Carpet cleaning tips for homeowners

One of the largest expenses homeowners incur when cleaning up their homes is carpet cleaning. That said, learning a few carpet cleaning tips is more economical and cost-effective as opposed to carpet replacement.

1.Vacuuming

The most obvious tip for carpet care is vacuuming. A lot of people fail to set a schedule for accomplishing this. Your schedule will depend on the traffic on your carpet and the presence of dirt factors. Carpets with pets on them will get dirty faster than those without. With this in mind determine how often you believe your carpets need vacuuming and set a schedule to do this without fail. Keep in mind most carpets will need at least a weekly vacuuming and twice weekly is better.

2.Clean Spills and Spots ASAP

No matter how careful you are, sooner or later someone will spill something. This is best dealt with immediately.The longer the stain is allowed to sit, the harder it is to remove. Normally you should be able to gently blot the spot and clean it with a bit of warm water. If you have a spill that requires more than this, you will find a lot of products on the market to help you. TIP from Carpet cleaners Wellington , If you don’t have any products on hand, a mixture of water and vinegar and will often work on a carpet stain.

3.Leaving Shoes At The Door

Putting a foot scraper outside the entrance of your home and making sure people wipe their feet prior to entering your home will make a big difference in how clean your carpet stays. Have them leave their shoes at the door as shoes carry dirt into the house. It is best to walk on a carpet with clean socks. Read more →

Roof Related tips for Homeowners

 

Wise homeowners make sure that they stay on top of property maintenance by familiarizing themselves with both the interior and exterior of their home. It is especially important to check the roof as an unchecked roof leak can cause extensive and expensive damage not only to your property’s structure but the contents too. The best time to check for potential problems is spring or summer time as in autumn or winter, fallen leaves or snow may cover evidence of damage.

 

When Should You Check Your Roof?

You should always check your roof visually once a year, and if possible twice annually. The first inspection should take place in late spring with the second in early fall. Should you experience any severe weather conditions like high winds, extensive snow or heavy rainfall, you should also check your roofing as soon as possible. If you spot any leaks, mildew or even a musty smell in your property you should always check your roof to see if this is the source of the problem. If the warranty on your roofing is coming to an end, you should also check your roof for potential problems. Click Here if you need help from a professional roofer.

 

What Checks Should Be Carried Out?

First you should check the roof surface to see if you can find any cracks, warping, rotting, or loose or missing shingles or tiles. You should also check for mold or moss or any pools of water or debris that will require removal.

 

Check your flashing for any evidence of rust, dents or cracks. Any faults will cause snow or rain to enter your property so you should remedy this rapidly.

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Check the underside of any roof overhangs as if you see any peeling of the paint there, this may be a sign of a moisture problem.

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Things you need to know about Shingles

Around 80% of roofing shingles in America today are made of asphalt, yet it often surprises people to learn that until relatively recent, the waste generated in removing this shingles would be sent straight to the nearest landfill site. However, thanks to a greater understanding of recycling and a drive to reduce the amount of waste we produce, more and more centre that recycle asphalt shingle have been popping up in cities and towns all over America. So why are asphalt shingle recycling centre such an important development and how do they actually recycle your roofing?

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Why Do We Recycle Asphalt Shingles?

A standard roof removal generates an enormous amount of waste – around one ton of asphalt shingles for a single layer of roofing to three tons for a double layered roof. In total, around 10 million tons of waste is generated in this way across the country every year, and that doesn’t even include the 1 million tons of scrap shingles produced as a by product of the manufacturing process. Our landfills are already under strain, so it is easy to see why we would want to avoid adding this vast amount of waste to it, especially as the amount of taken taken to break down asphalt shingles amounts to around 300 years. No wonder that some states have already issued legislation, or are in the process of doing so, that bans any disposal of asphalt shingles in landfill facilities. It can be a challenge to dispose of this roofing material in any other way as it cannot be either composted or burned – in fact any attempt to burn asphalt shingles results in a gas that can harm human health. Luckily, recycling asphalt shingles is the answer, and as an added bonus, this process also reduces our dependence on oil, by two barrels for every ton recycled.

 

How Do We Recycle Shingles?

All shingles removed during the roof tear off process will slide down into a trash bin placed beside your home. Following the removal of the roof, any substances which are not asphalt are sorted and removed – either on site or at the recycling facility. Some non-asphalt items can remain, such as nails which are removed by powerful magnets at the recycling facility and wood scraps which can be filtered out by flotation. Some asphalt shingle recycling services are free of charge while others charge a minimal fee, which is nevertheless often a lot cheaper than the cost of sending the waste to landfill. Shingles are then ground up at the recycling facility into pieces of different sizes. Sometimes they will be 1/4″, other times 3″ depending on their final usage. Depending on their intended final purpose, they may also undergo sieving too.

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