Professional Carpet Cleaning as part of your carpet care maintenance program.Hi and welcome back to Home Pros series on effective carpet care maintenance program, during part one we discussed the importance on vacuuming on a regular basis, using baking soda to help remove any smells that might be lingering in your carpets and we discussed how crucial it is to remove carpet stains as soon as possible. Spot cleaning is an art for professional carpet cleaners but with a little help from our stain pro app you can remove most stains that are new with some everyday household products if you act fast enough. (more…)
Professional Chimney Cleaning - Job for a professional or do it yourself?Chimney cleaning is the job for a professional, maybe you have seen the movies “Mary Poppins” or “The Chimney Sweep and the Miller” and thought of romantic or the comedic side of chimney sweeping but this is a very series business that prevents house fires. You can take care of the firebox quite easily using a wire brush and a shop vac but the job gets much more difficult when you have to start cleaning the chimney its self. You can purchase do it yourself brush kits from local Edmonton hardware stores that would have you climbing onto your roof and brushing the dust and creosote from the chimney walls but beware this is a very messy job and you must be prepared before starting. Make sure that you tarp off your fireplace so that all the dust created doesn’t venture into your home. (more…)
No Heat - The good news is, it's usually a pilot light problem on old furnaces and you can fix that.Did you wake up this morning and your house was extremely cold? You go to turn up the heat at the thermostat but the furnace isn't responding. No heat calls to furnace service companies are all too common in Edmonton, one of the most common reasons is a pilot light that is not working. If you have a natural gas burning furnace the burner would be ignited by either a standing pilot flame which is most often found in older furnaces or an electronic ignition which is found in modern furnaces. If you have an older furnace and it's a standing pilot you'll see that the flame is lit all the time, if you have a newer furnace then you probably have electronic ignition and that flame is only lit when your furnace is calling for heat. (more…)
Welcome back to part three of the “Fall Home Maintenance Checklist”. In this section we deal with the yard, garden, porches and decks of your when preparing for the winter months ahead.
A clean, organized garage is a great start for your Fall Home Maintenance ChecklistFirst things first, clean out that garage. Once you have your garage cleaned and organized put the summer garden tools away. Prepare all your yard equipment for winter storage. Make sure that you drain all the fuel from gas operated equipment such as the lawn mower and chain saw. Clean the yard so that it is free of all fallen leaves, if you have areas where the grass is patchy be sure to re-seed and now is a great time to plant any spring flowering bulbs. Cover all plants with netting and chicken wire to prevent deer from damaging them. This is also a good time to fertilize your lawn with a high phosphorous mix to ensure that you have the healthiest, greenest grass on the block when spring arrives. (more…)
Effective carpet care maintenance programMost people will replace theirs carpets because the carpet gets ugly not because it wears out, carpet ends up being replaced because of the “cow trails” in high traffic areas and the amount of stains that build up over time. Much of this damage could have been avoided with a effective carpet care maintenance program. (more…)
Welcome back to part two of the “Fall Home Maintenance Checklist”. In this section we deal with the exterior of your home including paint, foundation, siding, the roof and your driveway and many more things to consider when preparing for the winter months ahead.
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist Edmonton – Part 2 ExteriorLet’s start with your driveway: Inspect the driveway for cracks. Clean and repair any damage with a specially designed driveway filler, once fixed be sure to coat with a driveway sealer. This will prevent moisture from entering and freezing causing the crack to be larger and more difficult to deal with in the future. A great way to improve your energy efficiency, prevent leaks and avoid future costly bills is to inspect your exterior walls for any cracks. Caulk around the spaces where the foundation meets the siding of the home, where any pipes or wires are entering the house and around door frames and windows to prevent heat loss. This is one of the least expensive but most beneficial maintenance jobs the home owner can perform. Openings in structures allow water to seep in where it can freeze and cause cracks and allow molds to grow. The harsh winters of Edmonton can cause water and ice damage, a though check of the homes foundation combined with some inexpensive maintenance work can save large repair jobs in the future. (more…)