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Benefits Of Hurricane Shutters.

Simply put, hurricane shutters provide excellent protection in the event of a hurricane. Did you know that one of the major concerns for homes during a hurricane is the condition of the roof?

Hurricane Shutters Protect Your Roof

A lot of people have a misconception that hurricane shutters only protect against broken windows. The real danger is actually different from this understanding. During a hurricane, there is a vast amount of wind and flying debris. This wind blows flying objects which may or may not hit your home. Flying objects are often the cause for broken glass. But the real damages often comes after this. Once the wind has a way into your home it creates negative and positive pressure (as the wind goes in and out). During this time, the wind looks for a means to escape. This can cause a huge amount of pressure on your roof. The wind needs to go somewhere since more wind is being pushed in behind it. It will look for any area to escape. The roof is often the area that gives first. This means that your roof can actually be blown off of your home during a storm.

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By installing hurricane shutters, not only is the window protected, the opening is also blocked from excessive wind entering your home. This is the major advantage to having hurricane protection installed on your home. Roofs generally run in the tens of thousands of dollars. Not to mention the danger to yourself and your family if the roof blows away.

Hurricane Shutters Are Tested For Positive And Negative Pressure

There is a reason that insurance companies will only provide a discount if your home is 100% hurricane proofed. It only takes one breached entrance to allow wind into your home during a storm. Hurricane shutters are tested for both positive and negative pressure just in case one opening is breached. Picture the wind blowing on an opening from the inside. Also, the wind can get behind the shutter in certain cases creating this negative pressure.

Negative pressure is also created by retracting wind which provides a suction effect on the shutter. Essentially shutters receive a push and pull effect during a hurricane.

 

 

 

Benefits Of Adding Storm Shutters. Web blog post. East Coast Shutter And Awnings. 26 April 2017

Make sure Your Insurance Is Ready For Hurricane Season.

We are well aware of the impact that hurricanes and tropical storms can have on us. Experts say that planning ahead is the best way to financially weather a storm. The most important step in the planning process is to review your existing insurance coverage. With hurricane season right around the corner, here are some of the important items to review:

Make sure you are protected with flood insurance. While the high winds associated with these storms can cause a lot of damage, you should also be aware that flooding causes significant damage as well. Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, and Tropical Storm Frances are good examples of this. Standard homeowners policies do not cover damage from flooding. Financial protection from flooding is only available as a separate stand alone policy. It is important to know that there is a 30 day waiting period before a flood policy takes effect, so if you are considering this coverage, you should not delay.  Up to 20% of flood damage occurs in low to moderate risk flood areas, so no matter where you live, it is a good idea to consider flood insurance.

Make sure your homeowners policy includes wind storm coverage. While wind storm coverage is included in many homeowners policies, sometimes it is excluded for various reasons. You may have chosen to have it excluded yourself or your insurance company may have chosen to remove it at renewal (this is not common, but has happened before). Historically, properties in the “wind pool” (the area designated as being within 1,000 feet of the coast) have been most affected by this. The bottom line is that it is always a good idea to double check your policy to make sure wind storm coverage is included.

Find out if your policy covers you for Replacement Cost or Actual Cash Value for losses. Replacement Cost covers you for new items, while Actual Cash Value covers you for items at their depreciated cost.

  • Ensure that  your home and all items inside the home are insured at the correct values.
  • Make sure your vehicles are covered for wind and flood damages. This typically means including comprehensive and collision coverage on your auto policy.
  • Review your policy to ensure that Sewer Backup and Overflow coverage is included.

Once you have reviewed your insurance policies, it is important to keep them in a safe and easily accessible place. I also recommend that you save your insurance agency’s phone number and your insurance company’s phone number in your cell phone so that you can start a claim immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirk Ball . Make Sure Your Insurance Is Ready For Hurricane Season. Web blog post, Stay up to date. Wren Insurance Agency. 26 June 2014. 4 April 2017

Asbestos In The Home

Even if asbestos is in your home, this is usually NOT a serious problem. The mere presence of asbestos in a home or a building is not hazardous. The danger is that asbestos materials may become damaged over time. Damaged asbestos may release asbestos fibers and become a health hazard.

THE BEST THING TO DO WITH ASBESTOS MATERIAL IN GOOD CONDITION IS TO LEAVE IT ALONE!  Disturbing it may create a health hazard where none existed before. Read this before you have any asbestos material inspected, removed, or repaired.

