02
Jun

Waukesha WI

Spending your hard earned dollars on maintaining you sump pump may not be ideal, but it does ensure that you wan’t have to face water damage because of it…that can easily cost a lot more.

You wouldn’t think that water is able to harm your home, but when something goes wrong with your plumbing, there can be some serious damage done. Picture the scenario of your sump pump just stopping: it would ruin all of the work you put into your lovely home. What if you do not find your water problem right away? It is common, when you’ve got undetected water in your home, for mildew and mold to begin to grow.

Why Sump Pumps Need Maintenance

Sump pumps are basic machines and do not often require much maintenance. Not much to worry about if you haven’t had problems out of your pump in a while-just take a quick look to make sure that these couple things are not going on.

Dry motors can seize – Cold weather can prove to give homeowners problems because the pump is not able to move, and keep things loose…it is a pump afterall, it’s used to moving around a lot.

Gummy components can stick – At all times, at least some pieces if the pump will be submerged in water. When the pump sits in the water, you risk particles clinging onto pieces of the pump, which can make it tough to get the pump running.

Sump Pump Failure Is Bad News In Waukesha WI

You don’t ever want to find out that your pump is broken when you really need it. It’s unavoidable that every pump will give out at some point; but there are some tips that can help your pump live a little longer.

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By performing these actions about four times a year, you may have a pump that lasts a very long time.

Prepare a vinegar solution and run it through your pump. By running vinegar through your pump, a homeowner can remove all of those gummy particles and let the pump dry fully.

It is important to keep the float switch free from restrictions so that the pump won’t start on its own.

Keep the air holes clear in order to allow enough air into the pumping system.

It is pretty simple to keep your house protected from flood when you take care of your sump pump. Making this part of your regular home maintenance plan will save some money by either delaying the purchase of a replacement sump pump for years or by avoiding costly repairs…

To learn more about sump pump maintenance contact Schoenwalder Plumbing.

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30
May

Sewer Line

A sewer line repair requires the right equipment and the knowledge to use it – call a professional plumber to repair your sewer line.

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One thing that you really need to take seriously in regards to home repair, is your sewage system. The best way to ensure that you will not have any major problems with your home is to respond to any needs that your sewer system may need.

It’s tough to make repairs to your sewer line when it calls for it, because these repairs never come at a good time. Sometimes things just break and you are left to clean up the mess. However, there are times you can avoid a disaster.

Here’s How to Know When to Fix Your Sewage Line

Look at these indicators below to find out if you are in need of a repair. They are often early warnings of developing sewer line problems.

Slower Drains – If sinks, tubs, or showers start draining slowly it could be a clog or a break in your sewer line. In general, slow drains around your home not responding to cleaners, often are an early symptom of a sewer line break or clog. Fix the problem now before it becomes bigger. A sewage system that continuously leaks can cause foundation problems down the road.

The Amount of Water in the Toilets Vary- Sure, you could have an average clog, but there’s also a chance, if a plunger won’t clear it, that it may be time to call the pros. The pros are experienced with diagnosing any sewage problems that you may be having.

Unusual Scents-Smelling something that is unusual coming from any drain area is a major sign that your system needs help. This is a huge indicator you have sewer line problem and you will likely need a sewer line repair of some type.

Stains on the Foundation of Your Home or Water Damage-It’s common to have issues when there is damage from water. It could be poor drainage in general or a leaking sewer line. When you notice any pests in your home, go ahead and call a plumbing company to make sure that your home isn’t experiencng any big problems. Without attention the situation will continue to get worse. Keep in mind that your foundation will get weaker if the ground underneath becomes wet. The main reason that the ground under the foundation becomes full of mouisture is because of a broken sewage line.

Don’t try to do a DIY sewer line repair. There are several things that could influence the outcome of your DIY project, especially when it comes to installation of parts and digging. When you mess something up during your DIY attempt at fixing the sewer line, you’re looking at forking out some serious extra dough.

The pro plumbers at Schoenwalder Plumbing know how to handle any sewage issue.We serve Waukesha WI and Lake Country including Hartland, Delafield, Pewaukee, Brookfield, Elm Grove, New Berlin, Oconomowoc and Dousman, providing sewer line inspection and sewer line repair services.

