Roofs protect our buildings from the elements, shielding them from rain, wind and snow. In turn, they need a little help and protection now and again to be able to function properly. A well-maintained roof can last for decades, but it needs to be guarded against water damage and other hazards. Roofs should be inspected regularly and any repairs should be done quickly. Roofing materials like liquid rubber waterproof sealant make repairs and touch-ups that much easier, renewing your roof and its protective capacity.
How the elements can harm you roof
The roof and sidings of any building, which make up the exterior, protect it from the elements and the vagaries of the weather. Few things feel cozier than sitting indoors with a warm drink while listening to the pouring rain outside. Roofs are the first and perhaps most important line of defense against sold, heat, rain, wind and snow. They’re also one of the most neglected parts of any building, getting atten Continue reading “Why Roof Maintenance is Important for Protecting Your Building”
After a slow start, winter has really settled in with heavy snow, temperatures below freezing, and the sound of shovels and snow plows scraping over snow- covered roadways. It brings back old problems like freezing pipes, and some homes with septic systems may have additional problems like frozen ground causing sump pits to overflow. There are some basic precautions you can take to avoid these problems, but there are times when you just have to call in a professional plumbing service to deal with leaks, floods and jobs like septic disposal.
Frozen pipes are the homeowner’s winter nightmare
It’s an insidious problem that can be very unpredictable. As temperatures drop below freezing, water in the pipes freezes as well. As most people learn in their high school chemistry classes, water expands in volume when it freezes, putting more pressure on the pipes, whether they’re made of plastic or metal. This can cause them to develop leaks or even burst.
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Radon is a gas that is colorless, odorless, and very harmful to those who are exposed to larger quantities of it. There are small amounts of it present in the air we breathe, but it is when these fumes get trapped in your home that you face the most risk. Why is this gas dangerous? Well, it is known to increase one’s chances of getting lung cancer significantly. In fact, according the Surgeon General, radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the United States, coming second only to smoking.
Another place these fumes are found is the soil. This is where homeowners can face risk of exposure, as the radon from the soil can enter a home, depending on how the house is designed and how it reacts to the soil beneath it. Unfortunately, around 1 out of every fifteen homes in the United States is likely facing levels that are at or above what the EPA considers safe.
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As stated previously, high radon levels dramatically increase one’s chances of ge Continue reading “The Facts Behind Radon and How to Avoid It”
Having a fear of elevators is certainly not uncommon and is one that is suffered by many people both here in the United States as well as outside of it. People from all backgrounds and of all ages fear elevators to some extent, something that has been spurred on by many a horror movie portraying a plummeting elevator. However, these fears are completely unfounded the vast majority of the time.
In fact, elevators are incredibly safe and incredibly important. Though many people will avoid taking an elevator if at all possible, elevators are actually one of the safest ways to travel from floor to floor around. They are even up to 20 full times safer than escalators, which are much more prone to both user injury and electrical malfunction, something that has led to many an injury and even some deaths both throughout this country as well as outside of it too. This even holds true when we look at the fact that there are far more elevators than escalators in use both in this country in p Continue reading “The Elevator Usage Found In The United States”