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Stopping Water Damage The Right Way

Nobody wants to have to renovate their bathroom or kitchen because of water damage, but it happens quite often. Fortunately for you, you don’t have to let this happen to you in most circumstances if the property isn’t water damaged before you move into it. As long as you maintain your bathroom and kitchen correctly, you shouldn’t end up having these issues at all. They don’t require a lot of daily maintenance to keep in good shape and it’s not hard to keep up with. Most of the time, it ends up being a matter of keeping the room tidied up or casually inspecting for damages.

The floor of the room should be the primary concern, whether you’re talking about the kitchen or the bathroom. This is the structure that supports the rest of the room, so if you don’t take care of it, you’re really not doing any good. If you can’t bounce up and down on your toes without shaking the room, there’s already a problem there. Check the tile for cracks around the base of the tub, toilet, and sink, because these are the most likely places that they would be. Cracks in vinyl flooring would also appear in this area. Any grout or caulking should also be solid and not cracked or missing anywhere.

The ceiling is also a delicate area to pay attention to, especially if there isn’t a ventilation fan installed in it. Most kitchens come with a range hood that can be turned on with a switch to ventilate the room, but many bathrooms in older homes simply don’t have that vent there. This is common in old homes that have the bathroom in the center of the house. These bathrooms are extremely prone to water damage and even moreso if they don’t have an exterior window that can vent air to the outside.

The interior of the cabinets in the kitchen and the bathroom should also be covered in a laminate material to help prevent water from seeping into the wood underneath. If you don’t do this, the wood under the sink will eventually rot out and will have to be replaced. If you don’t replace it quickly enough, the water will continue to seep down to the floor and it will cause even more expensive problems there.

It’s also incredibly important to not let water stand on the floor for any period of time in either room. This is a big reason many kitchens make use of rugs; they can be removed if something is spilled on them and they stop water from staying on the floor for a long period of time.

What To Eat To Help With Hair Loss

As you get older your body goes through many different changes and believe it or not, your hair isn’t any different. Most people aren’t aware of the fact that their hair grows in cycles. Some hair follicles are in a growing stage, others are in a resting stage. Hair loss happens with a larger portion of your hair follicles are in resting stage.

There are a few main reasons that people lose their hair; let’s cover them.

Stress is by far the biggest factor in hair loss and it’s followed by iron deficiency, then by hormones. This is why many people start losing their hair in their middle age: menopause is a big factor for women, but andropause also exists for men.

When you make it a point to eat a healthier diet, you will notice that your hair is shinier, fuller, and seems to be much more full of life than it is when you eat a poor diet.

A balanced diet includes all of the different food groups, but isn’t necessary “balanced” in terms of how much of each food group you consume. Here are a few examples of foods that can be considered “super” for hair.

Nuts, such as walnuts, are great for retaining your hair. Your hair breaks more easily if you don’t have enough essential oils in your body, so nuts can greatly help here.

Spinach is another food that’s great to eat, because it’s high in iron. It’s rich in other vitamins and minerals, also, so it’s a great asset in the fight against hair loss.

Magnesium rich foods such as fish are helpful, as well. Other foods that are rich in magnesium are dark leafy greens, seeds, beans, yogurt, and dark chocolate. A large portion of people in the United States are magnesium deficient, so if your hair is falling out, it’s highly probable that you are, too!

Carrots are high in vitamin A, which can help with hair growth, as long as you don’t eat too much of it. Too much vitamin A can actually cause hair loss!

Chinese cabbage or bok choy is one of those leafy greens we talked about earlier. It’s rich in iron.

Greek yogurt is not only good to eat for your hair, but it’s also commonly used as a hair mask ingredient for hair growth.

Last, but not least, there are eggs. Whole eggs are a great source of vitamin D, which your hair must have to grow.

If you try the food solution for 6 months without any significant changes, you may want to investigate this product since it helped me personally. I had amazing results over an 18 month period. It’s not fast, but it does work, or at least worked for me personally.

The Best Egyptian Cotton Sheets: What Does That Mean?

Everyone knows that Egyptian cotton sheets are the best on the market, but most people don’t know what makes Egyptian cotton or why it’s as prices and as pricey as it is. To understand why you’re paying so much for those sheets, you have to understand where they come from and what that means for the feel and quality of the sheets. When you understand those things, you’ll have a greater appreciation for why you’re spending several hundred dollars for each set of sheets you buy. It’s well worth the cost.

