Tips To Clean Your Rain Gutters

December 14, 2016  //  Posted by: Joguide  //  Category: Roofs & Floors
cleaning-rain-gutter

Cleaning your rain gutter

Rain gutters are one of the essential parts of the home which is generally ignored most of the times. However when you clean every part of your home and maintain it, it will every interior part but you never focus on the exterior parts like rain gutters. It is also an inseparable part of the home and you must include cleaning your rain gutters in your work bucket list. Cleaning your rain gutters is not that difficult job; you just need to take some time out. Cleaning your rain gutters is an easy do it yourself job and hence you also don’t need to make extra expenditure for this. However it is very much essential that you have done any such thing before and if not and these is the first time then be careful and take proper care of your safety while cleaning your rain gutters. The best time to clean your rain gutter is before rain hits your home. When the rain gutter is dirty, it will full of debris and hence when rain hits the home, the water will be clogged up and this will create weight on the roof and in turn damage your roof. Hence make sure to clean your rain gutter to avoid such circumstances. Here is an easy and stepwise method to clean your rain gutters.

  • Scoop the debris out

The cleaning process should be started from the low end of the gutter. Using a narrow garden trowel, scoop out any debris you see in the gutter and work them away from the drain outlet. This becomes easy when the debris is pliable and little bit damp and it is not dried or soggy and encrusted. For minimizing cleanup on the later stage, you can scoop out debris in a dustbin.

  • Blast the gutter out with hose

You can use a high pressure power washer and clean your rain gutter with that. This job can be really messy and also dirty. The mud on your rain gutter can be splattered over your entire house and cleaning it can be a trouble. Hence while cleaning the power washer, ensure that you clean smoothly to avoid this muddy and messy job of cleaning whole house. You can also use a stiff brush so that the encrusted brush is removed and you get your roof all cleaned.

  • Clean the drain pipe and remove obstruction

If the water is not draining properly from the drain pipe, then you can use the hose and you can try to flush down the debris with the hose. If this thing doesn’t work then you can make use of plumber auger to pull out the debris from the bottom part of the pipe and clear out the pipe. In certain circumstances, you can also push it from the top of the pipe and make the drain pipe free of any kind of obstruction.

 

Improving Indoor Air Quality Tips

November 10, 2016  //  Posted by: Lara  //  Category: Home Improvement
Girl enjoying Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality Improving tips

Want to have good indoor air quality at your home? Then a very obvious step is to open the windows and doors for allowing fresh air to enter up the home premise. Don’t panic,  this is not  the only reason or tip you can  have for enjoying an improved indoor air quality, but  there are  many other ways of improving the indoor  air quality of your home. Share up  the idea and ways to increase the awareness of improving better indoor air quality   because it benefits with many pros like  helps in  breathing pure air, less chances of health disease, and so on. Trust me there are many ways that might  turn fruitful for the home owners for  performing  the efforts of improving your indoor air quality  of your  home.

The further discussion is proved to be beneficial for the home owners because it will work as  an effort for improving the indoor air quality. But for instance, a  quick view on some example  of  improving the indoor air quality are: not allowing  smokers to smoke in the home premise, Clean and tidy home maintenance, keeping the humidity in  control, and try out of avoiding the smell of humidity for maintaining the level  of  good air at your  home. The below stated tips  is helpful for the  home owners if followed with better concentration for enjoying fruitful and  efficient results.

Indoor air quality improving  tips:

  • The most common type of tips which you must go, at times for improving the indoor air quality at your home is by opening the windows and the doors at your home. It will help you home to allow all the fresh air and will let the contaminated air travel out of the home.
  • Maintaining up the humidity is another way which you can go for at the time of improving indoor air quality at your home. This will offer you in not letting more of suffocated air to be travelled through your home. The temperature which you must go for maintaining is 30 to 50 percentage of humidity.
  • Making and cleaning your home. If you find any of the dirty stuff in your home than it might be the possible way which can affects the indoor air circulation at your home. It is considered to be important for looking for fresh air in your home which is also good for the members of your home.
  • Go for placing more of green plants in your home so that all the contaminated air can be transferred up and you can get the availability of fresh air which is considered to be good for health. As plants are considered to be good source of air filtration which you can go for at your home.
  • If you are making more of use of perfumes and fragrant body washes or soaps than it is advisable of getting it and using less of it because it comprise of chemicals and which can spread up in whole of your home.

