Keep Warm This Winter/How to Keep Pipes from Freezing

Winter brings with it a world of worries for a homeowner, including higher electric bills, busting pipes, and water damage. There are things you can do, however, to prevent or minimize many of the risks associated with winter.

When it comes to frozen pipes and water damage, some pipes are more likely to freeze and burst than others. Pipes that are most at risk for freezing include pipes located in exterior walls, any plumbing on the home’s exterior, and exposed piping in unheated or poorly insulated areas of the home.

Now that you know which pipes are more at risk, there are some preventative measures that can be taken to prevent bursting and water damage. For exterior plumbing, be sure and completely turn off the interior shut-off valve leading to those pipes or faucets, then completely drain spigots and water hoses before the first major freeze of the season. For under-insulated walls, consider re-insulating before winter to not only help protect your pipes, but save on heating and electric costs as well. If a pipe has frozen in the past, or shows signs it has(such as water damage, mold, and moister build-up in the area), chances are that pipe isn’t insulated well enough to prevent damage come wintertime.

Another common way to prevent any pipes from freezing or bursting is to, of course, let your faucets drip during freezing temperatures. But what if your pipes do freeze? If your pipes become frozen, use a portable space heater, pipe thawer, or an electric heating pad to thaw the frozen pipe.

If you do decide to reinsulate part of your home to prevent frozen pipes from becoming an issue, Action Rentals has all the insulation blowing equipment you may need. If you end up with frozen pipes, or even have one burst, Action Rentals has pipe thawers, space heaters, and water draining equipment for you too!

How to Choose the Right Venue

Wedding planning is stressful, but one of the most stressful and time-consuming parts can be picking a venue. But what factors should you consider when picking out your perfect location?

  • Capacity- If your perfect venue only seats 100 guests, but your guest list is topping out at 200, then something has to give. Be sure and find a venue that can comfortably accommodate all your guests, with enough room for everyone to dine, dance, and relax.
  • Type- Hotel? Outdoor venue? Historical location? You need to consider all the factors before you decide on the type of venue you want. If you are having a winter wedding, for example, consider having it indoors or in a well heated building, barn, or tent. No one wants to freeze the entire night!
  • Cost- Everyone has a budget, and you need to keep that budget in mind from the very beginning. Don’t break the bank on the venue alone!
  • Rules/Restrictions- Some venues have a definite time you have to leave by or have restrictions on beverages you can serve. So if you’re looking to stay late or have a full bar, be sure and take a second glance at a location’s guidelines.
  • Catering- Be sure and discuss with them the catering options you have. Some venues only allow in-house catering or catering from a list of preferred catering partners, but if your looking to have particular caterer, be sure the venue allows it.
  • Parking/Transportation- If you plan on having a large wedding, be sure the venue’s parking lot can handle the number of guests you have invited. Does the venue have access to public transportation? For some, this is a deciding factor in picking out a venue.
  • Facility Extras/Amenities- When working on picking out a location for your reception, places that supply extras such as tables and chairs, kitchen access, A/V equipment, or linens can provide an added bonus!

When planning your wedding, be sure and consider all of these factors when picking out a venue. After the venue has been decided, be sure and stop by Action Rentals to see all the decorations, linens, and extras that will make your day uniquely you!

Prepare Your Home For Winter

Winter can be harsh on your home, but there are ways to help make sure it’s protected throughout the cold winter months.

Winter can be especially hard on your roof, but by taking the proper precautions, you can save yourself some of the headache (and money) this season. A backed up or clogged gutter can cause ice dams, roof damage, and broken gutter systems. Before winter strikes, be sure and check out your gutters yourself! If you want to save the added expense of paying someone to clean out your gutters, you can do that as well!

Freezing or backed up pipes can be a real issue in the wintertime. If a pipe becomes too clogged or frozen during the winter, your home could suffer some serious damages. Clogged pipes can bust faster if they become frozen and clogged pipes can also become backed up quickly. In order to insure clogged pipes don’t get backed up or freeze, it is best to clean them out before the weather gets too bad. Using an electric drain cleaner is best before winter to insure the best results. Utilizing a drain camera may also help to locate clogs and better help you to remove them. If your pipes do become frozen, however, you will need to thaw them before trying to use water. A frozen pipe will need to be thawed out with a hair dryer, heating pad, or, for best results, a pipe thawer.

