Archives for May 2019

Home Security Safety Tips

It’s a sad fact that security is a priority not only in a place of work, but also around the home. There will always be opportunist thieves who will do their best to take advantage of weak spots in your security system, so it is important that you make sure you have the best possible security measures installed.

Any thief seeing a home with adequate security measures is more than likely to move on to one that is not so well protected, so here are some tips that should help you deter potential intruders.

Outdoor Lighting – security lights that switch on when movement is detected are always a useful deterrent. No burglar wants to be illuminated brightly when breaking and entering, so make sure you have lights at all your potential main entry points. If you have an integral garage, remember that this is a very likely point of entry, and often not alarmed.

Update Alarm Systems – alarms are not just helpful, but essential. You should ensure that all doors are alarmed and windows too. Windows are often a point of entry – especially if left open by mistake – so check that yours have been closed and locked before you go out. Keep alarms fully charged and switched on at all times, and if you can afford one that is linked to CCTV then do it. These are the most effective of all alarms.

Toughen Windows – if you have an older house, make sure the windows are secure enough. Some properties may still have their original windows and these can be very easy to break in through. It is always sensible to have the most secure and efficient windows installed. For anyone in the Birmingham area, there is a glass company in Pelham – Oak Mountain Glass – which can help by fitting a toughened bullet-proof film to existing windows for added protection, which is a cost-effective method if you don’t  want to replace all your glass.

Install a Safe – it may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but a good safe is a sensible purchase in any home. Burglars will typically take items that they can offload for cash – jewellery, watches, laptops and phones are some examples – so it can be added protection to hide your precious items away in a safe.

Be Aware – your typical burglar will not be sophisticated. They will find the easiest way to break in and enter – often by simply kicking in a door that is out of sight – and be in and out very quickly. Be aware of the security on your main points of entry, have them checked by local security experts, and take all the advice you can.

These are just a few of the safety tips that we came up with during our research, and we are sure there are many further ways of enhancing the security of your home. Have a good look around, put those valuable items out of sight, and if you see anything suspicious near your property, get in touch with the police right away.

Manscaping: All You Need to Know

It’s not only the ladies who want to get rid of unwanted body hair! Men are getting in on the act now – it’s gained the name ‘manscaping’ – in great numbers, and showing off their superbly shaven, smooth legs and arms in the summer. For some men, body hair growth is rapid, and this can lead to unsightly hair in the wrong places! That’s why the practice of manscaping has become more popular, and the old adage that looking good is feeling good certainly applies!

So, what’s manscaping all about, and what are the best ways of removing unwanted body hair? To be honest, it’s not just about looking good, but it can also be good for the body, too. If you are one of the unfortunate men for whom body hair grows thick and fast, you may well find that you sweat a lot, even in just warm weather.

This is because the hair and follicles – the roots, if you like – block in the heat, and prevent your skin from ‘breathing’ properly. Get rid of the hair, and you’ll soon find you are far more comfortable in the sun. Now, let’s talk about how to go about getting rid of that unwanted hair – with the least possible pain!

Sugaring Hair Removal

Think of hair removal and, male or female, you tend to think of the traditional wax method. This involves heated wax being applied to the areas you need to clear – and then pulled off! When this happens, it takes the hairs and the follicles with it, and it hurts! Fortunately, there is a less painful hair removal method that is becoming very popular. It’s done using a sugar paste rather than wax, is very effective and surprisingly efficient.

You will need to visit a salon such as L.A. Bikini – they perform sugaring hair removal for both men and women in most of their salons so check beforehand if that close to you is one of them – who are the acknowledged experts in this type of hair removal. They offer a full professional service in comfortable surroundings, and you’ll find the prices to be very reasonable.

Sugaring involves applying a sugar paste at body temperature – so there’s no heat involved – and when it is removed it is done so carefully, and in the direction of the hair growth. This is why there is less pain. Also, unlike wax, the sugar paste does not take with it live skin cells; it does remove the dead cells, however, so the result is superbly soft and smooth skin that is beautiful and ready for the sun.

This is a method of hair removal that comes highly recommended for men and women, and one that is highly effective and much more comfortable than a traditional waxing. Wherever you need manscaping, you can use this method and it is perfect for those who have sensitive skin. Have a chat with L.A. Bikini now, and see just how they can help with your manscaping requirements.

Use Your Gutters to Harvest Fresh Rainwater

Do you have the guttering on your property cleaned regularly? Perhaps you hire professional gutter cleaners to carry out this task. If you do and they are working properly, all the water that falls onto your roof will be redirected safely away from your home. However, have you ever given much thought as to how you could make use of all that rainwater? If you have, you’ve come to the right place. In the following post we are going to discuss how you can harvest rainwater to use it for everything from cleaning to irrigation and landscaping.

What is Rainwater Harvesting and How is it Done?

Rainwater harvesting is name given to the process of collecting and storing water for various practical purposes around the home, as outlined at the outset. Most setups are simple and feature either a cistern or a large barrel connected directly to the guttering at the downspouts so that the rain is collected as it runs off your roof.

There are some people who make use of rainwater they have harvested as an alternative and cost-effective source of a fresh water supply. Furthermore, there are some people who simply like to collect and store water for emergency situations such as the drier months of the year and when there’s droughts. Rainwater harvesting can be particularly useful in areas with hosepipe and watering bans in place.

Different Options for Storing Water

As noted, cisterns and tanks tend to be the storage option of choice for rainwater harvesters as they can be positioned on the ground in a way that means you can use the water without the need for a pump. There are several underground systems, that may suit you if you don’t want a water tank ruining the aesthetics of your property’s exterior or simply, if you live somewhere that suffers from below freezing temperatures.

Rather than storing the water, some property owners have a system in place that directs the water flowing from the gutters into a water feature in their garden or yard. Although this means that they can’t really use the water for irrigation or cleaning purposes, it does mean that their ponds or fountains will always have enough water.

May Involve Making Changes to Your Gutters

As you can probably guess, if you are interested in having a system in place to harvest rainwater means that you may have to make some changes to your current guttering system. In most cases, at the very least, you’d need to attach the collection point for the water to a downspout. This may involve removing a section of it or removing it completely or even installing a more flexible one in its place. Ideally, whatever you do, you’ll want to ensure that none of the water is lost and can be put to good use.

Rather than trying to tinker with your guttering by yourself and causing costly problems, it could be worth hiring either a professional tradesman or gutter expert to help you.