Fix the Most Common Drainage Problems With These Super Easy Tips!


Poor Gutter and Drainage System
Improper Grading of Land
Issues with Landscaping
Clogged Drainage System with Debris
Quality of Your Backyard’s Soil

A clogged drainage system in your home could become a nightmare, especially if you have to deal with it again and again. It could damage your plumbing fixtures and even lead to various seepage problems in the worst-case scenario.

Poor drainage could negatively impact different parts of your living space, so it is better to fix it as soon as possible before it turns your home into a watery mess. 

Wondering how? We’ve got you covered!

In this blog, here we have highlighted the most common drainage problems in homes and their solutions.

So, without further ado, let’s get started!

Most Common Drainage Problems and Their Easy-to-work-on Solutions

The most troublesome drainage issues and some useful tips to get rid of them have been listed and discussed as under:

Poorly Installed Gutter Pipes and Downspouts

When building the exterior of your home, you need to make sure that gutters, drainage pipes, and downspouts are installed properly. It could cause some serious drainage problems in your home, especially during the rainy season or if there are any plumbing leaks in your home. 

When there is no way for water to escape, gutters around your home could overflow, causing some serious damage to the foundation of your home and even resulting in various structural and landscape problems.

The very first thing you need to do is to fix the gutter and drainage pipes around your home. Make sure you keep them clean and free from debris all the time. Inspect them from time to time, just to make sure there’s nothing solid objects, dirt, mud, or dead leaves that could possibly cause blockage.

Improper Leveling or Grading of Land

e problem is to come up with an alternate drainage system if your land isn’t properly graded

This is another common drainage issue that people usually face in their homes. If the land is not properly leveled or graded, it won’t allow water to flow away from a particular property, instead, it would either cause water to accumulate or push it backward if your house is at the lower end of the slope.

The only solution to this troublesome drainage problem is to come up with an alternate drainage system. You can dig a few narrow waterways in the ground around your property. Make sure they are all designed with a slope that slants in the opposite direction, away from your house. This is how you can divert the water away from your property using gravitational pull.

You May Need to Rework Your Landscaping

No matter how much time and effort you have invested in landscaping your outdoor space, if you have planned it according to your water drainage system, you could be in serious trouble. If you have a yard that has a surface slanting towards your home, it could be a cause of all the potential drainage issues. 

To solve this problem once and for all, you need to find a way to divert the water flow away from your property. You can consider installing french drains, which are basically designed to prevent water flowing above and underground from causing any damage to its surrounding land, building foundations, or other types of surfaces. Prevention of any possible drainage problems is also an important reason why you need to hire a professional landscaper.

Debris in Drainage System

Debris in Drainage System
Fallen leaves, dead tree branches, and particles of sand among other types of debris could prevent water from flowing

Debris that accumulates in drainpipes and gutters is one of the most common causes of drainage problems in homes, which cause them to overflow, turning your house into a watery mess. No matter how efficient a drainage system you have installed in your home, you should clean it regularly and get it maintained from time to time.

Fallen leaves, dead tree branches, and particles of sand and mud among other types of debris could prevent water from flowing, trapping it into the system and resulting in various types of drainage, moisture, and seepage issues. Cover your drain pipes if possible, if you have trees and other types of tall plants nearby.

Inspect Soil in Your Lawn/Backyard

The soil in your backyard or lawn also plays a very crucial role in disrupting the drainage system in your home. There are basically three different types of soil: clay, silt, and sand. The composition of soil impacts its absorption qualities a lot. To check how good it is in absorbing water, dig a hole and empty a water bucket in it. 

If your soil is good at absorbing water, it would take around 4 to 5 hours for the water to be drained and if it is taking more than 10 hours, then it means the soil in your outdoor space could also be a major contributor to drainage issues in your home. Use coarse aggregates and organic components to improve the quality of your soil. 

There you have it — a comprehensive guide on the most common drainage problems in homes and their solutions. We hope the information we have provided you here will help you work on your next home improvement project.

