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Three Tree Issues That Can Affect Your Home and How to Fix Them

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Trees can be a very beneficial part of your landscape. They can shade your yard and home from the hot sun, provide a wind block from strong breezes, and attract birds and other wildlife for you to enjoy. Unfortunately, trees can also cause damage to your home and environment if they aren’t properly cared for. The following are some issues that can occur, along with methods to prevent them. Issue #1: Siding damage Trees growing close to the home can cause major damage to siding. This occurs from branches scraping and dragging across the siding. Over time, this can pull off vinyl siding, break wood siding, or carve the mortar out from between bricks. Another danger of branches scraping the side of the house is that they can break windows or pull off gutters. The fix is relatively simple: prune back the offending branches. Keep trees trimmed back so that major branches cannot reach the side of the house. This isn’t as simple as trimming them back on a calm day. Keep in mind that when the wind blows, the trees will sway closer to the home, so you will want to trim the branches so they are a foot or more away from the side of the house. It’s also important to remove an equal amount of material on the opposite sides of the trees so the trees remain balanced. Issue #2: Mildewed roof Too much shade over the roof, especially when teamed up with dampness, can lead to green or black mildew and moss stains on your roof. The cause isn’t just the shade from the trees, either; it can also be from fallen leaves and twigs collecting on the roof. Much like with issues with damaged siding, the answer is trimming back the trees. It’s okay for the trees to overhang the roof as long as they don’t scrape against the shingles and damage them. Simply have the trees trimmed to open up the canopy a little bit so sunlight can penetrate and allow air to circulate. Also, make sure to clean collected leaves off the roof each fall. You can also have your roof treated with zinc to help kill off the moss and mildew. Issue #3: Lawn and paving damage Roots can spread quite far from the tree, where they may then begin to lift up. This can lead to an uneven lawn or even cracked sidewalks. Most trees have fairly deep roots, but surface roots may form and lift up during dry periods if the trees undergo drought, stress, or improper watering. To prevent this sort of damage, water the tree deeply every one to two weeks. This means providing several gallons of water at one time—the amount depends on the tree. This infrequent deep watering encourages the trees to send out deep roots, as opposed to the shallow roots that develop when a tree is watered lightly on frequent occasions. If a root is posing a problem, a tree service such as Williams Lawn Care & Landscaping, Inc. may be able to sever it from the main tree without causing any long-lasting...

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Portable Toilets on Your Construction Site: Some Careful Considerations Regarding Their Position

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Every construction site has its own set of portable toilets—that is typically a given. However, not all contractors give a thought to where they place these porta-potties, which is frequently unfortunate. The next time you rent some porta-potties from a company like Mathena Septic Tank Service, here are a few things to consider with regard to where you place these toilets and why you should think ahead about these things. Placing the Toilets Too Close to the Construction Zone So far, you may have had quite a bit of good fortune with placing your rental toilets close to the construction zone and not having them destroyed or tipped. However, it only takes one crew member in a work truck and a few seconds of not paying attention to back the truck into the porta-potties or shove them over completely. When that happens, the work site may need to be shut down for the day while a sanitation crew comes to clear away the waste and the destroyed or damaged portable toilets. Whenever possible, place the portable toilets far away from the areas where the work trucks will be operating. Placing the Toilets Upwind of a Nearby Cafe or Bistro Nobody likes to smell or hear a toilet while they are eating. When you place your portable toilets upwind of a nearby cafe or bistro, it only takes a single wind blowing down toward the restaurant to carry the smells of waste that direction. Even if you have some really good portable toilets that destroy odors, you may still be sending the smell of urinal cakes from the toilets in that direction. Nobody wants to smell that either. Whenever feasibly possible, place the porta-potties in a corner part of the lot or in an area where a wind will not carry their usual odors toward a restaurant of any kind. Placing the Toilets on Uneven Surfaces Lastly, most companies that rent portable toilets tend to suggest that you place the toilets on ground that is as level as possible. This helps prevent any accidental tipping that could occur with placing the toilets on very uneven ground. Have your crew members flatten and sculpt out an area where you expect to put the toilets before you begin construction. Using a frontloader and a cement roller truck is usually the most effective approach for creating a flat, level ground surface onto which to place the incoming...

