How to properly install tiles in a roof

A tiled roof is a beautiful architectural proposal for your residence design.
It is no coincidence that for many centuries the tiled roof was one of the favorite choice of most people wanted to cover their roof.

The reason ofcourse is no other than its incomparable architectural beauty, but also the special advantages it can offer us.

Even in the big urban cities, in case we take a good look at the view from our balcony, we will definitely see a building that will be decorated with tiles. Surely this building is going to be the one among the uniform roofs of the apartment buildings.

The tiled roof is made using wooden base with the addition of sloping concrete.
We usually find them in houses, roofs, cottages, small buildings, pergolas and mainly in areas with high altitude.

The advantages of a tiled roof

  • Durability
  • Energy saving
  • Low maintenance costs
  • Ease of installation
  • Unburned
  • Weatherproof
  • Impressive insulating performance
  • Possibility of adaptation to all roofs
  • Variety of colors
  • Excellent aesthetics
  • The repair

Repairing a tiled roof

The repair of the roof needs, above all, good planning and of course a proper study by a specialized workshop.

Most of the older constructions have various roofing problems. Weather conditions, lack of insulation, lack of maintenance, earthquakes and many other things can cause damage to the tiles.

Replacement or welding of cracked or broken tiles is done with a strong repairing cement mortar which is then sealed with a spreadable cementitious sealant.

The construction of the tile roof

Proper construction of the tiled roof ensures durability for many years. The correct placement of the tiles is A and O.
There are different types of tiles that we can choose from. The most famous are ceramic tiles, plastics, and concrete.

Classic ceramic tiles stand out so much for their rich beauty that they force other types of tiles to imitate them, stealing a little of their glamor. In combination with their cheap cost, they are the No. 1 choice of most. The main disadvantage is the weight.

Plastic tiles are that closest in appearance to ceramics. This is a very charming choice made with polypropylene technology. The great lure they have is the written guarantee that we can find in the market. This plastic is a very light material, with great durability and very reliable. Their only minus is their slightly stingy price.

Concrete tiles are mainly recommended for areas with low temperatures. They are made of lightweight concrete, which makes them almost indestructible. At the minus is the high weight.

Of course there are other types such as asphalt. Asphalts are essentially tarpaulins cut in the shape of a tile. As their name implies, they are a completely waterproof material and in fact very cheap. Its disadvantage is the flat face.

Finally there are the tile panels. We can find them in various variations in quality, color and shape. Their biggest advantage is that they already have thermal insulation elements (polyurethane) and so no further infrastructure is necessary. The highest quality and most expensive panels are distinguished for their resistance to weather conditions and shocks.

In general, we can find several types of tiles. The most famous are:

  • Byzantine
  • Roman
  • Swedish
  • French
  • Mediterranean
  • Dutch
  • Artificial aging
  • Enameled

It is very important that the wood of the frame is of good quality and impregnated with insecticides. This way we will be sure not only of the solid construction but also of the prevention of insects and fungi.

One of the most important things in the construction of a tiled roof is the substrate.
A substrate can be continuous (skinned) or discontinuous.

Tile roofing membranes also play an important role. It is essentially the waterproofing of the tiled roof that they protect from water if it penetrates through the tiles. Depending on the case, of course, it is better to place them over the thermal insulation. We find them in two categories:

Asphalt membranes
Vapor permeable or breathable
It is also important to form a perimeter channel in the concrete so that the rainwater ends up there and not at the lower points of the tiled roof with the risk of being gradually destroyed.
One of the biggest advantages of tiled roofs is their thermal insulating properties. For this reason, tiled roofs provide a cooler home in summer and warmer in winter, thus saving money and energy from electricity and heating fuels.

Of course, in order to enjoy a complete thermal insulation effect, the appropriate thermal insulation is required. This way we effectively protect the wooden frame from moisture, thus increasing its lifespan.

Insulation of a tile roof

The insulation on the tiled roof has the effect of reducing its temperature by up to 50%. At the same time the internal temperature of the house is reduced by up to 25%.

There are generally several types of tile roof insulation systems.
Reflective Insulation

In the case of reflective insulation, we achieve complete thermal insulation of the surface. Thus heat does not penetrate into the building as 90% of the solar radiation is reflected.

The most well-known method is polyurethane spraying, thermal insulation paints and the use of thermal insulation boards.

During the process of the construction, thermal insulation boards of expanded or extruded polystyrene and generally this kind are installed. They must be placed very carefully between the frames to prevent the transfer of heat and cooling from the roof inside the house.

In another case, the tiles are sprayed with polyurethane spray with a special high pressure machine or with an extruded polystyrene coating.

Hope you have understand the basics of the roof tiling. Remember that it is not an easy process and you should always hire a pro. He will manage to properly install the tills.

Also he will be aware of the proper instructions that should be followed to apply the tills to be safe in their place and to be in a good shape for a long time .

