Humane Squirrel Control

Squirrels

Appearance

The grey squirrel is approximately 25 cm long with a 22 cm tail. Both sexes are of similar size and weigh around 500 grams. The body is adapted for climbing and jumping, with sharp claws for gripping and a long bushy tail for balance. Red squirrels are smaller, lighter and have ear tufts. Although predominantly red in appearance red squirrels may, confusingly, show some grey on the back in winter.

Where to find them

Grey squirrels build nests or dreys of twigs/leaves in the forks of trees. The squirrels are most active in the two hours following sunrise and preceding sunset, showing reduced activity during the daytime. Both red and grey squirrels will eat a wide range of items such as nuts, fruit buds, shoots, fungi, birds eggs and nestlings. In urban areas a large amount of food will be derived from bird feeders. Surplus food is buried for retrieval in times of scarcity.

Spread of disease

Squirrels are not normally associated with any diseases which are transmissible to man.

Structural damage

The most serious damage arises once grey squirrels enter the roof spaces of houses and other buildings by climbing walls, gutter downpipes or jumping from trees. Once inside they will chew woodwork and ceilings, strip the insulation from electrical wiring, tear up fibreglass insulation in the construction of dreys and even sometimes drown in cold water storage tanks.

Control of squirrels

The most effective form of control is exclusion. Do not encourage squirrels into your garden by feeding them, and ensure that all roofspaces are secure. Control of squirrels is usually carried out using traps or poison. Only spring or cage traps approved for the purpose may be used and all traps must be inspected at least once daily. Squirrels may also be poisoned with a plain wheat bait containing 0.002% Warfarin liquid.

Squirrels Are Cute, But They’re Still A Nuisance

Every year, getting rid of squirrels is becoming a bigger and bigger part of our rodent removal and exclusion service line. Squirrels are cute and cuddly unless they happen to be in your attic. Just like other rodents, squirrels can be destructive when inside our homes and businesses. Squirrel droppings and chewing ability do not exempt them from removal.

About Squirrels

Squirrels have adapted to urban and city life pretty well. there are plenty of trees and food sources for squirrels to live off the land. Squirrels are also extremely beneficial. They help to plant and distribute seeds due to their natural instincts to bury food. However, once inside your attic tearing up the place, it is easy to overlook their beneficial qualities and figure out a plan for relocation.

Behavioral Traits

Squirrels are most active in the morning and afternoon hours. Squirrels tend to hangout in their nests during severe cold and wet weather. Hopefully that nest is not in your attic.

Lifecycle

Squirrels have a litter of 2 to 7 young in the early spring. Here in Texas another litter will sometimes arrive in late August. The young will remain in the nest for up to 6 weeks before going out on their own.

Proper Squirrel Control

Inspection. Identify rodent and rodent damage. This requires a deep inspection and find out where the squirrels are nesting and how they have gotten into the structure.

Trapping. Now we trap the rodents. For squirrels, we trap with live traps. Squirrel traps are big cages with trap doors and some food inside as bait. We will set traps and monitor every 1-2 days. Traps can be moved around to focus on the problem areas.

Exclusion. After the trapping is well underway we enclose the structure. We seal all roof vents, roof pipes, gable vents, and any other areas where squirrels can enter. Steel wool, expanding foam, caulk, wire mesh, and some screws go a long way. Then trim back any trees 4 to 6 feet from the structure.

Relocation. Every squirrel we trap is relocated to a park or wooded area.

Rodent & Squirrel Pest Control Services

Keep These Furry Pests Outside Where They Belong

Rodents like mice, rats and squirrels may look furry and cute, but they are not welcome guests in a home. Always in search of food and shelter, these pests can do some real damage to a home and also transmit diseases. Additionally, rodents reproduce very quickly, and one or two can turn into a full-blown infestation in a matter of weeks. Signs that they may have settled in include unusual noises in the attic or walls and/or droppings found in the pantry, along the baseboards or in the attic.

Mice and Rat Control Services

Mice and rats pose many threats to you, your family and your home. When they take up residence, they rarely travel alone, often bringing in fleas, mites, ticks and lice as well. Micro droplets of mouse urine can trigger allergic reactions in children. Rats will chew through just about anything when nesting, including wiring, which can cause fires. Rats are also known to urinate on and eat stored foods. Both mice and rats can transmit numerous diseases. Obviously, mice and rat control is a serious matter.

These crafty creatures can enter structures through very tiny openings. A mouse only needs a space the size of a nickel and a rat can squeeze through one the size of a quarter. Additionally, rats are excellent climbers and can make their way into a home through entry points along the roofline as well.

Squirrel Control Services

Both gray and flying squirrels usually begin to enter homes in the Southeast late in the fall as the evening temperatures drop, looking for a warm place to nest for the winter. They can be found in attics, exterior walls and even between floors, using insulation as nesting material. Their playful nature and early rising times are what give their presence away to homeowners as they hear scurrying in the attic or movement at dawn, making squirrel removal sometimes necessary just to get some sleep.

Squirrels can do considerable damage to the exterior trim and siding of a home as they widen their current hole or make a new one. Once in the home, they can gnaw on just about anything, including electrical wiring, which can cause a short or a fire. Squirrels can also carry fleas and other unwanted hitchhikers that will infest your home after they gain entry.

Grey squirrels

In their natural habitat grey squirrels build nests or dreys in the forks of trees or in hollow trunks. In urban areas they will enter roof spaces by climbing walls or jumping from nearby trees. If they get into your property they can cause serious damage. They chew woodwork and ceilings, strip the insulation from electrical wiring, tear up loft insulation to form a nest and sometimes drown in cold water tanks.

The noise they make, particularly at night, scratching and running about can be very disturbing. They also cause environmental damage, stripping bark off trees causing young trees to die, and can destroy many garden plants with their activities.

Dealing with the problem yourself

There are two things you can do to help yourself:

Don’t feed or encourage squirrels into your garden. If you put out food for the birds, use squirrel-proof feeders.

Keep your home in a good state of repair so that squirrels can not gain access. If they have already got in and they haven’t yet had any young you may be able to scare them out and seal any holes where they were getting in

Squirrel Chewing Habits: Their Fun Wreaks Havoc on your Home

Those cute little squirrels running around your backyard and playing in your trees might be fun to watch, but they can be pesky critters when they want to be! The most irritating thing about squirrels is their penchant for chewing pretty much anything that gets in their way. Whether it’s wood around your home or yard, wires in your attic, or plastic on your home or car, basically nothing is safe from these backyard critters.

Why do squirrels chew everything?

Unlike humans, a squirrels’ teeth never stop growing. While this is helpful them since their diet mostly consists of nuts, seeds and fruit which are hard on teeth and wear them down, this also means they need to be constantly working to keep them a manageable length. This leads them to chew on pretty much anything they can. From wood to metal or plastic, all of these help to grind down their teeth. Unfortunately, this is bad news for your property!

Squirrels also chew things to gather material to build a nest. Wood especially makes a good base for them, so watch your wood siding, deck, attic beams and any other wood around your yard carefully.

How to prevent squirrels from chewing

When trying to prevent a squirrel from chewing materials around your home, you want to try to use strong and durable materials as much as possible. Things like steel mesh and pvc piping are helpful materials that squirrels will have difficulty chewing through

Sometimes, you just need to call a wildlife removal professional

If your friendly squirrel company has turned the corner into a full on invasion, you might be at the point where you just need to call in a professional. Squirrels don’t give up easily, and once they’ve found some profitable real estate, they’ll settle in for a long stand off. And squirrels are not a rodent you want to mess with (remember those constantly growing and sharpened teeth?!)! A professional can come assess your home and work out a safe plan to remove the squirrels from your home and give you some suggestions of how to squirrel proof the area.

Want To Become A Veterinarian

Things Pet Owners Do That Drive Vets Crazy

It’s a tough subject to tackle. After all, veterinarians do plenty of annoying things, too. But this particular post is all about you—well, not you, but the annoying yous among you. Not that most of you deserve this, but some of you just might! So without any further hedging, let me launch into the most annoying things pet owners do.

Answer Their Cells

Need I say more? Is there anything more annoying and disrespectful than answering a phone call while your vet is delivering her state-of-your-pet’s-health address? OK, it might be worse if you dug out your phone to initiate a call midexam, but only by a smidge. They’re both just plain rude.

Bring Their Kids

I dearly love children (mine mostly, but yours can also be cool), but very young or badly behaved children are an unnecessary liability in a veterinary environment. It’s hard enough to keep pets safe — much less kids. So unless your children are old enough and/or chill enough to hang out in a vet setting, they should probably stay home. One exception: If your pet has an emergency and you have no one to care for your kids, you are most definitely excused. We’ll understand. Call ahead and we may even assign an employee to keep tabs on them so you can concentrate on what’s wrong with your pet.

