This is a very common issue in the Pacific Northwest. I thought this was great advice for prevention of mold.
How to Kill and Prevent Bathroom Mold
By: Deborah R. Huso
Got bathroom mold on your ceiling? Here’s how to get rid of it and prevent future infestations, too.
If you’ve never experienced bathroom mold, perhaps you aren’t looking deep enough into the corners of your bathroom.
It’s one of the most common problems in any house; it’s also one of the easiest to prevent and cure — as long as you haven’t let it get out of hand.
“Bathroom mold occurs primarily because mold loves damp, dark, isolated spaces,” says Larry Vetter of Vetter Environmental Services in Smithtown, N.Y. “Typically, a bathtub, shower, or entire bathroom remains damp enough for mold growth just from showering or bathing.”
Common Causes of Bathroom Mold
Lingering moisture caused by lack of ventilation
Leaky toilets, sinks, and plumbing pipes
Damp cellulose materials such as rugs, paper products, wood, wallpaper, grout, drywall, and fabric
So how do you know if you have a mold problem? Matt Cinelli, owner/operator of AERC Removals in North Attleboro, Mass., says, “If you can see it or smell it, you’ve got it.”
Finding the Mold in Your Bathroom
Bathroom mold isn’t always obvious. Check out hidden areas, such as under sinks, access doors to shower and bath fixtures, around exhaust fans, even in crawl spaces and basements underneath bathrooms.
“It could be starting in the bathroom but actually forming in another room,” says Cinelli, adding that lack of proper ventilation is the biggest culprit for mold growth.
The best defense is preventing mold from occurring in the first place. Yashira Feliciano, director of housekeeping for Conrad Conado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, offers the following tips for keeping mold out of your bathroom:
Use your bathroom ventilation fan when you shower or bathe, and leave it on for 30 minutes following the end of your bath; if you don’t have an exhaust fan, install one.
Keep household humidity levels below 50%; an air conditioner or dehumidifier can help.
Use a mildew-resistant shower curtain, and wash or replace it frequently.
Don’t keep bottles of shampoo or shower gel, toys, or loofahs in the shower, as they provide places for mold to grow and hide.
Wash your bathroom rugs frequently.
Getting Rid of Mold
What do you do if mold growth is already a problem? As long as the infestation isn’t large, you can take remedial measures yourself:
Strip away and replace any caulking or sealant that has mold growth.
Clean your bathroom with mold-killing products, such as bleach, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide.
Open windows and doors while cleaning to provide fresh air and help dry out the mold.
If you have a problem area bigger than 10 square feet, refer to guidelines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or call in a professional.
“When you see it creeping into walls and insulation, you need a professional,” says Cinelli, who notes that tearing out walls (which may be necessary for a big problem) can release mold spores into the rest of the house and create an even bigger issue.
“The idea is to kill it and then remove it,” he says. “And the most important thing is to figure out why you have it before you clean it up.”
6 Unexpected Places Mold Can Hide in Your Home
What’s the No. 1 Thing People Want in Their Bathroom?
Read more: http://members.houselogic.com/articles/bathroom-mold/preview/#ixzz3cmyvHuz6
Follow us: @HouseLogic on Twitter | HouseLogic on Facebook
The Top 10 Features for New Homes
The outdoor kitchen and two-story foyers are starting to lose favor among new home shoppers, while energy efficiency and bigger closets are gaining in popularity, according to a new survey from the National Association of Home Builders. NAHB asked builders to rank home features from 1 to 5 on how likely they were to include them this year in single-family homes they build this year.
An increased interest in energy efficiency is decreasing interest in two-story foyers and rooms, Rose Quint, NAHB’s assistant vice president for survey research, told MarketWatch. "Consumers consider those spaces to be energy inefficient," she says.
