Ice dams are a common homeowner’s nightmare in the winter whenever it snows, potentially causing major and costly water damage to your roof and even ceilings. Ice dams occur when snow on the roof melts slightly then refreezes when the runoff reaches the eaves, often in the gutters. When the day warms even slightly, the top layer melts but is unable to drain off properly, resulting in a pool of water up against the base of your roof. The water then often seeps under the roofing material, sometimes as much as 5ft or even 10ft up. Eventually, the water can work its way into your house’s soffits, walls, and even ceilings. When it comes to ice dams, an ounce of prevention is [...]
If you’re feeling the cold nip of winter outside, you’re probably just about ready to turn your heating unit to a permanent “on” position until spring. But wait! Before you start blasting the heat, there are a few things you can do to make sure your unit is running in tip-top shape—and that your AC is ready to go when the warmer weather comes around again. The Department of Energy estimates that proper HVAC maintenance can really impact your fuel or electricity expenses. In fact, giving your system a little TLC can reduce your energy consumption by a hefty 15 to 25 percent. Here’s what you can do to get your units nice and cozy and ready for the winter [...]
There’s something about autumn that energizes many people, getting them to take on projects and plans that they may have been putting off while enjoying a lazy Summer. Sounds like you? While you’re busy making plans for the winter months ahead, make sure you also take the time to take care of some home projects that are best done during the early fall months. These five projects coming in under $2000 and can help make your home more safe and comfortable for the months ahead.1. Furnace Repair
You don’t want to wait until the cold winter months to turn on your furnace and find that it isn’t working. That’s why early fall is the best time to schedule your furnace repair. This [...]
Spring has sprung and summer is right around the corner which means that it is prime time for outdoor gatherings and meals with friends. Here are some tips and a super easy DIY project great Spring or Summer tablescapes and get-togethers!
Keep it casual: spring and especially summer get-togethers have a more casual vibe and dress code that is suitable for flip flops and shorts opposed to high heels and dresses! Melamine plates are perfect for the outdoor, casual entertainer. The hard plastic material resembles china plates and comes in many colors and patterns. They won’t break if dropped and can be easily wiped off and thrown in the dishwasher! Keeping with the casual theme, [...]