The warm, moist environment of your bathroom provides the ideal environment for mold to grow. A properly-sized bathroom fan will remove the moisture from the air and protect your bathroom against mold growth, but with costs ranging up to $800, getting one isn't always financially feasible. If you've got a bathroom that doesn't have a fan, here are 4 low-cost tips for keeping it dry so mold doesn't grow there.
5 May 2016
By planting a few trees in the yard, you can decrease your home's HVAC costs and protect your home from extreme weather elements throughout the year. Not only can your new trees help to cut your air conditioning expenses by up to 30 percent, but they'll decrease your heating costs by up to 50 percent too. Your trees may even increase your property value by anywhere from 10 to 20 percent!
7 April 2016
With a little skill and careful planning, you can renovate an older home to give it better energy efficiency and a few modern touches without losing its original character. Prioritize the process of adding insulation to the walls and attic of your home during your renovation to make sure it's comfortable in addition to looking great. These five tips will help you decide what type of insulation to use and how to get the most out of it.
26 February 2016
Drain clogs are a hassle that no homeowner looks forward to. While you may be aware of a few common tips to remove clogs after they occur, you may not be as familiar with the steps you can take to keep them from happening in the first place. Here are four tips that can significantly reduce how often drain clogs occur. Dispose of Food Scraps Correctly Just because your kitchen sink has a garbage disposal, doesn't mean it can be used in the same way as a trashcan.
29 January 2016
When the temperatures outside dip below the freezing mark, the water inside of your pipes can freeze. This can cause a significant amount of damage. As the water freezes, it expands. This can cause tiny cracks to form in the pipe, which can lead to leaks, or it can cause the pipe to burst, which can lead to a flood when the water thaws out. Regardless, both issues need to be fixed, which can be costly.
19 January 2016
Whether it is coming home to a cold house after work or waking up shivering in the middle of the night, furnace failures can create conditions that range from unpleasant to unsafe, depending on other factors, such as exterior temperatures and the amount of insulation your home offers. If you experience a furnace failure this winter, the following guide can help you take proactive steps to relieve the discomfort of the situation.
23 December 2015
If you are dealing with a leaking foundation and a wet basement, you need to correct the problem as soon as possible to avoid mold and mildew growth in your home. Here are three options to help you correct your home's foundation leaks. Install Exterior Drain Tile To repair a leaking basement foundation, you can install an external drain pipe buried around your home's foundation. There are several benefits to installing an exterior drain.
11 December 2015
A new fence can add tremendous value to your home. And the kind you get will be determined by a number of variables. If you're leaning towards a wood fence, you certainly have a plethora of options when it comes to style. But when weighing the pros and cons, here are three major factors that may affect your decision before beginning the project. Neighbor Etiquette. If you have neighbors, the first thing to do is notify them of your plans to install a fence.
19 November 2015
Even though the purchase of a waterfront home hold many similarities to the purchase of most other houses, there are a few key differences of which buyers must be aware. One of these differences is when both the terrain and the proximity of the home to the water require a protective seawall or some other type of shoreline stabilization feature to prevent erosion and lessen the risk of flooding or any other water-related damage.
24 September 2015
For many businesses, an asphalt parking surface can be a sizable investment that needs to pay for itself over time. Given constant and timely maintenance, the average asphalt parking lot can last for 15 to 20 years before it needs to be completely rebuilt. However, there are plenty of factors that could lengthen or cut short this estimate. If you want to get the most out of your investment, then it's important to understand the factors that can affect the life your asphalt surface.
14 September 2015