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How you can save energy in your home this winter

Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by admin No Comments

The United States is going through a cold snap, with many parts of the country experiencing subzero temperatures. This is bad news for homeowners, as it means an increased reliance on the heating system that already sees a rise in use throughout the winter. The good news is that there are plenty of ways you can improve your household and make it as energy-efficient as possible to help you save money over the next few months. You don't want to be paying more than you need just to be comfortable in your residence.

The first thing you will need to do is inspect the windows and doors of your home to see if there are any leaks. You can lose up to half of your home's heating through small cracks that can often go unnoticed unless you are keeping an eye out for them. If you should see that there is a problem with air leaks in your house, you should to call in an Alexandria contractor to help plug up the holes and allow your home to retain its heat. As soon as you fix this issue, you will notice your energy bills begin to fall consistently.

You should also be sure to keep an eye on your home's HVAC system to see if it is running at its full efficiency. If there are clogs in any of the air ducts they will need to be repaired immediately, as this blockage will cause the system to run faster and cost you more money in the process. As long as you keep an eye out, you will be able to catch any problems before they become a disaster.

If you are looking to make improvements to your home, be sure to schedule an appointment as soon as possible with John C. Flood, Inc.

Plumbing home inspection tips for buyers [VIDEO]

Posted on: January 7th, 2015 by admin No Comments

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Hey everybody and welcome back! This week, we’ll be talking about what to do if you are looking to buy a home.

You will need to familiarize yourself with the household’s plumbing system. To do so, you should first individually inspect each and every faucet and pipe in the home. That way, if there is a drip or leak somewhere, you will know to have it fixed before you make an offer.

Another thing you should do is flush every toilet in the home. While this might seem a little bit silly, the truth is that this will allow you to see if each one is able to empty out and fill back up completely. The last thing you want to be stuck with is a broken toilet!

As always, thanks for watching, and check back here for more household tips!

Keep your home safe this winter [VIDEO]

Posted on: December 12th, 2014 by admin No Comments

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Hey everybody and welcome back! This week, we’ll be taking a look at the ways you can keep your home safe this winter if you won’t be home over the holidays.

 One of the first things you should do is turn off the main water valve in your home. This will stop the water from flowing through your pipes, so you do not come back to any burst or frozen pipes that will need to be repaired or replaced. Simply go to the central valve and shut it off.

Another solution is to have a neighbor or friend check in on your house every other day or so, because a set of eyes on the ground will go a long way to making sure everything is in order. If there is a problem, your friend will be able to have it fixed right away to minimize any possible damage.

Thanks for checking out our blog, and be sure to visit us again for more winter protection tips!

How can you make home maintenance an easier process?

Posted on: December 5th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Being a homeowner is not an easy task, especially during the winter. You will have to winterize your household before the snow hits to make sure that your pipes don't freeze over or your energy bills skyrocket. This can seem like an overwhelming process, especially if you have never actually owned a home before. Luckily there are certain guidelines you can follow that will help you maintain your home throughout the winter and into the next year. You don't have to fall behind on the chores you need to accomplish!

The first thing you should do is go around your house to try and identify any possible issues that might exist. Whether that means fixing the hole near a drafty window or tightening up some pipes to prevent a leak, you will want to get ahead of everything before they become bigger issues down the road. This is especially true of your home's plumbing system, as any leaks or other problems can actually end up resulting in damage not only to the pipes, but to the surrounding walls as well.

If you find that there is a task that you simply cannot handle on your own, do not hesitate to call for professional assistance. Contacting a DC plumber will save you time and frustration in the long run, particularly if the problem you are facing is with a sensitive area of your home. Trying to take on a major project yourself is often not the best idea, as you never know if your actions could actually end up contributing to what was wrong in the first place.

Before things get out of hand at your home, be sure to schedule an appointment with John C. Flood, Inc. today!

Do your home’s windows need to be replaced?

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by admin No Comments

We've talked a lot lately about getting your home in shape for winter before the chilly outdoor conditions finally settle in for the next few months. But we haven't really gone into one of the most important aspects of your home when it comes to keeping yourself warm and your energy bills down—the windows. There is nothing more crucial to a comfortable household than windows that are properly sealed and working, as they can account for anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of your total energy costs. So what are the signs that your old windows need to be replaced?

When it comes to getting new windows, age will be one of the most important factors to take into consideration. Most high-quality windows can last from 10 to 15 years, so if your windows are getting up there in age, it is time for you to consider new ones. Old windows are harmful for the comfort of your home and your bank account, as a lot of the time the sealing will come loose or have holes in them, which will allow the hot air to escape your home and will let the cold winter air inside.

You should also keep an eye out on your thermostat. If you have to constantly turn the heat way up to ridiculous temperatures in order to get even a little bit of warmth in your house, this means that there is a draft or a leak that will need to be dealt with. While you will have to rely more heavily on your heat around this time of year, that doesn't mean you have to blast it at 85 degrees to get the temperature to rise to a measly 60.

If you are in need of Arlington heating repair services for your home, schedule an appointment today with John C. Flood, Inc.

