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Things You Should Know Before A Flood Hits Your House

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Things You Should Know Before A Flood Hits Your House

Does your home lie within a minor flood plane? Do you know what to do in the event that spring rains bring a flood to your home? Even if you think that it’s unlikely that your house will be flooded this year, it’s still a good idea to be prepared just in case. Knowing what to do once the flood is over will help you to be able to fix and recover as much of your home as possible. Some things to do include: Store things in totes: While water damage repair can recover a lot of items, there are some things that can be completely lost before recovery and repair can even begin. This includes things like clothes, family photos, and favorite books. Either store these items in plastic totes or have totes ready in the event that you are told that a flood is imminent. Although your insurance might cover belongings lost to a flood, it could take months before you see that money. Prevention will help ensure that you lose as little as possible. Before evacuating your home, make sure to seal the tote’s seams with a sturdy waterproof duct tape so that water can’t leak in and the air inside won’t be able to force the lid off.  Once you return, don’t go back inside: Even if the flood only made it to ankle deep in your neighborhood, don’t reenter your home immediately. A house that’s been damaged by flooding can have weak spots that might collapse unexpectedly. Wait for a water damage repair professional to arrive and evaluate your home. Due to the flooding, it’s possible that emergency services are limited or non-existent in your area, so you wouldn’t to do something like fall through the floor into your basement or crawlspace. Once the professional has looked over your home and given the okay, you can go back inside to see what there is to recover. Take pictures of everything: Before your water damage repair begins in earnest, make sure to take pictures of everything that will need to be fixed. Then take pictures at least once a week, but preferably daily, as the work is done. If your insurance company tries to claim that certain work wasn’t done or you are inadvertently overcharged for a section of the repair, you’ll have a record of exactly what was done and when it was both started and when it was completed. Click here for more information about water clean...

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3 Benefits Of Purchasing An Awning For Your Porch Or Patio

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Benefits Of Purchasing An Awning For Your Porch Or Patio

If you have a porch on the front of your home, or a patio on the back of your home, that doesn’t have anything that you can use for shade, this can sometimes reduce your ability to use it, depending on the time of day or the weather conditions. A great way to fix this problem is to purchase an awning and have it installed. This article is going to discuss 3 great benefits that come along with purchasing an awning for your porch or patio.  Won’t Hinder Your View There are several different methods for providing shade to your home, but unfortunately many of them can hinder your view, such as trees with thick stems and a plethora of leaves, pillars that hold up a roof, etc. A great way to get shade to this area, without having to worry about losing whatever view you may have, is to install an awning. An awning is going to be able to come out from your home a reasonable distance, without having any thing that touches the ground and blocks your view.  It Can Be Motorized  If you would like to hav an awning, but don’t want to have to deal with the time and effort of putting it up, taking it down, or otherwise adjusting it, then you will be happy to know that you can get an awning that is actually motorized. This means that the awning is going to be able to open and close using a motor that is installed within the awning. This is great for an area where you only want to use the awning some of the time, or an area where you want to adjust the awning depending on where the sun is located. The hardest part is going to be the initial installation, but you can often have this done by a professional so you won’t ever have to worry about it yourself.  Reduce Energy Costs  Another awesome reason to purchase an awning is to help reduce your energy costs. Because an awning is going to help shade your home, it is going to reduce some of the heat that touches your home and comes in through your windows. This in turn is going stop your air conditioning from working so hard to cool your home, which is going to reduce the amount of money that you pay to run your air conditioner.  For more information, contact companies like Lexington Tent &...