Let Their Dogs Run Amok

This is not the dog park. And, for the record, retractable leads should remain in the shortest, locked position for the duration of your visit. After watching an innocent human get taken down in the lobby by an overlong retractable line, I decided there should be a law against these in vet hospitals.

Holistic Care is never all bad.

Many veterinarians have a victorious aversion to ‘herbal’ veterinary care, they believe that it in actuality does no longer paintings and let their prospects know. Pet proprietors need their pets healed, devoid of edge effects, and herbal remedies can continually do that. Pet proprietors are increasingly through herbal remedies, with over 50% have used an notable deal of form of complementary remedy. Of confidential note, holistic veterinary remedy has a very important sort of credible scientific analyze that reduce back its effectiveness. Take for example the herb turmeric, which has been shown to be increasingly victorious for hypersensitive reactions, arthritis and now even cancer; prospects detect that it works, and now science is backing this up. Clients are actively getting to know the know-how superhighway for any accessible choice to regard it doesn’t matter what disease their pets  have, and being exposed to method greater likelihood ideas. Ultimately as veterinarians it can be much larger to fortify into your prospects trusted advisors on all facets in their pets care, holistic and favorite.

Crappy of us skills.

This is greater about what vets don’t say- as in nothing. How in regards to the veterinarian and their laborers making respectable eye contact while any client contains the workplace and making pet proprietors experience welcome. I have had many prospects say they’ve felt un-very important and no longer identified at a veterinary medical association. Imagine the veterinarian introducing him or herself, affirming your name, and your pet’s name. Unfortunately of us skills are no longer a fashion of trends determined on for at veterinary tuition- sure as a veterinarian you’ll be able to be superb with animals, have simplest medical or surgical skills, then again you continue to must be capable to go looking the recommendation of pet proprietors.

Too many tips.

So what does your pet in actuality need? 13 amazing blood assessments, heartworm screen, fecal flotation, urinalysis, X-rays, EKG, all justified as ‘wellness’ screening. If a pet is sick, most prospects need vets to do the key very important assessments first with a view to paintings out the cause. Clients need veterinarians firstly an notable deal of typical sense and present a list of the key likely diagnoses. Ask your veterinarian exactly what they do for that is why referred to as ‘wellness screening’ for their personal pets. In my celebration most veterinarians only do diagnostic assessments on their personal animals while they’re sick. Should this in actuality be amazing with their prospects?

Just present me the Truth.

As in what vaccines does my dog or cat in actuality need? What do you in actuality consider is incorrect with pet? Pet proprietors need the ‘actual’ answers, if it is bad news a couple of diagnosis, or what vaccines you believe about are wished. As an example, many veterinarians are giving their personal pets some distance fewer vaccines than they advise giving to their client’s animals. Or agree with after an exam of your dog, your veterinarian unearths multiple enlarged lymph nodes. For worry of ‘scaring’ you, your veterinarian  inform you that ‘it’s simply a lump we must scan’. This confuses prospects, and breeds mistrust, the distinctive reverse that I consider veterinarians need to speak. Key to any classification of long time fulfillment in veterinary apply is hanging up a mutual courting together with your prospects founded on have confidence. If prospects have confidence then you devoid of difficulty they’re method greater likely to acquire your tips, refer greater prospects to you, and feature your apply thrive. Win-Win.

Waiting too long to seek help

It’s so frustrating when a pet owner finally arrives at the ER with a dog that is nearly dead, then goes on to tell vet staff how they stayed up all night watching the dog vomit and have diarrhea. In the past I’ve heard, “He only vomits two or three times a day.” How many times a day do you vomit? Please go to the veterinarian sooner rather than later!

Having to handle the owner to handle the dog

When small dog owners hold their dog very, very, very close to their bosom and, when the vet asks to examine the dog, they literally have to pry the dog away from that bosom. There is no way to avoid being inappropriate!

Outdoor Ceiling Fans Installation

Ceiling Fans

Energy efficient ceiling fans

professional ceiling fan installation across Brisbane and surrounding suburbs. If you’re looking for an easy, environmentally friendly and cost-effective way to cool down then speak to us today about installing ceiling fans in your home. Not only can ceiling fans help reduce the temperature in a room by up to 4 degrees but they can increase the efficiency of your air conditioning saving you money. Ceiling fans can also double as great feature pieces in a room and can increase the value of your home.

How does a ceiling fan cool the room?

We’re all guilty of running the ceiling fan on a hot day to try and reduce the temperature of the room however your ceiling fan doesn’t directly cool the air all by itself.

Ceiling Fan Safety Tips

Be sure that they are turned off if you aren’t home

Be mindful of the fan while it is turned on (never throw things in the air or jump on the bed while it is spinning)

Never hang things from a ceiling fan (They aren’t designed to be load bearing)

You can install a safety guard on your ceiling fans for an extra precaution

Keeping your ceiling fan clean will ensure maximum performance and lifespan. Here are some easy steps you can follow at home to make sure your fan is in good working order:

Make sure to clean any dust or dirt that is gathered on the ceiling fan blades (while it is turned off) this can be done with a brush or a rag

Ensure you tighten any loose screws which can be found on the fan itself, on the plate that attaches the fan to the ceiling or any screws on the light fixtures on your fan

Check to see if your fan needs oil if it is not self maintaining. This can be done by adding oil to the oil hole near the motor however most fans are self lubricating.

Make sure your fan is not wobbling or shaking, as this means it may need to be balanced or one of the blades may be damaged or warped

The difference between the settings are:

Summer: The fan blades spin in a counterclockwise direction which circulates the air and disperses the breeze to the edges of the room. This makes you feel cooler quicker and it feels like the room temperature lowers.

Winter: In this setting, the fan blades spin clockwise which forces all the warm air that is trapped above the fan and along the ceiling down into the room to mix with the cooler air. To achieve the best results you should keep your fan on low speed in this setting during winter.

Best ceiling fans: We can help you find the perfect fan to meet your needs

The cost of a ceiling fan can range from $70 to $2,000 or more. When choosing a ceiling fan, you need to know the size of your room and the height of the ceiling. Then you can consider how many blades you want, what material you prefer, how many speeds you need and other important features.

We’ve narrowed down the seven best choices for budget buyers, high-end fanatics, outdoor spaces, bedrooms, low ceilings and those interested in environmental sustainability. If you’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for, we’ll walk you through the steps to make the right choice to meet your needs.

Our budget pick is the Arlec 120cm White 4 Blade Ceiling Fan with Oyster Light. The Arlec Classic 4 Blade fan retails from Bunnings for only $70

This basic model offers reversible airflow so you can use it to circulate air in any season. The Arlec Classic 4 Blade also includes an in-built oyster light. Keep in mind, the light is not dimmable and bulbs are not included with the fan. While the fan doesn’t come with a remote control, you can add one later if you decide it’s worth the additional cost or if your budget increases. You can also book your ceiling fan installation at Bunnings. The store offers regular deals on installation for Arlec-brand fans, so make sure you check if there are any upcoming specials before you buy.

Our pick for the best high-end fan is the Big Ass Fans Haiku Series 52. Haiku Series 52 fans come with SenseME technology, which uses sensors to automatically adjust to one of seven different speeds based on environmental conditions.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan Where No Fixture Exists

Installing a ceiling fan is actually not as challenging of a project as it may seem, however, if no fixture already exists in the spot where you’d like your new fan to live, the task can be a bit more challenging

Determining Where to Install Your Ceiling Fan

Let’s start by deciding where your new ceiling fan will reside.  The answer might seem obvious—the center of the ceiling right?  Not so fast.  Most ceiling fans weigh at least 20 lbs so your new fan will need to be located in between two joists for support.

Keep in mind, what makes a ceiling fan electrical box different from a traditional light fixture box is the bracing.  Ceiling fan boxes must include bracing that attaches to the ceiling joists to support the greater weight and vibration that comes with a ceiling fan installation.

Installing Your Ceiling Fan Electrical Box

The process of installing a ceiling fan box involves pushing the bracing and box through the hole you’ve made in the ceiling and attaching them to the ceiling joists as per the manufacturer’s instructions (although very similar not all ceiling boxes are exactly the same).

Running Electrical Wiring to Your New Fan

Before going any further it’s very important that we take a moment to address the inherent danger that exists when working with your home’s electrical wiring.  If at any time you feel unsure of what you are doing it’s important to stop and call a certified electrician.

HERE’S HOW: Install a ceiling fan yourself

Before attempting to install it, make sure your husband purchased the correct size for your room. If he bought it at a reputable home center store, they will probably let you exchange it for another if the size is incorrect

As a rule of thumb, use a 36-inch-diameter fan if the largest room dimension is under 12 feet. From 12 to 15 feet, a 42-inch size is best and from 15 to 18 feet, select a 52-inch size. For very large or long narrow rooms, use two smaller ceiling fans.