While preparing for winter, remember to stop by Action Rentals and get all the tools you’ll need. Action has all the ladders that can get you up there to inspect your gutters and roofing, without costing you a fortune. Acton also offers a variety of pluming equipment, including electric drain cleaners, drain cameras, and pipe thawers!

Wedding Theme: Rustic

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Picking a wedding theme can be a hard decision to make, but picking the right decorations can be an even harder decision. One of the most popular and breathtaking wedding themes to focus on is the Rustic Theme. A Rustic Theme can be utilized in almost any season, making it an extremely versatile option for any bride. This theme can allude to a sense of intimacy and romance that most brides covet on their special day.

Rustic themes are all about the details. But what details should you include? A few large pieces can really help establish your theme, such as wooden arches for the ceremony and whiskey barrels for the cocktail hour. During the ceremony be sure to include aged wooden chairs for the guests, a burlap or moss-covered pillow for the ring bearer, and lace and baby’s breath aisle decorations.

Table decorations for dinner could include burlap accents and table runners, as well as jars and vases with a rustic touch for the centerpieces. A rustic hutch or cabinet could make a perfect beverage station or dessert area. For the smaller details, be sure to include some wooden accents, birdcages, or even some chalkboard signs directing your guests to the reception.

Whatever decorations your rustic themed wedding needs, Action Party Rentals can handle. Action also has the widest selection of quality wedding decorations, for any theme!

Insulate Your House for Winter

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Winter cold is always harsh, but what if your house isn’t insulated correctly? That could mean big problems for you and your family.

Before the harshest part of winter arrives, you may need to consider reinsulating your home. Over half of a home’s heat can escape if it’s not insulated correctly, which wont just keep your family cold all winter, it will cost you hundreds of dollars per month, too.

Most houses, except those made for energy efficiency, can benefit from new or additional insulation. To find out how much insulation you have, how effective it is, and where the insulation is located, you can get a home energy assessment by a qualified home energy auditor. These professionals will also tell you which areas of your home are not air-sealed, so that you can prevent even further heat and energy loss.

After your home has been assessed, it’s time to add insulation to your home! If you need to first remove old insulation that is destroyed, moldy, or wet, be sure and use an insulation removal vacuum before installing new insulation. After old, unusable insulation has been removed, it’s time to install the new insulation! An insulation blower is going to provide more coverage than using rolled sheets of insulation. Insulation blowing also has the ability to cover difficult or unusual areas of your home, for a more thorough and effective seal. Insulation blowers allow you to also pick which kind of insulation you wish to use, such as standard fiberglass, stone wool, or cellulose. This allows you to select the insulation that is right for your needs, while also saving your family hundreds on electric and heating costs.

For all your insulation and removal needs, Action Rentals has what you need! Renting insulation equipment from the professionals at Action will save you even more time and money on your big project!

The Best Time for Roofing Repair/ Replacement

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Before the harsh winter months arrive, you need to fix or replace that leaky roof! No one wants their roof to leak during holiday dinners or celebrations, so now is the perfect time to do those repairs!

Winter months provide lots of snow, ice, and rain, which can really take a toll on your roof. A bad roof can also cause higher electricity costs and water damage to your home’s insulation or interior. In order to prevent all the negative side effects of a bad roof, fall is the perfect time to get your roof inspected and repaired. Fall temperatures make roof repairs less unbearable and will ensure that your roof is in its best shape for winter!

Roof repairs can be costly, so why not do it yourself? Doing it yourself could save you thousands of dollars. In order to repair or replace your roof, you’ll need the right tools for the job. The professionals at Action Rentals can help you get those tools. Renting equipment and tools from Action is a great alternative to buying expensive equipment that you may only use once.

Action Rentals and Sales carries staple and nail guns, ladders, and almost any tool you may need!

Outdoor Wedding? We’ve Got You Covered!

