2 July 2015
Concrete is one of the most common construction materials used in Canada thanks to its versatility and durability. Concrete can withstand quite a lot of stress and pressure, depending on the concrete mixture ratio. 1 part cement, 3 parts sand and 3 parts aggregate will produce a concrete mix capable of tolerating approximately 3,000 pounds per square inch (psi). Despite being incredibly strong, daily traffic on concrete stairs can cause parts of the stairs to come apart.
29 June 2015
If emerald ash borers attacked and destroyed most of your beautiful Ash trees, you need to take action now. Emerald ash borers have been a widespread problem in Canada and many other areas of North America, including the United States. The insects can spread to other Ash trees in your yard and neighborhood very easily if you don't remove your damaged trees. In order to save your healthy trees, you should contact an arborist for tree removal services now.
19 June 2015
Your home's plumbing system has operated without a hitch for the past several years. For this reason, you haven't bothered to spend much time or money on plumbing maintenance. However, even though your plumbing system isn't flooding your basement or losing water pressure, it may still be developing problems that affect your personal health. Here are three issues with your plumbing system that will affect your well-being: Mineral Content Although the majority of the minerals in your water supply are filtered at your local water treatment plant, magnesium, calcium, and limestone are still present in the water that flows through your faucets and shower heads.
2 June 2015
When you work on an excavation crew, you may think you job is as simple is performing basic excavation work to roadways and construction sites. However, the discovery of strange items can sometimes halt your progress. In fact, uncovering strange artifacts is not as uncommon as you might think. Fortunately, if you and your crew discover questionable items, there are a few things you can do to handle the situation properly.
8 May 2015
Together soffits and fascias form a protective but breathable barrier around the edge of your roof. When combined with ridge line and other roof vents, they provide attic ventilation. The following is a description of soffits, fascias and the various roof vents, along with an explanation of how the most efficient combination provides attic ventilation. All About Soffits Soffits are the exposed areas underneath the overhanging roof eaves. Most modern soffits are made from wood, vinyl or aluminum, all of which withstand exposure to heat and moisture.
21 April 2015
If you have a driveway that is constructed out of hard and solid asphalt materials, then you should know maintenance is required to ensure the longevity of your driveway. Inspecting the driveway for cracks and scheduling timely sealing appointments are two things you should do. You also need to clear away substances that can eat through the asphalt paving. Gasoline is one of these materials and you can follow the tips below to deal with spills that have sat for a short period of time.
6 April 2015
Dampness in residential properties is an issue that attracts a lot of attention in the surveying world. If the problem is severe, it can be highly destructive and can lead to significant damage to a property. The presence of moisture causes degradation to structural materials, particularly timber and other types of structural wood. As such, it's important you go to sites and understand the problem and are able to take steps to prevent it.
20 March 2015
Are you the romantic type, given to rooms filled with shabby chic accessories? Or are you more minimalist and modern -- valuing sleek and serene over cluttered? Whatever feel it is that you're trying to evoke in your custom cabinetry, the hardware you choose goes a long way toward creating it. If you're new to the world of choosing door and cabinet hardware, there's a ton of it out there, and navigating entire warehouses filled with nothing but hinges, drawer pulls, and screw plates can be immensely intimidating.
9 March 2015
Adding or replacing insulation in your home is one of the best ways to lower your heating and cooling bills without building a brand new house. Unfortunately, many types of insulation end up causing problems for sensitive residents, including asthmatic children. Consider how spray foam insulation improves your interior air quality to decide if it's worth your investment. Managing Mold It's not the fungi known as mold themselves triggering asthma attacks, but rather the tiny particles known as spores that they use to reproduce.
24 February 2015
When is the last time you heard a song about the sound of rain on an asphalt roof? The answer is likely "never," and that's because it's not just the name asphalt that sounds ridiculous. This type of roof absorbs the sound of rain, robbing you of one of life's best experiences. If you're looking at replacing a roof as the weather warms up, you should consider a metal roofing material, and not just because it sounds great.