Thursday, January 21, 2021

ADVANTAGES OF REMODELING YOUR HOME DURING WINTER

ADVANTAGES OF REMODELING YOUR HOME DURING WINTER




















HI AGAIN EVERYBODY, CHRIS TOWN HERE, OWNER OF TOWN CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT AND HERE ONCE AGAIN WITH SOME COOL HOME INTERIOR REMODELING TIPS FOR YOU. IF I CAN HELP YOU SAVE SOME TIME, SAVE A BUCK OR TWO LIKE ME, HOPEFULLY, YOU WILL ENJOY WHAT MOST HOMEOWNERS LOVE TO DO IS REMODELING THEIR BATHROOMS, KITCHENS, AND BEDROOMS

People typically wait for the first warm rays of sunshine to start doing work on their homes. However, you may be surprised to learn that winter is actually a great time to get some remodeling projects done. You may want to replace the floors in the entire house or update your basement or attic to create some extra space. Don’t postpone any longer, because there are many advantages of remodeling your home during winter. You will spend a lot of your time at home anyway, and during the holiday season, you will even have more time to finish all the home improvements you have been meaning to for a while. Keep on reading to find out why this is the ideal time to book your contractors to help you make your home look top-notch. 

Remodeling your home during winter will be faster.
Winter is considered a slow season. During spring and summer, contractors are swamped with work, and you may have trouble finding good ones. And when you do find reliable remodelers, you will likely have to wait for them to be available. So, you won’t begin your project when you want. During winter, however, contractors have more flexibility due to less work. Therefore, all your projects will get finished in less time as there are better chances to start with work right away. 


Finding reputable contractors is easier during winter. Moreover, if the project you have decided to do requires permits, you will be glad to learn that wintertime is a slow season for the local government departments. For that reason, you will be able to obtain the necessary permits faster.

Your home improvement project will likely be less costly.
As we have mentioned, during winter, contractors tend to have less work. Therefore, they will offer you lower prices for the remodel they will do. As spring approaches, remodelers tend to increase the prices, making all the projects done in spring, summer, and fall significantly more expensive.
Furthermore, not only will you be able to hire contractors at a lower price, but you will also find the needed material for the work for less money. For example, if you want to update your kitchen, chances are you will find appliances at special discounted prices. This is another perk of home remodeling during the winter season.

The stores usually have better stocks in winter.
Just as there is less demand for contractors during the slow winter months, there is a decrease in demand for products you may need for the remodel. Since not many people opt to do this in winter, you will have a better choice of fixtures, faucets, appliances, and other products. And we have already mentioned the possibility of better deals for these products. As the demand increases in spring, like the remodelers, retailers also tend to increase the prices. Also, there are often winter sales, when you can buy all you need at discounted prices. So, even if you are doing the remodel when warm days come, you may want to purchase all you need in advance.

One of the greatest advantages of remodeling your home during winter is the fact that you will likely find exactly what you want in the shops. Whenever you are doing any work on your home, buying appliances, fixtures, decorative elements, or whatever you need is the most exciting part of the project. It’s the part you will most enjoy as you try to envision what your home will look like when everything is over. So, you want to avoid disappointment when the product you have set your eyes on is out of stock. Finding exactly what you want is another advantage of remodeling your home during winter.

If you complete all the pending projects during winter, your home will be ready for summer. 
Undoubtedly one of the most significant upsides of home renovation during winter is that you will be able to enjoy your beautiful, comfortable home during the sunny months. Not only that, you will be free to relish that glorious weather without being tangled in home remodeling projects. You will have more energy to socialize with your friends in a freshly painted living room, prepare them dinner in your new kitchen, organize a game night in your fancy basement, or enjoy a bath in your new spa-like bathroom. Getting all the work done during the cold months frees up your summer for better activities, such as vacations or going out without feeling frustrated by what is waiting for you when you come back.
If you finish all the projects in the winter, you will have the summer free for fun.

Are you worried about dust and fumes going around the house?

