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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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Add Chimney Cleaning to Summer To-Do List

July 29, 2015 1:36 am

In warmer months, lawn and pool care naturally become priorities for homeowners – but did you know chimney cleaning is also best completed in summer? Scheduling an annual inspection of your chimney during the summer months can save you frustration in the autumn, says the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Traditionally, Labor Day is the start of the busiest time of year for chimney sweeps.

“Chimney sweeps get extremely busy in the fall; if you wait to schedule, you are not likely to get an appointment as soon as you might like,” says CSIA Director of Education Ashley Eldridge. “By scheduling now, you will have time to complete any necessary repairs before the start of the heating season. Not to mention the peace of mind you will get knowing that your fireplace or wood stove is ready to go for those dark days of winter.”

When you have your chimney and heating system inspected, be sure the technician inspects furnaces for missing panels and ductwork or open cold air returns. If these situations exist in your home, they should be repaired.

When hiring a chimney sweep, look for the CSIA certification. This demonstrates the professional is has passed an extensive examination of fire codes, clearances and standards for the construction and maintenance of chimney and venting systems. They are also well-versed in the characteristics of fuels available for home heating, such as wood, gas and oil.

Source: CSIA

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Renting a Moving Truck? 8 Tips for DIY Movers

July 29, 2015 1:36 am

Moving to a new home? Instead of shelling out big bucks for a professional mover, do it yourself with a rental vehicle and these tips, courtesy of the experts at U-Haul.

1. Plan your move in advance.
Since nearly 45 percent of all moves occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day, make your reservation for a rental vehicle at least two to four weeks prior to your moving date.

2. Avoid the weekend rush.
Typically, Sunday through Thursday offers greater equipment availability, plus banks, utilities and government offices are open. In addition, rates may be lower during this time.

3. Look into your homeowner’s insurance policy
prior to moving, as some policies will cover belongings while moving as long as the insurance policy is in force during the move.

4. Allow time for the rental process.
Be sure to conduct a walk-around inspection of the equipment at the time of pickup to become familiar with its features and operation, and to ask any questions you may have.

5. Pack your boxes strategically.
Choose a packing room ahead of time and box up a few things each day. Mark each box with its contents and destination room. Have all your boxes packed before you go to rent your truck. Load the heaviest items first, in front and on the floor. Pack items firmly and closely.

6. Read the equipment user’s guide for tips on driving and safety.
Monitor the equipment while it is in your possession, just as you would your own personal vehicle.

7. Always secure the back door of the moving van or trailer with a padlock.
Always make sure your doors are locked.

8. Always park your rental equipment legally and in a well-lit area.
Back up your rental equipment as close as possible to a garage door, building or wall, and if you can, park another vehicle in front of the rental truck.

Source: U-Haul

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