Dryer Fire

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Burn Burning Fire Flames House Burning FirAccording to the Schertz Wildlife Removal, over 2,900 clothes-dryer fires are reported each year. The majority of these fires result because of buildup of lint in the dryer or within the pipe that typically vents to the exterior. While there are many fires which result in the drier, the good news is that you can stop the flames from coming up by doing the following:
The lint trap is the device that traps bacteria, dust, and some other contaminants that might buildup within the dryer. To avoid lint from building up in the vents, it is strongly recommended that you regularly clean out the lint trap. Experts recommend that you ought to clean out the trap before each drying cycle.
Dryers are often connected to pipes which port to the outside. To be sure that the vents do not accumulate lint, you need to make sure that pipe is smooth-walled and metallic. You also need to make sure that it isn’t connected with screws that protrude through.
To be on the safe side you need to connect the vent pipe into the drier using a hose clamp and tighten it with a screwdriver or a quarter-inch nut driver. If the seal is loose, then you should reseal it with a metallic tape to be able to improve the seal between the two pipes.
As soon as you’ve connected the pipes you should look at them and make sure that they’re tight. You should also have a look at the plumbing and make sure that there are no seams and joints.
Along with this you also need to have a look at the plumbing and make sure they are not sagging or bending. This is because lint tends to develop in hanging pipes.
The amount of times that you ought to clean the dryer is dependent upon how you use it. By way of instance, for those who have a large family and you use the device twice a week, then it is suggested that you wash it after every six months.
When cleaning the drier you need to remove the front-access panel under the door of the dryer and vacuum any lint which may have buildup. You should also have a look at two small openings which are usually located on the lower bottom of the dryer. The openings have a tendency to accumulate lint; consequently, you should have a look at these and eliminate all of the lint that you find.

Rainwater collection

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Image result for Collecting RainwaterRainwater collection is much easier to do than I first thought. With only slight modifications to a gutter system on a home you can divert rain water in the gutter into large capacity containers that can store hundreds of gallons of non-potable water. Each time it rains the water used is replenished and freshened.
With little more than adjusting your gutter’s downspout to pour into a rain barrel you can start to capture rainwater. Adding screens or filters to the downspout and a lid to the barrel will help keep debris out of the barrel. There are more elaborate things you can buy to automate the procedure of rainwater capture that will help keep debris and creatures out of your supply.
The amount of water coming from your roof system far more than you may think. Whatever the layout or pitch of your roof that the square footage of your house will ascertain how much rainwater is diverted into your gutter system. The key will be the design of your gutter system. Without a good gutter system harvesting rainwater will be difficult.
Harvesting rainwater does not need to be expensive. Watch this video by southernprepper1 as he describes an inexpensive method of harvesting rainwater.
Rainwater Capture Systems Can Be Elaborate
There are several good videos available that teach rainwater collection. This link takes you to a series of videos which provide detailed directions how. Watching these videos will teach you how you can link multiple storage components together. You’ll also find out about overflow systems to maintain your barrels full.
As you saw in the video rainwater capture systems can store hundreds or thousands of gallons and be automatic. Rotating your water source by using it to water gardens can help keep the water clean. Using your rainwater regularly will also keep algae growth to a minimum.
Before beginning this project you want to appear at your local regulations. Local laws may limit capturing of rainwater.
I do plan on duplicating this setup at our dwelling. In our neighborhood I am not allowed to have rain barrels outside the house. I will set ours up in the garage and route our downspouts indoors to fill them. This will cost me more than an outside system but it will be well worth the effort and expense.
Regardless of what size of capture system you have you’re going to need to purify the rainwater before you drink it. Please pay close attention to this detail as rainwater does contain impurities that you do not want to drink.