Being anxious about all the dust and fumes in the house during the months when you can’t open everything and air your home is understandable and expected. Nevertheless, you have to worry too much because contractors have effective ways of containing the dust and other debris in the area that is under construction. It will make the winter remodeling completely safe.

But you have another option, too. You don’t have to stay in your home during the remodel. If you decide to move out until your home is ready to come back, an experienced crew from the area can help you pack, move out, and come back. That way, the entire process will be completely hassle-free. 

If you are worried about the dust and fumes during the remodeling, you don’t have to stay in your home.

Final words
As you can see, there are many advantages of remodeling your home during winter. To begin with, you will find reputable and reliable contractors much more easily. Also, they will have more time to dedicate to your project. They will be able to invest enough time to think about more complicated work. And not only that, they will be able to focus on one project at a time. The high season often requires remodelers to juggle several projects simultaneously. Moreover, your project will likely be cheaper. You will probably pay less both for the contractors’ services and all the products and materials you need. Finally, you will have practically no problem finding exactly what you have set your mind to without worrying it will be out of stock. So, what are you waiting for? There is no need to delay turning your house into your dream home.

 All solutions for home living have some advantages and disadvantages…
“There are no perfect solutions out there, only the ones that are perfect for you.”

Thursday, January 7, 2021

How to choose the right painting tools and paints for Home Interior Painting

 Home interior painting tips for you. If I can help you save some time, save a buck or two like me, hopefully, you will enjoy what most homeowners love to do is to choosing colors and painting their bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms. Something the whole family can participate in for sure.

















HI AGAIN EVERYBODY, CHRIS TOWN HERE, OWNER OF TOWN CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT AND HERE ONCE AGAIN WITH SOME COOL HOME INTERIOR PAINTING TIPS FOR YOU. IF I CAN HELP YOU SAVE SOME TIME, SAVE A BUCK OR TWO LIKE ME, HOPEFULLY, YOU WILL ENJOY WHAT MOST HOMEOWNERS LOVE TO DO IS TO CHOOSING COLORS AND PAINTING THEIR BATHROOMS, KITCHENS, AND BEDROOMS. SOMETHING THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN PARTICIPATE IN FOR SURE.
So here are some helpful tips to get you started. Some ideas you probably know about already and some you may not be aware of.
Walking into a paint store or department store can be overwhelming and cost big bucks if your not careful, but it doesn’t have to be that way especially if your starting from scratch.
Please always keep in mind, buying the most expensive tools and paints is your choice, but from my experience it can be a waste of money.
Best brands don’t equal best choices!


BRUSHES AND PAINT ROLLERS
Even if you have the best quality paint, using the wrong roller or brush for your project can waste time and money. Picking the right tools, your paint job is going to get the most payback for your investment and make the process much more enjoyable and rewarding.




Paint Brushes:
Natural-hair bristles are best used with oil-based paints, stains and varnishes while Synthetic bristles are better with water-based and latex paints.
When you’re buying any paintbrush, there are a few things to look out for:
1: Tug on the bristles. If one or two bristles can be pulled out, the brush is probably poorly made (a piece of junk) and the bristles will pull out during your painting application.
2: Hold the brush by the handle. Choose a brush that feels comfortable in your hand.
3: Note the type of bristle tips. Flagged bristles, or split ends, hold more paint, while tipped brushes are favored by pros for their precision and control.



