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4 Must-Follow Steps After Experiencing Windshield Damage

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Must-Follow Steps After Experiencing Windshield Damage

Damage to your car’s windshield can occur anytime while you’re driving. A rock or piece of gravel could be kicked up by a truck in front of you and strike your auto glass, for example–resulting in a crack or chip in your windshield. If this occurs, it’s important to take the necessary measures to have the glass repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Otherwise, even a small chip could spread to a major crack within a matter of days. Contact Your Insurance Company Immediately If you have comprehensive coverage on your vehicle, the first thing you’ll want to do is to contact your insurance company to file a claim. Your comprehensive coverage should include auto glass, so whether your glass needs repaired or replaced, you should be covered (less any applicable deductible). Just be sure to file your claim immediately, however, so that you can move onto finding a repair shop that accepts your insurance. Protect the Glass From Further Damage From there, you’ll need to take extra care to avoid further damage until you’re able to have your necessary repairs done. If possible, avoid driving your car in the meantime, as driving even over a couple of bumps or pot holes could result in the glass damage spreading significantly. You should also try to keep your car from being exposed to major fluctuations in temperature, as this can cause the glass to expand and contract (thus causing damage to spread).  Schedule Repairs With a Reputable Company Finding the right company to perform your repair is a must. If your insurance is covering the repair, there’s a good chance they’ll have a “preferred” repair shop, but you can have your repairs done anywhere that accepts your insurance coverage. Ideally, you’ll want to find a repair shop, like Solarteck Auto Glass Auto Tinting, that specializes in auto glass repairs and replacements. Follow Aftercare Instructions If you’re having a chip or crack filled rather than having your entire windshield replaced, there are some specific aftercare steps you’ll need to follow to ensure a long-lasting repair. For starters, most shops will advise that you avoid washing your car for at least a day while the bonding resin dries and cures. Furthermore, you may be advised to keep your car parked in the shade (or have your windshield covered with a towel) for a certain period of time in order to ensure the longevity of your auto glass...

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Gutter Safety Tips To Keep In Mind This Spring

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Gutter Safety Tips To Keep In Mind This Spring

As you clean your gutters out this spring, make sure that you keep the following safety tips in mind. #1 Use The Right Ladder The first thing you need to do is make sure that you are using a safe and sturdy ladder. The ladder you use for cleaning your gutters should be capable of holding at least a five gallon bucket. There should be a hook near the top of the ladder where you can hang up the bucket. You’ll need easy access to it as you put the debris from your gutters into the bucket. For a home that is only one story tall, a four-legged stepladder is the more secure ladder option. If you have sides of your home that are taller, a two legged ladder is your next best choice. For two story homes, an extension ladder is generally the safety way to go. No matter what type of ladder you use, you should always inspect it to make sure that no parts are loose or damaged before you climb on it. #2 Secure The Bucket You should not hold onto the bucket where you are putting all the gutter waste with your hands. Your hands will have enough to do. If you are using a four legged or two legged ladder, there should be a hook you can hang your bucket from.  If you are using an extension ladder, put the handle of the bucket around the top step of the ladder so it is hanging off the side.  #3 Empty The Bucket Before Its Full  A five gallon bucket full of decomposing leaves and waste can be extremely heavy. Don’t wait for the bucket to be completely full before bringing it down the ladder. You don’t want to fall and lose your balance because you failed to empty out the bucket soon enough.  Empty out the bucket when it gets about half-way full. That way, you can still manage to carry the bucket and get off the ladder yourself in a safe manner.  #4 Keep An Eye Out For Power Lines As you are cleaning your gutters, keep an eye out for power lines. If any of the power lines connected on or near your home are loose, call your power company to repair the line before you attempt to clean out your gutters.  Even if your power lines are secure, you should not work near power lines with a metal ladder. If you do get electrocuted, metal conducts electricity. Instead, use a fiberglass ladder if you have to work near power lines. Before you clean your gutters this spring, make sure that your ladder is up for the job. Always place your ladder so that it is secure and stable, and let someone know that you will be up on a ladder cleaning your gutters. Take care of your safety before you take care of your gutters. Alternatively, get help from a local service, like clean gutters by Nick’s...

