Home Maintenance

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

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!

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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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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.

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 of 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 a 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 as planters 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 the 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 most plants. The porosity of clay allows air and moisture to penetrate the sides of the pot. This moisture and air are utilized by the fine roots located at the edge of the soil ball. Clay pots also 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 this kind.

MERITS OF TERRA COTTA FLOWER POTS MADE FROM BAKED CLAY.

This nature of flower pots allows 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 a 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 desktops at work and inside a home on center tables, well they sure-fire way to reap the benefits with bright colors or a creative arrangement that 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 to change 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 on 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, worn-out, or damaged furniture, revarnishing will make it brand new again.

WHY PAVING IS NECESSARY.

We look for unrivaled beauty, easy upkeep, and long-term cost efficiency of properly executed paving stone installations, these have become more apparent and utilized by cost-efficient homeowners, they are natural paving materials that are produced without artificial additives.

Most of the times people pave because they want to protect, question is, what are they protecting? The grounds are oftentimes exposed to harsh weather which could lead to damage to the soil’s surface making it hard to repair. Pavers reduce moss growth, deter ants and other insects, prevent loss of sand in joints, go further to repel oil, grease, grime, and stains, make the cleaning routine easier, protect from effects of harsh weather conditions, and lastly inhibit weeds and grass in joints

Concrete pavers are individual pieces, they make the overall pattern more flexible and accommodating of fluctuations in the ground when dry set. Polymeric sand is a blend of sand and special additives designed to fill the joints between concrete pavers and brick pavers, it’s always necessary to seal your pavers such that they last longer, ward off stains, and maintain their beauty, if not, they will erode, weed will grow, mold or mildew builds up. Sweep your pavers with a broom, rinse off pavers with water, create a paver cleaning solution, apply paver sealer and replace your pavers in order to keep them elegant and clean at all times.

Concrete pavers carry more advantages than disadvantages, we find out that they fade in color overdue time since they are dyed with color pigment rather than natural clay and hence often need sealing. Pavers last 50 to 100 years or longer, they can easily be repaired or replaced. Sometimes you could face a problem of the sinking, this is caused by improper installation of the blocks.

Pavers placed in the sidewalk or driveway create beauty and enhance your compound to look more attractive. In the end, you get to feel the fresh breeze as you get to share memories of a lifetime with your loved ones.

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PROBLEMS CAUSED BY DIRTY & CLOGGED RAIN GUTTERS

Rainwater gutters benefit your home in many ways and when they are not properly maintained, they will damage your home. Gutters control the flow of rainwater on your house by directing/diverting it away from your home to a place where you want it to be collected. The following are the things that make rainwater gutters dirty; bird droppings, trees, leaves, weed, grass, dirt & dust, soil making the gutters clogged in the long run because rainwater is prevented to flow through them.

Dirty and clogged rain gutters can result in the following problems

Structural/foundation damage. Clogged water on the gutters will flow down the walls of your home leading to foundation cracks and weakening the home foundation.

Pest infestations. Standing water on the gutters acts as a breeding place for mosquitoes, rats, ants, spiders, snakes, bees, wasps which may result in serious diseases.

Roof/wall/ceiling damages. Clogged gutters can cause roof leakage making water infiltrate your home.

Fascia boards(face board) damage. Water from the clogged gutter sits into the wood fascia board (face board) causing them to rot.

Mold growth. Mold loves to grow in moist, humid conditions which leads to health issues like asthma, coughing, allergies.

Gutter damage. Dirty gutters carry a lot of weight due to plants, trees, soil and if the water isn’t diverted, it collects and increases the weight on the gutters leading them to break.

Water supply disruption. Dirty and clogged rain gutters affect the supply of water at home because it just stands on the clogged gutter or overflowing sometimes.

It’s advisable to clean rainwater gutters twice a year but if you have trees, plants around, you may need to clean gutters often because they will get dirty at a fast rate.