Here are some of the least likely features that builders say they will include in new homes this year:
- Outdoor kitchen (cooking, refrigeration, and sink)
- Laminate countertops in kitchen
- Outdoor fireplace
- Two-story family room
- Media room
- Two-story foyer
- Walking/jogging trails in community
- Whirlpool in master bathroom
- Carpeting as flooring on main level
On the other hand, these home features, builders say, are most likely to be included in a new home this year:
- Walk-in closet in master bedroom
- Laundry room
- Low-e windows
- Guest room (kitchen-family-room-living room)
- Energy-star rated appliances
- 9-foot ceiling or more on first floor
- Energy-star rated windows
- Programmable thermostat
- Two-car garage
- Granite countertop in kitchen
Source: "Whirlpool Bathtubs are Losing Out in New Homes," MarketWatch (April 2, 2015)
Reprinted from REALTOR® Magazine Online, April 16, 2015, with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved.
Reposted from REALTOR® Magazine Online
By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon
If you want to make your remodel project shine, finalize your lighting design before you select paint and carpet colors. The light you choose to illuminate tasks or set the mood will change the way you see color throughout the room. The Robin’s Egg Blue you picked could look like Paris at Sunset under some kinds of light. It’s all determined by the way light and colors interact. “People have to understand that the color of an object won’t look the same 24 hours a day,” says lighting designer Joseph Rey-Barreau. “I just had bamboo flooring installed throughout my house, and during the day it looks totally different than it looks at night.” The way we “see” color primarily depends on two things:
1. The light that an object absorbs. Black absorbs all colors; white absorbs none; blue absorbs red.
2. How the light source works. Natural light (sunlight) changes throughout the day and is affected by a room’s location. Artificial light changes with the type of bulb you use.
How Sunlight Affects Colors – As the amount and angle of the sun changes, so will your room colors. “Natural light should always be considered when choosing color for a space,” says Sarah Cole of the Farrow & Ball paint company.
North-facing rooms: Light in these rooms is cool and bluish. Bolder colors show up better than muted colors; lighter colors will look subdued. “Use strong colors and embrace what nature has given,” says Cole.
South-facing rooms: Lots of high-in-the-sky light brings out the best in cool and warm colors. Dark colors will look brighter; lighter colors will virtually glow.
East-facing rooms: East light is warm and yellowy before noon, then turns bluer later in the day. These are great rooms for reds, oranges and yellows.
West-facing rooms: Evening light in these rooms is beautiful and warm, while scant morning light can produce shadows and make colors look dull.
How Light Bulbs Affect Color – The type of bulb you use can alter the colors in a room, too.
Incandescents: The warm, yellow-amber light of these bulbs will make reds, oranges, and yellows more vivid, while muting blues and greens.
Fluorescents: This flat and cool light enriches blues and greens.
Halogens: These white lights resemble natural light and make all colors look more vivid. Using halogens would make the shift from daylight to artificial light less jarring.
Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs): CFLs can produce either a warm white, neutral, or bluish-white light.
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs): You can buy warmer or cooler LEDs, and even “smart” LED bulbs whose color you can control wirelessly. “You can point to the color of the sky in a picture at sunset and make the light bulb in the house be that same color,” says Rey-Barreau.
Tips for Achieving the Color You Want
• Paint squares of primed drywall with samples of the colors you’re considering, and then move them around the room during the day. Apply at least two coats.
• Evaluate samples of carpet during different daylight conditions.
• Most contractors won’t hang lights before you paint, but you can get a color approximation by placing a bulb you’ll be using in a floor or desk lamp. If you’re hyper-sensitive to color or want a very specific look, ask your electrician to hang the lights, then cover them carefully during painting.
• Remember that natural and artificial light will work together during certain times of day, especially in summer when dusk lasts a long time. Turn on artificial lights even during daylight to see what your colors will look like.
• Paint sheen also affects color. Glossy finishes will reflect light and change the way the color looks, whereas flat finishes are less reflective and allow colors to look truer under bright light.
• Light-colored walls can reflect the colors of bold carpets: A bright blue rug, for instance, can cast a bluish tone on a white wall.
• Read more: http://members.houselogic.com/articles/choosing-paint-colors-how-light-affects-color/preview/#ixzz3Us1Dm8me
Follow us: @HouseLogic on Twitter | HouseLogic on Facebook
• Reprinted from REALTOR® Magazine Online, March 19, 2015, with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved.