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Dirty Drains Causing Problems? 3 Easy Ways To Keep Them Clean

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dirty Drains Causing Problems? 3 Easy Ways To Keep Them Clean

If your drains have gotten a little sluggish lately, it might be due to a build-up of gunk and other debris. Everything you flush out of your house – whether through the toilets, sinks or tubs – flows through your drain pipes. That means that small particles of hair, food, oils and even fecal matter, gets deposits along the sides of those drains. Once there’s enough gunk built-up, your drains will stop flowing. When that happens, you’re going to be left with clogged drains and costly repairs. To keep your drains flowing freely, you should have them cleaned professionally at least once a year. In addition to the professional care, there are a few things you can do that will keep your drains clean and clog-free. Take a look at these helpful hints. Try a Shower Chaser Have you ever removed the drain plug from your shower? If you have, you’ve probably noticed that it’s covered in hair and other oily debris. That debris is going to clog your drains if it’s left there. You can prevent the build-up of gunk and hair by taking a few minutes after you leave the tub to clean the drains. When you’re done showering or bathing, pour ¾-cup of chlorine bleach down the drain. Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes and then flush the drain with hot water. The bleach and hot water will dissolve the gunk and flush the drain. For best results, use bleach once a day to prevent build-up. Sprinkle Some Soda Rotting food that’s left in the drains can lead to kitchen clogs. It can also lead to some foul odors coming up through the drains. You can reduce the kitchen clogs and leave your drains smelling fresh by using a natural drain cleaner. This cleaner uses ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Supplies You’ll Need 1 cup of baking soda ½ cup of table salt ¼ cup of lemon juice Directions Pour the baking soda and salt down your drain and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice and leave the mixture in your drain for another 10 minutes. Flush your drain with hot water for several minutes. Repeat this process once a week to keep your drains clean. Flush the Salt You clean your toilets with a brush, but that doesn’t get the drain pipe cleaned. Unfortunately, that means you probably have fecal matter coating your drains. You can prevent fecal matter build-up by flushing a handful of rock salt once a week. The rock salt will dissolve the solid waste that’s stuck inside the drains. Few things are as much of a nuisance as clogged drains. You can keep your drains clean and avoid clogs by following the tips provided above. Call a drain cleaning company like Rapid Rooter Inc for more drain care...

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Three Ideas To Spruce Up Your Home With French Patio Doors

Posted by on Aug 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ideas To Spruce Up Your Home With French Patio Doors

If you think that French patio doors can only be used to adorn the entryway to your backyard, think again.  There are a number of different ways that you can use these doors to spruce up the interior of your home as well, lending a unique and customized feel to your abode that makes it stand out from the pack.  Use this information to learn more about how French patio doors can transform your inner décor. Replace Interior Doors With French Patio Doors Removing the doors inside of your home and replacing them with French patio doors is a great way to open up the space and make it appear more inviting.  Solid, wooden doors can make a home seemed closed off and unappealing.  French patio doors have glass panels that you can see through, making it very easy to peer into a room and have an unobstructed view of what’s going on in there. If you’re concerned about privacy, simply don’t replace the doors that lead to bedrooms.  You can elect to install the French doors in the common areas, such as the living room, dining room or kitchen.  This way you’re able to maintain your privacy in certain parts of your house, while still being able to enjoy the beauty of the doors in other areas. French Patio Doors Make Beautiful Frames Another way to inject the “wow” factor into your home is to use French patio doors as picture frames.  Using a full-size door as a picture frame is very daring, and will surely become a major conversation starter whenever anyone enters your home. French patio doors make excellent frames because they already contain all of the elements:  A solid outer frame, and the glass to overlay the portrait.  You can choose to use a whole picture behind the glass, or make your door into a sort of photo album by putting a different picture behind each pane of glass.  Use French Patio Doors In Your Shower You can instantly upgrade the look of your bathroom by using French patio doors in place of traditional shower doors.  Qualified patio door dealers can fit a patio door onto your shower so that it fills the space and performs in the same way that your previous shower doors did.  There are so many uses for French patio doors within your home.  Use these ideas, and some of your own, to adorn your house with these doors...

