From starlings and sparrows to wood ducks, owls and chimney swifts, birds have a tendency to nest inside chimneys, because they provide protection from predators and offer warmth – especially in early spring. However, bird nests can restrict the flow of flue gas, presenting a fire and carbon monoxide hazard. If you suspect a blockage due to nesting, seek advice from a local animal removal service, as it’s illegal to disturb the nest of any native bird without a permit due to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
It can happen to anyone – the furnace stops working or there’s an electricity outage during a chilly winter day. In the event that you experience a no-heat emergency, stay calm. If you’ve developed a game plan ahead of time, you should have nothing to worry about. Here are a few tips for keeping composed when your home’s heating system goes down.
During an emergency, you may find yourself starting to hyperventilate, which can result in headaches, twitching, vision changes and even loss of consciousness. Quell these symptoms by taking long, deep breathes that fill your lungs fully, and then exhale slowly.
2. Stick to one task.
In a no-heat emergency, your number one goal is to stay warm. Forget about the food in the fridge – at least for the time being – and focus on providing warmth. Make sure all your windows are sealed shut and close the doors to any unused rooms. Gather your family in an insulated space and settle down with blankets, extra layers of clothing, candles and other warming aids.
3. Have a game plan.
If you know what to do in the event of a no-heat emergency, then realistically, you should have nothing to worry about. Stock up on basic supplies, like candles, matches, warm blankets, hand warmers, dry firewood and kindling, beforehand to make sure you stay prepared all winter long.
4. Turn to your fireplace.When it comes to staying warm with no electricity or furnace, nothing’s better than a wood-burning fireplace. However, if you haven’t had your chimney cleaned in a while, burning wood could be a potential fire hazard. Prepare your chimney for the winter and for possible no-heat emergencies with chimney inspections and cleaning from AAA Superior Construction. Call us toll-free at 877-319-1222 to schedule a service call.
Water damage can have a lasting effect on your home’s foundation, and if left untreated, it may lead to hazardous mold and mildew growth, basement flooding and structural damage. Here are three lasting consequences your home may experience as a result of a damaged foundation.
1. Mold and Mildew
Standing water in your basement is a breeding ground for mold and mildew. These organisms primarily grow in environments with ventilation, humidity and moisture problems, affecting indoor air quality and your health. If left untreated, mold can cause severe allergic reactions, upper respiratory tract symptoms, asthma symptoms in those with asthma and respiratory illness.
2. Basement Flooding
When left to chance, cracks in your foundation can expand – especially in winter when standing water freezes – allowing in even more water and moisture. During a heavy rainstorm, that crack in your foundation may become a gateway for rainwater to come pouring into your basement. As a result, household items, photo albums, documents and anything stored in your cellar can become permanently damaged.
3. Structural Damage
A foundation damaged by water leakage can lead to further structural damage to the entire building, creating a dangerous environment for you and your family. Signs of structural damage include bowing walls, doors and windows that don’t close evenly, drywall cracks and warped floors. If you spot any of these, contact a professional who’s skilled in repairing structural damage – they’ll need to inspect the foundation and check for loose bolts, misaligned joints and cracks.
If your home’s foundation has suffered water damage, it’s crucial to contact trusted contractors to remedy the situation and make your house safe again for you and your family. At AAA Superior Construction, we can fix non-structural foundation cracks with our masonry services . Reach out to us today for a free estimate.