Month: February 2021

HOW TO DEAL WITH PLUMBING EMERGENCIES.

Plumbing emergencies are one of the most frustrating aspects of owning a property. Not only do they cause quite an inconvenience but they also have the ability to wreak havoc on the structural aspects of your home! Many people suffer plumbing emergencies late at night, early in the morning, or over the weekend when many plumbing companies do not offer service calls. 

What is a plumbing emergency and how do you deal with them? Many plumbing emergencies such as a clogged drain or toilet overflow can be addressed with the help of household tools. However, other emergencies involving leaks, or sewer backups require the assistance of a professional technician!

COMMON PLUMBING EMERGENCIES

If you are experiencing a plumbing emergency, it can be hard to know whether it is worth it to pay for an emergency service call. While plumbers often charge extra for emergency calls, in some cases, it may be the only option! Here are some guidelines on how to deal with some of the most common plumbing emergencies.

1. CLOGGED DRAINS

There are not many things more frustrating than a clogged drain. A clog in your sink or shower drain can be a hassle to unclog. There are many things that can cause your drains to clog. However, the most common culprit is hair from humans or pets. 

Before you call a plumber to unclog your drain, first attempt a few at-home solutions. From chemical drain cleaners to using a sink plunger or a sink drain auger, you may be able to save yourself the expense of a visit from your plumber.

If you have tried everything and can’t get your drain to function properly, it is wise to contact a qualified plumber to address the clogged drains by immediately requesting online because they respond quickly compared to hometown technicians.

2 TOILET OVERFLOW  

The dreaded toilet overflow. Often following a clog in your toilet, this common plumbing emergency not only causes a mess but can also cause serious damage to the flooring of your home. 

If your toilet begins to overflow, the first step is to turn off the toilet’s water supply.  Most toilets feature a supply line near the bottom side of the toilet. This line should have a valve. Turn the valve counterclockwise to stop the flow of water to the toilet. 

Next, remove the tank cover. Lift the float cup or float ball high enough so that the water stops running. If the water continues to run, turn off the water supply to the house.

The water supply to your home is typically a valve or knob that is located in the basement or near the water heater. Turn this knob or valve until the water stops running. Shutting off the water supply to your home eliminates the immediate problem of the flowing water if it is caused by a clog rather than a sewer backup. Using a toilet plunger will help eliminate the clog.

Use a small cup or a bucket to remove any excess water at the brim of the bowl. Pour the water into a sink (if the water is clean) or a plastic bucket (if the water is dirty). 

Once the cause of the overflow has been remedied, and the water is back on, pour the dirty water back into the toilet and flush it again for safe disposal.

If you cannot find the cause of the overflow, or cannot quickly remedy the situation, contact a qualified plumber. It is important that you act quickly to prevent further damage to your home or business.

3. WATER LEAKS

Water leaks can quickly wreak havoc on your home or business. Leaks lead to many types of damage including mold, mildew, wood rot, and much more. Contact an emergency plumber immediately after discovering a water leak to prevent any long-lasting damages to your property or your wallet.

Many people believe they have water leaks from their kitchen sink or around their bathtub simply because they notice water on the floor. While this may be caused by a leak, it could also be caused by splashing or spills. Wipe up the water and carefully observe the area to see if the water returns.

Another problem that is commonly mistaken for a water leak is condensation that gathers around the toilet in the warmer summer months. Wipe down the toilet first before assuming that a leak is a culprit. Doing this before contacting a plumber can save you both money and embarrassment. 

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WAYS TO KEEP PESTS OUT OF YOUR HOME DURING RAINY SEASON

We have been experiencing rains across Uganda for the past few weeks and more pests are likely to invade our homes. When it rains, pests face many risks like losing food sources, shelter, drowning. During the rainy season, pests are chased out of their habitats which forces them to look for a new shelter. They come to our homes looking for food, shelter, warmth, water. Pests are dangerous because they spread diseases, cause fire outbreaks by chewing wire cables

These are the pests likely to invade a home during the rainy season

  • Mosquitoes
  • Cockroaches
  • Ants
  • Termites
  • Rats
  • Millipedes
  • Spiders

These are the ways you can keep pests out of your home

  • Eliminate breeding areas for pests

This includes stagnant water in rubbish bins, clogged drains because it acts as a breeding area for mosquitoes, rats, cockroaches

  • Keep your kitchen, bathroom clean

Have you wondered why you are seeing a lot of cockroaches in your kitchen? Your kitchen becomes the first priority for pests like cockroaches to invade in search of food and shelter. Cover all food, trash leftovers, keep the sinks dry.

