How to disinfect our house

How to disinfect our house

On the one hand the viruses, on the other the spring allergies, surely during this period your house needs proper cleaning and disinfection from Αποφράξεις Αναγνώστου Κηφισιά. But how do you clean your home completely, properly, in what order and where to start? Below you will find simple tips to make your home look and feel really clean, free of germs, dust and viruses.

Room ventilation

Start the day of the general cleaning of your house, ventilating each room well and do not forget to take blankets and duvets in the sun.

In any case, you should ventilate the house every day, so that the air is refreshed and diffused fresh inside the house.

This protects you more from viruses and allergies.

Surfaces

Thoroughly disinfect large surfaces such as benches, open-plan furniture, consoles, desks, play surfaces.

Use disinfectant cleaning liquid or cleaner with diluted bleach (in materials that do not fade) in a ratio of 1 to 10, where you will then rinse the surfaces with clean water.

Carpets

Shake well all the carpets in the house, as well as the sofa covers. Let them ventilate for a while and then take them in and continue cleaning them with the vacuum cleaner, brush with a carpet cleaner and if necessary put a steam cleaner.

With a steam cleaner you can also clean the curtains, but also your mattress. The steam cleaner with the power of steam cleans difficult stains while at the same time disinfects, neutralizing 99.9% of germs without the use of chemicals.

Kitchen

The kitchen due to humidity but also due to daily feeding activity requires special attention.

  • Remove from the countertops of your kitchen anything that has nothing to do with its function and clean thoroughly. Leave them clean and almost empty.
  •  Fill the sink with hot water, add a little soap and put in the removable shelves of the fridge, the dish rack or the microwave tray.
  • Dust over cupboards and the refrigerator, dust that will fall to the floor will be wiped off later.
  • Clean the taps and the outside of the kitchen utensils, but also the oven, refrigerator, etc., with a general purpose cleaner and rinse.
  • Put the sponges and vetches along with the items you have soaked in the sink in the dishwasher.
  • Vacuum carefully to remove dust and crumbs and then mop well.

There are special kitchen cleaners so you can easily clean everything in your kitchen.

To disinfect your refrigerator:

  • You have to remove the food (check expiration dates, throw away what has expired and bring forward the expired ones).
  • Clean the inside with a sponge dipped in warm water and a little dishwashing liquid.
  • You go everywhere with disinfectant (non-toxic) grills, cupboards, egg cases, base, etc.
  • Wipe with a damp clean sponge and wait for it to dry before putting your food back in.

To disinfect the dishwasher:

  • Check the drainage area and remove any food debris.
  • Then place a glass of white vinegar in the washing machine.
  • In another cup put baking soda (up to the middle of the cup) and place it on the top shelf.
  • Work for a wash cycle with the hottest water and after the wash is over, leave it closed for another 20 minutes.
  • Open his door and dried the inside with a clean towel or a soft sponge.

Sofa

Clean your sofa after wiping it with the special brush of the vacuum cleaner or with a vacuum cleaner and pass it with a gentle cleaner. Then you can use a steam cleaner.

The vacuum cleaner is a good solution for small surfaces and for everyday use, as it is flexible, small and practical.

Bathroom

The bathroom must be disinfected daily for reasons of hygiene, as due to the bacteria that grow there it is the most “dirty” room in the house. For a “deep” cleaning, wear household gloves and start from the top down.

  • Wipe the bathroom floor well before you start anything, as water will fall and you do not want mud in your bathroom.
  • Clean the metal elements of the shower with a special product, wash the bathtub curtains in the washing machine and clean the bathtub with hot water and detergent.
  • Disinfect tiles, brush the dirt from the joints (with a hard brush or toothbrush dipped in bleach) while at the same time the bathroom should be ventilated.

  • Use the basin to clean sinks and faucets and finish them. Pour bleach and toilet disinfectant, rub with a spatula and pull out the cistern.

  • Finally, mop with floor cleaner or diluted bleach. To easily clean your bathroom, there are special bath cleaners.

To disinfect the washing machine:

Once a month put on a washing program with a temperature above 60 ° C. Put detergent powder in the case and let it work. You can also add 2 cups of vinegar in place of the detergent, to remove any odors that have been created inside.

Wiping – Mopping

You move armchairs and sofas (if possible), baskets, flower pots, boxes, nightstands, etc., and vacuum thoroughly the whole house. You also pay attention under the beds and on the legs of the furniture that collect hair and various dirt.

Mop the whole house with a biological cleaner and a few drops of disinfectant and change the water per room.

You can see for a good vacuum cleaner, for a professional one for your terrace or garden, but also the very easy-to-use robot vacuum cleaner, which will really “untie” your hands!

Mattresses

After removing the mattress cover, vacuum it with a vacuum cleaner to pick up dust, pet hair and dirt that has accumulated over time.

If there are stains, mix a few drops of liquid dish soap with warm water with a little baking soda and rub the stains. Wipe the whole thing with a cloth that you have sprayed with antibacterial liquid and try to aerate it, lifting it.

If possible, take the mattress out for a while in the garden or on the terrace, the sun and air are a great way to drastically reduce bacteria.

Glass

The windows are also a point that needs thorough cleaning, especially in a house with children who constantly leave footprints on their height.

Clean the surface with a soft, lint-free cloth, spray with glass liquid and wipe with a kitchen roller, ideally with newspaper sheets, as it will polish them perfectly or with glass cleaning rubbers.

When the rains stop and after washing balconies, terraces and shutters, you follow the same steps from the outside. To clean your windows there are small glass cleaning devices that make the whole process incredibly easy.

