What Does An Exterminator Do?

We’ve all noticed a truck or van with the lettering that says Vancouver Pest Control written on the side and might even wondered what that job involves. Ridding businesses and homes of mice, rats, wasps or all manner of pests can be more interesting than most of us might imagine. They may be self employed or work for a business that does large scale pest control of government institutions, schools or food manufacturing facilities.

An exterminator’s job is a balance between getting rid of infestations and dealing with distressed customers. Part of his job is to educate clients on the various methods that are used to deal with their particular problem. Their work environment consists of places like basements, attics and crawl spaces wherever pests like to invade. It may not seem like the most glamorous career and yet the diversity in types of pests and their diverse hide outs can prove interesting. For those so inclined it can be more interesting than a desk job.

The exterminator first talks to the customer regarding the issue after which he goes to work with a specific plan of action. One of the first things the exterminator checks for is a possible source of pests, possibly a garbage or sewage issue. Next he conducts a thorough examination of the infestation which involves carefully examining all suspected areas of the building. Once this is complete the various methods to resolve the issue are discussed with the customer and they sign a consent form.  Then the exterminator gets to work completing a plan of action, the worse case scenario is sealing the house and thoroughly gassing which is required in extreme situations. Mostly it involves spraying insecticides and or pesticides in the correct amount or simply setting traps. Finally the exterminator informs the customer on steps to take to prevent similar problems in the future.

Dealing with customers who may understandably be distressed requires a lot of patience so good communication is needed. As mentioned previously it is a job that requires balance when dealing with pests on one hand and people and their emotions. Sometimes there may even be children in the home who find the idea of killing anything disturbing which calls upon the exterminator to gently explain to them the various diseases and problems that can result from an insect infestation in the house.

Thanks to Local Pest Control for explaining what an exterminator does.

Spring Drainage Tips

 

It’s a brand new season – green grass, blooming flowers, cheerful birds. It is also a perfect time to invite friends for pool parties, barbecue, and other outdoor activities. However, spring season also means rain. For a lot of homeowners, rains brought about by spring can result in a swampy crawl space, flooded basement, soggy lawns, and even damaged foundations.

So while the weather isn’t that bad, it’s a great time for you to do some simple maintenance jobs to ward off possible moisture problems, to avoid expensive repairs and to make way for a stress-free summer.

Below are a number of helpful tips from Wet Coast Drainage Solutions to make your home dry for the coming rainy season.

Clean your gutters

Make sure to check if your gutters are free from leaves and other debris so water can flow freely. You may try to put gutter guards for extra protection. If you opt to change your gutters, aluminum is highly recommended by experts. Aluminum doesn’t invite rust, long-lasting and offered in different colors.

Inspect your roof

Your roof does the heavy work of protecting you against the blazing heat, rain, snow and hail. Make sure to take care of your roof to avoid minor problems becoming huge ones. If you are not afraid of heights, do an assessment from a set ladder. You must check for curled or missing shingles, cracked caulk around pipe collars, flashings that are pitted and rusted, skylights and other roof problems.

Make sure your yard is sloped

Forming a slope in your lawn that leads water away from your house can help by protecting the foundation against pooling water and also stop leakages in the basement.

Trim trees and shrubs

Spring is a perfect time for trimming the trees and shrubs around your house – start early to avoid overgrowing leaves and while you can still see the limbs. Make sure to keep branches away, about 5-7 feet, from your home.  Trimming will help prevent moisture in your siding and roof. It will also discourage raccoons and squirrels from making a home in your roof space.

Waterproof your basement or crawl space

If you have experienced flooding in your basement or crawl space or have seen cracks in your basement walls, it’s a good time to consider waterproofing. Waterproofing in Victoria BC helps in making sure that your basement or crawlspace is dry aside from protecting the foundation of your home.

Ensure good drainage

Good drainage is another key factor to a happy home. To make sure that your home is well protected, apart from keeping away basement leaks, termites, mould, and mildew, make sure that the soil around your house is sloping away from the foundation walls at a minimum of 6 vertical inches over 10 feet. That will ensure snowmelt and rainwater will move away far enough to prevent any problems.

 

When is It Time to Replace Your Home Windows?

For many homeowners, knowing when to replace home windows is crucial as unattended broken home windows increase the risk of wasting money on energy expenses and worsening the extent of the damage. At the end of the day, determining how often to replace your windows can aid you in staying on top of them as they reach the end of their life.

