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Did You Buy a New House with a Badly Overgrown Yard? Use These Tips

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Did You Buy a New House with a Badly Overgrown Yard? Use These Tips

If you are purchasing a new house but the yard is severely overgrown and hasn’t been taken care of, the job to remedy this may require tools and skills that you don’t have. Hire professionals to help make the yard usable and enjoyable while boosting the curb appeal of the home right away. First look over the yard and decide what you want to do. You may want to pull out a lot of vegetation, like thick bushes or grouped trees, and get rid of all the weeds. Consider utilizing these professional services:  Tree Service Have all the trees that are overgrown and hovering over the house trimmed by the professionals and cut back, and then have the experts take away all the debris. Removing branches that could be at risk of falling on your home is going to make the property safer and bring more light into the yard. The arborists can also look at the health of the trees and determine if they are dying, diseased, or at risk of rotting. Contact a representative from a company like Smitty’s Tree Service Inc for more details. Professional Weed Treatment You can go through and mow the lawn and pull the weeds that you see, but treating an overgrown weed problem will require professional help. Have a landscaping company come to the house and spray the weeds or put down an application of weed killer that won’t kill the grass. They can also put down a fresh layer of hydro seed if there are dead areas or if you don’t like the current condition of the grass. Insect Spray There were probably a variety of insects and pests living in all the overgrown brush and plants before they were trimmed down and mowed, so have a pest control company come and spray for mosquitos and spiders. This can help you control the insect problem while you maintain your yard and get rid of insects that attract other pests around the house. Improving the property will improve the value and safety of your home, and it will help you keep rodents and other pests away from your property. Talk with the landscaping company about regular maintenance you want done on the yard if you don’t want to keep up with it on your own. Changing the exterior of your property is going to give you pride in the ownership of your home, and you’ll be able to look out your window and into a neatly groomed paradise....

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Refuting Myths Concerning Chimney Maintenance

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Refuting Myths Concerning Chimney Maintenance

A chimney can be an essential part of your home, but it is an unfortunate fact that many homeowners are not well-informed about the maintenance needs of this part of the chimney. If you are one of these homeowners, there is a chance you may be under the belief that the following two notions about chimneys are true. Refuting these myths will help you to be a more responsible and better informed homeowner. Myth: Only Fireplace Chimneys Need To Be Regularly Cleaned There is a common assumption that only fireplace chimneys need to be cleaned and inspected on a yearly basis. However, this is not actually true, and any chimney that is located in your home will need to be maintained. Unfortunately, some homeowners will neglect the chimney that vents their oil or gas burning furnace, and this can cause a dangerous buildup of gases inside the home. Myth: Rust Is Not A Major Problem For Chimneys Another frequent belief from some homeowners is that their chimney will not be susceptible to damage from rust. This may make sense if your chimney has an exterior made of brick and mortar, but it is actually highly susceptible to this type of damage. This occurs because there is usually a metal liner on the interior of the chimney that is used to help channel the smoke and fumes out of the home. Myth: Minor Cracks In The Chimney’s Exterior Are Not A Major Concern One day, you may notice small cracks forming on the exterior of the chimney. Unfortunately, some homeowners will make the mistake of neglecting to repair this problem before it is given ample opportunity to worsen. When the cracks spread, they will greatly reduce the structural integrity of the chimney, which can make it more likely to collapse during strong winds. When you notice cracks forming on your chimney, you need to contact a repair professional as soon as possible. If this issue is addressed before it is given a chance to worsen, the repairs can be kept relatively minor. Sadly, extreme damage to the chimney may result in it needing to be entirely rebuilt. Maintaining the chimney to your home is a critical part of ensuring that your house is properly ventilated. Yet, many homeowners make the error of improperly maintaining their chimneys. For new homeowners, knowing the realities behind these common misconceptions will make it much easier to ensure that the chimney avoids some potentially serious problems. Contact a company like AAAA Dave’s Chimney Service for more...

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The Four Main Types Of Solar Water Heaters

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Four Main Types Of Solar Water Heaters

