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Home Issues From Hell

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Home Issues From Hell

There are so many things that can go wrong with a home that you probably don’t want to think about. In some cases, you might buy a new property and discover that the builder has cut a lot of corners, leaving you with a home riddled with problems. In others, it’s possible that you’ve bought a home and now that it’s starting to age, you’re seeing more issues develop. Either way, it can be useful to know what these issues are, the impact that they can have, and the best way to handle them. Let’s start by thinking about the problem with water:

Water Woes: The issue with water, is that it’s meant to run off of the house, away from the home when it rains. However, some homes with poor builds have guttering that causes the water to pool on top of the roof. When this happens, it can leave a weight on the roof, pushing it down. Eventually, depending on the level of water building up, a cheaper roof could even collapse leaving a very unhappy, soggy homeowner. If you think that you have an issue like this with your roof, you might want to think about getting it repaired. A roofing contractor can help you resolve the issue, formulating a plan for the repair, and completing it within a couple of months. It’s far better than one day finding that water is pouring through your ceiling and onto all of your possessions.

Don’t forget, that if water does trickle into your home, it’s quite possible that it will cause issues with damp, which will eventually lead to mold. This, in turn, can leave you with a rather nasty insect infestation in your new, soggy environment. At the point when you see hundreds of insects crawling on the inside wall of your home where mold has developed, feel free to scream. I think we all would!

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How Much?!? Of course, the problem from hell in your home could also be financial. If you’re paying your energy bill monthly, you could be on a nice little tariff that is more than reasonable. But then, one day you get a letter in the post, stating that your bill will rise by hundreds. What on earth is going on? Usually, this is due to a fault in your boiler or heating system that is costing you a fortune. You need to get this repaired as quickly as possible. The problem is, that if it’s caused your energy bills to fluctuate, the issue is already quite serious. That’s why you want to get regular inspections of systems like this. By doing that, you can avoid a problem creeping up on you and hitting you with an unexpected, painfully high bill.

Time To Yell Timber? If we’re looking at the worst problem for a property owner, it has to be structural issues. Structural issues can be due to poor builds or environmental factors. Either way, it might mean that your home is dangerous to live in and needs and instant, expensive repair job. There’s no way around this, and you can’t sell your way out of it, either. No sensible buyer is going to buy a home with structural issues. The first signs of a problem like this are buckling floorboards and sticking doors.

It’s a special kind of hell when your home goes from safe haven to a money pit, so be on the look out for signs of a shaky build, damp, and poor guttering when you’re house hunting.

Don’t Let Damp Put A Damper On Your Home

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Don’t Let Damp Put A Damper On Your Home

Damp can be a problem in any home. Not only does it damage your home and your health, but it doesn’t make for an attractive place to live, either. If damp has taken hold, it can seem impossible to deal with because damp isn’t an easy problem to eliminate. Even so, it’s not impossible. All it takes is patience. It isn’t going to go away over night and it won’t be cheap to deal with, either. Even so, it’s worth the effort. Leaving damp to run riot is not good for the air in your home and the foundations of your house in general. If you’re not sure where to start the battle, here are some tips that can help:

Diagnose The Cause: Sometimes damp will happen because of bad circulation and wet conditions. Sometimes, though, there’s more to it. To solve the problem, you need to diagnose the cause. Often, a problem on the outside will cause damp on the inside. Are there gaps in the grouting on your house? Is your roof leaking? Issues like this can cause major problems. Not to mention that the damp will come back time and again if you don’t deal with them!

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…And Solve It: That’s why it’s important that you do all you can to solve the problem. If there’s a gap in the grouting between the bricks in your home, find out what you can do to address the problem. If there’s a leak in your roof, a company like Frederic Roofing can solve the problem for you. Even if the problem is nothing more than damp conditions, take steps to improve them. As well as causing damp, humid air is bad for your health. Open windows where you can, and buy moisture catchers to keep the humidity at bay!

