I Didn’t Know That Was There! 4 Reasons You Should Have Your Land Surveyed

Posted by on Mar 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you think of land surveyors, you might not think of residential services. You should though. Land surveying isn’t just for commercial construction or road projects. In fact, there are many reasons why you might need a land surveyor for your residential property. Here are four situations where a land surveyor will come in handy. Determining Boundary Lines If you’re about to make improvements on your property, you should make sure that the legal description of your property is correct. One incorrect measurement, and you could end up building your fence on your neighbor’s property. Before you build, it’s of utmost importance that you know exactly where the boundary lines are on your property. Once the land surveyor has completed their work, you’ll be given a boundary line certification, which will ensure you’re building on the right side of the line. Marking Utility Lines Most utility lines are now buried beneath the ground. If you’re not sure where those utility lines are, you may accidentally cut through one during your next home improvement project. If you do, you could find yourself financially responsible for the repair or replacement of those utility lines. If it’s a gas line or electrical line that you cut through, you can put yourself and others in immediate danger. Before you begin any home improvement project that will require excavation, be sure to have a land surveyor come out and mark those underground utility lines for you. Identifying Zoning Restrictions It’s your property, so you should be able to use it in any manner you see fit. Right? Not necessarily. If there are specific zoning restrictions in place, you may be prohibited by law from using it for some purposes. For instance, if you want to run a business from your home, or you want to own farm animals, you won’t be able to if your property isn’t zoned for business or agricultural use. A certified survey will tell you exactly what your particular property is zoned for.  Discovering Old Cemeteries If you live in a rural area, you may have burial ground on your property. Prior to the advent of zoning laws prohibiting burials on private property, many people had family burial grounds in their yards. If you believe you may have a family burial ground somewhere on your property, a land surveyor will be able to help you locate the grave sites. If you own property, you owe it to yourself to have your land surveyed. If any of the situations described above relate to you, you should contact a land surveyor like one from Community Sciences Corporation as soon as possible. They can help you avoid potential headaches associated with your...

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4 Reasons That Metal Buildings Are Environmentally Sustainable

Posted by on Mar 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re deciding on how to construct your residential or commercial building, then take into consideration utilizing largely metal components. As an environmentally-sustainable and sound structure, metal buildings can also serve to save you energy, and, therefore, money. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn of just a few of the reasons that metal buildings are environmentally sustainable. Green Certifications Many municipalities are requiring that new structures meet rigorous standard requirements and building codes that are environmentally sound. As such, steel is a perfect choice from which to construct your building. Many of the nation’s construction certifying agencies that advocate for environmentally-sound buildings, including the National Green Building Standard (which is used entirely to certify residential buildings) and the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program (which is used to certify both residential and commercial buildings), both advocate for the use of steel in the construction of new building projects. Preserving Resources Using metal in the construction of new buildings, or in the expansion of older buildings, can wind up saving valuable resources that can best be allocated towards other projects. For example, there is research that shows that a 2,000 square foot building requires the use of upwards of an acre of trees before the project is completed. Compare this to the amount of metal that would be used in a comparable project: about six cars worth of scrap metal. Resilience Metal is, for the most part, an incredibly resilient substance that can create a building that is a testament to its predilection for longevity. Consider this: every time that a part has to be replaced or repaired, there is a significant amount of energy that must be consumed. This can mean everything from the actual energy expended in the production of the replacement part, to the fuel that is used to ship the part from point A to point B. Metal is incredibly durable, and, as such, you will find that replacing metal parts is not something that will happen too terribly often. In metal’s case, resilience preserves energy. Low Production Emission The production of a metal, like steel, is generally quite eco-friendly. A sizable amount of the production plants are working towards producing zero carbon emissions. Hopefully, this brief guide has given you some insight into why the use of metal in the construction of building is not only environmentally sustainable, but can also work towards saving you a bit of money in the long run. Contact a company like Pleasant Dale Lumber for more...

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What Kind Of Pipe Should You Choose For Your Plumbing?