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Prepare Your Homes For Winter Using These Tips


Preparing your home for winter can be a rather laborious process, but is nonetheless an important task. There are numerous steps that one has to follow to make this right. As we head into winter, this blog will help you in providing all the tips necessary to prepare your homes for winter. If you are unsure about where to start, follow our step-by-step guide.

Preparing Homes For Winter

Here’s how you can easily brace for winter following these easy steps:

Sealing Your Doors & Windows

Seal your windows and doors against smog, dust

Start with sealing doors and windows. In ensuring that your doors and windows, check for any gaping holes or any gauze breakage. Sealed windows and doors allow to keep the house warm, and also to protect against hazardous smog.

For any gaping holes, you can make a small solution of white cement and water in equal parts and put it on the side of the wall where a hole has occurred. The main purpose of this is to keep the glass and wire gauze frame in place. This practice will ensure that your window frame doesn’t get any bigger to disrupt the overall shape and size. You can also get professional help to do this task, and the same is required for both doors and windows.

Over time, steel frames on windows can also get loose or break. While keeping windows open during summers is welcomed, the same can’t be done during winters. Therefore, it is necessary to check your frames and get them fixed ahead of winter.

Painting The House

If you are looking to paint the exterior of your house, it is typically advised not to do so during winter. This is because cool temperature makes it hard for the paint to dry in time, whereas, rains can completely disrupt the task. However, the time before the rains is considered ideal to fix your walls and get a repaint job done as well. You can find all about paints and their drying time in this blog.

Start with fixing any leakages in the wall, covering all water seepage marks, and checking whether or not your caulking needs to be changed. Follow this guide to prepare for an extensive repaint job on your home. After you’re done, these are the tips you need to clean paint stains off of floors and doors.

Clean Your Gutters

Your rain gutters must be clean ahead of winters
Clean your rain gutters ahead of winter

You should clean your rain gutters, ahead of time since the downpour can be unpredictable and will not allow you to carry out this task later on. The same is required for other home gutters as well as autumn can leave a heap of leaves and branches getting dumped which can cause blockage. It is advisable to hire professional help for this ordeal so you can be prepared for the winter rains, ahead of time.

Check Your Pipes & Water Geyser

As you would need hot water during the winter months, it’s best to check your pipes. Not all homes have steel pipes now and the hybrid plastic pipes can sometimes expand and break due to hot water.

Also, check your geyser or have a professional look at it to see if there’s any gas leakage or not and whether or not the burner works properly. A geyser that doesn’t work properly can be a real danger to your and your family, as it runs on gas. For this reason, it is important that you get it looked at right away.

Trim Your Trees

Trim dead branches and leaves off of trees.
Trim your trees for greater sunlight

Trimming trees is considered to be standard practice as tree leaves and branches fall during autumn and winter, it’s advised that tree leaves and branches be removed. This helps in regrowth during spring, and also keeps your lawns clear of any fallen leaves. Houses are also able to get better lighting during winter as branches get out of the way and present an interrupted view.

Transitioning Your Wardrobe & Linen

Transitioning wardrobe and linen is an integral part of seasonal change as it reflects how your lifestyle completely changes with temperature. As you take out warm winter clothes, it’s a common practice to either place them in the sun or have them dry cleaned. Placing clothes in linen in the sun is a common practice in Pakistan as the sun rays kill any bacteria that remain clinging onto warmer clothes.

You can find all about buying blankets in this blog. Whereas, you can pick the best kind of bedding for you from the tips in this blog.

If you have any spare carpets, you can put them on your bare tiles as this helps keep the room warm. For colder climates, thicker curtains are also preferred. The key is to create a home that’s warm and comfortable.

How do you prepare your home for winter? Let us know in the comments below or by writing to us at Also, keep checking Pakistan’s largest property blog, Zameen Blog for the latest on home décor.


DIY Mosquito Repellent & Other Tips To Protect Yourself From Dengue


Dengue cases are sharply rising across the country. People who get infected usually have mild or no symptoms. But please note that mild symptoms can be confused with other fever and flu-causing illnesses. The most common symptoms of dengue are fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, eye pain (usually behind the eyes), rash, muscle, joint, or bone pain, and bleeding from the nose or gums. Recovery mostly occurs within a week, however, severe cases can lead to death. Therefore, it’s imperative to keep a close watch on the symptoms and seek professional medical assistance.

