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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 to 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 toilets’ 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 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 mould 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 in using the pesticide your self.

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,fftrest,an 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 hands, polyester balls ,plastic grocery bags, towels/sheets or even old clothing .Polyester fiber can easily be found in most fabric 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 ,it got its name from the Ottoman Empire that ruled Turkey in the 1700’s.

#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, Moroccoan 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 incase your looking for the best position to place your pouf, pick it up and use it as a foot rest 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 gallic shrug .The Ottoman, on the 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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ADVANTAGES OF REGULAR PLUMBING MAINTENANCE

Regular plumbing maintenance makes life much easier, it can be easy to ignore your plumbing due to everything going on. Taking care of plumbing is essential in keeping clean water flowing in and flushing out waste from a building. Regular plumbing maintenance will allow your plumbing system to run in good condition.

Regular plumbing maintenance and inspection help you detect pipe leakages, damaged faucets, clogged sinks, toilets, shower and bathtub drains and allows fixing those issues before things get complicated.

Regular plumbing maintenance includes,

  1. Repairing sinks, toilets, bathtubs, showers in case they are damaged
  2. Fixing small pipe leakages
  3. Cleaning sink, shower, toilet, bathtub drains
  4. Clearing clogged or slow drains to prevent further blockages
  5. Replacing & repairing water heaters
  6. Servicing and cleaning septic tanks
  7. Maintaining and regulating the water pressure

Regular plumbing maintenance is associated with a lot of benefits and below we’ve listed a few advantages;

ADVANTAGES OF REGULAR PLUMBING MAINTENANCE

  • Cost Saving

Regular plumbing maintenance reduces a lot of costs like high water bills. Every drop of water contributes to your bills going high. Regular maintenance helps to fix small pipe leakages hence reducing water bills.

  • Improved water quality

Regular plumbing maintenance helps to detect any rusty pipes or any contaminants that may make their way to the water supply of your home.

  • improved water pressure

Maintaining your plumbing regularly ensures that you have the water pressure that you need. Low water pressure makes it difficult to clean, shower, and takes a lot of time. You find that something you could have done for 1 minute you’re doing it for 30 minutes or an hour.

  • Better health

A leak under a sink or in the wall can lead to mold and mildew growth which may affect people with asthma, allergies and also cause infections. Plumbing maintenance prevents mold and mildew from growing in your home

At Home Care Managers, we provide residential and commercial plumbing services. This includes installations, repairs, and replacements.

TIPS TO REFURBISH YOUR HOUSE

PLAN

If you hire a technician he plans for you, but if you want to save money the first step is to take charge of the project and do it to yourself. In this blog, we are sharing some ideas on, how to refurbish your house on a budget?

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The key to refurbish your house on a budget yet beautifully is primarily to plan the entire process effectively.

The following sections will demonstrate how you can divide your entire refurbishing plans into sub-plans, according to the space you have, and refurbish your home effectively. If you are looking to find out the ways to refurbish your house beautifully yet economically then read below: 

Divide and Conquer

As mentioned earlier effective planning is the key to effective refurbishment. If you are refurbishing yourself then you need to focus on both the bigger picture and the smaller parts. You might have heard the phrase “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”, you can apply the same strategy to your home refurbishment project and devise a refurbishment plan for each area in your house.

If you hire a technician for renovation, he will assess your requirements and then refurbish accordingly. In this case, since you’re in charge, you will brainstorm your requirements, write your end goal for each space in the house and decide the overall goal, and then move on to.

Doors Create the First Impression

The first impression of your house is your door. If you are unable to change the door completely and if your existing door is in a good condition then you should repaint your door. Your doors could also affect the lighting of your room, and you could benefit from this great technique interior designed Homecare managers, “When dealing with a dark room, whatever color is used on the walls, we paint the ceiling, trim, and doors the same color but 50 percent lighter. Too much of one shade can overpower a space.” So, when refurbishing on a budget if you are repainting your door try to use different shades according to the concentration of light in your house to optimize the lighting of your house the way you want to.

door by @homecare

Paint Affects Lighting

As mentioned earlier painting affects lighting and when refurbishing your house you might opt for new paint. In that case, if you are already on a budget purchasing different colored pallets might seem counterintuitive. If you are on a tight budget then opt for a black and white palette, it will give your house a modern sophisticated look and you will have the guarantee that you can never go wrong with white or black.

Kitchens and Storage

If you are decorating/refurbishing your house then you are probably trying to de-clutter and maximize your storage as well. Utilizing your kitchen to its maximum capacity can help you minimize your storage problems. In order to do this on a low budget, you can either install kitchen cabinets or storages from recycled material at your house or take advantage of thrift shops in your area.

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No one knows your kitchen space better than you do and your storage needs building storage kitchen cabinets will not only help you save money and reuse old materials at your house but it will also ensure that you’re building exactly what you need. If you already have cabinets which are enough for storage then you don’t need to replace them you can just repaint them to make your kitchen look as good as new.

Floor Renovation

 If you are on a budget then floor refurbishing might seem expensive, and if you cannot find a flooring installation under your budget then you should invest in refurbishing everything else according to your floor design.