Floods

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Flooding Surreal Living Room Design FantasA great many of the biggest disasters in recorded history have been flooding. Whether biblical in nature such as Noah’s flood or the devastation of Galveston from the 1900 hurricane called”Isaac’s Storm” (Named after the meteorologist who attempted to warn individuals of the storm) or Hurricanes Camille, Andrew and Katrina. All of these caused enormous damage and death. Creating a plan to avert a flooding disaster on these levels is pretty simple… get out before they occur.
Floods from dams bursting, river flooding and storm surges from tropical storms, hurricane and typhoons have killed millions of people. China leads the list of deaths by flood with a single flood in 1931 causing an estimated 4,000,000 deaths.
The single biggest single day death toll in the US is from the storm that struck Galveston, TX in 1900 known as Isaac’s Storm. The death toll was estimated as large as 12,000 souls. Most these were from the storm surge of 15 feet that engulfed the island which was only 8 feet above sea level. No one who lived on the island went without reduction of some kind.
Are You in a Flood Zone?
Do you live next to a stream, creek or river? If so, you are in a flood zone. Do you live downstream from a dam? Then you’re in a flood zone. Do you live close to the beach? Then you are in a flood zone. What could be worse, you could live close to a flash flood zone.
Contact FEMA to learn more about your location. Use this link to learn more about FEMA and also download an app to give you early warning alarms.
Flood Planning
This might be a simple as riding out the inconvenience of flooded roads and washed out bridges or complete evacuation due to your home being submerged or swept away. More than other types of emergencies, planning to get a flooding is specific to your location and environment.
For us, we live on high ground that has hardly any likelihood of a flood. There’s virtually no chance of a flash flood hitting our home. Street flooding is not a threat as our home is an 8 foot driveway and across the road is downhill to a series of ponds that can hold millions of gallons before flowing downhill to a major highway. We assembled in a no-flood zone that does not have a threat of a’100 year’ flood.
Most of the nation is not located as we are. The majority of the populace lives near the coast. A growth in the seas by even a small amount could mean disaster as not only could the shore line flood but streams and rivers would back up, causing major flooding inland.
If you live no where near a flood zone then you need to prepare for the inconvenience of being without electricity, food, medical care and water and no way to have any. You may be under a boil water order and need to filter your drinking water. If you are without power you will need a way to prepare food or have food that doesn’t require cooking.
For flooding of your house plan on taking what you will need to live on when you evacuate and move everything else up stairs prior to going. If you do not have an upstairs take pictures of your belongings for insurance purposes.
Do not believe you can ride out a flood. Floods are more severe than a lot of people understand. Quite simply, floods kill people, destroy property and change landscapes forever. Know your situation. Assess your surrounding and understand how large water will affect you.
Plan now for all from an inconvenient flood all the way to full evacuation. This sort of planning might save you life and the lives of your loved ones.

Have a Custom Home?

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A customized house that’s tailored to your precise needs can offer a broad selection of benefits. With the choice to make significant decisions on the design, location and materials, there’s a very real probability of having the ability to produce the perfect forever home. Let’s Look at Some of the benefits of having a custom house:

Customized option

A custom house offers greater flexibility in connection with the layout and design. Many new owners have given the choice to provide their input on the design, in addition to selecting things like conveniences, cabinetry, appliances and flooring.

Functionality

The design and useable space in the house can easily be tailored to match the particular needs. Additionally, it’s possible to add custom features such as a personal library with walls of bookcases or a spiral staircase at the middle of a room. There are loads of approaches to produce the unique and trendy home when starting from scratch.

Material quality

The material quality may vary significantly. Many existing homes may include non or prefabricated materials. A customized home makes it feasible to get more input on the substances. This means that each and every area of the house is constructed with high quality materials, products and brands.

Budget control

The procedure for having a custom home doesn’t have to be costly. When it comes to working with a house build, the architect will help design a house that really matches the requirements and every area of the layout takes the budget under account.

Location

The custom home is sure to appeal to people that wish to reside in a particular area or have land that’s about to be developed. Whether you’re trying to make a house on a wide-open space that spans many acres or become a part of a busy community, there’s the choice to create the ideal home. Additionally, the ability to pick the location makes it feasible to profit from spectacular views or maximize privacy.