Sources of Germs in Your Home

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Your home can be a hotbed for germs and bacteria if you are not diligent about routine cleaning each day and maintenance in your home. Homeowners should clean the surfaces of their kitchen and their bathrooms multiple times each week as those two rooms are some of the most common sources for germs.

Homeowners should also perform routine inspections on their windows, screens and other areas of the home where dirt and elements from outdoors could enter.

There are other areas of a home that do not receive routine cleaning and inspection that are prone to bacteria buildup and germs and that might allow contaminants to enter your home. These areas do not need as much attention each week but should not be ignored for more than a few months.

Where to Find Germs in Your Home:

Your Attic

You should perform an inspection of your attic at least two times each year. Ensure that the insulation lines the ceiling and floors and that there are not empty spots. Empty spots will allow outdoor elements to come in.

Also inspect for rodents in the attic. Rodents will breed in an attic and infest the area and defecate there.

Your Basement

Inspect the foundation of your basement as well as the basement walls. Look for cracks in the walls and any window openings to ensure cold air is not entering the home.

Larger cracks and holes will allow entry for rodents and insects to breed and infect your home.

Your Carpet

One of the dirtiest places in a home is the carpet. This is because carpet is a giant filter that collects all of the allergens, dirt and germs that float from the air onto the ground. The carpet also collects bacteria from the bottom of shoes and from pets.

You can vacuum to remove some of the germs on the surface of the carpet but you will need to hire professionals to remove allergens and dirt beneath the surface. You should schedule carpet cleaning at least one time each year.

Your Garage

If your garage is connected to your home then you will want to perform similar inspections to your attic and your basement. Inspect the walls of the garage for cracks and holes as well as the floor of the garage.

A garage is an easy entry for germs considering its proximity to the outdoors and because garages receive a lot of traffic from everyone that lives in a home.

Your Vents

Your vents circulate air throughout your home so you want them to be clean so that they do not continually circulate dust and other germs and allergens.

You can remove the vent covers and clean vents using a dust mop or just a cloth. You should do this multiple times in a year to ensure the air in your home is clean. You can also consider installation of a HEPA air filter for even cleaner air.

The health of your home and your family is extremely important. The good news is that you can reduce the presence of germ in your home with simple cleaning routines and everyday tools and items around the home. The key is to be consistent and diligent in remembering to clean and inspect all areas of your home throughout the year.

Signs You Need a New Toilet


When your toilet starts creating more troubles, it means it demands a replacement. However, it is not so easier to install a new one but when repairs stop providing the desired solution, it becomes essential to install new.

Most of the homeowners keep on ignoring troubles of their toilet but if you keep doing so, it may become a big issue at a later stage. The best idea is to judge the symptoms when your toilet demands a replacement. Below we have highlighted few common problems that can help you predict that it cannot be repaired anymore.

  • It demands many repairs:

The list of tasks to complete the repair may seem smaller, you just need to replace the tank handle, fill valve or the flapper but if we count on the cost of these items, it will go higher as compared to the cost of new installation. It is good to take a smart decision and check if your toilet is creating trouble again and again. You need to estimate the cost of repairs vs. cost of new installation. If you feel the second option can save you more money for a long run, it is good to call professionals for initiating replacement task.

  • It keeps on clogging:

Do you feel that your toilet these days is demanding to plunge many times in a month? Generally, the older toilets need more than one flush at a time to clean the mess. They can often deliver a restricted flow of water due to clogging. If you observe that you often spend time plunging it, probably your toilet demand replacement. After all, we cannot afford too much wastage of water; it is good to buy a new one with water saving design that can serve you longer.

  • The porcelain is cracked:

When you keep on using a toilet for years, it is common to observe hairline cracks on bowl or tank of the toilet. If you keep on ignoring these cracks so long, they may soon create a disaster. These porcelain cracks also cause leakage in the area. it is important to inspect your tank and bowl time to time and if you find some critical cracks, it is good to replace the toilet on time.

  • It has too many scratches:

When the surface of porcelain in your toilet becomes difficult to clean or it has too many scratches, it is good to buy a new one to save money on unwanted maintenance. Experts often advise using high-quality cleaning solutions for the toilet so that it can suffer the least damage.

  • It is too old:

Every product has a certain life cycle and if you keep on using it after that period, it can create trouble at any instant of time. It may be possible that your old toilet is working fine but the older models often become inefficient with time. It is good to maximize your savings on water, money and time by simply installing a new toilet at your home.

Functions of a Carpet Pad

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Time and time again, homeowners purchase new carpet but don’t invest in a high-quality carpet pad. This is a major problem. The carpet pad serves many purposes and is very important for the well-being of the carpet above.

