By mymudmits | May 6, 2015
To prevent deaths and injuries, homeowners should be aware of the proper ways to keep their roof gutter’s clean. Gutters are cleaned out generally for rainy season. The rain water doesn’t get clotted in the gutter if they are not properly cleaned. As a result that clotted water damages the roof. Costly home repairs have to be done if this water does not flow and damage your roof. Thus it’s time to clean your gutters and do it safely without injury or any kind of damage. If you want your roof to last long in better condition, keep your gutter clutter free. Here are some tips to keep your gutter clean with safety.
It is always advisable to have any person with you while using a ladder. It would be safe. You should be double sure to use the correct type of ladder for getting up to your roof gutters. For using a more stable platform, you should use a four legged stepladder s or extension ladders that can lean against the wall of your roof.
Scoop it out
For cleaning out the roof gutter, the best appropriate method is scooping out the leafy debris. A suggestible tool for this method is bright orange plastic “Gutter Getter Scoop” which is available from most hardware stores. This tool is very useful as the front edge is thin and it becomes easy to scoop out even the toughest of debris in all size roof gutter system. Many of the companies make gutter scoop but make sure you take a plastic scoop as metal scoop is able to scratch and damage the bottom of your roof gutter. You can also use extension poles to get attached with the gutter scoop to further clean the gutters without much moves of ladder.
Hose it down
For using a garden hose with normal water pressure, you can use a pistol grip spray nozzle. Spray towards the downspout so that the heavier sediments can drain out. It allows the pressure of water to adjust with only one hand. If your subsurface drain and downspout are connected, then disconnect it before it goes underground to avoid hard to reach clogs.
You need to check whether the downspouts are clear or not. After cleaning all the gutters, you should run the water hose at its full pressure in the downspouts. If there would be any clog present in the downspout, the water backs up out of the top. It can be unclogged by tapping on the side of the downspout.
Maintenance and prevention
Cleaning your roof gutters is very essential. You should clean your roof gutters at least two times a year during spring and fall. Gutter guards can be attached to your roof gutters for keeping roof gutters cleaner for a long time. Select your roof gutter guard with care as they are theoretically very good but don’t give practically your desired result.
By cooldude | July 18, 2014
Closets are surely some of the most significant furniture options in your home. It can be defined as a small enclosed space structure which is chiefly utilized for hanging clothes or general storage. No wonder a closet is a must have for every home. Are you too looking for a closet for your home? Well, there are varied closet designs to pick from.
The reach-in closets are generally structures from 3-8 ft in width, with 24-30” in depth. These are mostly placed in bedrooms, kids’ rooms and hallways. The reach-in closets were primarily constructed with single rod meant for hanging apparels under shelf- there were return walls to restrict access inside. However, these days the modern reach-in closets allows better efficient space & more storage opportunities. The great bit is that today a lot of reach-in closets come up with customizable mounting facility which enables reconfiguration as per the changing storage needs. You would be able to add on stackable storage aspects such as drawer units and cube organizers for the folded items & accessories. If you need more space, take to reach-in closets with dual-tiered hanging system that will make place for jackets, skirts and folded pants. In case you go for reach-in closets with conventional hinged door option, add on hooks or door racks to hang on accessories like shoes or keys.
A walk-in closet is a relatively modern phenomenon in comparison to the conventional reach-in closet. The contemporary option offers more depth & space and is best suitable for master bedrooms. If you are looking for more storage and versatility, the walk-in closet is the pick for you. You have modest walk-in closets that cover some square feet while these could be as big as a bedchamber. Some of the walk-in closets even involve an island at the center which free storage space from walls. If you are planning to buy walk-in closet, make sure it’s minimum 6 & half ft wide to ensure smooth access.
Wardrobe is another great option when you are looking for a good closet idea. If you don’t have enough space in your home to accommodate a regular sized closet, a wardrobe can be the best pick. Wardrobes fit perfectly behind the doors with great storage facility. The best wardrobes generally involve in-drawer cellarets which organize scarves, ties, socks etc. However, if you are on restricted budget go for wardrobes which act as free-standing closet-organizers, incorporating both hanging bar & drawer storage. Wardrobes are available in varied styles such as ones with zipped-up fabric doors or sliding doors or you will also get wardrobes on the casters.
There are some closets that are especially meant for some particular items. One of them is coat closet that are specifically designed for hanging coats, along with jackets and hoods. People usually place them in entryways, closer to front door.
Linen closets are especially meant for storing washcloths, bed sheets, toiletries and towels. The linen closets are generally placed near bathrooms or bedrooms of a house.
