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Repair leaks step by step

One of the causes that rapidly deteriorates the roof is the accumulation of garbage. At least once every three or four months, we must clean or sweep the roofs. More often, if near home we have tall trees that drop their leaves and other organic remains. It’s necessary to know how to fix a leaking roof so your home doesn’t get damages.

Detect the area of leaks

The home site where you have the problem of leak or moisture is what you should prioritize.

The bathrooms, the kitchen, the bedrooms?

Once the problem is identified inside the house, we must go up to the roof and investigate the origin. It probably has a crack or cracks.

If the roof is made of tiles, they could be displaced or broken. Or maybe you have leaked for damage to the connections because the putty has deteriorated.

How to fix a leak if the roof has cracks or cracks

Step 1. Spray the roof with water. Then prepare a mixture that should be thick like a baby porridge and that includes cement, a sealer, and water. In any building materials store, you can advise which are the best options of liquid sealant to waterproof roofs.

Step 2. Make the mixture to seal or cover cracks. You need a 20-liter bucket that fills up with half the water. Use 3 liters of sealant and 4 kilograms of gray cement.

Step 3. Distribute the mixture. Once the sealing mix is made, you should distribute it evenly with a broom over the entire roof surface. If it is only in small areas, a brush is enough to spread it.

Step 4. Wait for everything to dry. It will take about 12 hours.
The good thing about this mixture is that it will penetrate through the crack and seal in depth. Say goodbye to the leaks!

How to fix a leak if the roof has damaged tiles or sheets

Step 1. Check where the drip is coming from. Leaks can appear a few centimeters higher than where the leak falls in the case of roofs with a certain inclination.

Step 2. Detect if there are broken or detached tiles. It is easy. Just touch them and pull with half strength of them, if you see that it moves … it’s that. Once located, they must be removed.

Step 3. Waterproof. Under the repeated tile it is likely that you will discover fissures. It is necessary to put a special waterproofing that you recommend in a construction store.

Step 4. Place the tiles. Above the waterproofing, place the new or repaired tile. Verify that it is in place and fit with the others before fixing it with cement.

Step 5. Review joints and seal them. The most vulnerable areas on roofs are those where antennas, skylights, ventilation systems and other applications that carry putty are combined. The putty deteriorates with time and it is necessary to reinforce it. Remove the old putty with a spatula and spread the new putty with an applicator.
When performing these tasks, take precautionary measures: gloves, non-slip rubber shoes, appropriate long-sleeved clothing that protects you from the sun, a ladder and safety ropes.

Fix leaks can be an adventure that will empower you in the tasks of construction and DIY; but if you think you need help or just prefer a more comfortable and professional option, leave it to your insurance.

How to Become a Plumber or Contractor

The plumber is the referenced expert in the field of sanitary installations. Its action goes beyond repairing the problem of flush leakage or the exploded ductwork of a faucet. It can be the installation of bathrooms such as the installation of swimming pools, fountains, or collective and industrial facilities. This occupation is one of the most sought-after occupations in the industry.

How to become a Plumber? Find here the missions, necessary training, remuneration of this profession.


Mission statement: Plumber

The plumber has for primary mission to allow the good routing of the water towards the equipment intended for this purpose. He is in charge of installing and repairing the water, gas and compressed air piping to the appliances, in order to ensure the operation of the whole. It contributes to the development of the entire range of building work: offices, new housing or public buildings.

The duties of the plumber are as follows:
• He works according to plans drawn up beforehand and inspired by the architects’ data, by which he determines the arrangement of the pipes according to the location of the equipment.
• By relying on these, the plumber pierces the floors and partitions in order to arrange the fluid circulation ducts.
• During its missions, the sanitary installer analyzes the nature of the surrounding equipment on a case-by-case basis, in order to guarantee the proper functioning of all devices.
• The plumber is used to working in a hurry. Its activities often include the repair of plumbing fixtures and the replacement of deteriorated facilities.

Becoming a Plumber: Qualities required

Requirments to become a contractor obviously starts with a very good physical condition: You will be brought to carry heavy equipment. Moreover, the availability, the versatility, and the mobility are qualities essential to the plumber, the characteristic of the missions of breakdown is that these arise in an unforeseen way. The sanitary installer must have flexible and expandable hours: he must be ready to move in the evening, weekend or holiday. For this reason, and because the journeys are often substantial, the possession of a driving license is essential.

