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Preparing for Severe Weather

Severe weather is bound to happen every year, whether it is a hurricane, tornado, high winds, flooding, thunderstorms, etc. And mother nature can be unforgiving and can cause significant damage to your property, injuries, and fatalities. According to Injury Facts, winter weather, thunderstorms, and tornadoes are some of the most deadly weather events.

Since we have no control over severe weather, it leaves us with no choice but to prepare for the disaster before it happens. It is crucial to prep yourself if you live in areas prone to severe weather.

Educating yourself about severe weather ensures that you minimize damages and avert fatalities and help your family stay safe throughout the stormy period. Here are harsh weather tips to help you prepare for severe weather.

Know the type of severe weather happening and prepare for risks.

When preparing for extreme weather, the first step is knowing the type of weather event that is going to happen. Thanks to weather forecasters, you can get this information through the news on radio, television, or digital media. Knowing the type of weather event helps you understand the risks and prepare accordingly. You can draft a disaster plan and help members of your family get ready. Help your family understand your disaster plan and how best to respond to such events.

Ensure your home is ready for severe weather

Is your home ready for severe weather? Your safety during a hurricane, flooding, or storms starts with you. There are ways to prepare your home for a disaster, like analyzing if your home is at risk of flooding.

Do a yard cleanup beforehand and ensure no low-lying tree branches and debris in the yard that could damage your property. Overhanging trees can fall easily during severe weather and can cause damage, block the way when you need to evacuate, and injuries to people around.

Fix your roof and windows if they are weak and vulnerable to heavy rains. You can install storm-proof doors and storm shutters for your windows. Ensure that your home is flood-proof by installing a drainage system. Close your doors and windows at times during heavy winds and rains. Also, don’t forget to keep your patio furniture and toys indoors.

Move your vehicles to higher grounds away from trees and power lines. The garage area is the safest place for your cars. Ensure your gas tank is full and have enough fuel for your generators.

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Prepare for emergencies

Once your home is ready for severe weather, it is time to put an emergency plan in place. How are you going to survive during the weather season? What do you need in case of evacuation?

Identify a space place in your home to take shelter when the severe storms hit. The room should offer protection from heavy winds, hails, and debris. You can consider the bathroom, basement, closets, or hallways for in-shelter during lousy weather.

Get enough food supplies and clean water that can last you throughout the extreme weather period. Also, have a first aid kit and medicines you may need ready. Secure your important documents, get your car ready, and identify a meeting spot in case of an emergency.

Extreme weather may damage the power line, so it is crucial to have a power backup if the power lines go off. Additionally, pack your emergency kit beforehand because things can escalate quickly during severe weather conditions. Have contacts of people to contact during an emergency like the local authority department that deals with emergencies.

Plan for safe evacuation

Evacuation may be inevitable when the weather is extreme. Ensure that your emergency kit has all the supplies you will need like blankets, extra clothes, food, clean water, important documents, cash, medicine, boots, emergency phone numbers, and a first aid kit.

Clean up after the storm settles.

In case you evacuate, return when the storm is over and assess the damage. You can rent a dumpster from TKG services and start cleaning out all the debris. Contact us with any questions.

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Yard Clean Up Tips

Having a clean and lush-green yard is one thing that makes your home feel like a haven. However, maintaining a yard throughout the year can be a hassle because of the different seasons. One season your lawn is overgrown, and the next season you have tree foliage all over the yard. And depending on your yard size, you may need to put in more effort and time to clean up.

Cleaning up your yard boosts your home’s curb appeal and also gives you a clean and well-manicured outdoor space to relax. This post will cover the vital yard cleanup tips to help you manage your lawn.

Get the must-have yard clean up tools.

Doing a thorough yard clean up job requires sharp yard tools. Whether you outsource your yard clean up or DIY, having a few tools will help you keep up with the yard all year round. Get the right yard cleanup tools like the lawnmower to mow overgrown grass.

You will also need a wheelbarrow, a rake, and a shovel to maintain your lawn in good condition. Clearing tools and hedge clippers will come in handy when trimming and cutting down overgrown tree branches. You can also get garden bags, a yard vacuum, and a leaf shredder to pick up and shredded leaves for easy composting. Another important tool you need in the yard is a roll-off dumpster. You will need a dumpster to dispose of any debris from your yard clean up.

Yard Clean Up Tips

Work your way from up to down.

The best way to start working on your yard is to start with the big trees and bushes. You can start cutting down overgrown tree branches and trimming your bushes before working on the lawn and planting beds. Get a chainsaw and cut down damaged and dead branches. The hedge clippers and a shrub rake will give your bushes a beautiful look.

Once you have the damaged branches and the shrubs out of the way, you can start collecting the clippings and dead leaves on the ground. Dead leaves on the ground are pesty! Use the yard vacuum and a rake to pick up all the leaves littering your lawn. Pile them up and start composting. The organic matter in the compost is useful to the soil.

Start mowing.

The lawn grass is another thing you will have to deal with when cleaning your yard. Start mowing after picking up the dead branches and leaves. Level up your lawn and get rid of any debris littering the grass area. The worst part of mowing grass is dealing with dog waste. You can get some heavy gloves and a pooper-scooper to handle the unpleasant litter. You can use the grass clippings to mulch your garden beds, lawn, and planting containers.

