Preparing Your Home For Tree Removal And Keeping Personal Property Safe

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Uncategorized |

When it comes time for you to have a tree removed, there is a lot of work to be done. The tree service may cut the tree down and do other tasks, but you still want to be prepared. Accidents happen and you want to make sure your personal property is safe. You should do obvious things like remove vehicles and other things close to the tree. Protecting landscaping is another chore that needs to be done. Here are some tips to help you protect your property when having a tree removal done: 1. Move Vehicles and Other Property Out of The Way Any vehicles you have around your home should be moved a safe distance away while the tree is being topped, which is removing the highest parts. In addition to cars, make sure you move boats, recreational vehicles, and other equipment like lawn mowers. If the tree is near the garage of your home, move any large items that could be damaged if the tree falls on your home. 2. Deal with Sheds, Garden Furniture, and Small Structures Sheds, garden furniture, and structures in landscaping are also personal property that you will want to protect. If you have a smaller shed, you may be able to move it using rollers. If moving the shed is too much, screw down plywood on top of it to protect it from falling debris. Any lightweight garden furniture and features like planters should be moved out of the way. For the surfaces of decks. Use plywood to cover them, but leave the edges hanging over the deck to shield the structure. Also take down sections of privacy screens or fences that are close to the tree being removed. 3. Cover Landscaping to Protect Your Garden While Work Is Being Done You probably spend a lot of money on having nice gardens, a green lawn, and other attractive landscaping features. Having a tree fall on the landscaping will destroy plants, leave visible impressions, and do other damage. It is important to protect the area around the tree to prevent damage from being done. Cover plants with plastic tarps and keep them up using short poles. For the lawn, use a few sheets of plywood to absorb the impact of falling debris. Protecting your personal property is something that you are responsible for when having a tree removal done. When you get ready to contact a tree service, do these tasks before contacting them to have the tree removal...

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Building Inspections to Ensure Repairs Are Done Correctly When You Move into a Home

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Uncategorized |

When you buy a home, part of the closing process involves inspecting the home and making a list of things that need to be repaired or that you want changed. It is difficult to find all the problems that a home has on your own. There are inspection services that will help you make a list of things that need to be repaired. Here are some of the problems that you want to look for in a home before you move your family in. 1. Checking the Exterior for Drainage, Landscaping, and Water Problems The exterior landscaping is a place where problems are often found. You want to inspect things like drainage, septic systems and problems like erosion. Since repairing these problems often requires moving earth or dealing with waste materials form something like a septic system, it is important to get the proper building permits before you begin with these repairs. 2. Making Sure That Mechanical Systems Pass an Inspection and Work Properly Mechanical systems in homes are often outdated or may be in need of repair. Things like electrical wiring that is outdated may be a hazard. You want to make sure that all the mechanical systems are up to date with modern building standards and working properly. In addition, remember that changes to some of these systems may require you to have a building permit and an inspection to make sure they are correctly done. 3. Looking for Signs of Leaks and Water Damage That May Cause Mold Problems There are a lot of places around your home where leaks can develop. You want to check the roof and other common areas for leaks that need to be repaired. In addition to the common areas, inspect the foundation, plumbing and other places where leaks can develop. A leak that gets overlooked can quickly lead to mold problems and costly repairs that you may need to have done. 4. Lists of Cosmetic Problems and Safety or Structural Issues That Need to Be Addressed There are also cosmetic problems that may need to be addressed, such as repairing a loose piece of siding or replacing a broken light fixture. In addition to the cosmetic problems, issues like outdated railings, old failing decks or mold can be safety issues that need to be repaired and may require a building permit before you get started with the repairs. Finding and repairing problems before you move into a new home will ensure that your family is safe. If you have recently bought a home and work needs to be done, contact a construction permit service like Askenvironmental, Inc to get the proper permits before you start with major...

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A Ductless Heat Pump Can Lower Energy Costs When Your Kids Go Away To College

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Uncategorized |

When your kids go away to college, you’re often left with more space in your home than you need. While the extra space may seem nice for awhile, you quickly realize you’re wasting money by keeping rooms warm that are no longer being used. One solution to this is to install a heat pump in an area that keeps your bedroom and living space warm while turning off or lowering the heat from the HVAC unit to the rest of your home. Here are a few things to know about putting in one of these heating systems. Installation Is Quick And Easy Installing a ductless system is nothing like installing a traditional heating system that relies on ducts. All that’s needed is a place to mount the indoor fan that is near an electrical outlet, and a small hole drilled through the wall to attach the fan to an outdoor compressor. Installation can be completed in a single day without disrupting your entire house or tearing up the attic. The outdoor unit is placed beside your home in the same way an air conditioner compressor is positioned. The only difference is that the ductless heating compressor needs to be protected from snow since it operates in the winter. You’ll need to have a cover or ledge mounted above the unit that keeps off snow, but doesn’t block air circulation. The indoor unit can be mounted high on the wall or lower to the floor. Mounting it lower to the floor makes it easier to clean the unit and may enhance uniform air heating throughout the room. Warming Ability Is Rated By Outdoor Temperature Although you can mount a ductless heating system in short order, it does take time for it to heat the air in your home. It doesn’t blow as much forced air as a traditional HVAC unit, so it takes longer to warm up a large space. Also, the colder it is outdoors, the harder it is for the unit to keep the space warm. For that reason, you want to buy a unit based on the usual low temperatures your area has during the winter. You want a compressor that works efficiently in extremely cold weather. If you buy one that is rated for warmer weather, it may struggle and run constantly, which increases your power bill. A Ductless System Allows For Zoning One of the great things about a ductless heating system is that it makes it easy to set up zones in your home whether you combine it with a traditional HVAC or not. You can use ductless heating for your only source of heat or combine it with an HVAC, wood stove, or...

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