Drainage Issues That Can Cause Havock On Your Front Load Washer

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 #Front #load #washers are great. Keep in mind, small items such as coins, socks, lighters, toys, pens, etc. can get through the #door #seal and end up in the #drainage #pipe as shown above. Trapped items  can slow down your #drainage and can# burn out the #water #pump.  Although we check our clothes and  pockets for any items, you’d be surprised what we have found in ours as shown above! I like to practice  monthly maintenance check of the #drainage #pipe in our front load washer to just to keep on top of things before it can become an expensive problem to fix down the road. If you’re having issues with your washer or dryer you should  contact  a locally certified and professionally trained technician   appliance specialist to come down and have a look.

 

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Spring Home Maintenance Tips: Inside and Out

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Now that winter has come and gone and you’re like most of us who welcomes Spring with open arms, keep in mind that this is the perfect opportunity to consider getting your home ready for spring.

Enjoy some helpful tips below on how to get  your home ahead of the game as the warmer weather approaches.

Indoor:

Furnace Maintenance:

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Spring is a perfect time to clean or replace your #furnace filter. Reusable filters can be washed down and re installed. Disposable filters should be replaced with a new one. Dirty filters lower your HVAC system’s efficiency so it’s a good idea to change them accordingly.

Air-conditioning Maintenance:

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It’s a good idea to check your #air-conditioning system before the hot summer season approaches . You’ll be glad you did. Summer is high peak season for air conditioning installs and  service technicians which means you might be on a long waiting list. Why sweat it out? Be prepared and ready now so you can focus on enjoying the warmer weather without having to worry about repairs and maintenance.

Caulking:

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Spring is a great time to get out and  check the #caulking around #doors and #windows. Proper caulking keeps #moisture away and helps with #drafts issues. Again caulking makes your home more efficient and helps prevent #mold.

Smoke Alarms:

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Test your #smoke #alarm monthly and clean it every 6 months.  Mark it on your calendar so that you don’t forget.  Things to remember when testing your smoke alarm:

  • Ensure that power is being transmitted to the alarm and that it will activate in the presence of smoke.
  • Test your smoke alarm by pressing the test button.
  • Even alarms with a pilot light that indicate power is being transmitted, should be tested regularly.
  • Battery-operated smoke alarms will warn you when batteries need replacing.   Despite this, make it a habit to change the batteries yearly.
  • When you’ve been away from home for a few days, check your alarm on your return to ensure it is working properly.
  • Remember, your smoke alarm can’t protect you if the batteries have been removed or a plug has been disconnected.
  • The lifespan of a typical smoke alarm is about 10 years, but some models last as little as 5 years.
  • To clean the alarm, open the cover and gently vacuum the interior of it.  Frequently, the alarm will sound while the unit is being cleaned.

Outdoor Lighting:

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Change Outdoor Bulbs:

Take the time to safely clean  your outdoor #lighting fixtures and replace any burnt out# bulbs with energy-saving CFL replacements.

Restoring Luster To Your Front Door:

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Your entrance is the first thing people see when they come by, so why not make your home stand out from the rest? Although painting your entire exterior would be a big to-do, giving just your door a new look is a doable DIY — and it packs a lot of punch. Put out a clean, new welcome mat — and make sure the doorbell works.

Repairing Your Walkways:

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Nothing says curb appeal like an inviting walkway leading to your front porch. Redoing your walkway is an easy way to add value and clean up the appearance of your home. Snow and cold can wreak havoc on your walkway. Take advantage of the warmer weather approaching to patch cracks and replace any loose bricks and pavers. Power washers are a great tool to clean out that embedded dirt, grime and stains in asphalt, concrete or stone.

Planting Foliage and Shrubbery:

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Shrubs are one of the many  essentias to every garden. For starters, shrubs provide year-round interest. Many also have berries that are attractive to birds or flowers that draw butterflies. Because they have structure from season to season, shrubs can provide crucial shelter for wildlife during autumn and winter. And of course, shrubs supply beautiful foliage, wonderful bark texture, and amazing blooms, too. There are lots of shrubs to choose from — dwarf species to more mature sizes as well as different growth patterns and structures.

Drawing up a plan on where to place your plants before you plant is a great way to get an idea of how your shrubs and foliage design plan  is going to look. And if you don’t like it, you can easily change your plan around before you’ve already completed the job. Less work and headache. You can easily hide unattractive aspects of your home or yard for example air-conditioning units, by planting bushes or hedges around them. Don’t forget to add colour and curb appeal to your home all summer long  by adding hanging baskets and window boxes on your front porch.

