Oct 19

DIY Tips on How to Save Water and Go Green At Home

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With the impact we have on our environment becoming a matter of greater concern, it’s becoming more important for the average citizen to know they’re doing their part. While there are many simple tricks for saving water that will make you feel better about your environmental footprint, here are a few easy upgrades that will make that saving a little more automatic.

Consider a Cistern Device
With outhouses a thing of the past, flushing the toilet has become one of the ways in which household water is being overused the most, but flushing less simply isn’t a viable option. Instead of wasting water in this way, purchase a displacement device and place it in your toilet’s cistern. Without you having to do anything at all, it will instantly reduce the volume of water that is used with each flush.

Learn to Work a Water Meter
It’s ideal to help the environment by saving water, but it’s even better if you can save yourself money at the same time. If you happen to be among those who pay for their water, installing a water meter will enable you to take a closer look at where your water use is going, and can assist you in helping to trim down this expense.

Drain It From the Rain
In the event of an intense downpour, there’s often a lot of water that runs off into the gutter and can’t be absorbed by the grass or the trees. Instead of letting it go to waste, install a water butt to your drainpipe so that you can use the runoff when it’s dry outside to water your plants or even wash your car. There’s no reason that any of the moisture from a good rainfall should have to go to waste.

Invest in Water Efficient Items
From shower-heads to washing machines, going energy efficient with your household appliances is becoming quite popular. The next time you have to replace a small appliance or there’s a leak with a household item, consider heading down to the drugstore to look for environmentally friendly options that will instantly reduce your footprint.

With so many options for environmentally friendly items on the market these days, there’s no reason you can’t save water at home with a few easy changes. From making use of the rain that falls to learning to work with a water meter, some simple shifts may make your house the most environmentally friendly one on the block.

At Aide we help you get it done! Make sure to contact us at Aide Rentals and Sales for all your construction equipment needs!

Oct 09

Simple Tips On How To Effectively Maintain Your Home

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After buying property, it is always prudent to make sure you can effectively maintain the property to get the best value out of it. Many people simply assume that the care of a home starts and ends at general cleaning and changing a few light bulbs. This is not true and every home owner should know some of these simple tips that can help them keep their homes in their best possible condition throughout the year.

Most of these tips are actually DIY and anyone with basic technical skills can do them even without professional training.

When the winter comes and goes, many things also happen besides the changes in temperatures that everyone knows about. There is often a lot of damage that can happen as a result of the changing temperatures. The freezing temperatures often affect pipes and water in the homes and that leads to leakages that can result in further damage to the home. If you live in Chicago and you have a home that you value, taking necessary precautions before and during winter can help you overcome the common problems that many people experience. Remember to wrap your pipes in an insulating material and to leave the taps at a very slow drip. Leaving your home empty without securing crawl spaces and attics from animals is something you should take precautions against. Birds and some wild animals such as rodents and snakes tend to like empty houses and they can cause a lot of damage in a short time.

To make sure your home isn’t damaged, make sure you have measures in place to prevent intruding rodents and birds or even reptiles from invading your home.

If your home is occupied, most home invading animals will not enter. If not, make a point of visiting frequently and put up wire mesh screens near vent covers and entry points. To keep reptiles and other crawling things at bay, make sure your home is well lit so that the natural light is visible from the inside. Most reptiles and rodents as well as bats, which are the most notorious home destroyers, do not like well-lit environments.

Mold is another major problem especially when you are dealing with walls and floors.

The type of mold effects on your wall will largely depend on the way your wall was constructed. Many homes in the Indiana areas as well as other parts of Chicago have walls that have been enhanced to make sure the mold does not seep out of the walls to cause damage. The good news is that you can always do these repairs personally. In case you need handy tools, you can always rely on hardware stores for the tools you need and the information to repair just about anything.

Sep 26

Quick Tips To Prepare Your Home For The Winter

Quick Tips To Prepare Your Home For The Winter

homeWith fall underway, we will receive less sunlight, colder temperatures, and shorter days ahead, so it’s an opportune time to cross those fall & winter  maintenance items off your homeowner to-do list.

