Preventing Water Damage This Spring

water damageAs the winter ends and spring approaches, the weather gets warmer and it seems everyone is much happier. As much as there’s a lot to celebrate with the warmer weather right around the corner, there’s also a few very important home items to take care to prevent damage and wallet busting problems.

With a lot of snow on the ground and the temperature rising, your homes walls, basement and foundation are susceptible to water damage. One major issue that is very common this time of the year is snow melting and having water that was sitting on the side of your home creep into the basement causing flooding and foundation problems.

In order to prevent any water damage to the home over the next few weeks and months we suggest doing the following maintenance around the home where snow seems to pile up:

  • Double check your eavestroughs to ensure there’s no leaks or holes where water can seep through
  • Extend the down spouts on your roofing as far away from the foundation as possible, this is a common error that causes many issues with the home’s foundation
  • Remove any large pileups of snow from around the foundation to relieve water pressure once the snow begins to thaw.

If you see any structural or water damage to the basement or foundation and you’d like a free inspection, call Hammerschlag Construction today. We specialize in basement foundation repair, basement remodeling and removing any water damage in the home.

Call us today for your free inspection: 416-662-9263

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How to Choose the Best Products for Your Home Renovation

showroomIf you’re looking to redesign or redecorate a room in your home, then you’ll need to choose the best products to fill it with. Whether it’s a sofa, a countertop, a bath or anything else; these finishing touches can make or break the look of your home and will have a huge impact on the way you use your rooms on a day-to-day basis.

Here’s how you can make sure you get it right…

Try Three

Shopping around is important as going for the first thing you find will mean you’re probably missing out on potentially better options. At the same time though, look at too many options and you can become overwhelmed and confused. That’s why three is the magic number!

Know Your Measurements

Make sure that you know your measurements extremely well when you’re choosing. Even the best furniture in the world won’t look great if it doesn’t fit well in the space assigned for it!

Work Closely With the Remodeler

If your remodeler doesn’t immediately recommend a product to you, then ask them for their consultation as they’ll have a good grasp of what’s likely to work in the context of your new interior design.

Choose Timeless Designs

Unless you have a very specific vision, always choose products that are timeless and classic. This ensure your room doesn’t look outdated again in a couple of years!

If you’re looking for a home renovation, kitchen renovation, or basement renovation, and you’re located in the GTA, call Hammerschlag Construction today for a free consultation – 416-662-9263

How Insulation will Save you Money During those Cold Winter Months

insulationContinuing on our topic from last month – saving money during the winter months, we’re going to focus on how insulation can save you money during these cold months.

When considering some of the most important aspects of your home, insulation should be at the top of your list. Insulation is what creates a barrier between the walls of your home and the extremes of the temperatures outside. When it is cold outside, insulation will help keep your house warmer, which can save you a lot of money when it comes to heating costs.

A home that has the proper insulation will provide you with comfort throughout the year. It is important to make sure that you choose the right installation and that you have it properly installed. When installation is installed properly your home will stay warmer for longer periods of time during the winter, which reduces the amount of time that you need to run your heater. This can save you a large sum of money during those cold winter months.

With the cost of electricity and energy rising every day, having good insulation in your home is no longer an option, but a necessity. Saving energy in any way that you can is essential to cutting the costs. If your home is over fifteen years old, it is likely time for a home renovation. If you are building a new home, make sure that quality insulation is a top priority.

If you’re interested in insulating your home and saving money this winter, call Hammerschlag Construction. We provide free estimates and consultations on all work. Call Us Today – 416-662-9263

Preserve Energy & Save on Costs During the Winter Months

How to Conserve Energy in the Winter & Still Stay Warm

Hammerschlag Construction offers remodeling and renovations but also specializes in helping home owners get the most value from their homes.

winterWhen it comes to energy savings, you’d be surprised how much the most seemingly inconsequential things matter. Most people think that conserving energy requires big sacrifice – particularly personal comfort, but there are some great ways to conserve without lowering your thermostat one single degree. Here are some ways to save that you might not be doing currently.

  • Use natural sunlight to heat your home whenever possible.
  • Protect your home from drafty windows with plastic and a heavy set of drapes, drawn at night.
  • Service your furnace regularly so that you aren’t spending money every month that you don’t need to spend.
  • Remember to close your fireplace damper when a fire isn’t going. Having an open damper is just like having an open window.
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat that turns the heat down whenever everyone is out of the house and back up just in time for everyone to come home.
  • Use rugs to insulate bare floors and make them more comfortable to walk on. You’ll also get noise reduction as a bonus!
  • Get a notification alarm that will let you know that it is time to change your furnace filters. Dirty filters can be costly and many people don’t change them until months after they are due.

