Tue

03

Jun

2014

Broken PVC Pipes - Causes And Solutions

Most underground home pipelines are made of PVC pipes and joints. While these materials are proven durable, they can never be free from destruction. There are at least three factors that can cause them to break. These are aging, ground movement and formation of tree roots.

 

Aging - Pipes in general can only last for a certain period of time. Everyday use and exposure to different elements from the surroundings wreck even the strongest pipes.

 

Root formations – Tree roots grow through the years. They grow deep into the ground to seek a water source like underground pipes. Tree roots can pierce into the pipes specifically when they already have cracks or holes in them. Consequently, tree roots can widen the extent of damage in these pipes.

 

Ground movements – Ground movements do not necessarily mean strong earthquakes. They are normal shifts and tremors that happen underground because of sudden changes in the temperature. The cold and heat can cause the ground to contract and expand respectively. With these happenings, the ground pushes on the pipes. The pipes are then displaced or fractured.

 

Fixing PVC pipes underground can be damaging if you are going to do it on your own. It is best to contact professionals who can repair pipes through non-destructive digging. This is more practical than a do-it-yourself repair. This prevents further or unwanted damages that can cause added expenses in the end. In connection to this, a professional service provider can use hydro excavation or larger machinery to fix the broken PVC pipes underground.  It all depends on the breakage degree. Nonetheless, both techniques will spot fix the problem and not disturb the surrounding areas.

 

If you would like to solve your pipe problems quickly and efficiently, search for a local service provider. Besides responding to your call fast, a local service provider  is most probably familiar with pipeline blueprint in your area.  

 

 

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Wed

30

Apr

2014

Quick Ideas About Growing Indoor Plants

Integrating greens into your house can be very beneficial most especially if you’re picking real indoor plants for decoration.  Besides providing a vibrant atmosphere, these plants are capable of improving the quality of air inside your house.

 

Once you have firmly decided to have plants inside the house, think about the plants you like to grow. This requires careful research as not all plants can grow indoors. In connection to that, you will need to come up with the right lighting, temperature and ventilation to ensure their growth. Choose plants that are not difficult to care for. If you do not trust your own research, ask a gardener or indoor plant expert for suggestions. They surely know which plants grow best indoors.

                              

Moving forward, scan the ideal spots inside the house where you can place them. Areas by the window are wonderful positions for plant growing because they can be reached sunlight – one of the elements plants need to grow healthily. Proper ventilation also matters. Placing plants in the kitchen especially near the stove is not advisable. Such spot can be very hot for plants to survive.

 

 

You must also know the proper application of water and fertilizers. These can help plants grow better and live longer. Watering plants and fertilizer application must be done regularly and so patience and diligence on your part is also needed.  

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Wed

19

Mar

2014

Learn About Child-Proofing Your Home Today

Home accidents are common especially to families with little children running around the house. Childproofing your home is one great way to avoid such accidents that can lead to serious emergency cases and even death.

 

For the effective childproofing or babyproofing of your home, you must be aware of its accident prone areas. These are the places inside the house where there is water, heat or flame and toxic substances. Stairways, slippery falls and pieces of furniture that are conducive for climbing are also considered as accident prone areas inside the house.

 

As much as possible, keep your floors dry all the time to avoid slips.  Fix leaks that cause slippery floors. Turn off faucets when not in use. Medicines and toxic substances like the chemicals used for house cleaning must be kept out of children’s reach. If you’re keeping chemical cleansers in cabinets under the bathroom or kitchen sink, make sure these cabinets are locked.

 

To avoid home accidents connected to heat or fire, it is best to have flammable materials out of children’s reach. Refrain from using candles and lamps that make use of gas. Never leave the stove open and matchboxes on table tops after use. Cover electric outlets appropriately. Fire can start with them if they are played on by kids.

 

While following all these insights matter, looking after your children intently 24/7 is the best defence against home accidents you can provide.

 

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Wed

05

Feb

2014

Allow Natural Lighting Into Your House With These Tips

Natural lighting makes any room more comfortable to stay in. It can also make a space bigger and more appealing. Do you want natural lighting to flow through the corners of your house? Check out the following tips.

 

Eliminate light blocks – Maximize the light coming in your windows by removing curtains or pieces of furniture that are blocking the way. If you have blinders installed, pull them up during the day.

 

Paint walls white – Color white reflects the amount of sunlight that enters a room. This creates a brighter effect within the house.

 

Hang mirrors – Just like white paint color, mirrors reflect rays of light. In truth, mirrors can reflect light to different parts of the house specifically to the dimmer or darker areas of the house.

 

 

Install doors with built-in windows – Solid doors can block a substantial amount of natural light from penetrating into the interiors of your house. Don’t worry about security because many manufacturers today produce sturdy doors with built-in windows and glass doors for that matter.

 

Expand current windows – Enlarge one or a couple of your windows. Choose windows that are most likely to allow a lot of light in once widened up.

 

 

 

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Mon

16

Dec

2013

How To Keep Your Home Safe And Sound

Burglars are everywhere. Regardless of the size of your property, they would try their best to get in and take whatever they deem to be valuable. Getting robbed of a few of your possessions can be forgivable. But losing a loved one because of it is another story that is difficult to bear and let go. This is why getting information on keeping your property safe and practicing them religiously are very important. Here are tried and tested ideas on the topic which you might want to learn today.

 

1) Reinforce your doors by adding deadbolts and door bars. These will strengthen your doors against kicks from burglars. But before installing them, check on the condition of your door frames first. If the frames are quite old and lacks strength in fastening doors firmly, replace them first with the right fit.

 

2) Purchase an alarm system that is very sensitive to motion. CCTVs and alarm systems are helpful in monitoring the people who might get into your house forcibly. Burglars are sometimes able to sneak in with no noise but if you have a motion-sensitive alarm they will have a hard time continuing on. Also, get a smartphone software that will allow you to access what your security system at home is able to monitor.

 

3) Mowing your lawn may seem useless for this matter but the truth is it is one of the cheapest ways you can protect your property from burglars. Mowed lawns sends the impression that your house is never out of person to guard it. Trim regularly the bushes around your house too. Bushes can be tall enough at times for burglars to hide in. 

 

4) Light your property. Burglars can do their expertise in the dark. When all areas of your home is well-lighted, they will think twice about getting on with their plans. There are light timers available in the market today. They are useful in automatically lighting your property particularly if you are forgetful or too busy to mind things such as turning on the lights.

 

5) Get rid of flyers by your doorstep. When flyers pile up, burglars think that your house is empty and not guarded. 

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Making Your House A Home

Most of us dream to have our own space we can call our own. This is where we rest our tired body after a long days work and spend our weekends especially when we already have a family of our own.

 

Join me as I do my best to make my house a home. Mine isn't as big as the usual dream house, nor as stylish and cozy as a two bedroom condo unit, but I try to make it look like a home.

 

Feel free to drop by as I share some cleaning, designing, renovating and organization tips that have worked for me and my friends through the years.

“The point of simple living, for me has got to be: A soft place to land, a wide margin of error, room to breathe, lots of places to find baseline happiness in each and every day” ― Leo Babauta

This year's home improvement goals:

  • purchase harvesting rainwater facility
  • add floating shelves all around the house
  • paint the bedroom with a relaxing blue color
  • use more natural light by replacing some windows in the house
  • do major decluttering sessions
  • hold garage sale to add funds to some other home improvement projects