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Friday, October 17, 2014

Designer Bathroom Inspiration

The bathroom is often ignored in terms of interior décor. Although this room may seem solely functional, a stylish and inviting bathroom is a luxury that shouldn’t be underrated. While you don’t need to spend a significant amount of time or money decorating your bathroom, taking a few design tips into consideration can completely change the look and feel of this space, creating a personalized retreat you’ll love.

Soft, Luxurious Textiles
Your Carmel Pacific Ridge apartment features beautiful, modern-style bathrooms with all the luxuries you want. You can enhance the feel of your bathroom by adding soft, luxurious textiles to complete the room. Investing in high-quality bath towels is a great start—Egyptian, Brazilian, and Supima cotton are some of the most highly-prized towel options, offering a soft texture coupled with excellent absorbency. Make sure to purchase bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths for a cohesive look. In addition to luxury towels, consider a plush bath mat and elegant shower curtain to complete your bathroom’s décor.

Elegant Accessories
Choosing the right type—and number—of accessories to place in your bathroom can have a big impact on its look. Keep the number of decorative items you use to a minimum to prevent cluttering your valuable counter space. If you’d like to add more accessories, consider a small table, cart, or wall shelves to provide additional horizontal surfaces. Choose accessories made of metal, glass, or porcelain for a classical look in your bathroom. These accessories will also help to reflect light and make the space feel larger. Flowers or other greenery also make an excellent bathroom accessory, adding color and life to this space as well. Small trays, baskets, and jars are excellent organizational tools that double as tasteful accessories as well.

Choose a Theme
Regardless of your decorating style, choosing a theme for your bathroom will tie the entire space together, making it feel like a cohesive room. Whether you’d like a rich, classical look or a casual, beach house feel, choosing a theme that speaks to you and maintaining it throughout the bathroom creates a personalized space just for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment with a style that differs from the rest of your apartment—bathrooms are a great area to get creative and try out new decorating ideas that are a daring and different. Keep in mind, however, that your bathroom is a smaller space. Choose colors that will reflect light and make sure to leave enough space to move comfortably so that your bathroom doesn’t end up feeling cluttered or closed-in.

A beautiful bathroom is just the beginning of a luxurious lifestyle when you make Carmel Pacific Ridge your San Diego home. Our resort-style apartment community offers amazing views of the city and bay beyond from your apartment and private outdoor space. You’ll also love our community amenities, which include our deck lounge and lap pool, European-style wine bar, hillside bocce ball court, and digital café and study lounge. Visit us on the web to find more information, including apartment floor plans and local hotspots.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Refresh Your Apartment for Fall

As summer fades into fall, it can be easy to view your apartment as faded and outdated as well. Even if you love your décor, there are a few simple ways you can refresh your apartment’s interior without making significant changes. Keep reading to discover how you can refresh your San Diego apartment this fall.

Change Your Shower Curtain and Liner
One simple change you can make that will have a big impact on the look and feel of your bathroom is changing your shower curtain and liner. Shower liners should be replaced on a regular basis—this small step can instantly refresh your shower from the inside out. Selecting a new shower curtain will transform the look of your bathroom; you can choose a new curtain in keeping with your current theme, or mix it up to try out a different decorative style.

Wash Your Windows
You may not realize how dirty your windows are until you wash them! Dirt, dust, pollen, fingerprints, skin oils, and more can quickly accumulate on your windows, reducing their ability to transmit light. Cleaning your windows can instantly brighten your apartment, making it feel lighter and more welcoming. All you need to wash your windows are a few simple tools, such as a soft sponge, squeegee, and microfiber towel. Use a dedicated window-cleaning solution or create your own eco-friendly cleaner from products you have around the home. Make sure to dry your windows after washing them—this will also help to avoid unsightly streaks.

Buy New Place Settings
You can give your kitchen table a refresh this fall with new place settings. Colorful or seasonally-themed placemats, napkins, and chargers will instantly update the look and feel of your entire kitchen. Consider a new centerpiece as well—candles, flowers, vases, or other decorative elements can be used to bring style and personality to your table. Keeping a few sets of different place settings handy can be a wonderful way to refresh your kitchen not only during the fall, but at various times throughout the year as well.

