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Wood Does Rot and Creates Problems For Homeowners

Wood Does Rot and Creates Problems For Homeowners

I don’t know how many times I’ve went to work on someone’s home to replace rotted wood. Wood does rot and create problems for homeowners all around the world. If you live in an extremely dry or humid climate, you can plan on having problems with wood and other types of building materials.

If the home was built correctly and maintained properly, there’s a good chance that you will limit the amount of wood that will rot around your house. If you have boards exposed on the outside of your house, there’s a good chance that these boards will need to be replaced if they aren’t maintained regularly.

I’m going to share something with you that some people don’t know about. It’s not complicated and it’s not hard to understand. You don’t need a degree in philosophy or rocket science to figure it out, but wood does rot. Especially, if it’s soaking in water for long periods of time.

Obviously I’m not talking about a piece of wood floating around in a swimming pool. I’m talking about a piece of wood on your home that might have a water supply or drain pipe leaking on it, 24 hours a day. I’m talking about a small roof leak that provides enough moisture on a regular basis to do some serious damage.

I realize that most homeowners aren’t interested in maintaining their property, but I’m here to tell you, that you better change your thinking and change it fast. I’ve seen small water leaks destroy large areas and even small key structural areas in homes. This means big home repair bills in the future.

Take care of your home and it will take care of you. Remember that wood does rot under certain conditions, especially in areas where it rains or snows often.…

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5 Brilliant Home Repair Tips

5 Brilliant Home Repair Tips

With the present slump in the housing market and foreign holidays becoming more expensive many people are investing money in their own homes. Whether it’s for home repairs or larger scale home improvements people will benefit from enjoying a more polished home whilst also increasing its value.

There has also been an increase in people making use of their gardens to grow vegetables or to use their roofs to install solar panels which again means that your home not only has added value, but over time is actually creating value! Home improvements can offset the cost of any home repairs which, unfortunately, need to be carried out on a regular basis.

So if you feel you’re up to the challenge, have recently acquired a great DIY book and have a back-up handyman as a friend (purely for back up!) then read below to see what steps you should take:

Snag List – With all Home Repairs it pays to plan ahead so the first thing you need to do is to make a full “snag list” for the entire home and garden. Maybe it’s touching up the paintwork in the hall, replacing an old skirting board, fixing a faulty socket, fixing a leaky tap or mending a broken fence. Some jobs can be quite big and others quite small, but don’t worry about that just make a full list of everything. Once you have a full list you can then begin to decide what’s most important.

Prioritise – Prioritising your jobs is the next most important step, so once you have the full snag list in your hand think about what’s most critical. For example if it’s nearing Christmas it would definitely make more sense to fix a leaking tap rather than mend a broken fence at the end of the garden – which will more than likely be covered in snow – by the time Christmas arrives! So think about what needs to be done, talk to family members, look at your budget and then put a corresponding number beside each job!

Materials – OK so now you have your full job list, and you know what jobs you want to do next, but what about the materials? Many jobs around the house like doing a paint touch up, may already have the existing supplies in the garage or attic. So take an inventory of what you have, there’s no point in buying things you already own! After that you may need to buy something, for example if you’re replacing an old floorboard or door handle you may need to go to your local hardware to buy the necessary materials.

Advice – As mentioned above its always great to have a recommended DIY book to hand but there are always some questions that only someone with experience can answer. You may have a neighbour who is quite handy, or you may have a handyman friend who you can phone but at the very least your local hardware store should always be able to give advice on a whole range of things. In fact the local hardware store is always more willing and able to offer advice than the larger depot stores, and for that reason alone we would always recommend them.

Reward – Lastly one of the great things about doing DIY and performing Home Repair jobs is the gratification you and your family will receive when finished. But also try to get other family members involved as the old saying goes “many hands make light work!” has never been more true. And it’s also a great way for children to learn about the importance of maintaining a great home whilst having some fun!…

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Avoiding Unsafe Gas Work

Avoiding Unsafe Gas Work

There have been many stories in the newspapers surrounding the tragic consequences of unsafe gas work. There have been reports of people suffering from brain damage and paralysis from carbon monoxide exposure. Often this would be a result from faulty fitted or badly repaired gas appliances. Unfortunately the sting in the tale is that most of these tragedies could have been prevented, had the correct safety measures been in place.

