Mold in The Washer and Dryer

When you wash your clothes, it is a reasonable expectation that your clothes will be clean and ready for use.  We all look forward to the fresh smell of clothes when they emerge from the washer and dryer, but what if your clothes weren’t as clean as you hoped?  With mold potentially in the washer and dryer, your clothes might need to be washed again once the mold issue has been resolved.

Mold is incredibly pervasive, and it gets everywhere in your home.  We hope that washing machines and dryers provide us a safe haven from mold, but the recent court hearings of the past few years show that concerns about mold need to extend to washing machines and dryers as well.

Mold can be very detrimental to your health if you allow it to go unchecked.  It feeds on dust and moisture, and it reproduces by spores.  All of these can be present when we do laundry.  When clothes come from the washer, they can still contain particles and provide the moisture needed for mold growth.  The spores of mold are very durable and can withstand extreme heat and cold, and when you wear your favorite outfits, you could be spreading mold spores throughout your home.  This would raise your risk of wheezing, coughing, allergies, and potential for asthma in severe cases.

While washers and dryers can contain mold, there are some easy ways to help mitigate the mold issue.  First, wipe the machine dry when you are done with your laundry.  By removing moisture, you are depriving mold a key ingredient that it needs to grow.  You can also clean the detergent dispenser at least twice a month to prevent a buildup that could feed mold.  If your laundry room is damp, you may wish to run a dehumidifier in order to remove extra moisture from the air.  Keep your washer open when not in use in order to keep air circulating in the unit to air-dry any moisture you may have missed.

If you do the above on a regular basis, it is possible to minimize the impact of mold in your laundry room and home.  However, there are instances where mold grows, and it is necessary to call in a professional remediation.  Be sure to save all your warranty paperwork, but mold remediation professionals can help identify and solve mold issues in your home.  Being certified and knowledgeable in the most recent and up-to-date practices, these services can get it right quickly so you are sure that your items are clean when they are washed.

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I have a Roof Leak, What should I do?

There are a number of issues that a roof leak can cause if it isn’t taken care of immediately. For starters, a leaky roof can cause the roof structure underneath the roof to begin to rot, and it can cause damage to the building structure as well. When you find a leak, it is important to immediately stop the leak, even if you start with a temporary fix until you are able to repair the leak permanently.

 

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Do you really have a leak?

The first thing that you will need to determine is if you do indeed have a leak. A leak will often occur around the flashing of the chimney and roof vents. If you find that the leak is in the middle of your roof, you should look for any missing shingles or nails that may have popped out of the roof.

Repair it

Next, you will need to repair the issue. If the leak is around your flashing, which is the most common issue, you will need to put a thick coating of roofing tar at the point where the flashing and the chimney meet. This will seal the area and stop the leak. If you find that a nail or shingle is missing, you will need to replace them and seal any nail holes with roofing tar.

 

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Short Term Fix

If you are not able to permanently repair the leak when you first notice it, you should put a tarp over the area where the leak is occurring. You will need to make sure that the tarp lies flat and that there is not a possibility for water to run underneath it. You can secure the tarp in place by nailing wooden strips to the structure of the roof on top of the tarp.

Call your Insurance

If the leak causes a substantial amount of damage, you should call your insurance company quickly. They will usually be able to send an adjuster to your home fairly quickly so that the damage can be assessed and the repairs begin. In between the time that your roof is repaired, it is important that you make an attempt to keep your home as dry as possible. If water is allowed to sit for an extended period of time, mold can grow and become a health hazard for you and your family.

 

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Call a Roofing Repair Company

You should also call a roofing repair company who can assess the damage and look for any hidden issues that are not easily seen. At times, you entire roof may need to be replaced, which is difficult to complete by yourself. A professional will be able to offer you an estimate on the cost of the repairs as well as establish a time frame as to when the repairs can be completed.

Conclusion

A roof leak can be very stressful for a homeowner and can cause quite a bit of damage. However, they are common and can be repaired fairly easily. With the help of a professional, you will be able to eliminate the current problem as well as prevent any future issues from occurring as well.

 

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Advantages of Natural Cleaning Solutions

In the 21st Century, it is a common belief among many people that it is the responsibility of people to be more careful in terms of their impact on the planet.  With over 7 billion people currently on Earth, it is believed that, as a species, we are rapidly approaching conditions where the planet is under immense stress.  As a result, the green cleaning industry is taking off.

In addition to the idea of responsibility, green cleaning solutions truly offer better and safer ways to keep your home clean.  One of the first benefits of the green solutions is that it is not as hard on the planet.  Pollution is limited in the home by two to five times less than compared to levels outside of the home.  This creates an environment that is more serene and conducive for your lifestyle.  One issue with cleaners is that people tend to dispose of cleaners down a drain.  These cleaners have the potential to end up in the water supply.  Rivers and lakes can be polluted to the point of polluting the drinking water.  Green products are not harsh as the chemicals leading to lesser pollution in the water table and a healthier environment of plant and animal life.

