Monthly Archives: October 2017

Get Your Home Back In Shape After Water Damage

Whether you are dealing with water system leaks or you have been hit by floods, you need to find a way of handling the situations and put measures in place to ensure that such does not occur again. Remember that damp areas can be breeding ground for mold and it can ruin your flooring, carpets, furniture and even walls. When you clean out the water appropriately, you will have fewer damages to show. Below are a few things that you can do to restore water damage and get your home back in shape.

1. Remove all movable items immediately. This should be done after powering off and unplugging all electronics. Remove furniture and all electronics and any other movable item you have around the house to safer dry areas. Carpets should also be pulled out for cleaning and disinfecting to save them.

2. Find ways to get rid of the water in the house. You can use buckets, towels and mops to soak up the water. In case the sewer lines backed up, then consider pouring out the collected water onto the lawn or other surfaces that are permeable instead of pouring into the drain. If using a wet-dry vacuum, then be very careful to only plug it into outlets that are away from the areas that have water. Extension cords should not be used either and for flooded basements, think about renting a sump pump.

3. Dry out all affected areas. After you have mopped the water dry, you can use dehumidifiers and fans to dry out the affected areas. If there is no rain you can open windows and allow circulation and quick drying. You can then use a disinfectant to get rid of bacteria that may have come up, especially if the water leaks are from sewer lines or toilets. The disinfection should be done on walls, floors and furniture that is not upholstered.

4. Dispose damaged items. If the water sat for long them it is inevitable that you will have damaged items. The same will be the case for sewer water on some items. If possible, organize the damaged items so they can be recycled, especially electronics, furniture and toxic liquids.

5. Hire water damage restoration services. Apart from offering repair services for your leaky pipes, water and sewer systems and unblocking drains, the experts can also help in cleaning up the water, drying home structure and contents as well as sanitizing and deodorizing your home.

Prepare Your Home For Winter

These steps, most of which you can do yourself, will help lower your utility bills and protect your investment.

Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, use it to run the fan’s blades in a clockwise direction after you turn on your heat. The fan will produce an updraft and push down the heated air into the room from the ceiling (remember, hot air rises). This is especially useful in rooms with high ceilings, and it might even allow you to turn down your thermostat by a degree or two for greater energy savings.

Clear Your Eaves
This is not a complicated task, but it’s an important job nonetheless. Clogged eavestroughs can lead to the formation of ice dams, which can tear off gutters, loosen shingles and leave your roof vulnerable to leaks. Simply climb to the edge of your roof and carefully dig out the debris. It’s not necessary to remove every small stone. The main purpose is to make sure nothing restricts the flow of water, and that no stagnant water remains in the gutters.

Prevent Ice Dams
If your home had lots of icicles last winter, or worse, ice dams, which can cause meltwater to back up and flow into your house, take steps to prevent potential damage this year. Get the assistance of a home-energy auditor or weatherization contractor. Have them fix the air leaks or inadequate insulation in your attic.

Check Your Roof
If you can’t get access to your roof, or prefer not to go on the roof, use binoculars to inspect the shingles. Look for damaged, loose or missing shingles that may leak during winter’s storms or from melting snow.

Caulk Windows and Doors
If the gaps between siding and window or door frames are bigger than the width of a nickel, you need to reapply exterior caulk. (Check the joints in window and door frames, too.) Silicone caulk is best for exterior use because it won’t shrink and it’s impervious to the elements.

Shut Off Exterior Faucets
Cold winter temperatures can cause your pipes to freeze and burst inside your home, which can result in major water damage. Locate and close any shut-off valves that lead to outside faucets, and drain any excess water inside the lines. It’s also a good idea to also drain any interior pipes in unheated areas of your home, such as your attic.

Stow Your Mower
As the mower sits through the winter, fuel remaining in its engine will decompose, “varnishing” the carburetor and causing difficulty when you try to start the engine in the spring. wait until the tank is nearly empty from use and run the engine (outdoors) to use up the remaining fuel.

