Do-It-Yourself Termite Treatment

Jul - 29 2016 | no comments | By

Do-it-yourself procedures should be taken with caution. It is always better if experts handle home repair issues. This is especially true for residential plumbing jobs, sewer drain cleaning and of course, anything and everything about professional plumbing.

One other thing that is more advisable to be handled by experts is termite extermination. This is due to the fact that chemicals are involved, and a minor slip up could result in serious injuries. Also, improper chemical handling could also cause health issues.

People who opt for do-it-yourself treatments are usually concerned about the expenses involved. However, it is best to have the situation checked for free so that you can understand the urgency of the problem you are dealing with. They can also provide you a quotation, which you can compare to the expense you would be spending for the chemicals, materials and tools you need to do repair yourself. Of course, your computation would not include the amount of time you will be spending on the treatment, rather than on other things more productive, and it might not include the do overs you have to do, should you commit errors while doing the procedure.

Of course, this is not to say that getting rid of the issues on your own is not a possible job. It is, but you should have to be wary of the possible good and bad outcomes of doing the task by yourself.

In the case of doing termite treatments, there are two ways you can get rid of your own termites – termiticides or termite baits.

Termiticides are barriers that prevent termites from breaking through and entering the walls and structures of your home. However, when the termites are already able to penetrate, the termiticides can be used to prevent the pests from digging through the soil, where they get their nutrients to survive. This way, they are trapped and they eventually die. After which, cleaning out and probably a change of material will be made. This is also because using termiticides, especially when the infestation has already occurred, will involve drilling.

This is a delicate procedure; the very reason why doing it without professional help, can be very difficult.

Termite Baits, on the other hand, will lure the termites into eating it, eventually killing them.

There are various baiting systems available in the market. You can either inject chemicals into the soil within the vicinity of your house, and the effects could last for year. You can also place the chemicals near the structure itself, and still harbor the same effect. However you decide to place your termite baits, they are effective because termites are killed even before they reach your home.

This procedure is recommended when the conditions of the house, or any structure you are trying to protect from infestation, have an untreatable soil that makes the effects of termiticides ineffective. This usually happens for structures near a body of water.

As you plan to get rid of termites soon, you can choose from the two available options. Just always make sure that you read instructions carefully. The slightest doubt you have, call professionals immediately.


Basic Facts about Home Furnace

Jun - 11 2016 | no comments | By

If you are someone who plans to have a furnace put up in his or her home sometime soon, or someone who has already put up a furnace but does not really know how to maximize the use of this particular household appliance, then you should read on and find out more interesting things about home furnaces.

Basic information number 1

By now you probably know that a furnace’s main function is to heat up the air inside the house, especially on a cold winter day. Simply put, the furnace works by harboring air from the room and letting it pass through the part of the appliance that heats up the gathered air, then letting it out back into the room, already warmed up. Basically, you can say that air goes through a cycle from the room to the furnace and back out into the room, then goes back in the furnace to be reheated whenever it gets cold again.

Basic information number 2

The life expectancy of a furnace depends on its efficiency. Furnaces that are conventional or with mid-efficiency levels can last on an average of 18-25 years while high efficiency furnaces last on an average of 15-20 years. All furnaces have three basic components which are the heat exchanger, burner or heating element, and the blower.

Basic information number 3

There will come a time in your furnace’s life when it would stop working as efficiently as it used to. Reasons for this are:

  • A crack or hole in the heat exchanger. Just as how a leak in a metal roofing affects a home, a crack in the heat exchanger poses a serious problem because the heat exchanger is a part of the furnace that is hidden inside the appliance. It is not an external part and determining that it is the cause of the problem is not an easy task. Hence, just as you would contact roofing companies to aid with a broken roof, you must not fail to hire expert furnace repair crews.
  • Too much dirt in the filters of the furnace. Part of the process of the furnace is to clean out the dirt and dust in the air that it circulates in the house. Obviously, there will come a time when the filters would be too clogged up with dust to function properly. This is the reason why proper check-up and maintenance should be done so that the filters could have constant cleaning. Along with this, other parts could be sized-up for possible wearing down or drying up. Lubricating machines, cleaning other parts of the furnace, and doing minor and major repairs here and there could be made.
  • Malfunctions in the burner can be a major problem for a furnace. The burner is the part of the furnace that heats up the air. Hence, when it malfunctions, the furnace could not serve its purpose. Again, constant maintenance should be done in order to make sure that the burner is functional.

