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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Ensuring You Have Safe Drinking Water In An Emergency

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Whether it is a natural disaster or another serious issue, having clean drinking water is essential for survival. Ideally, you should already have several gallons of clean drinking water per person stored away for these types of situations, but the reality is that most people do not have the room or just have not taken the time to buy water and put it away. If you find yourself in the middle of a crisis and need to have access to clean drinking water, here are some things you can do. The Simple Boil Method Boiling water can be sufficient for killing off any bacteria found in it. Take a large pot of water and boil it for at least eight to ten minutes. If the power is out and you have a gas stove, you can use the stove to do this, but if you have an electric stove, you’ll need to boil the water over a fire instead. Make sure you let the boiled water completely cool, and then put it into tightly sealed containers until you’re ready to use it. Iodine Or Chlorine Iodine and chlorine can both be used to purify water, but this should be done very carefully. When using iodine, add about three drops per quart of water. If the water is muddy or looks cloudy, you may need to double the number of drops you add. Stir the water well and let the iodine sit for about one half hour. Then, filter the water before you drink it. You can also use chlorine in a liquid form to purify your water. This solution should contain 5.25 percent of a substance called hypochlorite, which will effectively kill off any bacteria found in the water. Mix one gallon of water to eight drops of the chlorine solution, or double the amount of drops for extra cloudy water. Keep in mind that adding the exact amount is important when using this method to avoid overdoing it. Charcoal Charcoal is a highly effective water purifier. In fact, most household filters found under sink faucets and in pitchers have a charcoal-based filter. If you’re in a pinch, use some grill charcoal and put it in a coffee filter. Pour the water over the handmade filter, and let it flow through. You may need to repeat this process a few times until the water is clear and so you can make sure any debris or other materials have filtered all the way through. While this method may not completely kill off bacteria, it is still a good way to help purify any source of water you have and works effectively at making your water better to drink.  For water...

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Want A Good Fence, Cheap? Produce Your Own With Recycled Pallets

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Re-purposing wood pallets is the latest recycling craze, and there are many cool ways to transform these cheap, often free, items into a useful and appealing fence. Depending on the condition of your pallets, you may want to stain, paint, or finish these prior to sinking footings and constructing your fence. Measure your space, and clearly mark the position of each pallet to make the project easier and to acquire a more level, even result. Some tips to follow when constructing your own pallet fence include: Types of pallet fencing If you are looking to install fencing to contain pets or animals, be sure to take this into account during construction. Small, digging animals, such as pigs or puppies, may try to escape underneath your fencing, so be sure to ground it well. Large animals, livestock, or big dogs may be able to jump or find their way over your fencing; in these cases, you may want to look at ways to create taller fences from your pallets. Finding plenty of pallets Pallets are often made of hardwood and can be found at recycling centers or industrial settings frequently. You may pay a nominal amount per pallet to haul them away, but consider the costs of buying wood and other building materials for a conventional fence. The savings you incur from re-purposing pallets into your fencing makes it prudent and cost-effective, even if you have to travel a bit to acquire the needed number of pallets for your project. Constructing pallet fencing The size of your pallets will determine how many are needed for your project, and if you can find the larger eight or ten-foot long pallets, it will mean fewer pallets and less labor. For the conventional 40×48″ variations, you will need approximately 44 pallets to construct a 100-foot fence. Finishing features for your fence Consider some clever and convenient features for your finished fence. This might include hinging one pallet to create a gate that provides easy access to the space from outside. Also, check out some unique hardware and decorative accents at home improvement sites and stores that will give your fence distinction and make it cohesive with your home and property. Pallets are the perfect building material for a fully-functional and eye-catching fence. These can be used to contain pets, a garden, or simply to add visual interest to your property. Talk with retailers about the best footings for your distinct climate, soil, and terrain, and start your own pallet fence project soon with supplies from a company like Colorado Industrial Wood...

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Beyond Looks: Three Factors To Take Into Account When Choosing New Windows For Your Home

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When it comes time to choose new windows for their homes, many people focus on looks. However, appearance is just one factor to consider when choosing new windows. Here’s a look at three other important factors to keep in mind if you want to ensure you choose windows that truly meet your needs during a window replacement. How agile are your hands? You want to be able to open and close the windows with ease, and some styles are harder to operate than others. If you have a touch of arthritis, you may find casement windows to be hard to operate due to their little crank systems. Double-hung windows, on the other hand, are easy to open by sliding them up and down. If you are middle aged and plan on living in your home as you continue to age, consider your future needs, too. Unless you want to end up replacing your windows again in 10 years, it might be best to buy ones that don’t require a lot of dexterity to open. How much time are you willing to dedicate to cleaning? Intricate hung windows with eight or twelve panes might look stunning, but they can be a chore to clean. Likewise, hung windows that do not swing inward to give you access to the outside of the window will require that someone climb up on a ladder to clean the outside of them. If you have a professional clean your home, this may not be an issue. On the other hand, if you do all of your cleaning yourself, you may want to stick to a simpler window design that you can clean with a simple wipe-down, unless you have the time to clean lots of little nooks and crannies. Is durability a major concern? If you live in an area where the weather is mild year-round, then you don’t have to worry so much. However, if you get hail storms, heavy snowfall, hurricanes or other severe weather, you’ll want to choose windows that are made to withstand these conditions. Those made with a double layer of glass and a shatterproof coating (similar to that used on windshields) are generally the safest option in this regard. If you’re not sure which window type is right for you, talk to your builder or contractor. He or she can give you an idea of what people with similar homes in your area are using, which should help you narrow down your choices....

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Three Ways Modernizing Your Elevator Can Actually Save You Money

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A new car is an expensive proposition; however, there comes a point where continuing to repair an old, fuel-inefficient car adds up to an even higher cost. The same thing could be said of elevators. The cost of modernizing your elevator will depend on a lot of things – the type of elevator, its age, and how many changes you’re going to make. But continuing to run an older elevator can be expensive. Here are three ways that modernizing your elevator might be able to save you money. More Energy Efficiency If your elevator is older – especially if it’s a few decades old – then you may be spending more than you need to in energy costs. Like the engines in many cars, older power units for elevators are not as efficient as new ones; the more your elevator is being used, the more this increased inefficiency will cost you. In addition, elevator control software today is more sophisticated, which can further reduce energy use. This software can combine floor requests efficiently, causing the elevator to make fewer stops. The more your elevator has to start and stop, the more energy it uses; being able to combine stop requests can save you energy as well as saving time for people using the elevator. Less Spent On Service Calls The most obvious way that modernizing your elevator saves you money on service calls is by reducing the number of service calls you need to make. This is especially true for elevators that are reaching the end of their expected lifespans; just like with cars, if you have an older elevator and it’s frequently breaking down, the cost of a new one could pay for itself in less frequent repairs. But there’s another way a modernized elevator can save you money on service calls. Older elevators are more difficult to find replacement parts for, and as more service technicians focus on newer elevators, it can even become difficult to find technicians who will work on your elevator. Lower Lawsuit Risk If someone is injured because your elevator stops working, that can be a problem. However, a big part of personal injury law is the concept of negligence: if you can show that you kept up with the maintenance on your elevator and the accident was simply a freak occurrence, you stand a good chance of defending yourself in court. If your elevator is old and in poor condition, however, or it’s been known to break down frequently, then it’s much more likely that you could be found negligent; after all, it was your responsibility to keep the elevator safe for people to use. Hopefully, no one will ever be injured...

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