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PostHeaderIcon Lighting Options for Garages

Lighting Options for GaragesThe garage is usually one of the most neglected areas of the home, a place to spend time and just do not pay attention, especially in relation to the lighting, which is a big failure.

What You Need To Know:

Small Garages: be sufficient to install fluorescent tubes on the ceiling.
Large Garages: can place points of light in different areas to cover as much as possible.
Sensors mobility: the lights will automatically turn on and will not have to leave the car.

It’s not common to find a house that has a garage with natural light and ventilation. Most are small rooms, underground, no windows to the outside. Therefore it is usually very dark and damp places that need artificial lighting.

Illuminate a small garage

In case you have a small garage , it is normal to think that as we only use the few minutes it will take to park or leave our vehicle, not worth paying attention to lighting, but we were wrong . One of the most common practices is to place a bulb in the center of the room, which is limited to light the roof of the car and that is a big mistake because it does not allow proper visibility when parking the vehicle properly. In this type of garages is recommended to use fluorescent tubes, which can be placed in the ceiling or walls. It besides not consume in excess, will give proper light and more than enough. The best option is to place sensors mobility, that make the lights turn on automatically by sensing the vehicle, and that will prevent us having to turn the light out for ourselves.

Lighting for large garages

When the garage is large enough, we often also use it to store bicycles and Gizmos that do not use regularly, or even as a place to hold small DIY tasks. In these cases the lighting should still receive more attention. As in the previous case, we can put on the roof tubes in the area where it will be parked our car, with sensors mobility, enough to light up when parking. We can supplement the light with a specific lighting in areas that are dedicated to other uses by placing light bulbs or bulbs. These places need not have sensors, because we can flip a switch and avoid unnecessary consumption. We must not forget that proper lighting can avoid unnecessary mishaps that can damage our car or ourselves.

PostHeaderIcon Should You Damp Proof or Water Proof Your Basement??

Water Proof Your BasementThere are a variety of ways in which you can make the foundation of your house quite strong, so that you can live in a safe house which gives you the maximum protection. In order to improve the foundation of your house you can choose between damp proofing and water proofing so as to minimize the amount of moisture in your building. Both dam proofing and water proofing serve the same purpose but there is a wide difference between the two. It depends on the location that your house id situated in. Here is detailed information of the two types.

They are for the same purpose but damp proofing is done with the help of tar base or water base where water proofing is done with the help of a rubber layer that prevents water from entering. Damp proofing is far less costly than water proofing. It uses tar or a solvent or water as the base to prevent the water from entering the foundation of your house. Thus its results might be temporary in some cases. If you live in a low-lying area and you think that damp proofing will work out then you may find that cracks and crevices have started taking place. If the sealer becomes dry then you can have such problem within a span of say eight to nine months only. It is but helpful in stopping the water vapor transmission.

Water proofing has many benefits. A thin layer of rubber sealer is applied to the desired area and completely prevents the seeping of water. Unlike damp proofing it absorbs the moisture completely. It does not allow cracks and stretches accordingly to absorb. It is a very effective method to keep the basement dry and hence increase the strength of your foundation. It is also an environment friendly method.

PostHeaderIcon Poor drainage system solutions

Poor drainage systemWhen you shift to a new house it’s important to consult an experienced landlord and interrogate him if there are any drainage issues in the locality or the house in particular. If there are and the house is a good bargain it will be in the best of interests to get it resolved before the shifting period. A bad drainage system causes a lot of uncalled for problems and may seem to be a pain in the future. Improper drainage facility means that water can penetrate in places it should not be getting into leading to the weakening of places leading to the collapse of houses.

Drainage problems are not only common with new home owners but also with those whose houses are getting old. The pipes might get old and start to wear off in case of pipes which are of not that great a material. Water drainage problems may cause the water to collect wither on top of the roof, in between the vertical walls or in the foundations beneath the houses. In all the 3 cases it will lead to a disaster. If the water is collecting on top of the roof, some of that water might seep into the walls causing mildew and moulds. This leads to the deterioration in the quality of air and environment around the house.

If there is clogging near the foundation of the house, it too puts the whole property at stake. Steps should be taken to make sure this clogged water gets an outlet to flow outside in the garden. Steps should also be taken so that this water does not form a pool of stagnant water in the garden. This leads to the breeding of various viruses, germs and bacteria making your house susceptible to disease.
Hence it’s important to enable a proper drainage system for safe and healthy residence.

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