Getting Your Garden Winter Ready

3 Tips To Protect Your Septic Tank System

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips To Protect Your Septic Tank System

Septic tank failure in your home would probably bring about a massive waste management problem and cost you a fortune to have the system repaired and replaced. A well-maintained septic tank system will usually serve you for longer, require less pumping and steer clear of frequent backups and damage. Read on for simple tips on how you can successfully maintain and increase the longevity of your septic tank system.  Conserve water Minimizing the amount of water getting into the septic tank system is very important. Too much water could upset the biological balance in the tank, undermining its ability to break down solid waste. This could lead to backups or the tank filling up prematurely. Keep a check on the amount of water you let into the septic tank by investing in low-flow showers and fixing leaky faucets around the house. You can also limit water inflow into the tank by pacing out your laundry loads and washing full loads of laundry at a time. Finally, avoid running the dishwasher and washing machine at the same time to reduce the stress on your septic tank.  Watch what goes in Dumping anything that doesn’t decompose into your drains and toilet is probably the easiest way to damage your septic tank system. Cigarette butts, facial tissues, diapers, and similar non-biodegrades can’t be broken down in the tank and may end up clogging the sewers and tank. Paints, harsh chemical cleaners or large amounts of household detergents can also be harmful to your septic tank system, as they can corrode piping and kill bacteria that break down solid waste in the septic tank. If you have been dumping such chemicals down your drains, consider introducing a small amount of septic tank additives to boost bacterial activity in your system. Finally, avoid dumping grease in your kitchen sink as it can add to the slug in the tank and necessitate more frequent pumping or cause serious backups. Consider skimming grease into a separate container and tossing it in the trash or in your food waste recycling.  Keep heavy things at bay Heavy machinery, foot traffic, or structures such as pavements and patios should be kept away from the septic tank, as they can compress the tank and piping, causing irreversible damage. Heavy things on the tank could also compress the soil in your drain field, causing failure. Be sure to also keep trees and shrubs away from your septic system, as their roots could damage piping or cause blockades in the tank and sewer...

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Remove Rust From The Outdoor Condenser Unit That Is Part Of Your Home’s Central Air Conditioning System

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Remove Rust From The Outdoor Condenser Unit That Is Part Of Your Home’s Central Air Conditioning System

If the outdoor condenser unit that is part of your home’s central air conditioning system is often exposed to moisture and high humidity, you may have noticed that rust has formed on its exterior and interior components. If the corroded areas are not eliminated, they can become larger and damage key parts that are needed for the unit to operate properly. Learn how to remove rust spots, clean the condenser, and apply a rust inhibitor to it in order to protect the condenser unit from rusting again. Materials Needed water hose​ screwdriver rust dissolving agent sponges wire brush bucket of soapy water rust inhibiting spray drop cloth rubber gloves Remove Loose Debris From And Apply A Rust Dissolving Agent Turn off the central air conditioning system. Go outside and spray the condenser unit’s exterior to eliminate loose debris. Use a screwdriver to assist with loosening and removing hardware that is attached to the unit’s cover before removing it. Spray the interior parts of the condenser with water to remove dirty residue. Wipe a sponge that has been dipped into a rust dissolving agent to treat rust spots. Many rust dissolving products come in a gel form that will not drip while being applied. Wait a few minutes for the rust spots to begin dissolving. Afterward, move a wire brush swiftly back and forth over each spot. Apply more of the rust dissolving agent if it is needed. Rinse the treated portions of the condenser off with water when finished.  Eliminate Stains And Apply A Rust Inhibitor Fill a bucket with water and a small amount of detergent. Clean stained parts of the condenser unit’s interior and exterior with a soapy sponge. Rinse the sponge out with water and move it over the same parts of the unit. Wait for the unit’s interior and exterior to dry. Place a drop cloth on the ground, next to the condenser unit so that the rust inhibitor does not spill onto the grass or pavement. Put on a pair of rubber gloves and apply an even coat of rust inhibiting spray to the inside of the condenser unit. Apply a coat of the spray to the condenser’s cover, as well. Wait for the inhibitor to dry. Once this occurs, replace the condenser unit’s cover and secure it. Turn the power to the central air conditioning system back on. Keep the condenser unit maintained by occasionally removing debris from its cover and wiping off its interior and exterior parts. For more information, visit http://www.homesmartcolorado.com/ or a similar...

