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7 Tips to Clean up your Home after a Natural Calamity

Posted By PakhiSen on How To Repair

Emergency isn't fun. Not even when things don't go as bad as it looks.

After a flood or a hurricane, heavy rainfall etc. the damage on our homes are sickening. The tiles are out, the windows are broken, the walls are dirty and sometimes they develop serious cracks that needs immediate fixing.

In such emergencies it is best to call for dedicated emergency cleanup contractor support rather than trying to do everything yourself. However, if the damage isn't much, or it is a repetitive thing that happens in every season then it is best to try the DIY method and sort out things at a cheaper cost.

1) Think of the positives:

Yes, even in such situations, one shouldn't take everything negatively. Perhaps you always wanted to build a pool or a backyard patio that you never actually build perhaps due to lack of space caused by your garden and trees. Chances are after the natural disaster, most of your backyard is already clean. Use that space to build something new.

2) First things first:

Open the doors and windows in your home so that air can freely pass through. Put the furniture and other similar movables outside in the sun to dry up.

3) Wait for the Insurance Checkup:

The last thing you want is your insurance guy causing further issues with claims - so just wait for the insurance to finish processing your claim. This can take time which is fine too, best to do this step properly.

4) Keep things safe and Dry:

Most things like towels, carpets, wallpapers, curtains, clothes etc. will catch mould when they stay wet for a long time.

It is best to keep these things outside the home, in a garage shed - preferably where it is clean and dry. Try to get some sunlight on them which will dry them up quickly.

5) Before restoring power:

Usually power lines can get affected after a flood and water might get into the electrical systems. It is best not to DIY it. Try to get a professional for restoring power and making sure all the electrical appliances are working properly.

6) Clean up safely:

Any disaster that is linked with water and rain usually leaves moulds. This is where you need to first take precautions. get some breathing masks on, use hand gloves and if you are allergenic to moulds or dusts, then it is best to hire someone and stay at a safe distance while the cleaning process is on the way - rather than risk serious health issues.

7) Get Professional support:

Natural disasters can be of many types and accordingly, one needs to plan for the cleanup.

FireDamage - Fire damage can leave strains but the water that is used to drown the fire leaves further issues.

Earthquake - This can cause damage in the very structure of your house including foundation, pillars, walls, roofs etc.

Floods - Floods can damage the structure of your building and along with it, since the water is going to get into your house and stay there for some time, additional damage might include furniture, flooring, wet walls etc.

Looking at the negatives after a natural calamity does not really help. Get insurance, start cleaning and fixing and plan better for the next time.

9 Tips to Make sure that you Win The War against Mold

Posted By PakhiSen on Home Improvement

Having a Mold growth at home isn't new for anyone. The slightest of overlook and a bit of environmental factors aiding it and in no time you will find a decent mold growth underway already.

While there are ways to clean up mold growth and remove every bit of mold that ever grows in your homes - the best solution is however to prevent mold growth in the first place.

Keeping this basic idea in mind, let us first look into some of the factors that aids in mold growth and stop them right away.

1) Keep moisture away: Mold growth takes time, at least a day in the very least. So, if you have something in your home that is wet and creating moisture then first focus on getting it dry or get rid of it completely.

2) Fix water leak: It is quite natural for your home to run into plumbing issues, but delaying a fix for such an issue and let the problem persist is pretty bad. The quicker you fix the water leakage and get the walls and other places of your house dried up, the safer you will be from mold growth.

3) Keep the humidity low: If you live in a place that is hot and humid then de-humidifiers or even ACs are good options to keep humidity in check.

4) Shift things around: Sometimes furniture and other stuff at home stays in the same spot for ages. Move them around and especially away from the walls.

5) Open the windows: keeping the house well ventilated so that the air can easily flow away, helps in keeping the house fresh, clean and dry.

6) Keep it away, not with-in: The exhaust fans and other clean-up should send the dirt and the moisture away from home. Don't send it to any of your other rooms and spaces like the basement or the attic.

7) Keep it dry where it is most wet: Kitchen and Bathrooms are two places in every house which is the most wet. Make sure to keep both of these places clean and proper drainage has to be setup to make sure that the water isn't stopping anywhere and helping in mold growth.

8) Keep damp clothes away: Slow drying damp towels or clothes can cause mold growth. It is best to dry these outside in the sun if possible, or use a dryer instead as an alternative in case sun is a luxury item around your location.

9) Fix Basement and Attic: Places where you least visit could be the best dwelling places for Mold. Keep an eye out for places like this and if there is a water leakage or moisture issue then fix it immediately.