Where Asbestos Hazards May Be Found In The Home

  1. Some roofing and siding shingles are made of asbestos cement.
  2. Houses built between 1930 and 1950 may have asbestos as insulation.
  3. Asbestos may be present in textured paint and in patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints. Their use was banned in 1977.
  4. Artificial ashes and embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces may contain asbestos.
  5. Older products such as stove-top pads may have some asbestos compounds.
  6. Walls and floors around woodburning stoves may be protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets.
  7. Asbestos is found in some vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives.
  8. Hot water and steam pipes in older houses may be coated with an asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape.
  9. Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets may have asbestos insulation.

What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral fiber. It can be positively identified only with a special type of microscope. There are several types of asbestos fibers. In the past, asbestos was added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance.

How Can Asbestos Affect My Health?

From studies of people who were exposed to asbestos in factories and shipyards, we know that breathing high levels of asbestos fibers can lead to an increased risk of:

  • lung cancer:
    – mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the chest and the abdominal cavity; and
    – asbestosis, in which the lungs become scarred with fibrous tissue.

The risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma increases with the number of fibers inhaled. The risk of lung cancer from inhaling asbestos fibers is also greater if you smoke. People who get asbestosis have usually been exposed to high levels of asbestos for a long time. The symptoms of these diseases do not usually appear until about 20 to 30 years after the first exposure to asbestos.

Most people exposed to small amounts of asbestos, as we all are in our daily lives, do not develop these health problems. However, if disturbed, asbestos material may release asbestos fibers, which can be inhaled into the lungs. The fibers can remain there for a long time, increasing the risk of disease. Asbestos material that would crumble easily if handled, or that has been sawed, scraped, or sanded into a powder, is more likely to create a health hazard.

Where Can I Find Asbestos And When Can It Be A Problem?

Most products made today do not contain asbestos. Those few products made which still contain asbestos that could be inhaled are required to be labeled as such. However, until the 1970s, many types of building products and insulation materials used in homes contained asbestos. Common products that might have contained asbestos in the past, and conditions which may release fibers, include:

  • STEAM PIPES, BOILERS, and FURNACE DUCTS insulated with an asbestos blanket or asbestos paper tape. These materials may release asbestos fibers if damaged, repaired, or removed improperly.
  • RESILIENT FLOOR TILES (vinyl asbestos, asphalt, and rubber), the backing on VINYL SHEET FLOORING, and ADHESIVES used for installing floor tile. Sanding tiles can release fibers. So may scraping or sanding the backing of sheet flooring during removal.
  • CEMENT SHEET, MILLBOARD, and PAPER used as insulation around furnaces and woodburning stoves. Repairing or removing appliances may release asbestos fibers. So may cutting, tearing, sanding, drilling, or sawing insulation.
  • DOOR GASKETS in furnaces, wood stoves, and coal stoves. Worn seals can release asbestos fibers during use.
  • SOUNDPROOFING OR DECORATIVE MATERIAL sprayed on walls and ceilings. Loose, crumbly, or water-damaged material may release fibers. So will sanding, drilling, or scraping the material.
  • PATCHING AND JOINT COMPOUNDS for walls and ceilings, and TEXTURED PAINTS. Sanding, scraping, or drilling these surfaces may release asbestos.
  • ASBESTOS CEMENT ROOFING, SHINGLES, and SIDING. These products are not likely to release asbestos fibers unless sawed, dilled, or cut.
  • ARTIFICIAL ASHES AND EMBERS sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces. Also, other older household products such as FIREPROOF GLOVES, STOVE-TOP PADS, IRONING BOARD COVERS, and certain HAIRDRYERS.
  • AUTOMOBILE BRAKE PADS AND LININGS, CLUTCH FACINGS, and GASKETS.

Asbestos Professionals: Who Are They And What Can They Do?

Asbestos professionals are trained in handling asbestos material. The type of professional will depend on the type of product and what needs to be done to correct the problem. You may hire a general asbestos contractor or, in some cases, a professional trained to handle specific products containing asbestos.

Asbestos professionals can conduct home inspections, take samples of suspected material, assess its condition, and advise about what corrections are needed and who is qualified to make these corrections. Once again, material in good condition need not be sampled unless it is likely to be disturbed. Professional correction or abatement contractors repair or remove asbestos materials.

