Preventing Mold on Carpeting

In order to grow, mold needs moisture, oxygen, a food source, and a surface to grow on. Mold spores are commonly found naturally in the air. If spores land on a wet or damp spot indoors that contains dust for them to feed on, mold growth will soon follow. Wall-to-wall carpeting, as well as area […]

Sizing Your Downspouts – Part 1

The most common residential sizes, Five-inch K-style gutters or 6-inch half-rounds, are able to handle the rainfall on most houses in most parts of the country. But houses with big, steep roofs or those located in climates prone to heavy downpours may need wider gutters and extra downspouts to keep rainwater from overflowing. To figure […]

Sizing Your Downspouts – Part 2

Sizing the Gutters Multiply the drainage area by the roof-pitch factor and rainfall intensity to find out the adjusted square footage. Then use the chart below to see what size gutter you need. (If a roof’s various drainage areas call for different size gutters, go for the biggest one.) K-Style 5-inch      5,520 square feet 6-inch      7,960 square […]

Sizing Your Downspouts – Part 3

What if the runoff is off the chart for standard gutters? You have three options: 1. Get 7- or 8-inch gutters. They’ll cost more and probably require a custom order through a professional installer. 2. Increase the pitch of the gutter. The standard is about ¼ inch per 10 feet. Increasing the pitch increases a […]

Broken Water Line

Pictured here is a basement where a water broke due to the extreme temperatures.  Luckily, the leak was caught quickly, and thus the damage was limited.  Be sure to insulate pipes and keep even rooms with minimum use warm.

Removing Gutter Ice

Leaves and snow are simple, but clearing layers of frozen ice from your fragile gutters is a daunting task. Many home owners and property managers face ice-dammed, snow-capped roofs every season. Here are a few ideas for eliminating the icy conditions.

Removing Gutter Ice

Leaves and snow are simple, but clearing layers of frozen ice from your fragile gutters is a daunting task. Many home owners and property managers face ice-dammed, snow-capped roofs every season. Here are a few ideas for eliminating the icy conditions. Start every winter season with completely cleared gutters. Ice is less likely to build […]

Ice Dam Prevention – Part 2

Insulating the Attic The attic floor should be airtight, have sufficient insulation, and keep the transfer of heat from the downstairs to the attic at a minimum. Even a well-insulated attic floor may have a number of openings that can permit warm air from below to seep up into the attic. For instance, these items […]

Ice Dam Prevention – Part 1

When heat from the interior of a house with a sloped roof escapes into the attic space, it warms the underside of the roof. Meanwhile, the roof eave outside the heated space remains a colder temperature.  As snow accumulates on the rooftop, it melts over the warmer portion of the attic and the melt water […]

Winterizing An Outdoor Air Conditioner

An outside air conditioning unit, often referred to as an HVAC unit, is a lifesaver during hot summer months. During the winter, you may want to winterize the unit to protect it against cold weather, snow and ice. Winterizing the unit also protects it against rust damage. A few protective measures can keep the air […]