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No matter whether an accident involved a freshly licensed teen or an experienced driver, knowing what to do (or not do) is essential to bouncing back.
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No matter whether an accident involved a freshly licensed teen or an experienced driver, knowing what to do (or not do) is essential to bouncing back.
All it takes is a little preparation to get your car winter-ready and to keep from getting into an icy situation.
It’s time to bring long sleeves and long pants out of storage, prep your home and car, and contact the cool weather home/yard contractors.
Renewal By Andersen = High-Quality Products + Excellent Customer Service through and through!! We have an old, custom-build house where nothing is "standard." We had a big job--replacing windows and doors throughout the house. A sales agent, Eric J., was very knowledgeable and informative. He suggested good solutions and alternative for us. Measure Tech Robert M. further clarified our plan down to minute details that only a specialist would notice. Coordinator Cory V. was always on top of things. On the first day of installation, two installers, Coltin G. and Waylin E., showed up on time, clean, neat, and courteous. Boy, did they work hard for the next 5 day! I was at home for the entire time. Installing windows correctly takes a lot of skills and communication (and patience) between the two, one on the inside and the other on the outside of the house. I have never heard their voice raised as they adjusted windows down to the last millimeter. They methodically worked together. They protected the area they worked very well. Each day, the area they worked in was cleaned up. I am a daughter of a general contractor and know a bit about building/remodeling projects. So, I always anticipate unforeseen issues to pop up. The caliber of a contractor is often determined by how they solve those unexpected issues. Given the size of the project, all in all things went smoothly. But there were a couple of issues. Coltin and Waylin presented a solution each time and never made them my problems. Renewal By Andersen is a tightly knit company where everyone actually communicates with each other. I felt they care about us, the customer. Now that all the work is completed, we are VERY happy with both their products and service.
My wife and I agonized for a few years about replacing the windows in our house. We spoke to 2 or 3 companies and they were all disappointing. Hesitantly, we scheduled Renewal by Andersen to give us a quote. They sent a gentleman by the name of David D. to our home. He was precisely the type of salesperson that works for us - helpful but not pushy, expedient but not rushed and, best of all, realistic. He worked with us to come up with a fair price to replace 10 windows in our home. When he left we were very happy and excited about our new windows.The company was then quick to send an installation supervisor, Chad M., to our home to get the final measurements. Chad did a great job of explaining exactly what they needed to do to replace our windows. Some of our windows were a bit tricky but Chad correctly and accurately assessed what we needed.3-4 weeks later the Installer Team of Waylin and Casper arrived at our home. The plan was for them to install all 10 windows in one day. They arrived on time and quickly got to work. To say that they did a great job would be an understatement. Waylin and Casper did an amazing job. They were friendly, hard working and very considerate of our home. They completed the job in one day and left no mess behind. Our windows look amazing and we couldn't be happier. The new windows have made huge difference in our home. No longer do we suffer in the heat. Every representative from Renewal by Andersen exceeded our expectations - especially David and Waylin. We highly recommend Renewal by Andersen. Great company and great people.
After shopping around we decided to go with Renewal by Anderson to replace our 9 windows in our older 1930’s house. The price felt a bit high at first but after the project was finished it was well worth the cost.At the 2015 home show in Seattle we requested a sales rep to come visit our house to share with us what options Anderson provided. There was a detailed presentation on the windows and my wife picked out the styles she wanted. The financing was wonderful since it was a 0% interest for 24 months.The team of installers (Coltin, Waylin, Klinton and Kraig) arrived early for the installation. They put down cloth and plastic throughout entire house which I appreciated. The quality and speed of the work was fantastic. We’ve had many contractors working around our property the past few months and none came close to being as wonderful as the team from Renewal by Anderson. I appreciate the time they took to perfect the job around our new egress window.The job was completed in 1 day which was amazing. We love the new windows and will definitely have Renewal by Andersen replace any future windows and recommend to all family and friends.
Get an estimate somewhere else, then.... Come to these Guys! You Will Have No Regrets!My transmission on my Saturn SL2 started leaking really bad. Took it to a local garage and they said it was the front pump seal and quoted $1500 to repair it. I called around to several places locally finding similar prices. I then found the website for TransmissionXpress, called and spoke with Robert who was very personable. You could tell immediately he was genuinely interested in helping you out. We discussed options and for accomplishing the same work I discussed with local garages they only quoted $500. After several more conversations they had my business. Once they got into the actual work they discovered a hole in the front transmission housing that required a replacement housing. They called me, we negotiated and they were very fair on pricing. I negotiated some additional work I wanted done since the car was being dismantled making the work easy to do for them and they were able to do it all. Nice job! Car runs great and they offered to pay for half the towing since I live in Shoreline and they are in Burien. Keep up the great work!
