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Inexpensive Kitchen Renovations With Huge Impact!

DHREA 06/07/2018

Fridge

Upgrades to a kitchen can make any house or property feel more cozy or posh (yes, I went there), while greatly improving the value. The biggest misconception is these improvements come with a hefty price tag. With a little hard work and elbow grease, a kitchen can be renovated beautifully without breaking the bank. Check out some popular ideas below!

Paint The Fridge
Oftentimes, the most obvious of solutions go right over our heads. Repainting the refrigerator can modernize any kitchen, pull color-schemes together, and really make your kitchen pop. In fact, most appliances can be repainted. Just make sure to ensure you’re using the correct paint, as you’ll be looking for specialized appliance paint! There’s also a fun factor involved. If you have kids, imagine turning your refrigerator into a giant chalkboard! Find out how HERE!

Refinish Kitchen Cabinets
This means either sanding them down and re-staining them, or just painting them in a semigloss or glossy latex paint. For a bold change, ditch the white and try a pale blue, coral red, or even glossy black for a modern look. All you need is sandpaper, paint, and equal parts elbow grease and patience!

Buy Under Cabinet Lighting
As you can see, lighting can really make or break a kitchen. Consider lighting you can attach under the cabinets. Department stores are now selling inexpensive under cabinet lighting that utilizes wall outlets, and in most places, you can find energy efficient LEDs. Again, a very affordable way to modernize your kitchen.

Add A Kitchen Lamp
For a cost far less than permanent track lighting, add a flea market find. A pop-bright colored table lamp, a hanging kitchen chandelier, etc. You’d be amazed how this simple addition can change the whole look and vibe of the entire room while giving another personal touch to your kitchen.

Replace The Countertop/Sink
Not all countertops are made or cost the same, but there are affordable options if you are willing to put in a little work. It should be noted that replacing a countertop isn’t likely to add value to your house other than pleasing aesthetics, but we all enjoy customization, don’t we? These days, you can find a quality stainless steel or acrylic sink for around $100!

Remember…home renovations are not for everybody! Please use caution and avoid projects you are uncomfortable with!

 

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DHRE DIY Corner: Control Pesky Fruit Flies

DHREA 02/07/2018

FruitFlies

Vinegar attracts flies so it is a great way of luring them in and away from the rest of the house. To make a vinegar trap all you need is a some apple cider vinegar or malt vinegar, a glass, a plastic bag and a rubber band.

Pour a small amount (an inch or so) of apple cider vinegar into the glass. The cider vinegar has a nice, fruity aroma that fruit flies simply cannot resist. Using the scissors, snip the corner off the plastic baggie. This should created a hole just large enough for fruit flies to pass through, but not so large that it will be easy for them to escape.

Place the baggie over the glass, and position the hole you’ve cut over the center. Push the snipped corner down into the glass so the baggie forms a funnel in the glass, but doesn’t touch the vinegar. Use the rubber band to secure the baggie to the glass.

Place your vinegar trap in the area where you see the most fruit flies – near your garbage, produce bins, or compost container. If you have a heavy fruit fly infestation, you might want to make several vinegar traps, and place them around your kitchen and in other rooms where fruit flies are present.

Fruit flies will fly into the glass, pass through the hole in the baggie, and become trapped in the glass. Within a few days, you should notice an accumulation of dead fruit flies floating in the vinegar. Empty the trap as needed, and refill it with fresh apple cider vinegar. A few well-placed vinegar traps, along with good housekeeping practices to discourage fruit flies, should get your infestation under control quickly!

 

 

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DHRE #DIY Tips: Effective Cleaners You Already Own!

DHREA 28/06/2018

We’re all trying to save a couple dollars wherever and whenever we can, and DIY solutions are always great money savers. What you may not know is you probably already have great alternatives to expensive cleaners hidden in plain sight. Here’s a list of alternative uses for household products you’re likely to already have in your home, and how they can be used to make everything from clothes to appliances look brand new.

WHITE VINEGAR

All-purpose cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and water (distilled is best), increasing the amount of vinegar for tougher jobs. Spray it anywhere that could use a good cleaning, but do not use this on marble surfaces.
Deodorizing your dishwasher: Add 1 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your dishwasher. The vinegar smell will dissipate, freshening dishes in the process.
Garbage disposal cleaner: Freeze white vinegar in an ice cube tray and then run the cubes through the garbage disposal to deodorize and clean drains.
Clean your showerhead: Unscrew your showerhead, then place it in a plastic zip baggie filled with ½ to 1 cup of warm white vinegar. Let it sit for about 1 hour to remove mineral buildup. For showerheads that cannot be removed, secure the baggie onto the showerhead using a rubber band.

