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Fleas are never welcome house guests. Whether they arrived by way of your pets, your guests, or as hitchhikers on your clothes or shoes, fleas can be a nuisance. They multiply quickly so it’s important to take action at the first sign of a flea. Following are some tips to de-flea your home, your pets […]

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Fleas are never welcome house guests. Whether they arrived by way of your pets, your guests, or as hitchhikers on your clothes or shoes, fleas can be a nuisance. They multiply quickly so it’s important to take action at the first sign of a flea. Following are some tips to de-flea your home, your pets and yourself – without the use of harsh chemicals or toxic sprays.

7 Nontoxic Flea Control Tips

  • Wash everything. Wash pet beds, any pet linens and your own linens if your pets spend any time on, in or near them. Fleas lay their eggs everywhere, so destroying their environment will greatly help to reduce the flea population in your home. Fleas drown in water so it’s important to wash all fabrics and upholstery early and often.
  • Bathe your pets. Bathe your pets regularly to help get rid of fleas. No special shampoo is needed – since fleas drown in water, a gentle, non-irritating pet shampoo will do the job.
  • Vacuum. Vacuum your carpets and rugs, especially around any pet beds. Vacuum or wash the pet beds or blankets as well to pick up fleas and flea eggs. Once you’re finished, be sure to empty and dispose of the vacuum bag immediately. For canister vacuums, empty and wash the canister.
  • Use a flea comb on your pets. This will comb out the fleas from their fur.
  • Stick it to ‘em. Use adhesive tape to catch any fleas you see, then stick the tape down on them so that they can’t jump away. You may want to take a roll of tape, tear off a few inches, and wind it, sticky-side up, around your wrist for a handy flea trapping device. When you’re through, dispose of the tape.
  • Try a lemon rinse. Mother Earth News reports that a lemon rinse on your pet’s skin is a natural way to help repel fleas on your pets. To make the rinse, toss slices from one lemon into a pint of very hot water. Allow the lemon to steep overnight, then remove the pulp by straining. Take the cooled lemon water and sponge it onto your pet’s skin, allowing it to air dry. Repeat the treatment daily for best results until conditions improve.
  • Talk to your vet about a flea prevention method for your pets. It might not help now, but a prevention method will help save you and your pets from future flea outbreaks.

Fleas can be a nuisance, but by taking just a few steps, you can eliminate them from your pets and your home easily and safely.

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How to Give Your Bathroom a Deep Clean in 15-minute Segments http://allaroundthe.house/spring-clean-bathroom/ http://allaroundthe.house/spring-clean-bathroom/#comments Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:03:30 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=3059

Bathrooms can be a haven of relaxation, however if mildew is growing, counters are overflowing, and hair and dust balls line the floor, the idea of lingering in this room is not appealing. Even if the idea of a clean bathroom is appealing, the idea of a three or four-hour cleaning regiment might not be […]

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Bathrooms can be a haven of relaxation, however if mildew is growing, counters are overflowing, and hair and dust balls line the floor, the idea of lingering in this room is not appealing.

Even if the idea of a clean bathroom is appealing, the idea of a three or four-hour cleaning regiment might not be the motivation needed to complete the bathroom’s spring clean.

Instead of trying to complete the cleaning project in one day, spread the chore over several days in 15-minute segments.


Daily Bathroom Cleaning Schedule

The first day

  1. Clean out any drawers, cabinets, or closets in the bathroom area. Usually items are found that are unnecessary, outdated, or no longer used.
  2. Throw away or recycle any material, products, or linens that fit one of these categories.

The second day

  1. Take items off of the countertop and decide what should be kept, thrown out, or recycled.
  2. Try to store most items in the drawers, cabinets, or closet in order to eliminate the clutter.
  3. If it is too hard to get rid of everything off of the countertop, then purchase organizers to keep the clutter contained and eye-appealing.
  4. Don’t put anything back on the counters until the next day.
  5. Make a note of what is used the next morning to complete the morning rituals, and then use that as a way to make the final decision of what goes or stays.

The third day

  1. Clean mirrors from top to bottom, scrub countertops, sink(s) using an old toothbrush to clean around faucets and tight corners.
  2. Clean toilet inside and out paying special attention to bottom of bowl all the way to the floor.
  3. Clean bathtub, being careful to remove mildew from shower doors, walls, and corners.

The fourth day

  1. Wipe down outside of all cabinets.
  2. Use damp cloths to clean light fixtures, remove cobwebs from walls, and clean baseboards.
  3. Vacuum and mop floors.

The fifth day – Enjoy the sparkling clean bathroom.

Bathroom Cleaning Tips

  • Mildewed shower curtains – These can be sprayed with a mildew remover, but usually it is better to simply replace the liner since these are fairly inexpensive.
  • Soap scum on shower doors – Orange Glo Cleaner sprayed onto a clean dry cotton rag works well to remove light soap scum build up. If there is a thick layer, then first use a soap scum remover spray with a no-scratch pad. After removing wipe with Orange Glo cleaner which will serve as a barrier between the shower doors and soap to help alleviate additional future build-up (use once a week for best results).
  • Prevent Mildew – Always use fan when taking a shower, leave shower doors open, and wipe down shower or bathtub after each shower.

Successful Completion

Depending on the size of the bathroom, this four-day cleaning schedule can be completed in about an hour, so this project could be completed in one day. However, for those who hate to clean, an hour of cleaning is not appealing, making it easy to procrastinate. For larger bathrooms, large closets, or lots of drawers and shelves, the 15-minute segments may have to be increased to accommodate the additional space.

However, using the four-day project schedule helps keep the load lighter and doesn’t seem as overwhelming. The shorter time frame makes it more likely that the job will be completed.

When planning the deep clean, it is important to look at the week’s schedule. If several evenings are already planned, then put it on the calendar so that meetings or events don’t interrupt the commitment to make the bathroom more user-friendly and germ-free.

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Bathroom Remodeling; Ultimate Guide http://allaroundthe.house/remodeling-bathroom-guide/ http://allaroundthe.house/remodeling-bathroom-guide/#comments Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:37:44 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=1416 home bathroom remodeling guide

When it comes to home improvement plans, bathroom renovation projects are usually at the top of the list. Bathrooms get renovated more often than the other rooms, because it is the most frequently used room in the house. Bathroom renovation is not only when you want to sell your home. A renovation project can increase […]

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When it comes to home improvement plans, bathroom renovation projects are usually at the top of the list. Bathrooms get renovated more often than the other rooms, because it is the most frequently used room in the house. Bathroom renovation is not only when you want to sell your home. A renovation project can increase the value of your home and improve the quality of your life. It also gives you a comfortable bathroom where you can be relax and refreshing yourself. It can be a boring task, but a little planning could help your life much easier later on. In this article, you will learn how to transform your old bathroom to its new look.

9 things to take into account when choosing a new tub

How much space do you have?

Today bathtubs are also designed to accommodate two people instead of just the more common bathtub for one. They are larger simply because they are roomier. Homeowners should consider the available space in their existing bathroom first before selecting an option to purchase a two-person bathtub. If the inclusion of a tub this size cuts down on the roominess of your bathroom, you might want to opt not to purchase it.

How much money can you afford to spend?