25
May

Every day carry can open one’s eyes to a lot of things.

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Thinking about what I’ve experienced in the past, I realize that I’ve learned a lot.. Read these facts below.

The typical person really doesn’t have a clue.

I don’t mean this in an offensive way at all, I mean it quite literally. When you first start carrying, you manage to convince yourself that every person you see in public will spot your gun. It becomes apparent after some time, that people are pretty bad at paying attention to anything other tan technology.

2. A frightening situation can alter one’s views on guns very fast.

3. Why you can’t settle for just any belt.

A quality gun belt will hold the weight of your gun, keep it close to your body, and prevent the holster from flopping around due to belt flex. A good belt is key to having your holster fit properly.

4. The importance of a great holster

There are a few things that a quality holster should do

A good quality holster will keep your gun positioned correctly. The value of having your gun in a secure position is that you will know exactly where it is when you need to grab it.

A holster will protect the gun’s trigger, which is what you need if you are ever in a high stress situation. In order to protect the trigger, the holster will offer you safety while you get a good handle on your pistol.

Your firearm is protected because you are in charge If you’re going to spend money on a holster, find one that will keep your pistol in position when you are doing things such as getting in or out of your car, doing yardwork, or anything like that.

5. Be careful when you bend over

You can run into a “printing” situation if you aren’t mindful of what you’re doing. Printing can easily happen if the gun grip is pressed against your clothing while you bend over. If you carry a gun daily, you quickly learn how to reach low things by bending your knees and keeping your back straight.

6. How many other people carry concealed.

Once you start carrying, you tend to look for other people who are also carrying. Whatever tips you off that someone is carrying a firearm, DON’T do what they’re doing.

7. Guns are heavy.

Actually, even light guns get heavy. When you carry a loaded gun and a couple of spare magazines, you’re talking about serious pocket change!

8. Heroism is overrated.

Prosecutors and the perps’ family members will try to take your money and freedom even if the shooting is completely justifiable.

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9. It’s hard to beat a traditional belt holster.

It doesn’t really matter if you like OWB or IWD holsters. The most secure and accesible way to carry is on the belt. Is it a pain to conceal? Yes. Is it comfortable? Not necessarily. Although there are some downsides to carrying like this, you will be very happy you did should you ever find yourself in a sticky situation.

10. You don’t know anything.

You learn so much the longer you carry. Just because you own a gun doesn’t mean that you’ll never be ambushed. Always be open to learning because carrying a gun is life or death.

25
May

Self-Storage

A great place to keep your decorations is in self-storage; you will have more room in your home and the decor will stay secure.

Self-storage is a great way to keep your holiday decorations fresh and like new each and every year.

Don’t waste time trying to figure out what to do with your decorations; instead, take them directly to a storage facility. In order to protect your decorations, they should be secured in a self-storage unit with several shelves and free space. By puttng your holiday decorations in a storage facility, you are lengthening their total life.

A big problem with people storing their decorations at home is that they don’t have enough space so they get ruined. We feature many different types of self storage at A Storage in Sun Prairie, Madison, and DeForest. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced storage option, A is the place to go. If you’re looking to save money, self storage is the more prudent choice over a storage addition to your home.

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Your favorite decorations can get damaged or ruined without proper storage.

Keeping Your Belongings Organized

There won’t be any wasted space in your storage area if you have shelves. A shelf system can keep your decorations where they should be. Here’s a check list for when you are ready to get your things into storage-

Label boxes for quick and easy reference next year

Use the largest boxes as the foundation – place them first

Place boxes with fragile decorations on top – always

Keep the most used & useful items in front for ease of access

In order to find everything without hassle, keep your unit tidy. To keep anything from getting broken, it’s best to keep movement to a minimum. If you have a unit on the smaller side, keep boxes lined up against the wall to create a walkway.

Storage Units for Your Decorations

Storage Facilities

Decorations aren’t the only thing you can store in self-storage-you can also keep clothes or keepsakes in there too.

Using A Storage of Madison, Sun Prairie and DeForest for self-storage of holiday decorations opens up your home for daily living. You will have extra space in closets, your attic and your garage.

