Drainage

If you have been following our Facebook page  and tweets we wrote about moisture intrusion and drainage. A lot of leaks are due to poor drainage and or lack of maintenance.  So this weeks blog is about drainage on the home and how to help avoid the terrible effects of moisture intrusion. So lets begin.

With the rain season in Florida a lot of us experience areas on the home that get more rain water then others. Some of this maybe the landscaping and some is deterioration of somewhat on the home. Lets start with the roof. the flashing around vents is an actual maintenance item. Then you have the valleys which leaves and debris can be collected and will contribute to water getting in them. And then you have the gutter system. Having a gutter is great but if its undersized then you shouldn’t have any at all.

Alot of Florida homes don’t have gutters because they think that the rain is too heavy to capture. One foot of 5″ K-Style gutter holds 1.2 gallons of water. One foot of 6″ K-Style gutter holds 2.0 gallons of water. For commercial applications, box gutters, can be made in 7, or 8 inches or even larger custom sizes that hold even more water. So this is something to think about. But you are saying, I have good gutters. Now you may need to extend the downspouts. Something to think about is adding a French Drain to the foundation area so to divert the water away from the foundation. This is a major difference between the homes here and up north. A lot of homes with basements always have a sump pump for this reason.

And lastly our driveways and other areas is something to think about as well. Adding a channel drain is a good idea. And keeping an eye on the mulch and landscaping as you do not want the area to be sloped toward the foundation.

So with this in closing. Check with the local building department about re-capturing rain water. It can actually be reused for watering the lawn to even water for toilets. Thank you and if you have any questions about this or any of our services, feel free to check us out at; www.pascoremodel.com or even better call us at 352-437-5300.

 

 

Drain Odors

First I want to say yes its been awhile since our last blog. The past few months have been crazy with work, but that’s good. So I promise we will be blogging again as we have before. This weeks blog is about drain odors.  Now you maybe thinking what? So with out further ado lets begin.

Ever walk into a home after coming back from vacation and smell like bad egg smell or musty odor. Ok, now what about if you just getting home from work and smell the same. Now lets add one more scenario to the equation. What about little flies in the drain. So below are going to be some tips and also what maybe causing it. This will apply either on septic or sewer type drains. The only difference is when placing cleaning agents you have to use a septic type cleaner.

Whether you leave for a week or so or you go to work and you come home and smell that drain smell we are all talking about its probably being caused by a few things. If you come home from work and been smelling it by chance you have food in the drain or downstream and partial blockage. This happens and really no alarm. Also this is a sign of what could be a back-up in the drain soon to happen. {Yes, just like our bodies our homes gives us symptoms too} So an easy fix is to get some hot water and citrus type cleaner. If you have a garbage disposal these things always get food under the turntable and will cause the smell too. So run for a good 10 minutes in each drain hot water with the cleaner. If you are on septic an approved type of drain sanitizer as well.

To explain a bit more what happens is that the drain walls collect food particles and stick to the sidewalls of the pipe. So this will produce that smell. Our piping just does that and it needs to be cleaned every so often. Now if you are getting flies, this usually comes from the septic system. Its good to place a drain cleaner approved for septic tanks. Also there maybe small food particles in the trap. Every 6 months its a good idea to remove them and clean them as well. (talking from experience)

Now as far as the smell from vacation cause the house being shut up for a week. Prior to leaving its a good idea to run hot water with a cleaner down the drain for 10 minutes. Then after the last use, some type of citrus type cleaner will help reduce the smell. The cleaner will be in the traps where the actual smell comes from. Then upon returning just flush the drains for a few minutes and poof no more smell.

I hope this little tip helps. And from #PascoRemodel we would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe 4th of July Holiday. Thank you all again for your support.

 

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Drapes and Blinds

I know this maybe an un-usual post from a carpenter contractor. But we actually get this request a lot. So lets start with why and what you should install and where. So lets begin.

Draperies and blinds can add value and comfort to any room. When remodeling adding these to your finished room will set the presence just as lighting sets the aviance.  Back in the day our moms would change the drapes with the seasons. The heavy rubber back for the winter and the lighter ones for summer. Then as time changes our windows improved. Here in Florida it still amazes me of builder grade metal windows from back in the day.

So, difference between blinds, drapes, or nothing. Nothing is not an option for privacy unless its a sun room. A lot of consumers like the curtains in the formal living room or dining room. Master bedrooms can go either way. As far as your offices and maybe study,  I definitely recommend placing drapes with a blind, because of the lighting. And we can go on and on with other rooms. The biggest thing is to select a drape or blind system that will incorporate the window with the room. Allow sun and view when wanted. And lastly, what will fit in your budget.

