Of all the little annoyances of winter – the icy walkways, the frigid wind, the snow piling up – one of the most frustrating must be the frozen lock. Whether it happens to the locks on your house or those on your car, the moment that key refuses to turn can be even more chilling than the weather.
One of the most important things in dealing with winter is preparation. And if you’re prepared for frozen locks, you’ll be less annoyed when the inevitable frozen lock happens.
Fortunately, there are several ways to get out of the freezing situation.
A leaking water heater can mean bad news for your home. Water damage to carpets, floorboards, and walls will get expensive quickly, and uncontrolled flooding may threaten your personal belongings as well. That’s not to mention the health risks: dampness breeds mold and mildew, which can potentially cause allergic reactions and asthma.
Because water heaters have a fairly long working life, many homeowners will have little experience in dealing with leaks. That’s why we’ve prepared a simple guide to get you through the situation:
“WOW, We just got our taxes back! I got a raise! We got an inheritance! Let’s upgrade! We’ve wanted a new pool for years. Now’s our chance. Just think of the fun we’ll have, plus, it’ll improve the value of our home.”
Whoa Nelly! Not so fast! All of those improvements sound like fun and could improve the value of your home, but not all of them will.
While you might love your new backyard, some folks (particularly potential future buyers) may not see it your way. Some people may see that new pool as a huge maintenance problem and added water expense. Others may hate that garden you want to add and view it as a huge turnoff.
So before you consider hiring that landscape architect, be sure you know what you’re getting into and if that expense is going to help you, or hurt you financially when it comes time to resell.
Anyone who has ever gone to war with their own garage door opener knows they’re a serious piece of machinery. After all, it’s designed to move a heavy door up and down, over and over, and is expected to last for a very long time. So when one of them malfunctions, it not only makes for a serious inconvenience, but can also lead to high costs to repair the problem.
If you’re looking for a new garage door opener, you’ll need to consider many factors before making a final purchase. We’ve put together a list of popular garage door openers, broken down by brand and price, as well as their pros and cons.