3 Ways To Keep Your Dishwasher In Good Condition

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You can avoid a lot of major problems and maintenance on your dishwasher if you just take the time to do some basic care for it regularly. Here are 3 ways you can keep your dishwasher in good condition for very little money. Clean with Vinegar One of the main ways to clean your dishwasher is by using vinegar. Many types of food and gunk run through your dishwasher on a regular basis. Also, hard water can build up if you do not use soft water in your home. To clean with vinegar, fill the soap compartments in the door of the dishwasher with vinegar, and run a quick cycle. You should do this at least once a month or every couple of months, especially if you run your dishwasher a few times a week. The vinegar will breakdown hard water and will also clean out the pipes where the water runs to and from the washer. This can prevent clogs and major leakage problems, and it does not cost much at all. Just make sure that you use distilled vinegar, since it is pure and will clean everything adequately. Remove Racks for Repair Another way to keep your dishwasher in good condition is by removing the racks and doing some maintenance on them. Look at the racks to see if they have any dents or nicks in the coating that protects the metal frame. If there are pieces chipped or missing, then rust is more likely to occur. This can contaminate the washing water, and your dishes will not be clean, even if they look clean. If you notice any chips, then go to the store and get a sealant that is safe to use in the dishwasher. You need a sealant that can withstand the hot heat of the water. Just make sure that you seal all of the chips, and then this will prevent rusting. Clean Bottom of Dishwasher Also, you need to clean the bottom of the dishwasher in case any food particles got stuck during the washing cycle. Many newer dishwashers are great at removing food, but sometimes the food can get stuck and clog the drain. Just do a sweep of the bottom of the washer with a wet rag, and then use a cleaning brush if you notice that some particles are stuck in the holes. By doing these 3 things, you can keep your dishwasher in great condition so that it does not need major repair work for a very long time. Click here for more...

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Burrowed Backyards: Get To Know Your Gophers And How To Get Rid Of Them

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pocket gophers are cute little animals when you see them in the wild. However, seeing them in your yard can make you want to “go-pher” the poison. These seemingly harmless little rodents can do unattractive and expensive damage to your property. But using dangerous poisons to control them can be harmful to you and your pets as well. There are other methods of deterring or controlling these pests that can be effective and safe. Understanding the gopher and its habits is half the battle. Something So Cute, Yet So Destructive Pocket Gophers are a member of the rodent family. They get their cute name from the pockets they have on their cheeks that they use for carrying food. Because of their burrowing nature, gophers are well-equipped by nature to live in the dark, narrow spaces. They have large teeth and claws for chewing and tunneling. And, they have highly adapted senses for finding their way through dark tunnels. Gophers are vegetarians and love to munch on the plants and trees in your yard. They can gnaw through roots and pull entire plants by the roots down into their burrows. They pull these food sources into their tunnels to store and provide food for themselves and their young. The damage done by this tunneling and plant destruction can lead to landscape damage, safety hazards and liability from holes, and concrete and walkway collapses over tunnels. How to Deter or Control Gophers in Your Yard Aside from the damage they create, gophers are not harmful to humans. They do not carry infectious disease that are harmful to you or your pets. And, they are only interested in building a home and finding a good vegetarian meal. However, to prevent their destruction you have to find ways to make your property less desirable and make them move away. There are more humane ways to do this than poisons or firearms. Some of the recommended natural deterrents include: Mole Plants and Castor Beans: Planting these two varieties of plants may help discourage gophers from taking up residence in your yard. However, these plants can be poisonous and should not be used around small children or pets. Underground Barriers: Installing underground barriers in landscaped areas can deter gophers from burrowing up and destroying valuable plants. Some barriers include wire, mesh cloth, chicken fencing, and medium to large diameter gravel. Pets and Natural Predators: Having pets around, or encouraging the presence of natural predators, can help control or deter gophers naturally. However, gophers are quick and elusive. Dogs trying to reach and catch a burrowing gopher may cause as much, or more, damage as the gopher itself. Flooding Burrows: Gopher burrows are fairly tolerant to...

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