Detecting Household Drips: The Three Main Culprits

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We all know the distinct sounds of our homes. We’re aware of their clunks and clanks. We’re familiar with the silent hum of the fridge. Even the gentle ticking of a clock has its place. These are gentle sounds, unique to each home and comforting because of it.

As well as being a comfort, this knowledge of our home’s harmony ensures we recognize strange noises straight away. From sound alone, homeowners can identify problems with electrical appliances and safety breaches. But, we’re not going to focus on those today. Instead, we’re going to look at something else that many homeowners hear before they see – leaks.

Nothing’s worse than the constant drip dripping of an unidentified leak. Worse, these problems can go on for weeks, or even months. Left to their own devices, those drips can do untold damage to your home. If you’ve got a drip that’s doing your head in, it’s past time to consider where it might be coming from. Here are a few of the most common places you might want to check.

Dripping Pipes

Where drips are concerned, pipes are often to blame. Of course, houses have many pipes, so determining whether one is leaking isn’t easy. The good news is, most water meters have a leak indicator. Start your search by looking at the most obvious culprits. Checking your main water pipes is worthwhile. You can usually find these under your sink. If you can’t see anything, don’t hesitate to check your water meter. If there is movement on your leak indicator, turn off valves to narrow down the options. Eventually, this method will lead you straight to the source. Once you’ve found it, don’t hesitate to contact a plumber who can fix the situation.

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A Leaking Roof

Missing roof tiles can cause major leaks. Worse, they’re out of view. As such, an issue up top may get to the severe level of causing in-house dripping. Luckily, this is easier to check than the pipes. Your best bet is to head straight for the attic and do a once over. You’ll be able to see severe leaks straight away and trace their path of destruction from there. If the roof is the problem, it’s crucial you contact a roofing contractor who can repair the damage. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you can sort the inside alone. That drip will soon return if you don’t get to the root of the issue.

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Don’t forget to check your windows. If you have skylights, you’re sure to hear that irritating dripping sound if they start leaking. It might be worth waiting until it rains to determine this issue. When the drip starts, pay a visit to your windows, and give them all a quick once over. If there is a problem, the fix may be as easy as reapplying sealant. Though, the longer you leave this, the more damage that drip can cause. Make sure to get on top of the issue!

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A Handy Tool for Rendering Computer Help Remotely

Are you computer savvy? Even just a little bit more than most people you know? Well, if you are, they probably know it. And, when they need help with their computers, chances are, they call you, right? And, unless you live close enough to simply hop over to their place within minutes, you probably have to help them remotely, over the phone. And, when you do, you come to realize why doctors often refuse to make a diagnosis over the phone.

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It can be really frustrating to identify a computer problem over the phone and even tougher to correct it, as you have to guide the person who you’re helping and they may not always understand, or be as familiar as you are, with what you’re trying to tell them. And it often doesn’t matter that they may be as computer savvy or literate as yourself. When I worked for a large company in the past, I often had to try to describe technical problems to our IT department, and I often wished I had some kind of camera that would allow them to see what I was talking about, because it was still difficult at times for both sides to “see” the same problem.

Well, there is a free software program that can really help in this regard. It’s called, Team Viewerand it’s really great! If you ever allowed a tech company to remotely control your computer to diagnose a problem for you, Team Viewer is similar. How it works is, you go to the website, download it, and install it on your computer, and also have the other person do the same. You’ll also see more information about Team Viewer, including resources for both business and personal use. The website is quite informational.

The program will install a desktop shortcut like the one pictured once it is installed. Then both you and the other person call each other and then each of you will click on the shortcut on your computers. This will bring up  the team viewer windows.

 

 

 

 

 

The person needing your help will then give you their password, which you enter into a field on your Team Viewer window. You’ll then see the other person’s computer and your mouse will move the cursor on their screen. They can still move the cursor and see their own screen as well. You can then see what they are seeing and can correct the problem for them or guide them while seeing what they are actually doing and what actually happens when the problem shows up if it is not readily apparent. This means you can see the problem as it really is, which makes it much easier to identify and correct!

It’s really helped me since my cousin told me about it. As I often help a few of my relatives with their computers, and with them living quite a distance from me, it has made it much easier to identify and correct problems on their computers.