Tips To Repair Basement Leaks

October 21, 2016  //  Posted by: Joguide  //  Category: Basement
Repairing basement leaks

Tips to repair basement leaks

Have your homes basement started leaking? Do you have any recent flooding in your basement? Have you any winter snow melting? If you really didn’t had anything but still your basement is leaking then I guess you have no idea why is this happening. You use your basement space for storing things and if there are basement leaks then there involves risk of your things getting damaged by water. Repairing basement leaks is usually very difficult thing as it is very difficult to find their source. Hence make sure you find the right spot as soon as possible and repair your basement leaks. Here are some of the causes of basement leaks and the ways to repair those basement leaks.

Why there are basement leaks?

There are various reasons which can make your basement to leak. Before even your foundation was poured and your concrete walls were installed, a hole which is even bigger than your foundation is dug. After that the foundation was poured and the walls were then installed. In between the walls and the undisturbed soil, there was a gap which is several inches wide. This gap was then filled up with soil and loose rocks. This soil is known as backfill soil and it would never be as hard as that of the undisturbed soil which is surrounding it. When the water is flowing around the foundation, it will fill up porous spaces in the backfill soil. Then this water will leak from every crack and opening which is imaginable. The additional weight of water which is in the backfill soil will put extra pressure on basement concrete walls. The walls will then crack in many places and then you will have basement leaks.

How to repair basement leaks?

When you are repairing basement leaks, you will many different approaches. Here is each and every approach and also the ways to use it for repairing concrete in basement leaks.

  • Negative side sealant

This strategy will involve using hydraulic cement or waterproofing pain for coating the interior basement wall. All the cracks will be sealed and moisture will also not be allowed. But this solution does not work permanently.

  • Exterior excavation

This method involves digging all way down till concrete footing from outside. After that a waterproofing membrane is applied and protective drainage board is also laid over that. However this is also such a solution for basement repair which does not work permanently.

  • Interior footing drains

These are same as that of exterior excavation. The only difference is that they are done from the inside of the concrete surface. This solution is also not for permanent base.

  • Baseboard system

Drilling of weep holes are done in the floors or wall joint or in the wall only. After that vinyl baseboard is epoxied on the floor. After that the water is directed in the sump pump system which will drain the water from the area through the pipe. This solution for basement leaks can be used with monolithic floors only and such other rare instances only.

 

Easy Tips To renovate Your Home

August 14, 2016  //  Posted by: Joguide  //  Category: Home Improvement

Renovating your homeAfter some years have passed, you feel your home to be old and outdated. You don’t have the same feeling and like towards your home which you use to have. In such situation what you need to do to bring back the charm of your home is to renovate your home. Of course renovating your home is a big decision and involves lots of bucks but still if it is necessary you have to come to the decision of renovating your home. If you go for big ideas then renovating your home can be a costly project, instead go for making small changes and renovate your home with low budget. Renovating your home is easy if you go for the right tips and tricks but if you don’t want to take any chance then of course you can go for hiring an expert for renovating your home. Here are some of the easy and simple tips for renovating your home.

  • Create open space in your home

Open space and open floor plans are on the top of the list of the home buyer’s wish list. Most of the home owners want an open floor plan where they can have a big family room or have a big kitchen or have a vast open space. If you are planning for formal dining room and don’t do it as this is going out of trend. Thus while renovating your home, pay focus on making open floor plans as it will make your home more appealing and more elegant not only to you but also to those visiting your home. Also try and move out all those heavy and bulky furnishings out of your house and keep your home more sober and open. If you are attached to the bulky furnishings and can’t get rid of it then try tom paint the room with soft color while renovating your home as it will contribute a bit in making the gigantic furniture disappear. Such color will trick your eye and make your home look more airy, spacious and open.

  • Add new lighting

One of the most easy and cheap ways to renovate your home is adding new lighting. Of course this is a cheap idea but renovating your home by adding lighting is an effective idea and you can see a considerable change in your home by installing new lighting. A poorly lit up room look very dark small and cramped while a brightly lighted up room can look more inviting welcoming, big and airy. There are plenty of ways of adding lights to your home. One of them is to buy table lamps and floor lamps. Place tall floor lamps in those corners which are dark and it will be one of the best tip or renovating your home.

  • Change window treatment

Blinds, drapes and curtains are also one of the major contributing factors in renovating your home. Changing the curtains and adding some delightful window dressing can change the whole look of the home and add beauty to your home.