By cooldude | April 28, 2014
Are you tired and exhausted of the bedbugs attack at your home and desperately looking for some sensible advice that can remove your misery? Well, bedbugs are one of the old insects that attack households like flies, mosquitoes. But it’s not always easy to get rid of bedbugs if they start nesting at your place; they are very rigid to leave the place. Sometimes, using different kinds of pesticides also don’t help in this regard. So wondering what are the solutions then? Well, here comes few handy tips by which you can get rid of bedbugs permanently from your home and save your children from getting panicked.
Examine the beds: As its name suggests, bedbugs are fond of building nest on the bed itself. Therefore you must examine all the beds of your house very carefully. Remove the bed sheets; wash them in hot water with lots of soda or detergent to get rid of not only bedbugs but also from any kind of harmful bacteria or germ. Then watch for the crevice and fissures in the beds where these insects essentially start nesting. If possible remove the old, torn wooden beds and replace them with wrought iron or fiber made beds. On the other hand you also try using strong pesticide chemicals on the fissures of your beds just to make sure that all the bedbugs are dead. Once done, clean them up and dry out the wooden fissures by keeping the beds under sunlight.
Clean the dressing table, wardrobes: When bedbugs attack they tend to also nest in the wardrobe and drawers where there are a lot of corners. Therefore besides cleaning your beds, you must also not forget to clean these furniture’s too. In your wardrobe, remove all the clothes and accessories and try to use them only after careful washing. Because bedbugs tend to bite human begins with its great poisonous tentacles, spray pesticide in every corner of the furniture and don’t use them for a day to two just to make sure that they are completely out of the reach of these insects.
Examine sofa, cushions and carpets: Remember that bedbugs also tend to live on sofa, cushions and carpets. So if you don’t want to get embarrassed in front of your guests then you must clean all these very carefully. In most cases, you can’t use the pesticide chemicals on sofa, bed or cushion. Therefore if you are using pesticide powders then you better you them on floor, in every corner of your house.
Ceiling and walls: It might sound untrue but it is a fact that bedbugs also nest on walls and ceilings, not only then erode the wall plaster, but at the same time makes your house look really awry and unhealthy. So in this case you can spray pesticide potions to get rid of bedbugs from walls and its crevices. Remember that if you let the insects be at your place then it will only increase its reign all over your house.
Expert help: If you think that the way these insects have attacked your house, it has become a tough job to clean the entire house on your own, then don’t think twice to inform the professionals. There are plenty of insect killer agencies that meet your demand without utmost competence and professional expertise. Browse the Internet or ask suggestion from your friends and realties, then can also guide you from where to seek expert help.
So follow the above guidelines and get rid of bedbugs and remember that this is not something to be worried about and it could be handled very effectively if follow the advices given here verbatim.
By Linda | March 28, 2014
The biggest issue which irritates the home owners most is the roof leaks due to any circumstance. Reasons can be anything like poor installation of roof, poor quality of materials used at the time of installation of roof, or the improper maintenance of roof, etc. firstly there was no option to change or repair the leaks in the roof but now there are many options which can help you to prevent the roof leaks. Methods like removing the moss or the algae from the roof which create damage to the roof or by repairing the shingles or the sheets of the roof which is installed in the roof. There are many reasons through which damage of the roof can take place and it can incur more cost expenditure to the homeowners. This article will help you to ascertain the preventive measures to build up the roof leaks at your home.
Preventive Steps for Roof Leaks:
- While knowing the steps of preventing the leaks in the roof it is advisable to know the most familiar places where you will find the leaks in the roof. The leaks are mostly seen near by the areas like chimneys, flashing of the surface, edges, the ice dams, missing shingles, etc. There are different reasons for roof leaks like improper maintenance and due to wear and tear of the roof. First step is to exactly locate the place of leak on the roof which will help your to retain the cost incurred in repairing the roof leak.
- Sometimes the situation is emergent and emergence measures are taken to prevent it. In such situation plastic sheets are used to cover it. This sheet is properly nailed on all edges so that it can stop the roof to be leaked for some specified time period. After it is stopped than it can be prevented for lifetime by using appropriate material to make up the roof leaks.
- After knowing the exact spots on the roof for the leaks you can temporarily stop those leaks by hammering on the shingles with required materials or with the help of replacing the roof area which is damaged or leaking. You can use tar or flashing to cover the leaked spots in the roof. But this is the temporary method which can prevent the roof from getting more damaged and the house too, so than it is fully measured and repaired properly.
- The most easiest way of preventing the roof leaks is to apply flashing or change the leaked shingle or tile in the roof. By changing the damaged shingle from the roof will prevent the roof from getting more damaged. And should apply the new shingle on the empty place on the roof.
