Common Gutter Issues to Leave to Your Trusted Handyman

common gutter issuesComing out of a long, hard winter, you and your Cincinnati area home may be feeling worse for wear. One area deserving of close attention is the gutter system around your home. There’s more at stake than simply your home’s exterior. Continue reading

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Beautify Your Cincy Home by Having Exterior Wood Rot Repaired by a Pro

wood rotThe arrival of spring is an ideal time to take a walk. A short walk around your Cincinnati home’s exterior will give you a rough idea of the sort of damage your house suffered during the winter. One key area is rotten exterior wood, and it calls for fast attention before it gets worse. Hiring a handyman service to provide exterior wood rot repair will make this spring’s to-do list easier. Continue reading

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Ensure the Proper Installation and Maintenance of Smoke Detectors for True Home Safety

Ensure the Proper Installation and Maintenance of Smoke Detectors for True Home SafetyA house fire is the last thing anyone wants to experience. To protect you and your family, be sure to perform proper smoke detector installation and maintenance.

Installation Tips

Proper installation is the first step toward home fire safety. Remember these points when installing new smoke detectors:

  • Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home. Make sure every sleeping area has one within range so it wakes sleepers if a fire occurs at night.
  • Install smoke detectors on the ceiling. If your ceilings are vaulted or pitched, install the smoke detector near the highest point.
  • Consider installing hardwired smoke alarms, which can be interconnected so every alarm goes off regardless of the fire’s location. Ensure these alarms have backup batteries for continued operation during power outages.
  • Install a combination of ionization smoke detectors (most responsive to flaming fires) and photoelectric smoke detectors (most responsive to smoldering fires) for the best protection.
  • Only install UL-listed smoke detectors.
  • If someone in your home is deaf or hard of hearing, consider smoke detectors that use strobe lights or vibration along with the audible alarm.
  • Avoid installing smoke alarms near windows, doors, supply registers or in bathrooms to avoid false alarms.

Maintenance Tips

Smoke alarms are an important part of your family’s home fire escape plan. Make sure yours are working properly with these maintenance tips:

  • Test the smoke detectors monthly by pressing the “test” button.
  • Replace the batteries once a year. If the alarm chirps, the battery is running low. Replace it immediately.
  • Never disable a smoke alarm or permanently remove the batteries.
  • Never paint over smoke alarms or they could stop working.
  • If you have problems with steam or cooking fumes setting off the smoke detector, choose one with a “hush” button. Press the button while cooking or showering to reduce the alarm’s sensitivity for a short time.

Hardwired smoke alarms must be installed by a qualified professional. If you’re in need of smoke detector installation and maintenance, please contact Apollo Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today. We have over 100 years experience serving greater Cincinnati.

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Power Washing Your Cincy Home Can Improve Curb Appeal and Prevent Issues

Power Washing Your Cincy Home Can Improve Curb Appeal and Prevent IssuesOver time, the exterior of your home will inevitably collect dirt, stains, grime and perhaps even mold and mildew. This can degrade your home’s visual appeal and create an unhealthy environment. But just thinking about cleaning up such a mess can be exhausting. That’s where a power washer comes in. By power washing your home, you can remove the dirt and grime more effectively and in much less time than scrubbing. Even better, you can hire a trusted handyman to do the job for you. Find out what to expect, and how power washing your home can really improve curb appeal. Continue reading

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Hanging Window Treatments — Help for Covering Awkward Windows

Treatment Hanging Help for Covering Awkward WindowsThe windows and doors in your greater Cincinnati home are part of what makes the house unique. But this uniqueness can bring trouble when it comes to choosing and hanging curtains, blinds, shutters and other door or window coverings. You may find that you need help hanging window treatments when you have large or arched windows, glass doors, transoms, sliding panels or other special window/door configurations. You could opt to leave them free of draperies, but what about privacy? What about protecting nearby furniture from fading in sunlight? Continue reading

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What to Expect From the Handyman Converting Your Tub to a Walk-in Shower

Converting a tub to a walk-in shower in your Cincinnati area home can provide a fresh look to a stale bathroom. Getting a handyman service to do it makes sense. You’ll save time and avoid the lengthy inconvenience of a non-functioning bathroom. You’ll also gain resale value and a sense of pride in your renovated space. 

Contemporary Bathroom by New York Architects & Designers Mabbott Seidel Architecture

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A 5-Step Process to Tackle Garage Organization Once and for All

A 5-Step Process to Tackle Garage Organization Once and for AllWhile garages were originally designed to house vehicles, they’ve become an extension of many homes, doubling as a storage area. Whether you’re finding yourself with barely enough room to park or just wanting to make better use of this space, read on for some great garage organization tips to help reach your goal. Continue reading

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Looking to Install a Mantel to Your Fireplace? Several Options to Consider

install a mantelThere can be more to your fireplace mantel than just a spot to place family photos and souvenirs. With the large variety of mantel types available, there’s no need to stick with the standard brick mantel. Yours can match your home’s interior design style and become an interesting focal point in and of itself. But before you hire a handyman to install a mantel, learn about the different materials and designs to choose from, as well as how the different options can add to your home’s esthetic appeal. Find the right style for your home, and your family will have even more reason to gather around the fire. Continue reading

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Spring is Here — Mark Deck Maintenance and Repair Off Your List

Deck Maintenance and RepairWith springtime in the air, thoughts turn to that trusty back deck that’s served so well for so many years. Barbecues, parties or simply relaxing on a lounge chair, favorite drink in hand—it all happens on that deck. But is your deck ready for all that action? If one of your spring to-do items is deck maintenance and repair, consider leaving that to a reliable handyman.  Continue reading

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Replace Your Kitchen Backsplash With One of These Top Tile Types

kitchen backsplashTile is one of the most popular materials for kitchen backsplashes. Even with your options narrowed down this far, you still have plenty of decisions to make when you replace your kitchen backsplash. Use these layouts and design ideas to inspire a unique look in your kitchen.

 

Tile Types to Replace Your Kitchen Backsplash

  • Diagonal tile: Make ordinary square tiles look more appealing by arranging them diagonally. This layout is more labor intensive and requires you to purchase about 10 percent more tiles than you think you need to adequately cover the space.
  • Boldly patterned tile: With the right selection, you can purchase tiles that create a larger pattern when pieced together. This look is great if you replace a kitchen backsplash that goes all the way to the ceiling. The end product resembles wall paper.
  • Subway tile: This type of tile is cut in thin rectangular shapes, resembling the bricks used in subway stations. This option is a lasting classic that stands the test of time.
  • Herringbone tile: Lay elongated rectangular tiles in V-shapes and you have a herringbone design. This visually stunning option adds an interesting focal point to your kitchen.
  • Specialty tile: Not all backsplashes must be made with square or rectangular tiles. Unique shapes make your kitchen backsplash stand out from others you have seen.
  • Laser-cut tile: Intricate, custom patterns with different shapes are possible with laser-cut tile. The pieces are arranged like a puzzle that fits together perfectly.
  • Custom mosaic tile: While it requires a bigger budget, a custom mosaic backsplash can make a beautiful addition to your kitchen. Tiny, expertly trimmed tiles come together to make a stunning design or picture on the wall behind your countertop.

If you’re looking for a professional handyman to replace your kitchen backsplash, Apollo Handyman Services is the company for the job. We only send the best craftsmen to your home to complete the work, and we provide estimates before the job begins. To learn more about what you need to do to replace your kitchen backsplash, please contact us today. We have proudly served residents in the Greater Cincinnati area for over 100 years.

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