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Sewer line back up is probably one of the worst things imaginable for any homeowner. Raw sewage soaking any lawn is not only going to smell foul and be messy but it can actually be dangerous and a costly fix. Keeping an eye on the sewer system at your home is really important. It’s easy to forget about but modern plumbing is not some magical process in which everything you flush or dump down a drain will magically disappear. Here are three things that every homeowner needs to do to make sure sure that his or her sewer system is in good working order.
1. An Initial Inspection
Experts say that you should do a camera inspection of sewer lines before you even buy a home, but if you didn(more…)
Solar energy is gaining traction in the United States every single day. Did you know, for example, that from 2009 to 2014 generated $2.5 billion in revenue? At the same time, the industry grew at an annual rate of 70%, hiring 50,000 new employees in the process. Needless to say, the solar energy business is doing more than fair.
And why not? After all, the benefits of solar power provides more than enough incentive to drive up the demand for solar panels. Solar installation can save homeowners considerably on their electric bills as well as contribute to the protection of the environment. Solar energy provides free electricity once installed. (more…)
At a time when the interest in alternative energy is increasing, solar energy is gaining quite the following. From 2009 to last year, the U.S. solar power industry earned an annual revenue of $492 million as it grew at an annual rate of 70% — impressive in every sense of the word. From large-scale solar energy fields to smaller, private solar panel installations, solar energy is becoming a serious alternative to fossil fuels and gas as well as an excellent source of energy for your personal home.
Solar panels are becoming more and more common as they are, at the same time, becoming cheaper and cheaper. The cost of solar panels has decreased a phenomenal 80% between 2009 and 2013, and leading industry experts predict the c (more…)
With this particularly frigid winter showing no signs of letting up, this is a good time to educate yourself on how to maintain your garden landscaping and hardscaping so that it’ll be in the best possible shape come spring. You’re probably much more familiar with how to deal with landscaping plants — perennials will mostly come back on their own, and annuals need to be replaced in the springtime anyway — but since you probably paid one or more (more…)
Installing a new roof is an expensive process, to be sure, and most homeowners are looking for some savings when faced with this major home repair. But cutting corners can actually turn out to be far more costly in the end. Here are five roofing-related mistakes you don’t want to make in your efforts to be money-conscious:
- Laying Your New Roof Over Your Old One
This one sounds like a good idea. If you lay your new roof over the old one, it will probably be twice as strong, right? Actually, the opposite is true. Multiple layers of roofing materials make your roof more susceptible to damage, especially from hail. In some places, it’s even against local ordinances to do this. The bottom line i (more…)
Terrazzo may seem like they are a relatively new construction material but actually, it can trace its roots as far back as the Neolithic Era. Terrazzo floors have been found by archaeologists in modern-day Turkey that are 8,000 to 10,000 years old! Terrazzo has been used ever since, especially in Renaissance Europe. Terrazzo also came to the Americas in the early 18th century, before the creation of the United States! Needless to say, terrazzo is a popular and enduring construction material commonly used for floors and other structures, and the need for terrazzo construction has been fairly constant throughout history — and so has, incidentally, terrazzo floor cleaning.
Terrazzo is well-known and well sought-after for its durability and resistance to dirtiness. Terrazzo is a composite mate (more…)
It’s never easy deciding to sell your house, because you’re not just putting a piece of property up for sale, but a piece of your life. Your house is so full of memories that it’s practically busting; you can remember the story behind each nick, scratch, ding, stain, and dent. Who would ever want to put years of memories up for sale?
Unfortunately though, there are times when you may have no other choice. Perhaps you need to move somewhere where you can get help with your medication, or maybe taking care of the property has simply become too much, or perhaps you’re simply just ready for a change.
Whatever the case may be, you should consider selling your house fast to cash buyers of real estate. Here are a few reasons why.
You’ll Get to Do Your House Justice.
When y (more…)
While a floor covering is an essential part of any room, many people do not consider it a part of the room’s design. This could not be farther from the truth, as a quality floor can change the entire look of a room. As with other design choices, floor options are subject to change with trends, and the flooring trends for 2015 certainly stand on their own.
Hardwood flooring has always been a popular choice, but as fashion moves toward a country chic aesthetic, more and more homeowners are choosing reclaimed wood. Barn wood and recycled pallets are all the rage, and as more homeowners combine kitchens and living rooms into one “great room,”(more…)
There are plenty of flooring options to consider when building or remodeling a home. Sure, you’ll want to consider aesthetics, and what will fit in best with the overall design scheme of the room. But it’s also important to consider what kind of flooring is most appropriate the actual use and purpose of that particular floor in that particular room.
A front entryway, for example, sees a lot of traffic. There is a lot of going in and out of the door, whether it’s adults on their way to work, kids tramping in from playtime, or a dog exhausted after a visit to the dog park, there are a lot of footprints in the front entry. Oftentimes, those footprints leave behind dirt and grime and water and salt and who knows what else, and it is a tough task to keep it clean, this is why tile flooring in the bes (more…)
Custom wood kitchen cabinets are one of the most beautiful, functional and long-lasting investments you can make for the most important room in your home. And although custom wood cabinets cost more, one of their greatest advantages is that they tend to be made of much more durable materials than their stock or semi-custom counterparts, and therefore last much longer. But even the best custom cabinets won’t last forever without proper care, especially against the splatters, spills and greasy buildup that characterize the kitchen. Here’s how to take better c (more…)
Do It Yourself Repair
An devastating hail storm last spring is giving you the opportunity to replace some most of the windows in your home. You have some depreciation costs that have accumulated over the last 20 years, but you know that any money that you put in will be a good investment. Home windows are an important part [...]
As seasons change, it’s important to think about the status of your windows. In fact, statistics gathered from Spring 2016 found that nearly 31 million people throughout the United States reported living in a household that had either purchased drapes, blinds, or another type of window treatment within the past year. Considering that, it’s important [...]
A home’s roof is one of the most important components of the entire design. Without a roof that is sturdy and made with quality materials, it could leak and fail to provide insulation to the rest of the house. Roofs require regular maintenance, inspections, and replacements. In addition to regular maintenance, it is also important [...]