The cotton that makes up an Egyptian cotton sheet comes from the species Gossypium Barbadense. You might also hear it called extra long staple cotton. This species of cotton has been cultivated over years to create fibers that are fine, long, soft, and strong. What’s interesting about that is this is the same cotton species used to make Pima cotton sheets.

Egyptian cotton in the way we think of sheets is grown in Egypt on the banks of the Nile river, where the climate creates the perfect environment to maximize the great qualities of this cotton. It’s good to note here that not all the cotton grown in Egypt is Egyptian cotton.

Fibers are the basis of great sheets, and the ones grown in the specific environment required for Egyptian cotton have the longest fibers. They are softer and stronger than other fibers as well. This creates a tightly woven, high thread count sheet that feels beautiful against the skin.

There are two kinds of Egyptian cotton sheets you can pick from, percale and sateen. Which one you choose is less a matter of quality and more about taste. Those that prefer fabrics like fleece and microfiber will want percale. These are given a flat, standard weave. To your skin, there’s almost no texture to the sheets.

These are the fluffy, soft sheets you think of when you see those cloudy fabric softener commercials. Sateen sheets are very soft, but in a different way. They are woven in much the same way satin is. Kinks are put into the fibers so they can be woven around filler thread. This creates a more delicate softness, closer to satin. These are for people who want the texture closer to silk sheets with the breathability and durability of cotton.

There are a few things to note about these great sheets. High thread count Egyptian cotton sheets will need to be ironed. Because of the high thread count, they wrinkle more easily.

A hand steamer will also do the job, and it’s a faster option that’s nicer to your sheets. Don’t use fabric softener with your Egyptian cotton sheets. It’ll cause a build-up in the sheets that’s less than pleasant.

For the same effect without the build-up, just toss the sheets in the dryer on low, gentle heat with a couple of tennis balls. It’s good to note that this will save you some money over the life of these expensive sheets. If you’re going to spend the money, take good care of them.

Spray Foam Insulation Clarksville Tn

There is a large focus on the amount of energy we use. Hybrid cars have never been more popular, and cities are spending millions of dollars to improve public transit options. That energy conscious attitude is moving into the home too. LED light bulbs offer thousands of hours of light for a fraction of the energy usage you’d have with a standard incandescent bulb. If you live in an area that is particularly hot or cold at some point during the year, energy costs are on your mind in terms of temperature control in your home.

It’s no secret that the better your insulation is, the lower your heating and cooling costs are going to be. There’s a lot of competition with insulation, and the standard has been those pink rolls of fiberglass insulation. Much like with the other innovations listed, things have moved forward. Spray foam insulation has taken hold, especially in southern cities like Clarksville, TN.

Spray polyurethane foams, or SPFs, offer an alternative to standard insulation. The most obvious benefit of this type of insulation is that it provides an air tight seal in non-standard or complex areas. They are especially good for roofs because of that additional coverage. Spray foam insulation works in both new construction and older buildings, so it’s never too late to take advantage.

Air infiltration is sneaky, and it’s responsible for up to 40% of your home’s energy loss. Gaps and drafty spaces allow air to come in and to escape, running up your energy bill and enlarging your footprint. Spray foam insulation gets into spaces where standard insulation doesn’t and it provides a more air tight barrier against air infiltration. If you’re near Clarksville, TN or you’d just like to see some pictures and read more about the benefits of spray foam insulation, take a look at http://sprayfoaminsulationclarksvilletn.com.

Once air infiltration is taken care of, you’ll see other benefits too. If someone in your house suffers from allergies or sinus problems, you’ve likely got some air filters installed. When your home was not air tight, these filters were working overtime. Now that your home is better insulated, you’ll find that your air filters work much better, and the quality of the air inside our home is drastically improved. While you’re breathing easy, you’ll also notice that it’s quieter inside, since the noise from outside is muffled because of your amazing new insulation.

This foam insulation doesn’t deteriorate or break down like that fluffy batting you’re used to. This is a long term investment in your home, your comfort, and the health of your family as well as a nifty way to bring down those high energy bills.