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Always fresh air in the roof attic

Always fresh air in the roof attic

Given the tightness of modern structures, there seem to be problems with the roof attic ventilation, resulting in the condensation of water vapor in the attic.

Water vapor is a phenomenon of everyday life that occurs as a result of cooking, washing, watering, washing, drying clothes, etc. Water vapor created in this way must definitely be drained from a vent.

The introduction of fresh air inside the roof attic can occur either by opening the window, or by a special vent located in the roofing window.

3 Different types of windows for the roof attic

  1. The automatic vent has a ventilation capacity of 52m3 / h (this value is without the air filter, with the filter 40m3 / h) at a pressure difference of 10 Pa, depending on its width window. The entry of air into the room is ensured by the automatic regulation of its flow, thus providing a healthy climate in the roof attic, saving heat and energy costs.
  2. The vent manually adjusts the efficient air flow. When fully open, entry allows 43m3 / h of fresh air (this value is without the air filter, with the filter 35m3 / h) at a pressure difference of 10 Pa, depending on the width of the window. Due to the increased efficiency, the humidity of the indoor air is significantly reduced, resulting in concentration limitation.
  3. The vent manually adjusts the air flow. When the inlet is fully open, allowing the flow of 9m3 / h fresh air at a pressure difference of 10pa.

More roofing advice

To reduce this effect the roof windows in the attic use a number of different vents.

The structure of the handle on the windows allows closing of three points that leave gaps for the entry of fresh air into the room.

A latch at the top of the attic window frame secures the window and allows fresh air to enter through the micro-opening into the roof attic.

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Tips for painting the exterior walls

Exterior wall painting

Painting the exterior walls of our house is an crucial investment for our property. This comes from the fact that it is a very important and technical work for its renewal and maintenance, a work that must be done every 5 to 10 years. By painting the exterior of our house, the property acquires the right aesthetics.

Also a high level of protection from the sunshine and humidity that harms it, but also durability over the periods. Especially in countries where most days of the year there is sunshine, the procedure of painting the exterior walls of a building or an apartment is necessary and imperative.

That way we can maintain the outer of the building in order to look beautiful and be in an excellent condition. Exterior painting has to do with all the exterior surfaces of our home or workplace. By this way we mean the plastered or the  concrete facades of the property, our balcony ceilings, the wooden or metal protective railings.

Also the exterior wooden or metal doors, wooden pergolas and the outer guardrails. Every exterior surface needs the right application and the appropriate products, if we want to achieve the ideal result that is going to aim the triptych: aesthetic superiority, ideal finish and duration in time.

The work of painting exterior walls

In order to have an excellent quality exterior painting, the key is the good cleaning of every surface that is gonna be painted, so we can apply the paint on a clean wall. There are four key pointers in moving your paint around:

1. check the plaster for it’s hollow
2. carefully check for any signs of moisture into the plaster
3. checking the wall forinflated colors
4. cleaning and properly prepare our surface to pass the first substrate, using the suitable material, emaning the primer.

Before you apply the paint, you should scrape and remove the hollow plasters and peels of older paints, to completely clean the wall.

If there is any deep corrosion on the surface, there is a chance that the removal of the loose materials may expose the bricks or iron bars. In a case like this, the damage is repaired and new plastering should be done, before we proceed to the procedure of oil painting.

If there is no deep corrosion, but only simple cracks and shallow holes, then we should plaster the spots when the damage is. This action is followed by the one of rubbing with a sander, just in order to remove the residues from the stucco,  until the moment we will have a wall that is clean and also free of dust or dirt.

After the process of cleaning and when all the surfaces are completely dry, then we apply the primer. This helps facilitates the application and ensures us a uniform surface in the final color. The substrate will bind with the paint and seal our final painting.

After priming, our walls is ready to accept the color of our choice. Remember that the choices of the materials also play an important role. We suggest you choose paints of good quality, that will ensure good adhesion and penetration with high elasticity and resistance to alkaline surfaces, achieving a very good bond with the substrate.

For the exterior walls, we suggest you to choose the silicone acrylic paint, the one that protects from moisture. However, depending always of your needs there are plenty other options .

Use of quality materials in exterior painting

Always remember that exterior paints are completely different from the paints we use for the interiors. Also, each material on the facade or the exterior walls needs a different type of paint.

In the case we want to paint over materials like wood, aluminum, or plastic and plaster, these building elements is having their own type of painting and their own materials for this action.

There are a big number of paints on the market especially for exterior walls, ones that protect them as they are not affected by the environment conditions, the temperature changes, the air pollutants and the sunlight.

An economical solution could be the acrylic water-based paint for outdoor use, that is is suitable for surfaces that we paint frequently. It can be applied to exterior walls, to cement boards and plaster. Even on cement surfaces, concrete ones and generally in places where the surfaces are alkaline .

