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9 Tips to Keep Pests Away

Here are some tips for homeowners to avoid pest infestations. More than a nuisance you need to protect your family from disease from ants or roaches as well as protecting your property from wood and foundation damage from ants and termites.

Take these steps now and keep your home pest-free.

Inside Your Home

  • • Starve them out — Keep dried food such as flour and sugar in plastic containers with lids instead of their original packaging. Empty trash often and keep a tight lid on the trash can. Clean up spills immediately.
  • • Dry them out —fix leaky faucets, radiators, dishwashers, and washing machines immediately and empty flower pots and plant stands of excess water. Often pests such as cock roaches need water to survive so shut off their supply.
  • • Keep them out —.  Repair holes in door and window screens, seal cracks and openings along baseboards, behind sinks, and around pipes and windows.

Outside Your Home

Pests enter your home from the outside, so you will also need to prepare the exterior of your house to keep pests out.
Look for cracks and holes on the outside of your home and seal them up. Be sure to include points where utility lines enter the house.  Also address damage to the basement foundation and windows.

  • • Clean up your landscaping. Raking the mulch away from the base of your home will help keep it dry to allow for adequate drainage. Trim back tree branches and bushes so they do not make contact with the house. Remove tree stumps from your yard.
  • • Keep firewood piles stacked outside of your home neat, away from the house and off the ground.
  • • It is also important to make sure basements and attics are well ventilated and dry.
  • • Look for any rotted or decaying shingles on your roof
  • • While on your roof also check that your gutters are free of debris.

These simple steps now can save you a lot of headache and money down the road from these unwanted visitors.

Steven Heiteen | Portland RemodelBusiness: Portland Remodel
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Our Specialties: Whole House Remodels, Kitchen Remodels, Bathrooms Remodels.


3 Small Bathroom Remodels

A Bathroom remodel is a very popular home improvement these days. But what if you have a small space that cannot be increased?

Older home bathrooms average about 5- by 8-feet. But you can combat that claustrophobic feeling by scaling down physically to save space. There are things you can do to create an illusion of a roomy bathroom. With lighting and the right colors and perhaps a pedestal sink amazing things can be done.
Here are 3 ideas to make your small bathroom appear larger.

A small Bathroom Remodel

Built in Cabinets and river rock make this an attractive small bathroom remodel

1. With this bathroom remodel to create the illusion of a larger room these home owners got rid of two small closets and added task and ambient lighting. A shallow cabinet was incorporated because little space remained after the new tub and toilet. A fun detail of riverbed rock little width remained after incorporating the tub and toilet, so a shallow cabinet was incorporated.
Designer: Erica S. Westeroth, CKD XTC Design Incorporated, Toronto, ON

small bathroom remodel ideas

Retro looking bathroom remodel

2. The goal with This Bathroom remodel was to create a nostalgic style with a contemporary twist. Trumpet-shaped sconces flank an oval mirror that conceals a medicine cabinet. A frameless shower door extends the visual expanse of the space, while allowing unobstructed views of oversized subway and amber glass telework.

Designer: Sheila K. Tilander, CKD, CBD Showplace Design & Remodeling, Redmond, WA

no entry shower

A no entry shower creates an illusion of space in this bathroom remodel

3. In the third bathroom remodel a curbless entry to the shower eliminates the demarcation of a limited footprint. Continuous horizontal lines, a large, frameless mirror, and well-placed task lighting helps to create the illusion of a larger space. The marble-clad dividing wall lends modesty to the toilet area, while creating a recessed storage opportunity.
Designer: Gary Hentges, Hentges Construction, Inc., Urbana, IL