What To Remember About Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

Preparing for Your Surgery

Any surgery, including elective plastic and cosmetic surgery, has risks and the potential for complications. If you are healthy to begin with, it will improve your overall experience. Here are tips for you to consider if you are thinking about having a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure.

Mental Preparation And Peace Of Mind Before Plastic Surgery​

Having a good mental attitude, realistic expectations, and patience makes a world of difference both before and after surgery. When you approach your surgery with the proper mindset, the procedure and your recovery go much smoother.​

  • Your mental health needs to be at its best. Patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other mental issues could experience an exacerbation of their symptoms from medications and the stress associated with surgery. Stress and pain can trigger mental issues. Surgery is not recommended during times of high stress, such as divorce, death, and when dealing with other stressful social and psychological issues.
  • Keep a calm perspective. This is elective surgery and you are healthy. We are dealing with skin and tissue movement – this is not open-heart surgery. Millions of people undergo plastic surgery every day with easy recoveries and excellent results. It is not helpful to spend hours online researching potential plastic surgery complications and bad outcomes.
  • Do your homework. Make sure your plastic surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and view many (not one or two) before-and-after pictures of his or her work so you know your doctor can deliver results you admire. Bargain shopping when it comes to your health and body is not OK in this situation.

Your overall health

Good candidates for cosmetic surgery are women and men who are:

  • physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • interested in improving their physical appearance
  • have realistic expectations
  • non-smokers.

If you are working on losing a substantial amount of weight or planning a pregnancy, consider postponing your cosmetic surgery until you have reached your goals. Significant fluctuations in weight after surgery will diminish your aesthetic improvements. Losing weight before surgery will also reduce your risk of complications.

 

Dietary Considerations When Preparing For Plastic Surgery​

Food and liquid consumption can impact your ability to undergo a safe, effective surgical procedure. When preparing for plastic surgery, be mindful of certain dietary restrictions and considerations, such as:

  • NPO: This means Nothing Per Oral – no water or food, usually after midnight before your surgery. Food or water in your belly risks aspiration from anesthesia. Your surgery will be cancelled if you stop at Starbucks on the way to the surgery center and have a pumpkin spice latte.
  • Meals: Follow a soft diet and avoid heavy meals for a few days preceding the surgery. Have soups and soft mild foods available for after surgery.
  • Hydration: Stay well-hydrated before and after surgery. Electrolyte solutions like Gatorade are best.
  • Caffeine use: If you are regular caffeine or coffee drinker, continue to drink black coffee or soda after surgery. This will decrease symptoms or a headache that can occur from caffeine withdrawal.
  • Medications: Prescribed medications such as blood pressure medicine, heart medication, or Valium can be taken the morning of surgery with saliva in your mouth. It is fine to take your normal migraine or tension headache medicine if approved by Dr. Brown. Again, no aspirin, Motrin, or ibuprofen.

 

Vitamins to take before your plastic surgery

  • There are several vitamins to talk to your surgeon about taking prior to your surgery. Please take a look at the below information:
  • Vitamin A – taken in too large of a dose, this can cause several maladies you’d rather not deal with right now. Be sure to get a recommendation from your surgeon or patient representative for this. Vitamin A is important to the healing process as it plays an important role in collagen production and formation as well as aiding in protection against bacterial and viral infections.
  • Vitamin C – you’ll want to take this prior to your surgery as the surgery itself will deplete your body’s vitamin C stores. Taking it before and after the surgery significantly reduces your healing time. Also, Vitamin C is a is an essential element in collagen production which is important for healing wounds of any type as well as a means to boost your immune system.

 

Do Not:

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to the morning of your surgery.
  • Do not wear makeup, lotions or perfume to surgery.
  • Do not wear fingernail polish to surgery.
  • Do not plan to drive yourself to or from the procedure.
  • Do not wear jewelry.
  • Do not bring valuables.

Do:

  • Do wash with an antibacterial soap the night prior to or the morning of your surgery.
  • Do arrive at the surgical facility on time.
  • Do arrange for transportation to and from the procedure.
  • Do wear loose fitting clothes that you do not need to pull over your head in order to put on or take off.
  • Do have a parent or guardian accompany you if you are under the age of 18.
  • Do leave your valuables at home, but bring your ID and method of payment.
  • If you wear artificial fingernails, please do remove the fingernail on the index finger of your right hand so that we may attach the monitoring equipment properly.

 

Why should i stop drinking before my plastic surgery

There are a couple of reasons, one is very obvious but others are less so.

  • Alcohol thins your blood – we all know this. During surgery and the recovery process, it’s important that your blood is as close to normal as possible. The process itself, of course, involves cutting and moving skin, tissue, and sometimes muscle – this all results in bleeding. If your blood is thinner than normal, or thinner than expected, the surgeon may have a harder time stopping unexpected bleeding. For this reason alone, most surgeons will simply refuse to work on a patient who has not followed their instructions in this matter.
  • Alcohol also causes your skin to dry out and this is an obvious problem for plastic surgery as well as the recovery period. Dry skin is harder for the surgeon to work on, harder to staple, harder to stitch and more likely to form visible scars. The recovery process is also compromised as the dry skin just won’t heal as well.
  • There are many other reasons to stop drinking before and after your Plastic Surgery in accordance with your surgeon’s directions – your surgeon will, I’m sure, explain these in detail if you ask.

How Important Is A Reputable Dog BiteLawyer

What kind of lawyer handles dog bites?

Most personal injury lawyers should be able to handle a dog bite injury case, and you typically don’t need to worry about finding an attorney who specializes in “dog bite defense” cases as opposed to one who handles work on the plaintiff’s side.

Familiarity with general fault concepts like negligence and with the specific rules that might govern dog bite cases in your state should be sufficient, and most qualified injury attorneys should have that, at a minimum.

You may be wondering how a personal injury attorney might be compensated if you decide to hire one to defend against a dog bite lawsuit. In many situations, your homeowners’ insurance policy will kick in to cover the costs of defending a lawsuit over a dog bite, especially when it occurred on your property. So the insurance carrier should pay your legal costs, and the insurer may even choose a lawyer to defend against the claim.  (Learn more about personal injury cases and homeowners’ insurance.)

There may be a few valid arguments you (and your attorney) can raise in response to a claim that your dog bit and injured someone. In states that follow a “one bite rule,” you may be able to argue that you did not know (and could not have reasonably been expected to know) that your dog might end up biting someone. You might also be able to defend against the injury claim by showing that the person who was bitten was actually provoking your dog, or that the person was trespassing on your property at the time the bite occurred. Learn more about defense strategies in dog bite cases.

 

Getting a lawyer is not the same thing as suing.

A good attorney knows how to present a case to an insurance company so that the claim gets resolved without it going to court.

At least 98% of bodily injury cases settle out of court, without a trial. Therefore a person who retains an attorney is not making matters worse, but actually is probably ensuring that the claim will be handled more quickly and efficiently.

An attorney is the only person who can evaluate a claim on behalf of a victim. People do not publish photos of their injuries accompanied with the dollar amounts of their settlements. Therefore an injured person will not be able to find a free and reliable source of information as to how much money he deserves. Attorneys without experience have a rough time settling cases; victims who are not lawyers must simply guess.

Adults frequently lose time from work when they recover from an accident. A claim for lost income requires proof from the victim’s employer. It is better for a lawyer to get it because it must contain not only the basic information about the number of hours or days lost, but also some important evidence on related points such as causation, fringe benefits, and work reviews.

A victim who is disfigured may have a very, very substantial claim for loss of future earning capacity, based on sociological and psychological research. Proving an earning capacity loss is considered to be a specialize topic even among lawyers, and is completely beyond the ability of an accident victim. Since this can be the largest portion of the loss over the years, it is essential that an experienced attorney handle this for the victim.

A lawyer uses his own money to get official, reliable copies of medical evidence and billings, engage a photographer to take photos of the victim, hire a private investigator to learn the history of the attacking dog, and retain a nurse consultant to review and summarize all of the medical evidence. This usually costs between $1000 and $2000 for every claim. Clients are not asked to pay for any of these expenditures until money is received on the claim (except in several states that do not allow lawyers to do this on a contingency basis). There is no reason for injured people to use their own money for this purpose, especially because they frequently have already lost time from work because of the accident.

 

How Do I File a Dog Bite Lawsuit?

Dog bite cases are relatively straightforward as compared to other personal injury lawsuits. To understand how dog bite lawsuits work.To file a claim against a dog owner, use the information above to establish that the owner can be held liable for the incident. The injuries that you endure must be the direct result of the dog bite.

