Monthly archive for February 2018

Learn More About Your Roof

If you’ve ever experienced a roof leak you never forget it. What a mess! I remember looking up and seeing the spreading stain in our roof when I was stationed in Florida. Envisioning a the soggy mess that our house was about to become, I call a roof specialist and in panic mode explained what was happening. We were lucky to contact a company that was professional and took our panic in stride. We learned a lot and the completely soggy adventure we envisioned was avoided. Here is some information about roofs that might be helpful in buying a house, talking to your insurance company about homeowners insurance, or helping to avoid panic mode should you be looking at a soggy mess on your ceiling.

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Saving On Energy Costs This Winter

Saving On Energy Costs This Winter Winter is fast approaching. If you’ve questioned whether your house is insulated enough to provide you with warmth at home and save money on your heating bills, now is the time to understand the R-Value of your home and to deploy some strategies that will help with heating your home and lowering your heating costs. The energy saving tips in this article and an understanding of R-Value and insulation (explained below) will get you started for the sake of your personal comfort, and to ward off a scary heating bill. 10 Ways to Save on Energy Costs This Winter Use the sun for free heat. … Bundle up with warm accessories. … Use ceiling fans to your advantage. …

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Water Heater Basics

Most residential dwellings have a tank-type water heater which consists of a cylindrical free-standing tank with plumbing supply and outlet lines at the top of the unit. The most common heat sources for tank water heaters are electricity or gas (either propane or natural gas). An electric water heater will have a large electrical conduit attached from the dwelling’s main electrical power source (main circuit breaker panel). A fuel-type or “gas fired” unit will have a large vent duct at the top and a fuel source line close to the bottom of the unit. A tank water heater not only heats water but stores it until it is needed. This is why all tank water heaters are fitted with insulation material that helps maintain the

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Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)

Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) A ground-fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, is a device used in residential and commercial buildings that is designed to disconnect a circuit when unbalanced current is detected between an energized wire and a neutral return wire. Such an imbalance is sometimes caused by current “leaking” through a person who is simultaneously in contact with a grounded conductor and an energized part of a circuit. This condition has the potential to create a lethal shock. Standard circuit breakers are designed to protect against voltage and current overloads as well as short circuits, but will not trip during a ground fault condition. QUICK FACT It is estimated that about 300 deaths by electrocution occur every year. The use of GFCIs has been adopted

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