Archive for the ‘Home Improvement’ Category

PostHeaderIcon DIY tips to waterproof exterior walls

waterproof exterior walls, wall careEnsuring proper waterproofing of the exterior walls is a very important thing irrespective of the fact that whether you are in a rented apartment or in your own house. If the exterior walls are not water proofed properly, then the interior of your house will not look that beautiful as the walls will soak water. You can hire some expert personnel to do the waterproofing of the exterior walls. But however if you want to save money and do it yourself, then there are few things that you need to keep in mind.

• Check that all the pipe lines are working properly and so that there are no leakage at any point.
• Ensure that the outside and inside perimeter of the foundation has no cracks.
• Make sure that all the drains, both inside and outside, are working properly.
• Also verify that the rain gutters are working properly.

If any sort of small hole or crack is encountered, then fill the crack with some epoxy compound, which is a very good waterproof material.

PostHeaderIcon Wireless burglar system: Perfect security for your home

Wireless burglar system, home securityYour life along with the lives of your loved ones is priceless and it has every reason in the world to get the best security facility. As houses always suffer from the possible threats of burglary so your house needs the best quality burglar alarm systems which are available in the market in plenty these days. The best burglar alarm systems are very much dependable for the top class security for every home as they work with extreme efficiency and keep you alert always.

These alarm systems are made with highly improved technologies and that is why they can identify any unauthorized touch quite instantly and start responding to keep you alert about any intrusion. The modern burglar alarm systems are wireless and the burglars cannot get any idea of installation of any system like that. You can even have a direct access to the nearest police station so that the policemen get the direct access to any attempt of burglary at your abode of peace. You can be quite comfortable if this system is installed at your dream home.

PostHeaderIcon Keeping Your Stainless Steel Appliances Spot Free

Home care, home appliancesWhen you have steel appliances at home, you need to take extra care of them as they can’t be cleaned like the rest of the appliances. Steel is durable and resistant to rusting but only to a certain limit. You should keep them in places which are not prone to a lot of moisture. For example keep them away from windows, taps and cooking stoves or gas. Special steel cleaners and solutions are available at stores. Natural cleaners like vinegar can also work.

Take a soft cotton cloth and scrub them gently with these cleaners once a week and wipe them completely dry. You can also use a dry cloth to clean off daily dust every day. You should make sure that after using these appliances you clean them properly. Mixers, grinders and other appliances should be completely clean off all the food residue as that could lead to moisture build up and also microbial growth.

PostHeaderIcon Dining Table Options for a Narrow Dining Room

Dining Table Options, narrow dinningIf you have limited space in your dining room, choosing the right kind of furniture is very important. The dining table is the main piece of importance in a dining room, so choosing that correctly should be the main focus. The table you choose should be space saving but classy at the same time. If you think that a regular sized table will be too big for
that place, then you should go for folding dining tables.

These are designed very specifically for small rooms. The tasteful design doesn’t make it look bad even when it’s folded. As the folded version is designed as a regular small table, you can arrange it normally with the chairs when the table is not in use. You can look for metal, plastic and wooden tables but the wooden dining tables are the best option here.

PostHeaderIcon Caring for your silk plants

Tips to maintain silk plants, home careYou can keep the silk table top plants to add an aesthetic touch to the interior decorations of your room. You can keep the plants either on your dining table or any table in the room. But to keep them looking beautiful you need to take care of them properly. Many think that the silk plants don’t require any maintenance, but this is exactly correct. The dust accumulation should be cleared off properly from the surface of the leaf or petals of the plants. You can use a damp cloth for the purpose, but make sure that you don’t rub dust into the structure otherwise it will become difficult to clean them later.

There are many cleaning sprays from popular brands that you can spray on the plants. The sprays normally dilute or loosen the dust or stains thus enabling easy cleaning of the plant. If you want to decorate your room properly with the silk plants, make sure that you clean them properly.

PostHeaderIcon Hiding a water damage

Tips to hide wate damage, wall careThere are a lot of ways you can hide the water damage marks on your walls. The best way of hiding those ugly marks is to get a picture and hang it on the wall covering the entire area. Your visitors will come and see an artistic accessory to your home décor without any idea of the ugly face that hides behind the masterpiece.

