Rainwater Tank Problems

Rainwater Tanks aren’t always trouble free, so here is some advice on a couple of problems that you can encounter.

Cleaning

Even with pre-filters there will eventually be a build up of dirt and cloudy water at the bottom of the tank.

There are professional tank cleaning companies that will provide the safest way of cleaning a tank.

As they can filter the water out of the sludge they minimise the water lost from your tank.

If you are going to do it yourself the best time is to do it when the tank is low.

Working from out side the tank use a pressure washer to wash the sides and agitate the sludge in the bottom, then flush it out of the drain.

Keep Out of the Tank

Whatever you do DO NOT Climb Inside The Tank.  

Working inside tanks (known as Confined Space Work) is a very risky thing and several people have died inthe last few years.

Chlorination

Regular chlorination of your rainwater tank should not be necessary, although there will be some bugs in the water you will develop an immunity.

However if:

  • People are getting ill, or:
  • You suspect the water in your tank is contaminated.
  • You have a new baby, or
  • Small children from the city are visiting

. . . .you can chlorinate the water as it would be sad if your visitors became ill because they weren’t used to drinking tank water.

To chlorinate add either swimming pool chlorine (calcium hypochlorite 60-70%) or sodium hypochlorite (bleach) 12.5% by volume.

The dose to treat the contamination should be 7 grams of calcium hypochlorite or 40mL of sodium hypochlorite per 1000 litres of water in the tank at the time of treatment.

Rather than just add the chlorine fill a plastic bucket with water to 2/3 full and then add the chlorine, in the open air.

DO NOT add Water to Chlorine. Empty the bucket into the tank, being careful not to spill it, and then mix the contents of the tank.

An easy way of mixing if you have a pressure pump is to put a hose into the tank and leave it running for 15 – 20 minutes.

Once the water is mixed leave it to stand for at least 24 hours to allow the chlorine taste and smell to dissipate.

 

Have you had rainwater tank problems?

 

For more about tank water quality see Rainwater Safety

For similar posts see Sustainability

 

5 Common Culprits Of Clogged Drains And What To Do About Them

Guest Post by Simon Wang

Clogged drains can be a pain, and most times, people don’t notice how nice it is to have free pipes until a clogged situation happens.

Though it’s quite easy to pick up your phone and call a plumber, it’s better to be aware of what can clog your drain and how to prevent it from happening.

Culprits Of Clogged Drains

Clogged drains don’t happen immediately.

Most times, these items only clog your drain when they build up over a long time.

At this point, the only solution would be to call a plumber like Brisbane drain plumbers.

However, if you already know what can clog your pipe, you can prevent it before it becomes destructive. Here are five common culprits of clogged drains.

Small Objects

Small objects that can clog your drain can range from things like rings, bracelets, stray Lego pieces, dice, and so on.

Whatever isn’t supposed to go down there (and is solid) is tagged as a small object.

Although, one ring can’t clog your pipe. However, when two, three, or more small objects keep running down the drain, they can clog up and block the flow of water or fluid.

This can happen in the shower, kitchen sink, and most commonly, the toilet.

Dirt

It’s good to wash off the dirt in your hands and feet in the shower or the washbasin. Nonetheless, you should know that excess debris or dirt can and will clog the drain except you have a different drainage system that doesn’t involve pipes.

So, what do you do? Instead of bringing your mud-infested feet straight into the shower, wash or rinse some dirt off outside first.

That way, you can lengthen the lifespan of your drain.

Food Remnants

Yes, the temptation to flush it all down the drain is rather inviting but the repercussion is costly.

There are some things you should never flush down a kitchen sink, no matter what.

Things like cooking oil, fruit peels especially orange and banana, meat fat, eggshells, onion peel, and any large chunk of a food item.

Paper

No drain or sink should swallow any kind of paper, except the toilet (in which case, only toilet paper is allowed).

You would be mistaken to believe that paper thins out when wet and so it can easily go down the drain.

This isn’t true.

The pieces of paper get stuck to the walls of the drain until they clog up and block the flow.

Hair

This is the most common enemy of drainage systems.

But just like dirt, it’s almost hard to prevent totally.

Wet hair can build up over time to become a dangerous ball of hair.

This hair build-up can then clog a drainage pipe almost completely.

What’s worse is that it’s the hardest clog culprit to get rid of.

What To Do About Them?

The answer is straightforward!

The only thing you can do to get rid of clogs is by cleaning your pipe.

