16 Simple Steps to Perform CPR & Save a Life if the Need Arises

Summer may be winding down, but it is never too late to learn some critical lifesaving techniques. You never know when they may come in handy.

1. Check the scene for immediate danger. Make sure you’re not putting yourself in harm’s way by administering CPR to someone unconscious. Move the person if necessary.
2. Assess the victim’s consciousness. Gently tap his or her shoulder and ask, “Are you OK?” in a loud, clear voice. If he or she responds, CPR is not required.
3. Send for help. The more people available for this step, the better. However, it can be done alone. Send someone to call for emergency medical services (EMS).
4. Do not check for a pulse. Unless you’re professionally trained, you could be wasting valuable time looking for one.
5. Check for breathing. Put your ear to the victim’s nose and mouth and listen for slight breathing. If the victim is coughing or breathing normally, do not perform CPR. Doing so could cause the heart to stop beating.
6. Place the victim on his or her back.
7. Place the heel of one hand on the victim’s breastbone, exactly between the nipples.
8. Place your second hand on top of the first hand, palm-down.
9. Position your body directly over your hands, so that your arms are straight and somewhat rigid.
10. Perform 30 chest compressions. You should press down by about 2 inches, and they should be quick.
11. Minimize pauses in chest compression that occur when changing providers or preparing for a shock. Attempt to limit interruptions to less than 10 seconds.
12. Make sure the airway is open. Place your hand on the victim’s forehead and two fingers on their chin and tilt the head back to open the airway.
13. Give two rescue breaths (optional). The American Heart Association no longer considers rescue breaths necessary, but you can give them if you choose. Pinch the victim’s nose closed. Make a seal with your mouth over the victim’s mouth and breathe out for about one second. Make sure you breathe slowly—this will make sure the air goes in the lungs and not the stomach. If the breath goes in, you should see the chest slightly rise and also feel it go in. Give a second rescue breath.
14. Repeat the cycle of 30 chest compressions. If you’re also doing rescue breaths, keep doing a cycle of 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths.
15. Continue CPR until someone takes over for you, emergency personnel arrive, you are too exhausted to continue, an AED (automated external defibrillator) is available for immediate use, or signs of life return.
16. Use an AED (automated external defibrillator). If an AED is available in the immediate area, use it as soon as possible to jumpstart the victim’s heart.

Please consider getting certified by a professional trainer.

Where Do You Get Your Roofing Advice?

HD Shopping CartDo you want to get your roofing advice from a part-time guy with an apron? Or would you prefer the knowledge of a full-time certified roofer??

You can’t avoid the big-box stores these days. They are virtually everywhere, and they have virtually everything. You can buy a toilet, mouse traps, flowers, and lumber… all in one trip. I won’t lie: they are pretty helpful. However, they are not experts on everything.

More and more people are attempting to roof their own homes these days. You might be one of those weekend warriors that love to tackle DIY projects. And that’s great. But something as big and as important as your roof deserves the attention of professional, certified roofers who have experience. After all, you don’t want water streaming into your home because everything wasn’t properly sealed.

I know those guys in the aprons at the big-box stores are nice and sometimes very helpful. But they don’t have the same knowledge as the professional contractors. So, if you have a roofing challenge, make sure you call the company who will treat your home with the attention and expertise it deserves.

Five Things You Need To Know If You Suffer From Summer Storm Damage

Tree on RoofA big storm rolls through town and hits your home hard, and your roof took an absolute beating. You’re missing shingles, which are now scattered all over your yard. Maybe you’re facing an even more difficult situation… You have a hole in your roof and water is leaking into your home. It’s not a pretty situation!!!

At Schneider Roofing and Remodeling, we’ve been helping homeowners for years. Specifically, we’ve been working with insurance companies for years. That’s something that can’t be overlooked when you consider hiring a roofing company. If you find yourself with a roofing challenge this summer, here are five reasons why Schneider Roofing and Remodeling can help you:

1. You Get a Thorough Evaluation! We won’t spend a few minutes walking around your home or snapping pictures from a car to evaluate the damage of your roof and attic. Oh, no… You get a complete 17-point inspection and diagnostic of your roof. We will get on your roof and in your attic to evaluate everything closely. That’s the best way to find hidden damage. The last thing you want is for an undiscovered problem to cause massive damage to your home and valuables months later!