Knobs – handles

It is very important to frequently disinfect door knobs (especially the front door) and cupboards, the handles on your small appliances, the power switches, the keyboards, the TV remote control and anything else you touch almost every day!

You can see our article specifically for the disinfection of electronic devices. If you want to feel healthy, beautiful and relaxed in the house, these simple tips will help you a lot, as well as the simple moves that you can adopt in your daily life.

Then, enjoy your indoors activities in peace.

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Web Hosting vs Domain: What are their differences?

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Web Hosting vs Domain: What are their differences?

Many people who are just starting out on the internet and want to create a website, do not know that domain name and web hosting are 2 completely different things!

A website is made up of different elements that work together harmoniously to display your content to visitors. It is impossible to have a website without web hosting or domain name – you need both!

For example you can have all your files in one hosting space but if you do not have a domain name, then they can not be accessible to the public – except with the IP and the exact path!

If this sounds like a bit of a distraction, don’t panic! Read the article to the end and you will understand the differences between domain and web hosting, as well as how these 2 are connected.

What is Web Hosting?

 

In order for your website to be online, 24 hours a day, you must either have your computer open at all times (and of course properly configured to function as a web hosting server) or purchase a web hosting package.

Of course, over 99% of the world chooses the 2nd solution – the purchase of a web hosting. Web hosting services are usually charged per month, depending on the package and benefits you choose.

The company – provider will provide you with the available space where you can upload your applications and files to be accessible to the general public. A company that specializes in web hosting has all the necessary technical infrastructure to host the files of your website.

Your package, and then your website, will simply own a small portion of a server, as it will share it with dozens or hundreds of other websites! But do not be intimidated by this, as shared web hosting has many advantages, such as:

  • Low cost: shared hosting has the lowest cost and is the ideal choice for those who are just starting their online adventure with a new website.
  • Very easy to use: Shared web hosting is very easy to use as everything comes pre-configured. You just have to upload your files!
  • Instantly upgradeable: Whenever you want, you can upgrade your package to a bigger one with more space and more features!

 

To start hosting your website, all you have to do is choose the right web hosting package from the various providers available. We suggest you choose a Greek company for better speeds and more immediate support.

What is a domain name?

 

The domain is the name of a website, as it must be written for anyone to have access! For example, on our website the domain is MyIP.gr – if you type it you will be directly on our website! If domains did not exist, users would have to remember a number (IP) to be able to access your website.

Now, the domain name covers IP “as a mask” so your visitors only need to know the name of your website!

There is a lot of “background” behind each domain and how it relates to the web hosting package you have (with name servers, A records, etc.) but you do not need to know them!

How Web Hosting and a Domain Name Work Together!

 

In order for your website to be online and accessible from anywhere and everyone, all you have to do is buy a hosting package along with a domain. In the company you will buy – we recommend the Greek company MyIP – you will use some name servers that you must declare in the domain you bought.

If you buy domain + web hosting together, then it is very likely that this process will be done by the company and you will not do anything. Otherwise, you will simply enter 2 to 4 name servers in the corresponding field of your domain (in the domain administrator). This way you declare in the domain “where to find” your files and display them when you enter the name of your website.

From now on, all you have to think about is the construction of your website, as in less than 24 hours the domain will be ready for use! To get started and choose your own domain along with a web hosting package, click here!

 

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Top 5 types of wooden floors and all you need to know!

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Top 5 types of wooden floors and all you need to know!

The wooden floor is undoubtedly a very popular choice, especially for those who prefer the rustic and the traditional style of decoration. However, even if you prefer the modern, the wooden floor offers you countless options to integrate it harmoniously in your space.

You must have heard that this is a very special material. In the market you will find alternative solutions and items that cover all tastes and financial budgets. From laminate which is a kind of ready-made parquet floor with wood look to the impressive solid oak floor, there is always the ideal solution for every home. Before choosing, you should consider some basic parameters. They are the ones who will judge the suitability of each choice for the needs of your space.

We have compiled a list of the top proposals for the wooden floor and we present them to you along with their basic characteristics. What do you need to know about each species and how do you decide which one is best for your space?

What should you think about before choosing a wooden floor?

Of course, appearance plays a key role in choosing a wooden floor. Apart from this, however, there are other factors that you must take into account when choosing the right one for your space. One of them is definitely the price, but it is probably not the most important. Let’s look at the main ones: 1. Exposure to sunlight. 2. Percentage of Humidity inside the House and its fluctuations. 3. Cleaning Products and exposure of wood to chemicals 4. Frequency and type of maintenance – “How will you maintain the wood to perfection?” 5. Influence of maintenance on the appearance of wood in the long run 6. Movement of Wheeled Furniture in the area where the wooden floor will be placed

5 Popular types of wooden floors for your home!

The basic separation of wooden floors is based on the wood used, which is either soft or hard. Wood from broadleaf trees belongs to the category of hardwood, while those from coniferous trees belong to the softwood. This separation is not related to the durability of the floor over time or the lifespan of the wood. Below we will see some of the most popular of each category.

European Oak Wooden Floor

The oak wooden floor is among the top choices of those who love wood, for many centuries. It is distinguished for its high durability over time but for the satisfactory stability it offers. The oak floors stand out from their light brown color with the intense water that forms on their surface.

It is a construction of unrivaled aesthetics, able to meet even the most difficult technical requirements. The oak floor is available in a wide range of dimensions and qualities, allowing you to choose the one that best suits your needs. In addition to the different varieties of wood, you have the opportunity to choose the color of your floor, since you can paint the oak wood floor in the shade of your choice. As for the price, it will be determined by the quality and the type you will choose.