When you have a complete block, it’s time to call the plumber to help you look at your pipes to get rid of the blockage.

But if things aren’t too intense yet, there are some first-aid treatments you can do that can save your drainage pipes.

  1. Use a classic cloth hanger to ‘fish’ out clogged materials. By straightening the hanger to create a small hook, you can pass it through the drainage to fish out a few items that might be blocking your drain.
  2. Put a screen or special filter on top of the drain either in the shower or washbasin. That way, the hair stays on top of the screen while the water goes through the drain.
  3. Use the baking soda and vinegar combo. First, you’ll pour hot or boiling water down your drain and follow with a good amount of baking soda. Then mix a cup of white vinegar in water and pour it down the drain. That should do the trick.
  4. A wet or dry vacuum can also work wonders. Simply use it to suck in the clogs from your drain the way you suck the dirt off the floor.
  5. Plungers! It’s the obvious solution for a clogged drain because they’re designed primarily to unclog a drain. However, make sure that the plunger you’re using is correspondent to the size of the drain so that things can be easier.

Conclusion

Disturbance or interrupted flow isn’t the only reason you should worry about a clogged drain.

It’s known that when a pipe has been blocked for too long, it can burst somewhere else and destroy something even bigger (like the building for instance).

It can also decrease the durability of the pipe and the entire drainage system.

Hence you need to know what causes a clogged drain and what to do about it.

If it’s difficult to deal with, you can also call plumbing services or issues that you can’t and do.

Author Bio
Simon Wang is a home improvement expert. He offers quality services to his clients and makes sure that they are satisfied with his work. Simon loves swimming and playing basketball in his free time.

How Often Do You Visit The Site

For the first Australian house we built welived and worked close by and could visit every evening.

During our last build the site was 40km away so I only visited once or twice a week.

Many builders will tell you that you are not allowed to visit the site for OH&S reasons, unless the Site Supervisor accompanies you. There are two reasons for this:

  1. If you have an accident they have evidence that you have been told not to be on the site.
  2. They would prefer to get on with the building with the minimum interference from you.

I didn’t let this stop me from visiting although I have got a construction industry site (red) card and I understood I was there at my own risk.

I think that in the early stages its more important to keep a close eye on things if you have made a lot of changes from a standard design, or you are having a house built to your own design.

If you are using a standard design the Site Supervisor and the Tradies will generally know what they are doing. When there have been lots of changes to the design they may lose the plan/or forget and revert to the standard design.

Later when it comes to fit out you need to keep more of a watch on things. A couple of examples from our last house:

  • The wrong laundry trough was initially fitted and had to be ripped out.
  • The wrong kitchen tiles were delivered but we spotted them before they were fixed.

The Minimum

As an absolute minimum you should do an inspection when each stage payment is claimed.

If you spot what may be a problem it can be best to be tactful and ask questions in such a way that the Builder has a chance to explain what is going on. If you are not convinced then its time to do some research.

Best thing to do is also get to know your Builder.

Build a good relationship first (also see ‘Working with your Site Supervisor’)

If the Builder get’s annoyed and is impossible to talk to you should contact the Housing Industry Association and/or the Master Builders Association for advice.

How often did you visit your build?

 

For more posts about quality see Gettting It Right

 

How To Choose New Double Glazed Windows

Guest post by Randolf Fuentes

Windows provide the needed light and ventilation in every home.

They also adds to the aesthetic quality of a property.

Today, one of the most preferred options is double glazed windows.

Many homeowners choose these windows because they can insulate homes better, reducing energy bills.

If you’re planning to install double glazed windows soon, you’ll need to know the qualities of these products and the process of selecting the best ones.

As you shop around, you might find the range of Double Glazed Window options overwhelming, but once you’re familiar with the essential qualities and process, you’ll be able to trim down your choices and find suitable ones for your home.

Here are some tips you’ll find useful:

Choose The Frames

Double glazed windows have different frames.

Each type of frame has its strengths.

Choose one that best fits your window, jamb, and glass needs.

The following are some of the standard frames you can consider:

uPVC (unplasticised polyvinyl chloride)

uPVC is one of the most energy-efficient options available. It’s way cheaper than traditional wooden frames but is more durable than other frames. It comes in various colours and sizes and is easy to clean too. All you need are a clean and soft cloth and a window cleaner to keep it spotless.