Damages

After establishing a liable party, make a list of all current and future costs resulting from the injury. These costs may include:

  • Medical Bills
  • Expected Future Medical Costs
  • Lost Wages
  • Permanent Scarring
  • Rehabilitation
  • Permanent Disability

 

Choosing a Strategy

If your state doesn’t have a dog-bite statute, or if it doesn’t apply in your situation, you may be able to sue under the common law rule or a negligence theory, discussed above.

To win under a common law (one free bite) rule, you must prove that the owner knew (or should have known) that the dog was likely to cause the kind of injury suffered.

The third option, trying to prove a dog owner was negligent, is usually desirable only if there’s no dog-bite statute to sue under, and it doesn’t look possible to prove, on a common law theory, that the dog’s owner knew the dog was dangerous.

In some states, time limits on filing lawsuits may differ depending on the theory of the lawsuit. For example, in Arizona, lawsuits under the dog-bite statute must be filed within one year of the incident. But an injured person who sues under a common law theory has two years to file a case.

 

Potential Effects Of Dog Bites

Dog bites can inflict serious injuries. Even if these wounds fully heal, they may leave scars and require weeks or months of rehabilitation.

If you or your child has been bitten by a dog or attacked by another animal, you may be eligible to seek compensation for:

  • Medical
  • Bills
  • ScarringDisfigurement
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain and suffering

Finally, dog injury cases do not solely include animal bites. For example, incidents of being knocked down or an injury  from having to run from a charging dog may place liability on an owner.

How To Choose A Wedding Videographer

Do I really need a videographer for my wedding?

We all learn from mistakes, but you probably don’t want to test that theory on your wedding day. After all, you want your wedding day to go off without a hitch. So, to ensure everything goes just as you envisioned it, we asked real brides to reveal their biggest wedding planning regret. From not speaking up to skimping on their cake budget, take a tip or two (or seven!) from these fellow ladies who have already walked down the aisle and said “I do.”

Not Specifying Who’s Invited on the RSVP Card

“Although it was written on the envelope, we had numerous people add on significant others we didn’t even know existed and children that we’ve never met before. My parents wouldn’t let us un-invite them because they thought this was rude.”

Doing Without a Wedding Planner

“My biggest regret is not listening to my instincts to hire a wedding planner. Don’t get me wrong, my wedding was beautiful, but being a perfectionist, there were minor details that were missing. For example, the music I walked down the aisle to wasn’t cued on time. I would encourage brides to a least get a day-of planner who can make sure last minute things are handled properly.”

Letting the Wedding Planner Do It All

“I hired a wedding planner, who was wonderful, but I just let her do most of it and didn’t keep track and it ended up that certain things weren’t the way I wanted them. I think it’s crucial to hire a planner if you have time constraints. However, if the event side of your wedding matters to you, you also have to make sure that the lines of communication are open and that your hands are in that pie. If you don’t get involved and check in on things that are important to you, you could end up disappointed.”

Trying to Please Everyone Else

“I was so worried about doing things the way our parents wanted them done that I didn’t speak up and really explain the things that were important to me. I ended up with a beautiful wedding that didn’t feel authentic to me. Looking back, I wish our wedding reflected mine and my husband’s personalities and not our parents’.”

Not Hiring a Videographer

“We splurged on a top-notch photographer and opted not to hire a videographer for budget concerns. After the once in a lifetime night was over though, I was so sad to know that I wouldn’t have the opportunity to relive any of those special moments again. I now recommend to everyone I know to make sure they somehow capture some of the event via video.”

 

The Phenomenon of Wedding Haze – You’re Going To Forget Your Wedding

Even though your wedding day is all about you, it is also about planning a large, complicated event for a huge amount of people. In many cases it can quickly become overwhelming as you get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the moment.

Your big day is full of hundreds of tiny decisions, setbacks, and new challenges that essentially have to be managed by the wedding planner, the maid of honor and best man, and the groom and bride-to-be. This means that there is an immense amount of pressure for everything to be running smoothly.

On your wedding day, you wear many hats, and sometimes the event planner hat ends up getting worn even more than the bride or groom hat. Because of this, many couples years down the line admit they never really got the chance to really sit down and appreciate all the beautiful moments that were occurring throughout the ceremony and reception.

This is when hiring a wedding videographer really comes in handy. Being able to cozy up with your new spouse on the living room couch and look over the wedding footage, beautifully edited together by professionals, allows you both to look back on the beautiful ceremony, embarrassing toasts, and happy memories with family and friends.

 

What You Should Know Before You Book Your Videographer

Find the right videographer to get that critically acclaimed, action-packed, tearjerker wedding video.

A videographer combines the skills of a documentary filmmaker with the eyes of a movie director, and when it comes to capturing the spirit or shaping the story of your wedding day and consider these things before you book.

Viewing Vibe

The first question you have to ask yourselves is how do you want the video to feel? Would you prefer it to be more cinematic—a movie telling the story of your wedding day—or more like a documentary? This choice between a cinematic and documentary style will be the filter through which you make all other decisions, from whom you hire to how the day is filmed and the footage edited. But don’t feel like you have to commit to one or the other—many videographers these days use a combination of both styles in the finished product.

Camera Cues

Two types of cameras can be used when shooting video: DV (digital video) and analog (non-digital). Analog was standard until DV technology became more affordable—DV is now much more widely used, and the advantages are clear. Digital produces crisp, pristine images where the color and skin tone rendition is flawless. Better yet: The cameras are significantly smaller than analog, can be handheld and are twice as sensitive to light as analog, meaning that free-standing, blinding room lights are a thing of the past. (On-camera lights are still required to illuminate faces, however, and smaller, handheld off-camera lights are used when staging a specific shot—backlighting a veil, for example.)

Tag Team

You may see ads for companies that offer both photography and videography services. Besides a cohesive look to the final products, there are other advantages to this approach. For example, two people with different agendas may jockey for position or get in each other’s way, whereas two people who work as a team can look out for each other and keep in touch about what’s happening. And with one less vendor to worry about, it’s also easier on you. Another plus is that still images taken by the photographer can quickly and easily be added to the video. You may even get a discount if you book both with the same company. If not, ask about getting free extra copies of your video for family and friends.

Sound Bites

The person who wears the wireless microphone varies. During a church ceremony, a wireless mic is usually attached to the groom behind his boutonniere—the bride’s dress prohibits this—and if the church is large and full of echoes or there are readings, a mic on the podium is advised. What if your ceremony is outdoors? Everyone will have to have microphones, including the groom, readers and musicians. Luckily, some cameras can receive sounds from up to eight different mics at once.

 

Reasons Not To Have A Wedding Videographer

The videographer uses annoying lights!

All videographers use light on their camera or set up room light at the wedding reception. Have you ever been to a wedding where the mood was set, candles were beautifully lit and all of a sudden…BAM! room lights go on and the ballroom is bright or there is a harsh light staring you in the face? With the technological advances and DSLR cameras such as Canon, Sony, Panasonic and Nikon the need for massive amounts of light is unnecessary. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when you must have light to enhance the details of the film, but not to the extent that the guests have to wear sunglasses in the ballroom!!

SOLUTION: Find out how they use lighting throughout the day. If it doesn’t match your expectations, see if the videographer can make adjustments to meet your needs. Let’s say you love the videographers work, but don’t like extra lighting. Keep and open and honest line of communication with your videographer for the entire wedding process.

I HATE those video interviews at the reception!!

There are companies that incorporate video interviews when creating a film and they are wonderful! You are hiring that company in order for them to weave the interviews into your video and that’s awesome! I’m referring to the videographer who goes from one table to the next at the reception and asks people to “say something on the microphone”. Unless you request interviews make sure the videographer doesn’t do them. People are attending the reception to have a good time, relax and unwind. The last thing they want is for some videographer to stick a microphone in their faces. Many people are uncomfortable on camera and don’t like to speak, not to mention the added pressure of having the entire table watching as you speak! Let’s not get into the drunk friend who I’m sure will have some great things to say on camera.

SOLUTION: Make sure you speak to your videographer and are aware of the interviews before your wedding day. Ask him or her if they interview the guests. If they don’t interview your friends and you want that included just express that as well.

 

The videographer is Always in the Way!!!

I’ve spoken to brides on many ocassions who were “on the fence” about a videographer because they attended a wedding and the videographer was, as they put it, “in the aisle for the entire ceremony” OR “a distraction all day”. The videographer who stands in the middle of the aisle for the entire ceremony or stands on top of you (five feet away) during the toasts, first dance, ceremony, etc… Again, there are instances where this can happen, but, the videographer can always zoom in and not have to get in your face all the time.

SOLUTION: Talk to your videographer when you hire them and find out if their approach is the right for you. If you want a Ninja Cinematographer like me, then make sure you get that. Remember, there has to be a good fit between you and your videographer.

My Photographer doesn’t like working with most videographers!!