We can help with this for you. Whether you want a blind installed or help choose. Maybe installing new curtain rods with blinds. If you are in Zephyrhills or Holiday. From Eifers to Richland Florida we are there for you. Contact us today at 352-437-5300 or http://www.pascoremodel.com

Drafty Windows

Hello everyone. This weeks blog is about drafty windows. No matter if you are up north or here in Florida we are in the season where we are opening our windows more. So I wanted to share some useful tips about windows & how you may save on that heat bill. So, lets begin.

It does not matter if you have double or single hung windows. If the glass is triple pane or the old lead style glass with the wood frames. Some of us still have a jalious style for the sun room. All windows will allow a small draft in and allow heat or air condition to escape out. Its just the nature of the business. Now don’t be alarmed. Its actually good that it does.

There are a lot of window manufactures out there that say they are energy efficient windows. Some even go to the point of saying we will reduce your energy bill or pay the difference. (I wish that guarantee was around when I was kid visiting family in winter in Western MD back in the 70’s) So lets really take a look at this. A lot of your windows today that are installed are vinyl or wood style framed. You see the metal style when its usually a builder with new homes. And yes there are many different styles from a bow to bay window. A single hung to a double hung. Then you have new construction, replacement and my favorite stucco windows. But not to get too in depth with the manufacturing  the windows in a home allow sun and heat in with a breeze and keep the bad elements out. But you still have a draft.

Well lets start that every window and frame is going to allow a small bit of heat or cold in and out. The one reason is because the framing and installation. The insulation in the framing pocket may have holes in them. Also, the window may not be perfectly level and plum in the opening. The window may have shifted just enough over the years because of usage. Vinyl windows will expand and contract slightly to allow this draft. Again this is good. Think about it. If the frame was all rigid and tight there wouldn’t be that small allowance when the sun expands it or the cold makes the vinyl contract. This is really the gap I am referring that is almost impossible to control. But there are other measures. The window hardware and exterior maintenance too.

The hardware in the window is mainly a balance system. Back in the old days it was a lead weight with rope. Now we have gotten away from that system and have a bit more economical approach. The balances work on weight. So for example the balance has to hold the window sash’s weight.  When this part fails, normally the upper sash starts to seep down. Or the lower sash may not close tightly. This will allow a gap in the window where you will feel the temperature difference. The exterior caulking needs to be maintained too. This will allow moisture to enter the framing area and also allow that heat or cold in.

So here is a quick check to see if the windows need a bit of maintenance. On a hot day feel around the drywall area of the window. If it feels overly warm there maybe some insulation that needs attention or the window may need to be realigned. If the window lock does not latch easily then the tracks may need cleaning or the hardware replaced. And if you see any kind of moisture stains (moisture intrusion) then their is a leak on the outside and maybe from the caulk.

Now in closing, yes replacing the old wood style single pane windows with triple pane low e glass will save you money on utilities. Just remember the cost to install too. For more information call us at 352-437-5300 or look us up at: www.pascoremodel.com We service all of Port Richey, Zephyrhills, Hudson and Holiday Florida areas. Thank You.

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Fall Project Planning

Good Day All! Well now that we are on the eve of 9-11, the storm Hermine and our 1 year anniversary. Lets get back to blogging. As you may had experienced with the tropical storm, some projects may need more attention now. September is the best month to start your project planning for the fall. A lot happens with weather and the seasons changing. So we wanted to share some helpful tips with you to keep in mind that the holiday season is going to be knocking on our back door. So lets begin.

The exterior of the home and yard is a great place to start. Look on the roof for debris and branches. Check your gutters as well. In the next few months we in the Florida area will still experience more storms. Drainage systems must be cleared all the time. While checking around the home, trim back the bushes and shrubbery. A great project may take about 18 inches of width around the stone and place stone as again to assist with drainage away from the home. And if you have a fence, now is the good time to check your fence posts and gates. During heavy rain and wind  these may become out of align.

Now for the interior. These items on any fall maintenance and project planning are always over looked. So we thought we would share. To start, check your all your screening. This includes your lanai or screen porch. Get these repaired as we are entering the fall and will be using more fresh air then a/c. Then clean all your window tracks of debris. During the storm you may had notice some moisture intrusion. This maybe why. Now lets take a look at your bathrooms and kitchen. Check all your caulking and grout. If the caulk does not look fresh, now is a great time to redo it. Ask your self, when is the last time your grout was sealed. Is the grout color turned or black. Again, this maybe a great time to redo this as well.  Lastly, as the cooler temperatures are among us. This is a great time for us to think about up grading insulation in the attic. And checking the drywall for any water stains that may have occurred.

