Owning a home can be one of the most wonderful feelings in the world. It can open doors to a number of enhancements and modifications that you can carry out so as to improve your home living experience. It can give you and your family a safe, secure place where you can spend most of your time in peace and happiness. However, to make your home living experience rewarding and fulfilling, you might have to put in some effort to make sure that inconveniences, discomforts, and security risks do not find their way into your home. In many homes, these come in the form of pests of different kinds. Things like termites, bedbugs, cockroaches, rodents, and other kinds of pests can really make life difficult for you at home and if you have such infestations, it is important to stay on top of the problem. Calling exterminators home can be a great way to get rid of pests.
Having pests at home can be one sure way in which your home living experience can feel significantly degraded. Pests of diff (more…)
Presentation isn’t everything when it comes to a home but it’s darn close. How you keep your home determines a bunch of things about your energy and your mental health so it’s important to keep your home in a state that works for you. For some, this means having straight, clean rooms that are easy to navigate and work within. For others, this might mean having a home that’s slightly messy and has lots of pets and live, active energy. Both of these are valid, of course. It’s your specific home and it’s up to you to decide what to do with it. Still for others, the best thing they can do for their home is take care of the outside of it. This is true especially in smaller and rural areas where people have more space for external decoration such as pools, playgrounds and lawns. There are plenty of ways to take care of the outside of your home and lawn, whether they be suburban, urban, rural or somewhere in between. Lawn care can be daunting and filled with complicated machinery like the sca (more…)
These days, most people have heard of a ductless system for cooling and heating. They’re starting to crop up in more and more places in the United States, and if you’re wondering what’s behind them, how they work, and whether there’s any advantage to using a ductless system, read on to learn more.
What Is a Ductless Air Con System?
Traditional air conditioning systems have come in two forms. Central air systems would cover an entire home and feature an outdoor unit connected throughout the house by a series of ducts. The other form that you tend to see are window units. Central air systems had the advantage of being able to cool the entire house at once, but ducts are notoriously leaky and a lot of the HVAC system’s energy would be lost to the ductwork. Meanwhile, window units don’t always fit well in the windows and tend to be very noisy and inefficient.
A ductless system separates the blower from the compressor. The blower is mounted inside the house on a wall while t (more…)
As a home or business owner, it can be difficult to determine what truly defines a plumbing ‘emergency.’ Sure, there are some obvious signs that plumbing services are necessary, but when it comes to urgency, estimating potential risks and structural damage can be difficult unless you’re a professional. Before you call an emergency plumber, there are a few questions you should be asking yourself. Here are just a few important considerations to keep in mind before you call emergency commercial or residential plumbing services.
If there’s a leak involved, can it be temporarily stopped?
Leaks are among the most common household plumbing issues: About 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water or more per day. Even if you have a minor leak, you shouldn’t ignore it — a leaky faucet that drips twice per minute will waste over one gallon of water in a week. But to determine whether an emergency plumber is truly necessary, consider whether you can access the main shutoff valve and temporarily stop the cause of the leak. If it’s already caused substantial damage or can’t be stopped, you should definitely contact some sort of emergency plumbing services.
Is the problem your responsibility to resolve?
If you find that you can’t solve the problem, even temporarily, think about whether or not it’s your responsibility to fix. There are some circumstances in which it may not be your problem, for example, if you’re renting an apartment. In this case, maintenance should be handled by the landlord or property manager. In other cases, you can call your utility provider to see if the problem affects other homes besides yours.
“In some cases, the emergency may not be something you can fix, especially if you can’t locate the source. In this situation, call your water company and utility provider. They’ll be able to tell you if the problem affects more than just your home, or if you need to deal with it yourself. Issues with city water supplies, for example, will be fixed by city employees at no cost to you,” writes Doug Bonderud on Angie’s List.
Ultimately, thinking about these two questions alone can help you determine whether emergency plumbing services are truly necessary. Of course, if you have doubts, it’s always better to be safe than sorry and consult a professional.