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5 Reasons To Invest In A Ductless Electric Heat Pump

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Is it time to replace your old and worn-out heating and cooling system? A good option to consider as the replacement is an electric heat pump that is ductless. There are numerous benefits that you will have by opting for a ductless electric heat pump that will make you happy with choosing it as a replacement. In this article, you will learn about the benefits that are included with a ductless electric heat pump for your heating and cooling needs. 1. No Worrying About Air Seeping Out Ducts When you have a heating and cooling system that routes air through ducts, a portion of the air can seep about before making it through the vents. For instance, it is possible for the duct fittings to become loose and allow air to seep out. It is also possible for the ducts to become cracked. You can count on getting the full extent of air from a ductless electric heat pump. 2. Your House Will Be Less Humid One of the perks of a ductless electric heat pump is that it can dehumidify each room that it warms up or cools down. You won’t have to worry about moisture from humidity causing mold to grow in your house. Decreasing humidity levels in your house is also a great way to protect wooden floors and furniture. 3. No Risk Of Incomplete Combustion A ductless electric heat pump will completely get rid of the risk of incomplete combustion occurring. With heating and cooling systems that use gas, it is possible for the pilot flame to not receive enough oxygen to produce carbon dioxide. You can then end up with toxic carbon monoxide in your home. 4. The Air Quality In Your House Will Be Better There is no risk of dust accumulating in a ductless electric heat pump that can end up circulating in your house.  Heating and cooling systems that use air ducts can get dirty and need to be cleaned to keep the indoor air quality in a good condition. You don’t have to spend money on duct cleaning with a ductless electric heat pump. 5. Installation Will Be Easy For Contractors Your labor costs will be affordable with a ductless electric heat pump as the task is not too complex for contractors. There will be no need to destroy drywall and rebuild it around air ducts. A ductless electric heat pump will only require that small holes are drilled for running pipes through. Get a ductless electric heat pump installed in your house as soon as you are ready. If you’re interested in learning more, contact companies like Salem Heating & Sheet Metal,...

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4 Benefits Of A Prefabricated Roof Truss

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Are you getting a house constructed and have not decided on what you want the roof to look like? You might want to consider investing in a prefabricated truss for the roof, as there are numerous benefits that will be included with it. Take a look at this article to learn about a few of the advantages of opting for a prefabricated truss for your roof. 1. Speeds Up Roof Construction The best thing about opting for a prefabricated truss is that it will make constructing your roof a faster process for contractors. Basically, the speed comes from the contractors not having to build it from scratch as they do with rafters. The truss will be brought to your home construction site in a single piece that will only have to be attached to the roof. The installation process can typically be done in one day. 2. Can Be Constructed from Several Materials There are several different material options for truss construction, and they will all have their own benefits. A North Light Roof Truss is ideal if you want one that extends across a wide width. You will also find that a North Light Truss is durable because it is constructed out of steel. A Howe Truss is ideal if you want a lot of versatility when it comes to design, and it is also constructed out of both wood and steel. If you want to add more ventilation to your roof, you can consider getting a wooden Raised Heel Truss. 3. A Long Truss Does Not Require Load Bearing Walls One of the perks of getting a prefabricated roof truss is that you won’t have to worry about where it is placed on your roof. For instance, when rafters are constructed, it is important for them to be built over load bearing walls. However, a prefabricated truss can expand over a wide distance on the roof across areas that don’t have loading bearing walls for support. 4. Labor Costs Will Be Affordable Opting for a prefabricated truss is a good way to save money on the construction of your roof. The savings stem from the trusses being fabricated with shorter pieces of lumber than what is typically used for a conventional roof that has rafters. The shorter lumber is easier to assemble in a fabrication shop than the long pieces that are assembled directly on the roof to create rafters. Invest in one or more trusses for the roof of your new house as soon as you are ready. For more information, contact Truss Components of Washington or a similar...