The type and model of a bathtub that you purchase will determine the price range that you can expect to pay. The standard tub is by far the least expensive tub. The more features or custom designs that you add to a bathtub, the more expensive the bathtub will be. Whirlpool tubs are more expensive than standard bathtubs. An air-jetted bathtub is more expensive than a water-jetted bathtub. Soft bathtubs and claw-footed bathtubs are also more expensive than standard tubs.

Do you want a jetted tub?

If you think that opting for a whirlpool tub is an easy decision, think again. You will still be faced with deciding between air jets and water jets in the tub. Air jets are quieter than water jets. Plus, with an air-jetted bathtub, the bather can enjoy a bubble bath, bath laced with scented oils, or a bath that is generously filled with sea salts. Water jetted tubs on the other hand do not offer the same possibilities.

Additionally, a bathtub with water jets will provide stronger more vigorous bursts of water, while an air-jetted bathtub will present weaker bursts of water. Alternatively, water jets are fewer in number than air jets in a tub. Since the models vary, it’s important to take notice of the placement of the jets within each particular model of jetted tub.

Do you want a hard or a soft bathtub?

The hard bathtub is the least expensive of all of the models. It is also the one that you find in the homes of most people. This type of bathtub usually fits into the corner of the bathroom, sits upon the floor, is rectangular in shape, and is available in a limited assortment of colors. It is also going to require a bath pillow if you intend to lounge for any period of time. On the other hand, a soft bathtub mirrors most of the above characteristics. Soft bathtubs are rectangular in shape, sit upon the floor, fit into the corner of most bathrooms, and are sold in a small variety of colors. The biggest difference is that this type of bathtub has soft cushioning and a non-slippery surface to offer to its occupants.

Will a specific tub hurt the resale value of the home?

Today’s bathtubs are available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and more. Homeowners who are considering purchasing something out of the ordinary should also consider the impact such a decision could make on the resale value of the home.

Is your electrical up to code for the model of bathtub that you are getting?

Some of today’s more deluxe bathtubs require electrical wiring. Homeowners should always check to ensure that their existing electrical set up could support any new acquisition to the home’s furnishings

Does the color blend in with the décor of your bathroom?

Although the color of the bathtub might seem to be a minor concern compared to some of the other issues, it could quickly become a major one. If the color of the new tub does not blend well with the existing décor of the bathroom, you could be looking at some expensive remodeling costs.

How will you dispose of your old bathtub?

Disposing of an old bathtub can be difficult for some individuals. You need to discuss the removal of the old bathtub with the company from whom you are purchasing the new one. Will they take it away for a small fee? If removal is not part of the service, even for an added fee, then you need to investigate your other options such as checking with your trash removal company and scrap yards.

What type of repairs are you going to have with a particular tub?

Obviously, the custom designed bathtubs will be the most expensive to repair. A claw foot bathtub has exposed pipes, making plumbing repairs a relatively simple task. The jetted tubs will be the most expensive to repair, especially since electrical wiring is part of the package.


Tools You’ll Need to Replace a Bathtub

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Pry bar
  • Phillips and Flathead screwdriver
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Slip-joint pliers
  • Hammer
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Shower stem socket wrench
  • Keyhole saw
  • Sledgehammer

How to Install a Bathtub

  • Before removing the tub, shut off the water supply. If the bathroom doesn’t have a separate cutoff valve, turn off the water to the entire house.
  • Open a valve at a lower level in your home to relieve any remaining pressure in the lines.If you don’t have a lower level, flush the toilet, and turn on 2 other faucets in the house.
  • Tub drains have different components that first need to be removed, so procedures on this step may vary. The one here has a stopper that unscrews, allowing you to access the drain flange at the bottom of the tub.
  • Use a tool designed for tub drain removal to remove the drain flange
  • Use the screwdriver to disconnect and remove the waste and overflow valve cover on the side of the tub.
  • Remove the tub spout since this will be on a portion of the wall you’ll be cutting away. Some spouts have a setscrew that holds them in place. If you don’t find one, your spout should just twist off by turning it counterclockwise.
  • To disconnect the drain, you need to gain access to the underside of the tub, either from behind the wall or through the ceiling or floor below the bathroom.
  • Use a pair of channel lock pliers to disconnect the pipes below the tee where the drain and overflow valve meet. If your fittings on your bathtub drain are galvanized steel, you may need a penetrating lubricant like PB Blaster to loosen the joints first.
  • Once you’ve loosened the nut connecting the drain pipe, unscrew it the rest of the way by hand and lift out the entire section.
  • Cut out a section of drywall approximately 6 inches above the tub on each of the three sides. To make repairing the wall easier, measure a standard distance up from the top of the tub.
  • Use a straight edge to mark a guideline all the way around. Cut along the line with a drywall saw and remove the section between the line and the tub all the way down to the studs.
  • Clear everything away so you have access to the screws or nails attaching the tub flange to the studs.
  • Remove the screws or nails all the way around the top and sides of the tub with a pry bar. Also remove any trim moulding from the sides of the alcove.
  • Cut away any caulk between the tub and floor with a utility knife.
Safety: You need a helper for these next few steps.
  • One person should lift up the front edge of the tub, while another slides a couple of 1 x 4s underneath it to get it off the floor.
  • Slide the tub out of the alcove using the 1 x 4s as skids.
  • Remove any stringer supports left on the wall. The stringer is the crosspiece that supports the edge of the tub.
  • With the alcove now exposed, clean the area and remove any nails or debris that’s left over.
  • How you dispose of the old tub will depend on the type it is. Cast iron tubs should be broken up with a sledgehammer. Because of the sheer weight, do this in the bathroom so you can remove the tub in sections.
  • All other types of bathtub material are relatively light. The tub can be removed whole as long as you have some help. Steel, composite or fiberglass tubs can be cut up with a reciprocating saw. Porcelain over steel tubs should be disposed of whole.
  • Make sure the subfloor is level, and if necessary, use a leveling compound to even out the surface.
  • Many tubs have a sound deadening and leveling pad on the underside, and this pad needs to rest fully on the subfloor.
  • Use your helper to carefully set the tub onto the skids and slide it into place in the alcove.
  • Once it’s in position, check to see if the tub is level, and if necessary use shims to even it out.
  • Take a pencil and mark a reference line on the studs all the way around on all three sides. After doing this, take out the tub and set it aside.
  • Since you’ve already marked the top edge of the flange on the studs, you’ll need to allow for the height of the flange to install the stringer.
  • Take the height and measure that same distance below the reference line on each stud. This new mark will serve as the top edge of the stringer you’ll install.
  • Cut a 2 x 4 the length of your tub, and use deck screws to attach it to the studs on the new reference marks.
  • To put in the drain, turn the tub on its side and install it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Take a bit of plumber’s putty, roll it in your hands and place it on the underside of the drain flange.
  • Position the drain shoe on the underside of the tub, and screw the drain flange into the threads. Tighten it down completely with the drain tool and remove any excess putty.
  • To connect the overflow valve, place the rubber gasket onto the overflow elbow, and position it behind the tub.
  • Attach the cover plate inside the tub to the overflow elbow and gasket behind the tub.
  • Connect the overflow pipe and drain pipe with a tee where the two meet.
  • Install the drain strainer onto the flange.
  • Carefully move the tub back into place. As you do, make sure not to disrupt the drain assembly you just attached. When it’s in position, the flange should rest on the stringer that was just installed along the back wall.
  • Make sure the drain and overflow plumbing coming out of your tub is aligned with the rough-in drain outlet in your bathroom.
  • Connect the pipes together and tighten them down snugly, but don’t over-tighten.
  • Before securing the tub, make sure the top of the flange lines up with the reference marks you established earlier. If it does, go ahead and attach the tub flange to the studs with roofing nails. Secure the flange on all three walls, as well as the sides of the tub. (Do not drill the flange. Instead use the head of the fastener to hold the flange down.)
  • With the tub in place, finish off the wall with drywall and paint.
  • Reinstall the baseboard and finish moulding around and in front of the tub.
  • Reattach the spout.