  • Use Ventilator nets

These nets help keep pests like mosquitoes away from your house. You can order one through our HCMHUBAPP

  • Close any opening

Thoroughly check your home or building to detect any cracks, holes. Insects like ants, cockroaches, rats love hiding in walls by entering through cracks in walls

  • Keep up with trash

When garbage is kept for a long period of time, it invites pests like cockroaches, rats. Keep and clear garbage in and around your home. Cover trash bins with lids

WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE USING PESTICIDES.

Pesticides are chemicals designed to kill or harm pests. They include insecticides used for insect control, herbicides used for weed control, fungicides used for fungi and mold control, and rodenticides used for rodent control. Household pests can include insects such as flies, cockroaches, and mosquitoes, or rodents like mice or rats.

Household pesticides can be purchased from supermarkets or hardware stores, and are designed for householders to use around their home or garden. Although you can easily obtain household pesticides, this does not mean that they are harmless. They are toxic and if used carelessly, they may affect the health of the user, their family, pets, or the environment.

Choosing pesticides

Suggestions include:

  • Think about whether your proposed use of pesticide is appropriate. For example, it may not be realistic to expect your property to be completely pest free. It’s possible that the repeated use of pesticides may be more dangerous in the long term than the pests themselves.
  • Consider non-chemical pest control measures.
  • Make sure you identify the pest before you buy a pesticide. What you assume to be rats in your roof could be possums. If you are having trouble identifying the pest, Homecare managers offers an identification service. You can submit an online enquiry. An alternative is to employ a licensed pest control operator trained in the identification and management of pests from HCM.
  • Determine the most effective pesticide for your pest problem and make sure the pesticide you choose is designed for the pest you intend to use it on.
  • Opt for the least toxic (or lowest schedule) household pesticide available.
  • Use the least amount of pesticide possible, as all pesticides are toxic and can cause harm if used incorrectly.

Safety suggestions for indoor use of pesticides

When you use pesticides indoors you should always:

  • Cover or remove bird cages and fish tanks, and relocate other pets before using aerosol (spray) pesticides. Many pesticides are extremely toxic to birds and fish.
  • Remove (or cover) food, cooking utensils and other personal items from the area to be treated. Thoroughly clean kitchen benches before preparing food.
  • Avoid applying surface sprays to areas commonly touched by family members, such as furniture. Only use surface sprays in out-of-the-way areas like along skirting boards.
  • Leave the room while the pesticide (such as fly spray) is taking effect. When you come back, open the windows to clear the air.
  • Make sure pesticides are used in the right place. For example, mice tend to run along skirting boards and under floors. If you put traps or baits out in the open, they may fail to attract the pest and may pose a health risk to family members or pets.
  • Clear up any food debris or scraps if you use baits, so that the pest is drawn only to the bait. This means you will need less bait.

Safety suggestions for outdoor use of pesticides

When you use pesticides outdoors, you should always:

  • Make sure all doors and windows are closed before using the pesticide
  • Avoid using pesticide outdoors on rainy or windy days. The weather can influence the effectiveness of the pesticide and cause damage to other animals, people and the environment
  • Cover fish ponds, barbeques and vegetable gardens before using the pesticide
  • Relocate pets and remove their bedding, food and water bowls
  • Avoid watering your garden after using a pesticide. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for a guide to how long you should wait
  • Observe plants and birds for a few days afterwards to make sure that the pesticide isn’t causing unwanted harm
  • Advise your neighbors if you use any external pesticide treatments
  • If you have a rainwater tank, take care to prevent overspray onto guttering and the roof area. If there is any risk of pesticide residue washing into the tank, you should divert the collection pipe away from the rainwater tank until after the next rainfall.

Acute poisoning from pesticides

Symptoms of acute poisoning from pesticides may begin shortly after exposure and may include:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach cramps
  • diarrhea
  • blurred vision
  • excessive eye watering
  • sweating
  • excess saliva.

