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Where’s my Hose at?

Where’s my Hose at?

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It doesn’t matter if you are rolling up the hose for the winter or rolling it out for the summer. We all need a hose at any given time of the year. Practicing hose safety is important during anytime of the year.

Fall

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There may be a few more uses for the hose before you disconnect and pack it up for winter. However, the fall allows temps to drop below or close to freezing at night, so always remember to squeeze out the last bit of water from the hose if you don’t plan on disconnecting from the spigot just yet. Using a commercial grade hose reel can help push out that last bit of tricky water as you reel it in.

Winter

You have disconnected the hose, removed the nozzle, rolled up the hose tightly on the heavy duty hose reel, ( good to have so you can’t trip on it and break an ankle while getting holiday decorations out of the garage) and shut off the water to the spigot. All of this is very smart. But what happens if you need the hose for some kind of emergency? I recommend keeping the hose in close enough reach just in case you are found in a winter pinch.

One very cold Christmas, I came out to find my car bombarded with bird droppings. I guess they had a celebration of their own that day. After my surprise moved to frustration, I ran inside, turned the water back on in the house to the spigot and dug out the water hose reel. Being on a reel, it was easy enough to do. I hooked the hose up and washed my car while wearing a fur jacket and heels. Knowing the temperature was already close to freezing, I had to roll back up the hose, unhook from the spigot, and shut the water back off in the house before I could be on my merry way. Honestly, it wasn’t worth the risk. After all was said and done, it wasn’t that hard to do, it was just freezing!

Spring

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There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing a sprinkle of water reflecting off the warm spring sun. When it comes time to hook the hose back up, make sure that the temperatures at night no longer drop close to freezing. After that point, you can leave the hose connected for the duration of spring and summer without worry of pipes bursting in the house. Check the hose for any holes or leaks by simply running water through it. Check the integrity of the nozzle. If there are leaks, replace the head before you will need the hose more frequently. It will save you a future headache. Check the hose reel for easy use. If you don’t have a reel or are looking for a better one. Look at wall mount, free standing or cart options at Eley Hose Reels where you’ll find high quality hose reels worth the price.

Summer

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When the sun gives hardly any relief from the heat of the day, make sure you spray the hose away from you and anyone else nearby. As the sun and temps bake the inside of that coiled up hose, the first sprays of the day, or even throughout the day on really hot days, can cause boiling temperatures to the water. If you or someone else sprays the skin, it can cause major burns and scarring.

Hose safety is important in every season. It also important to have the hose handy in any season in the event you have a weird, once in a lifetime occurrence where a good amount of water is needed to clean up something.

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The Steps to Take After a Break-In at Your Home

The Steps to Take After a Break-In at Your Home

Whether you rent a home or own a home, it doesn’t change your risk of being susceptible to a break-in from a burglary. When you have to face losing irreplaceable items from the home, as well as damage to the property, then there is a big emotional toll to consider. No one wants to walk into their home and see that things have been ransacked. However, if you do find yourself in this situation, then there are some steps to take that will help you to deal with it all, as well as help you to find the culprit. Here are some things to think about. 

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Leave the home and call the police

The burglary could have happened when you were out of the home, or you may walk in on a burglary in action. Either way, it is wise to step back out of the house and call to get help from the police. If a burglar is still there, then you can be risking your safety as you don’t know what state they are in or what kind of weapon that they have. If you walk in and the home has been ransacked, then don’t touch anything and go back outside of the house. You don’t need to know what has been stolen yet to contact the police, but there could be things that can help them identify the thief if they get there to an untouched crime scene. 

Make notes

When the police arrive, they are likely to guide you through the home to see what has been taken. You should make a note of what has been taken, including a rough amount that was paid for it, as well as the color or if there were any identifying marks, such as stickers on a laptop. If property has been damaged, then make sure that you take pictures and make a note of what needs to be repaired, which could be anything from broken doors and windows to stained carpet or a cracked lamp. Getting help with replacement windows, for example, is something that will need to be done quickly, in order to make the home secure again. In order to be able to claim on insurance, then you need to file a report with the police, so make a list in as much detail as possible.

If you saw the burglar leave your home, then make sure that you also write down their description so that you don’t forget. What were they wearing? What race or sex were they? Did they have any identifiable marks or features, such as a beard or a big arm tattoo? These things can all help the police.

Take steps to secure the home again

Once the police have all that they need, it is time to clean up and to get the home ready and secure again. You can never make sure that it is 100% secure, but there are some options that can help. Getting security cameras up on the home can help, as well as an alarm system. A Ring doorbell is a popular choice to help, as it has a camera for anyone walking past it, and you can check on it with an app, even when you’re not at home.

