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Home Repairs After Storms

home repair requires tools & skills

Home repair after a storm is complicated and stressful, as everything is an unknown, unplanned and you want to get things done as quickly as possible. First you need to make temporary repairs to avoid further damage and then there’s cleanup which provides some time to think through and plan your repair priorities. Next you need to address any water problems as these multiple rapidly if left unchecked.

Then you can start through the list of items needing attention. Seldom will you have the time or skills to do most tasks yourself, and don’t worry as you likely will still spend... 

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Cleaning Up After a Hurricane

storm cleanup takes time & patience

Your first priority during and after a hurricane is the safety of your family. Hurricanes are huge, and it will take time for cleanup and repairs so it’s wise to plan for what can be a long, tedious and unpleasant job but someone has to do it and that someone is you, the homeowner.

To make your job a little easier, we put together this checklist, that starts with cleaning up and next week we’ll add another article on handling all the follow-on home repairs. Your goal is to restore your home to, in an ideal world, what you had before. This... 

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Ready for the Hurricane?

hurricane emergency kit

You can’t control when hurricane’s happen but you can prepare for them, and the more you do in advance, the easier it will be to weather the storm. Weather patterns are changing and there are many more storms in the last few years like last year’s October snowstorm that blanketed the northeast, and now Hurricane Sandy is headed towards the east coast.

We thought it would be helpful to give you a hurricane preparedness checklist, one you can use for this storm and future ones that threaten your home with high winds, and wind-driven rain or snow. We thought it was... 

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Replacing Washing Machine Hoses

Buying a new washing machine is fun but pay careful attention to how it's installed

Washing machine hoses? Just as important as picking the right (energy efficient) washing machine, is making sure your new washer is installed and maintained properly.

We get interesting questions from our customers and many of them are things every homeowner should know, so we wanted to share this advice with you.

A recent email from a customer asked if she should replace the rubber hoses to her washing machine to avoid dry rotting, as someone had recommended. She also asked about the right type of metal hose to use … so here’s the answer, and if you’re not comfortable making this... 

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Preventing Problems Before an Emergency

Unfortunately you don't get an owners manual with your home

When you buy a car it comes with an owners manual. Unfortunately very few builders provide an owners manual for the homes they build. It’s too difficult. A builder might buy 90% of the materials for a house from the local building supply company but they’re a distributor handling products from 1,000s of manufacturers. No one involved in home construction has the type of quality control that car manufacturers have.

Your home maintenance strategy reflects your personality and your lifestyle. There are lots of homeowners who know they could figure out how to replace a floor board in the deck or... 

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Why Did My Water Pipe Freeze?

frozen water pipe

Water temperatures drop, water freezes it expands and in a pipe it might burst the pipe depending on the amount of pressure. When plumbing pipes burst, water escapes and goes in many directions with a good chance there will be serious damage and repairs. The worst case is when the pipe bursts inside a wall, where you can hear it but can’t see it. That’s when you need to shut your water off as quickly as possible so if you don’t already know how to shut your water off, read Home Emergencies: Shutting Off Your Water here on our blog.

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Basement Flooding & Cleaning Up

Most home owners assume their home is water tight, until the water gets in. If your home is normally dry, the water is coming in due to water rising in the ground surrounding your home, below the basement floor and in the soil pressing against your foundation walls. This water is under hydrostatic pressure and due to gravity, it will push through any weak areas like cracks, joints or other imperfections your your home’s foundation and we’ll address ways to reduce and/or manage future water inflow.

Steps to Cleaning Up a Wet Basement

Armstong CushionStep Flooring

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Home Emergencies: Shutting off the Water

Main Shutoff Valve

Water emergencies are the number problem home owners have to deal with. Whether water is coming in from outside, or there’s a plumbing leak inside your home … you want to handle water problems quickly. The reason? Water or high levels of moisture can continue to cause damage, often hidden damage, which increases the risk of mold along with higher repair costs.

When you finally see a small stain on your ceiling, the water leak that probably caused it may have started days or weeks earlier. What appears to be a small problem, might be small … and might be a... 

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Home Emergencies: Shutting the Water Off

Water emergencies are the number problem home owners have to deal with. Whether water is coming in from outside, or there’s a plumbing leak inside your home … you want to handle water problems quickly. The reason? Water or high levels of moisture can continue to cause damage, often hidden damage, which increases the risk of mold along with higher repair costs.

When you finally see a small stain on your ceiling, the water leak that probably caused it may have started days or weeks earlier. What appears to be a small problem, might be small … and might be a... 

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Emergency Light Repair on July 4th

One of the things Americans like to do on holidays is go shopping. This past weekend we had an emergency call from a shoe store, as the support wire for a light fixture snapped and we were asked to quickly …

Repair or Secure Light Fixture for Safety

The wiring wasn’t anything we could find locally, and the allen wrench to open the support can attached to the ceiling was a non-standard size. We removed the fixture and submitted photos for replacement parts.

 

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