When a disaster strikes, even if it is a small one, you can have hidden issues that you may not think about. Whether it’s a flood from your washing machine or a leaky roof, the moisture left behind can cause mold inside the walls and ceiling if not properly dried out. Hidden mold does not only smells bad, it can be a health risk, leading to allergic reactions, asthma or worse.
Damage other than water, such as smoke and soot from a fire or furnace back up, if not cleaned properly, can also cause health issues.
J.D. Donahoe, the owner of Nature Coast Restoration, has seen his share of home disasters throughout Central Florida, and his advice to homeowners after a disaster is to “try and relax as much as possible.” Restoration companies, such as Donahoe’s, specialize in restoring homes back to pre-loss condition and they understand the angst of the homeowner — they see disasters daily.
“The biggest mistake most homeowners make is they do not call a professional after a disaster,” said Donahoe. According to him, a company that does not specialize in restoration work will miss items that should be replaced and areas that should be cleaned and in some cases, will try to cut corners to increase profits. The price most insurance companies pay is based on a computer estimate of the work done, and companies that are not certified in restoration work will typically shortchange the homeowner’s job.
“People cause most disasters in the home trying to do home repairs themselves,” said Donahoe. Poorly done do-it-yourself projects in plumbing, electrical and roofing can lead to thousands of dollars in damage.
Professionals who are trained in home pollution can ascertain the problems others cannot.
Is your outdoor faucet leaking or broken? Some are easy to repair by just changing a washer, but most of the time it is best to just replace it, as all the parts are out in the weather and will corrode over time.
There are many different types of outdoor faucets made for your home, before getting a replacement you will need to determine what type of connection you have. The most common are sweat (solder) on, and threaded. Threaded faucets come in both male and female threads and in both 1/2″ and 3/4″ pipe sizes.
Need some guidance to replace it?
This video will show how to replace a threaded outdoor faucet. If you have a sweated fitting see page 2.
See page 2 for replacing a sweated outdoor faucet.
Sliding closet doors are nice because they take up less floor space in a small room. If not maintained properly they will start to have issues. Lubricating the wheels and checking all that the screws are secure on a regular basis, will help keep your doors on track.
When a door does start to have issues, you may need to replace the wheels or the track, this is a simple DIY project that shouldn’t take long.
Of course there are numerous types of doors, tracks and manufacturers, each with there own style and parts.
If you have glass or mirrored sliding doors skip to page 2.
Many times the Floor guide that keeps the bottom of the doors aligned will break or come loose, which will cause the door to operate improperly or come off it’s track. This is the first thing to check when the doors are not working properly.
If the guide is Ok, the next thing to check is the track and rollers screws to be sure they are tight, if they are then see if they are damaged, removing the doors is the best way to accomplish this. Remove the floor guide, from the back of the door loosen any adjusting screws on the wheels so the door drops to its lowest setting, then pull the bottom of the door towards you about 6″ and lift it off the track.
You may need to replace the wheels or the track if they are damaged. Here is a great video showing you how to accomplish this task.
Great to have your doors moving properly again.
If you have glass or mirror sliding doors go to page 2.
Can aluminum siding be painted is a question that has been asked since it was introduced to the housing industry back in 1947. The original paint on aluminum siding has a tendency of fading and turning chalky.
If you would like to paint your aluminum siding, the most crucial thing is to get it properly cleaned. The best way to do this is to spray it with a mixture of water and TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) and then pressure wash the entire surface.
Using a good acrylic latex paint that is designed for painting metal is your best option.
Once everything is clean and dry, you’re ready to apply your primer. Here’s where a lot of people make a mistake and, unfortunately, I’ve even heard of “professional” painters who do this. They apply a latex primer.
This is probably the worst thing you can do when painting aluminum siding. Most latex paint has ammonia in it, and that includes primer. Ammonia has a chemical reaction to aluminum, which produces a tiny amount of gas.
Latex paint, by nature, is very elastic, so you end up with an elastic coating with gas bubbles underneath it. If you don’t quite see the problem here just think about how your own insides react a couple of hours after eating two or three bean burritos . . . ’nuff said, right? The gas build-up under the latex primer pushes up and out, which bubbles and flakes the top coat, in other words, it causes the paint to fail.
If you have a light bulb that has broken off and the base is still in the socket, the first thing you need to do is turn off the power to the light. Turning off the switch is good, but it is best to turn of the whole circuit to be safe, if it is in a lamp make sure to unplug the lamp.
If the glass has separated from the base but is still intact, place a bag around it and break it, leaving just the base in the socket.
To remove the base of the broken light bulb from the socket, you can try using a potato. Slice the end off the potato and slide it over the center glass post of the bulb and twist. If the center post is also broken off, you will need a pair of needle nose pliers to remove the base.
This video will show you both ways to remove the light bulb base from the light socket.
