Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for a Beautiful Bathroom

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Care Tips, How To's, Repairs and Maintenance | 0 comments

Keeping the house clean is important in protecting the health of family members. Two main areas in the house that require special attention are the kitchen and bathroom. Kitchens are kept clean on a daily basis to prevent germs and bacteria from contaminating our food. Unfortunately, the bathroom doesn’t get as much attention as the kitchen when it comes to cleanliness. With personal hygiene being an important component of one’s health and well being, people should start paying attention to their bathroom. Here are a few ideas on how you can keep a clean and beautiful bathroom in your home.

1. Rinse and Clean as You Go. Molds, mildew, scum, and stains have no place in a beautiful bathroom. To prevent dirt and germs build-up in your bathroom, encourage family members to do a bit of cleaning after use. Simply rinse off soap scum in the tub or shower stall by spraying water in the walls and floor after taking a bath. Check floor, sink, and counter for spittle or spills and wipe it off immediately before leaving the bathroom.

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2. Keep it Dry and Bright. Molds and mildew thrive in dank and dark places so make sure that drains are working properly to prevent water build up. Open windows to facilitate proper air circulation and let some natural light in as well. This will help you air-dry the bathroom after every shower. You may also want to turn on fans or dehumidifiers for a few minutes to speed up the process. Don’t forget to dry shower curtains, doors or stalls, and towels. This can be done by keeping wet shower curtains closed until it dries, spreading towels in rods or rack, and removing water from glass surfaces with the help of a squeegee.

3. Give it a thorough clean once a week. Wiping and rinsing will not keep your bathroom germ and bacteria free. Clean surfaces and hidden nooks with warm soapy water, sponge, and disinfectant to get the job done properly. Don’t forget to wash accessories like shower curtains, bathroom mats, hand towels etc. You may also keep drains clean and clog-free by pouring home solutions like baking soda, white vinegar, and boiling water down the drain at least once a month.

4. Schedule maintenance check-up at least once a year. Water build-up and leaks can damage you property and cost you a lot in repairs. Keep an eye out for cracks and holes in caulks and grouts as well as leaks in fixture sealants and toilet base so you can address problems immediately. Have a professional check on plumbing and electrical features of your bathroom to keep them running efficiently.

5. De-clutter and Decorate. Just like any room in the house, the bathroom can also accumulate some clutter over time. Organize your bathroom with stylish racks, caddies, or storage and remove everything that doesn’t have a place in your bathroom. Change décor motifs as the season change and create a trendy and beautiful bathroom for family and house guests.

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Avoid a Bad Air Day by Checking Your Air Quality

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Care Tips, Earth Friendly Activities, green living, Repairs and Maintenance | 0 comments

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Many people already realize that certain parts of the country suffer from poor air quality at specific times of the year. People are so concerned about the air outside that many fail to consider the quality of the air inside their homes. In some cases, the air inside a house can be exponentially worse than what’s outside. Don’t have a bad air day; check the air quality inside your home and take action to make it better. 

What Causes Bad Air Indoors?

The air inside your home is directly affected by the quality of air outside the home. In addition to the regular pollutants found in the air outside, indoor air can be laden with cleaning solvents, viruses, fungi, formaldehyde, and all kinds of other pollutants. Pollen and dander can come in from windows and doors. Pets carry hair and saliva, in addition to airborne fecal matter. Paints, perfumes, and even chemicals on a new piece of furniture affect the quality of air inside your home. This may be even more noticeable if you have family members who suffer from allergies or respiratory problems. How can you combat the bad air?

Change Your Filters

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The ductwork in your home should have filters connected to it. These filters are supposed to help keep contaminants out. Over time, however, the filters become dirty from all of the contaminants they catch. This means that they need to be changed regularly in order to be most effective. Filters should be changed at least every six months, and your AC should be tuned up one to two times per year. Dust around the duct registers or settling on furniture around your home is a clear sign that not only your filters need changing, but you should probably also have your ducts examined and cleaned.

