Posts made in May, 2015

4 Easy Ways to Make an Impact with Your Backyard Landscape Design

Landscaping your backyard requires a financial investment, so you want to make sure that you spend your dollars wisely. You don’t have to empty your bank account to get a backyard space that has beauty and function. There are a number of affordable options for a landscape design that makes an impact and also provides an enjoyable outdoor space for you and your family to enjoy. Use the following tips to create a gorgeous backyard.

Add a Water Feature

Installing a fountain, waterfall, or a small pond is one of the easiest ways to create an eye-catching focal point in your backyard. The sound of running water is very soothing for many people, so a water feature can help make the area relaxing as well as visually appealing. There are so many options when it comes to water features, from custom-made waterfalls and store-bought fountains, to do-it-yourself ponds. Choose the water feature that best fits your budget and building skills.

Create a Fire Pit Area

Fire is a captivating element, and there is nothing like gathering around a roaring fire at night with family and friends. A fire pit can make a huge impact in a backyard, and if you choose to install benches around your fire pit, you will also be adding additional seating. Depending on your personal style, you can create a beach style fire pit surrounded by sand, or a smaller table top fire pit to enhance the ambiance in the evening. Fire pits can be used most of the year, and you will be amazed by the dramatic effect they have at night.

Vertical Gardening

Plants and flowers are a must for most backyard designs, but how you choose to plant them can make the difference between a boring yard and one that has a wow factor. When planting a garden, think vertically in order to create an amazing impression. Choose small shrubs for ground cover, combined with taller flowering bushes, and big green trees. Planting different sized plants and flowers close together in the same area makes a yard look very lush and creates a garden with numerous shades of color to catch the eye.

Build a Garden Patio

If you employ a vertical gardening strategy, you will need a place to enjoy the greenery. Building a garden patio creates a relaxing area to spend out doors, dine al fresco, or enjoy a cocktail in the evening. A patio can be built will cement, pavers, stones, or wood- choose the option that best fits your design aesthetic and budget. After the patio is laid, add comfortable outdoor furniture to complete the area. To get started on your fire pit, gardening, or patio, talk to a local professional.

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Reduce The Odds Of A Dryer Fire By Doing These Three Things

With more than 16,000 reported home fires caused by clothes dryers and washing machines in 2010, it’s important that you know how to properly maintain your clothes dryer and keep it running efficiently and safely.  Below are three easy tips that will significantly reduce the fire hazard risk posed by your dryer.

Clean Lint Screen with Each Use 

A build-up of lint on your dryer’s lint screen can be an unnecessary fire hazard, as well as cause issues in terms of efficiency and power.

To keep your dryer running smoothly, it’s important to remove the lint from the screen following each load of laundry. Not only will this help to reduce the odds of a dryer-related fire, but it will also ensure your dryer runs at peak efficiency, saving you time and money on your electric bill.

Replace Dryer Ducts

If you’ve moved into a home that contains a dryer, or have owned one yourself for a number of years, it may be time to replace the dryer ducts.

Many dryers use duct materials, such as plastic and foil, that can be inefficient at best and fatal at worst. Plastic is flammable, and along with foil dryer ducts, is more prone to kinks and lint trapping than are approved materials. These obstructions can end up costing you thousands of dollars in fire damage repair costs. Instead, replace your dryer ducts with metal ducts. These can be bought in three “forms:” flexible, solid, and semi-rigid. Whichever one you choose, it’s still important that it’s properly cleared of any obstructions every few months. For more information, contact Wildman Dryer Vent Pro. 

Clear the Surrounding Area of Obstructions and Hazards

One of the easiest things you could do could also be the thing that will save your life and the life of your family. Keeping the immediate area surrounding your dryer free of obstruction and fire hazards can significantly reduce the odds of a dryer fire.

It’s important to allow as much air flow around and under your dryer as possible, as dryers can become very hot while running. Keeping the back of the dryer, as well as underneath, free of lint and other fire hazards can reduce the odds of a fire significantly. This also means keeping vents and ducts free of any obstructions that can get in the way of them working properly.

Fortunately for you, keeping your family safe when it comes to your home’s dryer isn’t hard. Be sure to replace any plastic or foil ducts with the proper materials, and regularly clean the lint trap and surrounding areas of lint and debris build-up. These simple steps can save your home and your family. 

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