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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Properly Store An Oriental Rug

When storing an oriental rug for an extended period of time, there are some guidelines that need to be followed to ensure your rug looks just as good when it comes out of storage as it did when it went in.

1. Make sure your rug is clean
You can clean your oriental rug yourself (and you should be cleaning it regularly), but before storage it is best to get it cleaned professionally. Washing removes any bugs, dirt, and contaminates that have accumulated over the years. A professional cleaner will be able to clean the rug much more thoroughly, and will spray it with an insecticide that is safe to use on wool. A professional will also ensure that the rug is completely dry before it is stored. Storing a damp rug will cause mold.

2. Roll your rug
You can fold an oriental rug for storage, but that can create permanent creases and can damage the foundation. Roll the rug around a support tube with the pile facing in. With older rugs, the foundation may be weak, in which case it is best to roll the rug with the pile facing out to lessen the stress on the foundation. For short term storage, you can then wrap the rug in Kraft wrapping paper, or something similar. However, it tears easily and is not water resistant. For long term storage, use Tyvek paper, which is tear and water resistant and allows the rug to breathe. Never use plastic. Wool has high moisture content so wrapping it in plastic cause odor problems-or worse, mildew. If you do take your rug to get professionally washed, many places also offer wrapping services.

3. Find proper storage
Store your rug in a clean, dry place. Avoid attics and garage, as they are not temperature controlled. Find a place that has natural light and air flow. However, avoid a place that has too much light, because that can cause the colors to fade. A room with blinds or curtains is good. Avoid storing your oriental rug directly on the floor if possible, but avoid storing it directly on concrete. Concrete retains moisture which can be damaging to the rug. Keep the storage area clean to prevent rodents and bugs.

4. Check up on your rug
If possible, check on the rug annually to make sure the packaging is secure and there are no signs of rodents or bugs. Unwrap the rug and check for damages. If the rug was professionally cleaned and wrapped then you can get away with check it once every two or three years.

An oriental rug is a big investment, so it’s important to take care of it, even when you’re not using it.

Trenchless Sewer Repair Tips

The task of trenchless sewer repair is one that can be easily and quickly done by any professional with knowledge in the plumbing industry. This is also a project that can be finished by a home repair do-it-yourself home owner. If you are someone that would rather complete the repairs necessary on your own, there are few simple tips and tricks to follow to ensure it is done properly and with few damages.

If you are going to do the work yourself, first and foremost you have to check and see what the local building codes and laws are. The sewer system is one that falls under the jurisdiction of the code enforcement office. Contact them and make certain that you are going to be able to do the small fix without making major changes to outdated fixtures.

Before you get started on the main job of actually fixing the damage, you want to check the surrounding area for any blockages or other obstructions. In most cases you are not going to encounter anything hidden in the pipes. However, you do not want to be halfway through a job only to find a wire that you were not expecting.

Next, you are going to want to find out how big the leak actually is. You can tell in most instances based off of the amount of water you find in your lawn. If an abundance of water pools up in a very short time frame, chances are you are going to need more than just a simple trenchless sewer repair. You are most likely going to want an entire replacement of piping and you have to be prepared for that.

One of the most common reasons that sewer lines get damaged is because of intruding tree roots.

These lively and strong branches can get to your fixtures and poke holes into the piping. Before starting on any project, make sure you do not have any tree roots that are in the way. You do not necessarily have to cut down the tree, but you can cut away the tree roots that are causing the issues.

Make certain that there are no drains or clogs in your sewer lines. If there are blockages, it can make it difficult to discover where the problem is and how much of a fix is going to be necessary. Use drain cleaner and septic tank cleaner in advance of getting to work on your damaged piping.

Two holes are going to be required on either side of the damaged pipe. Locate the problem and dig both holes before you start working. This will allow you to feed through any of the trenchless sewer repair materials that are required to repair the leak.

Finally, it is recommended that you line your sewer piping to protect it from further damages. While you are already working on a repair, you have the access you need to complete this project at the same time.

If the area that you are working on is one that is going to be extremely difficult to access, if you are unaware of where the actual problem is occurring, or if you do not have the time or ability to complete trenchless sewer repair on your own, it recommended that you call in an expert to make sure the problem gets taken care of the right way.

Household Vermin

A little dust and dirt can easily be swept away without worry, but when a home reaches extreme unsanitary conditions, a broom and some disinfectant spray will not be able to resolve the issue. Unsanitary home conditions can include grime and various biohazards. Such elements can destroy the home and the health of the residents who are exposed to them. In addition to the appalling appearance and ghastly odors, a home full of gross filth can also contain another dirty little factor – vermin.

Vermin are pests and unsolicited animals and can include:

• Fleas

• Flies

• Cockroaches

• Bedbugs

• Mice

• Rats

• Other rodents

Any of these objectionable animals are drawn to properties that have unsanitary conditions. If there is food left around and/or there are piles of clutter and filth present, this is the perfect environment for these vermin to inhabit. Such conditions provide ample hiding places and burrows in which the creatures may live undisturbed. With ideal food and shelter, these creatures can thrive and breed, taking over the property.

These abhorrent organisms can destroy the property structure. With their gnawing and scratching combined with fecal matter and urine, a home’s structure can deteriorate and weaken. In addition to structural damage, these pests can also target electrical wiring and other dangerous household features, which can lead to additional dangers such as fires. The structural damages can be dangerous to the safety of the residents, exposing them to possible injuries.

Vermin also carry disease and bacteria due to their filthy conditions. The unaddressed fecal matter and urine can also be components that may cause ailments. Illnesses can result from hosts of the bacteria and be passed on from one living creature to another, infecting the inhabitants of the home. If improperly addressed, such conditions can affect the health of residents, anywhere from minor illness to critical health condition.

If the home hosts the ideal conditions for vermin, it is necessary to start with the property clutter cleanup prior to hiring an exterminator. This will eliminate any hiding places vermin may seek. Once an initial cleanup is completed, an exterminator may be called to eradicate the pest problem. After expelling any pests that were residing in the property, another cleanup will dispel any unsanitary conditions still remaining, such as unaddressed biohazards. A qualified professional crew is prepared to take on such clean up jobs in order to improve living conditions and eliminate health hazards.