Go Green—Literally

Changing out your filters can dramatically improve your indoor air quality, but don’t underestimate the power of plants. There are many indoor plants such as spider plants, snake plants, English ivy, pothos, philodendrons and more that help to pull formaldehyde and a variety of other pollutants out of the air, replacing them with oxygen. If your home is lacking a little bit of green, then invest in some air-purifying plants strategically placed around your home.

Turn Bad Air Good

It’s possible to avoid a bad air day with proper air filter replacement and duct cleaning. Air-purifying plants are also beneficial if anyone in your family suffers from allergies or other respiratory issues. If you notice an inordinate amount of dust around your home or family members who are sneezing and coughing more than normal, then it’s time to take action.

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Tools for Electrical Safety Inspection at Home

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Care Tips, Home Essentials, Repairs and Maintenance | 0 comments

Homeowners would typically schedule the routine inspection and repair of roof and plumbing during the spring or summer season. But aside from the maintenance of the home structure, electrical components should also be inspected on a regular basis to keep the home safe from fire or electrical accidents. This can be done with the help of an electrician or by the homeowner himself. This is provided that he is equipped with basic know-how and safety gear for the inspection.

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There are some cool gadgets that can help you check the safety of your fuses, wiring, and outlets without exposing you to too much risk. Electrical testers can help you go over your electrical safety checklist in a jiffy. They are also handy when it comes to trouble shooting malfunctioning electrical appliances or outlets. A non-contact volt probe lets you check for voltage presence when working with sockets, fuses, or circuit breakers. This will help you double check if the power is really turned off before touching any socket or outlet that you plan to inspect. Another handy tool that you can use for your inspection is the Wiring Inspector Circuit Tester. It can help you verify if the wiring in your building complies with the electrical code by just plugging it in an outlet.

There are other electrical testers that you may want to add to your electrical tool box. This can include socket testers, LCR testers, current testers and LAN testers. The Shortstop AC Leakage current tester can help you test safety of small tools, appliances, and extension cords that are frequently used at home. These gadgets are cool, handy, and safe for both neophytes and professional electricians.

When it comes to electrical safety at home, going for professional help is often the best option. But it doesn’t hurt to have a few fancy gadgets around just in case the professionals are not available.

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How to Clean a Pool Overrun with Algae

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Care Tips, How To's, Repairs and Maintenance | 0 comments

If you own a swimming pool, it is almost certain that you’ve had the experience of walking out one day, bathers on, towel in hand, only to find your pool is a lurid shade of green. So, here are a few simple tips to get rid of that algae and have your pool back to swimming condition in the shortest possible time. But remember, every pool is different, so it is important to get expert advice. To find your local pool expert simply enter your postcode online at http://www.alliancepoolstores.com.au/.

Check equipment

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Often, if your pool has gone green, it means that a piece of equipment is broken or in need of cleaning. Before you start to check your equipment, make sure the pool is topped up more than halfway up the skimmer box inlet opening as you will need plenty of water to backwash your filter both before and after you treat the algae.

Next, check and empty your filter and pump baskets of any leaf matter and debris. Then, backwash your filter thoroughly and ensure that you are getting full flow through your pump, that means the pump basket should be completely filled with water when the pump is running.

If you have a saltwater chlorinator, remove and inspect the cell for build-up (the cell is the electrode element that has wires attached to it and is plumbed into the outlet pipe of your filter). If the cell is coated in white calcium build, it may have been unable to produce chlorine and be the cause of your pool going green. If this is the case, it will need to be cleaned. Remove the wires from the cell and submerge it in a bucket filled with a solution of one part hydrochloric acid to 10 parts of water – the white calcium build up will begin to dissolve, and should be left in the solution for around half an hour until all build up has gone.

Once you have cleaned all your equipment and are satisfied that it is running correctly, you can begin to chemically treat the water to kill the algae.

Chemical treatment

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To kill all of the algae, you will need to add a high dose of chlorine, a standard chemical used in the control of algae and bacteria in swimming pools. While the pump is running, add 10 litres of chlorine for every 20,000 litres of pool water, you should see the colour of the pool change within an hour. After adding the chlorine, add a control dose of swimming pool algaecide, following the directions on the bottle. Finally, you will need to add a water clarifier to assist your filter in removing the dead algae.

