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How to control the germs in your house when someone is sick

Categories: Home Owner Tips, New Homes in Raleigh | Posted: October 25, 2019

 

As the temperatures cool and we get closer to the holiday season, many people are already getting their flu shots for the impending flu season this year. For many, the flu can become very scary and all families very well know that if someone in your home gets sick it can easily get passed around and spread like wildfire in your house. Although it may seem inevitable that if one person gets sick more people are doomed to follow, it doesn’t have to be that way. Mattamy Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Raleigh, shares how you can control the germs in your house when someone gets sick to keep them from spreading.

One of the first things you will want to have handy in your house before anyone even gets sick, is a disinfectant spray. You can purchase these at the store or even make your own homemade disinfectant spray with a number of recipes available online if you prefer a more natural route. This will be your go-to item you will want to grab and use several times  day for the places any sick people have visited in your home. Bathroom handles, sink handles, the lever on the toilet, and any other surface or handle the sick one in your house may have touched.

Toothbrushes and hairbrushes are another common germ spreading ground you will want to watch. Keep anyone in your family who is sick toothbrush far from the toothbrushes of other family members. A week or so after the illness has passed, be sure to throw that toothbrush away and get a new one or better yet, use throw away toothbrushes up to two weeks after the illness has passed. You can also boil the toothbrush to kill germs as another alternative.

Towels and clothes are another common place that people sometimes overlook as a way of spreading germs around the home. Clean your towels in hot water once a week or more to keep them germ free. Also be sure that anyone infected with an illness has their own hand, face and body towels to use that are not the same as the ones the rest of the family is using. Even better, just stick to paper towel when it comes to hand towels during this period of time.

Toy bins are something that are a breeding ground for germs outside of the home in public places, but also inside of your home if you have little ones sharing common toys. While you can’t tell your little ones their toys are off limits, try to keep the sharing of toys apart for this period of time and if you can’t keep them apart be sure to disinfect them after use.

You can run toys through the dishwasher as well for another way to disinfect them, just be sure to check that they are dishwasher safe first.

And the age-old saying of washing your hands in warm soapy water still applies and is something your family should be sure to do more frequently when there is a sick one in the house. Be sure to especially have clean hands before touching your nose and eyes, as that is the most common place germs tend to enter your body.

 

 

 

Mattamy Homes is a new home builder in Raleigh and Fayetteville, North Carolina. For additional information about Royal Oaks building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.

Simple Fall Maintenance Tips

Categories: Home Owner Tips, New Homes in Raleigh | Posted: October 4, 2019

 

Fall is officially here and the temperatures have started to finally cool off for the seasons ahead. This time of year often brings up the topics of home maintenance and making sure your home is ready for colder days ahead. If this is your first year owning a home, you may not be sure where to start. The first simple fall home maintenance tip starts on the interior of your home. Mattamy Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Raleigh, shares the top tips to get your home ready for the colder months ahead.

Before you turn on the heat for the first time when cooler weather rolls in, be sure to check all of your safety devices to ensure the work properly. Replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and your smoke detectors to make sure they are running properly.

It is also a good idea to replace the batteries to these devices at the same time. Another easy tip that many people don’t think about is to make sure your fire extinguisher is not expired.

The second in-home fall maintenance tip is to schedule a furnace maintenance call. Once the cold season strikes, your local HVAC service is going to be busy making house calls. Prevent being on a waiting list by getting a head start early and having someone come out and make sure your furnace is running properly. Typically, you can also get better deals in the late summer when you catch any issue opposed to the prime season in the colder months.

On the outside of your home, take a look around your home and check for any cracks in your homes foundation and seal them if necessary. Also close up any cracks in your foundation near windows or doors, because those can also let in critters like mice once the cold kicks in.

Do a check of your roof as well and make sure there aren’t any problems before the cold of winter rolls in. Any loose shingles shouOKld be replaced and you should also do a check of your gutters while you are on the roof to make sure they are clean and not filled with leaves or debris.

Lastly, before the cold weather hits this fall do yourself a favor and replace your door and window screens with storm windows. As an added benefit, add weather stripping to doors and windows to help keep cool air from seeping inside.

 

These simple easy fall maintenance tips will ensure you stay warm in your home when cold weather strikes.

 

 

Mattamy Homes, formerly Royal Oaks Building Group, is a new home builder in Raleigh and Fayetteville, North Carolina. For additional information about Mattamy Homes building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.