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, [...]
This year’s winter is looking to be one of the coldest to date according to the Farmers’ Almanac. With Labor Day just around the corner, the holiday season is not far off. Before all the cousins, aunts, and uncles crowd your house make sure you are prepared for the worst. Here are some possible challenges you could face this year and some useful solutions!
Leaky pipes are a sure fire way to damage your home and waste your money during the busiest time of the year. In the United States, the EPA states that leaks waste around 180 gallons of water per week and about 10% of families with water pipe leaks can waste up to 90 gallons of water per day! Plumbing Manufacturers International claims 13.7% of water use is actually water leakage! Fixing leaks can require the knowledgeable hands of emergency plumbers. However, there is an easy <ahref=”https://www.doityourself.com/stry/alternative-replacement-for-the-hot-water-heater”>fix if you catch it in time and your leak is minor, simply clamp a rubber sheet over the leak with a horse-clamp.
Maybe your sister is a wiz in the kitchen but how is she supposed to cook up a great meal if your drain is clogged? Drain cleaning is a simple way to avoid an irritating common winter occurrence. Depending on the severity, you can use a variety of methods for drain cleaning. You can buy drain cleaning solution from your local grocery store. It’s inexpensive and quick. If you are of the organic solution’s type, a mixture of vinegar, hot water, and baking soda are great for nature friendly drain cleaning or you can use an organic bio-solution to clear it which is better for your septic tank than chemical based solvents.
Another common challenge, and probably the most troublesome, failed water heaters. On average, American households use about 300 gallons of water per day. Imagine how many gallons you’ll use this Christmas! Draining and removing dirt and grime from your water heater is one of the best ways to make sure your water heater makes it through the winter and beyond. You can drain your water heater by turning off the pilot/electricity, attaching a garden hose, and draining all the water out of the water heater.
If you have an old water heater you may want to think about a replacement water heater. Tankless water heaters are more expensive than their older bulkier counterparts but are a great investment. Tankless water heaters are more efficient, last twice as long as traditional tanks (10 years v 20 years), and can handle more appliances used at once so EVERYONE can shower when they want.
Of course, life happens so even if you do prep like a good homeowner, Mother Nature may have plans of her own. Indoor plumbing has been around since 2500 B.C. at least. When in doubt (or several feet of freezing water) call an emergency plumber. After all that time, they know what to do.
Some years back, the window-type air conditioner was the go-to choice for every single consumer looking to buy an air conditioning system for their home. Today, mini split AC units are slowly taking the lead for commercial and residential applications. Initially, mini split AC was thought to be costly and more suitable for commercial applications.
However, this notion has subsidized consistently as this unit has proved to be a good choice for both large and small rooms, especially where the ductwork system could not work. Most of the homes which use air conditioners—more than 66% in the United States—are now using ductless air conditioner due to the following benefits.
1. Easy to Install
Installation is quite an event when it comes to air conditioning systems with ductworks. All the complicated ducts have to be installed throughout the room. On the other hand, a ductless air conditioner does not have all the ductwork, thus easy to install. It is more comp (more…)
All living spaces will need some good furniture, and in fact furniture ranks among the biggest expenses in the United States alongside cars and houses. Everyone, from college students in a dorm to retired homeowners, will want the right furniture to complete their living space. Good furniture is not only useful and defines the purpose of a room, but can also act as elegant decoration and express the homeowner’s personality and lifestyle. Thus, some Americans look for custom furniture design to truly make their living space their own, and Amish furniture makers may help with custom furniture design. Furniture stores might also accept commissions for custom furniture design, and if not, the homeowner may turn to Amish builders for custom furniture design and get some high quality wooden goods. What should a customer expect when they visit a furniture store in their area, and how can furniture define a room?
When someone needs some new furniture, they ca (more…)
Running or managing a construction business is by no means an easy task. There can be a lot of intricate details and requirements involved that you would have to take care of on a daily basis. This can include planning and designing construction projects, getting the right skilled workers to participate in your project, and ensuring that you have access to the best quality of raw materials so that your finished projects can stand the test of time. Since a lot of construction has to deal with concrete as the material of choice, being in this industry is almost always contingent with finding the right concrete company and concrete contractors to work with.
For commercial construction projects, you would be likely to need a large amount of concrete construction. The required raw materials and labor would also have to be an integral part of such projects. In such situations, establishing a right supply chain, both for your raw materials and people who bring skill and experience to th (more…)
Your friend recently asked how you were handling taking your youngest son to college. You replied that you were happy for him, and that you know it is the right decision. Even though you know that moving him away to college is good for him, you are still worried about him making the right decisions. You realize that this will not only be a challenge for him, but also a test on how you and your wife did raising him. This is the new normal, and it is emotional, exciting, and expensive. You realize that people do this every year, and you actually find yourself frustrated that he is so excited about being so far away from home.