There are some fantastic videographers who will take some alone time with the couple to create the film the bride and groom expect from them. That’s great if it’s planned before the wedding day. I’m referring to the videographer that starts to pose their shots of the bride all day and before the photographer has finished taking pictures!! Many photographers offer their own video services because they don’t want to work with other videographers that are annoying. Many photographers I’ve worked with have told me that they’ve had bad experiences with videographers on the wedding day.

SOLUTION: Have the photographer and videographer speak before the wedding day so there is a clear understanding and expectations. Have them talk to each other or add yourself to the conversation, so everyone is prepared for the event

Sewer Inspection Saves The Pocket

Necessity of Sewer Line Inspection and Its Procedures

As homeowners, we’re all familiar with routine inspections and maintenance on various systems within the household. Routine maintenance for a plumbing system is especially crucial. And one residential system, the sewage line, must definitely be carefully inspected and maintained by a professional. You may know that the sewer line can be the costliest of home repair jobs. Well, that’s partially true. And you cannot rely on municipal services – the city won’t cover the expense. Sewer line inspection could save both your home and wallet.

Sewer Line Risks

The most significant risk to your sewer line is tree roots. Over time, trees and shrubbery may grow around sewer pipes or through the pipe walls, causing damage, rust, breakage or significant leaks. In doing this, the roots cause serious debris backup, sending sewage into your home or bursting the pipe outright.

These scenarios are problematic. The moment you notice the telltale signs of a tree root intrusion or sewer line backup, you’ll want to schedule a sewer line inspection. Using innovative technology, a professional plumber can locate the blockage or leak – and begin planning a solution.

Camera Inspections

The latest advancement in sewer line inspection comes in the form of camera inspections. A sewer line camera inspection is non-destructive. A camera inspection will gauge the overall health and strength of your pipes – without risking any further damage. Once a plumber locates the problem area, a proper plan for effective repairs may be formulated.

 

What a Sewer Camera Inspection Can Do

While a sewer camera cannot find leaks, there are certain situations where the camera alone is effective.

Locate Lines

Sewer cameras have location devices that send out a signal. Using a special signal receiver above ground, our plumbers pinpoint where the camera is underground.

Drainage or Stoppage Issues

We call this your “sewer is not working as it is designed to work.” Sewer pipes work using the power of gravity. The pipes flow downhill so when something goes into the pipe—waste, debris, water—it flows or drains down through your piping system and ultimately ends up at your city’s waste treatment center or septic tank, depending on your particular situation. However, if something is causing your system to not work properly, in most cases we can use a sewer camera to determine what is causing it. Often in cases like these we find stoppages, blockages, roots, mud, broken pipe, etc.

PVC or Cast Iron Pipe

We determine what type of system you have by running a sewer camera inside the pipes.

 

Video Inspections Are The Best Guarantee!

A plumbing professional can provide a video inspection of your drains,

in addition to clearing any blockages. Should your drain unfortunately

be in need of additional repair, other options include

hydro jetting, relining or replacing the sewer.

Hydro jetting involves using high-pressure spray (up to 4,000 PSI) to remove

debris and other obstructions that may be causing the line to slow.

If relining the sewer is required, one advantage to this option is that

it doesn’t involve digging. The resin-soaked liner attaches to the

inside of the sewer as it hardens; resulting in a solid piece that won’t

shift or crack over time.

Although older style sewer pipes were cast iron or clay, modern sewer replacements

and repairs are PVC. Once the pipe is installed, the trench is re-filled,

and the lawn is seeded and covered with straw. Most of the time the end

result is better than the yard was in the beginning.

An Inspection Identifies Problems Before It Becomes An Expensive Fix

Dealing with sewers is something no one likes to think about until they

have a problem that can’t be ignored: a clogged bathroom or kitchen

drain, a child’s toy that is flushed down the toilet, or tree roots.

Having a plumber service perform a video inspection today will identify

any potential problems before they become emergencies and provide homeowners

with peace of mind.

 

The Various Methods Used in Pipe Inspection

When was the last time you physically examined your drain or sewer pipes? Probably not any time recently, right? Most people don’t make a habit of digging up their sewer system to make sure that it’s in good condition. That’s why pipe inspection is used. Pipe inspection is a vital part of keeping your drain and sewer system in good condition, because it allows you to identify problems with your pipes. Without it, your only feasible option for repairing issues would be to wait for them to manifest obvious symptoms before taking action. That would give the problems much more time to develop, which would mean more repair costs.

There are a wide range of different pipe inspection methods used across the country today, each of which is useful in a different set of circumstances. Which method is used is up to the plumber handling your system, of course, but it’s still a good idea to know a bit about how they work.

Pushcam Inspections

A pushcam inspection is the simplest, and most popular method for conducting a pipe inspection. The system consists of a camera attached to a long cord. The camera is pushed through the pipe that requires inspection, sending a live video feed back down the cord to the plumber operating it. This is a quick and easy way to get a good look at what’s going on in the pipe, though it’s not the best for every situation. Pushcams have no real way to maneuver in the pipe, so if there is a branch line that needs examination this method would not work.

Lateral Launch Cameras

A lateral launch camera is used when a problem is suspected in a branch line, or when the system needs to be more thoroughly inspected than by just viewing the mainline. A lateral launch camera is pushed through the main line, just like a pushcam, until it reaches the branch that needs inspecting. The system can then launch a second camera into the branch line in order to continue the inspection. This is a popular method for getting a clearer picture of the overall health of the pipe.

Solo Robot Cameras

The most recent method for conducting pipe inspections is solo robots. These machines are not physically manipulated by the operator during the inspection procedure. Instead, they are programmed with the desired parameters for the pipe they’re going to be used in, and then deployed to act out their orders on their own. Solo robots continually send video and other information back to the plumber, but the plumber doesn’t need to actively give it instructions for the duration of the inspection. Once the pipe inspection is complete, the robot wheels itself to the nearest location where it can be retrieved.

 

During the Sewer Camera Inspection

Upon arrival, the technician will have to look around to locate plumbing lines and access points so we ask that any pets on the property be restrained.

If any of the interested parties are present, they are welcome to view the video while in process. While making the sewer lateral inspection video, the technician will discuss what they are seeing in the line and if it is open and in serviceable condition.

There are times when the technician may not be able to see the entire sewer lateral due to a blockage or damage. Therefore, the sewer camera inspection will need to be rescheduled after the proper corrections, such as cabling or access to the stack, have been made.

Tape and flags may be placed on the ground surface to mark the location of damage or blockage found in the line. Please do not move these markers.

Simple Touch Up Solutions For Your Damaged Interior Painting

How to Increase Property Value by Using Paint

For most homeowners, making improvements is an important part of owning their own place. Not only will this make the house more comfortable to live in, but for most, it will also increase the overall value. While many changes can be made, some can be quite expensive and require weeks to months of labor by professionals. If you’re looking for an easy update, then try painting your home. This is an easy and affordable way to increase the overall value while improving the beauty of your residence.

To increase property value using paint, the tips below can help. You might be surprised that it’s one of the easiest ways to truly improve your home and make it better than ever. Even if you don’t plan on selling right away, fresh paint can make all the difference with your love for your home.

Start with the Outside

Curb appeal is one of the most important factors in selling a home and making it look desirable to potential buyers. If your paint is chipped, faded, or a bright color, then you’ll want to have it painted right away. In most areas, neutral colors with coordinating trim are by far the most attractive. This can include gray, beige, brown, white, navy blue, and white.

While it can be tempting to try to save money and paint on your own, this is not recommended. Instead, it’s best to hire professional Painters to ensure the painting is done the right way. With our expertise, you’ll have peace of mind knowing the paint will look beautiful once it’s done. Better yet, having professionals is a much safer choice because they come equipped with experience and safety equipment.

Try New Colors

The interior paint colors in your home don’t have to be boring stark white. In fact, many buyers don’t want plain white walls when they look at homes to purchase. While neutral colors are the most aesthetically pleasing, you can have Painters add in accent walls with bold colors for a more customized look. Some of the best colors to use are soft blues, gray, beige, or off-white. Beautiful complimentary paint colors will immediately make the look of your home more modern, welcoming and can even increase resale value if you’re looking to sell.

 

Paint the Trim

If the paint on your home’s trim doesn’t look nice, it can take away from the overall look of your newly painted walls. To avoid this, have the trim carefully painted by a professional with attention to detail. This should be done on the exterior trim around the windows and interior baseboards on the walls throughout the home. Although this can be painstaking work, it’s well worth it for the improved look it can offer.

Update the Bathroom

Over time, the paint inside of your bathroom can become discolored with water, soap, and toothpaste stains. Fortunately, you can cover these up by applying a fresh coat of paint within the space. Bathrooms should generally be painted white, creamy white, light blue, or any other light color that will make space look bigger and brighter. However, charcoal or brown can be used if there are a lot of white accents, such as white-trimmed mirrors and a white vanity.

