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Home Preparedness Tips for Below Freezing Temperatures

In many locations in the States it gets below freezing in the winter time. When this happens it’s important that you and your home are ready for it. If not, there can be many costly repercussions to this. Eid-Co Homes knows the trouble of what dropping temperatures can cause to your home and automotive vehicles. Not to mention the situation and harm that it can bring upon you and your family. Take care to do these steps so that you and your family are prepared whatever may come your way this winter.

Know Ahead of Time

Take care to know what the temperatures are going to be like through the week. If you see that there is a day that is going to get below freezing, then you’re going to want to follow a simple procedure that will keep your pipes from freezing. The first thing you’ll want to do is shut off the water to all outside spigots. In addition to this make sure that you have disconnected the hose to it as well. Drain the lines after you have shut the water off. Make sure you put an insulated cover on the faucet.

Insulate

It’s important that you know your home. If you know that it isn’t properly insulated, then it’s very important that you take the time to do this before the first freeze. It helps keep the warm in and cold air out of your house. Additionally, it also helps keep your pipes from freezing. If you have water pipes that are stationed on an exterior wall, then it’s at risk to freezing. Knowing which pipes are located on such a wall and what faucets they lead to inside the house will help you to know which ones to put on a drip system. To help ensure that the pipes won’t freeze you’ll want to turn the faucets of the pipes that run against the exterior wall slightly on so that they are dripping. If you have separate hot and cold controls, you’ll want to make sure to turn both of them on just slightly. If it’s a faucet that only has one control, make sure to put it directly in the middle.

Keep it Clean, keep it Shut

Make sure to keep the garage door shut in the winter and if you must open it make sure that you don’t keep it open longer than necessary. This way it acts as another barrier from the cold and protects any piping that may be there exposed or behind the drywall. Also, make sure that you know where your main shut off valve is. If you can’t gain easy access to it then take the time to clear a path to it in case there is a need for emergency access.

There are many more precautions that can be taken to ensure that your home is protected this winter when the temperatures go below freezing. Eid-Co Homes wants to help ensure that your homes are well taken care of and keep you safe and warm inside. We build homes in a way that make it so that you don’t have to worry about below freezing temperatures. Look at the homes we have available today!

By Eid-Co Homes 12-20-2017

Switching Your Wardrobe from Summer to Fall

Fall is that time of year again where we have to switch out our clothes again. This can often be a chore but it doesn’t have to be. There are some tricks and tips that can help you to transform your closet into an organized piece of art work. There is more than just switching out your summer clothes with your fall clothes. Organization is key and so is being honest. It is key in being able to make your closet a success.

  1. Honesty

Honesty is important because there are so many pieces of clothing that we tend to not wear. If you went through your summer clothes and found some pieces of clothing that you never even touched then its time to get rid of it. We always say that we are going to wear it next time or next year but the truth is if you went all summer without wearing it then it’s time to give it up. This will help make packing away the summer clothes a bit easier and less clothing.

  1. Make Summer into Fall

Your favorite shirts and maxi dresses that you wore this summer don’t have to be put up. It’s easy to take what you love to wear in the summer and make it into something you’ll love to wear in the fall. That fall jacket you’re about to take out can make that maxi dress or summer shirt last another season. Sweaters are also a good addition to make any summer shirt ready for fall. So, before you decide what you’re going to put away figure out what you’d like to keep.

  1. Organize

Organization in the closet is important. It helps you to see what you have and what you don’t. Fall opens up accessory opportunities like hats, gloves, and scarves. Installing a peg board on the closet door can help to organize your fall accessories. Also hanging an organizer for your boots will also help to make your closet look neat and beautiful.

Fall is a beautiful time of the year with a lot to look forward to. Eid-co understands the need to be ready for anything. We build quality homes that will last. Take a look at the beauty of our homes and how we have them organized.

By Eid-Co Homes 12-7-2017

How to Keep Mosquitoes Out of Your Yard

As the rainy season has hit and more moisture is in the air, it creates a breeding ground for mosquitoes. All of us hate those little bugs because they bite us and our children. It makes it impossible to sit out in the evening and enjoy the fresh air or a nice campfire. Most today would prefer to not use chemicals or deet on their skin. What is a better solution to keeping mosquitoes out of your yard?

Plant Herbs!

There are many different herbs that can be planted to help keep these little things away from your yard. Some of the best herbs to plant are basil, lavender, lemongrass and rosemary. These plants tend to keep away mosquitos. The key is to skillfully plant them in your yard. These plants do well in pots or can be planted in your garden. The advantage to them in pots is that you can move them around as needed. The additional upside to this is that these plants have other uses such as oils that can be made from them or they can be used in cooking. For example, lemongrass has a natural oil called Citronella. No doubt you have seen citronella candles in the store during the summer. This oil will keep the mosquitoes away but they are also good with a chicken dinner.

