Practical Storm Warning Advice

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - Post by Pond1920

As we are heading into stormy weather, be prepared and proactive: Make sure you gutters, drains and downspouts are clear; Trim tree branches near your house and cut down surrounding dead trees; Make sure your sump pump is operational; Make sure valuables are removed from basement floors; Make sure your phone and other battery-operated [&hellip


THE ROOFING CONTRACT: GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING

Monday, March 24th, 2014 - Post by Betsy Pond

According to the Better Business Bureau, in 2011 it received more than 3.3 million consumer inquiries from consumers who were trying to find a reputable roofer.  While roofing was the No. 1 industry that consumers asked for Bureau guidance and referrals, other exterior improvements such as siding, windows and doors were not far behind. [&hellip


DEALING WITH FROZEN PIPES

Thursday, January 16th, 2014 - Post by Betsy Pond

Polar vortex?  Bi-polar weather?  Frozen pipes – no matter how well you think you have winterized your home, you are still susceptible to frozen pipes.  Tonight’s evening news reported that there have been over 200 calls to the fire department in Prince George’s county alone about frozen pipes.  Water is tricky because it expands [&hellip


SNOW REMOVAL FROM ROOFS

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 - Post by Betsy Pond

It’s that time of year when you need to think about what happens if we have a heavy snowstorm and snow accumulates on your roof.   We wanted to give you the following guidelines recommended by the National Roofing Contractors Association for removing snow and ice from your roof. Because of safety issues, NRCA does [&hellip


SNOW SHOVELING SAFETY TIPS

Friday, December 20th, 2013 - Post by Betsy Pond

Shoveling snow is serious business.  Snow is a lot heavier than you think, and it is no different than other forms of physical exercise so take into consideration your health and your level of fitness.  Shoveling puts a lot of stress on the body in a short period of time.  Shoveling snow causes a [&hellip


CHRISTMAS LIGHT SAFETY

Thursday, December 12th, 2013 - Post by Betsy Pond

Don’t flip the switch to show off your dazzling Christmas lights before you take a quick look at these safety tips that have been compiled from several official sources.  Don’t take a chance on cutting corners because you are risking damage to your family, roof and house.  It won’t take long and is so [&hellip


NAILING SHINGLES

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 - Post by Betsy Pond

With the robust winds of spring clearly upon us, we have received several inquiries from customers regarding the issue of using nails versus staples in fastening asphalt shingles on your roof.  Most manufacturers recommend against using staples to fasten asphalt shingles.   We also receive a lot of inquiries as to how many nails should [&hellip


Checklist Following the Rain/Snow Mixture in March 2013

Friday, March 15th, 2013 - Post by Patrick

This has been a relatively mild winter season in Northern Virginia. Hopefully the snow, ice and rain we experienced this week is behind us, and we can look forward to spring weather. As we give thanks for not experiencing a jumbo snowfall, get serious about evaluating how the exterior of your home held up [&hellip


ROOF STAINS AND STREAKS (ALGAE)

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 - Post by Patrick

al.gae:  (Gloeocapsa magma) A blue-green plant that leaves black mold-like stains and streaks on roofs commonly found in climates with warm, humid summers. Undoubtedly you have noticed a lot of roofs in our neighborhoods that have black streaks.  And judging from the number of customers who call to find about what can be done [&hellip


Holiday Decorating Safety

Friday, December 21st, 2012 - Post by Alejandra

Before crawling up on the roof to string the Christmas lights, you need to know that every year, hospital emergency rooms treat about 12,500 people for injuries, such as falls, cuts and shocks, related to holiday lights, decorations and Christmas trees, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Here are some tips [&hellip