Garbage removal services are easy to forget about. For most of us, garbage removal happens while we are still asleep or after we’ve already gone to work. The only thing we are concerned about is when to put out the recycling bins and remembering which days residential waste pickup is scheduled for. It turns out that the garbage collection industry has some pretty interesting facts and statistics, so read on to learn a bit more.
- We throw away an amazing amount of stuff. In the course of a lifetime, the average person in the United States ends up throwing away 600 times their own adult weight. The average person is generating about four pounds of trash every day. Considered in this way, garbage removal is just about the most important jobs on the planet!
- Our cities don’t always clean up our waste. You might think that every municipality is responsible for arranging garbage removal, but municipal garbage pickup only takes care of (more…)
You are finally going to be able to tackle the home remodeling projects that you had planned. After spending the last four years tackling some credit card debt that you incurred after a couple of rough health issues, you are finally back in a place where you have money is savings again. So much so, in fact, that you and your husband have both agreed that there is enough to prioritize the home remodeling projects that you have had on hold.
A couple of the issues like refinishing the wood floors in the kitchen need to be taken care of before the whole floor needs to be replaced. Even though it is a messy project, you have both decided that this is one of the priorities that will be tackled first. You also want to replace the 21 year old carpet in the house, but you are both certain that you want to have the messy and dusty job of refinishing the floor first (more…)
You are finally getting the new shower install that you have been wanting. From the walk in shower that will eliminate the need for so much cleaning time to the heated floor that is being installed, the new space will be perfect. Bathroom remodeling projects not only add to the use of a space, but the value of the space as well. And while home remodeling projects can cause a major disruption in the every day life of a family, it is important to make the improvements that are needed as soon as possible.
Small problems can turn into major expenses if they are not taken care of when they occur. A small link in a kitchen or bathroom space, for instance, can turn into a major renovation if water damage causes a floor space to weaken or a drywall a (more…)
When you first buy a house, you might not be considering the impact of the windows. The windows are an integral part of any house, whether you have five or 37. And whether they have blinds, drapes, or another addition to them can have a big impact on your lifestyle.
One important way that a window can affect the way you live is through how much heat escapes through it. A study from the Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that you can lose approximately one-third of your home’s heat between your door and windows. By adding attachments such as motorized window blinds, you can improve this energy efficiency and save approximately 13% of that heating and energy use.
A lot of this has to do with how open your window is. If you have no attachments with it, then the window has no way to keep heat in or out of your home. However, if yo (more…)
How to Reduce Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents Use Adhesive Bath Mats and Other Important Safety Measures
The Department of Labor reported that the second major cause of accidental death arises from injuries sustained when someone slips, trips, and falls. About 25% of the workplace injury claims reported every year are due to falling. According to the National Safety Council, the cost of addressing these falling injuries amounts to roughly $70 billion a year.
On an annual basis, slips, trips, and falls lead to roughly 12,000 workplace injuries. Over 17% of the injuries that cause workers to experience some type of disability are due to falling, however. Since the possibility of falling increases for every ten years of a person’s life, it’s not surprising that individuals 55 and older are more susceptible to becoming injured due to slipping.
Slip, trip, and fall injuries can of course occur on the same or on an elevated level. Approximately 35% of these types of injuries have occurred when people have slip(more…)
Americans make an awful lot of trash. Every day, all across the country, commercial garbage pickup, curbside pickup, and other trash pick up of residential yard waste, recycling, and kitchen and household garbage require thousands of trucks, hundreds of thousands of workers, and billions of tax dollars to accomplish. All this trash and garbage is filling up our landfills at an astonishing rate. People are more aware these days of the need to be careful with their trash, and yet there’s still plenty of it. There is more we can do to be better stewards of what we have. As you consider your own trash, garbage, and recycling, think about these shocking facts.
- American garbage by weight. In the course of one lifetime, the average American will end up throwing away 600 times their (more…)
Do It Yourself Repair
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