 

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Tents are often seen as a last minute necessity to protect weddings from the elements, but they can be so much more! In addition to providing needed protection from the heat and the rain, tents can also provide a more elegant feeling during your big day. Tents can be decorated with lights and fabric to create a soft feeling during a reception, or with flowers and foliage to create an earthier, natural feel during a ceremony or rehearsal dinner. Encompassing candelabras or chandeliers into your tent design can also give your special day an additional feeling of romance, making it more inviting and relaxing for you and your guests.

When deciding what tents to rent for a wedding or reception, there are a lot of factors to consider. When looking at tent options, take into consideration how you will want to decorate, the height you’ll need, how many people you’ll be entertaining, and the quantity you’ll need. All of these factors will affect what kind of tents you will need and what size and shape you will want.

For all your tent needs, turn to Action Rentals, home of The Tent King! Action Rentals provides the best quality and selection of tents for your big event!

Rent (don’t buy!) Linens for your Next Event!

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Linens are a basic part of any special event. Linens make table settings and serving areas look more put-together and elegant, and can add dimension, texture, and style to any event.

Linens can be very costly when buying them, especially for large events, such as receptions or rehearsal dinners. Buying linens outright is almost always a waste of money, because they wont ever get used again anyway! Spending lots of money to purchase linens means you’re basically throwing that money away! When renting linens, however, not only are you saving money, but you’re also not wasting money, because you’re not trashing your newly-bought linens after your event!

Action provides the best quality, most variety, and best selection of linens to rent for your event! Come by today and see us to find all the linens you’ll need to make your event a success!

When to use Aerial/Scissor Lifts

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Aerial Lifts and Scissor Lifts are important pieces of construction and utility equipment. Lifts are used to elevate both people and their equipment, making them indispensable on almost any work site. While both pieces of equipment are vehicle-mounted, each piece of equipment is designed for different jobs.

Aerial lifts are most often used for maintenance or utility tasks where heavier machinery would not be an option. Aerial lifts are designed so that they have several jointed sections that not only allow them to reach great heights, but also move in different directions. These lifts are often seen in use by utility workers while they fix electrical problems or telephone wires. Aerial lifts are more versatile than scissor lifts and can reach a wider range of spots and corner.

Scissor lifts are elevated platform devices that generally only move upward. Scissor lifts often provide the user with more workspace and stability, making them more reliable for projects where a person may need to be elevated for longer periods of time. These lifts do not have the same versatility and ability to reach difficult spots that aerial lifts possess, as well as the ability to reach the same heights as that of aerial lifts. For indoor projects or simple projects where the worker only needs elevating directly upward, scissor lifts are more popular.

No matter the project, or the lift, Action Rentals has you covered!

How to Have a Unique Summer Wedding

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Everyone wants their guests to have a unique experience at their wedding, but summer weddings all seem to feel the same. They all have similar color palettes, venues, and similar décor. There are a few ways, however, to make sure your summer wedding stands out from the rest.

One way to insure your wedding stands out from the rest is to use a more “wintery” color palette. Pale pinks, light blues, silvers, and rich reds are all traditionally winter wedding colors, but using them in the summer can make your event more memorable.

Another great idea to make your summer wedding unique is to have it at a stylish indoor venue. Not only will an indoor venue set you apart from all the other summer weddings, which will probably be outside, but it may also insure your guests are more comfortable during the ceremony. Most guests don’t consider a hot, muggy wedding a good time, so an indoor venue will probably be nice change of pace for them. A stylish museum wedding, or sophisticated library ceremony could be the perfect way to make you and your guests happy!

Finally, and probably most importantly, have a creative food or drink lined up! If you are going to have your wedding outside, an ice cream bar at the reception is the perfect example of a creative wedding dessert! An ice cream bar will be different and more exciting than any wedding your guests will attend this season. A signature summery cocktail will also add a nice flair to a reception or cocktail hour. A refreshing mojito with fruit, or a lavender lemonade cocktail will provide originality and refreshment at your big event!

When picking out the colors, linens, serveware and dishware you’ll need to make your day unique, remember to check out Action Rentals! We have the best selection of wedding essentials in a wide range of colors, styles, and designs to fit your needs!