Get Your Chimney Inspected Every Year

Most people forget about their chimneys until it’s time to start a fire in the fall and by then it may be too late. It’s better to repair chimney issues before you have a fire in the stack or find your chimney laying in pieces on your roof.

Unfortunately, things do happen. The fact is there are a lot of things we can do to prevent these types of things from happening, which include getting your chimney cleaned annually as well as inspected. Compared to the cost of repairs due to fire or mortar erosion over time, the maintenance that is required is extremely affordable in both time and money.

Eco-friendly Methods Of Cleaning Your Windows

Beautifully clean windows can be achieved by any of the numerous window cleaning products currently on the market – or so it is claimed. Many of these products, however, contain substances that can be injurious to the user and the environment. There is no shortage of green cleaning products that can clean your windows reliably and safely.

You might be surprised to find out that you can easily use ingredients you have in your home to make a cleaning solution that will give you crystal clear windows without costing you a lot. Windows can be cleaned brilliantly with vinegar. You can mix it with water and have an inexpensive but effective window cleaner. Make a mixture of four parts water to one of vinegar. To clean a particularly dirty window the addition of a teaspoon of washing-up detergent will prove effective.

Cleaning Your Home the Eco Friendly Way

Cleaning Your Home the Eco Friendly WayIt’s important to keep a clean, welcoming home to feel comfortable in, but often times people rely harsh chemicals and single use disposables to clean their home. Luckily, a germ-free house doesn’t need to come at the cost of polluting the environment. There are plenty of ways to keep your home neat and tidy without the use of harsh chemicals or wasteful single use disposables which harm the environment and are hazardous to your health. For everyone new to the green cleaning world, there are five great ways to get started below.

Raid Your Kitchen

You don’t need harsh chemicals to sanitize and clean your home. Vinegar and baking soda can be used to scour and wipe down counters, windows, flours, and just about any other surface in your house. The acidity in vinegar and the scouring power of baking soda combine to make a powerful cleaner that is tough on germs but gentle on your health and the environment. For best results use white vinegar on windows and apple cider vinegar everywhere else and dilute it with water in a 1:3 ratio. Apply baking soda directly to any area and mix with water to form a paste.

Another great cleaning tool that can be found in your kitchen is lemons! Lemons are a great tool to use to clean your kitchen. The citric acid and low pH level makes lemon juice a fantastic disinfectant for places like the stove or microwave. Just be sure to water down any lemon juice as well, what makes it so effective can also make it harsh on some surfaces. A few drops of lemon juice go a long way!

Moving Does Not Have To Be Stressful

Financial-PlanningLet’s face it moving is a huge and daunting task but sometimes it is necessary. New jobs, new homes and a growing family are all common reasons for moving. Very few people actually enjoy moving. You never realize how much stuff you have accumulated over the years until it is time to move. What are you going to do with all the stuff? It has to be organized. It has to be safely and properly packed into boxes or storage containers. This can be stressful and it can take quite a bit of your free time. What are you going to do? There is a simple answer. You could hire a moving company.

Choosing the best cleaning services

Cleaning companiesCleaning companies can save you a great deal of time and energy. The companies offer themselves to provide services that are quite strenuous, and which require a lot of our time and energy. The good news is that the companies offer professional services cost effectively, safely, and cooperatively. Once you use one service provider, chances are that you will call the same service provider again and again because you will have your expectations met and often surpassed. The sections of the article that follow will guide you on how to choose ideal cleaning services. Just read on.

Get your AC fixed by Professionals

Those of you who are familiar with current trends will agree with me that ventilation unlike in the past has now become a technology of its own. A few decades ago, way back before home air conditioners were introduced, things to do with furnace repair were locally and unofficially repaired. However, things have now changed; heating and cooling systems are a bit revolutionized and therefore require complex approach when repairing. It is now a necessity that before you hire any contractor that you make sure that s/he is well trained, qualified and licenced as an HVAC contractor.

