Check Your Gutters
Gutters are in high demand when transitioning into spring as occasional snowfall is replaced by steady rain and should be as clean as possible. If you cleaned your gutters before the start of winter there shouldn’t be much to clean out, but be sure to inspect your gutters for clogs, debris, or leaks. Also make sure there’s no remaining ice in the gutters that could block rain water. Make sure the area around the gutters is clean of debris as well to aid in proper water drainage.
Clean the Screens
Ventilation screens have been blocked all Winter, so be sure to check on them, clean away all debris, and replace bent or broken screens, if needed. Also be sure to check the dryer vent and clean it out. Not cleaning a dryer vent could actually lead to a fire, so make sure you check this one especially.
Andy Franklin one of our head tech guys used SANI-TRED® to waterproof the basement exterior on his new home. Sealing and keeping water out of your basement is extremely important . . . and using the right product after your basement walls have been poured is a critical step in making sure your basement stays nice and dry!
Exterior Waterproofing Sealants versus SANI-TRED
When it comes to exterior waterproofing builders often specify an asphalt-based waterproofing product below grade. While this does provide adequate protection in the short term it isn’t a long-lasting solution. In addition, erosion can often reveal an unsightly black texture that clashes with the rest of the exterior of the home.
Sani-Tred is a permanent exterior or interior foundation sealant that is permanent and available in multiple colors. There is no need to reapply our coating every few years to maintain a waterproof foundation. Visit our basement waterproofing page to learn more about how Sani-Tred can help you waterproof your basement or foundation this weekend.
So, what is a swamp cooler? An Evaporative Cooler window unit (or Swamp Cooler) is a household device that cools air using the evaporation of water. Swamp coolers are usually found in the American Southwest, an area with high temperatures and low humidity. They can be useful if installed correctly and used in the right environment.
Are They Air Conditioners?
Yes and no. Evaporative Coolers are air conditioners, but don’t cool air in the exact same way.
Conventional air conditioners use vapor compression or absorption to refrigerate air while swamp coolers use the process of water evaporation to cool air. Evaporative Coolers are air conditioners, but they condition the air in a different way than a standard air conditioner.
You love your air conditioner. They keep the air cool and comfortable in times where the outside isn’t as forgiving. So obviously, you’ll want to keep your air conditioner in good working order. But unfortunately, air conditioners have problem like any other part of your home. So we’ve compiled a collection of 10 common air conditioner problems and how you can avoid them to keep your home cool.
Problem: Poor Maintenance
No one likes spending money on maintenance, but you need to occasionally hire a professional service to maintain and inspect your air conditioning unit. Making sure your AC is in proper working order will keep the unit running longer.
There are many hidden causes of water damage in your home, which can be a huge problem. Water can lead to all kinds of bothersome and expensive repairs, something no one wants. Because of this, homeowners take special care to keep their homes free of excess water to prevent the damage it can cause.
It’s reasonably easy to protect your house against water damage you see coming, but what are the hidden causes of water damage? Here are a few we’ve found so you’ll know what to look for. (more…)
A basement media room can be a great addition to your home. The inherent beauty of a basement is it’s a literal “blank slate” area in your home. You can do virtually anything with it as long as you put in the time and effort. While some use it for storage, others see a basement as capable of being so much more. The DIY-inclined see a basement less as a closet and more of an extra room in the house just ready to be defined.
One option that is growing in popularity is turning your basement into a media room. Media rooms are for setting up your basement as a space to watch sports, movies, or TV shows away from the shared space of a living room. (more…)
A home steam room is a part of a home that is gradually growing in popularity. Once thought of as a luxury reserved for the extremely rich, a home steam room is surprisingly affordable and easy to install. More and more homeowners are installing these rooms for the added health benefits, the relaxing environment, and even to add value to their homes. But, as with all home improvement projects, steam rooms are not foolproof. Too many home owners make these common mistakes, which can make their steam room less than relaxing, or even damage their house. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, here are some common mistakes so you know how to avoid them yourself. (more…)
When looking for waterproofing solutions, you’ll notice a lot of options out there. Go down the aisles in any home improvement store and you’ll see all kinds of materials that claim to repair, protect, and even waterproof your concrete.
But not all materials are made equal.
While there are many options when you’re looking to waterproof your basement, none can stand up to Sani-Tred.
One popular material on the market is Drylok, a cementitious product that offers either a latex or oil-based option. Drylok is a combination of cement and paint used by many to protect and waterproof their basements. This is problematic when used to waterproof basements because the composition of Drylok means it doesn’t have adequate waterproofing abilities. Drylok is made of cement and latex or oil-based paint, materials that will not bond to cement, which is needed to waterproof a concrete surface. (more…)
Concrete paint (also known as masonry paint) is a specially-formulated paint that contains binders that are able to contract and expand with concrete, providing better coverage. Concrete paint is much thicker than standard exterior paint and can be tinted to display specific colors.
Some people think you can use regular exterior paint on concrete. These people are misinformed. Concrete expands and contracts and even the best exterior house paint will peel under this movement. Conventional paints, even the durable exterior variety, are simply a thin covering over the very top layer of a surface. Unlike other surfaces, concrete expands and contracts, and when it does, conventional paint can’t adapt, which lead to cracks and tears. To be successful, you’ll need concrete paint. (more…)
A vapor barrier is a plastic sheet placed between the layers of a wall to protect against vapor transmission and protect the interior of a structure. A vapor barrier is a crucial part of any home trying to keep harmful moisture out. By blocking vapor from entering your home, you’re protecting it from many water-related issues that would undoubtedly result over time. Many homes utilize a vapor barrier to protect their structure and to let you know more, here is a list of common uses for vapor barriers in your home.
On the outside
Many homeowners apply a vapor barrier to the sheathing underneath exterior siding. This creates a barrier between the siding and the exterior wall, stopping moisture from getting into the house from the outside.
In the attic
If your attic has exposed studs, you definitely need a vapor barrier. Even with exhaust fans, attics are much hotter and more humid than other places in your home. While exhaust fans get rid of much of the heat, they also bring in outside air, which adds moisture. Using a vapor barrier will protect your attic from moisture and keep it out of the rest of your home. (more…)