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.

 

 

Being A Contractor

I hope everyone enjoyed their Independence Day Holiday. We enjoyed a few days off and got to catch up with friends and family. While coming back from the holiday we had a few appointments and it amazes me still how some people think they are a contractor. I wanted to share this blog with you. So lets begin.

While doing estimates in the Lutz and Land O Lakes, Florida area a few clients had called previous people for estimates. Some were we can start tomorrow. Some told my clients sure I can take that for you and then show up and the ladder does not reach the window. Come to find out these are just jobbers being recommended on social media. This actually makes me mad. We have companies out there that are completly legit and then the ones who operate sneaky.  Who is going to select a contractor that does not have correct references, license, insurances, and most of all proper tools. If saving a few dollars is one thing but is that jobber or handyman going to be there when stuff fails that they did. NO!  They will address it once, maybe then ignore you, run, hide, change their number or worst leave the state. Now you the consumer are stuck with a messed up job, out of money and hurt. a

The reason for this blog is 2 of our clients almost got scammed. We get it save some money but when you have a small bathroom remodel and the handyman or jobber says we can start tomorrow. I would run. This also concerned our client.

So, to all our followers and future clients make sure you ask the proper questions.

  1.  Do you have pictures and references of your work?
  2. How long in the trades?
  3. What is your schedule like?
  4. Do you have insurance and license and can you provide a copy?                            (this stops the handyman rip offs!)
  5. And lastly, what type of warranty do you provide?                                                          (by law 1 year. PHRR we provide 2 years)

So in closing do not get hoods-winked by people that think they are a contractor. Instead go with one that can properly answer the 5 basic questions to any client.

Remember, at Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair, we provide all types of home remodeling, repair, and renovation in the Zephyrhills, Holiday, Dade City and Wesley Chapel Florida areas all the time. For more info, contact us at 352-322-2700 or http://www.pascoremodel.com

Thank You.

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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Contract Planning

Ever wonder about the planning of what goes behind the construction project? Ever wonder why it takes so long at times to get special order items? Well this weeks blog hopefully will shed some light on these questions. So lets begin.

Lets say you want to do them small jobs before you have guests coming into town. Or you like to remodel that bathroom finally. So you have decided to call the local contractor but he is busy. Now you are like ugh. So from there you use a search engine and now you see hundreds of contractors and more search websites for contractors. Where to begin.

Look at the contractor’s websites and reviews. Some people will use Facebook. Some will use the Local Chamber of Commerce, or some will go just pick 3 that are local to them. So you call and let the contractor know the type of work you want done. Hopefully the 3 contractors you called will show up for the estimate. And you start by explaining to them the project at hand. For small jobs they could be a few hours to a couple of days. For the bathroom remodel a bit more. Either way you should get an estimate in about 3-4 days. Some take longer if there is special orders involved or multiple trades. But normally, no more then about 10 days.  Keep in mind you may not be the only client the contractor has proposals for.

So for the small jobs the contractor will prioritize of how they will do the work. If there are parts need to me ordered that will affect the start date. If there is outside work as well, weather needs to be considered. Then for the small jobs the work is started once the contractor has the materials. Sometimes the materials are delayed because the manufacture or supplier is out of stock. When this happens the process just took longer. Now the contractor is at will of the supplier, especially if it is a special order. So once the materials have arrived then the contractor will schedule with their client to perform the work.

But lets take the bathroom remodel. Sounds simple but you normally have 2 or 3 trades involved. If you are redoing a shower our client’s select and purchase the tile. And usually fixtures. Now the tile may take 14 days to get to the supplier. (oh boy) Then we have the plumber. The plumber needs to be notified about what they will be doing and want plenty of time. Again about 14 days. Then lets say the lighting needs to be changed, added or moved. The electrician comes to the project and again they probally like 14 day notice as well. So just from here the project may not start atleast 14 days out. But what if. Seriously the what if factor.

Now lets tell you how Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair will perform these tasks. The initial in home estimate is usually scheduled within 3 days from the initial call. Tad longer if near the weekend. Secondly, for small jobs our planning is simple. If there is materials that need special orders once we receive them a start date is then scheduled. This way we are only at your home once. The worst thing anybody wants is to have the contractor keep coming back. Also this will save you money and time too.

Now lets take the Bathroom Remodel. Normally, the clients want an estimate to see if its in their budget. Yes some contractors will be high and some low. Some may not do the job if it is under a certain amount do to their overhead.  So here is what we do that is tad different. We will figure the contract with the needed materials and trades. We work close with outher speciality trades as we have an understanding what their pricing is. (too a point) This will help the process. Once the estimate is approved from the client. We state. Get all the materials you are providing on site and then call us. Hey, this is your project. So pick the projects you are comfortable with, and not just the economical type. If its gonna take an extra week or so then so be it. Once you have all the materials on-site the contractor should make another visit to make sure all the materials will be proper for the job. (worst thing to happen is to be installing tile and not have another box because there is one box broken.)

Once this process is completed, then the contractor should schedule the other trades and begin the work. Now keep in mind unless the contractor has his own employees nothing is perfect. But normally the schedule should go from start to finish.  So as you can see from the day you start the I want to get stuff fixed around my home to completion it could take about 5 weeks of scheduling. But the wait will be worth the perfection of your new project.

For more information about these projects or others visit us at www.pascoremodel.com or call 352-437-5300. We glady perform projects in Land O Lakes, Holiday, Zephyrhills, and Lutz Florida all the time. We will be more then glad to visit your home anywhere to discuss the project you like to have done.

Thank You and Happy Easter to our followers!

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Self Closing Hinges

Today’s blog is about self closing hinges. When doing inspections on homes this little part is really almost forgotten. So in today’s blog we will discuss where you need them, why you should have them and what they are. So lets begin.