Practicing preventive care – both inside and outside your home – can save thousands of dollars in repairs come later this winter. What follows is a brief checklist to get you started.

For Outside The Home:

  • Inspect exterior lights and outlets. Be sure that none of the outlets are cracked or broken, or have exposed wires.
  • Clean gutters and clear all blockages. If leaves are falling, redo after leaves are off all trees.
  • Inspect and test outdoor railings and stairs.
  • Have problem trees trimmed, including those that may damage your home in a storm.
  • Protect outdoor water faucets from freezing. Consider using foam cups, sold at hardware stores.

For Inside The Home:

  • Change batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, whether they’re “dead” or not.
  • Vacuum refrigerator condenser coils, plus the front bottom grill. Empty and clean the drip pan.
  • Inspect wood stoves and fireplace inserts. Hire a certified chimney sweeper to clean the chimney, if needed.
  • Insulate bare water pipes running through your home to prevent freezing and to limit condensation on cold-water lines.
  • Inspect automatic garage door opener. Lubricate chains according to manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure bolts and screws are properly tightened and secured.

As a constant series of chores, home maintenance is a four-season job and one which should not be taken lightly. The tasks of each season are unique and this month is mostly preparatory in advance of colder weather.

If your routine maintenance uncovers larger issues including a faulty HVAC unit, or a leaking faucet, for example, seek professional help to make the repair.

Sep 11

Tips On Cleaning That Flooded Basement

If your home has a basement, you may have to clean a flooded basement at least once. Shut down the electrical power, gas, and water to the basement before entering the area. Check for broken pipes or fittings after the water goes down. Call an experienced plumber who knows what do if you are not comfortable handling the problem.

When it is flooded outside, the water inside is bracing the walls against the outside pressure of Flooded waterlogged soil and high waters. Do not drain the water in the basement until the outside water has gone down. It will prevent heaving of floors and pushed in walls.

Get the water out of the basement when it is safe. If there isn’t a drain or the water is extremely high, rent a sump pump. If your electrical panel is damaged, ask the rental company if they have a 12-volt car battery pump or gasoline operated pump.

If there is a drain and it isn’t working, clear the debris away from the opening and remove the drain plate. Use some old kitchen tongs to remove the debris inside the pipe. You might have to rent an auger to clear blockages close to the drain. Once the water is drained, open the doors and windows to allow the moisture to go outside.

Use a flat-bladed shovel to scoop up mud and debris. Place the gunk in 5-gallon buckets to be carried upstairs and disposed of in accordance with local health regulations. There are contaminants and germs, and the less opportunity for them to spread, the better for everyone concerned. Wear a mask, goggles, gloves, and waterproof boots while you are working.

Use a high-power pressure hose to get rid of dirt and silt stains on masonry and concrete walls and foundations. Tackle stubborn stains by scrubbing with a stiff bristle brush and household detergent. Rinse the areas off with clean water as you clean from top to bottom.

Fans and dehumidifiers help dry things out. You want to prevent mold, so tear up the carpet and padding and dispose of it. Get the subflooring dry.

Sometimes the odors hang around. Put a lump of dry charcoal into an open metal or tin container and place it on a shelf or the floor of the basement. The charcoal absorbs the odors. Drywall soaks up water like a sponge. Take it off and replace it after the wood framing is dry.

Clean a flooded basement by disinfecting the area after it is dry. Clean stainless steel and glass with a solution of 3/4 cup of chlorine bleach to a gallon of water. Use a fungicidal spray on porous materials to remove and kill mold and mildew.

If your basement has flooded, Aide Rentals has the tools that can help!

Aug 31

The Three R’s To Fixing Up A Historic Home

homeIf you enjoy both history and fixing things, then you may have trouble driving by historic homes for sale without feeling the urge to buy and fix one up.

Before you do, however, you should know the three R’s of fixing historic homes — Restoration, Renovation, and Repair.

Restoration
“Restoration” is the process of returning a home to its original state. Restoring historic homes often requires city and state permission. It’s essential that you check to see whether your home is listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP); or, whether it’s located in a historic district. If either is true, there may be a specific set of rules to follow while renovating.