2. You’ll Know Your Options! After you’ve received a 17-point inspection of your roof, you will be given a variety of options. Hopefully, your roof only needs a simple repair. But if you require a new roof, you may be able to choose from a variety of shingles… each with different styles, colors, and warranties. BEWARE! Sometimes the insurance company will “adjust” your claim by calling for the lowest (and cheapest) grade roofing materials. That’s why it’s best that you have a contractor working with you in these situations.

3. You’ll Get Insurance Help! Once you’ve selected the best option for your home, your job is done! It’s time to let us go to work for YOU! That means contacting your insurance company and explaining the work you would like (and need) performed on your home!

4. You Get Roofing Professionals! You will get the repair or new roof you want because we have experience dealing with insurance companies. They trust us because we’re licensed, insured, and all work is performed up to code. You only get the best people and the best products when working with us!

5. You Get Long-Term Support! You also get roofing professionals that will be here to stand behind our work! We offer the absolute best guarantees and warranties! And should you have a question or issue, you can give us a call at any time, and we’ll be there immediately! This is our community, too! We take pride in making sure everyone is completely satisfied!

So, if you find yourself worrying about your roof after a storm, give us a call at 314-378-6623.

One Little-Known Fact Could Save You and Your Home from Costly Aggravation of Sun and Rain Damage

sun and rain damageThere are commonly known facts about your home, but here is a little known fact that most homeowners  are totally unaware of, which could save you thousands:

“If your roof is more than 20 years old, there’s a good chance that it’s due for replacement. But younger roofs fail too, so it is a good idea to inspect a roof at least once a year.”  ~ Tom Silva, This Old House

Although this little-known fact seems so very simple, few homeowners are aware of how important it really is!  When was the last time you had your roof inspected? On the other hand, were you even aware that it needs an inspection each year? A roof of any age can leak, and more than not, it takes some time before water stains show up in your home.  Often, by the time you notice the signs of a leak, it has already caused serious damage!

For signs of a roof leak to show up in your home, the water must pass through your shingles, pass through your felt underlayment, pass through your plywood, saturate 10 to 12 inches of insulation in your attic, and then soak through your drywall ceiling or wall! What’s even worse, many times water will leak within the wall cavity, sometimes for years, before you realize the problem exists! This can result in major damages! As a roofing contractor, I’ve seen this all too many times. What could have been a simple repair caused major damage to a home’s interior, something an annual roof inspection could have easily prevented from happening in the first place.

Call (314-378-6623) or email today to have your roof inspected!

Ten Things Every Homeowner Should Know

things homeowners should know1. Water Shut-off Valve Location: Know the location of the water shut-off for the whole house. Most sinks and toilets have a shut-off valve under the fixture but knowing how to kill the flow throughout the home is imperative if needed in an emergency. If a leak pops up, shutting off the flow will limit the amount of damage, repair costs, and headaches.

2. Gas Shut-off Valve Location: Same issue as the water valve but with greater emphasis toward safety. A gas leak can cause a fire or explosion so shutting it off at the sign (smell) of a leak or other danger is imperative.

3. Electric Box Breaker Switches: Be sure everyone in the home knows the location of the electric panel. Each breaker should be labeled for efficiency and safety. This will save you frustration and time during electrical issues.

4. Repair Water Leaks ASAP: A huge percentage of home repair costs can come from water damage. Once you have detected a water leak have it repaired immediately. The longer you let it continue, the more it will cost you to repair.

5. Foundation Blocks and Concrete Slabs: One of the most costly home repairs is leveling a house. To help avoid this expensive repair you should keep your home’s slab nourished during spells of very dry weather. Install flowerbeds along the sides and keep them moist. If you have no flowerbeds then you should actually water the edges of the slab. Do not over water, just be aware that cracks in the dirt can be a sign of future problems in your home’s foundation.