Mold growth can cause serious health issues, starting from allergies to problems like asthma. These tips are good to start with but they should never be used as an alternative to serious help. If the mold issue is getting out of hand then hire a mold professional to get it sorted quickly and more effectively.

Welcome to GlorifyHome's very own Terrace Garden

Posted By PakhiSen on Home Improvement

I always wanted a Terrace Garden but never really put any serious effort into it. Finally, this year we managed to start a Terrace Garden - it is still quite basic, but at least it has started.

At this moment, am planning to add some art and craft on the walls and perhaps add some vertical garden elements to it. The hanging bottles will be a good idea, let's see how that goes.

The space where the roof is a bit higher, that is where am planning to grow a herb garden.

The empty space towards the end of the roof is where I want most of the vegetable plants to stay.

It will be great if we can manage a small water fountain and perhaps a garden swing, something that can sustain sunlight and rain.

At this moment it is mostly rose plants that dominate the garden so far:

Will post updates related to the Terrace Garden in the future posts. Stay Tuned!

Internet Friends, Tile, and Tired Faces - DIYdiva

Posted By PakhiSen on Home Improvement - Guuuuuys. Holy shit, what a week. There wasn’t a spare minute in the last few days to let you know what’s been going on around here other than some brief social media updates, and that’s because Sarah (you know, my DIY internet bestie– and occasional nemesis–from The Ugly Duckling House) came to stay at the farm for a few days and force me to finish a goddamn project already help me tile my upstairs tub surround.

Now It Actually Looks Like a Ten by Ten Shed! - Heels And A Toolbox

Posted By PakhiSen on Exterior - I just took our dinner out of the oven. At 10 pm. Also, I smell a lot like a gym bag. But the shed is mostly finished!

A Place to keep all of your tools - A Tools Shed!

Four Good Things - The Ugly Duckling House

Posted By PakhiSen on How To Repair - I feel like I’m already running short on time as I type this, so I’m just going to cap today off with a roundup of photos to collectively spell out my past week (plus a little bit of a surprise if you haven’t already been looking at some of my other social accounts)…

Top 10 DIY Vertical Garden Ideas for your Home

Posted By PakhiSen on Home Improvement

When space is less, go vertical.

When outdoor space is limited, build an indoor garden or perhaps a terrace garden.

But whatever you do - Do it in Style!

This is exactly why vertical gardens are so much in demand. Not only it fits in the limited space, it completely improves the look and feel of the space where it is kept.

And on top of that, creating such a garden isn't difficult at all.

Here's presenting 10 such vertical garden ideas to motivate your creative self.

Top 6 Inspirational Kitchen Design Ideas

Posted By PakhiSen on Kitchen

Kitchen isn't just another room, it is a place where you spend a major chunk of your life.

Am sure your kitchen is good, and you love it.

However, if you do plan to re-model it, don't forget to take a look at these 6 amazing kitchen design ideas

3 DIY Backyard WaterFall Ideas

Posted By PakhiSen on Landscaping

Who does not like a small waterfall in the backyard.

Yes, I agree it can be a lot of work and you might even need professional help in case you want it to look really good. However, the end result surely makes it worth all the hassles.

Below are the best 3 backyard water fall ideas. Do let us know your feedback. thanks

Making decoration more creative with vertical gardens and green walls

Posted By PakhiSen on Home Improvement - Don't have space and yet need a Garden? - Go Vertical!

You can fulfill your quest to have beautiful flowers and lush green plants even when you don’t have a big space for a garden. The concept of a vertical garden is space saving and attractive to the human eye. There are various styles to create a green wall to beautify your premises. A vertical garden can be developed both indoors and outdoors.

Create the perfect home study nook

Posted By PakhiSen on Home Improvement - Our preparation for the new school year continues. This week, we’re focusing on creating the best home study space. Creating a comfortable place to hit the books not only increases the likelihood of homework getting done, but it encourages excellent organizing skills in other parts of life.

Wallpaper Vs Paint - Pros and Cons

Posted By PakhiSen on Home Improvement - Wall Paper or Paint - what will you choose for your walls?

John, did a brilliant comparison between wallpaper and paint and it seems wallpapers does have a benefit especially on the longer run.

However, if you are anything like us, you will start to wonder for a re-modeling or re-painting your rooms in less than 2 to 3 years time. That is when thinking of a wallpaper solution that lasts as many as 15 years is kind of a burden.

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