Restoration can be an expensive endeavor. For a home to keep its historic value, the materials used must match the home’s original materials, including furnishings. This can be costly because of antique value.

Renovation
Renovating is less complicated and less restrictive as compared to restoring. However, via a renovation, a home often becomes a more “modern” living space, which can lower the home’s historic value. Be sure that your home is not listed in the NRHP or located in an historic district before beginning renovations.

 

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Depending on size of the project(s), renovations can be expensive, too. However, it’s easier to find great deals on modern appliances as compared to the antique appliances required for a restoration.

Repair
Repairs are often less intensive than a restoration or renovation. For repair, be sure to use materials which fit the home’s character, which may include plaster walls and wooden floors, for example. Matching original materials is not important in the home repair process..

The cost of a repair project will depend on the size and volume of required repairs.
The differences between a restoration, renovation and repair of an historic home may be minor, but those small differences will change your costs, your timeline and your procedural red tape. Speak with an qualified architect if you’re unsure of your obligations as the owner of a historic home.

Aug 22

Rental Equipment to Get The Job Done

Rental Plumbing Equipment

We’ve talked in the past about the benefits of renting vs owning construction equipment, everything from saving money to being able to keep up to date with the equipment; The same general benefits apply to renting plumbing equipment. A vast majority of the population do not own the equipment needed to solve plumbing problems that may arise and with how infrequently these problems can occur it doesn’t make sense to go out and purchase equipment that breaks the bank and offers a very infrequent payoff. Rental plumbing equipment, including sewer-cameras, mini-rodder, or even a mini-excavator can not only save money but will help efficiently get the job done.

Renting a Sewer-Camera to Increase Efficiency

A sewer-camera can do wonders for the efficiency of a plumbing project, not only will it save you from unnecessary rental plumbing equipmentdigging but it will lead to a much more educated understanding of what exactly is causing the issue. A sewer-camera should often be the first piece of rental plumbing equipment that one picks up because of the previously mentioned benefits. This particular piece of equipment can run through a drain while providing video feedback to the operator which results in easier process of identifying the blockage and ultimately makes it easier to develop a game plan to clear said blockage. These sewer-cameras can often run from about one-thousand to several-thousand dollars to outright purchase which makes them an ideal piece of equipment to rent instead of purchase.

Rental EZ rodders

While a sewer-camera is the ideal tool for identifying what is causing a blockage and can help develop the rental plumbing equipmentstrategy for how to best fix the problem it doesn’t directly solve the issue. A Ez rodder on the other hand does. When experiencing a plumbing problem a Ez rodder should be the second piece of rental plumbing equipment on the list of musts. Similar to the sewer-camera a Ez rodder is fed into a sewer system in order to clear blockages. Just as the sewer-camera does these pieces of equipment can not only cost quite a bit but take up unnecessary space once the project is done which again makes them perfect candidates for renting over owning.

Rental Plumbing Equipment for Those Big Jobs

Not every plumbing problem can be fixed using only a sewer-camera or a mini-rodder, for some of these problems you need to bring out the big guns. If you consider the two previous pieces of rental plumbing equipment impractical to outright own (which many of us would) this final piece certainly falls outside outside of that category. A mini-excavator is just the tool needed for these big jobs. These larger vehicles make digging a much easier task than it would be if you were armed with only a shovel. These can be used for replacing sewage rental plumbing equipmentsystems or installing new systems. Being significantly larger than the previously mentioned plumbing rental equipment is only part of the reason one should rent instead of purchasing. These machines typically run around $40,000 to outright purchase which for many of us is an extremely impractical price tag especially considering the time it would take to see a return on that cost. As we’ve mentioned in previous articles one of the biggest reasons to rent is to avoid shelling out large sums of money for equipment that will only end up sitting around and whose ROI may not ever come, this is especially true here.

Contact Us for Your Rental Plumbing Equipment Needs

We here at Aide Rental strive to find the best options for our clients and love our repeat clients. For more information on anything in the above article call 708-756-4020 for our Chicago location or 219-838-4300 for our Indiana location. To find specific pieces of rental plumbing equipment or to find more information about renting visit our website http://www.indianaequipmentrental.com/.