The good news is that there are simple tips to keep mosquitoes away and make your home dengue-free. In this blog, you’ll learn all about protecting your home from this potentially fatal disease.

How To Make Your Home Dengue-free

Keep Your house free from dengue by following simple tips

Do you know a female mosquito is capable of laying 100 eggs at a time? No one knows when a mosquito will bite. It is best to be prepared and take appropriate preventive measures to keep your home mosquito-free. Also, the recent outbreak of dengue fever has compelled people to look for tips on how to prevent dengue mosquitoes from breeding. Here are a few tips to make your home dengue-free.

  • Remove stagnant water
  • Seal all entry points
  • Keep a herb garden
  • Use citronella candles
  • Maintain a fish pond
  • Make your own mosquito repellent

Let us discuss each of these in detail. But first, it is important to know where and how dengue-carrying mosquitoes breed.

Tis the season for mosquitoes

One of the major breeding grounds for mosquitoes is stagnant water. During the rainy season, this issue exacerbates. Dengue-carrying mosquitoes lay its eggs on water, which includes any stored rainwater in containers lying outside the house. Any kind of stagnant water is a perfect place for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.

The eggs can survive dry weather conditions and hatch when they come in contact with water. A female dengue-carrying mosquito lays dozens of eggs up to 5 times during its lifetime.

Adult mosquitoes rest indoors in dark spots. Under the bed, behind the closet where it can easily hide away from fumigation and insecticide sprays. 

Tips to keep dengue-carrying mosquitoes at bay

As mentioned above, there are quite a few tips to control the spread of dengue mosquitoes. Let’s check them out.

Remove stagnant water

Discard empty bottles, containers, or used tires lying outside your house that can hold rainwater. Keep your sewerage lines clean so that it doesn’t clog which can have a multiplier effect on the growth of mosquitoes.

Check for damp areas in your house. Make sure you take a good look at the common areas where water can stagnate. The area beneath the refrigerator, standing dishes on the kitchen sink, air cooler, flower vase and your garden may have some standing water or dampness that can become a breeding ground for dengue mosquitoes. We must make sure to keep the toilet seats covered, especially during the season when mosquitoes thrive the most.

Seal all entry points

Keep mosquitoes away and seal all entry points
Seal all entry points. Put mosquito net screens on windows.

It is important to close all entry and exit points in the house so that mosquitoes and flies can’t find any place to enter the house. You can use an automatic door closing mechanism so that doors automatically close behind as you walk in. Use wire mesh or a net screen to prevent these pests from entering your house.

If you already have a net placed on your windows, make sure there are no holes in them. If you find any hole, repair it. Remember, only one dengue-carrying mosquito is enough to cause life-threatening dengue fever.

Keep a herb garden

Growing a herb garden will deter mosquitoes
Keep a tulsi plant on your window sill to repel mosquitoes

Having even a small herb patch can act as a natural mosquito repellent. Mosquitoes dislike garlic, spring onion, basil and peppermint. Why not grow a kitchen garden on your window sill? This will deter mosquitoes and keep them at bay. You can also place these herb plants at strategic points  – on each window or sill near doors – to keep these disease-carrying pests away.

Remember to check the soil first before watering plants so that there are no damp areas in the house that can facilitate the breeding of mosquitoes. Burning off dried neem leaves also wards off mosquitoes. If you have a neem tree in the backyard of your house, then get hold of a bunch of leaves and dry them out in the sun. Fill them in a clay container and burn them. The fumes emitting from neem leaves will ward off mosquitoes. Make sure the fumes enter every corner of the house.

Use citronella candles

Keep dengue mosquitoes away
Use natural mosquito repellents like citronella candles to keep your home mosquito-free

Citronella is a plant that repels dengue mosquitoes. An essential oil named after the plant is also extracted from it. There are citronella candles that can be bought from any organic product store. All you have to do is to light these candles in the house. This is a natural mosquito repellent.

According to World Health Organisation, dengue-carrying mosquitoes, aedes aegypti, usually bite during the early hours of the day or in the evening. So, in order to specifically keep dengue mosquitoes away, light these candles in during the day.

