Exterior Renovation

 REASONS WHY CABINETS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR KITCHEN

 QUALITY CONSTRUCTION

Cabinets can come in all shapes and sizes. It is important to know that yours will last and hold up if anything should happen in your house. Will your cabinets stand the test of time and anything else the world will throw at them (like hummus, a soccer ball, or a pipe burst?)  Cabinets can often be up to 50% of your kitchen budget. Be sure your cabinets are built of quality construction that will last and protect your belongings.

ORGANIZATION 

Choosing the right cabinetry can help organize your home and life. There comes the point in everyone’s life that stacking things on the counter or in the corner is no longer an option. Remodelling or designing your kitchen is the best time to plan for the organization and buy the right cabinets to maximize your storage space. Let your cabinets help you keep clutter at bay.

FINISH & STYLE

A lasting finish can double the life of your cabinetry and be the piece of style that brings the whole room together. Let’s face it, there is a lot going on in your kitchen. It is a crucial room in your house and people have a tendency to congregate there for eating, drinking or just generally hanging out.  With so much going on, let your cabinets be the thing to make it all work.

How Long Do Kitchen Cabinets Last?

Over the years, your kitchen cabinets eventually show signs of wear and tear. Maybe the first couple of times, you can touch up your cabinets or get them refaced, but eventually, you may have to consider replacing them entirely.

Here’s everything you should know about the expected lifetime of kitchen cabinets and things to consider when it’s time to buy new ones.

Signs Your Cabinets Need Replacing

Deciding when it’s time to replace your kitchen cabinets can sometimes be difficult. Overall, if you’re still happy with the layout and they are in good shape, there’s no reason to upgrade them.

If any of the following indicators are present, we suggest that you replace your kitchen cabinets, rather than trying to repair or reface them again:

  • Water Damage: When cabinets start displaying colour discolouration, are swollen or no longer close properly, water damage may be present.
  • Poor Overall Functioning: If your cabinets are difficult to access, open up wrong and regularly get stuck or create an odd sound, then they could probably benefit from a remodel. Doors and drawer fronts that start falling off are other indicators that it’s replacement time.
  • The Presence of Mould: Identified mould only grows and worsens, eventually making it impossible to stop spreading. Mould can compromise the general integrity of your cabinets and create harm to your family’s health, so find out the source before replacing your cabinets.
  • Cabinet Box in Poor Shape: If your current wooden cabinet doors are not able to support new holes and hinges, a lot of money and time will be wasted, making ineffective repairs.

Tips to Keep in Mind When Buying Kitchen Cabinets

Knowing that your kitchen cabinets will last for years, choose a classic style for a safe, long-term investment. 

Think about the style of your home today and what you envision it to be in the future. Will your appliances always complement your cabinets? What about your marble or stone countertop? Selecting a timeless style will prevent the need to replace the cabinetry for aesthetic reasons only in the future.

The same goes for the function of your cabinets – do you like their general function, size, layout and design? Future cabinets should highlight what you like about your current cabinets and improve aspects that you don’t.

Your kitchen cabinets will also last longer if you take care of them properly.  Learn how to clean your wooden cabinets.

Looking for more information on updating your kitchen cabinets? As experts in refinishing, refacing and manufacturing kitchen cabinets, we would be happy to review the most affordable option for you. Contact us today to learn more about our kitchen cabinet services in Kampala, Jinja surrounding areas.

What Attracts Cockroaches to My Home?

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Regardless of what kind of roaches you have in your home, one thing is certain: you don’t want them there.

In addition to giving you the creepy-crawlies, roaches can trigger allergies, spread disease, and create an unsanitary living environment.

Fortunately, the first step to getting rid of roaches is understanding what’s attracting them to your property in the first place.

Here are some of the most common culprits:

  • Water

Like all animals, roaches need water to survive – and they’ll enter even the most sanitary homes to find it.

Leaky pipes and faucets are common attractants, as are open showers and pet water bowls.

  •  Food sources

Roaches are omnivores, meaning they’ll eat anything. They are particularly fond of starches, sweets, greasy food, and meats.

Easy sources of food – like dirty dishes in the sink, pet food on the floor, or crumbs on the counter will draw them in.

Roaches also love garbage, so make sure to take the trash out regularly and keep all household garbage cans tightly sealed.

  • Location

If you’re wondering “why do I have roaches in my clean house?” we understand.

Solving a roach problem can be frustrating – especially if you’ve been careful to avoid common attractants.

Unfortunately, some locations are just more appealing to roaches than others.

