Homeowner Tips and Tricks for the Winter

Homeowner Tips and Tricks for the Winter

We have collected some of the most useful tricks and tips to prepare homeowners for the winter. If you read through these articles you will be ready to take on the winter.

Protect Pipes from Freezing

To protect the pipes from freezing in the winter try to insulate them with snap-on foam. Apply the foam to the pipes that are accessible without any gaps. Secure the foam with duct tape around the joints. If you have a garden hose, a sprinkler system or exterior faucet, it is crucial you drain them. Blow compressed air through the hose or sprinkler system to drain them. If you don’t drain the water out of them, the water will freeze and that can damage the pipes and the hose.

DeIce the Sidewalks and Stairs

fireDuring the winter, every time someone goes out or in your home, you are putting them in danger. There is a possibility they will slip on the ice and fall. To prevent the ice from forming on your sidewalk or stairs you need to use some kind of dicer chemical solution. They contain a certain amount of salt because salt water has a much lower freezing point than regular water. It will only break the bond between the ice and the concrete you will still need to shovel it off.

 Fire safety equipment

There are 2 items that you need to have in your home if you going to have a fireplace. Fire Extinguisher is important because if the fire somehow spreads through the house you need to have something to put it out with. A Smoke Detector can be very useful. If you are asleep you probably wouldn’t notice the smoke and you would suffocate. Having installed a smoke detector it can save your life by alarming you there are smoke and a possible fire in the house.

Tips how to clean your kitchen

Tips how to clean your kitchen

Microwave hack

If you have a problem with a dirty microwave and you can’t remove the food that is baked on the inside of it, here is a simple trick that will help you clean it. Fill up a cup with water and put a slice of lemon in it. Place it in the microwave turn it on and wait for it to boil. When the water starts boiling wait one minute then turn it off, but don’t open the door. You need to let the steam loosen up all the baked food inside the microwave. After 10 minutes, you can open the door and start cleaning the inside of your microwave. Everything should be coming off easily.

Cleaning the Disposer

fridgeIf you frequently use your disposer, it will probably start smelling very badly after some time. We will provide you with 2 different tips to get rid of the gross smell. The first trick you can try out is to clean the inside of the splash guards. Simply lift the rubber up and use a toothbrush to scrub all the grease that has stuck to it. If that doesn’t help, try out the citrus method. All that you need for this is some orange or lemon peels and ice cubes. Here is how to do it: 1. let the water run at half speed, then drop in the lemon peels.  Then turn off the water and run the disposer for about 5 seconds. After that, leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. 2. Turn on the water and put in a few ice cubes. The ice will work like a brush inside the disposer. After that just flush it out and the bad smell should be gone.

Get rid of Stink from the Fridge

Refrigerators usually start to smell bad when the power goes out and the food that is inside starts decaying. After removing all the food, the smell usually stays. To remove the bad smell, you need some charcoal and newspaper. Fill the trays of the freezer with charcoal and fill the shelves with newspaper. Let it sit for a few days and the smell will be gone.

Cheap ways to secure your home from thieves

Cheap ways to secure your home from thieves

Secure your Deadbolt

deadboltsThese days picking a lock is something that is easy to learn. Even amateur thieves can pick deadbolt locks. To prevent thieves from picking your lock, all you need to do is buy and install the SIMLock. It will stop the deadbolt from turning and that way make your door thief proof. Remember, you can use this tip only if you have a deadbolt that locks in vertically.

Door Alarms

You might think that installing an alarm in your home is expensive and you are not completely wrong. Installing a professional alarm system in your whole house can be expensive. But there is a cheaper alternative. Secure your doors and windows with cheap alarms. They are not activated by sound but with opening doors and windows. You can buy one at your local home centres. The installation is simple, attach one piece to the wall next to the door and the second piece to the door. You should leave ½ inch space between them. They are working on a magnetic principle. When someone opens the door, the connection between those two pieces is lost and sets the alarm off. Burglars hate noises and even a small alarm like these can make them run away.

Secure your belongings

alarmWhen a thief gets into your home, there is nothing you can do to stop him from taking whatever he wants. So making sure that you secure some of the most valuable items in your home is extremely important. The best solution is to buy a safe. When buying a safe, make sure that the safe has the option of securing onto the wall or floor. That is important because you don’t want the thief running away with your safe. Safes can be a little more expensive, depending on the type, is it fireproof or not and what kind of opening system it has – biometric or digital. Once you successfully installed the safe in your home, you can be sure that what items you put in inside will be safely locked away from any thief.