Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
26 December 2015
Living in a rural area often means that you have a septic tank instead of being hooked up to a municipal sewer system. Septic tanks can be a wonderfully effective method for managing your home's waste products. If you take certain preventative steps, you can keep your system running smoothly for many years. Chemicals Keep your use of household chemicals to a minimum. Using "normal" amounts of household chemicals such as bleach, laundry detergent, and other cleaners should not harm your system.
9 December 2015
Buying a new home is a major purchase decision. It isn't one that should be taken lightly. Oftentimes, people assume that because things look nice for appearance's sake, that they are. However, there might be a couple things lurking below the surface that you aren't aware of. To make sure you don't get any unwelcome surprises, here are three things you need to have inspected before making any final purchasing decisions.
19 November 2015
When your roof starts breaking down and leaking, you usually have the choice whether to repair the damage or replace the whole roof. If the roof is quite young and the issue is isolated to a certain area, repairing the damage is generally the better choice. If your roof is on the older side, the decision whether to repair or replace is not always so easy. If any of these three signs are present, however, you're probably better off just replacing the older roof rather than repairing it.
3 November 2015
Most sump pumps are installed in homes where the foundation includes a basement. The sump pumps are built into the basement floor below ground so that all of the water that seeps into the basement goes into the sump pump and is directed (or pumped) back outdoors. If you have just a concrete slab foundation, then your sump pump installation is very different, and works differently too. Here are a few things you need to know about sump pumps and slab foundations.
19 October 2015
The best way to stop leaks from forming around protruding items on your roof, such as chimneys and vents, is with flashing. Since there are so many materials to pick from, it can be difficult to select a flashing material for your roof. By understanding the pros and cons of two popular types of flashing materials, you can decide on which one is best for your roof. Copper Many homeowners decide to go with copper because it's very durable, but also pliable.