One of the problems of moving to a new city is that you lose the network of contacts and 'people who know people' that your family had back home.
Due to work taking up so much and admittedly my limited skill in these matters, I was hoping somebody here might be able to recommend local companies that do home repair and landscaping. Because otherwise I'm kind of just shooting in the dark and hoping I don't get scammed.
What sort of work are you looking to get done, in particular? Or do you just need a list of reliable contractors for when shit does hit the fan?
Well when we had the front lawn torn up while replacing the plumbing leading out of the house, the replacement sod apparently wasn't the best quality,
The grass itself sort of hung on the first year but is just slowly degrading (and yes, we gave it all the watering it needed to establish and more). It was also contaminated with bindweed seeds (or something with the same attitude) because there's now an infestation on the lawn that from everything I can find, needs a lot more time and equipment to control/kill then I have available.
As for the other problem, it's water damage that seems to be caused by condensation from the snowpack on the roof in the winter. Because we've had multiple hard rains this year and there hasn't been a problem then. Currently I'm at the point of trying to determine if it's something I need a roofer for or it's an construction issue somewhere underneath.
Post by Frosty the Pirate on Jul 1, 2021 9:10:27 GMT -5
I happen to have been busy with these exact two projects myself recently.
As for a lawn, water isn't the only thing that makes grass grow. New sod needs fertilizer as well, and they make special "starter" fertilizer for new sod that is supposed to be applied a few times to establish nice deep roots in order to survive our hot summer months. Additionally, mowing practices is something that new homeowners typically trip on, if your lawnmower deck is set too low you'll scalp your lawn every time you mow and actually make the problem worse until the weeds take over and start overpowering your grass. Set your mower deck at least 4 inches long to prevent thing. Mowing below that height is only when doing special practices, and definitely not during the heat of the summer months. Unfortunately lawn issues typically take a lot of time to solve. Replacing sod over and over just costs money and won't solve your core soil issues underneath. I can talk a lot further about this with you over a DM or something as I've been spending a lot of the time over the pandemic learning about lawn and garden care.
As for your roof issue, you sound like you are experiencing something called 'ice dams' which is caused by poor attic ventilation, something a professional roofer can talk with you about resolving. This problem has a wide range of solutions depending on your house's roof angle, when it was built, what type of heating system and your roof/soffits/attic themselves. Depending on the depth of your ice dam problem, it could be anywhere from a few hundred dollars of new roof vents, to thousands of dollars of new roofing and soffit / attic work. I would strongly recommend Kerr's Roofing as someone to talk about your roof issues with as they do all these types of work and have had them recommended to me by many other local folks.
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