Some firms offer combinations of testing, assessment, and correction. A professional hired to assess the need for corrective action should not be connected with an asbestos-correction firm. It is better to use two different firms so there is no conflict of interest. Services vary from one area to another around the country.

The federal government has training courses for asbestos professionals around the country. Some state and local governments also have or require training or certification courses. Ask asbestos professionals to document their completion of federal or state-approved training. Each person performing work in your home should provide proof of training and licensing in asbestos work, such as completion of EPA-approved training. State and local health departments or EPA regional offices may have listings of licensed professionals in your area.

If you have a problem that requires the services of asbestos professionals, check their credentials carefully. Hire professionals who are trained, experienced, reputable, and accredited – especially if accreditation is required by state or local laws. Before hiring a professional, ask for references from previous clients. Find out if they were satisfied. Ask whether the professional has handled similar situations. Get cost estimates from several professionals, as the charges for these services can vary.

Though private homes are usually not covered by the asbestos regulations that apply to schools and public buildings, professionals should still use procedures described during federal or state-approved training. Homeowners should be alert to the chance of misleading claims by asbestos consultants and contractors. There have been reports of firms incorrectly claiming that asbestos materials in homes must be replaced. In other cases, firms have encouraged unnecessary removals or performed them improperly. Unnecessary removals are a waste of money. Improper removals may actually increase the health risks to you and your family. To guard against this, know what services are available and what procedures and precautions are needed to do the job properly.

 

 

 

Asbestos In The Home. Web blog post. Safety education. American Lung Association, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 12 April 2017

Humidity Inside Your Home.

High home humidity can be uncomfortable. Worse yet, it can pose a threat to your home’s structure and surfaces.

According to ENERGY STAR®, the U.S. EPA’s voluntary program for energy efficiency, the ideal indoor humidity level is between 30 – 50%. Proper management of indoor humidity levels has several positive effects. If you implement solutions to keep you home in the right range, you’ll have these benefits:

  • Improve personal comfort.
  • Control moisture that can damage your home’s wood, paint, and siding.
  • Prevent mildew growth and odors in clothing and belongings.
  • Improve indoor air quality by reducing dust mites, mold, and other allergens.
  • Reduce pest infestations.
  • Improve the energy efficiency of your air conditioner.

Here are some ways to maintain that healthy range and clear the air by reducing and controlling humidity at home:

How to reduce and control humidity.

Some Southern homeowners use their air conditioners year-round to combat humidity. Theo Etzel, CEO of Conditioned Air Corporation of Naples, Inc. in Naples, Florida, has these recommendations for more effective continuous use of your cooling system:

  • Set the fan to automatic. (Keeping it in the “on” position actually re-humidifies the space by blowing air over a wet coil when the condenser cycles off.)
  • Invest in a unit with a variable-speed air handler.
  • Consider installing a whole-house dehumidifier.
  • Don’t automatically lower the thermostat. Etzel says turning down the thermostat to reduce humidity can be a sign of an oversized air conditioning system. If you are using the thermostat, though, smart thermostats can be part of a humidity strategy.

 

Ways to cut excess humidity

Etzel notes that air-conditioning systems can only keep up with the moisture they’re designed to remove, whether the systems condition fresh incoming air, recirculating interior air, or both.

Here are ways to help keep additional moisture and humidity from infiltrating the home:

  • Vent clothes dryers to the outdoors.
  • Install vent fans in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Run a dehumidifier.
  • Cover dirt floors in crawl spaces with a plastic vapor barrier.
  • Seal air and duct leaks.
  • Select houseplants that absorb moisture from the air, such as Boston ferns.
  • Keep air-conditioning drip pans and drain lines clean and unobstructed.
  • Avoid activities that add moisture to the air on humid days, such as taking hot showers and boiling water on the stove.
  • Take measures outside. ENERGY STAR suggests keeping gutters and downspouts clean, extending downspouts further from the house, watering plants only when needed and sloping soil away from foundations to keep water from pooling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conquer Home Humidity Problems with These Tips. Web blog post. Home maintenance. State Farm 10 April 2017.

 

Homeowners Policy Vs. Flood Insurance.

