While garage doors require very little maintenance, it is important to keep them working safely and smoothly. All hinges and rollers should be lubricated and tightened on a regular basis. If you have an electric opener, the opener chain will need to be lubricated, as well. You should check with the manufacturer’s specifications to determine what type of lubricant is best for your particular garage door and any accompanying accessories. [continue...]
A discoloration, generally white in color, may develop on your stucco, brick or stacked stone surfaces. This is known as efflorescence and is basically just salt that is deposited on the surface through a natural chemical process. It is generally more prevalent in wet and cold weather. Although efflorescence changes the appearance of the surface, it is not structurally damaging or harmful to the masonry. To remove efflorescence, mix warm water with a bit of vinegar, then scrub the area with a stiff brush. If this does not work, you can purchase special cleaning products from your local hardware store. Staining may also occur on exterior surfaces as a result of dirt that is splashed up when rain or other types of water hit the ground. If you notice this type of staining, we suggest hiring a professional company to address the issue. Installing gutters can help prevent a future occurrence, as gutters direct rainwater to specific locations.
Your new community offers special features that provide a lifestyle not always available in traditional neighborhoods. In many ways, your neighborhood is a community within a community. Today, many communities have a condominium or homeowner’s association, which is usually referred to as an HOA. This association is the governing body of the community and is typically made up of homeowners just like you who are elected by the residents in the community. Living in a community governed by a Homeowner’s Association can be a very rewarding experience. The responsibility of the HOA varies with each community, but usually the HOA helps create and maintain the various agreements, or covenants, that pertain to your community. [continue...]
When you save water, you save money. It’s just that simple. And we’ve collected more than a hundred important and easy water-saving tips for you to tap into. So don’t just go with the flow, discover all there is to know, and start saving some H2O! [continue...]