We have many different storage options at A Storage. We are available for storage in areas including Fitchburg, Monona, Cottage Grove, and many more.

23
May

Sims Exteriors and Remodeling

Newer houses do not see as much of an impact when insulated siding is added.

Vinyl siding is a durable and affordable way to improve the aesthetics of a home and its function. With fluctuating energy costs and our reliable Madison WI winters, insulated vinyl siding is an extra layer of insulation for your home. Below are a few significant factors to consider when deciding whether insulated foam backed vinyl siding is a good choice for your home.

Insulated vinyl is provided in 2 different ways-

1. The siding and the insulation are fused together.

Another way is that the insulation conforms to the back of the siding.

Whichever way you choose will work fine. It is really a matter of how the manufacturer can most efficiently produce the insulated vinyl siding. Another benefit to installing insulated vinyl siding in Madison WI is in addition to being a great insulator it also is muffles outdoor noise. This may be perfect for you if you live in a heavy noise area.

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Other benefits of include –

Less chance of cracks.

If you have any damage on the outside of your home, this siding can hide a large majority of it.

Improves the comfort level in older homes – especially in colder climates such as Madison WI.

Is Insulated Vinyl Siding Worth It In Madison WI

Well, depending on whether your home was built before the 1980’s, you may or may not need to do it. Homes built later don’t really benefit from this siding. Houses now feature better venting, framing, and walls due to the higher standards that have recently been set in home building. Newer contruction (after 1990) will not see much of an impact from this siding.Any house that was built before the 1980’s can benefit from a new siding unlike the type of plaster they used to use back in the early 1900s. The benefits of vinyl siding do not stop at money saving; it will also make your home look better.

The Investment For Insulated Vinyl Siding

Normal vinyl siding runs between 20 and 30 percent less than its insulated version.

We are pros when it comes to siding at Sims, and have helped many people in the southern areas of WI with vinyl siding and roofing for years.

Sims experts are happy to be of service in areas includeing Waunakee, Oregon, McFarland, Grove, Sun Prairie, and many more.

23
May

Is doggy daycare on your mind? If you aren’t sure how to pick the best daycare for your dog, here are some guidlines that you can follow:

Initial Feelings

You should not see a super messy and unorganized office when you walk in. The office space, along with the actual play and sleep area for the dogs should be well kept and airy. The yard designated for puppy play should have fresh water and provide some shade. There also should be little to no amount of waste in the yard. Can you check out the center? This is something that can be looked at a couple different ways. When cleaniness and safety are very important, you definitely want to check out every part of the doggy daycare. Tours may be allowed only at certain times. Some facilities only allow tours by appointment either before or after daycare hours to keep the stress level down for the dogs. Consider the excitement brought onto your pup by an unexpected visitor; a doggy daycare may be full of over 12 dogs, it important to respect the dogs’ needs. So that there is no problems at the center, contact management before going in for a tour.

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Stimulation and Calm Time

Pups need time to take it easy when they have had a lot of play time. Does the center you are looking at have enough rest space? Is rest time scheduled? Your dog needs to rest even if they’re having loads of fun because, just like a cranky little tot, they need time to calm down after a long day of play.

Workers

The workers in the doggy care should love dogs and care about yours as if they were their own. Check out the interactions between the staff and the dogs present. Is your dog happy to see the staff upon his return to the daycare?The dogs are most likely getting the attention needed if they are happy when the staff member comes back. It is important to have an attentive staff so that minor disagreements between friends don’t turn into major arguments, with the potential to cause injury or stress. Recongnizing stressful situations or an over tired dog is one of the top priorities for a good doggy daycare worker.

Are you happy with the number of staff members the facility has per dog?

Playgroups

The variations for creating doggy play groups are endless. If you are not satisfied with the way the playgroups are handled, ask if they would be willing to make changes to their policy.

Screening

It is very common for these establishments to have a vetting process. A normal screening would include vet records and a word on the dog’s temperment. It is something you should expect when signing your dog up because it can give you a piece of mind knowing that your pup will be safe around other dogs who have been screened.

19
May

Kitchen renovations can make your existing home the dream home you have always imagined.

The options available to you include complete kitchen renovations including new cabinets, floors and windows and more. Of course, if you’re looking for a change on a tighter budget, you can always change up the hardware for a new look.

