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Safely Away From Home

By | July 26th, 2016|Home Safety, Maintenance, Seasonal Information|

Summer is synonymous with vacation.  Travel, be it for a weekend or a month often means vacancy at home.  Having a trusted neighbor or family friend periodically check on the home can also be helpful in preventing any problems. Don't leave your home unprotected.  Here are a few safety tips to be sure your home is [...]

Deck Safety

By | July 21st, 2016|Maintenance, Seasonal Information|

It's summer here in Metro Detroit and that means more time outside enjoying the sunshine.  Be it for a back yard BBQ or enjoying your morning coffee, deck safety is important for every homeowner and we're here to help. Maintenance is much more than cleaning your deck surface.  It means evaluating the structure and making any repairs [...]

Maintaining a Septic System

By | December 8th, 2015|Maintenance, Septic Tanks|

What is it important to maintain my Septic System? A failing septic system can be very costly.  Often times failing systems are impossible to repair and must be replaced.  Even when the system CAN be repaired, the expense is much greater than that of a simple cleaning.  A failing septic system can also cause your [...]

What is a Septic System?

By | December 8th, 2015|Maintenance, Septic Tanks|

A Septic System is an underground private sewage disposal system. It is the best method of disposal in areas where community sewage disposal facilities (Sanitary Sewers) are not available and where soil drainage is acceptable. A Septic System usually consists of two parts: Septic Tank - a water tight (concrete) container that receives untreated household [...]

Carbon Monoxide – Choosing Protection

By | October 2nd, 2015|Maintenance, Seasonal Information|

How to Choose a Carbon Monoxide Alarm Because a safe home is the only option, we offer plenty of choices. Now that you know a little more about the dangers of carbon monoxide, the next logical question is “what can I do to protect my home?”  Of course, before you go choosing your alarms, it [...]

Side Note: Back to the Earth

By | June 25th, 2015|Additional Services, Mold, Side Note|

Mold has become a big issue in recent years.  It has been the subject of lawsuits, a terror to builders, subject for front page writer, and the growth of a "new" industry - - Mold Testing & Remediation.  You might think its new.  It is not new. You might think it is complex.  It is [...]

Side Note: Crawl Space

By | June 25th, 2015|Basements, Side Note|

Wood + Water = BAD NEWS Exposed earth contributes a lot of water vapor into the crawl space air.  The earth is damp and as that damp soil dries into the house.  In climates where there are dirt crawl spaces, you can never dry the earth, and this invisible stream of water vapor from the [...]

Side Note: Just Add Water

By | June 4th, 2015|Basements, Side Note|

In this week's Side Note, we switch gears from basements to crawl spaces. Since air flows upward into the upper levels of your home from the crawl space, it brings the humidity from the crawl space with it. The effects on your home include: Dust Mites Sticking (swollen) doors and windows Smelly, Damp Carpets Buckling [...]

Side Note: Basement Waterproofing – Inside Strategies

By | April 22nd, 2015|Basements, Side Note|

In previous posts we've covered a few exterior options to protect your basement.  Now let's review what options you have inside!  By installing a drainage system around the inside of the basement along the wall, you can capture water at the most common point of entry - the floor/wall joint.  Capturing water from the walls can prevent [...]

Side Note: Outer Limits

By | April 22nd, 2015|Basements, Side Note|

By now we've learned that there are two types of basements - the ones that already leak and the ones that will eventually leak.  If the soil around the foundation of your home is pitched toward the foundation, it is a good idea to change the grade by adding dirt so that the soil slopes away. [...]