In case that you want something more, especially the ones that the property is located in an area with humidity, emaning near the sea or into the green, you can use a silicone acrylic paint in the cost of an extra charge.

Silicone acrylic paints are always recommended for exterior walls, as this type of paint can prevent the accumulation of dust and dirt on our surface and allows the rain to wash them away, managing to keep the surface clean for quite a long time.

Additionally, the silicone acrylic paints will offer you excellent waterproofing. Due to the high water repellency they have, the penetration of the external moisture and also rainwater into the wall will be prevented. That’s something  offering you a long-term protection of the surface.

Also it allows the moisture that is trapped inside the surface of the walls to escape with great ease into the atmosphere. In this way we protect them against bloating and also peeling and molding.

The silicone acrylic paint will offer you an excellent performance and also ease of application, while giving you a uniform matte finish of high perspiration.

Exterior wall painting and weather

If we want to paint outdoor, the ideal weather conditions for this procedure are during a day with a relative cloudiness. One with moderate temperatures and also normal humidity conditions.

The right weather conditions can ensure us that the paint will dry properly and an end result that will be durable over periods. The calculation of the amount of color that we are going to need is approximate.

It is based on the performance of the product that we selected per liter and per  square meter. Remember that the calculation of each product concerns an application. Usually the substrates need one coat of application, but the final paints need two  coats.

We believe to have helped you with your outer walls painting. At first it may seem difficult but after a while you will see that it is something not to worry about.

If this is something that does not fits you, there is always the possibility of hiring a pro, to have the best results without the need of your personal efforts.

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Best color ideas for wall painting

If you are looking to make an ordinary room in your home look great, the easiest way to do this is by wall painting. The uniqueness that can be achieved by painting in a room is endless, as there are literally millions of color combinations that you can use.

Many of the ideas that follow are not only ideas for wall painting colors, but also ceiling, for curtains, furniture, carpets, flooring, and wallpaper for wall cladding. The colors are endless, and many of our ideas include pink, blue, green, lime, red, orange, black, yellow, brown and more. Ideas include designs, designs, for two colors and three colors. Take a look below at the different wall color ideas and get inspired. If you like a color or combination of colors you can look for at the wall painting palette.

Painting tip: Before you get the amount of paint you need to paint a room, it is a good idea to ask for a sample to see how it really looks on your wall. The volume of the surface and the lighting of the space can bring significant differences in how a color will show.

Basic properties and effects of colors

It is true that you will find many articles and tips on the effect of colors, what your tastes reveal about your personality and other such fun.

Unfortunately, this perspective often causes us to become overwhelmed when it’s time to start a wall painting project.

It is the least, naive for example, to talk about the color green in general, you are clean and we have only one choice, while in a single colored fan we will find at least 200 shades of it!

For this reason, when friends and acquaintances often ask Gikas Painting what would suit their space, they answer that if they do not study a space and take into account all the parameters, they will never suggest something on foot.

For the exact same reason, all I can do in an article is give some general instructions. In no case are these proposals for a professional space painting, where many more factors must be considered.

The warm wall painting colors

It is a fact that bright yellow is the first color that the human eye detects in a space. That’s why most signs are yellow. So if you want to get attention, it is a good choice, you just have to keep in mind the following:

Yellow as well as orange are associated with cheap products. It is a color that illuminates a space and creates a happy mood, in the right shade and in small quantities. Otherwise, it is just as tedious as red.

  • Your anxiety, stress and impatience will intensify in a waiting room dominated by red, which has been associated with danger.
  • As red tones motivate us and make us more aggressive, it should be used with caution in areas where misunderstandings and quarrels can easily arise.
  • A lawyer who specializes in disputes and divorces should think hard about whether to include it in their color palette.

On the other hand, its capacity and incitement to move make it suitable for places with intense activity, such as a gym.

  • Keep in mind that bright red, yellow and orange on large surfaces are not only tiring for the eyes but tend to de-tune us.
  • In an area where we need to be focused for a long time doing mental work – such as study spaces, tutorials and offices – their use should be avoided or limited.

If you still want to liven up and warm a space, you can do it with shades that contain red, such as some shades of wood, but also purple-fuchsia shades.

  • The more earthy shades of warm colors like coffee are suitable to create the feeling of security and intimacy and promote communication.
  • The warm shades of red, orange, salmon and brown in combination with cream – beige, are ideal for restaurants and cafes.

It is known that these shades whet the appetite, since most foods have this color.

In fact, research shows that the colors of the dishes affect the taste of the dessert you eat, the coffee or the chocolate you drink.

The cool wall painting colors

In contrast, few foods are blue or lilac – so they do not predispose us to food.

So you will not feel warm and familiar, and you probably will not find particularly tasty the food in a restaurant dominated by metal, glass and exposed concrete as well as the cool shades of white, blue and cool purple combined with white lighting.