Iroquois

Iroquois is the most widespread species of tropical wood in Greece. Its high strength and level of hardness make iroko suitable for both external and internal use. Apart from the installation of wooden floors, it is widely used in shipbuilding, the construction of frames and pergolas.

Iroquois wooden floor

Depending on the type and area from which the wood comes, its shades change. Starting with an intense ash yellow, iroko is even available in brown-red shades. What you should pay attention to is that due to its increased photosensitivity, it can change color very quickly and easily, especially when it is exposed to sunlight or placed outdoors.

If you want to install it in the bathroom, kitchen or combine it with underfloor heating, you should know that it is an excellent choice. If you have decided to proceed with the installation of underfloor heating at the same time, nothing limits you. After the hydraulic installation is completed, it is lined with cement mortar. The system should work for a few days and then the wooden floor will be installed.

Doussie

Like iroko, the shower belongs to the tropical wood family. It is one of the most special and interesting items for the wooden floor. The doussie stands out for its rich ash-red color, which deepens the more it is exposed to the sun’s rays.

Wooden floor heartwood

The extremely high mechanical strength combined with the stability it presents place it among the top choices for heavy constructions. In addition to the wooden floor, it is used for the construction of frames, frames, furniture and tanks. It is also often placed on decks and ports.

If time plays an important role in your decision, the heartwood is a great choice. The heartwood in particular has a very long natural duration while at the same time it is quite resistant to insect and fungal attacks.

Walnuts

If you want to make the presence of wood felt in the space, then the walnut is an ideal choice to achieve it. This is a very special and warm solution. The shades of walnut start from dark brown and reach up to light black. Over time and exposure to the sun, its color lightens so it is usually painted before being varnished.

Walnut wooden floor

The incomparable aesthetics of the walnut in combination with the ease it offers in the processing, place it among the favorite woods for the construction of furniture and frames. The reason we do not find it so often on wooden floors is not related to its durability or quality, which is excellent. Its main disadvantage is the price, since it is a fairly expensive alternative. If you fell in love with its color and the image it gives to the space, you can look for offers that will make its cost more affordable.

Maple

In contrast to the walnut which has an imposing dark brown color, the creamy shade of maple is very close to white. It is also not at all sensitive to sunlight, retaining almost the same color over time.

Maple wooden floor

The maple is recommended for small spaces but also dark rooms that you want to visually enlarge. It is a fact that its light shade allows light to travel in space and will definitely make it shine. But let’s look at the technical characteristics of the maple. It has a very high hardness but a moderate reaction to the contraction – expansion of the wood. This makes it unsuitable for areas with high levels of humidity, such as the bathroom and kitchen, but also for the installation of underfloor heating.

Would you like to install a wooden floor in your Home but you have not decided what is the right choice for your space and needs? Seek the advice of evaluated professionals like Montclair Roofing and Contracting.

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4 Reasons why a suspended ceiling is ideal!

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4 Reasons why a suspended ceiling is ideal!

Plasterboard suspended ceilings are one of the most common choices in the field of construction. The reasons for this are many, as drywall as a material gathers many benefits and advantages that make its choice a very smart move.

What is the procedure followed in suspended ceiling?

For the construction of a suspended ceiling with plasterboard, the following tasks are very simple. The specialized craftsmen of our platform, informed us about the steps that follow in the installation of a suspended ceiling with plasterboard. At the beginning, a metal frame is placed, at least one layer of plasterboard is applied and then they are plastered and trowelled. The repairs that are needed are minimal and that is why its installation is very easy and fast. But apart from the easy installation, the plasterboard suspended ceiling has a lot more to offer you.

What are the main benefits of plasterboard suspended ceilings?

Plasterboard suspended ceilings are distinguished for both aesthetic and practical reasons. In the following list you will find all the benefits that you will ensure by choosing the false ceilings with plasterboard:

1. Good insulation of the space

Plasterboard suspended ceilings offer unique sound insulation and effectively protect against annoying noises. At the same time they have good thermal insulation properties preventing constant changes in room temperature and saving money on heating and cooling costs.

2. Stability & Durability

Suspended ceilings and plasterboard partitions are very resistant both to the passage of time and to various stresses. They help in fire protection and are not affected by earthquakes.

3. Low Cost & Maximum Functionality

Plasterboard suspended ceiling construction, although it is possible at very affordable prices, can be very useful and serve many different needs. Combining low cost and high quality, they are increasingly preferred for various constructions.

4. High Aesthetic Result

Plasterboard suspended ceilings can be painted and processed very easily to match any style you want and create a unique result. The options you have are many and there are no design restrictions. From the above it is obvious that the plasterboard suspended ceiling is an excellent choice for any space renovation and if you wish to install it.

In what cases is the plasterboard suspended ceiling used?

Plasterboard suspended ceilings have many applications, which can be summarized as follows:

  • To cover imperfections such as cables, pipes, etc.
  • For installation of hidden lighting
  • For decorative reasons and elaborate constructions
  • For the soundproofing of a room
  • To cover heating and ventilation systems

Plasterboard suspended ceilings are selected for both business premises and homes as with the appropriate treatment they can cover even the most special case. But in order to have a satisfactory result that will last over time, the secret lies in good placement.

What are the benefits of a suspended ceiling?

The first and most immediate benefit, as you can understand from what we wrote above, is of course the aesthetic upgrade of the space in which this construction will be placed. The suspended ceiling can “lower” and reduce a high ceiling space or can be the “base” for the installation of hidden lighting.

In general, a suspended ceiling can take any shape, design and color the owner of the space thinks, since our experienced workshops are able to easily and quickly complete all projects. Whatever your vision for your space and its roof, our craftsmen will make it a reality.