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You Finally Have A New Driveway: 3 Tips To Keep The Asphalt Looking Brand New

Posted by on May 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you just had your new asphalt driveway installed, you want to make sure it lasts for as long as possible. One way to do that is to make sure you stay on top of the routine maintenance. With proper care, your asphalt driveway will keep looking good for years to come. Here are four steps that will help you preserve the appearance of your driveway. Clean Up Spills If you’re going to be parking cars on your driveway, you’re probably going to be dealing with a few leaks, drips and spills along the way. Unfortunately, if the liquids that leak, drip or spill are engine fluids, they could damage your asphalt. To prevent damage, you should try to limit the amount of contact your asphalt has with engine fluids. Place drip guards under your cars to catch drips before they can damage your driveway. If you do end up with drips and spills on your driveway, you should get them cleaned up as quickly as possible. One way to do that is by sprinkling the spill or leak with an absorbent material, such as kitty litter. Allow the kitty litter to absorb the spill and then sweep it up and toss it in the dumpster. Fill Cracks as Soon as Possible If you live in an area that experiences freezing temperatures during the winter, your asphalt driveway will probably develop a few cracks. Those cracks are caused by the continual freezing and thawing of the asphalt. To prevent permanent damage, you should fill the cracks as soon as they develop. To fill the cracks, you’ll need a bag of asphalt patch. Sprinkle the patch along the crack and then press it into place with your foot. As you drive your car over the patch, it will form a bond with your driveway and seal the crack. Prevent Edge Collapse The edges of your asphalt driveway are susceptible to collapse, especially if they’re not packed properly. As you park along the edges of the driveway, the weight of your car can cause the asphalt to collapse. You can prevent that by keeping the edges packed with soil. The more soil you have near the edges of the asphalt, the less collapse you’ll experience. Sufficient soil along the edges of the driveway will also allow for proper water run-off because the water won’t have an opportunity to seep under the edges. If you have an asphalt driveway, proper maintenance will protect it from wear and tear. Use the tips provided here to keep your driveway looking brand new. For more tips, be sure to speak to a contractor such as Star...

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What Can You Do To Remove Mildew From Your Vinyl Siding?

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Mildew growing on your vinyl siding can be unsightly, but luckily it doesn’t have to be permanent. Knowing what you can do to clean your vinyl siding can help you keep your home in good repair. Following the steps below will help you maintain your home and remove any mildew that may grow on your siding. What can you do to remove mildew from your vinyl siding? To remove mildew from your vinyl siding, start by mixing a combination of equal parts vinegar and water in a bucket. Next, dip a long-handled scrub brush in the solution. Use the brush to gently scrub down the siding. The brush should consist of soft, nylon bristles that won’t scratch your vinyl siding. This may not remove all the mildew from your siding. For stubborn growths, make a stronger solution by combining equal parts oxygen bleach and water. Mix in a scoop of laundry detergent, then mix the cleanser all together. Steer clear of chlorine bleach since it may cause discoloration or may kill any landscaping growing along side your house. The safer product to use in this case is oxygen bleach. Mix the solution in a bucket, then dip the long-handled brush into the bucket. Use the scrub brush to scrub the vinyl siding. Rinse the solution off of the house with a strong jet of water from a hose. Don’t use a power washer, as this can damage your siding. If some mildew remains after rinsing it off, repeat as necessary. What can you do to prevent mildew from growing back on your vinyl siding? Mildew grows in places that are cool, wet and dark. You’ll commonly find mildew in areas of the house that are sheltered by shrubs and in places that get little or no sunlight. To prevent mildew from growing on your vinyl siding again, follow these steps: Prune or remove any shrubs that grow against the side of the house. If you’re leaving shrubs that grow up against the side of the house, prune branches that actually come into contact with the siding. Cut back any trees that shade the house in order to allow some sunlight to reach the siding. Clean the siding as described above on a regular basis. Following these tips will help you keep your home’s vinyl siding in good condition. For more information about how to maintain your vinyl siding, contact a company like Superior...

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5 Easy Ways To Prolong The Life Of Your Septic Tank And System

