Thursday, 26 May 2016

Home Water Damage? Here's What to Do Next

Whether you live in an area that’s prone to floods or the rain just gets particularly heavy, water damage is inevitable. It’s among the many horrible things we don’t want to find in our properties, but at least 37% of people have suffered it.

But just how do we [literally] combat the elements? Water is tricky to fight and protect against, as it can seep through the smallest of cracks. This means you’ll have to be thorough in your defense, and must adequately seal up any holes afterward.

It’s an ongoing, ever evolving process, and it starts here. If you’ve recently suffered some form of water damage, or want to protect against it, you’re in the right place.

Inside the home

Repairing and future-proofing the inside of your home should be task number one. You have several options here too, so consider each of them.

Firstly, you should check all faucets, pipes and hoses for any places that may be leaking. If your water pressure is too high, it can cause pipes to burst, which will be a major problem in future. If water is leaking in through your roof, identify whether there’s anything you can do from inside. You could seal off an old chimney, or properly seal off a skylight.

If damage is incurred, then start with the important aspects. Assess the safety of your electrical outlets, and consider roping in a water damage restoration service to fix any major damage. In future, try and keep all electrical appliances and gadgets in the room that gets affected least. Consult with your local government office and request information on any anti-flood defenses.
Hurricane Irene in NY // Source

Additionally, you should familiarize yourself with the location of all water shut off valves. This will prove invaluable when you go on holiday, for instance. If your water isn’t running, your pipes can’t burst and leak!

Outside the home

If your roof leak can’t be cured from indoors, then hire a professional roofer to build you a new one. I wouldn’t recommend attempting any roof repairs yourself. It’s a dangerous job to undertake and requires thorough training.

Friday, 6 May 2016

How to Prepare for Bringing a Fluffy Feline Friend in the Home

If you’re a cat person, there’s no mistaking it. You’re going to be bringing a cat home at some point. I can’t blame you either. They make for highly unique, entertaining pets with absolute bundles of personality. They’re well known for how independent [and sometimes aloof] they can be. But that doesn’t mean they’re like a houseplant. They still need quite a bit of attention. Even if they don’t necessarily want it. You still have to prepare yourself and your home to welcome your new friend. They have needs of their own and we’re going to look at just a few of the major ones below.

Their health

As any animal’s owner, your first concern should always be their health and comfort. We imagine that if you’re on the internet reading up about cats, you’re not in danger of giving them a neglectful home. However, you also need to pay the right attention to their health. Take them to the vet early and get a schedule of all the vaccinations and pest treatments they’re going to need. recommends looking at your insurance options, too. This way you always have enough set aside for health care costs.

Their home

As soon as you invite a cat into your home, expect them to start treating it like theirs. Of course, you want them to have all they need. Otherwise they might go else or take it out on your furniture, instead. We’re thinking scratching posts, here. But they also need a litter and a designated place to sleep [even if they don’t always use it]. You should also get them toys and have them learn which toys are actually theirs. Every time they try to start playing with your slipper or something else, get their attention with a toy instead.

Your joint lifestyle

First, you need to think about what kind of lifestyle you’re going to share with your new kitty. An odd concept, but one that matters. Are you looking for a cat that likes affection and attention and could happily spend hours bothering you? Or are you more for a cat that’s a family member but can live around your work lifestyle and be independent? Depending on your answer, recommends looking at different breeds. Much like dogs, different breeds of cats have different temperaments. So pick the breed of cat you get for more than just their looks.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Horrible Things You Do Not Want to Find in Your Home

There isn’t a day goes by that we don’t feel impressed with ourselves. We have created beautiful homes for our families that are safe, secure, healthy and comfortable. But what would you do if you looked up one day and saw something horrible? When you find dirt, stains, or cobwebs in your home, you can feel like you’ve not been doing enough to keep your home looking good. Most of us have reeled in horror at these kinds of things. It happens to the best of us. But could it be even worse?

Imagine sitting on your sofa enjoying the latest installment of your favorite soap. Out of the corner of your eye, you spot something small, furry and tailed scamper under the sofa. Undoubtedly, you’ll leap out of your chair, and maybe even scream a little! Calling out the exterminator is one option. If you have a cat, chances are they have brought home a playmate. That means you only have one to deal with and not a nest. Humane traps can be purchased cheaply and reused. Pop some peanut butter inside and your little mouse friend can be released in a nearby field.

If you’re wary of cobwebs, you may be checking your kickboards and ceilings regularly. This is a good thing, because mold has a nasty habit of growing in these places. It can be caused by moist air from cooking or bathing. Or it can be caused by penetrative moisture through your bricks or roof. Mold can be very harmful to the elderly and children. It’s best to call in a professional to undertake the mold remediation necessary to get rid of it once and for all.

Insects may only be small, but they can do untold damage to your home. Worse still, there can be thousands of them lurking in your corners and small spaces. Nests of flying insects can be particularly hazardous and unpleasant. They can be built in any nook of your home. The noise and infestation can be enough to drive people from their homes. Some insects are protected, so they need to be professionally relocated.

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