Below are signs that might help you in deciding when to have your windows replaced by First Response Glass.

The window is difficult to open and/or close.

Struggling to open or close your windows isn’t part of your job. If you notice that the tracks on your windows aren’t functioning properly, then it may be a sign to replace them. If you are searching for an easy fix to get you for another season, you can rub the tracks and the window frame using dishwashing soap. This can help in making them glide easier and will give you enough time to save money for the replacement.

Your home feels drafty.

Another sign that indicates your window has aged is the existence of shrinkage or breakage that allows warm air to go out of your house during the winter season, which reduces your home’s energy efficiency. If you notice that your electric bill is out of proportion, you can check by placing your hand in one of your windows to know how much air is going out.

The window sill collects moisture.

If you see paint damage on the walls surrounding your window, moisture might be the culprit. These minor issues may eventually result in extensive repairs that will have you paying for a large amount of money, so it’s important to have your windows replaced promptly.

The window won’t stay open.

If you are having problems in keeping your windows open, and having to place a piece of wood just to prop it open, then it is high time that you have your window replaced. This problem can pose danger to you and your family, especially if you have kids. It is important to have your windows replaced before fingers get caught.

For all your Victoria glass needs, contact First Response Glass in Victoria BC.

How to Disguise Security Cameras Around Your Home

Part of many security measures homeowners can integrate into their home security system are security cameras. Making use of these small and portable cameras by concealing them around the home for added security is easy to learn. Read the tips listed below from Victoria BC Security Systems company Security & Cellular to sufficiently disguise and use your surveillance cameras for increased home security.

Strategically Placed Cameras

Offering the homeowner the ability to monitor activity in real time the cameras are most effective when placed as follows:

  • Install in common areas ( living room, kitchen, toy room )
  • Make sure there is adequate lighting
  • Position the camera to capture wide angles for full surveillance angles

Proper placement of cameras allows homeowners to identify and respond promptly to potentially hazardous situations with the ability to track activity even while away from home. Hidden cameras can serve as visual and evidence in the following situations.

  • Babysitter neglecting children
  • Healthcare provider mistreating an elderly patient
  • A visitor stealing belongings from the home
  • Any attempt to break into the home
  • An alarm event is triggered

Hide cameras in common household items

The choice of everyday items around the house where they will blend into the natural surroundings is the best way for them to avoid detection.

  • Artificial plants, by placing the small camera in a flower pot you can them use the leaves to prevent its discovery
  • Curtain rods offer a position of higher placement and are less likely to be detected
  • Hollow books, when placed inside a hollow book and surrounded by other books the camera will be virtually undetectable
  • Plush toys hidden inside a child’s plush toy allows you to keep an eye on your child and the babysitter
  • Tissue boxes, try cutting a small opening in the side of a tissue box helps you be aware of any suspicious activity while you’re away.

Adhere to local regulations

Before installing surveillance cameras always check with any local laws that may prohibit their use. It can be unlawful to film anyone without their consent, and never film anything in a restroom. When used legally and appropriately hidden cameras can be a useful tool for homeowners concerned about the safety of their family and security of their home. Contact Security & Cellular Plus we’re here to answer any questions regarding the security of your home.

 

To Mount or Mat Fine Art?

Great photographic fine art printing deserve to be prominently displayed. There are a variety of ways for displaying pictures – mounting or matting, for instance, either of which utilizes unique materials and have varying final outcomes. The optimum choice for each artwork or photo greatly depends on how significant they are, how they are printed and what’s the desired display preference. Knowing the various methods and their advantages and disadvantages will help you in determining what options you must take on how to prepare your work for display.

Knowing what’s mounting and matting will give you an idea on how to properly put emphasis on the print for display. Mounting or matting a printed works will aid the viewer in considering the image as more than an object and as an important artwork.

Mounting

To safeguard your image against bending or creasing, to get it ready for framing or to maintain its firmness while it’s hanging on the wall, it is important to have your image mounted on a strong backing. Mounting refers to sticking a print into a backboard. Mounting has three main methods: First, fully adhered the print to the board with the use of the dry-mount process. Second, the print is retained on the board using photo corners. And lastly, the print is adhered in place at points using hinge-mounts. If you opt to mount the image into a backboard without a window mat, then it’s vital that the image is attached in a manner that the adhesive is not visible like the folded hinges or dry-mount tissue.