Call a Chimney Sweep
Before you burn the Yule log, make sure your fireplace (or any heating appliance burning gas, oil, wood or coal), chimney and vents are clean and in good repair. That will prevent chimney fires and prevent carbon monoxide from creeping into your home. If you have a wood-burning heating appliance or fireplace, have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney inspector to reduce your risk of a fire

Homeowners

Attic or loft conversion is a process where homeowners transform an empty attic space or loft into a functional room, typically used as a bedroom, office space, a gym, or storage space. Many homeowners prefer such solutions since it can provide numerous features. Below are some of the following.

To improve living space easily

One of the main reasons why homeowners plan for attic conversions is to improve their living space easily. Of course, there are cases when homeowners need to have an extra space for a new member of the family. However, creating such space can be stressful most especially if you do not have sufficient property space. Luckily, opting for attic conversions can be a good option. With this, you do not need to huge properties to create a new living space.

To avoid substantial improvement costs

The next reason why homeowners opt for attic conversions is to avoid substantial improvement costs. Home improvement projects are quite expensive. It gets even worse if you are planning to improve living space. Luckily, attic conversions are better options than building new establishments in your property. Apart from that, attic or loft conversions are easier to do than building, which can help you reduce your expenses significantly.

To create new means of income

Another reason why homeowners opt for attic or loft conversions is to gain new means of income. Renting out converted attics can be a good source of income. But, before planning for this venture, you need to make sure that you have sufficient space. Not to mention, you need to call in experts to assess your establishment first to ensure safety. And, you also need to call in experts to help you convert you attic. This is important to ensure that you can make attics functional and appealing.

To enhance house value

Finally, attic conversions can also help homeowners increase the value of their house. Surely, having gardens and lawns can increase value. But, homeowner can also increase the value of their property by enhancing home aesthetics and functionality. In addition, attic conversions also help homeowners enjoy better views of their street and community.

Choose for Your Home Improvement Project

You are on the fence about hiring a handyman, you must consider the following five questions. They will help you to make a well-thought decision.

  1. Do you know the Requirements of the Home Improvement Project?

It is very important to know the scope of the work. It will help you to complete your home improvement project successfully. If you are unaware about the work that you need to undertake for the project, it is best to hire a handyman. As a handyman is expert at home maintenance, he will be able to the job quicker.

  1. Do you know how much Material is required to finish the Project?

Different projects have different requirements. Are you aware of the quantity of raw materials that you will require for the project? Plan the project in detail and write down the number of things that your will need. For example, if it’s an electrical renovation project, you must ascertain the number of light switches that you will need to install.

If the home improvement project is a complex one with lots of electrical work, it is best to hire an expert. You don’t want to put your family at risk. Also, hiring a handyman will protect your home, your most precious asset.

  1. Do you have the Knowledge and the Tools?

We want to feel the sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing a home improvement project. But, it is important to know which projects are beyond our abilities. Remember that if you are unable to do the work properly, you will have to spend additional money in hiring a handyman.

  1. Do you have the Time to complete the Project?

Ask yourself: Will I be able to dedicate myself to the project? Managing your day job and juggling all family commitments is stressful. If you add another task to your long list of responsibilities, it can become difficult for you. Why spend your hard-earned holiday on replacing the roof shingles? Why not use it to relax and rejuvenate?

  1. Do you want to undertake the Strenuous Process of applying for Licenses and Permits?

Minor home renovations such as fixing a chandelier or painting the kitchen cabinets do not require license and permits. But if you’re going to add a room, or alter a load-bearing wall, you will have to apply for the required permits. Any home improvement project that involves changing the overall structural integrity of your home warrants approval from the local government body. Are you ready to apply for licenses and permits required to finish your project? It can be a time-consuming task. On the other hand, hiring a handyman will give you peace of mind and confidence.