Mike & Bernadine Nielsen

Mike: 604-315-3151 |

Bernadine: 604-619-2063 |

Damp bathrooms can cause mould and mildew to grow, which can trigger severe allergies. Fortunately, you can control the dampness by following a few simple steps. First, to protect your bathroom from accumulating condensation, make sure you have an effective exhaust fan that is wired independently of any light switches. Modern units are actually able to detect moisture in the air, and can be programmed to automatically remove it. Another way to control dampness is to ensure your toilet tanks don’t run after flushing and have insulated linings to prevent sweating. You can also install insulating wrap on supply pipes. Follow a simple routine of wiping down surfaces (including shower walls) after use as this can be an effective way to prevent saturating the air with moisture. Finally, when renovating, be sure to use water resistant insulation and wallboard.
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Simple Ways to Reduce Your Monthly Utility Costs: Many homeowners think there’s not much they can do about telephone, heating, water and other utility expenses. Sure, you may grumble about a high heating bill one month, but what can you do about it? Turns out, you can do plenty. There are several ways to reduce monthly utility costs that can save you tens or even hundreds of dollars. For example: • Shop around for a better phone plan. Then contact your phone company. They might match the rates. • Turn down the thermostat on your water heater. You likely don’t need tap water to be that hot. • Clean the screen on your outside air conditioning unit regularly. (Gently with the water hose.) Dirt and leaves can build up on it, reducing the unit’s efficiency. • Leverage the sun. Open curtains in the winter to gain heat. Block direct sunlight in summer to keep the cool air inside. • Scrutinize your bill. There may be extras you’re paying for that you don’t need. • Play with the thermostat. Experiment with setting the temperature a couple of degrees lower. You might not notice any difference. It’s worth paying attention to your utility costs. Just a few smart moves can save you some serious money.
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