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Newsletter #10

Summer Please Don’t Go Away!

 September is coming up on us quickly. Which means summer is coming to an end. But it sure doesn’t feel like it outside. With the holidays coming up in the next couple months, homeowners are starting to think ahead at the inside of their home and what they are ready to change. Those kitchens might be just a little outdated or maybe not enough storage space for all food and dishes. You may also just want to have a little bit of a scenery change in the home and that works too. Homeowners have their likes and dislikes and sometimes they realize a like they used to have is something they don’t like very much anymore. This is a reason homeowners are making a change. Whatever your remodeling needs, we are one phone call away. We can build your dreams. Give us a call for your remodeling project 425-224-2004.

Open concept living room with skylights to bring in more sunlight.

List of Work We Perform:

  • Whole House Remodel
  • Additions
  • Bathroom Remodel
  • Kitchen Remodel
  • Custom Home
  • Design & Build
  • New Construction
  • Decks
  • Outdoor Living
Newly poured concrete driveway.

Referral Program:

There is no greater honor than having our past clients/friends recommend us to their friends, family and co-workers. To show our appreciation, we would like to invite you to participate in our exclusive client referral
program.

When you refer a friend, family member or co-worker to our company and they sign a
construction contract with us, you will receive 1% of the total project cost on a future project with our company or cash. A $100,000 project=$1,000 credit.
The people who you refer to our company will also receive 1% off of their project costs to be used with their current project.

There is no limit on how many times you can use this program, so the more you use it, the more money you can earn.
We look forward to working with you, your friends and your family.

Trivia Question:
Q: What famous rock concert opened on August 15th, 1969?

Call in correct answer for $10 Starbucks Gift Card 425-224-2004
(Nobody won last month’s trivia question!)

Two months into the new office and we love it. Much easier for people to find us. To make finding our office unit a little easier we have installed a new sign on the outside of the building as well as a decal on our front window. We have also hired on two new guys Jesse and Lane. We feel these guys will be a great fit to our team and can’t wait to see them succeed. Along with two new hires we also had two new jobs sign. One whole house remodel in Bothell and a remodel in Lynwood. Can’t wait to see the final piece once these projects are completed. If you have an addition, whole house remodel, or a new build, we love taking on bigger jobs.  Just give us a call at 425-224-2004 and we can schedule someone to meet with you to go over your remodeling needs. 

5 Things You Need to Be Doing If You’re on a Well Water System
[realtor.com: Kristine Gill]

Do you know where your home’s water comes from? Most properties in the U.S. rely on either a well water system or city water. If you’re on a well water system, more maintenance may be required to keep your precious H20 clean.

More than 15 million homes rely on wells for their drinking water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of these households are in rural areas using their own systems, but some get their well water through municipalities that use wells as a public water source, according to David Henrich, a certified drilling expert and former president of the National Ground Water Association.

Being on a well system means all of the water you pump is free. Score, right? However, the maintenance and quality of that water system is entirely up to you.

But like any other feature in your home-from the heating and cooling system to your major appliances-you can keep everything running smoothly with a bit of prevention care and careful attention.

Here are five things you need to be doing if your home happens to have a well water system.

Get Your Water Tested Annually

Wells are prone to contamination, so regular testing of your water quality is tantamount to your health. 

Home expert Dan DClerico of HomeAdvisor recommends having a water test done once a year for coliform bacteria, nitrates, iron, manganese, water hardness, sulfides, and any other potential contaminants in your area.

If you’re in an area prone to flooding, you might need to have your water tested more frequently or after flooding, says Henrich.

You can also test your own water with kits from most hardware stores after a flooding incident. These kits ($34.95, Amazon) allow you to take a sample, which you mail into a testing facility. The facility will contact you with the results.

Get Your System Inspected Each Year, Too

While you’re testing your water quality, it’s usually easiest to have your whole system checked. These maintenance checks are also recommended annually to ensure your well and, more importantly, your well pump are working flawlessly.

An annual inspection will cost about $100 to $200 and will involve an inspection of the visible components of these systems.

“A professional is going to be looking for any signs of settling or cracking, which is going to expose the well to contaminants that are out there, from fertilizer to storm water, which carries harmful bacteria,” DiClerico says.

And while an inspection might sound pricey, a full-system replacement and even a minor repair can cost much more.

“It can cost between $500 and $1,000 for the average repair,” he says. “And for a replacement, it’s probably twice as much.”

A well can last for decades if it’s not compromised by flooding, and a well pump has about a 25-year life span, so regular maintenance can save you from having to replace it prematurely.

Check Your Water Softener

Hard water is a broad term used for any water with a high mineral content. These minerals can easily sit on porous surfaces and soak in, leaving behind a colorful build-up.

Your water softener is what helps to combat that mineral content, which in turn helps you to avoid mineral build-up and hard water stains. It includes a brine tank that uses regular salt to maintain a good mineral content in the water. You’ll have to check the salt level and replace it each month depending on your water usage.

Avoid Hard Water Stains

If you have hard water, you’ve likely noticed unsightly orange or yellow water stains in your porcelain sink, your toilets, or your shower tile. 

Some home improvement experts recommend using a squeegee after each shower to remove water from your tile before stains can set in, but DiClerico and Henrich agree it’s not the best option.

Rather than spending that kind of time to prevent stains, DiClerico suggests improving your water with a water softening system, which will significantly reduce or eliminate those stains. Plus, soft water is easier on your appliances.

“If you don’t have one already, it can be a few thousand dollars to have one installed,” he said. “Some companies will lease them, which makes it more affordable.”

If you’e trying to treat hard water stain left by a previous homeowner, you can always opt for the proven method of scrubbing with white vinegar and baking soda.

Improve your Drinking Water

Does your drinking water ever smell like rotten eggs? It could indicate the presence of hydrogen sulfide, a colorless gas with an unpleasant odor. Installing an affordable under-cabinet or countertop filter will usually do the trick, DiClerico says. 

But if you find that a filter isn’t cutting it, contact a well water system contractor to get to the root of the problem.

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Company Fruit Salad

(20 servings)

 

Prep time

(20 Minutes)

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium Golden Delicious applies, diced
  • 4 medium Red Delicious apples, diced
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes, halved 
  • 2 cups seedless green grapes, halved
  • 1 can(20 oz) pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges, drained

Dressing

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. In a small bowl, beat dressing ingredients until smooth. Pour over fruit; toss gently to coat.
ENJOY!!