Species like the American cockroach don’t need unsanitary conditions to thrive – they simply enter through a gap in a window seal or a door left open and start establishing themselves in your house.

  • Shelter

Cockroaches enter homes for shelter.

Depending on the species of roach, they may live behind picture frames, in hollowed-out wood, in damp places like beneath the sink or behind the toilet, or in the backs of your electronics.

As the temperature dips outside, roaches will venture indoors.

They love quiet, forgotten areas, and may live underneath large appliances, in the corners of basements, and in the attic.

How Roaches Enter Your Home

Shelter, food, and water attract roaches to your home, but how do they get in? The most common way roaches enter your home is through tiny cracks and gaps in windows, doors, and other areas.

Here are some of their favorite access points:

1. Cracks and Gaps in Windows and Doors

Cracks and gaps in your home’s doors and windows are the top way roaches make their way into your home. Doors that aren’t sealed properly and windows that don’t close entirely are perfect access points for roaches.

2. Hitching a Ride on Furniture and Other Items

If you’re bringing used furniture or other items into the home, check them for roaches, first. These insects can hole up and hide in used items, only to emerge once they’re safely inside your home.

3. Holes in Pipes and Vents

Another common entrance point for roaches is through holes in pipes and vents. If you live in an older home with vents that have holes or don’t properly seal, it’s an invitation for roaches to come inside.

4. Holes in Pipes and Vents

Another common entrance point for roaches is through holes in pipes and vents. If you live in an older home with vents that have holes or don’t properly seal, it’s an invitation for roaches to come inside.

Check your vents when you replace or service them and keep an eye on pipes and plumbing fixtures for holes or other potential roach access points.

How to Get Rid of Roaches Naturally:

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of the fastest, easiest ways to get rid of roaches – and it’s probably something you already have in your pantry. To make a DIY roach bait, dice a handful of onions and sprinkle them with baking soda.

Place this appetizer in a shallow dish anywhere you’ve noticed roach activity. When the roaches consume the baking soda, it creates gasses in the roaches’ stomachs, causing them to burst.

 2. Essential Oils

Essential oils are a great natural roach repellant. For best results, purchase peppermint or lemongrass essential oil and mix it with a bit of water. Spray the mixture anywhere you’ve seen roaches.

3. Borax

Borax is a readily-available laundry product that’s excellent for killing roaches. For best results, combine equal parts of borax and white table sugar. Dust the mixture any place you’ve seen roach activity. When the roaches consume the borax, it will dehydrate them and kill them rapidly.

How to Get Rid of Roaches Inside the Home

1. Set Bait Stations

What kills cockroaches almost instantly? Bait stations. Typically, these bait stations come in a long tube and can be placed anywhere you’ve noticed roach activity.

The smell of the bait attracts roaches who then eat the poison. When the roach travels back to its home location and dies, the other roaches will eat it, passing the poison through the group.

2. Hire a Pest Management Professional

For best results, hire a professional roach management team like Smith’s to get rid of your infestation once and for all.

Professional teams know how to locate and eradicate roach infestations safely and effectively, without putting your kids, pets, or household at risk.

Pros: Effective, safe, long-lasting, can deal with roach infestations both indoors and outside the home

3. Use Glue Traps to Identify Problem Areas

Glue traps are an effective way to identify roach problem areas and resolve infestations.

The smell of the trap lures roaches in and, once they step on the strip, the glue traps them.

For best results, place store-bought glue strips in any place you’ve noticed roach activity, including behind the refrigerator or under the sink.

How to Get Rid of Roaches Outside Your House

If you want to prevent cockroaches in your house, you have to start by limiting their numbers outside your home.

Here’s how:

1. Clean Up

Remember: roaches need three things to survive – food, water, and shelter. While you can’t eliminate these things in the outdoor environment, you can make your landscaping less welcoming for them.

Here are a few tips:

  • Remove woodpiles, leaf piles, stagnant water, and overgrown underbrush
  • Secure lids to outdoor trash cans
  • Trim foundation plantings back away from the home
  • Limit water sources by emptying standing water in pots and birdbaths

2. Place Bait

To decrease the number of roaches entering your home, kill them with bait before they get inside.

Since roaches like to keep the top or side of their bodies pressed against something as they walk, your bait stations will be most effective when placed next to outbuildings, ledges, corners, fences, or the foundation of your home.

3. Use Sticky Traps

Sticky traps aren’t only for indoor use – you can place them outdoors, too. Lay sticky traps down any place you see roaches entering your home, such as cracks around doors or windows, or foundations.

