Winterize Your Windows This Winter

 

Thoughts of curling up in front of a warm, cozy fire with a cup of hot chocolate may be something you look forward to with the change in seasons. One thing that can quickly spoil that feeling is cold seeping in from the windows of your home. According to a glass Victoria company, they’re basically, there are 2 different ways to deal with the issue: prevent cold air from coming in through cracks around the windows or insulate the glass from winter chill with temporary or permanent coverings.

Sealing and Caulking Windows – When windows are first installed they are caulked around exterior trim and sometimes around window fins to reduce air leakage. With time it may be time to repair or replace rotted wood frames and seal or replace cracked or broken glass. Inspect each window frame for cracks or gaps or signs of deteriorating caulking, rotten wood or missing glass and carry out any needed maintenance.

Weather Stripping – Depending on your skill level when it comes to DIY projects there are a few options for weather stripping. Felt is cheap, easy to install however it’s not very durable or resistant to moisture. Vinyl is reasonably priced but more difficult to install and metal may not look good when installed on older homes. If you looking for the most efficient choice magnetic strips are the more expensive option.

Storm Windows – Storm windows were popular when all windows were single pain but didn’t provide very good insulation. Plastic sheets can be used for one season even plastic panels or high quality low -emissivity glass that reduce heat transmission are available. If you can afford low quality storm windows you may want to consider replacement windows.

Thermal Window Coverings – Thermally lined drapes can provide an easy way to keep the heat inside. Hang them as close to the window as possible and let then stop at the floor or sill.

Window Film – A great choice for insulating windows to keep the sun out in summer and the house cool and the heat inside in winter is window film. You may want to consider film which provides the latest alternative to year round temperature control.

For more information about window film look no further than First Response Glass in Victoria BC.

Common Winter Pests

Winter is the time of year everyone likes to spend more time indoors where it’s so warm and cozy. Some pests don’t differ in that way and while some go into hibernation others want to invade your home with all the warmth and food source to tide them over until Spring arrives. Your local pest control association strongly suggests that homeowners take some precautions to keep these pests from invading your home. Listed here are the most common pests that a Vancouver pest control company sees and how to deter them.

House Mice

By far the most common rodent you will encounter is the house mouse hidden away in dark, secluded places. Once in the attic or basement they can cause serious damage by chewing through drywall or electrical wires that can spark an electrical fire. They can contaminate food and spread disease like salmonella and tapeworms.

Norway Rats

Along with the house mouse Norway rats will nest in basements as well as piles of debris and other undisturbed materials. They have the ability to gnaw through plastic or lead pipe in search of food or water. These carriers of diseases like jaundice, rat bite fever and cowpox virus need to be preventing from invading your home.

German Cockroaches

The most common type of cockroach, the german cockroach is found all over the world and can be found in small areas close to food and moisture in your home. Gaining entry by way of second hand appliance, grocery bags or boxes they prefer the kitchen or bathroom. Once inside they can contaminate food sources and spread bacteria and human pathogens and are known to trigger allergies, exacerbate asthma symptoms especially in children.

Brown Recluse Spider

Found in closets, attics, crawl spaces and basements where they like to spin their webs, be sure to check inside cardboard boxes, under window moldings and inside seldom used clothing or shoes. They can bite and inject venom when disturbed so approach with caution.

Raccoons

These pests are known to enter homes through attics and chimneys in search of a denning place and are a major host of rabies.

If you have concerns about these common winter pests contact us now at Local Pest Control.

What Are Average Carpet Cleaning Prices

 

Hiring a professional carpet cleaning Vancouver service to clean your carpets helps reduce the appearance of wear and tear and keeps carpets looking like new. Homeowners can opt to do the job themselves rather than hiring a professional carpet cleaning service fearing they may be overcharged. Here are two common ways professionals calculate pricing for their services.