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Fence In Your Above-Ground Pool So You Don’t Void Your Homeowners Insurance

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fence In Your Above-Ground Pool So You Don’t Void Your Homeowners Insurance

Above-ground pools that can be purchased from big-box stores are an affordable option for families that can’t afford to hire a contractor to install a traditional residential pool. These boxed-up pools that anyone can purchase, however, could void your homeowners insurance policy. If you’re considering purchasing a pool from a national chain this summer for your home’s backyard, you might also need to get some fencing. Pools Are Attractive Nuisances In insurance parlance, pools are considered “attractive nuisances.” As Investopedia explains, attractive nuisances are things on your property that children find appealing or enticing but are potentially hazardous to kids. Pools fall into this category, because children like swimming and playing in them, but they can drown in the water You Must Protect Children from Attractive Nuisances As a homeowner, you’re responsible for protecting kids from any attractive nuisances on your property. You aren’t expected to maintain an armed guard around-the-clock to watch your pool, but you will need to install something that prevents children from entering the pool unsupervised. If your homeowners policy covers a swimming pool, it will likely have a clause mentioning this. Should you fail to install an obstacle around your pool, your insurance company might not pay on any claims related to your new pool. Fences Are Perfect Obstacles Fences are the most common way of preventing unsupervised children from accessing an outdoor swimming pool. They are affordable attractive effective When you want to use the pool, it’s not difficult to go through a gate. As long as you keep the gate locked when you aren’t using the pool, children will have to climb over the fence to access the pool. Teenagers may be able to jump your fence, but, if something happens, you’ll at least have tried to prevent kids from accessing your pool when an adult isn’t around. Insurance companies don’t expect you to make it impossible for children to access an attractive nuisance, but they want you to make it difficult. According to Hurricane Fence Company, a fence meets most insurers’ requirements, as long as the fence is at least 48 inches tall has a mid-rail that sits at least 45 inches above the bottom rail has a bottom rail no higher than 4 inches from the ground has bars no wider than 4 inches apart has a self-closing gate that opens away from the pool and is 54 inches from the ground As summer progresses, big-box stores will begin discounting their remaining supply of above-ground pools. Before you spring for a pool because it’s on sale, however, review your homeowners insurance policy. You might have to install a fence around your pool. If you do need a fence, talk with a local fencing company about the cheapest way of meeting this requirement, so you can enjoy swimming in your backyard without voiding your homeowners insurance policy or breaking your...

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3 Tips To Help Your Family Survive A Home Remodeling Project

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips To Help Your Family Survive A Home Remodeling Project

Few things can cause as much anxiety as remodeling a home – especially if you and your family have to live in the home while it is being worked on. While living in your home during a remodel isn’t ideal, it’s not impossible. Here are three tips to help your family survive living in a home that is being remodeled. 1. Always have at least one working bathroom. One of the biggest headaches when it comes to remodeling a home is if all the bathrooms are being worked on at the same time. Unless you know for a fact that you can get the bathroom remodeling work done in the same day, only work on one bathroom at a time. If your home only has one bathroom, then you will need to work quickly to ensure it is in working order when your loved ones get home for the day. After all, no one wants to have to use a portable toilet in their own driveway. 2. Come up with a plan for meals when the kitchen is out of order. During many home remodels, the kitchen is one of the rooms that gets worked on. Usually, a kitchen remodel takes several days or even weeks. And, if you want it done correctly, there is really no way to rush getting the kitchen back up and running. As such, you will need to have a plan for your meals during the remodel. Most people will set up a microwave and the refrigerator in another room while the kitchen is unusable. As long as you don’t have to take up valuable space in the living room, your family should be able to survive with having the kitchen off-limits for a little while – that is, if they don’t mind microwave meals or eating out regularly. 3. Have a schedule of times when remodeling work should not be done. A difficult thing to figure out when doing a house remodel is figuring out when the work can be completed. Whether you are doing all of the work yourself or you hire a remodeling contractor, you need to have a schedule of times when the house should not be worked on at all. For instance, if someone in your home works graveyard shift two nights a week, you should make sure that the house isn’t worked on those two days so they can sleep during the day. Of course, it is easy to keep up with the schedule if you are the only one doing the remodeling work. However, if you have hired a contractor to do the work for you, make sure they are made aware of any scheduling issues for your family during the week. To learn more about home remodeling, contact a company like Art Hoffstrom...

