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Prevent Foundation Damage by Watering Your Foundation

With temperatures in Tulsa well over 100 degrees for several weeks now (just look at the local KJRH Channel 2 forecast), I thought it might be a good time to remind everyone about the importance of watering your foundation to prevent future foundation damage and costly repairs.

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Why should you water your foundation?

Because the soil underneath your home expands and contracts constantly every year. Most of the time it isn’t enought to cause any severe damage to your home, but in drought like temperatures the lack of water can be hazardous to your foundation. As the soil gets extremely dry, it will contract and leave less support for you foundation and the weight of your home.

The best way to keep your soil moist is to use a soaker house and place it about 6 inches away from your home’s foundation. Let it run long enough to not just soak the surface, but to penetrate enough to soak the soil well beneath the surface, keeping in mind that your foundation is about 2 feet deep.
water your foundation

While you may see a big increase in your monthly water bill, the cost to keep your foundation in tact is well worth the cost. Keep in mind that recently, a client of mine made an offer on a home and backed out after inspections revealed that the home needed $9,000 worth of foundation repair.

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Refurbishing hardwood floors with coconut oil

Refinishing and refurbishing hardwood floors is something we do a lot of in midtown Tulsa, and I’ve discovered a miracle treatment for this project – coconut oil. Our hardwood floor are 100 years old and the 2nd story of our homestead was rented out for many years – so much traffic and much moving of furniture.  

The floors on this level of our home are much more used and show much more wear and tear. I saw on Pinterest one evening where a woman hadrefurbished a wooden desk with coconut oil, so I decided to try it on my hardwood flooring. I was pleasantly shocked at the results. And the reason I decided to refurbish them instead of refinish them is that the wood is now so thin, there’s really nothing left to sand off.

Here is the top of our stair landing where we shut the pups off when we have guests downstairs. So, there are more scratches from long nails and a lot of scuffling here. Enjoy the before and after photos.

Hardwood floor after coconut oil
hardwood floor after refinishing with coconut oil
cabinet before refinishing
cabinet after refinishing with coconut oil

After this project, I was showing a rather large (and expensive) home in south Tulsa and the prospective Buyer commented on the wear and tear of the pickled wood built-ins. So, I ran over the next day with my trusty coconut oil and below are the before and after photos of one panel. Of course, then my Seller purchased her own coconut oil and went over all of her built-ins and kitchen cabinets – huge improvement.

So, refinishing or refurbishing hardwood floors just got a lot easierthan when my Grandmother was on her knees with paste wax – and there’s hope for those than are worn thin. I’m sure a little extra buffing as the last step will preserve the work longer. More on that if I get that far.

It doesn’t have to be expensive to prepare your home for sale. Sometimes a little coconut oil plus elbow grease will go a long way.

Do check out my Pinterest Boards for more helpful tips, anddo please call if I can help with your real estate needs in the greater Tulsa area! 918-852-5036

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