Paint Rollers:
The thickness of roller covers is called the nap or pile. A rule of thumb holds that the rougher the painting surface, the thicker the nap you should use.
When you’re shopping for rollers is the length of the nap, or the material that makes up the roller cover. Generally speaking, you should paint smooth surfaces with a short nap, and rougher surfaces—like stucco, brick and masonry—with longer nap so those fibers really get the paint into every nook and cranny with a longer nap.
1/8 ” – 1/4” naps are best for wallboard, smooth plaster, wood or metal
3/8” – 3/4” naps are best for light-textured stucco, poured concrete and rough wood
3/4” – 1” naps are best for heavy-textured stucco, concrete block and brick
Gloss and semi-gloss paints (mostly used for Bathrooms and Kitchens) go on better with short-nap rollers because these tend to generate a smoother finish when you’re rolling the paint out. So a 1/8 ” – 1/4” naps are best. I would stay with 1/8 ” nap.
(Some info courtesy of duckbrand)


How to Choose an Interior Paint Finish:
Choosing a paint finish for interior walls depends on the desired amount of shine and durability. The most common interior paint finishes (paint sheen) are flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss. Choosing the right paint finish for your interior project depends on the look, durability, and ambiance you want.
Flat finish:
Available only in latex paint, a flat finish. It works great on interior walls and ceilings. As the least shiny finish available, it doesn’t clean well and isn’t suited for kitchens and bathrooms.
Eggshell finish: An eggshell finish is often used for decorative finishes because it provides a low luster. It cleans up better than a flat finish, but probably not as well as you would want in a kitchen or bathroom.
Satin finish:
The most popular paint sheen is a satin finish. It has more sheen than eggshell or satin and cleans better too. This finish is a good choice for woodwork, walls, doors, and hallways. It’s also great for bedrooms and dining rooms. Satin is washable but it isn’t scrubbable, so you probably don’t want to use it around your toddler’s craft table.
Semi-gloss finish:
A semi-gloss paint will give your room a subtle shine. It’s scrubbable and good for moldings, doors, windows, kitchens, and baths.
High-gloss finish:
A high-gloss finish has a shiny, polished look. It’s also stain resistant and very scrubbable, which makes it a good choice for the areas of a home that get the most wear and tear, such as kitchens and baths. Food splatter or even crayon marks will clean up easily on a high-gloss finish.
(Some info courtesy of dummies.com)

Edging tools are the perfect paint edger for quick projects. First, it’s designed to easily snap onto a standard 3-inch paintbrush. This design also permits quick cleanup and is remarkably effective at achieving clean edges around trim, baseboards, and other tricky paint jobs.
Shur-Line 1000C Paint Premium Edger: Best for your budget – around $3.99
The Shur-Line 1000C premium paint edger is very low cost and simple to use. Although designed mainly for manual use, it can be attached to a threaded extension pole for those hard-to-reach paint jobs.

 All solutions for home living have some advantages and disadvantages…
“There are no perfect solutions out there, only the ones that are perfect for you.”
Chris Town/

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

 

HOME DISASTER PREVENTION AND SAFETY TIPS

Home Disaster Prevention and Safety Tips…
Protect yourself and your family from common home hazards reducing the risks inside and around your home.
Understanding and Preventing Potential Proble
ms will make a great difference and is the key to preventing most home accidents and disasters. However, there is more that you can do to prevent something dangerous from happening in your house.





Hello again everyone, Chris Town here, owner of town construction and development in Seattle.

As a Seattle area home builder, I am asked many questions through the years about home protection and home safety.
Before I start though I strongly suggest that the very first thing any homeowner, renter, or car owner must do is get a fire extinguisher and learn how to use it. I know you have thought about it and then said to yourself “well maybe later, things will be fine for now I’m sure, and aren’t they so expensive? PLEASE JUST GET A FIRE EXTINGUISHER! Your family, pets, friends, and belongings will thank you.

One of my favorite home safety tips is Anti-Slip Tape (Rug Grippers) for Small to medium size throw Rugs.
I can’t tell you how many times I have stepped on any of my throw rugs and they slipped from under me.
Anti-Slip Tape for Small Rugs offers non-slip strength that keeps your rugs and mats from bunching up or sliding across the floor on tile, marble, laminate, wood, carpet, and other flooring surfaces. It releases quickly when lifted up allowing you to easily reposition your rugs.

