Top Five Places for Mold in Your Home…..

Mold is an eukaryotic micro-organism that decomposes dead organic material, and it can find its way into your home.  Once it is there, it can be a real hazard to yours and your family’s health.  Clean-up can be easy depending on the location of the mold, but in order to be safe and complete, it is best to usually call in a certified restoration service that can take care of your mold issue.

 

Where are the prime spots for mold in my home?  Mold has a tendency to commonly grow in five areas in your home.  You can notice it by the growth which can be black, blue or green and gives off a mildew smell.  If you notice any of these signs, assess the situation and call restoration immediately.

Mold can grow just about anywhere, but here are the top five areas:

  1. Basement

Mold likes to be in an area of the home that is cool, damp and can have available moisture.  Your basement fulfills all these requirements as condensation from a furnace/AC provides the necessary dampness, humidity and can be stagnant in terms of air flow.  If your foundation has cracks, water can seep in and further raise the potential for mold growth.  Standing water at anytime in the basement raises the potential for mold to grow.

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  1. Bathrooms and Showers:

Like the basement, bathrooms and showers are great locations for mold due to the presence of water and humidity.  Due to the uses of the bathroom, it is hard to lower humidity levels, which leads to mold growth and a persistent mildew smell.  Bathrooms are typically poorly ventilated so humidity will remain adding to the potential of mold.

 

  1. Attics

The major issue with attics and mold stem from improper ventilation and issues with insulation.  What can occur is that as moisture rises in the home, it becomes trapped in the attic and this becomes the perfect breeding ground for mold.  Also, vents from the kitchen, bathroom, dryer and other home appliances continuously can force moist air into the attic with no way to release the moisture.

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4. HVAC systems

If you have a furnace or air conditioning in your home, then chances are you have an HVAC system.  These are great places for mold to begin in that they are intricate networks of ducts that are difficult to clean and can accumulate dead material like dust, hair which can feed mold growth.  If there is mold in your HVAC, you will notice a musty smell when your furnace and AC is in use.  HVAC systems can be tricky to clean, so if you suspect HVAC mold, don’t use the system and call an inspector to verify.

 

 

  1. Kitchens

The kitchen offers a great place for mold to grow.  You should check your appliances regularly as mold will grow under the sink, but it will also grow behind the refrigerator, particularly if yours leaks water.  A great way to prevent any water leak is to make sure that your refrigerator is defrosted regularly.  Other places to hide can include dishwashers, areas where dishes air dry, and windows into the kitchen that may leak.

Mold is present in every home, but it can be managed.  If you keep these high risk areas clean and free of water and dead organic materials then you should be able to limit the ability of mold to grow in your home.

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Help, I Have a Toilet that Backed Up

One of the worst experiences that a homeowner can have is to come home after a long day at work and discover that a toilet has overflowed due to a backed up sewer line.  It can be incredibly disheartening and just gross to have to deal with.  When you run into this issue, it is best to just have it cleaned as soon as possible.

Every kind of water damage can degrade the quality of the home that experiences damage.  Wood becomes weakened.  Carpets are destroyed, and you can see the growth of mold in the area increased.  The complication from dealing with sewer water is that it is highly unsanitary, and it creates very unique issues that have to be accounted for.

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Clogs

One of the main reasons toilets overflows occur is through clogs.  In order to have a properly working septic system, read carefully what can be flushed and what can’t.  Some toilet papers, body hair among other things can contribute to the improper ability of the water to flow normally.  Sanitary bleach wipes can become caught in the lines, and if enough are flushed, you have a real issue on your hands.  You won’t notice this at first, but eventually, there will be a sewage bomb ready to go off.

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The first gurgling sounds of a toilet can be shocking as you try to figure out what just happened.  In these early moments, water is moving out of the bowl and as water tends to do, it finds the lowest place to settle.  If you are fortunate, this occurs in an unfinished basement, but sometimes this can occur in an upper floor bathroom as well.