Fix the patches on the yard.

Bad weather, snow, or pets can damage your yard and cause bare patches. These patches can be an eyesore, and you should fix them early. Plant new grass on these spots to give your yard an even look.

Deal with the weeds.

Lawn weeds are the last thing you want to see in your yard. Get rid of weed as early as possible before they gain strong roots. You can plant wildflowers or use organic herbicide to prevent weeds from growing in your yard. According to Almanac, you can also minimize weeds by using mulch and avoiding spring fertilization on the lawn. 

Dispose of the yard debris.

The final stage of a clean and well-manicured yard is disposing of the yard waste. The debris from all the yard clean up work can fill a dumpster. Luckily, you can delegate this part to us here at TKG Services. Ready to tackle a weekend yard clean up project? Contact us today and have your dumpster delivered in no time.

 

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Garage Organizing Tips

6 Garage Organizing Tips

Do you have a messy garage? Thanks to our busy lives, we tend to forget to clean and organize the garage. And in a matter of time, all kinds of junk finds its way to the garage area. 

Imagine a safe, clean, and tidy garage, free from critters like mice and bugs. The exciting news is that you can achieve your ideal garage with our garage organization tips.

Importance of organizing a garage.

  • An organized garage creates more space. Having boxes all over the floor, sporting equipment, bikes, bulky equipment, etc. takes up space and makes it nearly impossible to reach other items when you need it. What’s worse? Your car may end up on the street as its parking spot.
  • An organized garage is safe. Having dangerous tools and equipment like drills and other electric tools lying around the garage floor is not safe for little kids. Avoid accidents by keeping these items in a safe place.
  • Another advantage of an organized garage is that it is easy to find items. Organizing tools and equipment on shelves, cabinets, baskets, etc. make it easy for you to find them when you need to use them the most. 

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Garage Organizing Tips You Can Implement This Weekend

 

1. Create a garage declutter plan.

 

The most crucial step to a well-organized garage is to have a plan. You need to plan a garage clean-up day, have a budget, and how to work on the junk in your garage. Set up a day and get a team to help you organize your garage. You need a budget plan as you may need to buy a few organization products or materials to mount shelves and cabinets.

Having a plan also means that you prepare for junk disposal or recycling services.

2. Map out your garage floor.

The place that takes in more clutter in your garage is the floor area. It is easy to toss items on the floor and leave, making it look dirty and disorganized. Take note of the things on the floor and plan how you can start purging. Also, it is crucial to know the size of your garage floor before organizing.

3. Get essential storage products.

Having storage products makes it easier to put your garage in order and reclaim your car space. Invest in organization products like clear bins with lids, lockable cabinets, racks, and clear jars to store items in your garage. You can use lockable cabinets to keep dangerous objects and chemicals out of reach of small children.  

4. Take advantage of the wall space.

One of the best ways to get items off the garage floor is to utilize the overhead space and the wall. You can fix shelves on the wall to store your car care products and other chemicals. You can consider using a pegboard to hang hand tools like the gardening equipment on the wall. Organize your stackable plastic jars against the wall to create more space on the floor.

5. Safety is important.

Safety is crucial when organizing your garage. Properly store chemicals in their original containers and in a lockable cabinet to avoid fire accidents and respiratory problems. Safely hook ladders to prevent them from tipping over and damage other items in the garage or, worse, hitting someone. Install a certified extinguisher and a smoke detector for peace of mind.

Additionally, consider investing in a door and window locks to secure your garage and ward off break-ins.

6. Let go of items you don’t need.

In as much as you want to keep things “just in case,” don’t keep useless items in your garage. Dispose of, sell, donate, or recycle to create more space. Junk items like broken equipment, bikes, furniture are often the culprits cluttering your garage and taking up space.

Is the garage junk giving you a headache? If you’ve read the garage organizing tips and are ready to clear it out, contact TKG Services. We will help you get organized by providing a dumpster so you can get rid of items you don’t need and get closer to an organized garage. Order online or call today!

 

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Making Space for Virtual Learning

Making Space for Virtual Learning

The pandemic happened and flipped the whole approach to schooling.School aged children have to stay at home, and parents have to find a way to help their kids continue learning. And virtual learning is the new normal for students, teachers, and parents. Transitioning to virtual learning can be quite a hassle. But making space for virtual learning is the first step to successful distance learning.

In this post, we will show you how to make space in your home for virtual learning. But first, why would you need a learning space at home? Continue reading Making Space for Virtual Learning

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Basement Clean Up Tips for a Clutter-Free Summer

Basement Clean Up Made Easy

The basement is where you store and forget house junk, old furniture, appliances, debris, and cartons of knick-knacks. And often, due to lack of time, you overlook the basement area during general house cleaning. With time, your basement fills up, and there is no more space to take up junk. 

Basement clean up helps you create more space–perhaps office space, gaming room, kids’ play area, laundry area, storage room, or even an extra living room. Start decluttering your basement area and let go of junk with our basement cleanup tips for a clutter-free summer.

To start cleaning your basement, you will need a strong vacuum, regular cleaning detergents, large broom, mop, buckets, soft brush, and gloves. Continue reading Basement Clean Up Tips for a Clutter-Free Summer