I see termites a lot. When I am splitting wood for my wood heater I find them in the wood. It is a natural part of the process of the decomposition process of wood that has been in contact with the ground. The termites consume the wood and return it to the soil. In nature it is a good thing. When they get into the wood in your home it is bad. They can destroy a board in just a few days. If left alone, they will move from the first board to the next and beyond. They are very sneaky in their approach. Termites need water and they need food. If they have both then there is nothing to stop them from destroying a home. We use pressure treated lumber in areas that are exposed to the elements and/or the ground. The treatment in the lumber makes it undesirable as food to the termites. We also use masonry products such as block or brick in areas that contact the ground. This is a good deterrent to the destructive bugs.
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We all have a “To Do” list of things that need to be done for maintenance or repairs around our home. Finding the time to do them is a challenge. Check Total Home is here to help. Let us bring our expertise to you. The list can be short or long, simple or in-depth. Even the small stuff is important and deserves attention. A lot of what we do starts with a list of small list. We will take on the small tasks with as much enthusiasm as we would the bigger projects. It all needs to be done.
I keep a “To Do” list on my phone and add things to it as I think of them. You can have a Check Total Home list on your phone and then send it to us when you are ready to get things “Checked” off.
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What is a GFCI?
GFCI of GFI is short for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. It is a special electrical outlet or circuit breaker designed to protect you from electrical shock. It works by monitoring the flow of electrical current to an appliance. It if senses electricity attempting to go to ground, it will trip the internal breaker. This is supposed to happen in less than a second. It works differently than the circuit breaker in the panel. The GFCI works with the breaker in your panel to provide an extra level of protection against electrical shock.
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We are replacing the old windows in this house. The old windows have a single pane glazed sash that lets in the cold weather. The new windows have a double pane glass with a vinyl grid on the outside and a wood grid on the inside. They are a Low-E design that keeps the cold out and the heat in. The old windows have condensation on the inside early in the mornings. The new windows do not. There will be huge energy savings with the new windows.
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I love the beginning of the seasons. The leaves are turning colors again and that marks the start of fall weather. It is a great time to get things done around the house. As the days get shorter, it doesn’t leave much time to get anything done in the evenings. That is where we can help. Check Total Home is here to help you with your home maintenance needs. “Top to bottom, inside & out”.
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