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Fall Home Maintenance

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

fall-roadFor those of you who were at the State Fair this past week, enjoying temperatures well into the 90′s, it may seem hard to believe that fall is just around the corner. However, believe it or not, the nights are getting cooler, the tree leaves are starting to turn, and inevitably winter will be here before we know it. If you are anything like many homeowners, you might have the tendency to wait until the last minute to do necessary winter maintenance. This year, get a head start on your chores and begin checking these tasks off of your fall maintenance checklist:

Storm Windows: If you have separate storm windows and screens that have to be changed with the seasons, now is the time to look them over, repair any broken glass and loose glazing, and check for painting needs.

Windows & Exterior Doors: While you may not be prepared to replace all the doors and windows in your home with more energy efficient models, you can caulk and weatherstrip the ones you have. There are many styles of replacement weatherstripping available at your local hardware or home improvement store. Not only will you and your family be warmer as your home’s drafts get resolved – your energy bill will also benefit!

Gutters: Clean out the gutters before winter. If left untended, the remaining debris will hold water, become ice, and eventually put a strain on your gutters over the course of the year. This task will also give you a head start on your spring maintenance as your gutters will be in good working order for the winter thaw and spring rains.

Outside Faucets: Before the first hard frost of the season, remember to shut off the inside valve to you exterior faucets and open the outside drains to release any remaining water. If you leave your hose outside, remember to unhook it from the hose bib and remove all attachments (watering wands, faucets, etc.).

Furnace Filters: If you have forced air heating and cooling, you should replace the filters at least twice a year. Many people replace them monthly. Regardless, the furnace filters should be kept clean. Now is a great time to trade out yours and set up a maintenance schedule to stick with moving forward!

This is just a few items on what could be a much longer list, depending on your home and your individual needs. We hope you had a great summer, and with these home maintenance tips, will be prepared for an equally great winter!

Smart Home Remodeling Solutions

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

resizevanityshower-2-no-ventWhether your project is small or large, remodeling or home maintenance,      trust the insight of the Sass team to find a smart home solution that fits your needs.     

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Sass recently remodeled a 60 square foot bathroom using existing walls.  The renovation visually transformed the look of the  space  while improving the functionality of the room.

“We are thrilled with the final outcome,”  said Diana H.  “Over the years, Sass has been a valuable resource for us on many home projects, from room additions, to finishing our lower level, to minor repairs.  The ongoing attention to detail, service and the level of trust that Sass has provided over the years continue to make us loyal customers.”

Fall Maintenance Tips

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

     As the leaves change color and the warmth of summer fades away to crisp, cool days, we need to examine our fall home project “To Do” list to make sure our homes are ready and healthy to weather the winter.  Because we live in a climate with such extremes, ongoing maintenance of our homes becomes even more critical. 

     First, walk around the exterior of your home and take a good look.  Check the chimney and fireplace to determine if it needs cleaning or servicing.  Check your gutters and downspouts to make sure they are properly connected and clean them if necessary. Clean your exterior vent screens and dampers to ensure healthy air flow into your home.  Make sure that both bird seed and firewood are stored away from your home.  Drain your garden hoses, close your outside hose connection, and put your hoses in storage.  If you have an irrigation system, blow it out.  Take the time to winterize your landscaping…you’ll be happy in the spring!  Does the driveway need to be repaired or sealcoated?

     Monitoring the air flow and humidity in your home is a way to keep your home and your family healthy and should be on the checklist for all four seasons.  At this time of year, it is important to clean the exterior vent screens and dampers, check humidity levels throughtout the house, check the attic for signs of moisture and insulation levels, and check air intakes, exhaust and meters to make sure they are free of debris.

     Do you feel like you need assistance with these projects?  The Sass Home Maintenance Division would be happy to help…just give us a call at 952-474-4568.

Spring Thaw

Monday, February 16th, 2009

When I hear the humm of the sump pump, it is usually during or shortly after one of our summer thunderstorms. Winter isn’t the time of year that we typically think to check our sump pumps and drain tile systems.  We just went through our first “thaw”. We still have many inches of frost and when the snow starts to melt, the water is going to take the path of least resistance. There are a few things that we need to keep an eye on.

The first one is the grade of our landscaping right next to the house. If the grade is not sloped away from the house, the water will pool at the side of the house. There may be some plantings that have settled and will pool water. The heat in our basements keeps the foundation warm and often times the ground right next to the house is not frozen. The water will find it’s way down to the foundation. If there is a drain tile system in place, the water will flow into the sump basket and should be pumped back outside. This leads us to our next item.

Second, check the length of pipe, or flexible hose, that extends from the sump pump to the outside of the house. This pipe needs to carry the water away from the house. If the pipe is too short and just dumps the water right outside of the house, it is going to go right back into the drain tile system and will only add to the stress on the  pump. Also, check to make sure that the pipe is free of any blockages and the water can flow freely away from the house.

The third item to keep an eye on is the gutter system. The gutters are going to help keep the water from the roof away from the foundation of the house. If the gutters are filled with ice, they can’t do their job. We don’t suggest that you climb around on an icy roof, but if the weather is warm enough to melt snow, the ice in the gutters won’t last very long either. Check the downspouts and make sure that they are all connected. The extensions at ground level are just as important as the exit pipe for the sump pump. Sometimes these extensions are removed in the summer (to make the lawn mowing a little easier) or are too short to start with. Make sure the extensions are connected and are carrying the water away from the house.

These are just a few tips to keep the water out of your basement. If the water does manage to make it into the basement, make sure to get it dried up as soon as possible. This will keep any mold or mildew to a minimum.

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