But beyond these aesthetic benefits, there are “practical”. The first and biggest benefit of suspended ceilings is the fact that they provide perfect insulation, which makes them ideal for those who want to have a place that is cool in summer and warm in winter, but without high costs in heating and air conditioning.

It is understood that thanks to their insulating properties they can significantly reduce the so-called energy footprint of the space in which they are placed, thus contributing to the reduction of electricity and heating bills but also to the protection of the environment.

Suspended ceilings can also be used to “regulate” the noise and sounds generally produced in a space. It can be used to soundproof a store located in an apartment building or in another area where the noise of the stores is not tolerated.

However, suspended ceilings can also improve the acoustics of a space, which is why we often find them in conference centres and event venues in general.

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Is it time to change your floors?

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Is it time to change your floors?

Are you fed up with the creaky noises that are coming from your floors – carpentry? Is it time to change your floors? Do not worry as it also happens in the… best families. There comes a time when time leaves its indelible marks on the floors and that is when we have to replace them with new ones. If you are in this situation, be sure to find out everything about their renovation.

It also happens in the… best houses. There comes a time when time leaves its indelible marks on the floors and that is when we have to replace them with new ones. If you are in this situation, be sure to find out everything about their renovation.

What parameters determine the time when the floors of a house should be replaced? It is a question that concerns many, since their participation in the general aesthetics and functionality of the personal space is important. The image of a wooden floor that has suffered from a lot of use, as well as a tile floor or fish floor, is not pleasant not only visually, but also practically.

There are also cases in which the floors are worn or open so much that they allow the sounds of the adjacent compartments to be transferred to your own. In these cases, their renovation is imperative. Before we begin, we must consider the cost of this work.

Why would you need to replace your floors?

The truth is that once you have installed wooden floors, you will not have to face problems any time soon. These types of floors could really last forever if they are looked after properly. You could just polish them once every five years and that could be it. The only occasions that could lead you to change them is if you experience a flood, termites, high levels of humidity or a hole due to extra weight or heavy furniture.

Last but not least, you could simply replace your floors if you want to renovate your house and have a fresh new start. Do not forget, that wooden floors are a timeless feature of your house and they will add value to it too.

Cost of the new floors

Most cases where the final cost is more than double the original budget are due to a change in the original design and modification of the original options. However, before you decide, it is good to take into account that the prices of the products differ and can range from 14 euros per sq.m. up to 100 euros per sq.m. Careful market research is indicated to see the full range of materials. You can choose wooden floors or tiled floors, granite, fish or terracotta. You can still install carpet or rubber overlays.

Wooden floors

The wooden floors are a classic proposal, with a long life and suit all interior decoration styles. In the case of renovation, there are alternatives, such as ready-made parquet from pressed veneer and laminate, instead of solid wood, which has peculiarities in the installation. It is easy to maintain and clean. Depending on how they are placed, you will find them on the market in four basic types, which cover absolutely all your needs.

Nailed parquet

Glued parquets can be glued easily and quickly on any floor made of fish, mosaic or concrete. They are a perfect solution where no nail can be installed, both for new buildings and for home renovations. It is made of solid wood, which means that they can be sanded and varnished as many times as the classic nailed parquet. Due to their dimensions and cut, they are suitable for cases where there is underfloor heating, as well as for the creation of designs.

Glued parquet

Glued parquets can be glued easily and quickly on any floor made of fish, mosaic or concrete. They are a perfect solution where no nail can be installed, both for new buildings and for home renovations. It is made of solid wood, which means that they can be sanded and varnished as many times as the classic nailed parquet. Due to their dimensions and cut, they are suitable for cases where there is underfloor heating, as well as for the creation of designs.

Pre-polished durable floor

It is a ready-made pre-varnished parquet of high strength. It is made of three layers of wood, which are pressed under special conditions of pressure and temperature, and six layers of ecological varnishes, passed to high-tech automatic machines. Its incomparable advantages make its choice unsurpassed for any space: easy, quick installation, even and arbitrary, without the need for sanding and polishing. They have a long shelf life as they can be sanded and varnished.

Carpentry experts

So, if you have decided to make a major change and get rid of your old floors, then we might have the best crew to suggest to you. The professionals of Gikas Contracting are located in New Jersey. You can book an appointment and let them show you around and design your new floors. You can also browse through their work

Put your trust on the experts of carpentry, floor, roofing, painting and flooring , and watch them transform your house. Your new floors will for sure amaze you and they will come to stay for a long long time!

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Vanity Cosmetics manicure trends summer 2020

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Vanity Cosmetics manicure trends summer 2020

 

Vanity Cosmetics prepared a wonderful manicure collection with the new trends summer 2020.

Summer 2020 is a year that manicure makes an impressive turn in terms of size, colours and shapes and Vanity Cosmetics has the ideal Vanity Pro Fit varnishes.

So we remain beautiful even when we stay at home and get well-groomed nails and good mood with VANITY PRO FIT varnishes.

Watching the shows of the big fashion houses in New York, London, Milan and Paris, we stood out and present you the new trends in manicure for Summer 2020.

What are the shapes and lengths for Summer 2020?

This season is full of contrasts on all levels regarding manicure. The two most prominent lengths on the catwalks were the natural short but also the very large nails. Of course we also saw classic shapes like the round and the square that guarantee a great fit and image of your nails for summer 2020.

The colours that will dominate for this season are still yellow, metallic, red and all colours with a lot of glitter. Of course the classic shapes but also the colours of the French and the nude varnishes acquire a different look and design and are waiting for you to try them.

