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Waterproofing Your Drywall Should be Mandatory

When it comes to keeping your home dry from rainy weather and moisture, you are going to want to ensure that your drywall is properly waterproofed, otherwise you could run into mold problems. When your drywall is not properly waterproofed, mold can grow on the insulation behind the drywall, as well as directly on the drywall. Once this happens, mold can easily spread to other areas of the home, which is a huge cause for concern since mold can cause health problems. You can have your existing drywall waterproofed by Duggin Services through their product application waterproofing systems.

Can I Waterproof My Drywall?

If you decide that you do not want to hire a professional, you can choose to look into waterproofing your drywall. If you choose this route, you are going to need several different materials including:

  • Paint rollers and tray,
  • Oil waterproofing primer (or latex),
  • A clean cloth,
  • Paint brushes for touch-ups,
  • Oil/latex waterproof paint.

Once you have these items, you can begin by cleaning the drywall with a cloth or shop vac. This is a must as you need to get rid of any dust that might interfere with the primer and paint adhesion. Of course, you will need to let the drywall dry once you have cleaned it off. When the drywall has properly dried, you can then using the waterproof primer that you bought to apply a thin even coat onto the drywall. Use a paintbrush for harder to reach areas such as corners. Allow the primer to dry and then repeat the above step with the desired paint. Make sure to match oil primer with oil paint, and latex with latex.

 September 11th, 2015  
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How to Handle Water Damage in a Retail Store

Running a retail business can be challenging, as you learn to deal with costs, marketing techniques and ever-changing trends. But one of the most difficult aspects to handle is a disaster. Water damage not only affects the store, but also your wares. It’s important to understand how to approach water damage restoration to protect your investment. The right steps to repairing your business will ensure you can recover from the loss.

  • Call your insurance company as soon as you notice a problem. They’ll be able to start an investigation to help you recoup your losses. You’ll need to photograph the damage and make a list of damaged items to ensure you receive money for lost wares.
  • Contact a professional restoration service to determine the extent of the damage and the necessary steps to remove the water, repair the area and get the smell out of your store. Not only can water damage ruin items, the smell can linger without this service.
  • Notify your potential and current customers about the event to ensure they’re abreast of the situation. A note on the store, a social media post and a mass email to your customer list will let them know when they can expect to return to your store.
 September 10th, 2015  
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Exterior Makeovers for Businesses

We all know how important customer perceptions are as they relate to business. If a customer perceives a business to be old, outdated, or unsafe, customers will most likely take their business elsewhere. Often, to prevent that from happening, a company will renovate the interior and exterior of a building, but would that renovation be considered complete if the parking lot or landscape was less than perfect? Fortunately, these projects will help unify the remodeled appearance and present an attractive first impression.

To get the best local asphalt construction, it is ideal to work with a company who is highly experienced working with all sized businesses. They will work closely with owners to design the most effective parking structure or rehabilitate and repave their current layout. A quality company will not only recommend a repaving or resurfacing job, but they will also inform their customers how they can get the greatest longevity from the new asphalt. One of the best technologies to accomplish this uses asphalt sealcoat.

Before any work begins, estimates are always given. It is important to know though that the lowest estimate is not always the best. Longevity of a company, customer testimonials and references, warranties and included post-application services, and a thorough industry knowledge help separate quality asphalt providers from competitors; providing your business with the reassurance knowing renovation dollars will be well spent.

 September 9th, 2015  
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Finishing an Unfinished Basement

Once you’ve finished making all of the home improvement changes to your home that you want, seeing your house with its new look can be extremely satisfying. Changes on the outside and inside can increase the value of your home, as well as give it a more pleasing look to your guests.

Unfortunately, if you’re still dealing with an unfinished basement, this can have a negative effect on how your home looks. Finishing your basement should be a priority on your home improvement list.

Get an Estimate

There is a lot  involved in finishing a basement. If you have mold or moisture problems, these need to be addressed before any work is done. Companies like Advantage Contracting can then provide you with an estimate on how much the work will cost, as well as give you some tips on what will look best for the design of the basement.

Predict the Final Results

Even when you receive help with the design, knowing what your basement will be utilized for can help you prepare for the project. You will need to know codes and guidelines, as well as have inspections done for certain ideas. For example, if a bedroom is going to be placed in the basement, you’ll need to have a window installed to meet the fire safety codes.