Your home can be one of the biggest purchases of your life. Homeowners insurance helps you protect his important investment and may make the difference between minor inconveniences and major financial losses. While a standard homeowners insurance policy provides basic coverage, a special policy can protect against losses incurred during floods.

 

Homeowners Policy

Homeowners policies may vary, depending on your insurance company, your home and your circumstances. Insurance companies offer several levels of coverage to choose from, allowing you to select the amount of deductibles and premiums you will pay for your policy. Mortgage companies often require a minimum amount of coverage to reimburse the amount of your loan. While your basic policy may reimburse your losses from several causes, such as fire and theft, it won’t pay for flood damage.

 

Flood Policy

The National Flood Insurance Program is a federal program that provides insurance coverage for damages due to floods. While your homeowners insurance may pay for water damage due to broken pipes, flood insurance pays for damages caused by the rising of a body of water that covers normally dry land. You can purchase this national flood damage coverage from your insurance agent or your local Federal Emergency Management Agency office.

 

Risks

Your insurance agent can tell you if your house is located in a flood zone. Although you may never experience a flood, living in a recognized flood zone increase your risk of flood damage. You may need flood insurance if your home is near a river that could overflow its banks, located on a coastal region or against a hill that may experience mudslides.

 

Considerations

Read your homeowners policy carefully to determine what your insurance company won’t cover, such as tidal water and sewage backups. Deciding whether you need a special policy to cover damages due to floods depends on your circumstances. If you carry a mortgage on your home, your lender may require you purchase this type of coverage. If you own your home, consider your flood risk, as well as how much money you can afford to lose due to uncovered expenses.

 

 

 

 

Piper Li. Homeowners Policy Vs. Flood Insurance. web blog post. The Nest. 4 April 2017

Why Hire A Licensed And Insured Contractor.

Licensed and insured. These are ubiquitous terms found on most service company advertising, but what do they mean? Why should you care? An educated consumer makes better decisions. It’s important to understand what it means and why it’s important when hiring a contractor.

What “Licensed’ Means in Florida

The state of Florida requires both residential and commercial builders and contractors to be licensed. There are separate licensing requirements for residential contractors, mechanical contractors (plumbing, electrical, HVAC) and general contractors. All are licensed through the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB), which also requires licenses be kept current.

Homeowners can confirm a contractor’s license is legitimate and current by visiting the state’s website. Select “Verify a license,” and then search by license number or contractor name.

The CILB also administers the Florida Homeowners’ Construction Recovery Fund. If you lose money on a project performed under contract where the loss results from specified violations of Florida law by a licensed contractor, you may be eligible for payment from this fund. If you choose an unlicensed contractor at your home or business, you have no rights under the statute that created this fund.

What ‘Insured’ Means in Florida

There are two types of insurance on which to focus when selecting a vendor.

Workers’ compensation insurance protects homeowners from liability for injuries incurred while workers are in their homes or on their property. If somebody is injured working in your home and is not covered by a workers’ compensation policy, you might be responsible for their lost wages and medical costs.

General liability insurance protects the homeowner from bodily injury, property damage or personal injury. In the event there would be damage or loss to a home or structure due to a contractor’s negligence, your homeowners’ property insurance won’t likely cover the damage. Most policies explicitly exclude damages caused by contractors. It would be necessary for the contractor’s general liability insurance to cover this damage. If the contractor is not insured, you are at risk.

There have been instances where companies claim to be licensed and insured, and it comes to light after an incident that they have a business license and auto insurance on their work vehicle. Neither offers the homeowner any protection in the case of an injury or damage to your property. While the license is issued by the state, the insurance is backed by an insurance carrier. Contact information for verification purposes is listed on the insurance certificate, as is the expiration date of the policy.

Asking to see the license and certificates of insurance is your best protection. Reputable companies are happy to provide proof of adherence to laws and regulations designed to protect both you and them. Contractors that cut corners on licensing and insurance and put that risk on you are much more likely to cut corners when working at your home.

 

 

 

Mike McCalley.Why Hire a Licensed and Insured Florida Contractor? Web blog post. Articles. Angies List. 28 June 2011. 30 March 2017 

Keeping Your HVAC Unit Clean.

A central air conditioning and heating system must be properly maintained in order for it to operate at peak efficiency. This is particularly true in the Las Vegas area where extreme heat can cause an overworked, under-maintained system to break down. When the HVAC unit system fails completely, repair or replacement costs are far higher than what is charged for periodic maintenance.