1. Natural short nails for summer 2020

The catwalks of many well-known fashion houses have proved that you do not need to have beautiful long nails to highlight the colour of your varnish. The models in many houses had the length of their nails so short that there was honestly no room to place a tip if needed or wanted.

2. Big and oval nails for summer 2020

The large oval natural or artificial nails add to our hands a more dramatic image but it remains a classic choice in contrast to the macaroon. So you can, like the models, keep a short length at your ends and when you have the mood or depending on the occasion, add them and thus complete your external appearance.

3. Natural round nails

It is no surprise this year that most designers have chosen the round shape at the ends of their models and the short nail length to keep it beautiful and functional.

4. Macaroon shape

The macaroon shape in long length is one of the most dramatic and impressive shapes and lengths of all times. They are often called stiletto nails and despite their intense image, they are a very feminine feature of the appearance of many women. At fashion weeks we saw many fashion houses go a step further and decorate them with different colours, shapes and accessories.

5. Transparent nails

If you belong to the category of women who like simple designs and colours then you do not need to worry about the summer trends for 2020. The trend for transparent but healthy edges is an ideal choice for you. Treat your nails and then apply a clear varnish to highlight and keep them strong and beautiful.

6. Classic French manicure

The classic French manicure will never go out of fashion trends as it helps our nails look healthier and more beautiful. So choose something elegant and beautiful if you do not want to try something unusual. A wonderful French manicure matches perfectly with the simple trend in make up for summer 2020 and the abundance of flowers, while giving the ideal contrast to the dark tones of make up. The even thinner line in the French manicure is definitely something that we will all try and love.

7. Monochrome nails

Monochrome nails remain for another season in the hottest trends and are now a classic choice. So you have the freedom to paint all your nails in one shade or just use a different nail polish on one finger. This is the simplest, but equally impressive trend and you do not need to be a professional to follow it. You can simply do it yourself at home! Experiment with the combination of colours and geometric patterns will have their honorary each time.

8. Small touches of colour on transparent nails

Even if you are experimenting with the way you will decorate your nails, you can always make your transparent nails a little more attractive by adding geometric shapes or even in metallic colour or a different upside down French. Small blue dots create a very special and dynamic manicure.

9. 3D Nails

At this time the options we have for our 3D creations are many. Of course you should choose according to your personal taste and you will definitely not go unnoticed. Experiment with the length, the colours but also the theme and the decorative elements. Choose minimal creations or stiletto nails decorated with crystals and roses.

Of course, pearls could not be absent from the decorative elements added by the big fashion houses at the ends of their models. So pearls take place on our nails for summer 2020 in addition to our hair accessories and jewellery.

10. Yellow and red colours

When we think of the ultimate summer colour for our nails, of course we can not compare yellow with any other colour. It is the choice of most famous and non-famous fashion houses in the world and you consider it a canvas but also the ideal for every woman.

Another classic colour that many of us wear all year round is red. Timeless, seductive and sexy, combine it with your favourite red lipstick and surely no one will be able to resist you.

11. Metallic, animal print and glitter nails

Choose metallic shades this summer as well, but avoid the classic gold. Prefer metallic pink in its most dramatic version in stiletto shape.

Tiger, zebra and leopard print are the trends that dominate this summer in many fashion houses and of course in our extremes. Choose the print that you think it represents and impress!

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Housing Demand Spike Will be Temporary, Says Zoopla

Housing Demand Spike Will be Temporary, Says Zoopla


The housing desire jump expert at the time the housing sector reopened will be small-lived, according to Zoopla.

The home web page expects the leap in demand to be short-term, and that projections for a important financial drop and growing unemployment will moderate more advancement. 

Housing desire hit its greatest level considering that ahead of lockdown after the governing administration reopened the market place two weeks ago, and Zoopla says it expects sale volumes to enhance more in the small-term.

But the price of residence rate growth will stagger for the duration of the summertime months, after the influence of the coronavirus pandemic on the housing current market becomes apparent.

Richard Donnell, director of study and insight at Zoopla, said: “The scale of the rebound in need for housing is welcome news for estate brokers and builders, but it is also surprising provided projections for a sharp rise in unemployment and a big decline in economic development.

“The financial impacts of Covid-19 will develop in the coming months and uncertainty is constructing. The the vast majority of would-be movers approach to keep on their search, inspired by reduced home loan prices and continued federal government aid for the overall economy. 

“However, we count on the most recent rebound in demand to moderate in the coming weeks as customers and sellers start off to exert higher caution. Additional aid from the governing administration can not be discounted and would assist restrict the scale of the draw back hazards.”

(A lot more: £82bn Truly worth of Dwelling Gross sales Suspended Because of to Lockdown, Zoopla Reviews)

What Comes about Now?

Zoopla claims there are two salient factors to consider when predicting housing designs for the rest of the 12 months. 

To begin with, owning calculated that 373,000 profits had been suspended for the duration of lockdown, Zoopla states it is unclear how many of these income will make it to completion. 

All-around 40% of potential customers place their plans on keep through lockdown, citing deterrents these types of as market uncertainty, decline of profits and reduced assurance in future finances.

Next, will the pent-up demand submit-lockdown essentially convert into new profits? Zoopla explained a return of pent-up demand from customers was to be predicted, but the pace will probably drop supplied “the regular two-thirty day period lag in between new demand from customers getting into the current market and revenue currently being agreed”.

Furthermore, although purchaser need spiked by 88% throughout England after the housing sector reopened, not all demand will be satisfied if offered supply does not improve.

Donnell extra: “Many homes are very likely to have re-evaluated what they want from their house. This could very well demonstrate the scale of the demand returning to the market. We want to see additional supply come to the market place to satisfy this desire.”

