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Home Improvements Projects: Roof Repair

If I were to speak to ten homeowners, I know that maybe one of them would say that he or she always checks the roof of the home in spring.

We seldom seem to appreciate the enormous strain which is placed on our roofs during the winter. Snow weighs a lot, and even though most roofs can take the extra weight, it is important to check for damage.

Tiles may move or tree branches may fall on our roofs during bad winter storms with us realizing it. Checking how your roof have survived winter is a job which needs to be done as soon as the snow has melted.

Inside Out

It can be a good idea to check your home inside out. By that I mean that you should really get up in the attic first of all. You need to look out for damp spots and darker areas which may indicate you have some kind of roof damage.

It is not only weather that can cause a problem as I found out to my peril one year. After a bad storm, I had not cleared out fallen debris from my gutters. During the winter a family of mice had made their home in the debris, and eventually chewed their way into my attic.

One of my rafters was being used as an access point, and the size of the hole they had managed to completely surprise me. Also, look out for visible sign of daylights. This can indicate a more serious problem, and if your roof is not structurally sound, you need to get the problem dealt with as soon as possible.

Should you use a contractor?

A lot of roofing contractors do offer an inspection service, and there are many advantages to this service. First of all, they are much more likely to be able to recognize signs of damage and the problem may be able to be rectified on the same day if it is minor.

Most importantly of all, they are used to working on roofs and are probably better at moving around the roof than anybody else. Falling off roofs is still a very common accident in many homes, and can lead to some very serious injuries.

Cost of a roof inspection

Most roofing contractors do not charge a lot for this service, and you can expect to pay in the region of $75 for an inspection.

You may not have any serious problems which need to be dealt with straight away, but many roofing contractors are also good at home renovation besides with home remodeling contractors . They may even be able to give you some ideas on how you can better insulate your roofing space in order to reduce heating bills. That money can be very well spent, and may quickly be offset against potential savings.

Preventative Maintenance

Just like other parts of the home, it is a good idea to focus on preventative maintenance when it comes to your roof. It is just as important to keep your roof clean and well maintained. Doing so may even ensure that your roof lasts that little bit longer. As with other contractors, you should make sure that your roofing contractor is qualified to do the job and have experience of home maintenance and home renovation.

How Often Do You Need To Do Duct Cleaning Or Vent Cleaning

A simple duct cleaning will help a home’s air system to run more efficiently and reduce energy bills. The air system is the lungs of a home, as it takes in air and breathes it out. Through normal occupation in a home, you generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as chemicals, dust and dander. The system pulls in these contaminants and re-circulates them 5-7 times per day. This re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the duct work. Although dirty ducts do not mean unhealthy air in your home, they may be contributing to larger health issues for people with respiratory health conditions, environmental allergies or autoimmune disorders.

The frequency to clean the ducts depends on:

• The proximity of your home to factories or busy roadways.
• Whether you have furry pets in your house.
• Whether you have smokers in your house.
• Whether a family member suffers from respiratory problems, allergies or asthma.

Tools Needed For Duct Cleaning:
• Mini bucket
• Vacuum cleaner
• Flashlight
• Screwdriver
• Work gloves
• Ladder or step stool
• Cleaning brush
• Rags and paper towels.

Duct Cleaning Step by Step Procedure:

Step 1 – Prepare
Take a small bucket, and fill with warm water and dish detergent. Place all the tools and equipment required for duct cleaning within reach.

Step 2 – Locate the air ducts
Find all the ducts and clean them systematically. Remove or cover any furniture, carpet, hanging pictures or decorative items that are beneath the duct.

Step 3 – Take Off The Vent Cover
Remove all the vent covers off the walls, floors and ceilings to get to the ducts. Spread them on a newspaper and dust them with paper towels. Wipe them with soap water.

Step 4 – Remove The Dust
Use the vacuum cleaner to remove loose dust that has built up in the duct. Insert the vacuum hose inside the duct and clean as much as possible. Dip the rag in warm soap water and wipe the inner wall of the duct, reaching as far as you can. This will allow you to clean only the ends of the duct.

Step 5 – Replace The Vent Cover
Replace the vent cover, screw them on and vacuum them as well to make sure you have removed all the dust particles that might have got trapped when you were vacuuming the air ducts.

Periodical duct cleaning and vent cleaning helps prevent your system from working hard to maintain the temperature you desire. A clean duct uses less energy and this leads to improved cost-effectiveness.

Article by: Find Local House Cleaning Services

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