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Should I Close The Attic Vents In the Winter?
Episode 1: Should I Close The Attic Vents In the Winter? This weeks question is coming from Marcel from Fairfax, VA. Marcel asked: “Are the vents in my attic helping the heat escape in the winter? Should I Close the Attic Vents in the Winter?” Great question, Marcel! Here's my answer: You probably already know that attic vents are important both to your roof’s longevity and to keeping your energy bills down during the summer. After all, one of the purposes of attic vents is to help release some of the heat from the attic and prevent it from becoming super-heated.…Read More
How Can I Prevent Ice Damming?
Episode 2: How To Prevent Ice Damming On a Roof? This week's question is from Richard, from Alexandria Virginia. Richard asked: “A few years ago, I got terrible Ice damming from a large snowfall and lots of water poured into both of my upstairs bedrooms facing the front of the house . They are calling for a lot of snow this year and I'm afraid this will happen again. Is there a way to help prevent this?” Thank you, Richard! Here's my answer: Ice damming is a serious problem for many homes during the winter. Those pretty icicles building up on…Read More
Will Lighter Color Shingle on My Roof Make My Roof and Attic Cooler in the Summer?
Will Lighter Color Shingle on My Roof Make My Roof and Attic Cooler in the Summer Today’s question is coming from Stephanie, from Falls Church Virginia- it’s an important question about roof shingles. Stephanie asks: Someone told me that if I put a lighter color shingle on my roof, it will make my roof and attic cooler in the summer and therefore make my home more comfortable, especially upstairs? Home heating and cooling costs are on the rise, and many homeowners wonder if there are ways they can help, such as by installing a lighter colored shingle on their…Read More
Is Cellulose Attic Insulation & Wall Insulation Containing Borate Safe?
Today’s question is coming from Kimberly from Falls Church Virginia. And it's an important question about attic insulation and wall insulation. Kimberly asked: “Is cellulose attic and wall insulation containing Borate safe?” As I mentioned in the video, cellulose insulation containing borate is a great way to safely deal with pests provided your ductwork isn’t leaking. Borate is often added to insulation as a way to deal with pests, because borate can be toxic when ingested in adequate amounts. It’s this fact that makes people nervous about adding it to their home. The fact remains, however, that in order to…Read More
Should I Turn Off Water Spigots To Prevent FROZEN PIPES in Winter?
When the temperature begins to drop each year, little niggling problems can start to worry you – such as frozen pipes or frozen water spigots that can potentially be causing a flood. As I mentioned already in the video, unless you plan on leaving your home for the winter, there’s really no need to worry about draining your pipes. But let’s take a closer look at some of the scenarios where you would have to consider draining your pipes or turning off water to specific parts of your home. Preventing Frozen Pipes- Winterizing The word winterizing can mean different things…Read More
Leaking Skylight & Roof Pitch: Shingle Roof vs Flat Roof
Skylights and chimneys are the two roof penetrations that leak the most on a roof because they have four different types of flashings (apron, pan, step, counter-flashing) that must work in unison to shed the water away from the skylight or chimney. Sometimes a skylight will leak because the pitch of the roof is too low. The pitch of a shingle roof must be at least 3/12 pitch or greater or else you cannot have a skylight because it will continually leak. However, if you have a FLAT roof system on a pitch below 3/12- then you can install a…Read More
HVAC Maintenance: Is HVAC Inspection Worth The Expense?
This week's question is from Amanda, from Leesburg Virginia. Amanda asked: “Is it worth for the HVAC person to come out to service my heating and air conditioning unit? Is it worth the money?” Here's my answer: As I mentioned in the video, it is absolutely worth having your HVAC system serviced yearly by a trained technician. HVAC maintenance is the best way that you can keep the optimum performance of your system, saving you not only a lot of money each month in energy costs by ensuring your system runs at peak efficiency, but also saving you from the emergencies…Read More
How To Fix Overflowing Gutters+ Truth About Gutter Covers
This week's question is from Victor from Arlington Virginia and it’s a question about gutters and gutter guards. Victor asks: "When we get really hard rains- water runs over my gutters in the front of my house. Is there anything that can be done to stop this? Also I'm really getting tired of cleaning out my gutters but I heard that the gutter covers cause problems. What is the truth about gutter covers: are they worth the expense or not?" Here's my answer: As I mentioned in the video- I start to get anxious when the conversation turns to gutters…Read More
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