The housing sector is still to reopen in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

(More: Annual Home Rate Progress Will increase by 3.7% in April, Nationwide Reveals)





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How to manage your septic system

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A septic tank is part of your on-site waste water system facility. It is common in rural areas, where access to a municipal sewer system (apofraxeis Kallitheas) is not obtainable and also not practical economically. The septic system is hidden from sight and if properly maintained, is odourless and could last you for many years. Also, you need to observe a few simple rules, to make your septic system provide you a trouble-free service. For example, you should not throw solids into the toilet, because it will clog the drain.

Avoid Overloading the Septic System

There are a few things homeowners can do regularly to keep their septic systems efficient and running smoothly. Maintaining a septic system is as simple as checking toilets and faucets regularly for leaks and any necessary repairs. Look in the basement or crawl under your house often to check for any signs of leaks. Fit showers with a flow reducer nozzle and use aerators on faucets to lower the consumption of water and reduce the amount of water used for laundry. Another way to reduce water consumption is to invest in energy-efficient appliances. Try dishwashers that use less water or wait until it is full and then run it. Use a displacer to reduce liters of water used for flushing the toilet. Alternatively, replace an old toilet with a modern model that saves on water consumption.

Professional Installation

Have a professional plumber install the septic system to avoid leaks and other plumbing issues down the road. Health officials from the local authority will perform a percolation or soil test after you apply for a building permit to assess whether the ground can support a septic system or not.

Minimize Heavy Duty Cleaners

Solid objects in a septic tank won’t break down when someone overuses heavy-duty cleaners that can kill any beneficial bacteria present in a septic tank. Use them as less often as you can or avoid them at all. Other chemicals that can ruin a septic system include gasoline, motor oils, paint thinners, and varnish. Some of these chemicals can be hazardous to the groundwater. Instead, store them in tightly secured bins and dispose of them per the waste law.

Proper Disposal of Garbage

Never flush things such as cigarette butts, tampons, disposable diapers, paper towels, facial tissues, sanitary napkins, or any other litter down the toilet. Such objects can clog a septic tank faster than it took to flush a disposable diaper down the drain. Grease can also block a drainage system and make it impossible for soil to absorb wastewater. Pouring too much oil down the drain may cause the need for a new drainage system, which can be costly. Improper disposal of garbage can add to the volumes of solids that go down the drain. Instead of using a garbage disposal, consider putting any waste in a plastic bag and drop it in the trash.

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Protect the Septic System

Instead of driving over a septic tank, construct a structure on top of the drain field and cover it with either asphalt or concrete. Also, don’t allow pets to walk over the drain field. Planting grass on a drain field can help minimize soil erosion. Consider planting trees far away from the drain area to discourage damages caused by roots. Trees with aggressive roots should even be planted further from the septic tank. A soggy drain field can’t neutralize or absorb wastewater either. As such, plan foundation drains, roof gutters, and landscaping to allow the diversion of excess water from the drain field.

Regular Inspection

The adage that prevention is worth a cure applies to septic systems maintenance. Always remember to pump solids away from the tank. Experts Αποφράξεις Καλλιθέας recommend pumping a septic tank with a 1,000 gallons after every five years. However, you can extend or shorten the period between pumping; thus, don’t follow the calendar. The best time to start pumping a septic tank is when the sludge top is within 12 inches or when the bottom of the drainage system starts collecting within three inches.

How do conventional septic systems work?

Homes and buildings in rural areas often manage to source nearby municipalities’ public water infrastructure, though they sometimes use wells. Well-connected systems need to be treated differently than those that are attached to public water supply networks.

A large septic tank is buried near a home or a building. All toilets, sinks, washing machines are drained directly to this septic tank. After the waste breaks down, it makes its way downhill to a distribution box.

Several long pipes are connected to the distribution box. These pipes contain holes that allow the treated sewage to evenly find its way across a large area known as a drain field.

With well-based septic systems, drain fields must be positioned so that they release sewage downhill from the flow of groundwater that the well uses.

Now that you know the basic infrastructure that most modern septic systems employ, here are six tell-tale signs of septic system failure.

1. Are patches of ground near the septic system damp?

If you notice that one or more patches of the ground roughly above any part of the septic system are significantly wetter than the rest of your property’s lawn, your septic system is likely in need of repair or replacement.

Are these patches located directly above or near the septic tank itself? If so, your tank is likely leaking, as opposed to the remainder of the septic system.

On the other hand, if these patches are found throughout the drain field, you need to develop better drainage conditions for your septic system. Fixing problems in the drain field is generally significantly cheaper than repairing or replacing the septic tank.

2. Notice any patches of grass that are outstandingly tall and green?

If these patches are located above or near your septic tank, its effluent has likely seeped out of the tank and into your yard. The reason why effluent leakage causes such effects is that the elements in effluents often act as solid fertilizers.

These patches mean you’ll probably need to seal up the leaks in your septic tank.

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3. Are your home’s or building’s sinks, bathtubs, and washing machines draining more slowly than usual?

First, return to all of the drains, fill them full with water, and see how quickly they drain. If all of a structure’s drains are letting out water more slowly than usual, though all at roughly the same pace as one another, your septic system is likely in trouble.

If – and only if – the above is true, either there’s a blockage between the septic tank and the drain field lines or the septic tank’s exit drain is blocked.

However, if only one of your drains is emptying slowly, that particular drain is most likely clogged (apofraxeis). Administering a drain cleaner or using a drain snake to take out any potential blockages are the two best options for this situation.

4. Has the soil above your septic system’s drain field been compacted since its installation?

One of the best conditions for septic system drain fields is that of soft, loamy, uncompacted soil, which helps treated sewage readily escape from the system.

