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Saving On Energy Bills With Updated Weather Stripping

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Old Weather Stripping Doesn’t Protect Your Home From Drafts!

Welcome to December! Now is the time where chilly winds finally coerce us to turn on our dusty heaters and start avoiding the outdoors unless we see a hint of snow. While staying warm and cozy inside is one of the best feelings, the energy bill to maintain that toasty temperature isn’t always so fun to see. There are many ways that you can keep the temperatures in your home cozy without breaking the bank, but today we will focus specifically on weather stripping.

Weather stripping should keep drafts from coming in through your doors and windows. Most doors and windows are already fitted with weather stripping when they are originally installed, but it doesn’t last forever! If you feel any drafts through our doors or windows, your weather stripping needs to be replaced sooner rather than later. We offer affordable weather stripping repair services, to ensure all of your windows and doors are air tight and reliable.

If you aren’t sure if your weather stripping needs to be replaced, there are a few different tests you can conduct to determine if you need to replace it. First, look directly at it! Is it thin, peeling, flaking, or flat? If so, it is likely too aged to do much good, and should be replaced. Another test involves two people. You stand on one side of the door, and have a friend stand on the other side of the door with a flashlight and shines it along the edges of the door. If you can see the light from the other side of the door, the weather stripping needs to be replaced.

Call us today at (512) 969-8281 to get started!

How To Keep Your Pipes From Freezing This Winter

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Check Out These Tips To Prevent Frozen Pipes This Year!

With Winter approaching, kind of, Texans are slowly preparing for potential freezes. Since the weather here can be so unpredictable, however, it is a god idea to know what to do if the days suddenly get much cooler than you expected. Frozen pipes are a big concern during winter freezes, since frozen water within the pipes can expand and cause your pipes to burst. This can result in plenty of unpleasant damages and costly repairs. Today, we will discuss a few easy and effective ways you can prevent your pipes from freezing over in the first play.

Insulate Your Pipes

First and foremost, it is a great idea to invest in some pipe insulation, Your local hardware store should have a few options for you, including foam domes you can place over outdoor fixtures, as well as foam sleeves you can wrap around exposed pipes. Keeping the cold air off of your plumbing should always be your first line of defense.

Leave The Water Running

Next, the night of a freeze, be sure to leave your faucets slowly dripping indoors. This prevents the build up of water pressure, and keeps the water in your pipes moving, Moving water is much less susceptible to freezing in the pipes.

Keep Your Indoor Pipes Warm

Also be sure to open up the cabinet doors that may be covering your indoor pipes, such as the cabinet under the kitchen sink. By opening those doors, you’re allowing the warm air in the home to take care of your pipes, as well as yourself!

All of these tips are easy ways to prevent frozen pipes. However, accidents happen, so if you find yourself in need of plumbing repairs due to damaged pipes, please don’t hesitate to give our team a call at (512) 969-8281 for fast and affordable service in Austin, TX!

Signs You Require Window Replacement

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Contractor Inspects Windows in Residential Home

As homeowners in Austin, TX, windows are sometimes the last thing on our repair and replace list. After all, they are long lasting in most cases, and with regular maintenance tend not to display obvious symptoms of damage. Still, there comes a time where your windows have hit the end of the road and Trustworthy Service Company Is here for your window replacement needs.. How do you know when that time comes? Be on the lookout for these signs that you require window replacement:

Draft in Home

Unless you accidentally left a window cracked open, you should not be feeling a draft indoors. Not only is this an annoyance, but it can cause your heating or cooling bills to increase. Even with minor drafts, your HVAC system is forced to work harder than usual. Though several YouTube videos are available for DIY solutions, their effectiveness is usually temporary.

Frame Decay

Sometimes the most apparent sign of a damaged window is visual. Check your window frames for chipping, softening, molding, and any other clear sign of decay. If these symptoms are glaring, it is time to invest in window replacement services. Not only will it improve the usability of your windows, but it will enhance the aesthetic display of your home.

Stuck Windows

If you can’t open or close a window, it is a clear indication that your structures are outdated. With many older windows, balance becomes a problem as they age. Additionally, rust and and rotted material can cause the siding to stick. The best course of action would be to upgrade your windows to a more modern material, where you will not have to worry about these issues. Call (512) 969-8281 for window replacement in Austin, TX.

What to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen

While kitchen remodeling can be exciting, it can also be overwhelming. There are many decisions to be made such as appliance replacement, color scheme, fixture and counter remodel, and flooring options. Taking your remodel step by step will help you get a good picture of exactly how you want your finished project to look.

Kitchen Remodel Services by Trustworthy Service CompanyBudget

The most important element of your remodel is the budget you have to work with. This is going to decide exactly what work you have done, the extent of the work, and the material that is used. When considering your budget, it’s a good idea to research material and labor costs of the different projects you are considering and make a list of the tasks you want to be completed in order of importance.