How you can prevent a home disaster from happening this winter

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Winter is a wonderful part of year. Between the holidays and getting to spend time with loved ones, you are able to live in the moment and enjoy all that life has to offer. However, it can also be stressful for many homeowners, as winter weather can often wreak havoc on residences if people are not careful enough. If you would live to avoid something going wrong with your household this winter, there are plenty of preventative steps and measures that you can take, all without breaking the bank!

If you are going to be out of town for an extended period of time – or even just for a few hours – you should consider shutting off the main water valve in your home. This will help to prevent the pipes from freezing over in your absence when you will not be around to deal with the issue should it come up. However, if you do choose to do this, it is important that you leave at least one faucet open to help prevent any unused water or pressure from building up inside the plumbing system that you can't control.

Should you be in an area that has experienced very heavy snowfall, you should make sure that your roof and home are as free from the snow as possible. Using a long raKE or shovel will help, as you don't want to risk your roof caving in under the extreme amount of weight that the snow and ice can create.

If you experience any issues with your home this winter, be sure to schedule an appointment with a professional from John C. Flood, Inc. as soon as possible!

Is your home ready for the winter?

Posted on: November 21st, 2014 by admin No Comments

Being a homeowner can be stressful, but no time more so than during the winter. Between the strong winds and snow fall, there are many different weather patterns that seem to be conspiring against your home to cause as much damage as possible. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can work to keep your residence as safe and protected as possible, no matter how cold or unforgiving the winter is over the next few months. You can help eliminate a lot of seasonal stress by taking a few simple steps ahead of time.

One of the first things you will want to do is something that will save you a lot of energy and money over the winter – checking for leaks. If there is air seeping out of your home, either around a door or a window, that means you will be paying for heat that is just going to waste. You need to be diligent about checking around every possible area where there could be a leak – particularly in drafty rooms such as the attic or basement – to ensure that your residence is cozy and warm all winter long.

You should also make sure that your home's heating system is running as fully and efficiently as possible. If it has been a few months, you should switch out the filters and clean out any hoses that might have become clogged, so that the entire system will keep your home warm without having to run harder than it needs to, which will save you money on your monthly utility bills. Your heating system will be getting a lot of use this winter, which is why its maintenance is so important.

If you are looking to make sure your home is prepared for the winter ahead, be sure to schedule an appointment with a Virginia contractor from John C. Flood, Inc.

Protect your home from the deep winter freeze

Posted on: November 19th, 2014 by admin No Comments

The United States is currently experiencing a deep freeze, which means that all 50 states are dealing with temperatures that are well below freezing. This is not entirely welcome news for anybody, as most people are remembering the arctic freeze that engulfed the country at the beginning of this year. The chilly atmosphere means that homeowners will be relying more heavily on their heating systems and other ways to keep their residences warm and safe.

There are plenty of ways you can prepare your house for the extreme winter weathers to ensure that you are comfortable while indoors. For example, checking the seals around your doors and windows is a great place to start. A lot of heat can be lost if there are holes in these areas, as the warmth will leak outside and the cold air will come in. One of the best things you can do is check around each window and door in your home to ensure that any leaks that do exist are plugged up right away.

You should also be sure to keep your pipes and plumbing system protected by wrapping any exposed areas in heating tape. Having running water will be essential to keep your home safe throughout the winter, and a frozen or burst pipe will be of no use to you and your family. Along these lines, you should also keep your home at a steady indoor temperature – between 65 and 70 degrees – so the winter climate does not freeze the interior of your home.

If you are in need of an Arlington plumber to come take a look at your home, be sure to schedule an appointment with John C. Flood, Inc. today!

Home Improvement Tips: Staying Within your Budget

Posted on: November 4th, 2014 by christhompson No Comments

There are several different ways you can devise a budget. First, make sure that you do your homework so you know the size and scope of the project you want completed. If you dive right into something without knowing the estimated cost, such as a kitchen remodel, you could be shocked at the end result.

Winter Preparation Tips

Posted on: October 29th, 2014 by christhompson No Comments


Hey everybody, and welcome back! This week, we’ll be looking at ways for you to save money on your energy bills this winter.

One of the easiest ways you can reduce how much you spend on energy this winter is by making sure that any air leaks around your doors or windows are sealed. Check each of these areas before the cold weather sets in and plug up the holes that could become problematic later on.

You will also want to make sure that your home’s HVAC system is working properly. If there is a blockage in any part of the machinery, it will end up working harder to keep your home warm, which will result in your utility bills skyrocketing! Inspect the HVAC system to ensure it is fully functional.

Thanks for watching, and come back to this blog to learn more ways to get your home winter ready!

Home Improvement Tips: Staying within your budget [VIDEO]

Posted on: October 28th, 2014 by admin No Comments

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Hey, everybody! If you’re planning on a home remodel sometime soon, there are many different aspects you will have to consider. Even if the project is relatively small, like putting in a new tub in your master bathroom, you should create and stick to a budget to make sure the entire process is smooth.

