At least a few times each winter, temperatures rise for a few days after a deep freeze. When this happens, a lot of homeowners notice what looks like water infiltration on their ceilings and walls. Although this evidence may be a sign that your roof is leaking, when the temperatures rise suddenly, the culprit is more often condensation in the attic than a leaky roof. And one of the most likely causes of attic condensation can be your home’s humidifier.
During the winter, when the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, many homeowners worry about their pipes freezing. You may have heard advice about how to prevent your pipes from freezing like letting your faucet drip but still be confused as to how (and when) you should do that. Here are the facts about when pipes freeze, how you can best prevent frozen pipes, and what you should do if your pipes do freeze.
When temperatures warm up after plunging below freezing for a few days, a lot of homeowners notice what seems to be evidence of water infiltration on their ceilings and walls. Although this kind of moisture can indicate a roof leak, when the temperatures rise after a deep freeze, the culprit is more often condensation in the attic than a leaky roof. How can you tell whether you have a roof leak that should be dealt with immediately or a relatively harmless condensation issue?
According Remodeling Magazine's 2016 Cost vs. Value report, the remodeling market is growing overall. People are starting to purchase more expensive homes, working to meet higher energy efficiency standards, and willing to spend a little more on home improvement projects to increase curb appeal and indoor comfort. On average, the 30 most rewarding home improvement projects brought in an average of 64.4% return on investment for homes that were sold within one year. This is an increase from the 2015 report, which announced the average ROI to be 62%.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the state of your attic can greatly impact the health and efficiency of your entire home. Make your home safer, healthier, and more comfortable, while simultaneously lowering your monthly bills by adding solar ventilation and attic insulation.
Are you curious about whether the insulation in your home is working as effectively as it should? Do you know when the insulation in your home was installed? Homeowners often ask these types of questions about their insulation: Does it need to be replaced entirely? Should I simply add more insulation to what I already have? Is it okay to leave it as it is now? Read on to learn what to consider when determining whether and how to update your insulation.
It’s late December, and we (fortunately) haven’t really had a bad snowstorm yet here in Central Iowa. That makes it a great time to make all necessary preparations to be ready for the snow that will most likely hit us at some point this winter. Below are several steps you can take around the house to prepare for dipping temperatures and heavy snowfall. It’s always better to go out of the way now to prep your house than get caught off guard in the midst of a blizzard.
Local and government utility companies offer several rebates and incentives to their customers. If aspects of your home meet certain requirements for energy efficiency, you may be able to earn cash-back rewards. There are rebates for a large number of items in different areas around the home. Continue reading to find out more about rebates and how you can upgrade your home to qualify for these energy efficiency rewards.
We’ve had a lot of thunderstorms lately, and storms bring rain, lightning, wind, and sometimes even tornadoes. In fact, every year in the United States, we get an average of 1,000 tornadoes, and a whopping 10,000 severe thunderstorms. Here in Iowa, we are mostly affected by thunderstorms that produce heavy rains, strong winds, and occasionally hail and tornadoes. Some people experience substantial damage to their roofs due to Mother Nature’s wrath, while others may come through without a scratch. It is important to know how to spot even minor roof damage after a storm. There are some common steps that can be taken to do this.