Update Your Lighting
Does your apartment look dingy and dark due to lack of proper lighting? Updating your lighting is a great way to imbue your apartment space with new life. However, updated lighting doesn’t require purchasing all new lamps. Start by replacing older light bulbs with energy-efficient options, such as CFLs. You can also transform the look of your apartment by purchasing full-spectrum light bulbs, which more accurately reproduce the look of natural sunlight. These bulbs will enhance the comfort of your apartment during shorter fall and winter days, when you must use your lamps longer due to earlier nightfall. If you decide your apartment could benefit from additional illumination, focus on lamps that reflect light up rather than down, which will provide better ambient lighting for your space. Making sure you have enough task lighting in areas where you read or work will make these spaces feel more comfortable and convenient.

Carmel Pacific Ridge features modern apartments for rent in San Diego. Our accessible location offers easy transit to some of the hottest shopping, dining, and entertainment in San Diego, Mission Valley, and Linda Vista. Visit our website to discover the many benefits of choosing a studio, one-, two-, or three-bedroom apartment in our luxury apartment community.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fall Roofing Projects

Fall is an excellent time to take stock of your roof and prepare it for the winter ahead. With the heat of summer gone but the poor weather of winter not yet here, you and your roofers will be more comfortable and can complete work much more easily during this time of year. Rain, snow, ice, and cold can all take their toll on your roof, so ensuring your home is headed for winter in the best repair possible will save you time, stress, and money. There are a variety of roofing projects, ranging from cleaning to maintenance and repairs, that will enhance the appeal and comfort of your home throughout the colder seasons.

Roof Cleaning
Even if your roof is in excellent shape, it might need a little freshening up. Having your roof cleaned will not only improve your home’s curb appeal, it will also address any mold and algae that may be forming on your shingles. Neglecting to remove mold, mildew, and algae can have disastrous consequences for your roof, leading to deterioration of the shingles and leaks or structural issues. However, even a task as simple as roof cleaning should never be performed without the right preparation. Even if you want to wash your roof yourself, talk to your roofer ahead of time to find out which method is best. Pressure-washing some roof materials is fine, but others should not be subjected to such high water pressure. Additionally, you may not be able to wash your roof safely on your own—if this is the case, don’t try it. Instead, hire your roofer to handle the job for you. If you have had constant issues with mold and algae, now is also the time to talk to your roofer about a more permanent solution to prevent long-term roof damage.

Gutter Cleaning and Repairs
Your gutters work hard all year long to funnel water away from your home, preventing damage to your roof, siding, and foundation. Fall brings its own unique challenges with regard to your gutters, as falling leaves and other debris can easily clog or damage your home’s gutter system. During the latter portion of the year, you should have your gutters cleaned at least three times: once in the late summer, once in the early fall, and once in the late fall. Ensuring your gutters are clean during the changing of the seasons will prevent leaves and debris from causing blockages that lead to overflowing gutters, which can also damage your roof. Having clean gutters as winter sets in will help to prevent ice dams from forming, which can be particularly detrimental to your roof. In addition to ensuring your gutters are clean, also inspect them to look for damage or wear. Address issues immediately; if water is allowed to freeze in a damaged gutter during the winter, it can expand and cause significant roofing problems.

Fall is one of the best times of the year to have your roof repaired or even replaced. You can find more information about commercial and residential roofing solutions by clicking through our comprehensive website. We also invite you to check out our current web specials to help you get the most from your roof in Fairfax County this year!

Getting the Most from Your Roofing Contractor

Roof repairs and installation are not do-it-yourself jobs. Because your roof plays such an integral role in the comfort, safety, and curb appeal of your home, it’s important to work with a professional roofer to address roof issues or replacement. Whether you are searching for a new roofer or simply looking to get more out of your relationship with your current roofing company, keep reading to discover how you can get the most from your roofing contractor in Fairfax County.

Choosing a New Roofer
If you don’t have an established relationship with a roofing company, now is a great time to look for one. Professional repairs, cleaning, and maintenance will extend the longevity of your roof, making establishing and maintaining a relationship with a roofer in your area a great benefit. Additionally, finding a roofer before you need major roof repairs or replacement allows you to be more selective during the process and find a roofer that works well with your needs, preferences, and budget. When choosing your roofing company, check first to ensure the roofer is licensed and insured in your area. This ensures that your roofer is legally allowed to perform work on your roof and that roofers are covered by insurance in case of an accident while on your property. If you have special needs or concerns regarding your roof, such as a steep pitch or less common type of roofing material, talk to potential contractors to ensure they specialize in these areas. You can also ask for a portfolio or references to gain a better idea of your roofer’s work.

