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Sticky Driveway? Learn Why Asphalt Melts And What You Can Do To Prevent It

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Does your driveway feel a bit clingy on the hottest days of the year? It’s common knowledge that asphalt pavement can get sticky when heated, but what can you do to prevent a hot driveway from damaging your tires or your shoes? Before you can look at prevention options, it’s important to understand why asphalt gets tacky at all. Why Does My Driveway Get Sticky On Hot Days? Asphalt gets its name from the oil-based binding agent used to hold it together. Read More»

3 Ways Your Silver Maple Tree Is Damaging Your Roof

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Homeowners often plant silver maple trees in their yards and around their homes because of the excellent shade that these trees provide. However, planting a silver maple too close to the house does have its drawbacks. Below you will learn how a silver maple tree can damage your home and what you can do to keep your tree from ruining your roof. Limbs Gouging The Shingles Silver maples are a fast-growing tree species and this causes the trees to have weak wood. Read More»

Helpful Tips For Securing Your Home & Belongings After A Devastating Fire

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Imagine this – you receive a call from your neighbor telling you your house is on fire. You rush home to find your house engulfed in flames. You watch the fire department try to save your home. You think of the valuable jewelry you inherited and photo albums that cannot be replaced. A house fire is a devastating loss, especially when it completely destroys the home and nearly everything in it. Read More»

4 Garage Door Repairs Best Left To Professionals

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You might like to do repair projects around your house by yourself to feel more independent, but many garage door repairs can only be done safety by two or more people.  When you have problems with your garage door, there are a number of repairs that are best left to professionals. Replacing Springs Replacing garage door springs on your own is a bad idea for a number of reasons. For one, it requires special equipment to remove the springs and to put them back into place. Read More»

Don't Get Left Out In The Cold! How To Estimate How Much Heating Oil (And Money) It Will Take To Heat Your Home

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The heating season can put a dent in your budget, particularly if you live in a northern climate where winters are long and cold. Exactly how much heating your home will set you back financially depends on a variety of factors - such as outside temperatures, how high you set the thermostat, the size of the area you are heating and the efficiency of your furnace. There are two basic ways to estimate the cost of heating your home so that you can budget for the added winter expense. Read More»

Can A New Roof Be Used To Reduce Your Business's Utility Bills?

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If you’re a small business owner and own your own commercial building(s), you may constantly be looking for ways to cut your overhead costs. Although owning your own building gives you more stability – for example, there’s no need to scramble to find a new location if your landlord doubles your rent – this security often brings with it higher carrying costs on everything from property taxes to utilities. Read on to learn more about how the type of roof you choose can help reduce your business’s utility bills. Read More»

5 Ways That Washing With Tap Water Can Affect Your Skin And Hair

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Many American consumers are already aware that additives to municipal drinking water supplies such as chlorine can make tap water undesirable for drinking and using in cooking, and therefore have water filtration systems in place on their kitchen faucets. However, many of these same consumers think nothing of bathing and washing their face and hair with water straight from the tap. However, using tap water for your grooming rituals may have unexpected results. Read More»

3 Tips For Dealing With Water Damage From Burst Pipes

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It’s startling, but the most common cause of property damage from water damage resulted from plumbing failures and freezing pipes. From 2007 to 2009, water damage accounted for $9.1 billion in annual homeowner policy property loss. Burst pipes can be a result of negligence in maintenance services or just unfortunate accidents. Regardless, you must understand that you are racing against time when dealing with burst pipes, so act fast. Here are 3 things that you should do after calling an emergency plumber and water damage restoration and control companies. Read More»

Guide To Troubleshooting Problems With Keeping Your Gas Boiler's Pilot Lit

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When your gas boiler heater has stopped working properly, you may have determined there may be a problem with keeping the fire lit after checking and relighting the pilot. If so, Use the following three-step guide to troubleshooting the problem to see if there is a simple solution. Step 1: Check The Gas Lines And Valves The first thing you should do is check the gas lines and valves that feed your boiler. Read More»

4 Of The Most Important Areas Of Your Home To Inspect After A Flood

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A flood can cause major damage to every area of your home, and once it’s safe for you to return to your home, the inspection should begin. While every area of your home should eventually be inspected, these are some of the most important areas to check right away. Structural Damage Inside and Outside Before you enter your house, check for any structural damage on the outside of your home, including: Read More»