For a standard ceiling height, the fan kit should come with the proper downrod length to provide at least seven feet of clearance above the floor. Unless your ceilings are unusually low, avoid a ceiling hugger design. The proximity of the blades to the ceiling impede proper airflow.

Putting up a ceiling fan is not a difficult job. Many of the new ceiling fans have an installation hanging hook built into the ceiling mounting. This makes it a one-person job, assuming that you are strong enough to get it up on the hook first.

Do a little stretching first and, even if you are in good shape, plan on having some sore muscles the next day. It is not so much the weight of the unit, but all the twisting and reaching around the motor and blades that is straining.

HOW TO INSTALL A CEILING FAN EQUIPPED

Installing any ceiling fan is usually a very simple process, and it is just as simple when installing a ceiling fan that comes equipped with the more energy efficient DC motor. However, there are some warnings one should know before proceeding and attempting to connect a DC fan to their power source.

CONNECTING A STANDARD AC FAN IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT

In the past, when fans all came equipped with a standard AC motor, many electricians would wire up a ceiling fan without feeling the need to turn off a circuit breaker, or even a wall switch that sends power to the fan.

Although, it is always a good idea to do so, a seasoned electrician understands that as long was they only work with one wire at a time, and the other wires are capped, they aren’t really going to have to worry about any sort of electrical shock. They know for a shock to happen they’d have to be touching the metal part of the wire they are working with, while at the same time grounding themselves on something else metal to complete the circuit. Therefore, many times electricians may simply hold the wire by the insulated part (colored coating) and connect one wire at a time. After all, for standard fans we are only talking about one hot wire, one neutral wire, and one ground wire.

Even remote controlled traditional ceiling fans with an AC motor is not much different. The only difference is there is usually a remote receiver that separates the three fan wires from the power wires at the ceiling. On one side of a remote receiver there is usually a blue, a black, and a white wire. Coming from the top of the fan is the same three color wires. One only needs to simply connect those wires together by their color. Then, on the other side of the remote receiver there is always a black wire and a white wire (separate from the side that three black, white, and blue wires are found) and these two wires simply connect to the black wire and the white wire coming out from the ceiling.

NEVER TRY TO WIRE A DC FAN WITH THE CIRCUIT BREAKER ON

A DC ceiling fan is more sensitive when connecting wires, making it a must to have the power turned off before beginning any of the wiring process. It does not matter how comfortable an electrician feels around power, a DC fan is very, very sensitive, and the power must be turned off while making wiring connections. Any slight arc of power or surge during the process can, and probably will, damage the DC ceiling fan’s remote receiver. Therefore, power being off before starting the installation is crucial. The reason is that the receiver also contains the converter that will change the home’s AC power over to a DC current before that current gets to the fan motor. Due to the complexity of the task the receiver is required to do, the circuitry is more sensitive and care should be taken when wiring.

How To Preserve Your Roof Inspection

Commercial Roof Inspection

Some roofing companies in Superior hurry through the consultation phase, but we know that quality roofing work starts with a detailed roof inspection. How can a roofing contractor repair or replace roofing without knowing what is going on up there? It’s vital that you pick a roofing company that offers roof inspections services with thorough procedures, because contractors can’t repair the problem if they don’t grasp it

Superior roofing contractors obtain cross-training so that they are able to perform any roofing service on all sorts of commercial buildings with all kinds of roofs, but an essential thing  for every job is a roof inspection. We think that the roof inspection services we begin every Superior commercial roofing project with are the basis for quality work throughout because inspecting the roof tells us everything that’s wrong, so we are able to formulate services

Commercial Roof Inspection and Insurance Coverage

Another helpful roofing inspection service you can expect is how Superior homeowners are advised about the insurance process. We ensure the adjuster performs an adequate roof inspection of their very own. We are on-site to ensure they examine every area for damage, do not miss any line products, and that lots of photographs are used. Every ding, dent, and crack should be noted during the adjuster’s commercial roofing inspection, and we will ensure that they are counting and classifying things correctly

Commercial Roof Inspection in Superior

If you need a Superior roofing contractor to conduct repairs or reroofing, be sure you hire a person who first does an in-depth roof inspection. Contractors, Roofing Systems offers roof inspection services at no-cost to Superior companies, during which we will examine their house then provide them with a proposal for services to repair the roofin

The Cost Of Roof Inspection For Your Home or Office

While you might love seeing those rain showers from your porch, you may want to spare a moment for your roof. Your roof is what lets you enjoy every weather, from the comfort of your home. The problem though is that most homeowners forget to take care of their roof once they have built their home; it’s this lack of maintenance that can cost a lot.

Why Do You Need Roof Inspection?

A roof inspection is quite important – be it from the buyer’s side or the owner’s. Knowing the condition of the roof should be a major consideration before buying a home. The roof is one of the most expensive elements of a home and unsuspected roof problems could catch you off guard costing you thousands of dollars. The expense from consequential damage is often much greater than the cost to fix the roof.

In short, you must examine the roof condition when buying a new home or building. Make sure you get the roof professionally inspected. Take a look at the roof inspection report by a professional before making a final deal. If you are selling your home, roof inspection becomes important to you as well.

When Should You Get a Roof Inspection?

It is recommended to get a roof inspection once every three years; this can help in making both your house and roof last longer. For homes that are older (over 30 years), roof inspections are recommended frequently. Remember, the average age of a roof is 20 years. If you live in places with extreme weather, roof inspection can be recommended every other year.

All certified roof inspectors will pay attention to the following:

The exterior and interior appearance of the roof. This helps them detect any physical damage or surface deterioration.

Search for cracks or leaks in the roof.

The overall state of the fascia, skylights, chimneys, gutters, drains, and vents on the roof.

Shingles that have either curled, broken or are simply missing,

Finding places which may let water get collected.

Flashing points that have been damaged.

ROOF INSPECTIONS

When buying or selling a home, it is very important to know what kind of shape the roof is in. We offer professional roof inspections for realtors and homeowners that address the major aspects of the roofing system. We will estimate the useful life of the roof and identify any problem areas that need to be repaired.

Age of Roof

It’s usually impossible to determine the exact age of a roof unless we have specific information about when the shingles were installed, so we’ll generally just estimate the age of the roof based on our experience.

Life Expectancy

We will try to estimate the useful life expectancy of your roof. This is impossible to do with precision, but we can give you a reasonable expectation as to when you will need to replace your roof.

Layers of Shingles

It can be difficult to determine how many layers of shingles are on a roof just by looking from the ground. We’ll lift up the shingles at the bottom of roof to see exactly how many layers of shingles there are.

General Appearance

A roof is not merely a functional covering for you home meant to keep water out. It also has aesthetic value. It should look good. Really good

How Often Should I Have My Roof Inspected?

You keep on top of preventative maintenance for your health, your car, and even your kids’ homework—but what about keeping that literal roof over your head in top shape? Sure, Spring cleaning has you sweeping behind the fridge and winter prep might have you checking to see if the water pipes are in good shape, but when’s the last time you had the roof inspected? Roof maintenance is two-fold: One you can do yourself (if only with a pair of binoculars), but this should be complemented with an expert inspection at routine intervals.

When looking at a roof yourself, keep an eye out for uneven surfaces in the decking and cracked caulking. Are any of the shingles curling, buckling or blistering? Are there even some missing shingles? Look at the rubber part of the pipe vents and see if they look worn down or split open. Any damage to chimney caps should be addressed, and if you notice moss or lichen, that can be a sign of decay. Black algae may seem like a cosmetic fix that doesn’t necessarily need immediate attention, but it’s an excellent food source for moss, which can remove granules from the shingle exposing the asphalt to the sun’s rays

When Action is Necessary

For homeowners with colored grit found in places like the gutters, that’s a red flag. It might look like sand, but it means the roof is being exposed to dangerous UV rays. It might be that the roof’s service life is about to expire, and acting quickly may give you a few more years. Any shingles with issues require immediate replacement, and there are some things a handy DIYer can do him or herself, such as nailing back in loose shingles, but for the most part it’s best to leave things to a pro.

WHAT’S THIS GOING TO COST?

Many reputable roofers offer free or low cost inspections, but the actual repairs will certainly have a price. Shingle replacements are usually under $250, common skylight and chimney repairs are under $500, and repairs to flashing are typically under $25 per foot. And if you have moss? That’s best removed in the autumn with a moss killer designed specifically for roofs (don’t use one for lawns, as you’ll suddenly have a green roof).

THE SKY IS LEAKING

By the time a roof is actively leaking, it’s probably been damaged for quite awhile. That’s why it’s paramount to keep up with regular inspections. Telltale signs can include dark spots on the ceiling interior, peeling paint near roof overhangs, damp areas by the fireplace, and water stains on the pipes.

Spring Roof Inspection: The Ultimate Checklist

During the Coronavirus quarantine period, we’ve all been reminded about how much we rely on our homes and our families.

We must take care of the essentials in life and invest time and energy into making sure that all is well with them.