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There are many issues that occur from having a toilet back up with the primary being the condition of the water.  In most cases, this water, called blackwater, is already rich with sewage.  It is incredibly unsanitary and foul to deal with.  These back-ups can also lead to permanent damage to your home through rust, odor and insects.  Mold grows freely in this kind of water damage, and these molds can grow in drywall, wood, wallpaper, etc.  Any location that has been affected is a candidate for mold growth.  Floor covers can be ruined, and you’ll have to remove carpets and rugs contaminated.  Finally, appliances can be ruined, and there is a risk of electrical and fire hazards as well.

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Your best option in dealing with a toilet back-up is to contact a professional restoration service as soon as possible.  Many certified restoration companies will respond in a professional and rapid manner with all necessary equipment to combat and bring your home back.  It is highly unadvisable to tackle this issue on your one as this issues from this kind of water damage cannot only damage your home, but they can have serious health impacts for you and your family.  Contacting a water damage restoration service allows you to have the job done right the first time.  Toilet back-ups are already unpleasant to experience without the stress of cleanup on you.

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I found Mold in My Home, Now What?

For many homeowners finding mold in their home is a stressful and confusing event.  The best thing that any homeowner can do is get as much information on mold, and what are the best ways to clean up the area if necessary.

 

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What Is Mold?

Molds are fungi that are found indoors, and they prefer warm, damp conditions where they can produce spores to spread.  These spores can survive for long and harsh periods of dry conditions to begin growth again.  The most common molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Aspergillus.  What you need to know is that mold is common in homes.  Chances are, you have it in your home, but you don’t notice it.

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Where Mold Lives

Molds are found indoors all year.  Growth is aided by humid and warm conditions where humidity is high such as basements and showers.  This is why it is important to run dehumidifiers in basements and have proper ventilation in bathrooms.

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Prevent Health Issues

Molds can affect people who are sensitive to them.  Exposure to mold can produce stuffiness, eye and/or skin irritation and wheezing.  Some people can have severe reactions which can be fever and shortness of breath.  Some people with chronic lung issues can develop lung infections

 

 

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Should You Finish Your Basement?

 

 

An unfinished basement can be a project that adds value and purpose to a home, but is it right for every home?  Perhaps the basement is just being used as storage or it just has an old feeling.  Maybe it has already been finished, and it just needs a new direction and touched up.  Whatever you choose, finishing a basement can be a great decision for a home.

 

The first decision that should be considered is the cost of the project.  The basement remodeling cost is going to depend on the size and dimensions of the basement, types of rooms that are being created, materials selected, the location of the home in the country and the overall housing market.  Intensive additions like kitchens and bathrooms are great, but these will still add more to the overall cost of the job.  You can expect to spend roughly $50 per square foot to finish your basement, and this estimate would rise depending on the materials and intent of the remodeling.

 

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 The Pros

Why should you finish your basement?  The first reason is to increase the living space of the home.  In many cases, this can actually be cheaper than having an addition to the home.  These rooms can fulfill many different functions such as a living area, bar or even a play area for children.  One of the greatest benefits of the finished basement is that it can become an area separate from the rest of the home and noises outside.  It can give the illusion of being removed when you are still in the middle of everything.  In the reverse, if you want your children to be as loud as they want, then the basement is a great place for a play area.

 The Cons

What are the cons to finishing a basement?  First, the price of the project can be expensive.  Having a finished basement is great, but if you have leaks in your basement then you have a potential for a bigger repair issue than the investment is worth.  The basement also takes time to finish.  In order to make the basement ready for finishing, then you will need to potentially move appliances such as the furnace and water heater.  You will need to have the foundation checked and leveled.  These are among many other things.  It could be weeks before a basement is finished.  Finally, the potential investment return is a potential con.  You can make more money on your home’s value for less money if you look at remodeling the bathroom, kitchen, adding a room than a basement remodel.  If you are looking to sell quickly, then this kind of project is not ideal for you.