You can also rub a small amount of citronella essential oil on doors and windows which is the best way to keep mosquitoes away.

Maintain a fish pond

To fight off mosquitoes, you should befriend animals that can kill these pests. For instance, lizards and frogs prey on insects. Take full advantage of these animals who are only supporting you in your fight against mosquitoes.

An aquarium or a small fish pond is a perfect way to repel mosquitoes. How? Well, fish eat up the mosquito larvae. Having a fish pond that will not only look beautiful but the fish present in the pond will feed on mosquito larvae before they hatch and spread deadly diseases.

Make your own mosquito repellent

Do you know mosquitoes hate oranges and the smell of citrus? Well, you can make your own mosquito repellent by burning orange peels. The oil present in the citrus is flammable and releases a smell that mosquitoes don’t like. You can also use orange peels and pour boiling water over them. Let it cool. Store the water in a spray bottle and use it as a natural mosquito repellent spray in corners and under the bed.

You can also use essential oils, like neem oil, peppermint oil and lemongrass oil to keep mosquitoes away. Use ten drops of neem oil in a quarter cup of coconut oil and burn it in an aromatherapy burner. The fumes act as a natural mosquito repellent for your home.

These were a few handy tips to make your home dengue-free. Apply these household tips and keep your surroundings and environment clean and garbage-free so that there are no mosquitoes, flies or cockroaches.

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Want to Be Always Prepared for Prolonged Power Outages? Follow These Tips!


Electricity is supplied to homes, offices, and other key facilities in different metropolitan areas across the country through a complex network of underground cables and overhead power lines, connected with regional or main power stations, also known as power plants.

From severe weather conditions and natural disasters to malfunctioning components in electricity grids and work related to infrastructure upgrades, major power outages could be caused by a number of factors and hit a certain region or city with little or no warning at all, leaving residents of a particular area without electricity for hours if not days.

In today’s world, people greatly rely on electricity to carry on with their day-to-day routine so it would surely be a good thing for you to keep yourself and your household necessarily prepared for prolonged power outages.

To help you out in this regard, we have rounded up some of the best tips on how to prepare for a power breakdown, detailing all the essentials you may need in such an emergency situation.

So, without further ado, let’s get the ball rolling!

5 Useful Tips to Prepare for a Major Power Breakdown

The five of the most useful tips to help you prepare yourself for a major electricity outage have been listed and discussed as under. Take a look!

  • Invest in Power Banks and Portable Battery Chargers
  • Buy Rechargeable Lights and Fans
  • Keep Your Home Generator and UPS Properly Maintained
  • Stock Up on Foods With Long Shelf Life
  • Keep An Eye Out for Updates Regarding Power Lines Maintenance and Infrastructural Upgrade

Invest in Power Banks and Other Types of Portable Battery Chargers 

Power banks and other types of portable battery charges may charge your devices multiple times when you’re facing power outage

Power banks and portable battery charges may come in handy if you are facing a prolonged power outage in your area. This is why it is important to always have them with you whether at home or work. There are many different types of power banks having a capacity of up to 20,000mAh, which can charge your phone multiple times depending on the size of its battery.

Similarly, there are portable battery chargers available for laptops, which are specifically useful for people who are working from home these days. Having their laptops batteries sufficiently charged, they can continue working if they are facing a prolonged power outage in their area.

Tip to Remember: Unlike power banks, portable laptop battery chargers may not be compatible to work with every laptop. So, make sure you’re picking the right one for your device.

Buy Rechargeable Lights and Fans

Buy Rechargeable Lights and Fans
Keep your home well-equipped with rechargeable fans and emergency lights

Investing in rechargeable lights and fans is one of the most important tips on how to prepare for a major power breakdown. There is a wide variety of emergency lights available these days, mainly categorised into two types: rechargeable and battery-powered ones. Both of the options are reliable but rechargeable ones are considered more cost-effective as they can be easily recharged instead of buying new batteries every time.

Rechargeable fans have also become very popular these days. They can keep you cool for hours without electricity. Offering incredible portability and long-lasting battery life, rechargeable fans are also available in many different shapes and sizes these days. 