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Keeping Your Car Mold Free.

When people think of mold, most of the time their thoughts turn to homes or other buildings. Older homes that are not well-maintained, basements that have flooded as well as buildings that have been through natural disasters all are at risk of having mold. Unfortunately, mold can also be found in many automobiles that are not properly sealed or have had water in them from flooding. Yet, armed with just a few basic items, it’s quite possible to make sure your car does not become one of the many moldy machines on the road.

All mold starts as a stain on fabric or other surfaces, so always be on the lookout. Mold tends to form most often on fabric areas such as seats and door panels, so be especially careful of these areas. One of the best ways to prevent mold is to make sure the weather stripping is properly maintained. A good rule of thumb is to conduct an inspection each time you wash your vehicle. If there are any areas where water is leaking into the interior, the windows will begin to fog up and condensation will form on the glass, letting you know you’ve got a problem. Visiting an auto detailing shop can get this problem fixed quickly, often at a reasonable price.

Use Very Little Water

When cleaning the inside of your vehicle, use as little water as possible. Mix a small bowl of water and dish detergent together until it forms a large amount of suds on top, then scoop off the suds and place them in another bowl. By taking a cleaning cloth and gently rubbing the suds on fabric areas, you’ve cleaned while using practically no water, keeping the area very dry and at little risk of having mold.

It’s All About the Rice

A small bag of rice can work wonders to prevent mold. By placing an open sandwich bag that’s full of rice inside a door panel or other spot where it won’t spill, you can prevent mold from forming inside your motor vehicle. Since rice absorbs moisture, it will help prevent mold. Once or twice a year, discard the old rice and replace it with a fresh bag to stay on top of the situation.

Vacuum with Baking Soda

Baking soda is a great item to help prevent moisture, so sprinkling some on the seats and carpet inside your car will help keep mold at bay. After sprinkling the baking soda, let it work its magic for two hours and then vacuum it up. If you live in an area that’s humid, this is a great trick to use throughout the year.

By spending two or three dollars on some supplies, you can make sure your motor vehicle will pass the mold inspection year-round. A few minutes of preventive measures now and then will allow you to have a vehicle that not only looks good inside and out, but is also free of mold and mildew.

To learn more about taking care of your car, inside and out, go to the Pro View Vehicle Inspections website. They can help you take care of your car, as well as make sure it passes inspections.

 

 

 

BrianReeves. “Mold, Mildew and More: Keeping Your Car Mold-Free.” Web blog post. Mold & Mildew. Mold blogger. 7 July, 2014.

 

What To Do When A Home Suffers From Water Damage.

When a major storm passes close to the house, the home may suffer water damage that is difficult to repair. There are many things a family can do to begin repairing any destruction, but a certified professional will likely be needed to get rid of any serious health or structural threats. Contaminated storm surges or floods can carry pathogens and become a breeding ground for mold. If allowed to fester, these mold spores can spread throughout the building and become even more difficult to remove. In many cases,  governmental agencies could condemn the structure if the microbial threat is too great.

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The main reason why a home is sensitive to water damage is because moisture is difficult to detect once the floods recede. Standing liquids can encourage microbial growth within 24 hours and can saturate all kinds of textiles and seep through drywall. Moisture may collect behind the walls, where mold and bacteria may multiply out of sight. If a family reacts quickly enough, clothes and furniture may be saved. However, people must be careful when entering a building that has recently been flooded. Exposure to wildlife and contaminated liquids can result in serious injury.

Before entering a home affected by water damage, make sure the electrical power is shut off
. Exposed wires or plugged in devices can electrocute people, resulting in major injury or even death. Also, it’s best to move slowly through the building when re-entering it for the first time. Snakes, reptiles or rodents may be hiding under debris and could lash out and bite suddenly. To protect against wildlife and airborne contaminants, wear protective clothing from head to toe, including a vapor respirator, rubber gloves and eye protection. Also, wear thick boots that can withstand puncturing and animal bites.

Professional restoration services can quickly identify what items in the home are compromised by water damage. Normally, anything that is porous may need to be discarded if it has come in contact with contaminated fluids. These items, like mattresses, box springs, pillows and particle board, trap more moisture than other materials and foster the growth of microbes. A family can prepare for professional cleaning by getting rid of these items before the technicians arrive, but be sure to properly record and itemize the items for insurance purposes prior to disposing.