Timber

Timber is either hinged at the top or bottom. It can be expensive, but it often lasts longer than most double glazed window frames. Unlike uPVC, it requires regular maintenance.

Aluminium

Aluminium frames are low-maintenance, durable, and affordable. Traditionally, they’re available in grey and metal. Today, this option has many types, including fixed, awning, casement, sliding, bi-fold, and stacking windows.

Consider Thermal Efficiency

Since double glazed windows are sought for their ability to transfer heat, you should ensure that the windows you choose have this certain quality.

Along with thermal efficiency, look into the windows’ type of glass, such as clear, tinted, laminated, and tempered glass.

In addition, examine the type of gas used in glazing. It can be one of the following:

  • Argon: It’s an odourless and colourless gas that’s dense and cheap.
  • Krypton: It’s generally dense and best used in smaller spaces. However, it’s an expensive choice.
  • Xenon: It’s the densest gas among the three types. It’s more expensive than most gases used in glazing, so many homeowners don’t choose it. In most cases, the gas is applied in industrial spaces.

Apart from the types of gas, check out the types of coating:

Low E (Low-Emissivity) Coatings

This thin and metallic oxide layer helps manage daylight transmittance to allow necessary solar gain. It’s known to reduce fading, and it can last up to 15 years in most cases. Generally, it reduces energy loss up to 50%.

Spectrally Selective Coatings

In low-temperature settings, spectrally selective coatings can reduce 40-70% heat. However, they still allow a sufficient amount of light.

Check The Air Leakage

Most of the time, the air leakage affects the heat transfer capacity of double glazed windows.

Air leakage is typically a direct result of the operating types of windows.

Here are some of the options you can pick from:

Awning, Hopper, And Casement

The awning type is hinged at the top and is opened outward while the casement one is hinged at the sides. On the other hand, the hopper kind is hinged at the bottom and is opened inward. These types have lower air leakage probability because of fit and lock features.

Single- And Double-Sliding

These windows slide horizontally and have higher air leakage rates than other options.

Fixed

The fixed type is permanent and airtight but may not suit rooms that lack proper ventilation. It’s ideal for walls or portions of the house with minimal space. However, replacing the panes might be a challenge and require maintenance.

Take Noise Reduction Quality Into Account

The noise reduction quality depends on the glass’ thickness.

The thicker the glass is, the more noise is reduced.

In fact, windows with thick glass can reduce noises up to 90%, especially if they’re installed with uPVC frames to keep them durable and fixed.

Go For Mould Prevention

While condensation could be a result of preventing mould growth, you can still consider the type of windows as a factor.

When choosing a window, check the type of glass and frame where moulds won’t thrive.

Pick the ones with minimal spaces to ensure that every area is breathable and prevents mould growth.

Apart from this, opt for moisture-resistant windows, as they keep condensation from taking place.

Wrapping Up

Double glazed windows aren’t just stylish but also durable, energy-efficient, and noise-reducing.

You’ll find a wide range of double glazed windows, but deciding on the best ones will be easy if you follow these useful tips.

 

Author Bio
Randolf Fuentes is a home improvement specialist. He offers consultation to homeowners. He also writes blog posts and guest posts to share tips, tricks, and information about home improvement and renovation. Randolf love to travel and cook food for his familly.

Water Views? or Flood Risk?

Lots of people want water views ………….but if the water view is a River, or even a Small Creek, there can be a flooding risk.

The quiet creek in this photo is about 300mm deep and 3m wide. After a couple of days of rain it can be 3m deep and 30m wide.

The 2022 Floods in NSW are even affected properties that were km’s from rivers.

Generally the planning laws say the floor must be above the 1 in 100 year level……………I don’t think that’s enough.

  • The 1 in 100 year flood level is an estimate only. How often have we seen in the paper two 1 in 100 year storms in a matter of weeks. Over the past couple of weeks I have heard about 1 in 500 year floods!
  • Sometimes the data used to calculate the flood levels is based on as little as 10 years worth of records. In Australia flood levels have only been monitored on many major rivers for less than 100 years.
  • River and stream catchments change over time. This is normally by additional buildings which increase the rainfall runoff into the stream so flood levels tend to rise.
  • Global warming increases the power of weather systems meaning that storms are likely to be more severe in the future which means higher flood levels.

Although I have had houses close to rivers and streams its always been more than 3m above predicted flood levels.

If you are tempted to buy land close to a river have a look at what, if any, flood insurance you can get. That may give you pause for thought!

