Category: Home Maintenance

Top 5 Places to Recoup Renovation Dollars

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Making the Most of Household Nooks & Crannies

It's a problem we see time and time again - those confounding, awkwardly shaped pockets of space we all have in our homes but don't know what to do with. They're too small to fit your existing furniture, too big to be left empty, and too significant to be ignored! Or maybe you have been ignoring them - attic and basement space can be easy to neglect once the doors are closed, yet they often harbor spacial goldmines for the homeowner looking to expand the usability of their... read more

Backyard Walkabouts…5 Places to Inspect Outside the House.

While the weather is decent, take a stroll around your house and check up on 5 commonly overlooked areas. 1. GUTTERS & LEADERS  Are the gutters still properly pitched and mounted tightly to the house?  Are they clean from debris (and cicadas)?  Do leaders still direct water far enough away from house and are they still properly tied into your drainage system? 2. SOIL EROSION  This may be an indication of inadequate roof drainage or ground pitching.  Take these signs of early... read more

A Contractor For Every Project Size.

In our trade, you'll typically find two types of contractors:  (1) Contractors who run large projects and view small jobs as unprofitable or (2) Contractors who tackle small projects all day and send sub-contractors to focus on larger projects.  It's a rare breed who can do both. For years, the Episcopo team has successfully met the needs of both large and small projects.  How? TRAINING.  Our in-house team is cross-trained to know a variety of diagnostic, repair, and building... read more

Radon and A Healthy Home

"Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US.  Radon causes about 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year." Radon is an odorless radioactive gas that comes from certain soils and rock common in our area of New Jersey.  Even homes built with radon-resistant features will usually test positive for a minimal amount of radon.  However, when you consider the above statistics from the definitive “The Health Effects of Exposure to Indoor Radon” report of 1998, you should be aware of... read more