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If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.

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Planning Your Spring Cleaning Now? 2 Things You Should Add To Your List

by Edwin Johnston

Even though it is winter and you may have a lot of snow outside, spring is around the corner. If you are already planning your spring cleaning list so you can be ready, there are some things that may not be cleaned but instead inspected. Below are two of these things so you can be sure to add them to your list.

Sewer Lines

After a long winter, your sewer line may need to be cleaned. Even if it does not, you should have your sewer line checked by a sewer company.

The contractor will first do a video inspection of your sewer pipes and look for problems like:

  • Tree roots: If you have trees planted near the sewer line, their roots are drawn to the moisture around the sewer pipes. Once this happens, the roots will continue to grow against the pipes and eventually completely fill the pipes. In some cases, the roots may break the pipes. The contractor can do a video inspection to determine if you have this problem.
  • Built-Up Grease: If you have poured grease down your sink drain while cooking, this grease turns solid and builds up inside the pipes, which causes clogs. If the contractor sees this problem, they will hydro-jet the pipes to clean them out.
  • Sagged Piping: A sag can happen when a pipe slopes downward. This is generally caused when the soil surrounding the pipe becomes loose and breaks. This makes the soil unstable and allows it to sink. Over time, waste will accumulate at the sagging part of the pipe, which creates blockages.

If an of these problems are found, the contractor will repair them. If there are tree roots in the pipes, the trees causing the problem will have to be cut down. The contractor may use trenchless sewer line replacement to repair the broken pipes. If the contractor finds no problems, they will likely go ahead and clean your sewer pipes while they are there.

Roof

Roofs take a beating over a long, cold winter -- especially if there is a lot of snow throughout the winter months. For this reason, take time to inspect the roof for any broken, loose, or missing shingles. Look for shingles that are blistering, curling, or buckling.

Check the flashing for rust spots and cracked caulk. Inspect worn and cracked rubber boots around the vent pipes. If you have a chimney, this would be a good time to check the chimney cap to make sure it is not damaged or missing.

You should check the gutters. If you see a lot of asphalt granules from the roof tiles in the gutters, this is a sign your tiles are deteriorating. If you have not replaced your roof in some time, you should consider doing this.

If you notice any of these problems, hire a roofing contractor to inspect and repair your roof, if needed.

These two things should help you get a good start on your spring cleaning tasks. Get more information by calling your local sewer or roofing company.

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