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Special Considerations For An Above-Garage Addition

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Special Considerations For An Above-Garage Addition

Whether you are building an art studio or just adding extra space, an above-garage addition can be one of the greatest investments you can make in your home. Like any home improvement project, there are several things you need to consider when building an above-garage addition. Here are a few special considerations to ponder before you start building.  Make Sure You’re in the Zone The zoning code that it is. Making sure that you have the proper zoning codes and building permits are important. The last thing you want to do is be slapped with several fines because you didn’t follow city or county protocol. Build a Strong Foundation Before you start swinging your sledgehammer, be sure to check the foundation. Just because your house looks the part doesn’t necessarily mean the garage itself can withstand an extra room on top. You may need to make preparations, such as adding additional support beams or installing headers. Make It Look Pretty Step outside and take a look at your house. Look over the garage and imagine an addition on top of it. What do you see? If, in your mind, it looks mismatched or lopsided then you should probably reconsider the addition. Hire a Plumber…and Maybe an Electrician As a matter of fact, consider talking to a contractor. Hiring professionals may seem extreme, but it beats getting electrocuted or watching a movie while sitting on the roof of your car. A professionally licensed contractor won’t steer you wrong. The Alignment Factor Once you are ready to go through with the project, take a look at the blueprints of your house. This is where you need to decide how to align the above-garage addition with any second story floors. This could mean taking out a window or two or adjusting the measurements of the garage walls. One easy way of figuring out what may have to go lies in determining how the transition of the addition to the new house is going to look. Whether it be by way of the bedroom, hallway, closet, or a separate entrance, this will help you to decide what adjustments are necessary. Finally, when adding an above-garage addition, be original. Add splashes of color. Make it a yoga studio, a movie room, or whatever your heart desires. It’s your space and primed for your creativity. Your above-garage addition should speak to who you are and what you like. So be bizarre, be unique, and have a blast! Contact a local outlet, such as Garage flooring Lloydminster, for further...

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What Health Risks Are Caused By Asbestos In The Home?

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Health Risks Are Caused By Asbestos In The Home?

Asbestos is a fibrous material that is made of magnesium silicate. This material is resistant to chemicals, heat and fire and was once commonly used in the construction of many homes. However, over time it was discovered that the health risks asbestos cause greatly outweigh the benefits it offers as a building material. Now, asbestos is no longer used for home construction purposes. Unfortunately, many older homes still have materials that contain asbestos in the walls, flooring, insulation, siding, paint, roofing and heating systems. Being exposed to asbestos can caused various health problems and these are some of the most common. Asbestosis  Named for the material that causes it, asbestosis is an inflammatory lung condition that causes coughing, shortness of breath and scarring of the lungs. This makes it difficult to breathe as the tissues of the lungs are no longer able to absorb oxygen properly. Mesothelioma A condition known as mesothelioma has also been linked to asbestos exposure. This is a rare cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, the chest and the abdomen. When a person has mesothelioma, cancerous tumors that may be benign or malignant usually grow on the surface of the lungs. There is currently no known cure for this disease. Other Lung Problems Asbestos has also been shown to cause other health conditions of the lungs. These include thickening of the membranes around the lungs and excess fluid collecting between the lungs and the inside chest wall. These problems make breathing very difficult and may leave the diagnosed person suffering for years. Other Health Conditions Some studies show that asbestos can also cause other health conditions as well. While these have not been confirmed, it is also believed by some medical professionals that asbestos exposure may also cause cancer of the throat, gall bladder, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, bladder, brain and voice box. If you live in a home that was built many years ago, it is a good idea to have it checked for asbestos materials. Fortunately, asbestos can be removed by asbestos abatement professionals who are trained in how to do this safely and thoroughly. If asbestos is found in your home, it can be professionally and safely removed.  This greatly reduces the chances of developing any of the conditions that may be caused by asbestos exposure. Some homeowners insurance companies may even pay for this to be done as long as it is completed by a person that is trained and licensed to do asbestos...

