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Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Moving Out? Keep These 4 Things In Mind When You Rent A Dumpster

When you plan to move to a new house, a dumpster rental can be a great way to dispose of items and furniture you will not need in your new house. However, there are a few things to keep in mind so that the process goes smoothly. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you rent a dumpster.

Find Out If You Need a Permit

If you get a dumpster without the proper permits in some towns, you will have to pay hefty fines. Save yourself some trouble by heading to your local building permit office to find out if you need a permit for your dumpster.

Your town may not be the only authority you need to check with. If you are part of a homeowner’s association, you might not be permitted to have a dumpster unless you get permission from the association board.

Make a Plan

Once you’ve called a dumpster rental company and know when the dumpster will arrive, you have to make a plan about how you will get the job done.

Since you are moving, if you already have the keys to your new place, think about moving belongings to the new place before the dumpster arrives. That way, when the dumpster gets there, everything left in the house can go in the dumpster.

If you don’t yet have a place to move your things, try gathering the things you plan to throw away. Put them as near to the door as you can, so when the dumpster arrives, you need not travel far to get to the things you want to get rid of.

Fill the Dumpster Properly

You may not have thought very much about how to fill the dumpster; you might plan to toss things in there. However, when you fill the dumpster in an efficient manner, you will be able to fit more things inside. That may save you money, because you won’t have to get another dumpster in the future.

How do you fill the dumpster properly? To start, break down as much as you can. Instead of tossing empty cardboard boxes into the dumpster for instance, break them down until they are as flat as possible. If you have furniture you can disassemble into smaller pieces, do so to make more space in the dumpster.

Save plastic garbage bags until after you’ve put in everything else you want to dispose of. That way, you can stick the bags into empty spaces.

Keep the above tips in mind, and your dumpster rental experience will be a success. You can move with only the things you want to take, and the dumpster rental company can take the rest.

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Inexpensive Ways Of Keeping Your Gas Consumption Low

Do you want to minimize your propane gas usage during the cold season? There are many ways of doing this, but some of them aren’t exactly cheap. Here are a few inexpensive measures that you can try:

Fill the Holes Around Electrical Boxes

Do your exterior boxes have some electrical boxes in them? If they do, then you are probably losing some heated air around those places. In most houses, the boxes do not have proper insulation around and behind them, which leads to considerable drafts.

Luckily, this is something you can easily fix. You just need to remove the cover plates in the boxes and fill the small gaps with acrylic latex caulk. Next, cover the outlet with a foam gasket and then replace the cover plate. If you handle the work yourself, then you will just spend the few dollars for buying foam.

Seal the Gaps Around Wall Extrusions

Apart from electrical boxes, extrusions in your walls may also have some gaps around them. Plumbing fixtures such as gas lines and water pipes, as well as electrical cables, are the common causes of these gaps. During installation, contractors use different kinds of caulks to fill them, but these dry off and let in cool air from outside. If that is the case, then you should get some expanding foam to fill the holes.

Cover the Windows Panes

Windows are some of the most common routes through which heat loss occur. Replacing your windows with more energy efficient ones would be ideal, but that is going to cost you considerable money. Assuming that there are no gaps around the frame, a cheaper alternative is to cover the windows with a film of clear plastic. Do the same for other openings covered by large glasses, for example, sliding patio doors. They are inexpensive, and there are even scratch-resistant varieties to maintain your window aesthetics.

Take Care of the Space Around the Chimney

Lastly, if you have a chimney, then you may also be losing some warm air through the chimney, thereby causing your furnace to work extra hard.  Don’t forget that closing the chimney flue doesn’t make the area airtight; some warm air will still escape.

Have you heard of a chimney balloon? This is an inflatable balloon that blocks the airflow whenever you are not using the chimney. You are supposed to take it down while using the chimney, but even if you don’t, they are designed to self-deflate when there is a fire in the chimney.

All these measures are meant to keep cold air outside the house, and to keep the heated air inside. If you don’t do this, then your furnace will consume more gas to heat up the extra air.

For more information about propane and propane tanks, contact Anderson’s Propane or a similar company.

 

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Don’t Be Tricked By Bed Bugs! Arm Yourself With These Prevention Tips

There are a few common misconceptions when it comes to bed bugs. For one, people think that as long as they maintain a clean house that they won’t get bed bugs. For two, people tend to believe that if they live in a nice neighborhood and not in an apartment that they won’t get bed bugs. The truth of the matter is that anyone and everyone is at risk of getting bed bugs regardless of how clean their home is or where their home is located. Read on to learn how you can prevent bed bugs.

Prevention Tips for Hotel Stays

  • Think about using a large plastic bag to store your suitcase in while you’re staying in a hotel.

  • Before you unpack, make sure to do a visual inspection of the room, including the mattress seams, chairs, sofas and behind the headboard. If you see something suspicious, notify the hotel’s management and request a new room or a refund so that you can stay elsewhere.

  • Avoid placing your suitcase on the bed. Instead, place it on a rack that is off the floor and away from the wall. Alternatively, you can keep it in the bathtub.

