Have I mentioned that my husband works in homeowners insurance? (He actually has worked in auto and flood insurance, as well, but the homeowners is his true love, and he’s pretty durn good at it!) So over the years I’ve learned a bit about the really BAD things that can make or break your homeowner experience. One of those? MOLD.
Now, water damage can come from a wide variety of sources in human living spaces, and when it does it requires an immediate response to avoid further damage and deterioration. Water that has escaped from pipes due to plumbing conditions can present different issues depending on where it came from. Each type of problem will need its own specific solution.
Water that has escaped from the intake lines is generally pretty clean and the most important thing to do will be to control the escaping water and keep it from soaking into the home. If the water comes from the pipes leaving your home, the problem is very different.
Some of you may remember that my hubby works in homeowners insurance. He also has a background in flood insurance, and is currently working some claims from the recent Category 4 (just a few miles per hour away from a 5!) Hurricane Michael, which made landfall in Mexico Beach, Florida, earlier this month. So, when the guy tells you he knows a thing or two about mold…he knows a thing or two about mold!
Since Fall is now underway, most of us are doing the thorough house-cleaning that comes with a new season. (Or a new set of decor, if you’re like me!) If during that cleaning, you encounter the dreaded black or similar stains on your walls, you may rightfully be worried – you’ve found mold in your home.
However, as my husband, and experts from Emergency Home Solutions of Orange County claim, the situation may not be as serious as you might think.
In fact, most things you read online can be attributed to overzealous mold removal companies trying to sell you their services. Even though mold can be a problem, it may not be a cause for alarm just yet. Here are some useful things to know!
I have a love/hate relationship with August. The reason for that is, here in Florida, it is probably the hottest month out of the year. But every once in a while, toward the end of August, you get a day that just might feel a tad bit like Fall! So, I’ll be bearing with the heat, in hopes that one morning, I might walk outside and find that Fall has almost arrived!
But until then…let’s take a look at the top 5 posts here on the blog in the month of JULY!
Last year, we thought we had a BIG problem. We started noticing a lot of discoloration in the grout of our Master Bathroom’s large step-down shower. I’m a worst-case scenario kinda girl, and it took no time at all for me to have visions of all the nasty things that could be growing behind that tile! Before I knew it, I was certain the entire house would be condemned!
Thankfully, all we ended up having to do was have our shower re-grouted, and there was nothing monster-ish found. WHEW! But we learned a lot in the process!
So when Naveed Latif contacted me with a post about black mold, I thought it was quite important – we all need to know what to look out for in order to best protect our family, right? Here’s what she had to say, from a basement perspective! (But really, this goes for any damp area in your home!)
When your basement gets damp, conditions are ideal for the growth of dangerous black mold. You may be tempted to try to remove the mold yourself, but is that really a good idea? Black mold is very toxic, and its presence can pose serious health and safety risks to your home and your family. Left alone, it can cause major problems very quickly. The question here isn’t “CAN you remove the mold yourself”, it’s “SHOULD you remove the mold yourself”. Yes, you can remove black mold yourself. Should you? That depends on whether you are willing to take the necessary safety precautions to do it safely.
I love to clean. I really do. And I love the end result. But one of my favorite things to have nice and squeaky-clean is the oversized step-down tile shower in our Master Bathroom.
But it’s no easy thing to clean. All the tile, all the grout. It has the potential to get really gross if I don’t keep a handle on it, that’s for sure. And I’ve just been using a bleach bathroom cleaner to do so.
But then the other day I breathed in too much of that cleaner and had a nice little coughing fit. It took me about 10 minutes to regain normal breathing capability. And I’ve gotta be honest, it kinda scared me a little bit!
So when blogger Pheeby Snow contacted me about an article on eco mold and mildew cleaning products, I certainly wanted to know more, and I wanted to share the info with all of you! So, here’s Pheeby!
Cleaning is a time-consuming activity and it might be quite tiresome, yet it is important not only for the pleasant appearance of your home, but also for your health. This is why it needs to be done regularly and taken quite seriously. I am utterly convinced that everyone has faced the challenge to remove mold and mildew from his or her home. And I say challenge, since these filthy fungi are really difficult to cope with. In the following text I am going to discuss several types of cleaning products and more particularly the most ecologically-friendly ones.