How to Repair Water Damaged Drywall

Unfortunately, water damage happens. Hopefully you were able to catch the leak before it wrecked too much havoc, regardless you will likely be left with an amount of damaged drywall. If this is the situation you find yourself in, you should know that repairing the damaged drywall on your own is easier than you might expect. Our friends over at My Denver Painter are skilled at repairing drywall and are here today to explain the process to you.

Remove Sagging Drywall

Once you have stopped the active leak, it is important that you ventilate the area using a fan and allow everything to dry fully. After everything is dried, you can begin work assessing the damage. Sadly, drywall is very porous and usually when it is exposed to large amounts of water for prolonged periods of time, it cannot be salvaged. Using a drywall knife or box cutter, cut and remove any sagging, bubbling or warped drywall. Then, using drywall tape and putty, fill the spot with a fresh piece of drywall.

Remove Mold

When dealing with water damage, mold is always a potential factor. To make sure that mold does not grow in your home, you can wipe down the affected area with a mixture of water and bleach. Bleach is effective in killing growing mold as well as mold spores.

Cover Stains

Once you have followed the above steps, you can begin to cover the damaged area. Start by scraping away any loose or peeling paint surrounding the patch. Then, using sandpaper, create a smooth, flush surface. After that, you can wipe the area of debris with a damp towel. And finally, prime and paint the patch to match the ceiling or wall.

And that’s it! You can get patching kits that come with everything you need for the job as well which can make the whole thing easier. But if you have extensive damage or you do not have the time to complete this project on your own, My Denver Painter is here to help. They make sure to always respect your home and communicate so that the project runs smoothly, and they never leave until you are satisfied with the results.

Should You Use a Space Heater

If you are cold this Winter, then you might be inclined to buy a space heater. Many homeowners have space heaters to be able to warm up just one room instead of the whole house. This seems like a viable solution if you are wanting to save on cost. Here on our Home Improvement Blog, we will go into whether that really is true or not. We spoke personally with one of the team members at Copper Connection to find out the answer. They are a business of highly skilled electricians that deal with helping homeowners with an electrical need they may have, including why their electric bill is so high.

When we asked them about space heaters, they had something remarkably interesting to say about the matter. While we all think that heating one room would be cheaper than heating the whole house, they actually said no. That depending on how often and how long that you run the space heater for, it can be cheaper to just bump up the degrees on your thermostat than to have a space heater running.

They brought out that space heaters take a lot of power. So, if you are running it consistently or for long periods of time, you are essentially just increasing your electric bill by potentially a lot. The best option if you are cold is to just bump up the heat and wear a sweatshirt if you are still cold but want to save on cost.

If you still want to use a space heater then do not go with the cheapest one you can find. You want to make sure you do your research and find a space heater that will pull the least amount of power. There are space heaters that do not have fans on them which makes for a lower need of electricity. These are great when it comes to wanting to heat a room quickly while saving on electricity where you can.

Regardless of space heaters though, if you think that your electrical bill is higher than it should be, our friends at Copper Connection can help you find out why! They are great at finding the root of a problem and then fixing it so that you are safe and not paying for than you must. They also specialize in electrical services like putting in new lights and electrical panels. They are a family-owned business that services the Denver Metro Area.

How Important are Gutters?

Especially if you are a first time home buyer, getting to know all of the working parts of your home and what they do and need to function properly will take some time. Gutters are one of the essential pieces of a home, but they often get neglected. If you are curious to know just why gutters are important and how to properly care for them, our friends at 4th Dimension Concepts are eager to break this subject down for you.

What Gutters Do

Gutters are put into place in order to divert water away from your house. This is important because the more contact water is able to have with the exterior elements of your house, the more opportunity it has to cause damage. Water can easily find any weak points in your siding or foundation, and can lead to structural issues and rot. Gutters work by escorting water elsewhere where it is not able to pool around your actual home.

How to Care for Them

Everything wears out over time. Performing a regular inspection of your gutters can help you to identify failing gutters before any damage can occur. When touring the outside of your home look for signs of faulty gutters in the form of holes, gaps, or sagging.

Failing gutters are more often caused by clogs than anything else. If leaves, branches, or lost toys block the water passageway, the water will escape by other means. Either down your siding, through your roof, or down to your foundation. To prevent this from happening, it is good practice to semi-regularly clean out your gutters. Of course it is important to always be careful when doing chores that require ladders. Make sure to have a spotter and use caution.

If you are ever in the need for gutter repairs or replacements, 4th Dimension Concepts is only one call away. They are friendly, trustworthy , and experienced professionals who will walk you through the entire process from start to finish.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Townhomes

Having a place to live is a basic necessity for everyone. It can be difficult when choosing a place to live, however, when you are trying to weigh out which style of housing suits your needs best. We get that. That is why we have invited our friends over at Montano Homes to help highlight the pros and cons of one type of housing in particular: townhomes.