The same goes for gray and black, which is why restaurant and cafe areas dominated by these colors are likely to fail to retain their customers in the long run. Unfortunately, a wrong modern trend in my opinion, which shows the ignorance of the psychology of colors.

The color white may be associated with cleanliness and simplicity, but when it prevails in a space it creates feelings of coolness, literally and figuratively.

  • Blue, absolute white and some shades of gray belong to the cool colors. Green can be quite cold to warm, depending on its yellow or blue content.
  • Blue, green and turquoise are especially suitable for places where we want to calm down, relax and work together.

They are very suitable colors for health areas and generally for areas that we want to relax, because they alleviate anxiety – some claim that they reduce the feeling of pain. They are also ideal options for beauty salons, hairdressers and spas.

But be careful to combine them with warm shades of wood and not with cold whites and grays, to avoid an icy result – another common mistake I notice.

Combined with a pale warm and earthy shade, they create an ideal atmosphere for relaxation – think of a sunny beach.

Also, these 2 colors are the most favorite of men and women. They refer to water and nature in general, such as coffee to the earth, soil and plants.

  • Blue is associated with security and reliability, which is why you will find it in many company logos.
  • Green, again, has been linked to nature and ecology. If you want to emphasize your ecological awareness or emphasize that your products are natural, it is essential.

In general, the pale shades of cool colors indicate a larger space

There are, however, warm blues and greens and cool yellows and browns, depending on their content in other shades.

  • Purple for example, consisting of blue and red basically, can be quite warm if it contains enough red or tends to be cold if blue predominates.
  • Neutral shades are also necessary in a space, the absolute multicolor is tiring. But they must also be used correctly and without exaggeration.
  • Black as well as dark charcoal are imposing, they refer to expensive services (when it comes to products), but they must be used with caution, especially when dealing with small and not very bright areas.

They are suitable if you want to display something with bright colors, such as a painting, furniture or object, creating a theatrical atmosphere.

However, I would suggest avoiding black and dark gray on walls or large surfaces. Setting the customer up against a black or dark charcoal wall is not a very smart choice. You will make him feel sad and you certainly do not want to associate your space with negative emotions.

Unfortunately, we have seen this wall painting trend prevail in recent years, but it is completely wrong, for many reasons.

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10 Mistakes When Painting Your Home Alone!

10 Mistakes When Painting Your Home Alone!

Painting the house yourself may sound like a good idea but there are some tips that will help you get the result you are looking for. You do not need special knowledge and materials, just appetite, enough free time and good mood.

Painting the wall requires attention and depending on your experience you will do enough or a little time to finish. Anyway, remember that it is fun and extremely stressful, as long as you follow these ten simple tips that I mention below.

What to watch out for when painting the house yourself!

1. Not just a hand paint

Even if you paint the wall in the same or similar color that you had before you have to make at least two coats of paint for a beautiful and uniform result. For distant shades, three coats of paint may be needed.

2. You do not clean the surface

You have to thoroughly clean the surface from dust and hairs, because no one likes a wall or furniture with stuck hairs and rubbish on it, which you can not remove.

3. You do not apply primer

Primer is a thin material that must always precede the paint. Creates the appropriate insulation and prepares the wall so that it better accepts and retains the color on the wall.

4. Paint over holes without plastering

The paint on holes from nails and others, does not cover the hole. The best thing to do is to take a small box of putty and a spatula and plaster all the small holes before you start anything else.

5. Re-paint on a paint that has not dried

Always remember that one coat of paint must dry before you start the other. If you hurry, you will result in a wall that will not look uniform and well-painted.

6. You do not protect the plaster surfaces

Protect the plaster surfaces either on the ceiling or below because only then will the painting be a toy, without the persistent cleaning after which it bothers all the housewives.

7. You do not protect doors and furniture well

Gather all the furniture in the middle of the room. Put special nylon covers on furniture to protect them from painting. Also, do not miss the adhesive tape for the doors and all the furniture in which the paint can come in contact.

8. Skip the silicone to fill in the gaps

If you see that there are gaps between doors and wall, do not rush to use paint, because this will not help. Put silicone where there is a gap and then paint your wall.

9. You do not mix the color well

One thing many beginners do is not to mix the paint well, with the result that the first coat of paint differs from the second because some paint has settled to the bottom. Make sure your mixing is up to the bottom and for a long time.

10. You are not wearing all the necessary protective gear

Always try to wear gloves for your hands, and something in your hair, because it is almost certain that you will get them dirty. Your clothes should be the ones that will not bother you if they get dirty. Inhaling the paint for hours is not the best thing, so if it is summer, keep the windows open. For the winter, wear a protection that will help you not to inhale the substances.

Painting the house yourself is fun and takes time and willpower. If you like to do this kind of work, do not neglect it because you will definitely have a good time and the result will justify you.

Τhings you need to know before painting the walls white!

You may be wondering what color to paint your walls and have ended up in white. The truth is that no other color can offer you the elegance that white color offers you. Visually it is, if not the most beautiful, one of the most beautiful colors.

