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Two Reasons Why Asphalt May Crack And What You Can Do To Minimize It

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An asphalt surface may crack as it is used. However, while you cannot prevent every single crack in this type of surface, there are steps that can be done to minimize the amount of cracks that may develop in your asphalt surface. Here are a few of the common reasons why asphalt surfaces may crack and what you can do to minimize this issue. An Improper Asphalt Thickness One of the reasons why an asphalt surface may crack is because the asphalt is not thick enough for the conditions in which you are subjecting it to. When you are having asphalt paving done, you need to be honest with the contractor about the conditions your asphalt road or surface will be subjected to. An asphalt surface that is just being walked across will not need to be as thick as one that heavy trucks are being driven across. If you misrepresent the amount of traffic or weight of the traffic, a contractor may make the road thinner, and it can crack if exposed to different conditions. Not Using a Seal Coat on Your Asphalt Surface The other common reason why asphalt may crack is because the asphalt surface is not seal coated. Asphalt is a porous material. When it rains or sprinklers drip water onto the surface, the asphalt absorbs the liquid. Imagine what happens to a sponge as it absorb liquids. It begins to expand. The same is true of asphalt. It begins to expand and as this happens, it can crack. Seal coat can be placed on the asphalt surface to fill in the pores and prevent the surface from absorbing water. However, seal coating the surface once is not enough to prevent cracking. A seal coat will need to be reapplied as the old seal coat wears off to keep the asphalt surface from absorbing water. The amount of traffic your asphalt surface is exposed to and the weather conditions it is exposed to will determine how frequently seal coating will need to be applied in order to best protect your asphalt surface from cracking. An asphalt paving professional can help you determine what thickness of asphalt is best for your surface and apply a seal coat to your paved surface to protect cracking. However, despite your best efforts, you cannot prevent all cracks from forming. If your asphalt surface does begin to crack, you will want to have the crack filled as quickly as possible to prevent more extensive damage. For more information, talk to a professional like Lakeridge Paving...

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Blasting for a Foundation

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Sometimes, the best place to build your home is going to be a hard place to access. You may have looked around for a home for a long time, and then just decided to build your own. In some instances, the plot that you purchased to build your home will need to be excavated. This can mean a couple of different things when looking at putting a house on your land. The plot might need to be built up, or it may need to be dug down into. Either way, you are going to need a skilled contractor to help get your property ready for your home. Here are three things to remember when a blasting contractor is needed.  You’ll Need a Team of Experts When you start looking at putting your home in an area that needs to be excavated, it can often require a group of experts. This is especially true if you are putting your home up on a hill or in the mountains. A contractor will need to meet with a geologist and engineer to make the best plan of action on how to excavate the area. The geologist will give insight on the rock itself and the ground, while the engineer will analyze the best methods to use. A skilled contractor will then excavate your plot.  You’ll Need the Right Blasting Methods If the plot is mostly rock, there is a good chance that the contractor will use a blasting method to excavate your plot. The contractor will use a large drill to open up the rock and plant explosives within it. When the explosives detonate, they will effectively excavate the rock. This can be a very technical process that requires a great deal of skill. The holes that are being drilled need to be in a very specific arrangement, and just the right amount of explosives needs to be planted.  You’ll Need a Solid Foundation When the plot has been excavated, the foundation will be the first thing that is poured. The great news is that you now have a fantastic base for your foundation to go on. The contractor, geologist, and engineer will ensure that the new rock is a valid place for your foundation to go. This is a critical step because, if the foundation starts to move, then the entire house will start to crack and fall apart. If the newly formed location is a good place for a foundation, then the home building can...

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Why Your Well Pump Isn’t Working

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One of the worst things to discover with your well pump is a completely dead well. In this situation, you are unable to pump any water from your well. The pump may need to be replaced entirely, but before you do this, you should try to determine why your well is dead. No Power When there is no water at all, the first thing to do is to make sure that the pump is actually connected to a power source. Make sure that the switch for the pump is turned on. Inspect the circuit breaker to make sure that it has not been tripped.  Pressure Switch Woes The pressure switch is one of the most common reasons for why a well pump is no longer functioning properly. The switch determines when the tank needs more water and then activates the well pump. The switch sometimes goes bad and this causes the switch to need to be replaced. The good news is that the switch is not very expensive to replace. To replace the switch, first remove the wires from the old switch. Then, unscrew the switch. Replace the old switch with a new one and then replace the wires.  Sometimes, the electrical contacts for the electrical pump are pitted or burned. When this occurs, there can be a poor connection. In this situation, it would be best to purchase a replacement switch. However, if you would like to temporarily solve the problem until you can purchase a replacement switch, file down the contacts with an emery board. Beware that this fix is only temporary and that your well pump will eventually fail again.  Not Enough Water Sometimes, there is just not enough water for the well to adequately pump. For example, the water table might become too low. It may be necessary to dig your deep deeper into the ground in order to better access water.  If your home has always had a shortage of water, the problem might simply be that your pump is not properly sized for your home. If your pump is not powerful enough, it will not be strong enough to deliver water upstairs. If your well pump just won’t function properly, it may be time for an immediate response sell pump installation. Your broken well pump can be replaced by a new pump that will be less likely to break down and will be more efficient thanks to new developments in well pump technology. For more information, contact a business such as Mike’s Pump and Well Service...

