Posts made in October, 2015

Boiler Maintenance Inspection Guide For New Home Owners

If you just purchased your first home with a boiler in it, you need to know how to take care of this expensive piece of equipment. Boilers are intricate pieces of equipment, which is why you should have a licensed plumber do a boiler inspection at least once a year. Here is a quick rundown of the type of service and maintenance you should expect your plumber to perform when they inspect your boiler.

Inspect The Controls

The first thing that should be inspected is the controls on your boilers. All of the controls should be easy to move. If it is difficult to move any of the control, they may need to be cleaned and sprayed with a lubricant.

Additionally, your boiler inspector will need to make sure that the reading on the controls make sense. If the reading is way off, something may be wrong with that system, or the controller may just need to be replaced.

Check For Leaks

Next, your boiler inspector should check out your boiler and see if it is leaking water. This should be pretty obvious and easy to spot; if there is a puddle on the floor around your boiler, you probably have a leak.

However, a thorough inspection will be able to detect small leaks that have not grown so large that they are obvious. Your inspector should carefully look at all the seams and seals in order to detect any small leaks.

Watch Out For Corrosion

After inspecting for leaks, your boiler inspector should inspect for corrosion. Since your boiler has to heat up water and use it to heat up your home, it is common for boilers to develop corrosion. If any rusted areas are spotted, they should be cleaned up and treated by your inspector to stop the spread of rust.

Clean All Parts

Once the three tasks above are completed, your inspector should clean your boiler. They should clean all external parts and all removable parts. You should leave cleaning your boiler to an expert; they know exactly what to move and how to clean each part of your boiler.

Test The Gas Pressure

Finally, the inspector should test the gas pressure in your boiler and make sure that it meets manufacture recommendations. In order to operate efficiently and for an extended period of time, the right pressure has to be maintained. If the gas pressure is off, your inspector should correct the pressure and follow up in a week or so to make sure that your boiler is maintaining the right level of pressure.

As a new owner of a home with a boiler, you should hire an inspector to come and look at it every year. During this yearly inspection, the inspector should check all controls and readings, and clean your entire boiler. Call a plumber  and schedule an annual inspection.

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How To Prevent Rodent Damage To Your Roof

If you get rodents nesting in your roof, it can lead to several problems. Not only can you hear them up there scratching around and reminding you that there are rodents in your roof, but they can also cause damage. A nesting rodent will tear apart areas to come up with the extra material to use in their nest. They will also tear apart areas to expand their nests. This can lead to leaks and other problems in your roof. This article will offer you advice on how you can keep rodents from nesting in your roof.

Eradicate the rodents that are already nesting

You’re going to have to get rid of the rodents that have already taken up residency in your roof before you put measures in place to keep others out. You can either kill them by using poisoned bait or you can use traps. Either way, you will need to make sure their bodies are removed or you will have a bad stench coming from your roof for a while.

Keep more rodents from entering your roof

Once you have taken care of the rodents already nesting in the roof, you can work on keeping more from coming. One way to keep rodents from nesting in your roof is to seal up any small cracks in the roof by using caulking. You can also staple a mesh material to block any larger gaps or holes so they can no longer get in that area.

You also want to remove anything that rodents may be attracted to from the area around your roof and that part of your home. Cut back any fruit trees from the area around your roof so fruit doesn’t fall on it and make sure you pick the fruit off of the trees right when it’s ripe. Also, clean up any of the fruit that falls from the trees. Keep the rain gutters cleaned out of debris and don’t allow a lot of leaves to remain on areas of your roof.

Take a walk around the perimeter of your roof and make sure you don’t have anything leaning up against the side of your house that gives rodents the ability to easily climb up to the roof. Any tree that hangs over your roof provide them with an easy way up. Therefore, trees should be cut back away from the roof.

If you continue having rodent problems on the roof or you notice damage, then you should have a roofing contractor come out to help you with the problem.

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Earthquake and tornadoes were my biggest fear as a child. They still in someways are, but as I'm building more and more homes, I've begun learning about the different safety measures that are incorporated with the architectural designing. I think it's good to know where the best places to stand are in case of the natural disaster, and which places to avoid. As I've done research I've learned how glass can shatter and much further then what I thought –which has helped me mentally prepare myself to stay away from windows. I think the best way to be prepared for anything is to become educated on it, which is why I'm maintaining this site.