Deal With The Damp: Once the problem has gone, you can turn your attention to the damp itself. With a bit of luck, you’ll be able to remove the damp yourself. In extreme cases, you may need to get the help of professionals. If you are tackling the problem yourself, make sure to wear protective eyewear and gloves. The mold won’t do you any good if you come into contact with it! Fill a bucket with soapy water, and use a cloth to wipe the mold. You may need to scrub hard to get the stubborn parts off.

When you’ve finished, take the time to wipe your walls with a dry cloth until they’re dry. You can’t remove damp if you’re leaving more moisture, after all! If this doesn’t work, it’s time to get the professionals in. This may be a cost, but professional damp removal companies can ensure that all mold is gone. They may even be able to apply damp protection to your home. That way, you can rest easy knowing that the problem won’t be back!

Now that you know what to do, you have no excuse not to deal with this super yucky situation!

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Bug Off! Easy Steps You Need To Take To Say Farewell To Pests For Good

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There’s nothing worse than when intruders decide to make home in your property. For one thing, pests can be damaging to your property. In fact, you are likely to end up with issues such as chewed wires if there are pests in your home. And a lot of the bugs can pose health issues for your family. So when they do arrive in your property, it can be a nightmare to get rid of them. Here are some easy steps you need to take to say farewell to pests for good:

Always Keep Your Home Clean: If you have any dirt or dust in your home, it could soon prove to be a good hiding place for bugs. Pests like dust mites will make home in the dirt in your property. If you want to say goodbye to pests, you need to ensure that your home is clean at all times. That way, you won’t have the intruders in your home anytime soon. Make sure you go for places that aren’t so easily seen to the eye. For example, underneath the bed and the top of shelves are places which can easily pick up dirt and dust. And remember to ensure that all of the bed sheets are cleaned regularly to avoid bed bugs. Put them in the wash at a high temperature to ensure that they are killed.

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Look Into Hiring a Pest Control Company: Although you can buy a number of pest control products for your home, it can sometimes be best to find a company to deal with it because if you have the pests in your home, you want them to be treated quickly. And if you are attempting to do it yourself, it might take ages for them to go. All the while your home is getting damaged by the pests! And when you find a pest control company, check if they do regular services. That way, you can ensure the pests don’t come back anytime soon!

Sort Any Holes in Your Walls and Doors: It’s easy to think that you will sort that hole in the wall later. But the longer it’s left, the higher the chance that you might end up with bugs or other pests like rats and mice who might make their home in these holes. You should make sure all holes in your home or doors are filled in quickly. Otherwise, you could end up with bugs like ants inside your property!

Put Screens on Windows: In the summer months, you are bound to have the windows open for hours. But the longer you leave the windows open, the more chance that bugs might get into your home. And then you might end up being severely bitten in the night by a peckish mosquito! It’s a smart idea to get an insect screen for your window. That way, you can still get some air into your home without any bugs coming in to say hello.

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Also remember to ensure that all food is put away in the fridge or bin. That way, it won’t attract pests to your property.

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Banish Black Mold In Your Home For Good!

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When the weather gets colder and wetter, many of us start to notice dreaded black mold appearing in our homes. Not only is this unsightly but it also poses some pretty serious health hazards too- respiratory problems, eye irritation, rashes, headaches, and even fatigue can be symptoms. Of course, if you have anyone who’s vulnerable due to their age (either old or young), have a weakened immune system, or allergy sufferers living in the property are going to be particularly affected. Here are some points to bear in mind about black mold and how you can go about getting rid of it for a healthier home.

What Causes Mold In The Home? Mold grows in damp areas in the home and so if you spot it, it’s a sign that you have some kind of moisture problem. This could be a result of a leak, or alternatively mold can accumulate due to condensation along with poor ventilation. Condensation is more of an issue in the colder months. If you notice it a lot in the bedroom, this is because when you sleep the warm air you breathe contains moisture and condenses on the cold walls and windows. The same applies if you take a hot bath or shower, or if you hang out damp washing in your home. When the area stays moist, it provides excellent growing conditions for mold.

