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The Hazards of Hoarding

May 7, 2014 3:45 pm

The effects of hoarding can result in a variety of different issues that cannot be readily seen upon first diagnosis of the problem. What drives hoarding many times are conditions related to OCD. However, the long term effects can be an issue for both the individual who is suffering from it, but also their loved ones as well. Some of these effects can be fatal in the most extreme of cases.

One of the issues that can be affected is one's personal safety. The individual can cause a possible hazard to the structure of their building due to the excessive weight of the items that have accumulated over time. This weight could compromise the structural integrity of the building itself and result in the possibility of the building collapsing in on itself. Also, the items that the individual might be collecting could possibly be flammable and this could present a fire hazard.

In many states, individuals who are hoarders often face legal repercussions in regards to their actual property. If a hoarder is leasing or renting a property from a landlord, they can be evicted under certain laws and ordinances. This often is shown in court by the landlord demonstrating that the individual is risking the other individuals in the building. However, if hoarders do become homeless, they may not have a shelter to go to as often, shelters do not allow for hoarders to stay in their buildings because of the potential risk to other people.

If a parent poses a risk to the health and safety of a child, the child may be taken away into protective custody. The main reason for the child being removed is the potential health risks, since the items that can collect can decompose or become infested with bacteria that is harmful to humans. The infestation can cause respiratory issues due to mold, or ammonia from human waste and animal waste. Also, if a person does become sick from the items that are decomposing, emergency crews may have difficulty removing an individual from a property surrounded by waste.

All of these issues listed are hazards of hoarding. Not only does the hoarding risk the personal well-being of a hoarder, but it affects their loved ones as well. A hoarding situation can cause someone to lose to control over their possessions, family and home. Seek a professional hoarding cleanup company to help before the situation becomes out of control.

Source: Address Your Mess

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Disappearing Designs and Relaxing Environments Lead Bathroom Remodel Trends

May 7, 2014 3:45 pm

A survey conducted by Geberit revealed that 30 percent of Americans believe the toilet tank is the most unappealing feature of their bathroom, revealing a growing shift towards form over function in bathroom design ahead of National Home Remodeling Month in May.

"Homeowners want to make their bathrooms sleek and spa-like," said Liz Murray, a Portland, Oregon-based interior designer. "Expect to see more 'disappearing designs' that tuck away anything that looks untidy, along with products that bring smart home technology to the bathroom to really transform the space into a sanctuary for the mind and body."
A survey from Houzz revealed that 17 percent of homeowners are opting for wall-mounted or tankless toilets instead of traditional toilets, pointing to the rise in "disappearing designs."

Another ongoing trend identified by Murray is the continued popularity of eco-friendly products: "Products created from sustainable materials like bamboo, cork, porcelain or recycled glass will be prominently featured during this year's remodeling season," said Murray.

Designing the Perfect Bathroom:
When asked to describe their perfect bathroom, Americans ranked creating a nice place to relax (37 percent), saving space (24 percent) and making it a quiet atmosphere (20 percent) as the most important qualities of a bathroom. A sleek and modern bathroom style appeals to 44 percent of Americans, followed by spa-inspired (27 percent) and elegant luxury (19 percent).

"The modern bathroom serves more than just the basic functions of traditional bathrooms," said John Fitzgerald, vice president of marketing for Geberit North America. "We're seeing people using their bathrooms to also read, check smartphones and listen to music."

According to the survey, 47 percent of Americans use their bathroom to read books or magazines, take a phone call or check email (35 percent) or listen to music (27 percent).

Good Bathrooms Matter: One third of Americans believe that having high-quality, updated bathrooms is important when making home rental or purchase decisions, meaning bathroom remodels are an important factor to consider during the spring real estate season. In fact, a survey conducted by Houzz revealed that 40 percent of homeowners are planning to remodel in the next two years and 27 percent of remodeling projects will be bathroom-related.

Source: Geberit North America

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Should Sunblock Be Used Indoors?

May 6, 2014 3:42 pm

The same ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun that are harmful outdoors pass right through windows into offices, homes and cars. Experts say this is a serious contributor to people's daily accumulation of indoor ultraviolet exposure leading to skin cancer and photo aging.

"If you're sitting next to a window with sunlight streaming in, you're at risk for UV damage to your skin and eyes," said Darrell Smith, executive director of the International Window Film Association (IWFA), a nonprofit group representing the many benefits of window film for consumers, on behalf of leading manufacturers, distributors and dealers. "Window film brings automatic and continuous protection indoors without the need to take action in the form of sunblock," added Smith.

Residential and commercial window films can also reduce glare by more than half while allowing 30 to 80 percent of visible light in and blocking up to 99.9 percent of the sun's UV rays. Window film protects from the dangers of the sun while letting in natural light, safely.