Our changing economy has really impacted the way people look at renovations. Granite countertops and backsplashes became the most budget friendly option when it came to renovations. With the economy recovering, modest updates have begun including more complete kitchen renovations in Madison WI that go beyond granite countertops including islands, altered or expanded cabinet footprints and wall changes. Whatever your choice may be, kitchen renovations of all sizes in Madison WI can use new granite countertops. There are numerous color options when you choose to use granite in your renovation. And granite countertops are more affordable than ever.

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By using one of many varieties of natural stone, you can add a touch of elegance to your kitchen.

Your kitchen will sparkle with new granite elements. And, because people are living in their homes longer, you can enjoy granite’s beauty for a long time in Madison WI. Homeowners are making bigger changes in addition to the kitchen remodels, to add to the appeal of a new kitchen.

In addition, good neighbors and location are increasingly important reasons for people to spoil themselves in their own homes. The best kitchen design team is at Creative Kitchen Renovations.

You don’t even have to lift a finger in these renovations.

We typically work with a moderate budget when completing our kitchen renovations. Replacing certain items such as the ones below is typically a top priority for most families.

Granite countertops, Tile backsplashes for a new look, and new cabinet doors.

Our experienced kitchen design professionals can help give you the feel of a new home you’ll be thrilled to live in the next twenty years. It can be as easy as pie to give you a whole new look.

If you’re look for a unique kitchen reno, we are the ones to call.

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Beyond the practical side of granite or natural stone additions, our remodeling pros can start with one of a kind kitchen renovations, but can create a distinctive flair in any room in your home. Sims Exteriors and Remodeling are kitchen renovations specialists serving Madison WI, Middleton, Waunakee, Sun Prairie, Cottage Grove, McFarland, Fitchburg, Verona, Oregon and all of Dane County.

To get ahold of us, call Sims Exteriors and Remodeling at 608-825-4500 or email us.

17
May

Insulated Vinyl Siding

Newer houses do not see as much of an impact when insulated siding is added.

Functionality and price are where vinyl can compete with all other siding options. Since energy costs go up and down, and Winter gets very chilly up here, insulation in your siding can make a big difference. Below are a few significant factors to consider when deciding whether insulated foam backed vinyl siding is a good choice for your home.

Foam backed insulated vinyl siding comes in two forms –

The first option is that the insulation and vinyl are fused together.

2. The insulating foam is made to conform to the vinyl.

Whichever way you choose will work fine. What it comes down to is which option is the best for each particular manufacturer. By having insulated siding, you also may benefit from the loud noises from traffic and everday life being softened. If you live in a big city, for example, this could be a huge benefit for you.

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Other benefits of include –

Less chance of cracks.

If you have any damage on the outside of your home, this siding can hide a large majority of it.

Comfort is on of the siding’s biggest advantages when the weather gets cold.

Will it be a waste to spend some hard earned dough on this siding?

Simply put, if your home is newer, you probably don’t need this insulated siding. Houses now feature better venting, framing, and walls due to the higher standards that have recently been set in home building. Newer contruction (after 1990) will not see much of an impact from this siding.Any house that was built before the 1980’s can benefit from a new siding unlike the type of plaster they used to use back in the early 1900s. Lower energy costs will be the result in the very old homes as well as some aesthetic benefits in that imperfections on the exterior walls will be covered.

The Investment For Insulated Vinyl Siding

Manufacturers have various pricing structures for insulated vinyl siding, but in general it will cost about 20-30% more than standard vinyl siding to be installed by a qualified siding contractor.

We are pros when it comes to siding at Sims, and have helped many people in the southern areas of WI with vinyl siding and roofing for years.

Sim’s vinyl siding experts serve the greater Madison WI area, including Middleton, Waunakee, Fitchburg, Oregon, Verona, McFarland, Stoughton, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, DeForest and all of Dane County.

12
May

Every day carry can open one’s eyes to a lot of things.

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I’ve have had the opportunity to find out a lot of things about carrying a gun. Read these facts below.

1. How clueless the average person is.

I actaully sincerely mean that. At first, you think that every single person you pass can see your firearm. After a couple of weeks, you begin to realize that people are far more immersed in their phones than your appearance.

