What To Do When Your Basement Floods

Do not panic!  This happens to many homeowners, and taking smart action can keep you safe and protect your home from further damage.

>Cut off the power.  If you cannot cut off power or are unsure how to do it you should call a professional electrician to help you.  Never enter a flooded area with the electric on.

> Take action as soon as you notice water coming in, and try to identify the source.

>Wear boots and gloves for protection, you never know if the water is contaminated.

>Determine the source of the water. If a burst pipe is the cause of the flood, shut off water to the basement.

>If your basement has a floor drain, check to make sure it didn’t become clogged during the flood. Keeping it open and functioning will help drain the water.

>Start removing water from the basement. Depending on the amount of water, you can use a sump pump, a pool pump, a wet/dry vacuum or a mop and bucket.   Large push brooms are handy for redirecting water.

> Remove any water damaged materials to avoid mold and mildew

>Once the area is clear and ready to dry you can start running fans to help speed up the drying process

>Consult your homeowners insurance and ask for professional help if the damage is severe.

> Take steps to waterproof your basement to avoid future floods.

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Continue reading

Advertisements

Let’s Make A Container Garden!

The best part about warmer weather is spending a little time outdoors and enjoying sprucing up your front porch.   The best part about container gardens is that the sky is the limit with what type of garden you want to create.

Elements of a great container garden.

Spiller-   A plant that will grow like crazy and needs room to spread all over.  Look for plants with vines, flowing leaves, and “waterfall” like properties.

Thriller-  A centerpiece that is a pop of color or an unexpected surprise.   Think big, think bold, think something that could compliment any color scheme you already are working with outside on your porch.

Filler- Choose plants to fill in the gaps.   Look for leafy full greenery, types of pants that will bloom all season.

Whimsey- Add a little something special, an ornament, a sign with a positive saying or if you have kids perhaps a fun figure or character.

What are your favorite container garden tips?   Share below we would love to hear them!

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

 

 

 

 

How to Care for Lilac Bushes

Have you recently moved into a home that has lilac bushes?   Do you wish to incorporate these fragrant beauties into your current design?  Check out these great tips from our friends at THE OLD FARMER’s ALMANAC to take the best care of these gorgeous purple blooms in your yard.    If you care for them now they will reward you with wonderful blooms for years to come!

CARE

  • Each spring, apply a layer of compost under the plant, followed by mulch to retain moisture and control weeds.
  • Water during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
  • Lilacs won’t bloom if they’re overfertilized. They can handle a handful of 10-10-10 in late winter, but no more.
  • After your lilac bush has finished blooming, spread some lime and well-rotted manure around the base. Trim the bush to shape it, and remove suckers at the same time.

Pruning Lilacs

  • Lilacs bloom on old wood, so it’s critical to prune in the spring right after they bloom. If you prune later in the summer, you may be removing the wood. Here’s a tip: If your lilac flower clusters are getting smaller, time to prune!
  • Every year after bloom, remove any dead wood. Prune out the oldest canes (down to the ground). Remove the small suckers. Cut back weak branches to a strong shoot. Cut back tall canes to eye height.
  • If your lilac is old and in really bad shape, remove one-third of the oldest canes (down to the ground) in year one, half of the remaining old wood in year two, and the rest of the old wood in year three. Another option for old lilacs is to chop the whole thing back to about 6 or 8 inches high. It sounds drastic, but lilacs are very hardy. The downside to this option is that it takes a few years to grow back. The upside is less work and more reward, as the lilac will grow back bursting with blooms.
  • It must be recognized that severe pruning results in the loss of blooms for one to three years. For these reasons, a wise pruning program aims to avoid severe and drastic cuts by giving the bushes annual attention.

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

How to Make a Bee Spa

Our local bee population will appreciate the time you spend this spring and summer planting “bee friendly” flowers and shrubs.    Did you know that they also need access to fresh water?   Here are a few simple steps to make a “Bee Bath” or “Spa” in your yard to help the local honey bees.

Creating a bee bath in your backyard you’ll help our buzzy winged friends stay hydrated and avoid landing in deep water where they can easily drown.

Shopping List

A shallow dish

Stones or marbles, or other decorative glass.

Pot (used for plants)

HOW TO ASSEMBLE

  1. Turn your plant pot upside down and use it as the base of your bath.
  2. Place the dish on top of the overturned  pot
  3. Add your stones, marbles or decorative glass to the dish, spreading evenly.
  4. Add fresh water. Pour water just splashing the rocks/marbles, and are not submerged.
  5. Change your bee bath water daily, and give the bath a cleansing rinse once a week.

Continue reading

SPRING FEVER: Buyers are pouncing on listings!

Spring has sprung in the Shenandoah Valley!  Many homebuyers are seeking a new nest in the area.  Our local inventory is low, which means that now is the time to sell if you have been on the fence about listing your home for sale.

Our local team of professionals is here to help.  We can assist with any of your real estate needs from rentals, residential, new construction, land or even commercial sales. Make sure to visit our website www.MYMPR.com  and check out the wide variety of listings that our team is currently carrying.

We have team members licensed in Virginia and West Virginia.    Want to stop in and chat?   We are located in the heart of old town Winchester VA at 302 S. Braddock street.   Give us a call at 540-450-2747 and get connected with our team.

We cannot wait to hear from you!!

Planting an Herb Garden That Will Help the Bees

The bee population has been on a decline over the past decade. Bees are an important component in pollinating the majority of crops around the world. By planting a bee-friendly garden you will help the bees thrive while also having a lovely garden for yourself to enjoy. Here are 5 of our favorite herbs that are also great for the bees!

 

Rosemary

Rosemary is a woody herb with needle-like leaves. The flowers can vary in color, being either white, pink, purple, or blue. The herb itself is excellent for cooking. It’s known for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to help ease an upset stomach.

 

Lavender

Lavender thrives in a temperate climate. This fragrant plant can be used for culinary purposes and essential oils. It will also attract butterflies and hummingbirds into your garden.

 

Sage

Similar to rosemary, sage has a woody appearance but it has blue or purple flowers. It prefers full to medium sunlight in well-draining soil. It grows similarly to a bush, so plant them at least 2 feet from each other.

 

Mint

Mint is another great herb that can be used for cooking and its essential oils. However, this plant has a tendency to grow over other plants. To prevent this, plant mint in its own individual planter.

 

Thyme

Technically, thyme is a member of the mint family. This herb tolerates droughts well and thrives in a sunny environment. It is also wonderful when used fresh or dried in many cooking dishes!

 

What plants are you incorporating into your garden this year? Are you doing anything to help the bees? Share your comments, tips, and ideas below!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.