Organic Cleaners

There are many simple inexpensive organic cleaners to use in your home for odour removal. My favorite one is baking soda because it not only removes unpleasant odours but cleans at the same time. It is made with pure bicarbonate of soda and is extremely effective. Baking soda works as a buffer to neutralize the substances causing the odour which helps to regulate the ph levels.

You can put some in an open bowl and leave on the kitchen counter, in the bathroom, refrigerator or anywhere odours are a problem. Another great odour remover is white vinegar because it neutralizes odours naturally due to it’s high acidity and disenfects at the same time. You can mix it with water in a spray bottle. It is highly effective for mold removal and can be poured in bowls and left on counters in place of baking soda. Lemon juice is also highly acidic and works well on mold and fungi. This may also be mixed with water in a spray bottle. House plants can help reduce odours and improve the air quality in the home. Citrus sprays are another good tool for odour removal and have all natural ingredients. Charcoal can be used for musty smelling areas. Pet odours can be very difficult to remove. All of the items mentioned will work, but using tee tree oil may be one of the better ways to treat tough pet odours. Tee tree oil may also be mixed with water and sprayed where needed and it works on all types of odours. All of these items are environmentally friendly, free of fragrances, and non toxic.

Car Washing

A clean, bright and neat car is everyone car lover’s dream. Remember how models on display at car dealerships look attractive. These tips will help you make your car look like he just came out of the car salon after each wash! The best way to maintain such an attractive appearance is by hand washing.

Avoid washing your car at an automatic car wash, because irregular change in brushes and the use of the cheapest cleaners have harmful effects on the varnish durability and appearance of your car. So prepare to hand wash your car.

Concrete Floor Polishing

Floor-PolishingConcrete floors have always been established as a sturdy type of floor in an industrial or commercial setting. In today’s trends concrete floors can be made beautiful in loft flats or studio type apartments. Concrete floors can be made dazzling for any private home inside or out.The process for polishing a concrete floor is a way to beautify and take care of the floor for a long lasting life.

Cleaning Services

Thinking of Moving In Or Out? Consider Cleaning Services!

carpet-Cleaning-ServicesThere is a lot of excitement when someone gets a new house. The desire to live in a new and better neighborhood and meet new people makes many people want to move in as soon as they get the house. However, there are some preliminary requirements that need to be done beforehand. Irrespective of whether you are moving or out of a new house, there is need to have some cleaning done. The premises may have been neglected for a while and it may thus require some substantial amount of cleaning to get it back to shape.

What is an Arborist?

Trees are a valuable part of any garden. Trees offer shade in the summer and delightful architecture to our gardens. They give us oxygen to breathe. In fact without trees, we could not live. So if we have trees that are in need of care, we need to find a professional to treat our trees. Trees need the care of an arborist.

Most people think that an arborist is just someone who cuts down trees or trims dead branches off. They wonder why some tree trimmers are so expensive and others are very cheap. Some of these tree trimmers are just a fellow with a chain saw, a ladder and a truck. Others are arborists.

Ways to Deal with Flooded Carpet

Deciding whether to discard, clean, or call a professional when carpet becomes flooded depends on several factors.  The type of water the carpet is flooded with is one of the main determinants.  Rain water that has flooded the carpet usually isn’t a health risk, as long as carpets are properly cleaned and dried before any mould or mildew has a chance to form. Sewage water that has flooded a carpeted area, on the other hand, is a serious health risk and carpeting should be discarded. Carpet that has been flooded with sewage contaminants should never be a “do-it-yourself” project, and if you are dead set on keeping the carpet then a professional should be called in to handle the problem.

Lawn Mowing Tips

Lawn MowingMowing your lawn can seem like a pretty routine task. What’s the big deal? You drag out the lawn mower once per week, gas it up, mow the lawn, and then stick it back in the garage. Sounds simple enough. Lawn mowing truly is a simple task, but there are several insider tips that will effect your lawn mowing experience in a number of different manners. Believe it or not, lawn mowing can be fun, healthy, and you can even save money at it!