If you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms, strong sewage-like odours, or sluggish toilets, your septic system’s drain field might not be draining as well as it’s supposed to. Further, if the soil above the drain field has been compacted by things like a lot of vehicular traffic or the use of heavy equipment, your drain field might need replacement.

5. Does your plumbing gurgle when water exits via drains such as toilets and sinks?

This symptom could mean that debris is stuck in your home’s plumbing. However, in most cases, it means that your septic tank is getting full. Seeking a professional’s help in removing excess waste from your septic tank is often the most appropriate course of action.

6. Notice any new blooms of algae in close-by lakes and ponds?

Algae tend to grow in the presence of animal waste, among a variety of other substances. If your property hosts a body of water or is close to one and you see more algae blooms than usual, your system’s output might be leaking into the ground without fully breaking down.

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A guide to understand your home plumbing system

A guide to understand your home plumbing system

Even in the smallest house, home plumbing appears to be an often complex and confusing system of pipes – ΑΠΟΦΡΑΞΕΙΣ ΠΕΡΙΣΤΕΡΙ. However, if you take the time to learn the logistics of residential plumbing, you will see how it works, and it’s actually quite straightforward.

There are only two significant parts to the system: (1) the water supply system for incoming clean water, and (2) the drain-waste system for removing water that’s no longer needed. This article will help you navigate through the natural, initial confusion with your home’s plumbing system and help you address future issues, whether on a DIY or professional plumber (apofraxeis) basis. At least, you will know which system is the source of your problems.

We will examine these two functions in more detail. You should become more comfortable with how your home plumbing system works.

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Plumbing basics

Home plumbing is pretty straightforward. A casual look at the interwoven mesh of pipes and valves may seem overwhelming but bear with me. Understanding a few plumbing basics will see you navigate the mesh-like a pro.

House plumbing consists of two systems:

  • Water supply system
  • Drain-water vent system (DWV)

Water supply system

Water supply is a system of pipes that brings fresh water into the home. The system is highly dependent on pressure. Water in these pipes come from one of two sources:

  • City water
  • Wells

City water enters your house from a humongous pipe ‘the main pipe’ that’s usually parallel to your street. If your connection to the main has a problem, call a professional. Damage to the main can result in civil lawsuits and hefty fines.

People who don’t have access to city water usually get their fresh water supply from wells. Water must then be pumped into the home at high pressures. Reduced pressure keeps water from reaching the furthest and highest parts of your house.

Running showers and faucets are usually the first victims of low pressure. Factors affecting pressure range from leaks to blockages. If the leak is caused by a loose connection, it’s easily handled in-house.

If, on the other hand, the leak necessitates re-piping, you best call for a professional plumber. There are other common issues you should leave for a plumber.

The main pipe is connected to your water meter. There’s a shutoff valve before or after your meter. The valve cuts off the water supply system making it useful when doing repairs.

Maintaining the water supply system

Correctly installed piping is leak-proof. The system, however, disintegrates with time. In some cases, a plumber may find it necessary to do a complete overhaul of the plumbing.

The water supply system performs optimally when pressure is high. This makes the system rather sensitive to damage.

To illustrate, a leak in the drainage system will only cause damp-related problems. By contrast, leaks in the water supply system take things a step further: They affect water pressure. Low pressure makes it impossible to run showers and flush toilets.

Evidently, leaks are most harmful in the water supply system. Due to the sensitivity of the system, its problems are best handled by professionals.

Drain water vent system

The two home plumbing systems don’t overlap and for good reason. However, there are bridges all over the home where the two systems meet. Plumbers call these bridges fixtures.

You, on the other hand, know them by their household names: Sinks, faucets, washing machines, and the like.

A fixture is, therefore, defined as any point of water use. Clean water enters a fixture, wastewater leaves. The drainage system relies heavily on gravity to rid the home of wastewater.

The drain water vent system has three main components:

  • Drain pipes
  • Drain traps
  • Drain vents

Drain pipes

These are downward angled pipes that rely on gravity to move water from the fixture and into the sewer line. By observation, you’ll tell this system is more complex than the water supply system: Reliance on gravity has its downsides.

Drain pipes have to be engineered and placed in a manner that lets them play gravity to their advantage. To illustrate, consider the angle of the pipes. These pipes are also bigger than water supply system pipes.

Their size allows them to carry waste without blocking.

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Drain traps

Drain traps, also called P traps, are U-shaped pipes that prevent backflow in a plumbing system. These pipes also hold water consistently, thanks to their curvature.

Why should a drain pipe hold water?

The drain water vent system connects your house to the sewer line. Without the drain trap, sewer gases would turn your house into a stink-fest. Drain traps also allow grease, hair, and other debris to sediment.

Drain vent

If you turn a bottle of water upside down, water flow is rather hectic. That’s what happens when water flows through a closed system; it’s just not smooth. That’s where drain vents come in.

The drain vent system runs from your roof and into your drain pipe. It releases air into the plumbing to ensure smooth drainage.

Damage to any of these three systems will be reflected in the overall efficiency of the drain water vent system. Sub-standard products also affect your drainage’s efficacy. Only buy certified quality plumbing products.

Maintaining the drain water system

Clogging is the biggest problem associated with drain water vent system. Hair is the most common cause of clogging in the bathroom, but grease takes it in the kitchen. To mitigate the risks of clogging, frequently empty clean out plugs.

You must also be on the lookout for leaks. Tell-tale signs of leaks include mold infestations, damp ceilings, and stinky rooms.