 

Rental Plumbing Equipment for Getting the Job Done by: Terry Trusgnich

Aug 15

Gutter Cleaning & Maintenance Tips For Your Home

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The gutter system is very important as in its absence, water starts running off your roof in curtains and gutters collect debris like twigs, dirt and leaves.

Water gets blocked if there is too much of accumulated debris in the gutter system and this water eventually moves into the cracks and crevices in your foundation to leak into the basement and create problems with mold, mildew and other bacteria. This is why gutter cleaning and maintenance is very important.

  • You need a sturdy ladder to reach the gutters. The best gutter cleaning tool is your hands, covered with gloves. As you can only pick up little debris with your hands, this is a slow option.
  •  An alternative you have is using a gutter scoop. However, do measure your gutter before buying a gutter scoop, as they come in various sizes. You can either throw all the accumulated debris on the ground to pick up later, or carry a garbage bag up the ladder to collect debris as you clean.
  • Under all the large debris, you find a slimy layer of mold coating your gutters. While it does not obstruct your water flow, it gives off an unpleasant odor. Use gutter cleaning brushes to clean this.
  • Instead of scooping and scrubbing debris, you can use a pressure washer for not too severe gutter clogs. Its high pressure washer loosens all the clogs and carries the debris over the gutter sides or to the downspouts. This however creates a big mess as the water stream sprays debris down the side of your home.
  • A gutter cleaning wand works like the pressure washing technique, but are specially meant for cleaning gutters. They have a long handle wherein you can stand on the ground and spray water in a controlled manner wherein there is not much of a spill over.
  • The gutter cleaning robot is a device designed to move along your gutter system while cleaning it. This is a good option for cleaning gutters with significant clogs.
  • If you do not have the time or patience to clean your gutters on your own, you can always hire professional cleaners to clean your gutters. They not only thoroughly clean your gutter system twice a year, but also make sure your gutters are firmly attached to your home without any separation. They will also replace any special hangers used for attaching the gutters to your home and level the gutter system so that they are at proper angles for maximum efficiency.

Aug 01

Why Concrete May Be The Next Best Thing For Your Kitchen

Updating your kitchen may be a project that you have been looking forward to for a long time. Now that the time has come to get started working on your project, you may be exploring the different materials that are available to use in your kitchen. The counter tops are often a prime focal point for a kitchen remodeling project. While there are several materials available to consider, concrete may be the best option for a number of reasons. kitchen

Endless Design Options
Concrete is a popular material that is used on patios, decorative floors and more because it can be stained, scored and shaped with almost endless possibilities. Just as the design options are limitless for other areas of the home, the same holds true when using concrete for your counter tops. You can customize the size, shape, finish, edge style and color without limits to achieve the desired look for your space.

Affordable Material
Concrete is not quite as affordable as laminate counter tops, but it is far more affordable than most other options. It also has a higher end look than laminate, and it can be poured, scored, and stained to mimic other higher end materials. This is a great way to get a luxurious look for your counter tops without paying a high price for them.

Highly Durable
Like many other materials that you may be thinking about for your counter tops, concrete will need to be sealed for long-lasting beauty and style. Once sealed, this is a material that is resistant to damage from heat exposure, staining, water exposure and more. Essentially, it is one of the most durable materials that you can use in your kitchen.

The kitchen is by all accounts a functional room, and counters will be exposed to heat, water, sharp edges and more over the course of time. Concrete is a material that holds up well in this type of environment.

It is rarely easy to select the perfect materials to use in your home remodeling project. After all, you may be concerned about style, durability and cost, and each material may have pros and cons. After discovering the benefits of concrete counter tops, however, you may have found the material you are searching for. You can request a quote for your concrete counters and review the incredible design possibilities.

Jul 24

How To Deal With A Flooded Basement

If your home has a basement, you may have to clean a flooded basement at least once. Shut down the electrical power, gas, and water to the basement before entering the area. Check for broken pipes or fittings after the water goes down. Call an experienced plumber who knows what do if you are not comfortable handling the problem.

