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Testing Your Home Security System


Test your home security system on a monthly basis with these exercises.

Have you ever been at work or school when an alarm suddenly starts shrieking and everyone begins lining up and heading for an exit door or designated shelter area? In reality, there is no emergency – it’s just a tornado or fire drill. These sorts of exercises may seem like an annoyance, but they are a crucial part of keeping a building and the people inside it safe.

Alarm systems must be tested regularly to ensure proper functionality, and people must know where to go and what to do in the event of an emergency. The same is true with home security systems. You don’t have to put your family through the reenactment of a break-in, but there are certainly ways to make sure your home security system will perform when needed.

Home Security System Testing Process

There are two phases involved in testing your home security system. The first includes testing the functionality of all door and window sensors as well as motion detectors within your home. Begin by making sure your home security system is disarmed and in “ready” mode. This allows you to perform the test without alerting emergency responders. Open each secured door and window one at a time, checking to make sure your keypad displays the correct doors and windows as being open. Then, close each door and window. Your keypad should go back to “ready” mode. This exercise verifies that your home monitoring system has strong signals within your residence.

The second phase involves testing the signal between your residence and the monitoring station. First, call your monitoring station and ask that your home security system be placed in “test” mode. Again, we don’t want emergency responders to be dispatched unnecessarily. Make sure your system is armed, then open a door or window. Let your alarm sound for about a minute. Disarm your system and return it to “ready” mode, then check to make sure the signal was received by the monitoring station. Once this is verified, you can call the monitoring station and have your home security system taken out of “test” mode.

Regular testing of your home security system is highly recommended, but how often you do it is really up to you. You may live in a relatively low-risk neighborhood where the only would-be intruder setting off your alarm is the family dog. Or perhaps you live in an area where break-ins are more prevalent. In any case, monthly testing is the industry standard for home security testing.

Entrust the safety of your home and family to Ideal Partners. Offering a full line of Home Automation – Control 4, remote access, home security systems and local, 24/7 monitoring, Ideal Security has the technology and expertise to give you complete peace of mind.

Pest Control Tips: How to Protect Your Home Against Cockroaches


Follow these preventative pest control tips to keep roaches out.

It’s not a pleasant thought, but if you see even one cockroach in your home, there are bound to be more. Aside from being generally repulsive, cockroaches are known to spread dangerous bacteria and allergens everywhere they go. Offering the most comprehensive pest control services in North Texas, Ideal Partners can safeguard your dwelling against these unwelcome guests. Here are some simple but effective methods for preventing roach infestation.

Properly Seal All Cracks and Holes

Pest control begins with making sure your home is sufficiently sealed to prevent infiltration by roaches and other intruders. Roaches can squeeze through the smallest of cracks and crevices in your home’s foundation. Cockroaches are especially adept at slipping through cracks at the point where utility pipes enter the dwelling. A silicone-based caulk is generally recommended for sealing these gaps.

Keep the Kitchen Clean

A clean kitchen is essential to keeping cockroaches out of your home. Be sure to keep countertops disinfected and floors swept, and don’t let dirty dishes accumulate in the sink. Leftover food should be stored in airtight containers. The same goes for pet food. Rather than leaving it in the paper bag, transfer your dog or cat food into a resealable storage container.

Get Rid of the Trash

Remember to take garbage out on a daily basis, and don’t let it sit too close to the foundation of your house. Putting these habits into practice is the key to residential pest control.

Additional Tips

Effective pest control calls for constant vigilance. Simply wiping down your kitchen counters is not enough. Make sure cabinets and cupboards are wiped clean. Daily vacuuming is also recommended, particularly in rooms where people typically eat. Cockroaches can subsist on even the smallest food particles, so performing these household cleaning chores takes on a great deal of importance.

Cockroaches are constantly looking for potential water sources, so eliminating moisture buildup around your residence is imperative for pest control. Be certain to fix any leaky pipes around the house, and consider running a dehumidifier in moisture-prone areas like basements.

The most important element of pest control is prevention. Taking these precautions around your home dramatically reduces the threat of roach infestation.

Ideal Partners Pest Control Services

If you do happen to see a cockroach in your kitchen or bathroom, chances are hundreds more are lurking in the shadows. Consider calling the pest control experts at Ideal Partners. Our licensed technicians will perform a thorough evaluation of your home’s interior and exterior, determine which pests are present, and devise a comprehensive treatment program to eradicate pests and prevent future infestations.

For the highest level of customer service and the most effective pest control programs in North Texas, contact Ideal Partners today.

Pest Control Tips: How to Protect Your Home Against Ants


Keep ants out of your home this Spring with these practical pest control tips.

Just as you arm your home with an alarm system to protect against human intruders, precautions must also be taken to keep invaders of the insect variety outside where they belong. When it comes to unwanted house guests, ants are near the top of the list. More than a simple nuisance, ants can contaminate food, spread disease and cause structural damage to your residence. Ideal Partners, the authority on pest control in North Texas, has some practical, daily tips for defending your home against the threat of ants.

Properly Seal Entry Points

According to most pest control experts, there are roughly 50 different ant species that are known to infest homes – particularly when the weather warms up. It might seem obvious, but the first step toward keeping ants out of your house is ensuring all potential entry points are properly sealed. Drafty windows and doors not only make it harder to heat and cool your home efficiently, but also allow ants and other unwelcome insects inside. A crew from Ideal Pest Control can evaluate your doors and windows to see if any of them are making your home vulnerable to infestation.

Clean Up Leftovers – Quickly

Ants and other pests are often attracted to the kitchen, more so than other rooms in the house. You and your family may have already finished dinner, but if you don’t clean up the remnants pretty quickly, the ants might think it’s their turn. Putting away leftovers and cleaning up spills are daily pest control measures you can take to prevent food contamination and keep ants from infiltrating your kitchen.

