Home Improvement: Touch-Ups Around the House

Home Improvement: Touch-Ups Around the House



Fogged Windows
What causes the glass in insulated windows (double- and triple-pane units) to get cloudy or foggy? The fog comes from the seal between the panes failing. So, how do you fix this problem? The only proper solution is to replace the sealed glass unit within the window sash or replace the whole window. The majority of the time, it only requires replacing the glass unit.


Don’t be fooled by services that say they can repair the problem clearing the fog in your current window. Their solution typically involves drilling holes in the seal between the panes and flushing the glass clean, giving the impression of a proper repair. The appearance will be short-lived, and the insulation value of the window has been destroyed. Remember the only proper solution to this problem is replacing the sealed glass unit. There are a couple very affordable, high quality repair services in the area. Give us a call at HomeServicesLink for fast service for your window repairs.


Wine Stains
It is hard to get through holiday parties without at least one incident of spilling red wine on a carpet, linen tablecloth or your clothes. If you do, don’t despair. There is a wonderful product out there called Wine Out. It is available locally at places like Bed, Bath & Beyond. It can also be purchased online. It also comes in a handy pocket size version to take with you to events. If you don’t have any with you, you can try the old seltzer water technique.


Gutter Cover Confusion
The leaves are pretty much off the trees collecting in your gutters creating a situation that can cause major damage to your house if not addressed. Once the wet mass freezes in the gutter, it is not coming out until a good thaw. Water can do very expensive damage very quickly. Gutter cleaning is not a fun task, and depending on your house style and terrain, it can be dangerous.


If you live in a wooded area, you may require multiple cleanings per year. One solution to avoid this regular task or hiring someone to do it is to install gutter covers, but which type do you chose? There are so many varieties, all making their claims to be wonderful and letting you never have to clean your gutters again. Plus, there is a very wide range in costs for the different systems.


First of all, I have yet to find a system that works perfectly. I have also learned that higher cost in this category does not necessarily mean better performance or bettter value. I have found the best value in this area comes from a couple of the lower cost systems that provide a basic cover with very small holes to not allow the pine needles and small maple tree seeds to pass through.


This system typically runs about $6 per foot installed, which is significantly less than helmet and fine mesh systems. This in my opinion is a worthwhile investment for the peace of mind knowing your gutters are not blocked when those heavy rains are coming down and not having to remember to schedule gutter cleaning a couple times per year. We would be happy to talk further with you on this subject if you would like to pursue gutter cover options or just need them cleaned out. Call us at 513-271-1888 or email info@homeservicslink.com.


I hope all of you have a safe and wonderful holiday season from all of us at HomeServicesLink.