TCM Restoration & Cleaning Blog

Insulate Pipes Now To Prevent Water Damage

Now is the time of year when Alaskans start preparing for winter.  Snowmachines, studded tires and winter gear are usually the top items on that list.  But your home should also be top priority too!  Those who do not have the foresight to prepare their home for the coming cold months, often end up regretting that they did not. It can be twice as bad to deal with plumbing problems in the winter because pipes in or under the home have frozen and busted.  Not to mention the water damage that can quickly happen inside the home.

During warm weather it is so much more comfortable to do maintenance on the home. People get so busy in the spring and summer with gardening and lawn mowing that they probably do not give much thought to the inconvenience that frozen and busted plumbing causes in the cold months. It is a good idea to schedule your plumbing inspections during the warm months. Going underneath your home into the crawl space, if you have one, is essential to be able to inspect your outside pipes for leaks and deterioration.

If the pipes in your crawl space are not insulated,  you can do this simple job yourself by wrapping them with pipe insulation or heat tape made specifically for that purpose. It can be terrible to have to get under there and make pipe repairs when there is a foot of snow on the ground and it is only 10 degrees (or many times MUCH colder) outside. Why not do it now when the weather is nicer?

Outside water faucets are also prone to more damage in the winter months. If you are using your spigots right now and notice that they have leaks anywhere, do the repairs now and save trouble later. These spigots can also be insulated for the wintertime. When you have spigot leaks, it can cause you to lose a lot of water over time. This is not good for the planet to wastewater and it will not be good for your home either if you get  water damage inside your home because of it.

Your local hardware or department store should have the supplies that you need to insulate your outside and inside water sources and pipes to help you get your home winterized.

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage, Wasilla, water damage | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Easy way to get red wine stains out of carpet

Red wine stains are not unusual for us to come across.   The typical response from many misinformed clients is to use products that contain bleach for trying to remove the red stain from the carpet.  That’s a big NO-NO as it will also discolor the carpet as well.

Instead, try to blot as much of the wine stain with a white towel.  If your have a wet/dry vacuum, such as a shop vac, try to extract as much as you can as well.  If you have club soda, take a clean (dry) white towel and pour some club soda on the towel and blot over the stain again.  This step will help get more of the stain out.

If the carpet is still stained, there is only one more thing you can do.  Take a bottle and combine ammonia with peroxide (50/50 mixture) and spray this solution into the stain.  Saturate the area well.  This solution will work on acid dyes when they are still fresh.  Next cover the area with a piece of plastic wrap and place a phone book above it so it dries very slowly.  Check it the next day and the stain should be GONE!

If a red stain or shadow still exists, contact a professional carpet cleaner  as soon as possible.  Contact us if you are in Anchorage or Mat-Su area and we can work the stain further and in most cases get it out completely using advanced red stain removal techniques.

September 5, 2008 Posted by | Alaska, Anchorage, carpet cleaning, Wasilla | , , , , , , | 1 Comment