The relationship with the customer is part of the daily life of the plumber. He must, therefore, have a good relationship, be pedagogue and attentive to the expectations of his audience. Professionally, he is brought to coordinate with all types of professionals, especially when he contributes to the progress of a construction site (masons, electricians, architects…).
He must also demonstrate great adaptability, he is brought to officiate on environments of various kinds, whether domestic or industrial (home of an individual, construction site…). This profession requires solid training in the field of fluid circulation science as well as expertise and manual technique. In addition, the evolution of technologies and the development of renewable energies have given a new dimension to adapt to the development of new techniques.

Plumber: career / possibility of evolution:

According to the experience, the possibilities of progression are very varied. The plumber can evolve as a construction supervisor, foreman or construction manager. A relevant solution can obviously be self-entrepreneurship.

As in all sectors of manual work, the dual competence can constitute a more considerable. A sanitary installer with training as a heating engineer, roofer or zinc worker will have more chances to progress hierarchically thereafter.

Situation of the job / context to become Plumber

The plumbing is one of the most requested activities in the building sector. Despite a strong supply of unskilled labor, specialized companies are recruiting more and more qualified professionals in the sector. Today, a complementary experience in the field of management and accounting can constitute a more significant, especially when the sanitary installer has the financial capital needed to set up his own business.

Spring Cleaning Advice

Spring cleaning does not stop at the kitchen, this week attack your living room or loft!

Oily spot on a fabric sofa

living roomDo you have a stain of fat on your couch? Do not panic, with a paper towel, eliminate excess fat or liquid. Then sprinkle generously the soil spot of Sommières. Leave for 30 minutes to 1 night. Once the powder dries, rub and use the vacuum to eliminate it and enjoy your sofa clean.

Thoroughly clean

You want to clean your fabric seats, sprinkle the entire surface with baking soda and let rest at least 2 hours. Then, with a brush, rub gently, emphasizing the dirtiest spots. Then vacuum. Bicarbonate and dirt will be sucked up.

Clean a computer or TV screen

Do not use aggressive glass products. Simply dilute vinegar (1 measure for 2 parts water). Soak a cotton cloth (lint-free) and wring it out perfectly to prevent dripping. Pass it on the screen by describing small circles. Wipe well.

Renovate leather furniture

To revive chairs, sofas, but also leather bags, follow this recipe: Beat 1 egg yolk and add white vinegar or wine (depending on the color of the leather). Apply with a brush, leave for 30 minutes to 1 night. Then wipe a soft cloth.

Remove stains on wooden furniture

For stains of wine, sugar, syrup … mix 2 volumes of olive oil with 1 volume of vinegar. Soak a soft cloth. Rub the stain, then pass the product over the entire piece of furniture to feed the wood.

For a recent water stain, use a cork to absorb the water stain immediately. But if you wait too much, it will not work.

If you want to remove a stain of grease, soak the soil stain, let it rest for several hours and then remove the soil. Repeat as needed.

If you have mold, mix the baking soda and vinegar. Rub the wood with a sponge or cloth soaked.

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How to select the ideal staircases for your loft

The type of staircases you chose for your loft will largely influence how much you enjoy using your loft. There are two types of staircases for lofts and they are made to measure and bespoke. Staircases are an important installation in your home as they not only facilitate easy access between stories but also they add a touch of beauty to your home. So, what is the difference between these two types of staircases? Here’s a detailed overview.

Made-to measure

Made-to measure staircases are usually built by a manufacturer whereby you present them with the measurements. This type of staircase can allow you to achieve mixed designs at a tight budget. All you have to do is choose a pattern from the manufacturer’s pattern book. And as much as this staircase might sound advantageous, it also has its shortcomings. A slight mistake in delivering the measurements can become a major upset since the staircase won’t serve you diligently or even fail to fit. In addition, most made-to measure staircases are built from soft wood thus they don’t guarantee you of durability.

Bespoke staircases

Bespoke staircases are usually created by the architect or bespoke specialist and then actualized by a specialist company. This means that the home owner can get designs that meet their requirements and that will perfectly fit in their homes. However, bespoke staircases require a considerable amount of resources to achieve but you can rest assured of value for your money.