So this may seem alot as far as what to do on your home. But it really is not. Make a list of items that you may see that need attention. If you a bit of help. Give us a call. We will be more then glad to assist you in any manner we can. From Dade City to Holiday and from Hudson to Wesley Chapel Florida we are here for you. 352-437-5300 or www.pascoremodel.com

 

Preserving Exterior Wood

Hello all. Well we are now officially into Summer. In the west central Florida area this means rain almost every day. Also, this means the time to take care of the outside projects as the heat will be upon us. This weeks blog is about preserving the exterior wood on your home and backyard.  As I mentioned earlier, the sun can be horrible this time of the year. So I wanted to discuss some easy low maintenance tips to help you out.

First, if you have any exterior wood on the home that has not been painted in the past 4-5 years, you may wanna start budgeting for this. The heat and the rain can cause many issues especially with wood decay, wood rot, and bring on little pests that destroy the wood.  Using an exterior primer for all wood is the key to long lasting preservation. The primer is a thinner sealant and can get into the pores of the wood to help maintain its life. Also, you may need to consider, sanding any loose paint and caulk from the areas prior to starting. Then your top coat of paint or stain needs to be long lasting. Do not go for the cheap budget paint. It won’t last. For a sharp appearance, I always use a top grade paint and usually gloss finish. The gloss finish helps with the sun and rain over time to keep the nice bright look.

Now lets talk about the wood around the landscape. We usually start repairing or installing new fencing, landscaping timbers, or just maintain what we have. With new wood for decks and fencing its important to let the wood acclimate to the climate before staining. I have found out using a sealer in the fall such as a clear coat works well. Then come back prior to summer and stain.  If you have existing wood, then now is the time to power-wash the area. Keep the grime and slime off. If you like the wood look then apply a clear coat stain. If the wood products are starting to show age, then now is the time to maybe apply a light color stain to start to hide the knots and wood decay. If your deck or fence is old and is really aged. A dark stain is the way to go.  This will definitely hide any defects or try too.

Remember, with wood fencing, railings and decks there is more maintenance but the natural look goes along way. For more information about this blog or if you have any questions, feel free to call us anytime at: 352-322-2700 or email at; pascoremodel@gmail.com

We gladly service the Land O Lakes, Trinity, Holiday and Zephyhills Florida area for estimates the next day at the latest. Thank You.

 

Project Planning For DIY

As we are approaching  Spring (in Florida it feels like it now), we probably have that small honey do list that keeps piling up. This maybe clean the gutters to some minor maintenance inside the home. With life and work and family sometimes its hard to focus on the home maintenance. Well today’s blog will help you get organized and hopefully complete them tasks. So lets begin.

When starting any project you need to have a check list. This list needs to include items for safety, materials, tools, and clean up. Some people when the start a project just rip in to it and then have 50 trips to #Home Depot or #Lowes. Or, when the project is underway, there maybe a side part of the project that is not seen and now maybe 3 projects are needing to be completed instead of 1. Below is going to be a simple check off list for the Big 4 elements of small home projects.

Safety

  • Always make sure that if you are working on any project that you have proper gloves, safety glasses, if need be a hard hat, proper work boots, and clothing. If you are working under a home in the crawl space you may want a hard hat because of the piping, beams and joists. You may want to think about wearing sandals if you are going to  cut the grass. These 2 examples are to put you in the frame of mind before starting a project.

Materials

  • When we are doing a project, lets be honest do we want to go to the box stores 3 or 4 times. NO. So when doing a project its important to make sure you have all the materials needed. Sometimes, I even buy more then needed and then the UN-used items I do return. So for example, lets say we are going to re-caulk the shower. On my material list, would be caulk, caulk gun, putty knife, safety glasses, razor knife, razor knife blades, scrubby to remove old debris,  and small trash bag. Now this maybe repetitive for safety, and tools. But if you don’t have these items, you will need to get them while picking up the caulk.

Tools

  • Tools is my favorite subject. When you are starting a project, you have to inspect the tools prior. The worst thing you want is not have the right tool for the right task. For example, If you are putting new locks on and want to add a dead bolt, the proper whole saw is 2 1/8″ and not 2 or 2 1/4″. The directions will tell you from the product what you need. This is critical. The wrong tool will (not may) but will make the job harder, longer and may even destroy the product you are working on.