Turn off the water supply before going on vacation or away for more than two days…Turn off the water at the main shut off!
Water damage from undetected plumbing leaks will quickly ruin ceilings, floors, and walls, leading to repair bills in the thousands. This is especially true if you’re away on vacation. Yes, such a leak is unlikely, but insurance companies report hundreds of these incidents every year. Put splash pans under washers and water heaters to catch leaks! For about $20, you can buy special pans at home centers and appliance dealers that catch slow leaks and mild overflows.

Install grab bars by the toilet and tub.
These grab bars small and larger sizes are not just for older people. What is your first thought when finishing soaking in your tub and getting ready to lift yourself out of the tub? I hope I don’t slip and fall! For a few bucks, it’s worth having the extra piece of mine and saving you and family members from serious falls. The hard surfaces of the bathroom can make falling even more dangerous. Having properly installed grab bars around the toilet and tub provide needed support and balance.

Home Fire tips
In 2018, there were more than 363,000 fires in US homes, causing everything from mild smoke damage to total devastation, including the loss of 3,655 lives.2 Even candles or an unattended iron can lead to accidental fires in your home, but there is a lot you can do to prevent a home fire from getting out of hand.

Install fire alarms
 Install fire alarms on all levels of your home, and please check and change the batteries at least annually for better fire safety. Consider investing in a smart smoke detector like Google Nest Protect† (about $119*).
This alarm uses Wi-Fi to provide real-time updates. And you can access remote monitoring right on your smartphone or another mobile device.
If you don’t want a mobile app on your smoke alarm, consider getting a non-connected model like the Kidde Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Alarm with Voice Warning (about $35*).
(some info courtesy of safe wise)

Avoid fire hazards during the winter months!
Homeowners and renters may not realize it, but according to the U.S. Fire Administration, more home fires occur during the winter than in any other season. Heating equipment is often involved, so people should be careful with space heaters and both real and fake fireplaces. Only plug one heating device into an outlet at a time and make sure other objects are at least 3 feet away from it on all sides.
(some info courtesy of cover hound)

 Enhance Home Door Security
We all know you can spend thousands of dollars on home security for sure, but sometimes with just a VERY SMALL bit of cash can make a big difference.
Statistics show that nearly 66% of rentals and 34% of home burglars entering through the front door and 22% of home burglars using the back door. Therefore, to secure the front door (back door) is one of the most important parts of home safety. Just take a few hours out of your week to research the different door security items available for your specific situation. A few hours of your time can save you months of misery and paranoia.

Just a few more suggestions!
–Install photosensitive porch or entryway lighting that will come on at dusk and turn off at dawn. A light-switch timer can also be installed on interior switches for exterior porch or post lights.
–Put night-lights in the bathroom and in hallways leading from the bedroom to the bathroom and kitchen.
–Install better fire/smoke alarms on all levels of your home, and check and change the batteries at least annually for better fire safety. Consider investing in a SMART smoke detector.

All solutions for home living have some advantages and disadvantages…
“There are no perfect solutions out there, only the ones that are perfect for you.”

Chris Town

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

QUICK HOME REPAIR, REMEDIES AND MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR HOME OWNERS

 


Quick Home Repair, Remedies, and Maintenance Tips For Home Owners
Some of the easiest home repairs are simple tricks that can solve a problem in a matter of a few minutes.
Keeping your home properly maintained will not only save you money by increasing the longevity of your appliances and existing structures, but it will also help you become more energy-efficient and save money on your utility bills.
(Some info courtesy of “the delite and money crashers”)


Hi Everybody, I’m Chris Town owner of Town Construction and Development here again with some cool home ideas and solutions for you. Some ideas you probably know about already and some you may not be aware of. But if you can save some time, save a buck or two like me, and avoid using harmful chemicals, is it worth it, yes?

