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Cleaning Limestone Surfaces

Limestone surfaces are a popular choice for renovations and improvements providing the luxurious expensive look of marble but an a more affordable old-world price. Most limestone is usually white or off-white in color with unique and naturally occurring patterns throughout the stone. 

Beautiful as they are, they come with a downside that they require more care than other stone types, such as granite. This is because compositionally, limestone is more porous and sensitive to acids attack. The porosity makes it more prone than other stains and discoloration. (We once were asked to seal a brand new set of limestone stairs after removing a coffee stain… it took 6 seal applications to finally seal the stone… and each day the property manager dropped a new cup of coffee as a test.) Once sealed it usually just takes another annual application to maintain, but the first application is a doosey. Once sealed spills are easily cleaned up without staining. 

Of course we still recommend cleaning them up immediately, as a sealer does not protect a surface from acid attack, so that orange juice is still going to leave a mark, it just won’t be a stain. Spill marks and drop marks on limestone result from spills, spritzes and drips of acidic liquids such as lemon, lime and orange juice. Wiping up these types of spills isn’t enough, as one needs to neutralize the acids least they leave a mark. MARBLELIFE Marble & Travertine Cleaner is formulated to do just that not just halting acid attack but surrounding and lifting the acid away from the surface so that its damaging effects are halted for ever more. Wiping acids with water simply dilutes them and reduces the effect. 

Blog Source: https://marblelife.com/posts/01-16-2019-cleaning-limestone-surfaces/

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Prevent Bed Bug Infestations

Bed bugs can be a nasty occurrence in any home. Especially if you come across these critters making a home in yours or your children’s bed, these bugs can leave you tired, itchy and annoyed. Though there are more issues beyond just an interrupted sleep with bed bugs, they can create health issues for people who have allergic reactions, and are generally more detrimental to children who are more susceptible to rashes from bites.

 

Detecting your problem early is the best way to ensure that your space is bed bug free, whilst avoiding the large costs of removing infestations. One of the first warning signs are bites, which can often and easily be mistaken as mosquito bites. A sure sign to tell what the bites are is that bed bug bites come in a cluster of three. If you are suspicious about your bites, then inspect your bed for signs of bugs. Look under the sheets, around the edges of the bed, on the headboard, etc. Look for bugs themselves, or the little brown spots, which are usually left behind if they’ve been around. If you do see signs of bed bugs, or are still unsure whether they are there, it is advised to call a professional. They will exterminate infestations and usually give you recommendations for what you’ll need to do to clear the rest of your home. Things like full home vacuuming and washing sheets and clothes is highly recommended. As a preventative method, this is also a way that you can reduce the risk of bed bugs occurring in the first place. Regularly wash sheets, clean the frame of the bed, vacuums hard to reach areas in all rooms (especially under the bed).

 

If you’d prefer a professional service to check your home, then there are many different companies available for you to use. Pest removal services usually handle bed bug issues. There is also lots of information available online for more lifestyle changes that you can make to prevent these pests from invading your space.

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Detect Leaks And Save Money

Whether a business or home environment, the plumbing system of any building requires maintenance and regular checks to ensure that the system is running smoothly, and is especially free from leaks. Leaking pipes and valves can not only be a nuisance for water and dampening the surrounding area, but can also lead to greater energy costs and water wastage. Save yourself some money by detecting and ultimately preventing future leaks.

 

Water leaks can be easily visible and easy to fix, such as a dripping tap or over-running toilet. However, the many pipes of the plumbing system are hidden in the home in walls or under concrete slabs. It can be years until noticing a leak that has been happening for a very long time, and adding to your water and energy bill unknowingly.

 

What to do to ensure that this isn’t happening? Check your water meter. Turn all water appliances off and check to see the indication. Return after 30 mins to an hour (with everything still off and no water used between this time) to see if there has been any change in level. If so, then you have a leak. Another telltale sign could be simply checking your water bill, if your bill has gone up recently, but your water usage has remained relatively the same, then this could also point to a leaking system. There are some other simple ways to check your building to see whether it is showing signs of leakage, such as water spots on the ceiling, the sound of running or dripping water, paint that is peeling, a musty smell or blistering wallpaper. If you come across any of these signs, then it is necessary to get in touch with a plumbing professional to assist in finding and preparing the leaks to save you money in the long term, as well as aid in the environmental conservation of water.

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Checklist: Roofing Maintenance (what the professional will do) 

When you call on a roofing contractor in Orlando to perform roof maintenance one of the things they’ll do first is an inspection. They will look for all of the following. If you already know about some of this you can feel free to point it out.

* Are shingles broken or missing?

* Are shingles buckled?

* Is the roof coping broken or missing?

* Is there a pooling of water anywhere on the roof?

* Are there obvious signs of unprofessional repair jobs?

* Is fascia molded or rotted?

* Are there signs of water damage inside the house?

* Are there leaks around any sky lights inside the house?

* Is the seal around the sky light in working order?

* Are gutters clocked or in need of repair?

* Are trees too close to the roof?

* Is there debris on the roof?

* Are there signs of fungus, algae or mold growth on the roof?

Usually, your roof inspector will carry with them a clipboard to mark down anything wrong with the roof that they find. Then they will explain it to you thoroughly after their inspection often giving you a full report along with a bid of what it will cost to get it replaced or repaired and their opinion on whether an all out replacement or a repair is needed and why.

Together you and your professional roofer will discuss what can and should be done. If you’ve done your due diligence and checked out the professional roofing contractor in advance then you can usually trust them to know what is best. If you’re unsure you can always get a second opinion from a different contractor.

Some roofing contractors offer automatic yearly inspections of each roof they’ve installed, if you had a new roof installed be sure to ask about yearly inspections to keep the roof in good working order. Sometimes this is a very small price to pay to ensure that the roof is always in working order. Some of the repairs needed may even be covered under their warranty.

Be prepared with your warranty information, as well as realizing that not everything will be covered under the warranty. If damage happened due to a storm it’s important to call your insurance provider the moment you know. Some roofers offer post storm inspections immediately but you probably need to call your insurance provider to make sure that is covered and who they want you to use.

If you live in an area prone to inclimate and harsh weather especially rain, storms and snow you may need repairs more often, which has nothing to do with your 15 or 30 year roof warranty. The important thing is to be aware of the things that can damage your roof and have a plan in place to keep it in good repair. Whether that is asking a contractor to inspect and recommend repairs yearly, or whether you do it yourself.

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