Anyone who has owned a cat or dog knows it’s next to impossible to keep floors completely clean and well-kept with furry friends running around the house. But, there are simple steps that homeowners can take to extend the life of their floors. An organic fiber rug can be laid on hardwoods to protect them from cat and dog claws. Materials such as seagrass, mountain grass, and sisal are ideal for this, and they are easy on the animal’s feet. Plus, they look very stylish in the home. Carpet lovers should try wool carpet tiles, which can be replaced one at a time. They can also be pulled up and rinsed under cold water to maintain their new look. Even regular carpet can be an option for homeowners whose pets are well-behaved and always groomed with short nails, but it does require frequent vacuuming. Vinyl is one of the most resilient and durable flooring materials. It is also ex [...]

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Many people have a love-hate relationship with cleaning. They love it for the result, but they hate it because they don’t know where to begin with the process. Here are the areas homeowners should focus on most with cleaning. Outside Gutters should be secure, free of leaks, and free from debris. Any soil sloping toward the basement should be evened out to prevent foundation damage, which may be indicated by cracks in the concrete structure. Chimneys should be inspected and cleaned by a professional. Shrubs and trees should be cleared of winter damage. Safety Features All smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should have their batteries tested and changed regularly. Homeowners should make sure all doors and windows open and close properly; ones that don’t could indicate a problem with the home’s foundation. Bedroom Flipping or rotating mattresses will help eliminate dust [...]

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Roof leaks can be maddening. They seem simple and easy to repair, but the fix isn’t always straightforward. Your ceiling may be dripping in one place, but the roof leak may originate somewhere totally different. How can you locate the problem's source? When it comes to this frustrating aspect of roofing, Westfield, MA homeowners can follow a few tips to find and seal that pesky leak. Check the Attic First If you have access to your attic, go up there with a flashlight and scrutinize the ceiling for leaks. The attic is the easiest place to spot cracks or holes that may be letting in water. Look out for water stains, black marks, or mold – these are evidence of a persistently leaky spot. It's also smart to make the trip up there on a rainy day, when any existing leaks will be even more apparent. Once you locate the intrusion, mark the area so that it's visible from outside. On a ni [...]

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