Here's a shocking fact: 369,500 home fires that caused $6.8 billion worth of direct property damage were reported in 2013. Civilian deaths, injuries and property damages from home fires can be mitigated or lessened with the installation of fire sprinklers. Only three states mandate fire sprinkler installation in all residential construction. They include California, Maryland, and the District of Columbia; however, this doesn't mean that it's not a good idea for all residential buildings in other states to install fire sprinkler systems as well.
28 December 2015
The holiday season is here, and with it comes an increase in the risk of house fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Christmas trees are responsible for more than 200 house fires each year. And worse, these fires carry a much higher mortality rate. While one in approximately 144 typical house fires result in death, that number jumps significantly when the Christmas tree is involved—to as high as one out of every 31.
14 December 2015
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
If the residential water supply in your neighborhood is hard, meaning it contains high amounts of calcium and magnesium, you will notice the effects of the mineral-rich water on your clothes, dishes and the performance of household appliances. While untreated hard water does not pose any serious health risks, it can still have a detrimental impact on your household. The following primer on residential hard water issues can help you identify and manage problems caused by a water supply with high levels of dissolved minerals.
2 November 2015
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
Most homeowners are excited to always upgrade to the newest and fanciest materials, but sometimes going back to a simpler design is better. Wood siding may sound a little old-fashioned in this era of synthetic wood and composite vinyl products. However, this siding has stood the test of time and provides these five benefits to the homeowner that chooses it. Extra Insulation The density and thickness of the siding you choose determines its insulation power.
28 September 2015