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The winter months can be a huge pain if you and your home are not ready. Snow, freezing temperatures, and longer nights can cause you to worry if you failed to prepare your home in time for winter. That is why it is important to make sure that everything is winterized ahead of time, so you, your family, and your home can enjoy the coming months without any risks.
To help you make your home ready for winter, here are a few useful tips you should follow:
- Know where your pipes are, so you can easily shut off your water if needed. This will prevent your pipes from freezing when snow comes. If you don’t know how to protect your pipes, they can burst and cause major damage to your home. Ask your plumber for help if you don’t know where your pipes are or how to turn them off.
- Prepare your heating system. Winter weather can hit quickly, so you want to be sure your heating system is functioning properly, so it will be ready when it’s time to turn it on. Also be sure your furnaces and chimneys are clear.
- Check for branches above your roof and trim them down. This will prevent weak branches from falling on your roof and causing damage due to the weight of snow, ice, and wind.
- Clean your gutters and drain pipes. Remove dead leaves, branches, and other debris that may clog the waterway. This will ensure that melting snow and ice can freely flow down the drainpipes and not clog up your roof.
- Check for leaks inside the house and block them. Leaks can easily let the cold outdoor wind in and the cozy and warm indoor air out. This will cause your heater to have to work harder in order to maintain a warm atmosphere, which can be expensive. Seal leaks and cracks in doorways and windows ahead of time to be sure your house is well-insulated.
- Install storm windows. Replace your window screens with storm windows to add an additional layer of protection and insulation.
Once you prepare your home for the coming winter months, you can then sit back and relax in front of the fireplace with a nice hot cup of chocolate in hand.
Homeownership can be as easy as buying a move-in-ready home and settling in. But, what happens when the power goes out or there is fire in the kitchen? What will you do if you have plumbing problems or your door lock breaks?
Yes, homeownership is wonderful, but if you don’t know some of the basic handyman skills a homeowner should possess, the experience could be more difficult than necessary. Below are the top skills any homeowner should have in order to be able to address problems inside their homes:
- Use a fire extinguisher. Commercial buildings are required to have at least one fire extinguisher per floor. The same holds true with a private home. Your home should have at least one fire extinguisher on hand in case of fire. But, just having one isn’t enough. You also need to know how to use it, so you can extinguish a fire if one starts.
- Know where your main water shutoff valve is and how to shut down the main waterline. Plumbing problems are fairly common, and one of the first steps you must take is to turn off the main water line in order to prevent flooding. Usually, the main water line is located in the basement. If you don’t know how to shut down the valve, seek help from a plumber.
- Learn how to use your tools. Have a tool kit at home with all of the tools necessary for basic repairs. If you know how to do basic home repairs, you can save thousands of dollars by not constantly calling a professional. Understand the function of each of your tools, so you can use them appropriately.
- Replace a door lock. What will you do if your door lock is broken and there is no one available at night to come and fix it? There is no need to compromise the safety of your family by not knowing how to replace door locks. Have an extra lock on hand just in case you ever need it.
- Locate studs in the walls. We all need to hang something on the wall at one time or another, and finding a stud in the wall is essential for installing a strong hook. Know how you to locate a stud in the wall by tapping on solid and hollow parts of the wall. A stud can be detected when you hear a solid tap.
- Fix a leaky faucet. Would you want to see your faucet leaking unused water each day? That would result in gallons of water being wasted. Know how to fix a leaky faucet, so you can conserve your water and maximize its use.
Having a hardwood floor brings elegance and grace to your home. Once you set foot inside, you will feel an immediate atmosphere of comfortable elegance offered by the natural wood. Wood floors are a source of pride for many homeowners, and rightfully so!
However, despite the atmosphere wood floors provide, hardwood floor require upkeep and a little TLC from you. Yes, Total Loving Care. Otherwise, you will eventually see your floor in a very different light from the elegant and stylish look you had previously.
So, to save the gracefulness of your hardwood floor and give you a consistent and beautiful floor, here are some tips on how you can maintain your hardwood floor.
- Always clean your hardwood floor! Just like our wooden furniture and other house hold essentials, your floor will need regular cleaning it to prevent dirt, stains and other detriments from accumulating and creating a bigger, perhaps unfixable, mess. Before applying any cleaning agent, always be aware of what kind of hardwood you have so you can use the appropriate cleaning solution. You can inquire at the hardware store ahead of time, or ask your contractor for advice.
- Sweep regularly. This is in addition to the above tip. Sweeping your hardwood floor daily will keep things off of your floor and out of any cracks in the wood to prevent scratching and stains. Use only a soft broom and make sure to remove all sharp objects that are not supposed to be in the floor.
- Never let any liquid stay on your floor! Water does not go well with wood. It is its worst enemy, so prevent damage by keeping the two separate. Clean any spills or liquids on your floor with an absorbent cloth. Do it as soon as you see liquid on your floor. If you fail to do so, it will seep inside the cracks, warp the wood and WILL damage the floor.
- Always mop. This may sound contradictory to the above tip yet mopping your floor always will clean it thoroughly. You can use a dry damp mop so there will be no excess water to stay on the wood.
- Protect your floor with a rug. If you have a rug or a carpet, use it. It will not only add a pleasant accent to your room but it will also protect your hardwood floor. Moreover, do not forget to vacuum your rugs and carpets so no dirt can fall on the wood.
- Cover your floor if you plan to work. This means that if you plan to paint the wall or repair anything in the house, cover your floor. This will prevent damage, scratches or stains when you suddenly drop your paintbrush or your hammer.
- Use foot guards on your furniture. Furniture in the house will get moved – wood is fairly easy to scratch with heavy objects such as furniture so save your floor by using a foot guard on your furniture. This way, even if you budge it a little, no mark will be left forever.