- Leaks can take place by many reasons like due to storm, or due to heavy rainfall, any water drainage in the roof, or due to water accumulation in the roof. All these factors must keep in mind by the homeowners so that more damage do not take place and if any of the damage has raised than can be easily cured with the help of the emergent preventive measures.
By cooldude | February 2, 2014
Do you have a lovely swimming pool at your backyard which you have planned for your lazy summer afternoons? Well, a pool at home is always a “neighbor’s envy, owner’s pride” but you have to ensure proper cleaning of the swimming pool. Here’s few ways to get a clean swimming pool always:
Auto pool cleaners
Pool cleaning had been a manual affair traditionally but not any more since these days you have the auto pool cleaners for both above ground & in-ground pools. You can go for auto pressure-side or robotic cleaner. These cleaners would handle the debris cluttering the pool and promise a way faster clean-up in comparison to manual cleaning.
It is another very useful swimming pool cleaning & maintenance equipment. The function of pump assembly is to maintain healthy circulation within the pool water. As a pool owner, your everyday job is to pump out the dirty water and replace it with fresh and new water to ensure a spick & span ambience. There are energy-efficient or green pumps today that come up with auto control mechanism. Try to get multi-speed pumps with lower HP for lesser energy consumption. The good news is that you might get tax credits, rebates & grants for the pump assembly equipment too.
Pool filtration system
Don’t miss out on pool filtration as it’s vital for a thoroughly clean swimming pool. Your swimming pool is stuffed with cartridge, DE or diatomaceous earth and sand that altogether pollute the water. Thus, it’s advised that you go for a top-notch cartridge filter which would be able to filter out the microscopic particles from the water, leaving a clean pool behind. If you want sparkling water, just sprinkle little bit of DE powder on the pool water.
By cooldude | December 30, 2013
If you have a patio or a garden and are looking for ways to make it look attractive and elegant, well wood might just be your answer. Wood is never out of style. Whether it is used for flooring, kitchen chairs, staircases or your patio furniture, wood looks great and is always value-for-money. Yes it is more expensive than simple plastic, but if you truly care about your house and want it to look the best, then that extra expense will not matter to you.
Brown and green have always complemented each other as colours. This is another advantage that wood will provide you as the patio furniture will easily blend in with the surroundings and your patio will have a fresh charm for itself.
However, to make sure that your wooden patio furniture will last long, you must take good care of it. It is hardwood after all. Firstly, you must clean your patio furniture on a regular basis. This furniture is always outdoors, and faces all weather fluctuations like heavy rain, strong sun, winds or even snow. And you cannot take it in every time there is bad weather. What if nobody is at home? Hence you must carefully protect the wood to ensure it lasts long.
However, ascertaining what kind of protection your furniture needs depends on the prevailing weather in your place of stay. For snowy and rainy areas, oil based sprays can be used in order to protect the wood from the moisture. If you live in a dry sunny area, a compound which offers protection to the wood from UV rays is the perfect option.
Most people care about the top of the furniture and neglect the legs. And furniture which is supported by rotten or shaky legs is anything but long lasting. Buy rubber soles which would protect your legs completely, especially during winters.
Hope you now have a better idea about having wooden furniture for your patio. So buy your chairs and tables, put them out and enjoy those sunny breakfasts with family.
By cooldude | December 26, 2013
Your upholstery is often the most neglected part of the home when it comes to cleaning. You are conscious enough to sweep and mop the floors daily or dust the walls but least careful while dusting off the sofas or chairs. One should know that the upholstered furnishing demands regular cleaning and maintenance as otherwise he would end up with damaged fabric shortly. The post below jots down necessary tips to follow for upholstered furniture clean-up.
First of all, dusting is significant here. Your chairs and sofas are exposed open throughout that allows dust to settle on conveniently. A regular dusting is thus essential- do take time out to wipe clean the furnishing with baby wipes once a week. Vacuum cleaning is another useful aspect of keeping your upholstered furniture spick and span. The experts suggest a vacuum minimum twice a week.
In case of any spillage or stain on the upholstered furniture, you have to start immediate. Take a damp rag and press it on the wet area well for maximum blot. Do not rub on the stain as you will end up damaging the sofa fabric. After you are done with the blotting, allow your furniture cleaner to get rid off the stains. Make sure to use a mild cleaner that would be gentle on the furniture fabric.
Surface cleaning is important once in two weeks. Wet up a clean rag in white vinegar & wring it out properly. Now, wipe the vinegar clad rag down your upholstered chairs or sofas for a thorough clean-up of surface dust. This is a wonderful way to ensure a clean and fresh smelling furnishing.