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Five Ways To Wow Neighbors On A Limited Remodeling Budget

Posted by on Jul 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Ways To Wow Neighbors On A Limited Remodeling Budget

If you want to do something around your home that will wow your neighbors, friends, and family, consider some projects that make a big impact on a limited budget. You don’t need thousands of dollars to make a dramatic difference in how your home looks and functions, and many of these ideas can be implemented with little cash out of your pocket. Five remodeling projects that make a big impact on a limited budget are: 1. Install new shutters. One way to make your home look completely fresh and different is to add new shutters. Depending on where you live, storm shutters will protect your windows and home during inclement weather, or you may choose strictly cosmetic shutters to install on the sides of your exterior windows. Either way, shutters give you the opportunity to bring a pop of color and a polished look to your home. A company like Budget Blinds Of Coachella Valley can give you more information. 2. Create a lush landscape. It doesn’t cost a lot of money to plant something, and beautiful flowers, shrubs, or a vegetable garden can bring a lot of joy to the entire family. Visit area nurseries to determine the best plants for your hardiness zone, and to pick up seedlings that will thrive without a green-thumb. 3. You can’t beat paint. If you are working on a shoe-string budget, consider investing in a couple cans of paint. A fresh coat of paint, inside or out, can make a dramatic difference in how your home looks. Talk with retailers about specific brands that don’t require a separate primer, which can save even more money. 4. Add that second bathroom. If you want to spend a little more on a project that can increase the overall value of your property, invest in a second bathroom. It is estimated that adding a half-bath to a home (just a toilet and sink) can improve property values over ten percent! Besides improving the appeal for potential real estate buyers, adding a second bath brings convenience to any household. 5. Build something. Depending on the budget that you are working with, a shed, pergola, or even a patio can increase living space and home storage. If you are lacking in funds for a detached building, consider adding a simple and inexpensive deck to your home, or construct a simple overhead for year-round protection from the elements. Don’t delay doing something this season to make your home more inviting and comfortable, or to enhance the curb appeal. These projects vary in cost and skill, but are perfect for homeowners seeking to do something dramatic without an inflated budget. Talk with contractors and retailers to get started on your own home improvement and wow your...

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Three Things To Look For When Shopping For Sofa Upholstery

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Things To Look For When Shopping For Sofa Upholstery

The options are virtually endless when it comes to choosing the right sofa. Finding the perfect color, fabric, and price all play a part in it, but there are other options you need to consider when purchasing such an important piece of furniture. A sofa can serve multiple purposes including sitting, sleeping, and socializing with friends.In an effort to make sure your sofa is both aesthetically appealing and functional, you need to consider the type of upholstery fabric first and foremost. Here are some things to keep in mind when selecting the right fabric for your sofa at a fabric store.  Style of Fabric The style of fabric needs to complement both the home and the style of sofa you have. If you have a traditional frame, then you want to pick out a fabric that is more of a traditional style. The same can be said for a contemporary style of sofa. You also want to consider the theme you have throughout your home. It is best to stick with that same theme throughout rather than changing it up with a sofa. And last, you want to consider the pattern when you are looking at the fabric styles. If the room is on the larger side, you can stick to larger patterns; however, a small room would require a sofa with a smaller pattern style of fabric.  Durability of Fabric There are about 79.7 million households with a pet, according to a 2015-2016 survey conducted by APPA. Chances are you either own a pet now or you will consider getting one sometime in the future. If so, you want to make sure the durability of the sofa upholstery is strong, as many pets have some type of contact with the furniture. From pet hair to pet stains, you can expect some issues when you combine animals and furniture. To help stop pet issues from messing up your sofa, you want to stick with durable fabrics like microfiber or leather. Both of these are easy to clean and very resistant to stains.  Fade Resistant Placement of your sofa is important if you want the color to remain steadfast. If you leave your sofa in front of a window, you can expect the color to fade over time. The best way to gauge how fade resistant the sofa may be is to check the label on the fabric. This is rated using a 1-5 scale, with a 1 equaling most likely to fade. If you choose a fabric that is likely to fade, make sure you keep it protected as much as possible and away from the direct...

