Needless to say, the foundation of your home is key to maintaining the structural integrity of the building. If the foundation suffers a damage, the rest of the house will inevitably suffer the same damages too. Therefore, as the owner of your home, you need to make sure that the foundation is well tended to always given a priority. Here are some of the ways in which you can take care of your foundation.
Do a little summer inspection
During the summer months, walk around the foundation and make sure that you keep an eye out for any cracks, any areas that may need sealant or maybe a trail of insects who could get inside the foundation and damage it. If you see any of these things, make sure that you either take measures to stop the damage from spreading any more than it has already or make sure that you call for help from the right professional service who can prevent the issue from getting worse. However, whatever you do, keeping a close eye on the condition of your foundation regularly is a must.
Maintain consistent moisture
The moisture around your foundation should not have wildly fluctuating moisture levels regularly. If they get too dry or too moist the foundation will expand and contract accordingly and if this keeps happening on a daily or regular basis you will begin to see that the walls of your home are starting to crack. It is expensive and sometimes very challenging to control the level of moisture in the areas around your foundation and you will most certainly need professional help. If you notice an area that has heavy damage use packaging tape immediately and call the pros so that they can come and try to give you an alternative and permanent solution.
Large trees and foundations are not best friends
The closer you plant a large tree to your foundation, the bigger the damage that there will be. Large roots will suck up all the water out of the soil around them making the foundation area dry. Not to mention the fact that they can spread far and wide and seep into the foundation causing structural damage. Therefore, depending on the kind of trees you plant, keep them a good 30’ away from the foundation if possible. You can ask the nursery owner when you first buy plants so that they can advise you on what is a suitable choice and what you must avoid. If you have a small area of land, reduce the number of large trees you want to grow and focus on mid to small sized ones.
There are innumerable varieties of play stuff in the market for every age group. They are of various makes, sizes and usages; purchasing of “educational” or “developmental” toys has gone up with more and more parents being concerned about their children’s emotional progress from a tender age. Some parents prefer wooden and clay makes instead of plastic. That is actually a positive development. There are many things to take in to consideration when you are buying items for your kids to play with.
Time period and usability
Most toys have an age group for which it is suitable for; it will be mentioned in the packaging. When you are buying these make sure they are of maximum period. For example if a notice says it is good for kids between 3-9 months, that means it can be used for just 6 months which is a waste of money. Also talk with your friends who have kids elder to yours. They may have good advice on what to buy, which brands are good and which ones to avoid. They would also give you tips on where to purchase a special gift should you need to, such as a personalised jigsaw puzzle.
Obviously, you have to check the safety features. Toys with small removable parts pose choking hazards. Focus on buying developmental toys after doing some research. There are recommended playthings for different age groups and for when your kid meets some milestones such as recognizing colours and sounds etc. Buying a limited number of toys is also important. It can’t be all play even for a toddler.
This is a major issue you face when you have kids at home. No matter how you stack them up, your kids are going to make a mess out of their cars, dolls, balls and whatnot. Therefore best thing is not to stack them! Do buy a wooden toy box to keep all these in. Better wooden than plastic due to sustainability issues and you can reuse it when kids grow up to keep books even. Train your kids to take them out, play with them and put them back in the box. You can push the box under a bed or a cupboard space under stairs if it fits. Having a designated time for each “sort of” play also can help. For example, you do not read in the evening; or the train set can be taken out only in the morning. These types of “rules” might not last long and even might not work, but you can give it a try!
Organizing and keeping things neat and clean should be trained from the early ages. Although toys are at times seen as parent’s enemies, same thing can be used to make children behave better. Give it a try with your kids and witness the amazing results.