Matting

Matting is commonly used on works that are done on paper, like prints, drawings, and watercolor paintings. Mats are visible all over the edges of an artwork and come in various colors and materials. Oftentimes, double-matting is used to help emphasize the colors in an artwork; one of the layers may have a neutral color and the other layer has a tint that’s in the art.
For images covered with glass and added matting layer may be recommended to offer more separation between the glass and the artwork. Paper tends to swell in higher humidity and if it makes contact with the glass it may stick to it, which may result in perpetually harming the image.

Mats have three different types. Decorative mats are the least costly and are made from wood pulp that has been reduced to a neutral pH, which means that as it fails it will not leak acids that could harm the artwork. The most used and popular mats are made from lignin-free and acid-neutralized wood pulp which are expensive but can last longer.

Be sure to contact Luminious Print for all your fine art printing in Vancouver needs.

What Is a Dumbwaiter

A good way to describe a dumbwaiter might be to think of it as a small scale freight elevator to move food, laundry and other items from one floor to another. They are not intended to be used by animals or people and can be useful as a portable serving stand or table. They’ve been in use for a long time in restaurants and large, older, private homes and can be handy for moving meals, dishes for example from the kitchen to another level of the home or restaurant. A basic dumbwaiter is designed using shafts, pulleys and ropes to move it between floors. The more modern version can include an electric motor and is similar to  a smaller version of a passenger elevator.

Earlier, simple versions were in use throughout Europe before the 1930”s and consisted of a metal or wooden frame. Basically a box suspended within a shaft with ropes to pull it between floors. These primitive dumbwaiters were widely used in European restaurants as well as  restaurants in larger cities in the United States in the 19th and early 20th Centuries.  Orders were often shouted down the shaft and the filled order was then loaded and delivered to the dining level.  The ropes used at the time were prone to stretch until they tore and pulleys with thin or shallow wheels that were easily pulled off track would up unceremoniously depositing the contents of the dumbwaiter.

Often the simplest ideas are the best ones and beginning in the 1930’s the simple dumbwaiter, long acknowledged for its’ usefulness was modernized. Employing an electric motor and automatic moving systems improved the sometimes faulty rope and pulley system used in earlier models. Some modern dumbwaiters are available with a higher weight capacity and outperform the unsteady dumbwaiters in use in the early 1930’s. Still in use in office buildings, factories and shops to move products with benefits in today’s work world although they play a less prominent role. With the  many multi level homes being built today  the dumbwaiter may find a renewed usefulness in residential settings.

Searching for Home Elevators in Vancouver, contact Russ at Home Elevators of BC.

7 Places To Get Free Moving Boxes

Moving is already a costly undertaking and most of us would rather not pay for something we’re only going to recycle later. With the move towards less packaging, finding boxes free of charge can be just one more item on the list, unless you know where to look. Storage Zone In Lubbock has compiled the following list of places that are a good resource for free moving boxes.

  1. Craigslist. A search of the free section ( under the for sale heading ) is usually a great source for free boxes suitable for moving your belongings. Often people will give boxes away to avoid the hassle of recycling them.
  2. Liquor/wine stores. Ask for boxes with lids to keep items safely packed during the move. Boxes from liquor stores tend to be small and sturdy, perfect for moving books, CD’s, DVD’s or fragile items.
  3. Book stores. A great place to find boxes especially made to pack and move your books safely.
  4. Grocery stores. Although it’s getting harder to get your hands on boxes here with the trend towards less packaging it’s worth a try. Apple boxes with lids are strong and a safe way to move your fragile items.
  5. Dollar stores. With a Dollar store on almost every corner they’re busy and unpacking deliveries on a daily basis so don’t overlook this opportunity. If you don’t have any luck at first enquire as to their delivery times/days and ask to pick up their boxes before they recycle them.
  6. Office supply stores. Office supply need to be packed in sturdy boxes and often come with a lot of packing material that the stores don’t reuse. Check out  Staples or Monk Office Supplies to find good moving boxes for free, ask for boxes from printer/copier paper. These are perfect for moving pots, pans and books etc. – bonus the boxes often come with lids so will require less packing tape.
  7. Restaurants/ coffee shops. McDonalds fry boxes are another source for sturdy boxes, the fries are sipped frozen with no trace of grease they’re  clean. Coffee shops that are busy like the Starbucks on the corner are another good place to find lots of free boxes for your move.

Need more suggestions for finding free moving boxes or other helpful moving tips, contact us at The Storage Zone.