Simple molds and mildew are an accepted part of life in any household. We have all thrown away a molded piece of bread. Last week's leftovers can contain a colorful array of molds. What we do not think about is that each spot of mold has threads that extend into the food product and spores on top ready to launch into the air.
While few people eat moldy food, it is difficult to know when mold is dangerous, and when it is just inconvenient. If there are a few spots of mold on food, it can just be thrown away, and the container can be cleaned. However, if there is a lot of mold present, it is best to throw away the container without opening it. Anytime mold is disturbed spores are released. This can cause a number of reactions in people who are sensitive or allergic to mold.
According to the Department of Agriculture, moldy food should be handled carefully. Here are their suggestions.
Household mold and mildew that is on the surface on non-porous surfaces (surfaces that can't absorb moisture) can be wiped off. These surfaces include grout in a shower and windows. Mold on walls, ceilings, flooring, and carpets can indicate a larger problem. Even the smallest leak can encourage widespread mold growth that can be hidden. Mold often does not show on the surface until there has been considerable growth. Crawl spaces, behind leaking toilets or appliances, basements, and near water pipes are popular areas for this type of mold colonies.
If as a homeowner, you are fairly certain that the mold is recent, and it has an obvious water source--such as mold on a shower wall, it could definitely be a DIY project. If you are not certain where the mold is getting its moisture, or you think there be the possibility of hidden mold growth, then you should have a mold inspection. The most common contact is a restoration company. They have the equipment and technology used to measure air quality and can determine whether you need a full inspection.
Mold in the carpet or along the bottom of the drywall should always be checked out as this indicates a water leak problem. Also, a damp carpet raises the humidity of the entire area, so mold spreads quickly.
Regular maintenance and improvements can help you maintain your home's value. If your home as structural or maintenance issues, then of course they should be the priority. Some repairs can be tackled by the homeowner. Others such as roofing, plumbing, mold removal or structural problems should be completed by a professional.
Choosing local business owners can help you avoid getting scammed. This also supports your local community. Consulting the Better Business Bureau can also help you identify companies that may have raised "red flags" for your neighbors.
However, the small personal improvements to your home make the best do-it-yourself projects.They may not be necessary, but a new look can not only improve your home's resale value, it can also lift your spirits. We all need a bit of a reboot now and then. Some simple changes to your home can help it reflect who you are and what you enjoy.
Here are four inexpensive and simple ways to update your home.
1. Update your entry way - It is easy to forget about the impact of our front door. Although we tend to take it for granted. It is the first element that your guests see, so an easy way to make your home more inviting is to replace the front door or give it a fresh coat of paint. No time to paint? A wreath or other design element can lift your spirits and welcome your guests to your home.
● Paint a room a new color - Repainting a room or adding an accent wall is a quick way to update a room. A neutral room could get a pop of color. The blended neutrals that are popular for 2018 could refresh a darker room.
● Refresh your landscaping - Trim and tidy any landscaping at the front of your home, particularly the areas leading up to your door. Adding perennial flowers can add color without a lot of maintenance. Filling in with some fast growing annuals can increase the curb appeal of your home. When adding bushes or trees, be sure and check the size of the mature plant, and plan accordingly.
● Replace small design elements in the kitchen and bathroom - A bathroom or kitchen remodel can add value, but is usually very expensive. Consider swapping out the hardware on cupboards and drawers to reflect your taste in textures and colors. Replacing counters can be daunting, try adding or changing the tile on a back splash to update a room without breaking the bank. Updated light fixtures are much less expensive than you might think--and they can change the look of a room dramatically.
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