Make sure you keep all these portable and rechargeable electric appliances sufficiently charged all the time so they can be used when the power goes out.

Keep Your Home Generator and UPS Properly Maintained

Keep Your Home Generator and UPS Properly Maintained
Get your power backup devices inspected by an expert every now and then by an expert electrician/mechanic

Whether you have a home generator or UPS, it is important for you to keep your power backup device properly maintained. For instance, your generator may need tuning, service, and other types of maintenance work every now and then. 

Also, you should be getting it inspected by an expert once in a while to spot any faults and get them timely fixed. If it runs on natural gas, then you’re all good but if it is powered by diesel or gasoline, stock up on extra fuel supplies when preparing for a major power outage.

Similarly, if you are using UPS for a power backup system in your home, it may require less maintenance as compared to a generator. You just need to make sure that the battery of your UPS has enough fluids. Keep extra bottles of pure deionised distilled battery water, in case you need to get the fluid in your battery refilled. Like a power generator, you should get your UPS inspected by an expert electrician every now and then.

Stock Up on Food Supplies That Have Long Shelf Life 

stock up on food supplies that last for a long time without refrigration
Stock up on food supplies that have a long shelf life while preparing for a major electricity outage

You could not count on the food items that you have kept in your fridge or freezer if the electricity is out in your area for hours. If they cannot survive at room temperature, they could possibly go stale. This is why stocking up on food supplies that have a long shelf life is one of the most useful tips to prepare for a major power breakdown.

So, fill up your pantry with potatoes, onions, dried fruits and nuts, fresh fruits like apples, bananas, sweet lemons, oranges, whichever of them is in season. Use powdered milk instead of fresh milk because the former has a longer shelf life than the latter. 

You can also munch on snacks like potato crisps and different types of nimco items if you are feeling hungry and you don’t want to open your fridge or freezer, again and again, to retain its cooling for an extended time. Most of the food items that we have mentioned above can survive for days without refrigeration and this makes them a perfect fit for power outage emergencies.

Stay Updated With Any Upcoming Power lines Maintenance Activity in Your Area

Stay Updated With Any Upcoming Power lines Maintenance Activity in Your Area
Keep yourself updated with any upcoming maintenance activity to fix or upgrade power lines

If you are aware of any upcoming maintenance or infrastructural upgrade activities related to the power lines or Pole-mount Transformers (PMTs), it would give you ample time to prepare for it. 

If you think you don’t have sufficient supplies for a prolonged electricity breakdown, you can always rush to the nearest market to stock up on necessary items. Otherwise, you can always plan to spend your day out, maybe pay a visit to any of your family members, relatives, or friends to avoid staying at home without electricity the entire day.

There you have it — the five of the most useful tips on how to prepare for a major power breakdown. We hope the information we have shared above will help you keep yourself and your home well-equipped to face and survive prolonged power outages. In case you have been in a similar situation and want to share any useful information with us on the subject, please email us at We’d love to hear from you.

On a side note, if you are planning to make your home energy-efficient to reduce electricity bills, then take a look at this blog for some useful tips.

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Tips to renovate your home to increase home value


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Home renovation is one of the most crucial things that you can do to increase your home value. Renovation may seem like an expense to you at first glance, but in reality, minor home renovations can act as long-term investments because they instantly elevate the home value. 

To increase the value of your house without spending loads of money, focus on small renovations around the house. 

Having said that, this blog brings you a list of tips to renovate your home to increase home value.

So, let’s get started.


Talk to an expert:

Before starting with the renovation of the house:

Make sure you do your research beforehand. Read about home renovation ideas, ask around people about their home renovation tips, and most importantly – talk to a renovation expert.

Invite interior designers and experienced realtors to inspect your home. Many experts may not charge you for the first visit, but even if they do charge you, this expense will save you tons of money in the long run. 

The experts will give you lots of ideas, tips and tricks needed for improvements. Even small improvement tips such as paint colours or furniture placement can bring a huge difference. 


Focus on the paints:

One of the easiest ways to bring a change to your house is through paints. A fresh coat of paint can add life to the plain old walls in no time. And the best thing about wall paints is that they are cost-effective and straightforward to do. 