Working with Your Roofer
Once you’ve chosen the right roofer for you, it’s also important to maintain your relationship with them. While some roofing maintenance tasks, such as gutter cleaning, can be performed without professional help, you should schedule a professional roof inspection one to two times per year to ensure your roof remains in good shape. This will not only allow you to maintain an open dialogue with your roofer, it will ensure your roofer has up-to-date information about your roof in case repairs or replacement are needed. An inspection will also identify areas of wear or damage so they can be addressed before they can grow and cause more problems. During your roofing inspections, talk to your roofer about any areas of concern or ask about additional tasks you could be performing to improve the performance of your roof. Your contractor will be happy to help you get the most from your roof by suggesting further maintenance or how to improve your roof care techniques. If your roof does need major work, be open about your concerns, preferences, and budget. Without this information, your roofer cannot know how you want to proceed; by ensuring your roofer understands your needs, you can work together to achieve a result you’ll love at a price with which you’re comfortable.

The right roofer can make all the difference when it comes to maintaining a safe, sound, and appealing roof. If you need the help of an experienced roofing contractor licensed and insured in Arlington, Bethesda, Fairfax County, and beyond, visit our website for more information or to request an estimate online.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cleaning Your Dishwasher

Are you uncomfortable with the idea of washing your dishes in a dirty dishwasher? Regular cleaning is an essential part of dishwasher maintenance—it also ensures your dishes are cleaned properly and thoroughly each time. A dirty dishwasher is more likely to clog and cause problems when washing your dishes, while regular care will ensure your dishwasher not only looks great, but will last much longer and is less likely to break down as well.

Cleaning the Interior
When cleaning your dishwasher, start with the interior. The best time to clean inside your dishwasher is just after you’ve run a wash cycle. Remove the racks and utensil baskets from the appliance and wipe down every interior surface with a mixture of water and white vinegar or an eco-friendly cleaner. Using non-toxic cleansers is important in your dishwasher because it is used to wash the dishes, glasses, and utensils you use to cook and eat. For particularly stubborn buildup, you can make a paste from baking soda and water; scrub using a soft microfiber cloth or cleaning toothbrush to avoid scratching the interior of your dishwasher. While cleaning, make sure to check the arms as well—if there is buildup in the nozzles on the arm, use a toothpick or pipe cleaner to remove it. Clogged spray nozzles can cause water pressure to build up while your dishwasher is running, leading to leaks. Also make sure to check and clean areas such as the interior panel just under the door and, if your dishwasher employs one, the filter. You can remove the filter completely and disassemble it for easier cleaning. Finally, clean your racks and utensil baskets before replacing them with a soft sponge, wiping down every surface to get them completely clean.

Cleaning the Door
In addition to cleaning the interior of your dishwasher, cleaning the door will remove any debris to ensure a tighter seal while the appliance is running to prevent leaks. Wipe around the seal with a soft cloth soaked in white vinegar. For tighter spots, you can use a cleaning toothbrush or cotton swab dipped in vinegar to clear away any buildup and food debris. As you clean, check the gasket for damage—if your gasket appears to be cracked or damaged in any way, replace it to avoid leaks. Next, clean the interior surface of the door, paying special attention to any soap or rinse agent holders. These can become caked with buildup over time, affecting your dishwasher’s efficiency. You may need to place a damp cloth over these areas to moisten any remaining detergent for easier removal. Finally, clean the exterior of the door by wiping it down; if your appliance has any inset buttons, dials, or controls, use a cotton swab or toothbrush to clean them.

A clean dishwasher not only looks more appealing, it will last longer, too. If you’re having appliance troubles in Portland, visit our website to schedule appliance repair in the Vancouver and Portland areas. You can find out more about maintaining and troubleshooting your dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator, and more on our blog.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sewer Line Problem Symptoms and Solutions

Do you know how to identify potential sewer problems and how to solve them? Most homeowners rarely think about their sewer line, but this important plumbing component controls the wastewater flow away from your home. Learning to identify signs that your sewer line is clogged or damaged will alert you to the need for professional plumbing help to correct the issue and prevent sewage backup or other plumbing problems in your Houston home.

Signs of a Clogged Sewer Line
Just like the other plumbing lines in your home, your sewer line can be clogged by either organic or inorganic debris. A clogged sewer line is likely to cause slow drains in your home. The difference between a single clogged drain and a clogged sewer line is that you will notice more than one fixture in your home is draining slowly. Toilets in particular are often affected by sewer line clogs, making flushing them a more difficult and slow process. If your toilets are working correctly, your plumbing problem is not likely to be caused by a sewer line clog. Other signs of a sewer line clog include water backups in some fixtures when others are in use—for instance, flushing the toilet may cause water to back up into your tub or shower. You may also notice rings of soap scum or mineral deposits around tub and shower drains. These rings occur when water backs up into the drain, leaving behind deposits before it can drain away again.

