Tips from Toby Foundation Problem Check-Up
With the unprecedented heavy rains we've had over the past several weeks many are left with flooded basements, water damage and more. This is also a time when people are desperate and can be taken advantage of by companies that might recommend foundation repairs that aren't always necessary. Our Friends at Atlantis Drainage Solutions give you some great tips on things to check for around the home that might be causing the problems. Such things as downspouts draining improperly, clogged gutters and soil erosion around your foundation may be the culprits and a lot less money to repair that extremely costly foundation repair or French Drains. Some of us do need foundation repair but be sure you are getting the right advice and if you are unsure get a second or even third bid and check those backgrounds online!
Tips from Toby – Quick Winter Outdoor Tasks
It's been awfully dry and that can lead to some expansion and contraction of our home and soil. About 60% of foundation issues are caused by clogged gutters, broken downspouts, or improper drainage. Now is a good time to make sure those downspouts aren't clogged and draining away from your home. Those ornamental grasses near your home need to be pruned back. They are a fire hazard and should be trimmed now to allow them to grow back next Spring. Do you have ice melter handy? It won't be long before the next Polar Vortex comes upon us. Make sure you pick up some ice melter that is safe for your concrete, pets and carpet next time you're out shopping. Keep a bag handy in your trunk too!
The Heat is On – Plants & Bugs!
The heat of the Summer and lack of rain is causing our lawns to brown out. The expensive damage could be being done to your landscape. Plants, trees and shrubs and taking the heat too. This week we show you how to keep your plants cool and alive. We also show you the importance of mulch around your plants and even more importantly the soil around your foundation. Finally, this heat means it's Spider Mite season. These microscopic rascals can destroy your plants quickly. They're hard to see but the damage they do is not. If you have a shrub, vegetables, plants, etc that are showing some yellowing - you might have mites! We show you how to treat now!
Spring Home Inspection
Between last year's drought and the heavy snowfall we've had there are a bunch of things around the outside of our home that need a Spring inspection. From checking your downspouts and even gas meter there has been a lot of damage from soil movement and the expansion and contraction from temperature changes. Now is the time to do a home check up and make sure you don't have any little problems that could turn into big - costly issues down the road.