What Are Those Black Streaks On Your Shingles?

Are you noticing black streaks appearing on your shingles? They might look like they are "running" down the roof. These streaks are unattractive, but luckily, they have a pretty simple explanation -- they're caused by algae! Here's some helpful advice for getting rid of the algae and associated streaks and then keeping it from coming back. Getting Rid of Algae Though there are commercial cleaners made for removing algae from the roof, you can also use a simple mixture of bleach and water for this purpose. Read More 

What A Tree Service Can Do For You

Tree service companies are useful to homeowners in several ways. Some of what they do could be done by the individual homeowner, but other duties require trained specialists. For example, tree service technicians are often trained to climb high into trees using climbing equipment, where they may need to remove a dead branch or make other adjustments from a high vantage point. Here are three benefits afforded by tree specialists.  Read More 

A Few Tips for Annual Air-Conditioner Maintenance

Even if your air conditioner is fairly new and hasn't given you any problems yet, it's still a good idea to start a program of preventative maintenance. Having your air conditioner serviced annually keeps it working efficiently so you spend less on power bills and, more importantly, reduce the risk of breakdowns in the hot summer months. Here are some of the tasks that should be done each spring before the cooling season begins. Read More 

How Water Heater Rust Prevention Fails And What You Can Do About It

If you start to see rust flakes or reddish-brown water coming out of your hot water faucets, then there is a good chance that corrosion has started to form within the water tank itself. Most water tanks are protected from corrosion, but the protective measures may sometimes fail. Keep reading to learn how this failure may occur and how you can attend to the problem. How Are Water Tanks Protected From Corrosion? Read More 

Choosing The Right Tools For Your Concrete Sealer

If you have recently had a concrete driveway installed on your property, then you should seal the new construction to prevent damage. Sealing stops water from penetrating the pores of the concrete and freezing when the weather turns cold. Since the freezing water can expand and cause cracks to form, sealing can help to prevent a great deal of damage. If you decide to complete the sealing yourself, then you will want the coating to look smooth when you are done. Read More