Finishing your basement can be a big project, but with help from an outside contractor, you can get the job done quickly and thoroughly.

 September 8th, 2015  
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How to Keep and Prevent Water from Building in Your Basement

So, you have been living in a beautiful house with your beautiful family for some years now, but things are starting to change. What was once a tough, unbreakable home is beginning to need work to keep it maintained. One of the worst situations that your house can get in is water in the basement. Whether you have a nice, new house, an average one, or a beater of a house, the warning is the same, find help. The worst thing you can do is leave your wet home untreated. Making sure your basement is waterproof has to be number one on your priority list, especially if your house is aging.

There are many ways to prevent and bail out your water problem, and all of them will make you leave smiling. If you already have water in the bottom of your basement, then you may need a sump pump to help. The pump will allow the professionals to drain out all the water and start the drying out process. Drying your basement out is especially important so that you don’t begin to get mold creeping around, which would be a disaster. On the other hand, if you just need waterproofing, then the staff will use the latest underground waterproofing technology to stop any future problems. Let the professionals fix it the first time, and get it done right.

 September 7th, 2015  
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When Should You Hire a Roofer?

Your house’s roof generally isn’t at the forefront of your mind. If you’ve got a bit of money set aside for house renovations, there are probably interior changes you want to make, or perhaps you think it’s time to repaint your house’s siding. However, the last thing you want is to need emergency roof work done because you neglected to hire a roofer earlier.

Ask the Expert

When hiring a roofing contractor, it’s best to rely on his expert opinion. If a storm might have caused damage, contact a roofer immediately. Otherwise, while new roofs might need an inspection only once every five years, older roofs require inspection more often because they’re more likely to wear down. It depends on the material of your roof as well, and whether or not you spot any missing shingles, leaks or other indications that you might need a new roof. Plus, a roofer has the equipment and training to safely spot any potential problems you might not have noticed from the ground.

Since the best roofers offer free estimates, there’s no reason not to hire one if it’s been a while since you’ve last had your roof inspected or if you otherwise suspect there’s an issue. Schedule your inspection today.

 September 6th, 2015  
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Obtaining Immediate Relief For Your Home When Damage Strikes

There is nothing more distressing when your home gets struck by damage, whether it be from an unexpected fire, flood, or storm. When your home becomes damaged by these types of elements, quick action is needed in order to restore it to its proper functions.  S.B. Restoration is a well-established restoration company based in St. Cloud Minnesota who has over 17 years of reputation in their line of work. In addition to servicing homes that have had water and fire damage, they can also help with roofing needs, home remodelling and even new construction.

Benefits of Using S.B

Not only will an adjuster meet you on site and determine the amount of damage that needs to be restored, but they will also write out a comparative estimate for you that you can then compare against the quote given to you by your insurance company. By doing so, you can evaluate the accuracy of the quote, and determine which path is right for you. In addition, S.B will also work with your insurance company after an initial inspection has been done if anything unexpected arises that was not quoted in the initial estimate. Finally, if you do choose to work with the insurance company, S.B will also help you with you claim process from start to finish. This means that if you have any questions about the insurance claim as the restoration is being completed, S.B can help you understand what is going on. This allows you to get the restoration done quickly and smoothly, restoring your home back to the way it was before the damage occurred.

 September 5th, 2015  
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What to Expect from a Roof Inspection

The roof is one of the most important parts of your home. It shields you, your loved ones and your valuables from the weather, keeping all safe and protected. In order to continue providing you with protection, the roof needs to be in good condition; however, since it is exposed to so many elements, it can easily become damaged. For that reason, having your roof inspected annually is a wise idea.

If you’ve never had one before, here’s a look at what you can expect during roof inspections:

  • A roof inspector will examine the overall appearance of the roof, including its interior and its exterior. Doing so will indicate if there are any signs of deterioration or damage.
  • The ceiling will be checked for signs of leaks or cracks.
  • The condition of the gutters, drains, chimney, vents and fascia will be examined.
  • If you have skylights, they will be inspected to ensure that there isn’t any problem with leakage.
  • The condition of the shingles will be examined to see if they are that are broken, curled or missing.
  • Flashing points will be checked to see if they are damaged or missing.
 September 4th, 2015  
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