preventative home maintenance: Emergency Egress Window Installation & Costs - 05/03/16 10:49 AM
When it comes to a finished basement, what goes down also must go out. Residential building codes require at least one egress window--a quick getaway in an emergency--and that egress window should be a primary consideration during design and construction. Not only will you have peace of mind, you’ll also have a piece of sunshine to light up your basement.
Building codes dictate that an egress window or door be large enough to allow people easy exit and to allow rescue crews easy entrance in case of a fire or other emergency. The International Residential Code requires:
The clear opening of a … (0 comments)

preventative home maintenance: Heating and Cooling Your Basement - 05/01/16 10:44 AM
Heating and cooling your basement is a bigger challenge than you think. Buried beneath the ground, basement space is cooler than other parts of the house. That’s nice in summer, chilly in winter, and a problem to solve when extending your current heating and cooling system or installing a new one to serve your finished basement.
Extend what you have
Any reliable heating and cooling contractor can “size” your existing HVAC system to determine if it can adequately heat, cool, and ventilate your basement's space. Sizing a furnace and air conditioner is a calculation generally based on square footage/ton of capacity. However, contractors … (0 comments)

preventative home maintenance: When It's Time for a Water Heater Replacement - 04/17/16 11:08 AM
Water heaters are non-issues UNTIL you get hit with that first icy shower or giant puddle in the basement. Then you have to think fast: Repair or replace?
If it’s a conventional storage-tank water heater nearing the end of its 10 to 13-year life, replacement is obvious: New models are up to 20% more efficient and can save up to $700 in energy costs over the life of the unit. However, if your water heater is only a few years old, repair may be the way to go. Not sure whether to repair or replace? Here’s how to decide.
How to Diagnose Water … (0 comments)

preventative home maintenance: Plumbing Leaks: 8 Smart Tips to Stop Them - 04/04/16 10:38 AM
Plumbing leaks and the resulting water damage repairs or mold cleanup can be costly. Avoid the inconvenience with some good habits and modest investments in time and money.
1. Locate your home’s main water shut-off valve. If there’s ever a plumbing leak, you can go straight there and quickly turn off the water to the entire house.
2. Install shut-off valves at individual appliances and fixtures. This allows you to keep water flowing in other areas of the house while making site-specific repairs. You can find quater-turn, ball-type shut-off valves for less than $10; you'll pay around $50 to $150 per hour for plumber, often … (0 comments)

preventative home maintenance: Are Your Plumbing Pipes Worn Out? - 04/03/16 11:00 AM
Over the decades, the water pipes in your home gradually corrode. Eventually, replacing plumbing is necessary. If you don’t, leaks may occur—and possibly a flood of water or sewage that can cause thousands of dollars of damage.
Inspect plumbing regularly to determine if your pipes are in good condition, or if replacing plumbing is necessary. Simple regular maintenance helps prevent costly plumbing replacement. Replacing plumbing for a 1,500 sq. ft., two-bedroom, 1½-bath home costs $2,000 to $15,000 or more—a significant investment.
If your house is more than about 60 years old, make it an annual ritual to look at any exposed pipe—in basements, … (0 comments)

preventative home maintenance: Replacing Plumbing Pipes: Costs and Options - 03/31/16 11:07 AM
You’ll need to closely inspect your plumbing or rely on a licensed plumber to advise you whether it’s time for replacing plumbing. Replacing plumbing in a 1,500 sq. ft. home is an expensive proposition that can cost $2,000 to $15,000, depending on the complexity.
However, you can mitigate the cost and hassle of a totally replacing plumbing with these strategies:
Replace what’s exposed
For a home with plaster walls, wood paneling, or other features that make it difficult to gain access to in-wall pipes, consider at least replacing plumbing pipes that aren’t buried in the walls.
Although it’s a big job, replacing plumbing pipes that … (0 comments)

preventative home maintenance: How to Clear a Clogged Drain and Prevent Future Clogs - 03/30/16 10:33 AM
Clogged drains are the most common home plumbing problem, but you probably don’t think much about the network of pipes inside your home’s walls until a drain stops working. Clogged drains are a hassle, but easily cleared.
However, you can avoid the hassle by paying attention to what goes down your drain. A little care prolongs the life of plumbing pipes, prevents leaks, and avoids costly repairs.
Avoid chemical drain-clearing productsYou can buy chemicals to clear clogged drains, but these products sometimes do more harm than good. They can actually erode cast-iron drainpipes. 

