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Create a No-Pet-Hair Furniture Zone

As pet owners, we love our furry creatures and the company and comfort they bring to us. But with that is one challenge we often face: Dealing with pet hair on our furniture. If you're tired of constantly battling pet hair on your sofa, loveseat, chairs, or anything that is made of cloth, here are some effective strategies to keep your furniture looking clean and pet-hair-free.

Vacuum for the Deepest Clean: The most basic and efficient method to removing pet hair from your furniture is by thorough, detailed vacuuming. Regular vacuuming using an upholstery brush attachment can remove loose pet hair and also embedded dander, which is what causes allergic reactions. If you don't have the proper attachment, consider investing in a universal attachment set with an upholstery brush and a crevice tool for those hard-to-reach areas. There are many small, hand-held devices that are perfect for this.

Use Hair Removal Tools: Turn to handy tools like sticky rollers and furniture brushes between vacuuming sessions. Oversized sticky rollers or those with extendable handles are particularly effective on upholstered furniture, covering more surface area with each pass.

Common Household Items: You don't always need specialty tools to combat pet hair. Everyday household items can be just as effective. A straightforward method is to put on a rubber glove, dampen it, and run your hand over the sofa's surface, causing the hair to ball up for easy pickup and disposal.

Groom Your Pets: Prevention is a great way to keep your furniture pet hair-free. Regularly groom your pet with guidance from your vet or groomer to reduce shedding and maintain a healthy coat. Grooming gloves, which help reduce shedding and straighten hair follicles, can effectively remove pet hair from your couch.

Now what?: Vacuuming, hair removal tools, everyday household items, textile preparation, and regular grooming of your furry companion can make all the difference in keeping your furniture fresh and comfortable for you and your pets. But there’s more! Don’t forget that removing pet hair is just part of maintaining your furniture. Having your furniture professionally cleaned on a regular basis is recommended. Do the right thing and call your favorite cleaning company now for an appointment. After all, it pays to call a pro!

How Flash Floods Work

This is the time of the year when we need to think about the possibilities of heavy snowfall, rain, and especially spring flooding, such as flash floods, which could be right around the corner.

Flooding is a natural disaster that can devastate homes, causing extensive damage and chaos for your family. Understanding how to first prevent and, if the unthinkable does occur … recover from flooding is essential for homeowners. Let’s look at what flooding is and where and when it can occur so you can analyze your own situation and prepare—if needed.

Flooding occurs when an overflow of water inundates land that is typically dry. Various factors, including heavy rainfall, coastal waves, rapid snowmelt, or the failure of dams and levees, can trigger it. Floods can wreak havoc with as little as a few inches of water or submerge entire houses, lasting for days, weeks, or even longer. Floods are the most widespread of all weather-related natural disasters.

Flash floods are hazardous as they combine the destructive force of floods with incredible speed. These occur when heavy rainfall exceeds the ground's ability to absorb it. Flash floods can also result from water filling ordinarily dry creeks or streams or when streams overflow their banks, causing rapid water rises within a short timeframe. These events can unfold within minutes, leaving little time for public warning and protection. The only good news here is this doesn’t occur everywhere, but you should know if you are in a zone that could be affected. Do your research.

Areas at Risk: The first would be densely populated areas. Urban development, including buildings, highways, and parking lots, increases runoff by reducing ground absorption and elevating the risk of flash floods.

The failure of storm drains is also a concern. In cities and towns, underground routing of streams into storm drains can overflow during heavy rain, flooding nearby roads and buildings.Even low spots can be a concern, such as underpasses, underground parking garages, basements, and low-water crossings.

Areas near rivers, mountainous regions, and when dams release water for safety reasons, are all concerns as well. If your home is in the pathway of possible water, prepare your home with smart landscaping and other means to keep water from entering.

What You Can Do: While the risk of flooding is always there, you can prepare. Having a professional restoration company on your side will help bring your damaged home back to pre-flood condition. Contact your favorite restoration company and get their help if something does happen. After all, it pays to call a pro!

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