Ant and Fly Killer:
One of my own inventions I have been using that is environmentally friendly, cost virtually nothing, and safe around young kids and pets. Use white vinegar, dish soap, 20 drops of lemongrass essential oil, and a clean spray bottle.
1: One cup white vinegar
2: 1/2 cup dish soap
3: 20 drops of lemongrass essential oil (Special good for disabling flies)


Use Common Household Ingredients To Unclog A Drain:
1: A slow-draining sink, bathtub, or shower is frustrating. Not only do you have to wait for the water to drain, but you’re left with a residue to clean up. Who wants that?
If you don’t want to use harsh chemicals to unclog your drain — or don’t have any on hand — you can follow the following DIY remedy: First, boil water and pour it down the drain. Then, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain (some DIYers recommend mixing in a 1/4 cup of salt) followed by 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then flush again with hot water from the tap.
2: Take three Alka-seltzer tablets and drop them into the drain with a cup of white vinegar. Let the two components work its magic for fifteen minutes then add boiling water to the clogged drain and the drain will rid itself of clogged up hair, grease, and any other creepy things that found its way in there.

Bellevue custom home pantry and Laundry room - - Town Construction and Development
Use Cooking Spray To Fix A Squeaky Door Or Cabinet:

If you don’t have a can of WD-40 handy, no need to fret. Cooking spray will also work wonders on those squeaky doors or cabinets. Spray just a little on the hinges, and you should be squeak-free in no time.

Paint Screws With Clear Nail Polish To Prevent Them From Coming Loose:
It’s amazing what a thin coat of nail polish can do! By painting a screw with nail polish, which acts like glue, it is more likely to stay in place.

Use Crayons To Fill In Nail Holes:
Choose a crayon that closely matches the color of the wall you’re repairing. With firm pressure, rub the crayon over the nail hole.

Unscrew A Broken Lightbulb With A Potato:
Have you ever broken a light bulb while it’s still in the socket? If so, you know how frustrating it can be to remove it. But, you can use a potato to get it out without cutting your fingers.
Cut the potato in half, push the soft side into the broken bulb and turn it counterclockwise until the broken glass is embedded into the potato. Don’t forget to turn off the power and put on protective gloves before you attempt this hack!

Seattle Custom Bathroom Remodeling - Town Construction and Development
Give Your Shower Head A White Vinegar “Bath”:
Remove mineral deposits and other grime from your shower head by simply soaking it overnight in white vinegar.

Leaky Faucets:
The main cause of leaky faucets is worn out washers. The washers inside of the faucet handles are rubber and tend to wear out quickly. Replace them by turning off the main water supply, unscrewing the leaky handle that controls the flow of water to the spout, removing the old washer, and dropping in the new one.

Home Kitchen Construction and Remodeling Mill Creek. WA.
Refrigerator doors:

The main component of your refrigerator that should get your attention is the door seals. Keeping your door seals tight will reduce the amount of energy it takes to keep your food cool or frozen, but will also keep your refrigerator working efficiently, preventing premature wear on internal parts.
To test the door seals, close the door on a dollar bill and attempt to pull it out with the door closed. If you cannot easily pull the dollar bill out from the door, your seals are in good shape. However, if the bill slides out without much resistance, it’s time to replace the seals. You can purchase new seals from any home repair outlet store.

Drafty Windows:
Drafty windows are a major culprit of high energy bills in the summer and winter months. Periodically check the condition of the caulk line that holds your windows in place. If the caulk appears to be dry, cracked, or otherwise weathered, remove the old caulk with a box cutter or other sharp knife and run a new bead of caulk along the seam.

For added utility bill savings, you can further insulate your window by applying an insulating window film over the glass. These methods cost much less than the price of replacing your windows and implementing green energy technologies in your home. I like the idea of using “bubble wrap”, you know that stuff for wrapping objects for shipping. I use it for my basement windows and areas kinda unseen by any Guests. It helps keep the heat in your home and absorbs the sunlight as well.

All solutions for home -living have some advantages and disadvantages…
“There are no perfect solutions out there, only the ones that are perfect for you.”

Hi Everybody, I’m Chris Town owner of Town Construction and Development here again with some cool home ideas and solutions for you. Some ideas you probably know about already and some you may not be aware of. But if you can save some time, save a buck or two like me, and avoid using harmful chemicals, is it worth it, yes?


