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Rain water is a resource that many people overlook. All too often, people see rain as either a personal nuisance or something “good for the farmers”, but not many think of how they can use rainwater for their own purposes. By installing a rain catcher, you can store and use free rainwater to water plants, yards, and gardens. Rain catchers are connected to existing gutters and downspouts to catch and store rainwater before it can drain into sewers and become contaminated. If you’re considering installing one for yourself, here’s a post to help you do just that.
NOTE: You can purchase rain catchers from most home improvement stores, with prices as low as $35 for collapsible units to upwards of $500 for larger, more ornate models.
Choose the best spot to place your rain catcher. It should be on a level surface next to a downspout that is near the area you want to water. Choose an area that can handle water overflow if the rain is just too much to handle. (more…)
There are many hidden causes of water damage in your home, which can be a huge problem. Water can lead to all kinds of bothersome and expensive repairs, something no one wants. Because of this, homeowners take special care to keep their homes free of excess water to prevent the damage it can cause.
It’s reasonably easy to protect your house against water damage you see coming, but what are the hidden causes of water damage? Here are a few we’ve found so you’ll know what to look for. (more…)
Bathrooms are an important part of any home, but they come with their own challenges. Bathrooms deal with more water and moisture than any other part of your home. A bathroom that is properly protected and waterproofed can deal with any water related issues that may come up, but you need to make sure you know what could go wrong before it does go wrong. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of common maintenance tips for your bathroom.
First, it’s a good idea to monitor every issue in this list on a regular basis so you can fix any issues as soon as they show up. This will help you keep your bathroom clean, safe, and looking great. (more…)
A home steam room is a part of a home that is gradually growing in popularity. Once thought of as a luxury reserved for the extremely rich, a home steam room is surprisingly affordable and easy to install. More and more homeowners are installing these rooms for the added health benefits, the relaxing environment, and even to add value to their homes. But, as with all home improvement projects, steam rooms are not foolproof. Too many home owners make these common mistakes, which can make their steam room less than relaxing, or even damage their house. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, here are some common mistakes so you know how to avoid them yourself. (more…)
When looking for waterproofing solutions, you’ll notice a lot of options out there. Go down the aisles in any home improvement store and you’ll see all kinds of materials that claim to repair, protect, and even waterproof your concrete.
But not all materials are made equal.
While there are many options when you’re looking to waterproof your basement, none can stand up to Sani-Tred.
One popular material on the market is Drylok, a cementitious product that offers either a latex or oil-based option. Drylok is a combination of cement and paint used by many to protect and waterproof their basements. This is problematic when used to waterproof basements because the composition of Drylok means it doesn’t have adequate waterproofing abilities. Drylok is made of cement and latex or oil-based paint, materials that will not bond to cement, which is needed to waterproof a concrete surface. (more…)
Concrete paint (also known as masonry paint) is a specially-formulated paint that contains binders that are able to contract and expand with concrete, providing better coverage. Concrete paint is much thicker than standard exterior paint and can be tinted to display specific colors.
Some people think you can use regular exterior paint on concrete. These people are misinformed. Concrete expands and contracts and even the best exterior house paint will peel under this movement. Conventional paints, even the durable exterior variety, are simply a thin covering over the very top layer of a surface. Unlike other surfaces, concrete expands and contracts, and when it does, conventional paint can’t adapt, which lead to cracks and tears. To be successful, you’ll need concrete paint. (more…)
There are pros and cons of owning a home sauna or building a sauna in your basement. Saunas are a relaxing retreat to calm the mind and rest the body. Once only seen as a staple of health clubs or pet projects of millionaires, more and more regular middle class people are starting to enjoy the luxury of a home sauna. The home sauna is a nice option for those who want to relax in their own home but don’t have the money or space to install something larger like a pool. Before you start building your sauna, here are some items to consider. (more…)
A basement is an area in many homes that can be used for a multitude of purposes. But an unprotected basement can be a disaster for your home, leading to water damage, mold, mildew, and other issues that can be extremely costly. For this reason, preventing damage to your basement is an important part of keeping your home safe and strong. So here are some ways for you to prevent basement damage.
Inspect your basement for signs of flooding. Look for efflorescent remnants of previous flooding, which will show up as chalky white lines. If you see these lines, your basement has definitely flooded before. If your basement has flooded before, take appropriate steps to waterproof your basement walls and floor. (more…)
Everyone needs a space to call their own. While your home is a great place for your family to come together, it’s also a good idea to have a room to yourself where you can do what you want. Men, let’s face it; between your wives and kids, your house is going to be either cute or filled with kids toys. But what about a space for you? A place where a man can be a man. That’s why you need a man cave.
What is a Man Cave?
A man cave is an extra room in your house where men can get together, turn on the TV, have a few beers, and just relax without coasters and cartoons. (more…)
Plumbing is an integral part of any home. From the smallest starter home to the largest mansion, all homes have basic plumbing that needs upkeep to prevent water-related issues. From dripping faucets to burst pipes, plumbing can go wrong in a number of ways. But with proper maintenance, you can avoid common plumbing mistakes in your home.
Too Many Fixtures
Having too many fixtures and low water pressure can be a big issue in your home. If your home has low water pressure, having too many water fixtures can make the problem worse. If your home or area has low water pressure, limit the number of fixtures in your home. (more…)