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How Installing A New Water Softener Can Make Cleaning A Breeze

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Installing A New Water Softener Can Make Cleaning A Breeze

If you dread cleaning out your bath and shower because of the rust and scale buildup, you’re not alone. The Salt Institute reports that just over 89 percent of all households have hard water deposits. While rainwater initially contains no rust, it can pick up substances over time that will eventually end up in your water and inside your home. By installing a whole-house water softener, you’ll be able to stop hard water from affecting your household pipes and other surfaces. The result is cleaner water and less grime to deal with. Here are some ways that a water softener can help make your toughest cleaning jobs easier. Eliminate Laundry Odors Once you get a new water softener installed in your home, one thing you’ll notice is that your laundry will smell better. Before, dirty clothes that used to smell like sulfur or underlying odors, will smell clean and fresh when washed in softened water. If you found that with hard water, you had to use more soap and fabric softener than recommended, you’ll find that less product is required to achieve cleaner, softer laundry. For all of your laundry cleaning tasks, clothes will resist fading and you’ll find that whites will be brighter than before. Toilets Stay Cleaner Longer Your toilet battles enough stains on a daily basis. Trying to keep your toilet odor-free with high rust, lime and contaminants settling in the tank around the clock, can be difficult. Adding a whole-house water softener unit helps to remove impurities in the water that lead to stains and water rings. Soft water will help keep your tank cleaner and smelling fresh, even when you don’t clean it after each use. Tap Water Tastes Better A water softener works when dirty water passes through a filter in the system that contains resin beads. The filter traps contaminants as well as magnesium and calcium through an ion exchange resin. From there, the water is purified and exchanged for sodium ions from the salt in the tank. The result is clean water free from bothersome tastes, residue and odors. This makes the water soft to drink and helps to make your ice cubes crystal clear. This should also eliminate scrubbing off residue and lime rings inside your drinking cups and dishes.  Sinks And Showers Look New Getting down on your knees and scrubbing sinks, showers and toilets can be a real chore with hard water buildup. You may have to use chemical cleaning products to clean and remove rust stains. With water softeners, you will find that your cleaning time is cut in half and your surfaces won’t have a visible residue. Call your local water softener company today to discuss what type of water treatment is best for your home and...

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Want To Turn Your Basement Into A Family Game Room? 4 Features To Add

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Want To Turn Your Basement Into A Family Game Room? 4 Features To Add

It is easy for basements to go underutilized in homes, especially when they are not finished. If you have an unfinished, partially finished, or completely finished basement and want to turn it into a game room that the entire family can enjoy, you will want to invest in certain features. Padded Flooring Carpet is an excellent addition to this room because it provides a layer of protection for kids and items. If something were to fall down, landing on carpet would greatly reduce the chance of it breaking. It is also ideal for all stages of life as babies can crawl and toddlers can run around without fear of getting injured too badly. Rubber is another padded flooring option, which has a distinct advantage in being resistant to mildew and water. This is perfect for basements, where mold and moisture problems are more likely to happen. Built-In Storage If you want to avoid clutter in your game room, built-in storage is the way to go. Sure, you could always add storage chests, bookcases, and cabinets that provide you with the storage you need, but these solutions would take up space that could otherwise be used to accommodate more people or games. A great place to add storage space is below the stairway going down into the basement. Another option is to add built-in bookcases between the studs in the basement walls. Recessed Lighting Glaring light can definitely get in the way of enjoying games. Recessed lighting is the perfect way to illuminate your game room as it will not put a glare on computer monitors, projectors, or televisions. Adding dimmers will allow you to adjust the lighting to create the perfect ambiance for the situation. Soundproof To create a space that anyone can use at any time without disturbing others in the house, you should opt for soundproofing. Soundproofing is possible with gypsum wallboard, which will minimize how much noise spreads throughout the rest of the home. It is important to soundproof the walls as you do not want a loud gaming night to wake up your closest neighbors. For most homeowners, the basement is an opportunity to create something that fits their wants and needs, and a game room is one of many options that you have. When you start planning, adding some or all of these features onto your list of things to do will help you create an ideal game room for the family. If you need help remodeling your basement in any way, contact a company like Property Service Agency...

