Tips to Prevent and Eliminate Cockroaches in Your Home

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It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare: the cockroach. It’s not just that they’re an unwelcome sight. Cockroaches can spread 33 different types of illness causing bacteria, such as E. coli and Salmonella. Cockroaches can also spread parasitic worms and human pathogens and cause you to have allergy and asthma symptoms. Understandably, you won’t want these insects anywhere near your domicile. So how can you prevent these common pests from entering your home? Here are some tips.

 

How Cockroaches Get Inside

 

Before you can prevent a cockroach infestation, you need to make sure you don’t already have one. Cockroaches can live, eat, breed, and enter your home without you ever knowing. They find their way in through small holes and cracks in your structure, through openings around doors and windows, through pipes and drains, and even in come into your home in grocery bags, backpacks, or suitcases.

 

Why You Don’t See Cockroaches

 

Cockroaches mostly come out at night, so you’re less likely to see them in your home during the day. They are also notorious for hiding from you. They like to seek shelter in cracks, holes, or crevices. They also like to hide under the fridge, under sinks, or even inside cabinets and drawers. That’s because cockroaches like to hang out near food and water or even dark places.

 

Signs You Have Cockroaches

 

If cockroaches are hiding in your home, you may know that you have an infestation if you happen to see one scurry by. Cockroaches are anywhere from one half inch to three inches long. They are red or brown in color, have flat and oval-shaped bodies, and have long antennae. They move quickly and can sometimes jump or fly. If you see one in plain sight, it’s a good indicator that there are more hiding somewhere. You may see droppings, similar to mice droppings. You may also find eggs in basements, laundry rooms, or kitchens.

 

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

 

If you don’t want to try cockroach removal yourself, call a commercial exterminator. Otherwise, you will need to inspect your home to find hiding places. Look in places with food or warm areas where cockroaches could easily get to water. You can try putting down glue traps to find them, as well. Once you find the roaches, you can use gel bait, bait traps, glue traps, or boric acid. These products can be dangerous to children and pets, so be sure to follow the directions closely. You may want to call a cockroach exterminator if you are worried about the toxicity or if you continue to see cockroaches. A cockroach exterminator may be better able to find and eliminate the problem.

 

Prevent Future Infestations

 

To prevent cockroach infestations, there are several things that you can do. Keeping your home clean, especially the kitchen, can prevent infestations. Food should be in sealed containers, dishes should be done promptly, and spills must be cleaned up right away. Put pet food and water away at night and take out the trash on a consistent basis. It’s also best not to eat in more than one area of your home because you will have fewer crumbs and messes to attract roaches. If you’ve had an infestation before, be sure to thoroughly clean where the roaches were hiding. Smells from previous tenants can attract new ones. You should also make sure to caulk or seal any cracks, holes, crevices, or openings around doors and windows.

 

If you find that you’ve done everything you can to prevent infestations, but they still occur, call a cockroach exterminator. Commercial exterminators will have the knowledge and tools to make your home safe again.

8 Tips To Make Your New House A Home

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new housesOwning a home is a dream for many people across the country. Despite all of the exciting opportunities that come with homeownership, it has its own unique set of challenges. Whether you’re just starting to look at new houses or have already finished the long process of moving, every new homeowner needs to know what’s in store for them. Here are a few ways you can tackle all of the upcoming challenges head-on.

1. Know Your Mortgage Details

While renters have to deal with monthly payments to live in their homes, homeowners have to handle a mortgage until the loan is completely paid off. Most homeowners, 65%, in fact, have a mortgage. But not all homeowners know their mortgage details or the best way to tackle that mortgage.

Understanding your mortgage as a new homeowner starts with figuring out your down payment. Ideally, homeowners can hit 20% with their down payment. However, that is not possible with every mortgage. That means most homeowners end up with a PMI, or “private mortgage insurance.” It’s important to pay down the PMI as quickly as you can to keep your mortgage manageable.

Whatever your down payment ends up being, you then need to know what type of mortgage you have. Most people end up with a 30-year fixed-rate loan. In this type of loan, the interest rate never changes. An alternative is a 15-year fixed-rate loan. These have higher interest rates but offer an opportunity to pay down the mortgage more quickly.

