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Instead of Alcohol I can use lime juice? Responses from Tips

By, Tia Cristy

 

Responses from Tips

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Lime juice probably isn’t the best way to go. I’ve never tried it, but lime juice itself has sticky properties. Not only that, it is very acidic and can bleach or weaken fabric over time. You could try a
white vinegar, it won’t change the color of the fabric.  Although remember, it’s acidic too and could weaken the fabric over time as well.

 

I would save the lime juice for a twist in a drink. But in case you didn’t know, lime is great for skin care. Lime fights bacteria and tightens pores. Don’t over use lime juice on your face. (maybe once a week, for sensitive skin) Remember, it’s like a mini acid peel at home.

 

Thanks again and keep on reading Tips from Tia. Looking good; feeling good!

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How try dry out after the flood.

By, Tia Cristy

How try dry out after the flood.

So hurricanes can leave many in the mud and sand. I got to storms and their brutal effects up close. After Hurricane Sandy, I spent my day helping people clean up after the devastation. We were able to put many good tips to use.

Seeing soggy pictures and documents of great importance to these lovely people was heart-breaking. So I knew, I had to use my knowledge to help where I could. I took my time removing water logged photos from saturated albums full of wet sand and mud. I then showed the people how to dry them out using cornstarch. We discarded the albums themselves, but were able to save all the photos, documents and books that were of the highest significance to these people.

This process can work for most paper materials. Find a dry area to do this work. Get a cookie sheet and fill the bottom with pure cornstarch. Place the photo on top and shake some additional cornstarch on top of the photo or paper. Smooth it over with your hand gently. If the paper is very wet it will put a solid coating over the paper. Lightly knock off the excess and place flat on a surface lined with wax paper. You can do this repeatedly for all your pics and documents. Be sure to lay each thing separately, don’t stack.  Let alone for several hours. When photo is dry you will be able to rub your finger over the paper and the cornstarch will flake off. if it doesn’t come off easy it still needs drying time. If needed, add more cornstarch. Once fully dry, you can sweep off the powder with a soft paint brush. It takes a little patience for the complete process, but it’s worth doing to remove the moisture, so your important documents don’t wrinkle and curl as much as the would if they were simply air drying. Bonus tip, cornstarch kills many nasty bugs and organisms, which is great for sanitizing those flood filled documents.

As for books, paper back and hardback text books, drying them will take longer. First, lay them in a dry place; in direct sunlight is ideal. After they air dry for a day, they maybe ready for step 2.

Step 2, may sound excessive pending on the amount of books you want to dry out. Place the books in a plastic moving container, then add bags and bags of dry rice. It’s the same method as drying out electronics. Leave the books submerged in the rice for a day or two, (may need time longer depending on thickness and how saturated the books are) After the books have dried mostly then, sprinkle them with cornstarch. Again, this will kill yucky stuff that may still be on the pages.

To reuse the rice, place rice in the sun for the day and let air dry to remove the moisture that it soaked up. Use new bags of rice if you plan on drying out electronics so it is able to absorb as much moisture as possible. Electronic dry-outs can take a lot longer to get results. Have patience.

If you’ve been challenged by Sandy, Tips from Tia wishes you well. And, let us know if you need any other tips to help you get one step back to normal.

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What, Where, and When to Plant

What, Where, and When to Plant

Different areas of the world have different temperatures, but are you aware of the difference in soil?

Gilmour.com has come up with an incredible plant zone map that will guide you on the 3 w’s… what to plant, where to plant, and also when to plant. Click on the map and find out your zone, then on your zone to see what is best in your area. Happy planting!

 


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Decorate with A Message

By Tia Cristy

Decorate with A Message

Home décor is all about personal touch. Bare walls can feel cold and drab. Dressing up any colored wall with a splash of your own creative side can transcend your room into your masterpiece. When deciding what to place on the walls take your time to figure out what you can live with, what will make you happy to look at and what will inspire you day in and day out.