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How To Prevent Basement Leaks

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Prevent Basement Leaks

A basement leak can be a costly and hazardous problem for your home. Here are some guidelines for protecting your basement from water seepage and leaks.  Plant Away from the House When you think about it, plant roots are designed to travel deep into the soil to search for nutrients and water; this also makes them a great pathway for rainwater to permeate the ground around your house. In order to prevent this seepage from reaching your basement, be sure to plant your garden a few feet away from the house.  Keep Your Gutters Clear The setup of your gutters can have a big impact on water drainage and leaks. In order to prevent water buildup near your home, make sure that your gutters clear the water to at least five feet away from your home. Of course, you also need to make sure that water doesn’t get stuck in the drain or leak out of the sides, so be sure to clean the gutter and fix seams on a regular basis.  Look at Ground Sloping One major cause of basement leaks is when water drains towards the house and gets trapped near the foundation. The erosion over time causes small cracks in the materials and lets water seep into the house. In order to prevent this, all you need to do is make sure that the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation. You may need to patch up certain areas of the ground by removing or adding soil.  Repair Wall Cracks For small cracks in your concrete walls, a do it yourself solution is sometimes possible. Look in your local hardware store for a fast-dry concrete wall plug. Whenever a small crack or deformity appears, you simply apply the product and let it dry overnight. This is a great tool to have on hand for emergency repairs and sealing.  Get Professional Waterproofing The tips above will help prevent rainwater from even getting near your home, which is a great first step in preventing basement leaks. However, your strongest defense against leaks will be a professional basement waterproofing. This one-time maintenance task will help preserve the foundation of your home and insulate your basement from any leaks that begin to form. A good basement waterproofing can save you a lot of money down the road by protecting the structure of your home, as well as your...

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Step-By-Step Guide To Locating A Leak In Your Roof

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Step-By-Step Guide To Locating A Leak In Your Roof

Sometimes finding the location of a leak in your roof is obvious, but oftentimes it takes a little detective work to figure out the exact location. Knowing at least the general area of a leak will help when it comes time to get an estimate for repair. Calling a roofing specialist will eventually be on your list of things to do, but you can also do some advance scouting to see if you can locate the leak, and possibly the reason for the leak as well. Read on for a step-by-step guide to locating leaks on your roof. The Location of the Leak 1.  Other than the sound of dripping water or an obvious puddle of water on your floor, look for the more subtle signs of a leak, such as bubbling paint, stains on ceilings or walls, mold growth, bulges in walls, and discolored patches on ceiling and walls. 2.  Accessing you attic is your next step.  Using a flashlight, examine the floor of the attic for signs of moisture and the corresponding areas on the attic’s roof. You may also notice mold growth here. 3.  Be extremely cautious in carrying out the next step. If you have a sharply pitched roof or you are not comfortable climbing up onto your roof, you may need to contact a roofing specialist to assist you with this step. If you can safely proceed to this step, you will need the help of a partner to stand inside the attic while you climb up onto the roof with a water hose.  Moving slowly from place to place, spray the water and wait for your partner to give you a signal that they can see the leak.  The Cause of the Leak 4.  Once you have located the area of the leak, examine the roof for signs of damage. The cause of the leak can be difficult to determine. Many times it will be a seal at a juncture, such as a chimney (a frequent area of leaks). Roof vents are another common area of leaks.  5.  If no damage or issues can be seen from the surface, you may need to actually remove a few shingles to see what’s going on underneath the shingles. Sometimes there are holes in the roof underneath the shingles due the home’s age. It’s vital that you contact a roofing specialist to get your leak repaired as soon as possible.  Moisture and heat combined will cause mold growth in your attic, wall, floors and elsewhere. Mold growth can be both destructive and dangerous, and the presence of moisture inside your home can lead to rotten wood and cripple the support structure of your...

