How To Decide If It’s Time For A New Water Heater

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A water heater is a necessity in every American home, but it can also be something that you might not think about a lot when it comes to getting maintenance done on your house. Hiring a local water heater service company to perform regular checkups on your heater could significantly lengthen its life. That said, at some point, all water heaters will eventually need to be replaced. If you are debating whether or not it’s time, here are 3 things to think about that should influence your decision. Is the Water Heater Somewhere Where a Leak Would Do Significant Damage? As your water heater ages or deteriorates, a possible leak could become more likely. If your water heater is located in some corner of the basement and there is nothing valuable around it, then a small leak might not be a huge issue. But if your heater is on the 2nd floor of your house and any kind of leak would damage your carpet or furniture, then you might want to make haste about getting a water heater replacement.  Do You Have Hard Water in Your Area? Hard water can cause some sediment to build up within your water heater, which can eventually lead to trouble. If you know that your water heater is on its last legs, but you are hoping to get a few more months out of it, you may want to reconsider if you know that the quality of water in your area causes problems. You could have someone come out and remove any sediment buildup of course, but that’s putting a band aid on the problem. If your water heater is especially old, you may also find that a modern heater is much better equipped to deal with things like hard water. Get a Professional’s Opinion If your water heater has been making some weird noises or causing problems, the best way to decide if it’s time for a replacement is to get a water heater service out to the house. A professional with the company can do a full inspection and give you an honest opinion about whether or not it’s time for a replacement.  Water heater replacement isn’t cheap, and it’s understandable if you want to put it off as long as possible. But keep in mind that a leak could cause significantly more financial damage to your home than the cost of the replacement. Consider things like the location of the heater in the home, the quality of the water in your area, and the opinion of a water heater professional when deciding when it’s time to make a change. For more information, contact Marv’s Plumbing or a similar...

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Patch A Crack In A Concrete Wall In Your Basement And Waterproof It

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If one of your basement’s concrete walls is cracked and water is leaking inside your home each time that it rains, learn how to repair it with concrete patch and add waterproofing sealer to its surface. Once you have completed the following steps, your basement walls will no longer leak. Use The Following Materials wire brush shop vacuum cleaner soapy water sponge towel vinyl tarp concrete patch caulking gun putty knife portable fan waterproofing sealer paint tray paint roller and frame roller handle Clean The Damaged Area Lay a vinyl tarp on the floor in front of the damaged part of the wall. Use a wire brush to loosen and remove small slivers of concrete from the crack in the wall. If you have difficulty removing any of the concrete pieces, press the hose of a shop vacuum cleaner against the crack while the vacuum cleaner is turned on. Wipe the damaged area off with soapy water and a sponge. Rinse the sponge with plain water and move it over the damaged surface to remove soapy residue that was left behind from cleaning the concrete. Dry the wall off with a towel. Fill The Crack And Apply Waterproofing Sealer Insert a tube of concrete patch into a caulking gun. Squeeze an even line of the sealer inside of the crack. Smooth out the sealer with a putty knife so that it is uniform with the rest of the concrete wall. Wait for the patch to dry. This may take several hours. You can speed up the drying process by opening the basement windows or by placing a fan in front of the area of the wall that was cracked. Pour waterproofing sealer into a paint tray. Apply an even coat of the sealer to a paint roller. Move the roller over the concrete wall in straight lines, beginning in one corner of the wall. Cover all of the basement walls with the sealer in the same manner. The sealer will need several hours to dry. After the wall has dried, you will no longer need to worry about water leaking inside of your home. You can keep your home further protected from water damage by making sure that the end piece on your gutter system is pointing away from your home. If any dirt is sloping towards your home, add topsoil to it so that it is even with the rest of your property. All of these steps will protect your home from moisture-related damage. If leaks continue to be a problem, you may want to consider hiring a professional basement waterproofing...