 

Paint the Shutters

Installing new shutters in your home can cost thousands of dollars, which is easily out of budget for many homeowners. Fortunately, you can transform the look of older shutters by having them painted by a professional. This will make them look fresh and brand new so your entire space looks lighter and brighter. In most homes, white is the best color to go with when it comes to these window coverings. It will match any paint color on the walls and look great from the outside as well.

Update the Front Door

Your front door can be a welcoming accent piece that adds a unique and fun touch to the look of your home. Try going with a color that pairs well with the exterior paint colors used in your home. This can include blue, red, or even black. Although this may seem bold, it can improve your home’s appearance and give it a more customized look.

 

Professional house painting can increase your property value

Your home is your most prized possession and it is likely to be your biggest investment. Increasing the value of your home is an obvious choice for many people. Instead of making costly renovations (such as remodelling, building a new garage or building a pool in your backyard), why not opt for a less expensive, yet equally appealing upgrade – such as professional house painting? Whether you are planning to sell your home in the near future or stay in it for another few years, a professional paint job will increase the value of your home.

What is the condition of your paint?

The look and feel of a residence is widely influenced by the paint job. Is the paint fresh, vibrant and new? Or is the paint old and cracking? Your home’s paint will deteriorate over time due to weather, smudges and everyday use. Not only will a fresh coat of paint affect the perceptions of outside visitors (such as valuators and potential buyers), but it will also influence how you and your family feel when entering your home. Some of the benefits of hiring a professional painter include the following:

You can live in your home while it is being painted. If you are working a full-time job, you will probably have to stretch the paint job over a few weekends in order to get the job done. Hiring a professional painter relieves you of these duties, as they can take care of the painting while you are at work and get the job done in the minimum amount of time.

Eliminate errors. Not every person has all the correct tools and equipment needed to pull off a professional paint job. Reduce the amount of inconsistencies and errors by hiring a team of professionals that do professional house painting on a daily basis.

 

Proven Ways to Increase Home Value

Making your house more efficient, adding square footage, upgrading the kitchen or bath and installing smart-home technology can help increase its value.

Make it more attractive

Curb appeal — how your home looks from the street — is your first chance to make a good impression, A home’s exterior needs to make a prospective buyer want to walk through the front door.

Make sure existing landscaping is well-maintained. If your yard seems dull in comparison with your neighbors, consider planting flowers or repainting the front door.

Once the exterior looks good, focus on the kitchen and bathroom. When these two rooms are outdated, they can keep a property from reaching its highest valuation, And you don’t have to spring for heated towel racks or marble floors, either. A minor kitchen remodel recoups 81% of its cost in added value on average, versus 53% for an upscale kitchen remodel with stone countertops, custom cabinets and commercial-grade appliances, according to Remodeling magazine’s “2018 Cost vs. Value Report.”

The same is true for bathrooms; a midrange remodel — new flooring and a few updated fixtures — delivers a 70% return on investment, while an upscale bathroom remodel — heated flooring, custom cabinets and designer fixtures — sees 56% on average.

Make it low-maintenance

Since many home buyers worry about buying a home that will need constant maintenance, replacing a major component before putting it up for sale — like the furnace, water heater or even the roof — may calm fears of an emergency repair in the near future and help get you a higher price.

Improvements that make things easy to clean and maintain may also increase home value. Consider replacing easily stained carpet with hardwood floors or replace high-maintenance wood siding with vinyl siding.

Make it low-maintenance

Since many home buyers worry about buying a home that will need constant maintenance, replacing a major component before putting it up for sale — like the furnace, water heater or even the roof — may calm fears of an emergency repair in the near future and help get you a higher price.

Improvements that make things easy to clean and maintain may also increase home value. Consider replacing easily stained carpet with hardwood floors or replace high-maintenance wood siding with vinyl siding.

Make it bigger

“Square footage has a huge impact on value,” Price per square foot is one way she helps clients compare homes that are similar in style and upgrades.

Bigger homes often command higher values, and even if an appraiser doesn’t officially acknowledge the full value of added space, a buyer will likely notice.

Adding a room is the obvious way to make your house bigger, but you can also create additional living space by finishing the basement or building a deck.

How Mold Remediation Works

Protecting Your Home from Mold Damage

Mold can be difficult to see and even more challenging to get rid of. That is why it is a good idea to do all you can to stay on top of home maintenance to do everything possible to prevent mold damage from happening in your home. Here are some mold prevention tips for managing risk factors associated with the most common causes of mold.

Maintain plumbing in your home

Leaky or broken pipes are among the most common causes of mold in homes. The owner of a property should be aware of the age and condition of plumbing and stay on top of maintenance to prevent issues. An annual inspection by a licensed plumber is recommended, regardless of the age of your home. If your home is vacant during the summer months, especially during monsoons, it is a good idea to have someone check on the property to ensure you are not developing any issues.

Regularly inspect your home’s roof

Roof leaks are another common culprit for moisture that causes mold. Damage may occur at any time due to severe weather or falling tree limbs, but homes are especially susceptible during monsoons. If you suspect any damage after a strong storm, arrange for inspections by a roofing service as quickly as possible. Identifying damage sooner rather than later may reduce the risk of a leak damaging the roof, insulation, or interior of a residence. It is also a good idea to have a simple inspection done once a year, preferably before storm season.

Address water damage quickly

Cleaning and restoring damage caused by water as quickly as possible is the most critical mold prevention measure as standing water is the ideal environment for mold growth. Mold growth can begin within just 24 to 48 hours after damage occurs, so it is essential to act quickly. Restoration specialists will extract water, clean, and dry the affected area to reduce the risk of secondary damage. While you might be able to sop up small water issues, larger flood and storm damage needs a pro to address

Keep in mind that there is no such thing as mold removal

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors, and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible, so do not believe a cleaning service that promises to remove all mold spores from your home

 

MOLD REMEDIATION

What is the mold?

Mold is very common in buildings. There are many different types of mold, and they can occur both indoors and outdoors. Mold grows in places with a lot of moisture, and everywhere that food is provided for them, such as your walls, carpet, floors, appliances, or furniture. Also in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, and crawl spaces.

Types of mold

Rhizopus stolonifer is one of the more common types because it is found in tropical and subtropical regions.

Alternaria is another type of mold and it causes allergies in humans. Alternaria grows indoors and it also causes hay fever or hypersensitivity reactions that sometimes lead to asthma.

Aspergillus is found indoors, powdery food items, and building materials such as drywall and parquet

Penicillium can be found in a variety of places, including water-damaged structures as well as various foods.

Cladosporium is another type of mold that can grow in either warm or cool areas.

How to prevent it

Dry things thoroughly before storing them for a long time.

After showering always open the bathroom window

Use aspiration whenever you cook

Ventilating house every day by opening doors and windows

Ensure to keep moisture in control because it’s level should be under 60 percent.

How to get rid of mold

If mold is spread in lesser areas than 10 sq. feet follow these steps:

Wear proper gear when cleaning.

Try a mixture of bleach and warm water.

Use vinegar.

Use a borax solution to kill and inhibit mold growth.

Try using baking soda, either in a paste or by itself.

Hire the best team to do it

If the mold covers 10 or more square feet you should call a professional team to deal with. Using professional mold removal services is the best way to get rid of mold because the process will be quick and efficient and the living environment in your home will be fresh again.

 

HOW TO DEAL WITH BLACK MOLD AND RECOVER FROM MOLD POISONING

TEST FOR BLACK MOLD AND MYCOTOXINS

Mold can grow in your home for a variety of reasons. If you notice any of these things

you may want to test for mold:

Musty smell

Water damage, soft/wet walls, bubbling paint

Leaking pipes

Discolored wood or walls

Unexplained fatigue

Trouble concentrating

Sudden mood swings

THE DIFFERENT BLACK MOLD TESTS

The first thing to do is verify that you have black mold. Symptoms of mold exposure are almost identical to other fatigue issues, like Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome. And because mold can grow behind walls as a result of burst pipes or water damage, it’s often hard to pinpoint where mold is in your home.

Otherwise, you have a few different options when it comes to testing for mold in your home:

Mold culture test. This test includes a petri dish with a swab. You expose the petri dish to either the air or, through the swab, a specific area in your home, and then you cover it and let it sit for 48 hours. If you get lots of growth in the petri dish (particularly black growth), you have a mold problem. If you get little to no growth, you’re okay. Mold culture tests are fast and cheap (under $10, plus a little extra if you want to send the culture to a lab for analysis). A mold culture test is a good option if you suspect mold in your workplace or school. The downside is that the test won’t tell you where mold is — only if mold is present. Here’s a good mold culture test.