3 Tips of Decorating your Backyard at your Home

July 14, 2016  //  Posted by: Lara  //  Category: backyard

Tips of Decorating your Backyard at your HomeBackyard is considered to be one of my favourite places in my home which I usually go for relaxing. All your things which you want to think for can be sorted while you are having one of the best times in your backyard. I know you might also be thinking for the same but just imagine if your backyard is not so happening which you have thought of then? I know it sounds something different but you must definitely go for decorating your backyard at your home. Trust me decorating your backyard at your home is considered to be fun thing which you must not miss for. Get your ideas and just execute to make your backyard to be one of the most beautiful parts of your home which you want to go for visiting every day.

The following details will help you in getting to know the tips which are considered for the matters of decorating your backyard at your home. There are certain things which can be considered as the examples for decorating your backyard at your home like going for making the fire pits or places in your backyard, adding of different and bright colours of benches in your backyard, going for open or outdoor kitchen and enjoying up the barbecues, installing the outdoor dining arena at your home, etc. and much more of the stuffs which are some of the important things which can help you in going for decorating your backyard at your home in the best way you can have.

Tips of decorating your backyard at your home

  • For starting from the easy one, you can go for making fire pits or places in your backyard. This will not only help you in getting one of the best thing to be installed but the installation of it is also going to cost you the minimal. Go for arranging more of the benches around the fire pits, well, in fact you for go for the even batter one which can be helpful to you. Get some of the mattress which you can directly lay it on the ground which can help you in getting one of the best look which you wanted to have in your backyard at the time of going for decorating your backyard at your home.
  • Another stuff which you can go for trying up in your backyard at the time of decorating your backyard of your home is the outdoor kitchen and setting up the dining out there. Yes, getting you hot food being ready outside the home and serving it to eat it over there is just another level of experience which you cannot go for missing it at all.
  • Not only this but you can also go for the hot barbecues which you can grill outside in your kitchen which can trust me taste one of the best food which you have head in your life. Lightings are also considered to be playing important role while you have decided of going for the process of decorating your backyard at your home.

Essential Tips For Organizing Your Basement

June 23, 2016  //  Posted by: Joguide  //  Category: Basement

Basement organisationCleaning is not such a work which one like to do when having free time. But however boring and tiring it may be, it is still very essential and important. While cleaning, it is really easy to clean other parts of your home but the most difficult one is basement. Cleaning your basement is really very difficult as it becomes like a store house and thus there are plenty of things which has been stored there since a long period of time and it has been there without cleaning. But once cleaned and organized your basement it would be easy to maintain it. Thus the key thing is organizing your basement in such a manner that it stays in the same manner while using it. Basement is also one of the biggest room of the house and while organizing your basement the most difficult thing which you will face is that where to start from. Many homeowners don’t do the task of organizing your basement because they cannot figure out where and how to initiate. But it’s very important that unlike them you should and initiate and bring to the end the work of organizing your basement. Here are some of the tips which will help you organize your basement.

  • Differentiate the clutter

As discussed above, basement has become the store house of the home and there will be lots of clutter and plenty of things which you no longer use but still occupies space in your basement and contribute in making your basement cluttered and dirty. Thus while organizing your basement, it is very important to take all those out of your basement which is no longer in use. Make three categories of your stuff keep, donate and throw. Thus categorize each and everything in these three categories.

  • Donate the things

It is very important to decide whether to throw the things or to donate it. You can also sale all those stuff which you don’t use but have a considerable market value. You can sell this stuff online. If some of the things cannot be sold then you should probably donate it and rest of the things which neither can be donated nor can be sold they should be thrown. Now all the things which are left are useful. This will create added space in your basement and organizing your basement will become much easier and simpler after this.

  • Label items and store in shelving’s

Once you have sorted your stuff now it’s the actual time of organizing your basement. Label each and everything as you will be easily remember those things when you want it back. After labeling keep those things in plastic cans while organizing your basement. You can also use cardboard boxes but it would be a good choice as it can create mold and mildew in longer time. Thus organize your stuff in plastic cans and then put them properly in the shelving.

 

Reasons To Add Fence In The Backyard

May 28, 2016  //  Posted by: Joguide  //  Category: backyard

FencesWhen you buy a new home, it might be possible that it may not come with fences already installed. Those homeowners who does not have children’s or pets don’t find any need to have fence in their home. If you are shifting in a new home and having pets and children’s then you will definitely think how to keep them safe, fence is the answer to these question. Apart from this thing, fences also offer you much privacy from your neighborhood. If you are in confusion whether to install fence or not then here are several other reasons to add up fence in your backyard.