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Three Reasons Why Matte Black, Soft-Close Cabinets And Children Get Along

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Reasons Why Matte Black, Soft-Close Cabinets And Children Get Along

If you have children, you may be interested in making your home more harmonious with the existence of children. Your children may spend a lot of time helping you or hanging out in the kitchen. If you want to make your kitchen more child-friendly, this may call for changing around some of the kitchen’s features. Here are some reasons matte black, soft-close cabinets will work well with children.  No fingerprints or marks Matte is nearly always a better choice when it comes to working with children. Matte materials do not show fingerprints and other markings as much as a shiny material does. Look for black matte paint to cover any pencil or marker colorings your children. Instead of constantly trying to wipe down the cabinets so that your home looks presentable, you can elect to wipe down the cabinets once a week or so. Repainting or ruined black kitchen cabinets will be a rarity versus natural colored or white colored cabinets.  Chips will be apparent If your cabinets came in the same natural color as the wood, it is a good idea to change the color of the cabinets to matte black. You want to be able to see if the cabinets have developed chips anywhere and have exposed wood. If the cabinets do chip, you will be able to spot it immediately and have it repaired. This will stop your child from cutting themselves or getting splinters of wood inside of their fingers. If the chips are apparent, you will be able to get ahead of the game by getting them repaired so that no one gets hurt. If there are chips, sanding them down is a good option before repainting.  You may be able to use it as a chalkboard Sometimes it is better to give in the the urges of children rather than trying to stop them. If you use a specific matte black paint, your children can use chalk and write on the kitchen cabinets. The cabinets can easily be wiped off to remove the chalk if necessary. You may also find the use of chalk suitable so that you can write down the day’s menu or instructions for the children. Your family can also use one of the cabinets as a running grocery list that you can copy down before your grocery store runs. Matte counters that support chalk writing can make things easier for the family.  Contact a company like Logan Construction to learn more about getting kid-friendly...

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3 Different Types Of Shingles Available For Your Roof

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Different Types Of Shingles Available For Your Roof

Once winter season ends, you should consider having a maintenance check performed on your roof to ensure that it did not sustain any damage during extreme weather conditions. Typically, your local roofing contractor will inspect the layout of your roof shingles in addition to the joists and joints to determine if repairs or a replacement is required. In addition, they can also check over your shingles to determine if you should select different shingles for your home. The information below outlines details on various types of shingles available to protect your home. Asphalt Roof Shingles Option As with most shingles, the purpose of asphalt roofing shingles is to protect your home’s interior from the outside elements. Shingles are designed to protect the roof of your home, by using a combination of granules connected to ensure that the shingles are sealed together. Asphalt shingles have three-tab inserts, which have been connected to make a layered barrier of thick material to withstand outside elements. The shingles are also a bit flexible to keep them from breaking off due to drying out and becoming brittle. Metal Roof Shingles Option Houses that are considered flattops or have steep rooflines can benefit from having a metal roofing system. There are two different options to choose from for metal roof shingle, either the use of solid metal sheets or individual shingles. The metal roof shingle option may be a low cost option, because you can have them placed over your existing roof’s surface. In addition, metal roof shingles are also considered noncombustible, which can help contain a fire and stop it from spreading to other parts of your home. Metal roofs are also rust resistant and available in various different colors. This is great, because you can select a color for your metal roof that matches your exterior design. Metal roof shingles also have a reflective surface, which helps your home maintain its temperature. Slate Roofing Shingles Option Slate roofing shingles are great for those who have a flare for making things rustic and wholesome. Most slate shingles have material that look like rock slivers and natural forming bricks. The slate shingles also were made to keep houses protected from a fire flaming outside of the home, due to their thickness. In addition, the thickness also shields your home from dealing with extreme weather situations such as tornadoes and snowstorms. However, due to their thickness, extra support is needed beneath the shingles to hold the additional weight. If you are unable to inspect the roof on your own, consider consulting with a roofing and gutter contractor to have them evaluate the conditions of your roof...

