Removing Mold from Your Home Shouldn’t Be a DIY Project

Mold is never fun. When you spot mold in your home, your first reaction is usually to get rid of it immediately. There are so many questions regarding health and safety in the presence of mold that prompt you to want to get rid of it after the first glance. However, the price of mold removal is not inexpensive, which causes you to consider doing it yourself. You are not alone in the desire to remove mold from your home without professional help, but you need to keep in mind that mold removal at the do-it-yourself level is not necessarily a good idea.

The Most Important Reasons Against the DIY Way

There are several different reasons why it’s not a good idea to get rid of mold by yourself. The first is that some forms of mold are dangerous. Those who suffer from allergies and asthma are particularly susceptible to the dangers of mold, which can cause a number of health problems. However, it is not only the people who suffer from breathing problems who become sick from exposure to mold spores. Calling a professional is much better for your health than attempting to remove mold by yourself.

Mold removal specialists have the equipment necessary to remove mold from your home for good. Mold specialists have fans and special equipment that dry spaces completely so that mold cannot grow there. Sometimes when you do it yourself, you don’t get your home as dry as it needs to be to actually kill the mold, meaning your own cleaning is only temporary.

Mold specialists can find the cause of the mold problem. If you take the time to think about it, all mold problems have to start somewhere and for some reason. If your home is overrun with mold, a specialist can figure out what the cause of the problem is and treat that so it doesn’t come back to haunt you after you think the mold in your home is gone.

While it is true that you can use a mixture of bleach and water to remove mold, it is not a permanent solution, and most of the time it isn’t a good one. On porous surfaces, water seeps into the surface and feeds the mold spores while the bleach sits on top of the surface. This makes mold much worse in the long run. Mold removal specialists have specialized equipment that is designed to get rid of mold in porous surfaces as well as everywhere else. Bleach only kills mold on the surface; it does not get rid of it.

The Costs?

The cost of mold removal depends on the size and location. For removal from your average crawlspace, the price is anywhere between $500 and $4,000. Duct, wall, and attic mold removal increases the price to between $2,000 and $6,000. If your mold caused damage to your entire home, the cost of removal is anywhere between $10,000 and $30,000.

Mold removal is not inexpensive, but sometimes it is covered by your homeowner’s insurance. If the mold in your home is caused by another reason, such as a broken pipe or a flood, your insurance policy will likely cover the cost of the removal.

To further help, the cost of mold removal is a tax deduction. As it stands, mold removal falls into the category of home improvements that protect the investment of your home, which is tax deductible. The total amount you pay to have mold removed for your home is deductible at the end of the year as a business expense, if you use your home for business purposes, or a personal expense as an improvement to your home. If you have to purchase additional materials after the mold is removed to replace walls or trim, the cost of those is also deductible.

Helen Marino is working with a Long Island mold removal company whose technicians have seen many failed attempts at removing mold at the DIY level. It is possible sometimes, but most of the time the affected area is too big and requires professional treatment, especially having in mind the health risks of inhaling mold spores, and the real possibility that it won’t be done properly, which can easily make the problem worse.

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Feng Shui Tips – Decide the Right Place for Your Bathroom Using Feng Shui

Feng shui is the art of achieving balance in any given space to attract wonderful fortune and a life of happiness for those who inhabit that space. Feng shui is very popular among home owners, especially when it comes time to planning, decorating or renovating their homes. Feng shui is thought to assist in bringing peace and a sense of quiet to negative life aspects as well as bring wealth and fortune in some instances. However, the bathroom is a particularly challenging room when it comes to feng shui, indeed it is more a matter of how to balance the negative aspect of bathrooms with feng shui than anything else. To ensure your home is balanced and achieves perpetual harmony consider some of the following tips when deciding where to place your bathroom.

Bathrooms in the Centre

When it comes to feng shui, a bathroom that is positioned in the centre of the home is considered less than favourable. Indeed, centre bathrooms are labeled as having bad feng shui and this position should be avoided where possible. If you’re lucky enough to be at the planning stage of your home’s layout, then avoid placing your bathroom in the centre location. If on the other hand your bathroom is already in the centre all is not lost. You could move the bathroom if you’re undertaking full renovations or you can use feng shui to counteract the issues.