Materials

Once you have zeroed in on the actual projects you want to complete through your budget, research the materials and fixtures you want to use to help you achieve the look you want. Your project manager can help you decide on the specifics by offering product knowledge, cost information, and even efficiency of the product.

Details

You have hired your contractor, figured your budget, and decided what work you want to be accomplished. The final step is to iron out the details. This is the time for finishing touches such as paint color and texture and trim selection. Your kitchen is ideal for the addition of amenities like water filtration or smart lighting that can be added easily during a remodel. Discuss details with you contractor early to avoid miscommunication, timeline surprises, and material waste.

Your remodeling project doesn’t have to be stressful. Taking your job one step at a time can help eliminate headaches and unscheduled changes for both you and your contractor. When you are considering kitchen remodeling in Austin, TX, call the specialists at Trustworthy Service Company to ensure your job is done right.

How To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

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Get Cleaner Air In Your Home!

Are you noticing an increase in your allergy symptoms at home? Things like sneezing, itchy eyes, and even hives after spending a day inside can indicate issues with your indoor air quality. Here in Austin, TX, the surrounding nature is beautiful, but if you suffer from allergies, you want the outdoors to remain outdoors! Today we will discuss some of the common contaminants that get into your home, and some great ways to remedy them.

Pollen

Pollen is a common allergen, and comes in many forms. Airborne pollen can cling to shoes, hair and clothes, and follow you wherever you go. In order to cut down on the amount of pollen that gets int your home this summer, take your shoes off before you enter your home, and change your clothes immediately to avoid transferring pollen to your furniture or carpets. For severe allergy sufferers, it may be a good idea to shower before lounging around the house as well, to further clean yourself of the residual pollen.

Dander

Dander from cats and dogs can be pretty rough on some allergy sufferers, and no matter how much you love Fido, his dander may still set your allergies off. Use protective covers for areas Fido likes to hang out in, and mop and dust frequently to keep dander to a minimum.

Dust & Mold

Dust just happens. we can’t really hide from it, all we can do is stay on top of it. weekly dusting surfaces in your home can seriously cut down on dust build up. To avoid mold, don’t let any area of your home, such as the bathroom or the kitchen, retain too much moisture.

Overall solutions

While the solutions listed above are great extra steps to improve your indoor air quality, your best bets are to use fresh, clean air filters, and look into air purifiers. Many of the allergens we suffer from are air borne the majority of the time. in order to combat these airborne particles, you need to armor your air ducts with clean, quality air filters that will trap those allergens. For the allergens that slip past  your filter, utilize our UV air treatment systems, or our air scrubbers. Follow the links provided, or give us a call at (512) 969-8281 to learn more!

3 Ways Pressure Washing Is Good For Your Home

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Pressure Washing Is Meaner, Greener, And Definitely Cleaner!

If your home has siding, brick, tile roofing, a deck, a fence, a driveway, a sidewalk, a swing set, a patio, a porch, a garage door, or anything else that could ever be touched by dirt, this is for you! Pressure washing is a great way to clean most things around your home in a fast and efficient way. Besides the fact that a pressure washing treatment can turn what would otherwise be an all-day affair into a single hour of sparkling perfection, there are several other benefits we would like to shine the spotlight on!

No Scrubbing

Pressure washing is a great way to deeply clean just about any hard surface, without all of the backbreaking work. While we love working hard, we also love working smart! Using a properly set up pressure washer can give you better overall results than scrubbing can, on porous areas like driveways, and in less time.

Super Green, Minus The Mold

Pressure washing often doesn’t require any chemicals at all. However, the pressurized water is enough to destroy even stubborn mold, mildew, and algae, without harsh chemicals. Here in Austin, mold can be the bane of any allergy sufferer’s existence. Pressure washing can clear mold out of just about anything, including wooden areas, (like that green deck in your backyard)!

Maxed Out Curb Appeal

Last but not least, pressure washing can seriously boost your curb appeal. Clean roof tiles, siding, and driveways can make your home look brand new in just a few hours time. Additionally, pressure washing is great preventative maintenance for many of your home assets, which can help them last longer in the future!

If you need affordable, professional pressure washing service in Austin, TX, give us a call at (512) 969-8281!

Common AC Issues

So with summer just right around the corner, you want to make sure that your AC system is Common AC Issuesworking at its optimum ability. We know how hot it can get in here in central Texas and indoors is where you go seek air-conditioned refuge. But unfortunately, there are times when your cooling system can conk out on you, which is normal. When searching for a remedy and a reliable technician, it can be helpful to understand what could be some potential problems. Luckily, the HVAC specialists at Trustworthy Service Company are here to point out some of the most common AC issues.

  • Low refrigerant – This, also referred to as Freon, is the chemical that cools the warm air within the unit. Low refrigerant suggests that there is a leak somewhere along the line and should be promptly located and repaired to avoid any further issues.
  • Outdoor fan or unit isn’t working – This could be due to a lack of power and could potentially lead to your cooling unit overheating. It can also result in internal damage, which can lead to an even bigger issue, having to replace your entire air conditioning system.
  • Faulty wiring – Poor workmanship is to blame for this hazard. Faulty wiring introduces the risk of potential fires and can hinder power from getting to the system.