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Uncategorized |

The septic tank and system of your home may not get a lot of attention, but there is no doubt that it serves a crucial purpose. Plus, with costs as high as between $4000 and $12,000, there is no way that you will want to replace the septic system of your home any sooner than you have to. Whether you have a brand new septic system or one that is fairly dated, you should do everything that you can to prolong the life of the system. There are five easy ways you can ensure that the septic system you have lasts as long as possible.   1. Avoid planting trees or deep-rooted plants around your tank. – Keep trees several yards away from the location of your septic tank. The root systems of some trees can reach far into the ground and wrap themselves around your septic tank or even puncture right through it which will definitely mean a replacement will be necessary.  2. Never build a structure or allow parking above your septic tank. – Because the main part of the septic system is housed beneath the ground, you may think it is safe and can support the weight of structures or vehicles. However, heavy vehicles or buildings parked directly above some tanks, such as those with steel encasements or fiberglass shells, can cause problems.  3. Have your septic tank pumped and cleaned regularly. – Even though much of the liquid and solid waste that lands in your septic tank will take care of itself through a natural breakdown and drainage process, the sludge that accumulates on the bottom must be removed. Having your tank pumped and cleaned out regularly will help to ensure this sludge does not cause future issues.  4. Skip using harsh chemical cleaners in your toilet or drains. – Before you clean your toilet with a gallon of bleach or pour a container of drain cleaner down the drain, remember where these chemicals travel to as they disappear. Chemicals can be very hard on your septic system, deteriorating lines and even disrupting the natural breakdown of waste in your tank.  5. Follow appropriate flushing guidelines. – There are some things that should not be flushed into a septic system because they could easily cause a lot of problems, compromising the livelihood of your septic tank and system. Kitty litter, latex gloves, and even heavy paper products are a few good examples. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from...

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3 Reasons To Choose Metal Doors For Your Business

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are looking to install new doors on your commercial building, or if you are currently coming up with the plans for your new building, then you could be wondering about the best type of door to install. You might have looked at glass, wooden and other options, but you might not have yet considered one of the very best choices of all — metal. A metal commercial door can be an excellent choice for just about any type of business for many reasons. These are some of the reasons. 1. They’re a Good Environmental Choice When compared to some of the other options that you can choose for your commercial doors, metal doors can be a more eco-friendly choice. This is because many metal doors are made out of recycled metals; if this is something that is important to you, you can opt for recycled doors specifically. Also, metal doors can be melted down and recycled later, once they need to be replaced. 2. They’re Less Prone to Break-Ins It’s not all that difficult to kick through your average wooden door or to smash your average glass door. However, a metal door can be much less difficult to penetrate. Even hollow metal doors can be a much better option if you are serious about keeping your business safe from break-ins, but if you want to take things one step further, you can look for a solid metal door for added protection and durability. 3. They Can Help Prevent Against Fires A metal door isn’t going to burn as easily as a wooden door in the event of a fire, so if you use metal doors as the interior doors in your commercial building, then you have less to worry about in regards to a fire spreading. Since protecting yourself, your employees, your customers — and of course, your property and everything in it — safe against fire is probably one of your top priorities as a business owner, this perk alone can be reason enough to choose metal commercial doors over wood or other materials. As a business owner, you have a lot of options when shopping for commercial doors. However, not all of these options are created equally. Before you plan to install wooden, glass or another type of door in your building, consider talking to a professional about the perks of metal doors. Then, you might just find that it’s the best choice for your commercial...

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Car Took Out The Corner Of Your Store?: How Building Repair Services Can Rebuild It

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You see it all the time; drivers who put their feet on the gas pedal rather than the brake pedal and drive their vehicles straight through the front or side of a building. Bricks, glass windows and even steel beams bend and bust when a car or truck pummels through them. If you are currently dealing with this type of damage in your own building and you cannot conduct business until it is fixed, there are building repair services that can help. Here is how these special contractors rebuild your damaged store. Removing All of the Debris The first thing that these building repair specialists will do is remove all of the debris from the collision. All of the brick, smashed glass, metal framework and/or pieces of steel beams are scooped up by a front loader truck and deposited into either a dump truck or a dumpster. The debris is hauled away to the nearest dump or recycled according to the contractor’s business policies. Deciding What Parts of Your Store Front or the Building’s Side are Salvageable If your store has a glass front, all of the glass front will probably be removed, including the aluminum or steel framework that frequently holds the glass windows in place. Then you may choose to have the old glass front replaced with a new glass front, or replace the whole with bricks. It may also be possible to replace the damaged and missing glass with cafe windows (windows that do not go all the way down to the sidewalk or pavement) and then finish the lower half of the walls under these windows with bricks. If the side of your building was constructed from brick, and the brick was laid in such a way that each brick rested on two halves of the two bricks below it, the entire wall may need to be removed and rebuilt. The rare exception is when the “brick” that was used was actually cinder blocks, and the undamaged cinder blocks may be reused to rebuild the wall. However, any rebar used in the cinder blocks may need to be removed if it is too badly bent out of shape. Then the fresh rebar and the fresh cement used to fuse the cinder blocks together will make a stronger wall. Finishing Your New Store Front and/or Store Walls Once all of the new glass, bricks/blocks, concrete and metal framework has been replaced, your store is ready for paint or other decorative touches. A building inspector will need to see what the building repair specialists have done before you can reopen. Then you will be ready for customers again. If you need building repair services, talk to a company like Gibson Construction Of Nevada...