When renovating your bathroom you may run into wood that has been damaged from old water leaks, if you do properly fixing the wood at that time is important, this post will explain how to fix rotted or spongy wood.

Choosing Your New Toilet for the Bathroom Remodel

While remodeling the bathroom, there are plenty of homeowners who choose to have their old bathroom toilet replaced with a new one.

Should you be needing a new bathroom toilet, there are a variety of important factors that you will need to consider. One of the factors is the other remodeling which is being undertaken. If you are planning on remodeling the rest of your bathroom, you will want to make sure that you pick a bathroom toilet that will complement the rest of your soon to be newly remodeled bathroom. Having everything match, from the toilet to the floor tiles, is truly one of the most effective ways to create a beautiful bathroom.

In the United States, most of homes have a standard toilet in them. Standard toilets are another way of describing traditional model toilets. Most standard model toilets come in white and they are, well, simply standard. If you happen to be remodeling the bathroom on a budget, you will be able to benefit from the purchase a standard model bathroom toilet. Standard bathroom toilets tend to be known as being the least expensive of all bathroom toilet models. While you might be shopping with limited funds, you may also be shopping for the best toilet around. When that is the case, you may be searching for something different, say something a bit more stylish. In that case, you will be able to discover it, with a little bit of research.

7 Tips to Choosing the perfect toilet

  1. The shape of the toilet bowl: The main choices here are an elongated bowl and a round front bowl. The round front tends to be two inches shorter, and works well for smaller spaces. The larger elongated front is more comfortable and sanitary, since there is less drip on the toilet.
  2. The toilet size: There are lots of choices, with different lengths, widths and heights. Make sure you measure the space available for the toilet to ensure a comfortable fit. You also need to consider the rough-in space, which is how far the center of the toilet bowl is from the finished wall, since this limits the size of the toilet.
  3. The size of the toilet trapway: The trap way is that part of the toilet that through which the water and waste exit. The minimum standard allows waste with a diameter of 1 ½ inches to pass through. You may want to consider looking at a larger trapway to minimize clogging problems.
  4. The flushing system: In the US, by law all toilets must have a 1.6 gallon tank to conserve water. However, you do still have some choices.

o In gravity fed toilets, the weight of the water from the tank pushes the waste through an S shaped trap way, as the siphon that is created empties the bowl.

o With pressure assisted toilets, air in the tank is compressed as it fills with water. When flushing, the pressurized air pushes the water more strongly into the bowl, resulting in a better flush. Disadvantages, though, include greater noise, expense and difficulty of repairing.

  1. One or two piece toilets: Two piece toilets are more common and inexpensively priced, and have a separate tank and bowl which are connected when the toilet is installed. One piece toilets have 5 or six parts that are seamlessly connected into one piece. They tend to more stylish, more expensive, easier to clean, and smaller, making them ideal for smaller spaces.
  2. Maintenance features: Some toilets have features designed to make it easier to take care of them. For instance, Toto, an innovative Japanese manufacturer, has SanaGloss, a ceramic glaze which prevents bacteria and mold buildup, making the toilet easy to clean. American Standard has its EasyClean feature. Kohler has an insulated liner for some of its toilet lines, preventing moisture build-up on the outside of the tank due to condensation.
  3. Appearance: while a toilet needs to work well, it also needs to look good in your bathroom. Fortunately, today’s toilets come in a huge selection of colors and sizes. Bear mind, though, that choosing a color other than white can significantly add to the toilet’s price. One approach you may to consider is to choose a toilet that is part of a bathroom suite, thus ensuring that are the fixtures are in harmony.

When choosing a new toilet for your next bathroom remodeling project, it is important to be concerned with the appearance of a toilet, but it also important to be concerned with the cost of one. Although it is possible to purchase a standard toilet for only a few hundred dollars, you need to keep additional costs in mind. As you likely already know, bathroom toilets are heavy; therefore, you may need assistance getting your toilet into your home. Depending on where you shop, you may be able to get free delivery, but you should also be prepared for a small delivery fee. Also, if you need assistance with installation, you will need to keep installation costs in mind.

As you can see, there is a large amount of decision making that does into choosing your next bathroom toilet. Even though it may take a little bit of research and time, to find the perfect toilet, the results will almost always be worth it


Installing your new toilet

Most toilets are sold with the necessary gaskets, washers, and hardware for fitting the tank to the bowl. However, you might need to buy a few parts. Here is a list of what you need to complete this task:


  • Toilet bowl,
  • Toilet tank,
  • Toilet seat,
  • Two 1/4″ bolts for bowl to flange,
  • Wax ring,
  • 20″ water supply with fitting at valve or floor connection.


  • Pair of channel pliers,
  • bucket,
  • screw driver.

5 Steps to Installing Your Toilet

  1. Ultimate Guide to install a toiletShut off the water to the toilet, use a bucket and a cloth or a sponge to remove the water left in tank and bowl after you flush the toilet.
  2. Using a pair of channel pliers, or a small pipe wrench (8″), remove the nut where the water line fastens to the ballcock valve under the left side of the bottom of the tank. Next use a small crescent wrench, remove the two 1/4″ nuts holding the bowl to the floor flange. Remove old toilet. Remove the water line from the valve or fitting at floor or wall.
  3. Now you are ready to install your new toilet. Put the two 1/4″ bolts in the side holes of the flange with the bolt head in the flange. Put some of the old wax at this spot to hold the bolts straight up and across from each other. Put new wax ring on flange, flat side up if tapered.
  4. Set new bowl only straight down so it centers on wax ring and both bolts come through holds on each side of bowl. Sit on bowl facing wall until your weight puts bowl flush with the floor. Put metal washers and nuts on bolts and tighten until snug. Do not over-tighten as you can crack the bowl. Tighten these again after toilet is completely installed and filled with water.
  5. Next put 2″ rubber gasket on tank where it sets on the bowl, put rubber washers on bolts provided under the bolt head so they will be on the inside of the tank. Pick up tank and set on bowl over holes in bowl where bolts go through. Sit on bowl facing wall. Put bolts on from the inside of the tank into holes in bowl, put on metal washers and nuts and tighten. Hold tank level and tighten so it brings tank down level. Use a large screw driver inside tank and a crescent wrench or end wrench to back up nut under bowl. Tighten with screw driver. Hook water supply to tank, turn on water, check for leaks, and snug up the bolts holding bowl to floor. If there is a space between the back of the tank and the wall, put a spacer of sort there to brace tank. A piece of wood or hard rubber works fine.

