Moved To A Home With Oil On The Carport's Concrete? Repair It With These Tips

If you just moved to a home with oil stains on the carport's concrete, you probably want to remove it fast. If the oil penetrates the surfaces below the concrete, it can eventually cause nicks, cracks and other damages in the material. In addition, oil stains make your carport look unattractive, which may affect the value of your property. You can remove the oil and repair the concrete with the tips below.

3 Potential Threats to the Life of Your Maple Tree

If you're like many Canadians, you love the look of mature maple trees in your outdoor living space. However, even though sugar maples are strong trees that can withstand many adverse conditions, certain pests and pathogens can turn your thriving maple tree into a potentially hazardous eyesore that may have to be removed. Following are three potential pathogen threats to the life of your maple tree. Ganoderma Root Rot Maple trees are particularly susceptible to ganoderma root rot, so you should inspect your tree periodically for the following symptoms:

Deck Cleaning Tips For Homeowners

Keeping your wood deck clean can require some significant time and effort, particularly if you aren't diligent about the more elaborate cleaning methods. The more attentive you are to your deck, the quicker and easier it should come clean. Here are a few tips to help you clean your deck. Wood Deck Cleaning Basics Your home's deck is constantly exposed to the elements, so it's vulnerable to damage if you aren't attentive to keeping it clean and maintained.

Digging Your Own Trench? 2 Reasons to Hire an Excavation Expert Instead

If you plan to dig a trench in your property to repair a damaged sewer line or remove tree roots, you should reconsider and hire an excavation expert instead. Although there are many DIY sites that provide tips on how to dig a trench, the sites may not list the dangers involved by doing so. Excavation projects aren't always cut and dry when it comes to safety. A number of things happen if you don't follow the correct protocols for excavating, or if you don't know exactly how and where to dig on your property.

Pool Excavation: 4 Questions To Ask Your Pool Excavating Contractor

Pool excavation can be rather – pardon the pun – deep work. There's a lot of technical know how that goes into excavating the land that will be used as the base for your swimming pool. There's also a large gap of knowledge that exists between the excavating contractor and the client. Although a contractor is more than willing to discuss any matter regarding the excavation process that you might have, he or she might forget that the average person knows nothing about the process of pool excavation whatsoever.

How Inclement Weather Can Affect Your New Roof Installation

At any point of the year, bad weather can wreak havoc when you are having your new roof installed. Depending on where you live, spring and summer can bring rain while fall and winter increase the risk of snow and freezing. Since roofers are able to work all year long, you may be concerned about whether inclement weather will affect your new roof. Here are some considerations to keep in mind.

3 Reasons To Use Treated Lumber For Your Basement Project

If you're remodeling your basement this year and plan to replace the wood with fresh lumber, you may want to know about the best type of lumber to use for your project. Treated lumber may be a good choice for you because it may improve the stability, safety and comfort of your basement. In addition, treated lumber may protect your basement from insect and water damage if your plumbing pipes leak or wood boring insects, such as the powderpost beetle, invade your property.

5 Aluminum Rail Accessories To Help Add Some Curb Appeal

Choosing aluminum rails for your home has many benefits including low-maintenance and weather resistance properties. Not only do they make a great guide for stairs or porches, but you can easily add some style to the design. When the rails are first installed, you have a lot of options for adding a personal touch. The following five accessories can add some curb appeal and truly make the rails all your own.

How To Clear Your Clogged Drain And Prevent Future Clogs

The drain in your bathroom sink and tub can easily become clogged from hairs and soap scum. The key to having fast-draining pipes is to clean them regularly to prevent clog build-up and keep as much debris as possible from being washed down the drain. Then, you won't have to deal with a stopped-up sink drain. Here are tips to clean your drains and keep them free of build-up and clogs.

What You Need To Know About Spray Foam Insulation Vs. Rigid Foam Insulation

If you're remodeling your home, just building your home or simply improving your existing insulation, foam insulation is a great option to consider. However, choosing between spray foam insulation and rigid foam insulation may prove challenging. Let these five facts help you in your decision-making process. Spray Foam Can Be a Disaster Spray foam can become a disaster when not installed properly. First, the solution is mixed on site, and the effectiveness is affected by many factors.