Pros

Convenient Locations 

Townhome communities make convenience a priority. This is why you will often find them close to shops, restaurants, and more. And whether it is important to you to live downtown or in the suburbs, there are townhome communities waiting for you.

Low Maintenance

If you dread spending your limited free time on things like yard work, a townhome is right for you! Most townhome HOA’s will cover all outside maintenance so that when you are at home, you can spend your time doing things you actually want to do.

Amenities

Including in your HOA fee are many quality amenities. Depending on the community, things like trash pick up, swimming pools, gyms, and pest control will be available for you to take advantage of.

Cons

Less Privacy

For some, one of the biggest downsides of a townhome may be a lack of privacy. With townhomes you typically will have a few shared walls and a smaller yard. With good neighbors, though, this should not interfere too much with your home life.

Less Freedom

We have briefly discussed some of the advantages that come along with having an HOA. They keep everything neat and in order for the entire community. This may not be as ideal for those that enjoy artistic freedom, though as HOA’s do have very strict standards that you have to abide by.

Ultimately, townhomes are excellent choices for many different types of people. If you would like to tour one in person and get a better feel for if they are right for you, do not hesitate to get in touch with Montano Homes.

Why You Should Hire a Professional Painter

Sometimes we desire to change the color on our walls for a change of scenery. Sometimes it is out of necessity. Either way, you may be thinking that doing the job on your own is easy enough. And while that could be true, once you have experienced the difference between an amateur and a professional paint job, you may just never go back.

When it comes to painting, drywall, and more, we rely on our friends over at My Denver Painter to help. If you are not sure whether hiring a professional is worth it, we want to share a few ways that they can make your life a whole lot easier.

Prep Work

As homeowners, we are constantly juggling our to-do list. Therefore, we often seek out options that help us get a job done quickly. One thing that we usually omit is prep work. Afterall, this step can take a lot of time and can prove to be quite tedious. A professional, on the other hand, will never skip this step. They will always take the time to properly tape, cover, and sand so that the only thing you are left with is carefully painted walls.

Safety Precautions

Did you know that falls from ladder related incidents are some of the most common injuries when completing home improvement projects? One of the easiest ways to prevent this from happening to you is to hire a professional. Professionals will have the proper equipment so that no one is tempted to reach or stretch in an unsafe manner. Even if your home is several stories high, a professional has invested in the right equipment to get the job done.

Quality Work

Because professional painters specialize in this one trade, they are highly proficient in doing it well. They know the tips and tricks that contribute to a flawless finish. In addition to this, they will be able to offer you suggestions on paint colors, sheens, and trends. They are familiar with different paint suppliers and products and will guide you towards high quality, low VOC paints as well.

Clean Up

After you have painted an entire room by yourself and you are officially tired, the last thing you want to do is to tidy up. Better than wishing for a miracle is to simply hire a professional instead. When they finish a job, they make sure to put everything back in its place and leave your home in better condition than they found it.

Whether or not you have the skills to successfully paint your home on your own, it is clear to see that hiring a professional crew to do the job for you can save you a lot of time and stress. Next time you want superior results in a timely manner, do not hesitate to trust our friends at My Denver Painter!

How to Fix Broken Swimming Pool Tiles

A dip in the calm, cool water of a swimming pool on a simmering hot Summer day is one of life’s simple pleasures. Do not let cracked or loose pool tiles ruin your swimming fun though! If you notice damaged tiles or grout in your pool and ignore it, serious structural damage to your actual pool can occur.

So, what should you do when you notice signs of failing tile and pool grout?Our friends over at the Grout Medic of Denver have the solutions you need! If you are curious about what to expect when you give them a call, we are here to break it down for you.

First things first, for the technicians to service your tile and grout properly, it is necessary to completely drain the water from your pool. So, be sure to complete this task before the crew arrive. As a family owned business, the Grout Medic is very intent on offering a down-home and personal experience. In order to do this, they will make sure to discuss your wants, needs, and options with you before they begin working. This way when they pack up and leave, you will be left satisfied and with exactly what you expected.

So, depending on what you want, the Grout Medic will either remove a few specific problem tiles, or completely remove all the tiles along the walls and stairs. From there, they will grind down all of the cement backing from the previous installation. You can rest assured that these professionals will also leave the entire pool area tidy. Vacuuming all dust and debris from the pool so that it is perfectly ready to be filled and enjoyed immediately.

After removing the concrete, they will thoroughly prep and clean the tiles being re-bonded. Lastly, they will lay the tile and seal the grout joints with an epoxy grout. Epoxy grout is superior to typical cement grout, particularly in wet areas. Epoxy grout is not porous and thus it will last longer and be more effective at preventing water from breaching the barrier.

Our longtime friends over at the Grout Medic of Denver are seasoned professionals who have provided trustworthy service to many homes in the Denver area. If you need grout and tile work done on your pool or inside your house, you know who to call!