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Helpful hints and tips

An ongoing series of information

Home maintenance

Spring Maintenance

5 tips for spring home maintenance

March 5, 2020

1) Inspect your roof, chimney and roof vents for any visible damage. You can do this safely from the ground with a pair of binoculars if you are not comfortable on a ladder. Repair any damage found to avoid further more costly repairs in the future.

2) Clean out gutters and downspouts. With spring showers on the way, make sure your gutters are working properly. Clogged gutters can cause damage to fascia boards, windows and can lead to foundation problems.

3) Painting touch-up's. Inspect the painting around windows and doors to loose and peeling paint. This also gives you the opportunity to check the caulking around your windows and doors.

4) Inspect for any rotting siding or trim. Soft rotted spots will lead to further damage and can also be a great place to let pests and bug into the home. When replacing window trim, look at using PVC trim, this will not rot in the future and can be painted just like wood.

5) Clean exterior surfaces. Power wash siding, decks, sidewalks, driveways and fencing. Keeping these surfaces clean will extend finishes and lead to better curb appeal of your home.

Contact us if you would like any help with your spring maintenance projects!

Shoveling safety

Snow Removal

How to safely shovel and when is the right time

February 14, 2020

Shoveling is a dreaded task we all have to face, here are a couple of tips to do it safely.

1) When should you begin shoveling? Generally you should clear show before it gets packed down and becomes ice. Try and avoid driving over freshly fallen show and try and clear it no more than 6 hours after its completely stopped snowing. 

2) Left with the legs not the back! The old saying rings true when clearing snow. Snow can be very heavy so avoid using your back. Bend at the knees when lifting a full shovel and try to avoid twisting. 

3) Cut into larger piles. If the snow pile you are clearing is taller than 1 foot, use the shovel to chop away pieces from the top of the pile. This will break off a smaller more manageable piece. 

4) Don't forget the roof! Clearing snow from the roof is a must to avoid excessive weight and ice dam build up. Using a roof rake to keep about 18 to 24 inches of the roof edge clear will help with ice dams. Keep in mind where the snow will fall once raked off to avoid damaging anything below the roof line. 

Change out light bulbs

LED Lights

Should you change out light bulbs to LED?

January 15, 2020

YES! You should be changing out your old incandescent and CFL (the twirly ones) to LED bulbs. LED light bulbs have become more and more reasonable in price. You can find a 4 pack at the local home store for as little as $6.00 these days. 

The biggest benefits are the savings from the reduced energy use and the life of the bulbs. LED bulbs can save up to as much as 80% of energy over old incandescent bulbs. The life expectancy is also up to 25 times longer than an incandescent bulb. That means buying less bulbs over time and saving the hassle of changing them out when they do go out. 

LED Light bulbs come in both soft and cool light just like other types of bulbs so you can customize the look you want. Use the cool light in smaller spaces you want to look larger, a basement bathroom for example that might not have natural light. Use warmer bulbs in spaces you want to feel more cozy.

Changing out old incandescent bulbs to LED is a quick and easy way to save money on your energy bill. 

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Ladder Safety

How to safely place and use an extension ladder

December 1, 2019

A couple of safety tips on how to properly use an extension ladder. Planning on putting up the holiday lights, read these quick tips!

1. Place the ladder against the wall and your toes against the bottom vertical rails of the ladder.

2. Stand straight up – no leaning forward allowed! You will maintain the best control of the ladder if you are standing straight up.

3. With your hands out at 90 degrees from your body, grab the rails of the ladder from behind. Rails are the side vertical pieces; rungs are the horizontal steps you climb up on.

4. If you cannot do this, adjust the ladder until you can. You are working to get the angle of the ladder correct before you climb up on the ladder.