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The Ins And Outs Of Commercial Sliding Doors

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Ins And Outs Of Commercial Sliding Doors

When looking to upgrade the way that people enter and exit your building, you can’t go wrong by looking into commercial sliding doors. These doors are typically automatic and allow people to enter and exit your building effortlessly, without having to touch the door at all. These doors are excellent from both a durability and usability standpoint. Before you go out and buy these doors, you should begin to understand some critical points about them. This guide will teach you more about these doors, so that you can get what you need for your commercial building.  What important factors should I remember about commercial sliding doors? Prior to getting having these door installed, you should understand a few critical points, including the following: In addition to standard entry doors, commercial sliding doors are ideal for businesses that conduct a lot of loading and unloading For your safety, you will need to constantly maintain the door’s pulley, track and similar components When you buy the door, you may have to also look into reinforced concrete barriers, rubber bumpers and other components You should purchase a service plan to go with the door, since the door malfunctioning can cost you business What are some benefits that I can expect from installing commercial sliding doors? You have plenty of options when it comes to door installation, but you owe it to yourself to consider sliding doors, due to some of the following benefits: You’ll save a lot of money on these doors, since they open and close by themselves and expend far less energy Traffic will flow much easier throughout your business, due to the accessibility that the doors provide You can control the doors to block and limit access to people at your own discretion, which is an excellent security measure to have How much do commercial sliding doors cost? When shopping for these doors, the cost will be a large factor. The price will depend largely upon the parameters and size you are working with, so you’ll need to get an exact quote from a door contractor. However, people pay between $1,016 and $1,378 on these doors. You’ll also need to purchase a service warranty, in order to keep the door in good condition and to protect the investment that you are making.  Use this information, so that you understand what you are getting with these doors. For more information, contact S & J Door Inc or a similar...

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How To Make Your Enclosed Porch Look Sensational

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make Your Enclosed Porch Look Sensational

Perhaps you have decided that enclosing your porch would make it more usable. That’s actually a great idea, as you’ll be able to use it during the cold months instead of only during warm weather days. Here are some ideas to consider that will make your enclosed room look lovely and unique. The Option Of Combining Two Rooms – If your porch is right next to one of your existing rooms, consider knocking out the adjoining wall and creating one large space. Another idea is to just crate a door way between the two areas and to connect them with French doors. Having the doors as part of your enclosure means that you’ll have an extra large space for entertaining. Wouldn’t it be fun to have part of the group cooking in the kitchen while others are visiting in your enclosed porch? Or, if the porch is next to one of your living areas, think about how enjoyable it will be to have board games set up in one area with refreshments set up in the other area. French doors are not only gorgeous, but they are easily opened up to provide the open look you are seeking. Consider gorgeous wood with glass as part of the design.  Bring In The Feeling Of Outdoors – As you decorate, consider keeping the outdoor feeling of your porch. White wicker furniture with bright floral seat cushions would be darling. Decorate with botanical prints, hanging plants and colorful plants in distinctive pots of different sizes and shapes. Green and yellow would be great colors for your pots. The addition of indoor water fountains and hanging decorative bird houses would also be a charming touch, especially if you add colorful bird figurines in strategic places. Add Windows – The right windows will be a great finishing touch to your porch enclosure. Consider picture windows that will allow you and your guests to experience the outdoors. Choose double-paned windows that are are insulated so well that your utility bills will be low. Insulated windows also keep out noise from children playing outside or the sound of airplanes flying overhead. If you have chosen white wicker furniture, consider big white frames around the windows, just for an added touch. If you want to add something unique and beautiful, consider adding one or two smaller Tiffany windows next to the French doors, or as part of the French doors. Have fun planning your porch enclosure. For further assistance, contact professionals, such as those from The Door and Window...