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Added A New Patio? 2 Ways To Make It Look Even Better

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If you have added a new patio to your home, it can be very useful for you and your family, as well as beautiful. If you have not done anything to it yet, there are many ways you can make it look even better. Below are two of these ways to help you get started. Add an Awning If your patio is close to your home, you can attach an awning to your home that covers your entire patio. This will protect you and your family from the dangerous sun’s rays. It also provides protection when it rains. You should consider a retractable awning that you can open or pull back by pressing a button or there may be a remote. Some retractable awnings have a hand crank. There are many different types of materials that you can choose from including: Polyester: Can withstand weathering, and is breathable. Maintenance is very easy as you only have to wipe it down. Cotton: Strong and durable, as well as resistant to water. You can machine wash the fabric. Laminated or vinyl coated: Resistant to water and fire, but it is prone to fading over time. Acrylic: Does not fade quickly but it is not water or fire resistant. Contact a company that sells awnings to look at the different options to help you decide what you like the best. They can then install the awning for you. Dress it Up Add comfortable furniture to your patio, making sure there are colorful chair pillows. Consider adding one or more benches if you have a large patio to provide more seating if you have a lot of people visiting. Put some fragrant flowers on the table during the growing season, or you can choose artificial flowers if you do not want to worry about taking care of them. If you choose to do this, use more than one container size and group them together. Make sure the containers themselves are very colorful. If the floor looks bare, you can add colorful rugs that are made for outdoors. Consider placing a self-contained fountain close to the patio to add even more style. These are easy to install and not as expensive as large fountains. You could even make your own fountain to save money. You and your family will likely use your patio much more if you follow these tips as it will be comfortable and...

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About Protecting Plants From Too Much Rainwater Exposure

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If the plants that are near your house can’t seem to survive for a long time, it might be due to them receiving too much water. For instance, if you don’t have any rain gutters, it leads to large amounts of rainwater making it down to your plants. Even if there are rain gutters in place, rainwater can overly saturate your plants if the gutters are not in good shape. Giving your plants a longer lifespan is possible by preventing too much water from touching the ground near your house. Take a look at this article to learn how you can deal with the rainwater problem that is causing your plants to die. Get Seamless Rain Gutters Installed on Your House If you have sectional rain gutters on your house, it is possible that they have become loose at the joints and rainwater always seeps down towards your plants. If the rain gutters are also rusty and damaged in other ways, it might be time for you to get them replaced. If replacing the gutters is necessary, make sure that you invest in the ones that are seamless. The advantage of seamless rain gutters is that they don’t have a lot of joints that can get loose like the ones on your house. The gutters will stay functional for a longer period of time, and fewer repairs will be necessary throughout the years. Occasionally Get the Rain Gutters Cleaned After the installation of your new rain gutters, don’t get into the habit of allowing dirt and debris to accumulate inside of them. The dirt will not only make it hard for rainwater to be routed to the downspout, but can also be detrimental to the gutters. For instance, dirt and debris can lead to metal rain gutters corroding in an untimely manner. Getting your rain gutters thoroughly cleaned by a professional sometimes will keep them in good shape. The gutters can also be inspected in case repairs are needed when they are cleaned. Invest in a Rainwater Barrel for the Downspout The downspout part of rain gutters is designed to route water away so it won’t accumulate near your house and cause harm to the foundation, but can also protect plants. However, sometimes downspouts are not sufficient enough for doing the job, such as if they happen to get damaged. It is a good idea to invest in a barrel that can collect rainwater when it comes out of the downspout. Simply put the barrel in place on days when a large amount of rain is...

