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Basement Problems

Foundation Systems of Michigan

Foundation and Crawl Space Experts offering a wide variety of products and services. We have highly experienced inspectors, free inspections, interest-free financing & transferable warranties.

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Insulation

Ace and Sons Insulation

Cellulose blown-in insulation & Applegate's non-expanding R foam. We have a rebate specialist on staff to help you.

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Heating & Cooling Contractors

Hartford & Ratliff

Michigan's premier residential, commercial and industrial "original hot water specialists". Servicing hot water heaters, pool heaters, boilers, and now plumbing, furnaces and air conditioners. Huge parts department for most makes and models of heating equipment.

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Deck Care Fast & Easy book

Glenn Haege's Deck Care Fast & Easy explains what to do and what to buy for that four letter word that lives in your backyard; your deck!  This book walks you though selecting between woods and man made decking, deck maintenance, brightening, stripping, sealing and staining. It’s free!

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Publication date: 12/14/2010

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Blower test can diagnose heat loss issues

Dear Glenn: My husband and I recently purchased a beautiful brick home. My husband was in the Air Force for 21 years so we waited to buy a house until after he retired. It is approximately 1,600 square feet with hardwood floors. It is cold inside. It is almost as if whoever built this house had no clue about the best place to put a heating duct.

The heating ducts are by the doors in each room. We cannot even feel the heat. Where is it going? Is there someone we can call who can give a reasonably priced audit on our situation? Some rooms are warmer than others. Our living room is cold. We have a fireplace, as well. Please help.

Dear Colette: I would get in contact with Ed Irvine of Flame Heating, Cooling & Electrical, (888) 234-2340, www.flamefurnace.com. He will be able to determine heat loss by performing a blower door test, and then make adjustments.


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