Take Out the Trash

Believe it or not, simply taking the trash out is a crucial aspect of pest control. Eliminate the accumulation of garbage by taking it out regularly. What may be trash to you is an all-you-can-eat buffet to an army of ants. Remember to take the trash out daily, and try not to place large garbage receptacles in close proximity to your house.

Get Rid of Moisture

Like most living things, ants are attracted to water sources. Preventing moisture from accumulating beneath sinks, on countertops, floors and other surfaces is another simple pest control strategy you can employ to discourage ants from congregating inside your residence. It’s also important to regularly inspect gutters and downspouts to make sure water is being funneled away from your home on the outside.

Pest Control with Ideal Partners

If you fear an ant infestation has already taken root in your residence, one quick call to Ideal Partners is all it takes to get a team of licensed technicians on the scene. Our pest control programs and eco-friendly products will not only remedy your current ant problem, but also prevent future infestations. For the premier pest control solution in North Texas, contact Ideal Partners today.

5 Common Questions About Irrigation Installation


Considering irrigation installation for your home? Review these commonly asked questions and answers.

Nothing looks better than a manicured, lush lawn. The endless maintenance and constant watering, however, can become an arduous task. A high-quality sprinkler system can lighten your lawn care burden, but how much do you really know about proper irrigation installation? The proven leader in residential and commercial irrigation throughout North Texas, Ideal Partners has the answers to the questions you might have.

Q: Why should I make the switch to a sprinkler system?

A: Given the extended drought conditions we’re currently experiencing in North Texas, Ideal Landscapes technicians are dedicated to conserving water. In fact, our irrigation installation specialists can reduce your water bill by up to 40 percent. Not to mention, you’ll never have to hose down your yard by hand again.

Q: Are there any special measures I need to take to prepare my lawn for irrigation installation?

A: No. Any professional irrigation company will handle every aspect of sprinkler installation, and Ideal Landscapes is no exception. From helping you choose the right kind of irrigation system for your lawn, to helping you program your system, Ideal Landscapes has you covered throughout the entire irrigation installation process.

Q: How long can I expect my irrigation installation to take?

A: This can depend on the size and topography of your lawn, but most companies say one to three days. Of course, your Ideal Landscapes crew will only need one day to customize and install your sprinkler system.

Q: How much damage will the irrigation installation cause to my lawn?

A: This depends largely on soil composition. A yard with mostly clean soil should be more or less unaffected by the process. The presence of roots, rocks and underground debris, however, can result in more damage. Worst case scenario, though, your lawn should fully recover within a month after the irrigation installation is complete.

Q: How much maintenance is required to keep my sprinkler system running optimally?

A: Virtually none. Our irrigation installation experts will calibrate your system to function at peak performance during all four seasons. In the Fall, your system should be shut down and excess water should be blown from the pipes to prevent winter freezing.

Ideal Partners is on the cutting edge of sprinkler technology to keep your lawn looking its best. We will evaluate the trees, plants, grass and overall terrain of your lawn to customize the perfect irrigation design for your specific needs. We will also show you how to make the necessary adjustments to keep it running efficiently throughout the year. Take your lawn care to a whole new level by calling Ideal Landscapes, the irrigation installation experts of North Texas.

Home Monitoring: The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

home monitoring with carbon monoxide detectors

Not sure what you need for your home monitoring system? Start with a carbon monoxide detector.

Carbon Monoxide can be hazardous to your health. That’s why it’s vitally important to be able to detect any carbon monoxide in the air of your home. In order to do this, you need a carbon monoxide detector. Below, we’ll discuss more in depth what carbon monoxide is, how it’s harmful, and just how important a carbon monoxide detector is to your home monitoring.

What Is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas caused by fuels not burning completely – wood, coal, gas, etc. It’s particularly troublesome to detect because of its colorless, odorless, tasteless form – making the implementation of a carbon monoxide detector all the more important for your home monitoring.

How Is It Harmful?

Simply put, carbon monoxide deprives your body of oxygen. It does this by infiltrating red blood cells when passing through the lungs, directly affecting the amount of space oxygen has. This interferes with the amount of oxygen your red blood cells receive, ultimately restricting the amount of oxygen the body receives, which can lead to damage to the brain and lungs.

Unfortunately, it’s tough to detect whether or not a person has encountered carbon monoxide poisoning, as the early stages and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning resemble that of a common cold or flu. The only real way to prevent carbon monoxide consumption is by installing a carbon monoxide detector.

How Do Carbon Monoxide Detectors Work?

Not surprisingly, if the detector senses carbon monoxide in the air, an alarm is triggered. There are different alarms for different types of sensors, and each one is unique in and of itself. Contact Ideal Partners to see what each one can provide for your home monitoring system.

What Do You Do If the Carbon Monoxide Detector Goes Off?

If you have a carbon monoxide detector and it does go off, you’ll want to get everybody in the house outside as quickly as possible. On your way out, if you can, it’s ideal to open any windows that you pass. Once outside, check everyone who was inside the house for any cold or flu-like symptoms. If you suspect that anyone is experiencing said symptoms, call 911 immediately.

We highly suggest getting approval from authorities before re-entering your home. After you receive permission to go back inside, contact a professional to examine the house and to evaluate what you need to do going forward.

Where Should I Put a Carbon Monoxide Detector?

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), you should place carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home. Not only that, but you’ll want to place a detector just outside the door of any room where people sleep.

Home Monitoring With Ideal Partners

Carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas. In order to better protect you and your family, install several well placed carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home and contact Ideal Partners for more information about home monitoring.

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