And because they typically don’t remove the entire clog, the … (0 comments)

preventative home maintenance: Plumbing Leaks: Reduce Stress on Pipes to Prevent Them - 03/29/16 10:45 AM
Long-term stress on pipes can result in plumbing leaks. And replacing plumbing in a 1,500 sq. ft. home is an expensive proposition ($2,000 to $15,000). Instead, preserve the integrity of pipes and avoid plumbing leaks by checking water pressure and installing a water softener.
Reduce water pressure to prevent plumbing leaks
As nice as high water pressure can be when you’re taking a shower or filling a stockpot, it stresses your pipes, increasing the likelihood of a plumbing leak. “That drastically reduces the life of your plumbing,” says Phoenix, Ariz., plumber Alex Sarandos. “It makes your pipe joints, faucets, and appliance valves work … (0 comments)

preventative home maintenance: Steam Washers: A Dream Come True, Jetsons-Style - 03/27/16 10:45 AM
Rosie the robot maid would gasp with approval if she cleaned the Jetsons’ duds with a stylish steam washer. We can imagine George and Jane putting one on their Christmas list.
State-of-the-art washers incorporate steam into most cycles to get clothes cleaner and wrinkle-free. Steam washers look cool, too, with sleek lines and hip color options that will be right at home in the Jetsons’ high-rise. Here are all the steamy details.
Why steam? Partner in grime. Most steam washers utilize a combination of water and steam in a variety of cycles to do good things for your laundry. Essentially, steam boosts the temperature inside the … (0 comments)

preventative home maintenance: High-Tech Toilets that Would Fit Right In at the Jetsons' - 03/22/16 10:34 AM
As women who love to be pampered top to — er — bottom, Jane Jetson and daughter Judy would be flushed with excitement at the thought of renovating their bathroom with the latest high-tech toilets.
These “gee-whiz” toilet features would fit right in at the Jetsons’ pad. Their advanced designs give fresh meaning to the term “comfort station.”
Prices range from $400 to over $1,000.
Posh potty particulars
Many of the fancy features come built into the seat itself:
Uplifting moments. A motion detector senses when you approach to quietly raise the lid and lower it when you step away. Bun warmer. If you’ve ever received an … (0 comments)

preventative home maintenance: Programmable Showers: Low-Cost Luxury Suitable for the Jetsons - 03/20/16 11:05 AM
The Jetsons take their “ultra-sonic” showers fully clothed, but the latest shower technology just might convert them back to good old-fashioned hot water. These cutting-edge programmable showers are so delightful that George and Jane couldn't go wrong with one as a Christmas present for daughter Judy. Here’s why programmable showers might be right for you, too.
Programmable showers feature easy-to-use digital controls that let each member of the family pre-set their ideal water temperature, pressure, and even the type of spray—from a steady stream to pulsating jets. The waterproof control panel mounts right on the shower wall where you can alter any … (0 comments)

preventative home maintenance: Shave Up to 15% Off Your Heating Bill with This Simple Tip - 03/16/16 10:37 AM
It’s easy to imagine your energy bill going sky-high when you hear your furnace fire up.  That’s the reason so many people believe keeping a steady temperature of 68 degrees is the key to energy savings. But that’s a myth.
In fact, the lower the temperature, the slower your house loses the heat, according to energy.gov. And that keeps your hard-earned money from floating out the door.
So if you truly want to see your heating bill drop, you need to turn down the temperature another 10 or 15 degrees for eight-hour stretches on a regular basis -- like when you’re at work, sleeping, … (0 comments)

preventative home maintenance: Install an Attic Dormer Window - 03/08/16 08:52 AM
An attic dormer window will bring light into your attic and provide an escape route from the space fashioned under your roof.
Dormer fundamentals
An attic dormer window opens a slice of roof to accommodate air, light, and in case of emergency, an exit and entrance. From the outside, a dormer is a prominent architectural feature with its own roof and siding. On the inside, an attic dormer provides additional headroom, versatile floor space, and extra storage.
Dormer window drawings
A dormer window should look like the house it tops. The most common types include shed, gabled, and hipped. Inset and eyebrow dormers have flair … (0 comments)

