Did you know that approximately 64% of American home owners don’t have $1,000 in savings available for household repairs? To make household repair matters worse, around 39% of American home owners say that it’s hard to find a reliable repair service as well. This is probably in large part to the fact that most American, [...]
When considering home repair Do It Yourself should be the first option. All over the country people are opting for Do It Yourself home improvement, and are gaining many benefits by making that decision. Obviously a lot of people will be unable to do the house repairs that require things like tearing out a wall, [...]
Humanity has always needed energy for work, and for much of history, this energy was derived from human and animal labor. Blacksmiths made tools and weapons, and oxen and horses plowed fields and towed wagons and carts. By the 1800s, the Industrial Revolution changed that, and steam power became the standard, powering factories and ships alike with pressurized steam to turn turbines. By the late 1800s, electricity emerged and became widespread due to the effort of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison, and electricity continued well into the 20th century. It was joined by nuclear power as steam power was being scaled back, and by the 21st century, clean energy such as solar energy and wind power emerged as well. The fossil fuel industry, such as with its huge power plants, has come under some criticism for its heavy pollution of the atmosphere and natural world, so solar panels, wind farms, hydroelectric dams, and other infrastructure has arrived to provide pollution-free power. This also cre (more…)
When people often think of rats, their thoughts are not always positive. Some speculated that rising rat population in New York City, Washington, DC, and Houston were indications of an upcoming “ratpocalypse.” This was written about in Newsweek in 2017. Fearing damage from animals, the mere sight of the unwanted rodents leaves many calling for help from the local animal and rodent removal company.
- Not everyone feels this was about rats. People all over the United States have opened their homes and keep them as pets. Here are some fun facts about the rodents:
- Some rat videos rival cat videos for popularity. In 2015, the now famous video of a rat dragging a slice of pizza into the subway went viral. In three years “Pizza Rat” had been viewed about 10.4 million times.
- Rats have a great sense of humor. While it is impossible to tell what they are laughing at, during play or when they seem to happy, they make a happy noise that sounds a lot like laughter.(more…)
Home inspections shouldn’t be a chore. They’re actually a great way to feel more secure in your new place!
Think about the last time you settled into a new apartment and found a few things that weren’t on the up and up. You might have had to take some photos and send them to the manager to assure them you didn’t damage the place upon moving in! Inspections are how we make sure living spaces are not just beautiful, but safe for you and yours. New-construction inspection is even more essential, since leftover bits and things can be littered about the complex. In fact, before you get comfortable in your new home…
…let’s take a look at home inspection services and how they’ll help you settle in properly!
Rather than scare you with a bunch of fear facts, let’s just take a look at common hazards in homes and how they’re spotted. One you’ve probably heard of is radon gas, a naturally occurring chemical that has been found in millions of American homes (more…)
Homeowners, unlike Americans who rent their properties, are able to hire home remodeling to modify their houses, and this is a robust and popular industry today. Sometimes, a few rooms may be remodeled updated, and in other cases, the entire house is renovated at once. Wealthier Americans may hire home remodeling crews for total residential renovations, and this ranged from kitchen remodeling to addition, such as putting in a new bedroom or sunroom. Such home remodeling may make a house feel like new, and this can often be a smart investment as well. A homeowner who is interested in home remodeling can consult local hardware store staff and also look online for local home remodeling teams who can help them. This is far too large a project to attempt alone; professional, skilled home remodeling must be hired to handle this and get the job done right.
The Industry Today
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You may have heard from your teacher friends or other people who deal with children on a regular basis that there are few things more challenging than herding cats. If you have ever discovered that you have squirrels in the attic you might have an argument that this is an even worse situation. While cats, like children, may be independent and have their own idea about where they are going and when they will get there, cats are not typically known for being destructive. Squirrels, on the other hand, will completely chew through nearly anything in a very short amount of time. If you have ever witnessed a squirrel make a complete mess of your bird feeders, including eating through the bird feeder itself, then you might be able to imagine the problems that squirrels in the attic can cause problems.
