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Tented Tile

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

There are several myths in the industry that tile floor does not absorb water and can be dried out without any after effects. The truth is that both the slab and the tile may absorb water. If not properly dried out weeks or even months down the line a tenting affect may take place in the tile. This is where the tile dries out and expands or contracts and forms a tent. The slab will shrink back down to the original size, however the tile will not shrink but rather stay the same size which could be what causing the tenting effect. There are many other factors that can come into play such as what the tile is made of, what temperate the tile was fired at, the amount of time the tile was fired, and whether the tile was glazed or not. All of this comes into play and will be tale tell signs if the tile will tent or not.

Allergy-Proof Your Home

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

If you have hay fever or allergic asthma symptoms throughout the year, take a few steps to reduce allergens in your home.  Here are some suggestions: Bed and Bedding:  Encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in dust-mite-proof covers.Flooring:  Remove carpeting and use hardwood or linoleum flooring and washable area rugs.Curtains/Blinds:  Use washable curtains and replace horizontal blinds with washable roller-type shades.Windows:  Close windows and rely on air conditioning during pollen season.Furnishings:  Avoid upholstered furniture.Clutter:  Remove items that collect dust.  Store children’s toys, games, etc. in plastic bins.Pets:  Keep animals out of the bedroom.  Bath pets at least once a week.  Keep pets outside.Air Filtration:  Choose an air filter that has a small-particle or HEPA filter.Furniture:  Use furniture made of leather, wood, metal or plastic.Plants:  Spread aquarium gravel over the dirt to help contain mold.Fireplaces:  Avoid using wood-burning fireplaces or stoves.Stove:  Use a vented exhaust fan to remove cooking fumes and reduce moisture.Sink:  Wash dishes daily.Refrigerator:  Wipe up excessive moisture to avoid mold growth.Cabinets/Counters:  Clean cabinets and counter-tops with detergent and water.Food Waste:  Place garbage in a can with an insect-proof lid and empty trash daily.Ventilation:  Use an exhaust fan to reduce moisture while taking baths/showers.Walls:  Install tile or paint the walls with mold-resistant enamel paint.Shower/Tub:  Towel-dry the tub and enclosure after use to prevent mold.Toilet/Sink:  Scrub mold from plumbing fixtures.  Repair leaks.Foundation, Windows, and Stairwells:  Repair any sources of leaks or water damage.Air Quality:  Use a dehumidifier to reduce dampness and clean it once a week.Storage:  Store collectibles and clothes in plastic storage bins.Clothes Dryer:  Vent moisture outside.Temperature/Humidity:  Maintain the temperature between 68 F (20 C) and 72 F (22 C) and keep relative humidity no higher than 50 percent.Pests:  Control cockroaches and mice with inexpensive traps from the hardware store.Mold:  Close doors and windows during warm weather and use air conditioning and dehumidifiers.Weekly Cleaning Routine:  Damp-mop wood or linoleum flooring and vacuum carpeting.Smoking:  Don’t allow smoking anywhere inside your house.Source/Information:  Mayo Clinic

Common Causes of House Fires You Might Not Expect

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

There are several items that are commonly know to cause house fires. House fires can quickly turn into large flames that overtake your home if precautions are not taken or a home owner does not know how to properly stop a fire and call local authorities. Here are some not so well known causes of house fires.
Cooking equipment such as pots and pans or even hotplates can quickly go from a safe cooking tempurature to a higher than normal temputure that can cause a fire.

Heating such as a furnace or a portable heater can cause house fires and should be checked by a local professional atleast once a year to prevent any mishaps.

Smoking in bedrooms is a big one because there are many flamables things suchs as bedding and drapery, even down to carpets in the bedroom.

Electrical equipment is a more common one however it can even relate to a fraying cord on your hairdryer, or your phone cord commonly used by bedsides.

Candles are next on the list and can often be forgotten about. If a wick goes untrimmed it can also cause smoke damage on the walls and ceilings.

There are many other causes for common house fires that a home owner may not often think about. Always try to be vigilant when using anything that could potentially cause a fire.

Why you should clean your air ducts

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

The air ducts in your home carry air throughout your home to circulate and bring in cool and warm air depending on the time of year and which system is on. With these ducts carrying air throughout everyday it will pick up a number of different items and sometimes they will get stuck or blocked. Dust will also get built up in there as time goes on. Here are some of the top reasons you need to get your air ducts cleaning once a year. The first reason and one of the most common is pets. Pets with dander and that shed often get that hair into the ducts and get stuck in the air handler making it work harder and possibly cause a hazard the your home if let go to long. This leads to the next item, allergies and asthma, pet hair can lead to this but can also lead to worsening allergies and athsma due to the build up. If your ducts and vents are full of pet hair and pollen and dusk it can make your allergies significantly worse. Next on th list is cigarette or cigar smoke. You should not smoke in your home due to the fire hazard but if someone in the past has smoked in the home, cleaning the ducts can lessen the smell but may not completely get rid of it. Up next on the list is water contamination or damage to the home. If there is a water loss affecting the ducts or the HVAC system it should be cleaned to ensure and affected water has been removed and sanitize the area it affected. Finally for the last item on the list is any home remodeling. When remodeling paint fumes, and tile dusk, all sorts of things can get into those ducts and be blown around the home affecting allergies and get blown onto carpet and couches making the home dirty and dusky. The best thing to do is have the ducts cleaned once a year to ensure top function. Call us today to schedule!