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PSA: Grill Safety

By on June 28, 2017

Many of us have already taken the cover off our grills, bought charcoal or propane, and cooked a dinner or two out in the yard. Most of the employees here at Family Tree and Home have done just that. Nothing beats it. As with anything, it’s important to be safe. Below is a listing of important safety tips to keep you and your family safe.

  • Only use your grill outside. Combustion produces carbon monoxide gas which is odorless and fatally toxic.
  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from you home, deck railings, and eves. While Family Tree and Home does repair damages, heat can quickly lead to fire.
  • Keep kids and pets out of arms reach of your grill. Make sure any Junior Grill Masters-in-Training are old enough and trained properly.
  • Clean your grill after each use to remove oils and burnt on foods. Nobody likes accidental Cajun-style.
  • Don’t leave your grill unattended.
  • Open or remove the top on your grill before lighting. Propane and lighter fluid fumes can build up and cause an explosion.
  • Light your charcoal grill with newspaper or an electric starter if possible. If you prefer to use lighter fluid, use only lighter fluid for charcoal grills. Most guests don’t like the smell of napalm in the evening.
  • Never squirt lighter fluid onto already lit and/or smoldering charcoal. In that situation, singeing your eyebrows is the best you can hope for.
  • Keep charcoal, lighter fluid, and propane tanks out of reach of children.
  • Let coals cool completely before disposing of in a metal container outdoors.
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Restore Your Old Deck

By on June 19, 2017

Every year your deck is exposed to heat, freezing, rain, snow, sunlight, and the footsteps of your family and friends. All these factors take a toll on your decks structure. Without regular maintenance, stain can fade, color can grey, and

Carpenter Bees

By on June 12, 2017

Carpenter bees can be damaging to your home and annoying to your guests. These slightly-smaller cousins of the bumble bee hover around soffits and other sheltered areas looking for soft wood to burrow into. They will dig tunnels into your

June 2017 Newsletter

By on June 12, 2017

Take a look at our June Newsletter featuring roofing repair, maintenance, and replacement.

Go Gutterless with French Drains

By on June 2, 2017

Managing rainwater and snowmelt from your rooftop is essential. Given enough time, water can create the Grand Canyon as easily as it can destroy your foundation. Water falling from your roof edge infiltrates into the soil and can collect against your

Stuart Little, Mickey, and Jerry

By on May 23, 2017

Any pest control professional will tell you the first step to keeping our furry friends out is to prevent them from getting inside in the first place. As homes age, small gaps can open in previously sealed areas. Mice can squeeze

Siding: Replace or Refresh?

By on May 15, 2017

Your house’s siding is extremely important. It protects the exterior faces of your home from the elements. Properly installed and maintained, siding can last lifetimes. Around here, the most popular siding types are natural wood clapboards and vinyl. These types do

Replacement Windows and You

By on May 8, 2017

Window technology has been steadily advancing over the last hundred years. Windows today are sturdier, tighter, quieter, more energy efficient, and require less maintenance than ever. Replacing old windows — especially single-pane windows — can save money over time, give

May 2017 Newsletter

By on May 8, 2017

Take a look at our May Newsletter featuring exterior renovations including decks and patios.

Decks, Decks, Decks

By on April 24, 2017

Decks can be the centerpoint of a perfect yard. They can provide an elevated platform for you to survey your kingdom, grill up dinner, or lounge with friends. Now that the weather has been getting warmer and the grass is