  • When you return home from a vacation or business trip, make sure to vacuum all suitcases inside and out. Bed bugs are known to hitch rides whenever they can.

  • Don’t forget to also wash the clothes in your suitcase immediately.

Prevention Tips for the Office

  • Make sure that you thoroughly vacuum and clean every inch of the office, including the lobbies, hallways, offices, storefronts, kitchens and bathrooms. This should be done every day.

  • Avoid clutter when possible, as this is the perfect hiding spot for bed bugs.

  • Inspect new packages upon arrival for any signs of a bed bug infestation before allowing them inside the office.

  • For business owners or managers, make sure that employees know to report a home bed bug infestation. This will allow you to take the proper precautions at the office to avoid an infestation in the office.

General Prevention Tips for Everyone

  • Make sure you have a bright, LED flashlight on hand so that you can perform quick inspections.

  • Always wash clothes in hot water, as the bed bugs do not like the hot temperature.

  • Avoid purchasing second-hand items, especially box springs and mattresses. If you must, make sure that you do a very thorough inspection of the items before allowing them inside your home. In fact, it may be better to leave this type of inspection up to a professional, like those at Professional Termite & Pest Control Inc.

It may be wise to consider scheduling a bed bug inspection soon just to ensure that your home isn’t already infested. While you’re at it, make sure to request information on how to do your own monthly visual inspections so that you can catch an infestation early on. 

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Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

3 Easy Tips For Beginner Recyclers

One of the easiest ways to go green this year and offset your carbon footprint is to implement recycling as part of your waste disposal at home. With just a few simple steps and a bit of follow through, you and your family can be on your way to having a positive environmental impact on your community and on the world as a whole.

Set Up Your Home

Recycling doesn’t have to be a chore if you take the time to set your home up to make the process more streamlined. Pick up two different containers to hold recyclable items at any hardware store. Next, designate one container for glass items only. All other recyclables can be collected in the second container.

Then make room for these containers in an easily accessible area near the kitchen. The closer you can get them to your regular garbage bin, the better. This distance is important because you are much more likely to take the time to separate things here versus traveling to multiple spots throughout the home. 

Know Which Items Can Be Recycled

Unlike regular garbage collection, recycling has certain criteria that must be met before an item can be tossed in the container. The most common recyclable items in American homes include metals like aluminum and tin cans, paper, cardboard, glass, plastics, batteries, electronics, and even light bulbs. 

It is best to check with your garbage collection company ahead of time to see what services are offered locally and to make sure they do not have certain restrictions in place. When it comes to recycling, take the time to do your homework before putting items in your recycling bins.

Choose a Method That Fits Your Schedule

In most areas people have the option to have recycling picked up weekly or to drop it off at a recycling facility. While choosing to have your recycling picked up can be more convenient, it usually comes with an extra fee. Alternatively, dropping your recycling off at a processing facility is normally free. As an added bonus, in certain areas you can even be reimbursed for the items you recycle.

Whichever option you choose, it is important to remember that recycling facilities require all your items to be separated into appropriate bins. This is where your careful planning really works in your favor. Because you’ve already purchased separate recycling bins for your home, you won’t have to go through the process during a drop off. 

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Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

3 Signs Your Septic Tank Needs To Be Pumped

The septic tank is an important part of your home’s waste disposal. Anytime you flush your toilet, put something down the drain, or even use your garbage disposal it goes to the septic tank. That is why it is important to make sure your septic tank is working as it should. Unfortunately, after a certain period of time, it will need to be pumped, but how can you know when yours is due? Here are three signs that your septic tank needs to be pumped as soon as possible.

1. Foul odor coming from the drains.

One of the biggest signs that your septic tank could be due for pumping is a foul odor emanating from your drains. If you notice a rotten egg smell when you shower or coming from the sink drain when someone is using water elsewhere in the house, then you need to call someone to come and inspect your septic tank soon. It could mean that your septic tank is full and needs to be pumped or that it has a leak that needs to be fixed. Either way, taking care of your septic tank quickly can help you avoid further unpleasant smells in your home, as well as more significant problems with your septic tank.

2. Slowly draining toilet.

If you flush your toilet, and it seems to take forever to finally drain, then your septic tank may need to be pumped. One reason for your toilet to drain so slowly could be that the drain field of the septic tank is backed up. If that is the case for you, then having a professional, like from The Outhouse, come out to pump your septic tank should correct the problem. If you still have a toilet that drains slowly after having your septic tank pumped, then there could be plumbing issues that will need further inspection from a plumber.

3. Wet spots around the septic tank.

When your septic tank is in good form, the area around where it is located will be dry. However, if it is a sunny day, and you notice that the area around your septic tank is wet and sludgy, you likely need someone to come and pump it. Why? Because the sludge is likely caused by the waste leaking out from your over-filled septic tank. If you let this problem go on long enough, it can actually cause bigger problems for you and your septic system. So, as soon as you notice sludge around the septic tank area, call someone to come out and get the problem handled quickly.

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