If you’re not sure where the roaches are coming from, lay the traps down in a few locations and check the traps daily to identify high-traffic routes.

4. Spray Pesticide

One of the more effective ways to get rid of roaches is to spray a pesticide around the perimeter of your yard and home. These sprays are long-acting (many last three months or more) and will kill roaches on contact.

How do Exterminators Get Rid of COCKROACHES

If you hire a professional exterminator to get rid of cockroaches, what can you expect?

Here’s how our team at HCMHUB APP Pest Management does it:

Step 1: The Inspection

Our cockroach control experts will arrive at your property to inspect the infestation. We’ll look for areas where the cockroaches are accessing your home, and sources of moisture or food that may be enticing them.

We’ll also identify the species of cockroach you’re dealing with and formulate a plan for cockroach control.

Step 2: The First Treatment

Based on the information we gleaned during our initial inspection, we’ll develop a treatment plan for your home. Since cockroaches can be a difficult pest to eradicate, we take a two-step process to get rid of them.

Depending on the severity of your infestation, our preliminary treatment may include baiting, monitoring, trapping, or spraying the cockroaches or providing education, cleaning and sanitization services, or insect growth regulators.

During this step, we’ll place cockroach monitors to gauge activity

Step Three: The Follow-Up Visit

Once we’ve deployed our initial treatment, we’ll check our monitors and deploy additional treatments, as needed. The result is a complete end to your infestation, as quickly as possible.

How Do I Keep Roaches Out of My House?

Keep roaches out of your home in the first place with these simple tips:

1. Clean the House

First things first: start by removing everything that could attract roaches.

Any homemade roach killer you employ will be more effective if you make your home as unwelcoming as possible before using it.

Here are a few items to check off the to-do list:

  • Wash and put away all dirty dishes immediately after use.
  • Clean up any crumbs and spills promptly.
  • Empty sources of standing water, including pet bowls.
  • Take out the garbage daily, especially before going to bed at night.
  • Mop and sweep the floors regularly, including under and around large appliances.
  • Avoid leaving pet food out for an extended period.

2. Get Rid of Newspapers and Cardboard Boxes

Roache’s love newspaper and cardboard boxes because they make excellent breeding and nesting material. To prevent roach infestations, recycle or get rid of old newspapers and used cardboard boxes as quickly as possible.

3. Seal Cracks and Entry Points

Roaches can squeeze their small bodies through tiny gaps and cracks. To prevent them from gaining access to your home, seal cracks in the home’s foundation and install door sweeps to block gaps under doors.

You’ll also want to check for gaps around windows, and around holes used for gas, plumbing, electric lines, and crawl space vents. Use caulk or sprayable foam to seal these cracks and keep your home roach-free.

4. Fix Leaks Right Away

If your home has plumbing leaks, fix them as quickly as possible. Even a tiny pipe drip is enough to provide roaches with the moisture they need to survive.

In addition to fixing leaks, regularly inspect sinks, refrigerators, appliances, and faucets to ensure they’re not leaking or producing excess moisture.

5. Clean Kitchen Appliances

Remember: roaches love fat and grease, and your kitchen is a great place to find these tasty treats. With this in mind, keep the stovetop, dishwasher, and other cooking appliances clean.

Pay special attention to areas like the drip pans under stove burners, the backsplash, and your garbage disposal.

Additionally, make sure you’re wiping counters and tables after you cook each night. To add an additional layer of protection, add a few drops of lemon oil to your cleaning water. The scent of citrus will keep cockroaches from coming back.

6. Get Serious About Storing Food

If you want to keep roaches out of your house, eliminating food sources is critical. One of the best ways to do this is to store food in airtight glass or plastic containers.

Store perishables in the refrigerator, and avoid leaving fruits and vegetables out on the counter.

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Mousetraps aren’t the only tactic for keeping mice away. This simple, natural remedy will help keep those furry little creatures gone for good.

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It’s pretty clear that having mice in your home is not a pleasant experience. Even if they seem innocent, mice can create dangerous conditions in your home. However, getting rid of mice doesn’t necessarily mean buying a slew of mousetraps and cheese. Mice can be easily avoided around your household by simply adding the scent of peppermint in corners where they congregate. Yes, that’s right, peppermint.

How to Use Peppermint to Keep Mice Away

Now, you can use two ways to incorporate the smell of peppermint into your home. The first is growing peppermint plants and leaving them around the house. The smell deters them from entering or roaming around in the first place. As a bonus, you can harvest this peppermint from time to time to season your favorite dishes.

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