One of the first lessons we learn in elementary science class is that water expands as it freezes. So when this happens inside of our pipes during the winter months, it can be really troublesome for our homes. If you have pipes that are exposed to severely cold temperatures, chances are you will have to deal with frozen pipes during the winter. If you have pipes that run along the exterior walls with very little insulation, you may see those pipes freeze as well.
As a home-owner, you already know that occasional maintenance and repair of your chimney will be necessary. However, the signs of a problem are often quite subtle, and if you do not know what to look for, chimney damage could escalate quickly.
Therefore, it is important to not wait until the scheduled cleaning to learn about a problem. Instead, it is a good idea to learn how to detect early issues soon after they occur.
Fires have the potential to cause major property damage and the loss of life. Not surprisingly, building codes mandate the installation of fire protections in many types of building. In particular, fire doors are a common requirement for large commercial or residential buildings. While these doors can be vital for slowing the progress of a fire through the building, many people do not fully understand the maintenance these systems require, but following these two tips can help you avoid an ill-timed mechanical failure.
Are you concerned that your home may have vermiculite insulation? If so, your concerns may be related to whether you are at risk for asbestos exposure. Keep in mind that not all vermiculite contains asbestos, and testing needs to be performed to confirm whether the insulation in your home indeed contains asbestos.
Do not make the mistake of purchasing a do-it-yourself testing kit to send samples to a laboratory. Even small samples can result in fibers being released in the air.
As the owner of an apartment complex, large or small, you can ensure that your tenants have the most efficient heating and cooling options available in their living space. Mini-split heat pumps are an efficient heating solution for small spaces and are easy to install. Therefore, they make a logical choice for an apartment building. If you are considering making this transition in your rental units, you most likely have a few questions and concerns.