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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Common Garbage Disposal Problems and How to Fix Them

1. Blades Aren’t Churning Up Waste

This is one of the first signs of trouble with a garbage disposal. You put waste into the sink, turn the disposal on, and… nothing.

Things just get sort of stirred around. But, they are not chopped up and carried away in your drains. Obviously, having things that are too large for the drain pipes is a bad idea because it will clog the drains, causing a back up in your sink.

The Problem: most often, the problem is that things are being put into the garbage disposal that don’t belong. Hard seeds (like avocado), eggshells (soft, but the inner skin can tangle up the blades), nut shells, and other hard substances can dull the blades, making chopping impossible.

Solution: have a plumber replace the blades of your disposal. This will get things moving properly. But, be wary of what you put in the unit in the future to avoid dulling the blades prematurely again.

2. Straining Motor

If you hear a groaning, grinding, or any other type of “straining” sound when you run the disposal, your motor is struggling to work.

This happens most often because the blades are being impeded.

The Problem: Do you drop vegetables or egg shells into you garbage disposal? If so, this could be the cause. Certain fruits, vegetables, and other stringy food wastes can get tangled in the blades or motor. This causes it to strain, work harder than it should, and possibly burn out.

The Solution: have a professional plumber inspect and clean the motor, blades, and general area, including the drains. If there is still a problem, the unit may need to be replaced.

3. Not Turning On

The problem: Wiring issues, blown fuse, broken motor

The solution: this can be checked by a plumber or electrician. If you flip the switch and get nothing, then it can either be an electrical problem, or the unit needs to be replaced. Either way, this is not a DIY job.

4. Bad Smell

This is usually a very dangerous problem. If you are noticing a sour, or rotten smell coming from your kitchen sink, it could be an issue with your garbage disposal having food particle caught in the blades, the motor, or user the disposal in the pipes.

Oily foods, grease, coarse food waste can all slip past the blades and clog your drain, leading to a very unhealthy build up of bacteria.

Winter Pest Control Tips

When the spring and summer months finally arrive, several species of wild animals come out of hibernation or hiding for the season. This is when home owners start to notice signs of pest problems and wild animal presence on their properties. Although warmer weather brings on a whole new arena of wild animal invasion and pest control problems, winter time is also a season to consider when it comes to home and property protection.

The truth is, there are various species of wildlife that can still pose a threat to our properties in the fall and winter months. It is recommended to learn how to animal-proof your property and inspect your home for animal invasion; such as bats, raccoon’s, squirrels, opossums, skunks, and even snakes. Continue reading to catch up on some helpful winter pest control tips for home and property protection from wildlife.

Animal-Proofing for Winter

One of the best approaches to home protection from wild animals is preventative maintenance. There are so many things that attract raccoon’s, bats, and other pests to a home or backyard. For example, food and shelter are the number one reasons wild animals invade our areas. They need a place to feed, breed, and hibernate that is far away from harsh weather or cold temperatures.

Our attics, crawl spaces, garages, outdoor sheds, roofs, basements, and patios are perfect hideaways for wildlife. Thousands of dollars in home damages and endless stress can be a result of animal infestations such as these. In order to thwart these types of pests from coming to your property, certain preventative measures must be considered and implemented. This includes:

  • Do Not Leave Dog or Cat Food Outside
  • Remove or Lock Up Garbage Cans
  • Take Out Trash Morning of Trash Day
  • Make Sure Home is Sealed Tight (i.e. loose roof shingles, cracks in siding, etc.)
  • Remove Bird Feeders and Squirrel Feeders
  • Lock Doggie Doors at Night
  • Call a Professional Animal Control Company for an Interior Inspection

Winter pest control can be manageable if these strategies and preventative maintenance are implemented regularly. It is especially important for home owners that live near wooded areas to take these preventative maintenance tips seriously. Raccoon’s, bats, and other wildlife are smarter than we think when it comes to finding clever ways into our homes and properties. They can cause an extreme amount of mess and damage that may or may not be covered in your home owner’s insurance policy.

It is vital to stop animal intrusions before they begin. As soon as you are aware wild animals are visiting your property, call an animal control specialist for advice and possible service. If you believe there may already be raccoon or bats in the attic, have a licensed animal control company facilitate an inspection and map out an extraction plan that is safe and will not harm wildlife.

Tips to Renovate on a Budget

The new year is the best time to make some new changes in your life, including changes in your home. If you are considering selling it is always a good idea to present your home in the best possible light, and even a small renovation may greatly increase the value. Have you wanted to do some renovations and improvements but you still find yourself stuck? One of the main concerns for many people is their budget. They always postpone their project because they are worried about the amount of money that they have to will spend.

Well procrastinate no more because in this post, I will share with you some practical tips that will help you improve your house without having to spend break the budget.

Tip 1: Come up with DIY decor – unleash your creative side by coming up with DIY decor ideas. You will not only save money but you will also be able to come up with personalized designs that will make things so much more special. Plus, it is always fun to do some arts and crafts once in a while.

Tip 2: Look for discounted furniture and appliances – if you are planning to buy some new furniture then be sure to look for warehouse sales where you can buy items at discounted prices. Some appliance stores have deals up to half price on models with dents and dings – sometimes the dent may not even show! You may also opt for buying second-hand items. Always compare prices so you can get most of your money’s worth.

Tip 3: Play with colors – another tip to consider is playing with color. You can change the appearance of a room just by changing wall paint color. Therefore, be sure to choose a suitable color to enhance the mood and atmosphere in the room. You may also use variety of shades of the chosen color to add character and to add beauty. For example, if you decided to choose blue then you may go for lighter shade of blue for the ceiling which will give the appearance of extra height.

The internet is an excellent source of inspiration for all these ideas above. I find I can discover so many creative ideas online. However visiting the library and dragging home some beautiful home design books to browse through beside the fire is also a real treat.

Buying a new house would indeed be a great way to start your year. If not, renovating your existing house is also a great change to look forward to. Following the tips in this post will help you improve the appearance of your house without worrying about your budget.