Learning About Basement Waterproofing

Hello, it’s Becky Smith here and I want to share my basement waterproofing journey with you. If you’ve ever lived in flood country, you know the despair of watching the waters rise around your house. When that happened here, I sprinted down to the basement to take a look at the walls. They were seeping water in through the cracks at an alarming rate, so I was devastated. After the flood, the water removal professionals restored my basement to perfect condition. At that point, I decided to have the basement waterproofed to prevent that situation in the future. While scheduling the work, I taught myself tons of information about the materials and techniques used for waterproofing. I will share that information here to help you learn why you need basement waterproofing and how it’s done. I hope you come by often to learn about this interesting art.

Don’t Overlook The Many Benefits Of Motorized Shades For Your Home Or Office

Motorized shades are not only lovely to look at, but convenient in every way. Some homes have large and out of reach windows that make it extremely difficult to keep the shades where you need them. Motorized shades feature a motor that will retract or shut the shades with the push of a button. Although some motorized shades can be somewhat costly, and average around $300-$600 dollars a pop, they offer so many advantages that they are often well worth it to the discriminating homeowner. Here are some of the many benefits you can enjoy with motorize shades. No Cords For homes that have small children or pets, safety should always come first. Window blind cords can be a source of great tragedy and injury when they get wrapped around a child’s or pet’s neck or limbs. Motorized window shades remove the risk entirely, as there are no longer any cords to deal with. These shades are opened and shut either with remote control or with the touch of a button on the blind itself. Low Maintenance And Ease Of Use Since these shades essentially never need to be touched or adjusted manually, they are extremely low maintenance. The motors are designed to never need lubrication or interference, and the blinds rarely need adjusted. The shades tend to stay clean, since they aren’t touched much by human hands, and thus require little cleaning efforts. Additionally, very large window shades can be very heavy and cumbersome to open and close manually. The motorized window shades remove the need to call in help to open or shut your blinds and allow...

What To Look For When Shopping For Replacement Windows

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, swapping your older, single pane windows for new, double pane replacement windows can save the average homeowner between $126 and $456 each year off of their utility bills, depending on what part of the country you live in. This is not only good for your family budget, but also good for the planet since it uses fewer natural resources. In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that you can recoup around 78 percent of the cost of replacement windows when you sell your home. However, not all replacement windows are alike. Before you sign up with the first contractor you find, it’s wise to compare the offerings of several window dealers. Things to consider when buying replacement windows 1. What color do they come in? Although some windows are only offered in white, many other come in a variety of hues, from hunter green to gray to black. 2. What type of glass do you need? The type of glass you choose affects the energy-saving potential of your new windows. For example low-e glass reduces the heat transfer from the sun’s UV rays. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that this type of glass can reduce energy loss by as much as 50 percent. Other types of glass include heat-absorbing tinted glass, which helps to not only save energy but reduce glare, and glass with a reflective coating to help reduce glare. 3. Wood or vinyl? While wood requires more maintenance, it has a more authentic look that may be more suitable for older homes. Vinyl on the other hand, weathers...

Three Options To Give You The Most Energy Savings With Flat Roofing On Your Home

For one reason or another, you may have flat roofing on your home. This can be a source of water leaks and other headaches. It can also cause your home to be hotter in the summer, and a source of heat loss during the winter. There are many products that you can have installed to make your flat roof leak proof and more energy efficient. Here are some of the best options you have for flat roofing that is durable and energy efficient: 1. Living Roof Systems To Maximize Space If you want to add green space to the roof of your home, a living roof system can provide you with a garden area on any flat roof space. It is a system that can give you garden space on your rooftop, and more space to enjoy around your home. These systems begin with the installation of multiple layers of membrane roofing. They then have drainage and a soil medium for growing plants. This can also be a great area for the addition of a hot tub, but you will also need to have structural support installed in the location of a hot tub or other excessively heavy features you want for your rooftop garden. 2. Multiple Layer Cool Roof Membrane Systems Flat roofs with several layers of materials can be a great roofing system to increase the energy efficiency of your home. Multiple layer systems that have a final light color membrane will increase the energy benefits of flat roofing by reflecting heat during hot months. These systems help to reflect heat from the sun and keep your...

Did You Lose The Keys To Your Business? Learn How To Pick A Deadbolt Like A Pro

Are you having a hard time getting inside your business because the keys are misplaced? You don’t have to wait for a locksmith to pick the lock for you if you have access to the right tools to do it on your own. Find out how you can pick a deadbolt like a pro with a pick and tension wrench so you can get in your business and make money. How Can a Deadbolt Be Picked Like a Pro? Picking a deadbolt like a pro is much easier than you may think. All you need is two simple tools to get the job done in only a matter of minutes if you do it right. The tools you will need include a pick and tension wrench. One of the tools will be used to turn the keyhole that is also known as the cylinder plug, while the other tools will be used to maneuver the pin and tumbler system that is inside the deadbolt so you can let yourself in the door. You must first gain a little knowledge about how the pin and tumbler system in a deadbolt works. The main aspect of the lock is a series of pins that can move up and down inside the cylinder plug. Each of the pins is of a different size and has springs on top of them. The pins must be moved up until they rest securely in the springs to get them out of the cylinder plug and allow the door to unlock. What are the Steps for Picking a Deadbolt? The first step to picking the deadbolt...