If you’re worried about having someone else have control of your computer, just remember, they cannot get control until you give them your password, which changes every time you open Team Viewer. Your mischievous nephew cannot take control of your computer on a whim. He would have to have you turn your computer on and give him the current password.

And, there is a Team Viewer app for Chromebooks, which can then be used to diagnose problems on other computers, whether they are Chromebooks or regular Windows pc’s or laptops.

So, if you are the go-to person when your friends or relatives need computer help, Team Viewer is for you!

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7 Ways To Bring Your House Together

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When it comes to making your house feel like a home, we all have our own personal style that we like to exude in order to get it feeling that way. That being said, it doesn’t mean that we can’t take inspiration from other sources. Sometimes we need a little nudge in the right direction or for something else to be suggested in order to realise what needs to be done to get us feeling truly at one with the space around us. So what are the recommended things to have around a house to make it feel like you’d never want to leave?

 

Plants

 

There are so many great plants which can be a welcome addition to any home. It doesn’t matter how much room you do or don’t have – there will always be one to suit your lifestyle. Succulents and cactuses are great for people who are more on-the-go and not home often enough to cater for watering them all the time. If you are looking for a statement plant to go in a lounge or dining room, monstera and zebra plants can really help to bring the room together. Not only are they good for aesthetic purposes, but they’re also fantastic at making your home just that little bit more healthy. It’s been proven that there are certain plants that make you feel happier in your day-to-day running of life, as well as the fact that they naturally purify the air in your home. Surely those are reasons enough to get some – as well as them just looking really cool.

 

Refurbished Furniture

 

If you know that something has seen its day in terms of fitting into your home, do both you and it a favour – and refurbish! There is so much waste that is coming out of households due to people simply changing their personal tastes. Tables, chairs and so much more get left out either for somebody else to claim them or to go straight to landfill, but it doesn’t have to be this way. If you have any metal furniture, you can get custom wytelyne powder coating to cover it to any colour that you desire. It’s something that you don’t have to worry about getting right yourself; simply send it off to a recommended company to do and wait for it to be sent back with a new lease of life. It’s especially handy for the bits that you thought were beyond help and have rusted past repair to some extent. Wooden furniture can be painted in all sorts of styles, with chalk paint being the recommended go-to for the inexperienced DIY-er. It doesn’t require for the furniture to be sanded down beforehand, and sticks quite well, adding a shabby-chic look to keep up with the trend.

 

New Upholstery

 

There’s a lot that can be said for a new rug and a pair of new curtains. They can add so much to a room that previously wasn’t there before – a lacking of je ne sais quoi. These can be bought relatively cheap, especially if you are buying from a preloved site such as eBay or on a group from Facebook. If you are growing bored with the scheme that you have going on around you, all that needs doing usually is refreshing with new upholstery in order to bring the room back to life. This goes for your sofas, if made of fabric too; giving them a new lease of life from getting them re-upholstered can do wonders for how you feel about your home. The great thing about picking your own fabric to get it done is that it opens up so many doors to you; you can usually only get sofas and curtains in

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A Calming Colour Scheme

 

A lot of the time, we tend to overdo it and make the rooms that we are trying to relax in way too busy for what we actually need. We want something to take away the stress from us, not overstimulate our senses. Bright colours can seem like a great way to add an energetic flair to your rooms, but if you want to truly sit and relax and make it cosy then going for a muted version of what you already have is a good idea. Don’t think that you are stifling your style by doing this; there are so many ways to get your personality into a room rather than splashing it all over the walls (quite literally). If you can’t deviate from putting a brash pattern or scheme in, try to make a feature wall so that you have somewhere to avert your eyes to when you just want to relax. If you are unsure where to start, cast your eyes to Pinterest or other interior design sites and see what colours they are recommending currently. We’re living in quite a minimalist age at the moment, so it’s best to look at the colours on the walls and how these are used to create the feeling of the room that they are in. Showrooms in stores like IKEA have been designed by top interior specialists who are employed for their colour matching skills, so taking a few hints from a place like this would only be utilising the best free advice that is available to you. It’s a no-brainer when it comes to drawing inspiration and thinking about where to get it from – why would you buy a magazine?

