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  • Tips To Help You Maintain Your Roof Drainage And Repair Exterior Siding Damage

    Your home's roof and siding help to keep out adverse weather and moisture from invading your home's interior. The siding on your home covers and protects your home and keeps its insulation and interior dry. Your roof also protects your home by diverting rain and runoff to prevent interior water leaks. Here are some tips you can take to maintain these two areas of your home's protection to keep your home free of interior water leaks that can cause mold and mildew growth and lead to health problems. [Read More]

  • Sealcoating Your Parking Lot: Answers To Business Owners' FAQs

    Owning a business comes with a lot of maintenance tasks, one of which is caring for your parking lot. The primary maintenance an asphalt parking lot requires is sealcoating, a process in which a special sealant is applied to the top of the asphalt, helping to repel water and reduce wear. Since parking lot maintenance is not your profession, you likely have some questions and concerns about this process. Here's a look at business owners' common questions about sealcoating -- and the answers. [Read More]

  • Choosing The Best Fence And Gate Options For Your Pool

    If you have a pool on your property, then you want the area to be as secure as possible. This means placing a fence that is strong and heavy. Fences are also required in most areas and must meet local guidelines. These guidelines may include a four-foot-high fence, with a latched gate and top and bottom rails that are no less than 46 or 48 inches from one another. If you have similar guidelines that you need to meet and also want to reduce your general liability, then keep reading to learn about some fencing options you should look for. [Read More]

  • 3 Upgrades to Protect Your Home from Subterranean Termites

    Once subterranean termites settle into an area, they can become quite a problem throughout a community. This type of termite lives in colonies below ground, burrowing up to invade homes and other structures. Colonies can contain up to 1,000,000 insects! Fighting a subterranean termite infestation can be very difficult, so if you own a home in an area where subterranean termites are becoming an issue, it's worth your while to take some preventative measures. [Read More]

  • How To Prevent Mice From Getting In Your Crawlspace And Home

    When rodents make their way into your crawlspace, you can be certain they will work their way up into your home. The question you may have is how they got in to begin with Rodents are able to sneak into crawlspaces through very tiny holes, and they often enter in simply to find shelter and food. Rodents can cause a lot of damage in a crawlspace and can be a nuisance when they are in a home, but there are ways to stop them from coming in. [Read More]

  • Orangeburg Pipe: Determine Whether Your Home Has It, Why It Fails, and How You Can Replace It

    Dealing with a clogged sewer line is never fun, and neither is replacing your home's entire sewer line. Here is some information to help you determine whether your home was installed with Orangeburg, a commonly-failed sewer line, how its failure may have occurred, and what you can do to remedy the problem. Determine Whether You Have Orangeburg Pipe Orangeburg pipe was used as a sewer pipe starting in the late 1800s, during World War II in the 1940s, and until the 1970s. [Read More]

  • Five Tips And Ideas For Building A Fire Pit On A Wooden Deck

    An outdoor fire pit is great for entertaining, relaxing, or even doing a bit of fireside cooking. In many cases, homeowners dig fire pits into the ground or put them on stone patios. However, if you have a wood deck, you may be wondering if there is a safe way to put a fire pit on your deck. Although you have to be careful, the answer is yes. Here are some ideas to explore as you create your design. [Read More]

  • Combatting Asphalt Pavement Oxidation

    Just as human hair eventually starts graying, your freshly-laid parking lot will eventually lose its rich, dark color over time. What will be left behind is a grayish surface that can make your parking lot and its surroundings appear much older. The culprit behind this inevitable phenomenon is oxidation of the bitumen binder used to keep the asphalt aggregate together. The following explains why this process happens and what you can do to keep it from happening. [Read More]

  • Need A Garage Door? Consider Wood Composite Models

    Has the time come to replace your garage door? Any new garage door will give your home a fresh, attractive look; you can choose from vinyl, aluminum, wood, steel, and even fiberglass doors. But there's one material that really stands out from the rest: wood composite. Wood composite is a material made from natural wood fibers and a plastic or cement binder. It offers a number of benefits over other garage door materials. [Read More]

  • 5 Reasons To Choose A Ductless Heat Pump Over Baseboard Heaters For A Tiny Home

    Tiny homes give you a chance to travel the country or make the most of a small piece of land, but unless you stick to exclusively warm climates, you'll need some heating inside the structure. A ductless heat pump system makes a lot more sense than the usual electric baseboard heaters recommended for homes with no ducts. Find out how a heat pump can help you make the most of a tiny house in the winter. [Read More]