There’s nothing better than air conditioning to beat the summer heat, right? Well… not exactly. Air conditioning is one of the biggest culprits of your high energy costs, especially in the south. Estimates put our collective annual electric bill at about $200 per home, per household just to cool you down! And that’s in the … Read more
What is Compost?
Compost is one of nature’s best mulches and easy way to add nutrients to your soil. Wouldn’t you like to have that beautiful garden or grow your own organic food? Since compost improves soil structure, texture and increases the soil’s water holding capacity, why buy and waste money on any commercial products or chemical fertilizers, if you can make all natural compost free…
Home Composting 101 – How to make your own compost?
It’s very easy, free, and good for environment. You can use your kitchen scraps, organic or yard waste, and reduce your household waste away from garbage can by 30 […]
Let me give you an advice on how to get rid of attic mold, something to consider before signing a contract with a mold remediation company.
Black mold growing in the attic does not necessarily cause your house air contamination. However, mold usually becomes an issue when discovered during the home inspection. In addition, depending on the attic mold contamination extent, correcting the problem could make a significant hole in your budget.
Let’s wrap it up; Crawlspace Mold, Ventilation and Insulation is the last of my Crawlspace Inspection posts and I’ll take care of the items 9 & 10 from my Top 10 list. They are somewhat correlated, at least partially. Top TEN Crawlspace Problems:
1. Cracked foundation / possible structural problems
2. Leaking foundation
3. Drainage problems / flooding crawlspace
4. Plumbing components issues – leaking water supply lines, drain pipes, crawlspace water heater installation problems
5. Heating system issues
6. Electrical components issues
7. Floor framing and structure support issues
8. Structural pest infestation – those are […]
If this is where you are beginning Asbestos in Your Home “adventure”, you may want to go back to Asbestos in Your Home Part One in order to get the full picture.
First Part of Asbestos in Your Home
Does a statement “you have asbestos in your home” sound scary?
As usual, many of the “scary” things in our homes are scary because we don’t have any background / knowledge about them. One of those “things” is ASBESTOS – a mineral made out of microscopic fibers.
Exposure to a high concentration of asbestos airborne fibers puts us at a great risk of developing asbestos related diseases, and no safe level of asbestos exposure has yet been determined.
Those diseases are:
Lung, colon, and stomach cancer
Mesothelioma – A rare form of cancer of the chest lining and […]
There are still communities in the Chicago land area with houses utilizing oil fueled heating or converted to gas heating appliances with oil tanks remaining on premises. I’ve seen several abandoned oil tanks in basements and crawlspaces (in a few thousands of properties I’ve evaluated, not one had an active oil fueled heating system, but I was lucky to accidentally discover a couple of underground tanks), and in some of those situations, property owners didn’t even know about them (at least that was my impression).
For underground oil tanks, spotting one would be an accident, pure luck, or curiosity – unexplained […]
With new laws invading our lives on an every day basis, the Illinois Radon Awareness Act became one of them in the Real Estate business starting January 1, 2008. It’s just another form to sign, attached to the transaction contract called “Disclosure of Information on Radon Hazards.”
This new law only applies to residential properties containing between one and four dwelling units (single family, two flat, 3 flat, and 4 flat buildings). The Radon concern is a very serious one, and since January 2008 I’ve encountered many homeowners asking for additional information and suggestions.
Since I’m not licensed to perform such testing, […]
I’ve been fighting my personal allergies for years now and – unfortunately – come up with rather poor results. Crawling in mold contaminated attics, crawlspaces, and basements doesn’t help much after all my treatments and extends the entire immunization process … so believe me – I do understand your mold concern.
Hopefully, what’s below will help you to understand house mold a little better. So … mold is a type of organism called fungi, which will flourish, spread and reproduce by making spores in a damp, humid, dark, preferably warm environment (interior and exterior).
Many (there’s no known number of mold species, […]