Maintenance for Your New Toilet:

At least twice a year clean out the inside of your toilet tank. When cleaning the toilet tank, turn off the water, flush toilet once, add small amount of cleaning detergent inside tank to water remaining and use a cloth or brush to clean. Also clean out holes under toilet seat and rim of the bowl as well as the 3/4″ hole in the bottom of toilet bowl. Replace rubber tank ball at this time if needed. Maintaining your new toilet will keep the plumber away and reduce your plumbing bill.

Check Out: 5 Quick Fixes for Your Home’s Bathroom if you can’t afford a full renovation.

Picking the Right Bathroom Cabinets

Pick the right bathroom cabinetsWhen it comes time for you to choose bathroom cabinets you have a lot to think about; you not only have to choose bathroom cabinets with a style that you like, but you need to choose cabinetry that is going to make your bathroom functional. You also need to consider the size of the cabinets, the materials the cabinets are made of, and the theme of your bathroom design. Here are some tips for making the act of choosing cabinets for your bathroom a bit easier.

First, you will want to define how many cabinets you want and the size of the cabinets you need. Do you want a base cabinet, a medicine cabinet, a standalone cabinet, or a combination of all of the latter? Figure out where you plan to install or place a cabinet in your bathroom and measure the area so you know the dimensions of the bathroom cabinets you require. You not only need to know the height of the cabinet you need, but you will have to measure the depth of the cabinet area too.

In terms of style, you have a lot to choose from; bathroom cabinetry includes closed cabinetry like medicine chests, recessed cabinetry, wall cabinetry, and base or vanity offerings. You can also get bathroom cabinets that are open and that have a lot of shelving. Standalone offerings include linen cabinets, towers, and storage cabinetry too. You will need to reflect on what you plan on storing in your bathroom now and in the future. Do you want cabinetry for medicines and personal items? Do you want cabinetry for your linens and towels? You should think about these issues as you shop.

For more advice on bathroom cabinets, check out our Bathroom Cabinets Guide

Bathroom faucet replacementPick the Right Bathroom Faucet

Bathroom faucets come in various colors, styles and shapes. There is something out there for everyone. You may be interested in the stainless steel, most traditional look. But, do not over look the other options out there too such as the brass and brushed nickel versions. Even chrome is a good choice for a faucet in some homes. To find the right one for your home, consider the benefits of choosing one over the other. There are many things that can help persuade you one way or the other.

All about Stainless Steel Faucets

The most traditional and probably the most common bathroom faucet is that of stainless steel. These are long lasting products that will provide you with a blend of materials, namely steel alloys and chromium. These are the least expensive of products and offer a wide range of looks as well. The benefits of this product are simple. They will last a long time because they do not rust. They are easy to clean. They match virtually any décor that you put them into. You never really need to do any updating of the metal. On the other hand, there are some negatives to think about too. For example, bathroom faucets made from stainless steel are often the most likely to show fingerprints on them. They can be scratch, which can lead to rusting in those locations. They can become dull in appearance, too.

All about Chrome Faucets

Another option for faucets that you have is chrome. Chrome is actually created over solid brass fixtures that have a process called electroplating done to them. The coloring of chrome is the same silver from your stainless steel, mostly. They are affordable options and you will find that some of the more high end, fancy versions are expensive. There are many benefits of investing in chrome for your faucets. For example, they do not scratch and therefore do not rust. They also are going to last you a long time without showing too many signs of aging. Chrome will show water spots but they can easily be cleaned off. If you over clean the chrome or use abrasive chemicals on it, it can become dull over time because of chrome finish will wear off.

Brushed nickel faucet

All about Brushed Nickel Faucets

Yet another option for faucets is brushed nickel. This is one of the newest products out there and is made by electroplating which is done over the top of solid brass. There are many options to consider in styles because they are so popular. What’s more, there is a range of pricing including affordable products. The benefits of this product are that they do not show scratches and fingerprints are easily hidden. They do not tarnish over time. The downfall that they have is that the plating can wear away over a long period of time.

Choosing the best bathroom faucets means to consider all of these options carefully.

Once you have selected the right faucet, replace it yourself following this guide

Tips to Choose the Right Bathroom Sink

Bathroom sink comes in very wide variety of shapes, designs, colors and price range. It could be daunting task to buy one if you have not prepared yourself in advance. Here are some tips to prepare you in choosing the appropriate sink for your bathroom.

  1. The very first thing you need to do is to decide your limitations. To decide your limitations, you need to set budget. Like I said before, sinks comes in every price range depending on the quality and design. Deciding budget helps you in choosing the appropriate sink that matches the theme of your bathroom within your limit.
  2. Decide which type of sink you want to buy. There are so many different type of sinks available like Pedestal sink, console sink, wall mounted sink, basin sink, vessel sink and utility sink. Each sink has his own characteristics and benefits. Choose one which can be easily installed in your bathroom.
  3. Bathroom sinks comes in a very wide variety of materials. There are glass sinks which are being made with glass. Then there are stainless steel sinks, ceramic based material sinks, enameled cast iron sinks and solid surface material sinks. Decide which material sink works best in your bathroom.
  4. Some commonly used bathroom cleaners may not be compatible with all sink materials. Don’t just assume that the sink material you have chosen can be cleaned by any sort of chemical cleaner. Glass sinks are high maintenance sinks whereas wood sinks can be cleaned easily. Get detailed knowledge about care requirement of particular sink before buying.

Steps to Replacing Your Bathroom Sink

First, you must gather all the tools and materials needed to complete the job.

bathroom sink replacementTools needed to replace sink

  • Adjustable wrench or set of wrenches
  • Basin wrench
  • Razor knife(cutting old caulk)
  • Caulk
  • Caulk gun
  • Teflon tape

Seriously THAT is all the tools you’ll need.


17 Steps to Replacing Bathroom Sink

1. Go underneath the sink. Turn off the water. Loosen the collar nuts on the drainpipe.

2. Drain any excessive water, and then remove the drainpipe.

3. Loosen the nuts that hold the pop-up assembly in place under the sink using slip-joint pliers.

4. Unscrew the pop-up flange in order to free the assembly underneath the sink.

5. Remove the fittings that join the supply lines of the old faucet to the shutoff valves, using a wrench.

6. Repeat the steps 4-15 as explained above for replacing kitchen faucet.

7. Now, you have to install the pop-up assembly.

8. Push the pop-up rod down through the body of the faucet.

9. Attach the flat bar.

10. At the bottom of the new flange, use a little plumber’s putty to hold the tailpiece so that the whole assembly protrudes up through the drain hole in the sink.

11. Spin the ring to position the same with the tailpiece under the sink.

12. In order to secure pop-up housing in place, tighten the nut on top of the tailpiece.

13. Hook up the pop-up lever onto the flat bar in order to secure it to the pop-up housing.

14. Drop the stopper into the drain hole.

15. Replace the drainpipe.

16. Tighten the collar nuts.

17. Turn on the faucet and check for leaks.

Bathroom Flooring: Pick the Right Kind

There are many things that need to be taken into consideration when choosing the floor for your bathroom. You often go barefoot in the bathroom, for instance, so the feel of its floor is just as important as the way that it looks. Below, an overview of the most popular materials for bathroom floors is outlined for your convenience; a few key tips are included, too.