We have a chance to do that with the people we love most – and the same mindset should extend to the place that keeps us all safe and that we call home

The roof over our heads is an essential that we rarely even think about. During the lockdown, it’s an ideal time to put our energies into making sure the roof will continue to keep our families safe into the future.

The following maintenance checks are designed for any homeowner and should ideally be performed at least annually. They apply to whatever type of roof you have.

Vacation Rentals Cleaning For The Family

Mistakes to Avoid While Booking Your Vacation Rentals

There has been an increasing demand for rentals, as compared to hotels and resorts. However, the rules for hotel booking do not apply to the rentals you wish to choose. Everything has its own pros and cons. Rentals provides you with a personalised and customised vacation plan.

You can fine tune, what you need and how you need it. Many Captiva island rentals, helps you in defining and planning the kind of vacation you need. Also, there are varied vacation packages designed by the rental agencies themselves, to save your time and energy. However, there are few mistakes to avoid, while you choose.

  • Don’t hurry up in reading the brochure provided by the owners. You could be easily be misled by the initial glitzy sentences. Read the whole document to know about parking, AC, cleaning up and other services.
  • Don’t take what the owner says about the distance from your condo to important points in the city. Check it out using digital map services.
  • Don’t leave your booking process, through the rental agencies’ website. Send a mail and make sure you receive a confirmation from their side, reserving rooms for you, at your preferred dates.
  • Don’t hide any details regarding your travel. Be it the dates or the number of people in your group or if there will be any pets. It will be an ugly scene, if the owner comes around to check on your comfort, and find that you have lied.
  • Don’t just assume the availability of amenities, like internet, AC, housekeeping etc. Make sure you make a list of what’s available and what’s not.
  • Don’t overlook the details in the documents. There is an inherent risk in terms of your transaction. So, take some time to check about the owner on the net and search for reviews.

Not Knowing When to Book

There is no hard-and-fast rule for the best time to book, but anticipating the seasonality of a destination and taking into account the most popular times to make reservations can help save you money.

People like to go to warm destinations in the winter months, so if you’re targeting a highly desirable destination, it may make sense to book early. If you are going to a destination with a lot of availability it might make sense to book later.

Regardless, travelers should try to avoid the most popular booking times, when rates may be more inflated. According to Trivago.com, the most popular times to book hotels are at 6 and 9 p.m. EDT on Tuesdays. (Thursday evenings are a close second.) Checking prices multiple times between Tuesday night and Sunday (the least popular day to book) may yield different, possibly lower, prices and allow you to secure the best deal.

Don’t assume the owner will be readily available.

If you think about how often you check with the front desk during a typical hotel stay, you will recognize that having someone to talk to about your rental can be very important. Particularly if there is a problem, it helps to have an actual person to deal with, so be sure to ask if the owner or a representative will be available during your rental period. Get a reliable emergency contact number that you can reach if the plumbing breaks, the electricity goes out or other problems arise.

Don’t fudge the details of your stay.

In the same way you would like owners to be upfront and honest about their listings, you will want to be honest about who you are bringing, how many people will be around, if you have a pet in tow and similar details. Many owners greet their tenants and stop by to make sure things are going well, so you are likely to be found out if you do fudge the details.

How to avoid a rogue rental

• Rent from a reputable source. Typically, a professionally managed vacation rental or a by-owner rental belonging to a trade group such as the Vacation Rental Managers Association or Onsite Property Management Association is a sign your unit is on the up-and-up.

• Look for guarantees. HomeAway and Airbnb have customer guarantees that can ensure your rental will meet minimum standards. Wyndham Vacation Rentals even offers a “bill of rights” that promises a professionally managed and clean rental.

• Learn to recognize a rogue — and report it. Vacation rentals that don’t play by the rules tend to price their rentals aggressively and demand payment by wire. “It’s the cardinal rule. “If the deal is too good to be true, trust your instincts, and report it to the website in question.”

Mistakes That Sabotage Vacation Rental Bookings

1. Underestimating the power of research

Do not underestimate the importance of research. In addition to just listing your properties, the information you pull from sites such as Airbnb and HomeAway can be invaluable.

2. Having a love affair with just one booking site

It might be easier to work with only one reservation site, but getting all of your vacation properties listed on all of the booking sites out there is absolutely crucial. Think of it as a marketing strategy, not just another listing.

Once you’ve listed them, be sure to document all of the channels your properties are listed on and keep an updated list on the status of each property in order to best manage the postings and avoid double bookings.

3. Your headline is boring

Making your properties stand out from the crowd begins with a tantalizing headline. Travelers often search for rentals by choice luxury keyword after they’ve established the location, so be sure to highlight the most exciting qualities of your property.

4. Your listings aren’t visually exciting

Beware: An eye‐catching headline will fall short unless it’s been paired with plenty of gorgeous, dynamic and appealing photographs!

We exist in an information‐overloaded, image‐oriented world. Take the time to stage your property as if you were preparing to welcome a guest. Make sure to capture a variety of landscape photos formatted to a size of at least 1024px x 683px (ideally, 24 pictures total).

Auto Repair Shops Take Notice

How to Tell If Your Mechanic Lied to You

There are clear signs that will help you recognize when your mechanic lied to you. Know how the system works so you don’t find yourself handing over hundreds of dollars for unneeded repairs and parts.

It is no secret that some mechanics will invent repairs or needed buys when you go in for a simple inspection or oil change. Don’t get me wrong, many mechanics are honest and can help you with serious car repairs, but some are…well, some are less than reputable. Worst case scenario, it couldn’t hurt you to know when your mechanic lied to you in those instances. Sure, you can’t forget that your mechanic is part of a business when your check engine light comes on, but knowing the difference between someone helping you or when they are trying to help the financial situation of their auto repair shop will be crucial to saving you money that you don’t need to spend.

First, learn how your car works.

I’m not saying go to an auto mechanic school. Let me ask you this though, have you read your owner’s manual? If not, that is a great place to start. The more you know, the less likely you are to be tricked into spending more at auto repair shops. Knowing where your engine and air filters are, or even how long a new set of tires should last, will help you to know if your mechanic has lied to you. The internet is a priceless tool when researching specific problems. A car is a hard thing to DIY, but having certain information on hand can help you navigate a conversation with your mechanic.

Learn the tactics mechanics use to get you to spend money.

Mechanics have some pretty common practices and tactics to make sure you spend more than is necessary; and though it may be sexist to say, mechanics have been known to lie to women about repairs (although men can fall victim just as easily). When you need air filter changes, tire rotations, oil changes, or car repairs, you need to be aware of these tactics.

They’re wasting extra time so you’ll spend that extra dime.

Some mechanics will charge you for more time than the repair actually takes. A good way to guard against this is to know beforehand how long one of these operations should take. For example, for a tire rotation, the job itself should only take around 30 minutes. Many repair shops will charge for almost two hours of work. That’s an hour and a half of free money coming from your wallet. A simple search around Google or a conversation with a knowledgeable friend can help you save a lot of money when going in for a car repair or simple maintenance.

Some mechanics will tell you a blatant lie about work they haven’t done.

On the same train of thought as charging for extra hours, you can also be charged for work that has never occurred. This tactic can really put a dent in your pocket for work that may need to be done later on. How can a mechanic get away with a tactic like that? There are air filters that are hard enough to get to that you will never be able to physically see a difference in when looking under the hood of your car. A mechanic can easily tell you work has been done at their auto repair shop knowing that you won’t be able to tell if there was a change or not.

Common Car Repair Issues

Watch out for these potential problems:

  1. The shop waits until the vehicle is up on the lift and partially disassembled before getting your authorization to proceed with the repairs. By then, you are essentially forced to: (a) authorize overpriced repairs or risk getting your car back in a disassembled and unusable condition; or (b) pay a large and unexpected fee to have your vehicle reassembled, only to discover it no longer runs at all;
  2. The shop shows you dirty oil with metal filings in it as evidence that you need a new transmission. Virtually all used transmissions have dirty oil with some amount of dirt and metal filings. This is normal and is not necessarily a sign that you need a whole new transmission. However, once the transmission is disassembled and reassembled with the same old seals and parts, it usually does not work the same as before;
  3. The shop starts repair work on your car without first getting your authorization to perform the repair work, and then charges you for repair work that you did not authorize;
  4. The shop gives you a verbal estimate as to the cost of repairs, then charges a higher price;

Don’t take it to the dealership after the warranty has expired

A rule to live by when you’ve got an older car without a warranty—never take your car to the dealership. They charge more for everything—parts, hourly compensation, etc. Of course, the dealership is your cheapest option if you have a warranty because everything will be covered and of no cost to you.

At the dealership, there’s a good chance you won’t actually be met by the mechanic—an advantage you get with a smaller repair shop. There will likely be someone hired specifically for customer service that will explain what’s wrong with your car and take your money.