You Don’t Need to be a Business to Have a Sign

Adding a business sign to a feature wall in your home can become a great conversational piece. Place a sign that says simply ‘coffee’ in the kitchen can achieve a good mental vibe for morning. If letters are more your style, you can get individual letters to spell out your message. For the kids room, why not try large, chunky, metallic initials over the beds or dressers.

Go Neon

Neon isn’t just for the local pubs or salons. Picking up a neon sign for the man cave or placing one above the wet bar can attract just the right amount of attention.

Stay Inspired  

Placing an inspiring quote on the wall can fill a blank wall and give it a whole new life. If your not ready for the commitment on a wall, why not place a decal on a piece of old wood, and then hang the sign. Think about it, there are quotes for every room and every occasion. It’s a simple peel n’ stick method for art that will last for many years to come. If you have a wall design in your mind, but haven’t found it in the store, check out Americansignsletters.com where you can upload a picture for them to create your custom art. They even offer free shipping on every purchase, which is great for business owners too who are looking to revamp their signage.

So remember, when it comes to home décor, remember to make it your own space.

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How to Create a Kid-Friendly Bathroom

By Guest Blogger, Derek L.

How to Create a Kid-Friendly Bathroom

They will all tell you how beautiful it is when your little one says his first word or makes his first steps. But none of them will tell you about the horror of the darkest thoughts that will go through your head and about all that mess that waits for you to clean it up after that little one decides he no longer wants to go pee-pee with his mom, but all by himself – as the true big boy that he is. And speaking of big boys, why did you place that toilet seat so high, so he cannot climb it? And what is a little pee stain compared to the fact your child is now practically an adult? Jokes aside, there are some things that need to be done in order to save both your child and yourself from a lot of potential trouble.

Floors

Floors in a child-proof bathroom should be non-slip. In other words, opt for tiles that are small and rough (anti-slip) in order to eliminate the risk of your little loved one falling down and hurting himself. And if he still isn’t walking quite steadily, a great idea is to incorporate those non-slip mats as well. Finally, after every shower session, make sure every adult family member wipes off all the water puddles.

Fittings

Adult skin is a lot thicker than a child’s skin. And this is why you have to protect your child’s skin from getting burned with hot water. You will do this by incorporating those safe bath tub, sink and bidet thermostat fittings that can only reach a certain water temperature, and select valves with scalding protection. This way, those little hands will definitely remain protected against the heat.

Finishing

Avoid those pointy ceramics for your bathroom at all costs. In fact, you should rather opt for elegant and soft-edged bathroom supplies without any sharp corners that may hurt your child. Next, make sure that all glass areas are well secured. Also, you are more than welcome to install those invisible drawer handles and lockable cupboards that will prevent your child from grabbing the razor, a pair of scissors or a chemical product (which should, by the way, be kept as far away from them as possible – ideally, completely out of their sight and reach).

Space

If you simply aren’t blessed with a big and spacious bathroom, make sure it is always 100 percent decluttered. Use every inch of your bathroom space wisely, so it will both be aesthetically more pleasing, and safer for your child. And if, on the other hand, you do have a large bathroom, you have the luxury to install a large bathtub or shower that will allow several little ones to bathe at the same time, which is both time and money saving.

Levels

Try looking at your bathroom through your child’s eyes (and height). He will definitely need some help reaching the wash basin, so you might want to install a sturdy step-ladder in front of it. Next, keep storage levels on no more than one meter, so it is easily accessible to them as well. Install a showerhead with an adjustable height, so it fits you all. Smart showerheads are a huge trend right now. Finally, note that children quite enjoy seeing themselves in the mirror, so make sure yours is at the appropriate height.

Handling

The harsh truth is that bathroom items are made with only adults in mind – so your child’s little hands may find it quite difficult to use them. So when you go shopping for bathroom furniture, look at it through your children’s eyes. Go with easy-to-open shower doors, choose hooks instead of towel holders, invest in a solid shower caddy, etc.

Fun bathing

It is not always all about safety. What you should also do is to make this a fun experience for your little one. Let him play with his rubber and plastic toys during bath time, invest in a couple of colorful and fun accessories, as well as educational bath toys, have fun with color and maybe even consider putting a cartoon wallpaper to liven the space up a little bit.