Self closing hinges are a hinge that is designed to be placed in the door where the original manufacture hinge was installed. There are many variations on the market, but for all intentional purposes you want the one that is approximately 3 1/2″ in height. When installing these type of hinges they normally fit into the existing mortised area. A tad bit of chiseling maybe needed near the edges.  Its extremely important to you the size of the existing hinge. Don’t try to by a 5 inch hinge to replace the 3 1/2″ hinge. It will not work.

So why do we have them? These type of hinges are designed mainly for doors that lead into the garage. The purpose of these is to close the door freely, as to not allow any carbon monoxide into the home.  So for example. Lets say you are coming home with the kids and groceries but have to run back out to get to a meeting. Its cold. So you pull in to greet your spouse at the door. Car is running in the garage. You are unloading back and forth with groceries and kids.  The door is open and you just now allowed the carbon monoxide to go into the home. Oh, you just set the CO2 alarm off too.  With these type of hinges the door should not be propped open. (states in the directions) And the door closing will assist to blocking a lot of the CO2 gas from the engine.

You may see these type of hinges on office areas in the home or a room that you may have valuables or guns.  For example, my home office has these type of hinges.

So in closing, these type of hinges are very economical to install and of course we can as well.  Most of them come in different finishes for example, stainless to black copper.  You can get these at the big box store as they are sold individually. (You need 2) Or we can supply them too from our manufacture. We will be gladly to install these at your home in Land O Lakes, Hudson, Holiday, or Dade City Florida.  For more information about self closing hinges or any other type of repairs, please call us anytime. 352-437-5300 or look us up on the web; www.pascoremodel.com Thank You.

 

Differences Between Small Jobs & Handyman

I wanted to take this time to share the difference between what a contractor does when performing small jobs and the local handyman. There is a big difference. Now I am not taking anything away from people who perform odd or small jobs. They may have the experience or are retired. However, there are ones out there that are just not informed or trained properly. The blog this week will inform you the difference and what to ask when selecting someone to do a small job. So lets begin.

We get calls all the time to perform small jobs for clients. Just today we completed a variety of tasks for a property owner who is renting a small town home in Land O Lakes, Florida. The jobs were small and we itemized the billing so the owner knew what he was be billed for. At the end of the day, the renter stated that one bedroom door was not closing properly.  On the initial walk thru it was never mentioned about this. So in attempt to fix the door, we found that the door is a 32″ door and not a 30″ door which would had properly fit the frame. This is an example of a person not knowing the proper way to install doors. Also very un-professional for everybody.  We installed the new door and everything was fine. On something like this contract, the jobs were small and were done correctly. We made sure the renter was satisfied and if they had any questions. After our job is complete we warranty that contract for 2 years, not 1 year as required.  And yes  if there is issues, then we make sure its taken care of. Sometimes hardware fails. Sometimes humidity will play factors and we will have to plan the door down from winter to summer. No charge to the client.

Now lets talk about the local guy. Biggest question is to ask is the experience.. Like I said before, some are near retirement and just want some small jobs to keep busy. That is fine. But in the example above, would he had been able to install the door properly? Or would he cut about an inch off each side and try to make it fit. Another thing to ask people is license and insurance. And lastly, the local guy may not have a warranty. Will he come back if the caulk shrinks up on the tub? If the door swells will he plan it down that 1/16″ if need be?

So in closing, there are handyman that do small jobs but may not be properly experienced or reliable for that job. And there is contractors that do small jobs for clients and will stand by their work. So next time you are looking to hire someone, ask them. After all, the in home estimate is like a short interview. Both parties want to be a good fit for each other. We provide these type of services and others in Dade City, Wesley Chapel, Bayonet Point and Holiday Florida all the time. Feel free to call us at 352-437-5300 or look us up on the web; http://www.pascoremodel.com  Thank You.

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.

 

Fascia & Siding Boards

Hello everyone. As we are approaching spring we maybe noticing some exterior repairs. Especially about siding and fascia boars. This weeks blog is about that. In addition we will mention about different products that maybe cost effective to help repair certain items. So lets begin.

Depending upon the architecture of the home, we all have different styles of houses. We may have the traditional thick stone or brick that is structural and went on to be a a facade. We may have vinyl or wood siding, very common in many areas. And then we have a new product that came on the market about 10 years or so and that’s a composite type. As industry and manufactures have changed with the time we also have vinyl trim products too. (Yes vinyl decking is from those manufactures) But lets talk about the composite and vinyl style products. Vinyl siding is very economical and is mostly used around the country. The composite has been coming around more and more. They are low maintenance and just as economical, until you have a repair. We have a contract in New Port Richey, Florida to repair/replace the siding that is a composite. The style can be very attractive to the home and economical too. However there are maintenance items that need to be adhered to because of the environment.

For example, a type of siding that is fiber cement siding with wood grain is 5/16″ thick. But it is brittle when installing. The top is more durable then other products. This type of siding may need to be painted in time as routine maintenance. The ends do need more attention. For example, there has to be spacers installed because of moisture and to secure the planking. Additionally, this type of product does not have an insulator like the vinyl products that can be applied too.

There are as well trim boards that are similar. A fiber cement board that is a 1×6 has to be installed to precise level. The best part, these boards aren’t as warped like a true 1×6 primed wood trim board. There are vinyl types as well but a bit more expensive.

So with repairing trim boards, I definitely recommend a composite style. This is because of the durability. The siding, well that is a homeowners preference. We perform this type of carpentry thru out #PascoCounty Florida. For example, Zephyrhills, Holiday, Hudson to Wesley Chapel. If you like to learn more about this type of product, call us anytime @ 352-322-2700 or email @pascoremodel@gmail.com

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.