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Common Signs of Asbestos in the Attic

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Jul 16, 2017 5:48:00 PM

If your home was  built before 1990  and you have  vermiculite insulation, or if your house was built prior to 1970,  it’s likely that you have some form of asbestos in your attic or elsewhere. Used for fireproofing and insulation, asbestos was a cheap and effective material that became an industry standard for buildings across the country. However, asbestos can become incredibly dangerous when airborne, and its effects can be fatal even decades after the initial exposure. This guide will help you understand the common signs of asbestos and what you can do to protect yourself from exposure.
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Topics: blown in insulation, insulation, home maintenance

Is Your Humidifier Hurting Your Home?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Jan 27, 2017 10:07:00 AM

 

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.

 

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Topics: roofing, blown in insulation, insulation, energy efficient, energy efficiency, home maintenance, ventilation, ice dam prevention

How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Jan 13, 2017 9:24:31 AM

 

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.

 

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Topics: blown in insulation, insulation, energy efficient, energy efficiency

Is the Water on Your Ceiling a Roof Leak or Condensation?

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Dec 23, 2016 10:58:00 AM

 

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?

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Topics: roofing, blown in insulation, insulation

Attic Insulation Upgrade Offers Huge ROI in 2016

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Jan 15, 2016 2:58:05 PM

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%.

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Topics: blown in insulation, insulation, energy efficient, energy efficiency

How Healthy is Your Attic?

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Aug 20, 2015 10:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: blown in insulation, insulation, ventilation

Do I Need to Add or Replace Insulation in My Ankeny Area Home?

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Jan 15, 2015 12:00:00 PM

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 insulationDoes 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.

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Topics: blown in insulation, insulation

Your Iowa Winter Weather Safety Guide

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Dec 29, 2014 4:27:42 PM

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.

 

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Topics: blown in insulation, energy efficiency, home maintenance, ventilation

You Might Qualify for Energy Efficiency Rebates from Utility Companies

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Dec 11, 2014 9:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: blown in insulation, efficient windows, energy efficient, energy efficiency

How to Know if You Need Siding or Roofing Repair After a Big Storm

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Sep 11, 2014 10:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: shingles, roofing, siding, gutter cleaning and repair, blown in insulation