2015

Tips For Creating A Safe And Accessible Bathroom For Elderly Family Members

If your older family member is choosing to stay at home despite mobility issues, that means having to adapt the house to reduce the risk of falls and other injuries. One of the most common areas where things like this can happen is the bathroom. Here are a few tips to help you remodel the bathroom to create a safe zone for your loved one's grooming and self-care needs. Upgrading the Shower Enclosure

3 Considerations For Your Exterior Drain Tile When Adding To Your Foundation

If you are building an extension to your home or putting in a patio or driveway, you will likely be digging up your drain tile to access your foundation and add to it. This creates the perfect opportunity to do some maintenance on your drain tile and replace any worn or old parts.  Saving Materials  Most of the materials from your exterior drain tile can be saved and placed in a new location after you have extended your foundation.

Watch Your Yard For These Telltale Signs Of Water Or Sewer Line Damage

Water and sewer line breaks promise big problems for homeowners. Not only will a homeowner with a broken line be wasting money on water that never makes it to their faucet or waste water that never makes it to the sewer, but they could also be exposed to dangerous health risks. Oftentimes, the first signs of a water or sewer line break are witnessed outside the home. Read on to learn about 4 things you might spot in your yard that will warrant a visit from an emergency plumbing service.

Power Outlet Went Out? Repair It With These Tips

Sometimes, a wall outlet can experience power fluctuations or problems that damage the wires inside it. Using multiple high-powered equipment in the home, experiencing bad weather and some other hazardous problem can create power surges in your electrical system. You can replace the damaged outlets on your own with the right tips. Here's what you need to buy and tips to remove and replace the outlet. Buy Your Replacement Supplies

A Stitch In Time: 3 Ways To Monitor Your New Drip Irrigation System To Prevent Problems

Installing a drip irrigation system will help you provide a consistent supply of water to landscaping, saving you time on watering and money on wasted water or plants that have been over-watered.  It would be easy to simply let the drip irrigation system run on its own as soon as it's installed, but this could leave you unaware of easily fixed problems that grow out of control over time.  In the first few days you have your drip irrigation system, be sure to check take the following measures to ensure your drip irrigation system is working properly to save yourself from trouble down the line.

3 Quick And Easy DIY Garage Door Repairs

Is your garage door acting up? In most cases, you should call a professional for garage door repairs because many of the things that can go wrong with a garage door require training and expertise to resolve. However, there are a few things you can do yourself with just a basic knowledge of tools and the way your garage door works. Save yourself some money with just a small investment of time by learning to do these three quick and easy DIY garage door repairs.

Gas Furnace Or Oil Furnace: Which One Is The Better Choice?

Let's say that you want to keep your home or office space nice and toasty this winter and you're set on getting a furnace. Now you'll have to choose between getting a gas-fired furnace or an oil-fired furnace. But which one is the better deal for your home or office? The following takes a look at the pros and cons of both types of furnaces. To make it a more fair comparison, this in-depth review won't take availability of gas or oil into consideration; although, the price of fuel will remain an important point to consider for comparison's sake.

Water Damage Cleanup: 2 Tests For Assessing Mold Growth

If there's a problem with the plumbing at your home, your entire house may be vulnerable to water damage. On top of irreparable damages to household appliances and personal items, water leakages and flooding can also promote mold growth. Mold has the potential to cause health problems as it produces toxic substances known as mycotoxins. This is especially true if the spores are inhaled. Mold growth may not always be visible. Here are 2 tests to perform in order to analyze and assess mold growth after performing necessary water damage cleanup.

5 Water Treatment Options For Every Step Of The Fish Farming Process

Land that isn't suitable for growing vegetables or fruit trees can still produce food through the magic of fish farming, either in sealed concrete ponds or above ground tanks. However, this means you need multiple water treatment methods for managing the water that both goes in and comes out of the system. Try at least two or three of these water treatment options to keep your fish farm producing at full volume.