When it is flooded outside, the water inside is bracing the walls against the outside pressure of Flooded Basementwaterlogged soil and high waters. Do not drain the water in the basement until the outside water has gone down. It will prevent heaving of floors and pushed in walls.

Get the water out of the basement when it is safe. If there isn’t a drain or the water is extremely high, rent a sump pump. If your electrical panel is damaged, ask the rental company if they have a 12-volt car battery pump or gasoline operated pump.

If there is a drain and it isn’t working, clear the debris away from the opening and remove the drain plate. Use some old kitchen tongs to remove the debris inside the pipe. You might have to rent an auger to clear blockages close to the drain. Once the water is drained, open the doors and windows to allow the moisture to go outside.

Use a flat-bladed shovel to scoop up mud and debris. Place the gunk in 5-gallon buckets to be carried upstairs and disposed of in accordance with local health regulations. There are contaminants and germs, and the less opportunity for them to spread, the better for everyone concerned. Wear a mask, goggles, gloves, and waterproof boots while you are working.

Use a high-power pressure hose to get rid of dirt and silt stains on masonry and concrete walls and foundations. Tackle stubborn stains by scrubbing with a stiff bristle brush and household detergent. Rinse the areas off with clean water as you clean from top to bottom.

Fans and dehumidifiers help dry things out. You want to prevent mold, so tear up the carpet and padding and dispose of it. Get the subflooring dry.

Sometimes the odors hang around. Put a lump of dry charcoal into an open metal or tin container and place it on a shelf or the floor of the basement. The charcoal absorbs the odors. Drywall soaks up water like a sponge. Take it off and replace it after the wood framing is dry.

Clean a flooded basement by disinfecting the area after it is dry. Clean stainless steel and glass with a solution of 3/4 cup of chlorine bleach to a gallon of water. Use a fungicidal spray on porous materials to remove and kill mold and mildew.

If your basement has flooded, Aide Rentals has the tools that can help!

Jul 20

When A Bobcat Tractor Is Necessary

Whether you have a large property, you are trying to maintain, a construction business, or anything in between, bobcat tractorbobcat tractors are essential equipment.

These handy little tractors can mean the difference between a job well done (and repeat customers) and a floundering business.  Of course, there are times when you simply need a bobcat tractor just to straighten up the back yard!

When a Dozer is just Too Much

Bulldozers have their place in construction and even home landscaping; however, there are times when this type of equipment is just too much. In most landscaping situations, preserving mature growth is preferable. Not only is it guaranteed to be healthy, it also saves money in replacement costs.

A small bobcat tractor equipped with a brush saw, rotary cutter or flail cutter is the perfect set of tools for most jobs. The flail and rotary cutter will allow you to cut through some of the thickest brush while the brush saw provides a tool that can cut through saplings up to 15 foot tall.

Mulching Option

Bobcat tractors are wood chewing machines with a handy forestry attachment. Whether you need to bring upper tree limbs down or get through some larger trees, you will have the tools to do so. In fact, the forestry cutter can actually till the mulched tree limbs directly into the soil if required. What a way to kill two birds with one piece of equipment!

Versatility

So far, we have talked a lot about trees and landscaping, but that is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the versatility of your average bobcat tractor. Here are a few other ways they can be quite handy:

  • Demolition- Small structures, old sheds and even remnant concrete are no match for the power of a bobcat tractor. Quickly and easily, remove all of the above and more. With the right attachment, you can complete concrete flatwork in no time at all. (breaking concrete slabs for removal)
  • Excavation- Do you need to dig a little deeper? Bobcat excavators are uniquely designed to work in tight places and give the operator a better field of view because the working arm is offset to the right.
  • Cutting Grade- Bobcats are equipped with electric over hydraulic controls giving you better precision and fingertip control. In addition, these machines have adjustable skid shoes so the equipment can easily be operated by novice or skilled workers.

bobcat tractorFinal Thoughts on Bobcat Tractors

Sometimes the only piece of equipment that makes sense is a bobcat tractor. You could rent or purchase a dozer, skid loader, backhoe and other various pieces of large machinery, but in many situations, a bobcat tractor and the right attachment will do the job just as well if not better

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