2. Check On Your Roof

The roof of your home protects everything inside from the force of Mother Nature. With such a taxing job, the roof on a home tends to weather a lot of damage. Before you settle into your home, be sure to contact a local roofing contractor to check your house for roof damage. After they inspect it, they can start on any necessary roof repair.

Even if your roof is in perfect condition when you move in, however, you will eventually need roof repair or replacement. Every homeowner suffers this fate. You can prepare beforehand by estimating the costs of roof repair and budgeting accordingly.

When it’s time to fix or replace your roof, there are some important tips to keep in mind. First, don’t be afraid to comparison shop. There are lots of roof repair places. You shouldn’t feel obligated or pressured to go with the first one you find. Second, you may not need to completely replace your roof if you can get away with simply placing a new layer over the old one. This could save you thousands.

3. Inspect the Basement

If your home has a basement, it will require care too. The basement can be just as much of a danger spot as the roof. As this area is prone to leaks and water damage, you may need to invest in basement waterproofing to keep your basement nice and dry.

If you are a homeowner with a basement, it doesn’t hurt to stay vigilant. Don’t overlook a musty smell that just doesn’t seem right. If the smell persists, you could have a problem. You’ll need to identify leaks and other sources of dampness in your basement before you make improvements or do basement waterproofing.

While homeowners can try to tackle this themselves, it always helps to consult with a basement waterproofing expert. If something isn’t right but you can’t seem to find the problem, find someone knowledgeable in basement waterproofing. Your local municipality may also be able to provide information on fluctuations to the water table that could be affecting your basement.

4. Update the Bathrooms

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Your bathroom should be a relaxing oasis when you want to escape the stresses of the day. As such, you should make any necessary updates to the bathrooms in your home as soon as possible. If your master bathroom only has a glass shower but you want to relax in a bubble bath, update the space with a tub.

Homeowners don’t need to stop at the big, obvious improvements, though. Even things as simple as the faucets can add a lot of charm to a bathroom. The types of faucets, knobs and even light fixtures you use can have a huge impact. These small touches add style and personality.

Lights and wall colors help set the mood. If your bathroom lights are old and yellow, consider updating them. New light fixtures can make your bathroom feel brighter and more welcoming. Or use lights to create a relaxing ambiance around your glass shower or tub. Get some paint while you’re at it. A splash of color can liven up a bathroom or make it feel luxurious and lush. Homeowners should look out for paints that can handle the amount of dampness in the bathroom.

Too many homeowners overlook the toilet. Sure, it’s there to serve a purpose, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be comfortable. If the toilets are old, consider changing them or at least the seats. Even updating just your toilet seat can make the bathroom more pleasant. If you do go for new toilets, look into high-efficiency and low-flow toilets that can save money and also look clean and modern.

One last bathroom luxury: A vanity. If you don’t have large countertops, adding a vanity can be stylish and functional. A vanity offers a place to indulge in your bathroom, adding that much more character as well. Replacing an existing vanity is another option to freshen up a bathroom.

5. Get To Know Your Neighbors

Once you’re settled in, go meet the neighbors. This sounds like a trivial aside, but it can make your life as a homeowner more pleasant in the long run. Not only will you get to know the people you live with, but you can also find tips from other homeowners. Perhaps someone else recently needed roof repair and can recommend a local roofing contractor. Maybe someone else had to fix a leak and knows the most cost-effective companies in the area for basement waterproofing. Don’t underestimate the power of simply getting to know your neighbors.

Beyond just being helpful sources of information, neighbors will be with you for many years, potentially. So getting to know them can help you feel fully settled in your new home. Plus, who wants to miss out on the neighborhood cookout?

6. Choose A Decorating Style For Each Room

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This may sound fussy, but it’s worth it in the long run. Really moving and settling into new houses is about more than just updating the furniture and appliances. It’s about making this home your own. That means it needs to feel personal.