ERMI test. Environmental relative moldiness index (ERMI) testing will tell you with much more specificity what mold is in your home and how big of a problem it is. ERMI tests will run you $200-$300.

CLEAN BLACK MOLD AND GET RID OF IT FOR GOOD

Once you know how bad your mold problem is (both in your environment and in your body), it’s time to get rid of the problem.

Clean mold yourself. If your mold problem is small and visible, like caulking around your bathtub, you can get rid of it yourself. You just want to make sure you use the right cleaning solution. Bleach won’t kill mold entirely, and as the chlorine in bleach dissipates, the bleach turns into water, which creates the perfect environment for new mold to grow. Cleaning vinegar (stronger than kitchen vinegar) will kill mold, as will industrial chemicals like Moldex. Always wear a P100 respirator so you don’t inhale mold spores while you clean. Goggles are a good idea too, and a full body suit for larger mold infestations.

Get rid of mold-contaminated items. Clothing, carpet, drapes, caulking, and paper goods like books and files will all absorb mold spores and can cause new mold growth. If they’ve been in an area with black mold, get rid of them, or in the case of cloth goods, get them professionally dry-cleaned. Throwing out belongings is a bummer, but it’s better to be safe than to have to deal with a new mold problem all over again.

Professional mold remediation. If you have water damage or major mold contamination in hard-to-reach places, hiring a professional is your best bet. Mold remediation can be expensive, but professionals have the tools to find and eliminate all the mold in your entire home.

 

I Found My Dream Home And It Has Attic Mold, Now What? Don’t Panic.

Mold spores are floating in the air all around us. They don’t “grow” until they can attach themselves to a moist surface. Attic mold tends to go undetected because the attic’s not a place a homeowner spends much time hanging around in – so when attic mold turns up on a home inspection, it’s often a surprise to both buyer and seller.

If you find mold in the attic, first, take a breath. Mold in these areas isn’t a significant factor in indoor air quality, and truthfully, most molds are relatively harmless to humans. Visible mold is ready to be remedied and doesn’t require costly testing. What you don’t want to do is leave mold untreated, because the materials the mold has attached to can cause issues with timber and framing integrity. In the attic, mold can degrade drywall, spread to the ceiling below, and even cause problems with your roof’s life expectancy.

Causes of attic mold

Attic mold occurs in the attic primarily due to the accumulation of moisture from condensation in the gap your attic fills between your warm house and the cold air outside your roof. Improper ventilation in the attic is actually worse in newer homes.

Eradicating mold for good is a two-part process

Now that you know the mold in your dream home’s attic is caused by a moisture issue, you might want to thank the mold. Why? Because it has helped you identify the more serious problem of water intrusion. Cleaning up the mold and making sure it doesn’t have the right environment to grow will be the key to a healthy, structurally sound home.

First, clean it up

A professional mold removal company will do just that – remove the mold. According to the EPA, the purpose of mold remediation is to remove the mold to prevent human exposure and damage to building materials and furnishings. This means all visible mold staining and the root structure “hyphae” of the mold must be removed. Unfortunately, even dormant mold can act as an allergen. Encapsulation or painting over the mold is not a recognized method of mold remediation by the EPA.  Protective barriers or anti-microbial paints have a limited shelf life and fail over time if the moisture source has not been appropriately addressed.

 

What I Should Know Before Hiring Mold Removal Help

If you have mold in your home, it’s essential that you take steps to remove it as soon as possible. Just like a bee sting is dangerous to some, mold can also be hazardous for specific individuals, and it isn’t healthy for your property either.

Everyone knows that mold removal can be a daunting task to take on. It’s hard to know where to start or how to get mold remediation done without spending a significant sum of money, right?

Should you test for mold?

In most cases, pre-testing will not be necessary. Mold is a pretty simple thing, generally speaking, and if you can see it, you don’t need to waste time and money in having it tested. You need to focus on having it removed and bringing indoor air quality back to a “normal” condition.

Mold of any type has no place being in your home if you want your home to be a healthy indoor environment. Having pre-testing done to determine the species and type when it is always going to be recommended to be removed regardless of the type is, in our opinion, a waste of time and money. Now there are certain circumstances where we do believe testing is very beneficial

What can I expect to pay for mold remediation?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. How much you can expect to pay for mold remediation depends on how much removal is necessary, what needs to be removed, the size of the area needing to be contained off, and the difficulty of building the containment chamber. Essentially the more mold, the more work and the higher the price, although it is fair to say that many jobs can cost $1000 or more.

Essentials Of Truck Tires

The Effect of Bigger Tires on Your Vehicle

Bigger wheels and tires are a desirable upgrade for not only the off-road extremist but many everyday drivers as well. For example, you can go to Wal-Mart and count several SUVs in the parking lot with 20-inch rims because even “Glamma” wants to look cool. Tires can really make or break your vehicle in relevance to style and performance. Driving on bad tires can take a toll on your vehicle, and upgrading to new tires can make your vehicle drive like new again. When upgrading to bigger tires you also need to upgrade your rims. There are several benefits and disadvantages when considering an upgrade to tires or wheels.

Whether it’s the price of gas, the people you spend time with, or the level of satisfaction you have with your job, one thing in life is certain, things change. It may not be a surprise your vehicle, the way it works, and how much it costs has changed significantly over the years. But have you ever thought about how much tires have changed?

Head into the showroom at any tire retailer and you will find a dizzying array of tire types, sizes, tread patterns and other variables that can have you turning right back around and heading the other way.  The good news is a step-by-step approach to choosing the right tires for your car, truck or SUV with a little knowledge can make the process much simpler and give you great results

All Season Tires – Sometimes called Touring Tires, All Season Tires deliver good performance, handling and ride quality on dry, wet and moderately snowy roads. This is the most popular tire type and can be found on most four door sedans, wagons, small SUVs and sporty coupes.  Choose All Season Tires for the most well rounded on-road performance.

Truck Tires – As the name suggests, these tires are typically found on trucks and large SUVs. Truck tires have aggressive tread and taller sidewalls to fit the size and use of large vehicles and are rated for carrying heavier loads.  Truck tires are also rated for maximum load and towing.  Choose Truck Tires for your light duty truck or large SUV if you are staying on the road most of the time.

 

Find the right tires for your vehicle

Truck Care

Everyone knows a professional driver’s truck is their livelihood, which makes keeping up with routine maintenance one of the most important things on the road. Routine maintenance is what keeps your truck running and your cash flow going.

Tire Selection

provides professional drivers and fleets with the best truck tires at affordable costs. Commercial drivers can stop by our state-of-the-art facility and work with our certified technicians to find the right solutions to get back on the road quickly and safely with the best range of proven products and services.

brand name tires to fit your commercial truck tire needs at more than 380

 

Different Types of Tires

A common challenge when buying tires is understanding the different types of tires, and which one will work best for you.

The easiest way to group tires is to start with the type of your vehicle. After determining which tire types are possibilities for your vehicle, you can determine which type is best for you based on your driving needs.

PASSENGER TOURING VEHICLES: SEDANS, CUVS, & MINIVANS

The tires designed for this particular class of vehicles are generally engineered to deliver a smooth and quiet ride, reliable all-season traction, and a long lasting tread life. Luxury vehicles that fall into the passenger touring category can find luxury tire options in both the all-season touring and grand-touring categories. While most cars in this segment will conform to these types of tires, some vehicles are modified for enhanced performance, and will need more performance from their tires.

The all-season touring tire is designed to deliver good comfort and handling on the highway, as well as reliable all-season traction. It will generally feature a symmetrical tread pattern and circumferential grooves for wet weather grip.

Touring tires, also called Grand touring tires are designed to deliver a comfortable ride and reliable all-season traction, with the addition of more responsive handling. They generally have a higher speed rating than all-season touring tires, and often feature an asymmetrical tread pattern

 

Who is Liable When Truck Tire “Gators” Cause an Accident?

We’ve all had to deal with this problem at one point or another; road debris is one of the leading causes of environment-based automobile accidents. Anyone who drives regularly—and especially those of us who take long drives between major cities—has likely had to dodge random debris that appears right in the middle of a high-speed lane.

This debris ranges from a discarded fast-food bag to unexpectedly large hazards, like mattresses or coolers that have fallen from someone’s vehicle. However, the most common, and arguably most dangerous, type of road debris is the tire-tread left on the road when a big rig’s tire blows out.

The Terrible Risk of Road “Gators”

In the trucking world, these tire treads are known as “gators,” because they resemble the long, jagged jaw of an alligator waiting to bite the next hapless driver. Unlike the discarded fast-food bag, which simply crumples under your tire, or the occasional piece of lumber, which might cause a blow-out of your own, tire-debris gators are enormous, rubber, and often contain metal bands inside meant to strengthen the tire; and, you can’t always dodge them.