Using The Categories Of Water Damage To Determine What You Can Salvage

Just hearing the words "water damage" makes some people cringe. They recall a bad experience involving a flooded basement, stained drywall, or the carpet they had to replace once. But it's not just about the amount of damage sustained. Water damage is broken into different categories based on the type of water that caused damage – which relates to the level of contamination in the water. Understanding these different categories will help you determine what can or can't be salvaged when facing repairs from floods or leaks.

5 Mistakes That Can Shorten The Life Of Your Septic System

Your septic system won't last forever, but if you look after it properly, it can last for a long time. With proper maintenance, your system can last for between 15 and 40 years. However, it's easy to make mistakes that can shorten the lifespan of your septic system. Here are five mistakes that you should avoid making if you want to keep your septic pumping system in good condition for as long as possible.

4 Ways To Let The Light Shine In While Protecting Your Privacy

You probably already know that lots of natural light in the home interior is conducive to a happy and healthy lifestyle, but some people prefer not to have traditional picture windows in their houses. Perhaps they live too close to the street or to a neighbor's property to feel comfortable with large windows at eye level to passing motorists, pedestrians, and people in other buildings. If you are considering having a home custom designed and hope to find ways to allow abundant natural light to come inside but are concerned about potential privacy loss, you'll be glad to know that there are ways that you can let the sun shine in while keeping prying eyes out.

Feng Shui Face Lift: Tips For Feng Shui-Ing Your Backyard

Outdoor living is an important part of your home's appeal, function, and value, so improving the look and feel of your backyard is beneficial. Considering the space plays a large role in your family's enjoyment, ensuring the space is attractive and relaxing is key. While surprising to hear, your backyard design can be comfortable, peaceful, and healthy using a few basic principles of Feng Shui. First used thousands of years ago in China, Feng Shui has become a popular method of design for home and business owners who want to improve the look and feel of their space.

Three Natural-Looking Privacy Screen Ideas For Your Backyard

It's nice to have privacy in your backyard, but many modern privacy fences seem to overwhelm the design of your yard with their looming size and artificial appearance. If you want to avoid nosy neighbors and also preserve your yard's more rustic appearance, consider using one of these more natural-looking privacy screen ideas. Install a Chain-Link Fence and Plant Vining Plants to Climb It Chain-link fences are relatively inexpensive when compared to solid wooden or vinyl fences, making this a good choice if you're on a tight budget.

French Drain Systems: 3 Tips For Ensuring That The Trenches Last Longer

The average amount of rain and snow precipitation expected in the U.S. annually is approximately 30.21 inches. If you do not install drainage systems that redirect the rainwater in your lawn, yard or garden, you may deal with water damages. Fortunately, French drain systems are becoming increasingly popular. These drains are filled with gravel or rock and may contain perforated piping. The average lifespan of French drain systems is approximately 30 years; however, with these 3 tips, you can easily prolong that.

Can You Dim The Lights? Tips To Install A Dimmer Switch In Your Home

The lighting in a room can make a dramatic difference in the way the whole room feels. If you're remodeling, you should give as much thought to the lighting as you do the paint and other decor. For example, the installation of a dimmer switch gives you complete control over the level of light in the room and allows you to adjust it at will. Most household dimmer switches can fit easily in a traditional light switch receptacle, which makes them easy to install.

3 Reasons Why Winter Is The Best Time To Get Your Air Conditioning Repaired

Is it still freezing and snowing outside where you live? Your air conditioner is probably the last thing on your mind right now, as you are doing your best to stay warm and toasty indoors. However, spring is just around the corner, and with it, the warmer weather will eventually come. Believe it or not, winter is the best time to get air conditioning maintenance and repair done. It seems counter-intuitive, but it's a fact.

How To Reduce Your Air Conditioner's Excessive Operating Noise

In preparation for the upcoming spring and summer seasons, you decided to power up your central air conditioner and test its ability to cool your home. However, upon activation, you noticed your air conditioner unit began producing excessive noise. Instead of replacing your unit, reduce its noise production by performing these tasks: Clean and Adjust Your Fan Wheel The blower assembly that creates the airflow throughout your air conditioner system is designed as a centrifugal fan.

