Environmental – CheckThisHouse https://www.checkthishouse.com Home maintenance, remodeling, repair, and improvement tips for your property Tue, 04 Aug 2020 22:47:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.15 How To Maintain Good Air Quality Inside Your Home https://www.checkthishouse.com/8626/how-to-maintain-good-air-quality-inside-your-home.html Fri, 19 Jun 2020 14:07:32 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8626 Do you find yourself coughing more than usual at home? Do you smell something “funky” and can’t determine the source of the stinky scent? Are household members beginning to become sick? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, your home might have poor indoor air quality. Weak health, cumbersome stenches and unclean surroundings ... Read more]]> How to Identify Asbestos In Your Home? https://www.checkthishouse.com/8386/how-to-identify-asbestos-in-your-home.html Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:38:04 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8386 In the 19th and 20th centuries, it was standard practice to use asbestos in homes. It was a widely used building material because it is extremely strong and durable.  Asbestos material is inexpensive to manufacturers and possesses the ability to shield heat and protect your home from fire to a certain extent.  However, with all ... Read more]]> 8 Great Ways To Beat The Heat With No Air Conditioner https://www.checkthishouse.com/8287/8-great-ways-to-beat-the-heat-with-no-air-conditioner.html Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:08:20 +0000 https://www.checkthishouse.com/?p=8287 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? Home Composting 101 https://www.checkthishouse.com/6361/what-is-compost-home-composting-101.html Thu, 08 Mar 2012 00:31:12 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=6361 Compost BinWhat 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 [...]]]> How to Get Rid of Mold in Your Attic – Kill Stubborn Mold! https://www.checkthishouse.com/4081/mold-in-house-attic-how-to-kill-mold-how-to-clean-mold.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/4081/mold-in-house-attic-how-to-kill-mold-how-to-clean-mold.html#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2009 21:00:54 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=4081 How To Remove MoldLet 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.]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/4081/mold-in-house-attic-how-to-kill-mold-how-to-clean-mold.html/feed 2 Attic Black Mold and How to Prevent or Stop it from Growing https://www.checkthishouse.com/2138/how-to-stop-and-or-prevent-mold-from-growing-in-my-attic.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/2138/how-to-stop-and-or-prevent-mold-from-growing-in-my-attic.html#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2008 23:03:27 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=2138 https://www.checkthishouse.com/2138/how-to-stop-and-or-prevent-mold-from-growing-in-my-attic.html/feed 3 Crawlspace Mold, Ventilation and Insulation https://www.checkthishouse.com/1537/crawlspace-inspection-part-eight-mold-ventilation-and-insulation.html Sat, 25 Oct 2008 02:33:15 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=1537 Asbestos in Your Home, Part Two https://www.checkthishouse.com/963/asbestos-in-your-home-part-two.html Sat, 30 Aug 2008 00:03:15 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=963 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. ]]> Asbestos in Your Home, Part One https://www.checkthishouse.com/915/asbestos-in-your-home-part-one.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/915/asbestos-in-your-home-part-one.html#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2008 23:08:58 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=915 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 [...]]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/915/asbestos-in-your-home-part-one.html/feed 1 Can an Oil Tank or Oil Heating System Kill Your Home Sale? https://www.checkthishouse.com/587/oil-tank-or-oil-heating-system-could-kill-your-home-sale.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/587/oil-tank-or-oil-heating-system-could-kill-your-home-sale.html#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2008 23:01:42 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=587 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 ... Read more]]> https://www.checkthishouse.com/587/oil-tank-or-oil-heating-system-could-kill-your-home-sale.html/feed 1 Radon the #1 Cause of Lung Cancer Among Non Smokers https://www.checkthishouse.com/577/radon-the-1-cause-of-lung-cancer-among-non-smokers.html Sun, 03 Aug 2008 18:22:53 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=577 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 law only applies to residential properties containing ... Read more]]> Mold is Everywhere and Some of it Could be Toxic https://www.checkthishouse.com/568/mold-is-literally-everywhere-but-some-of-it-might-be-nasty.html https://www.checkthishouse.com/568/mold-is-literally-everywhere-but-some-of-it-might-be-nasty.html#comments Sun, 03 Aug 2008 18:08:54 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=568 https://www.checkthishouse.com/568/mold-is-literally-everywhere-but-some-of-it-might-be-nasty.html/feed 1 What is Attic Black Mold and Why it’s Growing in Your Attic https://www.checkthishouse.com/549/do-you-know-why-is-mold-growing-in-your-attic.html Sun, 03 Aug 2008 17:30:03 +0000 http://checkthishouse.com/?p=549 attic black moldThere are actually several different reasons that might be responsible for the mold to appear under the house roof... and sometimes compromise your real estate transaction. That is why attic evaluation and attic mold treatment (if you’re out of luck) should be performed before even putting your house on the market, and on regular basis.]]>