But you have to choose between many colors and the factors that you have to consider are many. Surely you are confused, like each of us, with the choices in front of you. Here are some things to know before you whitewash the walls.


The white colors with shades of blue and gray are clearer. On the other hand, when there is a shade of red or yellow they are softer and more relaxing. What is best for your home is a purely personal choice.

If your house is in a place where there is natural light then it is better to prefer shades of blue and gray. But if you are not in a place where the house is so light, it is better to choose a warmer color.

Always be prepared

White walls do not forgive mistakes. If the painting is not done properly, be sure that it will be visible. If there are stains that appear, use a primer before you start painting. Preparation is the key to getting a job done right.

Think lighting

In rooms with plenty of natural light, white paint can look different during the day. Try a sample of the color you want and see what it looks like in the morning, at noon and in the afternoon.

To illuminate low light areas, it is better to use a cooler shade of white that will reflect light from the luminaires in the room.

Combine color with space

Before choosing the color of the room, carefully examine the floor and the cabinets of the house. Make sure that the shade of white you choose matches the rest of the home decor.

Give color to the decoration

If you decorate your home or a room with only white colors, it is most likely to become boring. To avoid this, use a variety of colors on furniture, pillows, fabrics, rugs and decorations.

Find your favorite shade

Once you find your favorite shade of white, look in the companies to find the color you want exactly. The color and shades vary from company to company, so it takes a lot of searching to find what you are really looking for.

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What is a heating system circulator pump?

In a central heating installation, the water after being heated in the boiler is transferred to the radiators with a circulator (or in a boiler or other medium) to deliver a certain amount of heat, as the company καυστήρες Μπότης explain us.

It is then transferred back to the boiler to be heated again. Hot water is lighter than cold water and therefore tends to rise upwards, towards the radiators.

The installation that works in this way is called a natural circulation installation or a gravity installation .

Today we have a natural circulation installation almost only in solar water heaters.

We apply and use central heating installations with forced water circulation. Thus we avoid a series of studies for the implementation of which large piping sections and special constructions are required.

The use of circulators is required for the operation of the accelerated traffic heating installations.

The circulator is a centrifugal type pump that moves with the help of electricity. It transfers water from the boiler to the radiators and from there back to the boiler.

Main applications of circulators

Circulators are mainly used:

  • In heating systems with hot water
  • In closed industrial fluid circulation systems
  • In hot water recirculation
  • In autonomies of central heating installation

Circulation of circulators

Circulators, depending on the way they are lubricated, are divided into:

  1. Hydro-lubricants
  2. Oilseeds

Today, in central heating installations, we almost always use water-lubricating circulators.


Each pump consists of the impeller where the impeller is, the electric motor that ensures the rotation of the impeller, the housing where the impeller moves and the electrical connection box.

In water-lubricating circulators, all rotating parts are wetted by the water circulating inside them.

The water lubricates and cools the circulator. The advantages of the hydraulic circulators are their quiet operation, their simple construction and they do not need maintenance.

Also due to the low resistance they do not create an obstacle to the natural circulation of water if they break down.

Thus the installation can operate with natural circulation until the circulator is repaired. The lubricating circulators operate with clean water.

Dirty water can damage the circulator (usually the impeller clogs and the electric motor is damaged).


The pump must be installed when all welding work is completed and after rinsing the installation. In an accessible location, for inspection or repair, if and when needed.

So that, in case of leaks, water does not drip on the electrical connection box. With its axis in a horizontal position because otherwise we will have air retention at the highest point, resulting in poor lubrication at this point.

So that the arrow in its shell, shows the same direction of flow of water from the boiler to the radiators. So that the box of electrical connections is not down because during its venting water can get into it.

It is necessary and must:

  • Valves should be installed before and after the circulator so that in a future necessary repair or replacement, we do not have to empty the entire installation.
  • Only insulate the pump housing and not the motor.
  • In installations with the expansion tank open and the pump placed in the supply, the safety (or expansion) pipe must be connected before the pump (between the pump and the boiler) and with the suction port as close as possible to the filling of the expansion tank.
  • In systems with a closed expansion tank, the tank must be located on the suction side of the pump.
  • Do not connect the connecting cable to the piping housing or motor of the pump.

General installation instructions

The circulator can be installed at any point of the installation as long as it is placed on the center line of either the water supply to the bodies or the center return line. However, it has been established to be placed inside the boiler room so that it can be controlled better.

The installation of the pump in the supply has the advantage that the whole installation is under pressure and the suction of air from possible points that are not watertight is excluded (eg Ventilators).

The pump is placed in the return pipe, only in heating installations where the water temperature can not be controlled such as e.g. fireplaces and wood boilers.

It can also be placed in the return pipe and in installations with open expansion vessels. It should not be placed too close to the chimney and in areas with an ambient temperature above 40 ° C as damage to the circulator electrical box may occur.

