The Importance of Roof Drip Edge

What is roof drip edge? Something that most home owners have likely never heard of -- unless, of course, they work in the home building industry! -- is roof drip edge. So, first and foremost, what in the heck is roof drip edge? Roof drip edge is a term for the metal flashing commonly seen on the edges of a home's roof. It hangs over the edge of the roof and helps to direct water away from the roof's fascia, thus protecting the fascia and all of the roof's components. What are the benefits of roof drip edge? Aside from the aforementioned benefits, roof drip edge offers the following advantages for homeowners: Works in conjunction with gutters to direct water away from the roof, house, and

Plumbing Cleanouts -- What are they, and why should you care?

What is a plumbing cleanout? Plumbing (or drain) cleanouts are essentially drain pipes -- typically found in your front or back yard -- that provide access to your main sewer line. They contain a cap, sitting a few inches above the ground, that you can likely spot in your yard. The main purpose of a plumbing cleanout is to allow you (or a plumber) to remove clogs or blockages in your home's sewer line. Your home's main sewer line consists of a large pipe that carries waste from every plumbing fixture in your home to the city's sewer system. In other words, this pipe connects to all of your home's toilets, sinks, and showers with the help of branch drains. Oftentimes, when one of these fi

Attic Ventilation Tips for Homeowners

Why is attic ventilation important? Attic ventilation is very important to the life of your home -- in terms of maintaining the structural integrity of your home and also as it contributes to the overall efficiency of your home. In the warmer Summer months, it helps to direct the rising heat up and out of the house, thus increasing the life of your roof's shingles and decreasing your cooling costs. In the Winter, proper ventilation helps to keep your attic dry as it moves the moist, warm air from below up and out of the house. How can you determine whether or not your attic is properly vented? One of the easiest and quickest ways to tell whether or not your attic is vented is to touch your

Knob-and-tube Wiring Explained

What is knob-and-tube wiring? Knob-and-tube wiring (K&T) is an old system of electrical wiring predominantly found in older homes and buildings that were built in the late 1800's or early 1900's. It gets its name from -- you guessed it! -- its characteristic white knobs and black tubes that encase the home's electrical wires. K&T essentially consists of insulated tubes that house the home's copper electrical wires. These tubes are intermittently supported by porcelain knobs that are secured with nails. K&T has some inherent safety concerns and is thus obsolete and not permitted in any new construction today. Different areas of the country have their own rules and regulations as to whethe

The Dangers of Asbestos

What is asbestos? Asbestos is a naturally-found mineral -- actually, a name for 6 different minerals -- that exists as a group of fibers that can be separated into threads for use in many industries. These asbestos fibers are well-known for their durability and ability to resist heat, fire, and chemicals. Asbestos was first mined and used industrially in the late 1800's; since then, it has made its way into building and construction industries (in cement, plastics, insulation, roofing, and fireproofing), the automotive industry, and the shipbuilding industry. It can be found in many household products, such as ceramic tiles, paint, plastics, glues, and even crayons! What are the dangers o

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