Why You Should Get A Sewer Scope Inspection Before Buying A House

When inspecting a house, most people only inspect the interior and exterior. However, how often do people think about checking out the sewer line before purchasing a home? Sewer lines are a critical element to a home and are often overlooked until a problem occurs.

Purchasing a home is a big deal and we understand that, so we want to offer you our sewer scope services to help you make the best purchasing decision possible. Give us a call, it’s necessary.

http://www.findwell.com/blog/buying-a-home/why-you-need-to-have-the-sewer-scoped-when-buying-a-home/Why you need to have the sewer scoped when buying a home | findwell Inspecting a home before your purchase is a critical piece of due diligence that you should do as a home buyer. One home system that is often overlooked is the sewer line. Normal home inspectors don’t examine it, since it is buried in the ground and it requires special camera equipment to inspect. The prudent home buyer will always have the sewer line inspected, regardless of the age of a home.

A sewer backup is a potentially nasty and expensive event when you own a home.  Sewer line repair can also be extremely expensive, as it requires a lot of excavation and potentially street/sidewalk repairs. A cheap sewer line repair can cost $5000, and once you get in to the street, it can quickly reach a $10,000-$25,000 repair, making it one of the single most expensive repairs you could face during home ownership.

The side sewer line is the pipe that exits the home and joins up with the city sewer main, usually in the middle of the street. In Seattle, the oldest homes have sewer pipes that are made of clay. Sometime around the middle of the 20th century, this changed to concrete. In the late 70’s-early 80’s, builders began using plastic pipes (PVC or ABS). Clay and concrete pipes can be susceptible to cracks and tree root infiltration at the joints between section of pipes. Plastic pipes are glued together and impervious to roots. However, there can be issues with new plastic pipes as well. Cracks, pipe shifting, low spots and roots can all cause the sewer to backup into your home.

We have plenty of examples of sewer problems that we discovered in both old and new homes. The lesson here is to not necessarily trust what you are told about a sewer line, unless you have video from a recent sewer scope verifying its condition.

The bottom line is that sewer lines of all ages can have potential issues. Personally I would never buy a house without scoping the sewer line. If you suspect the home has clay or concrete lines, a sewer scope is a must. Even with plastic lines, we’ve found plenty of issues that need to be addressed.  The couple hundred bucks you spend on a sewer scope inspection is well worth it to avoid costly and messy repairs in the future.

 

Picking Up After The Storm

We can all agree that it has been a damaging spring here in Colorado. From wildfires to severe hailstorms, we’ve seen it all. Recently, Colorado Springs endured a hailstorm that caused millions of dollars in damages. We here at Colorado Superior Roofing want you to know that we are here for assistance. We offer our roofing services as well as our insurance claim services and our thoughts go out to everyone who is dealing with the aftermath.

Give us a call, we’d love to help in any way that we can.

http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-hailstorm-has-wreaked-havoc-caused-millions-of-dollars-in-damage/article/1581797Colorado Springs hailstorm has wreaked havoc, caused millions of dollars in damage | Colorado Springs Gazette, News Stephen and Elizabeth Beyer had their new roof two weeks before Thursday’s hailstorm left it battered and in need of replacement once more.

Add to the list damaged house siding, screens and three broken skylights, and Elizabeth doesn’t even want to think about the total loss. The 34-year homeowners filed their insurance claim the day after the storm but are still waiting for a full assessment.

So are thousands of others in Colorado Springs.

Insurance companies are so inundated with claims they have opened new sites around the city. Body shops are booking repairs as far out as December.

All are asking customers to be patient after what has been categorized as a “catastrophe”-level storm.

“We’ve got to; it’s not a choice,” Elizabeth conceded. “We’re just waiting now.”

Claims began rolling in almost immediately after what some have termed a “hail bomb,” which pelted the south and northeastern parts of the city with tennis-ball-sized hail. Windows of cars and homes were smashed, vehicle hoods were dimpled, roofs were beaten, less durable property was shredded, plants and trees were ripped apart.

The Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association isn’t ready to release figures estimating how much the storm cost in damage – that could come next week – but they “know it will be a significant event,” spokeswoman Carole Walker said.

Companies are receiving a “flood of claims,” she said.

While insurance companies designate “catastrophes” based on volume, the association gives the designation when weather events do more than $25 million in damage.

