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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»

Techniques Used To Extract Water Out Of A Basement

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Finding inches of water on your basement floor is never a good experience. Not only will the water damage your things, but it could also be expensive to have the mess cleaned up. Luckily, there are water damage restoration companies you can hire for help. While the entire job can take time and a lot of effort, a good company will be able to clean up your basement to the point where it looks great again, and here are some of the methods they will use to extract the water and dry out the area. Read More»

How To Integrate An Exterior Drain Tile Into Your Earth Sheltered Home

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Earth sheltered homes provide various benefits for their owners. Not only do they look aesthetically pleasing due to their integration with the land around them, but using an earth berm against your home can save on building materials and keep the temperature in your home more consistent throughout the year. Earth sheltered houses present various architectural challenges due to the heavy load of earth pressing against walls and roofs. However, an exterior drain tile can help alleviate some of the problems you encounter. Read More»

5 Things To Consider Before Adding A New Chimney To Your Existing House

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 Chimneys and fireplaces have risen and fallen in popularity over the last century since they became an optional accessory instead of the main source of heat in a home. If you’re the owner of a newer house that lacks a real masonry chimney, you might dream about adding a tall stack of brick or stone to your structure. Consider these five complications before calling up a masonry contractor to start the hard work. Read More»

How To Replace Your Garage Door Weatherstripping

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When it comes to winterizing your home, your garage door is very problematic. Although your door was installed with sufficient weatherstripping, exposure to rain, UV rays, and other environmental factors has caused your weatherstrips to crack and leak heat. Luckily, you can replace your door’s worn weatherstrips in just a few hours by following these steps: Gather Your Supplies Measure the width of your door and count the number of panels that must receive new weatherstrips. Read More»