Plant Flowers!

If you have mosquitoes and rabbits then one of the best flowers to plant in your garden is marigolds. It’s important that these are planted in the sunniest part of your yard because they can be susceptible to growing gray mold and powdery mildew. Chrysanthemums are also a beautiful flower to plant in pots or your garden. If you live in an area where ticks, fleas, ants and roaches live then these are the best flowers to plant. Chrysanthemums are so effective because of the ingredient that they hold which is pyrethrum. These act as a natural insecticide.

There are many other plants and herbs that can be planted like mint and petunias. These will help make your summer enjoyable as you watch the sunset or sit outside with a campfire. Nature always has the best solutions for you and the family. With no harmful chemicals in the air or on the body you’re giving your family the best possible solution to keeping mosquitoes out of your yard.

By Eid-Co Homes 12-7-2017

How to Cool Your Home this Summer

With spring here, the temperature has started to warm up and summer will be soon to follow with even hotter temperatures. Most of us kick on the AC during this time to get cooled downed from the heat. This likely causes our electric bill to sky rocket up having it on all spring and summer long. What can you do to help make your home cooler in the heat of spring and summer? There are a couple of different things that can be done to help your home stay cool without running your electric bill high.

  1. Unplug!

We have a lot of things in our house that are plugged up but that we don’t use all the time or even regularly. They just sit there plugged and ready to go for when we need them. This causes not only our electricity bill to be higher because it’s using it whether on idle or not but it also produces heat in the home. So be sure to unplug all unnecessary items to reduce both electricity and heat in the home.

  1. Ceiling Fans

It’s important to know that your ceiling fan has two distinct functions when spinning its blades. If it’s turning counter-clockwise then it will be blowing the air down in the room cooling you off when you come in. If the blades are turning clockwise then they are just circulating the air in the room. So, make sure that during the summer months you have it turning counter-clockwise and clockwise in the winter. This will help keep you cool in the months to come.

  1. Close your Blinds

This might sound like common sense but really because we love the way the sun shines in the home we often don’t shut our blinds. With the beauty of the nature sunlight coming in you might have a little bit of struggle to do this. Just by doing this you can greatly reduce the temperature of your home. So, if you like the sunlight in your home just close them in the hottest parts of the day to ensure that you maintain a lower temperature in your home.

These are just three suggestions that will help keep your electricity bill down as well as the temperatures in your home. In the months to come try to be aware of the simple things that you can do to reduce the cost and heat of your home. Here at Eid-Co Homes we pride ourselves in making affordable homes. We want to make sure that even after the new home purchase you make that you’re still saving your pennies where you can.

By Eid-Co Homes 12-7-2017

Designing Your Home Using Glass

There are many materials that can be used to construct and decorate a home. However, there is no type of material that can be as beautiful and striking as glass. Glass is a versatile material that is able to help increase basic energy-efficiency and improve the aesthetics of a home. There are many uses for glass that include decorative options and specific functions.

Many homeowners can use glass to achieve a modern look for their home. Glass can also be used as an option that provides clean lines for any decorative style. There are various types of glass which may be applied in a home. The glass can have contrasting hues, a bright contemporary style, and is able to offer an endless supply of possibilities.

One aspect of glass is the capacity to reflect light that is similar to a regular mirror. The results of using glass panels in a home is making any room appear much brighter and larger. A non-reflective substance can be applied to the glass to reduce any unwanted reflectivity in the home. Glass panels will come in a variety of designs, colors, and textures. There are also many custom designs that can be applied if there is any specific need or preference of the homeowner.

Tables

The addition of glass coffee tables in a home has become common over the years. These items come in many styles that will typically have a base or frame with a panel of glass that is added to the top. There are various designs for the bottom that can include a metallic or wooden sculpture. The choice of styles for a glass coffee table means they are a great option for use in any living room.

Railings

The addition of glass railings to a home offers a unique look for any deck or pool area. Railings which are made of glass can have a frame or be a frameless structure. A glass railing is common in any area of a home, upscale hotel, or an office.

Tiles

Glass tiles come in many varieties and will have benefits not seen with porcelain tiles. One benefit will be easier to install and clean. Properly sealed seams means these tiles are a great option for the flooring in a bathroom or any kitchen.

Art

Many vases, sculptures and pieces or art are often made from glass. These pieces may be abstract or a design that is elaborate.

Craftsman Glass services the Denver, Colorado area, providing maintenance to existing glass items and installing custom designs.