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Recent events have made everyone more aware of the dangers of old lead pipes. Corrosion due to contaminated water supplies and simple old age can cause high levels of lead to leach into your drinking water, endangering your family’s health. If you need to have your pipes replaced or are constructing a new home, you need to carefully consider which type of pipe is best for budget and your health. Copper Copper has a long history of being used for plumbing pipes and is still considered the top-of-the-line choice for homeowners. It is a “clean” metal in that it will not enter your drinking water, and it is also durable and recyclable. The price of copper has risen in recent years, so using it for your plumbing will increase the cost of your project. Also, mining copper is hard on the environment, so if you want to “go green,” copper is not a good choice. Copper does have an estimated life of fifty years, so once you install it, you shouldn’t have to worry about replacement until you are retirement age or beyond.  PEX PEX stands for cross-linked polyethylene and is the choice for many homeowners due to several factors. The cost to buy and install PEX should be less than copper, and completing the job takes less time.  Proponents of PEX not that it is more energy efficient than some other pipe types. This material is projected to last for decades, but it has only been around for about ten years, so you cannot be sure that these estimates are correct. Some experts believe it will actually last longer than copper.  CPVC CPVC is an upgrade from your basic PVC pipe, those pipes made from a type of white plastic. CPVC has a higher level of chlorine, so it can be used for hot and cold temperatures.  It will not corrode, and it’s smooth interior allows you to enjoy a higher rate of water flow. This material is affordable and should also last for decades. Choosing the right pipe material for your project means considering several factors. Cost is obviously important, but you need to consider how long the pipes will last and how well they will perform. Unlike old lead pipes, the above choices will not pollute your water, a major concern in this country, currently. Research the available materials and consult with your contractor to find the material that makes the most sense for you and your family. To learn more, contact a company like Towers-Murray Plumbing Co...

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These Four Things Could Make Your Vinyl Siding A Thriving Place For Mold Or Mildew

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you have vinyl siding, protecting it against mold or mildew is an important duty. Allowing either of these substances to infiltrate siding may cause structural damages or be hard to remedy, which could result in your siding needing to be replaced. This is why it is important to get vinyl siding repaired when there are visible damages that could allow moisture to enter underneath the siding. However, even if the siding is intact, it is possible that mold or mildew could form due to other overlooked contributing factors. The following are examples of other things that could contribute to mold or mildew invading your siding.  Ventilation Ducts You likely have ventilation ducts on a few areas of your roof. Some of these ducts are likely located towards the edge of the roof. These ducts need to be inspected for the presence of mold, mildew or moisture. If moisture is present, it likely means that the vents are not ventilating properly. They may need to be replaced or repaired. A moisture accumulation issue that is not addressed could lead to a future mold or mildew problem that spreads to vinyl siding. If mold or mildew is already present around the vents, it best to use a professional as a resource to determine the extent of the issue. Examples of types of ventilation vents that could cause issues are attic vents and dryer vents. Insulation Bad insulation may cause mold or mildew growth to occur and negatively impact siding. This is because both of these substances thrive in dark, cool, moist areas. If there is insufficient insulation, the ideal temperature for formation of mold and mildew could be reached. Contaminated insulation could become a breeding ground for mold and mildew and end up spreading to your siding.  Dirty Gutters If debris is allowed to collect in your rain gutters, it may result in them getting clogged. This can result in them trapping moisture. It is also possible that cracks in damaged rain gutters may allow water to travel down siding and encourage the growth of mold and mildew. To prevent potential issues from rain gutters, ensure that you keep them clean so that water can freely flow through. Routinely inspect them for damages and get them repaired accordingly.  Improper Cleaning The manner that you clean your siding can also affect the outcome of whether or not you will face a mold or mildew issue in the future. If you notice dirt or other substances accumulating on the siding, spray it off while it is still fresh to prevent the matter from becoming hardened. Pay attention to how you hold the water hose when spraying your siding. You may need to use...

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What Are Pocket Doors And Are They Helpful?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Pocket doors are a fantastic way to have a sliding door that can disappear if you don’t want to see it. If there is not enough room for a traditional hinged or a swinging door, the pocket door fits the bill. This type of door is available in double and single door versions, depending on the area that you want to close away from the rest of the rooms. It is usually suspended by rollers on a track overhead, but some models have guides on the floor. It all depends on the style desired by the owner. Advantages If the home has a small bathroom with limited wall space for a traditional door, a pocket door is ideal. The door doesn’t seal as tight as a traditional door. It can serve as a closet or connection between two spaces, or as a divider. The door panel can have a mirror on one side for convenience. A kitchen nook or office can have more privacy. The door can be an accent piece for the kitchen as a contrast marking a separation point. A good noise barrier, such as children playing loudly. Partial pocket doors can be used as a gate for children and dogs. Different styles are available, including flat panel, raised, or glass French-style doors. Disadvantages Wall structures are compromised because the door sits where wall studs are located. The wall has to be wide enough to accommodate the pocket door. It may be hard to roll and difficult to lock out children or small members of the family. The small wheels may seize making the door hard or impossible to move. On some doors, the handles on the door are not easy to use. You have to use a recessed or flush handle with only a fingertip hold. Utilities such as plumbing, heating, and electrical wiring needs to be rerouted around the door. The doors are difficult to add at a later time. It is sometimes difficult to repair or replace the hardware and hidden components. Locating compatible replacement parts may be difficult. You have to lubricate the doors to keep them operating correctly. Ultimately, you now have the facts and it will depend on what style of door you choose. It is best to install the pocket doors while the home is under construction because of its unique design. Many styles can be used and as with any door, it depends on how you want to decorate your home and your lifestyle needs. For more information about doors, contact a business such as Crawford Door Sales Of Nevada...

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