Posts made in November 12th, 2014

Dog-Proof Your Wooden Fence

Is your dog a digger? Perhaps your dog is a climber or has figured out your gate system. Maybe you have no idea how your escape-artist canine manages to get out of the yard time after time, but regardless of your pet’s methods, there are several modifications you can make to your wood fence to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

1. Add some plants. If your dog is a jumper, chances are your wooden fence has taken on some scratches and other wear and tear. Planting dense shrubs or trees along your fence line can discourage the jumping. Likewise, a dog that likes to pace up and down the fence or have barking contests with the neighbor’s animal will be less likely to continue such behaviors when faced with a landscaped barrier.

2. Block any and all gaps. You may not think your hefty canine can squeeze through that small gap between slats, but determined animals have been known to fit themselves into seemingly impossible spaces, so patch any holes immediately and consider adding extra slats to wooden fences that feature gaps between boards. If you don’t want a solid wall surrounding your yard, consider attaching bamboo mats or reed fencing to the inside of your wood fence. It will deter your dog from finding the gaps in your fencing.

3. Install an L-Footer. You can prevent a dog that loves to dig from getting out of the yard by placing L-shaped wire fencing at the base of your wooden fence. The wire against the ground should extend a couple feet into the yard, and it can be buried or left exposed. If it is not buried, consider pinning it to the ground, to avoid the chance of your dog lifting it up. 

4. Try rollers. Notes From A Dog Walker suggests installing coyote rollers, a fairly new solution that includes mounting rubber rollers along the top of your wooden fence. When your dog tries to jump over the fence, it won’t be able to grip the roller and pull itself over and will instead fall right back into the yard.

5. Pour concrete. This solution requires a bit more work than the others but has a great rate of success in keeping dogs from digging under a wooden fence. Pour concrete along the perimeter of the fence and sink the bottom of the fence into the concrete. Along similar lines, but requiring far less work, you can reinforce certain parts of your fence by burying rocks or bricks in spots where your dog likes to tunnel under and out. The next time your pet tries to escape, it won’t get very far. Call a professional like Carter Fence Co for more ideas.

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The Advantages Of Exterior Drain Tile

Basements are great for getting a little extra space in your home for storage, extra living space, or bedrooms. Unfortunately, it is also very common for basements to flood. People who have basements that flood a lot usually need a drain system of some sort that helps drain water away from the home and out of the basement. One option is an exterior drain tile system.

The main advantages of installing this type of system are,

  • There is very little disruption to the interior of the home. The system is on the exterior of the house as indicated in the name.
  • Little preparation is required on the part of the homeowner.
  • It is very effective at draining the soil and any standing pools of water around the foundation of a home.

How It Works

Perforated tiles are placed around the base of the home, among beds of stone, which prevent water from pooling around the foundation. These pools are dangerous because if they have nowhere to go, they find a way into your basement, usually causing a really big mess. There are all kinds of stones that are used in this process along with a pipe that leads water where you want it to go. Some homes opt to put in pea gravel or other types of compacted stone, but the drainage is much less effective with these materials because there isn’t enough space.

Choosing The Exterior Over Interior Tiling System

The interior tiling system may sound easier to install, but it all depends on your basement. If you have just put a lot of money into finishing off your basement, the last thing you want to do is tear it apart to install a draining system.

The exterior drain tile is better for protecting your foundation. A system on the inside helps to correct damage that is already caused, but a system on the outside prevents damage in the first place.

Whether you have a foundation wall or a masonry foundation, water seeping through causes structural damage and weakens the entire base of the house.

Protecting Your Investment

A home is a significant investment. If you don’t protect it, even the most basic parts like the foundation, you put your entire house at risk. The foundation of your home is difficult to fix once it is damaged, requiring a lot of effort, inconvenience, and money. Protecting it from damage helps you to protect your home.

For more information, contact a business such as Rite-Way Waterproofing.

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