If you appreciate good customer service and a friendly relationship, you’re better off with a private garage (not that all dealerships are evil, but in my experience, they aren’t the greatest).

However, it is best to bring certain cars to the dealership. Take my Saturn Ion for example. Mechanics hate my car because Saturns aren’t made anymore so they can never find parts for it. Saturns were a short-lived production by General Motors that didn’t pan out.

GM dealers are able to find parts easier and their mechanics have more experience with the type of car. So while it may be more expensive, sometimes it’s best, if you’re in the same situation as me, to take your car some place that knows what they’re doing rather than chance it.

Meeting with the Service Writer

Here are some steps you should take to make sure you are describing the problem fully. Remember, you know your vehicle better than anyone. When something is wrong, try to pinpoint the symptoms before taking the car in for service.

What to Look For

  • Unusual sounds, odors, leaks, warning lights, or smoke
    Where in the vehicle is the sound coming from? When does it happen? When the engine is running? When the engine is cold? When you’re accelerating? Braking? Turning? Going above or at a certain speed?
  • Problems in handling or braking Do you feel vibrations in the steering column or the brake pedal? Does the steering pull to the right or the left? Are your tires wearing unevenly?
  • Changes in performance Has your engine performance decreased? Is your fuel economy falling? Do you regularly have to add coolant or oil? Are belts or hoses wearing out faster than they should?

When you explain the problem to the technician or service representative, be as detailed as possible. Don’t rush or let yourself be intimidated.

Although the technician or service representative probably can’t diagnose your problem on the spot, ask questions. If you don’t understand the answers, ask for clarification.

Be sure the repair shop has a number where you can be reached. If the technician is going to call you later with a diagnosis, ask when. If you’re going to call the shop, be sure you know the number and best time to call.

Evaluate the Shop

When checking out an unfamiliar mechanic’s shop for the first time look for the following:

  • A clean lot with plenty of turnover: Quality mechanics take pride in the appearance of their shops and rapidness of their repairs. If the shop’s lot is clean, the work floor tidy and bright, and there aren’t a bunch of half-repaired clunkers lined up out front, that’s good.
  • A knowledgeable Service Writer: The service writer is the guy that sits behind the shop’s front counter and produces the estimates and repair bills. He’s the one that you’ll be primarily interacting with while your car is in the shop and is responsible for answering the questions you have. If he’s reticent or not very helpful, that’s a huge red flag.
  • Talk to the mechanics: If possible, talk to the guys that will actually have their hands under the hood. Get a feel for their age and expertise. Some older mechanics will be whizzes at fixing classics but may not be as sharp when it comes to scanning the on-board diagnostics of this year’s 5-Series. Also ask about how long they’ve been with the shop. A high turnover rate is very, very bad. If the shop’s been there for more than a year but none of the mechanics have been there longer than six months, bail.

Signs You Need Mold Remediation Done On Your Home

How to Remediate Mold

Mold and mildew problems in your home are no laughing matter. For starters, mold is an indicator of another serious problem: excess moisture. Whether it’s a roof leak, poor attic ventilation, or moisture problems in other areas of the home (basements are common problem areas), excess moisture can cause a large array of building materials to warp, stain, crack, fail, and rot. Furthermore, once mold sets in, serious health concerns come into play.

Consider Hiring a Mold Remediation Contractor

If you have a mold problem in your home, be it black mold, green mold, white mold, or any other color, your first step is to pick up the phone and call a mold remediation contractor. These specialists are licensed by the state you live in and educated in the safest, most efficient ways to eliminate mold from your home. Never try to tackle a mold problem by your lonesome.

You Can’t Remove Mold until You’ve Fixed Your Moisture Problem

Mold remediation starts with fixing the source of your moisture problem. If you’re experiencing mold in your attic, then roof leaks or poor ventilation are your most likely causes. If you have mold problems elsewhere in the home, everything from leaking plumbing to a seeping foundation could be to blame. Whatever the cause of your moisture issue, you need to get it fixed as soon as possible. Your mold problem isn’t going to go away until you’ve addressed it, and you also risk serious structural and aesthetic damage to your home if you choose to ignore the problem.

Once your mold remediation contractor has identified and fixed the source of your moisture problem, they will then move on to removing the mold itself. The steps for mold remediation are the same, whether you’re dealing with black mold, green mold, or another variety.

Seal off the area. Mold remediation always requires that you begin by sealing off the area with plastic sheeting and tape before you perform any work. This keeps potentially dangerous mold spores contained in the work area itself, instead of distributing the mold throughout the home.

Wet vacuum. A wet vacuum will clean up any standing water and water soaked surfaces, as well as vacuum up mold itself. Never use a dry vacuum to remove mold, however, since a dry vacuum is the perfect vehicle for launching mold spores into the air.

Kill the mold using an approved fungicide applied with either a sprayer or fogger. Never use bleach, as it is ineffective at killing, or keeping away, mold problems.

Clean the area thoroughly. Clean the area using whatever means necessary. This may include scrubbing, scraping, cleaning up dust and debris with a HEPA vacuum, and even removing building materials, furniture, and anything else contaminated by mold. Any materials that are removed should be sealed in plastic bags and labeled before being disposed of.

Dry out the Area. Finally, be sure to dry out the area thoroughly by using fans, dehumidifiers, and father time. If you don’t dry it out completely before doing restoration work, you’re very likely to have mold resurface again shortly down the road.If you’ve got black mold, green mold, or any other type, call a mold remediation specialist as soon as possible. Remember, your home and your health are riding on it.

Tips On Hiring Mold Removal Services

Having mold in your home or workplace can be quite challenging. Mold is not only harmful to your health but will also lower your home’s value if not treated early enough. Experts suggest that you treat mold as soon as you notice and while it is still manageable. The health problems caused by mold usually come out as allergic reactions, causing illnesses such as asthma attacks, skin rashes and sneezing among other conditions. If you ever notice any mold in your home or office, you’ll need to call a professional mold removal service provider.

Mold removal involves the use of various products and tools to kill the parasite that brings about the spread. Without proper use of these products and tools, mold will usually come back. This is why it is important that you only hire a professional to handle your case.

Choosing a Professional Mold Removal Service

There are many mold remediation services to choose from and deciding which one to select can be confusing. A simple Google search will present you with countless mold removal companies operating in your area, making it even more difficult to separate the good from the not-so-good.

Experience and Reputation

The first thing you need to check when considering a potential mold removal service is an experience. It is essential that you only choose a company that has been operating for an extended period of time. You also need to ensure the company you choose has a good reputation among previous customers by reading reviews from various sources. Before treating your home, a reliable company will first carry out an inspection before formulating strategies that will both get rid of your current predicament and prevent farther problems down the road.

License and Insurance

Mold removal services must adhere to strict rules and regulations before they are handed a license to run their business. Proof of license, therefore, indicates professionalism and you’ll have more confidence in trusting your home to a licensed professional. Workers compensation insurance is an insurance policy that covers workers in case they get injured while working at your home. This type of cover will protect you from financial responsibility in case one or more workers get into accidents while at your premise.

Residential & Commercial Mold Prevention Tips

For large moldy drywall jobs, we recommend that you contact a mold remediation professional to ensure the moldy sheetrock is properly removed to avoid cross contamination. They can also ensure the water leak or condensation source is identified and fixed. Use our online mold remediation contractor directory to find a water damage mold remediation professional in your area.

First turn off your heat or air conditioning and close/seal vents in the damaged room. Close or seal doorways, too. Mold spores will get airborne when removing mold damaged sheetrock. So sealing the room is important.

For maximum safety, professionals will tell you to use a fan to vent air in the room directly to the outside of the home.

Professionals will also tell you to use an industrial HEPA filter vacuum on the mold damaged surfaces to prevent mold spores from getting airborn during the moldy drywall removal process. We suggest using our Endurance BioBarrier Mold Prevention Spray on these moldy surfaces before removing. Let the spray penetrate for 24 hours to eliminate the mold spores.

Protect yourself against mold allergy symptoms by using a P100 mask, rubber gloves, goggles, and a body suit. After removing water and mold damaged drywall, be sure to check for mold that may have spread to the insulation and studs, plus the opposite side drywall behind the insulation. You may need to remove moldy insulation and the drywall on opposite side behind the insulation.

Top Tips for Mould Removal and Prevention

Whether you own or rent a property, mould can be a huge problem. On the one hand a mould infestation can affect your quality of living – especially if you suffer from asthma; on the other hand if the mould occurs during your tenancy you may be expected to cover the cost of the cleaning. A common problem in flats, apartments, and maisonettes, mould can strike any property. As with most issues in life, prevention is the best cure, although there are many ways you can deal with an existing mould problem.

