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How to Locate & Evaluate Make Emergency Repairs

If you have an unfinished attic, examine the underside of your roof with a flashlight on a rainy. If you find wetness , discoloration, or other signs of moisture , trace the trail up to where the water is making its entrance .

Water that flows toward a wall can temporarily diverted to minimize damage . Nail small block of wood in the path of the water , and place a bucket underneath catch the drip . On a dry day , drive a nail through the underside of the roof decking to mark the hole.

If the leak us finding its way to a finished ceiling , take steps to minimize damage until the leak can be repaired . As soon as possible, reduce the accumulation of water behind a ceiling by poking a small hole in the wallboard or plaster and draining the water.

Once you mark the source if a leak from inside , measure from that spot a point that will be visible and identifiable from outside the house , such as a chimney , vent pipe , or the peak of the roof . Get up on the roof and use that measurement to locate the leak.

If your roof is severely damaged , the primary goal is to prevent additional damage until permanent repairs are made . Nail a sheet of plywood to the roof to serve as emergency cover to keep out the wind and water . Tip: For temporarily repairs, use doubled-headed nails , which cane easily removed . Fill nail holes with roofing cement when the repair is complete.

Cover the damaged area by nailing strips of lath around the edges of a plastic sheet or tarp.

To reattach a loose shingle , wipe down the felt paper which is the first layer above ply wood.Let each dry, then apply a liberal coat of roofing cement . Press the shingle down to seat it in the bed of cement . Tip: Heat softens the roof’s surface , and cold makes it brittle slightly with hair dryer to make them easier to work with and less likely to crack.

Glue down buckled shingles by cleaning below the buckled area, filling the area with roofing cement , then pressing the shingle into the cement . Patch cracks and splits in shingles with roofing cement.

Check the joints which are common places for the leaks to occur . Seal any gaps by cleaning out and replacing any failed roofing cement.

Areas that typically leak vent stack, ridge which is the top of the roof, drip edge , soffit , and cracks real close up adjacent the roof. Roof damage can tend asphalt 30 years, metal roof 50 years and cedar shake if properly and maintain just like slate roof hundreds years .
Other real important things ice guard shield properly lets the material of the roof contracts makes it last longer time.

Home Remodeling

Home Renovations

Tackling a large scale home remodeling project can be a daunting task. Although remodeling is often very rewarding , it is often very rewarding , it is usual a long , expensive process with many details to keep in mind , and having to coordinate the plans of several different contractors can be confusing and tiresome . Hiring a total home remodeling company can help alleviate some of the stress because all communications and planning is done with one company .

Keep an eye to detail of you want help move the process such pins is a good online ideas and cheap way out than an interior decorator , helps smooth process preparing for the remodel and save time .

Getting real budget
Before hiring a company , decide what kind of remodeling you want to have done and calculate whether or not you will have the funds readily available ( estimate locked in a proposal ) pay for it. Don’t become too attached to an idea prior to determining how much it will cost to implement ; it will be much harder to stay on budget if you refuse to compromise on design details. As long as you have a good general idea of what you would like done and how much you are willing to spend, many contractors will help you create a design that fails within your budget constraints .

Cleaning Preparation
Remodling can be an extensive ordeal , lasting from several days to several months, and properly preparations will save time. Many contractors will be able to move some larger items for you, but homeowners are typically responsible for cleaning out small things can get in the way or be damaged . Many room remodels include new cabinets or storage space, so remove everything from your your current cabinets before any work begins. If everything has been thoroughly cleaned and moved out of the way , the contractor will be able to get straight tow work .

Temporary Adjustments
With major renovations taking place in your home , it may not be ideal to spend a lot of time around the house.

Planning meals . If you are planning to remain in your home while your kitchen is being remodeled , you will have to find alternate place to eat and prepare food . For this reason , you may want to consider scheduling the remodel during a time when the weather is nice enough to eat outside if you own a grill and have an outdoor seating area . It can be also be helpful to set up a small , temporary food station in an unaffected room of the house with things like a coffee maker , some nonperishables, a mini refrigerators , and a toaster or min microwave . Also be sure to have plenty of paper plates and disposable cups and utensils on hand if you will not have access to a dishwasher .

Dealing with safety issues and pets and kids is safety contractors who are osha and IICRC certified is seal of protection of your kids and property .

Fixing Siding Damaged Vinyl Protection possible water damage leaks

Vinyl is tough , but not indestructible – it often cracks under impact. This is especially true at low temperatures =. Patch small cracks by removing the damaged piece , cleaning the crack PVC primer, and gluing a patch of scrap siding from behind with PVC cement.

If large areas are damaged , the entire piece may have to be replaced . This isn t a major undertaking, because replacement pieces are fairly easy to install. But vinyl siding does fade with time, so your patch or replacement piece may not be perfect color match at first.

It s easy to remove a damaged section because each course of vinyl locks into the course below or beside it. The siding is nailed through a flange molded into the top of the course . All you need is a simple tool, called a zip tool, to unlock the pieces. When working with vertical siding, you pull the zip tool down the seam.

Restoring Aluminum

Although siding provides good weather protection and is easy to maintain , a stray baseball or large hailstones can dent it. Slight damage can be patched the procedure for repairing dents in aluminum siding is a lot like repairing a dented car fender . It consist of pulling out the dent , sanding the area , and applying two-part auto body putty. Once the surface is dry , you can san , prime, and paint it. For minor surface imperfections , you can use steel wool . It also helps to know the manufacturer and color of the siding , because you may be able to purchase a touch up kit in the original color.

