(How to buy quiet appliances and fans) Ted’s Tip of the Week:
When choosing a ceiling fan for instants note how many sounds are indicated by the manufacture. fans and many other electrical products are rated based
on sones the higher the sone number of the noisier it is. a quiet fan rated at one sone is four times quieter than a fan rated at four sones. In practical, application of quiet kitchen refrigerator will produce about one sone when running. Purchase smart for a quiet home.
(Copper Pipes Getting Green) Ted's Tip of the Week:
After doing this for 40 years, I've noticed a condition that exists in homes - copper pipes getting green. This is not normal and this is not good. Anytime you see this type of situation in your home, immediately look at the ground on the water main. This ground needs to be periodically cleaned and reset, perhaps every 15 or 20 years, also should be tight and well secured. Inappropriate ground creates an electrolysis issue and is prematurely wearing and deteriorating your plumbing. Call Ted Emmerich Construction today for great service from your local builder (516) 466-1111.
(Addressing Bad Paint Areas) Ted's Tip of the Week:
Regarding keeping your house well painted, you are far better as a homeowner to have paint work done every two years and address bad areas. These bad areas are signaling that there is a problem to be fixed in your house. Further, it spreads out the relatively expensive cost of a full paint job keeping your home looking fresh bright and in good repair. Call Ted Emmerich Construction today for great service from your local builder (516) 466-1111.
(Dehumidifier Tips) Ted's Tip of the Week:
With regard to your basement, every home on Long Island needs to have a goodquality dehumidifier running anytime the heating system is turned off i.e.spring and summer. When the heating system gets turned back on, turn off your dehumidifier. Call Ted Emmerich to pipe your dehumidifier into the drainage system so you're no longer dumping buckets of water every day out of your basement. Also, please note when a dehumidifier fails it no longer produces water, but will continue running and as a result keeps spinning your electrical meter with no positive results. More on the dryness and well-being of your basement in our next tip.
(Asphalt Driveways) Ted's Tip of the Week:
This is the time to seal coat your asphalt drive. The hot weather is necessary to properly set the seal coat. Call Ted Emmerich Construction today for great service from your local builder (516) 466-1111.
(Paste Wax) Ted's Tip of the Week:
Paste wax is often overlooked by many households and should be considered for various uses such as for: sinks, tiles, counter tops, and floors. Using less wax is preferable and the old saying "less is more" definitely applies here. With that in mind, try your paste wax on a small obscure area to test your technique and the compatibility with the material. Paste wax can come in different colors for use on darker or lighter wood types. It is economical, effective, and just needs a little elbow grease. The wax must be buffed with a rag shortly after application. Make sure to read the directions on the can! Call Ted Emmerich Construction today for great service from your local builder (516) 466-1111.
(Spontaneous Combustion) Ted’s Tip of the Week:
Spontaneous combustion is a byproduct of spontaneous heating, which occurs when a material increases in temperature without drawing heat from its surroundings. If the material reaches its ignition temperature, spontaneous combustion occurs. Examples of materials that are prone to spontaneous combustion include: oily rags, coal, especially soft coal in dust form, and wood subjected to prolonged periods of heating and cooling cycles. Ways to prevent spontaneous combustion include: Storing piles of hay, compost, mulch, manure, and leaves away from buildings, in case a fire occurs, disposing of oily rags in an OSHA-approved container to await pickup by an industrial cleaning company, and sanding sawdust from previously finished wood floors, and buy buying a Halon extinguisher. Call Ted Emmerich Construction today for great service from your local builder (516) 466-1111
(Drainage/Healthy Home) Ted’s Tip of the Week:
Good grade and draining around your home is particularly important. Grade and drainage comes first then infrastructure ie walks,garbage area,etc. are factored in. Privacy is given consideration ie fences or "hides", and finally large plantings (Two of my favorites are Leyland Cypress and Acuba. Lastly, actual decorative plantings "scapeing". With regards to decorative work personally I like to line up my decorative vignettes so they are viewable from a place where I normally sit or lookout from from in my house. A healthy home has good drainage first and foremost! Every home on long island with the best drainage still needs to run a dehumidifier when the heating season is over. Enjoy your healthy home. Call Ted Emmerich Construction today for great service from your local builder (516) 466-1111
(Why Keep a Boiler Room Floor Well Painted) Ted’s Tip of the Week:
Keeping your boiler room and other equipment rooms tidy and neat is a big plus with regard to fire prevention. Never allow items within 24 to 36 inches of anything that combusts (i.e. water heaters and boilers etc..). A further good piece of advice in general is to keep your boiler room and equipment well painted on the floor. This allows you to spot any leaks or drips or other anomalies indicating a problem with equipment. I have caught many a problem in the houses I care for before they were problems because I keep the boiler room floors well painted. There's nothing like good quality maintenance by Ted Emmerich. Call Ted Emmerich Construction today for great service from your local builder (516) 466-1111.
(All of Ted's tips are based on industry experience and meant for informational purposes only. You should always read the products directions, manuals, and instructions for proper use)
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