You can also use a homemade cleaning gel with soap flakes (6 tablespoon), boiling water (1 pint) and Borax (2 tablespoon). Blend them well to form a cool gel w3hich is to beat to form foam. Get a clean brush to clean up the upholstered furniture in the house with home-made gel.
By cooldude | December 10, 2013
One of the most important and required object in an office is the desk. One can never imagine a workplace without tables. Employees will find it very difficult or almost impossible to complete their work without a table. There are different kinds of desks, all with different feature and this should be kept in mind.
Modern offices function smoothly only because of proper desks. They help you to have a clutter free work space that is very essential for the success of any business. This will also help to maximize the utility of the employees. An unorganized work place can have a negative impact on the clients who may find the place to be quite unproductive. Modern desks are also helpful as they are in accordance with the latest technology. Earlier desks were made for the desktop users but today these desks are made for the people using laptops and are geared with keyboard drawers and separate cabinets for CPU has been removed. When you go for the purchase of desk you should keep your needs in mind, whether the workers have to work with PCs or laptops.
Besides this the desk should have enough space to provide for writing. There should be cut out sections to allow the cables and the cords to pass through. You can also have a phone and a lamp that will increase the efficiency level of the workers. You can add clips to hold onto the wires. There are a variety of materials in which the desks are available like cherry, oak, mahogany and walnut. Different kind of wood adds different looks to the office which should be one of the major concerns for the employers. Employees feel more motivated to work in a clutter free and stylish office. A dull office is very boring to work at.
By cooldude | November 25, 2013
A kitchen is the attractive place where food is prepared for serving. Therefore, you will have to decorate your kitchen beautifully. Therefore, proper plans on kitchen décor are needed. To make your kitchen luxurious and eco-friendly, you must install new furniture pieces.
For Kitchen Décor- Install the Sophisticated Lighting Accessories
Before beginning your kitchen decoration, measure the size of the room. For illumination, you will have to install colorful lamps into the kitchen. However, you can’t overlook the color combination. Therefore, do comprehensive surveys to find well fitted lighting fixtures for kitchen design. There are different types of lighting fixtures for changing the look and appearance of the kitchen. For instance, pendant lamps are colorful with superb aesthetic appeal. It is easy to hang these ultra-thin lighting fixtures anywhere in the pantry room. The interior décor of the kitchen must be brilliant. If you like vintage kitchen décor lighting devices, install mini-chandlers for decoration. You can turn your kitchen to a small dining room for dinner as well. In that case, use the dimmer switches to adjust light. You can turn on your dimmer lighting switches to enhance the brightness of the room. Same way, you can minimize the dazzling lighting effect with these sophisticated switches. Always buy energy efficient lighting attachments for designing the kitchen.
Kitchen lighting fixtures are equally valuable. Your kitchen will be dull to look in case lighting accessories are not attractive. Many people spend money for remodeling the countertops, marbling the floor, and painting walls. They don’t take care of the lighting fixtures. Kitchens must have wonderful lighting accessories to illuminate the room. In this connection, you should start navigating online to find some excellent lighting fixtures. Your kitchen must have natural elegance. Online home improvement stores sell cost effective lamps, electric appliances and furniture. So, purchase the best kitchen décor items from online stores.
By cooldude | November 11, 2013
One of the best home improvements that can be done is to place a new dining table. It increases the standard of our home. It is the place where we can eat and gossip together with our family members and friends also dining table can look even more attractive if we purchase dining sets of our choices.
With the passage of time any dining tables start loosing their shine and look unattractive.
There are different cleaning tips for different kinds of table sets:-
Glass dining tables: A glass table is more stylish than any other table and it is used by many as it improves the standard of living .It adds quality to any dining area. But it easily gets affected by scratches. It requires special care. Simply water, paper towel, glass cleaner and a cloth is required to clean the table. Food remnants, dirt and other particles can be removed by using soap water
Wood dining table: Cleaning a wood dining table is different from that of a glass table. It requires a wood cleaner using a clean cloth. It should be done two times during a year so that the wood table looks more elegant and fresh for a longer period of time.
Marble dining table: Marble dining table is the most beautiful one. Its original shine and design make the visitors look impressed. Despite being stylish they are durable as well. It is expensive as compared to others. While having meals you should place a table cloth, table pads, or mats on its surface. Clean the surface regularly with a soft piece of cloth and sometimes with warm water to avoid stains. Sealing your marble table is must once in a year.
All the above tips will help to maintain the dining table and restore its glossy look. It is important for every family member to take care of the furniture and see to it that it lasts long.