Do you think a river view is worth the risk?

For Similar Posts see Choosing Blocks

 

Today’s Australian Homebuyers are Looking for More Bedrooms

Guest post by Andrej Kovačević

This trend has been evident in Australia for some time though other countries are seeing the same thing. There are many reasons this is happening, and it’s important to explore why.

Why are Home buyers Looking for More Rooms?

You can’t boil this trend down to just one or two reasons. The following are some reasons:

Millennials Staying

One reason people are looking for homes with more rooms has to do with the new living situation many families are finding themselves in.

Traditionally, young folks moved out of their parents’ homes, but that’s not happening. A large number of millennials are staying home.

It’s happening so much that many families are starting to buy homes with this in mind.

Parents want to have enough room for their grown children to stay or move back home whenever needed. These families try to purchase a home large enough to accommodate their children’s families at times. This wasn’t common before, yet it’s becoming common now.

This is happening for various reasons. Some of these millennials have a lot of student debt, which makes it hard for them to move on.

If all that wasn’t enough, the housing market in Australia is becoming inaccessible to younger folks.

Homes are simply too expensive, and that’s keeping millennials at home longer. While there’s nothing wrong with this, it means home seekers are looking for more rooms to accommodate their grown kids.

The last thing these caring parents want is to let their kids sleep on a sofa.

Everyone deserves a room with a comfortable bed and a heavenly mattress topper.

Home Migration

Another reason Australian home buyers are looking for homes with more bedrooms has to do with the work-from-home movement.

When the internet came around, this trend was inevitable, and it’s happening. More folks are starting to work from home because it’s much easier.

People are using today’s technology, like the cloud, to connect with coworkers and their employers without going to the office.

This new reality means folks need enough space at home to work.

People want enough rooms to convert one or two into offices. This trend is also leading to other changes, like the fact that many Australian home buyers aren’t concerned about finding a home in a big city where the work is.

The Pandemic

The pandemic helped change things in Australia, just like it has around the world. It has impacted the way people live, and it makes sense that it’s changed what home buyers look for.

The pandemic amplified some things already mentioned. For example, more people had to work from home during the pandemic.

A good chunk of people who didn’t want to work from home or didn’t see the value of it got a taste of it. These folks got used to it and saw the benefits.

A number of people were already making this switch, and the pandemic made that number bigger.

Since people were forced to stay home and work there, more people are interested in homes with offices or rooms that could be converted into offices.

Staying at home also made it obvious to some people that their small homes weren’t large enough for their families. These folks are looking to purchase homes with more space and more rooms.

Bigger Family Desires

Everyone knows that Australia has an issue with birth rates and the overall population. There simply aren’t enough people in this country to sustain it and something needs to change.

While some of this depends on what the country does, there’s something that only families can change. It seems many families are stepping up since more Australians are hoping to have more children.

While the country has to wait and see if this trend produces more children, the desire is very real.

More home seekers are hoping to buy a home that can accommodate the number of children they hope to have someday. This is yet another reason why many folks are looking for larger houses.

It’s important to say that this is just a desire. There’s no telling whether or not more folks will have kids, but it’s clear that this desire is creating a trend.

Leisure Push

Australians are also interested in buying homes they can relax and have fun in. Having enough bedrooms is a big part of that.

It frees up the rest of the house so that new homeowners have more space to play with. Folks can have man or woman caves and home dens.

Families could have family rooms and theater rooms, especially since the pandemic closed all theaters. Having a large house seems to make folks happier.

People also want bigger bedrooms. They aren’t satisfied with small bedrooms because they feel cramped. People want larger-than-life bedrooms where they can feel at peace and escape the world for a bit.

Now, you know all there is to know about today’s desire for homes with more bedrooms and space. This push is being driven by all sorts of things, which is pretty interesting.

Concrete – After the Concrete is Laid

Concrete Myths

Some people think that concrete is strong enough the day after it is laid……..WRONG

Some people think that concrete ‘dries’……..WRONG

Hardening of concrete is a complex chemical reaction which requires time and moisture.

Concrete takes at least a month to reach its final design strength.

This time is known as the ‘Curing Period’.

During this time the concrete strength will increase but the slab will also shrink.

Strength

The typical slab laid and exposed to air after finishing will increase in strength as follows:

After 1 Day – The concrete will have about 20% of its design strength. Being still relatively weak it can easily be damaged. If you are going to have saw cut joints now is the time to cut them. You can also remove any formwork.