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Three Safety Tips For Cleaning Your Own Eavestroughs

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Safety Tips For Cleaning Your Own Eavestroughs

If you’re the type of person who enjoys rolling up your sleeves and tackling jobs around the home, cleaning your own eavestroughs is something you can accomplish with a little old-fashioned hard work. It’s ideal to perform this task about twice a year to ensure your eavestroughs work properly. While this job isn’t difficult per se, it can be a little dangerous if you don’t take the right approach — after all, you’re working high off the ground. By taking the time to do the job safely, however, you’ll have clean eavestroughs and won’t have to worry about injuring yourself. Here are three safety tips to follow. Ladder Safety At the very least, you should have someone who weighs considerably more than you holding the bottom of the ladder once you begin to climb it. An additional safety tip is to secure the ladder to your home with roof anchor tie-offs. A ladder safety extension attached to the top of the ladder also makes it more secure. It’s ideal to use a ladder with a rope pulley system that allows your assistant to raise your tools to the roof by pulling on the rope. This approach means that you have both hands securely on the ladder when you’re climbing. Garden Hose Correctly using a garden hose can prove a valuable ally when you’re cleaning your eavestroughs. When you’re standing on the ladder, there’s a minimal stretch of eavestroughs that you can reach by hand. Instead of being tempted to reach farther and potentially put yourself in a hazardous position, attach a high-pressure nozzle to your garden hose and spray along the length of the eavestrough. The jet of water is often enough to loosen built-up leaves and other debris, and much of the debris will be blown to the ground where you can safely dispose of it later on. Scoop And Hand Protection The last thing you want to do is reach into your eavestroughs with bare hands and get a cut from a section of sharp aluminum. The surprise injury could cause further problems if you react suddenly and are no longer standing stably on the ladder. Protect your hands with leather gloves and use a plastic eavestrough scoop, in cooperation with the hose, the remove the debris. Eavestrough scoops are specifically designed for the job and will fit in the area perfectly, allowing you to clean right to the bottom of the section of eavestrough with one pass. If you find your eavestroughs have suffered extensive damage, contact a professional business, like Kelowna Eavestroughers, for...

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Vermiculite And The Risk Of Asbestos In Your Home

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Vermiculite And The Risk Of Asbestos In Your Home

Vermiculite is a common material that’s present in many older forms of insulation and appliances. Although this material is affordable and durable, it can also provide some health hazards if it is contaminated with asbestos. Here is what you need to know about vermiculite and its risks in your home. What Does Vermiculite Look Like? Vermiculite is a shiny, flaky mineral with particles that can be either powdered or in long shards. Vermiculite in your home may be hidden within your insulation, but if you break open a section of old insulation, you may notice the shiny particles that are released into the air. Having vermiculite in your house doesn’t guarantee that you have a health hazard on your hands, but it does warn you that asbestos testing is a good idea. How is Vermiculite Harmful? In itself, vermiculite isn’t harmful. However, many sources of vermiculite are contaminated with asbestos since many vermiculite products were extracted from a mine that also contained asbestos. Therefore, many American-made sources of vermiculite products, including appliances, home shingles, and wall insulation, are potential sources for asbestos poisoning. How to Test Vermiculite for Asbestos Contamination For companies like Hazmat Solutions asbestos testing is the first step in removing vermiculite; hiring such a company is your best bet if you want to do a thorough job of testing for asbestos in the home. Before this official test, you should first research old appliances to see if they are known to contain vermiculite and/or asbestos. That will give you some idea of what to expect come inspection time. Asbestos tests will include several laboratory tests to see if asbestos is found in your home samples. This process may take a few weeks, since the samples need to be sent off to a remote lab. How to Target and Remove Vermiculite in Your Home If you do notice vermiculite in your home, or if you get your home tested positive for asbestos contamination, you’ll need to develop a strategy for removing the asbestos. It may be wise to start in the attic and work your way down through the house, since the particles can be shaken loose from above and begin to float through the air. Children’s rooms are another important place to target for vermiculite and asbestos control; asbestos is very harmful to children’s lungs since they aren’t fully formed. Make sure that your asbestos removal worker targets both the vermiculite and the residue that’s left behind during...

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