You could also go for an added fabric in order to hide the stained part of the area. This can be a good idea if the area that is affected is in the ceiling. It is not possible to hang a picture on the ceiling so fabrics are the best option. If the ceiling is damaged almost entirely by water, the best thing you could do is get wallpaper attached to the area. They can look very good and will hide the ugliness completely.

PostHeaderIcon Issues about indoor air quality

indoor air qualityIndoor air quality (IAQ) refers to a term which means to the air quality within and at the vicinity of other structures and buildings. It may however, relate to the comfort and health of the people living in the building.  Learning about the IAQ means to get involved in the gatherings of the air samples, maintaining human exposure to made pollutants, gathering of the samples on computer modelling of air flow inside the building and the building surfaces.

The IAQ may be affected by the gases which include carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, particulates, radon and microbial contaminants like bacteria and mould. It might refer to any energy or mass stressor which may induce bad health situations. The source control, use of ventilation and filtration in order to result in the dilution of contaminants are one of the primary ways to improve the indoor air quality of most of the buildings. Few of the perils that might arise are:

  • Headaches are the worst of the problems that arise
  • Skin irritations along with Itchy eyes are also very common
  • Sinus infections also happen
  • Nose bleeds are a major concern
  • Breathing problems take place in one out of every third person

 

PostHeaderIcon Cleaning your chimney: Tips for beginners

Tips to clean chimney, chimney careKeeping your chimney clean is very important for the safety of your family. A lot of fire hazards occur due to unclean chimneys and therefore, it is very important that you maintain the chimney regularly. You can use chemical cleaners for the job. There are a lot of good chemical cleaners available in the market. In order to get rid off the buildup of creosote, you will have to use these commercial chemical cleaners.

Do not use those chemical cleaners that have corrosive substance. This might lead to a deterioration of your chimney in no time. Make sure you sue the right kind of brush for cleaning the chimney. A brush with a big surface contact is needed for a very dirty chimney. Make sure you clean the chimney at least once every year. If you think you cannot do the job on your own, you should hire a professional, as the job has to be done perfectly.

PostHeaderIcon Residential energy star roofing

Roofing materials, roofingThere are a lot of options when it comes to the residential energy star roofing materials. They are very effective when it comes to protection from fire. Brinkmann Roofing company uses a certain technology that is very friendly to the environment and you will be able to save a lot of energy by the installation of the residential energy star roofing..

You will be able to choose from a variety of different shapes and sizes when you are going for the residential energy star roofing for your house. In this way, you will get the perfect combination of style and efficiency for your money. They are waterproof and the coating that is used for the shield is of high quality. You will be able to remodel your residence totally by the residential star energy roofing. The house will look as good as new from outside. However, before installation, make sure you meet with the government guidelines to ensure everything is energy star rated. Another great way to reduce energy bills and to be eco-friendly is to instal solar panels or solar shingles.  Both may seem slightly expensive at first but the pay off is huge and you will see that in your first bill.  Many companies now are offering either solar panels or solar shingles.  You may be thinking that solar panels might not be attractive to have on your home and that can be true.  But the invention of the solar shingles has been great.  They are meant to seamlessly match  your other shingles and blend well with your roof.  They come in many different colors and sizes to fit each roof perfectly.  They are a great investment and a great way to help make your home more eco-friendly.

PostHeaderIcon Polishing your hardwood flooring

Maintenance of hardwood floors, Hardwood flooringCleaning and maintaining hardwood floors is by far one of the toughest things that one has to encounter with. As most of the burden falls on the floors, it is imperative that proper care and maintenance of the hardwood floors is taken. But contrary to common belief, cleaning and polishing the hardwood floors isn’t a very tedious or difficult job. One simply needs to ensure the fact that one does not immediately trod upon the surface of the floor after the polishing has been done.

There are various wood polishers available in the market and based upon the type of hardwood floor that you have, you can select one and use it to keep you hardwood floor spic and span. These wood polishes need to be applied to your hardwood flooring on a fairly regular basis to ensure that the shine remains and that the longevity of the hardwood floor increases.