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Decide if a traditional water heater is right for you, and how to find the right one.
Decide if a traditional water heater is right for you, and how to find the right one.
Hard water can cause scaly buildup on your bathroom and kitchen fixtures; increase water bills; and clog pipes. Learn what you can…
Water heaters differ in terms of the fuel they require. Each type of water heater has its strengths and drawbacks, including fuel type, and it can be helpful to know what these a…
On time. Pricing was reasonable. Serviceman was professional and very knowledgeable. They did a terrific job. I'll call them again if needed. ����
Disappointed!!!I never had a contractor make so many excuses. Third rate employees that worked half days and smoked cigarettes the other half.
Outstanding! Scott was so nice and helpful. He is very knowledgeable and communicated everything in a way that was easy to understand. Had to replace the manifold in our wall.Very reliable, on time, and excellent customer service. No more cold showers!
Fast service. They were here in the afternoon, I called them this morning. Had to pull the toilet and replace the seal. No more leaks.
My neighbor told me about Stone Creek Plumbing, had put in a water heater for her.I could hear water running somewhere in my house. Turns out it was under our slab floor. Scary. They ran a new line overhead in the attic, and didn't have to jackhammer the living room.They were finished sooner than I expected, and way less than the other company had told me. The guy at that other company was rude on the phone. The guys from Stone Creek Plumbing were very nice. I appreciate a person who tries to explain things so I can understand.Will definitely use them again.
Had some help with a water heater leaking. My tank was new in 1997, in the garage. They had to make it higher up for the plumbing code. They hauled away the old one, even swept out my garage for me. I got his card and will call him next summer to change out my toilet. Couple hundred less than the guy I used to use quoted me. Will call him again for sure.
I wouldn't recommend this business to anyone. They came out and didn't fix anything on my AC. I called them with my concerns and they just wanted to argue. I finally got them to reschedule an appointment and I took off work missing a day's pay. They sent out a technician only to look at my AC and tell me that it was low on Freon which was only obvious. I called the office and no one would answer the phone and no one returned my phone calls. I paid for a service and still have a broken AC and lost wages and was a big waste of my time. This business is crooked and I would never recommend them to anyone.
tech did not listen when I told him blockage with in the house and he ran a line into the septic and got it stuck. took hour to fix and then gave up on the blockage in the house and charged $215.25 and left. I called back to have him come back because I had been gone to pick up my kids and didn't authorize the amount. (brother handed him check and was told he couldn't fix the blockage). The tech refused to come back. Called another company and they came and unclogged the line in less than 30 min and charged only $90.
They blocked me on Facebook because they won't pay me my last paycheck!!! This place is so shady please please go somewhere else don't use a company that won't pay its employees! I tried talking to the owners and was told I had to wait 10 business days to see if it comes in the mail!! I live down the road cmon seriously!!! How about you stop lying and pay me what you owe me!!! By law you have three days after payday to give me my check and that time has passed!! Will consult with the attorney tomorrow again after getting all my info today! This is so pathetic I have never known a reputable company that wouldn't pay employees what they are owed! When I said I would go to the labor board they told me to due what I felt I neeeed to do! They don't care and makes me wonder what else they don't care and lie about!! Obviously not a reputable company!!!
I have used Quality Home Services twice and both times their work was great. I would recommend this company
A concrete contractor is a professional who places, colors, finishes, repairs, and maintains concrete, whether for interior, exterior, residential, or commercial use. Many homeowners use contractors for projects like driveways, pools, and patios.
Concrete is a durable, sustainable substance that can be colored, shaped, and stamped into almost any design. It's more energy efficient to produce and allows less heat and cold to escape than other materials. When working with a skilled contractor, homeowners can use concrete to significantly increase the value of their property.
Concrete driveways are a popular choice because of their durability - they can last up to 30 years - and low maintenance requirements. A basic concrete driveway runs between $3 to $10 per square foot, while a customized or decorative driveway costs between $15 and $25 per square foot. While they're durable overall, concrete driveways are more susceptible to cracks, and harder to repair than asphalt or other alternatives. In addition, patch jobs and stains from gas and oil on concrete are more obvious.
Patching a concrete driveway costs between $6 and $10 per square foot, while resurfacing costs about $2.25 per square foot. Resurfacing is a nice middle ground between multiple patch jobs and a complete replacement. During the process, a contractor removes and replaces the top layer of concrete.
Concrete patios run anywhere from $6 to $17 per square foot, depending on customization and the intricacy of the design. Like driveways, they last for several years and require minimal maintenance, making them a nice alternative to wood. Homeowners don't have to deal with termites, splintering or wood rot. In addition, because concrete patios are a single, solid surface, there are no cracks through which weeds can grow. What's more, concrete patios can be made to fit any area, so owners don't have to worry about curves or hard corners. Many homeowners choose to stamp or stain their concrete patios to mimic brick or stone, getting the same look as these materials for a much cheaper price.