Once professionals arrive at the building, they will be able to track down any pockets of excess moisture and remove them
. Certified technicians can locate these pockets of moisture using equipment that measures the moisture in hidden pockets and behind tile and other materials that may not feel wet on the outside.  When these moisture pockets are found, the technicians will expose them to air by removing any drywall or other materials in the way. Once the location of the moisture has been determined, the professionals will begin the clean-up process that may include pressure washing the area with powerful detergents. These technicians are also able to speed up the drying process to prevent the growth of any molds or other harmful bacteria. If the professional locate mold or bacteria colonies, they will know how to identify and remove the threat using chemical or mechanical methods.

It’s important for a family to hire professionals that are certified through a reputable organization
. Technicians trained in this area know how to find compromised areas and do what it takes to restore them.

 

 

 Bombmedia. What To Do When A Home Suffers From Water Damage. web blog post water damage, water restoration. TSC Restoration. 16 Feb. 2017

10 Ways to Reduce Mold Allergies

Around the house:

  • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners, especially in hot, humid climates, to reduce moisture in the air.
  • Keep indoor humidity below 60% if possible. You can measure relative humidity with a hygrometer, an inexpensive instrument available at many hardware stores.
  • Keep air conditioning drip pans clean. Make sure drain lines are free of obstructions and flow properly.
  • Keep the house warm in cool weather. As the temperature goes down, the air is less able to hold moisture and it condenses on cold surfaces, which can encourage mold growth.
  • Add insulation to cold surfaces, such as exterior walls, floors, and windows to reduce condensation.
  • Dry wet areas within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  • Fix leaks and seepage. The ground should slope away from your house. If water is entering the house from the outside, your options range from simple landscaping to extensive excavation and waterproofing.
  • Have a heating and cooling contractor check your heating and cooling system to make sure it’s sized and operating properly to remove humidity. If your system is too big or the airflow is incorrect, your air conditioner will not remove humidity like it should. Also, ask the contractor to check your duct system for air leaks, and proper size and air flow to each room.
  • Open doors between rooms to increase circulation, which carries heat to cold surfaces. Increase air circulation by using fans and by moving furniture from wall corners.

 

In the kitchen:

  • Use exhaust fans to move moisture outside (not into the attic) whenever you are cooking, washing dishes, or cleaning.
  • Turn off certain appliances if you notice moisture on windows and other surfaces.
  • Check for leaks around the kitchen sink, refrigerator ice makers, and other sources of water. Repair if necessary.
  • Empty and clean refrigerator drip pans if necessary.

 

In basements and crawl spaces:

  • Put a plastic cover over dirt in crawl spaces to prevent moisture from coming in from the ground. If there is standing water or the soil is wet, dry it out with fans before covering the floor.
  • Be sure crawl spaces are well ventilated by using fans and having vents installed in outside walls if necessary.
  • Consider painting concrete floors and using area rugs instead of wall-to-wall carpet in basements. If you plan to install carpet over a concrete floor, it may be necessary to use a vapor barrier (plastic sheeting) over the concrete and cover that with sub-flooring (insulation covered with plywood) to prevent a moisture problem.
  • Have your basement floor checked for leaks and have them repaired if necessary. Water can enter your home by leaking or by seeping through basement floors or walls.
  • Make sure gutters are working properly and that outdoor landscaping causes water to run away from — not toward — the house.
  • Do not finish basement walls with insulation and wall board unless your basement is very dry.

 

In the laundry room:

  • Vent your clothes dryer to the outside.
  • Make sure the vent is clear of obstructions, such as lint, and that there are no holes that leak air. If the vent duct is damaged, replace it with a metal duct. Have the duct cleaned at least once a year.
  • Avoid leaving damp clothes in the laundry basket or dryer. Wash and dry them promptly.

 

In bathrooms:

  • Use exhaust fans to remove moisture to the outside (not into the attic).
  • Use area rugs, which can be taken up and washed often instead of wall-to-wall carpeting.
  • Check for leaks around basins and tubs and have them repaired if necessary.
  • Open a window when showering.
  • Avoid leaving damp towels on the floor or in laundry hamper.

 

bombmedia. “10 Ways to Reduce Mold Allergies” web blog post. Water Damage. TSC Restoration. 2 March 2017