The key to refurbishing your house beautifully yet inexpensively is to devise a goal for yourself, and paint an entire picture of what you want and then step by step refurbish each part of your house like mentioned above.

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Plumbing Tips and Tricks

When the handyman is not around you need some tips to help you solve the plumbing most common problems in your household. To save money, time, headaches, and the bad odor for some plumbing problems follow some of our plumbing tips and tricks.

Use a bucket of water to flush the toilet

you don’t have to run to the neighbor’s bathroom during a plumbing project yet you already installed the toilet. Before you turn off the water supply, fill 2-gallon buckets with water. flush the toilet by dumping the water in the bowl. you will get one flush per bucket, which works just as well as the usual method although it won’t refill the bowl.

plunge water first before removing the trap

Before you remove a sink trap, give the drain a few plunges with a toilet plunger. This will push most of the water out of the trap lessening the mess when you pull the trap. if you have a double sink, be sure to plug the other drain to contain the air pressure. if the strainer isn’t a screw-down style, you’ll have to hold it down while you plunge the drain.

Drain vacuum

Use a shop vacuum to remove hard projects when a hard object like toothbrush, comb, toys, and phones a plunger may not be the solution. it might only push the obstruction in deeper, instead suck out the water and the obstruction with wet/dry shop vacuum.

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FLOWER POTS.

Flower pots are sometimes regarded to planter or a plant pot which is a container in which flower pots have a number of uses such as plants to new locations ,starting seeds, patio and indoor .A taller and thinner shape of pot is suitable for deep rooting plants. They are easy and fun to craft .In Africa, concentrating on Uganda ,we majorly use clay pots which provide a healthy environment for which provide a healthy environment for most plants. The porosity of clay allows air and moisture to penetrate the sides of the pot .This moisture and air is utilized by the fine roots located at the edge of the soil ball. Clay pots also act as a wick to act as a wick to remove excess moisture from the potting soil.

TERRA COTTA FLOWER POTS.

#POTTERY FROM CREATIVITY OF #CLAY.#FLOWER.#SEEDS.#ROOTS.

Now we also have pots known as terra cotta, theses are what other materials try to recreate as pots ,they easily break and are heavy and vulnerable to cold weather, these are made from baked clay ,once water remains in the clay during cold weather ,the pot can flake and crack.Notice that these are demerits of the this kind.

MERITS OF TERRA COTTA FLOWER POTS MADE FROM BAKED CLAY.

This nature of flower pots allow for air and water to move through the walls, preventing soil disease and root rot .They are great for cacti ,succulents and other plants that prefer drier soil, it’s great for colder climate.

Now let’s reverse to the uses of pots :For planting which is our main focus ,they act as pot refrigerators ,smokers, candle heaters,going further to even making clay ovens.

We normally love flower pots in our houses and offices or desktop at work and inside home on center tables, well they sure fire way to reap the benefits with bright colors or a creative arrangement which brings about beauty that flourishes, if calming is your aim, opt for lighter colors that fall near to each other on the color wheel, whilst choosing blooms in bright and opposite colors will energize you.

Flowers are a quick way to decorate our home pulling together our personal style and making our living space appear more polished, they have the ability of changing the feel of our home or particular rooms; Flowers brighten homes with dark furniture or limited light .If you understand bouquets ,they can make a hectic home feel calmer or an arrangement of one color in varying shades can tie together your color theme; they welcome guests and also can be used in occasions ,pink can be used to celebrate baby showers and roses to celebrate a symbol of love.

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BENEFITS OF REVARNISHING OLD FURNITURE

Furniture is one of the first things people see when they enter an office or home, it defines the look and style of an office. When wooden furniture like tables, chairs, beds, sofas, drawers, desks gets old or handled poorly, it gets dirty, damaged, or worn out. Office and home furniture deteriorate quickly due to daily use, the varnish/finish can wear away on some areas of wood. You make the furniture brand new again by revarnishing it.

Revarnishing is done to improve or restore dirty, damaged, or worn-out wooden furniture. It involves cleaning and replacing worn-out paint on wooden tables, chairs, cabinets, drawers, racks.

. Less costly

 Being stuck with an aged or damaged piece of furniture at home or office because you want to replace it with a new one is quite costly in terms of money and time. Revarnishing old furniture is less costly compared to just buying new furniture.

  • A new look & Style

Revarnishing your old furniture will give it a completely new look or restore the original look. If you have a wooden piece of furniture that you love but the color (varnish) is worn out or doesn’t match with others and you want to make your furniture all look the same, revarnishing is the best solution.

  • Furniture regains its value

Old furniture retains its value when being revarnished. In case you have your aged or worn out table, chair, a drawer that you kept or isolated in the garage because it doesn’t function or doesn’t look well. Revarnishing it will retain its value and you can use it again.

  • Prevents wooden surfaces from scratches.

Revarnishing your wooden tables, chairs, cabinets protect them from getting scratched by little knocks

  • Makes wood easy to clean

Dirt builds up on wooden surfaces which brings bacteria in the long run. When you revarnish wood, dirt is less likely to accumulate and wood becomes easier to clean.

Don’t keep,trash or isolate dirty, wornout or damaged furniture, ravarnishing will make it brand new again.