A New Roof

One of the most important features of your home that you might not think about until you notice a leak is your roof.  Maintaining a good condition in your roof can make it a solid part of the house, before it becomes an expense that many of us don’t want to consider.  You want to take care of it in order to make sure that it can take care of you and your family.

You Have Options

As a homeowner, you have two main options for renovating your roof; you can hire a certified contractor or you can try it yourself.  While most people appreciate the self-reliance of being able to roof their own homes, there are some solid benefits to having a certified contractor do it for you.

You should always choose a certified roofing contractor that has experience with removing and installing roofs.  This experience will ensure that your house is protected correctly the first time.   You should not have to worry about your roof once the job has been completed.

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 The Benefits

One benefit is that these are professionals who know how to create a safe work environment for themselves in the process from stripping old shingles to setting the final pieces into place.  With their skill, the process of roofing becomes simple, and it eliminates the risk of you injuring yourself or a loved one for your roof.  No roof is worth this potential loss.

Another benefit of having a certified contractor complete this project is that you have the option of a warranty and a maintenance plan for the upkeep of the roof for as long as you own it.  This is a great advantage as if you ever have trouble with the roof or materials, then warranty and maintenance would replace these for you.

Finally, the final benefit is time.  With experience, a good roofing crew can finish the work in a couple of days rather than when you might be able to after work which can lead to effects from weather as your unfinished roof is vulnerable to the elements.   Further degradation of the home will be avoided.

  Conclusion

The roof is one of the most important pieces of your home.  A well constructed and maintained roof will keep you dry in the summer and warm during the winter.  It can add value to your home and provide a stability for your investment under it.

 

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Maintaining a Wood-Burning Fireplace

 

Nothing is more romantic during winter or Valentine’s Day than the prospect of sitting in front of a roaring wood fireplace with a person you love.  While starting a fire can be a daunting proposition in its own right, the need to have a properly maintained fireplace will make your special times complete rather than a potential disaster.

One of the main issues that a fireplace can have is that restricted airflow from creosote buildup and nesting animals can create smoking from the chimney.  It is hard to enjoy your fire when you are afraid your home might burn down.  Luckily there is some simple maintenance that can be done to improve the performance of your wood-burning fireplace.

Watch The Buildup

The first thing that can be done would be to inspect the fireplace for creosote buildup.  What is creosote?  It is a black substance that builds up in the chimney if wood doesn’t totally burn.  Creosote becomes an issue in that it is a fire hazard due to flammability.  You want to clean away creosote as soon as possible.  A trained professional can do this check quickly, efficiently and remove any buildup.  Another kind of buildup that can hamper fireplace performance is soot which is also flammable and should be removed.

 

 

Burn Hardwoods

If you are planning on a fire, it is always best to burn hardwoods like maple and oak in your fireplace as these don’t buildup creosote as quickly.  Hardwoods burn for long periods and create hot fires.  Pine and other softwoods have more sap and resin leading to quicker buildup of creosote and soot and a potential chimney fire.

You can also consider installing a steel liner that will contain embers and heat despite high temperatures.  Glass-doors and a fan will further contain the embers and heat and push the heat from the fire into the immediate room.  Be sure to clean the fireplace of old ashes regularly.

Annual Inspections

The best fireplace maintenance would be to make sure that your fireplace is inspected annually.  Inspection can identify any potential issues before they become hazards.  These inspections can be done by certified contractors who can perform the checks and any maintenance cleanings that may be necessary.  This will make sure that your fireplace will perform well, and any potential sparks will only be between you and your loved one.

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How to Prepare for Winter

After spring and summer have begun to fade away and the beautiful shades of the autumn leaves are beginning to make their appearance, a dangerous turn is lurking just around the corner. Even though winter is filled with fun things like Christmas and building snowmen, it can also bring about a dangerous factor as well.

The low temperatures that typically come along with winter can easily damage things around the home and it is important that we all prepare for the dangerous days ahead. By planning ahead, you will know that you will not be caught off guard when inclement weather begins to appear.

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Outside your home

There are many things that you should do on the outside of your home to protect it from the effects of winter. You should first bring all your garden hoses and sprinklers inside your garage or shed so that you can store them safely. Covering your spigots with a Styrofoam cover is also an important step. You can also wrap them in newspaper and use electric tape to help ward off frozen and damaged spigots.

If there are any exposed pipes, you will need to wrap them with some sort of protective layer; cloth, paper or foam wrap; in order to prevent the pipes from freezing. Your trees should also receive a protective layer around the base of them as well. Mulch is perfect to help them retain their heat.

In the case that ice is a possibility, make sure that you have purchased cat litter, sand and bagged salt so that you can pour it on walkways, stairs and driveways that may become iced-over during a storm. This will help prevent falls and will give your vehicle traction in the case of an ice storm.