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Holding A High-Class Outdoor Event? Turn To High-End Portable Toilets

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Holding A High-Class Outdoor Event? Turn To High-End Portable Toilets

Renting a number of portable toilets can make everyone more comfortable at an outdoor event. The presence of several portable toilets means that people won’t have to deal with long wait times, which can occur when bathrooms at an outdoor venue are limited. If you’re holding an upscale event, such as a wedding, standard portable toilets might not suit the look of your gathering, even if their function is exactly what you’re looking for. In this case, seek a rental service that can supply you with luxury portable toilets. These devices still carry the same function, but aren’t like anything you’ve experienced. Here are some of their common features. Increased Space One of the key features of luxury portable toilets is that they have more space. Whereas traditional portable toilets are typically small inside, luxury toilets are commonly towed on a trailer, which means that their interior space is often akin to that of a utility trailer. Some luxury portable toilets are so large inside that they have multiple toilet stalls, urinals, and sinks, giving them more of an appearance of a public bathroom facility than a portable toilet. In this case, multiple people at your event will be able to use one single portable toilet trailer at the same time, thus eliminating the problem of lines at the toilets. Elegant Surroundings Another thing that separates luxury portable toilets from conventional portable toilets is that the former offers elegant surroundings. For example, instead of a plastic floor, the luxury model might have a vinyl floor that looks like hardwood flooring. Likewise, instead of a plastic counter and sink, the luxury unit could have a faux-granite counter with a stainless steel sink. Luxury portable toilets will also often have visually pleasing lighting, which is ideal if you’re looking for a rental. The elegant surroundings can easily make your guests forget that they’re in a portable toilet. Large Mirrors Mirrors might seem like a small detail in a portable toilet, but they’re a common feature in luxury models. Such models customarily have large mirrors. This is valuable because it helps the space to feel even larger, which can have a comfortable effect for your guests. Additionally, the abundance of mirror space allows guests to take care of any quick grooming they need before exiting. Larger mirrors mean that in portable toilets that have multiple stalls inside one trailer unit, people using the facilities at the same time won’t be competing for space in front of the mirror. For more information, contact companies like Mathena Septic Tank...

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A Guide To Preassembled Fence Panels

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Guide To Preassembled Fence Panels

Installing a perimeter fence is a great way to make your yard look more finished and stylish. You can actually install a new fence quite easily, even if you have no actual building experience. There are a number of preassembled fence panels in a variety of styles. This means you don’t need to build your fence piece by piece. In fact, all you really need to do is install the posts. This article is a basic guide to fence panels installation. You will learn what to shop for when buying preassembled wood fence panels. Choosing the Right Size First of all, you need to consider the size of your panels. You can find panels that are anywhere from 4 to 12 feet long. Of course, longer panels are easier to install, just because there are fewer pieces to deal with. However, it might be difficult for some people to transport such large panels to the installation site. Often, you will need to use a combination of different panel lengths. You should precisely measure out and mark where you are going to install your fence. With some basic math you can easily figure out the best panel configuration for your job. Finished or Unfinished Wood You also need to decide if you want finished or unfinished wood. Finish products are usually more convenient, but they cost more. There are definitely fewer options if you buy finished panels. If you walk into a home improvement store there will only be a few stains to choose from. Even if you order directly from the fence manufacturer there will be limited stains to choose from. If you are going to apply your own stain to an unfinished fence, you will have many more options. Fitting Panels on Slopes Finally, you need to consider the grade and condition of the soil. If you are installing your fence in an uneven soil surface, you will need to do a lot more work to flatten and prepare it. You can find angled panels for installation on slopes, but the selection is definitely more limited. So, you need to find the style that you like, and that has sloped panels. This can limit your options, especially if you are set on a certain finish. There is a lot to consider when installing fence panels. Make sure you consider all these options before beginning the job. For more information, talk to a professional like All Counties Fence and...

