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Posted by on 8:59 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Top 3 Reasons You May Need Your Chimney Repaired

Have you recently moved into a new home? Is this the first time you’ve owned a house with a fireplace? While your fireplace and chimney may look okay and the home inspector may not have mentioned any issues, that’s no guarantee that the chimney is in top condition. Here are some signs that you may be in need of a chimney repair or cleaning: Debris in the fireplace: If you see leaves and similar debris in your fireplace after a storm, this may be a sign that your chimney cap has been knocked loose and needs to be replaced. If plant debris can get down the chimney, chances are that an animal can also enter and either begin building a nest or get stuck in the fireplace and cause havoc. If you see black flakes inside the chimney after using it, you could have heavy creosote build up that needs to be cleaned out. Finally, small pieces of brick or mortar are a sign that you need immediate chimney repair. Over time, cycles of heat and cold can stress the masonry in your fireplace, creating cracks and loosening bricks. Mortar debris can be a sign that your chimney is in danger of collapsing as a result of this weakening.  Unidentifiable smells: Your house may have started out smelling perfectly normal, giving you no cause for concern. But if your house has recently started smelling strange, despite your best efforts at cleaning, you may need to turn your attention to the fireplace. It could be that a small bird or mammal has become trapped and has then expired up in the chimney, leaving malodorous remains. Another possibility is a dangerous buildup of creosote. Creosote has a strong smell, but can be difficult to identify if you aren’t familiar with its scent. If the creosote is not removed in a timely fashion, you could eventually have a chimney fire and may incur a steep chimney repair bill. Wall near the fireplace looks strange: In an ideal situation, the walls next to and around your chimney should be in identical condition. If the paint or wallpaper is starting to peel or bubble while the rest of the room is intact, this is a sign that the insulating properties of your chimney are starting to fail. If you have a cement or clay chimney liner, it may be starting to crack and crumble. A chimney repair company can take a look and tell you exactly what needs to be done for your chimney to be functional once again. For a thorough chimney inspection, talk with a company like Excel Chimney & Fireplace Service...

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Posted by on 2:56 pm in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Making Small Repairs to Your Asphalt Driveway

If you have an asphalt driveway, you most likely enjoy the benefit of a smooth surface that is durable and looks great. In time, asphalt can deteriorate slightly, making it necessary to do routine maintenance to upkeep its composition. Here are some instructions for you to use to fix up small areas of your driveway that need attention, allowing it to retain its cosmetically pleasing look as a result. Clean Your Driveway Thoroughly cleaning your driveway will help prepare it for repair as the material you use to fix holes and cracks will be able to adhere without debris getting in the way. It also will help you do an evaluation of the driveway, as all blemishes will be easily seen. Use a leaf blower to remove any embedded dust and dirt from cracks and holes within the driveway. Use a pressure washer to cleanse the surface, removing particles and grime that you weren’t able to be blow from the surface. Allow to dry completely before assessing for damaged areas. Do an Evaluation Walk up and down your driveway looking for spots that appear to be crumbling or that have small cracks running through the asphalt. Draw a quick diagram of your driveway and mark the areas on this picture so you will be able to find them easily when you are ready to start repair work. After you determine how many spots are in need of attention, you will have a better idea as to how many supplies you will need to purchase to do the work. Fill Cracks and Holes Rubberized asphalt filler will nicely fill in cracks, crevices, and small holes in your driveway. Before you add this material to the asphalt, fill in these areas with crushed gravel. Push the gravel into the broken areas using a screwdriver, putty knife, or similar hard tool to tamp the rock into place. Rubberized asphalt filler comes in a tube that is placed into a caulk gun to apply. Push the nozzle into the crushed gravel you have just pushed into the area and squeeze the filler into the hole, covering the gravel in the process. Use a putty knife to smooth the filler over the area and allow it to harden. Seal the Driveway After all areas are filled, you will want to add a seal coat to the driveway to keep the areas safely contained. Seal coating is applied using a squeegee and brush. Start at the end of your driveway furthest from your home and work your way back to your house so that you don’t have to walk back over it again to go inside. The sealant should be brushed across the asphalt and needs a day to dry over the repaired areas. If you would prefer a professional to do a seal coating on the asphalt for you, feel free to contact a company like Stritar Seal...

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