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Tips For Patching Your Asphalt Driveway

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A crack or hole in your asphalt driveway doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time for a new driveway. Often, you can patch the damage and continue to enjoy a durable drive for years to come. The following tips can help you complete the process properly. Tip #1: Determine the Cause There are many reasons why a crack or hole can appear in a driveway, but if you don’t remedy the underlying cause, the problem may return. If the damage was caused by exterior stress, such as salt damage causing pitting or too much weight leading to a crack, a patch and avoidance of the same cause in the future is probably a sufficient fix. Damage caused internally, such as from the driveway settling, may require multiple patches if the driveway isn’t done settling. In this case, don’t be surprised to see a crack in your patch after some time has passed. Tip #2: Start With a Clean Sweep Soil, debris, and weeds in a crack or hole prevent you from making a proper patch. Pull any weeds and then sweep out the debris. If you have a larger crack, say wider than your thumb and deeper than the asphalt base, you can pack it with clean pea gravel so it is about halfway filled to the top. This should be the only items left inside a crack when you proceed to patching. Tip #3: Pick the Right Patch Choose a patch that is made for repairing asphalt driveways to ensure it handles the stress of being driven upon. Patch materials are available either in a tube, which are suitable for small cracks and holes, or in a bucket, which are better suited for larger cracks and potholes. You can apply the tube type by simply squeezing it into the crack, much as you would caulk. Use a scraper to level it off. For larger cracks, trowel the asphalt patch over it and then tamp it into place with the end of a 4-by-4-inch board. Then, smooth it off with your scraper. Tip #4: Seal It Up A seal helps protect your asphalt by increasing it’s resistance to weather and water damage. After patching, apply a weather seal to your asphalt. These liquid sealers can be applied with a pole-style paint roller and they dry quickly. The seal needs to be replaced when water stops beading up on your asphalt. The exact frequency depends on how heavily you use your drive and its weather exposure. Contact a business, such as Northern Asphalt LLC, for more information....

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Building Code Violations To Avoid

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Many individuals don’t believe building codes are important in all cases. However, this is a misconception because you can receive fines for projects even though it is inside of the home. These codes are for the safety of all to ensure the structure is healthy and safe. Here are some of the violations you should not avoid when you begin construction on your property. Bathroom Vents and Windows Your bathroom vents must eliminate/pull a minimum of 50 cubic feet per minute (cfm). If you don’t have a fan, you should have at least have a window to eliminate the moisture created in the enclosed area. You are in violation if you have a vent in the bathroom ceiling that sends air into the attic space. The humidity expelled can cause the attic wood to rot and mold. The window required must be at least 3 square feet, but you only need one that will open half way. However, not all areas require these elements, so it is advisable to check the area where you live. Smoke Detectors It is required to have protection against fires on each floor of your home. One smoke alarm is required at the entrance to each bedroom or sleeping area. If you are building a new home, you must update the alarm system if they are battery operated. They must be hard-wired with a backup battery source with multiple alarms so each alarm will sound simultaneous. Handrails Railings must be no more than 4.5 inches from the wall or building where it is mounted. The railing must be a minimum of 1.5 inches from the wall, so the rail is easily grasped with the hand. For multilevel stairwells, you must have between 34 and 38 inches of height for the rails. It is a good idea to check the codes for your area. Ledger Boards Your deck must have a secure and safe ledger board to ensure the railings are properly attached to the home. Don’t nail the board. You must use screws or bolts placed directly into the home’s frame. To prevent damage from moisture, you also must have flashing protection. It is always best to check your local building code requirements. These are some of the major points you must consider if you are planning on renovations to your home. If you are building a new home, the contractor will be aware of the essential requirements. However, it is always best to know what is necessary in case you have a builder that may try to take shortcuts. To learn more, contact a company like RAC Construction...

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