Circulators should never be fitted to horizontal piping, which then descends lower than the circulator, unless this horizontal pipe is automatically vented.

Otherwise, air is collected at this point which, not only does not allow the installation to work properly but can also damage the circulator.

If we have systems with thermostatic valves in the radiators or installations with autonomous valves then, a by-pass (branch, bypass) must be placed between the supply pipe and return with differential pressure valve.

In installations with plastic or copper pipes, it is advisable to fasten the circulator to a base with rubber supports, to avoid the transmission of vibrations to the pipes.

The connection of the circulators to the piping is done, depending on their size, with fittings or flanges.

At the connection of the pump it is good to place two pressure gauges, one before and one after it. In this way the overpressure created by its operation can be measured.

Also, a thermometer in the supply pipe and one in the return pipe will allow us to control the temperature difference between the supply and return water and thus properly adjust the circulator speeds, achieving a temperature difference of about 20 ° C.

In large installations, the installation of a water filter (which can be easily cleaned) in the pump suction provides great protection.

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15 tips for painting your home

Montclair Painting may seem like a hassle, but no one can deny the fact that paint transforms any space in no time. To become an expert in painting, we present you with 15 tips for painting your home that will help you turn the painting process into a game. Gikas and its trustworthy workers can help you paint your home quickly and present you the result you desire, if you don’t have the time to do it by yourself. Following these 15 tips for painting your home you will want to grab a brush and start painting.

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1. Grab the sandpaper in Montclair Painting

To get the perfect result, a perfect surface is needed. And for achieving this you have to become the best friends of sandpaper. You will be able to remove imperfections and marks from the surface of your wall or furniture. For a perfect result, start rubbing the surface you want to paint from bottom to top with horizontal movements.

2. Apply primer

Fill in the gaps and imperfections that appear on the surface of your wall with a little primer to avoid an uneven end result. Instead of the usual white or colourless primer, prefer the gray shades of this magical material. Experts recommend it for better coverage of the spots. In addition, this shade will immediately give life to the colour you have chosen.

3. Squeeze the paper tape with the putty spatula

You may have taken your own measures and applied paper tape to the skirting board and all surfaces that you do not want to change color. However, to ensure that you will not find marks of (new) color when you pull the tape, you only have to press it well with the putty spatula. This will seal it better and more effectively.

4. Scrape the paint

If your ceiling has a texture, then you surely know how difficult it is to paint its corners without leaving marks on it paint. The easy solution is to use a screwdriver to scrape the corners and recesses in which the paint accumulates.

5. Use canvas with Montclair Painting

You may be used to covering the floor with sheets or plastic when painting, but to become a professional painter, you need to change your tactics. Instead of the above materials, prefer the canvas. Why? This material absorbs splashes more efficiently.

6. Paint one wall at a time

It may seem easier to first paint the corners of the room you want to paint with your brush and then fill them with paint using the roller. However, this tactic leads to uneven results. It is best to prefer to take the project painting literally wall-to-wall: meticulously complete the painting of one surface, before moving on to the next.

7. Clean your roll

Before you start painting, wash the roll with a little water and liquid soap, roll it in your hands 2-3 times and finally let it dry well. Thus, you will smooth its surface and achieve the uniform result you are looking for.

8. Fill your brush with paint

Immerse your brush in the paint and then tap each side into the paint container. This way, you will be able to paint your walls more evenly.

9. Clean the walls well, but thoroughly

Apply the surface you want to paint with a dry cleaning cloth. By doing that, you will be able to remove dust from your walls effectively without any extra effort.

10. Take the test

If you don’t know how to choose the right shade with confidence, all you have to do is paint a small area of ​​your wall. Leave it for 2-3 days to see how it looks at different times of the day, always observing it in relation to the furniture and the lighting of your space.

11. Do not follow the straight line

The straight line may be the shortest way to get to the destination but the same is not true when painting. Start painting by making W-shaped movements and apply the paint to the wall so that most of it is gone. After that, with movements from top to bottom, fill in the inner points of the W. You will achieve a uniform distribution of color on the wall since in the first “shoots” the roller leaves much more color.

12. Take the brush

Using the above technique, brush with a brush the difficult points of the wall, meaning those that need more attention to detail! What are these? The places that are close to the skirting boards or the places where you have put tape.

13. Do not forget your lip balm

In addition to moisturizing your lips, lip balm (and Vaseline) helps you become a master of painting. Use this to move the handles, hinges and window frame, knobs as well as sockets and switches on the surface on which you intend to change color. They are very easy to clean in case they get dirty with paint.

14. Consider dark primer

Τhe transparent or white primer is not always one way. A big exception is the case where you want to paint your walls in a darker shade than the one you already have. So, to achieve the final result with fewer coats of paint, choose a dark primer.

15. Watch the roller

Dip the roller into the special sloping container making gentle movements so that it “gets” enough paint so that it does not drip and is covered evenly.

