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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Signs Your “New” House May Have A Major Plumbing Issue

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you search for a new home, you are very likely to look at many old houses within your price range. If you have finally settled on and purchased a home, you may unfortuntealy discover many unusual problems with your home after you have moved in, including problems with the drains and the plumbing. Here are some signs that your “new” house may have a major plumbing issue. Flies and More Flies When a house sits idle on the market for a very long time and it is devoid of human life the entire time, you may suddenly discover that the residents in the house during this period were all flies. Sewer flies and drain flies to be exact. Drain flies are also known as “fruit flies” because they are drawn to rotting and decaying things, which can be residual stuff left behind by the previous human occupants. Sewer flies are big flies that resemble house flies, except that they are drawn by the stink of sewer gases and bad plumbing. If you find that you have tons of microscopic flies moving about, or that you have big flies crowding your space and apparently emanating from a drain or base of a toilet, you have a sewer, plumbing and/or drain problem. Every Time You Flush, You Get Raw Sewage Back-Up Actually, it does not even have to be every time, but if you find that you have raw sewage backing up into your basement several times a week, that is definitely a sign of a plumbing/sewage problem. In houses that have sat idle for months, even years, there is no one there to flush the toilets and drains regularly. There is not a single person to do maintenance on the plumbing or perform drain cleanings either. These issues can also signal problems with tree roots that have grown into the pipes underground and choke off the flow. As such, stuff gets trapped in the lines and builds up a blockage only a plumber can remove. You Take a Shower and a Bath at the Same Time When you take a shower the first time in your new home, and the shower suddenly turns into a tub full of water around your knees, that is another sign of plumbing issues. The drain in the shower/tub is exceptionally slow to drain, meaning that you have a blockage or that something in the plumbing line disallows the continuous flow of water down the drain. Since nobody wants to take a bath and a shower at the same time, you should probably get a plumber to come take a look at the drains and plumbing in your new home. Talk with a professional plumber to find out more about...

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Sprucing Up Your Restaurant: Ideas For You

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you are a restaurant owner, there are numerous different tasks and issues that you need to worry about and deal with on a daily basis. However, as time goes on and you continue to go about your daily life running your restaurant, you may begin to notice that the place could use a little bit of refreshing. After all, restaurant guests often get tired of the same-old, same-old, and want a place that looks and feels fresh and current. If you are looking for ways that you can spruce up your restaurant, get to know some of the steps that you can take to do so. Then, you can get started making your changes as soon as possible.  Repaint Your Interiors Or Exteriors One of the best ways to spruce up your restaurant is by repainting either the interior walls, exterior walls, or both. The color scheme that you use and the freshness of the paint job in your restaurant can make all the difference in the world to your regular patrons and new patrons alike. Hire commercial painting contractors from a company like APC Services of New England to update and upgrade your paint jobs. For the exterior, choose something bright and clean that will make passersby take notice and want to check out your establishment. For the interiors, set the tone with bold and rich colors. If you are going for a romantic vibe, choose deep reds, maroons, or even shades of silver and gray. For a fun, family-friendly ambiance, choose bright primary colors or vibrant blues and greens to make the space feel fun and welcoming. Have New Menus Printed Another way that you can spruce up your restaurant to keep things fresh and interesting is to update your menus. Even if you are not changing the dishes offered at your establishment, changing up your menu can help to keep things current and keep your regulars on their toes. New menus can set a different tone for your restaurant in numerous ways. You can change the color scheme, which is a similar ambiance change to repainting your restaurant. You can also change the font. A simple font change can take your restaurant from feeling playful and whimsical to elegant and classy. Adding pictures or removing pictures entirely so that the menu descriptions speak for themselves can also change the overall tone of your dining establishment. With these tips in mind, you can begin the process of sprucing up your restaurant and ensuring that you keep your dining establishment running smoothly and drawing in as many new customers as possible on a regular...

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Learning More About Sump Pumps And Conquering A Wet Basement

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

While many houses do not have issues with flooding or constantly wet basements, many others out there do have problems with damaging levels of water retention and moisture in their basements. Controlling flooding and water retention can be challenging, but it can be done for protecting the interior of your home from problems like mold, mildew and expensive water damage repairs. Learn how sump pump installation can help you maintain a drier basement. When It Is Time To Invest In A Sump Pump If you can go into your basement and see an inch of water on your floor, you need a sump pump. Bear in mind that moisture is always present in many basements, but when there is standing water, the chances are higher for damaging flooding to occur. Any time you find standing water in your basement, investing in a sump pump is a good idea. A sump pump works by sitting in a specially designed pit. Some water will always be in the pit, but when the water in the pit rises past a certain level, the pump automatically flips on and begins pumping the water out of your basement to an area away from your home, keeping your basement drier. Hiring a professional contractor for installing your home’s sump pump is advised if you have never installed one before. Visit a site like http://www.rite-waywaterproofing.com for more info.  Making Sure Your Sump Pump Is Always Ready To Pump Taking the time to ensure your sump pump is working is a good idea. Providing simple maintenance can help you remain worry free during heavy rains and flooding. Make sure your sump pump’s battery backup is always charged and in good condition. A dead battery will be no use to you when the power gets knocked during a bad storm and your basement is flooding from heavy rains. Also, test your pump by pouring enough water into its pit to trigger its pumping action. If the pump does not come on when you add enough water, check the power going to it first. Remember, the backup battery will need to be removed before adding water during test checks so you will know if the power source is causing issues. Common Pump Issues To Know About Most of the time, your newly installed sump pump will operate without any problems. However, if it does not operate properly, you could be seeing one of a few common issues with sump pumps like a stuck float valve or a failed check valve. Contacting a professional for making repairs to your sump pump is a good idea if you have frequent wet basement issues. Taking steps to keep your basement dry is a...

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