CITRUS

Soap scum and rust remover: Eliminate soap scum and rust from your shower by rubbing surfaces with the cut surface of a halved lemon. Let that sit for about a minute, and then use a scouring pad to finish the job.
Scented all-purpose cleaner:  Add enough citrus peels to fill 1/2 of a large mason jar. Pour white vinegar over the top to fill the jar, and then place the lidded jar in a cool, dark place to infuse for at least two weeks. Strain the solution, pour it into a spray bottle, and use it as you would an all-purpose cleaner.
Fabric whitener:  Add 1 cup of undiluted lemon juice to your laundry to whiten and brighten clothing.
Microwave cleaner:  Add a few tablespoons of lemon juice to 1 cup of water in a microwavable bowl, then heat the mixture to boiling in the microwave. Let the steam penetrate the baked-on grime for around ten minutes before opening the door and giving the interior a good wipe.

BAKING SODA

Clear clogged drains: Toss a little baking soda down a clogged drain, chasing it with double the amount of white vinegar. Let it sit for a few minutes, then follow the fizzing mixture with boiling water.
Oven cleaner: Coat the surface of your oven in a paste of baking soda and water, avoiding the heating elements. Allow it to sit overnight and then use a damp rag and a silicone spatula to remove as much paste as possible. Finish the task by spraying down the oven top with vinegar, then wiping with a rag once more.
Hairbrush/comb cleaner: Coat hairbrushes and combs in a paste of baking soda and water to remove product buildup.

BORAX

Insect deterrent: Keep creepy-crawlies at bay by mixing equal parts borax and sugar and strategically sprinkling it around the house. The boric acid in borax is poisonous to many insects, and it’s also said to be an effective rodent deterrent.
Outdoor furniture cleaner: Prep your patio furniture for the season by spraying it down with a solution of 1 teaspoon of dish detergent, 1 teaspoon of borax, and 1 quart of warm water. Wipe and rinse.
Pots and pans cleaner: Sprinkle borax onto a damp sponge, then use it to remove grease and baked-on messes from cookware.

SALT

Remove water stains from wood: Did someone forget to use a coaster? Remove water rings using a paste of salt and veggie oil. Let it sit for around an hour before buffing away with a rag.
Cast-iron cookware cleaner: Clean your cast-iron cookware without affecting its seasoning by heating a bit of oil in the pot or pan, sprinkling in ¼ cup of salt, then using the paste to scrub away baked-on food. Remove the paste from the pot or pan using a paper towel.
Clean copper, pewter, and solid brass: Slice a lemon in half and sprinkle the cut surface with salt. Rub the lemon all over the metal being cleaned before rinsing thoroughly with water.

 

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Passively Cool Down With “Passive Cooling”

DHREA 27/06/2018

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This summer has been a Scorcher so far, and we’re not talking about a Tugg Speedman blockbuster sequel. We all love the summer months, but we all despise paying higher energy bills. We tend to rely heavily on our air conditioning units during the hot and humid days of summer, rather than looking for alternatives that can keep us just as comfortable. As much as we love our air conditioners, no one really wants to keep their windows closed all summer, do we?

Enter “passive cooling“.

Passive cooling is a building design approach that focuses on heat gain control and heat dissipation in a building in order to improve the indoor thermal comfort with low or nil energy consumption. In layman’s terms, passive cooling helps to minimize energy usage while staying nice and cool.

According to Rocky Mountain Institute, passive cooling measures can reduce energy bills by up to 40 percent. In addition to natural ventilation, the most effective cooling strategies, in order of increasing cost, are:

Minimization of indoor heat generation: Using energy-efficient light bulbs, reducing hot water use, using smaller and more efficient appliances and scheduling heat-producing tasks (such as clothes drying) for cooler hours of the day.

Weatherization: Caulking, sealing and weatherstripping all building envelope seams, cracks and openings reduces heating and cooling energy requirements.

Insulation: Insulating your home or installing heat-reflecting foil reduces heat conduction into your living space.

Window shading and glazing: Solar radiation passing through windows can contribute 20 percent to heat gain in hot, humid climates. Window shading devices and glazing technology minimize heat gain while transmitting daylight, which reduces electrical lighting needs.

Roof whitening and attic ventilation: These are two effective measures to reduce heat gain by either reflecting heat away from the roof or flushing heat out through the attic.