Interestingly, you do not have to hire professional painters, you can easily paint with the help of your friends and family, and it will not cost you an arm and a leg. Also, keep in mind that the tones and shades matter a lot. When selecting paint colours, consider that neutrals appeal to the most significant number of people because they make the space look brighter and more spacious.



Do not start with the renovation haphazardly and end up in financial losses and full chaos. If you cannot afford an interior renovation consultant, the internet is your best friend. Look out for remodeling and decorating inspirations in magazines, books, TV shows and websites. If you have a tight budget, you can also look for DIY projects; they work perfectly.


Energy resources: 

Energy costs are one of the direct costs which one should consider and try to cut short. Many companies are providing renewable energy sources to the people. Consult them, and they will do a free energy audit of your home. They can also help you to maximize the energy efficiency of your home by installing energy savers and other appliances. 


Add plants:

Another cheap yet very effective way to renovate your home is through indoor plants. Do proper landscaping of your house and let the house bloom into an exotic garden. Plants not only add beauty to the house but also act as a natural cooling agent. Properly placed trees can cut your cooling costs by as much as 40 percent. And most importantly, plants can enhance the curb appeal of your house. 


Work on the lawn: 

To enhance your curb appeal, you need to work on your lawn. Get rid of patchy areas and large bushes to make your property more presentable. Tacky and unmade yards will not make your house stand out in the crowd. However, you should know that lawn renovation is very cheap and easy to accomplish. 

You need basic knowledge of plants and gardening tools, and you are good to go. You can also hire a lawn service company to trim your lawn and shape your property for a small fraction of money.


Keep your house up to date:

To keep yourself away from huge renovation costs and unwanted expenses, keep up with regular maintenance and repairs. Take a day off and focus on the repairs around your home. Make a list of all the little things that are either broken or in need of repair. Sometimes, some minor repairs go unnoticed, but with time, those small things will add up to create the impression that your home has not been looked after.


Replace the bathroom basics:

One of the best things you can do in your home during the house renovation is to replace the bathroom basics. Bathrooms are the first thing the buyers notice when they go house hunting. So, to attract potential customers, work on the bathrooms.

For example, a brand new toilet seat can make your bathroom look more valuable and desirable. 


Incorporate minimalism:

Bright and funky paints and interior may scare off a lot of potential buyers. Most people prefer neutral tones and sleek designs. It is seen that vibrant and eye-catching fabrics, patterns, and design styles generally won’t yield a significant ROI. For example, neon paints and edgy home decor may turn off potential buyers.

Neutral colours, chic decor, clean surfaces, and minimal window treatments are all you need to increase your home value.


Work on the tiles:

Old worn-out tiles may decrease the home value instantly. They make the house look old and worn out. So, to sell your house as soon as possible, make sure you get rid of old broken tiles around the house. Do home inspection and see areas that need renovation. Tiles are cheap and won’t cost you an arm and a leg, but the ROI coming from the renovated tiles is enormous. 


Redo the floor:

Neat and clean floors are must-haves. For example, If you have a hardwood floor, you can simply sand and buff, staining, overlaying, or replacing the floor completely. Work on the floor and transform it to sell your house fast in Pakistan.


Redo your entryway: 

Curb appeal is the main thing. Without curb appeal, people may find it difficult to sell off their houses. Make sure the entrance of the house is neat and appealing. 

Check the locks, fix the broken mirrors, see if there are any problems with the door’s wood. It is safe to say that your entryway is one of the essential things to consider while showcasing the house to potential buyers.


Fixtures in the kitchen:

The kitchen is crucial in Pakistani households, and potential buyers look for a neat and clean kitchen with all the basic amenities. To make your kitchen look more presentable, make sure you check the drawer knobs, pulls, kitchen counters, and faucets and change them if needed. This small yet inexpensive renovation idea alone can have a significant impact on potential buyers.


So, these are some of the practical tips to renovate your home to increase home value. Try to incorporate them in your house renovation and grow your home value by leaps and bounds.

If you have any other questions regarding home renovation, leave a comment in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you.