Solar water heaters provide your home with a green water heating option, saving you money on your energy bills while at the same time reducing your carbon footprint. While every solar water heater will provide the same function, they will do so in different ways. There are two broad categories of solar water heaters, active and passive, both of which have two main variations. Active Solar Water Heaters: Active solar water heaters make use of pumps and circulating controls to move hot water through your home. They need external sources of power to operate. Direct Circulation Systems: Direct circulation active solar water heaters have a water tank in the roof, where it is heated up by the solar panels installed there. The water is then circulated throughout your home through the pumps built into the system. However, since the water is stored on the roof, these types of systems do not work well in climates where it goes below freezing. The system can be easily damaged if ice forms within it. Indirect Circulation Systems: This type of active solar water heaters make use of a heat transfer fluid which cannot freeze that is warmed up by the solar panels on the roof. The fluid is then moved through the system by the pumps to a heat exchanger, which uses the heat from the transfer fluid to heat the water tank within the home. The hot water can then be run to where it is needed. This type of active solar water heater is designed to work in climates where the temperature goes below freezing. Passive Solar Water Heaters: Passive solar water heaters do not have pumps that move water through the system, instead making use of heat to move water through the systems. These types of solar water heaters will work without external power sources. Integral Collector Systems: In this type of solar water heater, cold water flows through the solar collector at the top of the system, where it is warmed up. It then flows into a hot water tank, where it stays until it is needed. This is not a very efficient system, and won’t work in cold climates, as the water will freeze and damage the machinery. Thermosiphon Systems: Thermosiphon solar water heaters have their storage tanks installed above their solar collectors, both of which are installed on the roof. This means that hot water will flow up into the storage tank, and cold water will flow down into the collector endlessly, with water being drawn into the house as it’s needed. This type of system is more efficient than integral collector systems but still won’t work in cold climates. It also requires strong structural support so as to not damage your home’s roof, as the water is stored on top of your home. If you’re interested in one of these types of water heaters, contact a professional in your area to discuss your...

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How To Properly Use Drippers In A Drip Irrigation System

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Properly Use Drippers In A Drip Irrigation System

A drip irrigation system uses emitters to deliver water directly to a plant’s roots. This saves water by not having much of the water evaporate. However, if you do not use the drip irrigation system properly, you will either fail to water your plant adequately or you might even damage your drip irrigation system. Use the Right Number of Drippers Some property owners do not use enough emitters because they are trying to save water. One large plant should not rely on one emitter for all of its water. Also, if you only have one emitter, it might become clogged and your plant will not be adequately watered. Start with two drippers and run your system for 30 minutes. Then, turn the system off and wait another 30 minutes. Then, dig the soil near the plant roots to see if the soil is still moist. If not, add another dripper. Also, if you notice your plant’s health decline, add another dripper. On the other hand, some property owners use too many emitters and drown the plant’s roots with water. After watering a plant from the top of the soil downward, many individuals expect to see small pools of water near the plant. However, if you see this when using a drip irrigation system, you are using too much water. You should only see a small spot of water on the ground above the dripper. Another downside of having too many emitters is that you will not have enough water pressure for the system to function properly and may cause it to completely fail. Place the Drippers in the Right Location Place the drippers along the plant line and make sure that they are evenly spaced. If you place the drippers too close together, some plants will not receive an adequate amount of water. They should be placed in the top six inches of the soil. Use the Right Drippers Research how much water each plant will need so that you can adjust the number of emitters you use, especially if you remove or change the plants you are growing in a particular area. You may need to place one dripper that has a higher flow rate near a specific plant that needs more water. Install the Right Filters Use filters that are designed specifically for drip irrigation. If you use the wrong type of filter, the dripper will be more likely to clog. With the right filter, the right drippers and the right number of drippers, your system will more efficiently water your plants.  For more information on how to handle your drip irrigation system, contact a professional like those at H2O Lawn...

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3 Key Considerations When Choosing A Door For Your Restaurant

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Key Considerations When Choosing A Door For Your Restaurant

Choosing a new commercial door for your restaurant isn’t always as cut and dry as you might like. It is important that you take the time to go through the various factors to ensure you get a door that is going to work for you and your specific needs. Impact doors can easily swing both directions away from the individual who is coming through the door. A double-acting door allows the wait staff to easily carry beverages and food out of the kitchen without needing to use a hand to get the door open. Before choosing a door for your business, consider some of the following information. Traffic going into and out of your establishment. Depending on where the door is located in your restaurant, some doors are going to take a significant amount of abuse while others aren’t used much at all. When it comes to something that is structurally sound, consider going with a wood core door. They are great for resisting moisture and withstand most wear and tear with ease. Consider what you want the finish of the door to be. Regardless of whether you are searching for a lightweight aluminum, sleek stainless steel, a swing door that incorporates the warm color and texture of wood or a colored door that matches your existing design and décor, you are sure to find a commercial door that is going to work for your restaurant needs. You just have to take the time to go through the options and compare them to what you currently have in place to make sure your new commercial door is going to get the job done. Think about whether you need a window or not in the door. Depending on where you are planning on using the door, you may or may not need a window in the commercial door. Choose from a large rectangular window when getting a new door for the kitchen area or one with a small window when replacing the door to the pantry. You can even get a custom-made window and door to accommodate your business needs. Don’t forget to ask about some of the other options available to you when getting a new door, such as kick plates, push plates and cart guards. With so many different options, you can get a commercial door designed to best accommodate your needs and budgetary concerns without having to skimp on the things that you want. For more information, contact a commercial door company such as S & J Door...

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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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