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August 27th, 2014 11:50 AM

Being a homeowner is a wonderful, but large, responsibility. Your house requires a great deal of ongoing maintenance. While this may seem like bad news, the good news is that proper maintenance will save a great deal in the long run.

Start at the top. Check your roof for damage inflicted by summer storms or high winds. Be especially careful to check valleys or areas around chimneys. A leak during heavy fall rainstorms or from melting snow can cause a great deal of damage. If you’re unsure whether your roof needs repair, call a professional.

Trim those trees. Look for branches that are unhealthy or damaged, which may fall during high wind or ice, and cut anything that is a potential danger. Tree branches should be cleared away from the house and all electric wires.

Fill in the holes. Look for any areas that need to be sealed in order to prevent cold air from entering your home. Weather stripping and caulking can save you on energy costs. Replace old insulation for better performance.

Get ready to heat things up. Have your furnace serviced by a professional and change or clean all filters. Preventative maintenance will keep your furnace in good working order and will further help with energy efficiency. If you have a fireplace, have it cleaned before lighting your first fire.

Clean up. Before things get chilly, it’s a great idea to complete those outside chores, such as cleaning windows and garbage cans. Also take the time to vacuum dust from vents, heaters, dryer vents, etc., in order to keep air flowing freely. 

Preparing your home for fall and winter is an important way to secure your largest and most important investment. 

Posted by Melanie Cooper - Team Lead/Listing Specialist on August 27th, 2014 11:50 AMPost a Comment (0)

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August 15th, 2014 9:11 AM

A new roof is an expensive proposition — $18,800 on average for composition shingles, according to Remodeling magazine’s Cost Vs. Value Report, and as much as $36,000 for high-end materials. Once you’ve made that kind of investment, you’ll want to protect it.

And even if your roof is years old, maintaining it in good shape will prolong its life and keep you from having to replace it prematurely. Here’s what you need to do to get the most from your roof.

Clean the Gutters

Ruined paint on siding and a wet basement are typical problems caused by clogged gutters, but it might surprise you to learn that the overflow can also go upward. When leaves pile too deeply in gutters, water can wick into roof sheathing and rot it, or even rot roof rafters. 

Fixing that kind of damage could run into the thousands of dollars, but you can avoid it by cleaning your gutters each fall and spring. Do it yourself in a few hours if you’re comfortable working on a ladder, or hire a pro for $50-$250, depending on house size. 

Remove Leaves 

If you have a simple peaked roof surrounded by low landscaping, your roof probably stays clear of leaves on its own. But if the roof is more complicated or if towering trees are nearby, piles of leaves probably collect in roof valleys or near chimneys. If you don’t remove them, they will trap moisture and gradually decompose, allowing moisture to accumulate in your roof — or worse, create fertile ground for weeds to grow.

If you have a low-slope roof and a one-story house, you may be able to pull the leaves down with a soft car-washing brush on a telescoping pole. Or you can use a specialty tool like a roof leaf rake, which costs about $20. A leaf blower gets the job done too, especially on dry leaves, but you or a pro needs to go up on the roof to use it.

If leaves are too wet or too deep, you might need to wash them off with a garden hose. Don’t use a pressure washer, which can force water up under the shingles.

Get Rid of Moss

In much of the country, composition roofs often become covered with black algae. Although unsightly, this filmy growth doesn’t hurt the roof. A little chlorine bleach or detergent mixed with water will kill it, but it’s safer for both you and the roof to just leave it alone.

If you live in the Northwest, you’re likely to find moss growing on your roof, particularly on wood or composition shingles. Moss, which looks more three-dimensional than algae, needs to go because it traps water. If you tackle it early enough, you can just sweep it off.

If there’s a lot of buildup, you may need to kill the moss first. The Washington Toxics Coalition recommends using products based on potassium salts of fatty acids rather than more toxic formulas with zinc sulfate. Even so, apply the soap only where moss is.

Look and Listen

After every big wind or hail storm, or if you’ve heard scurrying on the roof at night, give your roof a quick check to make sure everything’s still intact.

Look for:

Curling, loose, or missing shingles

Damaged flashing around vents, chimneys, skylights, and other openings

If anything seems amiss, ask a roofer to inspect ASAP. Most problems are fairly easy to fix, but if you put them off and water gets in, the damage and costs escalate. 

TIP: You don’t have to climb a ladder to inspect your roof. You can use binoculars.

Posted by Melanie Cooper - Team Lead/Listing Specialist on August 15th, 2014 9:11 AMPost a Comment (0)

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144 Rockwood Place Court

Eureka, MO 63025

Beds: 4 Rooms: 0
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 1808
Garage: 2 Built: 1995

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July 23rd, 2014 1:32 PM

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Rockwood Schools in Eureka MO

School starts Monday, August 11

Get ready for another successful school year!

The Rockwood website helps busy parents stay connected. 
Download the Rockwood App to ensure you have the latest information on student orientations, curriculum events and calendar information. 

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