Michigan Maybe: Will Choosing A Home In A Flood Plain Guarantee A Watery Mess?


Just over 40 percent of Michigan cities, villages, and townships can be quickly inundated by water and have been designated flood prone. That means that they have flood plain maps associated with them. Many Michigan homeowners live in flood plains and frequently encounter flooded basements. So how can homeowners prevent damage to their home and belongings? First, understand what constitutes a flood plain. Flood plains are different than FEMA designated flood zones.

25 May 2017

Is It Time To Go Back To The Tank?


Tankless water heaters have become very popular due to their image as a power-conserving, water-conserving modern invention that will last longer than old, rusty tanks. In some respects, tankless water heaters really are good; they do conserve power, and they do last longer than your typical tank-style water heater. However, there are advantages to having a tank-style heater as well, and if you've been having issues with a tankless heater, it might be time to switch back or use a combination.

7 April 2017

Need to Clean Your Chain-Link Fence? Here's How to Do It


Durable, long-lasting, and inexpensive, chain-link fences have become a popular option for many homeowners in need of a good fencing solution. If you want your chain-link fence to look as good as the day you had it installed, it pays to keep it clean. Otherwise, dirt and debris can accumulate on the fence as time goes on, robbing your fence of its original luster. A lot of people think chain-link fences are hard to clean, but that's simply not true.

9 November 2016

Tips On Choosing And Using The Right Plunger For Your Sink Drain Clog


If your kitchen sink has stopped allowing water to flow through the drain, then it's time to start thinking about clog removal solutions. Hot water, vinegar, and baking soda can all be used to try to resolve the plumbing problem. However, when these materials will not move the clog, then it is time to reach for the plunger. While most people own plungers and use them regularly, individuals rarely know how to use them correctly or even which ones should be used.

2 August 2016

Why Isn't Concrete Flowing? Three Reasons Your Concrete Pump Truck May Have Frequent Blockages


A concrete pump truck allows you to pour concrete into high areas, such as apartment buildings and high rises, or quickly pour concrete over a large area. Concrete should flow from the truck out of a pipeline. However, this may not always occur. Occasionally, a blockage can form in the pipeline, disrupting the flow of concrete. If this happens rarely, it is nothing you should worry about. Sometimes a clog simply just forms.

15 April 2016

Winter Is On The Way - Keep Your Pipes From Freezing To Prevent Water Damage


No one wants an excessive amount of water in their home. Unfortunately, if you do not take the proper precautions during cold winter months, this can happen due to frozen and busted pipes and water lines. Knowing how to prevent this common problem, as well as what to do if it happens, may keep your home free from flooding. This will help prevent structural damage and also keep your home becoming a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

24 November 2015

Weighing In Your Garage Door


As you install your garage door, you may need to find out how much it weighs in order to determine the correct extension or torsion springs for your door. This information may not be readily available if you're installing custom garage doors, so you'll need to weigh them yourself. The following offers a step-by-step guide on how you can safely and accurately weigh your garage door. No Digital Scales, Please

13 October 2015

Stay Cool, Calm And Collected With These Air Conditioning Efficiency Tips


Air conditioning isn't just a luxury for those who live in the Southern USA; it's a vital way to stay cool when temperatures break into the triple digits. While it is possible to live without it, it can be risky, especially in areas like New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California. Although cooling your environment can seem expensive at first, there are plenty of ways to ensure better conditioning efficiency all throughout warm weather.

11 November 2014

7 Ways To Use Your Air Conditioner To Get (And Keep!) Your Home Smelling Great


Have you ever walked into someone's house that smelled simply amazing? You can have that experience in your own home, and it's easier than you think. You don't have to spray air fresheners every 15 minutes, and you don't have to get rid of your pets. All you need are a few tips and tricks and your trusty air conditioner to get and keep your home smelling fresh. Here are some easy tips to get you started.

30 October 2014

3 Questions To Look Into When A Storm Leaves Your Roof Damaged


After a storm leaves your roof with damage, you may want to instantly call your insurance company to find out what can be done. Before you rush into this call, there are several things you might want to investigate. As you do this, look into these three questions. The answers will help you know whether to file a claim with your insurance company. Did the Damage Occur From the Storm?

30 October 2014