Because the centre of the home is likened to the home’s heart, it is here that all the energy of the home flows. Therefore, it’s imperative that your centre bathroom is kept free of clutter and maintained in a clean state every day. That way, all the energy within the home can flow more freely rather than becoming caught and stagnating within a dirty and cluttered bathroom. Keeping the interior of the bathroom light and bright will also improve the energy by way of reflecting positive energy.

Southwest Bathrooms

Relationships, love and marriage is what the southwest area of your home represents in terms of feng shui. So if your bathroom is positioned in this area you could very well be experiencing problems with your close relationships. Southwest bathrooms are not the perfect bathroom position but you can take steps to ensure your love life and friendships are not badly affected if this is where your bathroom is placed. When decorating your bathroom think about colours and accessories that represent feelings of love such as deep rich red colours, candles and even an image hung on the wall of two people in love can be helpful. A southeast bathroom position is to be avoided as this area represents wealth and the last thing anyone wants to do is flush their wealth away or watch it ‘go down the drain’.

West and Northwest Bathrooms

The west and northwest areas of the home are associated with the element of metal. The problem with bathrooms and metal is that water weakens metal. So to counteract the weakening effect it’s important to give strength to the metal and attempt to weaken the water element. Colours such as metallic grey, white or those that represent earthly tones such as sand and yellow, are excellent ways to support the metal element. Try to avoid placing too many mirrors in the bathroom and opt for framed or bevelled edged mirrors as your first choice.

Bathrooms can be quite a challenging aspect of feng shui when it comes to positioning, but they have an essential role to play in our daily lives so must simply be managed as best as possible. The best thing to do is use the power of feng shui to combat the negative effects that bathrooms can bring to the energy in your life. Remember, wherever your bathroom is positioned, always keep it squeaky clean and tidy to ensure positive energy flows throughout your home.

Tauseef Hussain is a media blogger and writes for QS Shower Quadrants, the on-line store for designer bathrooms. You can follow him on Twitter @usef4u

Indicators of a Leaky Pipe or Burst Water Main

You may not be a plumber but you need to realize when it is time to call one. Most times if you have a leaking pipe or burst water main there are signs warning you that it is time to call a plumber.

1. Odor

When water is leaking into a dwelling it will begin to smell musty. Perhaps lately you have done all you could but there is a musty or moldy smell that you haven’t been able to eliminate. This is one of the tell-tale signs of a potential leaky pipe or burst water main. As water settles and dries there is a looming odor. If you smell this type of odor it is time to call someone out to take a look around. Most plumbers can locate even the smallest of leaks much faster than a home owner can.

2. Unexplained Illness

Now this doesn’t mean that if you get a cold you have a leaking pipe. Settling water, mold, and mildew can significantly affect the health of your family. Allergies and other illnesses can be caused by settling water. If you notice that your family members are having a variety of new symptoms, especially those that involving breathing issues, call a plumber and have them take a look around.

3. Pooling Water

If you see unexplained water under the sink, in the basement, on a floor, or even in the yard this could be a sign of a serious problem. It could be that you have a leaky pipe or even worse a burst water main. Either way, finding water is a clear sign that it is time to call in a professional.

4. Water Marks

Sometimes you don’t see the water. Leaking pipes can be tucked away in areas that you may not see right away. If you see an unexplained spot on a floor or ceiling or even on a wall for that matter, there has been a water leak there at some point. Seeing a new spot may be an indication of a current or reoccurring problem. It is imperative that you call in someone to check it out.

5. Unexplained Spike in Your Water Usage

Your water bill is a good way to gauge if you have a water leak or not. A steady increase in your bill month after month without explanation can indicate a slow and steady leak. A huge, unexplained spike in your bill can indicate a more serious problem. Any significant change in your water bill should be a red flag to a more serious problem.

The Importance of Addressing the Problem Early On

Water leaks can do some serious damage. They not only create weakness in the surfaces that they saturate but they also allow for mold and mildew to build up in the walls and ceilings of your home. These conditions can destroy your home and can make your family ill. Water leaks don’t go away on their own and for the most part just continue to get worse with time. This makes the problems more devastating and the repairs and clean up a lot more costly and time consuming.

What to Do if You Think You Have a Water Leak

If you experience any of the indicators listed above, or simply think you might have a water leak, call a professional plumber in right away. Clearfirst Water Burst Mains can help you locate that leaking pipe in your home and help you to get it resolved before it becomes a life altering problem.

Daniel works for Clearfirst Water Main Replacement, which offer quality water replacement services in UK.