After 3 days – The concrete will now be at around 60% of design strength. You should be able to walk on it and use wheel barrows without damaging it. This is the earliest time I would like to see frame erection start on a house slab.

After 7 days – Around 80% has now been achieved. At this stage you should be able to use a driveway for cars

After 28 days – Design Strength Reached.

Shrinkage

During the 28 day curing period the concrete will shrink by 0.8 – 1.3mm per metre. That’s 2.4 -3.9mm for a 3m slab. This means:

  • Paving – Unless you have adequate joints this shrinkage will stress the slab causing cracks.
  • House Slabs – The slab is normally cast without joints so its usual to find that there are fine cracks. As long as there is adequate reinforcement in the slab these cracks should be less than about 1mm and are not an issue.

Curing Best Practice

Proper treatment of the concrete will improve the final result.

If treated properly during the curing period concrete can be up to 50% stronger than the Design Strength, and will also be stronger at each stage of the curing period.

There is also less likely to be fine cracking of the surface.

The most important thing during curing is to stop the concrete drying out too quickly.

Ways to achieve this include:

    • Covering with material such as sacking, sand, or Old Carpets, which are kept damp.
    • Covering with Plastic sheet.
    • Apply a Curing Membrane (You may need to go to a specialist supplier for this)
    • Regularly spraying the slab.once the initial set is achieved (wait at least 12 hours.

Frost

Frost can damage curing concrete reducing the final strength.

If you are in one of the colder states during winter protecting the concrete by covering it at night is a good idea.

 

For more posts on on getting your paths and driveways correct see Concreting

 

Health Benefits of Having a Well-Maintained Air Conditioner

Guest Post by John Guevara

Photo by Adam Winger on Unsplash

As the world’s climate and the weather continue to change, an air conditioner is proving to be a piece of essential equipment in our homes to deal with the rise in temperature.

As the rise might have its advantages, there are health issues that might be caused by the high temperatures and an air conditioner is crucial to reduce and prevent the negative effects.

With this in mind, let’s look at some pros to having a well-maintained air conditioner in your house.

Lets You Sleep Comfortably

Imagine being asleep but your rest is cut short by a heatwave.

This might be caused by a breakdown of your air conditioner.

Sleep is an important aspect of one’s health.

While you sleep, your brain works to replenish the energy used while you were active and replace damaged cells.

Not getting enough sleep might cause massive health issues in the long run.

Continuous maintenance of the air conditioner will prevent breakdowns in turn giving you a good rest period.

A cool area of sleep increases your comfort level hence creating a conducive environment to sleep.

Saves up Money

A well-maintained AC will generally reduce the energy used. It will cost less than using multiple fans at a go.

It, therefore, reduces the cost used for electricity.

Good maintenance reduces the buildup of issues that may lead to a purchase of a new air conditioner.

The maintenance cost is cheaper than a new purchase.

The saved up money can be used on other aspects of daily life like health checkups.

Regulates Humidity

Some humid areas might need control over the amount of moisture present in the air.

Too much moisture may cause mold issues. Air conditioning regulates the humidity as they cool.

Better Ventilation

While a good AC dehumidifies the house, it leads to better ventilation of clean air.

It leads to breathing air with no dust particles.

Clean air is good for our bodies and reduces health issues like allergies, coughs, and colds.

Clean air may reduce the frequencies of asthma attacks as all the dirt and pollutants are filtered.

Prevents Dehydration and Heat Stroke

Once we sweat, we tend to lose water from our bodies.

Most people sweat as a result of the increased heat effect on their bodies.

Sweating has a cooling effect on our bodies.

The more we sweat, the more we lose water.

Once you have a fan on, it will assist your body to cool itself hence we don’t experience dehydration.

Heatstroke is when your body starts to overheat due to a rise in temperatures.

Both of these symptoms that might cause immense health issues, can be prevented by getting an air conditioner to help regulate the temperature.

Wards Off Insects

Since an AC is mostly used to cool the house, insects that prefer warmer environments will flee in search of their ideal temperatures.

When your AC cools your home it also regulates the humidity, insects that prefer more humid places will also flee.

As it cools your body, you become undesirable to insects that might be attracted to you for your warmth.

This by a great chance might reduce mosquito and other insect bites.

Concrete – What is It?

Concrete is an artificial stone that you can make yourself.

It has four ingredients that all contribute to the overall strength.