 

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 Be Prepared

If you commit to the basement finish then take some time beforehand, and figure out exactly what you want with the room.  If you want a leisure area, kids playroom then it is best to know this in the early stages.  Knowing the square footage of the basement will let you understand what you can do.  Remember that larger basements will offer more opportunities, but understanding the space will further allow for a proper finish.  You want to make sure that you set a budget.  Don’t put yourself in debt over this.  Wait until you can afford it.  The greatest point is to be very comfortable with your contractor.  Do your research and get multiple bids, and select your contractor wisely.  Make sure that you and they can work together to make your ideas a reality.

 

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Benefits of Adding a Room

 

Adding a room to your home can give you a lot of benefits.  It adds to the value of your home.  It can be a special addition like a man cave, living area or bathroom.  Regardless of what you choose, an extra room in a home can be added in a seamless way that will look like it was always a part of the home.  As your family grows or interests change, a room addition can help make your home more comfortable.

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More Space

The first benefit of an addition would be the obvious increase in space for the home.  In terms of the addition, you are only limited by your imagination on what you want to accomplish with this addition.  Once you decide what you want the room to be, then you will be able to work with a licensed contractor in order to ensure things like insulation, wiring, windows, presentation are all done according to your wishes.

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Increase The Value

One of the greatest benefits to a room addition is the positive effect on the value of the home.  In many cases, the cost of the room addition is the value that can be added to the value of the home.  This is primarily dependent on the type of room you are adding.  The greater value and benefit of the room will lead to a greater value to the home.  These kinds of additions and room extensions that add the most value are the bathroom and kitchen.  These are high-traffic, high-use areas of the home, and if you take care to increase their potential then they will repay you for any investment.  If you are adding a room with the intent on selling the home, make sure that you research what kinds of rooms are adding value to homes in your neighborhood.  If these homes have sold, and you see a trend then it gives you an idea of what kind of room to add.

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Make It Your Own

The key to any room addition is to make sure that you find a contractor that can design the room with you and deliver on what you want in the room.  The intent of the room is that you are going to use it, so make sure that you get what you want.  The room has to be an area that you want it to be, so make the most of it!

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Bathroom Remodel

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One of the best ways to improve the value of your home is to complete a bathroom remodel.  It is one of the simplest remodels that can be done in a new home that potentially had the same presentation since the house was built.  Plus, a new bathroom remodel can simply be an excellent way to pamper yourself with luxurious additions that can make your bathroom an everyday spa day retreat.

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 Utilize The Space

The best place to start when considering a bathroom remodel is to consider the room that is available.  You can have a better understanding of your bathroom if you understand the layout and measurements of the room.  The potential that a bathroom remodel can present is extra counter space, larger cabinets, places for laundry hampers, etc.  Let your imagination go with the potential that you have in deciding how you want your bathroom to look.  Your bathroom should reflect your personality as it becomes your refuge.

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 Relaxation Is Key

As mentioned before, think of your bathroom as a spa retreat as you decide on a remodel.  Remember that the bathroom, for many of us, is the lone retreat in the house from family so why not make it as relaxing as possible?  A feeling of relaxation can be achieved in any remodel through multiple setting showerheads, quieter fans, lighting, music speakers, and also the use of materials like bamboo and stone give a natural and clean feeling to the overall room.  If you want to go modern and implement technology, the bathroom can also accommodate wall-mounted televisions, heated floors and the Jacuzzi.  Remodeled bathrooms can also become a good way to save money on your monthly expenses by introducing green technology in lighting and LED lights.

 

 

 In Conclusion

The best reason to remodel the bathroom is that it increases the value of your home.  Even if you are the only person who sees the improvements, when it comes time to sell your home, the improvements you made in the bathroom can add up to $3000 to your home’s value.  This increase in market price can be the result of doing a simple remodel of cabinets, sinks and a new mirror with lighting.  A bathroom remodel is not only an investment in yourself, but in your home as well.

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