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Do You Have an Unhealthy Home?

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Home Improvement, Interior, Remodeling, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

Well, in this case we’re referring to a house that has an air quality issue. It’s described as unhealthy primarily because the people living there for a longer period of time will typically develop symptoms similar to a cold or flu. Symptoms such as itchy eyes, difficulty breathing, nausea, headaches, rashes, etc. Most likely this is the result of contaminants (or pollutants) in the air as a result of tainted building materials such as Chinese drywall or asbestos. It could also be the result of a mold buildup.

Clean air

In states where humidity is consistently higher, unhealthy households are usually dealing with an excessive moisture issue. Moisture is one of the main factors for the promotion of mold growth, and in cases where the residents are gone for a lengthy period of time, the buildup could result in the need for mold remediation services. If the conditions go unabated for long enough, the expenses of fixing the issue will start to skyrocket due to the likelihood of needing to remove parts of the structure, such as rotted drywall or carpeting. Ignoring the issue exposes the inhabitants to large amounts of spores containing mycotoxins, and this is where health problems start to develop. If unaddressed, they can develop into a chronic issue over time.

Keeping humidity at proper levels, which ideally would be less than 40%, offers homeowners an easy preventative measure to combat mildew. One thing most homeowners don’t take into consideration is that if mold spores make their way into the air conditioning system, this can cause an issue because this is a perfect environment for spores to spread quickly, given that it’s a dark and damp space. Once they get into the duct work, they can be funneled throughout the home.
So how do you keep this from happening? In short, proper filtering. This is as easy as changing the main filter on your system once every three months or so. If you have pets, consider an even shorter time frame. A dirty and clogged filter causes air to bypass it and carry spores and dirt particles into the ductwork. It’s also prudent practice to have your ductwork inspected at least once every couple of years to make sure there are no leaks in the joints. This is an often overlooked area where moisture can make it’s way into a house and form a breading ground for harmful contaminants. This also brings up a good point: if you run your air conditioning for most of the year, which is usually the case in high humidity states, you leave the HVAC system little time to dry up. This would point to the fact that having your ducts cleaned on a regular basis is a smart decision.

As far as cleaning the ductwork, there are several different methods that can be employed. Most involve the use of some type of industrial shop vacuum and brushes that are motorized. The problem with these methods is that it is very difficult for the individual performing the cleanup to snake this equipment in far enough to clean all of the troubled areas. More advanced equipment can be employed to get to the harder to reach areas, but it always costs the homeowner a great deal more money. Many professional cleaning services will have a fiber optic camera that can “look” into the more distant parts of the duct system. They also manufacture biocides that are made for killing mold that can be used if spores are found living in the ducts, but they can only be used if the house can remain uninhabited for several weeks while the biocide makes its way through the system and cleans out.

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Houston Appliance Repair Tips for Homeowners

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Appliances, Home Improvement | Comments Off on Houston Appliance Repair Tips for Homeowners


Home appliances have made our lives simpler and easier. Homeowners cannot deny the convenience and comfort these machines provide them. However, these machines can malfunction or breakdown if you don’t take care of them. When we use the appliance correctly, it reduces the risk of failure and improves the life of the machine. Here are a few Appliance Repair Houston maintenance and care tips for some essential appliances that we use every day.

Refrigerator

repair work on fridge appliance

repair work on fridge appliance

You should never overload the refrigerator in your house with food items. Overloading the refrigerator will force the compressor to work more to keep the items fresh and cold. When the compressor is forced to work more, it can affect its durability. Also, you must know which food items can be stored and where they must be kept in the refrigerator.

You must avoid opening the refrigerator door frequently. When the door is opened, warm air from outside rushes inside the machine and cold air come out of the fridge. This can drop the temperature inside the refrigerator by up to 10 degrees. Also, when the door is frequently opened, it forces the compressor to work longer to maintain the desired temperature inside the fridge. This can affect the durability of the compressor. If the compressor of your fridge is broken, it’s best to contact a refrigerator repairman.

To avoid frequent repair to your residential refrigerator, you must not forget to keep it clean from both outside and inside. We must discard all rotten food items immediately. If expired food items are stored in the fridge, it can cause food contamination.

Washing Machine

No matter what the size of your household is, you must avoid putting too many clothes in the machine in one go. Overloading the machine will exert pressure on the motor, which results in overheating. Fixing the washer that went through a state of overheat might require the service of a washing machine repairman. Also, overloading will result in a bad spinning. If you wish to clean many clothes, do it in batches. This may take a more time, but it will reduce the load on the motor. Also, the clothes will come out spotless and clean.

City of Houston, TX

 

Avoid washing thick carpets and rubber mats in the washer at home. Cleaning these items puts immense pressure on the motor, which can cause internal damage and affect its durability. Cities in Texas surely have a lot of laundry shops that will be willing to clean your carpets for you.

 

You must clean and dry the drum of the washer at least once a week to ensure that the machine won’t need technician service. This will remove all kinds of dirt, soapy residue, left thread from the clothes, and grease from the tub. To clean the drum, run the washer on the hottest wash with water and two cups of white vinegar or lime juice. Doing this at least once a month will clean the drum and the pipes of the machine.

When you complete the washing chore of the day, make sure you keep the machine door open for at least 15 minutes. This will evaporate the moisture inside the device.

If you notice that clothes coming out of the machine have red spots, it indicates that the tub or dispenser is rusted. Household cleaning tips state that you can remove these rust spots by putting two cups of vinegar or lemon juice in the drum and running the washer for one wash cycle. If this does not help, you may have to replace the tub. Contacting a washer service technician will help you finish the replacement task.