When your wheel hits a gator, there’s no telling what might happen. If you’re lucky, the jagged debris may simply shred your tire, and you’ll be able to pull safely over to the side of the road. However, many people who hit gators aren’t so lucky. A gator has the potential to curl and wrap around your tire, destroy your safe contact with the road, and may even get caught in your vehicle’s spinning axle, which can affect steering. Sometimes, the gator will pass harmlessly under one car, only to fly into the air and hit the windshield of the car behind it.

Who Is Liable for Crashes Caused by Tire Debris Gators?

Road debris is a fact of life. Things fall out off of pickup trucks, fly out of vehicle windows, and sometimes a driver may even purposefully toss his trash without waiting for the next gas station. But regardless of whether intentional or accidental, the driver/owner of the source vehicle is generally legally responsible. However, most drivers fail to take this responsibility seriously.

 

 

Tires for Towing Heavy Loads

Let’s talk about rubber meeting the road for a moment. Like, literally. Unless your truck moves around on bulldozer-style Mattracks or some other intricate running gear, good, old-fashioned rubber tires are crucial elements of a truck’s composition. And, for trucks that work hard—specifically pickups moving a lot of weight (payload or towing trailers)—using the right tires is a must.

Most trucks are fitted by the manufacturer with “Light Truck” (LT) tires, which, in the case of heavy-duty pickup trucks and sizeable SUVs, typically are “E” rated. This load-range designation means the tires are more durable (as much as 10-ply), and designed with larger beads and deeper treads than Passenger-series (“P”) rubber, for longevity and higher mileage. LT-series tires support the higher air pressures that are common for towing.

At a minimum, Load Range E tires are capable of safely supporting about 3,000 pounds. So, in the case of a dualie (six wheels), the tires collectively will provide more than sufficient grip for safely towing 18,000 pounds.

Given the huge amount of companies–well-known, major brands, and those we’re not as familiar with–that manufacture towing-capable and towing-specific tires, selecting the right rubber for your rig isn’t easy.

Here are a few options that we like. They’re all 10 ply, and capable of covering several-thousand problem-free miles (barring an inadvertent nail or other object causing damage), towing, or just driving your truck without a load attached. As a bonus, we’re also noting Load Range D and E (8- to 10 ply) tires for trailers. In the end, it makes no difference how many tires are on the ground. When you’re towing or transporting anything heavy, doing it on the right tires is critical.

Deep Cleaning Care For The Home & Family

Hacks That Will Make Cleaning Easier, Faster & Better!

Keeping a clean house often feels like a losing battle. After all, there are many surfaces in your home, and all of them attract different kinds of messes. But just because you’re facing a mountain doesn’t mean it’s insurmountable. In fact, if you’re anything like me, you probably can’t rest until you’ve figured out how to conquer the challenge. (Some people like to call this obsessive, but I prefer the word “determined.”)

I was recently reflecting on some of the DIY cleaning hacks, tips, and tricks I’ve learned and passed along, and it occurred to me that while I’ve shared some very helpful information over the years, it’s all scattered in different locations

To make things easier, I’ve compiled a list of some of my most indispensable cleaning hacks in one central place. Every tip on this list will save you time and effort — no matter what you’re trying to clean! I highly recommend bookmarking this post so you can return to it quickly whenever you have a cleaning conundrum to solve. These tips will come in especially handy when you have guests coming over on short notice.

Without further ado, read on for a roundup of 45 of my best home cleaning hacks. Just make sure to click on the green button below each item on the list to get more detailed instructions for most of our hacks. Enjoy and happy cleaning!

Use lemons to sanitize your garbage disposal.

When garbage disposals get stinky, the odor can overpower your whole kitchen. But who doesn’t love the vibrant scent of fresh lemon? This hack lets you smell that invigorating scent all the time. Even better? It couldn’t be easier. An added bonus? Your garbage disposal won’t just smell better, it will work better, too.

 

Things You Can Deep Clean Yourself and How to Do It

When it comes to basic cleaning and maintenance in your home, you probably have a standard routine down pat. But what about a deep cleaning strategy? Are you tempted to call in the pros when it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty areas of your home? Well, you can save your cash, because we’re bringing you the ultimate guide to deep cleaning those spots that don’t get daily—or even monthly—attention. Contrary to what you may have previously assumed, it’s not only possible but also downright easy to deep clean the following 11 things in your house.

You’re not alone if you didn’t realize that your washing machine needs its own deep clean sometimes. All sorts of gunk builds up in it while it’s doing its job. So about once or twice each year, it’s a good idea to give your washing machine a scrub down.

Step 1: Run a cycle.

Empty the machine and run a hot cycle using a washing machine cleaning agent.

Step 2: Clean the filter.

Find the filter and clean all built-up gunk out of it. You may want to wear gloves for this.

Step 3: Clean the detergent drawer.

If the detergent drawer is removable, hand wash it or put it in the dishwasher for a thorough cleanse.

Step 4: Clean the drum.

Pull back the lip of the rubber drum and check for mold and mildew. This is especially prevalent on front-loading washers. If there’s mold, scrub the drum with a mixture of bleach and water.

Step 5: Clean the outside.

Wipe down the outside of the machine. Detergent and dust can make it look dingy.

A regular deep cleaning keeps your fridge looking and smelling fresh. And since you store your food in there, a regular refresh is a good idea

 

How to Deep Clean the Kitchen

Last week I talked about my speed cleaning routine for the kitchen but sometimes that kitchen just needs a really deep clean!  While I probably should ideally do this more often, I generally run through this list about once every 3-4 months, skipping any steps that aren’t really needed at the time

First off, don’t be overwhelmed with the list!  I have put everything that I could think of in the checklist, but you may not need to do each task each time and some things you may do on a more regular basis anyways.  You can run through the checklist all at once, or divide it up over a couple of days if that is easier for you.  The biggest hurdle is usually just to get started!

No matter how you choose to clean, try following these simple rules to keep yourself on track and cut down on that cleaning time…

Start cleaning from the top of the room and work your way down.  This is the fastest way to get things done and will cut down on dust falling on areas that you have already cleaned.

Clean the dirtiest things first in case the mess ends up spreading around.

Work from one side of the room to the other in a systematic fashion.

Dedicate a specific amount of cleaning time and then set a timer.  Work as fast as you can within this time and don’t let yourself get distracted.

Stay in the kitchen!!  I tend to get easily side tracked when I am cleaning, and often get distracted if I leave the room and see other things that need to be done.  {Please tell me I am not alone in this!}

Quick Tidy

Before you officially start, take a few minutes to clear away items that do not belong in the kitchen and place them in a bin or basket to put away afterwards.  Put any items from the counters into the cupboards if they have a spot to go so the counters are as clear as possible.  If you are going to be doing the whole kitchen at once,  I like to clear everything off of the counters and place them on the dining room table so that they are out of the way.  It takes a few more minutes at the beginning, but will actually save time in the end.  NOTE: This is just a quick tidy looking at things that are on the floor, obviously out of place, or that you know that you want to get rid of.  Save big organizing projects for later!

 

How to deep clean your bedroom like a professional

Welcome to organization season! It’s that glorious time of year when you finally get down to business and go through your closets … but then you notice the layer of dust and grime that’s been building up in your home. Don’t panic! TODAY Home is here to help you tackle that cleaning to-do list.

Now it’s time to turn your bedroom into a clean and relaxing place to be. You’ll be crawling into clean sheets in a spotless room by nighttime. Let’s get started!

Here’s what you’ll need:

A powerful vacuum cleaner with attachments

Microfiber cloths or clean rags

Warm water and mild soap

Glass cleaner (or make your own by combining a 1-to-1 ratio of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle)

Disinfecting spray

A new cotton mop (the kind with the soft loops) or a clean, long-handled duster

Baking soda

Start a load of laundry

Strip the bed of sheets, pillowcases, comforter and mattress cover. Get your laundry started so the cycle can run while you’re working on the rest of the bedroom. (You should wash these every week or so.)

Down and down-alternative blankets can usually be machine washed in cool water and dried in the dryer. Just remember to set the temperature to low and add a wool ball (not a tennis ball) to the dryer to plump it up while it tumbles. Stop the cycle every 20-30 minutes to break up any clumps with your hands and let it run until you’re sure it’s completely dry.

 

CLEAN HOUSE TIPS FOR HOME SELLERS

TIPS FOR GETTING IT BUYER-READY

When a house is for sale, the goal is to make it as attractive as possible to potential buyers. The most cost-efficient way to spruce up the home is to clean it thoroughly. Here’s how to clean your house from top to bottom fast

GETTING RID OF CLUTTER

Many potential buyers may not see past dirt and clutter. If the house is crowded with the owner’s “stuff,” they will assume that the house is too small for their possessions. Too much clutter also poses a safety – and buying – hazard! A person who trips over items left on the stairs is unlikely to have a good feeling about the house. In addition, a clean, clutter-free environment is more attractive than a grimy, untidy one.

