Building An Addition: A Homeowner's Guide

  • Tips for Installing Custom Hot Water Heating Systems In Your Home

    1 March 2017

    There are a lot of different kinds of heating systems on the market and some are more efficient than others. When it comes time to update your heating system, one of the most efficient systems available uses hot water to heat your home and with the right boiler, you can replace the hot water tank and provide hot water to the house as well. While most plumbers can deal with this kind of work, there are some that handle heating systems exclusively.

  • Removing A Set-In Stain From Your Couch

    1 March 2017

    If you live with pets or kids, it's inevitable that something will be spilled onto the fabric of your couch at some point in the future. While cleaning up a spill immediately is the easiest way to keep your couch looking new, it's not always feasible to assume you will be able to get to a spill right away. If you discover a set-in stain on your couch, you might feel like the stain is there to stay.

  • Tips For Protecting Your Air Conditioner From Two Common Warm-Weather Pests

    1 March 2017

    With the spring season bringing warmer temperatures, it's also the time of year when many insects start to emerge and look for new places to nest. Your home's central air conditioning unit is a popular destination for this, particularly if it's dormant until summer. Understanding the most common threats to your air conditioner will make it easier for you to prevent or combat the problem. Here are two of the most common types you might find in the air conditioner and what you need to know about them.

  • 3 Important Things to Remember About Water Wells

    1 March 2017

    Have you recently purchased a property with a water well? Are you wondering how you should maintain it? Fortunately, water wells are usually easy to maintain. There are, however, a few things that you need to remember about your well so that you can continue to use it for many years to come. A few things that you need to keep in mind include: Leave repairs to a professional: For many people, tinkering with mechanical things is a fun and interesting way to pass the time.

  • Three Tips for Protecting Your Building Against Fire

    1 March 2017

    Protecting a building against fire is among the more important responsibilities that a property owner will have. Unfortunately, mistakes can cause you to inadvertently increase the risks of fire seriously damaging your building. Minimizing the risk of fire damage can be done as easily as following some simple tips for getting the best performance from your fire alarm system. Leave the Doors to Rooms Without Fire Alarms Open Closing the doors to the rooms that are unused can seem like a harmless thing to do.

  • Tips for Selecting Replacement Windows

    1 March 2017

    If you're having your home remodeled, one thing you may want to do is replace the windows. If you have an older home with the original windows, they probably aren't very energy efficient since energy efficiency wasn't a factor decades ago. New windows allow you to freshen the appearance of your home while making it more energy efficient too. While you'll probably want to stay with windows of the same dimensions as the original windows to save money on installation costs, you'll still have plenty of decisions to make when it comes to choosing the style of windows along with the frame and glass materials.

  • Is Your Outdated Home Exterior And Eye Sore? Get Vinyl Siding

    1 March 2017

    You never want your house to be the one in the neighborhood that everyone is complaining about, or that looks like it doesn't belong because its older or poorly taken care of. This can be socially embarrassing and it devalues your property. If this is happening to you there are a few things you want to consider doing, so you can help improve your house and make it look better with one investment.

  • What's Going On With Your Ductless Heat Pump?

    1 March 2017

    It is important to troubleshoot any problems that you have with your ductless heat pump. If you delay troubleshooting, the issue could worsen and lead to higher expenses for repair. Troubleshooting also gives you the information needed to discuss the problem with your HVAC technician. Here are some common heat pump problems and some basic steps you can take.   Heat Pump Does Not Start There are a number of reasons that a ductless heat pump will not start.

  • Septic Tank Pumping Tips

    1 March 2017

    Many homes throughout the country rely on septic systems for the proper disposal of wastewater and refuse. Over time, the tank holding this wastewater and refuse can fill up. To prevent a serious plumbing disaster, you need to get your septic tank pumped regularly. Here are three tips that you can use to ensure your pumping experience is a positive one. 1. Partner with the right contractor. It's important that you work only with a licensed and bonded contractor from a company like Lutzky Contracting when it comes to getting your septic tank pumped.

  • Preventative Maintenance To Keep Your HVAC System Running Properly

    1 March 2017

    Access to a functional HVAC system ensures that you will be able to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home, regardless of how hot or cold it gets outside. Keeping your HVAC system in good repair should be a critical part of your home maintenance routine. Here are three simple preventative maintenance tasks that you can perform to help eliminate the need for costly HVAC repairs in the future. 1. Check the air filter regularly.