Hurricane Irma has caused extensive damage throughout Florida. This has disrupted lives and caused severe damage leaving many people in a position of having to completely replace or repair their homes. However, what many may not know is that there is FREE HELP available via a program called Crisis Cleanup. Crisis Cleanup consists of volunteers who are willing to work one-on-one with hurricane and other disaster victims at no charge.
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Roof repair or replacement can be expensive. This is the reason why roof maintenance is crucial to ensure it remains in the best condition possible. Regular roof cleaning and other maintenance practices will extend its lifespan and prevent you from incurring costly replacement in future. It is advisable to carry out your roof maintenance during the summer or at the end of it as it gets dangerous and complicated to do it during the winter season. Here are a few maintenance tips to keep your roof in great shape.
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A building’s roof is perhaps the most important part of a building envelope. The main purpose of a roof is to protect against rain, but in many locations, a roof may need to protect against much more than just rain. Different roofing systems may be able to afford different degrees of protection. Regardless of your location and roofing system, one thing will always be critical in protecting your roof, proper maintenance.
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Brick paths, stone walls, fountains and patios have made our homes more beautiful and comfortable for centuries. When professionally installed and well-maintained, these hardscapes add value to our property, and contribute to a low-maintenance and pleasant environment for us to enjoy.
Hardscapes that are poorly built or neglected, however, can quickly become eyesores that reduce our home’s value. Worse, they can be unsafe right from the start. For these reasons, keeping our outdoor spaces looking their best is necessary, and fortunately, doing so is simple and affordable.
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Just as the furniture inside your home can become filthy over time, the same holds true for your outdoor furnishings. In fact, because these pieces are outdoors and exposed to the elements, your pets and more, they may even get dirtier than the pieces inside your home. The last thing you want when you are preparing to relax on your patio and enjoy fresh air and the sunshine is to realize that your chairs and other furnishings are filthy. These steps can help you to keep your pieces clean and well-maintained.
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A pressure washer has a pump that takes water from a garden hose and boosts the pressure up to 1,000 PSI or more. The pressurized water coming out of the spray wand then dislodges the dirt and grime and that collected on house sidings, driveways, vehicles and gutters.
Power washers come in two types: electric and gas. Electric pumps can deliver in the range of 1,300-1,400 psi (pounds per square inch) at about 1 1/2 gpm(gallons per minute). Electric washers are more suitable for light cleaning work, such as cleaning outdoor grills, garage floors and washing cars. They should always be connected to power outlets that have an integrated ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
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Pressure cleaning can prove to be a versatile tool when tackling the multitudes of home maintenance. Having a clean exterior will make your home stand-out among the rest. Best of all, purchasing a pressure washer won’t break the bank. Before you begin pressure washing any of your home’s surfaces, you should understand pressure cleaning basics and know the proper procedures based on the composition of the surfaces being cleaned.
The first step toward understanding the basics is learning how a power washer works. Water is pumped with extreme power through a hose, spraying through a pressure controlled nozzle. The pressure is measured in PSI (pounds of pressure per square inch). The higher the PSI, the stronger the water pressure. The spray will remove debris, dirt and much more. Whether your project is large or small, this tool can come in handy.
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Pressure washers power through some of our least favorite cleaning jobs in no time. It’s just plain satisfying to see the accumulated grime of a year (or three) blasted from our driveways, walkways and decks with nothing more than the concentrated force of water. While it’s understandably tempting to apply this labor-saving technology to all our cleaning tasks, pressure washers can cause serious damage to some surfaces.
What can you clean with a pressure washer?
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