2018-12-27T06:46:01+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
Spring is finally upon us, and there are many items that need your attention in order to enjoy this beautiful season. Remember the sunshine coming through the windows with an amazing sunrise? Are your windows a little dreary looking after all the winter storms that have come through? With all of the items that need your attention, consider having those windows cleaned by a window washing professional. Five Reasons to Hire a Window Washing Company: Seeing General Problems: Professionals may be able to detect a problem early, and save you money in the long run. Removing Insect Infestations: Insects build nests in different parts of your windows. These can be taken care of and save you from having to spend the day getting rid of those little critters. Extending the Life of a Window: If you have deposits left on your windows from old screens, they can be cleaned up and your windows will...
2018-12-27T06:47:45+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
When your house has been in the path of a hurricane or flood, you may want to rush home directly afterwards and start cleaning everything up. But if you've prudently decided to contact professionals for water damage remediation, it's best to wait until the help arrives. Here are three steps you can take while waiting for a professional remediation team. 1. Checking for hazards Inspect the outside of the house before entering to ensure there is no visible structural damage. Do not enter the house if the electricity has not been turned off (you should always turn it off before evacuating). When you enter, keep an eye out for dangerous wildlife that may have taken shelter while you were gone. Keep water and gas turned off as well in case of leaks, contamination, or other problems. 2. Assessing Take notes for your water damage repair professionals. In the wake of a natural disaster they'll be booked solid and it...
2018-12-27T06:50:40+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
Carpet cleaning is one task that many people choose to do themselves rather than hiring a professional. Homeowners often do this to save money, and believe they can achieve the same results as a professional by renting or buying carpet cleaning equipment. There are actually a number of reasons why DIY carpet cleaning is less effective. More Powerful Equipment Hot water extraction is the method most often used to clean carpets. This involves "injecting" hot water into your carpet and then suctioning it back out to remove dirt and grime. When you clean carpets yourself, you may leave a great deal of dirt behind because the equipment you are using is not powerful enough to remove all the water. The equipment used by professional carpet cleaners is more powerful than machines you can rent or buy yourself, which means more dirt will be removed. As such, there will be a noticeable difference...
2018-12-27T06:52:03+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
We understand that no one enjoys washing windows. If people live in apartment or condo buildings, it can be downright dangerous to wash the outside windows. Thus, homeowners feel the dissatisfaction of looking at the world with a slightly blurry view. Those living in single family homes whose windows are easier to reach, albeit with a ladder, fare a little better in the window washing stakes. The trouble with windows is that cleaning them is not a smooth matter. It’s pretty bad when we can’t even bribe the kids to do it for us. Unfortunately, dirty windows mean some pretty shady things for the family’s health and even the welfare of the windows. Here are a few things for which to look out, pun intended. Cloudy Emotions It’s no secret that dirty windows deny bright sunlight to enter homes. It’s also not rocket science to figure that dim, dark and dirty glass makes...
2018-12-27T06:53:00+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you should have your air ducts cleaned if: "There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects); or Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers." Why should this grab your attention? Because cleaning air ducts and vents offer many benefits. First, are the health advantages, especially for people with respiratory or autoimmune disorders, due to the improved air quality and decreased mold growth. It will reduce your energy bills, and removing the dust will reduce the risk of repairs and extend the life of your HVAC system. Air duct cleaning is most effective when performed by properly trained personnel. A professional has the skills, knowledge, expertise, and tools to do a thorough cleaning...
2018-12-27T06:54:01+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
Carpets are the focal point of your home and keeping them clean is a top priority. Vacuuming is great for day-to-day carpet maintenance, but if you haven't had your carpet professionally cleaned, just how dirty is it? Vacuuming removes surface dust but leaves behind pesky debris that can cause long-term damage to your carpet. Damage from water, smoke or pets might be masked with do it yourself techniques, but if you want a carpet that's truly clean, it's best to leave the job to a pro. Professional carpet cleaning removes deep-set dust, odors and allergens that your residential vacuum just can't reach. Professional carpet cleaning technicians utilize specialized tools that remove hard to reach, deep-set stains and odors on every inch of your carpet. Professional carpet cleaners have targeted stain removers for your toughest reside on-hand that will target your spots without devastating your carpet. If you're from Maryland and are looking for top-notch residential carpet cleaning...
2018-12-27T06:56:09+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
If you are trying to get your carpets to look as good as possible, you need to hire carpet cleaning services. There are a lot of things that get into your carpets. They see a lot of traffic and use, so keeping them clean should be at the forefront of your house keeping concerns. Let's go over some common reasons carpets need thorough cleaning. Your Pets Are Making a Bigger Mess Than You Think Has your dog or cat ever peed on the carpets? If you own an animal they probably have at least once. Urine leaves behind an odor and dander. These stains can be troublesome to remove, so hiring a service to take care of these spots is wise. Your pets also track in a lot of outside debris and dirt on their paws. These particles get stuck in the fibers of the carpet and become more ingrained over time. Carpet...