6. Install Gutters/Downspouts: Water should be directed away (4 to 6 feet) from the foundation, sidewalks, or patio/driveway slabs. Just like too much dry weather is bad for your foundation; too much water is also bad. Never let water pool at the base of your house.

7. Keep Gutters Free Flowing: The gutters and downspouts cannot push the water away from the house (and away from the basement) if they cannot do their function. Clean the gutters and downspouts several times a year or install gutter protection.

8. Keep Debris Off Your Roof: If you have trees dropping leaves on your roof you need to clear them off so water is not trapped under the debris. Trapped water will work its way through your shingles and ultimately through to your ceilings. When you see the water stains on your walls or ceilings, you should repair the leak immediately.

9. Weatherproof Your Home: Repairs to doors and windows is another costly area. When you take the time to caulk and weather strip your doors and caulk around all your windows (in addition to saving money) you will remain aware of developing issues. Your job is to know your home.

10. Know Your Neighbors: Chances are your home was built at the same time as other homes in your neighborhood. Keeping tabs on home issues your neighbors are experiencing can go a long way in predicting possible problems at your home!

Your Summer Storm Reminder

emergency-roofing-repair-1It’s definitely not pleasant to think of, but it’s a reality in life that all homeowners must face during these summer months. These are some of the most active storm months. Storms can mean “bad news” for your roof!

You might be faced with leaks, missing shingles, or some other type of damage. If that’s the case, please, be sure to call us!

Areas that are hit by large storms are often the first targeted by storm chasers. You’ve likely heard me talk about storm chasers before or read about them in this publication! Storm chasers can be “contractors” from hundreds of miles away, even from out of state, who rush to areas hit by storms.

Often, their only goal is to replace as many roofs as possible, collect as much money as possible, and then leave as quickly as possible. Few storm chasers put any type of value into customer service, roof quality, or craftsmanship. Speed is their only concern. And in a year or two, when a big rain hits and a few leaks pop up, you’ll call them only to find a disconnected number!

That’s something you never have to worry about with Schneider Roofing and Remodeling. We’re from here. This is our town. We value great work, and in the uncommon occurrence that a problem arises, we’ll be right there to fix it!

There’s another reason why you will want to call us soon, should
something happen to your roof: We have a long history of working
with insurance companies! We will be more than happy to meet with your insurance adjuster as they evaluate your property. We can act as an advocate for YOU, so you receive the absolute best outcome with your claim! Often, we can point out things to an adjuster that they may have missed—as a result, you benefit!

At Schneider Roofing and Remodeling, we hope that you don’t have to call us for any emergencies created by nasty storms. Just in case one does occur, and you need help, be sure to have our number handy: 314-378-6623. Remember, your interests are our first priority! And
you can count on us to provide you with excellent, long-lasting customer service!

Buyer Beware

BBB warningWhen hiring a service contractor to do work in your home, it is so important that you hire a quality and reliable company.  The Better Business Bureau issued a warning in the St. Louis area last year for a roofing contractor who pleaded guilty in Arizona to several charges, and on that very same day he established a business here in Missouri.  There are numerous complaints about his work here and several homeowners have found themselves in a bind with payments made and work still to be completed. Sadly, this is not uncommon and homeowners must stay informed and protect themselves.

You can trust Schneider Roofing and Remodeling.  We live in St. Charles and our company has been in St. Charles since it was established in 1991.  We guarantee your satisfaction, stand behind our work and will be here for you if you ever have any roofing or siding problems.

Please click here to read the warning from the Better Business Bureau.

Seven Signs That You May Need A New Roof

Seven SignsBefore realizing that they need a new roof, too many people wait until their roof has a horrible leak with water flooding into their home. It’s a shame, as it can cause extensive, expensive damage—and certain things, like valuables or pictures, can’t be replaced if contacted by water.