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Eliminating A Moisture Problem From Your Home’s Lowest Level

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Eliminating A Moisture Problem From Your Home’s Lowest Level

If you own your own home, and moisture tends to accumulate in the basement level of your house, you will most likely want to find a solution to eradicate this problem for good. Failing to eliminate moisture in a timely manner can lead to structure damage as well as harmful black mold. Here are some steps to take care of a moisture-prone floor in your home in an attempt to reduce the chances of damaging conditions as a result. Install A Sump Pump Unit For basements that regularly suffer from several inches of water accumulation, using a sump pump will effectively divert moisture before it has a chance to reach damaging levels. An installation service will check the basement and place the unit in the lowest location as this is where water is likely to pool. The machine will turn automatically when water levels get high enough to be pushed through tubing to the outdoors. Add A Vapor Layer If water is getting into the home via cracks in the foundation, a vapor layer will be an effective way in keeping it from getting in at all. Plastic sheeting is placed over the insulation in walls, providing a barrier that moisture cannot penetrate. New pieces of drywall will be placed directly over the sheeting, making the protective layer hidden from view. This method will also aid in keeping pests out of the home. Make Repairs Outdoors If the foundation is the source of moisture getting into the home, have a contractor inspect its condition to see if measures can be taken in eliminating leakage problems. Cracks can be filled in with caulk to keep water on the exterior of your building. If the problem is exacerbated by a gutter problem, it also can be repaired to reduce leaking risks. The gutter may need to be cleaned out or the downspout’s exit hole may need to be positioned so water flows away from your foundation properly. Try A Dehumidifier And Dissident If moisture accumulation is caused by high humidity levels, you have a few options in remedying the situation. Purchase a dehumidifer to dry the air electrically. This can be run at times precipitation is present outdoors to help keep the area dry. Dissidents also work well at grabbing moisture from humid air. These can be bought at a home goods store and placed in corners of the room to help keep it drier. Running an air conditioning unit in the area to reduce the temperature contributing to the humidity condition is another option. For more on sump pumps, visit...

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Have Your Plumber Install A Wall-Mounted Toilet To Enjoy These Benefits

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Have Your Plumber Install A Wall-Mounted Toilet To Enjoy These Benefits

When you save up a little money for home renovations, it can be fun to think about what changes you can make to give you home a fancier feel. If you’re eager to transform the look of your bathroom with the help of a licensed plumber, there are a number of options for you to consider. Many homeowners think about changes to their sink, tub or shower, but it’s also worth contemplating changing your toilet. Instead of simply swapping your current toilet for a newer model, think about having a wall-mounted toilet instead. Your plumber will be able to make this change for you, and you’ll enjoy the following wide range of benefits. Increased Ability To Clean The Room When your toilet is attached to the wall instead of mounted to the floor, it instantly makes the bathroom easier for you to clean. You’ll be able to pass the vacuum or mop below the toilet without any trouble, serving as a sharp contrast to the challenges you may face while trying to vacuum around a floor-mounted toilet. Additionally, you won’t have to deal with any unpleasant odors from beneath the toilet. With a floor model, urine can seep between the toilet and the floor, leaving a lingering scent that is difficult to clean. With a wall-mounted unit, you can quickly and easily wipe up any spills before they linger and smell bad. The Feeling Of More Space When your toilet is mounted to the wall instead of sitting on the floor, it instantly gives the bathroom a feeling of having more space. The open floor below the toilet, for example, gives the impression of increased floor space, even though you won’t actually be using this space. This is ideal for small bathrooms that can appear cramped; you might be surprised at how easily the look of the room is transformed when the toilet is attached to the wall. Ability To Customize The Height If you’re significantly taller or shorter than average, you might find it challenging to sit on an average floor-mounted toilet. For example, if you’re short, your feet may not fully sit on the ground, which can be uncomfortable when you’re doing your business. A benefit of having a wall-mounted toilet is that you can have your plumber set the toilet at precisely the right height for you, allowing for a high degree of comfort while you sit. Contact a plumber like http://www.bishopplumbing.com for more...