Once you have added all the chemicals, you should run the filter for a 24 hour period. After 24 hours of filtering the pool should be looking almost back to normal. Back wash your filter thoroughly, add another dose of water clarifier and run the system for a further 12 hours. Once this is completed, your water should look clear, but before you swim, take a water sample for testing and add the recommended chemicals as instructed.

If you follow these simple steps your green pool should be back to normal in no time. But make sure to get some advice from a pool professional about what the initial cause of the problem was, as it is likely that you will need to repair or replace a piece of equipment. Finally, remember to check your water regularly to prevent it from happening again.

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Preventing Molds and Other Winter Window Problems

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Care Tips, How To's, Repairs and Maintenance | 0 comments

The cold weather is a great reason to snuggle up with your family in the cozy comfort of your home. To continue enjoying such times with the family, every homeowner should take the necessary steps to properly prepare his home for the winter. Even when the season has set in, there are home care tips that people should pay attention to. This helps keep the family members safe from illnesses and the house from potential damage.

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Condensation on windows

The windows of the house are considered to be critical areas during this season since they are supposed to keep the cold air out and the warm air in. In their normal course of duty, the windows themselves can take quite a beating from the extreme cold weather. In these areas of the home, you can find common moisture problems like molds and sweating.

To care for your windows during winter, take note of the following tips:
1. Make sure that any cracks or spaces around the windows are properly sealed to keep the excess moisture out.

2. If you have older windows, it is best to install external storm windows for added protection. It is also best to avoid window frames made of metal since they conduct cold temperature.

3. To address the excess moisture that could cause mold formation, you may want to consider installing a dehumidifier.

4. Proper venting of dryers, fireplaces, and heaters is necessary to prevent sweating in windows.

5. Setting the thermostat to a temperature lower than 70 degrees Fahrenheit is also recommended to address condensation problems.

During the cold months, the key to preventing molds and mildew inside the house is to keep things dry. Your main concern is to control the moisture level in your home. Assuming that you have done your window maintenance work during the pre-winter months, what’s left to pay attention to would be to wipe down any visible moisture in your glass panes as needed. Regularly inspect the areas around your windows to catch any potential problems and address them before they get worse. If necessary, do not hesitate to call for professional help. There are plenty of mold and mildew specialists and contractors you can turn to for help with your mold and moisture problems.

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When to Hire Roofing Experts

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Care Tips, Home Improvement, Repairs and Maintenance | 0 comments

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Your roof is often a neglected part of your home. You do your general cleaning in your interiors regularly and perhaps have renovations or redecorating projects done from time to time. Not a few homeowners fail to check the roof of their homes regularly. Especially if you live in a country with extreme weather conditions, you want to regularly maintain your roof to prevent serious problems that could result in costly repairs. There are times when you have to call in the roofing experts to ensure that you and your family can enjoy the protection of having a roof over your head.

One of the most common roof problems are leaks. You don’t have to wait until you have water dripping from your ceiling or warping your ceilings and walls before you call in the roofing experts. With a regular roof inspection, you can catch leaks early on so that you can have them repaired right away before they cause damage. Cracked shingles, corrosion, and missing bolts are possible causes of leaks. These problems can easily be addressed with roofing replacement or patching.

Flashing, blistering, and water pooling are some of the other problems you can have in your roof. Roofing experts can inspect your flashing for defective seals, your asphalt shingles for blistering, and any defects on your roof slope that might cause water pooling. They will give you recommendations on what kinds of repairs are necessary to prevent these problems from causing leaks or water damage. They should also be able to give you a cost and time estimate for the project.

Roof repairs and maintenance should not be brushed aside. It might seem like a big expense, but not getting the job done properly or not having the job done at all could result in an even bigger expense. It would be to your best interest to call in the roofing experts right away especially if you have not had your roof inspected for quite some time.

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