Bathrooms can be a dangerous space for kids. And when the time comes when they can use it themselves, do your best to protect them.

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Why It Makes Sense To Hire Tree Removal Specialists

Why It Makes Sense To Hire Tree Removal Specialists

If you are an individual home owner, then it is quite likely that you will find the next few lines interesting and informative. While you would relish the idea of a nicely landscaped garden and backyard, you would also realize that there is quite a bit of effort behind it. While you would like to have trees, plants and greeneries too much of it could come with its own share of problems. Overgrown trees could be a threat to your home if it is located too close for comfort. Hence you may have no other but to hire professionals to have the trees removed. Removing fully grown trees is a humungous task and it would not be possible to do it using DIY techniques and methods. Further if there is a storm or other such natural disasters it is quite possible that trees could get uprooted and they could pose big risks to electrical wiring systems and also could damage the sewerage systems, piping systems and more. In all such eventualities hiring a good tree removal Sydney professional is of paramount importance. While you might come across some DIY tips and suggestions for tree removal on your own, they are at best good theory to read and gather some knowledge. The best way forward would be to hire professionals because there are some obvious advantages and benefits associated with them.

They Know The Job Well

As mentioned above removing trees that are either standing or have fallen down is not easy. They are huge in bulk, size and weight and therefore they need very careful handling. When you hire professionals you can be sure that they will be able to study the situation properly and then offer solutions. They carry with them the right experience and expertise and this certainly helps a lot when it comes to removing big and bulky trees.

They Have The Right Infrastructure

Another good reason to hire these professionals is the kind of infrastructure which they have at their disposal. Whether it is cutting down huge trees, dragging them to a safe distance, trimming them or loading them on to trucks, they certainly will be able to do a wonderful job of it. This would not be possible at all by the home owners or others because they simple do not have the wherewithal to carry thing forward.

They Take Care Of Safety Aspects

Removing big trees once they have been cut is a tricky and risky affair and only professionals with the right kind of tools and equipment can do it. They also factor the dangers associated with such jobs and ensure that the staff is well protected and the right kind of safety equipment and other things are available with them.

They Follow The Rules

There could be some local rules and regulations with regard to felling of trees and removing them. If you want to be on the right side of the law it always is better to hire these professionals instead of trying to do it on your own.

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Fill Your Fall Garden with Late-Blooming Perennials

Fill Your Fall Garden with Late-Blooming Perennials

 

In gardening, flexibility and variety are the names of the game. Mixing things up in my garden is what gives it the longevity and the brilliant hue throughout the year. I would not imagine a flower garden that goes flat after the early bloomers have withered away into oblivion.

When one group withers, the other groups should set up their stunning floral show. There should never be a dull moment in your garden. It is for this reason that you need late-blooming perennials in addition to your early bloomers.

To help you put up the most amazing display in fall, I have put up this article to help you Fill Your Fall Garden with Late-Blooming Perennials. With these, your end year garden’s look will be an envy of many.

  1. Hardy Mums

Also called Chrysanthemum morifolium, these late bloomers are meant to do well in both containers and on garden beds. Their cheerful and bright flowers bloom in fall to give your garden a new breath of life.

What I particularly love about these flowers is that they grow all through the summer heat, but you need to give them a cut back in mid-summer so that they get a fresh start for fall. As the flowers start to fade, remove the dead blossoms as this encourages more of them to reappear. (USDA Hardiness Zone 3 to 9)

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  1. Japanese Anemone

I love the brilliant white flowers with yellowish stamens. The paper-like blooms make for a stunning view as they start to bloom around late summer. They then continue the show through to winter.

These plants only need maintenance before they establish. But after they are properly established, they don’t require much to grow along. (They thrive in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8)

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  1. New York Daisy

How does purple, pink, white and blue sound to you? Such a color combination is just what your fall garden needs. The delicate flowers blossom late in August all through to winter, just like the Japanese Anemone.

