Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Most People Forget To Do That Against Musty Smells

Do you love walking in the forest? The open space offers a relaxing environment for the mind, and it takes you away from the car fumes of the urban life. The quiet wanderers can even cross paths with majestic wildlife animals, from nervous squirrels gathering nuts to larger mammals and their families. If you’re an avid bird watcher, you can even spot the Hooded Robin or the Diamond Firetail There’s something else you can notice in the forest: the smell of a damp landscape, the earthy humid smell of decaying wood when you walk past a fallen tree on the ground. In its natural environment, it is almost a pleasant smell as it is surrounded by tons of fresh air. The smell of natural decay is part of the experience of the woodland, from the tree coming back to ashes to the autumnal leaves rotting quietly into oblivion on the dirt path. The mind interprets these odours as a healthy indication of the seasonal transition in the woods. But what happens when they appear in your home? The smell of damp, loamy, earthy must is not something homeowners look forward to. At home, it’s the dreaded smell of mould formation. Before you grab for your trusted bottle of bleach, here’s what you need to do to get rid of mould for good.

Look where the water comes from

The most important thing to remember about the musty odour of mould is that it’s a sure sign of an unhealthy increase in humidity. For instance, if you’ve got old double-glazing windows, the humidity might have got caught between the two sheets of glass over time and might now be spreading around the window. Similarly, a bathroom that lacks an efficient fan system can retain a damp atmosphere even long after you’ve showered. While these issues might be costly to fix, they are, thankfully, easy to spot. It’s a different kettle of fish when you’re trying to track a water leak inside your structure. More often than not, you might notice a weak spot in a mouldy corner where the wallpaper has started to bubble. This can help you to spot the potential location of water within your walls. You might also see slight cracking lines in the corner of a musty room, which are the result of water inside the wall pushing through. Another common sign occurs in the basement if the foundation of the house isn’t not entirely watertight. The presence of flooding in the basement can facilitate the formation of mouldy patches in your home.

Improve air circulation

Not all mould issues are linked to a water leak. If there is no sign of water infiltration, through the insulation, the roof, the wall or even the basement in your home, then it’s fair to say that the damp environment that encourages mouldy patches isn’t a case of weakening structures exposed to water. This is good news because it means that your issues are much easier to sort out. A home that lacks regular ventilation retains the air indoors. Failures to release the H2O you naturally breathe out increases the humidity levels in your home. In other words, the easiest solution is to ventilate your home. It doesn’t mean that you should be looking for a better A/C unit. You can open all your windows for a short while to renew the air inside your home. As simplistic as it might sound, this is by far the best approach for your health and your home. The introduction of a balanced ventilation system, with heat recovery, can help to improve the regular delivery of fresh air to the rooms that are most lived in and to exhaust indoor air from rooms where moisture is generated while maintaining the temperature inside your home.

Fibre materials require special treatment

Fibres furniture, decoration and clothes exposed to mould formation – either directly by displaying mouldy patches or indirectly by being stored within an infected area – can retain an unpleasant smell even after a first clean. There are elements that you will need to consider changing to get rid of the odour, such as buying new custom-made blinds and curtains for your home, as these can be tricky to wash. For carpets and rugs, though,  you can more easily vacuum the affected area and use a mixture of vinegar and warm water, followed by baking soda to get rid of the musty odour. Most DIY shops also sell  dedicated foam carpet shampoo to clean the fibres in depth. However, if the carpet is old, it’s possible that the fibres have been broken down by the presence of mould in the air, and consequently, you will need to consider the purchase of a new carpet.

Musty smells and wood furniture

Wood furniture can develop a musty smell over time, which is common for pieces of furniture in humid rooms or simply vintage units that have been stored away for a long time. Getting rid of unpleasant smells in the wood demands a lot of patience and dedication, and you might have to combine several methods to reach your objective. The easiest way is to wipe the wood clean with a sponge damped with a mixture of vinegar, quality oil wood soap and antifungal detergent. If this doesn’t work, you can place a plastic container with vinegar inside your furniture and let it absorb the smell for a few days.

Reduce mould formation risks

Last, but not least, cleaning a mouldy patch isn’t synonymous with a mould-free home. There is still a risk that it might come back. Consequently, you need to take every precaution to keep a home environment that doesn’t encourage mould formation. If your home is likely to become humid, you might want to add a dehumidifier to control the air humidity in the room and get rid of excess moisture before it leads to issues. Additionally, you need to ensure that you vacuum your home regularly – at least once a week, or twice if you’ve got pets – as dust can provide a welcoming environment for fungus growth.

The bottom line is that a musty smell can happen for a variety of reasons. Not only do you need to identify the underlying cause but you also need to remove the spores from the air, your furniture and your room effectively to prevent them from reappearing. Ultimately; when you can smell it, it’s already too late. So, keep cleaning until the smell goes away.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Home Maintenance Jobs That Just Need Doing

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There are plenty of jobs that you need to do you around the house in order to keep it in a good condition. If you neglect do to do these maintenance jobs, then you can start to have issues with your home and you do not want this to happen. With that in mind, here are some home maintenance jobs that just need doing.

Airing The House

Airing the house is important because other damp can build up and this, in turn, can cause mold to grow. You don’t want this, so be sure to air your house often. You can do this by simply opening the windows for a few hours every day. In the colder months, you are going to want to put the heating on first as this will ensure that the room doesn’t get overly cold and that the hot air helps to push out all of the moisture in the room. If you are struggling with damp, then you should invest in a dehumidifier. This will help to filter the moisture out of the air in your house and help it to be less damp. A dehumidifier is especially good in places that are hard to air such as the garage or loft areas. Whatever you decide, you need to make sure that you are airing your house properly.