King County Sewer Drain & Plumbing is now my go to company for any sewer, drain, or plumbing issues! I called because of the coupon that was running and I expected them to give me the estimate but be pricey so I figured I would break even with the coupon. The technician came out, he was professional and courteous. My water heater went out the weekend after Thanksgiving and I was already strapped for cash after my Black Friday shopping spree in downtown Seattle and the eastside at Bellevue Square Mall!! He was able to replace the heating element, saving me tons of money and buying me some time before I have to buy a new water heater. I know only an experienced technician would think of replacing the element instead of charging me for an expensive new unit. I'm so pleased with King County Sewer Drain & Plumbing's affordable and fair pricing and I will definiteley call them for any issues I have with my toilets, sinks, drains or sewers!!
A+ Fischer Plumbing & Thank You. My grandparents needed some bathroom fixtures installed, a sink faucet & shower faucet/handle fixture. We had originally called Southwest Plumbing and waited weeks for the appointment. Southwest came in took a look around for 5 mins then tried to draw up a contract for over $1000!! So we gave them the boot and found Fischer Plumbing.Fischer came out in just a few days. Upon arrival the technician was courteous & professional. He worked his tuckas off to get things done right and in a timely manner. I left before the job was finished but my grandparents told me they were absolutely delighted with the service they received and the bathroom looked great! He even made sure to clean up when he was done. When it came time to pay the bill it was HUNDREDS less than what Southwest tired to charge them and Fischer even gave them a senior discount!I will definitely remember Fischer for the future.
I've replaced 19 windows now with Andersen, and in a couple of weeks they'll also replace a sliding glass door which opens onto a deck. It's been great working with the Seattle division, and particularly with the installing crew who just finished the bulk of the windows, Coltin Gilles and Waylin Eckley. They were efficient, personable, and caring about the job they did here. When I mentioned that I was afraid there were so many vehicles parked in the street that the garbage truck couldn't get by, Coltin parked the truck that morning with its wheels up on the sidewalk, just so the collecting trucks could get by easily. I appreciated that. It was apparent that I wasn't the ONLY one in the world who cared, even if it had been a hand-wringing, little-old-lady concern. Love the new windows, and there's a real difference in an Andersen window!
These guys are great. Their showroom is very nice and the people that work there are very knowledgeable and friendly. They have, in my opinion, the best products around. And their installation crew that did our house was the best installation people I have ever dealt with. They were very careful and courteous and they did a great job and most important, respective towards our house. The prices for their products are a bit high but you are getting the best. Me and my wife had Andersen install a Bow window in our front room and a sliding glass door that leads out to our patio. Both of these items are absolutely beautiful. And the function-ability of these items is absolutely great. If you want the best products and the best installation around then this is the place you want to go. I highly recommend this company.
Had 3 large windows installed in our home yesterday by Coltin, Waylin and Mark. The windows are superb and these guys are true craftsmen. They took great care in making sure the windows were perfectly installed. It was a cold, rainy and windy day and they were mindful of not tracking in mud and leaves; they covered areas both inside and out of the house where they'd be working to protect plants, hardwood floors, rugs and furniture. They were meticulous in their installation and, once finished, reinspected everything. They also identified some very small flaws in the glass (ones that I probably wouldn't have noticed) that they reported to have replaced. Our home was noticeably warmer and we were able to lower the settings on the thermostat for all times of the day and night. We couldn't be happier!!!
I had a leaking hot water heater. When Fischer arrived the first thing they did was to advise me that the heater was probably still under warrantee and that I could likely avoid costly repairs by simply exercising the warrantee. This had not occurred to me since the heater was over 7 years old and the "Big Box" store where it was purchased from has a bad reputation for honoring their "warrantees." But the Fischer technician encouraged me to try and within 20 minutes the "Big Box" store had agreed to replace my hot water heater for free. Fischer obviously got nothing out of the deal, in fact it cost them at least an hour or more of their time plus truck and gas costs. But what they did get is a ton of respect from me and a guarantee that whenever I need a plumber they are the people I will call.
Mistakes happen, and when it comes to owning a carpet or rug, mistakes usually mean stains. The plush softness of carpet and rugs comes with a price: the time and care required to clean them. Cleaning your carpet or rugs can require some extra work and special techniques that differ from typical hardwood or tile floors. In some cases, you may even need to hire a professional to get the best results.
For minor stains or routine cleaning, it's possible to effectively treat a carpet or rug yourself. If a thorough vacuuming doesn't get rid of dirt in certain areas, here's how to tackle them on your own.
A number of liquids can stain carpet or rug materials, including wine, coffee, nail polish, or blood, to name a few. Depending on what caused the stain, the carpet or rug's material, and how long it's been there, you may need to use different techniques or cleaning supplies to get rid of it. In general, though, keep the following ground rules in mind for stain removal:
Take these steps to remove a stain as soon as possible to prevent drying.
Some stains may come out with little more than water or a mild soap. More serious stains may require a solvent to make removal easier. The best solvent to use depends on what caused the stain.
-Water-soluble stains: These include berries, cola, food dye, jelly, mud, washable ink, or wet paint. Mix a solution of 1/4-teaspoon nonbleach detergent (or white vinegar) with 32 ounces of water.