Many dermatologists suggest using sunblock inside the home, but knowing people often forget this extra step, window film can provide 24/7 protection indoors and the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends it.

Dermatologists note a wide body of evidence showing that cumulative, ongoing exposure to UV rays leads to skin aging and cancer, according to a report in Clinical Interventions In Aging. In addition, automobiles, side windows and sunroofs may also let in harmful rays and people who drive frequently often have pronounced sun damage and skin cancer on their left side as documented in the The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Moms Hate to Wait on Mother's Day

May 6, 2014 3:42 pm

Across the country, Mother's Day is one of the most commercially successful U.S. occasions for flowers, greeting cards, and restaurants. However, a new survey from NoWait, the wait-listing app and seating tool for casual-dining restaurants, reveals that the number-one reason why moms would choose not to dine out on Mother's Day is because their "favorite restaurant is too busy." NoWait announced its nationwide survey results to uncover Mother's Day preferences around dining out.

When asked how they typically spend Mother's Day, 71 percent stated they "plan on taking Mom out to eat" for the holiday, yet only one-third (33 percent) find making a reservation necessary for their dining plans. If they do plan ahead, the Mother's Day study shows that partners are poor planners, with 74 percent making plans "less than a week before"; only 20 percent plan "more than a month in advance" and six percent "make no plans at all." Despite the large number of procrastinators who wait until the last minute to make Mother's Day plans -- if they make any plans at all -- 88 percent would walk out after just 30 minutes of waiting; only eight percent are willing to have her wait "up to an hour" and an especially small fraction (4 percent) are willing to make Mom "wait as long as it takes."

More results from the inaugural Mother's Day survey from NoWait are as follows:

• When it comes to the specific meal with which families celebrate Mom, they can sleep in. Almost half (44 percent) take Mom out for dinner, while breakfast (8 percent), brunch (37 percent) and lunch (11 percent) were less popular.
• Although President Wilson officially declared Mother's Day the second Sunday in May, Americans are less literal when it comes to celebrating on the specific day. Despite a majority (70 percent) celebrating Mom "at a restaurant," they are split evenly between dining out actually "on Mother's Day" versus "at some time during the Mother's Day weekend."

Source: NoWait

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Seven Spring Safety Tips

May 6, 2014 3:42 pm

Spring is in the air, and along with it comes the urge to clean, organize and spruce up your yard after a long, hard winter. Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) wants to ensure that you do so safely and that your equipment is in good working order. PSE&G offers the following tips to stay safe around electricity and gas.

Spring cleaning indoors:

1. When vacuuming and sweeping, check for electrical cords crossing your path or running under rugs. Cords should be out of pathways to avoid tripping and should never be hidden under rugs or furniture where they could overheat and potentially start a fire.
2. When cleaning in the bathroom and kitchen, make sure that electrical appliances are not placed where they could get wet. Electrical parts can become grounded when wet, posing an electric shock or overheating hazard.
3. When dusting, check lamps and fixtures to ensure they have light bulbs with the correct wattage. Wattage should be of equal or lesser value than that recommended by the manufacturer.

Spring cleaning outdoors:

1. If you use power tools to work outside, make sure that extension cords are marked for outdoor use and rated for the power needs of your tools. Overloaded cords may lead to electric shock and serious injury.
2. Check for overhead power lines when using ladders to clean your gutters or pool-cleaning equipment that could reach within 10 feet of the lines.
3. When digging in your yard to plant new trees or bushes, make sure that you know where underground electric and gas lines are located..
4. If planning to trim trees, check for overhead power lines. The only safe way to trim trees within 10 feet of power lines is to call a professional.

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5 Innovative Ways to Thank a Teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week

May 5, 2014 3:39 pm

This year, Teacher Appreciation Week is May 5– 9 with National Teacher's Day on May 6, 2014. These are days to honor our teachers and recognize the lasting contributions they make in our lives. From apples to flowers, teachers have been thanked in many ways over the years. Student Loan Peace offers up 5 innovative ways to say thank you, 21st century style.

1. Stream it. Have your child express words of thanks in a YouTube video. Post it on your school's Facebook page.

2. Personalize it. Look for ways to personalize gifts at Walmart.com and other retailers, offering everything from customizable coffee mugs to phone and tablet cases. How about printing your math teacher's favorite formula on a phone case, or an English teacher's favorite verse on a coffee mug?

3. Crowd-source it. Make a private Facebook page for your child's teacher. Invite everyone in the class (children and parents) to write comments, post artwork and pictures. Send your teacher a link on National Teacher's Day.