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How To Get Rid of It? If you suspect a leak to be the cause of your mold problem, have a plumber come out and have a look. Some leaks can be very slow flowing so it might not be glaringly obvious that it’s because of this right away. Sometimes leaks can come from the roof or from outside, as a result of things like blocked guttering. A thorough check is essential. If a leak is discovered, you will need to remove any wood, carpeting, or other materials that it’s damaged to prevent rot and get rid of the mold spores. If the damage isn’t too bad, allowing everything to thoroughly dry and treating it with an anti-mold product might be enough.

Your second step is to ensure good ventilation, even in cold weather (in fact, especially in cold weather) you should ‘air out’ your home every day for at least thirty minutes. This helps any moisture to evaporate, and when the areas are dry mold won’t appear. Having an extractor fan fitted in kitchens and bathrooms can help to prevent moisture building up in these areas. Another thing you could try if you’ve noticed mold, especially in the vents of your home is to have your air ducts cleaned. These should be done every three to five years. You could look online for companies offering duct cleaning services locally to you.

How To Keep It Away: Regularly airing out your home will help to prevent condensation and therefore keep mold away in many cases. If you notice a lot of condensation on windows that doesn’t evaporate when the window is left open for thirty minutes, you could buy a squeegee and manually clear and dry the windows yourself over the colder months. If any mold does start to grow, treat it right away with an anti-mold product. Painting areas prone to it in an anti-fungal paint can also keep it at bay.

Three trends that I’m OVER

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Alright world, we need to talk. There are three trends that need to end ASAP. My fashion sense is very sharp, so these three popular fall trends are absolute deal breakers for me, because they look sloppy as hell.

Trend 1: JOGGERS. Jesus god, why? THESE ARE LITERALLY SWEAT PANTS.

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There is NOTHING OKAY about wearing these out in public. Do you want to look like you’re in your pajamas? Come on girls, you’re better than that. I understand that people think that they can “dress these up” with a cute shirt or some heels, but answer me this question. Would you ever wear heels with your sweat pants? No? I didn’t think so. Let’s be sharp ladies, I’m talking a nice trouser, a great jean. Literally anything but this heinous excuse for a “fashion” statement.

Trend 2: CROP SWEATERS. I get it. Crop tops are cute. They’re a fun summer staple, and I’ll tell you what, I rocked the hell out of my crop tops this summer…but that’s neither here nor there. Crop tops don’t belong in a fall wardrobe. WHY WOULD YOU WANT YOUR STOMACH TO BE COLD?! Goosebumps on your tummy are NOT cute!!!! Fall should be about cozy, chunky sweaters that serve a purpose….TO KEEP YOU WARM! Save the teeny tiny sweaters for Baby Gap.

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I genuinely don’t understand this trend. Why waste your money on half a sweater? Spend five dollars more and get a full on cardigan that will last you through fall, winter, hell your entire life!

Trend 3: KIMONOS. This trend is the less of the two evils that I mentioned above, but I’m still over it, just the same. I liked the idea of these tops in the beginning a lot, but then the trend got out of control. Everywhere I turned there was a kimono top in the exact same shape and the exact same unoriginal floral print. I suppose these tops are acceptable. Maybe I’m just bitter because they look like maternity tops on me. BUT that still doesn’t change the fact that some of these kimonos are super sloppy. I’ve seen many that look like the girl wearing them literally draped a curtain over herself. Maybe I should just wrap a bath towel around my arms and start the next big thing.

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I dunno guys, these tops just do nothing for me. And I feel like they do nothing for a lot of people.

Are there any trends that you guys are ready to be rid of? What are your thoughts on some of these trends I mentioned above? Comment back and let’s talk! -Sarah