You may need need to replace areas with more serious damage , although you should try other repairs, first for two reasons. First aluminum is not as flexible as vinyl; its more difficult to weave one piece into an existing wall. Second you may not find replacement pieces that match your old siding. If the repair is in a conspicuous place, you may want to consider removing and using a piece from a less obvious part of the house and then replacing that piece with new material.

Important for water damage mold issue is the r value factor and vapor barriers between the siding drywall.
A vapor barrier is a layer of thin material , typically thin plastic sheeting and sometimes foil, that prevents moisture generated inside the house from seeping into exterior the wall and condensing . It lies over the wall frame, under the drywall. Without this barrier , which is standard in modern homes but lacking in many built in 1960, moisture working through the wall can meet a surface that is below the dew point temperature . Thats when moisture becomes water that can soak insulation , cause rot in the wall frame , and peel paint mold damage. If you are installing new siding, don t add a vapor barrier over the outside wall . It will stop moisture from escaping. And much of the damage can be hidden until the problems mushroom into major repair projects such water damage or mold remediation .

Winter Problems Ice Damming Roof Repairs Blizzard 2016

Winter Problems Roof Damage

When snow, ice, and freezing rain land on the roof where you live , chances are the coat of frozen stuff will last a while, melting and refreezing several times before finally disappearing. This is not a problem unless your roof overhangs freeze solid , creating an ice dam, which can push water underneath the shingles and cause leaks.

If you can get at the roof edge safely, break off icicles before they become heavy enough to dislodge the gutter . Some homeowners attack ice-choked gutters with a hair dryer or pour hot water in gutters and downspouts to hasten melting. Start at the critical joint between gutters and downspout. Once this area is clear, melting ice will have a drainage channel as you work backward along the rest of the gutter .

Prevent Ice Dams

There are several possible solutions to ice-dam problems. Working from the outside, you can install a strip of sheet metal over the shingles covering the overhang. This method is fairly common in the rural Northeast – it is most effective on steeply sloped roofs, where gravity and the slick metal surface encourage ice and snow to slide off the roof.

Another approach is to install heat cables in a zigzag pattern along the shingles on the overhang. The resistance wiring , which looks like a long extension cord, is attached with small clips tucked under the shingles and even can be extended into gutters to help them remain unfrozen. These cables are designed to produce enough heat to prevent freeze-ups.

Because warmth rising through the ceiling or attic is often the cause of ice dams, you can also alleviate the problem by working. from the inside to reduce the heat flow with extra insulation. In a typically constructed wood frame attic floor, for instance, the spaces between floor joists should be filled with insulation. An additional layer, even the 3 1/2 inch batting used in walls , can be set on top and perpendicular to the joist for more protection. At the same time you can increase the vent size in the attic or crack a window at each end. This will make the bottom of the roof colder and closer to the temperature outdoors, which will prevent melting, while the extra insulation will retard heat flow from living spaces below.

On new construction jobs or reroofing projects, consider installing a rubberized ice shield membrane on the roof deck. It should cover the overhang and at least a few courses of shingles over living spaces. This provides a backup barrier just in case an ice dam does form and works under the shingles.

Usually, theses membrane are made of waterproof, rubberized asphalt and polyethylene in self-adhering sheets that bond directly to the roof deck and to each other at overlaps. The material is installed beneath the shingles, and it seals itself around punctures form nails protruding through the shingles above.

Brick Mason Repairs Water Proofing Basements Damage

Repairing Block Walls

Usually, the first repair you ll need to make to a block structure will be repointing – using fresh mortar to replace mortar joints that have failed . This process is the same for brick ; Other simple cosmetic repairs to a block structure involve reinforcing a damaged area with a patch of repair compound ,or coating the block with paint , stucco, or mortar .

Foundations Wall Repair Water damage

If a block or brick foundation has cracked and chipped on the surface but is still structurally sound, there are several repair options, including repointing the mortar joints, replacing badly chipped units, and covering with stucco. If the bricks or blocks don t wobble in and out of line too much , you can use 1/2 inch pressure-treated plywood or foam board to bridge the nooks and crannies that let in water and moisture. Even small openings can eventually ruin the foundation s appearance and sap its strength.

To make a complete seal and create a neat line near the ground, clear away enough dirt so that the bottom few inches of the new covering can be buried, can tuck the upper edge into a liberal bed of caulking below the house siding. Although pressure-treated wood will resist rot, you might refill the small trench with gravel to encourage drainage before replacing the top layer of sod. The only trick part of simple operation is nailing the covering panels into the brick . Get an assist by lacing the backs of the covering panels with construction adhesive ; then use several hardened masonry or cut nails to lock each sheet in place. Nailing into the mortar between bricks is easiest if you can gauge the courses of brick.

For a neutral , masonry – like finish , coat the covering material with heavy – bodied gray exterior stain. From a few feet away , it will look like stucco. While you re at it, consider adding a layer of rigid foam insulating the exposed portion of the foundation.

Painting Block

If you plan to finish masonry basement walls, there are special waterproofing paints that roll or brush on thickly, like wet plaster . First, you should patch any open or leaking cracks with a cement-based patching compound or hydraulic cement . Even on rough walls , surface application look better and last longer over sound, uncracked surfaces.

For painting , opt for a heavy-napped roller , called a bulldozer by professional painter because it can be loaded with thick paint and it will push the excess along the wall just as a bulldozer pushes dirt. The thick , ragged nap is essential when working on rough masonry . It helps to work the viscous paint into surface crevices and the joints between courses of concrete foundation block .

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