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Check out these monthly tips on maintenance for October!

by The Cincinnati Team

Here is what I read recently about younger home owners:

"Generally speaking, millennials are not known to be obsessive home DIYers. In fact, as a group, they tend to shy away from serious home maintenance," says Ed Padilla, the founder of the Association of Certified Handyman Professionals.

So maybe this idea of a monthly maintenance calendar would help you not have to spend so much money? Here is a link to Realtor.com for activities to do in the month of October.  https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/home-maintenance-checklist-october/‚Äč

GOOD LUCK! It is important to maintain your home! Call us if you need any service providers in the Greater Cincinnati area for the tough jobs! We have a list of who past clients used and liked. Thanks, Saralou 513-646-4819 or Mary 513-310-4448

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Ready for Cincinnati Winter

by The Cincinnati Team

 

Are You Ready For Winter?                                          

Winter is one of our favorite times of the year! It's often easy to overlook your home's needs with so much going on. Here is a simple checklist of items that can save you money through the winter:

  • Check for leaks and drafts around the house. Replace weather stripping and re-caulk around doors and windows. Drafty doors and windows will cool off the house and cost you money in heating bills.
  • Inspect your attic's insulation. Heat rises so adding good insulation can keep the heat from escaping.
  • Check your heating system. Sometimes something as easy as replacing your filter or having simple maintenance done can save on heating costs.

Consider changing from standard light bulbs to energy saving bulbs. Winter uses a lot of your electricity so even saving a little here and there will help.  Whether you live in a warm or cold climate, take this opportunity to inspect your home systems. You'll be money ahead in the long run!

Are You Watering Your Foundation?

by The Cincinnati Team

Cincinnati isn't only facing a drought in wins by our sports teams!  The weather patterns have created a significant drought from lack of rain.  All you have to do is drive around and look at the brown yards and you know that all our trees and plants are in trouble.

For those of you who are watering and giving your vegetation 1" of water a week, you can expect to still have your trees, grass and plants next year.  For those of you who haven't, there is at least one place you need to start watering NOW!  Your foundation could be in trouble.

Who's to blame?  It's not who, it's what!  Clay soils are the culprit.  Most homes in the Cincinnati are built on clay soil.  Clay is an unique material to build on, because it is constantly expanding and contracting.  Along with the clay, your home is constantly expanding or contracting as well. As this happens, pressure is being put on the foundation walls and slab, potentially causing shifts in concrete and plumbing.  Common problems are water main breaks or sewer line cracks.

What are the warning signs that you have a problem at your house?Soil cracks

  • - Cracks in brick
  • - Sticking doors
  • - Sticking windows
  • - Gaps in the trim boards on the exterior
  • - Sheetrock or plaster cracks
  • - Gaps between the foundation and the soil.

You want to prevent these from happening by having as little structural movement as possible.  One way to do that is to water your foundation when we have extremely dry weather...like right now!

How do you water a foundation?  The best way is to place a soaker hose around the foundation, about 12-18" from the walls.  Soaker hoses are best because they assure that water will go directly into the ground.  You'll want to turn them on for 15-20 mintutes every two or three days right now.  This will cause the clay soil to expand and press against your foundation consistently.

Don't place the soaker hose directly against the foundation, because there is almost assuredly a gap there right now.  That could result in water going into your basement through either new cracks or by putting too much pressure on the foundation.Foundation problems

Consider this work as part of everyday home maintenance.  Once we start to get consistent rain again, you probably will not need to continue the watering regime. However, keep an eye out for the gaps between the soil and foundation in the future.

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