Interested in learning how a proper contractor can help you save money and add value to your home? Call Hammerschlag Construction today at: 416-662-9263

Why You Need To Be Aware Of The Possibility Of Asbestos In Your Home

asbestosAsbestos is dangerous!

Asbestos could have already endangered you and your family’s lives.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a word for a set of mineral fibers that occur naturally in rock. For much of the last century, asbestos was used in homes and buildings as an insulator and fire retardant, but despite its usefulness, it is very dangerous to human heath. Asbestos is often white, and its matted fibers can break off if they’re not bound properly or just with time passing.

Asbestos is no longer used for the most part, but it’s still in some older buildings and homes.

What Kind Of Health Problems Can Asbestos Cause?

Asbestos has been linked to serious, aggressive, and deadly cancers.

Who Is Most Likely To Suffer Health Problems Because Of Asbestos Exposure?

You are not at risk for asbestos exposure unless the fibers are released into the air and breathed into the lungs. Asbestos is responsible for a serious type of lung cancer called Mesothelioma. You might have heard about Mesothelioma from the thousands of TV commercials aired by law firms targeting people who were exposed to asbestos.

If you live in an older home or work in an older building that hasn’t been evaluated for asbestos problems, you could be at risk. If you are renovating an older home, get the opinion of an expert. Make sure that you don’t tear apart an older home without finding out whether the home can expose you to asbestos.

If you feel you may have Asbestos in your home that’s a danger to yourself or your family call Hammerschlag Construction today at 416-662-9263

5 Reasons Your Home Needs a Remodel…

home remodelThe 5 Benefits of a Home Remodel

Throughout Toronto and the GTA, home remodeling has grown and adapted over the years from a luxury to increasing your home’s value and providing a pleasant environment.

Whether you’re just tired of looking at the same old thing or you want to increase the value of your property, a home remodel is a good idea.

In the article below we’ve outlined 5 benefits of remodeling your home and the value you’ll get from it.

#1. Increase the property value of your home

The look of your home is crucial for raising the property value and increasing the likelihood of a future sale.

#2. Retirement preparation

If you’re thinking of staying in your home through your retirement, it’s a good idea to fix up your home with new features that will make it easier for you in old age.

#3. Remodeling your kitchen is good for family quality time

Remodeling your kitchen can make everyone want to hang out in the kitchen more. Whether it’s eating at the kitchen table, cooking, or doing homework at the kitchen table, the whole family will bond because everyone will spend more time in the kitchen.

#4. No more embarrassment

If you’re embarrassed about some particular feature in your home, a home remodeling job can take care of it.

#5. Your home just doesn’t feel exciting enough

Your home might feel stale. Paint your walls and get new energy-efficient windows and appliances. You don’t need to move.

If you’re in Toronto, Mississauga or the GTA and are interested in a home remodeling project, call Adam Hammerschlag today at 416-662-9263 for your free consultation and quote.

How to Prevent Flooding

Once you have finished your basement, you want to make sure that it stays just as nice as the day it is completed. In order to do this you are going to take a few steps to prevent it from flooding. First, you are going to want to look for different ways to divert rain water from your house. You may want to extend your gutter down spouts so they are farther from your house. Make sure that you clean out your gutters at least 2 times each year, once during the spring and once during the fall. You will also want to make sure that your yard is graded down and away from your house and basement.

There is a lot of flooding throughout Toronto and southern Ontario and choosing the right emergency flood contractor is very important to ensure the job is done correctly.

Steps to Take for Basement FloodingThere are times however, no matter what preventative measures that you take, your basement is still going to flood. If your basement does flood, you should not go into the area until you have a professional come out to look at it. Entering a flooded basement can be dangerous as there is a risk of gas leaks, electrical shock, and other hidden hazards. This is a situation where you must contact a professional who has experience in dealing with flooding, property damage and potential risk of live electricity.

Is Your Basement Flooded?If you see that your basement is flooded, call a certified professional like Hammerschlag Construction to take care of your needs. We’re available most hours of the day and provide emergency service for situations such as flooded homes and basements and basement renovations.

Call us today at 416-662-9263 for any emergency service you need.