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Leaving Energy Loss Out In The Cold

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Access to a functional air conditioning unit allows you to maintain a cool and comfortable indoor temperature, even when the thermometer shows rising temperatures outdoors. Unfortunately, a faulty air conditioning system could require more energy than is necessary to ensure your home stays cool. If you are looking for some simple ways to reduce your energy consumption, here are three air conditioning repairs to consider. 1. Replace a faulty fan. You should regularly check on your air conditioner’s fan to ensure it is in working order if you want to prevent energy loss within your home. When the fan fails to function properly, some of the cool air created by the air conditioner stays trapped inside the air conditioner itself because the fan isn’t pushing it through your home’s air ducts. The thermometer in your home continues to send signals to the air conditioner to produce cool air, so your unit works overtime and consumes more energy than it needs. If you notice that your fan’s blades are bent or cracked, replace the fan as soon as possible to prevent energy loss. 2. Clean out your condenser unit. The condenser unit is the large box that sits outside your home. This unit is responsible for drawing in the air that will eventually be cooled and distributed throughout your home. Over time, leaves and other debris can clog up the screens on your condenser unit. This causes the unit to have to work harder to suck in enough air to keep your home supplied with the cool air it needs to maintain a comfortable temperature. By regularly cleaning your condenser unit, you can increase the efficiency of your entire air conditioning unit. This will help you reduce your home’s energy consumption. 3. Repair leaking air ducts. Having an HVAC contractor regularly inspect the condition of your home’s air ducts can significantly improve your home’s energy efficiency. Experts estimate that the average home loses between 20% and 30% of the cooled air created by an air conditioner through leaking air ducts. This means that the cooled air never reaches the rooms inside your home, requiring your air conditioning system to work harder in order to maintain the temperature you have set. By having your ducts sealed, you can eliminate this air loss and improve the efficiency of your air conditioning system. Finding ways to make your home’s air conditioner more energy efficient can be as simple as making a few basic repairs. Replacing a faulty fan, cleaning the condenser unit, and repairing leaky air ducts will help you eliminate unnecessary energy use from your air conditioner’s daily routine. Contact a local air conditioning service to have your unit checked...

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FAQ About Household Drains

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Do you constantly have to pull debris out of the drains in your house so water can flow through? If the drains sometimes become clogged up with no debris being sent into them, it is possible that there is a problem deep within the plumbing pipes. The wisest thing to do before the minor problem becomes severe is to get your drains thoroughly cleaned by a professional. This article covers questions that you might have in mind about drains and getting them professionally cleaned. What Causes Drains to Become Clogged Up? There are many things that can lead to drains becoming clogged up. If your kitchen sink is the problem, food grease is a common reason for clogs. Even pouring small amounts of grease down drains is a problem, as it can accumulate without your knowledge. The grease basically gets stuck to plumbing pipes and makes it difficult for food crumbs and water to flow through. Hair is one of the most common reasons why bathroom drains become clogged up, so it is wise to not shave in the shower or over a sink. Why Are Clogs Bad For Drains? A clog does not only interfere with how well water is able to move through the plumbing system, but they are detrimental to the pipes. For instance, some of the food products that get stuck inside of drains contain acid. If acid continuously makes contact with the metal, eventually the pipes will begin to deteriorate. You will then end up with water leaking inside of walls and cabinets, such as from the acid creating holes the pipes. Are Household Drain Products Good for Removing Clogs? Household drain products are a good method for getting rid of clogs. However, the products might not be powerful enough to remove debris to the fullest extent. You must also keep in mind that using household drain cleaning products on a regular basis might be detrimental to your plumbing system. For example, many of the products contain chemicals that can eat into metal plumbing pipes. How Can a Professional Thoroughly Clean Out Drains? A commercial snake can be sent inside of your drains to breakup any debris that is stuck to the pipes. Commercial snakes are also able to break through large clogs of grease and hair, which might not be doable with a regular snake. Professionals are also able to use jetting equipment in the drains to remove large amounts of debris. Speak to a contractor about your drain cleaning...

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3 Kitchen-Renovation Projects Worth the Money

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If you’re planning on selling your home soon, it’s important to know which projects are worth the time and expense. There are certain remodel projects that yield the most return on investment. According to US News, a kitchen renovation can return a 66 percent ROI while a dated kitchen can significantly lower your house’s resell value. Make over your kitchen so its most attractive to buyers. Natural Wood Cabinets Buyers want to see a beautiful blank canvas for their personal decorating style. All-wood cabinets are a classic in the kitchen because they go with any décor style. What’s more, wooden cabinets look cohesive in any home style, from ultra-modern to historical. Natural, unpainted wood is the most adaptable method for adding cabinetry because the new homeowners can stain or paint them to their taste. As you’re considering your natural wood cabinets, make sure you include lots of storage space. However, don’t add a lot of personalization in the inserts—potential home buyers may not see themselves needing lots of cubbies or shallow drawers for their cooking needs. Hardwood or Tile Floors In that same vein, your flooring should also serve as a luxurious blank canvas for potential home buyers. According to Bankrate, you should refinish or install all-new hardwood floors in the whole house, including the kitchen. For natural wood, oak is always popular, though it’s also possible to install engineered wood. In the kitchen, though, hardwood flooring takes special care to avoid warping and scratching from all the kitchen activities. You may prefer to install tile floors instead, as they’re more durable—and a discerning home cook will notice that. Nonetheless, either hardwood or tile flooring in the kitchen is an investment that home buyers will find attractive. Granite Countertops When it comes to countertop materials, granite is the most sought after. Granite has become synonymous with luxurious kitchens. Granite is a beautiful, low-maintenance material for countertops. What’s more, granite comes in almost infinite color and pattern variations that can be further customized with finishes and edging. That said, you want to keep it classic when renovating your kitchen for selling. Don’t look at the brighter colors or more elaborate finishes. Shades of brown granite with subtle veining or patterning probably provide the most neutral foundation. The finish should be gloss or high-gloss. An eased edging looks attractive in any style of kitchen. As you plan your kitchen renovation, don’t forget to pay attention to basic home maintenance as well. Ensuring that everything in your kitchen and beyond is in good functioning order gives the maximum return on investment. Talk to a professional such as Family & Friends Builders for more personalized...