What’s The Most Common Mold Found in Homes And Businesses?

mold-remediation-orlandoI’ve been asked this particular question too many times and decided to give the needed information, not from myself, but other experts so that it’s not just my opinion. These professionals who are giving the information who work and help people just like yourself and I rid themselves of mold, the potential health risk and damage to our homes and businesses.

I have already had a run in with mold in a home that was literally trying to kill me. It took some time, but the problem was eventually figured out, after a load of immue system failures and constant illness for over two years.

So let’s dig in and see what we can learn about the most common household mold infestations and how common they are.

Common Mold Types Found in Homes and Their Hazard Classes

Hazard Classes of Indoor Mold

In some countries indoor fungi have been grouped into 3 hazard classes based on associated health risk. These classes are similar to risk groups assigned to microorganisms handled in laboratory environments.Black Mold Spores

  • Hazard Class A: includes fungi or their metabolic products that are highly hazardous    to health. These fungi or metabolites should not be present in occupied dwellings. Presence of these fungi in occupied buildings requires immediate attention.
  • Hazard class B: includes those fungi which may cause allergic reactions to occupants if present indoors over a long period.
  • Hazard Class C: includes fungi not known to be a hazard to health. Growth of these fungi indoors, however, may cause economic damage and therefore should not be allowed.

Molds commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms

  • Cladosporium cladosporioides (hazard class B)
  • Cladosporium sphaerospermum (hazard class C)
  • Ulocladium botrytis (hazard class C)
  • Chaetomium globosum (hazard class C)
  • Aspergillus fumigatus (hazard class A)

Molds commonly found on wallpapers

  • Cladosporium sphaerospermum
  • Chaetomium spp., particularly Chaetomium globosum
  • Doratomyces spp (no information on hazard classification)
  • Fusarium spp (hazard class A)
  • Stachybotrys chartarum, commonly called ‘black mold‘ (hazard class A)
  • Trichoderma spp (hazard class B)
  • Scopulariopsis spp (hazard class B)

Molds commonly found on mattresses and carpets

  • Penicillium spp., especially Penicillium chrysogenum (hazard class B) and Penicillium aurantiogriseum (hazard class B)
  • Aspergillus versicolor (hazard class A)
  • Aureobasidium pullulans (hazard class B)
  • Aspergillus repens (no information on hazard classification)
  • Wallemia sebi (hazard class C)
  • Chaetomium spp., particularly Chaetomium globosum
  • Scopulariopsis spp.

Molds commonly found on window frames

  • Aureobasidium pullulans
  • Cladosporium sphaerospermum
  • Ulocladium spp.

Molds commonly found in basement (cellars)

  • Aspergillus versicolor
  • Aspergillus fumigatus
  • Fusarium spp.

Molds commonly found in flower pot soil

  • Aspergillus flavus (hazard class A)

..via Most Common Types of Mold Found in Homes & Businesses

The following video explain well how dangerous mold in the home or a business can be to the occupants. I would suggest watching the video in it’s entirety because of the additional information in this video and what the Department of Defence, CDC and WHO have to say about the threat of mold in the home.

Most experts in the field suggest that 20 to 25% of all US homes are infested with an unhealthy level of mold growing in their walls, attics, under sinks and vanities, around leaking plumbing and other hotspots for mold to start colonizing.

 

It’s not just the homes that are in trouble, but aging public buildings and school along with the same amount of commercial real estate feeling the pain of mold these days.

Here is an example of a recent school that was shut down due to mold infestations within that building.

 

Granville County Schools said it became aware of a moisture problem last week and professional tests showed the presence of mold spores in several areas of the school where first and second graders have class.

Stand Winborne with Granville County Schools said mold growth in certain parts of the school was “extensive.”

Professional cleaning crews were brought into help remove the mold.

“They came in with specialized equipment and cleaned surfaces of every object in the room as well as air filtration systems,” Winborne said.

The district said the classroom areas are now clean and safe.

Crews are cleaning the cafeteria this weekend where air scrubbers continue to filter the air.

..via Crews work to remove mold from Granville Co. elementary school ..

It’s a very widespread problem and hundreds, if not thousands of different molds could be growing in your home right now and you wouldn’t even know it’s there in most cases.

You don’t have to see it to have it. It can grow inside walls, inside ac and heating duct work, venting, under cabinets, shower stalls and tub enclosures.

Anywhere you have a potential for moisture, you can bet mold is taking up abode there.

 

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