You should invest in the best carpet pad available when you purchase your new carpet. Here are some of the functions of a carpet pad and why it is an important element of the carpet buying process:

1) Insulation

One of the main advantages of carpet over hardwood floor or tile floor is its ability to warm a home and reduce energy costs but if the carpet pad is too thin it won’t accomplish this.

A quality carpet pad provides more insulation than a thin or low-quality pad will and the initial extra cost will save you more money over time.

2) Comfort

The more pad beneath the carpet the better the carpet will cushion each step and provide more comfort. Comfort and softness is another major benefit of carpet over hardwood floor that is lost if you purchase a low-quality carpet pad instead of a better one.

3) Stain-Resistant

Newer carpet pads feature odor-resistant and stain-resistant technology to prevent moisture from permeating the pad and leading to carpet browning and soiling. A low quality pad will absorb all of the dirt and soil and continuously produce stains on the surface of the carpet that will require professional carpet cleaning.

4) Mold- & Mildew-Resistant

You can prevent mold and mildew in your carpet if you purchase a mildew-resistant carpet pad and install it in your home. This will repel moisture and ensure that mold does not form on the underside of the carpet or on the subfloor beneath the pad.

5) Traffic

The most important reason to invest in a good carpet pad is to ensure the carpet above can withstand constant and heavy traffic.

You can use a lower quality pad in bedrooms and rooms with less traffic (although the insulation will not be as good) but you should 100% choose a better pad for hallways and entryways and places in your home that receive a lot of foot traffic.

If you do not, your carpet will last much shorter than it should and you will need to replace the pad and the carpet in less than 10 years from the time you install it.

These are some of the reasons why you should pay close attention to the carpet pads available for purchase at your local carpet store. The primary focus is on the color and comfort and quality of the carpet but all of this will diminish if you do not also invest in a carpet pad that can withstand traffic and preserve the comfort and resiliency of the fibers above.

You can contact us online for recommendations on carpet pads available for purchase at most local retailers or look for future posts from our blog concerning carpet installation and cleaning.

Oil-Based vs. Latex Paint

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It’s time to paint a room in your home but you don’t know what type of paint to buy at the hardware store or paint store. There are two common forms of interior paint. The two choices are oil-based paint and latex paint.

Should you choose oil-based paint or latex paint to paint your room?


Here are some of the advantages of choosing oil-based paint for painting your room:

  • This type of paint often spreads over the surface much smoother than latex paint does. A smooth coat is ideal for painting the walls of a room.
  • Oil-based paint is able to cover the surface of the wall much more thoroughly in just one coat than latex paint will.
  • This type of paint does not shrink much at all.
  • Oil-based paint requires a lot of time to dry so you have more time during the project as the paint dries.
  • Oil-based paint is good for high-traffic areas in your home.

Here are some of the disadvantages:

  • Oil-based paint is much more likely to crack or yellow or fade after an extended period of time.
  • Fumes from this type of paint can be overwhelming during the painting process.
  • Oil-based paint is very difficult to clean off of your paint brushes and rollers after you are done.
  • You cannot simply pour oil-based paint down the drain or in the garbage to dispose of it. This paint contains toxins and chemicals that are not suitable for standard garbage removal.


Here are some of the advantages of latex paint:

  • Latex paint will not yellow over time like oil-based paint does.
  • This option is much more eco-friendly and better for the environment.
  • Latex paint dries very fast after it is painted on the wall in your home.
  • It is very easy to clean up latex paint after you are done painting because you can just wash it right down a drain.
  • Stores are stocking more colors and variations of latex paint so it is easier to find a color you want.

Here are some of the disadvantages:

  • Latex will swell the grain of wood which will require sanding between coats.

You can see based on the small number of disadvantages of latex paint that it is the type of paint we prefer and would recommend for painting a room in your home.

Choose the Right Lumber for Your Project


You have to buy the right lumber for your woodworking project if you want to ensure the project is a success. You need to know how to evaluate the lumber available for purchase in order to ensure you buy the correct lumber for the job.

This post will provide tips on how to choose the right lumber for your woodworking project and what types of lumber to avoid:


You need to bring a tape measure to the lumberyard. You want to ensure you buy the exact sizes and cuts necessary for the project.

You should also bring a piece of chalk in order to mark the pieces of lumber throughout the yard you intend to purchase in order to avoid forgetting the ones you selected or needing to carry each piece throughout the yard as you shop.

Always buy more lumber than you need. No one is perfect and there is a good chance you will have an error or two when cutting the lumber. You don’t want the error to require extra trips to the lumberyard.

If you don’t use all of the wood you purchase, simply store it in your garage or in a shed for use for a later woodworking project.


Look out for twist warp. This type of wood warp is when the board is twisted in a way that it is no longer flat or balanced across its length. This will result in poor quality during your woodworking project.