2018-12-27T06:57:11+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
Almost everything has a positive and a negative aspect, and carpet cleaning is no exception. Choosing between “wet” or “dry” methods for cleaning your carpet is often difficult because of a misunderstanding of the process. The wetness that you get from both methods is a matter of degree. The wet method uses hot water to clean your carpet, and it may take at least four hours for the carpet to dry out. The dry method uses foams and chemicals that can create some wetness as well, but the drying time is reduced to approximately an hour or two. In addition to a difference in drying time, there is also a difference in cleaning depth. Dry methods tend to clean the surface of a carpet while wet methods reach the dirt that resides deeper in the pile. Hot water and detergent create a cleaning method that is similar to using the same...
2018-12-27T06:58:16+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
According to insurance industry statistics, 250,000 Americans have at least one room damaged by water from frozen pipes each winter. The cost of removing the water and repairing the damage exceeds $4 billion annually. It doesn't matter if you're used to cold weather or live in a mild climate, frozen pipes can affect you. Water damage is more likely to occur when homeowners thaw their pipes quickly. This creates steam that has the potential to rupture water lines. Fortunately, preventing frozen pipes is much easier than thawing them or repairing the damage. Just follow these three easy steps. 1. Freeze-Safe Thermostat Settings Always keep your thermostat around 58 degrees at night and when you're away from home. If temperatures fall below 55 degrees, pipes are more likely to freeze. Your home will also be at risk if the power goes out or your furnace malfunctions. 2. Dripping Faucets Allowing hot and...
2018-12-27T06:59:27+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
Ice dams cause major water damage and promote mold and mildew growth. The ice forms when the bottom layer of snow on your roof melts due to attic warming. The melted snow runs down to the gutters where it refreezes and forms an ice dam. The ice dam then traps water, which can leak into the attic and cause thousands of dollars in damages. How to Prevent Ice Dams You can prevent ice dams by keeping the attic as cool and dry as possible. In many ice dam cases, heat from the living space escapes into the attic and warms the air. This warm air heats the roof and melts the snow. The trick is to keep your attic at the same temperature as the eaves to prevent ice dams from occurring. Some steps you can take to prevent ice dams include: Ventilating the eaves and the ridge for better circulation...
2018-12-27T07:04:04+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
Fireplace accidents can happen as a result of closed flues or when a buildup of creosote, which is formed over time from the smoke from burning wood, ignites and causes a chimney fire. Whatever the reason, these incidents can cause smoke to fill the room and your home, staining furnishings and wallpaper along with leaving a charred scent behind. There are some basic things that you can do to reduce the amount of damage done, such as airing out your home, wiping down all surfaces, including light bulbs and walls, and washing curtains and window dressings. You should also be sure to close off all vents in areas that have been filled with smoke to prevent it from spreading through your HVAC system. However, major cleanup should be left to professionals. The reason for this is that spending large amounts of time exposed to smoke particles can be unhealthy if you...
2018-12-27T07:07:12+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
Many people assume that drafts in their home are due to windows and doors that aren't sealed or don't line up properly. However, the most drafty rooms in your house aren't always ones with large windows because another very common source of drafts are leaking HVAC ducts. As a result, while insulation around windows and doors may help reduce airflow in and out of your home, if your heating ducts are clogged with dirt, you may still struggle to keep certain areas of your home warm, which can also raise your energy costs. HVAC ducts run throughout homes and deliver warm air from a heater. Over time, these ducts can accrue dirt, dust and other debris, even if you regularly change the air filters in your heating and cooling system. As the debris builds up, it can eventually lead to clogs that require your heating system to work harder to get...
2018-12-27T07:07:51+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
Of all the appliances in your home, you might not believe that your clothes dryer can be one of the most dangerous. Yet that is the case. A poorly maintained clothes dryer leads to over 20,000 U.S. house fires each year that cause millions of dollars in damage. Here are the facts you need to know to prevent yourself from being the next victim. Regardless of whether you use an electric or gas dryer, lint build-up is inevitable. Lint is the fuzzy, fluffy substance that gets caught in your slide-out lint trap each time you use your appliance. Cleaning that receptacle is essential, but doing so will not be sufficient in and of itself. Over time, lint also accumulates in the dryer hose and vent. As a result, drying efficiency and air flow are reduced. Humidity increases, elevating the risk for the growth of mildew and mold. Worst of all, the...