There are several different ways you can devise a budget. First, make sure that you do your homework so you know the size and scope of the project you want completed. If you dive right into something without knowing the estimated cost, such as a kitchen remodel, you could be shocked at the end result.

Second, hire the Arlington contractor that will give you the fairest price. Don’t simply pick the first person who comes to your home, shop around and find out several different prices, so you can find one that fits within the budget you set.

Thanks for watching. Be sure to check back here for more home improvement tips and tricks!

How to personalize your kitchen through a remodel

Posted on: October 13th, 2014 by admin No Comments

As any real estate professional will be able to tell you, the kitchen is the true heart and soul of every home. This is a versatile space that is used for many different things – cooking meals, enjoying the food together, paying bills, doing homework, or just siting and talking with family and friends. That is why it is so important to have a kitchen that reflects not only your design tastes, but who you are as a unit and a household. Kitchens don't need to be sleek and contemporary to have a ton of value, all it needs is a touch of personalization.

One of the best ways that you can create a unique and beautiful kitchen is by incorporating pops of color wherever you can. While a monochromatic look can give off a feeling of sophistication, that is not always the best way to go. There are plenty of places where you can use bright and warm colors – behind your oven, the countertop, even the walls themselves. Redesigning a kitchen can be a lot of work, but fall and winter are often the best seasons to go about these projects. As a bonus, bright hues on the walls – reds, oranges – will make your home feel cozy during the colder months.

Lighting is also a key component to a kitchen that you will want to spend time in. Whether it is natural light or from overhead sources, you want to keep your kitchen bright enough that it gives off a welcoming atmosphere. Having new, larger windows installed is an excellent idea or, if you are looking for a project that is a little more budget-friendly, track lighting can easily be installed on your ceiling. The main point is to let the light shine down on whatever you are doing, whether that is prepping a holiday meal or just microwaving some leftovers.

If you want to truly personalize your kitchen after a renovation, be sure to incorporate objects that have value to you and your family into the new design. Whether that means having new photographs hung on the walls or displaying grandma's old salt and pepper shakers, you want to infuse your family into every area of the room. That is why having a remodel done by an Alexandria contractor from John C. Flood, Inc. is such a great idea – a fresh start will allow you to create the kitchen of your dreams that is all about your family and its long history.

If you are thinking about having your kitchen – or any other room in your home – remodeled or renovated, be sure to schedule an appointment with John C. Flood, Inc. today! Contact a member of our team to learn more about the products and services that we offer, as well as checking out the rest of our website to get a better feel for what renovation project will be right for you. An upgraded kitchen or master bathroom will not only make your residence more comfortable for you, it will also go a long way to increasing the space's overall value when it comes time to finally sell.

What to consider before you have your basement renovated

Posted on: October 8th, 2014 by admin No Comments

When it comes to remodeling your basement, there are a lot of different aspects you will have to consider. These kinds of projects are a wonderful way to not only improve the aesthetic appeal of your home, it will also improve the overall value of the space. Creating a finished room – no matter what you want to use it for – can drive up the sales price of your residence when you go to put it on the market. But, before you hire an Alexandria contractor or start picking out new pieces of furniture, there are a few different aspects you will need to consider.

One of the most important things you will need to know about your basement is whether or not there is a moisture issue. If there are leaky pipes or other sources of water that are impacting the interior of your walls or floor, there will likely be mold or moisture that has accumulated without you even knowing. Not only will you need to have the infected parts of the basement fixed, you will also need to make sure that the water leak has been taken care of. That way, the renovation can take place without you having to worry about the state of the remodel in the future.

Also, before you start a project, you need to set a firm budget. This will help you make every decision, from the paint you use on the walls to what kind of door knobs you choose. Knowing how much money you can absolutely spend is one of the best things you can do for a remodel.

If you are thinking about renovating your basement, be sure to schedule a consultation with John C. Flood, Inc. today!

How to improve your home's energy efficiency this winter

Posted on: October 8th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Winter is fast approaching, which means that you will soon be spending more money to keep your home warm and comfortable. The only thing that is more predictable than snow during the cold months ahead is the fact that your monthly utility bills will skyrocket as you depend more heavily on your household heating system. But the truth is, there are plenty of ways you can reduce those expenditures by making a few inexpensive upgrades to your home.

The first thing you will want to make sure of is that your walls are well-insulated, particularly in areas of the home that are vulnerable to air leaks. You don't want to be spending money on heating only to have that warm air quickly escape outside. Insulating the walls of your attic and basement, among other rooms, will go a long way to improving your residence's energy efficiency and reducing your spending every month.

Low-flow water fixtures are also a great way to save money. If you aren't sure which ones can be replaced – or how to do it without causing any damage – be sure to schedule an appointment with an Arlington plumber from John C. Flood, Inc. You can save hundreds of gallons of water, not to mention hundreds of dollars each year, by making sure that no more water is used up than is absolutely necessary. New showerheads and faucets will work very nicely in this capacity.

If you are looking to make other improvements to your home to save money this winter, schedule an appointment as soon as possible with John C. Flood, Inc. today! Check out the rest of our website to learn more about the services we offer.