Begin by purging the house, including the basement, attic and garage, of items that are no longer needed. Things that are in good condition can be sold or donated to a charity. The remainder can be thrown in the trash. Rooms will appear more spacious, closets will look bigger and shelves will look roomier to potential buyers.

CLEAN HOUSE TIPS

Focus on the rooms that potential buyers are most interested in – living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom. Look at each room as a potential buyer might and see what catches the eye first. Make that the starting point for the cleaning process. Then, follow the top-to-bottom, left-to-right rule for cleaning each room. That way, no surface is overlooked.

Give major attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. Check the labels on cleaning products to make sure they are appropriate for the surfaces to be cleaned. Abrasive cleansers provide extra cleaning power for hard-to-remove soils like food particles and grease residue in sinks. However, they may be too harsh for surfaces that are easily scratched, such as laminate or solid surface countertops. In general, liquid and gel cleansers are less abrasive than powders

Packing Services For A Removal

Home packing services

Packing is a crucial part of any move. Get it wrong and it can be costly. Our experienced, fully trained staff can take care of some or all of the packing for your move. Alternatively you may choose to pack for your self (see the bottom of this page for our Packing advice sheet)

Should you opt for the Full Packing Service we will typically send a team of packers to your home prior to your move and they will pack all belongings and prepare all items for your move. Our staff have access to quality packing materials and are trained, experienced professionals. Having our staff carry out the packing also gives you a superior insurance cover.

Antique or highly polished furniture often requires Export Wrapping for extra protection. Pictures or extra delicate items may also require crating. Our own carpenters tailor make a timber case for the item to ensure it remains in a stable, safe position during transit

You can also choose a Part Packing Service. In this instance our professional packers will pack delicate items and you will be charged per box packed by our staff. Professionally packed items benefit from superior insurance cover.

Preparing for your move

The boxes are delivered flat with sufficient tape. The boxes may have been used previously. We like to use the boxes as many times as possible to enable us to keep prices down, and would ask you to keep them clean and dry until we are able to collect them. Unless stated, they remain our property and a charge of £2.00 (plus VAT) per box will be made for boxes retained or returned unusable.

 

PROFESSIONAL PACKING SERVICES

Flexible Packing Services

Since 1919, over 50,000 people and their families have asked to help them move every year, which means trusting us their time, money and precious belongings.

We don’t take this effort lightly and do everything we can to make your transition as smooth as possible. Expert packing and unpacking is second nature to us, and we know that a good packing strategy is key to a positive home moving experience. We provide three flexible options to help you have the packing and moving experience that will work best for you and your budget.

Full-Service Packing Services: We’ll Take the Lead

With professional packers, you can get the assistance you need to get your move prepped and ready to go, without any investing your own time or sweat equity. We use only the best materials and techniques and employ background-checked, professional packers who are rigorously trained in our packing techniques before being charged with packing your home. This means they will show up on packing day with all of the boxes, bubble wrap, tape, protections and blankets that your items need. We move people every day of the year, so the careful handling of delicate or sentimental items is of the utmost importance to us. If you don’t have the time or means to pack your home yourself, the full-service option takes a lot of stress off you while we handle it all.

Partial Packing: A Team Effort

Packing takes a little more than just putting items in boxes— there’s a science to it. If you’re uncomfortable handling fragile, valuable, large or awkward items, we can take those off your hands and give them the care they need, while still leaving you the flexibility to pack the rest yourself. With partial packing services, we’ll still personally blanket wrap furniture, appliances or other items that require it before we load them onto our trucks

DIY Packing: The Budget-Friendly Option

If you’re on a tight moving budget, or simply prefer to handle packing yourself, you can absolutely do your own packing. Your move coordinator can give you packing tips to help you get started, and then on moving day the furniture and heavy items will be carefully protected by us alongside the items you packed yourself.

 

HOW EARLY SHOULD I PACK FOR A MOVE?

Have you just closed on your dream house or been approved for the perfect apartment? You probably feel like a huge weight has lifted off your shoulders. While finding a place to live lets you cross a big item off your to-do list, you now have a daunting task ahead of you: pack up your entire house in cardboard boxes just in time for moving day.

There’s no doubt that packing is the single most time-consuming aspect of moving. How early should you start packing for a move? The short answer: start as soon as the move is confirmed. To help you stay on track, follow this packing calendar as moving day approaches.

6 to 8 Weeks Before the Move

Start cleaning out the basement, attic, garage, and closets. Decide what to keep and pack up whatever you won’t need before moving day. Then, make separate piles to discard, donate, or sell.

Research the moving companies you’re interested in hiring. Read testimonials, compare rates, and ask for moving quotes. Request proof of insurance from every company you consider. Remember, hiring an uninsured mover could leave you responsible for property damage or personal injury claims.

4 to 6 Weeks Before the Move

Arrange a moving sale. By completing this step far enough in advance, you allow time to donate or discard whatever items don’t sell.

Select a moving company and confirm your moving date.

Order packing supplies. Hopefully, your moving sale helped you downsize so can order fewer boxes and make moving day easier.

1 Month Before the Move

As you begin the actual packing process, adopt a labeling system to keep your belongings organized. Consider taking pictures of the contents of each box to help you find what you’re looking for later. You can also download a packing app like Move Planner or Sortly to help you inventory your belongings.

Begin packing decorations that serve no practical purpose and items you seldom use, such as China, holiday décor, and anything in your storage room.

Contact charities and arrange to have items picked up that didn’t sell during your moving sale.

 

Packing Services

moving and packing company. Our packing services include unpacking and disposal. They are available for both residential and commercial moves. Moving your home or moving a business is labor intensive both mentally and physically. We are committed to reducing the labor burden on you during the moving process. To help you relax we offer full packing and moving services. We pack and move nearly anything, including your prized possessions, wine vaults, pianos, chandeliers, flat-screen TVs, art and antiques. No move is too big or too small for us.

Professionally Trained Packers

We have professionally trained packers and movers to get your job done right. Our company fully licensed and insured company and all of our Connecticut movers and packers follow the established industry best practices. These include the safest and most efficient packing methods so that you have a great moving experience.

Movers To Pack my Home?

Reduces the most stressful part of moving, the packing process.

Our professional movers pack for you.

It frees up your time to do more important tasks.

Using trained professional packers minimizes move damage.

Charge an hourly rate for packing services.

This is the fastest option to move out of a home or place of business.

Your home is fully prepared for loading day, resulting in a more organized and efficient move.

Packing For Your Move

We know packing for a long-distance move is often challenging. That’s why our professional packers are trained to pack your belongings safely and securely to avoid damage. We offer packing supplies and moving boxes at a cost-effective price.

Packing and Unpacking Services

Our packing services allow you to pack and move as much, or as little, as you desire. We offer partial packing service, which is like an extra set of hands to help you to pack up your delicate items and other possessions and to help you to get your packing done fast. Additionally, we offer full packing services, where we will pack up your entire house. This service includes packing dressers, closets, basements, attics and more.

 

Packing & Unpacking Services

Expert Packers

Time and time again our customers rely on us to pack their things as part of the move. Our expert team has helped many people with packing effectively for local and long distance moving.

Who has time for packing?

On the day of the move, if you feel like you’re running out of time – don’t worry, we’ll finish packing for you. We have all the right supplies on the truck. This saves a lot of stress of having to pack before you move. When we come to move you, we will wrap and protect your furniture, artwork, lamps, TV’s electronics – in addition we can take care the rest of your belongings

movers are so thorough that you’ll need to tell them what NOT to pack – by default, everything would be wrapped and packed to perfection

If your moving day is approaching and you see that you are out of time, don’t worry – we’ll pack what you don’t have time to pack

if you’re limited in time and willing to do other things like hire professional movers and packers – we can guarantee that nothing will be lost or broken because it will be professionally labeled and packed.

team help you prepare your belongings before you move!

In this day and age, every help you need is a simple phone call away. And if you are moving, you already know you will be needing help galore. Once you choose your reliable relocation professionals, even though you might think otherwise, the job is nowhere near done. If you feel like doing the bare minimum for your relocation, then you need to take the numerous moving services movers offer into consideration. One of the most common things people need help with is packing. If you are wondering what makes packing services Brooklyn so useful, all you have to do is ask yourself: `Do I feel like losing precious days of my life on something other people can do for me?`

We are efficient

There is nothing worse than hiring movers, paying for their services, and having them drag on your relocation for days, sometimes even weeks. If you hire our local or long distance movers and opt for our packing services, you can rest assured you will get only the most efficient individuals. Every person that comes to your house to do the packing will be highly trained, experienced and have all the tools necessary for undertaking this task. Moreover

Myths You Mustn’t Believe About Electrical Home Inspections

Electrical Inspection Testing – A Guide to the Basics

What is Inspection?