Make a Small Bathroom Look Larger with the Right Kind of Floor

Most people have to deal with bathrooms that are relatively small. There’s just no getting around it. However, there are ways to make a small bathroom look a lot larger. One of the best ways to do so is by choosing your flooring with care. A light-colored floor is one of the simplest yet most dramatic ways to give a small bathroom a much more spacious look and feel. Better still, use similar tones for the walls and the floor to create the illusion of a lot more space.

Why Ceramic Works Best

If you’re looking for a bathroom floor material that is affordable, attractive and easy on bare feet, you should make a beeline for ceramic. This type of floor material can include many unique textures and designs that go along with virtually any interior design scheme. Ceramic is wonderfully waterproof, too, which is a critical point when it comes to designing a bathroom – nothing is worse than stepping onto a damp, soggy floor. Ceramic tiles are available in a breathtaking array of different styles, sizes and designs, too, making it a snap to get the look that is right for you.

Check out the Bathroom Tile Selection Guide for more ideas

Vinyl: A Suitable Choice

Vinyl feels great underfoot; it’s also very waterproof and a snap to maintain. Best of all, vinyl flooring is very affordable. A wide variety of different patterns and designs are available, making it a versatile and exciting choice for the bathroom. Put vinyl near the top of your list if you want to stick to a strict budget while still achieving a stylish and attractive look.

Learn how to lay vinyl flooring in this post

The Trouble with Marble

Some people believe that marble is the be-all, end-all in terms of bathroom floors. However, marble is a highly porous material; it is also very soft. What that means is that it absorbs and retains moisture with ease. In the bathroom, that can spell major trouble. As beautiful and luxurious as marble may be, it is generally not a suitable choice for the bathroom.

Why Carpeting isn’t Ideal for the Bathroom

While it’s fine to throw down a few colorful rugs in a bathroom, having wall-to-wall carpeting installed isn’t a very smart move. Carpet needs to stay as dry as possible; even if you are a stickler about not stepping onto your carpet with sopping wet feet, the moisture in the air will wreak plenty of havoc. While carpet feels wonderful beneath the feet, it just isn’t a practical choice for the bathroom. Invest in a few cute area rugs and leave the carpeting for other parts of the home.

Want Wood? Try Laminate Flooring Instead

The idea of a luxurious wood floor in the bathroom may sound great, but it is fraught with all sorts of issues. A wood floor must be impeccably installed in order to stand a chance in the bathroom, where moisture and standing water can destroy it in no time flat. Plus, wood must be finished in a precise way in order to make a go of it. If you’d like the look of wood in a material that can withstand the perils of the bathroom, laminate flooring may be for you. It is available in many wood-style finishes that will make your bathroom look amazing.

Hopefully you find this bathroom remodeling guide helpful. Here at All Around the House we are dedicated to total home improvement.

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Choosing the Right Nuts and Bolts http://allaroundthe.house/metric-sae-know-the-difference/ http://allaroundthe.house/metric-sae-know-the-difference/#comments Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:49:24 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2970 metric or sae know how to pick the right pieces

Knowing how to properly identify the right nut and/or bolt for the job is important to completing a job correctly. This post will explain how to do that.

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metric or sae know how to pick the right pieces

Employees of hardware stores get asked very difficult questions on a daily basis. The reason for this is that the vast majority of the casual home owner or renter who makes their way into these stores in search of tools or supplies, rarely knows exactly what it is that they need.

For this reason, it is good to be reminded from time to time that hardware store employees, while often very knowledgeable about their chosen department, are not miracle workers. They are not blessed with the psychic ability to be able to know exactly what each customer needs based on only the most ambiguous possible description.

For instance, there is no hardware store employee in the world who could immediately find the right part for such a request as:“I’m looking for a bolt about an inch long.”

The follow-up question would surely be something like: “What else can you tell me about the bolt?”

And this is where many customers freeze up. They never thought to find out any more. They figured that a hardware store is a place one goes to buy bolts, so they will obviously know which one is required for each situation. Clearly (and everyone should know this already, it just helps to be reminded), there are certain things that a person must know before going to the hardware store, especially something that comes in such a wide variety as nuts and bolts.

Here are some tips for being able to find the right fasteners

Tip #1 – If the Old Part is Available, Bring it In

It’s very surprising how many people neglect this first, rather self-evident truth. The easiest way for a person to find exactly what they want at a hardware store is to bring an identical part along. Especially in terms of bolts, where there are several different “pitches” of threads (thread pitch refers to how large or small the individual threads are) along with many different sizes, this is very important. Even the precise measurement of bolts will not necessarily be helpful, as there several other features that make bolts unique, such as…

Tip #2 – What’s the Thread Pitch

If the nut or bolt is lost or otherwise can’t be brought in to match it up, get as much information as possible before heading to the hardware store expecting a miracle. Measure the length, then the width, then try to estimate the thread pitch. Generally, there are a few pitches per diameter of bolt, which are often referred to as “fine, medium, or course” (or some variant of these threads). These thread pitches are also often labeled using numbers – for instance, a ¼ -24 bolt means that it has a diameter of ¼” and a thread pitch of 24 (which would probably be a medium pitch – a fine being 32 and course being 12). Often, to prevent extra trips, it is best to be safe and simply pick up each of these threads (unless a large quantity is needed, in which case perhaps it is better to start with just one of each and then return once it has been determined which is correct.

Tip #3 – SAE or Metric? It’s Not as Clear as it May Seem!

Looking for a bolt for a car engine? Remember that there are two major types of threads – SAE (standard, as it is often called in America) and Metric, which are not remotely compatible with each other. In an automobile, many people think this is a simple question to answer – just figure out where the car is made. If it’s an American car, it takes SAE threads, if it is foreign, it takes Metric. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The majority of the time, fortunately it is this simple, but there are many instances where people mistakenly make this assumption, then find out that their particular car model does not keep with this rule. New Ford engines, for instance, often use foreign-made components, which means that there will be a mixture of SAE and Metric threads.

Once again, the best answer is to bring as much information into the store as possible, but if it is not possible to bring the actual bolt or nut, perform measurements as thoroughly as possible, and buy several different sizes (nuts and bolts are generally fairly inexpensive, if only a few are needed), just to be safe.

Tip #4 – What’s it made of?

Is the nut or bolt in question stainless steel, galvanized, grade 5, grade 8, or any number of other different metals or hardnesses? Sometimes this is important, sometimes it’s not.

  • If it’s going to be used in automotive applications, often times grade 8 (or hardened) hardware is the way to go for extra strength (and safety) – though be warned that there are applications where harder is not better, as under a certain amount of tension some bolts are expected to break for safety reasons, so it’s best not to make too many assumptions.
  • Grade 5 is a fairly standard bolt that is fairly hard, though not resistant to corrosion, so only used for indoor applications (this is the standard kind of bolt that comes in furniture and such applications as that).
  • Stainless Steel is, as the name implies, resistant to corrosion, though it is not as hard as grade 5 or grade 8. It is also fairly expensive, so is not cost-efficient to be used in every application.
  • Galvanized steel is generally standard grade 5 steel covered in a corrosion resistant zinc coating. These are a generally more cost-effective alternative to stainless steel, though they rarely come in fine threads, so are not universally compatible.