-Dark water-soluble stains: Chocolate, coffee, mustard, tea, wine, and bodily fluids often stain much more readily than other water-soluble materials and need a different solvent. Use 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed in 1 cup of water first. If this doesn't work, try combining one part chlorine bleach with five parts water. These solvents may remove color from certain fabrics like wool, so check with the manufacturer for the best cleaning method.
-Oils and waxes: This would include glue, gum, nail polish, and cigarette residue. The best way to clean each of these varies - some may need to be simply scraped off or, if possible, frozen to make it brittle and then chipped away. Most glue can be dissolved and removed using a solvent like rubbing alcohol. Nail polish may also be dissolved using rubbing alcohol or with nail polish remover containing acetone.
Unfortunately, some stains may prove difficult to remove using household products. In any case, vacuuming and spot cleaning may not be enough to get your carpet or rug looking like new again. That's why many homeowners opt to hire a professional carpet cleaning service on a regular basis, around once every 12 to 18 months.
When it comes to heavy-duty carpet cleaning, you have many options to pick from. The two most common methods for cleaning carpets are steam cleaning and dry cleaning.
Steam cleaning is a common method for professional carpet cleaning, but the name is somewhat misleading. Steam-cleaning services use machines that utilize hot (but not boiling) water in combination with a vacuum. The water is heated inside the machine and sometimes mixed with detergent before being sprayed directly onto the carpet. At the same time, a vacuum sucks up the water almost immediately after hitting the fabric. The hot water extracts far more dirt and stains than would be possible by hand.
Cleaning machines using hot water extraction can be purchased or rented for home use, but they aren't always as powerful as what professional cleaning services use. Improperly drying the carpet may also cause bacteria or mold growth. Professional cleaners also employ a number of other methods to pre-treat the carpet and ensure adequate drying. For these reasons, professional carpet cleaning may be preferable to do-it-yourself methods.
Carpets or rugs can also be thoroughly cleaned using a dry-cleaning method. As the name suggests, there is much less water involved in dry cleaning, which means the carpet can be ready to use in less time. Using powerful solvents to break down dirt and stains, dry cleaning puts less physical stress on the carpet, and thus might be better in the long run. However, dry cleaning is usually more expensive than hot-water cleaning services. In addition, the chemicals used to dry clean carpets might irritate pets, people with sensitive skin, or anyone sensitive to strong odors.
Before choosing a professional carpet cleaning service, make sure you will be getting what you paid for by asking the right questions and doing your homework.
Again, there are pros and cons involved in using a hot-water-based cleaning service or dry cleaning. Take into consideration not only cost, but how long the process will take from start to finish, including drying time. Also take note of the material your carpet is made from, and consult the manufacturer if possible to learn about the best ways to clean it. If you or your family is sensitive to any chemicals, be sure to keep this in mind and ask about what chemicals are used.
You can find reviews of most professional carpet-cleaning services online, as well as information about a company's specific process, the chemicals used, and cost. It's also wise to ask friends and family members about services they've used in the past to get a recommendation. Don't always go with the service offering the lowest price, or hire a service who advertises door-to-door or over the phone, unless you have done thorough research on them.
Carpet cleaning services will be entering your home, potentially while you aren't there, so you want to feel comfortable with the business you trust with this responsibility. Ask if the company conducts background checks on employees, as well as if they are insured in your state. Without liability insurance, a mistake that results in damage to your home or furniture may be your responsibility to pay for.
If you've found a carpet-cleaning service you can trust, ask to get a quote. This may involve specifying exactly what services you would like performed, as well as the size of your home's carpeted area. Make sure you understand exactly what is included in a quoted price. Some businesses may charge extra to move furniture, clean stairs, or use special treatment methods. It's also common for businesses to sell customers on products and services they don't need. Don't hesitate to ask questions if any detail about the quote is unclear.
If you instead want to rent or buy a carpet-cleaning machine to use yourself, you have many options to pick from.
Since heavy-duty carpet cleaning isn't a frequent activity for most homeowners, many choose to simply rent one of these machines. Of course, renting is usually much cheaper than owning a machine or hiring a service, which is the biggest advantage in this situation. But not all rental units perform equally, and some might require extra drying time or the use of special solvents that will cost more. There's also the time and effort that goes into carpet cleaning - renting a unit means you must also move furniture yourself and pay close attention to ensure you're operating the unit correctly. Making a mistake could mean damaging your carpet or the unit itself. Also, improperly drying carpet could allow harmful bacteria and mold to grow. Before renting a carpet cleaner, make sure you're up for the task at hand.
Homeowners can purchase carpet cleaners ranging from compact units to full-size industrial-strength machines. Besides price, take note of the features of a unit and compare them to what you most need from a carpet cleaner. Some models specialize in removing allergens from pet hair, while others may work better on tough stains, for example. Another key consideration: Make sure you have room for it. Some carpet cleaners can be bulky and require ample storage space.
Other features you may want to look for in a cleaning unit include:
Make the right choice in carpet cleaners by considering all the options available to you and how they fit into your needs and budget.