 

What You Love, All Around You

 

Our personality can be showed in a variety of ways, but none more so than a reflection of what we love around us in our home. Pictures of friends and family in the rooms that you and your guests most frequent can be a welcome addition, as can framed photos of concerts you have attended, places that you have visited and adored and musicians that you have followed for years. Don’t be afraid to be a bit bold with what you are framing – you can get away with anything. It could be a funny newspaper article, a flower that you have picked and dried or even a tweet that you have liked and had printed out (and yes, it does happen). This is limited to what is going to go on your walls; have what you love all around you. It doesn’t matter where it goes, as long as it makes you happy.

 

Cushions & Throws

 

If you have a sofa that has seen better days but you can’t afford to buy new or it’s past being done up, cushions can often do wonderful things. Not only can they be changed as and when to suit a colour scheme that you are trying to achieve, but different prints and patterns can be mixed and matched without being too garish. They add a really homely feel to any environment – who doesn’t love snuggling up in cushions? – and are a really cost-effective way to bring the room together. The same goes for throws; there are so many different types that you can buy, and they’re not just brilliant for decoration but have the additional benefit of being a warm alternative to put over you when the nights are getting colder. They can come in a variety of materials from crocheted wool to fleece, and the mismatch of textures can be quite a comforting sight – fortunately, this mismatch is currently very on trend, so you will also be at the height of interior fashion by doing so.

 

Lighting

 

When we think of lighting in a room, we tend to focus on a big central fixture which provides us with artificial beams. Instead, we should be looking at making our house feel more homely with lots of different sources of light – and in varying shades. This can be done by the addition of lamps and mood lighting dotted around the room. You don’t need a lot of plug sockets for this to work – either get an extension lead or buy battery-operated lamps which work on solar sourced energy or the power pack that’s within them. For most of our working day, if we are working in an office, we are subject to unnatural sources of light. These come from our phones, laptops and what’s hanging above our heads in order to give us the ability to see what we’re doing. However, that’s not to say that it is good for us and our brains. In fact, it can be quite the opposite; migraines, headaches and other symptoms often come on as a result of subjecting yourself to being in light which your brain can’t process. The more natural light that you can get into your home, the better. Be it through curtains being open more, bigger windows being installed or even rooflights being fitted into rooms that require them. You will feel more benefits to your actions as time goes on, especially as the seasons change; Seasonal Affective Disorder can often be cured by adding more light into the home by any means.

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The Summer Wash: Easy Ways to Make Your House Sparkle

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Summer makes everything look fresh and bright, and you’ve probably spent some time on spring cleaning your home already. Have a look around your street, and it seems like people are treating themselves to the same luxury; driveways are washed to perfection, flower beds are popping up in every garden, and somehow, every neighbor has turned into an experienced gardener.

 

Spend a bit of time on the outside of your home this summer. You’re guaranteed to spend more time out there, enjoying its clean look and planning its next garden expansion for next season.

 

The Exterior

 

The first step to a home that sparkles in the sun is to clean it thoroughly. It’s not something you need to do a lot, but a proper wash at the beginning of every summer should become a habit. How you wash it depends on how dirty your house is, and you’d want to avoid reaching for the pressure washer unless you have some serious build-up of dirt. Read a pressure washer rental review here to make up your mind.

 

When it’s merely a layer of dust that needs to be washed off, your garden hose will do just fine. Remember that a house made of brick or delicate wood will prefer you not to use a pressure washer – an ordinary garden hose is a better option, although it will take a bit longer.

 

You don’t need to think about soap or other detergents unless you’re battling mold – in that case, you should head to the store and get a specialty cleaner for this. Otherwise, secure all windows and doors, send your pets and children inside, and start to spray at a downwards angle. Keep the water moving and avoid lingering too much at one spot to prevent any damage.

 

It’s important to treat a pressure washer with caution as it is a dangerous tool; directing it at someone is going to cause them a lot of pain, so handle it with the same caution you would with any other potentially harmful tool.

 

The Deck

 

If you have a lovely little deck to enjoy your dinners on this summer, you better get it clean and ready for BBQs and get-togethers. The pressure washer or garden hose will do wonders here too – but keep in mind that hard pressure could damage the wood if it is particularly old. Allow it to dry completely before using it, and read up on this article to make it more inviting and colorful.