The Benefits Offered By Temporary Fencing

There are many times when you might want to have a fence in place for only a short time, rather than permanently. This could be for a construction site you want to isolate from the public or an event where you want to keep things organized and structured. If you are a homeowner, you might want to put temporary fencing around a newly planted stand of trees or around a pool to keep visiting children out. Temporary fencing offers businesses and homeowners alike a range of important benefits. Easy to Use Most temporary fencing is relatively easy to install and easy to take down. Temporary fences are usually lightweight and don’t require you to dig any holes in order to set them up. Obviously, this type of temporary fencing is not in itself a barrier against a determined intruder driving through in a car, but you can reinforce temporary fencing with heavy bases, concrete fills or sturdy clamps. While you can have the company you’re renting the fencing from set it up for you, most temporary fencing can be erected by you and your staff (or family if the fencing is for your home). Safer Events When you’re holding a big event in a large public space (such as at a city park), the safety and security of everyone involved has to be your uppermost concern. For instance, you don’t want uninvited criminal types making their way into your event and perhaps causing trouble for you or your guests. One way to help ensure the security of an event is to put up temporary fencing. This will allow you...

Easily Neglected Maintenance Tasks Necessary After Your Basement Floods

The basement of your home may be designed to be a functional space for storage or shelter in case of a storm, but it is not at all uncommon for this underground section of your home to become flooded. Not only is this a major concern because a wet area beneath the home can encourage water damage and mold, but the situation is worsened by the fact that many of the home’s crucial elements are located in this area. You may know to eliminate standing water and use air circulation to encourage the space to dry, but there are a few things that are easily neglected after the basement has flooded. The Furnace Especially in older homes, the massive size of the furnace made it logical for this unit to be placed in the basement. This can pose a major problem if the basement floods as water will make its way into the unit and can cause a lot of problems. Water around the burner can prevent the furnace from heating up as it should and could even cause a shortage in those with electrical wiring. Furthermore, water that is not immediately tended to can lead to corrosion and rust inside of the metal casing. If your basement has been filled with enough water to reach the furnace, it is imperative that you take off the outer plates and dry out the inside and check for damages. Gas furnaces in particular can see issues if water gets inside. The moisture can make its way into the pilot and prevent it from burning properly and the excess vapor inside can...

4 Crucial Tips To Maximize Your Hot Water Use

It can surprise you just how much money you can spend on conveniences in your home. That hot shower every morning will add up throughout the months, so you should remain cognizant of the many factors that come into play when it comes to heating your water throughout your household. For people who want to take control of their bills and energy use, this resource will provide you the opportunity to do just that. Consider these tips and factors, in order to heat your water, while taking control and ownership over your expenses and the efficiency of your utilities.  #1: Keep Your Hot Water Heater At 120 Degrees Experts suggest that you keep your water heater temperatures at constant levels, in order to prevent overuse and waste. This will allow you to maintain a comfortable temperature, without causing drastic spikes in your bills. The best temperature to use is 120 degrees, according to experts, so set your thermostats accordingly.  #2: Take Care Of Your Water Heater Throughout The Years As opposed to just focusing on quick fixes with your water bills, the best and most practical way to save money is through maintenance on your water heater. According to studies, maintaining your water heater will give you the chance to save $8 to $10 per month on your bills, while keeping the tank longer. Call up a contractor to help you in this regard. Some of the tenants of maintenance they provide include flushing the tank, checking for leaks and inspecting your pressure levels.  #3: Insulate Your Pipes Insulating your pipes is a very underrated thing you can do...

Staying Comfortable And Saving Money – Tips For Maintaining Your HVAC System

Owning your own home can be one of the most rewarding parts of anyone’s life, but it is not without its challenges. Home ownership means having to develop at least a working knowledge of a wide variety of specialized home equipment, and one of the most difficult can be your heating and air conditioning system. Below, you’ll find a guide to some ways you can proactively maintain your heating and air system. This information will allow you to avoid some of the most difficult aspects of home repair, and hopefully will contribute to your having a reliable and functioning environmental control system for years to come. Check Electrical Components You may perceive your heating and air system as a large piece of equipment that is entirely connected and snakes through your home, but the truth is that the much smaller component pieces make it the conglomeration of many small parts. Electrical components are among the most vital. If you have loose plugs, failing motors, old fuses, or other deficiencies in the power supply to your HVAC system, it can be the forerunner to more serious issues. Variations in electrical current or consistently running motors can cause a great deal of wear and tear on your system, and as various components wear down, you will almost certainly find yourself with expensive repairs that could have been avoided. Be Diligent About Cleanliness Heating and air components are often stored in out-of-the-way closets or corners of garages where they don’t attract much attention. What they do attract, however, is dust and dirt, and these contaminants can easily threaten the quality of your...