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Know A First Time Homeowner? The Best Non-Conventional Gifts

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Know A First Time Homeowner? The Best Non-Conventional Gifts

If a family member or close friend has recently bought their first home and you are looking to get them a gift the can really use, you want to skip the local home décor store. Instead of getting them a candle or something to hang on the wall, get them something that they can really use. The homeowner needs thing that will help them take care of their new investment. Here are a few different options you purchase for the homeowners if you know they don’t have the items. Outdoor Power Tools Does the homeowner need a lawn mower, weed whip, leaf blower or any other outdoor power equipment, like that from Joe’s Tractor Sales Inc, to help them with their lawn maintenance needs? If so, these are great gift ideas because they may not be at the top of the priority list for the homeowner, or the homeowner may not want to spend the money on the items. A Grill   A gas grill they can use in the garage or on a back patio is a great gift to help them enjoy their new home and entertain. You can accompany this gift with tools, a grill cover and any other items that you think will go well with the item. If they are interested in a charcoal or infrared grill, you’ll want to explore all your grill options before making a purchase. Cleaning Service Have you noticed at the house that the gutters are filled, the drains are slow, or that there are other problems? Pay for a plumbing company to do a pipe cleaning, for a gutter cleaning company to do a gutter inspection and cleaning. These may be tasks that they don’t know how to do, and that they aren’t sure who to hire for the work. Professional painting, carpet cleaning or chimney cleaning are other suggestions you can try. As a new homeowner it can be hard to know what you really need, and there are so many different expenses that come along with buying your first home. Take a walk around the home and talk with them about what they have to take care of the house and what they need, so you can get them something that they will use regularly. They will get tons of item that aren’t necessary to help maintain their financial purchase, but you can give them a gift that will be useful for...

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How To Prevent And Treat Lawn Fungus

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Prevent And Treat Lawn Fungus

If you notice problems with your grass such as gooey substance or brown patches, then you may have a lawn fungus. It’s one of those things that are easier to prevent than treat so it’s best to take care of your lawn properly to prevent it from happening. Prevention There are several things that you may be doing wrong that could make your lawn more susceptible to lawn fungus. Here are a few of the top errors that cause lawn fungus due to poor maintenance. Improper mowing: If you cut your grass too short or if your mower blades are dull, then this can cause the growth of your grass to be stunted. This makes it weak and more easily invaded by disease and fungus. Improper watering: Fungus likes to grow in wet conditions. If your grass stays continuously wet without being able dry properly, then this can cause fungus to grow. If you really need to water, do it early so the blades can dry off properly during the day. However, make sure you don’t water midday as the hot sun beating down on your grass will burn it. Improper fertilization: Fungus can happen when your grass is weak from being deficient of nutrients, so fertilize your lawn regularly. Make sure you follow the directions carefully because over fertilizing can also cause fungus. Treatment If you’re unable to keep lawn fungus away, then treat it quickly before it gets too bad. There are fungicides that you can buy that work for most lawns or you can do soil tests to find out the best kind for your particular lawn type. You can also spot-treat small patches infected with fungus using materials such as tea or baking soda solutions. If certain areas of your lawn continuously fall victim to lawn fungus no matter what you do, then you can either call in a professional like Superior Lawn and Landscape or consider changing that area to some type of lawn feature such as a flower bed or rock garden. Remember after you treat lawn fungus, your grass is unlikely to grow back so you will need to replant your grass in that area. Lawn fungus can be a pain to eradicate so remember to help your lawn by keeping it in the best shape possible. Good lawn care is the best defense against pesky lawn fungus. If you do need to treat for lawn fungus, then try natural treatments first. Lastly, don’t ignore the problem; take care of it right away so you can get your lawn back to normal as quickly as...

