Autumn Home Maintenance Tips

At the beginning of each season, it is important to complete some simple home maintenance on your home. This is to avoid major home emergencies from something that could have been prevented. Also known as "preventative care" performing routine maintenance is a great way to save money in the long run.-Clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure the drainage areas are not blocked by leaves or debris. Consider having gutter guards to decrease the chance of a clog. If you need assistance with your gutters, check out our seasonal gutter cleaning service. -Check the wood trim around windows, doors,...
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Preventing Frozen Pipes

Water expands when it freezes. That's why a can of soda will explode if you keep it in the freezer. Frozen water in a pipe acts the same way; it expands, the pipe bursts, and the escaping water and broken pipe can cause serious damage. Why Pipes Burst When water freezes in a pipe, the break is not typically where the ice blockage is, the expansion is not what causes the pipe to burst. A complete blockage of a pipe causes an increase of water pressure between the ice and a closed faucet or spigot. That raised pressure is what causes the pipe to fail. Making sure your pipes are properly insula...
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Removing Snow and Ice Dams From Your Roof

What is an ice dam?An ice dam is when melting snow re-freezes at the edge of your roof and can prevent any water or snow from draining off the roof. This can cause water to make its way under the shingles and into your home. In New Jersey and other states with cold winters, this can be a real problem. Immediate steps you can take: -Clear downspouts. Make sure the area around your downspouts is clear. This way your gutters will be sure to drain once the snow begins to melt, preventing flooding. -Remove snow from your roof after every storm. Using a roof rake, clear three to four feet of ...
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