preventative home maintenance: Do You Need, and What's the Cost to Upgrade Your Electrical Service? - 02/24/16 08:40 AM
Not having enough power isn’t just an inconvenience -- voltage drop-offs may actually damage sensitive electronics, so having plenty power is important to electrical home safety. Even with enough power, you may need additional outlets to avoid relying on a tangle of power strips and extension cords -- a potential safety hazard.
The cost of upgrading electrical service
The standard for household power used to be 60 amps. But modern homes may need as many as 200 amps to run air conditioners, computer equipment, high-definition televisions, and high-tech home automation devices.
The cost of upgrading your existing electrical service panel to a 100- or … (0 comments)

preventative home maintenance: Should You Replace Old Wiring? - 02/23/16 08:55 AM
Old wiring—even knob and tube wiring that dates back to the early 20th century—isn’t inherently dangerous, but unless you were around when the house was built, you can’t be sure the electrical system is up to code. Plus, materials such as wire insulation can deteriorate over time.
Safety issues with old wiring
Faulty wiring is the leading cause of residential fires, according to a 2009 study by the National Fire Prevention Association. And the older your house is, the greater the chances that old wiring might be outdated or unsafe.
If you don’t know the condition of your wiring, it’s worth paying a licensed … (0 comments)

preventative home maintenance: Basement Insulation Lowers Energy Costs - 02/22/16 08:30 AM
Even though hot air rises, homes lose heat in all directions. So besides insulating the top and sides of your house, you also need to insulate the bottom, where as much as 30% of energy loss can occur. Stopping this loss can save up to $170 per year off heating and cooling costs.
Where to add basement insulation
You have two choices: Add insulation to your basement walls and treat the basement as indoor space, or add insulation to the basement ceiling and treat your basement as outdoor space. If you choose to treat your basement as outdoor space, you would close off … (0 comments)

preventative home maintenance: Attic Air Leaks: How to Find and Seal Them - 02/16/16 08:33 AM
You probably think of your ceilings as solid surfaces, but the truth is that ceilings leak air into unfinished attic spaces through gaps and openings, such as around pipes and lighting fixtures. Air leaking into your attic could be costing you money--up to 30% of a home’s heating and cooling energy is lost due to air leaks. That’s an annual $300 bite out of your wallet that you can prevent. Therefore, fixing air leaks is on par with insulating an attic as must-do attic tasks.
Find air leaks
From below your attic, check the ceilings and note the locations of all light fixtures, … (0 comments)

preventative home maintenance: How To Inspect Your HVAC - 01/27/16 08:50 AM
Falling leaves and budding trees are semi-annual signals to inspect HVAC systems to make sure heating and air conditioning flow freely and efficiently. Some mechanical components, like the flue pipe that expels carbon monoxide, should only be checked by a professional. But you can eyeball other HVAC parts and save money on house calls and fuel bills.
Inspect filters
Air filters, which clean the air returning to your HVAC system, are the easiest and most obvious components to check. Yours should be dust and dirt-free because you’ve cleaned or replaced them once a month. (Ahem!) If you’ve fallen behind on air filter maintenance, … (0 comments)

preventative home maintenance: Whole-House Fans: Maximum Cool, Minimum Cost - 01/14/16 08:50 AM
For moderate climates, a whole-house fan can reduce your need for air conditioning except for the hottest days. To keep your house cool, a whole-house the fan uses powerful suction to pull air from all parts of your home, creating cooling circulation and replacing hot, inside air with cooler outside air.
Maximum cooling from your whole-house fan
Whenever the outside temperature drops below inside temps, open some screened windows and flip on the fan to pull cool, dry air through the house and exhaust hot airthrough your roof vents.
For a morning “pre-cool,” run your whole-house fan just before sunrise, then close the windows to … (0 comments)

preventative home maintenance: Ceiling Fans: Keep Your Cool; Save Money, Too - 01/12/16 08:51 AM
A ceiling fan doesn’t actually cool a room, but it does make you feel cooler because of the slight wind chill on your skin. That means you can raise the thermostat and feel just as comfortable.
Switching out an existing overhead light fixture for a ceiling fan is a fairly simple project that a handy DIYer can do in a couple of hours.
Keep house cool at low cost
Ceiling fans use just slightly more energy than a 100-watt light bulb, and new Energy Star-rated fans use about half that--saving you up to $165 in energy costs over the life of the fan. For … (0 comments)

 
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