When they get in your home, the removal process can actually be quite complicated. In fact, humane s (more…)
Heating and cooling make up about half of the energy usage within every American home, more than any other utility cost. One way to reduce this amount can be properly maintaining your heating and air conditioning systems, especially with the prevention of a replacement being required too early. Additionally, two-thirds of all homes have air conditioners while many also have central HVAC systems. Heating and air conditioning repair services are needed often, though it can be prevented often with the acquisition of regular maintenance.
Reliance on Air Conditioners and HVAC
Air conditioning systems use a majority of your home’s energy, and they can be expensive to install, service, and maintain. It is important to know that with the heat faced by many areas of the country, the air conditioner is extremely helpful in keeping all homes comfortable during the summer months. Central HVAC systems are also an option for heating and AC combined. There are many tricks to helping th (more…)
Your home is your sanctuary. It’s where you rest your head and enjoy your privacy.
When rodents shatter that illusion of safety? It can feel like a personal affront. Instead of attempting a hasty DIY method with unreliable results, look into animal removal services in your area. Rodents may look cute and cuddly on the surface, but they’re able to spread disease and even damage your furniture. Destructive animals are on the rise in many urban environments thanks to increasing population density.
Professional rodent control is quick, efficient, and humane. Here are the most common warning signs your apartment or home is home to some surprise guests.
There Are Droppings Scattered Throughout Your Home
This can be a tough one to spot, particularly if you haven’t had unwanted rodents in your home. Rodents are always on the move, constantly searching for food when they’re not looking for shelter. Rodent droppings are small and dark, appearing to (more…)
Over time, many people will want to move from one location to another. In fact, research shows that the average American homeowner will move once every five to seven years. Considering that, it’s also important to think about how homes age as time goes on. While five to 10 year old homes won’t require lots of maintenance, this changes as homes continue to age. Homes that are only 10 to 20 years require more maintenance. However, you can follow a few helpful tips as help prevent your home from aging poorly. It’s important to learn about ways to increase the resale value of your home. Here are three helpful tips for increasing your home’s resale value.
- Invest in Professional Landscaping
If you have the funds for it, hiring professional landscapers is a great way to increase your home’s resale value. While nothing happens inside of your home, these workers can dramatically increase the resale value of your property. This is because many buyers want to se (more…)
Look to your HVAC system and ask yourself when was the last time it was cleaned? If it was more than five years ago, it is due for a cleaning to keep it at maximum efficiency in the department of cooling and heating. If it has been longer than that, does it matter? Yes. You would be surprised the problems that could escalate simply by foregoing the price of air duct cleaning services. The benefits of having your HVAC system cleaned goes further than just a cheaper energy bill.
What Is HVAC?
HVAC is another acronym in the sea of acronyms that stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. If your home resides in America and has a ducted heating and cooling system, like 90 percent of new homes do, then you have HVAC system. This also goes for air conditioners, obviously, water heaters or any kind of ventilated fans; if it heats or cools your home, then it fal (more…)
The foundation is the most supportive piece of any construction project, but there are many different issues that can lead to foundation failures. Problematic soil types are the most common items that lead to this failure and the eventual need for foundation repair. Many different soil types are not able to control moisture.
For more than 50 years now construction has relied on slab foundations. Foundation failure is a possibility at any point for commercial and residential construction alike. If the foundation is built upon problematic soil types there is a possibility of foundation failure or the need for residential or commercial foundation repair as well. Without foundation repair services, a simple failure has the potential to cause the entire building to fall. All construction projects, residential or commercial (more…)
Do It Yourself Repair
Humanity has always needed energy for work, and for much of history, this energy was derived from human and animal labor. Blacksmiths made tools and weapons, and oxen and horses plowed fields and towed wagons and carts. By the 1800s, the Industrial Revolution changed that, and steam power became the standard, powering factories and ships [...]
When people often think of rats, their thoughts are not always positive. Some speculated that rising rat population in New York City, Washington, DC, and Houston were indications of an upcoming “ratpocalypse.” This was written about in Newsweek in 2017. Fearing damage from animals, the mere sight of the unwanted rodents leaves many calling for [...]
Home inspections shouldn’t be a chore. They’re actually a great way to feel more secure in your new place! Think about the last time you settled into a new apartment and found a few things that weren’t on the up and up. You might have had to take some photos and send them to the [...]