Archive for August, 2017

Ceiling Repair

The causes why the ceiling could be damaged are due to a combination of water and gravity. Water that drips onto a ceiling surface could get it way through. And when this happen it will leave stain on the surface. Gravity is the major problem if the one who made your roof used 1/8 inch drywall on ceilings or spaced joists too far apart. In the old days most builders used nails to fasten ceiling panels, which can lead into a problem since the weight of the panels tugs on the nails that will cause them to slip in.

If you would like to repair a damaged seam in a ceiling, cut back any loose joint tape until you reach to where it’s still well adhered. Tug the exposed seam with a 5 or 6 inch drywall knife to make the surface smooth and guide it closely to bare the drywall. Then scrape off any texture for 6 inches on both sides of the seam. You need to make sure that the panel edges are tightly fastened to the above framing to avoid any accident.

Fill the seam with the drywall compound using your 6 inches drywall knife, adding a 3 inch wide 1/8 inch thick layer of compound centered over the seam will complete the process. Ram a strip of paper joint tape into the compound, use a knife to make it smooth, flatten the tape by pressing it hard. Leave the joint to dry. Add two finish coats, then texture the surface so the part that was damaged and repair could not be too obvious.


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Want To Paint Cabinets? No Problem

You might think that this job is for professionals only but nope you can do it in your own and the advantage is you don’t have to pay labor fee for anyone you will hire.

First thing you need to do is to remove doors and drawers, this is for better access. You also need to include removing the hinges and all other stuffs. Clean the surface thoroughly and then give a light sanding with 150 grit sandpaper enough to make the surface rough to provide tooth for the paint.

Fill the holes and dents with wood putty, make sure you have the non-shrinking one, let it dry for a while and sand the area smoothly. Put a prime in the cabinets, doors and drawer fronts. Apply two or three light coats enamel paint on the doors and face frames, this is to provide durable appearance.

Fill in also the interiors, make it light colored paint for new look. Be extra careful not to clog shelf hanger holes. You can paint also the shelves if they have the same material with the boxes.

Let it dry. Let the final coat dry maybe for days before you reinstall doors and hardware to prevent them from sticking.

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The Unwelcome Surprise of a Wet Basement or Crawlspace

Buying a home is an exciting time for most people, but there can be lurking problems that you are unaware of. Water damage from moisture in the basement or crawlspace areas can catch any homeowner off guard. This problem will need to be taken care of to ensure your family does not get sick from mold.

Undetected Water Damage

55 percent of homeowners surveyed in 2017 state that they have lived in a home with a wet basement. Of this group, 71 percent state they never knew they were moving into a home with basement water damage. There are times that this problem is kept hidden, but it can also be a case where the home inspector is not experienced enough to detect existing water damage when there is a period of limited rainfall.

Climate Changes and Increased Heavy Rainfall

Ongoing unpredictable weather from climate change has made rainfall amounts increase in some areas of the country. These heavy rains happen in short periods of time, leading to severe localized flooding. It is difficult to keep water out of the basement during unexpected naturally occurring heavy rains. Most drainage systems can become overwhelmed and begin to force water up drains. The sheer pressure of water against a concrete basement wall can cause failure and water seepage through the cement.

Small Amounts of Water Intrusion Cause Big Mold Problems

You may feel the problem has gone away once the major amounts of water are gone, but the slightest remaining moisture can lead to a mold problem of epic proportions. You need to have a professional restoration company inspect and ensure that all areas of the basement are dry and sealed. The water intrusion might be such a slight amount that you are unaware, yet every time it rains the damage is adding up.

Solutions for Wet Basements

Cleaning up and drying the basement is only part of the chore to ending water damage. You need to find the exact source of water intrusions and fix them. It might be poor drainage, clogged gutters, leaking windows, cracks in the basement walls or a defective sump pump. This is the only way to avoid revisiting the problem each time it rains.

Contact experts in water damage West Palm Beach FL like United Water Restoration to clean, dry and seal your basement or crawlspace today!


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The Question That Would Always Be Ask

There are houses that when you rent or when you purchase it, the appliances are included to the price. Mostly that includes refrigerator, range or oven and cook top, and dishwasher. If your kitchen doesn’t have any of this then it’s time to get one. Some people would consider a microwaves one of the very important appliances in a kitchen but if you plan to sell your house, so it is not necessary to get one.

The first question that the buyer would ask is “Do I have to replace the kitchen appliances?” If you have a real estate agent can suggest you on what is best for you or your budget. But if you have plan to buy it and resell it then stick to this rule, if the appliances included are not broke then don’t replace it, however you need to have it clean and it should be in good condition so your potential buyer can use it right away when they move in. On the other hand, if you are the homeowner and you have plans to use the appliances for the next decade, consider replacing it when the appliances are too old, especially the refrigerator if it’s already has been used for so long years you will end up spending much more to the electricity bill because of it. An energy-efficient, refrigerator and with the freezer on top is always a good choice.

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