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The Most Common Misconceptions About Fire Sprinkler Systems In The Home

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Even the idea of a fire in your home is enough to give you nightmares as a homeowner. According to a report by ABC News in 2011, one room can reach the flashover point, or the point when the room is completely engulfed in flames, in as little as 166 seconds. This means that in less than three minutes, a single flame could have the whole room destroyed, and the fire would be well on its way to the rest of the house. Fire sprinkler systems are one of the most effective ways to extinguish a fire before it gets out of control. However, there are not a lot of residential properties fitted with this safety feature thanks to some pretty common misconceptions.  Misconception: Fire sprinkler systems are only used in businesses and large buildings.  Fact: Fire sprinkler systems provide the same service for residential homeowners as businesses, and therefore, they can be installed in a home just the same. You may not know a lot of people with a fire sprinkler system in their home, but there are actually contractors who specialize solely in home installation.  Misconception: It is a lengthy undertaking to add a fire sprinkler system to an existing structure.  Fact: Installing a fire sprinkler system to an existing structure is a little more work, but it is not a major undertaking. Small water lines will be tapped into your existing water lines and ran through walls and ceilings to power the sprinkler system, which may take a few days. However, in general the project will not be one that means you will have heavy construction work in your home for weeks on end.  Misconception: Fire sprinkler systems are a very expensive change and may even make your home insurance go up.  Fact: Fire sprinkler systems are nowhere near as expensive as what most people expect. When installed in a new home construction, the price comes in at about $1.35 for every square foot of coverage for fire sprinklers. There can be a slightly higher price in an existing home just because it can be a little more time consuming to run water lines and other components, but definitely still a low cost in comparison to the amount of protection and peace of mind that is obtained.  When it comes down to the facts, it is easy to see why a sprinkler system is a logical form of fire safety regardless of the type of building it is that you are talking about. If you think that you would like to add the protection of a fire sprinkler system in your home, talk to a contractor, like those at Nor Cal Fire Protection, for more...

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Recently Experienced A Flood? Why You Need Water Damage Restoration

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

After a flood, it’s easy to imagine that all you need to do is dry up any residual flood-waters and your home should be fine.  However, sometimes the rain has caused invisible damage which, although it may not be immediately apparent, could cause serious problems later on.  That’s why it’s so important to invest in water damage restoration after a flood.  Learning more about how beneficial it is to get water damage restoration can help you determine whether you should invest in it today. Restoration Is All About Keeping Your Home Structurally Sound One of the most compelling reasons why you definitely want to hire a water damage restoration company after a flood is that you want to make sure that your home is structurally sound.  This is so important because although water appears to be a benign, harmless substance, it is strong enough to inflict a significant amount of damage onto the foundation of your home. When you hire a water damage restoration team, they will use special tools to measure the soundness of your walls and foundation.  If they discover any places that are particularly weak, they will reinforce these spaces so you can retain the value of your home.  This is an important way for you to keep your family safe as well as protect your investment. Mold Could Become An Issue Another reason why it’s so beneficial to hire a water damage restoration company after a flood is because you want to guard against the growth of mold in your home.   Whenever you have had standing water in your home, there is always the chance that mold or mildew will pose a respiratory threat to your family.  Even if it looks as though you’ve completely dried out your home, it is still possible for there to be unseen wet areas that allow mold to flourish. Water damage restoration workers use strong disinfectants to stop the growth and spread of mold before it even starts.  They thoroughly dry and disinfect carpet, tile and other surface in your home so you can minimize the chance that you’ll have an expensive mold issue on your hands in the future. Hiring a water damage restoration team after a flood is an important way for you to increase your peace of mind.  Contact one of these companies like All Care today so you can benefit from their experience and expertise as soon as...