Carpet brings warmth

Harmony is achieved when the carpet on the floor is in compliance with the furniture and colors in space. Carpet brings warmth and comfort in the room, very much improves the visual identity of the area. However, harmony is achieved only when this little detail on the floor is in compliance with the furniture and colors in space. There is large range of rugs in different shapes, sizes and materials, classic designs and modern lines of wool, synthetic fabrics, bamboo.

Chimney Sweepers

Every home has at least one chimney through which their main source of central heating is conducted. Over time, they require cleaning just as a furnace or central air system requires a tune-up. In a central heating chimney, depending upon the type of heating, i.e., natural gas, forced hot air, or oil, a chimney should always be checked periodically (at least once every 3-4 years) for damage, soot or other residue that may cause blockage and which can lead to a chimney fire. The cost for cleaning is relatively inexpensive and the time involved in the actual cleaning less than an hour, if the chimney has had prior cleaning service. Most chimney sweeps charge an average of $150 to $200 for general cleaning. This should include a full inspection for damage or any other masonry problems.

Cleaning After Home Renovation

Renovating a home can be really great, as you ponder how it will look when the renovations are done. But there is a downside to it, because there is a huge amount of dust that is generated through the process, so you have to think about cleaning after home renovation.
The dust can be on any surface and in any place in the house, which makes it a bit of a challenge to clean the home thoroughly. It is for this reason that a great deal amount of time should be devoted to the cleaning, to make sure that the dust particles are taken care of completely.

Home Improvement Projects

Home improvement gets a lot of bad press for being expensive, time consuming and complicated. The horror stories of DIY home improvement projects gone wrong are endless it seems. Fortunately, you have stumbled upon is article and can avoid becoming one of those stories.

There are many home improvement projects that you can do inexpensively. These projects also don’t require you to have carpentry education or a lot of fancy tools at your disposal. Whether you are looking to sell your home and increase its value, or you just want a new look for your home, you can use this list as a guide to update your home without spending a lot of time and money.

Maintaining your air conditioner

Keeping Air Cold and Clean Throughout

In the summer heat, few methods of keeping a home cool and comfortable are more reliable or effective than air conditioning. Maintaining your air conditioner can help keep the air in your home cold and clean throughout.

The filters on your air conditioner can become dirty and should be replaced or cleaned regularly. A dirty filter can reduce the efficiency of an air conditioner considerably. By keeping it clean, the energy consumption of your AC can be lowered by 5 to 15 percent, resulting not only in cooler and cleaner air throughout your home, but also a significant drop in your energy bills. Find out whether your AC has the type of filter that needs to be cleaned or replaced, and take action accordingly.

Asbestos Removal Solutions

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that can be dangerous to individuals if inhaled. It is known to cause varieties of lung cancer, and can be extremely hazardous if not handled or disposed of properly. In older homes, asbestos might be found in flooring, shingles, furnaces, and pipes. If you believe your home might contain asbestos, do not attempt to remove any potential asbestos-containing materials yourself. If these materials are located in a closed-off location, and appear to be in good condition, the best solution is to simply leave the materials alone. If not frequently touched or irritated, there is no cause to worry; however, make sure to keep an eye on these materials. In the case they do become damaged, do not attempt to rectify the issue yourself. Hire a trained professional. They know the proper methods in which to rid the asbestos from your home, and can generally be found in your local phone directory.

How To Install A Water Softener

Hard water can be harmful to appliances and plumbing fixtures. Short of moving, the only solution is a water softener. A water softener San Antonio can be installed by the homeowner. Determine what size softener is needed by the number of gallons used per day. Softeners come in different sizes.

Water softeners should be located in a dry, flat area that is not exposed to freezing temperatures. The softener needs to be located close to an electrical outlet. Shut off the main water line and drain the household plumbing system. Turn on all faucets including outdoor ones to drain the system. The system has to be properly drained to sweat or solder the fittings. Turn off the power to the water heater if it is gas turn the control to pilot.