Bowing warp is a gradual curve across the length of the wood that is also bad for woodworking.

The last form of wood warp to watch out for is cupping. This looks fairly similar to bowing and is noticeable at the end of the piece of lumber.

Read more on wood warping.


Checking on a piece of lumber is a crack in the end of the lumber. You can purchase lumber that has cracking as long as you’re able to cut off the piece with the checking and still have enough wood leftover.

You also need to consider the grain finishes and types of wood. This is preference and based on the specific project you are working on. You can consult employees of the lumberyard on which wood they would recommend for a specific project.

These are some of the main wood errors to watch out for.

Also do not buy a piece of wood that is wider than you need in the hopes of being able to cut it down its length to reduce the width. You will ruin the quality of the grain and durability of the wood doing this. Purchase the necessary width for the project and work with that.

You can see there are several factors to consider when purchasing lumber for a wood working project. The wood itself is critical to the outcome of the project so take your time in selecting the lumber you intend to use.

For more questions on how to choose the right lumber for woodworking, use our online contact form.

How to Plant a Tree


A tree is a very beautiful addition to any yard. You will reap many benefits from planting a tree in your yard and the environment will too. A good tree can become a permanent part of your property if planted correct and cared for as it should be.

The good news it is very easy to plant a tree and it is even something your children could help with too!


The first thing you need to do is decide where to plant the tree. This is one of the most important steps in the entire process. You need to set your tree up for success and its location is extremely important.

You should research zoning and neighborhood rules for your home as some locations will have rules concerning whether you can plant a tree and where you can plant one. You should also call 811 to be sure it is safe to dig in the location you decide to plant the tree.

Scope out your yard and find a spot that has optimal sunlight and one far enough away from your home so that when the tree fully matures it won’t come into contact with your home nor will the branches hang over your roof.


The best time to plant a tree is in the fall or in the spring. You should not attempt to plant a tree in the cool winter months or the hot summer months if you want the best results.

To dig a hole for the tree, dig the hold two times the width of the container the tree comes in and dig the hole the exact depth of the container. The extra width will allow the roots to branch out in the soil.

Loosen the soil at the bottom with your shovel and moisten the soil with your garden hose. Do this for a minute or two so that the soil is fertile and wet below where the tree will rest as it grows.

Remove the container by cutting it down the sides with a utility knife. Then lift up the tree by the root bulbs and place the tree into the hole.

Loosen the roots to help them grow out and be sure the branch is straight before you start to fill in soil around the root bulb. Fill the surrounding space with fresh dirt and then tamp the dirt around the base of the tree.

Now add about 2 inches of mulch around the base of the tree but don’t pile it directly against the tree. This is the final step of planting the tree.

You need to saturate the soil around the tree after you plant it. We also recommend that you water the tree two or three times a week for the entire first year after you plant it in the ground.

Now your tree can grow healthy and strong and be a source of shade and beauty in your yard for many years to come!

3 Mistakes to Avoid Making When Hiring a Professional for Your Home Repairs

If you were to interview homeowners in your neighborhood about their experience with remodeling contractors or other professionals, more than fifty percent will tell you they’ve had several bad experiences. Everything seems to be working out fine until the project was over. When you trace back, you’ll realize that they made mistakes when looking for the contractors.

Understand that finding a reputable professional for whatever type of home repairs you’re dealing with can be overwhelming. We can compare it to finding a needle in a haystack. You must get it right in this phase otherwise you’ll end up with a story to tell others. Homeowners seem to never learn from their experiences or other people’s mistakes. Well, you could end up having a different experience when you avoid these mistakes.

Choosing the contractor with the Lowest Price

From HVAC repairs and plumbing repairs to electrical repairs, cheaper or lower doesn’t always mean better. The moment you receive quotes from several contractors, don’t look for the cheapest offer. The cost is low because the services could be poor. Another reason could be inexperience or even delays in service delivery. Hiring a qualified and experienced professional might cost you more money but will provide quality and efficient services.

Ignoring Past Customer reviews and not checking for Licensing and Insurance

No matter how urgent you need the repair done, don’t ignore or overlook customer reviews. Get recommendations from family members, neighbors, or friends, but still visit the web for client reviews. A contractor with a long list of negative reviews might not be the right one for the job. Another mistake homeowners make is not checking insurance and licensing. A licensed and insured contractor will reduce liabilities and ensure quality work. Insurance protects you from any damage or injury resulting from the task being performed.

Not getting Written Quotes

First of all, failure to ask the right questions could affect the outcome of your work. Communication is very important. Contractors might provide you with a bid for your home repair work, but fail to stick to it. That’s why you need to ask for estimates in writing. The quote should include the work to be done, or rather services to be delivered. A written bid is not only important for your budget but will help you document the history of your home repairs.