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12 Fall/Winter Home Maintenance List

Posted on November 11, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (445)
1. Inspect your ROOF - Look around with a binocular to check for broken tiles, shingles or loose seams. If you have any doubt, hire a roof inspector. Better have the issues resolved way before El Nino comes knocking. If you need to upgrade or make improvement to your roof, set up appointments right away, as roofers are booked months in advance. You don't want to leave your biggest investment unprotected. 
2. Clean downspouts and gutters - Remove debris and hose your gutter with water to make sure it flows freely. A clogged gutter can cause serious damage to your roof. A little preparedness goes a long way.
3. Divert or extend your rain gutter away from your foundation - With the approaching rain, it is best to make sure water does not flow directly into your foundation or walls. It is recommended that rain gutters be extended an additional 3 to 4 feet away from your wall. 
4. Clean your landscape drainage from any debris - It is best to sweep dead leaves and debris at or near your drainage before the return of El Nino. The drainage can't function properly if it is all clogged up.
5. Caulk around your windows and doors - Stop by your home supply store and buy a couple tubes of caulking to seal off cracked or dried casings. It only costs about $4 to $6 dollars per tube. These inexpensive seals are the best preventative to a wet and moist interior. Silicon latex caulking tends to resist moisture much better than acrylic latex caulking. They come in white or transparency colors, although some stores are carrying colored caulking. This preparation is also another source to reduce your Winter heating bills.
6. Fertilize your lawn and trim down branches - Feed your lawn and prepare it for the cold Winter months ahead. Focus on the importance of clearing any overhanging branches that are close to your property or fence. El Nino is bound to bring heavy winds. 
7. Clean and put away outdoor furniture, BBQ and trampolines - This is the best way to protect your outdoor furniture so they are ready to be used next year. Clean and make sure your BBQ is stored away or secured properly. Inland winds are known to toss and lift trampolines and BBQ's to your neighbors property.
8. Replace your batteries and change filtersFire Departments recommend that smoke detector and carbon monoxide batteries be replaced every Spring and Fall. As we prepare to spend more time indoors as Winter approaches, it is best to replace air filters, furnace filters, and clean dryer vents. 
9. Tune up your heating system - It is best to make sure your furnace is up to par for the cold season ahead. Usually a tune-up that costs a few hundred dollars will give you the assurance of a warm and cozy Winter. 
10. Sweep your chimney - If you use your chimney more often than a central heater, it is best to have it cleaned and swept on an annual basis. This is to make sure it is working properly, and that there is no debris blocking the airflow in the flue.  
11. Drain the water in your water heater - It is a necessary precaution to those neighborhoods that have hard water filaments. It improves the efficiency up to 50%.
12. Time to paint and spruce your front entrance - Holidays are upon us and you know you want to spruce up your curb appeal. Better wipe the windows, paint your front door, repair cracks and present your best foot forward.
A little Fall cleaning won't leave you unprepared for El NINO's return this Winter.

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Posted on February 9, 2015 at 2:04 PM Comments comments (348)
D'Lam Design Receives 2014 Best of Chula Vista Award
Chula Vista Award Program Honors the Achievement

CHULA VISTA December 11, 2014 -- D'Lam Design has been selected for the 2014 Best of Chula Vista Award in the Drafting Service category by the Chula Vista Award Program.

Each year, the Chula Vista Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Chula Vista area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Chula Vista Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Chula Vista Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Chula Vista Award Program
The Chula Vista Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Chula Vista area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Chula Vista Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Chula Vista Award Program
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10 Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (264)
10 Fall Home Maintenance Tips for Southern California

  1. Inspect your roof! Look for damaged, missing or loose shingles or tiles that may cause leaks. Check all penetrations (vents, skylights, etc.) for proper sealing and flashing. Remove all debris and trim back any foliage hanging over the roof.
  2. Check the heating system to make sure it is in working order and replace the air filter monthly.
  3. Have the chimney sweeped to prevent fires and carbon monoxide from entering your home. Also, don’t forget to close the Damper when a fire isn’t burning in the chimney.
  4. Insulate your attic space, seal holes and weather strip the attic hatch or door.
  5. Caulk around all doors and windows to prevent heat from escaping.
  6. Check the gutter’s condition and clear all debris.
  7. Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries if needed.
  8. Trim shrubs and trees against your home.
  9. Reverse your ceiling fans to run in a clockwise direction. This pushes rising hot air back down into the room.
  10. Mulch your leaves when you mow. The leaves will fall between the grass blades, decomposing and nourishing your lawn through the winter.
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Notice to all our clients in the City of San Diego

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (270)
The City of San Diego Development Services Department has announced that on JANUARY 1, 2014 the new 2013 Building Codes will go into effect.
The last day for D'Lam Design to submit your construction plans under the
2010 Building Codes will be DECEMBER 24, 2013.
For more information on the new 2013 Building Codes visit the California Building Standards Commission at
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Posted on August 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM Comments comments (115)
1. Update your building's lighting to make sure it uses energy efficiently. 
    Change existing light bulbs for compact fluorescent bulbs, which use up
    to 75 percent less power. Put lights on a timer so they automatically
    shut off at night or when you are away.
2. Make sure your building is well insulated, so you are not wasting energy
    on heating or cooling. Start by checking that insulation is up to code,
    particularly in unheated spaces; if you have walls that border
    uninsulated outbuildings, make sure that they are well protected.
    Insulate pipes that pass through cold spaces to ensure that you don't
    lose heat.
3. Reduce your building's electricity use. Plug groups of appliances into a
    smart power strip that uses a timer mechanism to turn them all off at a
    certain time. Even when they are turned off, electronics often have
    phantom power use when plugged directly into the wall. Set computers
    to turn off after being inactive for a certain time and eliminate screen
    savers, which use as much energy as active screens. If you have the
    capital, invest in a timer system that switches off the power to
    nonessential systems each night.
4. Turn down your heating and cooling system when your building is not
    occupied. By dropping the heat by 10 degrees over eight hours, you
    can reduce energy use by 10 percent. You can also turn your water
    heater off when the building is empty over vacations. You should also
    make sure that your heating and cooling systems are maintained
    regularly so they use energy efficiently and last longer.
5. Reduce the amount of water you use for normal operations throughout
    the building. Fix leaks and replace your existing fixtures with low-flow
    options. On average, low-flow shower heads save over 7 gallons per
    minute. You can also use dual-flush toilets.
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