Clean-Up

  • Clean-up is just as important to having the needed materials to the tools to wearing the correct PPE. Some materials when disposing of you may have to use special containers for that product. Also, with the debris from the task, I always like to have the debris in bags and set aside. This way you don’t have construction debris with regular house hold trash. For example, you may had to replace the razor blade in the razor knife to remove the caulk. So, if the debris was separately bagged, there is no chance that somebody can put there hand in the trash bag/can if they drop something and cut themselves on the blade.

These are some highlights of project management. But if you go by these 4 then it will help you to keep them trips down to the store, have the project go smoothly and be safe. Of course, if you have any questions or want us to handle them small projects we can. For more information contact us anytime: 352-437-5300 and ask for our repair department. Or visit us at our webpage: www.pascoremodel.com and schedule your next appointment. For handyman and repairs we will gladly schedule the appointment within a day in the Elfers, Hudson, Zephyrhills and Brandon Florida areas.

 

 

 

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Fall Maintenance

As we are approaching the autumn season, home owners will have the exterior maintenance tasks coming up. Now I know working in the yard or doing other projects is not priority during football season. However, did you know we have a free annual maintenance check list. Yes. We give this to home owners to help guide them along the way to keep up with these tasks.

For example, during the fall we have the raking of the leaves which everyone is used too. But did you think of your outside water faucet? Or what about checking around the foundation for potential leaks and cracks. While you are cleaning the leaves out of the gutters, that may be a great time to have gutter guards installed. Additionally, maybe inspect the roof and flashing around the vents. Did you ever think about the exterior lighting? Adding lights in the garden can help with the frost so it does not kill your vegetables. Also if you have a pond with fish or little fountain now is the time to clean that out before we head into winter.

As you can see, these are just a few of some those items that we need to put on our to do list for the fall season. And Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair is here to help you. We can assist in many items for your exterior maintenance. For a free check list email or call our office anytime. 352-437-5300 or pascoremodel@gmail.com

 

Sample check list below:

1.Roof: Check the roof and around vents, skylights, and chimneys for leaks. Repair as necessary.

2. Attic: If there is no ridge vent, keep gable vents open year-round to ensure proper ventilation.

3. Gutters: Clean the gutters and drain pipes so leaves won’t clog them and be sure they drain away from the house. (Fall: In cold-climate areas) Drain outside faucets.

4. Fireplace: Clean the fireplace of ashes. (Fall) Check the chimney for loose or missing mortar. Have the chimney professionally cleaned. Make sure the damper closes tightly. (Spring) Leave the damper open for improved ventilation if the home is not air-conditioned.

5. Filters: Remember to clean or replace filters once a month, or as needed. Check and clean the dryer vent, air conditioner, stove hood, and room fans. Keep heating and cooling vents clean and free from furniture and draperies.

6. Safety Equipment: Ensure that all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers are in good working order. Replace batteries in appropriate devices as needed, or at least twice each year.

7. Air Conditioner: (Fall: In cold-climate areas) Remove window air-conditioners, or put weatherproof covers on them.

8. Refrigerator: Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight. Test them by closing the door over a dollar bill. If you can pull the bill out easily, the latch may need to be adjusted or the seal may need to be replaced. In addition, if you have a coil-back refrigerator, vacuum the coils at least twice each year. Your refrigerator will run more efficiently with clean coils. Also, stock up! A full refrigerator uses less energy than an empty one.

9. Faucets: Check for leaky faucets in the kitchen and bathroom(s). Replace washers as necessary.

10. Windows and Doors: Seal drafty doors and windows. If you added up all of the small cracks where heating and cooling escapes from a home, it would be the same as having a window open. Replace seals as needed.

11. Storm Windows and Screens: (Fall) Take down screens (if removable type) and replace with storm windows. (Spring) Remove, clean, and store storm windows (if removable). Check and patch all door and window screens. Put screens up (if removable type).

12. Siding and Paint: Look for cracks and holes in house siding or paint. Replace caulk if necessary. A carpet knife can work well for cutting away old caulking from house siding. Slice down alongside it from both directions with the hook-like blade, then use the knife to lift out the old caulk bead intact.

13. Check all baseboards and flooring with slab grade homes. This could be a sign of moisture intrustion.

14. Heating System: (Fall) Have the heating system serviced. Change filters.

15. Hot Water Heater: (Fall) Drain the hot water heater. Remove sediment from the bottom of the tank.