Finding a style or theme for each room of the home can help new houses go from a house to a true home. Place your personality into each room with art, motifs, paint and other touches. Homeowners don’t need to be artists or interior designers, either. Here are some tips on how every homeowner can decorate each room of their new home:

  • Bedrooms: Your bed is hugely important. It’s not just the key to feeling rested, it’s also a place where you’re likely to spend a lot of time. So make sure your bed suits your needs. Beyond the bed, don’t be afraid of adding some color to your bedroom. Here’s some sneaky advice: Light colors are good for early risers, while dark colors tend to suit night owls better.
  • Children’s bedrooms: It’s not just your own bedroom that you need to think about. If you have children, think about themes you could use to decorate their bedrooms. With young children, or even babies, you could explore a fun theme like animals, space or cartoons. With older children, you may want to seek their input (within reason) to help them have a bedroom that truly feels like “their” space.
  • Kitchens: Decorating a kitchen depends on how you intend to use the kitchen. If you love cooking and food, you may already have a lot of what you need to personalize your kitchen. Perhaps you don’t need to pack away your cooking equipment every time but could leave it on display instead. If you aren’t much of a cook, you can still spruce up the kitchen with towels, art, and lighting. A full remodel may be a bit too pricey for a new homeowner, but it is something to consider down the line.
  • Dining Rooms: While we’re on the topic of food, don’t overlook where you eat as well as where you cook. The right kitchen table and chairs can make a dining room warm and inviting. You might also want a centerpiece for the table. For a little extra, look into adding a chandelier for stylish lighting.
  • Living Rooms: This is the space where you and your family will likely spend a lot of time so it’s important it feels warm and inviting. This all-purpose room is served well by comfortable seating. Things like couches should converge around a focal point in the room, a place that draws the eye. This could be a table between the couches or a piece of artwork.
  • Foyers: An easy place to overlook is the foyer. But this is the first thing guests to your home see. Show off with personal touches like artwork. At the same time, you want guests to get a cozy, inviting feel from your foyer. This helps them (and you) instantly feel at home when you enter the house. Flooring, lighting, and decorations can set the tone for your whole house.

7. Customize The Flooring

Whether you like hardwoods or carpets, you should have the flooring type that makes you feel at home. Contact local hardwood suppliers to get quotes for installing the hardwood floors you love or stop by the home improvement store to look at decorative rugs. The decision between hardwood and carpet is hugely personal for each homeowner. The best option for you depends on your aesthetic as well as your needs. Here are a few factors to consider if you’re debating different types of flooring:

Hardwood: Hardwood is much more expensive than carpet, but also much easier to clean and keep clean. Check with local hardwood suppliers to find the exact costs. It also tends to last longer than carpet. Some people don’t like the feel of hardwood since it is, well, hard. However, hardwood is more sustainable and eco-friendly since it is a natural product. Hardwood will be noisier than carpet. Also, if you really hate the cold, a colder hardwood floor may prove uncomfortable.

Carpet: While carpet is not as environmentally-friendly as hardwood, it is a lot easier on the wallet. Carpet is also quieter since it is soft and provides more warmth. Some people favor the classic look of hardwood, but carpet is great because it offers so many options. If you go with carpet, you’ll have a slew of patterns and colors to choose from. However, you’ll also have a harder time cleaning, since it can be hard to see dirt among a flashy pattern.

8. Utilize Your Outdoor Space

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It’s easy to get wrapped up in all the work there is to do inside new houses, but don’t forget the outside. The outside of your home can be just as welcoming and well-loved a place as any of your other spaces.

Gardens are great for adding love and warmth to your home. They certainly take maintenance, but that maintenance is rewarded with a beautiful corner of nature all your own. Plus, a garden is a truly versatile space. You can plant flowers simply for their beauty or try to grow things your family will actually eat. A fruit and vegetable garden is often easy and in some cases self-sustaining year after year. And it’s not difficult for homeowners to get started. Research plants that are in season, get some dirt and start digging. Some plants take very specialized care, but many you can try with little fear of failure.

If you have a deck or patio area, invest in some appropriate furniture so guests can enjoy it. A nice patio set can instantly transform your backyard into a usable and welcoming space. If you really want to take a deck or patio to the next level, look into a fire pit. Many are safe for use on decks. They can help make an outdoor space usable for more, or all, of the year.

Finally, every homeowner should consider a fence. No matter how much you love your neighbors, a little privacy doesn’t hurt. A fence can help you feel at home even outside. Your neighbors will likely appreciate the gesture as well. Choose a fence that suits the look of your home to add a splash of character. A fence does not need to be a drab, utilitarian addition to your house. Think of a fence as the background of your whole backyard. Choose one that not only adds privacy but also truly rounds out the look of your home from the outside.