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How To Feel Safe At Home Alone

How To Feel Safe At Home Alone

You are responsible for all aspects of security and safety at home when living alone, including décor and dinner.

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You need other types of backup if you don’t have a housemate to assist you with locking up or calling for help in case of a break-in. Here are some proactive steps to ensure your single-person household is as safe as possible.

Get A Security Camera

Having security cameras around your home is the best way to always keep an eye on things. When you are away from home, you can keep an eye on what’s happening, and they can force a burglar to think twice about targeting your house.

Thanks to security cameras, more and more criminals are being caught. The best part is that security cameras can be found within all budget ranges and needs. You’ll have the convenience of a member of the security team on duty 24/7 if your surveillance is part of a monitored security system.

Have A First Aid Kit 

No one likes to think of themselves in an accident or coming down with the flu, but it happens. This makes sit important to have a first aid kit with essentials such as medical ice packs, bandaids, pain killers, flu tablets, etc. This is even more important when you live alone. If you get poorly or injured you can’t drive to the store yourself when you should be resting in bed. 

Install Outdoor Lighting 

Put a spotlight on the burglar to spook them. As you walk around your property, motion sensor lights offer additional safety, as well as illuminating potential bad acts before they happen.

Use motion-detector lights outside your home near every entry point and anywhere a burglar might hide or break in without your neighbors seeing it. Floodlights, when triggered by a motion sensor, will illuminate even the darkest and hardest-to-see parts of your lawn and home.

Get To Know Your Neighbors

These days, we don’t often become friends with our neighbor’s thanks to smartphones and social media. As a matter of fact, if you can trust your neighbors, you may be more secure in your neighborhood3. You will be able to identify vehicles and people belonging to your street, as well as enlist their assistance in looking out for suspicious activity. 

Put the phone down, make eye contact, and say hello the next time you see your neighbor with his or her nose in a book or Candy Crush.

Secure The Garage

When it comes to home security, we often overlook the garage as an entry point. Those who are skilled at hacking garage door openers know this and how to do it.

Don’t let this part of your house be exposed. By adding automation to your garage, you’ll be able to open and close it remotely, as well as double-check that the door is closed. Whenever you are on business or vacation, disable the garage door opener and install a manual lock to ensure your safety.

By staying safe and keeping your home secure, we can help you enjoy every minute of living alone. Make sure you take care of yourself. Create a personal security plan that is perfectly suited to your solo living situation with the help of the resources provided in this article.

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5 Ways To Prevent Burst Pipes

5 Ways To Prevent Burst Pipes

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Why do pipes burst?

One of the most common causes of a burst pipe is frozen water, if water freezes, the volume expands which causes a build up of pressure. As the pressure increases, it becomes too much for the structure, and bursts the pipe open. Pipes usually burst at a weak spot, or where ice has formed. To prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting, there are many things that you can do.

1 . Insulate your pipes

If you want to prevent your pipes from freezing you should buy insulation that’s designed for pipes. There are several different types of pipe insulation that you can purchase including foam insulation, polyethylene or fiberglass. Eco-friendly insulation options include sheep’s wool, denim or aerogel. Choosing eco-friendly options can help you to reduce your carbon footprint and even save money.

2. Run your taps

If you leave a tap running this can stop your pipes from freezing. Certainly don’t leave all the faucets in your house running! Figure out which taps are connected to exposed piping, and then leave these taps on (a small amount) during colder weather. Doing so will stop ice build ups and relieve the pressure on your pipes. Running your taps is one of the simplest ways to avoid pipes bursting.

3. Turn on the heat

During the winter you should leave the heat on even when you are away from your property. You don’t need to leave it on full, but just around 14-15 degrees will do. Your heating bill might be a little higher, (but it’s much better than burst pipes)!

4. Try heating tape 

Heating tape is a great way to prevent burst pipes, you’ll only be able to use this if you can easily get to your pipes. This kind of tape is especially useful for basements, and loft spaces. You can buy either manual heating tape, or self-monitoring tape. Manual tapes needed to be plugged in, and self-monitoring switches on and off (with the use of sensors). With the right home maintenance checks you’ll keep your home safe and healthy.

5. Fix gaps 

Check your property for any cracks, openings and holes. You should check your windows, walls and door frames. You can use caulk to cover up any holes in your walls, or even around the piping. When you fix gaps this will help your home to keep in warm air. There are many other general ways that you can protect your pipes, such as:

  • Use fans to circulate heat around cold rooms.
  • Ensure that cabinet doors are left open, (helps warm air to get to the pipes).
  • Close your garage door.
  • Remove garden hoses from your faucets outside.