Instead of waiting for a nasty leak to give you a sign that you need a new roof, here are some less destructive signs:

1. Roof age – How old is your existing roof? You should have your roof inspected by a professional every year, but once it passes the 10-year mark, it should absolutely be inspected annually. With each passing
year, it will deteriorate more and more. A roofing professional can give you an honest evaluation of how much time you’ll have left with an older roof. It could be 10 years, it could be 20 years.

2. Curling and buckling of shingles – Shingles that are curled or buckling is another sign that you may need a new roof. Look at the slopes of your home that have direct sunlight. Do the shingles look like they’re curling away from the roof? Do they look like they’re losing granules? If so, that’s a sign of defect and your roof should be inspected soon.

3. Valleys – If your shingles are falling apart or missing in valleys, it is a definite sign you may need a new roof. Valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof. Water runs through valleys into gutters. Should a valley be compromised, it’s not a matter of if you will have a leak, but when.

4. Missing shingles – These are another sign your roof could be failing. Check to see if all of the “tabs” are intact. If you notice an area where several have blown away, it’s important to contact a professional to evaluate the situation.

5. Chimney flashing – This is another area to be concerned about. If your flashing consists of roof cement or tar, it may need to be replaced with a long-term, watertight fitting, which would be a metal flashing system.

6. Shingle granules in the gutters – Look in your gutters to see if they are loaded up with granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their lifecycle.

7. Daylight through the roof boards – Go in your attic and see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. Also check for moisture in the insulation.

If you’re not comfortable climbing in your attic, or you’d simply feel more comfortable with a professional giving you an honest, upfront opinion about your roof, you can always call your friends at Schneider Roofing and Remodeling at 314-378-6623. We will never pressure you into a new roof—instead, we’ll give you an honest answer about your roof’s life expectancy. Your safety and satisfaction are what’s most important to us.

Flashing Tips

flashingFlashing is usually aluminum or galvanized steel that’s used over joints in a roof and wall construction to prevent water seeping in and causing damage. Depending on the style of your home’s roof, you probably have it in the valleys, around the chimney and pipes, and around any dormer windows or skylights. Most damage shows up either in flashing that’s deteriorating due to weathering and oxidizing, or in flashing that has come loose.

If your flashing needs repairs, consider giving your friends at Schneider Roofing and Remodeling a call. We can give you an upfront price on the work, and depending upon the severity of the repair, in many instances, we can get the work done immediately!

Five Financial Benefits of Spring Cleaning

spring cleaningSpring cleaning is something thousands of households across the country participate in. During the chilly winter months, it’s easy for dust and clutter to overwhelm your home and sanity.  This year, you can combine your spring-cleaning strategies with your big-picture financial objectives. Here are five ways that spring cleaning can help you save some big money.

1.Reduce taxes. Have piles of clothes that you’re planning on ditching? Well, when you drop off your old sweatpants and T-shirts at your local charity, keep a total of how much you’re giving. If you don’t have a receipt, be sure to ask for one!2. Get better organized.Speaking of taxes, make it a point to start organizing all of your financial documents, especially donations. It will make tax time a breeze. You also will likely notice that you’re taking full advantage of any tax incentives or deductions that you can make. Often people forget the different organizations they’ve contributed to.
2. Get better organized. Speaking of taxes, make it a point to start organizing  all of your financial documents, especially donations. It will make tax time a breeze. You will also likely notice that you’re taking full advantage of any tax incentives or deductions that you can make. Often people forget throughout the year the different organizations they’ve contributed to.

3. Keep an inventory. 
Like most households, you probably forget just how much stuff you have shoved in closets and under sinks. Make a conscious effort of tracking

down and documenting what you have. Often people overbuy certain items they don’t believe they have, but really do. 

4. Fix it up.
 Cleaning gives you a chance to evaluate your home. Notice and fix any little problems now, before they become much bigger and require you to hire a handyman or a contractor for help. You could save hundreds over time.


5. Sell it.
 Fill a box (or two or three) of any items that you really don’t use anymore. Explore selling them at yard sales, second-hand stores or online.You might be shocked the value of the stuff just lying around your home.