The purpose behind the Gas Safe Register

The public needs to be protected from unsafe gas work and this is the sole purpose behind the register. It works in keeping track of any reports detailing faulty appliances or repairs which threaten gas safety and these reports are taken very seriously.

It is generally expected that the Gas Safe registered firms should take gas safety very seriously, and as part of the rules of registration, they are responsible in rectifying any faults reported by a customer. As most businesses owe a duty of care to their customers, they will be quick in taking action. The consequences of not doing so will be far worse for the business as the sanction against a firm can include suspension of their registration or even complete removal from the Register.

It is important to note that most businesses are very dedicated and honest in their approach by sticking to the law. They invest quite a bit of time, funds, and training into their registration, therefore they may feel it’s unfair when it comes to complaints from customers.

Nonetheless, public safety comes first, and therefore substandard levels of gas work are unacceptable. A great effort is made to strike a balance between taking care of customer’s needs whilst treating registered engineers with fairness and respect.

In many cases the complaints can be unfounded. This is why it is essential to keep the communication open between the customer and the business so that the customer can complain to the business when they are not happy with the gas work.

Maintaining the right balance

The Gas Safe Register is responsible for ensuring that the businesses are treated fairly whilst maintaining public safety. To demonstrate its fairness policy, as part of the investigation process, the Gas Safe Register invites businesses to participate too. This has many beneficial aspects. It allows to business to amend its ways and put things right. In addition, it allows the business to learn from the mistake to avoid future problems. It also gives the business the opportunity to maintain good customer relations.

If it is brought to the attention that the work was carried out by an incompetent or unregistered person, then this will call for immediate inspection and the information will be passed on to the Health and Safety Executive.

To ensure safety, it is necessary that when a defect notice is issued, the business takes the responsibility of completing the rectification work within the deadline specified by the Gas Safety Register. If for some reason the business fails to carry out the remedial work, then it should make alternative arrangements with the customer for another registered business to do it.…

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Why Home Sellers Need to Be Flexible About Repair Issues

Why Home Sellers Need to Be Flexible About Repair Issues

Home sellers are very frustrated these days by the state of the housing market. If you bought your home in the last decade, depending on how much money you put down, you may be underwater (your mortgage is larger than your property is worth). Or if you still have some equity, it may not be enough to get you into your next house. Or you need more money to fund your retirement. For a multitude of reasons, sellers are balking at pricing their houses at what buyers want to pay. When sellers do get their homes under contract, many dig their heels in when the home inspection reports find defects in their houses. The home repair clause in the contract has become the hook on which many real estate deals fall apart. If you are a seller, don’t let that happen to you.

I know that sellers are very emotionally attached to their homes. Most sellers fall in love with their houses and to hear that something they love is flawed is difficult. Also, most sellers adapt to the defects in their home and don’t find them to be the problems that their buyers make them out to be. Many sellers feel that many of the defects that home inspectors find are trivial and don’t warrant a repair or a credit for the cost of the repair. Finally, many sellers that I have represented initially told me that because they had lowered their asking price so much, they didn’t have room in their budget or the inclination to essentially lower the price again by spending money on repairs.

Don’t let these reasons be your reasons for not making the repairs that your buyer has requested. If the goal of the sale is to move on with your life, you need to get emotionally detached from your house. You will spend thousands of mortgage payments and real estate taxes on a house that you no longer want to own if you do not complete this home sale. Your life will be in limbo until you complete your home sale. Add up the costs of saying “no” to your buyer’s request for home repairs. If may be less than one month’s expense of mortgage payments and real estate taxes.

We are in a buyers’ market right now. You cannot say to yourself or anyone else that you “need to clear a certain amount of money from this deal.” Buyers are willing to walk away from contracts if everything does not go their way. They want to move in and be hassle-free. No one wants to deal with home repairs or replacing worn out carpeting or repaint over your custom colors. It may be unfair but it is reality. Buyers have so many other houses to choose from that if you balk at making repairs because you hated the fact that you had to lower your asking price, they will cancel your contract. There is no such thing as selling a house “as-is” in this market.

