09 Jan 2017

Winter has undoubtedly taken it’s toll on your home, and now that the snow is melting and the sun is beginning to shine, many more problems are likely to surface. Leafs in your gutter, cracks in your driveway, the weight of snow on your roof, and dead plants from last year are all areas you should focus on. Below, we will walk you through these problem areas, what to look for and what to do.

Check your roof shingles

Winter months see lots of water on your rooftop and when that water freezes, it can damage your shingles, causing them to shift or crack. Keep an eye out for any loose, missing, cracked or shifted shingles. These areas can cause leaking and interior water damage. Also, if you notice any shingles with missing grain, it would be time to call for roof repair.

Examine your chimney

Check the exterior of your chimney for any damage at all, especially around the base where it connects with the roof. Also be sure the check the flue for any blockage or debris.

Check the gutters

Keep an eye out for loose or leaky gutters. If your gutters aren’t draining properly it can lead to water damage or flooding in the basement. Check your downspouts for any loose connections and make sure that they are aimed away from the foundation and clear of any leaves or debris.

Fill in low areas in the yard

Low areas in the yard and around the foundation are often impacted the most by winters wrath. It’s best to fill in these areas with compacted soil. The constant rain that comes with spring will cause flooding and can damage your home. Not to mention, when these areas are full of water, they create a breeding ground for insects.

Concrete Inspection

Winter causes havoc on existing cracks in concrete. Water seeps into those cracks and eventually freezes and expands, causing those cracks to become worse. Keep an eye out for any loose sections and always make sure your concrete slabs aim downhill from your home so water cant easily travel towards the foundation.

Faucets

Once the freezing weather is over for the season, you will want to check all of your outdoor faucets. Run the water, if you are able to stop the water flow with only the pressure of your thumb, you likely have damage in your pipes and they will need to be replaced. Be sure and check your house for any dry rot while you are at it.

Mold & Mildew

Mold & mildew are common sights after the winter month. Bob Riddick Home Services is the only licensed SoftWash Systems cleaner in the state of Virginia, and it is the most promising way to remove any harmful bacteria from almost any surface. Power washing can be dangerous and harmful to a lot of surfaces and only blasts away some of the bacteria. SoftWash, however cleans and disinfects the whole surface area and even prevents bacteria from returning. The choice is obvious!

If you are experiencing any or more of the above issues, we are more than happy to lend you hand! Give us a call any time!

21 Nov 2016

Windows & Doors

  • Check weatherstrips around windows and doors to prevent heat loss.
  • Screen doors? Replace with storm doors.
  • Wooden window frames should be checked for rot or decay.
  • Check for drafts.

Lawn, Garden & Deck

  • Trim overgrown branches back from the house and electrical wires to prevent iced-over or wind-swept branches from causing property damage or a power problem.
  • Check sturdiness of handrails.
  • Ensure rain or snow drains away from the house to avoid foundation problems.
  • Clean and cover patio/ lawn furniture. Put in storage if you have it.
  • Remove any attached hoses and store them away for the winter to prevent cracks, preserve their shapes, and prolong their life. Wrap outside faucets with covers to prevent water damage.

Tools & Machinery

  • Place shovels, snow blower and other winter tools in an easily accessible location.
  • Keep an ample amount of snow melt or sand for walkways.
  • Change oil and spark plug of snow blower.

Ventilation & Heating

  • Bleed valves on any hot-water radiators to increase heating efficiency by releasing air that may be trapped inside.
  • Check that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.
  • Remove Air Conditioners from windows.
  • If you have an older thermostat, replace it with a programmable unit to save on heating costs.
  • Install foam-insulating sheets behind outlets and switch plates on exterior walls to reduce outside airflow.

Gutters & Roof

  • Check for missing, damaged or warped shingles
  • Check for deteriorated flashing at the chimney, walls, and skylights and around vent pipes.
  • Clean gutters of any debris. Make sure downspouts extend away from the house by at least 5 feet to prevent flooding of the foundation and water damage from snowmelt.

And of course we are only a phone call away to help with any of your home roofing, repair and remodeling needs! 

(540) 721-1329

07 Sep 2016

Bob Riddick Home Services is proud to announce that we have received a Safety Leadership Award from our workers comp insurer, Commonwealth Contractors Group Self-Insurance Association.

Safety Leadership Award from CCGSIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safety has always been very important to us. While your family and their safety in your home is our top priority, the safety of our crew members is of the utmost importance. We would never endanger anyone, regardless of weather conditions, which is why we are 14 years accident free. We practice all necessary safety precautions and are diligent about monitoring the weather prior to beginning any time consuming jobs

04 May 2016

Kitchens are often the central hub of activity in many homes, so It’s important that your kitchen works well with the lifestyle of its occupants. Sometimes a quick remodel to your kitchen is all it takes to make a positive and helpful change in you and your families lives. We’ve compiled a short list of reasons why most people like to remodel their kitchens check it out here.

Value
Homeowners often want to increase the marketability of their property, in turn increasing the overall value of their home.

Deterioration
Time takes its ware on everything including your kitchen. Tiles may be cracked, countertops could be peeling, broken cabinet hinges or even old appliances are all signs you could use a remodel.

Energy
An energy efficient kitchen can end up saving you a lot of money. Solar water heaters, skylights and energy efficient appliances can all help you save energy and money.

Lifestyle
Perhaps you have a few kids in school who are always on the move. Maybe a sit-down style kitchen is just too much. A breakfast bar could be the perfect thing for the family on the go, who can grab a quick bite before hitting the road.

Special Needs
it’s important to accommodate the needs of those who may be disabled. Especially important for those with a disabled family member or frequent visitor. Everything should be easily accessible and accommodating of wheelchairs.

Gourmet Kitchen
Perhaps cooking is your forte, or maybe you saw something you liked on a home improvement tv show or the food network. Nicer or fancier amenities can help inspire the gourmet chef in all of us.