Using all these tips will help you to take good care of your pipes and protect your home during the winter. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to repair a broken pipe yourself. In the unfortunate event that your pipes burst you’ll need to contact a burst pipe restoration company. These companies can carry out the correct repairs, and help you to prevent further problems in the future.

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Home Maintenance You Should Never Put Off

Home Maintenance You Should Never Put Off

Home maintenance and repairs can be time-consuming, expensive, and boring, so it’s easy to decide some problems can be safely ignored until you feel like getting round to sorting them out. Unfortunately, by putting off these repairs, the problems can get worse, making them more difficult and expensive to put right. Here are the home maintenance tasks that you should never put off. 

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Concrete Cracks

A small crack in any kind of concrete can very quickly turn into a large crack, which can lead to a potentially dangerous problem, especially in the Winter. If water gets into a crack like this, it can freeze and expand, widening the crack and compromising the structural integrity of the whole section of concrete. You can repairs cracks with a quick-setting filler or a mortar mix in order to prolong the life of the steps, walkways, and patios, and to stop a small gap landing you with a big repair bill. 

Clogged Gutters

Never neglect your guttering. If it isn’t properly maintained, this vital drainage can cause a lot of trouble during the winter, leading to damage from water or ice. If you notice your gutters or downspouts are full of leaves or aren’t draining as they should, give them a good clean. While you’re cleaning, check for any gutter repair that you need. Is the guttering firmly fixed to the house? Do the downspouts drain away from the foundation? These steps might take up your afternoon, a few hours of work is worth it if it prevents you from having to make expensive repairs later on. 

Loose Railings

Loose or wobbly railings along your decking, porch, or steps are a sign that there is a weak connection somewhere between one or more of the posts and the frame. This is easy to fix. All you need to do is tighten up the screws or lag bolts in any place that doesn’t feel sturdy. Don’t ignore a wobbly railing. Eventually, the loose rail will give way, leaving you with a broken section of railing, which can be dangerous. It will also be a lot more expensive and time-consuming to repair than just tightening the connections. 

Water Warnings

If you notice a water spot on your ceiling, don’t ignore it. While it’s clear that you might have a leak somewhere, the cause is not always easy to spot. You might be dealing with a much bigger problem than a loose roof tile or a build-up of condensation. It’s a good idea to bring in a roofing contractor as soon as you spot a potential problem so you can get a clear idea of what is going on, instead of ignoring it or trying to find the root of the issues yourself. 

Driveway Damage

Asphalt is porous, so it’s very important to seal your driveway as soon as you see signs of wear. This prevents damage from rain, snow, ice, sunlight, or drips of oil. If waters get into the asphalt and freezes, it will cause more and wider cracks in the surface. This seepage can also saturate the soil underneath, causing it to shift over time and damage the driveway. 

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Dealing With Pests in an Ethical Way

Dealing With Pests in an Ethical Way

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Chances are, at some point in your life, wildlife will come into contact with your home. When you’re houseproud and hygiene conscious, this can prove a significant problem. After all, you’re going to want to make sure you can relax and spend time in your home without constantly cleaning up after animals that probably shouldn’t be inside your property anyway. But what can you do to remove pests from your home in a fair and humane manner? At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that human housing has encroached on many animal’s natural habitats. Animals will generally avoid humans at all costs, as we’re deemed a threat to them. But they may be forced into your home in search of food and shelter, as your home has destroyed their natural spaces where they would usually have natural food sources and sources of shelter to spend their time in. These are sentient creatures that you may not want to live alongside, but do deserve the chance to live elsewhere freely. Here are a few steps that will help you to remove pests from your property in a fair way.

Knowing What You’re Dealing With

Before you jump straight onto the phone to a pest exterminator, you may want to take some time to determine what animals you’re dealing with. Often, different species look pretty similar, but actually have different habits and can be prevented and moved along easily if you know how to deal with them as a species. In fact, you may not have even seen the pests themselves, you may have just seen their droppings, chew marks or other indicators of their presence. This minor damage may be inconvenient, but it’s a key tool you can use to get to know what animals are in your home. Spend time researching their markings and determining what you’re dealing with. This will then lead you to guides on how to remove the animals safely. Knowing what animals you’re dealing with will also ensure that you don’t bother any protected species. You can find more information on what to do with protected species according to the specific species you’re dealing with.