That figure can be easy to reach in Colorado, which is ranked second behind Texas for hail damage claims nationwide, Walker said.

Based on the number of claims the area’s top insurance companies have reported, Colorado Springs is earning the ranking.

USAA, which insures 11.5 million military members and their families nationwide, has processed 15,000 claims in Colorado Springs since Thursday, spokesman Richard Johnson said. Roughly 10,000 of them were auto claims, the rest by homeowners.

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Preparing for Summer Smiles

Summer is just around the corner, which means hot weather, swimming pools, cookouts and vacation. But did you know that some summer habits can greatly affect the condition of your smile? Here at your local Highlands Ranch dental office we want you to have the best smile, all seasons, so here are some tips to keep that mouth beautiful and bright during the summer.

http://bestdentistnews.com/tag/summer-dental-care/summer dental care – Best Dentist News When you think of summer, you probably think of swimming pools, cookouts, and sunshine — but do you also think of your oral health? During the summer, there are actually things that you should keep in mind when it comes to your smile. Armed with some information, though, you can have a fun summer while maintaining beautiful and healthy teeth.

The chemicals in swimming pools can lead to discoloration of your smile if you’re exposed for long enough. Research has shown that people who spent more than 6 hours a week in swimming pools ended up with discolored front teeth. The reason is the higher pH level of the water, which beaks down proteins in saliva and leave a brownish stain on your teeth. If the pool’s pH balance isn’t properly cared for, the water can also soften enamel, leading to an increased risk of decay and damage. Luckily, trips to the dentist for regular cleanings and fluoride treatments can combat both of these problems!

During the summer, you’re probably going to attend a lot of parties, and with parties come a variety of beverages and snacks. Summertime drinks include soda, sports drinks, white wine, beer, and lemonade, and these drinks are loaded with sugar. A simple tip for counteracting the effects of these beverages, however, is to rinse your mouth with water regularly throughout the party. But don’t brush your teeth too soon after consuming acidic beverages. These drinks can soften enamel, and brushing while the enamel is soft can do more damage. Wait at least an hour before you brush!

Party foods can be dark in color and full of sugar as well. Dark foods contribute to stained teeth, and we all know what happens when you eat too much sugar! Cavities!  But by rinsing your mouth after eating these dark and sugary foods, you can avoid staining and cavities — and a trip to the dentist during your summer for teeth whitening and a checkup can give your smile a boost!

It’s pretty simple to keep your smile in shape during these summer months. Brushing, flossing, rinsing after food or drink, and regular trips to the dentist can help keep you looking and feeling your best. Now you just have to figure out how to stay cool!

Via bestdentistnews.com

 

5 Myths about Attic Ventilation

There are few things more misunderstood than attic ventilation. Fortunately, as professional Chicago roofing contractors, we are more than prepared to help you find that perfect balance of airflow.

When you don’t have the right amount of ventilation, you can experience some serious problems, which is why this article about the myths associated with attic ventilation is so important. You NEED a professional to tackle this aspect of your roof, so call us today!

http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/5-myths-about-attic-ventilation/#.WQtKbVPyu9Y5 Myths about Attic Ventilation Few things are more misunderstood about the home than attic ventilation. In essence, all ventilation is about circulating air to keep it fresh and to reduce moisture levels. About 90 percent of homes in the US have unreasonably high levels of moisture. Understanding whether your home could benefit from some form of attic ventilation might just be, if not a life-saver, a roof-saver. Here are some of the myths and the facts you need to know about attic ventilation.

In some ways, roof ventilation is as much as an art as it is a science, and installing your own roof vents based on something you read online is like trying to diagnose a skin rash using WebMD. Finding a trusted and experienced roofer who has worked in your region for his or her entire career is a better for your particular roof than any research study or online “expert.” Read more at homeadvisor.com

 

House panel aims to finish must-pass aviation bill by August

Without getting political, we think it’s important to reflect on the bill that the House is working on right now. There could be some major changes in store for both the private and commercial aviation industry – maybe some good and maybe some bad – but the FAA has a huge role in every aspect of our business.

