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Drain Cleaning Options That Won't Damage Your Plumbing

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Keeping your drains clean is one of the best ways of ensuring you don’t have to deal with plumbing emergencies in the future. With a clean drain, there is less possibility of a blockage. However, certain drain cleaners will do more than just clean your drain. Many drain cleaners generate heat, and this can weaken PVC pipes if this what is found in your house. When your drains are made from metal pipes, damage is more likely, especially in older drains. Read More»

Planning To Install A Spa? 5 Key Factors To Finding The Right Spot

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Now that you’ve decided to install a spa in your backyard, where will you put it? While you may have a spot in mind, it’s a good idea to thoroughly consider all the factors involved before settling on a location. To help you, here are the five top considerations. The Path If you live in a climate with cold, rainy, or windy seasons, you’ll likely want to have a solid flooring material underneath your feet when you travel from the house to the hot tub. Read More»

How To Install A Ceiling Fan Junction Box

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If you are installing a ceiling fan, you must install a junction box. A junction box provides housing for the ceiling fan wiring and supports the fan. A fan-rated ceiling box supports the weight of the fan better, and they are often required by building codes. Contact your local code department to find the required box and the length of blade clearance. You should be able to mount the junction box yourself regardless of your skill level. Read More»

4 Situations That Require a Permit for Tree Removal

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If there is a tree on your property that you want removed either because it is potentially dangerous to the structure of your home or because it does not add any appeal to your home, then you will want to know how to do so safely. Although you may feel comfortable removing the tree on your own, there are certain situations that require a permit and the use of professionals. Here are four situations when you must have a permit in order to go through with tree removal. Read More»

Wrap And Bag Your Way To An Easier Move

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Packing up your possessions during a move is no fun, but unpacking them and putting them away in your new home is even worse, especially items that have numerous small parts or are bulky, such as clothing and shoes. By using simple stretch wrap, plastic garbage bags and these great ideas you will be able to not only pack more efficiently, you will make unpacking and settling into your new home much easier, neater and faster. Read More»

Three Topics That Are Important To Cover When You're Renting Construction Equipment

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If you’re preparing for a job in your yard or home that requires plenty of heavy work, you may want to consider renting a piece of construction equipment from your local rental center. Such equipment can greatly reduce the time and labor requirements of your job, whether it’s leveling a hilly section of property for sod placement or digging a sizable hole for a large pond. In addition to having a variety of machines at your disposal, you can also often choose whether you wish to operate the machine on your own or arrange for an operator to be included in your rental contract. Read More»

Will Your Homeowners Insurance Pay For Your Roof Repair? What You Need To Know

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Some people never consider their homeowner’s policy when it’s time to make a roof repair. Some others do consider it but don’t know how to use it properly. Understand that your home insurance policy can fully or partially pay for your roofing repair. However, it’s not always a simple process. Homeowners Insurance Is Very Particular Your policy may take care of roofing repairs for you. Unfortunately, these types of policies won’t pay for just any kind of repair. Read More»

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»

A Guide To Maintaining Commercial HVAC Systems Through The Year

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Heating and air condition accounts for some 50 percent of energy costs, which means that you will need to take control of how you use these systems. If you own a business and want to be sure that you are lowering your overhead costs, while keeping your building as comfortable as possible, you’ll need to be particularly mindful. This will allow you to remain comfortable throughout all four seasons, while doing your part to reduce energy costs. Read More»

Sure Signs That Your Water Heater Needs Repaired Or Replaced

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The news that the water heater needs to be repaired or replaced is not something that a homeowner wants to hear. After all, hot water is not something you can easily do without while you save for a new heater. However, being able to read the signs that your heater is failing can buy you a little time and help you to avoid even more costly clean-up and repairs if your heater springs a major leak. Read More»