A great Do It Yourself, Chemical Free Drain Cleaner you can use around your home in place of those harsh chemical clog cleaners you normally buy.
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With the winter season coming upon us, which in Vancouver is actually more of a rainy season, the important topic of having clean rain gutters comes up.
To ensure your gutters are functioning properly and draining the water it is recommended that you have them cleaned a few times per year.
Here are some great tips on what to look for and how to properly maintain your gutters.
Cleaning the Gutters:
There is absolutely no short cut to doing this, the only way is by getting up on the ladder and reaching into the gutters to pull out all the leaves but the best way to make your life a bit easier is to do this after a good rain.
The rain causes the leaves and other debris to stick together making it easier to take out.
To ensure your safety, always be sure to use a safe ladder and have someone around spotting you and no matter what, never try to reach further than you should.
Flush the Downspouts:
To flush the Downspouts clean, take the hose up with you on the ladder and spray water from the hose directly into the downspouts until they are flushed clean.
Inspect Fascia Boards:
Fascia Boards are the underside of your roof overhang that most gutters are attached to.
If they are not properly fastened the gutters can come loose when they are full of leaves and debris or during the next major storm and can end up damaging your home.
Another major problem to look for when inspecting your Fascia Boards is that since they are made of wood they can rot over long periods of time.
To avoid dry rot make sure there is no mould growing on the wood and ensure that all screws are tightly screwed in.
Repair Holes / Leaks:
Small holes and leaks in your gutter can be easily fixed by filling them in with putty or roofing cement.
Larger ones will need to be filled with fitted sheet metal so you may need to call a professional for that.
As the temperature begins to drop and the sun rises and sets later on in the day, it is a sign that the warm summer days are ending and the cold winter days are beginning.
For those who have fireplaces in their home, it also means that it is time to start lighting up ye ole’ fireplace to help keep their homes warm.
But before you do you might want to get a professional in for a WETT and SITE inspection in order to deem whether your fireplace is safe to use or if you may need to have some work done on it first.
WETT stands for Wood Energy Technology Transfer inspection of a solid fuel-burning system.
It must be performed by a WETT Certified professional for compliance with applicable codes and standards.
SITE is a set of standardised guidelines and procedures that are done in three levels.
Level 1 (Readily Accessible):
The system can be described as quickly or easily reached for inspection.
Level 2 (Accessible):
The system can be described as reachable for the purpose of inspection / evaluation.
Access could first require the moving or removal of a panel, door or other types of covering and could require the use of ladders and common tools such as a screwdriver, wrench or hammer.
Level 3 (Concealed Accessibility):
The system can be described as accessible only by invasive means.
This may require the removal of constructed area of the system or building to gain access for the purpose of implementing a level-3 inspection / evaluation.
It may also require the use of speciality tools and equipment.
So before you light up that fireplace this upcoming Winter be sure to give some professionals a call and schedule your inspection.
With Winter on its way. it is time to end our garden adventures and begin cleaning things up for the cold upcoming winter days.
Here is a great list of things you should consider following to help prepare for next spring:
With the big thanksgiving weekend coming up, many of us will be spending this week doing some extra tidying up in our homes before our friends and family show up on the weekend to feast on some deliciously baked Turkey.
Here is an easy, do it yourself scent recipe to help mask those lingering cooking odours while your family and friends visit during Turkey Day.
This great recipe is a potpourri type of mixture that will have your home smelling like a Winter / Christmas Season in no time at all.
What you will need to make it:
Combine all the ingredients in a medium sized sauce pot.
Fill the pot with water until it is about ¾ of the way full.
Place the pot on the stove and bring to a gentle boil.
Reduce the heat to a simmer, adding more water as needed.
You can turn off the stove and re-light and set the pot to simmer every few hours to keep your home smelling good throughout the day.
The holidays are coming up and the beginning of Fall is the perfect time to begin cleaning up your home to avoid that huge job a week before the holiday season.
Here are a few places you can start decluttering to help get a start on your fall cleaning.
