Carpet Tips: Make Your Carpet Last Longer

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5. Shampoo Rugs

Shampoo rugs at least once a year. Consult your manufacturers specifications for what type of cleaning equipment and/or detergents are appropriate for your type of carpet.

6. Spill Awareness

Treat spills quickly forrepparttar best chance of avoiding a stain. If you have kids, make sure they know that they need to tell you about spills immediately so they do not have time to set.

7. Snip Loose Threads

To remove a loose thread that sticks up aboverepparttar 100149 fibre use scissors to snip it instead of pulling on it which can pull out more than justrepparttar 100150 thread.

8. Designate Eating Areas

Many spills can introduce oils into your carpet which attract dirt and help lead to a dingy looking carpet. The less you eat in carpeted areasrepparttar 100151 better your chances are of avoiding these types of spills.

The cleaner you can keep your carpetrepparttar 100152 longer it will last. Hopefully these tips help you get more life out of your carpet.

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Inspecting a Home

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Checkrepparttar water pressure atrepparttar 100148 faucets. Turn on all faucets and flush all toilets atrepparttar 100149 same time. How long it takesrepparttar 100150 tanks to refill under these conditions is a good indication ofrepparttar 100151 water pressure.

Are there a shut-off valves on both hot and cold water supply lines to all sinks?

Look for signs of rust and leaks inrepparttar 100152 water heater. Is there a pressure relief valve?

Is there a private well? Hasrepparttar 100153 water been tested? Acceptable water quality can be a contingency in your purchase offer.

You can get information on water testing from your county cooperative extension center.

For more information, see Lead in Drinking Water, or Removing Mineral Deposits from Household Surfaces, or Radon in Water, or Health Effects of Drinking Water Contaminants, or Home Drinking Water Treatment Systems.


If there is a septic tank, is it in good condition? What is its age? Has it been pumped regularly at 3- to 5-year intervals? Are there any signs indicating faulty or inadequate capacity of drain lines, such as a slowly draining sink, or a toilet that backs up?


Do some appliances remain withrepparttar 100154 house? These may include a built-in oven, dishwasher, garbage disposal, free-standing range, refrigerator, washer, dryer, and window air conditioning unit. All should be tested for efficient and safe operation. Askrepparttar 100155 owner for any records of service and repair.


Are there signs of wood damage from insects? The most destructive insect isrepparttar 100156 termite, which eatsrepparttar 100157 interior of studs and joists. Termites may cause much damage before they are detected. Termite inspection is required by most lenders. Hasrepparttar 100158 house been periodically inspected and treated for termites?

Are there piles of coarse sawdust beneathrepparttar 100159 timbers? This may indicaterepparttar 100160 presence of carpenter ants. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood, but they do nest in it. They are most likely to attack wood that has already begun to rot. These ants may also be heard within walls and may even be spotted insiderepparttar 100161 house inrepparttar 100162 winter. They are black and about 1/2-inch long.

Do you see deposits of sawdust onrepparttar 100163 floor and small pencil-lead size holes in wood beams and floor joists? This may indicaterepparttar 100164 presence ofrepparttar 100165 powder-post beetle. To verify, check to see ifrepparttar 100166 wood crumbles when an ice pick or pocketknife is pressed intorepparttar 100167 beams, floor joists, support posts, and sill plates.

If there is some indication ofrepparttar 100168 presence of termites, carpenter ants, or powder-post beetles, your purchase offer can be contingent onrepparttar 100169 house being free from infestation by these or other insects. You can askrepparttar 100170 seller to payrepparttar 100171 cost of a professional insect inspection and treatment; however, inspection is usually paid byrepparttar 100172 buyer.


Certain products or pollutants inrepparttar 100173 indoor environment can cause health problems. Asbestos, carbon monoxide, and radon are hazards that may be present. Lead, which can be present in water or paint, can cause health problems in children and during pregnancy. And some people are sensitive to certain products or pollutants like formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds. You may want to test for some or all ofrepparttar 100174 following contaminants. Contact your local health department or county cooperative extension center for guidance on testing.

· Formaldehyde is often found in particle and other composition board, plywood, paneling, wallpaper, and permanent-pressed fabrics.

· Asbestos fibers may be found in thermal insulation, pipe and duct insulation, vinyl flooring, textured paint, exterior siding, and appliances, stoves, and furnaces. Removal of asbestos can be expensive and should be left to a professional.

· Carbon monoxide may be leaking from defective or improperly vented combustion appliances, such as furnaces, gas dryers, and gas heaters. These should be checked by a qualified heating system technician. Try to avoidrepparttar 100175 use of wood stoves or kerosene heaters.

· Radon, a colorless and odorless soil gas, can travel fromrepparttar 100176 soil torepparttar 100177 foundation and then torepparttar 100178 inside of a house. It can have long-term health effects. Ifrepparttar 100179 house hasn't been tested for radon, you may want to askrepparttar 100180 seller to establish an escrow account to cover costs of remediation, if necessary.

· Volatile Organic Compounds are found in flammable and other household cleaning and maintenance products. You may want these products removed before you take possession ofrepparttar 100181 house.

· Lead may be present in house paints used before 1977 and inrepparttar 100182 piping system at soldered joints. If you have small children and suspectrepparttar 100183 presence of lead, you may want to haverepparttar 100184 house checked. Removal of lead-based paint can be costly.

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