2018-12-27T07:09:26+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
A brand new year is upon us, and there is no better way to begin it right than starting out with a sparkling clean home. While there are many cleaning tasks that you can accomplish on your own, there are several others that a professional cleaning service can perform with much more complete deep cleaning procedures. Carpets No matter how often you vacuum, carpets just naturally collect dirt and other debris that become trapped within the carpet fibers. This often leads to an unpleasant smell and carpet that appears dingy. A cleaning service will use equipment that is powerful enough to remove all of the dirt and stains, and you will be left with carpet that is soft, beautiful and smelling great. Windows When your windows are clean, they welcome in nature's sunshine, but they can easily become dirty. Cleaning windows is a big job that may even pose a danger...
2018-12-27T07:10:11+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
When any amount of excess water enters your home, you may need the services of a certified restoration expert. You may be tempted to clean up a small area of water damage with the appliances you have on hand, but by doing this, you may inadvertently trigger a bigger restoration job due to improper cleaning techniques. Handling Water Emergencies To diminish the damage that water can cause, don’t delay your call to a cleanup specialist. After a water emergency, dangerous mold, mildew and bacteria can begin to develop in just 12 hours. In 48 hours, a major mold problem can occur. Mold can be especially hazardous to the health of you and your home’s other residents. The fungus can develop almost anywhere in your home. It can even grow along the inside of your walls. If mold is not taken care of immediately, it may decrease the value of your home. ...
2018-12-27T07:11:14+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
Homes require continual maintenance, from checking the filter in the furnace to cleaning the toilets. While many people incorporate these sorts of tasks into some sort of routine, sometimes the most important household maintenance gets overlooked. Fires are some of the most deadly and damaging household dangers. Therefore, fire equipment should be properly maintained alongside the other items on the to-do list. The most obvious place to start when it comes to fire equipment is also the most important. Smoke detectors should be placed in every bedroom or sleeping area. Most modern smoke detectors have a built-in system to indicate when the battery is low, but it is still important to check that every smoke detector is working at least twice a year. Fire extinguishers are another common tool for fire safety. Many people store their fire extinguisher in a kitchen or workshop, wherever fires are most likely to occur. Fire...
2018-12-27T07:12:02+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
Nothing is more festive than a home decked out for the holidays, but those twinkling lights can pose a health hazard to your family. Many Christmas lights have been in storage for years or even decades, and over time they may have sustained damage. A mouse nibbling at the cord or even just regular wear and tear can cause the wires to fray, creating sparks. Coupled with dry evergreen boughs or window curtains, these sparks can quickly ignite into a full-blown fire. Here are a few tips for reducing your risk of electrical fire: -- Check every strand of lights for signs of wear before plugging them in. -- Make sure to plug in lights and check to be sure all of them work before you start decorating. Replace any burnt-out lights to prevent a short-circuit. -- Only use lights approved for outdoor use outside. -- Avoid using lights with too...
2018-12-27T07:12:43+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
Whether it's winter, spring, summer or fall, there are certain scents that create a comforting, season-appropriate ambiance at home. Here are four tips for creating a realistic, enjoyable scent inside your house all year round. 1. Buy seasonal candles. When picking candles, make sure the packaging allows you to actually sniff the candle before buying. Since candle makers can have varying success replicating natural scents, you can’t just trust the package description. 2. Try potpourri. Potpourri offers a long-lasting, strong smell for your home. You can also make your own by mixing dried, seasonal flower petals and spices. If you have pets or small children, be sure to put the potpourri out of reach unless you’re certain it contains non-toxic flowers and spices. 3. Use store-bought air fresheners. Store-bought air fresheners have come a long way in the past decade. You can find many that offer light, pleasant smells. There are...
2018-12-27T07:13:11+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
When it is a winter wonderland outside, you need to work extra hard to protect your carpets inside. Carpets are especially susceptible to damage from the snow and other winter elements. Therefore, to keep your carpets clean during the snowy season, consider the four following tips.
1. Update your welcome mat. Most people think a welcome mat is entirely decorative. However, these mats are essential during the winter. By wiping your feet thoroughly, you can get rid of most of the snow, slush, sand and salt.
2. Take off your shoes. Even after wiping your feet, your shoes will track residue across the floor. It can be helpful to always take your shoes off and leave them on a mat by the door in order to minimize any potential damage to your carpets this winter.
3. Spot clean. When you notice a stain or spot on your carpet, attend to it immediately. Fortunately, most snow-related stains come out easily if treated quickly, but if they are left unattended, the overall impact can be hard to correct.
4. Vacuum. Winter weather also leaves salt and sand in your carpet. This can not only be unsanitary, but it can lead to carpet degradation over time. Therefore, try to vacuum at least once a week.
