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Moisture, Mold and Mildew: How to Combat the 3 M’s

Posted on: November 14th, 2013 | No Comments

peeling_wall_with_mold_growthMoisture, mold and mildew, three words that can make any homeowner cringe. The idea that moisture can grow mold and mildew in a home causing unreachable smells and irritating allergic reactions is immensely frustrating. So, how can you avoid these three dirty words and keep your home fresh and dry? Here are a few tips and tricks:

 

Moisture:

  1. The culprit and cause of mold and mildew, moisture can seep into walls and floors causing damage to structure as well as a perfect environment for fungus to thrive. There are a few things you can do to avoid moisture being trapped in your home.
  2. Check your plumbing and gutters. Leaky pipes, a burst or even ineffective gutters can allow water to leak into your home and collect. Simple maintenance will help prevent this from happening.  Clean up spills. Should you find a spill, burst or leak, clean it up immediately. Mold and mildew will start to grow within 24-48 hours so a quick dry out is the easiest way to keep that from happening. A small fan placed in a wet room will help move the air around and speed the drying process. For larger leaks and bursts, industrial fans are available for drying entire floors or basements.
  3. Dry surfaces where you see condensation. The insides of window sills and air conditioning drip pans (among other things) may collect condensation. By wiping them dry or dumping stand water, you reduce the chance for mold to form on the surface.

Mold:


Mold will not grow without moisture. That being said, it is impossible to eradicate all mold spores from your home. There are a few ways to remove it. Don’t forget, always take steps to avoid coming in contact with mold spores. The EPA recommends wearing an N -95 respirator, gloves and goggles when removing mold.

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Home Heating System Safety

Posted on: November 4th, 2013 | No Comments

a_hand_adjusting_a_radiator_dialHome inspectors are usually hired when someone is looking to move and wanting to ensure the house they are buying or selling is up to par. This means these inspectors are the last line before a sale to point out any problems or safety concerns. In this series of blogs we will talk about a few of the most frequently discovered safety hazards that certified home inspectors come across and how to handle them.

 

One of the most common and dangerous problems found is an old or poorly maintained heating system. Broken or cracked pipes, blocked exhaust flumes and unusable control knobs should all be fixed. These can cause fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and other health issues that can be detrimental to you and your families health.

 

To prevent these problems keep your furnace and other heating system part in good working order. This includes regular service, cleaning vents and other parts of any dust buildup that could catch fire and updating when necessary. Replacing your central heating system can be expensive however, a more efficient system will save money in the long term and a safe heating system will provide peace of mind.

 

Selling your home? By repairing and updating these systems, you give yourself another selling point on which to base your homes price. A home’s safety can be a large deciding factor to potential buyers so replacing unsafe systems is a good investment. By replacing potential hazards you can also protect yourself from legal action should anything go wrong after the house has been sold.

 

Homes require a large amount of upkeep. By maintaining your home’s heating system you take steps to protect your family as well as become more appealing to future buyers.

 

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