10 Summer Activities You Can Do While Social Distancing

The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot about the way we live our lives, hasn't it? Many of us, faced with incredible risk, have had to cancel family vacations, postpone weddings, and put all sorts of favorite excursions on hold. Summer — well, it looks a little different in 2020. But that's not to say all the fun is over! While major attractions will still be closed for the time being, there's still a lot you can do to enjoy these long summer days and create some memories. (Just keep those social distancing measures in place!) 1. Go for a hike (just keep your distance). 2. Have a drive-in movie night. 3. Host a backyard gathering (with a few close friends). 4. Play a low-contact sport li

Is Concrete Lifting Affordable?

Concrete lifting (or "polyjacking," as it's sometimes called) is now industry standard for concrete repair. Gone are the days when you'd have to pour a brand new slab to make your space usable again. Not only is concrete lifting a much simpler process (your slab will be usable in minutes), raising a slab is significantly cheaper than replacing it. In fact, it's easily the most affordable option out there, if your goal is to raise, re-stabilize and make the concrete surface usable again. So, what'll it cost me? The cost of a concrete lifting job depends significantly on the size of the project — the square footage of the slab, the amount of material required to lift it, and the complexity of

How to Get Your House Ready for Summer

It's a great idea to check in with your house as the seasons change. Cold weather can really take its toll (particularly in this neck of the woods). Better to handle your seasonal maintenance now, before little problems turn into big headaches! Here's a quick checklist to get you started. Indoors 1. Get your air conditioner serviced (or install window units). There's no better time to service your AC unit than before it'll get the most use. A technician will change out filters, replace damaged parts and check that everything's in order. 2. Dust ceiling fan blades and reverse their direction to cooling. Your ceiling fan has a small switch on it that controls which way hot air is moved through

Why Is My Patio Sinking?

There's a reason concrete is the go-to building material for sidewalks and patios: it's durable, versatile and super economical. But even the most carefully poured concrete slab can crack, crumble and settle over time. Here are three of the most common reasons your concrete patio might be sinking. 1. You're dealing with water intrusion If water from heavy rains or a poorly placed storm drain continually enters the space beneath your concrete slab, you'll likely end up dealing with the effects of soil erosion. This problem can worsen if cold weather causes this water to freeze and expand. The telltale signs: When concrete is first becoming compromised, you might notice small cracks and fissur

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