Category: How To

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Spotting Roof Leaks

Roof leaks are not always easy to spot. Sometimes a leak could be present long before any damage is obvious.

These can result from flashings that have become loose, a segment of the roof becoming impaired or improperly installed shingles. 

Here are a few things to look for:

  • Stains running down the side of the wall can be a telltale sign of a roof leak. While the fix may be easy, finding the leak is often the most challenging part.
  • Water spots on the ceiling could mean the roof is leaking, but not necessarily. These spots could be caused by condensation, plumbing, or windows. If the spots darken or grow when it rains, it is most likely a roof leak.
  • When your gutters are suddenly filled with granules, it could be a sign your shingles are deteriorating and need to be replaced.
  • If you notice your roof is suddenly missing shingles, you may have a pest problem. Nearby tree branches provide spry animals a chance to scurry across the roof and dislodge shingles, so trimming these branches back is a good idea.

Regular maintenance check-ups can prevent damage and costly repairs. Contact Apachee to schedule an appointment today at 850-893-3470!

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Vacation Tips

Vacations should be a time to relax and forget about the little worries in life.

Sometimes, it can be hard to let go and fully rest and unwind. One of the best things you can do to ease your mind is to leave your home in a state you will be happy to return to – and one which won’t stick you with an energy bill that will have you saying, “weren’t we gone for three weeks??”

  • During the hot summer months (unless there are pets in the home) either turn off the central air or leave it at 85 degrees.
  • Winter can be a bit trickier. Keep the thermostat at 50 to avoid the risk of pipes freezing.
  • Any appliance plugged in is using electricity. Unplug any unnecessary appliances and electronics, including smaller items such as coffee pots, cell phone chargers, and lamps.
  • To prevent a home from looking abandoned and particularly appealing to burglars, some people choose to leave a few select lamps on. This is a good safety idea but will drain your power. Invest in a cheap timed light, which will assist in giving the appearance that someone is home.
  • Lower blinds! Close curtains! This is not only a good tip for going on vacation, but for everyday energy conservation.
  • If it’s worth the effort for you, this can even be an opportunity to clean and air out your fridge. Empty it of all contents, unplug and leave the door open. Place a box of baking soda inside to draw out moisture and prevent mold.

Ease your mind while on vacation by putting these tips into practice. Putting a little bit of thought and effort before leaving can make a big difference while being away! Making sure your roof is in good shape is critical to keeping your home energy efficient and your family is safe. Schedule an appointment with Apachee today!

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How to Keep Your Home Cool in the Summer

You’re hot.

No, really, we mean it.

But beating that heat can cost you some big bucks on your next utility bill.

Oh…did you think we were talking about something else?

The summer months in Florida are great for swimming, exploring, and enjoying friends and family. Unfortunately, the high temperatures can be a significant financial strain due to near-constant air conditioning use. Here are some ways you can keep your cool:

  1. Close those blinds! Up to 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows. Shades and curtains can lower your indoor temperature up to 20 degrees.
  2. Dehumidify both your house and yourself. A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air, which will leave you feeling dry and cool. Dress yourself in light, breathable fabrics such as cotton, and use the same strategy for your bedsheets.
  3. If you can’t handle the heat, don’t use the kitchen. You know that wave of heat bursting out of the oven when you’re just trying to retrieve the casserole? That can have an affect not only on your face but also on the internal temperature of the house. Opt instead for using an outside grill, microwave, or crockpot. If you’ve never tried caramelizing onions in the slow cooker, we need to have a talk.
  4. Get a big fan. No, not the kind who wants autographs and demands selfies from awkward angles. Grab that pedestal fan from the back of your closet and plug that bad boy in. Pro tip: place a few frozen water bottles in front of the fan for an ultra-chill experience.
  5. Make sure your ceiling fan is spinning in the right direction. At the base of your ceiling fan you will find a switch which changes the direction of the blades. Counter-clockwise forces air down and makes you feel cooler. Clockwise circulates the air through the room and does not blow directly on you or your guests.
  6. Unplug appliances that aren’t in use. You’ll reduce heat output and save money. Consider taking advantage of the heat and instead of using your clothes dryer, hang your laundry outside.
  7. Keep in mind, the first thing the sun reaches is your roof. It’s critical to have proper ventilation, like ridge vents and soffit vents, under the edge of your roof. Consider replacing your roof with a cooler colored one. Or for a less intensive fix, a flat roof can be sealed with a cooler sealant to help reflect the sun.

 

Stay cool this summer!

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How to Check for Asbestos in Your Home

 What is asbestos?

Asbestos refers to a group of six types of naturally occurring minerals, including:

  1. Chrysotile
  2. Crocidolite
  3. Amosite
  4. Anthophyllite
  5. Tremolite
  6. Actinolite

These minerals are made of fine, durable fibers that are resistant to heat, fire, and numerous chemicals.  Asbestos becomes a hazard when it is airborne. If your home becomes damaged, fibers may be released.

How do I know if there is asbestos in my home?

Many homes built before 1980 contain the big A in old floor tiles, ceiling tiles, roof shingles and flashing, siding, insulation (around boilers, ducts, pipes, sheeting, fireplaces), pipe cement, and joint compound used on seams between pieces of sheetrock. Newer houses can contain it as well.

 

How do I know if I have been exposed?

Asbestos are known to cause mesothelioma, a fatal cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, as well as other cancers and lung-related illnesses.

Symptoms:

  • shortness of breath
  • tightness in your chest
  • persistent dry cough
  • chest pain
  • appetite loss
  • finger clubbing (enlarged fingertips)
  • nail deformities

If exposed to Asbestos and symptoms do not show, schedule an appointment with your primary physician as soon as possible. If symptoms are showing, go straight to a specialist.

 

How to Check For Asbestos in Your Home

A visual inspection of a house is usually not sufficient because the samples of suspected fibers should be sufficiently checked at a certified laboratory for analysis. Two approved methods of analysis are Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The American Lung Association recommends that you hire a certified professional to take any samples because a professional  can minimize exposure for you and your family.

 

For asbestos or lead removal services, we recommend using Big Bend Abatement in the Tallahassee, Florida area and surrounding counties.  Apachee Roofing DOES NOT offer these services.

 

Contact Big Bend Abatement at:

 Address: 507 Casowdun Rd, Quincy, FL 32351

Phone: (850) 875-1804