Working Together To Improve The Community

  • No Yard? Could A Rooftop Pool Be An Option?

    9 June 2016

    If you live in a neighborhood where most homes (including your own) are of the zero-lot-line variety, leaving you and your neighbors so close you can nearly touch each other by reaching out the window, you may assume that any swimming pool larger than an inflatable one is out of reach. However, lazy summer days spent lounging in your own full-sized pool may be no further away than your own roof.

  • How To Create A Better Bedding Environment For Growing Healthy Landscape And Garden Plants

    8 June 2016

    When you are planting garden vegetables or new landscaping beds in your yard, make sure you add a mulch layer over the soil. Mulching has many benefits for your soil, which help to promote the growth of your plants. Here is information about why you should mulch and tips to help you do it. Improve Your Landscaping Laying mulch over the top of your soil can add many benefits to your landscaping or gardening. First, mulch prevents weeds from growing in your soil, stealing water and nutrients from your plants.

  • 4 Mistakes You Might Make When Installing Your Own French Drain System

    8 June 2016

    Are you having drainage problems around your home and planning on installing a French drain system to help keep your yard and basement dry? If so, here are 4 common mistakes to avoid when doing the job yourself. 1. Not Calling 811 Before Starting Your French Drain The average French drain system should be buried at a depth of 8 inches to 2 feet. If you happen to hit and damage a water, electrical, or gas line that's buried within the ground while digging your trench, you could put yourself and your neighbors in danger and face steep fines and repair costs.

  • How To Perform An Annual Cleaning Of Your Ductless Heat Pump's Outdoor Condenser

    8 June 2016

    Your ductless heat pump is a low-maintenance component, but an annual cleaning of the outdoor unit's condenser coils and exterior cabinet will provide increased efficiency and a longer unit lifespan. Below is a step-by-step guide to cleaning your ductless heat pump's outdoor unit: Tools and materials needed Nut driver set Phillips screwdriver 2-gallon pump utility sprayer Garden hose and spigot Shop towels Mold inhibitor solution Grease-cutting dishwashing soap Shop vacuum Paste car wax Wax buffing pad Step-by-step procedure

  • Tips For Taking Care Of Drought-Affected Trees

    8 June 2016

    With the summer heat comes drought concerns in many parts of the country. If you live in an area that's experiencing drought problems, you might wonder about how best to handle tree care on your property. After all, trees can suffer significant drought damage,. You might wonder if you should be pruning your trees to minimize the water demand or how you can ease the burden on your trees in the drought conditions.

  • Have Room At Your Home's Front Entrance? Create A Porch Enclosure

    7 June 2016

    Making improvements to your home is a great way to gain more pride in homeownership. While you can certainly invest in upgrades, you should think also about adding new features to your home. If you already have an open porch with concrete around the front entrance, you can turn it into an enclosed porch. Perfect Place to Relax in the Morning It is not always feasible to spend time on your porch, but enclosing it will allow you to spend more time there.

  • Tools You May Need to Use to Unclog Your Drain

    19 January 2016

    Most people know all of the signs and symptoms of a clogged drain. A clog is normally prefaced by the water draining more slowly or a foul odor emitting from the materials trapped within the drain. While some people may try to address the clog at this point, others will wait until they have standing water that will not move. No matter what state your drain is in, there are several tools that will make unclogging your drain easier.