It is carried out before the testing and the installation is normally disconnected from the supply.

The point of inspection is to verify that the installed equipment:

Complies with relevant standards – this is normally a mark of certification by the installer or manufacturer

Is the correct type and installed in accordance to the Regulations

Not damaged or defective which would cause a safety issue

The Inspection includes the checking of several items which are relevant to the installation. The checking can also take place, if necessary, during installation. The items checked are listed in Regulation 611.3 ‘Inspection’ BS7671.

What is testing?

It is important that testing is carried out using the correct equipment and methods and the results are compared with relevant criteria contained in Regulations 612.2 to 612.13

Testing also needs to be carried out in a specific order before the installation can be switched on. The test order is detailed in Regulations 612.2 to 612.6

If any part of the testing fails to comply, that test plus any other testing already carried out has to be repeated once the fault has been fixed. This is because the results of the tests may not be accurate and may have been influenced by the fault.

 

Electrical Inspection and Testing Procedures

Regular testing and inspection of both fixed electrical installations and portable appliances, completed by qualified electricians, is the most effective way to ensure compliance with health and safety law.

Identifying and rectifying defects helps to maintain safe functioning of electrical equipment. Testing should consist of both scheduled visual inspections and tests. Electrical inspection and testing procedures are determined by the type of installation:

  • Initial Verification Inspection and Testing: For new build or alterations to fixed electrical installations
  • Periodic Inspection and Testing: Fixed wire tests of existing electrical installations
  • Portable Applicance (PAT) Testing: Portable electrical appliances

Testing should be performed by qualified electrical engineers, experienced in electrical inspection and testing procedures and use of the relevant testing equipment. In addition, basic, visual inspections of electrical equipment (both fixed installations and portable appliances) carried out on a regular basis can identify wear, tear, faults and defects before developing into a serious hazard.

Electrical inspection and testing procedures should be approached on a planned, preventive basis, taking into consideration:

  • Appropriate frequency of testing and inspection
  • Record keeping
  • Equipment labelling

 

Four myths about electrical safety that may surprise you

Plant safety is much more than just tasks on a checklist. It requires a commitment from every employee—from management to line workers—to maintain a culture of safety in all aspects of the operation. Over time, interpretations of certain safety standards can stray from the original intent creating some myths about how best to meet safety requirements.

Myth #1: “Inconvenient” is the same as “infeasible” when it comes to de-energizing equipment for maintenance

There’s no doubt that it is almost always inconvenient to shut down power unexpectedly to work on a piece of equipment. But that doesn’t mean it’s infeasible. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) permits working on an energized circuit only under certain conditions, including when it’s “infeasible” to shut down power due to increased hazard. However, there is a tendency to allow employees to work on live circuits just because it’s “inconvenient” to shut down power. This adds unnecessary risk that often leads to accidents.

In situations where it actually is infeasible to shut down the power, only electricians and technicians qualified to work on energized systems should perform the work. They should take all precautions, including wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and using tools certified for the conditions they encounter.

Myth #2: The more PPE the better

Whether to wear PPE, and how much to wear, are not personal decisions. A component can fail at any time. Perfectly good breakers can fail suddenly during troubleshooting. If an arc flash occurs while simply opening a cabinet, wearing the correct PPE can mean the difference between surviving or not. Electricians and technicians must follow the detailed PPE standards developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. However, requiring workers to wear PPE rated for a much higher hazard level than the environment calls for will not necessarily make them safer.

“More PPE is not necessarily better,” says Kevin Taulbee, Electrical Engineer and Safety Trainer at Power Studies, Inc. “Having the right PPE is what counts. Performing proper job hazard analysis is important for equipping workers with the correct PPE. Too many people just go out and purchase arc flash moon suits and thick, high voltage linemen gloves for their in-house maintenance and electrical workers. Class 2 electrical gloves aren’t necessary if they never get into anything over 480 volts and they offer much less dexterity. As a result, an electrician may be more likely to drop a tool or lead when working in an energized panel.”

Myth #3: All test leads and fuses are created equal

Often technicians regard test leads and fuses as basic commodity components without giving quality much thought. Regardless of the quality of the multimeter, it’s only as safe as the test leads used with it and the fuses inside. These components provide critical protection against power surges and voltage spikes that can cause serious injury to the user.

Choosing the right test leads

The primary job for test leads is to connect the digital multimeter to the equipment being tested, but they also provide a first line of defense against electrocution. Test leads that are poorly made, worn, or aren’t rated for the job at hand, can produce inaccurate readings and may pose a serious shock hazard if touched to the wrong wire. When choosing test leads look for:

High quality materials and rugged construction

Rating for the appropriate category and voltage level of the application. The CAT rating on the leads should match or exceed the category of the DMM.

Exposed metal that matches the energy potential of a specific measurement.

Retractable probes, probe tip covers, or probes with shorter tips to avoid an inadvertent short circuit.

Pick high quality replacement fuses

Today’s safety standards require digital multimeters to include special high-energy fuses that are designed to keep the energy generated by an electrical short, within the fuse enclosure. This protects the user from electric shock and burns. When it’s time to replace fuses always choose the high energy fuses approved by the meter’s manufacturer. Cheaper generic replacement fuses increase the risk of serious injury.

Myth #4: The only way to accurately measure live voltage is with test lead contact.

In the past, attaching test lead probes or alligator clips directly to electrical conductors was the best way to get accurate results. However, this requires metal-to-metal contact, which increases the risk of arc flash and potential harm to both the person doing the measuring and the equipment being measured.

Recently a new technology was introduced that detects and measures voltage without metal-to-metal contact. This technology isolates the measurement tool from the voltage source under test. To measure voltage, electricians and technicians just slide a single conducting wire into the open fork of the handheld test tool. Since they aren’t exposed to contact points with live voltage, the risk of electrical shock and arc flash is reduced.

The myths listed above represent just a small sampling of the safety issues to be considered when working on energized equipment. The best way for a facility to ensure that employees fully understand and follow all the relevant electrical safety regulations is to develop and maintain a solid safety culture based on the needs and environment of that specific facility.

 

Software Testing – Levels

There are different levels during the process of testing. In this chapter, a brief description is provided about these levels.

Levels of testing include different methodologies that can be used while conducting software testing. The main levels of software testing are −

  • Functional Testing
  • Non-functional Testing

Functional Testing

This is a type of black-box testing that is based on the specifications of the software that is to be tested. The application is tested by providing input and then the results are examined that need to conform to the functionality it was intended for. Functional testing of a software is conducted on a complete, integrated system to evaluate the system’s compliance with its specified requirements.

There are five steps that are involved while testing an application for functionality.

Steps    Description

I           The determination of the functionality that the intended application is meant to perform.

II          The creation of test data based on the specifications of the application.

III        The output based on the test data and the specifications of the application.

IV        The writing of test scenarios and the execution of test cases.

V          The comparison of actual and expected results based on the executed test cases.

An effective testing practice will see the above steps applied to the testing policies of every organization and hence it will make sure that the organization maintains the strictest of standards when it comes to software quality.

 

Let’s see more details about these Testing types.

Alpha Testing

It is the most common type of testing used in the Software industry. The objective of this testing is to identify all possible issues or defects before releasing it into the market or to the user.

Alpha Testing is carried out at the end of the software development phase but before the Beta Testing. Still, minor design changes may be made as a result of such testing.

Alpha Testing is conducted at the developer’s site. In-house virtual user environment can be created for this type of testing.

Acceptance Testing

An Acceptance Test is performed by the client and verifies whether the end to end the flow of the system is as per the business requirements or not and if it is as per the needs of the end-user. Client accepts the software only when all the features and functionalities work as expected.

It is the last phase of the testing, after which the software goes into production. This is also called User Acceptance Testing (UAT).

Ad-hoc Testing

The name itself suggests that this testing is performed on an Ad-hoc basis i.e. with no reference to the test case and also without any plan or documentation in place for such type of testing.

The objective of this testing is to find the defects and break the application by executing any flow of the application or any random functionality.

Ad-hoc Testing is an informal way of finding defects and can be performed by anyone in the project. It is difficult to identify defects without a test case but sometimes it is possible that defects found during ad-hoc testing might not have been identified using existing test cases.

Accessibility Testing

The aim of Accessibility Testing is to determine whether the software or application is accessible for disabled people or not.

Here, disability means deaf, color blind, mentally disabled, blind, old age and other disabled groups. Various checks are performed such as font size for visually disabled, color and contrast for color blindness, etc.