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How To Spot Electrical Dangers In Your Home

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If you feel like you are taking a chance anytime you dry a load of laundry or run your microwave, it’s time to take action. You may also notice some other troubling signs around your house. If so, chances are that your electrical system needs an upgrade. Fortunately, you can do some investigating to help identify the problem and find a solution. Flickering If your lights flicker, the culprit is probably a wiring problem instead of a ghostly visitor. When you live in an older home, you need to find out exactly how old your wiring is. If your home was built forty years ago or longer and has not had a wiring upgrade, you need to have the wiring professionally inspected. The dimming of the lights could indicate a short. Left unattended, this type of wiring issue could end up starting a fire in your home. If an inspection reveals that you have aluminum wiring in your older home, you need to go ahead and have it replaced because it has been determined to be dangerous.  Appliances If you only notice problems when you are running certain appliances, such as a clothes dryer, you may be overloading the circuit it is on. Some appliances do need a dedicated circuit, one that is attached to an appliance that takes a lot of power to run correctly. This addition will keep your circuits from blowing continually, protecting your electric wiring and allowing you to do household tasks without continually stopping to reset the breakers. Hot Lights You can expect to get hot if you stand directly powerful lighting, but if the ceiling tile around the lighting is warm, you may have an electrical problem. It could indicate that your wiring is overheating. If so, it will only be a matter of time before the system shorts out entirely or you have a fire in the wiring. Brown patches around the light fixtures can indicate a heat problem as well.  If you have an older home that has not had an electrical upgrade, you should have a routine inspection to catch potential problems. However, even more modern homes can develop electrical issues. If you notice trouble with flickering lights, hot wires, or circuit breakers, you need to consult with your local electrician for an upgrade. Sometimes a simple dedicated line can solve your problems. If you need more extensive work, work with your electrician to find an affordable solution. Contact a company like Action Electric for more...

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2 Tips To Keep Your Kitchen Sink’s Drain Working Right

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Your kitchen sink sees a lot of action throughout the course of the day. In addition to serving as a station where you can wash your hands, the kitchen sink also plays a vital role in meal preparations. A clogged or faulty drain in your kitchen sink can turn into a serious inconvenience, so you should make drain maintenance a priority if you want to keep your kitchen sink’s drain working right. Here are two simple tips that you can use to better maintain your kitchen sink’s drain in the future. 1. Use ice cubes to condition your garbage disposal. Many kitchen sinks come equipped with garbage disposals that help make them even more convenient. Unfortunately, a faulty garbage disposal can contribute to poor drain performance. In order to ensure that your garbage disposal has the ability to cut through food items you place down your sink’s drain, you should be conditioning the blades on a regular basis. One simple way to condition your garbage disposal is by sharpening the blades with some ice cubes. As the blades work to cut through the ice, the jagged edges of the ice cubes will buff and sharpen the surface of the blades. Putting several ice cubes down your garbage disposal on a regular basis helps to keep your kitchen sink’s drain working properly. 2. Cut through sticky residue with lemon essential oil. Keeping a bottle of lemon essential oil next to your kitchen sink can provide you with many benefits. Your kitchen sink’s drain can benefit from the residue-removal properties of this oil. As food and beverage items find their way into your sink’s drain, a sticky residue can begin to build up along the interior of your pipes. This residue makes it difficult for water to pass cleanly through your kitchen sink’s drain over time, so removing it with lemon essential oil can improve the performance of your drain. Just fill your sink with hot water, add a few drops of lemon essential oil, then allow the water to drain through your pipes slowly to maximize the residue-removal benefits. Finding ways to keep your kitchen sink’s drain working right doesn’t have to be difficult. Taking the time to pass some ice cubes through your garbage disposal on a regular basis and using lemon essential oil to keep the interior of your drain pipes clean will help improve the performance of your kitchen sink’s drain in the...

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