Prune and Mulch:

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Pruning may be good for plants, but bad pruning can be tough on both the plant and your hands. Be sure you choose the right tool for the task, to avoid tearing and damaging a plant. Prune dead branches, trim back overgrown shrubbery and remove any obstructive plantings. Spreading mulch around trees, shrubs and flowers for a weed-free, well-kept look and can help minimize weeding.

Freshen Up  Outdoor Furniture:

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Today, we live in what seems to be a “disposable” society. Bring back your outdoor furniture by giving it a new, clean and fresh vibrant look.  Try spraying  a fresh coat of paint on furniture and replace the damaged cushions.  If you have the space, try filling  an empty spot on the porch or stoop with a modern bench or porch swing.

Keeping It Clean:

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Winter may be gone but there are still reminders  of debris left over under that melted snow. Sweep the sidewalk and stoop, clear away cobwebs.

Cleaning Gutters:

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Checking your downspouts and gutters can save you a lot of money and repair costs. Get a head of the game before the Spring Rains begin.  You may have a lot of collected debris. Clear out any tree limbs, leaves, branches and any other debris that could cause an issue. In a lot of cases, clogging occurs at the elbow in a drainage system, where the downspout connects to the gutter. Make sure to take time to take it off and inspect it for clogging. You’d be surprised what you’ll find inside!

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Being pro active and executing home maintenance procedures inside and out once Spring comes around, you’ll be able to enjoy more outdoor activities with friends and family member this summer. Enjoy peace of mind by getting a head of the game before costly and timely repairs become an issue!

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Kitchen Tips: Before the Remodelling Begins

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So you’ve finally decided that’s  it’s time for a long well deserved change. Good For You!  You are now ready to  move forward with a kitchen remodel. So exciting!!! After doing all your homework on finding that right contractor and the best of designers that are all local in your area, choosing  your  paint, flooring, sinks, countertops, fixtures,  cabinetry, appliances, kitchen design layout and so on, you feel you can sit back, take a breath and relax. Your job is now done. Well guess what? Hold off on the thought of that glass of wine because there are quite a few things on your list that you should be doing to ensure your remodelling process runs smoothly. Don’t worry. It’s not too much work, but this preparation will help everyone involved.

Declutter & Get Organized:

Now is one of those great opportunities that you may have been holding off for quite a while to get right into those cupboards and cleaning them out. Get rid of those items that you keep telling yourself “I can use this one day.” If you’re like me, well it’s been 2 years and that day has never come. I love to donate items in my home that I know someone could use. There’s always someone who knows someone needing something! Just make sure that you’re items aren’t chipped or broken or not functioning anymore. Remember your donating them so they can be re used, not giving away garbage. Besides, it keeps our  landfills a little less filled and recycling is great for our environment and the planet. Keep what you really want and be realistic about what items you will really use in your kitchen whether its everyday use of  items to your tools for entertaining. You’ll feel so much better when your project is done and it’s one less stressful thing to worry about afterwards.

Kitchen Packing:

If you’re fortunate enough to live in a one story home where everything is on one floor, then bedrooms are a great place for you dishes. Other spaces located in basements, garages or cellars are  great too but you’ll be having to transport everything from the kitchen up and down stairs and then back up again. Well, look on the Brightside, you’ll be getting lots of exercise! Going to a local grocery store and collecting  sturdy, heavy-duty  empty boxes like apple or banana boxes is a good idea to help start your process. These can be brought home a bit at a time everyday and can be used to start packing your kitchen items like dishes, cups, coffee mugs, utensils etc. Make sure to mark what’s in them once you fill them so you know where your items are easily when putting them back in your new kitchen. Boxes keep everything hidden, organized and less hazardous. To simplify things, start packing the kitchen items you know you will definitely not be using for a while, like blenders, mixers, certain pots and pans, coffee mugs, glasses etc. a little everyday. In reality, by the day before your project begins, you should only have a limited number of items left like dishes, a few cups, at few utensils etc. to remove out of the kitchen cabinets.  Keep in mind, once your kitchen is complete is a good idea to wash all your kitchen items before putting them back in their new home.

Your Kitchen Floors: Protecting Them:

If your  kitchen floor has already been redone before the Kitchen Remodeling process, then now is a good time to consider a few steps on protecting them. Consider scraps of carpeting which you can purchase, and lay them  down all over the kitchen floor securing them by  taping them down with duct tape so that they won’t slide, but be careful doing this on hardwood flooring as the adhesive might damage to the finish.  Don’t be too concerned or picky about the colour or the look of the these carpet scraps, they’re not a permanent fixture. Their purpose is purely functional not permanent.