So, armed with this little bit of knowledge, perhaps the next trip to the hardware store will go a little bit better. Just remember – the more one knows, the better the trip will go, and the less frustrated the store employees will get.

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Useful Tips for Basic Household Repairs http://allaroundthe.house/useful-tips-basic-household-repairs/ http://allaroundthe.house/useful-tips-basic-household-repairs/#comments Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:49:34 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2965

Having the right tools will help you fix common issues around your home. This post will help you fix common issues and suggests the best basic tools you'll need to complete most home repairs.

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These useful tips for simple home repairs can save you from issues growing into major problems around the home.

Hidden Dangers in Clothes Dryers

An estimated 15,000 fires are caused by clothes dryers each year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They can cause serious injures and have resulted in deaths.

  • Some fires are caused by lint build-up in the exhaust duct. Corrugated vinyl ducts seem more likely to lead to fires than metal ducts. The simple solution is to remove and clean ducts and lint traps frequently. Also important is to never leave the home when a dryer is running.
Check Out: Check for Highly Flammable Dryer Lint in Duct Vents and Exhaust

Stick With the Right Adhesives

  • Adhesives have improved considerably over the years. Always choose a name brand adhesive made for the specific surfaces that require repair or mounting.
  • Epoxies are good for metals. Heavy-duty adhesives can permanently attach heavy objects to walls. The key word is permanent. Removal of the object and adhesive could take the walls with it.
  • Cars have their own set of adhesives for various projects. Some are transferable to home repairs and some are not. Read directions and always follow the instructions for surface prep and applications.
Check Out: How to Select the Right Caulk for the Job

Running Toilets

  • When the water in the toilet tank runs for a short time, stops and then periodically repeats the process, the probable cause could be a worn flapper. The rubber becomes soft and allows water to leak out of the seal at the base of the flush valve.
  • Replace worn parts. Some toilet tanks have snap-in systems and that means the entire system needs replacement.
Check Out: 5 Simple Toilet Repairs Anyone Can Do

Sink Drips

Problems in faucets can be attributed to failed valves, O-rings, washers and other moving parts. Faucets, which are compression (stem) or washerless (handle movement controls water flow), can be taken apart easily. Worn parts should be replaced with new items that conform specifically to the make and model of the faucet. Wrenches, screwdrivers and pliers will be needed.

Check Out: Faucet Replacement Guide if you decide to replace instead out repair

Shower Water Flow

Slow water flow in shower heads can be a simple repair. Often, the cause is minerals in the water collecting and clogging holes in the shower head.

Unscrew and remove the head. Soak it in vinegar to break down the minerals. A toothpick should be used to poke through clogged holes. Hand-held shower heads should be replaced if the tubing has pin-sized holes and slits. Don’t rely on temporary patches with tape or adhesives.

Basic Home Tool Kit

These and other basic maintenance projects around a home can be completed with a little knowledge and the right tools. Basic tools that every household should have readily on hand for basic projects include:

  • Hammer;
  • flat-head and Philips screwdrivers;
  • needle-nose pliers;
  • locking-grip pliers;
  • slip –joint pliers;
  • Putty knife;
  • power drill;
  • sandpaper in various grits;
  • a variety of all-purpose adhesives;
  • A retractable steel ruler and level;
  • Plunger and drain auger;
  • Safety goggles;
  • dust or insulation masks.

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23 Most Common Home Construction Errors http://allaroundthe.house/new-home-build-problems/ http://allaroundthe.house/new-home-build-problems/#comments Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:55:58 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2959 Home building presents many issues

Building a new home can be an exciting moment in your life, this place will be built as a dream home, unfortunately if you don’t know what to look for, your new dream home might have several unseen issues. Listed below are some of the most common home construction errors. 23 Home Construction Errors Foundation […]

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Home building presents many issues

Building a new home can be an exciting moment in your life, this place will be built as a dream home, unfortunately if you don’t know what to look for, your new dream home might have several unseen issues. Listed below are some of the most common home construction errors.

23 Home Construction Errors

Foundation and Framing Errors

  • The foundation is out of square or the layout is inaccurate.
  • Footing drains are not carefully placed to prevent filling up with silt, being crushed during back-fill, or not breaking grade.
  • Wall framing is out of plumb. This will come back to haunt you at every stage of construction; sheetrock, finishes, finish carpentry, installation of doors and windows all will become problematic.
  • Framed walls constructed without blocking for proper attachment of sheetrock finishes, toilet accessories, and cabinets to be hung.
  • Framing constructed without adequate fire-stopping.

Thermal and Moisture Protection Errors

  • Inadequate crawl space or basement ventilation installed to prevent condensation problems.
Check out this post to learn more about mold dangers caused from inadequate ventilation
  • Vapor barriers are installed without proper attention to windows, electrical outlets and other penetrations.
  • Soffit and ridge ventilation is not provided, or not calculated properly to meet code, or insulation is installed in such a way as to block clear flow of air from soffit to ridge.

Finishes Errors

  • Wood siding and trim is not back-primed increasing the amount of future maintenance required.
Check Out: Home Siding – Decoration and Protection
  • Exterior painting is accomplished under unfavorable weather conditions, or wood siding and trim has not been allowed to sufficiently dry out prior to application.
  • Wood windows and doors are not immediately primed upon arrival at construction site, invalidating warranty and causing warping or other damage to units prior to installation.
  • Installing sheetrock with too many butt joints or not completing enough sanding on the final tape coat; imperfections only reveal themselves after painting has been completed or when the sun hits walls at a certain angle.
  • Installing tile without proper attention to layout, creating awkward or too many cut pieces at walls, cabinets, or plumbing fixtures.

Plumbing, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Errors

  • Installing too few or not properly locating return air registers for hot air and air conditioning systems to function properly.
  • Not providing enough heat at kitchens and bathrooms, relying exclusively on toe-kick heaters.
  • Not providing cast iron waste pipes through walls and ceilings adjacent to living areas. Plastic pipe is noisy and insulation usually proves inadequate.
  • Improper size and location of holes drilled into floor joists for plumbing pipes and electrical wiring reducing the structural capacity of framing members.

Electrical Errors

  • Poor planning and coordination with framing contractor; not allowing for symmetrical or optimal aesthetic placement of recessed light fixtures.
  • Not pre-wiring for future needs, not installing conduits from basement to attic for future power, telephone, and computer lines.
  • Not providing conduits under sidewalks and driveways for future landscape lighting.

Hiring a Contractor Errors

  • Not thoroughly checking your General Contractors references.
Check Out: 9 Tips for selecting a good Contractor
  • Not obtaining a list of sub-contractors who will work on your project, and thoroughly checking their references.
  • Not ensuring your contractor pulls all required permits, which can effect the home inspection and resale value.