 

 

Inside your Home

In order to prepare for the winter, you should purchase additional flashlights, batteries and radios so that you will be prepared if the electric were to fail. These items should be easily accessible and you should be able to find them in the dark.

You should also stock up on items that are nonperishable in case you are snowed in and unable to reach the grocery store for more supplies. Make sure that you also have a working manual can opener on hand as well.

Finally, you should check all the weather stripping around your windows and doors and test your furnace. It is also best to have a back-up source of heat so that you will be able to stay warm if the power does fail. For those with a wood burning stove, stocking up on chopped wood is also an important step.

 

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Conclusion

There are many things that you can do in order to prepare for the winter months before they happen. By preparing ahead, you will have a better chance of staying safe throughout the winter and remaining comfortable if a winter storm does cause damage to your area. You will then be able to relax and stay warm while the damage is repaired.

 

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Mold can be a real issue in a home.

Mold can be a real issue in a home.   It can show up anywhere in the home from the basement to the attic.  Mold is a product of extended exposure to water in people’s homes.  If you have standing water or even a leaky pipe, then you have the risk of having a mold issue.  It’s incredibly common, and most houses may have an issue of some sort or another.

What is a mold growth?  In nature, mold is very common.  It helps to break down dead organic matter.  Indoors, however, it can be a real issue if it begins to grow with moisture as symptoms from common allergens, irritants and sometimes toxic substances called mycotoxins.  Symptoms can range from common sneezing, runny nose, and skin rashes , but mold can also cause asthma.

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Removing Mold

It is incredibly important to clean mold in the best way possible.  Even after the best cleanup, there will be some mold still present, but it is possible to mitigate the effects of mold.  The key to any mold mitigation is to identify the cause of the moisture and fix it.  This could be anything from leaky pipes to issues with your roof.  If the cause is not addressed, then you run the risk of seeing the mold reappear.

If you have a mold issue that is over 10 sq. ft., then you need to have a contractor that you can trust to the do the job correctly and according to the various EPA standards of building maintenance and HVAC compliance.  A good contractor will be able to assess the cause of the mold, fix the cause and get your house back to being mold free.

When the cleanup is complete then your house should be clear of all visible mold and the underlying mold smell will both be gone.  Go back over the sites of mold growth in order to see any signs of water damage or mold growth.  Once everything passes an inspection then you should be free to occupy the dwelling as before.

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That isn’t a sweater, that’s actually #moldbuildup inside a wall cavity.

 

Mold Prevention

Mold growth can be easily contained from spreading in the future once a cleanup has occurred.  You want to make sure that any spill is dried within 48 hours of the spill.  Clean gutters on a regular basis.  Landscape your lawn so water drains away from the foundation of the house.  Regularly check your air conditioner for running properly, and keep your indoor humidity low by venting appliances outdoors, running de-humidifiers when necessary, using the bathroom fan when showering, and raising air temperature to reduce condensation.

Mold can be an intimidating home issue, but if you are vigilant with the condition of your home and appliances, then you can reduce the impact of mold on your life allowing you and your family to live much better.

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Reducing the Impact of Wildfires

In the American Southwest and California, wildfires are a common fact of life that many people live with on an annual basis as the rain levels drop and conditions become right due to drought.  For people in danger of losing their homes and property, there are ways to make sure that homes have a chance to withstand the potential fires.

 

For the people living here, homes in the high risk areas have a combined estimated value of $189 billion dollars according to recent reports.  This is a tremendous investment that should be protected at all costs.   With each passing year, the potential losses from wildfires rise as people move to and cities encroach on forested areas.

 

Take Precaution

So what are people to do to lessen the risk?  Like in any sport, the best offense is a good defense.  With the defense of your home, you want to reduce the potential fuel that a wildfire would have to burn.  In the immediate vicinity out to 50 feet, homeowners would want to remove all dead plants and leaves from the house or trees.  From 50 to 100 feet, leaves, branches, needles and other detritus removed.  Cut the grass short and space trees and shrubs a safe distance apart in order to prevent a spreading fire.

A key to landscaping that helps reduce risk is to plant trees and shrubs that retain water more than others.  These kinds of plants are more fire-resistant and withhold potential fuel sources from fires more effectively while giving the home landscape a very pleasing aesthetic value with shrubs like honeysuckle, roses, currant and sumac.  Hardwood trees like maples and poplars are good choices due to being less flammable than pines and firs.