Maintenance check-ups should be done just before winter season starts to kick in. this way, you can be sure that the furnace would keep you warm all throughout the winter season. Do not wait for it to break down before you have it checked, just as you would not wait for standing water to cause water damage in your home. If you are too late to address the issues, you might freeze your way to sickness if you hit the unlucky button and have your furnace strike out in the middle of the cold winter.

Be Your Own Roofer, Plumber, and Landscaper

May - 28 2016 | no comments | By

One thing I really enjoy doing when I am able to relax around the house is watch some television. Honestly, that is what most guys like to do anyways. I just enjoy watching TV with my wife. Plus we both like many of the same shows. I really enjoy the shows where they flip houses, diy, and when you see people pick. A lot of these shows gives us ideas of what we can do around our house. My wife and I are always up for a new project around the house.

We were watching the diy network one night. That is probably our favorite channel to watch shows on. They were showing how to do your own plumbing around the house. It was really interesting the way you could make your own sprinkler system for your landscaping. It was ironic because we had been talking about hiring someone to put it in for us. After watching that show, there is no need in us calling anyone now. We felt pretty confident in doing it ourselves. It just took me a one weekend to get everything together. Now we have our very own sprinkler system for a price anyone can afford!

Cold Showers are Never Fun Not Even for a Plumber

May - 19 2016 | no comments | By

When you first get married things can be a little difficult in the beginning. You have two people who have lived on their own until now. Then all of  a sudden you are living with someone and around them all the time. So you will figure out each other habits of living. One thing you need to always remember is that you do not want to try and change one another. That is key to keeping each other happy and you want to keep each other happy. Because when one of you guys are having a bad day. You both are going to be having a bad day!

One thing about my wife is she loves taking extremely hot and long showers. That use to annoy me when we first got married but I soon learned to accept it. It was never a problem at the first home we were renting at. Once we bought our first house together things changed, though. It was like after she showered, we never any hot water. So after the 4th or 5th cold shower, I finally decided maybe something was wrong with the hot water heater. So I called up an Anniston, AL plumber to come out and take a look. I was right. He had a bad heating element. He was able to fix it up in no time!

How Important is a Good Roof?

May - 16 2016 | no comments | By

If you are a homeowner you love your house. It is a huge investment you better! You are always trying to take really good care of it. It is a lot different if you rent because that is not yours. It belongs to someone else. Something that I take pride in is I try my best to really keep up with my house. I am always outside trying to make it look better or fix anything that may need to be fixed. I plan on living in my house for a very long time and I try to save money by doing a lot of my own handy work.

One night this past spring we had a round of really bad storms come through. I am a very sound sleeper and they even woke me up a few times. My wife and I woke up the next day as usual and went to work. I was not feeling too great so I decided to come home at lunch and get some rest. What I walked into was horrible. I was going to lay on the couch and get some rest. In the middle of our living room, there was a huge puddle of water! I knew then I was going to have to call a Birmingham roofing company to come out and look at it. This mess was out of my pay grade to fix. The roofing company was out that day. They got it fixed up pretty quickly thank goodness.

Enjoy the Real Estate Market

May - 05 2016 | no comments | By

Something my wife and I enjoy doing are car rides. It is cheap entertainment. What we do on these rides are what makes it fun for us. We both love looking at houses. When we first started dating each we would do this still! We would always go out and pick an unfamiliar neighborhood. There are just so many houses out there to see and so many of them we wish that we could live in. We did not know it at the time but we were preparing ourselves for buying a house once we got married. 

Throughout the years of us riding around and looking at homes we kind of knew what we wanted. We knew the style, floor plan, and type of landscaping we wanted before even looking at our first house. So when we met our Anniston real estate agent thing ran very smoothly. He was so surprised how we just had all our ducks in a row. He told us that we were the best-prepared clients that he ever had before. I think we just made his job a little easier but he still was an awesome real estate agent.