Not many people like to spend a lot of time thinking about the plumbing in their home. The problem is that, whether you rent or own, there is a good chance that you will have to contend with clogged drains at some point. In some cases, you will need to bring in a professional plumber or plumbing company but there are some things that you can try first.
- Get out a wire hanger. Ok, they may not have been allowed in Joan Crawford’s home but a wire hanger may be all that you need to clear out the clogged drains in yours. Straighten a wire hanger and then bend it to fit through your drain. Push it as far into the drain as you can and then wiggle the end around to try to get at w (more…)
if you own your own home, you probably do not spend a lot of your time thinking about your roof. Like many parts of your home, you probably only give your roofing some thought is when there is a problem. That is too bad because you can make a big difference on a number of fronts when you take the time to care for your roof. Here are some reasons to care for your roof:
- It will make your home look better. When people pull up to your home, the first thing they notice is your roof. If there are a lot of shingles that have come off or it is discolored or sagging, it will give your home a sad look. By taking the time to care for your roof, you will avoid incurring the wrath of your neighbors.
- The value of your property will go up. If the people who are driving up to your home are not frien (more…)
Owning a home can be one of the most liberating experiences in the world. As a homeowner, you have access to a large amount of space that you can modify and customize according to your own requirements, tastes, and preferences. Your home should be an extension of your personality and characteristics and a lot of homeowners decorate and equip their homes in a manner consistent with their own. If you are looking to make improvements to your home, it is very easy to get caught up in the interesting and exciting world of home interior decoration and home appliances. While your home interior is definitely a very important part of the house, it is also important to pay due attention to your home exterior. Used properly, the space available outside your home can provide you not only with important aestheti (more…)
When you’re enjoying the cool air of your air conditioner in some of the hottest months of the summer, you may not expect anything to go wrong. Nobody expects their air conditioners to suddenly stop working because of some internal issue. However, when it does happen, an air conditioner repair service may be the best type of person to call for your overall AC repair. Many people also forget that maintenance is very important for their air conditioning units.
The Importance of Air Conditioning in Many Households
Today, two-thirds of all homes in the U.S. (more…)
The roof over your head is arguably the most important part of your home. Keeping you safe from weather’s harshest conditions, a good roof can keep you and your family safe for many years.
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The problem is that roofs don’t always last forever and unless you’re a commercial roofer, roof maintenance might not be your strong suit. You might not know this but your roof should be inspected at least once or twice a year. This means having a roofing contractor come out and look at your roof to make sure that everything is top notch. That seems like too much of a hassle to us, which is why a metal roof can relieve some of that hassle.
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Metal roofing has been credibly proven to last over 30 years with minimal maintenance. The durabil (more…)
Do you believe that you may have radon in your home? Since it is a colorless, odorless, and toxic radioactive gas, the only way you’ll be absolutely sure is to have a local mitigation and abatement company come to your home to test for radon levels. If you have neighbors that have had their homes tested and radon was present, it’s even more important for you to contact a radon testing company as soon as possible.
It’s been estimated that one in 15 homes throughout the United States have radon levels that are at or exceed the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (US EPA) action level. The US EPA reported that when homes were checked in seven states and three Indian lands, almost one in three had screening levels that exceeded 4 pCi/L, which is the level of radon exposure that requir (more…)
Working with metal involves using quite a number of different tools on a regular basis, all of which need to work together to create the right results. Jobs such as welding also require attention to detail, and a considerable amount of skills, which need to be augmented by the tools in use. If you are involved in a profession that deals with working with metal, and clamps and fittings and different kinds of welding equipment are things that you use on a daily basis, you can definitely benefit from expanding your toolkit to include more handy tools that can make your job easier.
When talking about tools that are involved while working with metal, it is also important to remember that the technology involved has faced quite a lot of updates over the years, and as a result, modern tools and techniques ha (more…)
Cold. Wet. Snowy. Ice. Sleet. Cold. Very cold.
These terms all describe one particular season. It is winter. And it is here.
Winter is the season where the temperature drops, snow and sleet become almost daily occurrences, and plants and trees either die or lose their leaves. It is a season where darkness prevails; in Alaska, for instance, darkness dominates most of the hours in the day.
It is a season where mittens and scarves and big wool coats must be used to stave off the chill. It is a season where huddling around the fires in a fireplace become typical, where bonfires on the outside can bring life to a party, and where people lounge out in hot tubs on the patio.
Most importantly, winter is about a single elemental force: heat. Without heat, everyone in winter suffers. Fortunately, this (more…)
Before the cold weather hits, you want to make sure that your HVAC is working properly. HVAC preventative maintenance service can help keep you from needing heating repair when you really wish you had heat. HVAC experts estimate that three-quarters of “no-heat” calls in the winter stem from homeowners not doing the proper maintenance and inspection, which is key to keeping HVAC running well. However, there are other benefits to keeping your HVAC up to date on its inspection and cleaning — it can wind up saving you money and give you some peace of m (more…)
Your HVAC system is your main source of comfort when it comes to your home life. Because your family’s comfort means everything to you, it’s important that when you’re performing your system’s routine HVAC maintenance that you’re not just ensuring that the system is functioning, but that you’re also keeping the air ducts clean.
Keeping the air ducts of your system clean may seem like an obvious tip, but you’d be surprised by just how often a homeowner will leave their HVAC system to the mercy of dust. If you don’t clean your air ducts every three to five years, there’s some of the potentially harmful things that can happen:
- Allergens can make you sick
When you leave your air ducts alone to collect dust and dirt, these potential allergens can build up in your system and release them into the air in your home. This is often why those suffering from spontaneous asthma symptoms are often asked whether or not their air conditioning system is a forced air system. If you’re suffering from itchy, watery eyes and it isn’t allergy season, you may want to check the air ducts on your HVAC system.
- You may be breathing in more than allergens
If the idea of breathing in dust and dander doesn’t gross you out, the idea of breathing in air that’s been filtered through the dander and feces of pests certainly will. Pests can invade your home from anywhere, but many insects and rodents typically like the easy access your HVAC system’s air ducts provide. As a result, when these air ducts aren’t clean these pests aren’t taken care of and their resulting feces and dander stay up there in the ducts.
- Your walls can become discolored
When you fail to clean the drain channels of your HVAC system, this can result in a rise in humidity in your home. This may not sound like much of a problem, but over time as your walls and floor collect the moisture from the air they can both become discolored.
Providing routine HVAC maintenance on your system may maintain the life of your system, but without cleaning the air ducts professionally by an HVAC company you may as well not perform HVAC maintenance at all. To keep your system working at its top performance and to ensure that the air your family is breathing isn’t filled with allergens, be sure to clean your air ducts every three to five years for the best efficiency possible.
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