How To Maintain And Replace A Bypass Furnace Humidifier

The humidifier is one of the most important parts of your home heating system. By moistening the air, it prevents problems like dry, itchy skin and respiratory inflammation. However, if you do not properly maintain your humidifier it can do more harm than good as bacteria builds up inside the drum. While there are several different types of furnace humidifiers, bypass humidifiers are the most common. Here are some tips to help you maintain and replace a drum-style bypass furnace humidifier.

How To Protect Yourself From Hotel Key Card Lock Picking

Just as with everything electronic these days, hackers are finding ways around the encrypted hotel key card locks that are supposed to keep you safe in your room when you travel. The hacking can be done by hotel employees, people who get their hands on the cards while employees aren't looking, and even by hotel guests who hack the cards to their own rooms and then use the compromised cards to break into the same rooms later.

2 Ways To Reduce Your Furnace's Soot Production

Before you begin using your furnace all day long to counteract the cold winter temperatures, you must make sure your furnace is free of soot buildup. However, this is easier said than done. Anytime gas is ignited in your furnace, soot will be produced—though the amount will depend on how well your furnace is maintained. When a significant amount of soot accumulates inside your furnace's combustion chamber, your heat production and overall efficiency will be reduced.

Guide For Using Your Senses To Detect The Presence Of Mold In Your Water Damaged Basement

After your basement has sustained water damage after being flooded, you may suspect that mold has started to grow. If you are concerned about the adverse health effects of mold, you may want to find out for sure. To do so, use the following guide for using your senses for detecting it in your basement.  Smell The Air The first thing you can do to inspect your basement for signs of mold is to smell the air.

Ready, Set, Lights! When And How To Use An Extension Cord Safely

If you are like most people, you've probably used an extension cord to supply electricity to those hard-to-reach areas of your home. While they can be handy as a temporary solution to power appliances when the electrical cord is too short to reach an outlet, using them as a permanent solution comes with some risks. According to the Electrical Safety Commission International (ESFi), 3,300 fires are started each year from improper use extension cords, resulting in approximately 300 deaths or serious injuries.

Updating Your House? 2 Reasons You Should Invest In A Fireplace Insert

During the cold, gray winter months, nothing can melt away the gloom like a roaring fire. In addition to adding extra warmth and a nostalgic charm to any room, fireplaces can also make your home feel like an upscale estate. Unfortunately, if your fireplace was installed decades ago, it can make your entire space feel dated. However, fireplace inserts can slide right into the opening to transform that old hearth. Here are two reasons you should invest in a fireplace insert, and why you won't regret your decision later.

Menstrual Cramps: One More Good Reason To Buy A Swimming Pool

Do you suffer from menstrual cramps? Do you dread that time of the month when your abdomen tightens up like a rock and you get uncomfortable, achy, bloated, and downright fatigued? If so, you aren't alone. Fifteen percent of women who menstruate report severe cramps in the days leading up to their periods. Fortunately, there's a fun, relaxing way to get relief; read on to learn how investing in a swimming pool can banish your menstrual cramp for good.

3 Surprising Sources Of Nature That Will Damage Your Roof

The asphalt shingles on your roof can sustain damage from some surprising sources of nature. Below you'll learn what three things you might have on your shingles right now that's ruining your roof. Ivy If ivy is growing up the side of your house and the vines reach your roof, you have damaged shingles. English ivy is a common species of ivy that often grows on houses. This aggressive vine can grow up to 80 feet in height.

The Allergenic Furnace-Owner's Guide to Better Air Quality

Your furnace plays an incredibly important role in the climate of your home, but it can also impact your indoor air quality. If you suffer from allergies or any form of rhinitis, it is vital that you keep it in good working order at all times. If you don't, you'll surely pay for it—in the form of itchy eyes, sneezes, and plenty of frustration. Read more to learn how you can make sure that the air you breath is warm, comforting and clean.