Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Preparing Your Home for Spring Rainfall

Although it may be hard to believe as we shiver our way through winter, spring showers aren’t really that far away. The sooner you begin to spring-proof your home, the better off you and your basement will be. There are many easy steps you can take that will help ensure that you and your belongings will avoid destruction.

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What is a Sump Pump?

Sump PumpRain has been pouring down in sheets all day. You’re inside and tucked under a warm, snuggly blanket, safe from the storm. This weather doesn’t bother you at all! You don’t live in an area prone to flooding, but you’ve heard from your neighbors that water can seep through tiny crevices in poured cement walls. Aren’t you afraid that your basement will flood from all of this rainwater runoff? NO – because you have a sump pump!

Sump pumps are small pumps installed in basements and crawl spaces. Their job is to keep your basement dry by pumping out excess water that accumulates through various means. They are usually installed in a pit area, and the water is directed towards the pump by a drain or through natural water drainage patterns in the soil.

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Take Back the Basement!

Cluttered BasementHas your bottom floor gotten the best of you? Is it a monster, running out of control below your home? Your basement has the potential to be more than just an unfinished, bare-bones home gym – or worse, a stuffed-to-the-gills storage room! It might be a dirty, messy dumping ground today, but it could soon become a family room, a playroom, an office, a bedroom, or even a home spa! With just a few special touches, that forgotten floor of your home can become a relaxing oasis or a hub for family activity. Read on for some decorating and renovating suggestions from HGTV and This Old House.

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DIY: Tile Backsplash

recycled backsplashWhy pay lots of money to have someone work on your home if you can do it yourself? If you’re like a lot of homeowners in the digital age who have Internet access and want to save some cash, you might head to YouTube or another DIY site when it’s time for a new home project. One great way to add a unique touch to a kitchen or bathroom is to add a tile backsplash.

What’s so great about a backsplash? Well, as the name suggests, they’re great to have in areas where water, food, or other substances are likely to splash on the wall. Rather than scrubbing something off of a painted surface, you just have to wipe down tile instead. They also double as great decorations, as you can make them match the wall or choose to get pretty creative with the colors. And, as cool as they look, surprisingly they’re not to difficult to install if you have the right tools and guide.

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