2. A frightening situation can alter one’s views on guns very fast.

3. The value of a good belt.

A quality gun belt will hold the weight of your gun, keep it close to your body, and prevent the holster from flopping around due to belt flex. Before you go searching for the right holster, make sure you’ve got the best quality belt you can get.

4. The importance of a great holster

There are a few things that a quality holster should do

A holster will hold your gun in a fixed position. If you ever need to reach for your gun, it will be exactly where you expect. It won’t move around and you won’t have to constantly check the position of your gun.

You could possibly be put in a position where you have to get your gun quickly. By having your gun in a holster, you are keeping the trigger protected until your hands are securely on the firearm.

It ensures that your gun remains under your control. When you are shopping for a holster, look for one that will keep your pistol in place while you go about your normal daily activities.

5. Be careful when you bend over

A number of carry methods can cause printing dysfunction if you’re not careful. Most belt holsters, inside or outside the waistband, can cause the gun grip to press against the back of your shorts or cover garment if you lean forward too much. Daily carry teaches you to bend in a different way to keep this from happening.

6. The number of people who also conceal carry

You will find yourself trying to spot other carriers. A great exercise is to find those who are carrying, and determine what it was that told you they were carrying.

7. Guns are heavy.

A loaded gun with some extra amo really adds up in weight.

8. Heroism is overrated.

Even after justifiable self-defense shootings, ambitious prosecutors or family members of the perpetrator can take your life savings-and freedom-in the post-event courtroom.

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9. It’s hard to beat a traditional belt holster.

No matter what kind of holster you prefer, a belt carry is the most secure. Is it a pain to conceal? Yes. Is it comfortable? Not necessarily. Although there are some downsides to carrying like this, you will be very happy you did should you ever find yourself in a sticky situation.

10. You don’t know anything.

The longer you carry, the more you learn. The more you learn, the more you realize how much you don’t know. Owning a gun won’t necessarily protect you from crime. Going to the range to practice doesn’t necessarily mean you will prevail in a fight. Always be open to learning because carrying a gun is life or death.

12
May

Are you considering a boarding kennel for your pup? There are certain things that can help you pick the best daycare center for you dog. Take a look at the list below:

First Impressions

When you first walk in, note whether the dog area is dirty or clean. This area should be ventilated very well. There are some standards that must be met in the yard such as a fresh water supply, no feces in the play area, and some shade so they can cool off when it gets hot. Are you allowed to tour the premises? This is something that can be looked at a couple different ways. Obviously, you want to check out the entire facility. Tours may be allowed only at certain times. Some facilities only allow tours by appointment either before or after daycare hours to keep the stress level down for the dogs. A prospective client coming for a tour at a time that has not been scheduled can cause too much excitement for the residents at the doggy daycare. Definitely give the center a call before showing up for a tour.

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Stimulation and Calm Time

An excess of playtime really requires some intermitent rest times during the day. Does the center you are looking at have enough rest space? Is rest time scheduled? Your dog needs to rest even if they’re having loads of fun because, just like a cranky little tot, they need time to calm down after a long day of play.

Caretakers

You want whoever is watching your pup to care for your dog just like you do. They need to be trained and loving in order to perform their job correctly. The way the staff members play with the dogs while you are there, and the way the dogs act around the staff members are both wonderful ways to tell if they will treat your pup right.If they are happy to see the staff, he’s probably getting the attention and affection he needs during the day.Staff needs to be able to find the minor issues that can turn into larger issues if they are not resolved quickly. Recongnizing stressful situations or an over tired dog is one of the top priorities for a good doggy daycare worker.

Does the potential center offer a dog to staff ratio that you are comfortable with? Will your dog be provided with enough supervision during playtime?

Playgroups

The variations for creating doggy play groups are endless. Ask questions about how dogs are put together in playgroups and make sure you are comfortable with how it’s done and with the staff’s ability/willingness to supervise and change things up if necessary.

Screening

Screening is important for all boarding facilities: they may be as simple as asking for a vaccination record, but they need some sort of process. It is something you should expect when signing your dog up because it can give you a piece of mind knowing that your pup will be safe around other dogs who have been screened.