Understanding What Attracts This Creature to Your Home

It’s important to remember that something is attracting animals to your home if they’re spending time in it. They won’t be there just for the fun of it. So, you need to start looking around your home and determining what exactly is bringing this animal in. If you have ants, take some time to follow them. See where they’re going. Chances are there’s an open packet of food somewhere. You can then take steps such as sealing all food properly and shutting cupboards properly to prevent the ants from accessing the food. They’ll soon leave your property, as there’s nothing benefiting them in it anymore. The same goes for other animals – chances are, if there are animals in your home, it’s because they have a good supply of food there. Often, simply making sure that animals can’t access any of your food supplies will make sure that they eventually leave.

Reconsider Feeding Garden Animals

You need to understand that you can’t pick and choose what animals frequent your property if you voluntarily leave food out with the hopes of attracting particular species. Sure, it may be nice seeing birds in your garden and you may want to feed them with seeds and nuts. But you also then need to accept that other animals will make their way to your garden to eat the same food you’re providing. You need to decide whether you want animals in your garden or not when leaving food out, rather than attempting to pick and choose which are welcome.

Read Up On Human Removal Methods

If the above step doesn’t seem to budge your visitors, you should start reading online guides on human removal methods for pest control. For example, mice can be caught in humane traps that allow you to take them away and release them. Just make sure to check traps regularly, as this will prevent mice from becoming startled or overly stressed, which can cause them to pass away. Whatever animal you’re dealing with, there’s likely to be some sort of method developed that helps to move them on without harming or killing them.

Sure, animals in your home may be unwanted. But try to practice compassion and have some empathy when it comes to dealing with them. You don’t want to harm anything unnecessarily – especially when there are often ways to get them to move on from your property hassle free! Hopefully, some of the above advice will help you to achieve this!

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How to Be Safer At Home

How to Be Safer At Home

The home is your castle, and that means that you want to be able to step through the front door every evening after work and relax. The best way to relax? To know you are as safe as possible at home. At work, your employer puts measures in place to keep you safe and keep your job safe, too. Feeling safe at home and actually being safe are not the same thing, and you can never guarantee your safety in your home. However, you can work to make your living space the safest possible place to be. Let’s take a look at how you can be safer in your home.

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Light It Up.

You need to add some exterior lights to your house and brighten your surroundings as the first step to making your home a safer place to be. You may have your license to carry application in, but you have to wait for that for a while. Lights are the alternative! You want to make sure that you light up the area to startle possible thieves, and you want to know that if you have CCTV installed, you can see everything the video catches. Think about your interior lights, too. They need to be up to date and energy efficient so that you are not at risk of fire in the house. It’s a big part of safety, to avoid fire hazards, and your lights need regular checks to ensure that they are not going to burn out.

Add Blinds.

When the night rolls in and the lights are on, you need to consider that people can see right into your home with the lights on and the curtains open. Blinds will block out the light and allow you to keep your valuables hidden away.

Cut The Bushes Back.

Overgrown bushes out the front and back of your home provide excellent cover for those who want to rob your house. Don’t give people the chance to hide away – cut them all back and you can ensure that there are no hiding places for those with negative intentions. There’s nothing to fear of the dark when there are no hiding places for shadows to go!

Make The Right Repairs.

When the house is creaking and groaning, you can bet that there are some issues that need to be fixed. When it’s windy, the house will creak, but you’ll definitely hear the difference between a creak and an actual loose part of the house blowing in the wind. Make the fixes that are necessary and you can keep the house from falling down.

Add a Night Light.

If you add a light in the house in the evening when you’re not home, it gives the illusion that you’re indoors and therefore make your home less of a target. 

Join Neighborhood Watch.

If you have a neighborhood watch group, join in! You can all look after each other and keep an eye on the local area as a whole. This will mean that you are all taking responsibility for the local street together. You can feel better secure when this is the case.

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Security When Moving Home Or Going On Vacation

Security When Moving Home Or Going On Vacation

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In this post, we are going to take a look at home security in two very important situations – when you move to somewhere new and when you go on holiday.

Security before a vacation

Are you going on holiday? If so, you will need to secure your house before you go away. There is nothing worse than getting home from an amazing vacation to discover you have been broken into. With modern security solutions, you can have complete control over your property no matter where you are.

Things to do before going on holiday

It is important to make your house appear occupied while you are away, as more than 80 per cent of burglaries take place when a property is empty. Here are some crucial steps to take:

  • Avoid advertising your holiday on social media.
  • Invest in light switches that turn on and off at various intervals to make it appear like you are still at home.
  • Make sure you have sufficient locks on all doors and windows. Don’t forget your garage door!
  • Ask neighbours that you trust to keep an eye on your home.

Make your home more secure

Now would be a good time to make your property more secure with effective security systems. There is a wide range of home security options available today, including CCTV, door entry control, and intruder alarms. An alarm system cannot only alert the neighbours but it can be connected to your devices too, so you’re alerted. 

