As the seasons change and we begin to close the windows and fire up the furnace problems can occur. If the furnace, water heater or other appliances in your home are fueled by natural gas there should be several carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
Byproducts of natural gas include carbon dioxide and water vapor. Complete combustion of gas produces a harmless mixture of these two byproducts. However, when a fuel is burned without proper air for complete combustion, a toxic gas called carbon monoxide may be produced. Incomplete combustion could happen for a number of reasons:
Here are some simple steps to make your home more accessible if you’re living with someone who has disabilities or elderly. There are a number of trip hazards that should be addressed like throw rugs which can catch or slip under people. You can simply tape them down to prevent slippage and they can be removed easily. Using chairs with arms will help when getting out of the chair. In the kitchen purchasing large handle grips for tableware will help make life easier and also purchasing double handled pots and pans will help. Replacing knob handled door handles with the lever type will help those with arthritis. More complex projects will require installing grab bars in the shower area and near the toilet. Non slip table on the bottom of the tub or shower will also help prevent injuries.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you, disconnect your garden hose and shut off the faucet and drain the supply pipe. NOW! Every year people forget this little procedure and end up with a broken pipe and flood house. After the first frost you should definitely disconnect the garden hose or the water will freeze in the hose and the faucet and pipe. When water freezes it expands and the pipe will burst. There are two types of valves on the outside of the home the newer ones are called frost proof but can be shut off from the outside without danger of bursting. The older lawn faucet valves should be left open and shut off from inside the house. When you locate the valve on the inside there should be a little cap on the side of the valve to back drain the pipe. Make sure you do that.
Here is you’re at home tip for today. There are, many types of roof flashings but the type I see improperly installed more than any other kind is the flashing between a roof and brick. This type of flashing runs along the roof and is then tucked into the brick. The problem is a lot of roofers will use just a piece of base flashing. After a few years and with the movement of the house it begins to have stress on the flashing and pulls it out of the mortar joint. The home owner starts using caulk but it will never be right. The proper way to flash this area is with two pieces of flashing (the base flashing) but a secondary flashing that then tucks into the mortar joint. As the house moves the flashing moves with it preventing any problems. Just proves how important quality contractors can be for your home.
Here is your at home tip for today. I know you don’t do windows well some of us have to and if that’s you pay attention. Step one is to remove any screening that may be covering the glass area of the window. If you have aluminum screening material it may have oxidized on the glass. So if you can see the screen pattern on the window glass dampen a cloth with water and use Bar Keepers friend. There are all kinds of great window cleaners on the market but it you want to mix up your own here goes. 10 quarts of water in a bucket with about 6 oz of rubbing alcohol and a couple of good squirts of Dawn liquid soap. Using a window brush or sponge apply this mixture to the window and scrub to remove any crust type material. Using a good squeegee work top to bottom to clear the cleaning material. That is you’re at home tip for today
We paint our house, seal our deck so do we need to seal our concrete. The answer is; that it is a good idea to seal the concrete every 3 to 5years. Unless you have stamped concrete or an exposed aggregate concrete I would recommend a penetrating sealer. The penetrating seal does just that it penetrates into the surface of the concrete. In fact after it dries you cannot even tell anything has been applied. Sealing concrete helps prevent staining and spalling. It can be applied with a tank sprayer and then brush or roll into the surface if it is necessary. The sealer should never be allowed to puddle or it will be shiny and subject to peeling. Always power wash the surface before sealing. If you are using a water base sealer make sure to apply when the surface dry from water and morning dew.