So don’t be caught in this sweltering Texas heat without a properly functioning air conditioner. Contact the HVAC experts at Trustworthy Service Company for any of your common AC issues in Austin, TX. Be sure to give us a call at (512) 969-8281.

Benefits of Building a Deck in Your Yard

Are you on the fence about installing a deck? No matter what type of home you have, a deck is an excellent addition to your space. With endless customizations to suit your budget and style, you can enjoy a convenient outdoor space all year round. Here are just a few benefits of building a deck in your backyard.

Enjoy a Beautiful Outdoor Space

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Create a Beautiful Outdoor Space Right Outside your Door with a Custom Deck

Want to unwind after a long day at work? Need to soak up some vitamin D? Turn your yard into a personal oasis with the perfect deck and landscaping. We all know that getting outside can improve health and help us relax, but traveling to the nearest park can sometimes be a hassle. Now all you have to do to escape is step through the door.

Add Value to Your Home

If you might sell your home, a deck can add significant value to it. Many home buyers enjoy these features and are willing to pay more when they don’t have to do the work themselves. By adding the square footage of a deck, you can help get more money for your home if you decide to sell.

Less Yard Work

Are you tired of mowing the grass or trying to keep it alive during the summer drought? Many homeowners are choosing to convert their yards with hardscaping or minimal landscaping. This makes your yard require less maintenance, but still creates a beautiful and enjoyable space. A deck is a great way to turn your yard into a convenient and easy to maintain outdoor area.

Ideal for Entertaining

Whether you have guests over frequently or just want to enjoy a meal outdoors, building a deck creates the perfect space. You can install an outdoor kitchen for barbecues or install a cover and outdoor fan for those warm summer nights. With endless options for customizing your deck, you can create the perfect space for your favorite outdoor activities.

If you’re considering building a deck in Austin, TX, call Trustworthy Service Company at (512) 969-8281 today for quality deck construction.

Ways To Keep Your Gutter Clean

Gutter Clean-from-Trustworthy-ServicesAs most homeowners know, debris overtime can clog your gutters and tear away from your house, causing damage to your foundation and surrounding sidewalks. But, do you know how often you should check to keep your gutter clean? Chances are, it’s not enough.

Here are some helpful hints to ensure your house stays up-to-par and damage free with a gutter clean:

  • A good gutter clean is recommended twice a year
  • Depending on how many trees are near, you may need to gutter clean up to four times a year
  • Seamless gutters are recommended for quality, as well as using hidden hangers
  • Ask Trustworthy Service Company for additional services to make your gutters watertight
  • Clean your gutters after a big storm – leaves and debris can fly and get entrapped in the system

Do you live near a wooded area? That matters. Where there are more trees, there is a greater need to clean out your gutter system – more than twice a year.

Remember, a properly installed gutter, depending on the material used, should last the homeowner anywhere between 20-40 years. Regular maintenance and cleaning can optimize the lifespan for several years, saving you money and time.

If you can’t remember you had your gutters cleaned, call us at (512) 969-8281 and let Trustworthy Service Company help make your house more tolerable.

Spring has Sprung! How to Deal with Cedar Season in Austin, TX

Learn to Deal with Cedar Season with Tips from Trustworthy Service Company in Austin, TXIf you’ve been experiencing itchy eyes, a running nose, and endless sneezing you’re aware that Cedar season is here. If you live in or around Austin, TX you’ve probably been experiencing some dread as springtime peeks around the corner. This winter has been one of our mildest on record, and local news reports that could mean one of our worst Cedar seasons yet. Read on to learn how you can have an easier Cedar season in Austin, TX.

Be Aware of High Pollen Days!

Newcomers to Central Texas are often surprised by two things in Austin, TX- the amazing natural beauty, and their unfavorable reaction to it! While breathing in some Cedar pollen is unavoidable this time of year, you can decrease your time outdoors by monitoring the local weather forecast. Most news/weather sites also report on the pollen forecast. On high pollen count days allergy sufferers should limit their time outdoors.

Keep the Outdoors Outside!

Allergy sufferers during Cedar season should do their best to keep the outdoors out of their house. Central Texas citizens who suffer from Cedar allergies should remove their shoes before entering their home, or at least before they walk onto any carpeted areas. Pollen can cling to carpet and cause ongoing issues. Severe allergies may even warrant changing clothes once you get home to keep Cedar pollen off of furniture.

Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned!

Your home should be a refuge from pollen during Cedar season. If you don’t change your air filters out and get your air ducts cleaned regularly you might as well be living outside! Changing your air filter out as spring time begins is a great idea. You should also contact an HVAC professional and have your air ducts cleaned thoroughly.

If you can’t remember you had your air ducts cleaned call (512) 969-8281 and let Trustworthy Service Company help make your Cedar season more tolerable.