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What is a Central Vacuum?

what is a central vacuum?

Most people are familiar with the standard vacuum that is standing in a closet, but how many people are familiar with the built-in central vacuum system that has been in homes since the 19th century?

Central vacuums are a great addition for homes with stairs and larger homes.  Instead of having to carry a vacuum up stairs and across large areas, a central vacuum collection canister is installed in a garage or laundry room.  Depending on the type of unit, the collection canister may need to be installed against an exterior wall in order to install an exterior vent for dirt and dust, similar to an exhaust fan or clothes dryer.  After selecting where they will be placed and in which rooms, hose outlets are installed and pipes are run from the outlets to the collection canister.  Homeowners can choose to have the vacuum hoses attached to the outlets and hidden, or detached to be used when needed.

When deciding on which central vacuum to purchase, there are other costs that homeowners need to consider:

  • drywall and painting repair costs after installing the collection canister
  • if choosing a central vacuum that needs to be vented, material and repair costs depending on where vented
  • drywall, trim, molding, and painting repair costs after installing outlets
  • piping costs to connect outlets to collection canister
  • cabinet options and costs to hide permanently attached hoses
  • additional electrical wiring that may be needed

If you are interested in more information on different brands of central vacuums, here is a review of several:

Top 7 Best Central Vacuums

Unlike a standard vacuum, you cannot put the vacuum in your car and take it to a vacuum repair store when there is a problem.  A home visit will be needed by a contractor with central vacuum experience to diagnose the problem.  Some issues that may arise that could require a contractor and replacement items:

  • replacement of vacuum bag
  • muffler installation for a loud vacuum
  • vacuum motor replacement
  • replacement hoses
  • reduced vacuum suction
  • vacuum not functioning properly or not at all
  • clogged pipes

If you have any questions about new central vacuum selection, installation estimates, or issues with your existing central vacuum system, contact us by phone, email or on our website: Contact Us

 

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Your Roof: To Repair or Replace

How can you tell if your roof can be repaired, or if it needs to be replaced?
  • Shingles – if your shingles do not bend and crumble, they may need to be replaced
  • Surface under the shingles – if you can see the shingle underlayment, it may be time for a new roof
  • Roof ridge – if the ridge or your roof straight, or does it have waves?  It there are any sunken spots in the ridge of your roof, it may be time to call a professional for an estimate.
  • Layers of shingles – if you have multiple layers of shingles and still have a leak, this may be a sign of previous repairs.  This could mean that your roof needs to be replaced

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Exterior Home Checklist

As the seasons change, so does the climate and temperatures.  These changes can cause major issues for already existing problems with the exterior of your home.  What can you do to protect and repair your home exterior issues?  Use the changing seasons as a reminder to complete your quarterly exterior home checklist:

  • entrance areas – check all railings and hand rails to make sure they are secure and sturdy.  check all stairs, steps, and walkways to make there are no loose boards, bricks, or stones
  • windows and doors – check to make sure seals, caulking, and weatherstripping are in good shape.  Check for holes or gaps
  • foundation – clear away any leaves or debris, check for cracks
  • exterior – check sides of home for cracks or damage, check any shaded areas for home for mold or growing vegetation
  • gutters – clean out gutters and downspouts, make sure gutters and downspouts are not broken or dented and working properly
  • roof areas – check vents for animal and insect nests, make sure ridge cap and shingles are not loose or missing, check for damaged shingles
  • chimney areas – make sure chimney is cleaned out and free of nests, check for cracks and loose bricks, check flashing and cap stones

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Care for a Damp Basement

How do you care for a damp basement?

Moisture can cause many problems in a damp basement:

  • wood rot
  • mildew
  • peeling paint
  • rust

What are some possible ways to control the moisture or dampness in your basement?

  • check any windows in your basement to make sure they are properly sealed
  • install an exhaust fan
  • check to see where your dryer is vented
  • make sure your cold water pipes are wrapped with insulation or pipe sleeves
  • check for clogged drains
  • make sure gutters are clear
  • install a dehumidifier
  • use a waterproofing paint or masonry sealer on walls
  • cover any exposed areas with a vapor barrier and concrete
  • if you have had previous issues with flooding, install a drain or sump pump
  • install a french drain to the exterior of your home to divert water

if you have tried any of the above methods and still have a moisture or dampness issue, contact HCG Contractor 1-800-Painting.  We can find the problem and give you several options for repairs.

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist:

As the seasons start to change, you need to prepare your home for the changes in the temperatures and elements.  For the exterior of your home, here are a few things to check:

  • If you have antennas or satellite dish equipment on the roof or exterior of your home, check to make sure they are securely attached to the surface.  Check any mounting straps, screws, or bolts.
  • If you have a chimney, check for cracks or loose bricks and mortar.  Inspect the surrounding flashing to make sure it is secure.
  • Since fall is the time for falling leaves, make sure your gutters and downspouts are clean and secure.
  • Check any trees that are close to your house.  Make sure they are healthy and trim any limbs that could fall on your home.
  • Check all windows and doors to make sure all weatherstripping and seals are in place.  Replace any wood trim or molding that is weathered or rotten.
  • Remove any leaves and brush from the exterior foundation of your home.  Keep the foundation areas clean to help prevent standing water and keep rotting debris away from your home that may attract bugs.
  • Turn off and drain any outside faucets.
  • Close any exterior foundation vents

For the interior of your home, here are a few things to check:

  • Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and change the batteries
  • Check the interior sides of all doors and windows to make sure all seals are intact.
  • Test your heat to make sure it works properly.
  • Inspect and clean out the interior of your fireplace.

If you have any questions or need help with your fall home maintenance checklist, give us a call!  HCG Contractor 1-800-PAINTING is happy to perform a free fall home maintenance inspection to make sure your home is ready for the fall temperatures and elements!

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Home Maintenance Upgrades for Seniors

Home maintenance upgrades for seniors is a home maintenance issue that is easy to fix if you know what is needed.

If you are thinking about how to prepare your home for when you get older of if you are preparing to take care of a senior family member, there are many simple projects you can do to make your home safer for older folks.  Here is a great article from the Family Handyman with some helpful tips:

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