Replacing a Broken Piece of Siding

Summer Maintenance Average read time: 3 minutes
Replacing broken siding

Quick Fix: Replace a Broken Piece of Siding Siding is not only an exterior protection for your home, it also is a vital contributor to curb appeal. Although it is very durable, is not indestructible. Whether your siding is cracked after a harsh storm or, damaged due to pesky insects, a siding replacement is the…

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Why are my shingles lifting?

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Damaged roof shingles

I have a new home, just 2 years old. It’s located in a rural area on a 1-acre lot with no windbreak close by. Recently we had a BIG and sustained wind storm, lasting more than 36 hours. We lost approximately 10 shingles and during the storm and I witnessed many of my shingles “lifting” dramatically up from the roof. My neighbors didn’t lose any shingles, nor did their shingles “lift” in the wind as mine did. What causes this to happen?

Rob


Bob asks: I have a new home, just 2 years old. It’s located in a rural area on a 1-acre lot with no windbreak close by. Recently we had a BIG and sustained wind storm, lasting more than 36 hours. We lost approximately 10 shingles and during the storm and I witnessed many of my shingles “lifting” dramatically up from the roof. My neighbors didn’t lose any shingles, nor did their shingles “lift” in the wind as mine did. What causes this to happen?

How To Clean Your AC Filter

It seemed like the heat wave would never come, but here it is! When running your air conditioning unit this summer, it’s easy to be distracted by the cool air and forget to question how clean and healthy that air actually is. Almost all AC units have a filter and that filter needs to be cleaned and maintained. Cleaning your filter ensures that your system is running optimally and cleaning the air as it enters your home. A dirty, clogged filter will carry dust and debris inside as well as reduce the air flow. This poses a threat to your health, your family’s health as well as drives up energy costs.

There are different types of filters that are used within an air conditioning unit. Some are reusable while others need to be replaced. An air conditioner naturally collects dust and dirt over time. If you have an existing unit, the filter should be cleaned before it is first used during the warmer weather. From there, a cleaning every 1-2 months throughout the summer and early fall is recommended. While a professional can be hired to service and clean your unit, you can also easily and quickly clean it yourself when needed. Here are a few steps you can follow to make sure you can adequately maintain your AC unit this summer.

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Inspecting Your Home’s Attic and Basement

Do it Yourself, Summer Maintenance Average read time: 3 minutes
Attic inspection

Inspecting your attic and basement is more than just walking through and looking for trouble spots. It requires looking at very specific areas and aspects of your home’s structure and being able to immediately identify red flags that an issue is occurring. Often times, the attic and basement are areas of the home that are…

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What Are Those Dark Spots Around My Chimney?

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Dark chimney stains

My roof has developed dark stains on along the edge and up around my chimney. Neighbor says it is mold? I would like to know what it is and how I can clean it off of the roof?

Tom – Livonia, MI


Tom Asks: My roof has developed dark stains on along the edge and up around my chimney. Neighbor says it is mold? I would like to know what it is and how I can clean it off of the roof?

Adjusting your home’s storm door closers

Your storm door is a great asset to your house. It protects your main door, acts as a window, allows you to keep your door open without letting in the elements and even lets trick-or-treaters know you are ready to hand out candy. They can be tricky to use, however. Most storm doors come with a pneumatic closer that cushions the door from closing too hard.

Does your storm door close too quickly and slam? It’s pretty simple to adjust if you know what to do.

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Cleaning Your Vinyl Siding

Do it Yourself, Spring Maintenance Average read time: 2 minutes
Cleaning vinyl siding

Vinyl siding is amazing. It has truly lead to a revolution in how today’s homes look and are maintained. The U.S. Census Bureau says that vinyl siding has been the most popular exterior cladding since 1995 and that shows no signs of changing in 2018. It lasts much longer than wood or metal and requires…

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What are there signs that my hot water heater is about to die?

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Hey Pro, was wondering what I should check for to determine if my hot water tank is about to give out on me.

Sue N. – Ferndale, MI 


Hey Sue, Hot showers are a luxury we tend to take for granted until they are not available, due to a broken water heater. Nobody wants to wake up to a shower that will not heat up, it’s pure agony. This is a reality for many people as they take their water heater for granted…

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Checking Your Sprinkler System

Spring Maintenance Average read time: 3 minutes
Check your sprinklers

It seems like spring may never arrive here in Michigan, with the late snow and ice we’ve seen recently. But if we’re allowed to be optimistic for a minute, we need to remember the upcoming spring weather and maintenance that we need to do to prepare. One of the most common issues with spring weather…

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What is the best way for locating a roof leak?

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water stains on ceiling

There are watermarks forming on the ceiling of my mother’s house. Would this be because of a roof leak and if so, how can I figure out where it is?

Sarah L. – Ferndale, MI


Hey Sarah, Spring in Michigan means rain which means if you have any leaks in your roof, they will begin to make themselves known. The watermarks you notice appearing somewhere on your ceiling are a clear sign of a leak. However, because of insulation or other diversions, the source of the leak may be far away…

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