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Month: November 2014

Winter Is Coming – Set Your Home for It

The arrival of every new season should be hailed by making all the necessary preparations to set your home into the ready mode for every new forthcoming season. Since now we are waiting for winter (in the northern hemisphere), every home owner should do a couple of easy repairs to get ready for this season. Most of these actions are inexpensive and can be done with a use of duct tape and maybe a few more items.

Let it flow down the house

gutter_cleaning_mnSince fall usually leaves the gutter full of various pieces of wood, brick, concrete, mud etc, cleaning the gutters before the arrival of winter, snow and cold weather is something that will have many positive effects. First of all, when the snow starts melting down, it will just flow down the gutters, into the ground. Lack of space for flowing away can cause the water originating from snow find its own way, which can lead to leakage in the ceiling or damage on the wooden under-roof items. Secondly, clogged gutters before snow mean that in case of very low temperatures and excessive amounts of snow and strong winds, your gutter will become a potentially dangerous thing. With such a large mass stuck inside it, it can be taken down by a storm and crash onto something else in its surroundings. If you discover that your gutters are in need of repair, contact a reputable contractor like Allstate Roofing.

Shut off the water in the basement

Most of us have a water supply system in the basement, as well. However, as winter comes, basements become incredibly cold, which then affects the pipes in this part of home. Nobody wants a pipe burst when the temperature falls below zero degrees (Celsius; 32 F), so make sure that all the basement-only pipes are shut off. Apart from the basement set of water pipes, close all the outside water inlets, as well. Not only that pipes bursting in the middle of winter are hard to repair, since it is cold outside and you need to be skillful at plumbing and possess all the necessary tools, but they are also a financial pain in the neck. If you cannot do it yourself, you have to call a plumber and the whole thing becomes a real nuisance. To prevent all that, just shut the water off.

Heating system to be tested

No matter whether you live in a house or in an apartment building, you have to test your radiators or stoves already in September or at the beginning of October. For those getting heating from a town central heating system, it is vital that everything is checked before the authorities start with their checks. If you have slightest doubt that there is something wrong with the valves or radiators, call the professionals from your central heating service to test your heating devices.

If you use wood to make your home warm in winter, always call a chimney sweeper somewhere in the middle of fall to clean the chimney and make your wood-using heating system safe and sound.

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Small Home Wood Repairs that Make a Difference

Every home needs occasional repairs. Due to the economic crisis that has been here since 2008, only really rich people decide to make larger home investments. Members of the working class and the middle class try to save as much money as possible to have at least some kind of a private fund in case of another economic tsunami. However, that is not a reason to skip home improvements, especially the ones that do not demand too much money, but which contribute to a fresher look of the home. Today we are going to try to give you some affordable ideas on home repairs.

Regular wall repainting


While many other repairs and redecorations can wait, walls are a serious hygienic issue. If you cannot afford painting them every year, it has to be done at least once in two years. Also, some rooms in your home will have dirtier walls than some others. The two rooms that demand more regular repainting are the kitchen and the bathroom. The kitchen is the place where you prepare meals and both the ceiling and the walls are exposed to vapor and the walls are especially prone to all sorts of food stains. When you want to repaint the walls, make sure that all the furniture is either removed or protected with nylon and plastic covers. You do not need additional expenses of furniture cleaning.

Varnish the doors and windows


Wood requires constant care. Doors and windows fit this image and requirements. So, in order to make the doors and windows last longer and have better heat insulation and a higher esthetic value, you should also (re)varnish them at least once in two years, too. The only investments here are the brush, the sand paper and varnish. Also, when varnishing the windows, always check the condition of the blinds, especially if they are wooden. Varnishing the blinds once in a while will protect the wood and also save you from additional investments in these items for a longer period of time.

Trees need treatments

Apart from the wooden items in and on your home, the world of wood also has its outdoor representatives – trees; or, rather, the indoor wooden items originate from the outdoor trees. Trees are usually situated in front of your house, as an add-on to your home’s curb appeal, or, on the other hand, in the backyard, as a sort of decorative plants that also help keep the air around the house and inside it fresher, especially in hot summer nights. When planting trees around your house, always avoid trees that have deep roots.

On the other hand, when removing trees from your garden(s), if you do not have experience with taking them down, always ask for professional assistance. No matter whether you are in need for tree lopping in Sydney or your Paris-based garden needs more space, cutting down trees on your own can be extremely dangerous. Pros will know how to handle it. It might be the priciest of these three ideas, but safety has not price.

No matter how dark your financial perspective might seem, remember that trees and wooden items need regular care. If they have it, they will cost less on longer tracks and you will get more comfort out of them.

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