Leaks also cause structural damage. It doesn’t hurt to call a professional plumber to look through your piping system for leaks. Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there: 10% of US homes lose 90 gallons to leaks every day.

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What you can do when you feel car nausea

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You want to take a trip with Santorini car rental  but every time you think about how to deal with the nausea in the car, these annoying dizziness and the tendency to vomit. The truth is that it is annoying but there are ways to control it.

Car travel has its own grace. You are in your space, you put on your music if you are not the driver you can even eat a book (better not because you will be stunned). How will you deal with the nausea in the car that spoils your whole festive and happy mood?

There are people who, regardless of whether the distance they travel is an hour or 8 hours by car, immediately feel dizzy when they are on the move. And that’s really annoying. Dizziness in the car is more common in children, pregnant women and people who have a tendency to migraines .

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms are many and of course, they are unpleasant. You can experience one of them, maybe all together.

The symptoms are:

Serious symptoms include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • pallor
  • sweating
  • drooling
  • short breath
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness

Other common signs are:

  • sweating
  • a general feeling of discomfort
  • not feeling well (malaise)

Mild symptoms are categorized as:

  • headache
  • mild unease
  • yawning

It doesn’t matter if the road is turning or not, as this is a situation that people experience when they get in the car and are on the move. The good news is that there is a way to control it.

 Diagnosis

Most cases of motion sickness are mild and self-treatable. Very severe cases, and those that become progressively worse, deserve the attention and care of a physician with special skill in diseases of the ear, balance (equilibrium), and nervous system.

To help diagnose motion sickness, a doctor will ask about symptoms and find out what usually causes the problem (such as riding in a boat, flying in a plane, or driving in a car). Laboratory tests are generally not necessary to diagnose motion sickness.

How do you deal with nausea in the car?

There are several things you can do to prevent it, such as taking a pill, such as Dramamine. Apart from the pill, however, there are some other ways to deal with it.

Looking at the horizon

One common suggestion is to simply look out of the window of the moving vehicle and to gaze toward the horizon in the direction of travel. This helps to re-orient the inner sense of balance by providing a visual reaffirmation of motion.

Keeping eyes closed and napping

In the night, or a ship without windows, it is helpful to simply close one’s eyes, or if possible, take a nap. This resolves the input conflict between the eyes and the inner ear.

Chewing

A simple method for relieving common and mild car sickness is chewing. Chewing gum has uncanny effectiveness for reducing car sickness in those affected. 

Chewing gum, however, is not the only thing one may chew to relieve mild effects of car sickness, snacking on sweets, or just chewing, in general, seems to reduce adverse effects of the conflict between vision and balance.

Fresh air

Fresh, cool air can also relieve motion sickness slightly, although it is likely this is related to avoiding foul odours, which can worsen nausea.

Ginger

Ginger has been found to reduce motion sickness. This is available in tablet form, or a fresh stem of ginger can be chewed to relieve symptoms. There is some debate over whether it is the chewing or the ginger that helps. 

Acupressure

An acupressure practitioner works with the same points used in acupuncture, but stimulates these healing sites with finger pressure, rather than inserting fine needles. Some studies suggest that acupressure may help reduce symptoms of motion sickness in the same way as acupuncture, although the evidence is not clear.

Prevention

Here are some important tips for preventing motion sickness:

  • Always sit in a position so that the eyes can see the same motion that the body and inner ear feels.
  • In a car, sit in the front seat and look at the distant scenery.
  • On a boat, go up on the deck and watch the motion of the horizon.
  • In an aeroplane, sit by the window and look outside. Also, in a plane, choose a seat over the wings where the motion is minimized.
  • Do not read while travelling if experiencing motion sickness, and do not sit in a seat facing backwards.
  • Do not watch or talk to another traveller who is having motion sickness.
  • Avoid strong odours and spicy or greasy foods immediately before and during travel.

Medical research has not yet investigated the effectiveness of popular folk remedies such as “soda crackers and 7 Up,” “cola syrup over ice,” or ginger products.

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What you can do with child nausea

The window, or an older child reading  book, or playing on his cell phone in the car as it moves. The child’s inner ear will feel the movement, but his eyes and joints will not “confirm” it. The result can be stomach upset, cold sweats, fatigue, loss of appetite and a tendency to vomit.

It is not clear why nausea in the car affects some children more than others. Although the problem does not seem to affect most babies and toddlers, children aged 2-12 are particularly sensitive.

What can you do to prevent childhood nausea in the car?

  • Reduce sensory information: Encourage your child to look outside the car instead of focusing on books, toys, or cell phones. If your child falls asleep on the trip, then he will have less nausea.
  • Prepare meals carefully BEFORE the trip: Do not give your child spicy, or fatty foods, or generally a large meal just before or during a car trip. If travel time is short, skip meals altogether. If the trip is long, or if your child needs to eat, give him a small, “soft snack” such as crackers and a little juice BEFORE you leave.
  • Good ventilation: Adequate ventilation in the passenger compartment can prevent nausea in the car. Try to keep the air clean from odours.
  • Distract him: If your child is prone to nausea in the car, try to distract him during the trip by talking to him, listening to music with him and singing together.
  • Use medication (always on the advice of a paediatrician) : If your child is older than 2 years and you are planning a long car trip, ask your child’s doctor about a prescription drug to prevent nausea. Dramamine and diphenhydramine are common options. Carefully read the product label to determine the correct dose and be prepared for possible side effects, such as drowsiness.

Generally

If your child starts to feel nauseous in the car, stop as soon as possible and let him go out and walk. He can also lie on his back for a few minutes with his eyes closed. Put a cool cloth on his forehead if needed. If these tips don’t seem to help, call your child’s doctor about other options.

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