In early summer, I would advise you to pinch them so that the yield of flower buds increase in fall. As time goes by, you will love how seamlessly they get along with other flowers in the garden. (USDA Hardiness zones 4 to 9)

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  1. Purple Coneflower

I call this bloomer the drama queen of fall. If you have noticed them, their big purple petals and sizeable center cones are kind of dramatic, don’t you think so? Another amazing thing about them is that their display starts in June and lasts until frost hits.

After their flowers have dried up, they leave behind seed heads that are ornamental and also food for birds during winter. (USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8)

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  1. Sedum Autumn Joy

Their name literally says something about them. These flowers bring you immense joy in fall, just as their names suggest. And since they are hardy and are drought resistant, their bloom will last from late summer and well into fall.

The hot and dry days experienced in late summer are no big deal to them. To demonstrate their exuberance, the clustered flowers change from green, then to pink and then ends in a stunning deep red shade. (USDA Hardiness zones 4 to 10)

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  1. False Sunflower

I love my sunflowers. The deep yellow flowers are just so attractive and beautiful to have around, not to mention their intelligent sun-seeking maneuvers. However, these perennials are not the ones you are thinking of.

The Heliopsis helianthoides almost resemble their oil-producing counterparts, without the oil of course. Their daisy-like flowers have yellow petals and grow to about 2 inches in diameter, with brownish center cones. Once you plant them, they will self-seed in large numbers after that.

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  1. Nippon Daisy

I have heard that it is also called a Montauk Daisy in some quarters; this perennial explodes its perky white flowers in fall. Such a colony of whites can transform any dormant garden back into life late in the season.

They are easy to care for and grow to a height of between 24 and 36 inches. Growing them requires that your garden has full sun and well-drained soil. Otherwise, they are absolutely easy to care for. (USDA Hardiness Zones 5-9)

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  1. Goldenrod

As a native, this flowering plant is easy to care for because of its drought-resistant nature. Over the course of time, this native plant has been modified to give it that extra modern touch. These modern types are more vigorous than the natives and would be great for your garden.

As the goldenrod blooms its yellow flowers during the late season, you get a garden full of color. These flowers provide a feeding haven for hungry bees and butterflies hence resulting in a garden full of life. (USDA Hardiness Zones 3-9)

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  1. Helenium

No flower hue quite beats the yellow, red and orange daisy flowers of the perennial Helenium. These sun lovers will bless your garden with their color rich flowers year after year. More vigor is realized when you plant them in masses.

They are easy to care for plants that continue their terrific show even during low rainfall seasons. (USDA Hardiness Zones 3-8)

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  1. Balloon Flower

Named after its balloon shaped eye-catching flower buds, it provides you with the burst of color you need in fall. After the balloon-like buds have popped open, they expose the magnificent dark blue, white or pink flowers.

These plants will thrive in any garden with sufficient sun. You can as well cut and vase them. (USDA Hardness zones 3-8)

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  1. Oriental Lily

This is where fragrance meets exotic looking flowers. I love it when I take a walk in my garden, and then that refreshing fragrance hits me along. The flowers are available in different hues of pink, cream, rose red, white, orange and yellow.

A keener look at the flowers reveals splashes of dark stripes or spots for more flare. Ensure they are exposed to the sun on well-drained garden soils. To finally enjoy the massive fragrance, you will have to wait for about one year, but it will be worth your while. (USDA Hardiness Zones 5-9)

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Conclusion

Fall flower bloom is an irresistible sight for any gardener out there. These flowers that bloom in fall are rich in color, some have an amazing fragrance, and are easy to care for. They may need a little pinching here and there, but your efforts will be well worth it.

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Barbara Herring is a contributor at TheFilix.com, where she writes about everything from hydroponics and aquaponics to regular houseplants. She loves troubleshooting plant problems, and when she’s not knee-deep in her garden, she’s usually skateboarding, surfing, or reading a book.

 

 

DIY Wood Gifts for Valentine’s Day

DIY Wood Gifts for Valentine’s Day

 

 

A new year is upon us, and that means that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. For those guys with wives/girlfriends to please, it’s time to think about romantic gifts. The question we have is, why buy your way through it all the time? With just a basic smattering of woodworking skills and a standard miter saw, you can create memorable gifts for your significant other. Besides, a thoughtful, handmade present will make a more profound impression than any store-bought gift.