More severe poisoning may also lead to changes in heart rate, chest tightness, muscle weakness and twitching, difficulty breathing and walking, constricted pupils, and incontinence. In very severe cases of poisoning, seizures and unconsciousness may occur.

NOTE; Always call for a professional fumigator to avoid all the risks associated with using the pesticide yourself.

some of the reasons why a washer leaks

If you have a puddle of water under your washing machine, first be sure it is not water or juice spill from your children or something else. after that you can make a full run of the washer as you normally do and see if the washer doesn’t leak at all. The following are some of the reasons why the washer might leak:

Be sure the washer drain plug is removed. if your washer is new then it comes with a drain plug that will need to be taken out before you connect a drain hose. incase you run a wash cycle and the plug is not removed, the washing machine will not drain correctly and water will end up on the floor.

When washing, be sure you are not adding excess HE detergent or adding the wrong detergent as this can cause excess suds and cause the washer to leak. Be sure you are using the correct HE washer detergent. Thus check your manufacturer’s manual to be sure you are using the amount as it recommends.

Be sure your washer is not overloaded with too much clothing or blankets, if overloaded the water may leak out. Always use the proper amount of clothing when washing and try not to overload.

Be sure your washer is completely level by adjusting the washer’s feet. use a level and place it on top of your washer to be sure. if the washer is not level, it can leak out water as washers are designed to be used on a fully flat surface. The washer legs are there so if your floor is not level you can level the washer easily.

Water supply hoses to your washer usually have a mesh screen filter where the water hose connects to the washer. if these are very dirty and blocked, these can cause water leakage. check the water hose mesh screen filter to be sure they are not clogged and causing a leak by not letting the water fully enter the washer.

Check and be sure the drain hose is 100% secure to drainpipe or standpipe. if lose it may leak and leave water on the floor or under the washing machine. Also, be sure the drain where the washing machine water flows out is not blocked or clogged

All in all, check your washer before use and let it stay on a flat surface when in use. incase you can’t operate it in case of a leakage call a service provider from HCMHUB APP OR Call the support team 0n 0701828873 Whatsapp/0777708899

OUTCOMES OF POUFS

Poufs are versatile pieces of furniture that can tie your room together effortlessly. They are unique in that they are solid, yet soft, and therefore they can be used in a variety of different ways. Poufs can function as a chair, footrest, and additional tabletop. and more depending on where they are located.

You might as well just make it yourself. It can be filled with almost anything you have in your hands, polyester balls, plastic grocery bags, towels/sheets, or even old clothing. Polyester fiber can easily be found in most fabric stores, however, we think it’s better to use old clothing to fill up your pouf. It will make it heavy, plump, and comfortable!

#COMFORT WITH #ELEGANCE AND #CLASS.

You can decorate your pouf in front of a sofa or accent chairs. One or two are great when you want to prop up your feet. You can also use them in lieu of a table. Just a tray on top for an instant place to rest snacks and beverages. If your coffee or side table has room, simply slide the poufs underneath when not in use.

We have another known as the ottomans, these are almost always firmer and less pillowy, whereas some poufs are more like oversized pillows than anything else. Some ottomans have legs that raise them slightly while most poufs sit flat on the ground. Ottoman! You must be wondering why? The padded, low-lying upholstered chair, got its name from the Ottoman Empire that ruled Turkey in the 1700s.

#OTTOMAN POUFS #OTTOMAN EMPIRE.

The name Ottoman was derived from Osman, a bey (chieftain) from a tribe in western Turkey who declared independence from the Seljuk Turks.

You might ask yourself if poufs are still in style and the answer will be a YES, Moroccan poufs might be comfy but they are definitely a thing of the past in home interiors according to Korina Khamis from Hibou design. However, this trend has yet to develop a replacement which might be why poufs keep appearing.

If in case you’re looking for the best position to place your pouf, pick it up and use it as a footrest for any seat, they are lightweight and easy to move, so you can easily scoot it around your living space or even move it from room to room as needed.

#MOROCCOAN POUFS.

They are called poufs originally French with the word implying something puffed up. You can almost see a Gallic shrug. The Ottoman, on the other hand, originates as the name implies from Turkey and usually had a drawer for storage. Poufs are normally used as a focal point, they are comfortable to lounge on, going further to promote good posture and easy to blend in within your household, according to the color, texture, and fabric of your choice.

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