Finally, the use of these green solutions does not require petroleum to be used.  Petroleum is a common resource that we do not understand how pervasive it is in our lives.  When we mention petroleum, we think mainly of gas for our cars and homes and maybe petroleum jelly.  However, petroleum is common in our lives as it is fundamental in the creation of various plastics, medications, toothpaste, nylon, adhesives, detergents, trash bags.  The list that contains petroleum is quite extensive, and it is important to remember that this is a finite resource.

Plus, the health of the user is not as impacted as using the harsh chemicals in the past.   Green cleaning products can significantly reduce the number of eye and skin irritation.  Allergic reactions are also minimized by using these products.  This benefit is mainly seen through the limitation of the chemicals entering the lungs and then entering the bloodstream.

One of the best incentives for using green solutions is that the cost for using these green solutions is cheaper than the cleaning products that were produced with chemicals.  The chemicals have to go through a multiple refining process in order to make them suitable for a particular product.  Green solutions are easier in that they do not have the levels of refining to create a finished product.  This results in manufacturers producing more green solutions bringing the prices down for the consumer leading to more being sold in the marketplace.

Finally, the use of green solutions are better for people than constantly using antibacterials.  Some bacteria is good for people, and through the overuse of antibacterials, good bacteria are eliminated, but there is also a fear that stronger bacteria are being created that withstand the antibacterial nature of soap.  It might be healthier to use green solutions here.

As more and more people come to live on Earth, it becomes our duty to take better care of the world around.  Through using green products and solutions, we take an immediate step in our homes to make the environment better and lead better lives overall.

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The Dangers of Hiking in Rain

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Sometimes it rains and you don’t want to cancel your hiking plans so you go anyway. This can be dangerous and without proper planning can end in you or your hiking companions getting injured. The following are some tips for properly hiking when it rains outside.

Waterproofing

Make sure that you use waterproof clothing such as raincoats and other gear that will allow rain to slide off of you instead of soaking into your clothing. Once your clothing gets wet it will often stay wet. This will subject your body to colder temperatures and increase your chances of coming down with an illness. If you only have a bag that isn’t waterproof, you can use a garbage bag as a liner so that the insides don’t get wet. In waterproof clothing it is important that it has some form of ventilation so that you can let heat and moisture escape.

Bring Layers

In warmer climates it may be nice to walk in the rain without a lot of gear on. However, if the weather changes or the sun starts to set you can become cold quickly. Put some more layers on such as sweatshirts and other clothing to keep your body heat in. If it is still somewhat warm out you’re going to want to hike at a slower pace so that you don’t overheat.

Taking Breaks

If you’re hiking in the rain, breaks become an important time to regroup and store up some energy. If the rain lets up, use this time as a break. During your break make sure to eat and drink to replace anything you’ve burnt off during your hike. This is also a good time to get anything out of your bags that you may need but don’t want to get wet.

Keep Your Feet Dry

Rain pants are an important item in preventing water from finding its way into your shoes. They will direct the water past your legs and over the outside of your boots. Making sure that you also have waterproof boots that are designed for the climate that you are hiking in is important. They need to have enough traction so that they won’t slip on rocks that are wet from the rain.

Wet Socks

Make sure to pack dry socks so that if you are hiking for an extended period of time you can exchange them with your wet ones. Wet socks can cause a variety of foot problems including various foot fungi and blisters. If you have a break in the weather where it is dry you will want to take off your wet socks and hang them from a tree branch so that they can begin to dry in the sun. When you get ready to start hiking put them in a plastic bag so they won’t get the other things in your bag wet.

 

Rock Slides

The risk of a rock slide or even land side are extremely high during the rain. Water loosens the mountains and mud making the land more likely to slide out from underneath you. This is never something you can predict as there are many factors that could be added to the problem to make it more likely. Your own body weight might be the very thing that piece of land needed to fall. Take extra precaution by trying to stick to roads and not venturing off on new trails. Or you can take the even safer route of waiting till the rains ends and the land has time to dry.

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With Rain approaching Mold can be an Issue

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What is Sewage?

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Soooooooooooo you don’t know what sewage is well, I’ll make it easy for you.

No worries this will only take a few minutes, really I timed it. Sewage simply put is; water that
carries waste. This causes extreme and heavily priced water damage. No beating around the
bush here you will get straight up water damage.

