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Maintenance Tips for Your Home This Spring

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Roof and PlantAs soon as spring arrives, all people want to do is go outside and enjoy the fresh air and the warmer temperatures. Another great thing you should do as a homeowner is complete some maintenance items around your home. This is important to do so your home can stay in the best condition all year long.

Maintenance Tips for Your Home

  • Clean your gutters. Throughout the year, a lot of things can accumulate in your gutters including debris, leaves from the fall and other items. You should take the time once per year to clean them out and spring is a great opportunity. While you are doing this, be sure to clear out your downspouts so you can ensure that everything is working properly.
  • Get your roof inspected. Even if your roof is fairly new, you still want it to be inspected at least once per month to make sure no repairs are needed. You do not want to find out you need to repair your roof by finding an interior leak. Inspect it once per year to prevent issues like this from happening. If you do need a repair, make sure you contact a professional to do the job.
  • Trim the foliage around your home. The trees and shrubs around your home can grow a lot in a year and you not only want to keep them looking nice, but you also want to make sure that the tree branches are not getting too close to your home. They can cause structural damage if they are not maintained so inspecting them once per year and trimming as needed is imperative. You want to make sure they are at least five feet away from your home.

Using these tips can help keep your home in great shape and prevent some costly repairs later. In the case that you do find yourself in need of some restoration and repair, be sure to reach out to Parker Young for a quote.

How to Keep Mold Out During the Winter Seasons

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

CouchWinter often means wet, and wet means mold–especially if the winter is humid. Mold spores love moisture, so it’s important to take the proper steps to keep mold – which is always in the air anyway – to keep from growing in your home. The microscopic mold spores that are normally in the air will grow and will compromise your health if not contained. While you could kill mold, unless you remove it, the dry spores will just spread and continue to grow.

During the winter months, take additional steps to reduce mold. If it has already gotten out of hand, or if you had a flood, you may need to enlist the help of an Atlanta disaster repair services company, such as Parker Young.

Flooding and Heavy Rains

If heavy rains flood your basement or you have a plumbing leak, you need to work fast, or else mold will build up. Call in Parker Young, an Atlanta disaster repair service, to help clean and disinfect your home from the spores and toxins that the growing mold releases.

Mold hates low humidity and low temperatures, so turn the air conditioning on. You should also run a dehumidifier. If you don’t have air conditioning and the humidity outside is lower than it is inside, open the windows.

If you are throwing away moldy items, put them in a plastic bag. If you are saving some items that got moldy, store them in the freezer until Parker Young is able to restore them. This might include books, pictures and documents.

Mold Maintenance

Keep the air circulating in your home. When you shower, wash dishes or cook, be sure to use an exhaust fan. Keep all areas clean, especially those in kitchens and bathrooms. If something is leaking water, shut the water off to that sink, toilet or appliance. You should also use moisture barriers in crawl spaces. Make sure windows and doors are properly sealed and gutters are clean of leaves. When you need help removing mold, call Parker Young to schedule an appointment.

Tips on Heating your Home Safely

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

HeaterWith the cold upon us, more people will be looking for ways to supplement the heating in their homes. Those with no heat could use alternative heating sources to heat their homes, which is, in many cases, dangerous. According to the National Fire Protection Association, half of fires from home heating equipment occur from December through February, the coldest months of the year. If you are going to use space heaters, fire places and wood stoves as supplemental or primary heating, be sure you are doing it safely.

Prevent Heating-Related Fires

Regardless of the type of heating source you are using, keep any flammable items away from it. This includes:

  • Furnaces,
  • Heaters,
  • Fireplaces,
  • Wood stoves, and
  • Portable space heaters, regardless of their power source.

If you have children or children often visit you, make sure you have a gate or screen at least 3 feet away from the heat source to keep the kids away from it. This includes portable heaters. And, with portable heaters, shut them off before you leave the room and when you go to bed. Never leave them unattended.

Additional tips include:

  • Never use the oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional clean and inspect chimneys every year, especially those that are used for wood or coal burning stoves.
  • Make sure you use the proper type of fuel for fuel-burning space heaters.
  • Call a qualified professional to install space heaters that are meant to stay in one place, central heat and air conditioning units and hot water heaters.
  • Test the smoke alarms in your home at least once per month.
  • Keep a sturdy screen in front of the fireplace so that an errant spark won’t make its way to flammable items.
  • Contact Parker Young Construction for help with installing equipment that you cannot install yourself.

Contact Parker Young

In the event that you do have a fire, you could have smoke and water damage. Parker Young, a Macon disaster repair service will be able to clean up the damage for you.

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