Vacuum Cleaning

It is important to vacuum your house often. If you do not, then you will have a build up of dust particles. This means that your house will continue to grow dirtier. However, vacuuming is often not enough. You will also need to dust your house as well. You should make sure that you dust before vacuuming, so that you can get up as much dust as possible. If you do not dust before vacuuming, then you might get all the dirt off the floor, but you are likely leaving dust on the rest of the house. It is best do this often as it will mean that is a far smaller job. If you leave it too long, then you are likely going to find that the longer you leave it, the longer it takes to complete. In order to avoid this, vacuum often.

Clean Gutters

While cleaning your gutters might not be the most interesting or exciting job in the world, it does need doing. You might want to enlist your children or a neighbor to do it for you if you don’t have time, but the important thing is that it gets done. The reason for this is that your gutters will gradually get clogged up with leaves, dirt and other debris throughout the year. This can mean that when it rains, instead of running down your gutters the rainwater can go in through your roof. This can cause all kinds of problems such as water damage and damp. You do not want either of these to happen, so make sure that you clean your gutters out every now and again.


It is entirely normal for a house to need some kind of repairs every now and again. This might be fixing the garage door or doing some leaking shower repairs. Either way, you probably have something that you really need to get around to fixing. You should try to make sure that you get these kinds of jobs done as soon as possible. The longer you leave something, the worse it can get. Something that could have been a simple and easy fix can turn into some far more complicated and expensive. If you do not know how to fix whatever it is that is broken, then you can always call in professional help. You might not have the time, patience or knowledge to fix the problem, so you should rely on professionals to do it for you.

Chimney Cleaned

If you have a chimney, then you need to get it cleaned every so often. This is because, over time leaves, dirt and other debris can fall into your chimney. This, in turn, can start to block it and mean that the smoke from your fireplace isn’t going through. If this is the case, then the smoke will have nowhere else to go but back into your own home. You do not want this to happen, so you need to get your chimney cleaned regularly. You are likely better off hiring a professional as they will have all of the necessary equipment and skills to clean your chimney quickly and easily.

Windows Cleaned

You are going to want to clean both the inside and outside of your windows regularly. This is because over time they will become dirty and you will not be able to see out of them as easily. Dirty windows give a bad impression of your house, and you do not want this. You can hire somebody to clean the outside of your windows every week as they are the ones that are most likely to be the dirtiest. This means that you will need to clean the inside every so often to keep them clean.


Your garden is as much a part of your house as your living room, and it should be treated as such. This means that you will want to spend some time maintaining your garden. This might mean planting new flowers or other plants, or it might mean mowing the grass. If you have flower beds, then you are going to want to make sure that you weed the garden regularly. If you do not, then weeds are going to grow in your garden, and they will ruin the look and feel of your garden. However, gardening should be a fun and relaxing activity, so you can take your time and enjoy yourself. Alternatively, if you do not have time, then you can always hire a gardener to come and look after it for you. Whatever, you decide you need to make sure that your garden is maintained as much as the rest of your house.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Action Stations! Responding To A Water Leak

You come home one day, and there’s a certain change in the physical atmosphere. It's a little humid,
yet it's cold too. You walk further in, and you see cracks, the wallpaper bubbling and flaring off as
well as dark patches. You observe the floor, and you’re confronted with standing pools of water.
A sense of urgency to find out what happened consumes you. It's definitely an internal leak. You
notice the signs of a busted pipe in the plumbing and or walls. So what do you do now? The situation
described may not be entirely what you experience when a water leak takes over your home.
However, the seriousness of the occurrence is going to need the same level of urgency. Your home
is an investment after all, and like a sinking ship, it needs to be salvaged as much as possible and
quickly. First, you need to know the signs of such a leak and then how to respond effectively.

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Signs of weakening

One of the easiest ways to spot a leak is that your wallpaper begins to bubble and separate from
the wall. The other telltale sign is cracking. Cracks in the corners of a room will most likely be
structural issues, but if they appear nearer to the center of the wall, then it's in internal weakening.
This is most likely going to be because a water pipe is running through the wall, is leaking and
being absorbed into the material. Equally, if you sense the floor is a little soft, squishy and much
more lenient to bending, the liquid is being absorbed from somewhere.

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Basement flooding

It's not uncommon for homes to have their water tank housed in the basement rather than the
attic. If you suffer a burst pipe here, because of the location of the tank the home will begin to
flood from the inside out. With haste, contact a company like Slater Pumps that has a selection of
water pumps. Using the pump, you can rapidly shift the water from the basement and or ground
floor to the outside of your home; preferably a nearby drain or in your garden. They have pumps
that are great for moving standing water, as well as water from inside containers such as the water
tank. Buying cheap in this area is like shooting yourself in the foot. Draining can take hours and
hours sometimes, so look for high quality and industry standard pumps.

Train your family

It's odd, but it may come in handy to train your family in quick response procedures. If sudden leak
sprouts, someone needs to put pressure and or block the damaged pipe from spewing the water.
One of the adults or older children needs to go then turn the electricity off from the mains. Next, you
need to turn the water coming into the home off too. Then begin laying down towels and start to
remove valuables out of the affected room. Then all you can do is either replace the pipe or call in
an expert to assess the serious damage.

It's a nightmare that no family wants, but almost none are actually prepared for. Don’t be a victim
of your own home. Water leaks are very rare, and most of the time, they take a long time to get to
that point. Therefore by knowing and looking out for signs of a water leak from time to time could
save you all the bother.