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John F. O'Hara
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Mold Cleanup: When to Clean, Dry or Discard

June 23, 2015 2:06 am

Not all damage from flooding takes place while your home is under water. Long after the flood waters have receded, mold and mildew can present serious and ongoing health issues, says FEMA. Mold and mildew can start growing within 24 hours after a flood, and can lurk throughout a home, including the attic, basement and crawl spaces. The best defense is to clean, dry or discard moldy items.

Many materials are prone to developing mold if they remain damp or wet for too long. Start a post-flood cleanup by sorting all items exposed to floodwaters:

• Wood and upholstered furniture and other porous materials can trap mold and may need to be discarded.

• Carpeting presents a problem because drying it does not remove mold spores. Carpets with mold and mildew should be removed.

• Glass, plastic and metal objects and other items made of hardened or nonporous materials can often be cleaned, disinfected and reused.

All flood-dampened surfaces should be cleaned, disinfected and dried as soon as possible. To ensure a safe and effective cleanup, remember:

• Open windows for ventilation and wear rubber gloves and eye protection when cleaning. Consider using a mask (rated N-95 or higher) if heavy concentrations of mold are present.

• Use a non-ammonia soap or detergent to clean all areas and washable items that came in contact with floodwaters.

• Mix one-and-a-half cups of household bleach in one gallon of water and thoroughly rinse and disinfect the area. Never mix bleach with ammonia, as the fumes are toxic.

• Cleaned areas can take several days to dry thoroughly. The use of heat, fans and dehumidifiers can speed up the drying process.

• Check all sources of odor. Mold often hides in the walls or behind wall coverings. Find all mold sources and clean them properly.

• Remove and discard all materials that can’t be cleaned like wallboard, fiberglass and other fibrous goods. Clean the wall studs where wallboard has been removed and allow the area to dry thoroughly before replacing the wallboard.

Source: FEMA.gov

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Want to Up Curb Appeal? Try This

June 23, 2015 2:06 am

Whether looking to improve a home’s curb appeal out of choice or necessity, enhancing the exterior of the house can be easily accomplished with one smart upgrade. Vinyl siding, says Vicki Payne, host of PBS series “For Your Home”, not only looks beautiful, but can boost resale value when it is time to sell. Here’s why.

After winter, wood or fiber cement siding may be swollen, cracked, pitted, peeling or fading, says Payne. These can be signs of freeze/thaw or water damage and the affected areas may need repair or replacement. Vinyl siding is PVC-based, so it does not absorb water, and has a “rainscreening” design that won’t trap water behind the cladding.

Many homeowners choose to repaint wood or fiber cement siding. The finish on vinyl siding retains a freshly painted look for years, eliminating the need to touch up with paint in the future. While there are hundreds of vinyl colors to choose from, consider colors indicative of the architectural style of your home, Payne suggests.

No one wants to be taken by surprise with a costly repair. Nearly 98 percent of the vinyl siding sold in the United States is certified to meet or exceed standards for quality, such as color retention and performance, says Payne. Generally speaking, vinyl siding warranties cover the original owner for a lifetime and 50 years from the date of installation for subsequent owners.

There are also innovations in siding that can actually reduce your energy consumption, adds Payne. Insulated siding wraps your home in continuous insulation, preventing heat or air conditioning from escaping through the studs, so your home stays cool in summer and warm in winter.

If not installed properly, all cladding will be vulnerable to damage over time. Vinyl siding is the only exterior cladding with a certified installer program with validation by an independent, third-party administrator. Certified installers have years of installation experience, knowledge of proper installation techniques consistent with the industry-recognized installation standard, and have passed a rigorous certification exam.

Source: VinylSiding.org

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