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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Modern Home with Classic Brick

Now one thing that we too have noticed is the advancement of our housing. No matter how cool or quirky our generation strives to be, nothing will ever replace the feeling of coming home to a warm, comfortable home filled with memories and home-made delights.

However, some of these new ‘housing’ programmes we see, the ones with run down sheds being transformed into distorted castles, depict a new modern take on how our houses should look. They promote the remote, still, empty, plain and clinical feeling through their ‘homes’. Aluminium houses and an entire wall made out of glass isn’t too appealing, we agree with the elderly generation with this: let the brick stay!

Warm, cosy and durable; the brick is a material that has proven to be a success and it should live on. The thought of the ‘TV trend’ catching on would be a somewhat mini disaster, the thought is of coldness; pure white walls may appear clean but they are certainly chilling.

So what are the perks of brick? Why does this material belong in a shiny new world?

Well, first of all brick houses are less maintenance. You will never have to fear the presence of decay or rotting, durability is on the bricks’ side; along with convenience for yourself and also the economy.

As you will be aware, bricks are a lot more energy-efficient. Imagine the money it would cost to heat up a ‘modern’ house, the condensation on the inside of that glass wall would certainly not justify the money spent! Brick will keep your warm in the winter and cool in the summer; this will of course decrease your bills and increases your fire safety.

Foundations Fixed

Concrete leveling is what all homeowners should know about. Concrete leveling is when a company comes to a home or office and levels the concrete around the house and street so that it does not crack or get destroyed. By using leveling companies, you will ensure yourself and your family that your house or office is not going to be literally, torn from beneath you. These companies will smooth out all of the concrete so that it can fix all minor – and major – issues of the house. Concrete leveling is the same for everybody everywhere but concrete leveling should be paid close attention to and all residents should consider their concrete around their house.

Foundation repair is another thing that all homeowners should know about – this option will fill and repair the cracks and tears within the foundation of the house. This will stop all further cracking and will prevent the house from being completely destroyed. This will make your house last longer and continue to bring you joy for many years to come.

Mudjacking is another option for foundation repair – when enlisted; this service will pour mud into the cracks and crevices of the foundations and concrete of the house and street. Mudjacking will prevent your house from being destroyed and will help it to last longer. When the mud is poured into the cracks, it will close them up and your concrete will be as good as new.

Do not wait until it is too late to enlist these services. Citizens of America, please take note about these issues and review your own house or office to see if these need to be done. Concrete leveling, Mudjacking, and Foundation Repair should always be the first consideration about how to maintain your house and office. By using these services, you are ensuring your family and co-workers that they will not have to worry about the building having something go wrong but that it will be fixed and better than ever.

Removing Mold

One way to tell if you have or are starting to have basement mold is you may smell a musty odor even if you just cleaned the area. Many cases of typical basement mold are characterized by the appearance of bluish, black, or white spots that might appear to be raised or have a fuzzy look. These spots can appear anywhere and can be porous or organic. If you should notice that the paint is peeling off your basement walls you should check for mold. Having a basement water leak from pipes can also cause a mold problem in your furniture, ceiling, or carpet.

When you notice that you have basement mold you should not ignore it but try to solve the problem as quick as you can to avoid affecting anyone with health issues. Before you begin to clear away the mold make sure that you are wearing gear to protect yourself, especially gloves and a face mask. When you start to clean to get rid of the mold you are going to have to take every thing out of your basement. This includes your carpet, any storage units whether they are metal or made of cardboard boxes, furniture, appliances, etc. Once you get everything out in the sunlight inspect everything very closely. If it really affected by the basement mold, get rid of it. What you can you need to make sure that you clean it thoroughly and let it stay in the sunlight for several days. You can either clean your carpet with a cleaner that removes mold, using a steamer, or it if is too bad, you may have to throw it away.

Once everything is out you need to check to see if there is a basement water leak and if so, take care of it. The next thing you need to do is apply basement mold remover on the floors and walls. After you have cleaned everything dry the entire basement with a humidifier. Cleaning the basement is not enough to prevent basement mold so be sure to use a dehumidifier often in the basement and check regularly for any leaks. Taking these steps will help prevent basement mold.

Basement Waterproofing Is Crucial

Natural calamities can become disasters

If you reside in a hurricane prone or heavy rainfall area, then you must not neglect waterproofing your basements. This is because these areas are vulnerable to flooding. Excess water from the ground might seep in through the basement easily. Rainwater can enter through the cracks which already exist in the wall and cause seepage. Also, hydrostatic pressure is created when the flood water forms puddles in the earth surrounding the foundation walls. Over time, the water is pushed over the wall due to the pressure, and can lead to flooding of the basement. This makes basement waterproofing a must in such areas.

Property Damage

If you like to use the basement to store equipment, books and furniture, or have a garage or wine cellars at the basement, it is important to get the area waterproofed. If you don’t waterproof, the water seeping in can ruin your belongings, especially if they are made out of wood.

Infestations

Check for mold growth in the basement and the surrounding areas. If you find the growth, you need to hasten and waterproof your basement. Damp areas act as breeding platforms for microorganisms and contaminants. Different kinds of mold breed beneath damp and padded carpets or in between the walls. The most dangerous contaminant is the black mold since the high levels of toxins present in it can cause death. You must be extremely cautious about areas which tend to be wet most of the times since they can cause serious health hazards. If you cannot handle these infestations, hire professionals who possess expertise in waterproofing and decontaminating your basement.

Grading and Sloping

If the area surrounding your home does not slope away from the basement, water could seep into it and create a lot of damage. The best way to avoid the problem is to spend some money getting the slope fixed. If not possible, waterproofing can be the only way out. You need robust internal as well as external waterproofing in order to prevent damage.