Dry clothes outside

Wet clothes can be a major reason for damp and mould developing. From just one load of washing, over 2 litres of moisture is released into the air! Drying clothes outside may not be practical for everyone, as not everyone has access to an outdoor drying area. If you do need to dry your clothes indoors, ensure a window is opened to provide the much-needed ventilation that may prevent damp developing. You can also look into products such as this ‘Moisture absorber’ which is a low-cost solution to deal with excessive moisture in the air.

Open a window and shut the door!

If you are doing something that will release a lot of steam into the room, close the door and open a window. This applies to boiling a kettle, having a shower/bath, and cooking. If you have an extractor fan then this can really help to reduce the moisture, but closing the door will prevent the moisture from spreading into the other rooms of your house. If you don’t have an extractor, be sure to open a window- especially in winter months where steam will condense on cool surfaces!

Furniture and Walls

Exterior walls are often slightly colder than interior walls and therefore more susceptible to damp and mould. Keep furniture away from these walls, instead placing them against interior walls. Another way to reduce your chances of mould is to leave a slight gap between all walls and furniture to leave room for air flow. If you have limited space, then try to regularly clean behind the furniture and ensure you dry the wall after you clean it.

Declutter

Overfilled cupboards are a breeding ground for mould as there isn’t much air-flow. Adopt the Japanese method by Marie Kondo, and declutter your life (and cupboards) for mould-free joy!

TIPS YOU NEED TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A MOLD REMEDIATION COMPANY

Molds are silent intruders; they grow unnoticed in dark, moist and warm places or objects that are not used regularly, such as bags, shoes and other things made of leather. Cold and wet seasons are often the times when molds appear. The seven suggestions on how to choose a mold remediation company are: choose a remediation company wisely; examine the degree of infestation, count the cost of remediation, hire an expert, do research, seek advice, and compare and contrast services.

CHOOSE WISELY

The first thing you have to consider is to choose wisely. You have your property and money at stake, so be wise. Do not be fooled by appearances or offers of discounts and attractive offers. Trust your instincts and investigate.

EXAMINE THE DEGREE OF INFESTATION

Secondly, removing mold is not a DIY job. You need help in evaluating the condition of your residential or commercial unit. The bigger the place, the more mold problems could be hidden from your view. It takes an expert to examine the severity of the mold infestation and determine the proper treatment and cleaning.

COUNT THE COST OF REMEDIATION

Does your insurance cover some or all of the processes? ServiceMaster of Cobb works with your insurance company. Money is something that you have to be careful of especially when getting the services of a mold remediation company. You have to make sure that you get your money’s worth. This can be measured by the quality of their performance and products, the length of warranty, and consumer satisfaction

HIRE AN EXPERT

A professional mold remediation company will be able to make a thorough evaluation of your property after mold has grown within your premises. You have to choose a company offering mold removal Cartersville that can be trusted because their technicians are well-trained and equipped for every residential or commercial mold remediation and related concerns.

Upholstery Cleaning Service

Reasons To Choose Us As Your Sofa Cleaning Company

Sofa cleaning is a really tedious exercise for most individuals. Most homeowners feel that they would rather be doing more important things than clean their sofa sets. For this reason, outsourcing presents the best solution. Many homeowners find it very convenient to hire a service provider such as Singapore laundry. As we perform upholstery cleaning, there are a number of procedures we follow to ensure your furniture looks sparkling. Below are seven reasons why you should choose us as your preferred sofa cleaning company.

Seeking services of a service provider like us is really simple more so if you have allocated the budget. We cater to all your upholstery cleaning needs while ensuring we meet all your expectations. To add onto this, we will provide you with a service agreement that is reasonable since we believe that all our clients have various cleaning needs. Some may just ask for the most common routines but it is important to note that not all clients requirements are usually the same. We are highly capable of handling all types of client needs while providing them with a detailed and comprehensive breakdown of the cost of services provided.

For instance should you make enquiries to ascertain this, we will be able to give you information regarding how our personnel have been trained. Hiring firms that do not properly train their employees is likely to ruin or damage your sofa sets. In addition, personnel who do not undergo sufficient training expose you to numerous health hazards.

Upholstery and Furniture Cleaning Services

Full Content and header tag updates: We’d like to be mess-free 100% of the time, but life gets in the way of that. Kids, pets and spilled food or drink can turn your beautiful furniture into a disaster. Trust Sears Home Services with all of your furniture cleaning needs. Clean upholstery brightens up the whole room. Sears offers upholstery cleaning services to get ground-in dirt, stubborn stains and unpleasant odors out of your upholstered furniture.

wo-step upholstery cleaning process

First, a trained upholstery technician applies a heated fabric-cleaning spray to lift dirt out of the upholstery fibers.

Next, the technician uses a high-powered rinse and extraction machine to remove the dirt and cleaning solution.

New furniture is coated with built-in fabric protectors, but these wear off over time. We recommend applying new upholstery protector after each upholstery cleaning. Reapplying the protector helps maintain the beauty, color and vibrancy of your furniture. An upholstery protector not only defends your fabric from stains and spills but it buys you time to clean up a spill before a stain sets.

Quick cleaning your entry area

Make sure to inspect what your guests see when they enter your home. Clean glass on the door, remove shoes, keys and mail. Broom sweep the entry, wipe down scuffs on the door and sanitize door handles and light switches.

Quick cleaning bedrooms

Make beds, removing laundry, dump trash and quickly dust furniture

Upholstery Cleaning

Types of Upholstery Cleaning

provide hot water extraction, dry or leather cleaning depending on the upholstery type. The upholstery cleaning experts will inspect your sofa and chairs. Then, determine the most suitable cleaning technique for their fabric. We treat each furniture piece differently depending on its condition and specific maintenance requirements. The service beings by inspecting the fabric of the upholstery and choosing the most suitable cleaning method. Followed by pre-treatment of any stains. Then cleaning the upholstery and leaving it to dry. The drying time is from 2-6 hours. Depending on the fabric of the item.

Steam Cleaning

The couch steam cleaning is a process that infuses the fabric of your upholstered sofa and chairs with hot steam under high pressure. It extracts all the accumulated dirt and moisture. This method is suitable for all types of fabrics.

Takeaways: Hot water extraction removes any trace of grime, bacteria, pollen and dust that’s been accumulated inside the upholstery. Your upholstery will be left slightly damp and will dry up on its own for 2 to 6 hours depending on the fabric type and seasonality.

Dry Cleaning

The dry cleaning method is suitable for more delicate fabric. We’ll inspect the upholstery and test the cleaning solution on a small spot. Stains will be pre-treated with the proper detergents. We’ll apply a powerful liquid solvent with high pressure and infuse it deep into the fabric. The solvent will be extracted along with the dirt with the help of a commercial cleaning machine.

Pros: The process provides a gentle, yet, powerful cleaning for delicate fabrics. The high-pressure cleaning will work deep into the fabric. It will sanitise and refresh the upholstery of your sofa and chairs.

Upholstery Cleaning

Upholstery cleaning – Having your lounge suite, couch or sofa upholstery cleaned by Carpet Cleaning is an easy way to freshen up your home. Also a freshly cleaned lounge suite is the next best thing to purchasing a new lounge suite.

experienced upholstery cleaners and Springfield Lakes use the latest upholstery cleaning methods to safely clean your delicate lounge suite upholstery. Because of our experience in cleaning lounge suites, we will have your lounge suite or sofa upholstery cleaned, deodorised and dry in no time

Don’t worry, your lounge suite or couch cleaning is in good hands. We clean hundreds of fabric lounges suites and couches every year. Therefore we have seen and dealt with all types of lounge suite cleaning needs. Be it stain removal, removing dark dirty areas on the arm rests/head rests or deodorising and sanitising. We can clean it all.

First step is to identify what type of material that we are going to clean. Most lounge suites are mircofibre/micro suede, Some are made from cotton, polyester, polypropylene or nylon. We then apply the appropriate cleaning solutions paying particular attention to the head rests and arm rests. Sometimes these areas may need a little extra agitation.

powerful truck-mount cleaning system creates its own hot water. Therefore it is no match for dirt, grime and residual odours. Combined with our effective cleaning solutions, your fabric lounge suite upholstery will be left fresh and clean.

Upholstery Cleaning

The professionals at Absolute Best Cleaning know that quality upholstered furniture can be quite an investment. Children, pets, and everyday use can leave your expensive furniture looking stained and dingy. Furniture cleaning can be a challenge. It is difficult to clean upholstery without the proper equipment, and you may do more harm than good by attempting to spot clean your own furniture. Professional upholstery cleaning will both improve the appearance of your furniture, and protect your investment by extending your furniture’s useful life. Regular upholstery cleaning will also remove indoor air pollutants such as dust mites, and pollen and will contribute to healthier indoor air quality.

First, we spray a cleaning solution onto the fabric to loosen embedded soils. We then rinse with a neutralizing solution, and extract the soil and solution from the fabric. This method, steam cleaning, is very effective on most fabrics. However, we also have the ability to dry clean certain fine fabrics such as chintz, moire, etc. Our 25 years of experience and education enable us to properly identify your fabric and choose the appropriate furniture cleaning method.