With that in mind, here are some great ideas for DIY woodworking Valentine’s gifts:

 

Wooden Signs

 

This is so simple, even beginners can make them. They are very versatile and can be used as indoor decorations, or on the porch, or even in the yard. We would suggest using some beautiful grain wood for extra effect. Instead of covering the block with paint, stain the wood for a more rustic charm. For extra impact, add carved letters and heart signs instead of just painting them on.

 

Romantic Wood Blocks

 

This is another beginner-friendly option. Though they may not work as a centerpiece gift, these simple blocks can add a visual flair to other gifts. Don’t forget to paint the square blocks with romantic messages like “be mine.”

 

Valentine’s Ladder

Create your ladder using some store-bought two-by-fours and two-by-threes. Paint them in bright colors, and add any number of wooden carvings and other embellishments. Adding heart shapes for Valentine’s Day are of course a great idea, but you can also design this as an everyday decoration for the home. Your imagination is the limit here. These ladders will make excellent indoor decor gifts.

 

Picture Frame

Use the best quality wood and stain it for a classy look. Instead of gifting an empty picture frame, we would suggest adding some DIY flair inside the frames as well. Romantic photos are a great option. Another option would be to use some carving/crafting skills to add a romantic message and artwork inside.

 

Log Wall Hangings

This is an excellent option if you have a waste log lying about in the yard or near the house. Cut the log into thin circular slices. Choose the best band saw to do the job. Stain it in any way you see fit, and attach some sweet syrupy messages. These can be cut out from pieces of wood, fabric or any other similar material. Color them bright for contrast. Use heart and arrow signs as much as possible for extra effect.

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How to Design the Perfect Kid-Friendly Living Room

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

How to Design the Perfect Kid-Friendly Living Room

 

If you’re just expecting or already have kids who are starting to venture into the living room on their own, it might be the right time to give your space a little kid-friendly makeover. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your whole aesthetics. Only a few barely visible changes will be enough to have a both beautiful and kid-friendly living room.

Washable paint

If you’re raising future painters that are still discovering their ideal canvas, don’t be surprised when you come home to a new wall design. However, if you invest in washable paint instead of your traditional one, you will be able to clean up the mess with mild soap and a damp cloth. There are even some flat matte paints that allow you to touch-up the pain without any visible brush marks. However, if your kids are really persistent with surprising you with wall murals, you can opt for chalkboard paint. Paint one wall and let your kids safely express their artistic tendencies.

Kid-friendly flooring

Kids are not very careful when eating, drinking and carrying stuff, and a lot of things will end up on your floor. So, make sure to invest in flooring that is washable, such as tile, wood or laminate. If you want to let your kids play on the floor, then you need something much softer. Luckily, there are carpets made of seagrass or jute that are durable and low-maintenance. You can also opt for small area rugs which you can toss into the washing machine every once in a while.

Durable materials

If you want your furniture to have a long and happy life, make sure your pieces come in durable and easy-to-maintain materials. There are many stain-resistant fabrics on the markets today, so you’ll definitely find something you love. Leather is also a great furniture option. For instance, lounges made of leather can be easily wiped with a wet cloth every time an accident happens. Also, keep in mind that the darker colors can take more beating than the lighter ones.

Ample storage

If you want your living room to be tidy without too much work, you have to have enough storage to put away your kids’ toys when they aren’t in use. Most people opt for decorative baskets because they are cheap, portable and very practical. However, you can also go for something more stylish and permanent like double-duty furniture with built-in storage. Benches and window seats usually come with hidden storage below the seat. There are also coffee tables and ottomans that can fit some of your kids’ trinkets and create an uncluttered and stylish look.

Create a cozy corner

If you want to keep most of your living room reserved for adults, then creating a cozy corner is a must. Simply designate one corner in your living space and fill it with fluffy pillows and lazy bags that are perfect for afternoon naps and reading seasons.

