Although the plague of winter is still in full effect springtime is a top priority. In fact, many garden and landscape professionals will tell you winter is the best time to plan. Most of the DIY projects in the spring will be easier to accomplish, as well. Healthy grass is a major issue many people face each season. From the type of grass, they are planning to grow to the weed protection. Most of your work will consist of finding the right soil. So what types of fill dirt should you be using?
First and ForemostWhat is fill dirt? Well in most cases, it is, as its name implies, dirt you use to fill up a hole or depression. Usually, it is an organic material with minerals that help keep your plants healthy. Topsoil is the most common fill dirt. Usually, it is the first thing you see when you enter a garden center. Topsoil, generally, is made up of ground up s
In many parts of the country, such as some of the southern states, people are opting to keep their pools running all year round as the climate allows this. There are some great benefits to doing this as you can also enjoy your swimming pool throughout the year. This also means you can avoid paying the costs for the winterization process. There are some things you can do, according to professional pool contractors, to make sure your pool is in tip-top condition throughout the year. Here are a few tips and tricks:
- You need to do your best to keep your pool clean. In many areas, while the weather is warm enough to use and enjoy your pool, there is not as much to do throughout the fall and winter months. That is not to say there is nothing you should do. You should make it a point to vacuum out any debris, leaves, or other things that have fallen in. Pool contractors also say that pool owners should also brush the floor and the walls to get off any film that has accumulated
Fixing household leaks can do wonders for a household. The average household’s leaks account for more than 10,000 gallons of wasted water every year, roughly the amount needed to wash 270 laundry loads. The leaks in the average house are everywhere too. A leaky faucet wastes more than 3,000 gallons of water per year and 20 to 35 percent of household toilets leak to some degree according to research studies.
There are many signs of a clogged drain and it’s important to stay on the lookout for potential hazards. Ignoring a clogged drain can lead to future problems and perhaps a costly water leak repair.
Identifying the Problem
Signs of a clogged drain include:
- Slow Drainage: If you’ve got a sink full of water in kitchen, it is often a sure sign of a clog in your kitchen sink plumbing and it’s important to watch all drains to see if they are draining properly.
- Bad Smells: Odors, especially unwanted ones, are usually a dead gi
Preventing against water damage is something that’s hugely important here in the United States, as water damage is unfortunately far too commonplace in homes all throughout the country. In fact, if your home has a basement (as many homes in certain parts of the country, such as the Midwest, do) there is an up to 98% chance that you and your family will experience water damage at some point in your time living in that home. Crawl spaces, also common (with up to 27 million of them spread throughout the country), are also likely to experience water damage, especially since they are often small and damp to begin with.
But there are so many parts of your home that can lead to this water damage, not just the basement or crawl spaces themselves. For instance, a leaky roof is far too common and can be seen in many a home in this country. And while a roof that has a small leak likely doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, it can lead to extensive damage to the structure of your home if it i
You spent hours getting the house ready. You cleaned every corner, washed every window, and even spent money to get the carpets cleaned. The only thing anyone really noticed, however, was the new flooring in the kitchen. While you spent your time trying to make the most of the spaces that you already had, but when your husband found that your family would be hosting all of siblings and his mother for Christmas he started on a major project. With just five weeks to complete it, he made the decision to tear up the old wood flooring and install a snap together bamboo flooring product that he had been considering.
The results were amazing and now he wants to tackle the space in the basement that needs new flooring as well. In all honesty, over the last five weeks the two of you spent about the same amount of time working to get the house ready for the holiday company, but his project definitely made a bigger impression.
Updating the Flooring in Your Home Gives Your Entire Space
There are many gifts that parents can plan to give their children this holiday season, but few are as important as healthy air to breathe. Although kids may be the most excited about the latest toys that are on the market, the fact of the matter is that it is important to make sure that you are also offering your family the healthiest ait to breathe.
You do not always think about the need to improve indoor quality, but when you are in certain places it is difficult to ignore. You know, for instance, that at your home you have the ducts cleaned once a year and that you change the air filters on the HVAC system once a month. When you step into your mother’s home, however, you feel as if you can almost smell the mold and mildew.
The need to Improve indoor quality is important for the health and well being of all Americans, but it is especi
Cabinets are among the most important features for storage and organization in the home, mainly in the kitchen, but also in the bathroom or any room that is dedicated to holding hobby and craft materials. A home will always come with cabinets, but sometimes they may fall apart, go out of fashion, or end up being too small for the homeowner’s storage needs. Or maybe the homeowner simply does not like the material used in a cabinet, such as the wood or the handles. Even extra features can be added to cabinets, such as combination locks, concealed hinges, a cabinet hanging rail, or new furniture paint. Related furniture and features such as drawers, dressers, and more can also get upgrades so storage is easier, safer, and more stylish. Anodized aluminum is another option for cabinets and other storage materials, and for those unfamiliar with anodized aluminum, learning about this material and the process of making it can be helpful. Between anodized aluminum, various wood species such as
A suburban home has many parts to it that make it a place for living and work, and this includes the surrounding lawn, and working on the lawn is often known as landscaping. This can involve gardening, such as flowerbeds or a small pond, or it can involve construction such as a swimming pool, a gazebo, or a wooden fence. Wooden fencing is often considered a trademark of any complete, comfortable home in the suburbs or rural areas, and wood fencing can act not only as deterrents against stray dogs and burglars, but its height, style, paint job, and more can be customized to act as personal expression, and landscaping such as wooden fencing can easily boost a home’s resale value, making it a sound financial investment as well. Features such as wooden entrance gates, a privacy fence style, electric gates, and more can be had if a commercial fence contractor is hired, or a person with the right tools, materials, and know h
Pests generally defined as any animal whose behavior has no benefit to a community or piece of property, but instead damages it and acts as a nuisance due to its eating habits, its bites and nest formation, or antagonism toward people or pets. Some pests are small, such as cockroaches and ants, and bigger pests include such mammals as mice, rats, gophers, and squirrels. Even if they look harmless, the bites and destructive ways of these animals labels them as pests by most standards, but the good news is that there are ways to trap them, drive them away, or even kill them to prevent further problems. Ground squirrels traps, squirrel bait poison, and more are available from a gopher removal service or squirrel control services. How can one tell if gophers are present, or if squirrels are in the home? Ground squirrel traps and other baits and poisons are most effective after a pest population is found.
Gophers, Squirrels, and MorePocket gophers come in some 34 different sp
Deck project 2018 is complete!
Your family has always used your backyard deck a lot, but it was a pitiful 10 foot by 10 foot and showing its 13 year age. In addition, it was no longer up to code. The decision to replace the old deck with a beautiful 12 foot by 22 foot deck, adding a pergola to provide some needed shade on the south facing side of the house. Instead of wood, the new deck is made of energy efficient green building materials that require literally no maintenance. As soon as it was completed you began to enjoy more meals and wine nights on the new deck. The finished product is beautiful and its completion was a combination of your husband’s hard work and a deck professional’s guidance.
Energy Efficient Green Building Materials Continue to Grow in Popularity
More and more consumers are demanding home construction materials that are both energy efficient and respons