  • Large stones (Aggregate) – The aggregate provides shear strength to the concrete. In other words the concrete has to crack around rather than through the stones. A good aggregate will have a mix of stone sizes rather than just one size of stone, this help the aggregate lock together
  • Sand – acts to fill in the spaces between the aggregate and further helps lock it solidly.
  • Cement powder – Is the basis for the ‘cement paste’ (glue) which coats the surface of the first two components and holds them together.
  • Water – Reacts with the cement powder to form the cement paste

Just like baking a cake its important to get the proportions of the various components right for the best results.

Too Much Aggregate compared with the sand and the cement paste will be be just cement coated stones stuck together where they touch. (known as ‘Boney’)

Too Little Aggregate, or Too Much Sand and the mixis called ‘Fatty’ There will be too little aggregate to provide shear strength and much of the aggregate will sink to the bottom.

Too Much Cement will cost you money without adding to the strength of the concrete.

Too Much Water will dilute the cement paste meaning the ‘glue’ has less strength and will also cause increased shrinkage as the cement cures. (It is very unusual to use too little water as the concrete will be very dry and as a result be hard to place and finish)

If you are going to lay large areas of concrete its probably be best to get premixed concrete which should have the ingredients in the correct quantities.

For small quantities you can buy bags of dry concrete mix where you just add water. Make sure you follow the instructions.

If you have got a job that is of a reasonable size but too small for premixed concrete here is a suggested mix:

  • Cement = 1 part.
  • Sand = 2.5 parts.
  • Stone or gravel = 3 parts.

This should be fine for paths, garden wall foundations, fence posts, washing poles, and driveways.

If you are going to order Ready Mix N25 (Normal 25) should be fine for a driveway, pathway or shed foundation.

For  similar posts see Concreting

 

5 Flower-Bearing Plants To Beautify Your Home

Guest Post by John Guevara

In many cultures, flowers have been grown to symbolize beauty and love for centuries. From little bouquets on the dinner table to brightly colored fields in full bloom, flowers can provide color and interest to almost any room. In recent years, people have begun growing plants indoors more often to bring nature into their homes or office. Below are some flower-bearing plants that can be used inside or outside the house.

1. Rose

One of the most popular flower varieties for indoor home decor is the rose.

With numerous hybrid varieties, there are different shapes, colors, and sizes to choose from.

For example:

  • You may select a bush type that looks more like a shrub and is suitable for wall hanging.
  • If you want it to climb up the walls, you can choose a climbing rose variety that will grow in a vine-like manner.

2. Marigold

Marigolds are an excellent indoor flower.

They grow best in a pot filled with organic material such as good quality soil, sand, and peat moss.

Since they produce very little growth on their own, they grow best when they are either pruned or staked.

Frequent fertilizing is also very important since marigolds need many nutrients to produce bright colors and healthy blooms.

During the summer months, you can plant marigolds outside for use later.

You can also go online and book for flower delivery to get marigolds in any quantity and ship them to you anywhere in the country.

3. Bougainvillea

The Bougainvillea is a beautiful and easy-to-grow plant that requires a lot of light and water during the summer months.

While it can grow inside the house, it needs more attention but makes a striking statement when used as an outdoor flowering vine.

They come in many different colors, but red is the most popular.

Bougainvillea is cultivated for their flowers and sweet, white to pinkish fruits.

The berry-like fruits usually contain two seeds each and are surrounded by papery capsules that split open when they are ripe, revealing their bright orange color.

4. Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis

The hibiscus plant produces some of the most beautiful blooms in various colors.

It is a tropical plant that needs a lot of sunlight and high temperatures and lots of water during the summertime.

It will grow up to three feet tall. If you decide to grow this plant, remember that you need to provide it with lots of direct sunlight to produce flowers during the short summer months.

5. Adenium

The adenium is a very large, easy-to-grow cactus native to East Africa.

It will usually reach three feet in height and when it blooms it produces gorgeous flowers that last for about five days.

For the plant to bloom, it must be potted in a mix of peat moss and sand with a good layer of gravel at the bottom of the pot.

It should be placed outside during the summer months to receive plenty of sunlight.

Finally

Plants can be a useful addition to any home decor.

You can beautify your home by adding plants to your home or office.

Studies have shown that indoor plants can remove many toxins from the air, including formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.

They can also provide an attractive focal point for the room and purify the atmosphere for you and those who spend time in your home or workspace.