Home Maintenance Tips-What Shape Is Your Louisiana House In

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A very overlooked and under appreciated part of your home is your hot water heater. This can cost extra money on your utility bill and end up costing a huge repair bill if not properly maintained. Imagine your hot water heater in your attic which many are and it starts leaking while your not home or either you don’t have an overflow tank or it even overflows. Making sure the drain is clear can save your ceiling and carpet from a costly repair. A heat blanket can also help save on your utility bill by simply wrapping your tank with a good insulated hot water heater blanket. Proper maintenance of your hot water heater can help it last for decades, and will save you a ton of money in repairs down the road. Leaks can develop over time and can slowly destroy a water heater from the outside. Also rust and sediment can build up on the inside of the tank. A regular check-up will prevent these problems. You can certainly drain the heater yourself, but a plumber can do that as well as inspect and repair your connections ... as well as your temperature and pressure relief valves. 


Animals can invade your home through cracks and holes, search out these entryways and repair them.


Have you heard strange noises in your attic or in your walls? Or maybe something is scattering your trash before the garbage man comes to take it away. Well, when it comes to your home, the only living things you want in your house is your wife, kids and pets. All other critters can be quite a bother.

There are some situations that can be dealt with by a want to do it yourself handyman. The tried and true mice and rat traps are inexpensive and sometimes effective. But what if there is a squirrel infestation in your attic? When wild nature finds its way into your home, making a call to a specialist is probably your best option. There are many concerns when dealing pests but here are two to think about:

  1. Humane Removal - Another topic of concern is the humane removal of such pests. Sprinkling poison in your basement might kill some unwanted rodents, but dead animals in and around your home can be a real health hazard. For some situations, extermination wins out over removal. But for the most part, modern techniques involve trapping the animals and making your home a less inviting place for their return.


2.       Safety - First and foremost, the safety of yourself and your family is top priority.    In addition to all the property damage that pests can cause, their excrement and carcasses are very unsanitary and can even spread disease. When removing the more dangerous pests, such as raccoons and snakes, you also have to be concerned with the possibility of personal injuries when dealing with the situation. Animal control experts are trained in the art of pest removal and usually come with a lack of fear.


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