By Eid-Co Homes 12-7-2017

What Kind of Tile Is Right For You

There’s no other type of flooring quite like good tile. It has a unique look and feel that can’t be captured with wood, and offers a great contrast and variety against carpeted areas of the home. The question is: what kind of tile would be best suited to your home? There are a number of different varieties, each coming with their own qualities that make them distinct. Choosing the type and style for your home is a big decision.

Of the various materials that tiles are manufactured with, ceramic is probably the most common. It has a glossy surface area and high strength-to-weight ratio. You’ll find these types of tiles in many bathrooms and kitchens. They are usually made with a mixture that includes clay and quartz sand. Other ingredients depend on whether the tile is porcelain or non-porcelain. You can choose to have the tile glazed as well, which will add to the durability and stain-resistance.

Glass tiles haven risen in popularity quite a bit in recent times, as have home glass designs in general. Glass tiles have several advantages, such as being naturally water-proof, being easy to install and coming a very wide range of colors and designs that are perfect for modern and trendy design schemes. They are practically invincible against staining and very resistant to chemicals.

Various types of natural stone are also commonly used tiling materials that are very resistant to scratches. In general, the more porous types are not recommended for areas where moisture is common, like the restrooms, kitchen and main entry. This includes types like marble and limestone. These are more suited to lower-traffic areas of the home that won’t see much in the way of feet covered in shoes. Stone tiles better-suited for such areas would be slate and granite. Whatever type you pick, most will also have a finish of some kind applied. A natural finish will make the stone look the most like its original, raw appearance. A honed surface will be matte and smooth, and a polished surface will be shiny and highly reflective (a bit slippery in socks as well, perhaps).

Most of the tile types are held in place with grout joints. As with any surface, tiles can become dirty over time, necessitating a good grout cleaning. But with proper cleaning, upkeep and, most of all, choosing the right type for your home in the first place, you can enjoy beautiful tile floors in your home that are suited to your personality and tastes.

By Eid-Co Homes 12-7-2017

When Does Your Carpet Need to Be Replaced

As is the case with most features of the home, carpeting is not cheap. Even if you do all you can to keep it clean and undamaged, nothing good lasts forever, and you’ll at some point find that carpet in sub-optimal condition. When that happens, the need arises to either repair or replace the carpet. But how do you know which process is necessary? Obviously, before rushing into either, you’ll want to examine the extent of the damage and determine how much you’re willing to spend.

If the carpet is only somewhat tattered or damaged, you may be able to perform a simple carpet repair instead of a full blown replacement. This is an exceptionally good move if the carpet is already made with high-grade material. Sometimes, a deep cleaning is enough to infuse new life into a carpet. Even if a carpet is old, it can still look good when it’s bright and clean. But if it’s damaged, repair work might be in order. Oftentimes, a small damaged area can remedied with a patch. Just be sure that the carpet is stretched properly before beginning. Otherwise, you may end up with lumps and wrinkles that make it look even worse than before.

If you choose to replace the entire carpet, you’ll need to find a material and style that’s suited for the room. While saving money is always nice, buying too low quality of a material can end up being a bad investment in the long run. While higher-grade materials are more expensive to replace, they tend to last much longer than the cheaper ones. You should also consider the amount of traffic the area is going to get. Bedrooms, for example, see less traffic than rooms such as the living room, and people usually aren’t wearing shoes when they access them. You could probably get away with choosing a comfortable feel over durability for such rooms. If you find that it’s simply not in the budget to buy anything but the cheapest carpet material, it would probably be better to wait until you can swing a higher-quality type. Cheap material can end up costing more in the long term.

Conversely, opting for the most lavish carpet available can suck the money out of your home improvement budget in a flash. You might be surprised by how quickly the cost adds up, especially when carpeting larger rooms. Ideally, you want a carpet that won’t break the bank, but will look and feel nice and endure through reasonable use for quite some time. Finding an ideal carpet isn’t impossible, but it will require some research and effort.

If you end up buying a new carpet, there are other ways to save here and there. You can cut out a large chunk of the cost by installing it yourself, provided you know what you’re doing. But if you haven’t worked with carpeting projects before, it might not be worth the risk to attempt a DIY, and you’re probably better off hiring a professional.

Damaged and unsightly carpets can bring down the look of your whole home. There are ways to rejuvenate the floors of your home. You just need to carefully weigh your options and determine how extensive the process needs to be.

This article comes from the Denver, CO professional carpet repair experts at Nip and Tuck Carpet Repair. They’ve helped many in the Denver Metro Area with their carpet repair needs, including pet, flood and stain damage.

By Eid-Co Homes 12-7-2017