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Remove Common Ragweed From Your Lawn

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Remove Common Ragweed From Your Lawn

Common ragweed is a plant that contains long, thin leaves that have rounded edges. In the center of each weed’s leaves, stalks grow that contain small yellow flowers. Many people are allergic to this weed variety and experience watery eyes and frequent sneezing when exposed to it. If common ragweed is growing on your property and you would like to eliminate it due to allergies, the following tips will help you. Supplies spray herbicide plastic sheeting  tarp distilled white vinegar spray bottle face mask rubber gloves hand shovel trash bag grass seed water hose Apply A Herbicide Or Distilled White Vinegar Eliminate the ragweed by spraying each plant with an herbicide. Before applying the herbicide, use plastic sheeting or a tarp to cover areas of your lawn that are adjacent to the weeds. Put on a face mask and a pair of rubber gloves to protect yourself from the chemicals that are in the herbicide. Aim the herbicide’s nozzle directly at each weed and squeeze the trigger several times. Wait for the weeds to wilt. This may take a few days. If you are leery about using chemicals on your property, fill a spray bottle with distilled white vinegar and apply it to the weeds. Vinegar will effectively kill ragweed within a few days, as well. Remove Weeds And Plant Grass Seed Once the weeds have wilted, grasp each one firmly with glove-covered hands and pull it upwards. If some of the weeds are difficult to remove, use a small hand shovel to loosen the soil that surrounds them before pulling them from the ground. Place all of the weeds in a trash bag and dispose of them. If there are several bare sections on our property where the weeds were once growing, plant grass seed in them. Sprinkle a liberal amount of grass seed to the areas of your yard that you are treating. Make sure that you use the same variety of grass that is planted in the rest of your yard. Apply plenty of water to the grass seed with a water hose.  Mow Your Lawn Often Water the new grass each week to assist with healthy growth. Mow your lawn often to keep it maintained. Mowing your lawn will prevent new common ragweed from thriving if it ever grows on your property again. Frequent mowing will weaken any weeds that are present and will prevent them from producing pollen or seeds, which could lead to more weeds. Your lawn will continue to look great and you can enjoy spending time on it without suffering from allergies. If you need extra help getting rid of your weeds, go to websites like http://snydersweedcontrol.com/ for more...

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Duct ~ Duct ~ Ewww: The Nasty Truth About Leaking Ductwork

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Duct ~ Duct ~ Ewww: The Nasty Truth About Leaking Ductwork

If you have leaking ductwork, your home may be riddled with several problems that you have not realized are related to the ducts. Malfunctioning ducts can negatively impact indoor air quality resulting in respiratory issues. They may also result in property owners having higher energy costs associated with their heating and cooling due to energy being lost and wasted through the leaking ducts. The following issues represent some of the most common and serious problems leaky ductwork can cause. Humid Air Perhaps you have not seen unexplained moisture settling on surfaces, which is a sign of humid conditions, but you may have noticed that the air in your home usually feels clammy. This could be because defective ducts are causing poor air circulation. If you try to make the air less humid by running the air conditioning, you will likely still not achieve dehumidified air. Instead, you may find that you are constantly running the AC trying to get your home feeling comfortable. Installing a dehumidifier is a temporary fix for this type of issue, however due to the potential for energy loss and other issues related to leaky ducts, a repair should be planned in the near future. Lethal Air Air duct issues can contribute to potentially fatal circumstances. When ducts are not sealed properly, there is a chance that a draft can occur. The air draft may result in exhaust fumes being drawn back into your home. Carbon monoxide is an example of a potentially lethal exhaust fume that can be back drafted due to leaky ducts, and a gas furnace is an example of an appliance that could cause the hazardous exchange. Polluted Air There are some instances where leaky ducts may compromise air quality to the point where sickness occurs although the air may not contain lethal gas. Polluted air should be considered a priority fix because it can aggravate allergies and serve as a precursor of potentially more serious duct issues in the future. A crawlspace is an example of an area that may contain contaminants as a result of not being a commonly accessed area. Dust and other debris can likely be found in these types of areas. If there are gaps or leaks in the ductwork, the contaminants from these areas may contribute to indoor air pollution. An air conditioning repair professional is the best resource to use for ductwork inspections. This is because some other problems may appear to be related to ducts, but they may be related to another issue. For example, high energy costs could be the result of inadequate insulation or older appliances rather than duct issues....

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