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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Know When you Need to Replace Your Fridge Door Seal

Refrigerators are appliances that need to be kept on charge 365 days a year and to achieve this, every part of the fridge, including the fridge door seal should be in perfect working condition.

When there is a noticeable increase in your monthly electricity bill without anything being wrong with your appliances, the finger would definitely point toward your fridge or rather, to the fridge's door seal.

What does a fridge door seal do?

A seal keeps the cold air inside the fridge from mixing with the atmospheric air by keeping the refrigerator door tightly closed. There are no gaps in this seal and it helps the fridge to do its job unhindered. Even the constant opening and closing of the fridge door will not be a major problem as long as there is a tight-fit seal keeping the cold air inside once the door is shut.

Even a freezer door seal does the same job although that door is not opened as many times. These seals get worn out and tear if the fridge is old or has been used for a long time. If they loosen or develop a tear they will need to be replaced.

Can it be replaced?

Fridge seal replacement is fairly easy if the person doing the job knows what he is doing. Operation Homes has a wide staff of contractors that can do the job quickly and inexpensively. There is a range of fridge door seals available in the market catering to the brand and model of the fridges manufactured, although many of them might not come with instructions.

You will need to remove the older seal and replace it with the new one, making sure there are no gaps or space left where air can pass through. The same thing can be done for a freezer seal replacement.

If the replacement was not done properly, the seal will start loosening and it might need to be done again. To ensure the job is done right, call Operation Homes now!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

All You Need to Know About Grout Cleaning

The space between ceramic tiles, better known as grout, get accumulated with dirt and dust over a period of time. These grouts are very difficult to clean; many try heavy scrubbing to clean off these areas, but what they do not realize is that this damages the ceramic tiles.

Grouts can be of the same cement based, epoxy based, or furan resin varieties. They are further classified into sanded and non sanded categories.

Grout Cleaning

Grout cleaning can be done in several ways. If you are a "do it yourself" person, then you might like to buy a grout cleaning tool for yourself. This tool has a triangle shaped head, and all you need to do is run it down on the grout lines. You can also clean grouts with elbow grease and heavy wired brushes if you are not keen on buying a tool. Scrubbing with the help of baking soda can also help.

A paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda is often used in grout cleaning. Scrubbing the grouts with a bleaching solution can also clear the dirt and dust accumulated in those places. Cleaning the grouts with the help of alcohol is also a good idea.

However, it has been noticed that these methods have been detrimental to ceramic tiles. Heavy scrubbing and using bleaching agents is never a great idea.

All you need to know about grout cleaning

Grout cleaning is essential. The dust and dirt accumulated between the tiles can give a very unpleasant appearance to the floors of your home. It is also very unhygienic.

Grout cleaning can be done at home using the above methods, but it is recommended to opt for professional grout cleaning services. These companies are trained to know how to do it the best way, so that you get a clean home and your tiles do not get damaged as well.

To find a professional the help you with grout cleaning or anything else, call Operation Homes at 253-241-0777.

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Friday, July 2, 2010

8 Points to consider when remodeling a historic home

If you have a historic house and want to remodel, here are eight points to consider ahead of time:

Restoration or Renovation? Are you restoring the house to its original glory or renovating with an eye toward modernizing the house while retaining its historic character?

Do your homework: There are a lot of resources that will tell you how your house should look and how to restore it. Every state has an office of historic preservation. They will help you even if your house isn't registered as a historic home. Also look for renovation networks, preservation associations, or other groups of like- minded renovators.

Design a plan: If you have major changes in mind, you will need an architect and contractor who are familiar with historic homes. They can help you come up with a plan about what to preserve and what to replace. This plan will make the next steps easier.

Preserve Historic Details: Consider all the elements that give the house historic character, including the floor plan, the hardware, lighting, and size and shape of the rooms. Think about how you can achieve your renovation goals while preserving the house's historic character.

Find Craftspeople: Hire subcontractors familiar with the construction techniques and unique features of your home's time period. You may have to search for a while to find people who offer the specialized skills you need.

Find Suppliers: There are companies that make "like-old" materials, which are new but conform to the aesthetic standards of your home's era. If you want materials with the patina of age, look around at flea markets, salvage yards, and demolition sales.

Keep your Budget: If your funds are unlimited, decide ahead of time which areas of the house you will focus on. You may need to start small with one or two focal points, such as restoring the stairs or replacing them molding.

Preserve the Exterior: You want your house to look the part from the outside, but keeping the historic exterior is challenging when you modernize. You may want contemporary energy efficient windows but they can look out of place on an older home. However, some contractors can install new triple-paned glass while restoring the original frames.

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