Winter Weather Items to Have on Hand

Winter Weather Survival Kit Items

Are you ready for snow?  Most of us in the South are not.  We don’t always trust the weather forecasts. Most of the time, they are unpredictable and not accurate.  But, have you rushed to the store at the last minute to get items to stock up on?  I admit it! I have. So, here is a list of some items to prepare a Winter Survival Kit for your home.

  • Bottles of water
  • Flashlights (always keep fresh batteries around)
  • Dry wood for fireplace
  • Fire Extinguisher – If you keep a wood burning fire for the entire time, it’s best to keep one close by.
  • NOAA radio – get up to date information on weather and roads
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags
  • First-Aid kit
  • Food items – Items that don’t require cooking (canned food, bread crackers, dried fruits, snacks, etc.)
  • Baby items – formula, food, diapers/wipes
  • Battery-powered lamps or lanterns
  • Supply of sand or cat litter for walkways
  • Reading material
  • Paper products – toilet paper, tissue, toweling, etc.
  • Use sand, not a chemical ice-melting product on your home driveway or walkways. Although it works, it can corrode your payments

Other items to consider:

  1. Allow your faucets to drip to avoid freezing
  2. Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes
  3. Use flashlights instead of candles to prevent risk of fire
  4. NEVER use your oven to heat your home
  5. Use of any portable generators must be at least 20 feet away from the house to avoid Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

For more tips on home safety, you can go to:

http://www.nashville.gov/Office-of-Emergency-Management/Disaster-Preparedness/During-the-Disaster/Severe-Winter-Weather/More-Winter-Weather-Tips.aspx

Brighten up Your Kitchen Renovation with LED Lighting

With all of the new electronics out there and our need for convenience of use, we often overlook electronic upgrades as part of a kitchen remodel.  As we know, without electricity, none of our gadgets work.  But with a remodel you get the opportunity to increase the functionality of your kitchen by adding more lights, or adding a few more outlets for more convenience when cooking at home or entertaining.  Some of the new lighting upgrades for this year include under-cabinet lighting and recessed lighting.

LED lighting products use light emitting diodes to produce light very efficiently. An electrical current passes through semiconductor material, which illuminates the tiny light sources we call LEDs. The heat produced is absorbed into a heat sink. LED is more efficient, uses less electricity and emits far less heat. LED’s are also cool to the touch which is great in the kitchen. LED lighting is rate the best kitchen lighting option for under your cabinets.  They may cost more, but their longevity outlasts anything else you can purchase.

A great article to review for Under Cabinet Lighting is Best LED Under Cabinet Lighting 2015. http://blog.yaleappliance.com/best-led-under-cabinet-lighting-2015-reviews/ratingskitchens-undercab-hd-strip

Time for a Kitchen Renovation – Step 2

At Black Oak Renovations we know that making the decision to begin a renovation is not an easy one.  To help you through the process we follow four easy steps to make your experience as pleasant as possible.

  • Step 1:  Create the plan
  • Step 2:  Finalize the plan and get started
  • Step 3:  Building your dream
  • Step 4:  Complete your project

The most vital step is number two.  Once all plans and budgetary needs are finalized and agreed upon, we develop a timeline that is doable for all parties.  This process provides a chance to iron out any last minute details, or changes to the plans or finishes.  We like to get these decisions and details worked out in advance of construction so that you can sit back and enjoy the transformation of your home. Every project will always have a hiccup, or two.  Knowing that can save time, money and heartburn. To find out more about our process, please visit our website at www.blackoakrenovations.com.

Are You Ready for Snow?

winter prep

Are you ready for snow?  Most of us in the South are not.  We don’t always trust the weather forecasts, because most of the time, they are not accurate.  But, have you rushed to the store at the last minute to get items to stock up on?  Here is a list of some items to prepare a kit for your home.

  • Bottles of water
  • Flashlights (always keep fresh batteries around)
  • Dry wood for fireplace
  • Fire Extinguisher – If you keep a wood burning fire for the entire time, it’s best to keep one close by.
  • NOAA radio – get up to date information on weather and roads
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags
  • First-Aid kit
  • Food items – Items that don’t require cooking (canned food, bread crackers, dried fruits, snacks, etc.)
  • Baby items – formula, food, diapers/wipes
  • Battery powered lamps or lanterns
  • Supply of sand or cat litter for walkways
  • Reading material
  • Paper products – toilet paper, tissue, toweling, etc.

 

 

 

Getting Your Home Ready for Winter

We all dread the cold. We get out the coats, the hats, gloves and sometimes even the long underwear. Unfortunately, we sometimes fail to do the same with our home. Since your home is more than likely your largest investment here are some tips that may help you prepare your home for the winter months.

What to do about preventing your pipes from freezing:  There are several things you can do to protect your pipes.  First, if you have a crawl space under your house then you will need to close the vents around your house to protect them from the cold air.  Second, disconnect all hoses and install foam covers.  They only cost a few dollars and you can find them at most hardware stores.

Clean your gutters and roof.  Leaves can easily clog up your drain spouts and gather on your roof.  They also can create ice dams that block water from draining properly which can cause it to back up and possibly cause water damage inside your walls.  The water will find somewhere to go.

Garage doors can keep your house warmer. You may not realize that, but keeping your garage doors closed can help your water heater run more efficiently by not having to work so hard.  Don’t forget to make sure the seals around the door are tight and that it closes completely.

Taking care of your home now will help stop any surprises in the future. Especially, when you go to renovate your home to make it the way you want.

Be on the lookout for some additional winterizing tips.  Please share with your friends and family members as well.  Checkout our Facebook. Facebook.com/blackoakrenovations

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