 

This is also a good time to clean the grill after standing alone for the entire winter. Find a degreasing detergent made for cleaning grills and make sure you remove any rust that may have appeared over winter. Remember to clean the outside of the grill, too, if you want it to look its best for your BBQ parties.

 

You need to be ready to pull your sleeves up if you want to your home look shiny and new this summer. After it’s all been thoroughly cleaned and scrubbed, and any loose panels or planks have been taken care of, you can start to think about adding a bit of color to your garden and let it outshine your neighbors.

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The Perfect Host: How to Throw Your First Dinner Party

The first time you throw a dinner party, you’re most likely going to ask for a bit of help. It depends on the number of guests, of course, and how complicated you’d like it – if you only invite your closest circle, they’re probably not going to mind it if you mess up a bit. Step it up a notch and host a dinner party for your in-laws, however, and the kitchen seems awfully hot all of a sudden.

 

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Don’t sweat it; here is a handful of the best advice on the dinner menu, drinks, and entertainment, to wow your guests for good.

 

Preparations: Invitations

 

Make it as easy on yourself as possible since it’s your first time. Start with inviting the guests you’d like to dazzle – and make sure it’s a group that will get along. A quick phone call is enough, or you can make the event on Facebook if you’re inviting a lot of guests. That way, they get the chance to RSVP, and you can update them all at once if you have a message.

 

This is also the chance you get to ask about any food allergies and vegetarian preferences. Hopefully, your guests will offer to bring something with during this conversation. Accept it immediately, unless you’re excited about showing off your culinary skills. Besides, an extra side dish or two is hardly going to overshadow your centerpiece cooking.

 

Preparations: Dinner Menu

 

Planning the dinner menu is also a part of the preparations, and you’d want to put your cards on the dishes you’ve cooked the most. You might have found inspiration for this party from a particular dish you’ve never cooked before; go ahead and serve it, but make sure you’ve cooked it once or twice before to practice. Half an hour before dinner is no time to realize how easy it is to burn a mushroom risotto.

 

Focus on dishes you know well and make sure it’s something on the table that everyone can enjoy. Do as much as the preparations in advance as possible, so that you avoid all the chopping and pre-cooking on the day of the party.

 

Two or three varieties of drinks should be offered to your guests. It’s a good idea to ask people what they like; if most of the group only drinks grain alcohol or standard beer with every meal, there is no point in stocking up on different wines. If you’d like to keep it formal – for the fun of it, try to serve drinks as they should be served according to table etiquette. Here is a comprehensive guide to formal dinner parties if you’re interested.

 

Hosting: Greeting and Socializing

 

You’re the one who sets the atmosphere at the party, so prepare to be fun and cheerful. Greet the guests in a casual and relaxed way; it’s nothing wrong with welcoming them in your slippers or even barefoot to put them all at ease.

 

When you manage to stay stress-free, focus on having fun and socialize with your guests, there’s nothing that can go wrong. Even if a few of the dishes are less than what you hoped or the kitchen is full of smoke, you can just laugh it off and make sure the rest are enjoying themselves.

 

Good music, drinks, something to eat and a lively host is everything they need to have a good time; you only need to ensure the conversation flows smoothly and that people have what they need. It’s your duty, so to speak, so pour yourself a glass and look forward to a fun evening.

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Potent Natural Indigestion Remedies

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Indigestion – that uncomfortable bloated, burning feeling that so often comes on after eating a heavy meal or during pregnancy – can be pretty unpleasant to say the least, especially when it comes on suddenly and you aren’t prepared to deal with it. Luckily, there are lots of effective natural indigestion remedies available, many of which you may well be able to rustle up in the kitchen at a pinch.

 

Here are some of the most potent natural remedies for indigestion I know of:

 

Seed Blend

 

Next time you get an attack of indigestion, if you have a well-stocked pantry, head to the kitchen and combine a teaspoon each of anise, caraway, fennel and dill seeds. Spend a few minutes slowly chewing on them, and they will help you to expel the excess gas that’s causing your so much discomfort, from your body.

 

Chamomile Tea

 

You’re probably aware of chamomile tea’s relaxing qualities, but did you know that it can also be used to settle a dyspeptic tummy too? The trick is to steep your chamomile tea for 10-15 minutes before drinking.

