Sneaky Signs Of Moisture Problems In A Central Air Unit

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you want to talk about modern home components that are truly valued when it comes to comfort, there is no doubt that the central air unit will come up. While a central air unit can make everything about dealing with summer temperatures easier, a faulty unit can be a major pain–especially if there is moisture involved. Older central air units are quite notorious for pushing excess moisture into the house when they have problems, but unless you are familiar with that fact, you will likely blame the problem on something else. Here are a few sneaky signs that you are dealing with moisture problems in your home’s central air unit.  You have odd odors radiating throughout your home that resemble the odor of stinky socks.  One of the telltale signs that you have moisture problems with a central air unit, whether it is in the ductwork or the unit itself, is an odd smell. If moisture is building up at any point within the system, it will eventually start to stagnate and mold and mildew can form. The smell that will be provided in the cooled air will almost always resemble something similar to the odor of old socks and should signal you that something is wrong. If the air coming through your vents is offensive, get in touch with a central air service like Central Aire Conditioning or others right away.  Your vent registries show signs of rust on the inside.  Even if you don’t catch onto moisture problems as soon as they are apparent, you will likely spot signs around the vent registries over time. If your vent registries are starting to get rusty, it is a good idea to have a technician come out and take a look at your unit to make sure there is not something wrong. A bit of outside rust is normal in some high-moisture areas, such as the bathroom. However, if the rust is more in the inside of the registries than the outside, it is a good sign that the air being forced through contains a higher level of moisture than it should.  There seems to be excess condensation when the unit is in operation.  A central air unit pulls in humid, hot air, dehumidifies it and sends it over a condenser for cooling. During this process, moisture should be fairly well eliminated by the time it makes it into your home. Many homeowners see what they believe is condensation on the walls around vents and assume this to be normal, which is true if the cold air is allowed to collide with hot surfaces or atmospheres. However, condensation should never be an issue if the house is already fairly...

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How To Improve Safety With Construction Fencing Signage

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Uncategorized |

You may be considering different ways to keep your construction site properly fenced off and safe for the public. But in addition to making sure you have sturdy and effective fencing materials, you should also consider the type and style of signage you plan to mount on the fencing. Working together, proper fencing and informative signing can keep people safe. Most states have very specific requirements about the type of fencing required to keep workers safe. Following these instructions carefully, and adding signage that further delineates safe and dangerous areas, can help keep you from a lawsuit. Keeping Visitors Safe When people who are not employed by your construction company must enter the site — perhaps they are other contractors, designers, employees or visitors of the building’s resident company — they must know where to go and how to get there. Construction fencing can help designate pathways or safe areas for visitors to be in, and signage can help this. Wayfaring signage, also called directional signage, can show the visitors where they are at the site, where the main office is located and other landmarks where they might need to go.  Keeping Pedestrians Safe Another class of people who may find their way to your site are pedestrians. These people include the random folks who walk by on their way to another place as well as those curious sightseers who are trying to get a glimpse of what’s going on in the construction zone. For these people, strong perimeter fencing is vital. This needs to be high enough to keep anything that might fall from injuring a passerby. It may also need to be solid, so that small pieces or dust cannot easily escape from the site. In these cases, panel signage on the outside of the fence can help. This signage can serve a dual purpose of explaining the project, informing the public when construction will be completed, warning people away from dangerous areas and even advertising the construction company and other contractors. Keeping Your Staff Safe Another reason why construction fencing is required by many municipal and state governments is to help keep your construction workers safe and avoid having them inadvertently go into “off limits” areas. Signage is important here, too, to show what areas are potentially dangerous.  Fences can also serve as good places to erect temporary signage that details progress on the site and gives employees information that they need to know about their specific parts of the project. In addition, fencing and signage that prevents outsiders from seeing in can help prevent theft and other property crimes to the construction site. Your staff won’t be slowed down by loss of important equipment or...

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3 Helpful Tips For A Successful Kitchen Remodel

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A beautiful kitchen is on most homeowners’ wishlists, so if you’re less than happy with your current kitchen, a remodel may be the perfect solution. Remodeling your kitchen can also add value to your home– you can expect to recoup approximately 79.3% of the money spent on a minor kitchen remodel and 67.8% of the cost for a major kitchen remodel when you sell your house. If you’re going to invest the money to remodel your kitchen, consider the following tips: Hire a Licensed Contractor When it comes to a large project like a kitchen remodel, it is essential to hire a contractor who is licensed, bonded, and insured. Working with a licensed contractor typically costs more than an unlicensed contractor, but the extra expense is usually worth it because you know that you’re working with a professional who takes his or her job very seriously. In order to obtain a contractor’s license, an individual usually has to pass a business management test, prove that he or she has project management experience, and undergo a background check. In many cases, a contractor cannot obtain a license if he or she has unresolved complaints about past projects. Spend the extra money on a licensed contractor if you want your project to go smoothly. Leave Extra Room in Your Budget A good contractor is skilled in giving accurate price quotes for a kitchen remodel, but there is always a chance that something can come up that costs extra. Whether a plumbing issue is discovered while installing a new kitchen sink, or you realize that you want a different grade of countertop that costs more, it is always a good idea to have a little extra room in your budget to account for unplanned expenses. The last thing you want is for your remodel to be delayed because you don’t have the funds available to finish a project because of unforeseen circumstances. Make a Plan for Living without a Kitchen Depending on the extent of your kitchen remodel, you may not be able to use your kitchen for several days or even a few weeks. It is a good idea to make a plan in advance so you and your family do not have to eat out for every meal. If possible, set up a temporary mini kitchen in another area of the house– include a coffee maker, toaster, electric skillet, microwave, slow cooker, and a compact refrigerator. Don’t forget to purchase disposable cups, plates, and cutlery to use during the remodel. Reach out to a contractor like Bob Carroll Building Contractor for more...