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Add Some Character To Your Yard with a Gazebo

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you love to sit outside, consider having a gazebo added to your property. They are great for entertainment and relaxation purposes alike and come in many shapes, such as rectangular, square, octagon, hexagon, or decagon.  Keep reading to learn some tips about installing a new gazebo for your home. Gazebo Roof If you choose shingles for your gazebo, they are placed on the roof much as they are for your home. Consider using the type of shingles you have on your house to have a matching look. If you do not want to do this, cedar shake or asphalt shingles work well. Because gazebos are often oddly shaped, you may want to consider hiring a company to roof it for you, such as Pasco Roofing. If you do not want shingles, you can use a replaceable canopy roof that is composed of only fabric. These canopies are made with various types of fabrics, including these: Painted canvas: The canvas fabric is coated with paint. It faces outside so that if you view your gazebo from a distance it looks like it has a solid-colored roof. Vinyl coated: This type of roof cover is made of canvas with a vinyl-coated exterior. It looks translucent if you are sitting in the gazebo and looking up, but from a distance, it looks opaque. Vinyl laminated polyester: This type of cover is made of polyester fabric that is sandwiched between acrylic layers. This cover is more translucent so do not use it if you want a lot of shade.  You can choose from a variety of colors and designs. For example, you could choose to put stripes underneath with a solid color on top. Acrylic: Acrylic is a synthetic cover, which means it is resistant to weather conditions.  It is durable and easy to clean and available in a variety of pleasing colors, such as red, brown, orange, green, and yellow. Gazebo Placement If you have a beautiful flower garden, consider placing your gazebo close to it so you can enjoy looking at your flowers. Create beautiful vignettes nearby that you can enjoy looking at, such as a fountain or statue. If you have a long path to walk to the garden, install some paving stones to walk on that lead up to the gazebo. If you like to watch the sunset or enjoying an evening watching the stars, place some landscaping lights along the path. You should also place lights on the corners of the gazebo. If your family enjoys outdoor dining, place your gazebo closer to your home. You can build it right into a deck, porch, or a patio. A gazebo works nice next to a pool, as well, because...

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Battling Oak Wilt With Fungicide Injections

Posted by on Jun 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Some problems that develop with trees compromise their beauty by causing bumps on leaves, yellowing of leaves or some leaves to fall off. These issues are usually the result of certain insects or mites that don’t tend to seriously harm trees. In contrast, if you have a tree with signs of oak wilt, fast action is important. Tree service technicians can inject a specific fungicide into healthy oak trees on your land to prevent transmission of the deadly fungus. Unfortunately, injecting the sick tree may not be enough to save it.  About Oak Wilt Oak wilt is caused by a fungus known as Ceratocystis fagacearum. Some oak species are resistant to the fungus, while red oak is particularly vulnerable, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Live oak infections are especially problematic because the root systems of these trees readily spread the fungus to other live oaks. The infection spreads when tree roots contact one another and graft together. It also may spread when fungus grows under the bark, attracting beetles. Those insects transmit the spores to other trees. In addition, a person who trims a tree without realizing it’s infected and then trims another tree can spread the fungus that way.  Oak Wilt Symptoms Symptoms of this fungal infection are somewhat variant in different oak species. Signs include: entire leaves or the leaf veins turning tan, yellow or brown in parts of the canopy leaves — even the fully green ones — falling off in large numbers fungus mats under the bark causing cracking and unpleasant odors beetles feeding on sap where the bark has cracked Oak Wilt Treatment & Prevention Eradicating this fungus in an infected tree is difficult. If you tackle the problem quickly, you may be able to stop the fungus from spreading to other oaks. It’s best to have tree service technicians do the work, as the process is complex and you want to know that it’s done right. The technicians uncover roots around the base of healthy oak trees and inject a fungicide called propiconazole, as explained by the NRCS. This has a strong preventive effect against Ceratocystis fagacearum. However, sometimes the preventive measure doesn’t work because the tree already has the fungus but hasn’t yet shown symptoms. Depending on the species of your tree that is affected by oak wilt, the technicians may attempt to save it. The tree injections don’t seem to be effective at killing the fungus in red oaks, but they may work in other oak species. If any trees cannot be saved, you should have them removed so they don’t infect other...

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