Rest assured, no matter what happens comes August, we will follow the situation in order to help you know what all of it means for you as you pursue your private pilot license in Colorado or use any of our services. Understanding how various regulations affect your piloting career is paramount to being a successful pilot.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jaredmeyer/2016/05/31/uber-for-planes/#4ca487ab4fd4House panel aims to finish must-pass aviation bill by August | TheHill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is aiming to wrap up work on a must-pass aviation bill by the August recess, according to a top panel aide.Holly E. Woodruff Lyons, deputy general counsel for the committee and staff director of the aviation subcommittee, said Tuesday that the goal is to get legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration “off the floor by August.” The FAA’s legal authority expires at the end of September, which would give the House and Senate less than two months to hammer out a final product.The House Transportation panel has held several hearings on the topic and is expected to take the lead on legislation.

Last year, Congress ended up passing a short-term patch after a long-term proposal to reauthorize the FAA stalled in the House.

The House FAA bill from last year is expected to serve as the model for this year’s yet-to-be-unveiled proposal, though Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) is open to making adjustments.

“The framework is the AIRR Act,” Woodruff Lyons said during a Global Business Travel Association conference on Capitol Hill. “But everything is open to change.”

Read more at thehill.com

 

Office Yoga: Easy Chair Yoga Exercises

Okay, let’s face it: sitting all day is not fun, but neither is getting up to walk around every once in a while. For that reason, we’re sharing this post that you can have some fun with.

The great thing about these kinds of exercises is that you can perform them in whatever chair you’d like. If you’re worried about doing yoga in a too-small chair, we do have plenty of big and tall office chairs available so you can really get a good stretch going.

Office Yoga: Easy Chair Yoga Exercises – Health and Fitness Tips I’ve had several requests recently for office yoga and easy chair yoga exercises. These are simple stretches to do almost anywhere – even when you’re confined to a small cubicle! I made you a handy graphic to pin to your Pinterest board to remind you of the poses, and it will link back to this post if you need a refresher. Plus, I found a wonderful office yoga video for you! So relax, refresh, relieve stress and tension now with office yoga! Read about the poses at getntipst.tech

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Risk of Severe Weather into the Weekend

It looks as though we’re going to experience some weather this weekend. Stay safe and get through Saturday.

When Sunday comes and you’re thinking to yourself, “I need to sell my Dallas house quickly,” give us a call. We will buy your house in any condition.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/weather/2017/04/28/nbc5-forecast-risk-severe-weather-weekendNBC5 Forecast: Risk of Severe Weather into the Weekend | Weather | Dallas News Breezy and warm conditions will prevail across North Texas today under partly to mostly cloudy skies. As the humidity returns, storms chances will also be climbing, especially by late Saturday.

The chance of storms looks quite slim for DFW today. There may be one or two that develop toward evening, but they should be well to the northwest. Saturday will offer a much higher chance of storms in the late afternoon and evening. These storms will likely be severe with hail, high winds, and a tornado threat. Sunday looks quieter and much cooler. Read more at dallasnews.com

 

Grand Marais Named Best Midwestern Small Town

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USA Today has published a poll created by their readers that ranks the 10 best Midwestern small towns, know any that made the list? Grand Marais made the top while Lanesboro came in third. As an established Minneapolis architect, I enjoy seeing what other parts of the state have to offer.  This list describes Lanesboro as having “a plethora of outdoor activities, historic architecture, and numerous bed-and-breakfasts.” All over the midwest, there are wonderful gems with rich histories and beautiful structures.

A readers’ choice poll ranked the 10 best Midwestern small towns, and Grand Marais landed at the top. USA Today’s cited the town’s “art galleries, quirky restaurants, local shops and diverse lodging,” as reasons for the ranking. In 2015, Grand Marais was named “America’s Coolest Little Town” by Budget Travel.

Grand Marais is not the only Minnesota town to make the list – Lanesboro came in at No. 3. Lanesboro’s qualifications include a plethora of outdoor activities, historic architecture and numerous bed-and-breakfasts.

The two towns span the length of the Land of 10,00 Lakes. Grand Marais sits on Minnesota’s northern tip on the shore of Lake Superior. Lanesboro is located near the Iowa border in southern Minnesota.

Michigan, Indiana and Ohio each had two towns on the list as well. Nebraska City, Nebraska, and Weston, Missouri, rounded out the top 10.  Grand Marais Named Best Midwestern Small Town