After cleaning upholstery, we recommend the application of a fiber protector. If your furniture is properly protected, you will have a better chance of cleaning up spots and spills before they become permanent.

Tips To Control Racoon In Your Area

RACCOON REMOVAL

Raccoons are mammals that become problems when they raid garbage cans and bird/pet feeders, tear up gardens and lawns looking for food or use chimneys, attics, crawlspaces or hollow areas beneath porches and outbuildings for dens.  Raccoons can be very vicious when cornered or protecting their young.  They are the main carriers of rabies in our area and in the United States.

Raccoons are omnivores – they eat both plants and animals

Raccoons not only spread rabies through their saliva (which is 100% fatal in humans); they also spread raccoon roundworm eggs in their feces which cause damage to the liver, spleen, lungs, eyes, nervous system or possibly death in severe cases.  Roundworm occurs when the eggs are accidently ingested/inhaled after contacting contaminated feces.

Raccoons are very strong and agile.  They have elongated “fingers” that allow them to pry open garbage can lids, rip off shingles, flashing , roof decking, fascia (trim) boards, rooftop ventilators, crawlspace vents and doors, attic insulation, insulation on HVAC lines and ductwork, etc..

Raccoons will destroy gardens and lawns looking for vegetables, fruit, grubs (below sod), food scraps in garbage or compost, animal/bird food from feeders and other natural foods in the environment.

Raccoons will establish latrines throughout their dens.  In attics the feces and urine can stain the ceiling below – accompanied by an objectionable odor.  In crawlspaces and under decks and buildings their waste is often throughout and on the vapor barrier (if one exists).

Raccoons, as well as most wildlife, also carry a lot of ectoparasites (mites, fleas, ticks, bed bugs, etc.) which can infest adjacent living spaces especially after the animals are removed.

When capturing raccoons it is important to identify if the animal is a lactating female (breast feeding the young) so the nest can be located and the young also removed.

Raccoons are generally born in April or May (after the adults overwinter and mate) but earlier and later litters are not uncommon.

A raccoon litter will range from 3-6 babies which will grow to 2-3 feet long and weigh 10-30 pounds.  Family groups remain together for the first year then strike out on their own.

Because of the plentiful availability of food and den sites, and because of their intelligence and adaptability, urban and suburban raccoon populations can quickly become very large.

Management/removal/exclusion:

An initial thorough inspection is the most important part of solving a raccoon problem.

Raccoons are usually trapped alive and then removed

Raccoons have to be euthanized as required by law because of their high potential for rabies. Additionally, captured raccoons, if released would probably attack another dwelling.

In addition to repairing the destroyed entry, we utilized custom cut galvanized steel flashing and galvanized steel hardware cloth to reinforce the exclusion areas.  This is extremely important to prevent future infestations.

We also remove the feces/urine and associated contaminated materials and treat with organic decomposition materials to clean and deodorize the area.

If necessary, new insulation can be added by along with other repairs/replacement of vents, shingles, etc.

Finally, removal or securing any potential food sources will discourage new dominant raccoons from attempting to establish a new home site in the same area.

Contact PCA to have a state licensed wildlife damage control agent develop a plan of action to solve your raccoon problem and our associated warranty.

Raccoons

Raccoons can be major nuisances to homeowners and businesses for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, raccoons are carriers of parasites such as fleas and ticks as well as several highly infectious and dangerous diseases. Raccoons are a common carrier of rabies. Also, raccoons carry a highly infectious roundworm, that is potentially fatal to humans.

The raccoon’s dexterity can make them particularly pesky, as their long nimble fingers allow them to do things such as open garbage cans, turn knobs and work latches.

Besides the spread of disease, raccoons are known to cause a host of other problems for property owners, including:

Raiding garbage cans and spreading refuse across properties

Tearing up landscaping with their “grubbing” behavior as they dig for scarab beetles on which to feed.

Raccoons also become problematic when they use areas beneath decks, porches or sheds for their dens.

If you have pets, a raccoon infestation can lead to a violent encounter that could damage the health of both animals. Raccoons are known to be fierce fighters when cornered and have inflicted fatal wounds during encounters with even large dogs.

raccoon removal services

As your local pest control experts, i understands the stress and frustration that can be caused by a raccoon infestation. All Rentokil Technicians providing raccoon removal services are individually licensed to perform wildlife trapping as required by state law.

Raccoons are extremely difficult to remove from properties without specialized training. technicians attend monthly pest control training seminars so they can stay up-to-date with the best baiting and trapping practices in the industry

Tips on choosing a wildlife or pest control company

When considering hiring a company to come to your home to control an animal or pest problem, there are a few things you can do help insure you hire a reliable, capable and experienced company that you can trust in your home and to get the job done right.

Sometimes, you don’t have a lot of time. A lot can be written about hiring the right company but since wildlife and pest problems tend to happen suddenly or be of an emergency nature, you may not have time to spend and need a few quick ideas to help ensure the right choice. Examples might be a snake or bat in your living room, a noise in your attic keeping you awake all night or squirrels chewing their way into your attic. You need help quick!  That is what I will talk about here. Sometimes, you are not rushed but want to make a informed decision. You may have a bat colony in the attic, but they have not made it into the living space. Maybe a skunk under your shed. In these case’s you may have a little more time to do some research.   All the better. Start here and in the near future I will do part B, or more tips on choosing a wildlife and pest control company.

Expect who you hire to have liability insurance.   What we see is company’s claiming to have insurance coverage when they really do not.   Not only does this leave you, the customer vulnerable should an accident occur but it suggests that  someone who lies about insurance coverage might lie about other aspects of the  job or their company as well.  The simple solution is ask them to bring a copy of their liability insurance certificate.    Don’t be afraid to ask.  Anyone who does not have proof of insurance should be passed in your hiring decision.

Consider the length of time a company has been in business.   A  fact in the wildlife control business is that a lot of start up companies last about 2 years and then go out of business.  When dealing with so many animal and pest species in so many different situations,  it easily takes two years or more just to get enough experience to handle the many different calls that arise in this business.    A Raccoon may be in your chimney, in a garage loft, under the home in a crawl space or ripping shingles off your roof to gain entry. It may or may not have young racoon pups. I address all these and many more situations differently. It is seldom just a matter of setting a trap. The experience I have gained over the last 15 years has helped me solve these problems in the quickest and most efficient way with the least amount of stress to you the homeowner and the animals involved.   Ask the company how long they have been in the nuisance wildlife or pest control  business.  Five years experience is not to much to ask.

Ask the potential company if they are licensed. Believe it or not, this is a problem in Connecticut. Recently, someone who lives on my street was arrested for hiring himself out to remove nuisance raccoons, skunks and wildlife. When a problem with the charges to the customer and the actual work itself developed, it was discovered that this person had no license for wildlife work.

Squirrels, Raccoons or Bird control

Squirrels and Raccoons

Squirrels and Raccoons may seek shelter, entering your home through an open hole(s) or creating their own entrance to warmth. Once they feel comfortable inside, Squirrels and Raccoons may choose to stay even when the weather turns warm again

We will inspect the entire premise thoroughly to find all squirrel openings. We will use repellent, bait and trapping methods to flush the squirrels / raccoons out of the occupied areas. Setting traps is also a part of the control procedure and will depend on the recommendations of your professional pest control operator. Upon elimination of the pests, our technician will patch and close all accessible openings they’ve created up to 12″ in diameter and 18″ in length. (Ladder work up to 30 ft high only.) We will also take necessary action to eliminate any additional pest the squirrels/raccoons may have been carrying on them. This will further protect you, your family and your home.

Raccoons & Wildlife

A raccoon is located in the walls, attic, or roof areas of a dwelling (or any other areas that are not common areas). In these circumstances, you can either purchase a humane animal trap from a hardware or pest control retailer (such as Lowe’s or Home Depot), or contact a Licensed Wildlife Control (removal) agency.  We will retrieve a raccoon from your location once it has been trapped for a fee or you may deliver the raccoon to our 111 West Hunting Park Avenue location. *Please note per law that prohibits us from re-releasing, all adult raccoon brought to euthanized (killed).

Healthy wildlife is found in yards, streets, parks, etc.  These animals should be left alone and trapping of healthy wildlife is prohibited under state law with the exception of certain, special circumstances.  If they are brought to the shelter, per law many CANNOT be relocated-they will be euthanized (killed).  Use the resources provided above to deter these animals from frequenting your neighborhood.

FOUND A BABY ANIMAL? Please scroll to the bottom of the page for more information.

Although Philadelphia is a large city, it is not uncommon to observe wildlife walking about on neighborhood streets—even during the daylight hours.Trapping is an ineffective way to eliminate wildlife from your neighborhood. As long as food and shelter is available, neighboring animals will move in

If you are concerned about wildlife near your property, there are several precautions you can take:

Use metal garbage cans with secure lids. Use bungee cord or wire to secure the lids. Place cans in a rack or tie them to a post to prevent raccoons from tipping them over.