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The Top Most Signs for Roof Replacement http://allaroundthe.house/roof-replacement-tips/ http://allaroundthe.house/roof-replacement-tips/#comments Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:02:39 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=3011

People do spend a lot of their time and money in building their homes. They keep the focus on every minute detail to ensure that their home structure is robust as well as looks aesthetically appealing. However, with the passage of time, there are some significant damages that need to be identified and repaired timely […]

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People do spend a lot of their time and money in building their homes. They keep the focus on every
minute detail to ensure that their home structure is robust as well as looks aesthetically appealing.
However, with the passage of time, there are some significant damages that need to be identified and
repaired timely to maintain the robustness of the structure. The majority of the people often times
neglect the roof maintenance until it becomes perceptible. The roof is the most important component of
the building structure and it is important to regularly repair the damages to avoid major damages. The
roof damages such as holes, blisters, leakage, and cracks must be repaired without delay as if they are
not repaired they will give rise to major damage to the home foundation that will lead to more costly
The roofs are exposed to harsh weather conditions and other damages. For that reason, it is imperative
to inspect the roof on a regular interval to spot the damages and get them repaired timely. The roof
maintenance and repair are crucial as it ensures maintaining the sturdiness and enduring life of the roof
and maintain the structural integrity of the building structure. Even if the damage is minor it must be
repaired as with time it proves to be fatal. If you spot any type of damage to the roof then to protect the
family from the harsh weather conditions and ensure maintaining the sturdiness of the structure it is
important to hire the service of a professional roof restoration company that can help restore the
damage efficiently.

Benefits of the well-maintained roof structure

  • Proper roof restoration and repairs help enhance the roof sturdiness and help protect from extreme weather conditions and to keep your home comfortable for your family.
  • The roof is the major component of the home and maintaining the roof will not help preventing major damages from the mold, debris, leakage, etc. but also help enhance the resale value of the home.
  • Maintenance of the roof enhances the sturdiness and extend the roof life
  • Regular roof repair and maintenance is less costly and help reduce the chances for the major damages that will help save a lot of money.

Top most signs for Roof Replacement

  • Crack in the Roof Surface– The cracks on the roof are the major sign of the roof damage. The blisters and cracks can lead to fatal damage to the roof and the home structure. Therefore, if you spot cracks on the roof then make sure to get them repaired timely.
  • Lack of Roof Maintenance– Often times, the majority of the people neglect the roof maintenance and do not inspect their roof regularly to spot the damage like cracks, holes, leakage etc and fix then timely. Regular inspection and timely repairs are important as it will help enhance the roof life, protect from the harsh damages and reduce the chances of major damages and expensive repairs.
  • The Increase in the Utility Bill Charges-It there is an increase seen the energy bills then it indicates the sign for some damage to the roof
  • Water Damage-The water is one of the biggest reason for the roof damage and penetration of the water can lead to serious leakage problems. As well as it may lead to the accumulation of the molds and mildews that the harmful for the health, breathing problems and allergies. Identifying the main reason for the water damage might prove to be difficult; in such a case it is best to avail the service of a professional roof restoration company.
  • Animals and Birds-Many times the birds and animals build nests and create channels to move to the other parts of roof that can damage the roof and lead to great destruction.
  • Roof Flashing Damage– Because of the flashing damage like bents and rust may cause serious leakage problems that can damage the roof. However, if you detect the problem earlier then you can prevent the further damages caused by the leakage.
Well, there are various damages that are easily noticeable but there are certain damages that cannot be
identified easily, such damages can lead to major damages in the future. For that reason, if you are not
able to detect the reason for roof damage, call for the service of a professional roof restoration company
that can help resolve the problem timely in a proficient manner. These companies have the expertise and
guarantee to accomplish their job competently.
Author Bio: Jim Chronopoulos is the owner of Melbourne Quality Roofing offering all types of roof restoration services. With over 25 years of rich experience Melbourne Quality Roofing provides professional and affordable roof restoration services to commercial and residential properties in Melbourne & nearby suburbs.

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5 Simple Toilet Repairs Anybody Can Do http://allaroundthe.house/fix-toilet-yourself/ http://allaroundthe.house/fix-toilet-yourself/#comments Sat, 06 Jan 2018 13:59:38 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2966 fix your toilet yourself

When a toilet starts acting funny there aren’t that many things that can go wrong. A little expertise and a few dollars can fix many common problems with a household toilet. The Ways of a Toilet Before a person can fix a toilet, it is important to know a little about how they work. In […]

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When a toilet starts acting funny there aren’t that many things that can go wrong. A little expertise and a few dollars can fix many common problems with a household toilet.

The Ways of a Toilet

Before a person can fix a toilet, it is important to know a little about how they work. In the back of the toilet there is a float that controls the water level in the tank. There is a bar on the back of the handle that connects to a plug in the bottom of the tank. When the toilet is flushed, the bar lifts the plug and lets the water out. The water slowly runs back into the toilet through the refill valve and when the floating ball levels out it stops. These mechanisms are the basis for most home toilet repair since they are ease to get to and simple to fix.

Five Simple Toilet Fixes

Most of these require that you take the lid off the toilet tank. Remember that the water in the tank is clean but may splash a little if you flush the toilet with the top off.

  • Loose Handle – Look at the back of the handle inside the tank. There should be a small screw that holds the handle on. Look over the connection before you tighten it. If there are any obvious cracks or wear spots the handle should be replaced. If the back of the handle is in good shape just tighten the screw and it should be fine.
  • Loud Flush – If the toilet sounds very loud after a flush the water pressure is likely too high. Most toilets have a water valve under the tank in the back. Turn down the pressure and it should quiet down.
  • Water in the Float Ball – The floating ball in the back of the toilet is like a hard-shelled balloon. Sitting in the cold water in the back of a toilet can cause the outer shell to break down and let in water. If this happens, the float will get too heavy and needs to be replaced.
  • Splashing or Running Water Sounds – In the back of the toilet there is a pipe that connects directly to the bowl called the overflow pipe. There should be a tube that runs down into it from the refill valve called the refill tube. If the tube comes out of the pipe, the water won’t refill the bowl properly. The water has to raise high enough in the tank to run down the overflow pipe. This running water causes the noise and is easy to fix by simply putting the tube back into the pipe.
  • Toilet Doesn’t Flush – If you push the handle and nothing happens then the chain that connects the handle to the plug at the bottom of the tank has likely come loose. Reconnect the two parts and the toilet will flush again.

Don’t be afraid to repair a toilet

Many people don’t like to deal with toilets because they think they are dirty or the won’t understand what’s wrong. In reality, toilets are pretty simple machines. With a little bit of information it is easy to fix minor problems without calling a plumber.

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How to Avoid Mold Damage to a Home http://allaroundthe.house/home-mold-problem/ http://allaroundthe.house/home-mold-problem/#comments Tue, 02 Jan 2018 13:38:53 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2948

A dry climate can make it hard to grow crops and cultivate food that’s needed for life. However, it also cuts down on unwanted organisms like mold and mildew. People who live where it rains often have more trouble keeping mold out of their yards and flower beds, as well as off of their driveways, […]

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A dry climate can make it hard to grow crops and cultivate food that’s needed for life. However, it also cuts down on unwanted organisms like mold and mildew. People who live where it rains often have more trouble keeping mold out of their yards and flower beds, as well as off of their driveways, patios, and sides of their houses. Some of them even have to deal with mold remediation to get mold and mildew out of their homes.

The outdoor mold can be an annoyance and it can be unsightly, but it’s generally not dangerous. When mold moves to the inside of a home, it can be hazardous to health and it needs to be removed. The mold can come about from water damage, but it can appear through normal living in a damp climate, as well. The best thing to do is to keep mold and mildew from getting started inside the home in the first place.

