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When To Invest In A Boundary Survey

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Locating property lines can be challenging in a changing landscape. This is especially true for properties that haven't exchanged hands in several years and have old property descriptions listed on the deed. Rather than relying on what your eyes can see, it's always best to invest in a boundary survey when you need accurate information about property lines. Here are three situations where a boundary survey can prove invaluable. 1. When you intend to subdivide your land.

1 November 2016

Just Bought A Home With A Gravel Yard When You Really Want Grass Instead?

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Because of water conservation efforts, there's been a lot of focus in the last few years on "hardscaping" rather than landscaping—but that might not be the best thing for you if you've just moved into a house where you plan on raising a family and you want a yard with grass for the kids to play. If you're looking at a backyard full of gravel that you'd like to see turned into a place that kids can play, here are some suggestions that should make it easier to accomplish.

17 October 2016

Make Sure Your Home's Electrical System Is Ready For Winter

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In just a short amount of time, the harshness of winter will be here. As a result, you're likely taking action around your home to prepare. Make sure you aren't overlooking your electrical system during this process. Here are a handful of tips to get your home's electrical system ready for winter. Invest In A Surge Protector Now is an excellent time to invest in a surge protector. During the winter, heavy snow and ice are enough to completely knock out the power in a home.

28 September 2016

Why Hardwood Is Great For Bathroom Floors

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Over the years, you are probably going to need to update the flooring in your bathroom. This is a room that has a lot of moisture, which can be very damaging to floors. Even if you have a durable, waterproof flooring product like tile or hardwood, you will probably need to change it at some point. This article explains the advantages of installing composite hardwood in a bathroom. Of course, hardwood will not last forever, but composite products with laminated finish will be just as durable as tile or natural stone floors.

7 September 2016

Winter's Chilling Ride: Protecting Your Elevator From Cold Weather Hazards

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If this is your company's first winter in a building with an elevator, you need to be proactive about dealing with the cold temperatures. Understanding the problems that cold weather can cause will help you to prevent some costly complications with your elevator system. Here are a few tips to avoid some of the more significant threats that winter can pose. Keep the hydraulic oil warm. The cold weather can cause the hydraulic oil to become cold, which can thicken the oil and slow it down.

18 August 2016

3 Tips For Making Allergies A Thing Of The Past With Routine Carpet Cleaning

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If you are someone that suffers from allergies, it can be frustrating to have a home with carpeting. While carpeting can be great for absorbing sound and making your home more comfortable, it can also lead to allergies being a bigger problem for you. Luckily, you can get carpet cleaning taking care of to make allergies less of a threat for you. If you're unsure of how to get carpet cleaning done that is as effective as possible for your home, consider some of the following tips.

31 July 2016

Three Things You Should Know About Septic Tank Pumping

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Periodic pumping is one of the most important maintenance tasks homeowners needs to have performed on their septic tanks. A backed up or overflowing septic tank can cause enormous damage to both your house and the yard that surrounds it. Being aware of the following three things will ensure that you get your septic system the service it needs to prevent overflows and other potentially disastrous malfunctions.  It's important to periodically have your septic tank pumped out to keep your system working properly.

14 July 2016

3 Best And Worst Roofing Materials For A Spanish Eclectic Home

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Spanish eclectic homes are small, mission-inspired structures with stucco walls, scallop-shaped windows, and a number of decorative accents. The roof on a Spanish eclectic home is typically a low-pitched variant on the traditional gable roof. The distinct style of the home and the shape of the roof join together to help decide the best and worst roofing materials for a Spanish Eclectic home. Here are a few of the best and worst roofing materials for a Spanish Eclectic home roof installation.

28 June 2016

How To Continuity Test The Water Valve On A Dishwasher That Won't Fill Properly

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A dishwasher needs to take in the right amount of water during the wash cycle to ensure that the dishes can get cleaned but that the tub won't overflow. The balance of water is controlled through a water valve, or water inlet valve, located within the dishwasher's access panel. If your dishwasher has recently stopped filling properly, there might be a malfunction with the water valve. An electrical issue or continuity interruption is easy to test for if you own a digital multimeter.

8 June 2016

Protecting Your Air Conditioner From The Corrosive Effects Of Salt Water

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Having a home near a beach makes for some beautiful views and fun times. However, the salt air can do a number on your appliances. Namely, the corrosion caused by the high salt content can cut years off the lifespan of your air conditioner, requiring you to repair or replace it more often than normal. Here are a couple of things you can do to protect your air conditioner from the deleterious effects of the salt water.

23 May 2016