Don’t forget that if you make the repairs and close on your sale, as the buyer of another house, you get to be in the driver’s seat and negotiate hard for everything you want. But first you have to sell your current house.…

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Do Carpet Cleaning Companies Offer Additional Services?

Do Carpet Cleaning Companies Offer Additional Services?

Nowadays, carpet cleaning is not limited to removing dust and grim off your carpets. Carpet cleaning companies, today, have started offering additional services to their valuable customers in order to run circles around their competitors. Given below are some additional services today’s carpet cleaners offer to their customers.

Professional Vacuuming

Homeowners use vacuum cleaners to clean their carpets on a regular basis. Many cleaning companies now offer professional vacuuming as an extra service. It is important to note that the bulk of companies offer this service free of cost; however, some charge a small amount. Vacuuming the rugs prior to cleansing them reduces the amount of dust. Later on, special cleaning machines are used to remove dirt embedded into the rugs.

Pre-Treatment

If you are going to have your rugs cleansed for the first time, you can consider pre-treatment techniques prior to the deep cleaning. Aside from professional vacuuming, some providers offer this service free of cost, while others charge a paltry sum for this. In pre-treatment, carpets are soaked in chemical-free natural cleaners. This technique targets the dirt on the surface of the carpets and protects the carpet fibers from the harmful effect of artificial chemicals. Pre-treatment is especially useful if you are going to get your carpets cleansed for the first time.

Drying

The bulk of carpet cleaners apply dry cleaning technique because this technique does not require them to rinse the rugs. However, a small amount of water is still contained in the carpets, so you have to dry them after cleaning. If you do not have time to do that, your carpet cleaner can also provide this service. The company will use powerful fans in order to dry out your rugs in a few hours.

Stain Guards

Another extra services offered by many cleaners is termed as stain guards. In this technique, nanotechnology is used to apply a protective lawyer on carpet fibers. This layer prevents dirt and stains from attaching to the fibers. As a result, it will be easier to cleanse the rugs down the road because there will be fewer stains on the carpets.

Do not hesitate to check out different cleaning services in order to find out the most reliable and trustworthy service that offers additional services as part of their main services. Of course, it is risky but you will surely find a provider offering best services you need. This will be immensely beneficial for you in the long run.…

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How To Clean Oil Stain Residue Effectively

How To Clean Oil Stain Residue Effectively

Let’s start with a trick question. How can you clean oil stain residue off your garage floor effectively? The answer is that we should not let this mess build up in the first place, simply because there’s no easy way to clean it up once we do. We know how porous and accommodating concrete can be whenever it comes to leaking oil. As we can’t keep an eye on the situation all the time, spills can occur without us noticing.

Maybe we should turn to automobile manufacturers to help us in the future? After all, they are sophisticated at building vehicles which use very little gas and can go for extended periods of time without mechanical service. One of these days they’ll come up with a motor that doesn’t require any moving, lubricated parts and thus we won’t have to rely on oil, anymore, either.

Until such time as auto manufacturers present us with a purely electronic vehicle, that doesn’t rely on oil to lubricate any moving parts as such, then we have to deal with the prospect of leakage. Because it is not possible to hermetically seal all the different moving parts of a vehicle, it’s inevitable that sealant and gaskets will perish and allow liquid to escape.

Our vehicles are getting older, as we are and their components are beginning to fail allowing lubricant to escape often and land on our garage floor. We have to clean oil stain mess frequently and this will likely continue. We have got so much going on in our busy lives that we just don’t have enough time to address this problem as we should.

Who wants to spend the day off to clean oil stain buildup on the garage floor if you have a choice. We could decide to buy a brand-new car and not have to worry about leakage for the foreseeable future, but the more palatable option for most of us would be to buy purpose made floor mats that absorb leaks as they happen.

To clean oil stain residue effectively, especially if it has been left to sit for a long time, you will need a harsh chemical, a strong brush and plenty of application. It’s not a pleasant task. However, it’s not pleasant to look at the residue sitting there, either. Bite the bullet and make sure that you clean it, but do something to ensure that you don’t have to endure this nasty task again.

Maybe we can rely on an ingenious inventor to come up with a breakthrough product that will clean oil stain blotches easily. That doesn’t sound very likely, but the thought of keeping an eagle eye out all the time for signs of leakage is not much fun either. Buying a purpose made mat to take care of this should be the way to go.