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Learn How To Make A Kitty Condo For Homeless Cats Using Items Found At A Hardware Store

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Seeing homeless kittens outside without a place to cold during the cold winter months can be heart-wrenching. If there are cats in your neighborhood that need a warm place to sleep, but you simply do not have a place for them in your business, consider creating a warm environment for them. The following guide walks you through a great way to make a quick and easy home for homeless kittens in your neighborhood. Gather the Materials The first thing you will need to do is get two large storage containers and some insulation from a hardware store. One container needs to be large enough for the smaller container to fit into. Both containers need to have lids. You will also need a thin blanket, waterproof tape, and about a yard of insulation to complete the project. Create an Opening Next, you need to create an opening in the side of both of the containers for the cats to enter into their new kitty condo. Measure one of the shorter sides of the containers and make a mark at the exact same point on both containers. You need to take into account that the smaller container will be situated inside of the larger container. Use a jigsaw to carefully cut away the small opening in both containers. Create the Base Remove the lids from the containers, and place the small container inside of the larger container. Pull the edge of the small container flush against the side of the larger container so that the openings you created line up evenly. Use the tape to adhere the small container to the larger container so that a cat cannot accidentally get into the area between the two containers when they are entering the condo. Insulate the Condo Place insulation in the open areas of the condo between the outer walls of the large bin and the walls of the inner bin. You want to be sure that the cats cannot get to any of the insulation because it will not be healthy for them to eat it. Finish the Condo Place the blanket inside of the small bin for a cat to lay on when he or she is inside of the condo. Place the lid on the smaller container, and then place the lid on the larger container. This will make the home waterproof for your feline friend. Once you have created the condo, place it in an area where you know cats like to visit. This will allow a cat to find the condo and keep themselves warm during the cold winter season. If you have a larger building that you want to repair and make suitable for keeping cats warm in the winter, getting in touch with a contracting company like A & B Malibu Plumbing may be your best...

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Customizing Your Fence for Privacy and Allowing You to Keep Your View

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When the backside of your home faces the woods or a lake, it can be difficult to find a fencing design that does not take away your view. Luckily, with some planning and work, you can create a fencing design that gives you privacy and you do not lose the view you want to keep. Solid Side and Front Panels The first part of creating your new fence is to choose solid panels for the side and front panels. These panels block the view of your neighbors from looking into your yard. Using the same panels on the front portion of your fence helps keep a cohesive look from the street. When choosing the panels, you want to consider the material options that match the style of your home’s exterior. For example, if your home is a small cottage style house on the water, then white vinyl panels are a good choice. The simple and clean look of the vinyl complements the smaller structure and it does not overshadow the intricate curves that many cottage style houses have. For a larger home with a view of the woods, you can choose a wooden fence. The wood blends into the look of your property and does not standout as a bright white fence would. To add some decorations to the fence, you can install post caps or lattice work on the top portion.   Backside Picket Fencing After you pick the side and front panels, you will need to focus on the back portion of your fence. The idea is to avoid blocking the view with the new fence. One design option you have is to choose some type of picket fencing. When it comes to picket fencing, you have several material options. Wood, vinyl and wrought iron are the most common ones. All of these materials come in different heights and you can determine the width you prefer between each post. The larger the distance between the posts, the less likely the fence will block your view. With this portion of the design, you have the opportunity to choose a secondary material for the backside of your new fence. For example, you can choose a simple wrought iron picket fence in the back that connects to white vinyl panels that go along the side of your property. You have the ability to customize your fence in any manner you want. To figure out the best design option, it is best to consult a fencing company (such as Everlasting Fence). The company will be able to help you choose the right solid panels and help you design an open look in the back portion, so you get the fence you want without losing your...

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