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Late Summer Deck and Patio Care

The kids are going back to school. The days are starting to shorten. This is the best time of the year to give some special love to the deck or patio that you’ve been using all summer long for sunset watching, outdoor activities, and barbecues. To clean and clear a concrete or wood deck patio, use a power washer to remove tough stains and marks. Reseal and stain your deck or patio as needed if any discoloration starts to appear. Use the time spent cleaning or resealing to check for rot or cracks in your deck or patio, and make any necessary repairs. Move and rearrange any planters or furniture on the deck or patio to prevent discoloration, stains or damage left from watered plants and pressure points from deck chairs. Make sure that the gutters are draining and wicking water away properly to keep your deck or patio from becoming flooded during rainy conditions. Clear any debris like leaves away from your deck. Finally, trim any trees or shrubs: long branches can promote rot and mold growth on wood decks or patios.

If you suspect any issues or cracks with your patio or deck, contact Liberty Builders. We’ll be happy to help with any deck or patio job: big or small. At Liberty Builders, we’re dedicated to the care of your patio or deck and will help keep it looking beautiful for years to come.

Source:

https://www.houselogic.com/by-room/yard-patio/deck-care-and-maintenance/

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Energy Saving Tips for the Whole Family

The kids are going back to school and that means their electronics won’t get a moment of reprieve. This zealous use of energy and resources can cause a serious spike in your energy bill. These tips are designed to help teach the whole family how to be a little more energy efficient. Make sure that kids close the refrigerator and freezer doors. More than a third of the cold air in your refrigerator can escape every time the door is open. Summer is not over in Texas and that means the days are still hot. Keep curtains closed during the day to keep the sun at bay and adjust the thermostat by about 10 degrees in the summer months. Remind children that an adult should be the only one to adjust the thermostat. When your family leaves the room, turn off any lights or electrical devices: encourage kids to remember to turn off their laptops, video game consoles and TVs when they’re not in use or when they’re not in the room. Use a timer to help teach your kids how to take shorter baths and showers that will help reduce on water usage and waste. Encourage your children to report any burned out light bulbs so that they can be replaced with compact florescent bulbs, which save about $30 dollars in energy cost over the life of the light bulb. When organizing chore charts set any chores that involve the dishwasher, washing machine or dryer until after 8pm. This will keep your home cool despite the heat that can be put out by washing machines, dryers and dishwashers. Only run complete loads of dishes or clothes and any smaller loads of dishes or clothes should be air-dried on the counter or outside on a clothesline.

These energy tips can help keep your electric bills low and teach the whole family invaluable lessons on energy management and energy efficiency. Contact Liberty Builders if you suspect that your home may not be as energy efficient as possible: we can help seal any cracks doors or windows that can waste energy.

 

Sources:

http://www.mortgagecalculator.org/helpful-advice/energy-saving-for-kids.php

http://www.alliantenergykids.com/EnergyandTheEnvironment/SavingEnergy/022391