Spring is finally in the air across most of Canada and with the sun and warmer weather comes the realization that Old Man Winter has been torturing the outside of your house for the last six months. Before you break out the patio furniture and start planting your gardens, you might want to follow these six tips to get your home ready for a headache-free season.
As most of us are getting back to the daily grind after the turkey comas and the seemingly never ending parade of festivities, It is easy to get discouraged after setting some new year resolutions and not finding the time, or energy to invest in moving forward after the holidays. Don’t be discouraged! Here are some inspirational quotes to hopefully quicken your step.
Get your mind in the gutters. Your roof's drainage system annually diverts thousands of gallons of water from your house's exterior and foundation walls. That's why it is so important to keep this system flowing smoothly. Clogged gutters can lead to damaged exterior surfaces and to water in your basement. Before the leaves fly this fall, have your gutters cleaned, then covered with mesh guards to keep debris from returning. DON’T FORGET ABOUT WINDOW WELL DRAINS AND BASEMENT ENTRY DRAINS.
Nothing says "summer" like a campfire or bonfire, but these fun activities also present a number of safety hazards. If you'll be spending the summer camping or just toasting marshmallows in the back yard, it's a good idea to educate yourself about campfire safety. Keep the following tips in mind.
We tend to think of air pollution as something outside -- smog, ozone, or haze hanging in the air, especially in summer. But the truth is, the air inside homes, offices, and other buildings can be more polluted than the air outside. The air inside your home may be polluted by lead (in house dust), formaldehyde, fire-retardants, radon, even volatile chemicals from fragrances used in conventional cleaners. Some pollutants are tracked into the home. Some arrive via a new mattress or furniture, carpet cleaners, or a coat of paint on the walls.
To help prevent water from freezing in pipes on extremely cold days, leave kitchen and bathroom cabinets open to expose pipes to warmer air. Also insulate any exposed pipes. In addition, make sure your attic floor is properly insulated. Be sure to shut off and drain outside taps during winter months.
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At Miller Restoration we understand how destructive wind damage can be to a home or business. Strong winds or tornadoes have the ability to blow off roofs, or even just to remove shingles that are vital in protecting the home from rain, snow, sleet, or hail. The condition of the roof and the construction of the roof play a major role in determining whether the roof will be able to sustain strong winds. If your roof has been damaged whether large or small it is important to take a few basic steps initially to ensure no further damage.