Dishwasher

Houston, Texas

During summer, the humidity in Harris County, Texas is very high and when we wash our dishes in the dishwasher, debris gets accumulated at the bottom of the machine. This debris must be removed at least twice a week to ensure that your dishwasher at home functions smoothly. Dishwasher repair will be the last thing you need to have in your to do list on a hot day.

It is a good idea to use a cloth to remove debris, as it can contain shards of broken dishes which can cut your hand. Also, make sure you use the dishwasher regularly to prevent the build-up of food and other debris. This will reduce the need of calling for a dishwasher technician. You can also run the machine empty once a week to prevent the buildup of debris.

The rinse aid dispenser helps in preventing spots on the dishes. To ensure its smooth functioning, you must refill dishwasher rinse aid at least once a month. When refilling the rinse aid, make sure you follow all the directions on the residential dishwasher’s manual.

Dryer

Dryer technician advices the cleaning of the lint filter after or before drying each load of clothes. If you notice that clothes are still damp after the drying cycle is complete, it indicates that the exhaust or screen duct is blocked. If the lint filter is damaged, replace it immediately.

You must inspect and clean the dryer vent and duct in your household at least once a year. If you don’t know how to clean the tube, you can get help from a professional.

The dampers on the outside wall must be covered to keep out dirt, rain, and snow. However, you must avoid using cloth or wire screen to protect the exhaust opening. Cloth or wire screen can collect debris and clog the vent. Also, you must ensure that small animals and birds don’t nest in the vents.

Dryer repair can be costly. To avoid unnecessary expenses, keep the area around the machine clean and free of debris and clutter. You must clean the area behind the dryer to prevent the buildup of lint. You can get help from a dryer service technician to minimize dust accumulation in the interior of the machine.

Never put materials such as foam, plastic, and rubber in the dryer. These materials can easily ignite which can cause an explosion.

repair work on fridge appliance

repair work on fridge appliance

Microwave

Repair of this appliance with the services of an oven technician will be an additional cost for your budget. To avoid that it will be best to get these reminders. Never put metal utensils in the microwave. Even if you are using containers that have metal rings, it could damage the machine. If the food is wrapped in aluminum foil paper, remove the foil paper before putting the food in the oven to avoid a fire hazard.

Never use the microwave to heat flammable foods and beverages, as it can increase the risks of fires for your house. Also, if you buy packed food from the market, don’t place it in the microwave without removing its cover. If prepared foods at your home are placed insAide the microwave without removing the cover, it increases the risk of explosion.

If you see stains and food spills in the microwave, remove it immediately. Avoid using the self-cleaning cycle of the microwave, as overheating can damage the components of the microwave. It will be best to contact an appliance repairman if you don’t know how to fix your oven.

Just a few minutes of simple maintenance of these residential appliances will not increase their durability but will also reduce the amount you have to spend on service and repair. However, if there is any problem with the residential appliance in Houston, Texas it is best to call an appliance service technician to fix the problem.

 

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Interior Home Improvement

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Home Improvement, Interior, Remodeling | Comments Off on Interior Home Improvement

Everyone wants a beautiful kitchen

Are you tired of how furniture and the interior of your house looks like? Maybe the time has come to do cabinet refinishing and improve the overall look of your furniture as well. The fact is that you don’t need to spend much, and it is far more inexpensive than buying  new cabinets. You can do it all by yourself by following using our do it yourself guide, so there is no need to spend on handymen or furniture companies. Here are useful tips to help you with the process and make sure that you do it right.

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Preparation.

Ultimate-How-To-Original_Paint-Cabinet-spray-TSP-on-cabinet_s4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.960Before starting, to avoid creating a mess, remove other kitchen element surrounding the cabinet and place a plastic nylon. This will make cleaning after you are done much easier. Next step is choosing the tools. For cabinet refinishing you will need an electrical drill, some screws as well as a screwdriver, paint that you chose for the wood and brushes. Start with the door and unscrew the screws to remove them. Once this is done, continue dismantling the front part of the cabinet once everything is prepared and you mixed the colors and removed the doors you may continue to step two.

Creativity is essential.

Ultimate-How-To-Original_Paint-Cabinet-prime-door-with-sponge_s4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.960If you truly want to make your cabinet look different, you shouldn’t stop with repainting the wood. While changing the color of the wood and adding shining effect to it that it also waterproof, a redesign should also be taken into consideration. Take the removed doors of the cabinet and cut them in half. You should have two equal parts. Add two more element to create a rotating effect. This way you can open the upper left or lower left part of the cabinet for quicker access to plates, glasses or whatever else you choose to keep in your cabinet.

Adding knobs.

Knobs are also important elements of the cabinet. Look online for ingeniously designed knows that add modernistic look and style to your entire cabinet. To remove them use a screwdriver and find the screws. Once you unscrew them remove the knob and in reverse process install your new knob. All it takes is a couple of minutes of your time and some focus and dedication. Once you are done with changing the knobs, you are ready to continue to step number three.

Repainting the doors.

Repainting the whole cabinet might be a smart move if you want to avoid the difference in color on side and front part of the cabinet. However if your cabinet is next to a wall so that the side is not really visible, you can repaint only the doors. You should make sure that you cover the elements that you don’t want to paint, and use different types of brushes. This will let you reach those hard to get spots on the front and back side of the door.

After doing this all by yourself you will feel satisfied, knowing that you didn’t spend money unnecessarily and you did it with your own two hands.

 

If you have any more questions on how to complete this type a project, send us a note.

Regards,

Shuffle Storm

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