Take all the spices, seasonings and condiments out of the cabinet and give the shelves a quick cleaning.
Before putting everything back in the cabinet be sure to check on their expiration dates and throw out any expired products.
Our freezers usually become like a black hole, things go in but many never come out.
Unplug your freezer and let any ice that has been building up for months to defrost, pull out all the items you have inside and go through them one by one seeing what can be put back in and what you should just go ahead and dispose of.
Now that summer is over it is time to take a look at what you really did wear and what you bought but never got to wearing.
Choose what you want to keep and what you may want to donate or sell.
While you have all those shoes out be sure to give the closet or shoe rack a good dusting.
Any toys that your kids have outgrown should be gotten rid of now in the fall in order to make room for the new toys coming for the Holidays.
Clean up, repair and put away your garden tools and supplies so they will be clean and ready to be used for next spring.
Do a quick sweep and dust in your living room, collect all outdated magazines and books you know you will never read again or are not interested in reading and donate them to your local library and make space for the new ones.
Most of us have some beauty products laying around in our bathroom that we bought months, maybe even years ago and have never touched them or we tried them but didn’t like them so we just left them there to gather dust.
It’s time to gather up all these products and get rid of them, maybe ask some friends there is always a few of them that will gladly take some beauty products off of your hands.
We have all used rubbing alcohol to clean out cuts before putting on a band-aid but did you know that rubbing alcohol is a great choice for disinfecting more stuff than just your bruises?
You can use it to clean your bathroom, kitchen and many other places.
Get rid of water stains and keep your mirror and any other reflective surfaces streak free by wiping it down with rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth.
Add a little bit to a clean cloth and use it to wipe down your granite counter tops to give it a nice shine.
Your blinds attract a ton of dust and grime coming in from the outside so instead of just giving it the usual dusting, give it a nice wipe down afterwards with some alcohol to help kill any bacteria.
Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spray a little bit throughout your room to help eliminate lingering odours.
If you have some ink stains on your clothes, give it a pre-wash with some alcohol, it will ensure that when you wash the piece of clothing the stains will come right off.
Grease stains have a tendency to go unnoticed, allowing them to build up over time and cover huge portions of items in your kitchen.
Over a period of time, this can damage the wooden cabinets in your kitchen if you let it build up.
Here are a few solutions you can try out from small easy to remove grease stains to the huge pesky ones that will take some serious cleaning to remove.
The first cleaning solution is for easy small grease stains and requires the following:
Mix two tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap with two cups of warm water, dip the cloth into the solution and use to wipe down the cabinet doors.
Rinse the area clean with a water-soaked sponge and then dry using the second cloth.
If your grease stains are a bit more pesky to remove we suggest you try this second solution, what you will need is:
Mix together one cup of white vinegar with two cups of warm water and two tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap, dip the cloth into the solution and use to wipe down the cabinet doors.
Rinse the area clean with a water-soaked sponge and then dry using the second cloth.
After you finish washing and drying the cabinet doors wipe them down with a small amount of scented oil to give it that polished look plus it also gives it a great smell.
Vinegar is one of the best choices when wanting to do an eco-friendly cleaning.
Unfortunately, Vinegar has that horrible smell that you really would not want your home to smell like after cleaning it.
The easy solution to that problem is a great solution you can make that will make your vinegar solution smell good and still be as effective as ever.
All you will need to make this cleaning solution is the following:
Gather up a few dried pine needles that you can find on the floor beneath the evergreen tree, remove the needles and place them into a glass jar.
Fill the jar with white vinegar until all of the needles are covered.
Put the lid back on the jar, make sure it is sealed nice and tight, then put the jar in a dark cupboard to sit for a few weeks.
We recommend to let the needles soak for at least five weeks before using.
After you have let the solution sit for a few weeks, filter the needles out of the vinegar using a colander and you are done.
Use about 1/3 of the vinegar mixed with 2/3 of water for a general cleaning.
* For best results for your vinegar solution, be sure to store it in a cool, dark place when you are not using it.
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