Friday, October 30, 2020

 

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR OUTDOOR DECK
FROM RAIN AND SNOW in the winter months

HOW TO PROTECTING YOUR OUTDOOR DECK FOR DURING WINTER MONTHS
Hi Everyone I'm Chris Town owner of Town Construction and Development. Ok, folks, winter is here for some people and just around the corner for most. Some areas of the country get rain others to get snow 
or both rain and snow. Don’t panic as it’s never too late to protect your deck. Of course protecting your outdoor deck before the cold, rainy, and snowy grips of winter is always the best solution. But we don’t always have time or are too lazy until it’s too late.
So here are some solutions and tips that can help save your outdoor deck/patio just before and during those cold winters months.



How Winter Weather Affects Wood:

If you’ve ever wondered why winter is so tough on wood, it’s the moisture and cold temperatures. Wood is a very porous material and when left unprotected, these porous areas can easily get filled with particles such as water, fungi, and bacteria. As temperatures lower, the water inside the wood contracts, then freezes and expands, and causes the wood to bend and eventually crack or break. Not only that, but fungi (mold) that thrive in damp environments like mold and mildew can spread and cause rot.















PROTECT YOUR OUTDOOR DECK/PATIO JUST BEFORE THE RAIN AND SNOW

Clean your Deck Thoroughly:
Exposure to moisture and snow can create perfect conditions for the growth of mold, mildew, moss, and algae. All these conditions make it important to clean your deck thoroughly before winters grip.

If you still have time – begin the sealing process:
Don’t seal a deck below 50 degrees. You don’t want to begin the sealing process until you can safely guarantee that the temperature will remain above 50 degrees for at least 48 hours… A 65-degree day may easily become 40-degree at night or lower, and your seal will become a deck nightmare.
if you’re looking for a clear water repellent to protect against water damage without changing the color of the wood, choose a Premium Water Sealer. It will protect your deck against the elements for two to three years. Don’t go cheap here folks, I said the best “Premium Water Sealer” money can buy. In this specific case, you do get what you you pay for.



Ran Out Of Time and Winter is Here? Don’t Panic!
Remove Snow From the Deck Surface:
Any time you notice snow any accumulation on your deck, shovel the snow off the deck. While you can cover portions of your deck in a tarp, you’ve probably left stairs, railings, and other areas uncovered. Use a broom or shovel to keep snow accumulation to a minimum on the deck. Avoid salt or other commercial products to do the job for you, as these products will discolor and damage the finish. Snow removal is one job you want to do the old-fashioned way.

“Town Tips” by Chris Town
Use a plastic shovel, which does not have harsh on the wood as a metal shovel.
Shovel parallel to the boards rather than perpendicular so that the shovel does catch and gouge the planks.

“Town Tip ” by Chris Town
One of the best ways to protect your deck from snow and Ice as I mentioned above, is a clear plastic Tarp.
Spread a Tarp Over the Deck:
No matter how well you’ve prepared your deck, your deck can still suffer underneath layers of snow and ice all winter. Keep your wood looking great by covering the deck with a tarp in the harsh winter months. This covering provides an added barrier between the wood and moisture. Too much-melting snow can cause the boards to warp, and ice will worsen cracks in your deck.
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In conclusion, don’t leave your deck to battle the elements alone. A few weekends of work and some regular attention (again use a clear thick torp) throughout the winter will protect the wood and finish so you have a beautiful outdoor space to return to when the weather warms up again.

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Chris Town

All solutions for home -living have some 
advantages and disadvantages…
“There are no perfect solutions out there, only the ones that are perfect for you.”
Chris Town/




Saturday, October 3, 2020

HOME MILDEW AND MOLD SOLUTIONS

 

ONE OF THE BIGGEST THREATS TO HEALTH AND SAFETY FOR HOMEOWNERS AND BUSINESSES ALIKE IS MOLD/MILDEW. WITHOUT PROPER CLEANUP AND CONTAINMENT, MOLD CAN LEAD TO COMPROMISED HEALTH CONDITIONS AND RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES ALONG WITH PROPERTY DAMAGE TO YOUR HOME AND BELONGINGS.

