A Home Should Have A Solid Foundation

Every home should be built with a solid foundation. Some houses include basements that not only support the structure, but also provides more space for families. When problems arise, basement foundation repairs are crucial to ensuring the health and stability of these houses are not jeopardized.

At some point, you might notice a chip or crack in the foundation. Overlooking it might seem like the best thing, especially if only a small area is affected. However, a flooded basement or sections of the house is an indication that more attention is warranted. There are many things that you can do as a homeowner to keep the foundation strong for many years to come.

When the Foundation Cracks

Some cracks are an indication that an area in the basement is not draining properly. Another cause is soil has crept under the foundation and has begun expanding and pushing into the foundation. Not having the reason for these cracks diagnosed and repaired as soon as possible could lead to a costlier repair such as having a new foundation installed.

Over time, it is not unusual for foundations to crack because of their rigid texture. One minor crack might not raise too much concern. However, multiple small ones should be examined by a professional. A structural engineer can identify the source of the crack and assess the extent of the damage. This information is beneficial to finding the right solution to avoid a reoccurrence.

Avoid Long-Term, Costly Repairs

The longer you ignore cracks, whether they are single, multiple, large or small, you run the risk of them growing over time. Ultimately, your basement will begin to leak water whenever it rains. Not only can this lead to very expensive repairs, but these cracks can reduce the value of your home. Repairing the foundation is very important to avoid significant damage.

Get Help from the Professionals

While you can probably search the Internet for DIY projects to fix cracks, getting professional help is probably a safer and wiser solution. This is especially true when the issues raise major concerns. An experienced foundation repair company will properly assess the situation and make the best repair recommendations. Hiring a professional gives you access to expert information and tips on avoiding future problems as much as possible.

Furthermore, severely damaged areas might need reinforcements that are not found in at-home kits. Hiring a contractor is your best chance of working with someone who has all the right tools.

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Prevent Issues With Your AC Unit

When is the last time you thought about your air conditioner? If you are anything like most homeowners, it has probably been a while. This is normal since your AC unit probably works every time you turn it on. They are durable pieces of machinery that can last for up to a decade, but it can be a disaster when something goes wrong, especially in the summer. Next thing you know your AC unit won’t turn on in the sweltering summer months and your repairman is so backed up with other emergencies they can’t make it out to your house for a couple weeks.

Obviously, you want to prevent issues with your AC unit before they occur. If you aren’t an HVAC specialist like we are, this can be harder to realize than you think. You probably don’t know everything that can go wrong with an HVAC system. Here are some signs that you may need a new air conditioner unit so you can fix the problem before it is too late.

1. It’s over ten years old – Most air conditioner units last about ten years before they start having problems if they are properly maintained. Even if your older unit isn’t having problems, they could arise at any time. Have one of our technicians come out and take a look at your old unit to determine if it should be replaced soon. You may even want to consider updating it to a new energy-efficient model which could save you a lot of money on your energy bills.

2. It’s Noisy – Usually, when a piece of machinery sounds different, it’s for a reason. This is as true with AC units as it is with anything else. If your unit is making a weird noise it is a good sign that you need to have it checked out immediately.

3. It seems like you are calling your repairman every other week – If you have to constantly repair your AC unit, it may be cheaper in the long run just to bite the bullet and buy a new one. These repairs can really add up over time.

Call us today if you think you need a new air conditioner unit. We can send one of our representatives to your home to help you decide on the best unit to you when it comes to your home cooling needs and your monthly energy budget. We provide the best AC repair Williamsburg VA has to offer.

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Covered The Bottom Part Of The Screen Door

Just few months ago, I was able to hire someone to repair our screen door, it was repaired but little did I know that it was lacking of something at the bottom part to prevent mouse to get inside the house. There was a small hole at the bottom part; it needs to be covered so no small mouse can get inside the house. It has been a while that mouse were coming in and out of the house because of the small hole. I didn’t know what to do at all until I realized that it’s lacking of a cover. I checked the screen door of the living room and I noticed a cover at the bottom part. I need a cover for our kitchen screen door, I was thinking to visit a screen door installer nearby but I just don’t have the time until last week, I visited their store and ask them if they have something to cover the hole of the screen door they repaired few months ago. The in-charge said they would look at it, they visited the house a day after and they informed my sister the labor fee, when I got home, my sister told me how much is the installment fee. It was P 200. 00, which was not bad at all compared the suffering we got when mouse would get inside the house. Even if I would buy stick pad for it, these mouse will not going to get rid off if we won’t cover the hole. On that day, when my sister called them and told them that we were okay with the fee, the installer went here right away and installed the cover. Now I can see no more rats at all, thank Goodness!

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One Of My Goals, One Of My Achievements

It was only last month that I decided to put an awning type or roof in our laundry area, this plan has been long overdue but due to financial constraints, it was only then realized recently. Good thing that recently I am so determined to saved up and I am proud to say that this is from my hard earn and from my saving.  Nevertheless, I have to thank my husband for the endless support; of course without him sending funds for our bills, some improvements in our house will not be achieved.

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My sister is just so happy seeing this as she will no longer suffer from the dreading heat of the sun whenever she does the laundry. This has been used as a shelter for our dogs when they could not bear the summer heat in front of the house, they would go here to cool down.

So my next project will be the extension but I know I will have to start from dust, I need to save more for that. And I have to do a budget statement whenever I spend some things so my savings will not be ruin. It’s tempting to just spend without minding the project at all, but I want to do some fix and maybe renovation for this house because this is my only gift to my kids when I am gone. (knock on the wood) 

How I wish though that I am still here to witness their achievement in life.

In the meantime, I need to work hard for their future. I mean seriously, I really need to earn big bucks of money for this house, this serve already as one of my achievement and I am totally into it.

 

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