Month: August 2015

Cabinet Refacing Charlotte, NC

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Advantages Of Refinishing Over Replacing Your Cabinets

Do you like the layout of your cabinets but feel like they just need a bit of a facelift? Maybe replacing them isn’t the way to go – especially with the price of new cupboards these days. Refacing instead just takes what you have now and gives them a whole new look! It’s a lot more affordable and takes a lot less time too!

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Cabinet Refacing New York, NY

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Advantages Of Hiring A New York Cabinet Refacing Expert

 
 

If you already have a good cabinet layout and do not feel the need to replace then entirely, refinishing may be just the right thing for yu. Basically, this means that instead of pulling down and installing new cabinets, our New York City cabinet refacing professionsals will just change the look of what you already have.

 
 

It is a lot mor affordable to do it this way and it also takes a lot less time!

 
 

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How You Can Detect Home Foundation Problems

how to check a home's foundation, James

 

Unless a home is built upon a solid foundation, there is no hope for it standing throughout the years. Although your home’s foundation might have gone through a complete inspection before you took ownership, there is still the chance that problems can arise down the line. This is especially true if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions.

Follow these four inspection steps to ensure your foundation is up to code at least once a year.

Step One: Check The Interior

There are many warnings signs for foundation problems that can be found on the inside of your home. These include:

  • A door that fails to latch
  • A window that won’t close completely
  • Cracks in wall plaster over door frames or ceilings joints
  • Cracks on tile over a concrete floor

These could all be indications of your home’s foundation shifting. Of course, every home will “settle” over time, which could activate some of these warning signs. A slight shift or small crack isn’t cause for immediate alarm. However, you should pay attention to those problem areas in case they become more severe.

Step Two: Check The Exterior

You’ll want to walk slowly around the exterior of your home paying close attention to any evident cracks in the foundation.

The settling process often can cause a vertical crack in your foundation. This could signal a major problem if that same crack appears on the inside of your basement and runs along the floor.

A horizontal crack is typically caused by pressure being exerted onto the foundation. This usually occurs in cold climates, when soil is repeatedly frozen (expanded) and then thawed (retracted). Horizontal cracks can also show up if the foundation is close to your driveway. The continual weight of a parked car could eventually shift the soil and push up against the foundation, causing it to crack.

Step Three: Poke Your Cement

A poured cement foundation could appear to be chipping in places. Don’t confuse a bad paint job with foundation problems.

To check the cement, you’ll want to poke it with a screwdriver. You shouldn’t be able to cause any damage. However, if you find that it’s easy to chip off pieces of cement, then that could be an indication that the foundation is deteriorating. This problem could be traced back to a poor cement mixture of too much water or salty sand.

Step Four: Check Structural Posts 

If your home has a basement, then you probably have structural posts to inspect. Whether these posts are wood or concrete, they should be perfectly straight. A carpenter’s level tool can help determine how straights those posts are. There’s even an app for that!

You should also take note of any rot in the wood or puddles forming around the base of the posts. Those can also be signs of foundation issues that will have to be dealt with.

If you detect any serious foundation issues, you would be well advised to hire a professional inspector to give your home foundation a thorough review. It is always better to nip these problems in the bud before they end up costing you a lot in repairs.

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4 Signs of Wood Rot and Mold

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The last thing a new homeowner wants to discover is fungus or mold in their home. The presence of these nasty spores could mean you have a problem with mold or wood rot. Mold and wood rot both emit a musty smell (the first warning sign!) and they can both cause severe damage to your home by weakening a foundation, or causing more moisture to seep inside. There are also certain health risks associated with mold, such as breathing problems and allergies. Bottom line: You want to nip a mold or wood rot problem in the bud or, more appropriately, the fungal spore.

Here are the signs of wood rot and mold you should be on the lookout for:

Bubbles in Wallpaper

Mold likes moisture. That is why the bathroom is the best place to look for signs of mold. If you have wallpaper in the bathroom — or anywhere else there is moisture, such as around an air conditioner — then look for bubbles under the surface. This could indicate that mold spores have formed on the glue and are literally bubbling up to the surface.

Stains in the Carpet

Circular brown, green or black stains on a carpet could be an indication of mold. If you see these types of stains, then you might want to give it a smell test for the musty odor. Just don’t get too close to the stain as you don’t want to breathe in those mold spores. This area might also be damp to the touch. If you have a stain, smell or dampness, then you would be well advised to pull up the carpet to inspect further.

Soft to the Touch

Wood rot often occurs in wood that hasn’t been properly sealed and is then exposed to prolong periods of moisture. Poking wood on a deck, garage door or foundation with a screwdriver, or even your finger, should not reveal any “softness.” If the wood feels more like thin paper than solid wood, then there could be some rot.

Peeling Paint

Peeling paint can be a pathway to wood rot. Any crack or chip in paint that is then exposed to moisture can provide a fertile ground for wood rot to grow. You’ll want to use the screwdriver test mentioned above in these areas. If they are solid, then you’ll want to patch the crack before moisture can seep in. Keep in mind that if your home is covered in aluminum siding, you still have to be on guard for any potential wood rot along the joints and seams.

You should inspect the exterior of your home at least every six months for any signs of trouble. If you detect signs of mold or wood rot, you’ll want to act quickly to stem the flow. Mold mediators are professional companies who can test and clean up the majority of mold infections. Wood rot around window frames, decking or roofing might require significant repair work. This is why it is vital to make sure your home is properly sealed. The best way to avoid mold or wood rot is to prevent it from starting!

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