Monday, March 1, 2021

My Gutters Are Leaking!

Are you seeing water in areas around the outside of home where you normally don't? Or just seeing dripping water coming from your gutters? It's not uncommon that you may have a simple leak. But don't worry, it's better to find it now (or hopefully you read this and go check your gutters today) and do repairs before a small leak...becomes a big issue.

The purpose of the gutters on your home are of course to maintain and keep water away from the base of your house, among other areas. The average person probably doesn't inspect their gutters enough, because a small leak can lead to a bigger lead...which can only lead to real issues such as soil erosion, mold/mildew, foundation damage, etc. 

Grab your ladders and go take a look!

Gutters are a vital, and underappreciated component of your home. And depending on you region, they probably take more of a beating than you would imagine. Heavy thunderstorms bring lots of continuous rain pouring down your roof, as well as large hail that come down at high speeds creating lots of damage. The deep snow storms pile up the snow and ice, putting a lot of weight on your gutters. I think you get the point here, it's important to take a quick look during storms sometimes, but more specifically take a look afterwards to see if you notice any leaks or damage.

Just because you find a leak however, doesn't mean you need to immediately have them replaced. The average, low cost gutters should still last you at least a decade if not more. So consider doing the inspection and performing repairs yourself. 

Make sure the issue is a leak and not a clog. A clog could mean other things, including more severe damage potential. You probably have a clog if you can see water rushing over the edges of your gutter system. It's important to make sure you clean out your gutters, removing any debris like leaves to help prevent clogs. When you think you've cleaned everything out, grab your water hose and test them out! If the water runs freely, and into your should be good to go!

If you do see some small cracks or holes, you should be able to go to your local hardware store to find gutter caulk to quickly fix the issues. Also make sure to make a look at the fasteners on the gutters to ensure they are properly attached to the structure. Over time they can easily become loose and eventually fall down in a high wind and rain type storm.

If you think you have a small issue, by all means, definitely attempt to plug the leak or repair the gutter system. But if you have questions, we highly recommend you contact your local specialists like Gutters Tyler TX for more information and a free inspection.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

What To Look For In A Home Builder

 If you're considering building a custom home to make your dream home, it is important to spend time finding the perfect home builder. You'll have options, so it's almost mandatory that you speak with them all to see who fits your needs the best.

Experience, communication, reputation, etc. All are important factors that you need to check off before you begin working.

Reputation and experience really go hand in hand for the most part, but just because they've been in business a long time doesn't mean they build good homes or have a good reputation. You can (hopefully) find plenty of reviews and past experiences online, but it's worth going an extra step to see if you can speak directly with a new homeowner. Get the positives and negatives, things the homeowner wish they would have done differently, etc. If it is someone you know, then you should also consider asking if they would be ok with a tour of the home. And at the minimum, always ask you potential home builder to view a current construction (when applicable) or a recently finished home.

Transparency is also extremely important. Be sure to ask your referrals about how the home builder Lufkin TX communicated, but more precisely about the costs. The construction industry in general doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to hiding costs, to using cheap materials. So obviously again we stress that this is very important to understand who your builder actually is.

Lastly, you'll want to make sure and check their home warranty options. It may seem obvious, but the best home builders will stand by their work, and in turn normally provide a service agreement that does the same. 

There are plenty of other things to discus with your potential builder, most in fact will help you from Day 1 even if that is including helping you find a piece of land to begin building on. But again, be vocal, take the time to do the research and we promise you will be setting yourself up for success with better opportunities.

Friday, December 18, 2020

2021 SEO

Technology...something apart of our everyday lives that is constantly changing and updating. Almost no way to get away from it, no matter how hard you try. Forcing you to adapt to the changes, and that especially goes for business owners. 

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of the primary factors in helping businesses online. Thousands and millions of dollars are spent individually on SEO alone. But what's changing? What isn't?

Google is obviously one of, if not the largest of internet giants. Constantly updating their algorithms on how they determine which websites should be ranked. Content has been, and still is king. That's something that won't go away and should continue to be a focus point for any business that is trying to get traffic to their site.

But what's new?

How many times a week, or even a day do you ask Siri or Alexa a question? Millions of Alexa devices are in homes throughout the world, adding in Google and other voice controlled devices...and you can see where this is going.

We use these voice devices in every day language. Instead of a simple search on Google for maybe 2 keywords, we use conversation style questions to find info via voice search. So consider this, and think of ways to optimize with longer phrases.

This also is similar to predictive search, which is an adapting and improving addition to the average search user. AI driven features like Google Discover, allows a query without a user even performing the search. Content is recommended based on the users behavioral patterns (over time). It's an amazing and very interesting topic to learn more about. But just another aspect that is growing within search technology that can make or break your search rankings.

Backlinking, mobile-friendliness and other aspects are still vital, but there's something new almost every day. And it's extremely important to make yourself knowledgeable around the subject. And the good news is there is someone like Plano SEO and other experts throughout your region that do this work every day who can help do this for you!

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Plumbing Expert Costs

 Plumbing issues in a home are a common occurrence. Anything from the normal leaking faucet to the running toilet. In a lot of cases, some of these issues are pretty minor and can easily be solved with basic plumbing knowhow. In the age of YouTube and other digital help, there's probably a video for our DIY crowd.

But how much is an actual plumber these days?

According to HomeAdvisor (June 8th, 2020), the cost of a plumber now ranges from $175 to $450 for a typical job, with the average cost per hour ranging from $45 to $200. Some plumbers can charge a flat rate, in addition to a service fee.

It's also important to know your area. The demand of plumbers and the size of your city will have an impact on the cost of an average plumbing job.

And, of course, the size of the job is the main factor. If you're needing to replace existing pipes and plumbing, you could be looking at thousands of dollars. Other things like new sinks, new toilets, shower or tub replacements can run you a pretty penny as well.

According to our plumber Allen TX friends, they recommend always calling before attempting a DIY attempt. Even with an easy job, it's best to know what you're doing, and if there is any hesitation then it's best to go ahead and schedule someone to come out and take a look. Especially if it comes to something larger such as a water heater or shut off valve.

It's also a good idea to have your home regularly inspected. Plumbing inspectors charge around $165 on average (rate vary again). Of course you may not have issues, but the peace of mind can sometimes be priceless. 

If you have any questions or concerns around plumbing for your home or need general advice, reach out to your local plumber for assistance and help!

My Gutters Are Leaking!

Are you seeing water in areas around the outside of home where you normally don't? Or just seeing dripping water coming from your gutter...