Most People Assume Mold and Mildew Won’t Bother Them

People who have carpet in their homes are particularly vulnerable to mold growth in wet climates because wet shoes bring a lot of dampness to the carpet. When it comes to water damage, carpet is vulnerable. If the climate in the area is wet for a long period of time and doesn’t have much opportunity to dry out, the carpet can stay damp and mold can begin to grow.

It’s assumed by a lot of people that a good air conditioning system is enough to avoid mold damage, or that plumbing that doesn’t leak is all a person needs, but that’s untrue. Those things are certainly important, but they might not be enough.

Another area that people ignore when it comes to mold and mildew in their homes is what their pets are bringing in. A wet dog lying repeatedly on the same area of carpet or on the same cloth couch can cause mold just as easily as-if not more easily than-wet shoes or damp clothing.

Despite your best efforts to avoid mold, if you find some during a renovation, learn how to deal with it in this post

How to Look for Mold and Mildew in the Home

A musty odor is one of the main clues to mold in a house, and it’s one of the things that people who handle water damage restoration will ask about if you have to call them. Mold can grow in the padding under the carpet, behind baseboards in the drywall, and under sinks, as well as in the corners of damp rooms like bathrooms. Mold and mildew growth can also appear in the shower, and in the area under and around an indoor air conditioning unit if there are any leaks or even a lot of condensation.

If someone thinks that he has mold in his home, it’s a very good idea to look for it-but finding nothing doesn’t mean the mold isn’t there. Instead of giving the home an all-clear, the homeowner who suspects mold but doesn’t see it should call in a water damage restoration professional. Someone who’s trained to look for mold will have the skills and the equipment to find it if it’s there. Once it’s been detected, removing and treating it can begin, and mold damage can be repaired.

Keeping Mold and Mildew Out in the Future

People who have experienced mold in their home in the past want to make sure that it stays out in the future. To do that, some of them take small steps and some of them take larger, more drastic steps for cleaning mold and keeping it at bay. Small steps include using technology such as a dehumidifier to keep the air in the home drier, not allowing animals on the furniture if they’ve been outside, and removing shoes at the door so they aren’t carrying water across the carpet.

Larger steps can include changing out cloth furniture for leather, removing all carpet from the house in favor of tile or hardwoods, and updating the home to have better ventilation in areas like the kitchen and the bathroom. While these kinds of measures can be costly, they reduce the chance of mold and the dangers of it. They also help to avoid costly repairs that need to be performed if mold is found in the home and water damage restoration or mold remediation is needed.

It’s not necessary for a person to live in a sterile environment or move to the desert to get away from mold and mildew, but taking care of a home is important. It can affect the resale value, the health of the occupants, and the overall quality of life for the people in the home.

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Most of our New Year’s resolutions seem to have a lot to do with our physical bodies – losing weight, getting in shape, giving up unhealthy habits and the like. But there are many resolutions that could be made about other parts of your life – maintenance of your home and garden, for instance. Let’s […]

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Most of our New Year’s resolutions seem to have a lot to do with our physical bodies – losing weight, getting in shape, giving up unhealthy habits and the like. But there are many resolutions that could be made about other parts of your life – maintenance of your home and garden, for instance.
Let’s face it, it’s tough keeping up with all the different tasks that must be done in order to keep your home looking its best. I know I certainly don’t get everything accomplished when I should, but I am getting better at this as the years go by.

So in the spirit of the coming new year, here’s a look at potential resolutions for keeping your house and yard in tip-top shape.

• Lose some weight … from your interiors. Look around your home and be honest: Is the clutter starting to creep in? Or has it taken up permanent residence?

The holidays are a time when items come in to the house but don’t always go out in a timely fashion. That’s why this is a perfect opportunity to start looking around and seeing what needs to go away.

It’s time to start putting away the holiday items, get the house back to normal, and above all, find places to stow your extra stuff. Boxes in the family room? Get them to where they belong. Too many items in the den? Make some decisions about what needs to be given away to family, friends, worthy causes or charities.

Cast a critical eye on the inside of your house and clear away the trash, the non-essential items, and the things that don’t enhance your life or the looks of your home. Make countertops clutter-free, bundle up the old magazines for recycling, and clean out the closets and drawers.

Check Out: Clear Your Lawn of Clutter for outside clutter clearing tips

• Get help from above … from your friendly neighborhood roofer. One thing many of us don’t do regularly is to have our roofs inspected. A roofing expert can check and advise, and let you know if there’s debris, damage or other problems up top that need to be remedied. It’s better to do this kind of preventative maintenance now than to have to deal with leaks later on in the winter. Cleaning your gutters, or having someone clean your gutters is a good idea to prevent spillovers and breakage.

• Luxuriate in a beauty treatment … for your entryway. What do people see when they first come into your home? Is your foyer or entryway warm and inviting? Or is it cluttered and dull? Walk through your front door and into your house and pretend you’re seeing it for the first time. Then note any improvements that need to be made.

Some easy ways to dress up the entryway are to clean your front door and polish the hardware, clear away any unsightly items from the porch to give easy access to your guests, cut away encroaching shrubbery, and clean the area thoroughly, with a special eye to getting rid of cobwebs.

You can then add some flowering plants in attractive pots when the weather warms up a bit, on either side of your front door. Primroses, Icelandic poppies and pansies all do well in cool temperatures.

Check Out: Cheap Tips for Accessorizing Your Home

• Look into a facelift … for your living room. When’s the last time you did anything to freshen up your décor? Start looking for little ways to dress up your living room, or whatever room you commonly entertain guests in.

Consider swapping out your sofa pillows, adding new candles or scent diffusers, changing area rugs or even switching window treatments, in order to inject some new life into the old living room.

• Stop smoking … get your chimney cleaned. If it’s been more than two years since your chimney’s been cleaned and inspected, then hesitate no longer. It is wonderful having fires in the fireplace on these cold nights, but chimneys have to be looked after so that your fire will warm the home rather than burn it up. An inspection and cleaning will ensure that there are no gaps, breaks or creosote buildup to worry about.

• Clean up your habits … with earth-friendly products. There are so many eco-responsible cleaning products on the market these days that there are few excuses for not using them. One of the oldest and best: Simple Green, biodegradable and with myriad uses, and concentrated so that a bottle will last a very long time.

In other products, look for those that use lemon juice or baking soda for whitening rather than bleach, and vinegar rather than ammonia. Also, consider making your own cleaning products from these natural items rather than buying them – you’ll save beaucoup bucks while saving the earth.

• Warm your life … with energy-efficient habits. ‘Tis the ideal season to clean or change your furnace filters for maximum heating efficiency, as well as checking for any air leaks that could be bringing chilly temperatures inside the house. Caulking and weatherstripping the gaps will help curtail much of the heat loss.

Check Out: Home Energy Conservation Tips

If you’re concerned about the heating bill, contemplate which would be a better solution, to turn up the heat or to simply put on another sweater. Sometimes just stepping into fuzzy slippers can make you feel much warmer on a frigid day.

Check Out: 10 Ways To Easily Reduce Your Home Heating Bills

Also remember to close your curtains against the cold – they’ll help prevent precious heat from escaping – but on those occasional sunny days, open up the curtains up to get every last ray of sunshine, which will heat the house naturally.

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