Make it fun

No matter the interior style and the atmosphere in your living space, it should really be the place where every member of the family feels comfortable and happy. So, make sure to decorate the space with at least some kid-friendly accessories. For instance, putting up the kids’ artwork on the walls next to your “grown-up” art is a great way to start. Make sure not to use too many fragile decorative pieces, and opt for nature elements (pinecones, seashells, driftwood), wooden figurines and bowls, and a lot of kid-friendly books. Hanging family photographs is another way to decorate your living space with beautiful and personal items.

As you can see, a kid-friendly living room doesn’t have to look like a kindergarten. With just a little bit of planning, it can be a stylish, functional and cozy space every member of your family will love.

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4 Household Disasters – How To Prepare!

4 Household Disasters – How To Prepare!

Whether you are a homeowner or you are renting a property, you are likely to experience some form of household emergency at some point. If you are prepared you can try to ensure the emergency doesn’t turn into a disaster, or at least you can lessen it’s impact. In this article we are going to look at some of the more common situations that may occur and discuss strategies to alleviate any damage that may occur whilst maintaining safety and reducing the cost of fixing problems.

 

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Flood

Try to identify quickly where the water is coming from. If you find that it is a plumbing problem, turn off the water at the mains as soon as possible. One tip here would be to take note of where all your utilities are switched off before the flood occurs. Ensure the flood water is nowhere near any electrical appliances, light switches or heating systems. There is a strong chance of electrocution. If necessary switch off your electricity at the mains. Before turning your electrics on ensure you get everything checked by a suitably qualified electrician.

 

You may experience flooding caused by Blocked Drains in this situation it would be wise to call an emergency drain care expert.

 

For future reference, try to avoid a flood situation by keeping drains clear of leaves and rubble to lessen the likelihood of them becoming blocked. Don’t put anything down the drain that shouldn’t be there such as cooking fat and sanitary products.

 

There is not much you can do about pipes freezing being the cause of a flood, other than using pipe lagging in the winter.

 

Fire

A situation involving fire in your home is potentially lethal. Your main priority is to evacuate anybody in your house before attempting to tackle the fire. Develop an escape route that everyone is aware of.

The potential main source of fire is from cooking, electrical appliances, wood burners, open fires and candles either for decorative or lighting purposes. Anything that involves heat or a naked flame. If the fire is small you may wish to attempt to put it out with the appropriate equipment. Ensure everyone is safe first. If in doubt phone the fire services.

 

To avoid fire in the first place, ensure everyone in the household uses electrical equipment safely. Make sure electrical appliances are in a good state of repair and check regularly. Only allow adults to use wood burning stoves and ensure all candles are extinguished before retiring. Don’t use candles near flammable materials such as curtains.

 

Powercut

A power cut may occur either due to a fault in your own electrical wiring or there maybe a fault on the electrical grid external to your house. If the fault is on your property call out a qualified electrician to rectify the problem. This needs to be done by the experts so don’t attempt to fix it yourself. A power fault external to your home means that you will just need to sit it out. Hopefully this will be for a short while, but there are some occasions when you may be without power for longer, such as power lines brought down in adverse weather conditions.

 

It would be a really good idea to have a good stock of torches (with spare batteries) and candles to hand to make waiting for the power to come on a little more comfortable. Perhaps batteries for a radio would be a good idea too. To preserve food in your freezer, avoid opening the freezer door. This will keep the food frozen for longer. If your central heating system requires electricity to work, you will be left without heating. Wrap up warm and ensure vulnerable adults and children are ok.

 

Leaking roof

Get in the habit of checking your roof regularly. Check if there are any roof tiles loose. Internally you won’t know if your roof is leaking until you get watermarks. The longer you leave a roof leak, the more expensive and extensive the damage will be, so call out a roof expert as soon as possible. In the case of water pouring through your roof, put a bucket under the leak to catch the water and call out an emergency roofer asap! Turn off your electric too as water may have seeped into the electrical wiring.

 

Hopefully these tips will help combat experiencing too much damage in situations such as flood, fire, power cuts and a leaking roof. The main point being that speed is the key. So don’t delay call an expert asap!

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