Home Improvement

Protect Your Home with Leak Repairs and Early Detection

Protect Your Home with Leak Repairs and Early Detection

Buying a home places a big financial responsibility in your life, one that needs constant attention. Even if you purchase a brand new home, you'll still need to provide proper maintenance in order to ensure its structural integrity and habitability. One of the problems that might arise is a leak in the plumbing. If this happens, it is critical that you get repairs right away in order to protect your financial investment in the home and prevent thousands more in damages.


Not only can early leak detection help to minimize the cost of repairs, but it can also prevent bigger issues such as damage to the structure of your home or personal possessions. Plus, fixing leaks right away can help to reduce the risk of mold or mildew growth. Moreover, a leak in the plumbing can increase the cost of your utility bills if you use public water. Why bother paying for water that you aren't actually using?


No matter where the leak is, you should have it repaired as soon as possible. Some leaks are easy to see, such as dripping faucets or leaky water heater. Other types of seepage are hidden and you can't see easily, including leaks in the pipes found behind the walls or beneath the floors. Fortunately, some leaks can be heard, such as toilets that won't stop running and burst pipes, helping you to find them earlier.


If you notice any of the following signs, call a plumber for an evaluation right away:

  • Wet spots on the floors, walls, or ceilings
  • Larger than usual bills for your water usage
  • Problems with water flow (too slow orsporadic)
  • Strange noises coming from faucets and fixtures


Even if the leak is hidden somewhere that you can't see it, an experienced plumber has specialized tools that can be used to identify its location. If you suspect that a leak in your pipes is causing problems, call in a professional to diagnose and repair the problem before it lowers the value of your home.


Water damage is one of the leading causes of damage to homes every year. Thus, the biggest financial investment of your life, your home, needs protection against the kind of damage that leaky pipes can create.  If you schedule an annual evaluation with a licensed plumber, leaky pipes or fixtures can be identified and repaired before they lead to extensive damage. 

Schedule an appointment with a licensed plumber today.

Staining Your Own Deck? Avoid These Short Cuts

Staining your own deck?

Staining a deck, the amount of time that you spend on the project tends to be the most important factor in how beautiful it turns out. Assuming that you use materials and tools of reasonable quality, making sure that you follow every instruction to a tee (and to take shortcuts) is what gives you the finish that you desire.

Don't fall for these short cuts

If yours is a new deck made of fresh lumber, you can’t get down to staining it right away. You would lock the moisture in and ruin the wood if you did that. Instead, you should allow the wood to weather for several months first.

If you have an older deck that already carries a coat of polish, you need to take your time applying stain stripper properly and allowing it all the time it needs to dissolve the old finish off. The more patiently and carefully you work, the better your results will be.

Here are some of the other ways in which it might occur to you to take a few shortcuts. You need to resist the temptation.

Preparing the deck surface

Whether you have a brand-new deck or an installation with several coats of polish acquired over decades, preparing your surface before you put your new polish on is the key to quality results.

If your deck is made of brand-new wood, paying attention to sanding the wood down is important to making it absorptive. When wood is cut and smoothed at the sawmills, the action of the machinery has a tendency to crush the surface grain. Crushed grain, also called mill scale, tends to be resistant to staining. Wood that has the mill scale intact is usually hard to stain properly.

If yours is an old, weather-beaten deck, your wood is absorptive enough. You just need to pay attention to sanding out all the grayness, the fungus and the stains before you start. Oxygen bleach wood cleaners and stain strippers clean out existing staining well in an environmentally friendly way. If there are any stains that stain stripper doesn’t remove, sanding is always an option.  The entire process needs plenty of patience. With painstaking preparation, a beautifully stained deck is almost a given.

Don't leave out the brighteners

People staining their own decks often get tired halfway through the process and look for steps to cut out. To many, the step where they are supposed to apply wood brightener is the one that seems unimportant enough to dispense with.

Wood brighteners are able to take old and weather-beaten grey wood and turn it into something lustrous. They are nothing to be afraid of, either. These are spray-on and rinse-off products that protect the wood of you deck from cosmetic weather damage.

Without brighteners, your deck can never shine the way it could.

Don't take too long

Wood brighteners and other deck staining products contain powerful chemicals. It could damage your deck leaving them on any longer than recommended. Stain doesn’t stick properly to wood that has been over-exposed to chemicals, too.

Rinsing and cleaning out the chemicals that you use after each step is fundamentally important to a great deck staining.


With summer now official, it’s time to get outdoors and really enjoy your back yard. A deck is an amazing investment for your home. So make sure you take the time to property care for it, or it will quickly turn into a money pit or liability.

6 Roof Maintenance Tips for Spring Weather

We're starting to get closer and closer to rain season here in Nashville (or maybe it's already here). Your roof is not only the most important structure on your home, but also the most susceptible to leaking. Many headaches and unexpected expenses can be avoided by simply maintaining your roof. Here are some tips that can help you out before it's too late...

Check your roof

 Start by standing back as far as you can and start looking at your roof. You can use binoculars as well to get a closer look. Check to see if there are any missing shingles. If you feel comfortable doing so, get on your roof. You want to check for any holes, missing shingles, and areas that look like water can get into. But before doing any of this, safety first!

Check your attic

The next thing you want to do is check your attic (if possible). You want to look for any areas of water staining on the rafters, plywood, or deck boards. Black/darkened areas could be signs of rot and the roof may have already leaking for quite some time. You also want to look for areas in which sunlight is visible. Those are areas susceptible to leaking.

Replace your pipe boots

Is your roof older than 10 years old? If you said yes, it may be time to replace your pipe vent flashing a.k.a. a pipe boot. Rotted pipe boots (illustrated above) are one of the most common sources of a leak in a home. Applying caulk to this area is only a temporary solution. Either a new boot needs to be installed over the existing one, or the whole thing needs to be replaced.

Replacing a pipe boot is very cost effective. Our handyman repair service can take care of these for you so that you don't have to get up on that roof. How much would a water damage claim cost you if you had to file it with your insurance?

Caulk the wall flashing and valleys

Depending on the style of roof you have, you may have wall flashing and valleys that need to be caulked. In the 6,000+ roofs our project manager Jared has inspected, about 95% of them did not have sealed valleys. During heavy rains with heavy winds, water can get blown underneath the valleys and flashings, creating a temporary leak without causing storm damage. Having these areas regularly maintained will prevent water from entering your home.

Clean the debris off your roof

If your home is conveniently located under trees, chances are you have leaf/debris build up in the valleys and behind the chimney(s). Cleaning off this debris once or twice a year will prevent water from backing up underneath the shingles.

Call Nestive

Our project manager Jared Nunes is a HAAG certified roof inspector with over 7 years of roof inspecting experience. Over the last 7 years, he has inspected over 6,000+ roofs. When in doubt, give Jared a call to schedule a free roof inspection. Jared can advise you of maintenance issues, storm related damages, and repair options in order to make sure you are protecting your investment on the inside of your home by maintaining your investment on the outside of your home.