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Posts published in September 2016

Preparing The House For Winter Wonder Times

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Winter is a harsh phase for everyone who is living too close to comfort to the poles. It can be harsh and tiring, and with the global warming it is unpredictable. Usually the winter and other seasons came and went in fixed dates and months, and the unpredictability that has comedown has made it harder to prepare for seasons properly. Here are some maintenance ideas to keep you on your toes for the oncoming winter.

Rid yourself of the pests and vermin sneaking in

Winter is a season for anyone and anything to take refuge in warmth. And as there are heaters working in houses, pests like to hide inside. Early preventative measures will ensure that you do not run into a mouse or a cockroach in the middle of the night when digging for a snack in winter cold nights. Make sure to take your time fixing squeaking floorboards, close up any holes and gaps using foam spray, closing utility and pipe holes and the ventilation systems.

If you have weather stripping and mortar and other items around the basement areas and windows then you will need to replace these things. Clutter must be taken care of, especially in the basement, attic and garage areas where things tend to linger on seemingly forever. Moisture accumulating areas like drainage, plumbing, drains or leaking spots must be covered properly.

Check the heater

During the ‘fix squeaky floorboards’ phase, you must also check the heater to make sure that it is working and that it heats up the area it is supposed to. Calling heater maintenance is also a good idea for guaranteeing the heater working through the winter months as the maintenance companies will be too busy during these months.

Stock up

Winter stocks of items that do not degrade easily (nonfood items) like canned food items, toilet paper, toothbrush and toothpaste, shower items, clothing, and other amenities must be bought at least a month ahead (unless you fancy cleaning the car and driving in the cold). Then you would need items for taking care of the snow outside like sidewalk salt bags, shovels, snow blowers, rakes, windshield cleaner and other things. These items tend to run out like hot cakes the colder it gets outside.

Pipe freezing is also another common occurrence during the cold winter so call the plumber and run a maintenance and preventative setup for your plumbing. Otherwise you can just follow a DIY tutorial. Also make sure to take your flu shots and other prescription medication stocked up while you are the grocery shopping for winter hibernation.

Hallmarks Of A Contemporary Home

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Owners of old and new homes alike are sprucing things up by giving the house a contemporary interior design. While the rustic or vintage look and feel works for many people, the modern style is beloved and more popular, wherever it is you live. If you’re looking to change up the interior or want to update the house, here are a few characteristics of what you’re going for.

Minimalism

The general vibe of the whole contemporary house tends to be minimalistic and simple. Every aspect, from colour schemes, to layout, to furnishings, all run along the lines of the simpler the better. This makes upkeep a whole lot easier too, so keeping fewer knickknacks and items around is one way to start. The minimalistic house always looks sleek and clean. Even when you’re buying wonderful items online for the living room, pick a single colour instead of a pattern or multi-coloured set.

Space

Utilize space well. Modern interiors are more empty than not (well, so it might seem). Obviously keeping too much distance between the living room chairs will make conversation difficult, but there are other ways to do this. Placing a large mirror or on one of the walls will give off the illusion of space, and you can do this to varying degrees in various rooms. Arrange furniture in an open floor plan, and increase the amount of natural light to make the room feel airy and spacious.

Floors

There are a couple of ways to make your floors look more modern. One way is to take off all the carpeting and leave the wood bare. Or, instead of leaving it bare, buy some large rugs when you’re shopping for those who buy outdoor cushions online, and place them in the center of the room. Again, don’t go for patterns and intricacy – remember, simplicity is the key here. Go for a single colour to match the furniture or walls.

Materials

If you’re redecorating and you’re going to be changing up the furniture altogether, a good way to make things look more contemporary is to use a lot of chromes, steels, leathers, and glass. Have a glass dining table instead of wooden one, for example. Contemporary homes use a lot of metallic items or ones with metal accents to give off a slightly futuristic vibe.

These are just a few suggestions to try if you’re planning to change the atmosphere of the home, or to furnish a newly built house. Contemporary styles vary, of course, depending on the personality of the owner and the look and feel of each house. The best way to finding a harmonious balance is to have an interior designer help you make the change.

Cleaning Up The Sound Pollution

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Since the industrial revolution, there has been a growing type of pollution that is often not thought of but is being combated by some out there. This pollution is not waste pollution or toxic pollution, but rather sound pollution. Sound pollution is the act of having large, disruptive amounts of sound that can accumulate and begin to cause stress, hypertension and other medical conditions in people. The sound can be disruptive and interrupt sleeping cycles, making it difficult for people to go about their day to day lives. Having people move to a quiet place as a solution is not always feasible. Quiet places are becoming fewer and fewer, and not everyone can afford to live or find work in the rural area. Apart from that, the area that is becoming unoccupied is becoming much smaller as cities and suburbs spread further and further in every direction. While sound pollution may not have reached the countryside yet, one day it may be a prominent aspect.

In order to combat this sound pollution, there are a series of movements that have been developed and continue to be developed. This act is called noise barriers.

All this is is the act of reducing sound pollution, whether that be indoors or outside. These plans of actions are being employed in areas where sound pollution is high. Or at least, they are trying to be often. Often with the current technologies there is not enough to completely prevent the sound, or there may not be enough space to build something to block out the sound.

The places most affected by sound pollution are highways, or other areas of loud traffic such as main roads, tollways and freeways. Another area are construction sites, although these are not areas that will cause sound pollution for too long, as after the building is complete, the construction crew will move along. They can, however, be damaging for those months or years the construction crew is there. Another place is the airport or near low air flight paths. This is not an exhaustive list.

In order to combat these sounds, a few ways have been developed. These include sound insulation, where a large barricade is placed around an area to prevent sound from traveling. One other development is vibration isolation. This is the act of interrupting a vibration to prevent it from becoming a sound. One other way is sound absorption. In this way, material is used that lets sound soak in, which then converts it to another form of energy, hence preventing sound.

While all these are good developments, some of them are not feasible to do at this time, due to either money or space concerns. There also needs to be more research into how effective these methods are at preventing sound. In the meantime, individuals wishing to prevent sound pollution can ensure that the sound they make within their own home is not loud enough to be heard outside.