Signs of a Damaged Sewer Line
In some cases, sewer lines can become cracked or otherwise damaged, causing sewage leaks. The major signs of a broken sewer line can be seen in your lawn above the damaged section of pipe. Leaking sewage from a broken sewer line can cause your lawn to feel spongy or develop puddles of standing water. Because your sewer line leaks untreated wastewater, you may also smell a strong foul odor. Excess water may cause the area of your lawn around a leak to experience lush overgrowth of weeds and landscaping.

Solutions for a Clogged or Damaged Sewer Line
If you suspect your sewer line is clogged, you can attempt to snake the line using a sewer snake. Don’t flush drain cleaning chemicals down your drains in the hopes of clearing a sewer line clog—these chemicals can damage your plumbing or cause problems if they leak into the soil of your yard. However, the best way to address a clogged or damaged sewer line is to contact your professional plumber for help. Your plumber will be able to quickly and easily diagnose the problem and make repairs without causing you stress or inconvenience. In many cases, damaged sewers can be repaired via trenchless technology in less than a day.

Although you may not think about your home’s sewer line until you experience a problem, you can take steps to protect this important plumbing component. Reduce your water usage and avoid overusing your garbage disposal or flushing garbage down your drains and toilets. If you do encounter sewer issues or other plumbing problems in your Houston home, visit our website to schedule immediate plumbing services from a professional and friendly Mr. Rooter plumber. You can find more tips for spotting signs of plumbing trouble and avoiding common plumbing problems on our blog.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Protecting Your Sewer Line

Your home’s sewer line is an essential component of your overall plumbing system. The sewer line is responsible for carrying all of your home’s wastewater to a sewer main, where it is then transported to a water treatment facility. Your home has only one sewer line to handle all of your wastewater needs; sewer line problems such as leaks and backups can disrupt your daily life until repairs are made. Taking steps to protect your sewer line will thus prevent problems associated with this important plumbing system.

Manage Your Wastewater
Regardless of how much water you use in your home, your sewer line will remain the same size. This means that excessive water use could overload your sewer line and lead to clogs or backups. Using your plumbing wisely and being aware of what goes down your drains will help to keep your sewer line clear and functioning properly. You can reduce your water usage by installing low-flow fixtures such as low-flow showerheads, low-flow toilets, and sink faucet aerators. These devices use less water while maintaining the level of comfort to which you are accustomed. Additionally, take care when using your disposal. Avoid grinding large amounts of food, animal bones, grease and fat, corncobs, or rice and pasta. All of these items can cause clogs in your sewer line that may result in problematic backups. Finally, avoid flushing garbage down your toilets. You should never flush any manmade item except for toilet paper down a toilet; even if items do not clog your toilet’s drain, they can travel through your home’s plumbing to cause sewer line clogs. Keep a wastebasket next to your toilet and keep the lid down to reduce the temptation to flush garbage and prevent items from being knocked into the bowl.

Maintain Your Yard
Because your sewer line runs under the ground of your yard, maintaining your landscaping can play a role in protecting your sewer drain. Trees and shrubs can send roots deep into the ground in search of water. If these roots encounter your sewer line, they can eventually compromise the pipe, causing it to leak. Tree roots may also grow into your sewer line once they’ve found a ready source of water, causing a clog that cannot be cleared via traditional methods. You can protect your sewer line by planting trees and shrubs that do not develop deep or extensive root systems. Talk to your plumber about locating your sewer line and avoid planting in this area—however, keep in mind that roots can travel quite far from the main plant. Physical root barriers buried around your sewer line can help to divert roots before they can infiltrate the pipe. If you do notice that your sewer line suffers from frequent clogs, have your plumber take a look—he can determine the cause of the clogs and, if tree roots are the culprit, suggest a permanent solution.

Sewer line problems should not be handled on your own—always contact a professional plumber for help cleaning up sewage and solving the cause of your issue. Visit our website to find out more about our comprehensive plumbing services in Anderson, SC, including sewer line repair using trenchless technology. You can also find additional tips for maintaining your home’s plumbing, sewer line, or septic tank on our blog