Does Your Parking Lot Needs Repair? Asphalt Paving Damages to Look For

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Asphalt paving gives your driveway or parking lot an appealing look. And while it’s quick to install, this kind of paving lasts for a long time if it’s well established and maintained. But poor paving causes losses, as you’ll have to perform repairs to get your parking lot or driveway paving looking good again. In today’s post, we’ll discuss some common residential asphalt paving damages and possible remedial measures to improve your paving.

 

Transverse asphalt paving cracks

 

Transverse asphalt paving cracks form gaps that are perpendicular to your pavement or car park’s centerline. These crack-related damages occur when there are problems with the paving’s underlying layer.

 

Alligator cracking

 

Alligator cracking is an asphalt paving problem that results from overloading. This damage may occur when the paving’s sub-base is not well installed or when the pavement is too thin.

 

Longitudinal cracking

 

Longitudinal cracks on asphalt paving run parallel to your paving’s centerline. These asphalt paving problems are a result of poor longitudinal joint building.

 

Slippage cracks

 

If the bond between pavement layers is poor or the asphalt mix is weak, then you may end up with slippage cracks. Slippage cracks can be differentiated from other asphalt paving damages because they appear more like stretch marks.

 

Block cracking

 

Block cracking of asphalt paving occurs when the interconnected paving cracks form rectangular shapes on your driveway or parking lot’s pavement. Such damages occur when your asphalt binder expands and shrinks during the changing of temperature cycles. This problem often happens when the used asphalt mix is too dry when paving. Ensure that you hire a qualified asphalt paving contractor to prevent such issues.

 

Edge cracks

 

As the name indicates, edge cracks are cracks that show up near the outer edges of your parking lot or pavement. Failure to build a durable side for your asphalt paving and the growth of vegetation are the leading causes of edge cracks.

 

Stripping

 

Asphalt stripping occurs when the adhesion between the aggregate and the asphalt layer becomes weak. This problem causes dislodging, which is a significant cause of cracks in asphalt paving.

 

Potholes

 

Asphalt paving potholes are a result of overloading and wear and tear caused by the vagaries of weather. But they are worsened by heavy traffic on the paving. Most potholes are sustained by the freezing water in the melting and freezing cycle that occurs in the cold and warm seasons. Such freezing and melting cycles of water within the asphalt base can weaken the paving. Preventative maintenance is the best way to solve such problems.

 

Base failure

 

Base failures are often an outcome of poor drainage in your paving. Installation errors, a lack of support, and lots of weight concentration in one area can also cause base failures. But correcting such a problem can be costly because you’ll need to remove the entire top surface layer.

 

Depressions

 

Depressions occur in paving areas where some part of the pavement surface is below the elevation of the more considerable part of the pavement. It’s akin to a sunken area on a flat surface. The problem is often caused by poor driveway paving services, in most cases. Such sunken depressions hold water during the rainy and wet seasons, and this water causes further damage to the paving.

 

Proper building of asphalt paving leads to the creation of long-lasting pavements. Asphalt damages are common, but most of them can be corrected to create durable and robust asphalt paving for car parks and driveways. Most asphalt paving damages can be avoided if your contractor adheres to the strict rules of proper asphalt paving installation.

 

Smooth asphalt paving lasts longer than any pavement that is not even, and its lifespan can be extended by 10% to 25%. Such asphalt paving that is set in an even way reduces the maintenance and repair costs. As such, it’s advisable to hire the best contractor to get the best asphalt paving installation that will last and save you money when it comes to asphalt parking lot maintenance and repairs.

Is a Leaky Faucet Driving You Crazy?

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A leak that goes undetected and continues for a single year can cost you nearly $164.50. That money going straight down the drain, and one of the many reasons you should have a leaky faucet fixed. You need to call local plumbers that offer leak detection and repair services. Don’t wait for a leak to become a plumbing emergency. Get it fixed today.

Has that constant dripping sound finally sent you over the edge? At first it may seem like a calming sound, and then calming turns into irritating once you realize how much water you’re wasting. Whether you have a leaking faucet in your bathroom sink or kitchen you can save water, money and most importantly your sanity by turning to local plumbers.

Don’t Ignore a Dripping Faucet

A lot of people just don’t take a dripping faucet seriously. It may not be at the top of your to-do list, but it should be. Over time that dripping faucet will cost you more money and only waste more water. Per the Environmental Pro