You might keep and operate mechanical equipment throughout your home. It’s difficult enough to keep the house looking good as it is without having to worry about these especially dirty areas. Rating it on a scale of 1 to 10 relating to things that we have to clean, oil stain residue is a definite 10.…

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Regular Annual Maintenance Can Lower the Cost of Home Repair

Regular Annual Maintenance Can Lower the Cost of Home Repair

By doing regular annual maintenance around your home, you can significantly reduce the cost of repairs. Some of the main things that need to be checked are the Heating systems, the Air Conditioner, touch up painting, and if you have any decks, regular power washing at least once a year. In addition, any major appliances should also be inspected to make sure they are still in good operating condition, in order to ensure they are running efficiently.

Every home is different so annual checks and inspections will be as well. For an example, some homes have a separate outdoor installed air conditioner; others have a dual heating and air conditioning system. When it comes to the outdoor models, you need to check and make sure the unit is clear and free from debris, that the condenser fins are not damaged ant the every thing is properly lubricated. If you live in an area where there are winter snows, this should be done in the fall, and the outside unit should always be securely covered before the first snow falls.

Indoor systems should also have the filters replaced on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb is that these should be checked and replaced during the spring and fall. You should remove the floor plates from your duct work, and check to make sure these are clear of any debris and dust. Access panels can be removed, belts and pulley checked for tightness, and any areas that can be oiled by you should be. A few things that are important is that you should always turn of the power before attempting any regular maintenance checks, and ready your owner’s manual first.

Now while there are many aspects of maintenance that you can do yourself, some things should be left to professionals. It is a good idea to contact a reputable appliance service technician and get on an annual inspection program. They come in and check things that you don’t have access to, like internal electronics. A qualified technician can also identify problems more easily that you can, keeping small things from becoming large repairs. They also have the tools to do a more thorough inspection of your duct work.

For major appliances, refrigerators, stoves, and washing machines, you should pull these out at least once a year to check for fraying wiring, leaking connections and replace them as needed. Make sure that the dryer exhaust duct is clean, because a clogged duct can make your dryer work harder, and take more energy to dry your clothes. It is also a good idea to run a special cleaning agent through both your clothes washer, as well as you dishwasher, especially if you live in areas that have hard water. These cleaning agents are designed to break down deposits that have built up, and make your appliances run more efficiently.

Even with all of these maintenance steps, there are going to be times when your appliances break down. If you don’t already have it, you should consider appliance insurance. This is not the same as homeowner’s insurance. It covers repairs and replacement to your major appliances through normal wear and tear, or even emergencies. Homeowner’s insurance only covers them if they are damages in direct result to a fire or flood, and whatever else you have coverage for, not general repairs.…

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Ooh! Ooh! That Smell

Ooh! Ooh! That Smell

Is there an obnoxious odor coming from your kitchen sink that you can’t quite put your finger on? Where is it coming from and how do you get rid of it? Guests are starting to whisper and you are getting a reputation for being a bad housekeeper. Nobody wants to party at your house. Don’t panic, the solution may be fast and easy, not to mention very inexpensive. If you have a newer home, that smell is probably just left over from waste particles that have accumulated in the garbage disposal. Try this quick fix: Cut a large lemon in half and squeeze it into the garbage disposal opening. Let it work for five or ten minutes and then flush with hot water for about a minute. Repeat the same procedure again and see if that solves your problem. Surprisingly, this works most of the time. The citric acid in the lemon juice will neutralize the odor very effectively.

Now for older homes the problem could be caused by a faulty dishwasher drain hose leading from the dishwasher to the sink. This hose usually attaches to an air gap device at the underside of the sink and then wyes off with another hose to the side of the garbage disposal. Many times one or both of these hoses can become kinked causing food particles to become trapped in the hose with no way out. A sure sign that this is happening is during the drain cycle when the dishwasher will discharge water through the openings in the air gap back into the sink. This indicates that the drain hose is clogged.

You can imagine what happens to these food particles that have been lodged in the hose for a long period of time. They begin to decay creating a putrid odor. Even if you detach the hose and clear the obstruction, the foul smell will usually remain in the hose. Flushing the hose with hot water is worth a try but usually it is best to just replace the hose.