4. eBooks or Print. Let's face it: teachers love books. But these days, it's hard to know whether to go print or digital. Giving an Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift certificate allows a teacher to choose. Android and iOS device support Kindle (Amazon) and Nook (B&N) apps.

5. Pay it forward. Inspiring students to use their skills and talents to make the world a better place is a calling for many in the teaching profession. Let your teacher know how you and your kids are paying it forward.

Source: Bright Horizons Financial Services

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Springtime Facials: Nine Need-To-Know Tips to Reveal Radiant Skin

May 5, 2014 3:39 pm

Finally, homeowners can enjoy warmer temperatures and say goodbye to dry, flaky, winter skin. Spring is the ideal time to rejuvenate that dull complexion and face the world with rosy, radiant skin. While a new face cream may help, Massage Envy Spa experts recommend professional facial treatments for a healthy, youthful glow.

"Facials are ideal for treating skin that has been battered by winter winds and dry, indoor heat," states Doreen Ellinwood, Massage Therapist and Vice President of Regional Operations for Massage Envy Spas. "The combination of specialized products and professional massage techniques can significantly boost your radiance."

To determine which type of facial is best for your skin, Ellinwood recommends the following:

1. Schedule an appointment for a facial with a professional, licensed esthetician.
2. Discuss your skincare concerns before your treatment.
3. Ask the esthetician for a skin analysis.
4. Schedule regular facials for cumulative benefits.

To ensure healthy skin between appointments, Ellinwood offers these tips:

1. Stay hydrated.
2. Keep your hands away from your face.
3. Avoid over-scrubbing, over-cleaning or over-treating skin.
4. Always wash your face before bedtime.
5. Replace heavy foundations and moisturizers with lighter formulas containing a higher SPF.

Between seeking professional assistance and adopting some new skincare tips, the ravages of winter on facial skin can be effectively remedied.

Source: Massage Envy Spa

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7 Carpet Cleaning Tips from the Pros

May 5, 2014 3:39 pm

No matter how hard you try to keep your carpet clean, a certain number of spills, spots and stains will invariably find their way to it. Country Living Magazine interviewed carpet cleaning experts in San Antonio, Texas to come up with some top carpet cleaning secrets:

Blot stains, don’t rub – Rubbing any cleaning solution into the carpet will grind it into the fibers. Dabbing a bit of cleaner onto the stain and blotting gently from the outside inward will best soak up the stain.

Use club soda – For fresh wine stains, pour a little club soda over the stain and blot gently. If that doesn’t do it, spray on a mix of half water and half white vinegar. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then blot.

Try shaving cream – For most stains, apply the cream directly on and let it set for 30 minutes. Blot it away with a dry white cloth. Apply a half and half vinegar-water mix and blot it up with another dry cloth.

Freeze away dried gum
– If you’ve tracked gum onto the carpet, freeze it off by applying ice cubes to it for 30 seconds. Once the gum is frozen, use a spoon to lift up the glob and cut a few strands of carpet as close to the gum as possible.

Heat up wax stains – Candle wax drip on the carpet? Place a white cloth over your iron, then put the iron on top of the wax for no more than 30 seconds. Scrape off the wax with a butter knife. Finally, lay a paper towel over the surface and iron the paper for a few seconds. The last of the wax should bind to the paper, though it may take a couple more applications.

Clean pet stains organically – Use an organic cleaner, like Eco-Spot (available for about $10 in a spray bottle). Spray the pet stain and scrub gently. Then wipe up with a cloth or towel. These cleaners can also help remove coffee stains.

Remove crushed candy with a knife
- Scrape the candy with a stiff brush or butter knife. Using a sponge, apply water mixed with a mild soap to get the sugar out. Once the candy is removed, dry the spot by blotting it with a cloth or towels.

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Add Curb Appeal and Value to your Home during National Home Improvement Month

May 2, 2014 3:30 pm

According to professional contractor Mark Clement, National Home Improvement Month in May is the ideal time to make improvements to the exterior of your home. By upgrading your home's curb appeal, you increase the value of your house and make a positive impact on visitors.

"According to Remodeling magazine's 2014 Cost vs. Value study, home improvement projects involving curb appeal have very strong return on investment numbers for homeowners," says Clement, co-host of MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show. "Their research shows that in a mid-range priced home, up to 67.8 percent of the cost of a roof replacement can be recouped when selling a home.

"For the replacement of a fiberglass entry door, the cost recouped is up to 70.8 percent and homeowners can expect to regain up to a whopping 78.8 percent of the cost of replacing older windows with vinyl replacement windows. These numbers show that curb appeal improvements add value to the home overall and can be considered extremely smart investments for homeowners."