The main thing that you told your friend was that you were confused about where the last 18 years went, and you are actually a little bit angry that you have to drive so far to take him to his new life. On the long drive back home you realized that this is also a test to see how he raised his parents. You are curious if he will return texts when you message him. (more…)
There are many responsibilities that a homeowner has to take care of where their house is concerned. One of the most important tasks is making sure the home’s foundation remains in good condition. There are three primary forms of home foundation: crawl spaces, slabs, and full basements. The foundation is very important because it’s the structure that supports the rest of the house. If the foundation fails, the house is in danger of failing as well. With this in mind, it’s important to know some of the warning signs that can indicate something is wrong with your home’s foundation, and that’s what this article will be looking at.
- Water Damage and Flooding in the Basement: One of the warning signs to look out for is water damage and flooding in the basement, or general foundation area. A little bit of water damage might not indicate a problem, as 98% of all homes with basements will experience some type of water damage at some point. A lot of water damage however, is usually (more…)
One of the most important parts of the home is the foundation, upon which the entire house rests. There are three primary forms of home foundation: crawl spaces, slabs, and full basements. The status of the foundation is directly tied to the structural integrity of the house; if the foundation becomes damaged, the house in turn can become damaged. Because it’s so important to keep the home’s foundation in good repair, it’s important to know the signs that indicate the foundation is damaged. This article will look at some of the signs that indicate your home’s foundation needs to be repaired.
- Cracks are Forming: One sign that you need to call foundation repair contractors is if cracks begin to form in the walls or bottom of the foundation. No matter if they’re small cracks or large cracks, any cracks in the foundation should prompt a phone call to a company specializing in foundation repair services. The c (more…)
There are a variety of maintenance and repair services that homeowners need on a regular basis. When these are taken care of, homeowners will be able to ensure that their homes are are in good working condition. In addition to making sure that septic and indoor plumbing systems are functioning optimally, it’s also important to focus on conserving water and energy.
A Brief Overview of Household Septic Systems
Experts recommend inspecting household septic systems a minimum of once every three years. This is taking the average system into consideration, as larger septic systems may need to be inspected more often. Household septic tanks need to be pumped on a regular basis. On average, this needs to be taken care of every three-to-five years. In some instances, however, these tanks need to be pumped more frequently.
There are four factors that will determine how often a septic system needs to be pumped. In addition to a household’s size, this includes the size of the (more…)
Has that small business that you’ve built from the ground up outgrown your building? Is it time to cut loose ends and move from one space to another? A commercial property inspection may just be what you need to take care of to get that property on the market and to find a buyer who is ready to turn that space that you’ve outgrown into a space that is just right for their own vision and the things that they want out of life. Here are a few tips on finding your inspection services and taking care of all of those things that a commercial building inspector may be looking for when they come to assess your property.
Commercial property inspection services can provide you with the chance to see what weaknesses and changes you could bring to your building in order to up what you look for in a profit when you put your building on the market. When you’ve put so much (more…)
Applying basement renovations To Your Home
Being a homeowner entails a great deal of responsibility. There is no questioning that, and when you need to apply basement renovations to your home, the challenge only get harder regardless of whether you are tackling basement remodeling, kitchen remodeling, or possibly that of first floor remodeling. It doesn’t matter because when all is said an done, and you have that finished basement as a result of the great basement renovations you could have, it only makes the experience of being a homeowner all the sweeter.
What To Know About basement renovations
Are you aware of the costs to a basement renovation? Well, based on what home advisor has said, the average basement remodel can have up to a 70% return on investment, which is really a good statistic to take into consideration when you look at it very carefully given that home improveme (more…)
Do It Yourself Repair
This year’s winter is looking to be one of the coldest to date according to the Farmers’ Almanac. With Labor Day just around the corner, the holiday season is not far off. Before all the cousins, aunts, and uncles crowd your house make sure you are prepared for the worst. Here are some possible challenges you [...]
Some years back, the window-type air conditioner was the go-to choice for every single consumer looking to buy an air conditioning system for their home. Today, mini split AC units are slowly taking the lead for commercial and residential applications. Initially, mini split AC was thought to be costly and more suitable for commercial applications. [...]
All living spaces will need some good furniture, and in fact furniture ranks among the biggest expenses in the United States alongside cars and houses. Everyone, from college students in a dorm to retired homeowners, will want the right furniture to complete their living space. Good furniture is not only useful and defines the purpose [...]