Do not leave bags of trash in front of your property or on the sidewalk.  Most wildlife are drawn to the smell of trash and, if they can access it easily, will consider your property a nice place to eat.

Do not put food on the ground for birds or other animals.  If you are feeding birds, make sure you use a commercial bird feeder that wildlife cannot access.  If you are feeding feral cats, always place food in a container and pick it up after a short time.

Repair all holes and openings in your roof, siding, porch, etc.  Wildlife will often gain entry to properties through weak structures and take up residence.

Trim tree branches that overhang rooftops. If possible, a gap of at least 5 feet should exist between the tree and your roof.

Remove trellises and arbors that can give raccoons and other wildlife access to your roof.

Use Philly311 to contact Philadelphia License and Inspections and report abandoned or dilapidated homes and city code violations in your area that wildlife has inhabited.

Cover chimneys with a spark arrester that meets fire code. Make sure no animals are nesting inside your chimney before covering it.

Cover open spaces beneath structures such as porches, decks, and tool sheds with 10-gauge 1/4- or 1/3-inch galvanized hardware mesh. The bottom edge of the wire should be buried at least 6 inches deep, extended outward for 12 inches, and then back-covered with soil. This will also keep out skunks, opossums, squirrels and rats.

Ordinary fences can be made raccoon-proof by adding a single strand of electrified wire about 8 inches from the ground and 8 inches from the base of the fence. A two-wire electric fence can be used to exclude raccoons from gardens. The two wires are fastened on evenly spaced wooden posts; one wire is 5-6 inches above the ground and the other is 10-12 inches above the ground. The fence charger needs to be activated from dusk to dawn. (Make sure that you install properly and identify with warning signs.)

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How to keep your hardwood floors looking fantastic

New hardwood floors — or restored old ones — can be a beautiful addition to your home. But they’re also a huge investment.

You can make that investment last longer with some simple care tips. Here’s how to keep your hardwood floors looking great, long after the installation or renovation.

Start with a clean sweep

You need to sweep hardwood once a day, but your typical broom isn’t going to cut it. Invest in a dust mop such as the O-Cedar Dual-Action Microfiber Sweeper (which is what I use) or something similar. These mops have wide heads that trap dust without making micro scratches in the floor’s finish.

Be sure to push the mop in one direction and swivel to turn. Don’t lift the head of the mop off the floor until you’re done. If you lift the mop prematurely, dust and lint will be released into the air and you’ll need to re-mop the area you just finished.  I learned this trick when I was a school janitor cleaning gymnasium floors way back in the day.

When you’re done, there will be a line of gunk where your mop stopped. Use a small microfiber brush and dustpan to gather it up.  Then place the end of the mop into a garbage sack. Close the opening of the sack around the handle with your hand and give the mop a good shake to release trapped dust and debris.

Keep it dry

This may be counter to what you’ve learned about housekeeping, but don’t use wet mops or steam mops on your wood floors. The moisture can damage the finish and may even harm the wood after a while, according to the National Wood Flooring Association. Instead, use a cleaner that’s made for wood floors. Many of these products are formulated to work with the type of finish you have on your floors, so make sure you read the labels before you make a purchase. Carefully follow the directions on the bottle when you clean. It’s usually recommended that you clean your floors only once a month with cleanser.

Beyond cleaning

Cleaning your hardwood floors properly isn’t the only thing that will keep them nice. You also need to take some preventative measures. Clean up spills or any other moisture right away to avoid damage to the wood. A damp cotton or microfiber cloth is ideal for spot cleaning. Consider applying a UV coating on your home’s windows. UV rays can bleach the hardwood over time, leaving discolored spots on areas that get the most sunlight.

Finally: Pointy things are bad. Don’t sashay across the floor in high heel shoes, for example. The pointy heel can leave divots in the wood. Furniture legs can also leave imprints and scratches, so be sure to put felt floor protectors on the bottom of each leg.  

Is Steam Cleaning Safe for Your Hardwood?

Despite what the appliance companies would have you believe, you should never use a steam mop on a hardwood floor. The pictures on the company websites and boxes of these gadgets often feature a person cleaning and happily ruining their hardwood floors with this expensive appliance.

The intense heat drives the moisture deep into the wood and causes irreparable damage. After just a one or two cleanings with a steam mop, planks can shrink or swell, buckle, splinter, delaminate, and look aged well beyond their years.

You can potentially use a steam mop on hardwood if you’re confident your floors have been sealed, and that the hardwood seal is still in-tact. To test this, drip a small amount of water on your floor. If it beads up right away, the seal is likely still intact and. If the water seeps into your wood or runs without beading, your floors need to be resealed.

Things To Think About

High quality microfiber mop pads will make cleaning your floor easy, but not everyone that looks the same, cleans the same. If you get one that has pads made from superior material, it will take you less time to do the job, and you will use less energy. As an added benefit, you will also polish the wood as you remove dirt. Because you are not introducing a bunch of moisture, you never run any risk of damage, and based upon the super gentle material, you will never mark or scratch the surface either.

The broom you choose is also important. With such a wide variety out there, usefulness certainly varies, but so does safeness. If you use a low quality tool to sweep your wood floors, then you can scratch them up or ruin the finish, and that is on top of getting frustrated over removing the dirt. We always suggest a rubber broom for hardwood because they are gentle on the surface, but they also remove dirt with amazing efficiency. Other models may work as well, but these have proven to outperform most other options. The rubber bristles form a solid wall to sweep up debris in a single pass, and a slight charge that builds prevents annoying stuff like fur balls and dust that flies away. With a little bit of preventative maintenance and some common sense, you will be able to keep your hardwood floor looking fabulous for many years. There are only a few simple steps and rules to follow when dealing with hardwood flooring because it is actually one of the easiest flooring types to care for.

Hardwood Flooring Maintenance

KEEPING YOUR HARDWOOD FLOORS LOOKING NEW

Hardwood floors are an elegant addition to any home, but they need a little TLC to keep them looking fantastic. Rather than just hoping for the best, you can learn all about hardwood flooring care and ensure that you treat those beautiful planks right. Here are a few tips and tricks that are easy to follow and sure to work.

PROTECTION FROM FEET

While you may worry about people walking over the floor in hard-soled shoes, the bigger concern is actually the feet on your furniture. If you can arrange the furniture so that it sits on area rugs, that’s the ideal solution. Any furniture legs that are directly on the hardwood will be prone to sliding, and that will lead to localized scratching. Put felt pads on the bottoms of all legs to protect the floor. They come in a range of sizes, and they have stick-on backs for easy application. Replace them as they wear down.

INVEST IN THE RIGHT CLEANERS

As you learn how to care for your hardwood floor, you’ll discover that there are countless products to choose from. The trick is actually to base it on what’s in your house. Older floors that have worn finishes may benefit from lemon oil to nourish the wood and keep it moisturized. New floors that have been finished at the factory should be cleaned using specialized products like Bruce Hardwood Floor Cleaner.

NEVER USE RUBBER

This is one of those hard and fast rules of hardwood flooring care that you’ll want to embrace. You can buy rubber mats to go under area rugs, but you’ll damage the floor by doing so. The rubber chokes the wood, prevents it from breathing and leads to discoloration. Use heavy furniture on a few edges of the rug to keep it in place, and try to reposition the carpet regularly.

Learning how to care for your hardwood floor isn’t as hard as you might think. Use place mats at the doors to capture dirt before it can be tracked on the floor, and encourage your family to take their shoes off before moving around the house. By following these rules and the ones listed above, you’ll be able to keep those beautiful wood floors looking amazing.

Things That Should Never, Ever Touch A Hardwood Floor:

Wet mops: The #1 source of damage to finishes – Although people might think that sloshing a soaking wet mop back and forth over their floors is a good idea, this will actually ruin the finish and damage the wood itself. A mop that is used to clean hardwood floors should only be slightly damp.

Vinegar is good for cleaning many things, but not hardwood floors – White vinegar was once a popular product used to clean hardwood floors. And a quick Google search reveals that a lot of people still recommend using it. But vinegar should not be used as a hardwood floor cleaner because its acidity can lead to etching in the wood’s surface.

Don’t use ammonia to clean hardwood floors

Avoid ammonia – Ammonia will discolor, deteriorate, and dull the finish. Using ammonia to clean a wood floor will take years off of its life.

Steam cleaners are bad news – You should only use steam cleaners on carpets and other surfaces that they are designed for. Using a steam cleaner on a hardwood floor can cause peeling, cracking, and cloudiness in the finish.

Popular cleaning products – Most of the cleaning products sold in grocery stores aren’t friendly to wood. They’ll damage the finish if used over a long period of time. Pair one of these products with a soaking wet mop and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.