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Is Your Roof A Fire Hazard? Tips For Cleaning Creosote From Your Asphalt Shingles

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Creosote is a highly flammable material often found inside chimneys. Produced by things like wood-burning stoves or fireplaces, that creosote can also build up on composition asphalt shingles. When ash comes out of the chimney, the breeze can actually carry it along the roof. When this settles in a layer over your roofing shingles, it puts your roof at risk of fire. One errant ember from your chimney could cause a serious disaster. Read More»

Furnace Blower Won'T Turn Off? Check Your Thermostat

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An issue that can plague many homeowners is a constantly running furnace blower. There are many reasons this can happen, but one of the most common – and easiest to fix – is because of your thermostat. The Thermostat to Furnace Blower Connection Your furnace’s blower is the key to heated air circulation around your house. However, your blower’s operation is set to a circuit and should only turn on when your furnace is actually running. Read More»

Summer Inspection Tips For Your Home's HVAC System

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At the end of the spring season, it may be a good idea to do some home maintenance work. This includes having your HVAC system inspected to ensure that it is currently operating correctly. The inspection performed should cover checking over items such as the thermostat, HVAC parts, the condensation drain and blower components. The information below provides some tips about the type of inspection and maintenance check needed for your HVAC system. Read More»

Dos And Don'ts Of Installing A Dimmer Switch

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Installing dimmer switches throughout your home can be a great way to add value and functionality to any space. With a dimmer light, you get to control how bright or dim you want the lighting in the space to be, which makes it ideal for creating the perfect mood or task lighting, depending on your needs. Unless you truly know what you’re doing, it’s in your best interest to hire a professional electrician like G. Read More»

Add A Bay Or Bow Window To Improve The Looks Of Your Home

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After living in the same home for many years, you will eventually have to replace the windows in it. Windows wear out and become inefficient over time and replacing them offers a way to make your house look nicer and become more energy efficient. As you make plans for this event, you may also want to consider adding a bay window or a bow window. This is the perfect opportunity to change one of the window styles in your home, and both of these are great options. Read More»

How To Repair Drywall During Plumbing Repair

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Drywall is an inevitable casualty of plumbing work. For a plumber to make repairs to pipes to a sink or toilet, he will definitely have to tear out a chunk of your drywall. Most plumbers will offer to make the repair when the job is done. However, this will cost you extra cash, so it is often a good idea to repair the drywall on your own. This article will explain how you can save some money and make the repairs on your own. Read More»

5 Helpful Tips For Avoiding Clogged Drains

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Whether it is in your kitchen or bathroom, a clogged drain is a pretty common plumbing problem. However, that does not make it any less frustrating to deal with. A clogged drain can lead to some costly plumbing repairs. Luckily, there are several ways you can avoid clogged drains. Use Drain Strainers One of the simplest ways to avoid clogged drains is to put strainers over your drains. These strainers will catch hair and any other particles that typically get stuck in your drains. Read More»

4 Types Of Roofing Options

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Keeping your home well protected from the weather elements will require the right roof. Replacing your roof will also add value to your home and help keep it maintained. There is a variety of roofing options to select. Knowing the options that are available to you will allow you to make the best choice when a new roof is necessary for your home. Asphalt shingles You may be interested in asphalt shingles because of the lower cost involved and the variety of options. Read More»

Save The Air: Keeping Your Heating And Cooling Inside Your Home

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Properly constructed, a house is intended to be almost entirely air-tight, which helps to cut down on heating and cooling costs. Older homes, and potentially yours if it was constructed more than five years ago, tend to develop drafts, gaps and cold spots over time. Depending on the quality of your home’s construction, its age and the materials used, the reason for your high energy costs may not have anything to do with your HVAC system. Read More»

Tips For Designing A Home Rainwater Collection System

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Recycling rainwater for use in your garden can lower your water bill. It’s also an ecological strong choice, especially in areas where every drop of water really counts. Designing the optimum system begins with your roof and ends at the tip of your garden hose. Start With the Gutters Although it’s possible to manage some rainwater collection without gutters, you will collect much more if you have gutters installed on your house. Read More»