Have complete control with SMART security

SMART technology solutions are ideal for home security when on holiday. With SMART technology, you can connect your security systems to your smartphone or tablet. This means you can view CCTV footage on your home while away or double-check that all of the doors are locked. You will immediately be alerted if the system has been breached and you will know exactly what is going on while you are away. So, if you have left the kids in charge of the house, you can make sure there are no wild parties!

Security when moving home

Are you moving to a new home? This is an exciting time in anyone’s life, but it’s important that security is one of your priorities during the process. We know you probably have a million different things to think about, but make sure that changing the locks is one of them. After all, you don’t know who has access to the property! The previous owner may have given keys to everyone from their best friend to their aunty and uncle.  

What does a new homeowner need to do?

There are a number of security checks that new homeowners need to conduct. This includes:

  • Changing the external locks and getting new keys cut.
  • Consider fitting a five-lever deadlock and a night latch to your front door. Most front doors only come with a basic Yale lock in place.
  • Install window locks.
  • Invest in home insurance before moving into your property.

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Neighborhood Watch: Why Nearby Crime Needn’t Take Control Out Of Your Hands

Neighborhood Watch: Why Nearby Crime Needn’t Take Control Out Of Your Hands

We all deserve to feel safe and secure at home. Our houses are our sanctuaries, after all, which is why it can be so devastating when crime casts its ugly shadow across our neighborhoods. 

No matter how near or far, crimes in the vicinity can shatter any feeling of safety you might once have felt. Irrelevant of their severity, you may start experiencing difficulty sleeping or anxiety when you leave your house empty during the day.

This is no way to live, and it could soon see you losing control of the calming space that you’ve created. You may even consider selling up as a result! Yet, given how extreme a lifestyle change moving can be, it isn’t practical or even affordable for many. 

Does that mean you’re doomed to checking your locks twenty times before you go out? Not at all. It merely means you might want to consider taking back control of your home safety in the following ways. 

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# 1 – See this as a warning

Nearby crime is never pleasant, but it can also act as a cold and hard warning to make home safety a priority. This should be the case whether recent crimes are on your mind or not, of course, but it’s surprising how many of us neglect all but the most basic safety precautions unless we’re moving into an area we already know is dodgy. Instead of stressing out after crime, then, focus on the fact that this gives you an incentive to install alarm systems and CCTV for returned control as you see fit. 

# 2 – Know your escape route

If the crime in question involved home intrusion, it’s also worth reclaiming control by planning an escape route should the same happen to you. Knowing, for instance, how quickly you can get to your back door could provide some peace of mind. You could also take the time to find the best bug out bag for storing near that exit point to guarantee survival as you wait for help to arrive. These steps may seem extreme from the outset, but you’d be amazed how much better you’ll sleep just knowing this option is there. 

# 3 – Focus on community

Many of us don’t even know our neighbors to say hello to these days, let alone look out for. Yet, focusing on community in the aftermath of crime can help everyone feel safer again. After all, you won’t feel half as alone in coping if you know your neighbors are keeping an eye out and vice versa. Even better, achieving this benefit is as easy as joining local community groups to express your worries, or setting up one of your own to address the crime in question and any fears it’s caused among residents. 

Some sense of lost control is inevitable when criminals make their mark on your community, but there’s no reason to let this issue spiral. Instead, put these pointers in place and take control of your home safety once again.

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Keeping Your Home Safe Year Round

Keeping Your Home Safe Year Round

Your home is likely your biggest investment, so you’re going to want to keep it as safe as possible year round. Many homeowners unknowingly put their homes and families at risk – here’s how you can make sure your home and loved ones stay safe:

Don’t Advertise When You’re Going Away

Many people announce on social media exactly when they are going away. If people know where you live and your social accounts are not set to private, you could be putting your home at risk. Don’t advertise it, and always ask a family member or neighbor to watch your home while you’re gone. 

Invest In Home Security

Make sure you invest in home security pieces. Alarms, locks, CCTV, and other security features will go a long way to keeping your home safe. This is especially important if you have kids – child proof your home and keep chemicals out of reach. 

Get A Dog

While your lifestyle should of course suit a dog before you decide to get one, this could be a way to keep your home safe and deter intruders. 

Test Your Alarms

Make sure you test your alarms regularly. Don’t neglect to install a carbon monoxide detector and test it – this is especially important if you use a fireplace or kerosene heater. This is often something that is overlooked around the holiday season – the infographic below can help you to ensure you’re staying as safe as possible during that time. 


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