Tip of the Week
Caulking: Caulking can be a messy job that results in what looks like a 3 year old played arts and crafts with your house. Not to worry, here are a few tips to help you out. Around glass or a finished surface, use painters tape on either side of the joint being caulked. This will save you time on clean up and it's ok if the process gets a little messy, if caulk gets on the tape you can peel it right up. For the "professional" look, wet your finger and run it down the bead to smooth it out and remove the excess, this will also work if you want to use a putty knife. Just wet the knife and run it down the bead. Using a putty knife to tool the caulk or window glazing may take some practice. Part of the blade will need to follow a flat surace to keep things looking good, every movement made or bump the knife hits will show up in the caulk. Also be careful not to remove to much caulk or it will be ineffective. Follow the manufacturers recommendations for proper adhesion and sealing. Happy caulking.
Tip of the Week
When sweating pipe in confined areas (near walls, inside cabinets, behind the tub) use a piece of galvanized 90 degree flashing. This will direct the heat and the flame away from combustables and, if sweating near a wall finished or not, drywall/paint. Don't use prepainted flashing as the paint may smolder or catch fire.
Property Serv has many services, but the one I want to focus on right now is our welding/fabrication service. Our welders do have formal training in SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, oxyfuel, layout,blueprint reading; and on their way to being AWS Certified! Not only that, but we have hydraulic experience. Do you see where this is going? We can make your truck a dump truck, we can custom build a dump trailer, we can add a grapple to your truck or trailer, or we can build it all from scratch. If you need something repaired or added, we can do that. Need a modified vehicle for the field, we can do that. We are only limited by your imagination. It doesn't cost a thing to give us a call and talk about your ideas. Why buy chinese made when we can do it right here. Support your LOCAL economy and BUY LOCAL.
Well the new year is here, a time to start anew. If you are dealing with the same old problems, like drafts or cold spots or high heating bills, it's not to late to add some insulation or other weatherization products to remedy those issues. We haven't seen the coldest part of the season yet and the price of utilites doesn't seem to drop until May. So if you're concerned about the environment or your wallet, give us a call for a Free estimate and recommendations. A warmer, well insulated house definately saves the homeowner money, but also reduces the amount of fuel burned by the utility companies and is therefor better for the environment. Also, protect those pipes! Heat tape or pipe wrap is a good investment and a cheap alternative to replacing busted pipes. Feburary, which isn't that far off, is notorious for extreme cold and frozen/busted pipes. Set up an appointment today!
Remember if you are going to add insulation to your walls and your house was built prior to 1978, consult with a Certified Lead Renovator.
Lead and You
According to the EPA an average of 35% of all housing built prior to 1978 have lead based paint or finishes in them. The older the home the greater the chance of lead. Serious health hazards and even death can result from lead exposure. There is enough lead in one square centimeter to poison 10 infants. Don't risk your life or the lives of others, get a Certified Lead Renovator!
Craig Jones, owner of Property Serv LLC. My goal is to better educate the homeowner and to make Richmond a better place to live.