of sealer will build up, leading to unsightly cracking and peeling. It is also good to know that a new asphalt driveway should be allowed to cure for at least 90 days before seal coating.     3. What do I need to do to prepare my driveway for seal coating? In order for the seal coat to be fully effective, your driveway must be cleaned prior to application. Otherwise dust, dirt and debris will negatively affect the ability of the seal coat to evenly penetrate the surface. Start by removing any loose material with a broom. Also be sure to uproot any grass weeds that may be sprouting from cracks in the asphalt. Next, tackle any oil spills with a bucket of soapy water and a stiff-bristled scrub brush. Failure to do this will inhibit the seal coat’s ability to bond with the asphalt in those oily patches. Finish by hosing down the surface and allowing it to dry completely. But don’t get started yet. The chemical compounds in seal coat can cause irritation if they come in direct contact with your skin. Therefore, it is important to take a few moments to prepare yourself as well. Always wear a pair of heavy-duty rubber gloves–preferably ones that cover your entire forearm. If you are naturally sensitive to fumes, you might also consider wearing a respirator fitted with an air filter. Also bear in mind that seal coat can be messy. It is thus advisable to wear clothes and shoes that you won’t be too upset about discarding at the end of the process, should they be too dirty to bother cleaning.     ...

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5 Healthy Reasons To Have Air Conditioning In Your Home

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Healthy Reasons To Have Air Conditioning In Your Home

When it’s hot in the summer time, sitting in a house flowing with cool air seems like a daydream. That rush of cool air that hits your body after long hours in the heat makes the summer just a little bit better. Air conditioning may seem too good to be true but in reality, there are some health benefits to having air conditioning in your home. The following is a list of health benefits that come from using in home air conditioning. Helps Relieve Symptoms of Asthma Asthma is a condition that describes the tightening of nasal airways that traps mucus causing your nasal passage to be clogged and making normal breathing patterns difficult. It’s a scary condition because it makes you feel like you can’t breathe. High temperatures aggravate the issues that occur during asthma problems. Air conditioning dries up excess mucus and makes breathing an easy task, especially for those with asthma. High Temperatures Cause Problems for Different People Each summer when temperatures reach their peak, there are sadly always report of heat related injuries and deaths. Our bodies are made to maintain a certain level of homeostasis which includes body temperature. When that state is interrupted and drastically altered, we sometimes have difficulty adjusting and our bodies become overwhelmed resulting in strokes and other serious injuries. The use of air conditioning in the home can prevent these things from happening by creating a place where we can remain a temperature that we see suitable for our bodies. Improves Job Performance You know how you get when you’re irritable. Cranky and unsettled. As stated earlier, when we are overheated or taken out of our body’s natural state of comfort, we can get short-tempered and hard to work with. At home and especially in the workplace, our mood is greatly affected by the state that our bodies are in. By improving our work performance, the use of air conditioning benefits our health because it enables us to do and go about our daily routines. Sticking to our daily routines helps our mental health more than our physical help because it allows us to be eventful and busy. Prevent Issues with Dehydration Our bodies are made mostly of water. We recycle water through our bodies daily because of what we drink, the way we digest it and the things we expose ourselves to in the atmosphere. When our bodies are over heated, it usually causes us to sweat. Sweat creates moisture on the surface of our bodies in an effort to keep them cool. When we sweat, we put out water that was being used to keep our bodies functioning the way they do but if we sweat too much and lose too ,much water, it can cause problems internally. Air conditioning allows us to cool down without having to use the water that our bodies need so that we may stay hydrated and cool. Helps Prevent Allergies There’s a season for everything including allergies. Not all people suffer from allergies but the ones that do know how difficult it can be to survive during allergy season. Depending on what your body can tolerate, you may be allergic to certain things. Most allergies are caused by pollen which is blown around outside during the spring and summer seasons. In...

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How To Use Pavement Markers To Make Your Parking Lot Safer

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Use Pavement Markers To Make Your Parking Lot Safer

A lot can go wrong in a parking lot. Drivers and pedestrians alike might be distracted with their shopping lists or carts of purchased items. In order to make sure that your parking lot is as safe as possible, you want to be certain that people are driving slowly and cautiously. However, people will often ignore simple signs and need additional reminders to remember to drive carefully. Here are some other reminders that you can use to make your parking lot safer. 1. Zig-Zag Lines In Virginia, zig-zag lines on the pavement were used to mark an area where a driver’s speed needed to be reduced. The city that installed the lines found out that the markings were effective at making sure that the drivers slowed down when the lines were first installed, and that the effect continued to last when they checked again a year after the lines were installed. Consider using zig-zag lines in yellow, the color for caution, in high-traffic areas, such as right in from of the store and in the aisles that are near the door of the business. These lines will help people remember to drive more carefully. 2. Mark Clear Traffic Lines Consider using reflective paint, tape, or raised pavement markers to mark exactly where you want people to drive. Have separate entrances and exits from your building, make aisles one way so that pedestrians don’t have to worry about traffic coming from both directions, and make sure that there is a clear flow of direction in your parking lot. This will help pedestrians know what to expect. Use reflective pavement markers to mark the lines of the aisles, as well as the arrows that will show any drivers the direction in which they need to drive. 3. Write Out Instructions in Unusual Colors The most common colors in parking lots are white and orange. If you have specific driving instructions for your parking lot, such as walkways where pedestrians have the right of way, mark these in an unusual color, such as neon green. Write instructions, such as “Stop For Pedestrians in Crosswalk” near the crosswalk in the same unusual color or in a different color. You will want to draw people’s attention to these colors. For more information, talk to a company that provides professional pavement marking services, like Curtis Clean Sweep. Making your parking lot more safe can help prevent injuries and reduce liabilities for your...