15 tips for painting your home

Painting also has its difficulties, whether you decide to change the colour of a room or give your wooden furniture new life. Montclair Roofing can provide you an excellent result at painting your home as well as carpentry, contracting, renovations and home restoration services. To help you make painting your house, we presented you 15 tips for painting your home that will transform you from a beginner to a professional of the brush!

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How to get rid of cesspool smell at home?

How to get rid of cesspool smell at home?

Smelly odour in the home is a common problem in households, especially in the summer. Very often the problem occurs to such an extent that it does not allow you to relax in your own home! Αποφράξεις Αργυρούποληcan help you with any problems you face at home!

More specifically, the most common spots where the smell of a septic tank is most pronounced in the house are the floor siphons and the bath siphons.

Also, the unpleasant odour is observed in cases where the house is hermetically sealed with watertight frames and all air circulation takes place through the sewerage network.
Smell of dirt in the house? See how to get rid of it immediately!

The solution you can try exclusively with home-made ingredients is the following:

  • First let the bathroom faucet run to clean the bathroom siphon well.
  • Then you can pour 1 cup of vinegar into the floor siphon
  • Leave it on overnight without using the bathroom and shower faucets.

Vinegar, due to its acidic nature is the best cleaner for these cases, but also one of the most intense home-made disinfectants!

In case the bad smell has not completely disappeared, you can try the corresponding alternative which is lemon!

  • Mix 1 cup of lemon juice and 1 cup of boiling water and pour the mixture into the siphon.
  • Let the mixture work all night and enjoy a home without odours the next morning!

Finally, if the problem starts with the basin and its connection to the sewer, you can add 1 cup of soda. Let it work all night for unique results!

Smell of cesspool at home! What to do if the strong smell persists?

In any case, no matter how hard you try, the stench persists, so it’s best to stop trying. Call an experienced plumber, as the cause may be a blockage in the piping.

The professional approach to plumbing usually involves checking for the risk of sewer blockage. It also controls the possibility of installing a computer in the last well before the pit.

Installing a computer will help to properly ventilate the sewer and effectively remove the smell of sewage in the home.

Also, professional sewer cleaning is a definitive solution to remove unpleasant odours from your home!

Now you can remove the strong smell of septic tank from your home! In case the smell persists, you should contact a specialized plumber, because the problem is probably somewhere else!

What can you do if the pit fills up quickly?

Lately, you have noticed that the cesspool is filling up faster than before. What is the cause of the problem and what is the appropriate solution?

The cesspool fills up quickly – What is the reason?

Initially, the septic tank is a septic tank in which waste is disintegrated and water is absorbed from the soil. But why does the septic tank fill up so quickly?

Many absorbent septic tanks lose their absorbency over time. The reason; Purple concentrations in the walls of the septic tank seal it, reducing its absorbency and filling it quickly.

Frequent vacuum discharges cause disturbance and odour in the area. This problem is getting worse as time goes on and the solution must be effective!

What methods can you use to deal with the problem?

There are many ways to deal with a rush that fills up quickly. Below we have gathered the basic methods, so that you can find the one that best suits your space.

Use of organic or chemical liquid

This method is simple, but needs to be applied frequently to the plumbing to solve the problem.

You apply a chemical or biological liquid that removes the cigar from the walls and bottom of the filled pit, while partially restoring its absorbency.

The cleaning of the septic tank is done by the fermentation caused by the preparations in the waste, at the same time reducing the odour.

The total cost depends on the absorbency and age of the cesspool.

This method is the most economical and the most immediate in dealing with the problem, but with frequent use of the preparations every few months.

Sewer cleaning and maintenance

With proper and professional sewer maintenance at regular intervals, the cigar will not be able to accumulate on the walls of the septic tank and so its operation will be effective in the long run, without problems.

Waterproofing of the pit

With this solution, the cesspool will not be filled with rainwater. So it will not be filled with water even when the aquifer rises due to the weather.

For this method to work, you must first do a professional cleaning of the septic tank and then reinforce it with special concrete.

The cost is high and depends mainly on the size of the septic tank, but the results are permanent.

Conversion of the cesspool into a biological wastewater treatment plant

This solution is the most expensive, but you will never need to repair a septic tank again!

By converting a septic tank into an organic one, the odour and the possibility of calling a tank for emptying the septic tank effectively disappear.

The same goes for chemical and biological preparations, which you will not need to use again!

Its cost depends on the number of people who will use it, while the water produced can be used for subsoil watering.

The options are many, but only one will be perfect for you!

To see what suits your case and pocket, you will need the advice of a reliable and experienced professional! At Apofraxeis Argyroupoli, the professionals who specialize in emptying and converting the septic tank, can give you the ideal solution to your problem!

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Why is my toilet always clogged?

