Home Problems Solved!
We have recently been sent some home maintenance problems to resolve for our readers. You may have incurred some of the same problems, so find out today how to resolve them…
Question: Why is there condensation in between the panes of my double-glazed windows?
Answer: This is due to seal of the double glazed window failing. This can happen for a variety of reasons including the effects of heat; the sun and cold can cause the seal to break and the inert gas in between the window panes escapes and moisture laden air from outside to enter. This gives a hazy appearance.
Or it maybe if the windows are not installed correctly or are not of a good standard they will fail. You need to check your warranty to see if you are covered. If you aren’t you will need to either replace the glass or alternatively have the moisture removed by a professional company.
Question: How can I make my small room seem bigger?
Answer: De-clutter the room, don’t use oversized furniture, keep the window dressing simple and allow as much natural light into the room as possible. Use large mirrors to make the room appear larger than it is.
Keep away from busy wall papers and dark colours and instead go for light pastel colours.
Question: “How can I reduce the heat on my windows while retaining the views?”
Answer: Wanting to keep your room cooler and protecting your soft furnishings and furniture from the elements is a common problem.
You can install special Do it yourself window film on the inside of your glass that blocks UV and solar heat alternatively you can hire a professional company to do it for you. If your windows are double glazed check with the window manufacturer first to be sure installing window film won’t damage the glass or void your warranty. Another option is to replace your existing windows with ones that feature insulated low-E glass.
Question: “How can I eliminate a mold problem in my house?”
Answer: Firstly you need to eliminate any unwanted sources of water check leaks in the roof, seepage through walls and seals around windows and doors also plumping leaks.
Next you need ways to reduce the moisture created in kitchens and bathrooms. Do this by adding fans that vent outside and improve air circulation with either ceiling or portable fans as well.
Monitor the relative humidity in your home with a humidity gauge. If the humidity is high, lower it with air-conditioning or a dehumidifier.
To remove small amounts of mold and mildew, scrub the surfaces with water and detergent, then dry thoroughly. For more serious cases, use a product that is specifically made to kill mold.
Question: The lighting in my flat is awful, how can I change it?
Answer: There are many options you can try…
• Use mirrors – they help bounce the existing light around the room.
• Paint – use light colours to brighten up the walls & ceilings and other wood work.
• Add lamps – Additional lamps will brighten up dim corners.
• Replace bulbs – Use LED bulbs
Question: “Are porcelain tiles a good product to use for a shower’s floor and walls?”
Answer: Yes it is a really good choice as it is made from finer clay and fired at higher temperatures than standard ceramic tile. This makes porcelain tile harder, more durable, and less porous than regular ceramic tile. The porcelain tile absorbs less water than ceramic tiles which is an important factor when tiling a shower area.