The most common type of mold found in homes is mildew. Mildew is a mold that grows in warm, damp places like your bathroom, kitchens, and any damp areas. Mildew begins as a gray or white powdery colony. It will turn black or brown if not removed promptly.

Hello, I’m Chris Town Owner of Town Construction in the Seattle area, the Mold, and Mildew hotspot in the US! You’re here to get some insights on the best solutions for getting rid of Mildew and Mold. Being a Home Builder /Home Remodeling Expert and a Home Water Damage Restoration Specialist, I have seen my share of Mildew and Mold for sure. If you are lucky enough to afford a person to come out and fix the problem every time you spot mold good for you. But for customers like myself, I prefer saving a little money. For severe Mold/Mildew damage call a specialist.



Know Your Enemy!
Mold
 is a form of fungi that sprouts from microscopic spores that are everywhere in our environment. These spores are inactive, however, they will propagate once the humidity surpasses 70 percent. Temperature that is more than 65 degrees increases the chance of mold growth. Once the cluster of mold spores spread on surfaces, they begin to reproduce and become noticeable to the human eye. You may not be aware that there is mold in your home until you see it or smell a damp, musty, moldy odor. And when you notice your allergies and asthma tend to flare.
There are key ingredients needed for mold growth in homes which are the presence of mold spores, a surface for it to grow on, oxygen, warmth, and darkness. When the moisture is present in these ingredients whether from stagnant water, high level of humidity, or a water leak, the mold problems begin.
If you have mold in the basement or crawl space, its spores will rise throughout the house. This is called the “Stack Effect”. Because of the stack effect, the warm air rises in the home and exits through the upper levels and attic. When this occurs, a vacuum is created on the lower level which draws air upward from the crawl space and basement. Mold spores, dust mites, odors, and anything in the air will be drawn into the main area of the home that is where you breathe. A mold infestation can colonize within 1-14 days.
(Courtesy of Green Home Solutions)

What helps kills mold permanently?
Hydrogen Peroxide 3% – Saturate the moldy surface and leave it for 10 minutes. Next, scrub the area with just enough force to remove black mold and mold stains.
Bleach – Use at your own discretion!
White Vinegar – You can use it safely on most surfaces, and its offensive odor goes away quickly.
Baking Soda – It’s safe for your family and pets, and it not only kills black mold, it absorbs moisture that attracts mold.
Tea tree oil – Tea tree oil is a natural fungicide that cleans up mold quickly and it helps prevent mold spores from coming back.


The best approach is preventing mold before it becomes a problem.
1: Fix Problem Areas in Your Home and Correct Them
2: Dry Wet Areas Immediately (Mold can’t grow without moisture)
3: Prevent Moisture With Proper Ventilation (Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.)
4: Equip Your Home With Mold-Resistant Products (mold-resistant Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints.)
5: Improve Air Flow in Your Home (open a window when cooking or washing dishes or showering, or run an exhaust fan.)

“Town Tips” by Chris Town
As a Custom Home Builder and Remodeling Expert I’m asked this question repeatedly…what can I use that’s environmentally friendly to me and my family for getting rid of Mildew/Mold?
I use 
Hydrogen Peroxide 3%,  White Vinegar, and Baking Soda mixed together in a plant type spray bottle.
Hydrogen Peroxide – 20%
White Vinegar – 60%
Baking Soda – 20%
For a paste-like texture, add more Baking Soda (for cleaning kitchen and bathroom tiles grout areas). After application wait 5-10 min. then clean try. Then I spray the infected area with Tea tree oil (helps prevent mold spores from coming back).

All solutions for home living have some advantages and disadvantages…
“There are no perfect solutions out there, only the ones that are perfect for you.”
Chris Town/