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Four Foundation Problems That Can Lead To Structural Problems And Damage Your Home

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

The foundation of your home is something that you want to be sure is in good condition. A failing foundation can lead to many problems. These problems can be things like water damage and cracks in foundation walls. They can also be more severe problems that can lead to settling and other structural problems. These problems can lead to cracks in walls and expensive damage to your home. If you want to ensure your foundation is in good condition, here are some of the problems you will want to be aware of with the foundation of your home: 1. Cracks In Foundation Walls And Water Problems Your foundation can crack with water pressure that drainage causes. With homes that have basements or foundation walls below grade, this can cause cracking. These problems can lead to leaks and water damage. To repair this problem, you will need to have the waterproofing repaired and the cracks in the foundation repaired. 2. Poor Drainage And Erosion Of The Soil At Foundation Footings Poor drainage can be another source of problems with your foundation. If you do not have proper drainage for your foundation, water can eventually begin to erode the soil and aggregate that supports the foundation of your home. To repair this problem, the material that has been eroded away will have to be replaced, and then an adequate drainage system installed for your foundation. Additionally, gutters and systems to divert water away from your foundation can help to prevent these problems. 3. Soft Soil And Uneven Settling Of The Foundation In some areas, soft soils can be a problem with foundations. They can cause a home to settle unevenly and cause structural problems. This problem can be solved in a couple of ways. One way is to install foundation jacks to support the area that is settling. The best solution is to use a concrete tensioning system, which will tension the concrete and allow your home to settle evenly in the soil. The tension system will prevent one area of the foundation from settling faster than other areas. 4. Poor Footings And Settling Of The Foundation At Load Bearing Points Poor footings are another problem that can cause structural problems. To repair these problems, the load bearing points can have supporting columns installed. This will help to support the load that is not supported, and concrete footings can be added to repair the foundation and prevent settling of your home where there are heavy roof loads. These are some of the foundation problems that you will want to be aware of with your home. If you think that your foundation is in need of repairs, contact a foundation contractor like RAC Construction Company to get the help you need keeping the foundation of your home in good...

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Sign Placement And Enhancement

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

There’s more to signs than lettering and basic placement. You need to reach the right people as much as possible without wasting too much space. As you consider the right design and placement for your sign, consider a few installation concerns that may change the way you approach the sign’s intent. Discreet Signage For Private Events Many signs are designed to get people’s attention while delivering information, but that isn’t the only goal. If you need to alert coming patrons without letting the entire city know what’s going on, you’ll need to use smaller, more discreet signs designed for the intended audience. Not all events need flashing, showy signs and lights. A crowd of refined and tamed demeanor may expect more subtle tones with the sign design and placement that isn’t an obvious eyesore. The key is to grab the attention of those who would care to see the event, but not to overload the senses.  Dark wood tones or non-glossy plastic surfaces are best for being discreet and professional. A plain square shape with elegant writing on the sign is good for many events, but a more flourished and curving border may be called for during fashionable balls or extravagant dinners. Make sure to consider multiple times of day, as white signs may be too blinding during the day, while black signs are all but useless at night. If you plan on illuminating the signs, make sure to use a material that absorbs light instead of reflecting it. A more coarse signage material such as chalkboard with a gritty surface is good for placing on the ground and guiding others in. How Gaudy Is Too Gaudy? It’s fine to have some flair and creativity with your signs, but there is such a thing as too much. You don’t want to make the sign the main attraction unless visitors are within safe, non-driving distance. If drivers are still on the road, distracted or irresponsible drivers may lose their focus and cause accidents. Although it isn’t explicitly your fault, try not to cause too much trouble that could have a significant impact by avoiding these highway-proximity distractions. Make sure that the other features of your signs aren’t likely to cover the sign’s content, fly away or fall off. Decorative materials such as tinsel or feathering may fly away with the wind, while poorly secured boards or nailed object could fall on guests.  Contact a sign installation professional from a company like Statesville Sealing & Striping to inspect your plan before getting started, as you can avoid a lot of safety headaches and even gain some great ideas from industry...

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