 

Honey and Vinegar

 

If you know that certain foods are likely to give you indigestion, then it’s never a bad idea to drink a warm glass of water mixed with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and the same amount of honey first. In most cases, this will stop indigestion from coming on – just make sure you drink it no more than 3 minutes before you eat.

 

Calendula

 

Making an infusion using calendula flower and hot water might help to ease the worst symptoms of indigestion because the flower is a known anti-inflammatory with stomach settling properties. That is why it is used in Caruso’s liver detox supplements, which can also be used for indigestion. You can buy calendula flower tea online and at most well-stocked health stores.

 

Baking Soda

 

It doesn’t exactly taste pleasant, but mixing a teaspoon of baking soda into a warm glass of water with, perhaps a drop or two of lemon juice will quickly neutralize stomach acids and have you feeling your normal self again almost immediately.

 

Crystallized Ginger

 

Crystallized ginger is a real treat, and if you have indigestion, you don’t have to feel bad about indulging your sweet tooth with it because ginger is great for stimulating digestion and settling the stomach. It’s also pretty good at relieving morning sickness for any of you pregnant ladies out there!

 

Bitter

 

Bitter beers aren’t to everyone’s taste, but if you’re suffering from indigestion and your spouse has some in the fridge, drinking half a bottle will help to stimulate your digestion, due to its rich hops content. It’s important that you do only drink half a bottle/glass as drinking more could make the problem worse!

 

Move

 

If you don’t have any indigestion remedies to hand, it might sound odd, but making very specific movements can also do the trick. For example, bending over and rocking back and forth can help to move trapped gas, and some people have even found relief from performing a somersault, although I’m not sure I’d recommend that!

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Health Hazards That You Must Start Paying Attention To Immediately

Nothing in this life is more important than health, and most people actively try to adopt positive ideas into their activities. In most cases, though, it’s the avoidance of negative influences that truly has the biggest impact on long-term health aspects.

 

Here are some of the aspects that you are most likely to have ignored. Ensure that you start paying the necessary attention from this moment on, and your body will be eternally grateful.

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Wrong Exercises:

 

Regular physical activity is something that our bodies crave. But fighting through the pain barrier caused by injuries could actively do more damage than good. If you have joint problems, for example, switching to low-impact sports might be the greatest move you ever make. Alternatively, it may be a simple case of wearing the right attire to provide support for those parts of the body. Either way, ensuring that exercise continues to have a positive impact is key.

 

Smoking:

 

All smokers know that cigarettes are bad for their health. However, it’s very easy to ignore those internal problems, especially as they tend to grow over time. Unfortunately, continuing to smoke will reduce the quality and quantity of your life. Quitting at the click of a finger isn’t easy for everyone. Visit www.vaporescence.com/collections/eliquid for an alternative approach to the challenge. The benefits will start to show immediately, even if it does take a period of time to fully become independent of the habit.

 

Food Allergies:

 

Negative elements aren’t limited to items that harm everyone, though. We are all unique, and you must learn to appreciate the way your body reacts to different things. Nutrition is unquestionably at the top of this list, and being tested for intolerances could be the key to a better future. Conversely, if you keep fuelling the body with things it doesn’t like, and life will become far less comfortable. Worse still, it could enable a minor problem to grow into something more serious. Dealing it with it immediately is the only solution.

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Home Risks:

 

Your home is your castle, and it should keep you safe at all times. Those sentiments shouldn’t only concern stopping burglaries, though. Even if you work long hours, you spend far too much time at home to let it cause health problems. Damp, leaks and other issues can cause major long-term problems. Meanwhile, you can learn about the dangers of asbestos at www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/dangerous.htm. Even if the upshot means home improvements are needed, the reward of greater health will vindicate the investment.

 

Driving:

 

OK, so driving itself isn’t a major problem. However, driving when your body isn’t fit for function could send your chances of having a crash through the roof. We all know the dangers of drink driving, but tiredness can be equally damaging. Similarly, if you need eyeglasses, you must wear them at all times behind the wheel. Sadly, it only takes one slow reaction to change your life forever. Take responsibility for your actions, and you’ll be far safer on the road. Let’s face it; it’ll probably boost your enjoyment too.

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