Clement points out that homeowners should start each May with a "top-down" evaluation of their home's exterior products. "Begin by checking out the appearance and functionality of your roof, siding, windows, trim and doors," says Clement. "Look for products that are worn out, need repair or re-painting, or simply should be replaced. Tackling these projects in May means you'll have more time to enjoy the results and a carefree summer."

Clement recommends the following checklist for National Home Improvement Month to make sure your home is in top condition:

1. Check the roof. Using either a ladder or binoculars from across the street, look for problem areas, such as missing or broken shingles, along with roofing tiles that may be "flapping" in the wind. These are all indications that a new roof may be in your future. If that's the case, research the benefits of polymer shake and slate roofing tiles. These impact- and fire-resistant tiles come in a wide variety of colors. Some roofing tiles are sustainable and recyclable. They also have a 50-year limited warranty.

2. Clean and assess the home's siding. Environmentally-friendly detergents, scrubbing and/or pressure-washing all work well for many homes to remove dirt and algae that can grow on siding. Never pressure-wash trim pieces, doors, windows or screens. The extreme high pressure could crack or destroy the caulking around the units. Check for changes in the exterior from the previous year and be alert to buckling, rotting, peeling paint or insect damage that may need to be fixed.

3. Check on the gutters. Each year homeowners should check to make sure their gutters are clean, unclogged, securely attached to the home and remain sloped for proper drainage. Plus, make sure the water running off the roof doesn't cause damage to the building structure, landscaping or property below the roof.

4. Evaluate the windows. If you find that the windows in your home don't operate easily, there's air leaking in or out of the units, or there's condensation between the glass panes, it may be time to seriously consider replacement windows.

Vinyl framed windows have the highest growth rate in the country due to their energy-efficiency, aesthetic appeal and durability. Some of the best have fusion-welded corners and multi-chambered construction. Plus, maintenance hassles are so low you'll forget the horrors of rotting frames, scraping and repainting that come with wood windows.

5. Spend time with your doors
. If you can see light around a door from the inside, your door is hard to close or lock, or the door itself is warped, it's time to consider a new door. Even if you can't see light, air may be moving through gaps in the weather stripping at a surprising rate.

Think about the weather conditions that your home's doors face along with your energy bills. If either run to the extreme, consider replacing an inefficient entryway with a high-performance fiberglass door.

6. Look at your home's accessory features. Spend time with your shutters, trim and louvers to see if they're rotting. Check the bottoms and tops of columns and near the joints in crown and other mouldings for water spots, decay or peeling paint to see if they're deteriorating in any way. They may also be suffering from termites, insect infestations or warping.

Source: Ziprik Consulting

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Take Action against Termites

May 2, 2014 3:30 pm

Your first reaction to seeing flying termites in your home could be panic. If you've had a previous termite infestation, you probably just feel angry. Either way, hungry termites mean business and your home is on the menu.

"After the cold winter we've had, you may be surprised to know that termites are swarming right now," says Ty Ferraro, Dow AgroSciences product manager for the Sentricon® System. "We've had a cold winter, but now that we're getting rain and warmer spring air, the termites are here."

The National Pest Management Association estimates that subterranean termites cost homeowners $5 billion per year to repair damages. That's more than fires, earthquakes and tornadoes combined. Yes, termites are a big problem.
So what do you do if you find winged bugs flying around in your home? Here are five steps the experts recommend.

1. Get expert help. Many pest management firms will do an inspection for free. Termite damage is slow but steady, so although it needs to be stopped, you have time to make the best decision.

2. Identify the enemy. Flying bugs could be termites, but they also could be ants or pantry pests. Catch one in a bag or jar to help with identification. Flying ("swarming") termites and ants easily can be confused with each other. Among other traits, ants have a narrow waist and termites have straight antennae.

3. Know your options. Used since the 1950s, liquid barrier treatments inject a chemical insecticide into the soil around and even beneath your home to stop the termites. A better approach, the Sentricon® System, eliminates the underground termite colony and it's a green approach. In fact, it's the only termite product to ever win the U.S. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

4. Conquer the queen. You need a product that doesn't just kill individual termites, it eliminates the entire termite colony. The colony is a complex hierarchy of termites who depend on each other for survival and who protect and care for the termite queen. Her job is to produce offspring, and depending on the species, has the amazing ability to produce up to 1 million eggs in her lifetime. Bottom line is: you kill the termites in the colony, no one can care for the termite queen and she – and her ability to reproduce – dies.

5. Take action to avoid termite swarming altogether.
Preventive treatments are becoming the norm as pest management professionals seek to help homeowners avoid pest problems before they occur. The old saying that "an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure" is especially true for termites – flying termites known as swarmers in a home are a sign of a mature colony, and that usually means damage already has occurred. But the lack of swarming termites in your home does not mean your home is not being attacked.

Source: Dow AgroSciences

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