5. Hire a professional cleaner. Even if you follow all these tips, the chances are that your carpet still shows signs of wear after the winter. In order to restore your carpet, be sure to consider a professional cleaner. By hiring a professional, it is possible to get at the dirt and grime that normal household cleaners simply cannot touch, thereby restoring your carpet to its best state.
2018-12-27T07:16:27+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
Insects, rodents, wild animals and other pests can and do enter air ducts. Damage and contamination caused by these invaders are among the top reasons why home and business owners require professional duct cleanings, repair services and remediation. Any pest that can enter your attic or crawlspace can invade your HVAC ducts. Especially in the winter, these areas are warm, cozy and highly attractive to all kinds of pests. Insects and smaller critters can often squeeze through tiny cracks and gaps. Rodents and larger animals are more likely to chew their way in and create additional damage. If these animals aren't able to find their way out, they can tear up your ducts as they try to escape. Other pests may build nests inside your ductwork. Foul odors, irritating particles and problems with air flow are all signs that your ducts could be harboring household pests. In addition to the physical...
2018-12-27T07:17:38+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
As autumn and winter introduce colder temperatures, your pets will probably spend more time indoors. This typically brings them into contact with your carpets. In addition to walking on them, many cats and dogs like to sleep on carpeted surfaces. It's best to clean this material in a way that keeps everyone comfortable and doesn't create health risks. There's a reason why most store-bought cleaning products fail to list all of their ingredients. The Environmental Working Group warns that many cleaners contain dangerous chemicals, such as chloroform and formaldehyde. Toxic substances may irritate skin, damage lungs or even cause cancer. Long-term exposure harms the health of both humans and pets. On the other hand, dirty carpets also create serious hazards. They often contain harmful bacteria, mites, mold and various kinds of dust. If you have allergies, it's particularly important to eliminate things like pet dander and dust mites. Your family's four-legged...
2018-12-27T07:18:47+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
Quick, the water's rising fast, and you're about to become unpleasantly soggy! Do you know how to stop an oncoming deluge in the midst of an emergency situation? Finding your home's water shut-off valves is a critical aspect of property owner preparedness. Here's where to look first. What Are Water Shut-Off Valves? As their name implies, these devices, also known as supply valves, control the main feed lines that deliver water to appliances, fixtures and entire sections of your home. Each building has a supply valve connecting it to the utility line, and when you don't know where flooding originated, shutting everything off at this juncture is the most effective recourse. Each fixture usually has its own mini supply valve. These may need to be closed in some emergencies, but if you've sprung a serious leak, chances are good that only stopping the main feed will be a viable remedy. Where...
2018-12-27T07:21:13+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
The leaves are changing colors, the nights are getting longer and the air is beginning to lose the stifling heat of summer. Fall is in the air, which means that children throughout the country are preparing for one of their favorite holidays, putting together a Halloween costume and hanging up decorations. Candy is, of course, the October holiday’s biggest draw, and the sticky-sweet confections may end up all over your home. Finding empty wrappers everywhere is a tiny problem compared to all the stains that come with chocolaty fingers and dropped bits of candy. While covering all of your carpets and furniture in plastic for the season is impractical, homeowners may still be able to easily remove small chocolate stains with only a few simple steps. Clean the Stain Promptly As with any time of stain, quick action is key. The sooner you treat a stain, the more likely its complete...
2018-12-27T07:43:26+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
As the warmer temperatures fade into cooler ones during the fall, many homeowners turn their heaters on to stay warm. One common occurrence many people notice when this time of year comes around is that a fine layer of black soot appears on appliances, wall hangings, furniture and everything else left exposed in the home. The soot comes from the air vents, and it is usually caused by one of two issues. One common cause of soot is fires. People who burn candles daily or use a fireplace or wood-burning stove sometimes notice soot coming from their air ducts and dirtying the home. Another common cause of this residue is not actually from fires but from mold. If there are no fireplaces in the home, it will be necessary to call a mold removal specialist. If there is a fireplace or wood-burning stove in the home, the chimneys likely need a...
2018-12-27T07:44:57+00:00 December 27th, 2018|
Fire pits are awesome ways to enjoy those cool fall nights and even chilly winters without being completely cooped up indoors. Unfortunately, using them improperly can lead to property damage. Follow these basic tips to keep smoke out of your eyes and prevent it from damaging your home or your patio. Watch What You Burn While it's tempting to throw everything on the blaze, limiting what you burn can significantly reduce the amount of smoke your setup emits. Always stick to cured, or well-dried, wood; fuel that contains lots of water can really spread smoke. Never burn petroleum products on an open flame either. Redirecting the Flames and Choosing the Best Spot One of the most important factors in controlling smoke damage is controlling where smoke goes. Choose a location set apart from your building to stop smoke from flowing up the side of the structure or lingering beneath overhangs and...