Homes vary in size and often contain more than one type of flooring which means pricing is determined on an individual basis. When professional carpet cleaning services set a price they may charge per room which is a rate for each room in the house. Generally there is a maximum size for a room and based on the square footage a larger room may be seen as two rooms if it’s over the size cap. Moving furniture is an extra charge and homeowners can cut costs by moving couches, entertainment centers and other heavy objects themselves.

A list supplied by Angie’s list members reports users paying from $25 to $75 per room or an average of $51 per room depending where you live. A smaller home may pay slightly more because the company needs to offset travel and material costs.

The second factor when determining price is the method homeowners choose. Steam cleaning is the most popular method and uses hot water extraction and does not actually use steam as the name implies. It works by pushing very hot water along with a cleaning product into the carpet, the resulting moisture is then removed using suction. Carpets require at least a full 24 hours to fully dry. Carpet manufacturers recommend steam cleaning and require that carpets be cleaned using this method to keep the carpet warranty valid. Professional services may use a portable steam cleaner or a vehicle mounted unit for more powerful suction.

The other method is dry carpet cleaning known as “ low moisture “ or  “encapsulation “ cleaning. Utilizing a cleaning solution and minimal water to deliver a quick cleaning, the downside is it can’t deliver as deep or powerful a cleaning as the wet clean method.

Pricing for an average 2200 square foot home is $362 for the steam cleaning and $461 using the dry method.

When those carpets need a good deep cleaning contact us at Local Carpet Cleaning.

Tips for Cleaning Home After a Flood

 

Flood can easily destroy houses, leaving homeowners to wade through the water to rip down carpets and drywall after it hits. But after a flood hits, residents must first clean up their houses before they can to proceed to repairs.

If your area is hit by a natural disaster such as flooding, you may have to wait for days before repair companies can respond to you. So while you are waiting, below are a few things you can do on your own to deal with the flood damage in Calgary.

Turn off the power.

Make sure that you isolate the power in your house by tripping the main circuit-breaker. If you are going to use power tools in your cleanup, use battery-operated tools instead of 240 volts tools. You can also use a generator if needed. This is to ensure that no one in your house gets electrocuted for electrical connections may have been damaged by the flood.

Walk around your home.

After evacuating your home from a flood, don’t rush back inside your home. Make sure to check the area of your property for damaged gas lines, fallen or lose power lines and cracks in the foundation. Another area to check is the roof, check for damaged shingles that may need repairs. And if there are trees around your home, carefully check if they are stable.

Start clean-up quickly.

Another important thing to keep in mind after a flood is mould growth. It is imperative to have all item in your house dried within 48 hours. The longer they remain damp, the more mould will grow. You can start by opening windows and using dehumidifiers and fans to promote air circulation.

Salvage and clean carpeting.

After a flood, it would be best to remove carpets and rugs to have professionals clean them. If only a part of your carpet or rug is wet, you can just use a wet-dry vacuum to dry them. After which you can hire professionals to clean after they are dry. You can also use fans in speeding up the drying process.

Depending on the damage, you may have to remove your carpeting to completely dry up the padding and floor. And, it may be better to replace the padding to avoid mould and mildew. Make sure to use disinfectant spray after cleaning and drying.

Inspect appliances.

For small appliances like oven toasters and coffee makers, make sure to check if there are exposed wires. For bigger appliances like fridges, washer and ranges, call professionals to check the wires and components.

Open up the fridge.

Contents in your fridge like meats, dairy and leftovers must be thrown away after 48 hours. It’s okay to save condiments. Contents in your freezer are safe for roughly 48 hours, anything perishable after 2 days must be thrown away.

Clean clothing — twice.

For fabrics that are washable, you can wash them in cool water with powdered detergents. Powdered laundry detergents are great for removing dirt and clay while cool water helps by making sure stains don’t settle.

After this initial step, wash them again this time using hot water that’s safe for fabrics with powdered laundry detergent and either all-fabric bleach or chlorine. After making sure all stains are removed, air dry them. For garments that are non-washable, you can take them to a dry cleaner.

Contact a restoration Calgary if your home has been flooded as they’ll be able to get you back on track in no time.