Carpet padding is another option of added protection under the carpet  to help keep your tile or hardwood flooring from the least minimal damage during the remodeling process. Remember, your contractors will be working in this area. They will be moving and using heavy objects needed to do their job that might scratch, crack, dent,  chip, or otherwise cause damage to your finished floor.

Contractor Parking:

So it’s  day 1 of the kitchen remodel. Have I mentioned this is so exciting? 4 different contractor vehicles pull onto your street. They need to park  close by to the house or maybe on your property. What do you do? To make things run a little smoother, try parking your own vehicle somewhere on the street where permitted or ask your neighbours if you can park your vehicle in  their driveway for a while during the day until they go home for the day. Then you can move  your vehicle back into your own driveway again.

Special Items:

Don’t forget about those “special” items like school photos, A+ school test scores, birthday cards from family, invitations, calendars and just about anything else of vale you have out in the open. It’s a good idea to remove theses items. There may be a situation where the contractors will have to move your appliances into another room in order to get the work  done.  Clearing out you plants and any collections of items along your window sills is another great idea to keep them from getting damaged.

Summary:

Why Do All This? Well, remodelling, especially a kitchen is stressful enough. By preparing yourself in advance you can reduce the risk of having your personal valued items damaged and enjoy peace of mind knowing that they are stored in a safe and secure place. Making your contractors environment accessible to work in without them having to worry  about damaging anything  is a good thing. They’ll be happy knowing that they  can focus clearly on the task at hand. By incorporating some of these tips along with your own ideas, you will ensure a smooth start to the remodelling process.

 

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Tips On Getting Your Gardens Ready For Spring

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Spring officially sets in on March 20th and although it may not seem like it, any true gardener will tell you that as soon as the holidays end, our minds are focused on that garden. Here are a few things any gardener can do to satisfy that “gardening” itch, in the bleak of mid winter.

Compost Set Up Area:

Composting is one the best things you can do as a gardener. Compost is the black gold of the gardener’s world and you can also create it yourself out of food and yard waste. You’ll be using that waste instead of dumping it in the trash can, you’ll be saving money, and you’ll be loving on your garden. There’s really no point in discussion.

So find a nice, flat area somewhere near the house or garden and enlist some help in setting up a very basic composting system, which doesn’t require much but air, fresh material, and something to hold it all in (an old trash can with holes poked in it, a three-sided structure of hay bales or cement blocks, a small area of mesh fencing).

Containers For Seedlings:

If you’ve always been a “last-minute gardener” – purchasing your leggy seedlings and popping them in the ground right before the weather shoots up to high heat – then this is your year to get a head start and enjoy every moment of spring gardening. Start saving small containers (egg cartons are superb) for those seedlings you can grow yourself; in many areas of the country, you’ll want to get those seeds growing in February so they will be ready to plant  in the ground by April or May. Check this planting calendar from The Old Farmer’s Almanac for the right planting dates for your area (just type your location in the box).

Ordering Seeds:

This may be every gardener’s favorite part: browsing the seed catalogs and websites and picking out which plants to grow this year. Make sure to order your seeds now so you’ll have them in time to start planting them indoors. There are several fabulous organic seed suppliers online. You can order from the website or request a catalog to browse at your leisure:

Preparing Your Soil:

Depending on your location, the only soil prep you may be able to do at this point is just say a little prayer for it. But in many part of the country, days of snow and ice will be interspersed with days of warmer weather and thawed ground. On those days, get out there and do as much work as possible to break up the soil. If you have a larger garden plot, getting a tiller in there on a good day can be extremely helpful. Just digging up the soil is good, as it aerates and loosens and prepares it for planting. But you can also work in compost (well-rotted), manure (well-cured), or other additives depending on the type of soil you have.

Prepare You Potting Area and Garden Tools:

  Claim a corner in the garage, workshop, or patio as your own. Pull out that old, dusty table from the attic or spare bedroom. Give it a bright, cheery coat of paint on a sunny day, set it up, and you’ve got a brand-new potting area ready. Next find all those garden tools and get them ready for spring-time use by scrubbing them down with something a bit abrasive like a scrubbing pad to remove any caked-on dirt or rust. Give them a light coat of oil on the metal parts, then store them in a bucket of sand to keep them rust-free and sharp until planting time comes.

Results In From Last Poll on Topic: Customer Servivce- Dated February 18, 2014

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Results are in from our last poll asking our followers: Customer Service-How Important Is It To You As A Customer?

Out Of 100 Surveyed:

37% of our voters answered: Yes, Very Important

45% of our voters answered: Doesn’t really Matter As Long As The Price Is Reasonable

18% of our voters answered: I Feel Like Customer Service Doesn’t Exists in Today’s Society Anymore.

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