Frozen Pipes

Frozen Pipes

Oakville Plumber

As the really cold weather starts to warm up many homeowners will notice small leaks from copper pipes that have been exposed to cold.  If water is left in pipes to freeze it will expand, breaking the copper.  When the water thaws the split pipe will leak.  Frozen pipes usually lead water to the outside: hosebibs that were not shut off and drained properly, or inside a garage.

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WSIB and the Homeowner

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WSIB and the Homeowner

There are big changes coming in 2013 to the renovation world.  Contractors will be taxed more.  In addition to paying for liability insurance and vehicle insurance, personal taxes and government taxes, contractors will also pay between 5% and 10% of their wages to WSIB.  The big questions are how will this affect the homeowner, and how will this affect home renovations in Oakville?

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Home Renovation Tax Credit

Grab bars

home renovation tax credit

Seniors 65 years old and older, and their live-in family members are eligible for a home renovation tax credit of up to $1500 on home renovations that improve safety and accessibility.  Eligible improvements include support bars and handrails, ramps, walk in tubs or curb-less showers.  Click to see more about the home renovation tax credit.

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Home Maintenance

Home Maintenance

Home maintenance, repairs and renovations are a normal part of home ownership. You will need to know about your home’s basic components, and know the actions you will need to take to adjust these systems or turn them off in case of emergency.

You’ll need to inspect your home regularly, and replace, or repair, parts and materials that wear out. And of course, since Canadian seasons can be so extreme, you’ll need to do many maintenance tasks on a seasonal basis.

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Kitchen ideas

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kitchen renovations oakville

Your kitchen is probably the most used room in your house. Poor layout, inadequate lighting, cramped spaces, outdated fixtures and old cabinetry are common complaints of homeowners.

Before you decide to go ahead with a kitchen renovation, it is important to clearly identify the features you want in your new kitchen. Just as important is a thorough pre-renovation inspection to identify any existing problems.  See more kitchen ideas.

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Insulation Contractor Oakville

spray insulation

insulation contractor oakville

As the weather cools it is time to bundle up and keep warm indoors.  A major part of keeping warm is insulation.  A well-insulated house is a bit like dressing for the weather. A wool sweater will keep you warm if the wind is not blowing and it is not raining. On a windy, rainy day, wearing a nylon shell over your wool sweater helps keep you reasonably dry and warm. A house is similar. On the outside, underneath the brick or siding, there is an air barrier that does the same thing as the nylon — it keeps the wind from blowing through. Then there is the insulation (like your sweater) and a vapour barrier, which helps keep moisture away from the house structure where it can do damage.

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Holiday Decorating

Kitchen Painting

Holiday Decorating

With the holiday entertaining season here it’s time to look around the house and do a little holiday decorating!  Think about changing paint colours in a few rooms.  Or adding new light fixtures and taps to add sparkle.  There are many quick and inexpensive ways to update your home for the holidays, from painting, plumbing and electrical changes to flooring, back splashes and more!

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Tiles

tile installation

tiles

Tiles: Most home renovations require some type of tile installation.  A simple kitchen update can be the addition of a backsplash, a bathroom renovation includes lots of tiles, even a fireplace can get updated with new tiles for the surround and hearth.  The uses are limitless.  And so are the choices!  But not all tiles are created equal, and not are installed the same way.  It is important to know what type of tile you have to be able to determine what type of installation method you need.  And what skill level will be involved.

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Getting the house ready for fall

Fall Cleanup - Leaves in Gutter

With winter just around the corner it’s time for you to be getting the house ready for fall.  Our fall checklist will help you prioritize your projects!  Click more to see the list…

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Drywall Repairs

Drywall repairs

Most people don’t give their drywall much thought until something goes wrong. Then it’s time to acess the damage and decide on a method of repair. This can be something as simple as covering nail holes from picture hangers with a little compound, letting it dry, then giving it a quick sand and a little touch up of paint, or something as extensive as removing sheets of drywall and having them professionally replaced.  Read more about drywall repairs.

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