Jamie Flores

Three Reasons Why Your Chimney Should Have A Chimney Cap

If you're like most people who have recently purchased a home with a fireplace, you're undoubtedly looking forward to relaxing in front of the fire on chilly evenings, as well as getting a break on home heating costs. You probably already know that regular chimney maintenance is part of the picture when you've got a wood-burning appliance in the house, but you may not be aware of details such as the importance of having a functioning chimney cap.

Benefits of Joining an HVAC Contractor Union

Working as an HVAC professional can be a highly rewarding career path to follow. However, many individuals that are pursuing this career path or that are currently working in this field may not fully appreciate the ways that joining an HVAC contractor's union can benefit them. Collectively Bargained Wages One of the most important benefits that unions can provide to their members is the ability to collectively bargain wages. This can result in higher wages for union members as the employers are forced to negotiate with the union to avoid a strike.

The Big Thaw: Spring Troubles To Watch For With Your Septic System

As the ground begins to thaw out in early spring, the soil often becomes saturated. While this is good news for the plants on your property, it can pose a hazard to your septic system. The following are problems to watch for as the ground thaws out. Sewage backups No one wants raw sewage to flow into their home. Unfortunately, if the water table rises too high near your drain field and septic tanks, backflow issues can occur.

Choosing The Right Deck Color

A deck can increase your ability to enjoy the landscape surrounding your home. Modern decks can be customized with fireplaces or outdoor kitchens to help them meet any homeowner's needs. While selecting accessories for a new custom deck is something that every homeowner looks forward to, the materials you use to construct your deck are just as important. Color is one of the leading factors that you need to consider when designing a deck that will be both beautiful and functional.

3 Compelling Reasons To Hire An Architect When Having A New Home Constructed

If you're having a new home built completely from scratch, then it may be wise to hire an architect. They can design your home from the ground up and bring the following benefits to this extensive home build.  1. Create Detailed 3-D Models  Before your new home is constructed, you probably want to see some representations of the home other than blueprints. This will be easy when you work with an architect, who can craft accurate and detailed three-dimensional models of your home using innovative software.

Aluminum Docks Are Easy To Maintain

While there are many materials that don't mix with water, aluminum is a material that actually does. While aluminum is not indestructible, you may begin to think that it is after seeing how well an aluminum dock holds up over the years. Aluminum Decking Options One of the decking options for your boat dock is aluminum. In addition to a deck that looks like aluminum, there are also decks designed to resemble cedar.

Three Ways To Have Your Water Tested For Toxins, Bacteria, And Impurities

Humans can live thirty days without food. They can only live three days without water. That said, if your tap or well water is looking a little funky, it smells, it tastes "off", and/or people in your home suddenly have diarrhea or vomiting symptoms, you might want to get your water tested right away. (In the meantime, stock up on bottled water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and washing dishes.) Here are three ways you can get your water tested.

Why And How To Polish Concrete

Polishing concrete can turn it from an ordinary flooring material to a stylish, modern look. Obviously, a polished floor is very defined look, and some people don't love it. That being said, it is a trending style and can be a bold move if you want to create a modern interior style. Polished concrete is also a very low maintenance flooring choice. Traditionally, raw concrete is not a practical or stylish interior flooring material.

Why You Should Choose Roof Replacement

There are a few major exterior remodels that pretty much every home that is older than 20 years old can benefit from. Most homeowners save up for years in order to afford these big renovations. For instance, installing a new floor, updating your roof, and replacing the window fixtures are three of the most common projects. This article explains why you should start off with roof replacement. While each project has certain advantages that will greatly improve your home, roof replacement is perhaps the most beneficial in a lot of ways.

Ways To Dispose Of Paint After A Painting Job Is Complete

Whether you're doing your own house painting or you've hired a painter to do the work for you, you'll ideally be left with very little paint by the end of the job. While you might wish to keep some in a small bottle for future touch-ups, you won't need to keep a significant volume of paint. This is especially the case if you have a lot of paint left over—for example, if you overestimated your paint needs and are left with nearly a full can.