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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Dealing with serious flood damage at home is not the end of the world. And most importantly, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to get your home back into living condition again. In fact, you may find (like I did) that recovering from a flood gives you an opportunity to improve the look and feel of your home overall, and even to implement design options that increase the value of your property. I spent about a year fixing up my place after a pipe exploded while I was on vacation, and literally ruined everything inside from the flooring and walls, to my photos and important paperwork. So, I figured I could help others "pick up the pieces" and create a bigger ad better lifestyle at home by turning a flood situation into an opportunity, instead of dealing with it like a crisis.

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3 Tips When Fighting Rodent Infestations

by Scott Gordon

Nobody likes seeing a skittering rodent in their home. Indeed, rodents are pests and absolute menaces when it comes to both health and the integrity of your home. Rodents will chew through walls, cables, and do all manner of unwanted activities. However, there are some helpful things you can do to prevent rodents from moving into your home before calling an exterminator. 

Don't Make Your Home A Target

Rodents are often attracted to homes that are perceived as places where they can score a meal. As such, one of the most tantalizing things to any kind of rodent is unprotected trash. This often spells a buffet for rodents, which can make them linger nearby and eventually work their way inside your home. As such, try to store garbage securely in garbage cans with the lid shut tight to prevent access. It is also wise not to leave unprotected bags laying around overnight, since this is when rodent activity is at its highest. 

Keeping a clean house can also go a long way; food debris can be a meal for a hungry critter and littered trash can be torn up to help build a nest. 

Maintain Your Home's Structural Integrity

Little cracks and broken seals make fantastic entry points for vermin due to their size. Unfortunately, these entry points often let them enter into parts of the house you can't see, which means most of the time you won't know you have a rodent problem until it is too late. To combat this, you should make sure that every crack or hole on the outside of your house gets filled promptly and that all entrance points for piping and other utilities are structurally sound. 

Just Because You Don't See Them Anymore Doesn't Mean They're Gone

If you've had a rodent infestation in the past and have treated it yourself, you might find yourself confident once you stop seeing the rodents appear. While trapping a handful of rodents might make you think the problem is over, it most likely isn't. Rodents typically breed in large numbers, which means just because you don't see them anymore doesn't mean there aren't more lurking in your walls. The only way to be sure is to have a qualified exterminator come to your home and check for signs of rodents still being present. If detected, your best bet is to always have a professional deal with rodent control.

So, by understanding these three tips you can help protect your home from damage and your family from disease. 

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