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3 Potential Hazards Of A Leaky Roof

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Articles | 0 comments

If you have a leaky roof, even if the leak is minor and causing only the occasional drip, you and your family may be at risk for illness or injury as a result. While your first instinct may be to get out your ladder and climb onto the roof to investigate where the leak is originating from, this may do more harm that good, as it may lead to an accident or life-threatening injury. Instead, you should rely on the expertise of general contractors who are experienced in roof repair and structural water damage. Here are three potential hazards of a leaky roof that can lead to structural damage, injury or illness: Electrocution And Fire Dangers A leaky roof can cause water to come into contact with your home’s electrical wiring. While the danger is minimized if the wiring is in good condition, if the insulation is compromised, cracked or broken in any way, an open circuit will result and could potentially result in a fire. Even if the insulation is in good repair, water can still pose a danger as a result of seeping around the metal junction boxes which house uncovered wires. If water seeps into exposed wiring, an electrical charge can occur, and if you touch it, you may get electrocuted. As soon as you discover a leak in your roof, turn off the power from the circuit breaker panel that supplies electricity to the affected area, then call a roofing or electrical general contractor to further investigate. Mold Infestation If water from a leaky roof drips onto the insulation in your attack, not only can the material start to lose its effectiveness, as evidenced by an increase in your energy bills, but the insulation may become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Even when the weather is dry, mold spores can continue to grow in damp insulation, and get circulated into your indoor air. If you, or anyone in your family has respiratory conditions such as asthma or allergies, inhaling mold spores can trigger coughing, wheezing, chest pain, nasal congestion and headache. It may also raise your risk for a fungal infection in your lungs, which may be very resistant to antimicrobial treatment. If your insulation gets wet, you’ll need to call an insulation contractor to determine the extent of the damage. Falls And Ceiling Collapse Leaking water from your roof doesn’t have to come into contact with electrical wires or insulation in order to cause a hazard. If the water creates puddles, you might slip on it, resulting in an injury. Water can also accumulate behind the drywall of your ceiling, and if this occurs, the weight from the water could cause the ceiling to cave in. While you can usually detect water accumulation when the ceiling starts to bulge or sag, the ceiling could collapse from the water weight without warning. Water accumulation behind your ceiling can also cause brown spots on the walls, as well as peeling paint. In addition to inspecting the roof, a general contractor will need to inspect the attic, rafters, ceiling and walls for evidence of water accumulation and drywall damage. If you notice that your roof is leaking, call a roofing contractor for more information. He will determine if you’ll simply need to have a few shingles...

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3 Ways To Keep Holiday Shoppers In Your Store For Hours Instead Of Minutes

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If you own a retail store that sells anything that could be used as holiday gifts, then the holiday shopping season should be your most profitable time of year. If you haven’t seen a steep increase in store sales during past holiday seasons, then look back into your records and see if each holiday customer left with a full cart or just an item or two. If you find the latter, then you need to follow these tips for keeping customers in your store longer, which means they are likely to keep adding more and more items into their carts.  1. Place Sale Items in the Back of the Store If you are like most savvy retail store owners, then you know that having great sales during the holiday season can bring in customers like nothing else can. While you may be tempted to place those items in the front of the store to make sure customers can find them easily, it is better to put them in the back of the store.  Why? Customers may walk into the store with the intention of purchasing that great item that is on sale and only that item. Once they have to walk through your aisles and aisles of great merchandise to get to that sale item, they may decide they want to make a few more purchases in your store after all.  This is a common trick used in grocery stores. They don’t put the milk and bread where customers can grab it and go, but they instead place it in the back of the store and strategically place items along the path to encourage impulse purchases.  2. Keep Your Store Warm Even someone who enters your store planning to browse for gifts for a while will quickly run right back out the door if your store is too cold. Also, a recent study showed that consumers were more likely to pay a higher price for an item when they are warm. This can lead to customers feeling that your sale items and even regularly priced merchandise are even better deals than they are, leading to even more purchases.  While cranking up the heat is costly when heating a large establishment, consider ways to keep your heat on low while still keeping your store warm. Installing energy-efficient windows is one great way to minimize your need to crank up the heat every winter to keep your store warm. An average of one-third of your heat can be lost through your windows.  You can use this calculator to determine exactly how much heat you are losing through your windows and other parts of your building. You may be surprised to find where all that heat you pay for is going.  3. Let The Sun Shine In Another recent study on consumer spending showed that shoppers increased their spending greatly when they were in the presence of sunlight, especially on a cold day. While you are having your current windows replaced with energy-efficient ones to keep your store warmer during the holiday season, consider adding more windows than you currently have as well.  If you run a clothing store and are worried about the UV rays fading your clothing, then you can easily have UV-blocking window film added to the windows that still...

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