While concrete driveways and patios are cost efficient in the long term, concrete pools require frequent maintenance and expensive renovations. They need to be resurfaced and retiled every 10 to 20 years, which can set owners back $10,000 or more. In addition, it takes anywhere from two to four months to install a pool. That said, concrete pools are more flexible than any other option. Unlike fiberglass pools, they aren't built from a mold nor are they limited to shipping restrictions. In addition, concrete pools do not depreciate in value the way vinyl liner ones do.
Alternatively, concrete pool decks provide a safe, slip-resistant area that adds to the beauty and atmosphere of the pool area. They are faster and cheaper to install than other materials, costing about the same price per square foot as a concrete patio. When it comes to the coping, the material used to cap the edge of the pool, owners of a concrete deck can use stone, precast concrete or poured concrete. Stone is the most expensive option, while precast concrete is the cheapest and easiest to install. Poured concrete, meanwhile, provides the most even finish.
Concrete is the most popular material used to construct basements because of its versatility and moisture resistance. Additionally, poured concrete is resistant to fires and cave-ins. Masonry walls - where the walls are constructed with concrete blocks - have several joints that can undermine their structural integrity. These walls must be properly waterproofed to prevent seepage from soil outside. Homeowners can also choose precast panel basements, where the concrete walls are poured ahead of time and lifted into place with a crane. A single concrete wall costs about $5,000, most of which goes to labor.
Removing concrete costs about $1 to $3 per square foot, but there are several factors that push a demolition job into the thousands. The contractor might charge additional fees if the concrete is hard to access - for example, if it's surrounded by fences or large trees that block construction equipment. They might also charge extra for thicker concrete, complex installations, or if the homeowner wants to preserve part of the original design.
Concrete countertops are custom designed and handcrafted by a designer or architect. Most of their cost comes from the design process itself, but the material runs between $65 and $135 per square foot. Installation costs approximately $40 to $50 per hour. Traditionally, concrete countertops are viewed on the same level as luxurious materials like marble and granite. They provide a seamless, long-lasting surface and can take any form or edge design, making them more customizable than other options.
Costing between $10 and $20 per square foot, concrete floors add a modern, stylish element to interiors. They require minimal maintenance, are easy to clean, and resist scratches from pets. They're also odor resistant, so any spills or accidents won't leave long-lasting smells behind. Because concrete absorbs heat, the floors can even reduce heating bills. They're uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time, however, and they can create an echo. While concrete floors last longer than carpet or laminate, areas with heavy traffic are known to develop hairline cracks.
Stamped concrete is textured to replicate other materials, such as stone, slate, brick, tile, and even wood. In fact, stamping is generally preferable to using these other materials because it provides the same look as stone and brick at a much cheaper cost. In addition, stamped concrete is more durable than other options, especially wood. Prices range between $8 and $18 per square foot. More realistic designs require multiple patterns and colors, increasing the cost.
Acid-based stains mix a water-and-acid solution with inorganic metallic salts to create a chemical reaction that permanently alters the color of concrete. The result is a beautiful, marble-like look. Unlike tinted sealers or coatings, acid stains penetrate the concrete itself and leave no film behind. Although they provide the richest colors of any stain, they're limited to a handful of earth-toned options. Many manufacturers only offer acid stains in eight different colors.
Non-reactive stains offer unlimited color options but lack the depth of acid stains. These aren't exactly true stains - rather, they're coatings, dyes or sealers that sit on top of the concrete, filling the pores with pigment. These treatments are called non-reactive stains because they do not create a chemical reaction like acid stains.
Colored concrete is created by blending liquid, granular or powdered iron oxide pigments with natural concrete. These pigments are either mined directly from the earth or manufactured in a chemical plant. Iron oxide particles are about 10 times smaller than those of concrete. Therefore, when mixed together, the pigment masks some of the natural concrete color. Gray concrete is harder to color than white, so most manufacturers will only mix in dark pigments. White concrete accepts any color but is more expensive than gray.
Decorative, colored, stamped, and stained concrete must be cured to minimize efflorescence, a powdery, white substance that forms on concrete surfaces. This occurs as water in the concrete evaporates, carrying calcium hydroxide with it. When the calcium hydroxide mixes with the carbon dioxide in the air, it becomes calcium carbonate, which remains on top of the concrete. Efflorescence isn't visible on gray surfaces, nor is it damaging, but it ruins the look of color-treated designs. Wet curing is the best way to cure concrete and prevent efflorescence, but it's hard to do so evenly. As such, most people choose liquid curing compounds instead.
Wet concrete can irritate the skin or cause first-, second-, or third-degree chemical burns. Cement dust contains silica, which damages the lungs and can lead to cancer or silicosis. Many concrete mixtures contain cement, so homeowners should be careful if contractors create the concrete on site. Anyone who touches wet concrete or dust should wash their skin with soap and cold water.
As with any home improvement project, it's best to shop around before hiring a professional. Homeowners should ask questions while vetting potential contractors to find one whose terms suit both need and budget.
Homeowners should work with a concrete contractor who is either certified by or a member of one or more trade organizations for high-quality results. These individuals adhere to professional guidelines and are versed in industry and safety standards.