The sewage contains all your filth and unwanted nastiness out of the community. Don’t say you’re not dirty I’m not pointing fingers here we all are ok just you, I was trying to be nice. Hate to get mathematical here but sewage is
actually 99.9% pure water, that’s almost 100% if you didn’t know. Depending on where it
comes from waste water can either be labeled sanitary, industrial or surface run offs.
This “sewage” as society properly calls it causes water damage. Sanitary sewage you may be
wondering ummmmm what is that? well, let me tell you that is all the water from washing food, doing laundry well you get the idea.

How does sewage affect us?

That is a good question. Well, sewage causes  several health problems and water damage. First off sewage causes pathogenic organisms which can transmit diseases to humans and other animals. Therefore it’s not just affecting you but also your cute little furry friends. Look at those eyes just telling you, “this place smells and you want
me to eat my food in a bowl on the floor, I thought we were friends, I mean you did let me
cuddle with you last night.” The sewage contains organic matter which can cause water damage
to your home. Not to mention the hazardous toxicants from that awful smell of sewage. Yup
that’s right folks it smells horrendous. This sewage causes water damage. The amount of water
damage to one’s home due to the sewage causes blockages to the homes pipes. Wait did I
mention it stinks?

How To Clean sewage?

First and foremost one of the absolute most important things to do is to not panic because
this is a stressful time so take a deep breath…. Meditate, do some Thai chi whatever you have to
do to relax, in fact I’ll do it with you here we go
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm….hhhummmmmmmmmmm, ok let’s get started.

Don’t hit the bottle just yet you have work to do. Alright now we can get started. Don’t get into contact
directly with your skin, wear some goggles, rubber gloves and rubber boots you know common
sense stuff, to clean the sewage and water damage. Then asses the water damage caused by the
smelly sewage. As with any other type of water damage one must remove all furniture, rugs and
anything else that can be removed. Throw away any carpet or rugs that are just saturated with
sewage. Use mild soap and hot water to clean the water damage. Replace the drywall and clean
furniture and appliances with some bleach. When you are done throw away all the material used
to clean and open up all the windows and breathe again because you are done. It wasn’t easy but
we did it together, well mostly just me telling you, but hey I was there in spirit. Ok now you can
celebrate and drink up. Oh and for you nondrinkers maybe drink a juice box.

 

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Removing Smoke Smell from your Home

If an apartment or home has either had a fire or an occupant who smoked indoors, the smell of the smoke can linger in the area for years after.  In order to remove the smells, it is important to understand what smoke is and how it can linger in your home.Smoke in the most basic form is an abundance of particles in the air from the burning of a substance in the area.  Whether it is from burning incense or a fire that gutting the building, the smoke created it from the chemical reaction that occurs when the fire moves through the materials being burned.  As such, it is very similar to an odorous dust that can accumulate from the quality of the fire or duration of exposure.  This smoke can get into your clothes, various fabrics of the house, carpets etc.  They are very difficult to wash out, and this is why even after doing laundry, the smell can linger in your clothes.

So, how do you get rid of the smell?  First off, when smoke is present, you need to create positive pressure to get it out as soon as possible.  This means that instead of opening a window and placing a fan pointing out, you need to think in the opposite.  Creating positive pressure would be closing all the windows in the home, opening a door with a large fan pointing inside towards the smoke.  On the other end of the room, open a window.  As fresh air is moved into the room, it accumulates creating positive pressure and pushing the smoke through the open window.  As you finish in a room, be sure to close a door in order to prevent smoke from undoing your work.Once the rooms have been properly aired out, then it is time to remove blinds and drapes for a thorough cleaning.  Try to place outside for drying to give a better chance for smoke to dissipate.

You will want to make sure that all surfaces are cleaned.  Use a solution of one gallon water, a tsp of dish soap and a half cup of white vinegar.  Use a clean rag, and make sure to rinse the rag regularly.  Be sure to wipe down all surfaces with this solution for best results.  Wash all window screens with this solution.When cleaning carpets, you will want to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter that will prevent the smoke particles from blowing right back into the room.  Remove as much of the debris as possible.  Be complete and detailed in your vacuuming.  There are no prizes for going too fast.  Take your time, and make sure you do a good job.

Make sure that light fixtures, cabinets are cleaned with the solution, but also be sure to repeatedly mop non-carpeted areas of the floor.The thing to remember is that you will not get this done in one cleaning, particularly as it takes time for the smoke debris to settle.  Several cleanings will be needed until the smell is completely out of the home.Is the smoke bad for you?  Exposure to this is never good.  Like secondhand smoke, lingering smoke particles can increase risk of cardiovascular issues, but also contribute to breathing and respiratory complications, particularly among the elderly and young.  It is always a good thing to do your best and have the particles removed thoroughly and cleanly.

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