If you have done any home improvement projects in the past several years, you know the costs are very high. Projects which you might consider small (power washing, tree removals or pumping you septic system) are not cheep. You can find yourself spending hundreds and often thousands of dollars. Larger projects like roof replacement are substantially more expensive and most of us don’t want to replace the roof before it really needs to be done. That said, there are several questions that need to be answered before a decision can be made, when a roof should be replaced, when is it necessary to remove the existing roofing and what type of shingles should be installed. These are important factors that that will have a dramatic affect on the cost of roof replacement. The first thing you need to decide is if it is time to install a new roof. Most asphalt roofs have a life expectancy of 20 years. Newer shingles are touted to last as long as 40 years but history has shown that it has not been the case. While technology has improved, roofing materials and the shingles manufactured today may last longer than 20 years, but 20 years is a good rule of thumb. If there are signs of aging like leaks, loose granular particles, lifting or curling shingles and you roof is around 20 years old, it’s most likely getting near the time to replace it. These are all signs that it is time to call... continue reading.
You need to check with your local community to determine their regulations when it comes to doing your own work. Most local governments will require you to have a permit to do any electrical work. Although it is not recommended, if your local government allows it and if you are qualified and know the proper safety precautions, you can perform your own electrical work. Anyone performing the work must do it in compliance with the National Electric Code. When you sell the building most municipalities will require an inspection letter from a licensed electrical contractor. If you do the work without meeting the local requirements, you could be taking on the electrical no permit liability. Before you attempt any electrical work, remember that about 1,000 people die every year from electrocution. Source: www.rlelectric.net... continue reading.
Clogs are one of the most common homeowner problems. They are not only an annoyance, but can also lead to overflows and water damage. Keep your drains clog-free by implementing these easy preventative practices. Never flush sanitary napkins, baby wipes, or very thick toilet paper down the toilet. These can expand or get caught on corroding pipes and cause clogs. Instead, dispose of them in bio-degradable bags, such as the ones produced by Golden Group International. This not only prevents clogs but also is an eco-friendly way to dispose of soiled sanitary products. Do not use liquid cleaning supplies meant to clear clogs. These cleaners can damage pipes. Rather, try using a plumbing snake or plunger. Utilize strainers to catch hair in showers and tubs. Never put fat, grease, or cooking oils down the drain. These fats solidify in cold pipes and cause clogs. To dispose, put it in a Tupperware and leave it on your counter until it solidifies. Then dispose of it in a compost bin for garbage collection. Source: http://www.elocalplumbers..... continue reading.
Below are just a few of the preventative maintenance services that should be done on a regular basis. The homeowner can also take part in protecting their greatest investment. MONTHLY Fire Extinguisher: Check that it’s fully charged; recharge or replace if needed. Sink/Tub Stoppers and Drain Holes: Clean out debris. Garbage Disposal: Flush with hot water and baking soda. Water Softener: Check water softener salt drum and replinish salt if necessary. Forced-Air Heating System: Change filters once a month if user’s manual inflatable sumo wrestling suits recommends fiberglass filters. EVERY 2 MONTHS Wall Furnace: Clean grills. Range Hood: Clean grease filter. EVERY 3 MONTHS Faucet: Clean aerator. Tub Drain Assembly: Clean out debris; inspect rubber seal and replace if needed. Floor and Outdoor Drain Grates: Clean out debris. EVERY 6 MONTHS Smoke Detector: Test batteries and replace if needed. Toilet: Check for leaks and water run-on. Interior Caulking: Inspect caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks; replace any if it is deteriorating. Forced-Air Heating System: Change semi-annually if user’s manual recommends high efficiency pleated or HEPA-style filters. Garbage Disposal: Tighten drain connections and fasteners. Clothes Washer: Clean water inlet filters; check hoses and replace them if they are leaking. Clothes Dryer: Vacuum lint from ducts and surrounding areas. Wiring: Check for frayed cords and wires; repair or replace them as needed. Range Hood: Wash fan blades and housing. EVERY SPRING Roof: Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed. Gutters and Downspouts: Clean them out or install no-clean version. Inspect and... continue reading.