Toilet clogs are untidy as well as awkward. Yet repeated bathroom blockages are simply ordinary annoying. There are lots of various reasons why bathrooms can be clogged, as well as it’s one of the most common questions apofraxeis vyronas get.

A clogged bathroom happens to every person now and then, however if it happens to you all the time, you may require to set the bettor apart and also try to find the root problem. There are numerous things that can create your commode to clog regularly. Here are the most common reasons your toilet is always backed up:

You’re purging things you shouldn’t be

The only points you ought to flush down a toilet are human waste and also bathroom paper. Absolutely nothing else. Even face tissue can be a big issue. They’re not made to break down in water similarly that toilet paper is. Common things people purge that cause obstructions consist of:

  • Tampons
  • Facial tissues
  • Cotton swabs/Q-tips
  • Prophylactics
  • Dental floss
  • Baby diapers

How to repair it: Put a trash basket next to the toilet so the next time you’re lured to purge something you should not, you can just throw it in the trash can.

Flapper not opening totally

The flapper is the part of your commode that lets water flow from the container on the back down right into the toilet bowl, producing the flush. If the flapper does not open completely it will not launch sufficient water, which indicates you’ll get a weak flush. Obstructions are common in toilets with a weak flush.

How to fix it: Adjust the chain that connects the flapper to the flush take care of to ensure that the flapper opens up completely when you purge.

Obstructed or clogged pipes vents

All your bathroom drains pipes vent out your roofing. This assists you obtain a great flush. If the vent ends up being clogged up or blocked (like from a bird nesting in it), your commode will flush gradually. And that minimized velocity means bigger “loads” don’t quite obtain purged totally, bring about a repeating obstruction problem and also requiring you to end up being friends with your plunger.

How to fix: Clear the plumbing air vent.

Something embedded the trap

The catch is an S-shaped tube that separates your commode from the drain line (and keeps nasty sewage system gases from entering your house). If something (like a toothbrush) is flush down the toilet, it could be difficult to catch. After that, each time you purge, more debris obtains wrapped around this things, at some point causing an obstruction. A plunger can solve the problem by sending all the particles down the sewer drain, yet the tooth brush remains in the catch since its form makes it tough to make it through the S-curve.

How to repair: However, to reach things similar to this out of the catch, you need to take the toilet off the flooring and get to it from the bottom. This is a discomfort, so make sure you’ve got rid of various other possible causes. If you’re uneasy with this at all, we advise employing a professional given that errors might lead to a lot more troubles as well as higher prices.

Caution: Make sure you replace the wax ring under of your commode if you get rid of the commode from the floor. This is the seal that keeps wastewater from dripping right into your residence.

An old, low-flow commode

If you have an older low-flow commode, it just may not have sufficient flushing power. When low-flow commodes initially came out, they weren’t terrific as well as lots of property owners reported issues Ever since, manufacturers have actually a lot enhanced their style. But some homes still have old models.

How to deal with: Replace your commode with an extra modern version.

Drain line issues.

If this is a trouble for a number of your toilets/drains, you might have a sewage system line problem. Tree roots can grow into the sewage system line and create a back-up. Or there is a partial blockage in a sewage system line that is never get rid of when you dive. Just how to deal with: You need a professional to remove your sewage system lines, more than likely. A plumbing technician can additionally do a video examination to see if tree roots are the issue.

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What you should learn about safety doors

Maintaining your house and also home safe starts from having proper security fencings and also doors in your house. Nowadays, there are a variety of actions you can carry out to improve the overall safety and security of your home. Among the most crucial thing is buying a safety and security door. Prior to you acquire one, there are some indicate think about:

Safety doors for homes

You require to accomplish study before getting the door. Locate doors that are built from bonded iron or steel and also have high tamper-resistant attributes. They should have high quality joints and solid locks.You can purchase a personalized iron door, which is personalized for your home. Besides making your house secure as well as safe, it can also hinder prospective robbers that will certainly consider your residence to be well-secured.


Presently if you’re visualizing your house looking like the entry to a bank vault, do not. The doors are remarkably eye-catching, with an inconspicuous framework. Along with wrought-iron-style decorations that appear like a great deal of upper-end screen as well as hurricane doors. Normally supplied in factory-baked gloss white or black paint.

On the internet research

You should not entirely trust on-line study. It is true the web is an excellent area to purchase your safety doors and frameworks. However, it does not need to be the only place or your major resource of study. After implementing some internet research study, you will certainly get concepts on what to search for in any type of kind of used door. Begin to take a look at various versions as well as designs. Then demand estimate. Hereafter, you can make your option. Likewise if you choose to acquire a safety and security door, it is handy to consider different doors in addition to obtain an idea of what to seek.


It is a great idea to obtain a safety and also security door from a company that will certainly do the installation for you. It is true you might do the arrangement on your own, yet you can abstain it properly. Leave it to experts to do the job as needed. By doing this, you will certainly have contentment identifying that the installment is done as required.

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