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Three Ways To Increase Your Garage Door Security

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Uncategorized |

According to some experts, a skilled thief can open your garage door in as little as 6 seconds. Since a number of people often leave the door that connects their garage to their home unlocked, if the thieves are able to access the door, this doesn’t just give them access to the garage, but also free and open access to your entire home.  Make sure you know how to keep your garage door more secure. Don’t Overlook Maintenance Don’t overlook the importance of maintenance when it comes to security. This is especially the case when it comes to loose hinges and locks along the door’s frame. When these components are loose, they are much easier to remove, giving a burglar access to the door. Make it a point to inspect these parts at least once a year. Another thing to look out for is corrosion around the side of the door. Corrosion will also decrease the integrity of metal and make it easier to remove or break. Either have the corrosion removed and the door repaired or have a new corrosion-proof door installed. Secure The Release Even those garage doors that operate with an automated opener will have an emergency release. Make sure you keep the release secure. Depending on the design of the door, even if the theft is only able to pull up the door slightly, if they can access the string that activates the emergency release, they can then pull the emergency release lever and open the door fully. Consider installing zip ties along the release lever that will keep it secured to the opener so that it isn’t hanging down and therefore accessible by a burglar. Automated Locking System Another consideration is an automated locking mechanism for your garage door. These units are installed on the inside of the door and they function similar to traditional locks; however, they can be controlled remotely with an internet connection or a smartphone. As a secondary locking system, even if someone tries to pry the door open or your emergency release lever is not secured, the lock will prevent them from opening the door. Additionally, since you can control the lock when you are away from home, you can have confidence that your home is secure no matter where you are. A garage door installation and repair specialist can help you keep your garage door and your home more secure. For professional help, contact a company such as All Pro Quality Garage Doors,...

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How To Replace Leaky Chimney Flashing

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you find water stains on your fireplace ceiling, it’s likely time to replace the chimney flashing. Chimney flashing is an aluminum piece commonly installed on shingled roofs at the chimney stack edges to prevent water from getting into where chimney and roof connect. Leaks occur when the sealant at the chimney and roof connection deteriorates. Here are some tips to replace chimney flashing on a shingled roof. Prepare the Roof For this project, you need: an extension ladder a safety harness a waste bin garden hose a chisel a hammer a wire brush putty knife or caulking gun a pry bar replacement shingles polyurethane caulk galvanized roof flashing nails replacement flashing  Keep a waste bin handy for disposing of roofing material. Though you can cut flashing yourself, ordering it customized makes the job easier. Before you replace the flashing, take measurements around the chimney to get the right size, and order the replacement from a metal shop. Remove Old Chimney Flashing and Shingles Set the ladder on flat, even ground, placing the top rung three feet above the roof edge. Wearing safety gloves, slightly loosen the shingles from the adhesive, scrape the old adhesive with a chisel, and remove nails, but not the good shingles. Pull off the tar underlayment and old flashing with the pry bar, and clean debris with the wire brush or small broom to remove particle that could interfere with sealant. For chimneys with counter flashing, scrape the mortar until you reach the metal flashing, and remove the nails. Install the New Flashing Lay the base flashing across the chimney edge, and on top of the shingles folding the tabs on the roof. Nail the sides into the chimney, but not the roof. Install the step-flashing on the bottom edge of the chimney, and replace shingles on the lower course. Place the next piece of step-flashing with overlap on the next shingle course, and repeat for the remaining pieces of flashing. Insert the top flashing in place securing it with nails on the chimney folding tabs. Lay the last course of step-flashing and shingles. Set the L-angle of the counter-flashing in the empty mortar space so it overlaps across the top of step-flashing, and mortar the chimney joints. Caulk each joint of the flashing with a putty knife or caulking gun, and let dry.Test the roof for leaks by spraying a stream of water with a garden hose on the area. Get someone to stand inside, and watch the chimney area for leaks as you spray. Replacing chimney flashing yourself will save you money. However, working on roofs requires the proper safety procedures. If you have a high roof, or the repair didn’t stop the...

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