  • Add aesthetics

Fence gives you a sense of completion to your home otherwise you feel like it is an open landscape. Fences feel like having an outline of the property and separating from the property of your neighbors. There are several different types of fences, each one of them adding separate type of look to your home. It depends upon the personal choice of the homeowners as to which type of material they want to use in their fence for adding the aesthetic appeal to their home. There are several materials like wood, wire, iron and such other for installing fence in your house. Fences are very different in case of shape and spacing. Some of the styles of fencing are privacy scalloped traditional picket, lattice, shadow box and split rail which are most commonly used in the homes.

  • Secure pets

Those who have pets know how it feels to lose the tracks of your pets. If you don’t have any sturdy blockage then your pets can easily go out from your front door by the time you are bringing the groceries from the car to your home. Having a fence secures that the pets are not going anywhere they are safe in your home and they can have freedom of roaming anywhere in the backyard. Installing fence in your home can also give your pet more playtime and exercise time instead of limiting them to leash.

  • Create privacy

Many of the times you have awkward eye contact with your neighbors. Have a fence that too tall barrier can help you avoid annoying neighbors and also those nose onlookers. You can enjoy a great privacy in your backyard through fences. This is very much beneficial for those homes which are modernly designed. Having fabric window treatments or blinds can make clash with sharp and clean look of your home. Having a fence installed can on the other hand provide you with privacy and also not cover the interior glass.

  • Avoid trespassers

Having an increased level of security is an added advantage of installing a fence in your home. Fences works as an obstruction and keep the trespassers away and helps you to keep your possession safe both inside and outside of the house. Home which are not having safety borders are more likely have trespassers in the house and lessen the safety.

 

Types of creative lamp designs

January 11, 2016  //  Posted by: Lara  //  Category: Home Lightning

types of creative lamp designsOne of the most easiest way of lighting a dark room in frictions of seconds with the interest of getting fascinating designs and sculptures id with the help of the light lamps. Yes, I have many fantasies regarding installing such type of light lamp in my room which not only gives or provide appropriate light but also provides with nice patterns and the ambience which we want to enjoy with our loved once we enter the room. All the matters are taken into consideration at the time of selecting light lamps designs for your home like the color of the lamp, the efficiency towards providing sustainable light which increase the glow in the room, etc and many more of the things which enhance the look of your room.

Not only one type but there is different types of creative lamp designs which are available in the market. This article will help you in selecting and going for the right types of creative lamp design which will be suitable in the room where it is going to be installed. Further discussed types of creating lamp designs are as under.

Types of creative lamp designs for your home

  • If you want to go for such type of creative lamp design which can increase the sight of the people watching it than you can go for the mushroom lamp designs which are available in the market. There are different types of colors and shapes available in the market which can increase the look of your room where it is being installed. You can avail it at very cheap rate round about 12$ which is very easy to get with.
  • We all remember the history which was the biggest thing the world. Yes I am talking about the titanic. Charles Trevelyan made this creative lamp design which makes us the resemblance of the biggest accident of titanic. It is very unique and creative which he thought in that manner and made it as in the form of the light lamp. One surface of the lamp is sinking below and the other one is higher in the air. He thought of making such creative lamp design by getting inspired from the movie titanic.
  • If you want something interesting to be complied in your room or the living room than you can go for the creative lamp design called the torn lightings. Yes, these lights provide us with the view f getting a torning effect from the walls where it is installed. It is installation of concealed LED which every child who is visiting your home will find mesmerizing and hunting for the lights that where is it actually coming from.
  • Another amazing creative lamp design which you can go for in your home is the cutting up lamp. It is an old concept. This lamp was cutted from up in too many slices and than 40 stripes where added to it, to give it more of the pattern of torn and cut form of lamp. You will find it more attractive if you add up some of the more patterns which is appropriate according you you.

Pros and Cons of Pyramid Roofs

July 14, 2015  //  Posted by: Joguide  //  Category: Roofs & Floors

Pyramid roofsPyramid roofs are a type of hip roofs. Many of the roof styles are also there having their other kinds of features, pros and cons but it totally depends on you which one to go for. Pyramid roofs are one which has very distinctive kind of features.

What is pyramid roof?