 

Preventive Measures

In the construction of the home, it pays to be conscious of using non-flammable materials.  Roof tiling for example is particularly vulnerable as embers from wildfires can travel hundreds of feet to ignite a home.  To prevent this from happening, homeowners can use metal or tile shingles rather than wood.  Most composite shingles not only last for 30 years, but they also are highly flame resistant.  Simple solutions also include keeping home gutters clean and covering chimneys and exhaust with a mesh vent prevent embers from escaping.

 

In Conclusion

Life in the American Southwest is a beautiful thing as it offers sights and experiences that you can find nowhere else in the world.  The region also offers unique difficulties as well, but if the proper precautions are taken, you can prevent wildfires and safeguard your home for yourself and the good of your family.

 

 

 

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Mold in the Basement

One of the most common rooms in a home to see the growth of mold is the basement. Because basements are prone to have a buildup of moisture, it is very common for mold to begin growing in this area of the home. Because basements have very little ventilation, usually don’t receive sunlight, and are often more humid than the remainder of the home, this moisture can linger for quite some time and increase the chance that mold will appear as well.

Also, mold in the basement may go unnoticed for quite some time because people don’t typically spend a lot of time in their basements. This means that mold can easily grow into the drywall, wood and insulation that makes up the basement as well.

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Flooded Basement

One of the most common reasons that mold appears in a basement is due to flooding that can occur in the basement. When a house becomes flooded, all the water will run to the basement where it will remain for quite some time. Flood water will take a substantial amount of time to remove from the basement and it will linger long after the rest of the home has been dried.

When water lingers, toxic black mold can begin growing after the flood. Since this type of mold requires extremely wet conditions for several days in order to begin growing, it is crucial that flood waters are cleaned up as soon as possible.

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Mold Prevention

One of the best ways that you can prevent mold from growing after a flood is to call a water damage specialist to help you with the cleanup process. They will be able to use their expertise to help clean up the flood damage quickly and efficiently. However, it is also possible for you to clean up the flood water as well with the right tools.

If you do find mold in your basement, it is important that you have it removed as soon as possible so that you can protect the health of the people living in your home. Mold can grow just about anywhere in the basement and it can be difficult to find every location where it may be hiding.

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Replace What’s Damaged

Many of the areas that are growing mold will require replacing in order to rid the home of the mold issue. This may mean that you will need to replace carpet, drywall, air ducts and anywhere else that mold may be present.

It is much easier to prevent mold from appearing and spreading rather than trying to remove it once it is already there. If you have moisture in your basement, it is best to find the source of it and remove the water as quickly as possible. The longer that water is able to rest in your basement, the more likely that mold will begin growing.

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Conclusion

While it is possible to cleanup a mold issue yourself, most people prefer to allow a professional to complete this difficult task for them. There are quite a few tools and supplies that will need to be purchased and the costs of these items may make it more cost effective to hire a professional instead.

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Can Dog’s Pee Attract Mold?

If you have a dog, the chances are high that they have had an accident in the house at one point or another. This is simply a part of being a pet owner and is something that all dog owners fight with from the time they first welcome a dog into their home. While it is possible to train your dog to use the restroom outside, the damage that is created by their accidents can be detrimental to the health of those living in the home.

One issue that can be seen from dogs urinating in a home is the growth of mold. If pee soaks through the carpet, the padding, the baseboard and all the way to the foundation underneath, it can be nearly impossible to clean up. Also, it often takes water to clean up an accident and this can stay soaked into the carpet as well.

In order to protect your home from the mold appearing due to dog pee, it is important that the area be cleaned properly. By following the following steps, you will be able to protect your family and your home from mold by removing the dog urine from your carpet.

 

Find the Pee

Before you get started treating the areas, you will first need to learn where the pee is in the first place. In order to do this, you can use a black light to find spots where your dog might have peed without your noticing. It is best if you can clean the spot immediately and avoid stepping on the area so that it can be better cleaned.

 

Blow with Paper Towels

If the area is still wet, you should try to soak up as much of the urine as you can with paper towels. You can also use other towels if you do not have paper towels on hand, but these are disposable and more sanitary.

 

Spray the Area

Next, you should spray the area with a urine remover. There are many different brands available at pet supply stores and you really don’t need to purchase one that is extremely expensive. Most of the formulas are the same and will work basically the same. Once you have sprayed the area, you will need to allow it to soak for 30 minutes or so.

Blot the Area Again

Next, you should repeat the second step where you blotted the area with paper towels. This is basically the same as before, but you don’t necessarily need the area to be completely dry. You will then need to allow the carpet time to dry.

 

Conclusion

Owning a dog is a huge responsibility and homeowners should work hard to make sure that their pets are housebroken. However, while you are going through the training process, it is likely that you will see some accidents occur and will need a way to clean up the mess. By using these simple steps, you will be able to keep your home mold free and smelling fresh.

 

 

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