Just a note – Many homes are not equipped with an air gap device. Instead the dishwasher drain hose runs directly to the garbage disposal but the problem remains the same. Look for a kink in the hose. At this time it is also a good idea to make sure that the hose is run properly. It should be gently sloped upwards from the dishwasher to the underside of the countertop where it should be attached with a proper hose clamp. From there it should gently slope downwards to the garbage disposal. This method will help to insure that food particles do not back up in the drain hose and eventually back into the dishwasher.…

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What You Should Do When It’s Way Past Time For A Garage Organization

What You Should Do When It’s Way Past Time For A Garage Organization

Admit it. How long does it take you to find anything when you are looking for it, often during times of duress, in your garage? If the answer is anything longer than just a few minutes, you’ve got a problem. You know that you’ve left your garage organization skills somewhere else and this room doesn’t really reflect the rest of your house, so it’s time to take action.

Why do we treat the room that we store our cars in differently to every other room in the home? We might not be able to walk on a comfortable carpet in here or admire a nice wooden floor, but there’s no excuse.

The first thing we need to do when we’re thinking about garage organization is to sort everything out and get rid of what we don’t want. This room tends to be a magnet for anything and everything and if we can’t be bothered to think about a nice storage place within the home for something, it’s relegated out here.

If you haven’t used something within the last couple of years, what is the point of keeping it? Of course there are some things which we need to keep for a rainy day or for emergencies, but for everything else discard it or donate it to charity.

Purpose made shelving can make things a lot easier when you are rearranging everything. Try and look for ventilated units which make it easier still to prevent the formation of mold and mildew.

Things are far less likely to be damaged or degraded if you keep them on shelving. Many people advocate that you should conform to the 80/20 rule here. Garage organization dictates that 80 percent of items should be up on shelves, while the rest should be either on the floor or on hooks.

No discussion of garage organization would be complete without referring to the floor. This is a particularly hard cleaning challenge, especially when there’s so much junk around. The only things that should be on the floor are your larger or bulky items or your yard machinery.

Look underneath your vehicles and see what kind of fluid tends to fall from the car when you’re not looking. You need an absorbent mat here so that the floor is kept in as good a conditions as possible and you don’t have to worry about the potential for slip and fall accidents, either.…

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Understanding the Home Repair Permits

Understanding the Home Repair Permits

You may wonder why there is a need to get a building permit if you try to improve or repair your home. Well, this is very important, as this will ensure that the process you will undertake adheres to the standards set for your area. There are zoning rules and regulations as well as building codes that you have to adhere to. This is for your safety and for the safety of your community.

However, not all repairs and home improvements require permits, which is why you have to be more familiar of when permits are required. This is especially true if you do not work with contractors. If you work with contractors, they will accomplish the permits in your behalf.

You will most likely be required to get a permit when you do a major renovation. This is necessary because it is important that you follow the standard set for building new structures in your area. In addition to standardizing the safety of the structure, these standards are also set for the functionalities of the buildings or property. If you will convert your home or a portion of your home to an office, then, you will be required to acquire a permit.

Another important thing you have to bear in mind is the fact that permits are important. They are not just pieces of papers that you pay in the building department of your neighborhood. They are required because it is important that you follow the building regulations in your area.

You need to follow a systematic process of acquiring a permit.

1. It officially starts by submitting the required documents to the building agency. The intended repair and constructions should be specified. It is also essential that the plan or the blueprint of the renovation be attached.2. The authorized personnel will review the submitted files. 3. After reviewing the application, an inspector may be asked to check your home before the project can start. 4. After your application is approved, the project can start. The project may be monitored by the assigned inspector during the process. 5. Bear in mind that you need to start and complete the project at a specified time. If you will not be able to complete the project during the due date, you will be asked to procure another permit.

As mentioned earlier, permits are not required in all the changes you do in your home. You will not need permits in simple repairs like replacing fixtures, unless this will affect your water or plumbing system. You will not be needing permits as well if you repaint your wall. Permits required are not the same everywhere as well. This depends on the city, state or neighborhood.

One major factor to consider in requiring permit is its effect on the major systems of the property. If it affects the heating, cooling, electrical and water systems, then prepare to apply for the permits. If you are unsure about whether to get one or not, check with your local building agency first to verify.…