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Goodbye Wallpaper ~ Hello Paint ~ It’s Easier Than You Think

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Goodbye Wallpaper ~ Hello Paint ~ It’s Easier Than You Think

Do you have wallpaper on your walls, but you would prefer to have painted walls? Perhaps you just moved into a cozy new place, and the wallpaper was already there when you moved in. Some people go through stages where they like wallpaper and then develop a new taste for painted walls. Whatever the case, you may have been told that you will need to strip the wallpaper from the walls before you can paint them. This is not always the case, and the following information can help you make your dream of painted walls a reality with minimal hassle. Repair holes and sand uneven areas. This is an important step that you may recognize because it is required when painted walls are repainted. If you have never attempted to paint before, consider what would happen if you painted over holes. When the paint dries, the holes will still be there even if they are small holes, such as those made by nails. Small holes can be repaired with putty, and large holes may require more extensive measures such as drywall replacement. Sanding is important because it ensures that, when paint is applied, it will be smooth in appearance. If you skip sanding, be prepared to have noticeable marks and odd textures that show after the paint dries.  Wash walls. Painting over a dirty surface can result in the paint tones not matching due to discolored areas. It is also possible that residue from the sanded portion of the project may cause paint imperfections. These issues may not be clearly visible until after the paint has dried, which is why it is important not to skip over cleaning your walls.  Apply caulk to the edges of the wallpaper. Since you are dealing with wallpaper, you want to ensure that loose edges are not present. You can use caulk to “pin” down loose wallpaper edges and make the painting process more seamless. Ensure that you smooth the caulk material before it dries for a smooth appearance. Otherwise, the edges of your paint project might have thick lines of dried caulk or require additional sanding for a uniform appearance.  Prime and/or use the correct type of paint. Oil-based primers are ideal for painting wallpaper because they form a strong bond that makes it easy for the paint to adhere to the surface of the wallpaper. By using an oil-based primer, you will be able to use latex paint and reduce the chances of the paint bubbling when it makes contact with the wallpaper. If you do not want to use a primer, opt for an oil-based paint to ensure that bubbling or flaking of the paint does not occur.  A painting contractor is a good resource to use if you have complicated wallpaper or paint issues. For example, you may be residing in a property that has layers and layers of paint and wall adhesives. A professional can determine the best approach to ensure that your paint project turns out looking its best. They will also know the best practices to use to remove wallpaper or thin away excess paint if...

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Helpful Information About Closed-Cell Foam Insulation

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Helpful Information About Closed-Cell Foam Insulation

Do you need more insulation installed in the walls of your house? If you are undecided about the type of insulation you should opt for, you might want to consider closed-cell foam. Basically, the foam will be sprayed into all of the walls of your house and will create a continuous blanket of insulation when it dries. Take a look at this article to learn why you can’t go wrong by opting for closed-cell foam insulation. Denser Than Other Insulation Types The best thing about closed-cell foam is that it will provide more density than other types of insulation. The foam consists of a lot of cells that are packed extremely close together. The density makes it difficult for even the smallest amount of air to enter or leave your home. You will save money on energy costs because there will be no need to run the heating and cooling system long. Can Fill Tight Spaces in Wall Cavities The worst thing about batting insulation is that it does not fill in all of the small cracks, which is likely why you need more insulation. By opting for closed-cell foam insulation, all of the small cracks will be filled in. The foam will basically expand inside of the wall cavities when it is installed for continuous coverage. The continuous coverage will also make your house more resistant to heat. Can Be Installed without Destroying Drywall You don’t have to worry about any of your drywall being demolished if you opt for closed-cell foam insulation. A contractor will only have to make a small hole in the drywall, which is used for inserting the hose that will release foam into the wall cavities. The small hole will be repaired after the foam is installed. Reduces the Risk of Mold Growth in the Walls Humidity can cause damage to the framing in wall cavities by creating a lot of moisture, especially when batting insulation becomes saturated from it. Basically, the moisture can cause mold growth, which then causes wood framing to deteriorate. It can be difficult to detect when the framing inside of wall cavities is deteriorating until you begin noticing discoloration on interior walls. The good thing about closed-cell foam insulation is that it is resistant to water, so there will be less of a risk for mold growth. Speak to a contractor about installing closed-cell foam insulation as soon as you are ready. Click here for continuous insulation, or do an online...

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