HOME REMEDIES TO UNCLOG BLOCKED SINK, TOILET DRAINS

Waking up to a blocked toilet, sink, bathtub or shower can be a nightmare. Clogged drains are the most common plumbing issues faced by different properties like homes, schools, hotels, offices & hospitals. If your toilet, sink, or bathtub is having any of the following signs, you’re likely to have a clog or blockage. If water is slow to drain from your sink, toilet, bathtub, or shower, bad odor coming from drains, water coming out from beneath your toilet, splashes of water on the floor near the sink, toilet, shower, or bathtub.

Below is a list of common causes of clogged sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and shower

Hair. Hair clogs are most common in bathroom sinks, bathtubs or shower drains. This could be human hair or animal fur.

Food waste or particles. These particles collect over time and form a clog or blockage.

Soap. Soap can accumulate over time in the sink, shower causing a slow drain.

Small objects. This includes jewelry, toys, condoms, eggshells, etc. These particles get stuck in the drain and end up causing clogs or blockages.

Fats, grease, or oils. This includes butter, cream, vegetable oil, & chocolate. These substances build up and cause blockages, especially in the kitchen sinks.

Wipes & diapers. These are too heavy to be flushed down the toilet and can easily cause a blockage.

The toilet trap is blocked. It’s designed to hold standing water & keep sewer gases from entering your home, if blocked it makes a toilet clog.

If you notice any toilet, sink, bathtub, or shower blockage signs, here are the home remedies you can use to get rid of the blockage before contacting a professional plumber;

Baking soda & Vinegar. Mix baking soda with vinegar and pour into the blocked drain, let it sit for about an hour, and then flush it out with hot water.

Salt & baking soda. Combine baking soda & salt and pour it into the drain, wait for like 30 minutes, and then pour boiling water down the drain.

Wire hanger. Make the hanger straight, wear gloves and gently push it down the drain

Salt & boiling water. First, pour a cup of table salt into the drain, let it sit for a few minutes then pour boiling water.

Lemon juice & baking soda. Mix lemon juice with baking soda and pour it into the sink drain and let it sit for 30 minutes.

Garbage disposal.Dump food waste, wipes, diapers, toys, hair, oils, condoms, eggshell in garbage bins

If you have tried the above remedies and blockage persists, consider contacting a professional plumber for help.

IMPORTANCE OF FILING CABINS.

Often times we come into relation with places that really look so organized in a way that it scars you if you aren’t in that category, mention it at home or our workplaces with files and paperwork scattered all over no matter how much effort you put in to keep them easily accessible according to their dates, months years and events. It brings us down to deciding to get a filing cabinet as the only option.

There are six types of filing cabinets; lateral filing cabinets, vertical filing cabinets, mobile filing cabinets, open shelf cabinets, flat filing cabinets, and fireproof filing cabinets.

Lateral filing cabins are designed for use in high volume work since they can hold a large amount of paperwork at once, they are wider than they are deep. They accommodate both letter and legal-size hanging folders.

Vertical filing cabins are commonly referred to without much difficulty, insertion or withdrawal of any papers or letters is done without much wastage of time and effort plus they are very cheap.

Mobile filing cabins increase storage security, lets you plan for expansion, allow you to use space efficiently, and also is cost-effective.

Filing cabinets are a piece of furniture characterized by drawers that hold papers in vertically placed folders, they facilitate organizing, removing, and using such documents. Now sometimes you could ask yourself what if a hazard comes up like a fire, what will you do?.it’s simple to buy yourself a fireproof cabinet in which strong metals and strict welding techniques are produced for their safety.

Questions to refer to and get answers in connection to filing cabins; How do you organize a personal cabinet? What can you use instead of a filing cabinet? What do you store in a filing cabinet? Why are some filing cabinets expensive?. Keep your files and paperwork organized as your desktop gets the refreshment of space it needs.

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