Spring Is Here!!

Finally!! Spring has arrived. We are but 3 days away from the official day of Spring. Most of us have be hibernating this winter – HAHAHA – it’s time to get out and get some fresh air and clean out that grill. However, it’s also time for some home maintenance items that will help you avoid big repair bills later on and ruin all the fun if left unattended. Inspect your roof – Whether you have shingles, tin or even concrete tiles, your roof is your home's first line of defense Continue Reading ...

Moisture Intrusion

Unchecked moisture intrusion can lead to structural defects in a home over time, as well as health problems for the home’s family. Some common moisture-related problems include: structural wood decay; high indoor humidity and resulting condensation; expansive soil, which may crack or undermine the home’s foundation, or softened soil, which may lose its ability to support an overlying structure; metal corrosion; ice dams, which form in roof gutters that are undersized or Continue Reading ...

Roof-Covering Maintenance

Although homeowners aren’t necessarily expected to climb on their roofs every season as part of regular home maintenance, there are some conditions that should be monitored to prevent roof damage and to help you get the longest life out of your roof-covering materials. Certain types of damage can lead to water and pest intrusion, structural deterioration, and the escape costly energy. Weathering Hail and storm damage, known as weathering, can weaken a roof’s surface even if you Continue Reading ...

Is My Bathroom Properly Ventilated?

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Bathrooms are a very important room in the house. Most of us like to spend a good amount of time there, so it’s wise to have a check of the ventilation system to make sure that it's functioning properly, thus improving your bathroom experience. If you’re not sure if your ventilation system is working properly, keep your eye out for these indications: Is mold starting to appear on the ceilings and walls of the bathroom? Does it feel very humid in there? Do you notice a lot Continue Reading ...

Should I Carpet My Bathroom?

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Carpet in a home can feel comfortable and cozy, and can look very appealing, but is it a good idea to have it everywhere? What about the bathroom for example? A carpeted bathroom can seem appealing as it is a lot warmer underfoot, especially when it gets very cold here in New York State. It is also a lot more slip resistant than a tiled floor, and it can look very nice. Here are also a few things to keep in mind when deciding if it is right for your bathroom. Moisture! Moisture! Continue Reading ...

Could There Be Mold In My Carpet?

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Mold is a most undesirable thing to deal with in a home. It can cause upper respiratory problems, as well as other health conditions such as skin problems, so naturally, we want to do our best to prevent its growth. One area where mold can grow is in the carpet. Here are some things to think about: If mold is not visible on my carpet, could it still have it? Yes, in fact, mold only appears on the surface of the carpet in more extreme cases Where should I check for mold? Check Continue Reading ...

Carpenter ants or termites?

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We are continuing the pest theme this month, and while not very pleasant to think about, one of the most damaging threats that could exist for your home, especially structurally, are pests and insects. Some insects work silently however, and escape your notice until they’ve already caused a lot of damage to the structure of your home. The most common perpetrators to damaging a wooden structure could be termites, or carpenter ants. If you have found evidence that either of these insects Continue Reading ...

Bed Bugs….An unhappy reality

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In recent years Bed Bugs, have become an epidemic, and our area is no exception. Their hard to see, love to travel and not so easy to eliminate, so what do we know about these pesky invaders, and what can we do about them? Although bed bugs are found in mattresses, they are by no means limited to beds, in fact they can hide in an alarming number of places. Anywhere from furniture, curtains and clothing to picture frames and books What do they look like? Bed bugs are rather small, Continue Reading ...

Should I Install Anti-Scald Valves?

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We have all experienced that annoying burst of hot or freezing water in the shower when someone else in the house turns on a faucet or flushes a toilet. While for many of us, it simply requires a quick maneuver out of the way of the flowing water, for others, such as the elderly or very young, it could result in scalding or shock from the sudden change in temperature. An answer to this could be installing an anti-scald valve. Anti-scald valves work by keeping water at a safe temperature, Continue Reading ...