Remember, Safety first, wear gloves and eye protection, as you will be working with glass and metal that can break off, you certainly don’t want that in your eye!
Having a faucet that drips or runs when the handle is turned off can be annoying and also waste a lot of water and money.
We will show you how you can easily repair your leaking faucet.
There are many brands of faucets these days, both with 2 handle and single handle styles.
Most Faucets built in the past 30 years use a cartridge system that opens and closes to allow water to flow.
Changing these cartridges is a fairly simple process as you can see from the video below.
One thing to keep in mind, if you know the manufacturer and model of your faucet it will be much easier to get a replacement. Some cartridges come with a lifetime warranty, so check with the manufacturer before spending money to buy one!
Your clothes dryer can be a major fire hazard if not maintained properly. Most people use the appliances in their homes without realizing how dangerous they can be if they are not maintained on a regular basis.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that clothes dryers directly cause 16,000 house fires a year, accounting for 10 deaths, 310 injuries and over $84 million dollars in damage annually.
Your dryer can build up with lint from your clothes. Although there is a lint filter that you clean out each time you do a load of laundry, not all of the lint gets caught in the filter. The lint that slips through or past the filter will eventually get into the dryer casing, the dryer vent piping or even your walls.
Because the lint and the dryer are damp when you first the dryer, the lint sticks to everything. That lint will dry out and build up until it stops the air flow and causes a fire.
Lint build up will also cut down on the efficiency of your dryer. This means it will have to run longer to get your clothes dry, costing you more for utilities. This will also cause more strain on the dryer, causing it to wear out faster, costing you even more.
Maintaining your dryer is a simple job for any DIYer. Head over to the Next Page for help with cleaning out your dryer properly.
Vinyl siding is a very durable and flexible product, but is can still get damaged. A branch falling from a tree or an errant baseball, or wind can dent or crack the siding on your home.
Replacing a piece of vinyl siding is about the easiest of sidings to repair, even in the middle of a wall. Vinyl siding is made where the pieces interlock vertically across the wall. Because they are flexible they can be separated from each other without damaging them, making them easy to remove and replace.
It is best to do these repair during warmer weather as the vinyl does get brittle when it gets cold.
If you are fortunate to have some spare pieces around you can replace the damaged section easily and no one will be able to tell. If you don’t have a matching piece, and can’t get the color or style you need, you can use a piece from an area that is not seen and use a piece that is close in color in the unseen area. We have even changed a whole backside of a garage with a different color, so we could use the matching material on the front of the house.
Head over to the Next Page for directions and a video showing you just how easy it can be.
Although concrete is one of the strongest building materials and is commonly used for building driveway and sidewalks, Mother Nature still has a way of moving things around, causing the concrete to crack. Before it gets bigger and allows water and debris in, which will help it get worse, you need to repair the cracks
Repairing cracks in concrete is an easy DIY project with today’s repair materials and a little guidance.
Patching Concrete Cracks
Clearly not all repairs require resurfacing the entire driveway. Driveway cracks come in a host of sizes and shapes—from hairline cracks to more significant fissures. Regardless of the size of the crack, there a few simple steps that should be taken before fixing the crack.
Clean It – The crack should be cleaned thoroughly to ensure proper bonding between the old surface and the repair material. Cleaning entails removing loose pieces of the old concrete with a chisel or equivalent tool and then removing the remaining debris with a wire brush and sweeping it away.
Fill It – The crack can then be repaired and filled with something as simple as concrete caulking for hairline cracks or concrete sealer (pourable concrete mixture) designed to fill larger cracks. You should also use a trowel to compress the material firmly into the crack.
For an aggregate driveway, you will want to pour sand over the concrete patch and roll over it with a somewhat heavy object.
Let It Cure – Once the patch is in place, it has to be allowed to dry and cure before you park a car on it. Curing is not the same as drying. Pourable concrete is easier to work with than the polymer coatings, not only because you are working on a much smaller area than you would be if resurfacing an entire driveway, but because they typically dry more slowly, allowing you time to work, plus many patching products are designed to cure quickly, to reduce the wait after you’re done. Obviously, referring to the manufacturer’s instructions will alleviate any difficulties.
If you’ve used sand on the crack of an aggregate driveway, sweep or wash away the excess after the curing process has finished.
Seal It – Concrete is porous and water is one of the major culprits that can do damage to your driveway. To help minimize water damage, it is always a good idea to regularly apply a high-quality water sealer.
Some builders today are starting to become craftsman again and install some nice looking wood work in the houses they build. During the the late 1900’s during the building boom, builders were installing the simplest, cheapest window and door trim they could get away with.
Upgrade window and door trim with something a little more robust can have a nice impact on the look of the whole room.
Using plain inexpensive pine boards to change this:
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Don’t forget to replace the trim around your doors too.
Using some fancier trim can make it even more elaborate.