As discussed earlier, it is a kind of hip roof. It has no vertical sides or gables. Instead of vertical sides or gable all the sides of roof slopes down towards the wall. Pyramid roof is called hip roof where all the sides of the roof are equal of the resulting roof which will form a pyramid shape. Pyramid roof does not contain any ridge on the top of the roof. This thing is usually seen in the other kinds of roof, but it is not seen in the pyramid roof. Pyramid roofs are usually prevalent in the small buildings. It is not seen in the large buildings. It is mostly preferred in the small bungalows, cabins and small residences. Pyramid roofs are also seen in the auxiliary buildings like pool houses, garages and other type of same structures.

Pros of pyramid roofs

  • Improves resistance to damaging winds

If your area has a issue of excessive wind and wind related damages then pyramid roofs are the best possible outcome for you. The shape of pyramid roof is aerodynamic. The roof possessing this shape is very less prone to the wind damage. It can handle the pressure of wind and stay away from damage. It increases the safety in the areas where you need to face hurricanes, tornadoes and other wind related natural disasters.

  • Eaves on all sides

Pyramid roofs are very efficient to keep the home cooler in the situation of extreme heat. The reason behind this cooling is the overhanging of the roof from all sides and the added shed from the eaves. It is very essential and also energy saver. It can lower your electricity bills as the amount of power consumed by your air conditioner to cool down your home reduces. Thus its cost saving as well as energy saving.

  • Looks beautiful

Because of even sides and overhanging eaves, pyramid roofing gives your roof an extra added appeal and a classy look. It has striking and distinctive features.

Cons of pyramid roofing

  • Cost

The costing of installing and replacing the pyramid roofing sets high as it has increased surface area as compared to other types of roofing. Pyramid roofing needs more labor and extra materials as compared to other roofing and thus it is expensive.

  • Reduced space

In case of pyramid roofing you get less loft or attic space. Due to its shape it doesn’t give as much attic space as other roofing gives in general case.

  • Ventilation and drainage

Pyramid roof does not shed or slopes away water as efficiently as gable and other types of roofs. Thus it is more likely to cause leaks and damage the roof. Due to the design, shape and construction of pyramid roof, there is a general trouble of ventilation also when compared to other roofs.

Introduction to TPO Roofing

June 21, 2015  //  Posted by: Joguide  //  Category: Uncategorized

TPO roofingIf you are of the opinion to install an single ply roofing, you should not forget to consider TPO roofing which stands for thermoplastic olefin. It is better rated in comparison of its direct competitors which are PVC and EPDM. TPO consist the UV resistant and heat resistant quality of EPDM and heat weldable quality of PVC. Thus it outstands both of them. It is not so perfect material, it also has drawback because it is still on developing stage and it is new material for roofing in market still in the process of research.

What is TPO?

TPO was first launched in the market in 1990s to replace PVC roofing. TPO roofing is single ply roofing which consist of thermoplastic olefin which is made up of three layers:

  • TPO polymer base
  • Polyester reinforced fabric center
  • Thermoplastic polyolefin compounded top ply

Benefits of TPO Roofing

  • Economical

The reason why people get attracted towards TPO roofing is its cost effectiveness. This is why it is preferred both in commercial and residential areas. As compared to PVC roofing, TPO roofing offers same advantages of energy efficiency and weldable seams but at lower cost.

  • Suitable to different styles of home

One of the great advantages which is appreciated by homeowners is that it is suitable to many of the styles of houses. TPO is available in many different reflective colors such as black, light grey and white. There is no more that where you need to opt only white for energy saving and reflective properties. Now it is also available in TPO roofing. Recent technologies has enable all the colors of TPO roofing to be UV resistant and cool.

  • Durable

Along with UV resistance, TPO is also mold resistant, no dirt accumulation, tears impact and puncture resistant. TPO roofing is considered very flexible and it can permit for any home’s and building’s settling and movement. When compared to any other single ply roofing product, Reinforced TPO membrane can very well handle expansion and contraction.

  • Easy installation

TPO membranes are prepared with wider sheets and are light weighted. Thus these roofs are very easy to install and there are also less number of seams. As there is less time, less man power, ease in installation all in all it leads to cost saving.

  • Energy efficient

TPO roofing is highly energy efficient. The membrane of TPO roofing are very much attractive to those homeowners who want cooling along with saving cost on them. It is also very helpful to environment by reducing carbon footprint. TPO membrane has white surface which is reflective and thus it keeps your roof cooler.

Drawbacks of TPO Roofing

  • Logetivity

A big drawback of TPO roofing is that it is new material in the market. It is on a developing stage. Research is still going on to find the best chemical formula which makes the product most durable and lost lasting along with affordable price. It has been in the market since few years only. Thus this is on a test basis and its longetivity is on a question base.