Home Depot Store Associate, Atlanta GA
Hurricane Irene has passed and now the clean-up has begun. Your property may have sustained wind, rain, and flood damage. What items do you keep, salvage, or throw away? What do you need to do when restoring your property and getting your life back on track?
Photograph or videotape your property before starting to clean. Keep track of your activities and follow the guidance of your insurance company and local government authorities.
I’ve heard one of the most common injuries when cleaning after a flood is cuts to the feet. Be sure to wear proper protective equipment, including boots or work shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, rubber or work gloves, rubber boots, proper eye protection (safety glasses or goggles), and possibly a hard hat until the situation has stabilized.
Our bathrooms are our sanctuaries and deserve to be as beautiful and stylish as the rest of our home. That’s where the Martha Stewart Living Bath Collections come in as the newest addition to the MSL brands available exclusively at The Home Depot.
The Wayland, Seal Harbor and Skylands bath collections make up this new bath lineup and offer a range of styles from country to classic to modern/traditional. Each collection includes a bathroom vanity with top, plus matching water saving faucet, bath hardware and lighting in the same finish. You also have the option of finishing off your bathroom set with coordinating mirrors, medicine cabinets, side splashes and back splashes.
These bath collections aren’t just nice to look at, they also score high marks for ease and efficiency. The bath accessories feature ‘Hang & Go’ easy-hang system fixtures that are uniquely designed to ensure quick and easy installation. Mirrors and medicine cabinets have self-leveling and easy hang features as well. The faucets in the collections also meet the US Environmental Protection Agency’s criteria for being EPA WaterSense® labeled and can save you money on water bills.
View the new bath collections at Martha Stewart Living Bath and visit Martha Stewart Living on homedepot.com to view our complete selection of MSL products including paint, flooring and more.
Whether you were evacuated or have ridden out the storm in your home, the need for hurricane safety continues even after the storm has passed. Here’s what to do after a hurricane strikes.
Return carefully when permitted
- Return home only when officials have declared the area safe.
- Wear protective clothing (long pants and a long-sleeved shirt), have some rubber or work gloves ready to put on, and, if possible, a hard hat.
- For your first visit, carry drinking water, garbage bags (to remove valuables), hand sanitizer, and towels.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross publication, Repairing Your Flooded Home, is an excellent resource for step-by-step advice you can use to clean up, rebuild, and get help after a flood. We also offer tips on what to do before, during and after a flood here on the Apron Blog.
Jay Harris, 5 yr Store Associate, Chicago, IL
Planning on putting down a new tile floor? If you need to remove your previous floor first, be sure to have a flooring scraper handy; or make quick work of old tile and thin-set with a rotary hammer drill.
When doing your prep work, you may need some self-leveling compound for the floor. Bring your trusty Homer bucket and a mixing paddle. Attach it to a power drill and get to mixing.
Home Depot Communications, Atlanta GA
As Hurricane Irene makes its way up the East Coast, our stores in several states continue to receive shipments of storm supplies. We stage batteries, tarps, generators, sand bags, gas cans, battery-operated radios, plywood, bottled water and other essential supplies throughout the region. Our Disaster Response Team in Atlanta monitors the storm’s projected path and sends new shipments out around the clock.
Some stores along the Virginia coast are going to remain open 24-hours to help area residents prepare their homes and families for Hurricane Irene. Some other stores in that area will have extended hours instead. Use our store finder to find your local store and print the 2011 Home Depot Hurricane Guide to prepare your home and family for Hurricane Irene.
Flooding is expected to be a concern for many along the shoreline, but also well inland because of the rainfall that may accompany Hurricane Irene. Prepare for a flood with these tips.
What are you doing to prepare for Irene?
Read some more of our tips for severe weather preparation and complete emergency checklists.
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Home Depot Store Associate, Chicago, IL
A couple I met in the store recently needed to invest in some new blinds after their three kids’ rough-housing had damaged several of their old ones. The conversation reminded me of the importance of selecting blinds that are safe for use in a house full of young children.
Am I Safe Already?
That all depends on what type of treatments you currently have for your windows and how old they are. As of 2001, safety regulations for all blinds sold and produced in the U.S. went through a major overhaul. Any window treatments made today are much different than their older counterparts. One major difference is in the structure of their pull cords.
Home Depot Store Associate, Atlanta GA
I’ve been seeing those “lifestyle facelift” commercials and advertisements all over the place. While I intend on keeping my face intact, my front porch will be getting its own facelift! There are quick and inexpensive ways to update and transform the look of the front of your home.
An updated front porch will make your guests feel welcome and improve your home’s curb appeal. You are only a splash of color, a quick coat of paint, and a few simple accents away from a totally new look.
Is your stove on its last leg? Is your refrigerator too small for to accommodate your growing family’s grocery list? Does your dishwasher use too much energy and waste too much water? Does your microwave take up valuable counter space? If so, it’s time to give your kitchen an appliance makeover. The GE Adora series of appliances is exactly what you need.
GE Adora is a product line available exclusively at The Home Depot. The Adora line offers flexibility, innovative technology, improved functionality and contemporary style at a great value.