Checklist to Winterproof Your Home

Weatherproofing and inspecting your roof should be one of the highest maintenance priorities when preparing your house for the harsh elements of the winter. According to Rob Schneider of the website Home Improvement Pages, homeowners should enlist properly qualified specialist roof maintenance firms to have the roof cleaned and inspected for any repairs and insulation required. Additionally, the gutters and downpipes should be inspected to make sure that they are not blocked with debris, cracked or broken. Clogged gutters and downpipes can do as much damage to a property as a leaking roof. (more…)

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Choosing a Sealer to Protect Concrete

Concrete is one of the world’s most popular, durable and flexible building materials.  Still, concrete maintenance specialists advise that exposed concrete needs to be protected by a sealer in order to eliminate water damage. If left unprotected, concrete can become corroded, leading to premature replacement. According to Jaclyn Fitzgerald of the website Home Improvement Pages, concrete specialists recommend using a concrete sealer to waterproof concrete. This sealer provides the necessary protection not only against moisture from water, but also to prevent mould, mildew and fungus from developing. (more…)

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How to Waterproof Your Swimming Pool

Over time, the constant internal and external forces acting upon a swimming pool, particularly the water pressure and fluctuations in ground pressure, can cause a pool to develop cracks. While often small at first, these cracks can lead to serious leakage. Although leaking pools usually develop gradually, which makes them difficult to detect, signs of a possible leaking pool include: dropping water levels, puddles of water around the outside of the pool that have no other explanation and any cracks in the pool decking. (more…)

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Buying Properties Run by Owners’ Corporations

Increasingly, people are attracted to purchasing townhouses and apartments in inner suburbs as an affordable alternative to a house. It’s important to remember when buying this type of property within a complex that you will also have to deal with an owners’ corporation and that your financial responsibilities extend beyond your particular property. (more…)

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Basement Shelters Rare in Tornado-Prone Region

While sheltering in the basement is the first piece of advice given to those in the path of a tornado, many residents in the tornado-prone Oklahoma City area don’t have them installed. In May 2013, the city of Moore was at the epicentre of an EF5 tornado that ripped up trees, property and anything in its path, causing massive devastation and 24 deaths. (more…)

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