Monthly Archives: February 2011

Why Now is the Right Time for Green Home Remodeling

Going green is an uber-popular trend these days, and nothing says eco-friendly and trendy than green home remodeling. In addition to saving the Earth and showing people that you’re “hippie-luxe” and savvy when it comes to home improvements, green kitchen renovations and other energy-saving upgrades will save you money for years to come. Additionally, you’ll also be surprised to see that you might begin to save money immediately – by finding money in places you couldn’t have imagined before!

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Types of Mold and How To Eliminate Them Safely From Your Home

Believe it or not, there are thousands of types of mold that are classified into three groups based on its affect on people: Allergenic, pathogenic, and toxigenic. Your concern on what kind of mold you are being exposed to can be best evaluated by the factors and your personal sensitivity to mold.

Allergenic Molds: This type of mold usually affects those with mold allergies or asthma. Those with these type of allergies must constantly stay persistent with keeping mold out of their homes. People who are regularly exposed to mold can develop allergies, so mold growth must be eliminated as much as possible.

Pathogenic Molds: Pathogenic molds main target is the lungs. Even though  people with healthy immune systems don’t develop infections from these type of molds, it is a big concern with those with compromised systems.

Toxigenic Molds: These types of mold can cause health problems such as allergic responses and even infections in anybody. Toxic molds within a home can cause serious health conditions such as pulmonary hemorrhage, or even memory loss.

How to Eliminate Mold Safely

Here are some quick facts to eliminate mold safely.

  • Eliminate sources of food and reduce habitat humidity.
  • Fix leaks and condensation sources. Add dehumidifiers in damp areas to avoid mold growth.
  • Tend to moisture problems in roofs or basements. Fresh air and sunlight will naturally kill mold.
  • If you have small mold problems, mix 2 teaspoons or white distilled vinegar or tea tree oil with 2 cups water in a spray bottle. Spray it on the mold and do not rinse. Vinegar will kill most mold spores and tea tree oil is a fungicide.
  • Do not keep up large amounts of mold if you have more than 10 square feet of mold. Cleaning up mold can be dangerous, especially if its black or greenish-black. Hire a contractor who can clean it for you.

Household Mold: How to Break It

Even though you are living green and mold is considered ‘all-natural,’ mold can easily affect you and your family’s well-being, especially if you are often exposed to it in your home. Mold comes in an array of colors and can be recognized by its earthy and musty smell. Symptoms of mold exposure can range from mild stuffiness, asthma, to even depression. We will tell you the common sense tips to use to beat dangerous household mold, and keep it from growing in your home.

What mold requires food, water and habitat in order to survive. Here are the ways to fix the problem of mold growth.

Food: Mold needs food for nutrients to grow. Nutrients are natural and not inert materials like metal. Mold is unlikely to grow on condensation on a porcelain toilet, but when it drips on a wooden floor, mold growth will happen.

How to Fix It: Mold nutrition can be found in damp wood, paper, carpet, textiles, plastics, skin oils, carpentry materials such as wallboard, and foods such as vegetables and grains.

Water: Mold loves water. Fixing leaks and use dehumidifiers to eliminate condensation sources. If you commonly have damp basements, consider a floor seal to prevent condensation and mold growth.

How to Fix It: Mold’s source of moisture include leaky pipes, damp basements, floods, houseplants, humidity, condensation, leaks, poor ventilation, damp cloths, refrigerators, and spills.

Habitat: Mold spores can reproduce and survive in high humidity from anywhere between 40 to 130 degrees.

How to Fix It: Consider buying a hygrometer to monitor humidity levels in your home. Try to maintain 30 to 55% humidity to prevent mold growth.

Bamboo Floors – Not Just for Pandas Anymore

Bamboo wood flooring is an excellent and sustainable choice for commercial businesses who wish to give their office a facelift. Measured 25 percent harder than maple and oak hardwood floors, bamboo plank flooring is an eco-friendly option outfitted with tight grain and uniform coloring, giving the material a distinctive appearance. Owners of bamboo flooring often find this type of flooring naturally beautiful and design-friendly, as it comes in several color options to complement the overall aesthetic appeal.

Bamboo plank floors are available in two categories, regular and strand. Regular bamboo wood floors are durable and beautiful. They’re usually installed in residential homes. However, some owners prefer strand woven bamboo plank floors for their increased resistance against pets and children. (more…)

Green Home Remodeling: Best Home Renovations for Consideration

Green home remodeling has experienced a rise in popularity across the region as many homeowners and commercial property investors seek to improve the appearance and durability of their property structures. I’ve come to truly understand why as well. Green renovations such as bamboo flooring or implementation of alternative wind energy usage provide long-lasting and favorable enhancements to properties that are sustainable, trendy and eco-friendly. Additionally, earth-friendly renovation and remodeling costs have begun to drop as more green contractors become available on the market. (more…)