Trees and landscaping: Planting broad, leafy shade trees that block the sun will reduce the amount of solar radiation absorbed by the house

Passive cooling is just one way to reduce your energy bills in the summer time. You can find another great article from hometips.com to help keep your home cool and keep those bills down…HERE!

(Editor’s Note: These are merely suggestions. Be cautious as home improvement is not for everyone. Results may vary.)

 

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Build Your Own AC Unit! (Well, sort of…)

DHREA 13/06/2018

 

We owe a lot to the humble air conditioner. Like most inventions, the idea came from a very real need: relief from extreme temperatures. The quest for cooler air has a venerable history. In ancient Egypt, people hung reeds in windows after dipping them in water; the water evaporated, cooling the air that blew through the window. Over time, innovators in China, England, and the United States transformed this cool idea into our familiar American household staple. But for all their virtues, modern in-window air conditioners are not perfect machines. For one thing, they cost a small fortune to run. But with a fan and Debbie Williams genius DIY, you can get all the benefits of a window AC for far less than a store-bought unit by using that same age-old concept: chilled water or ice.

Besides an old fan and instructions, you’ll need to round up a utility knife, a five-gallon bucket (with lid), Styrofoam lining, 12 inches of PVC pipe, a hole saw or Forstner bit—and a gallon jug of water to freeze for later.

First, place the fan upside down on the lid (so the airflow will be directed into the bucket), trace the outline of the fan on the lid, and cut it out with a utility knife. If necessary, saw off the fan’s stand or support, then fit your fan securely in the hole.

Next, use the Forstner bit to drill three large holes through the bucket’s side, just wide enough for the PVC pipes you have on hand. Remove the lid in order to line the inside of the bucket with Styrofoam, then repeat with the drill so that the holes go through the lining too.

Saw your PVC pipe into three pieces, each three to four inches long, and slide a section snugly into each hole. The unit works for about six hours at a time, but a tighter seal can extend that span by keeping the ice in the bucket cooler.

Finally, place the frozen jug of water into your bucket and replace the lid. Remember: The fan should be facing down. Go find the nearest electrical outlet, plug the fan in and switch it on, and your modified appliance will pass air through the cooler to chill—leaving you at a solid 68 degrees of comfortable. Then, grab yourself a chair and enjoy the breeze. All of your hard work deserves a breather!

 

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Control Mold!

DHREA 31/05/2018

Mold spores can be frustrating to homeowners, renters, and investment property buyers. From potential health issues to property damage, mold is often one of the most overlooked pain points for any property. Here is a list of tips and tricks to help reduce exposure and minimize growth inside your home and property. Some are common sense, some are things we all overlook. Whether you’re sensitive to mold spores and want to protect your health, or you simply want to protect your home or investment, check out the list I compiled below!

Exterior:

  • Avoid outdoor places where mold is likely to be in high concentration. These include shady areas, compost piles, kennels, and piles of leaves, grass, or straw.
  • Promptly repair and seal leaky pipes and roofs.
  • Have the yard mowed and raked regularly.
  • Keep rain gutters clean. Clear leaves and debris from drainage areas around your home and yard.
  • Store firewood away from the house.

Interior:

  • Cleaning your house regularly and properly can help reduce mold.
  • Clean with a commercial anti mold product. Choose a product containing a mixture of bleach and detergent or make your own anti mold cleaner. Mix 1 tablespoon chlorine bleach and 1 quart of water.
  • Clean carefully, especially in areas where mold is likely to grow, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.
  • Empty refrigerator drip pans and thoroughly clean them with a commercial anti mold product.
  • Keep garbage cans and trash compactors clean and free of mildew.
  • Store things carefully. Don’t store newspaper, clothes, and other items in damp areas because they can become moldy. Store only completely clean and dry clothing and shoes. Even small amounts of grime can stimulate mold growth.
  • Throw away any moldy foods lurking in your refrigerator and cupboards.

Air Circulation:

  • Use a fan in the bathroom to remove damp air. If you don’t have a fan, open a window and consider having a fan installed. In bathrooms without windows, open a door when you’re finished, and consider using a dehumidifier.
  • Use a dehumidifier to dry out a damp basement, but be sure to empty the water from it and clean it regularly. Water left in dehumidifiers allows mold to grow.
  • Don’t use humidifiers or vaporizers. Putting extra moisture into the air encourages mold growth. If you choose to use these appliances, follow the manufacturer’s instructions about regular cleaning. Even special humidifiers designed to lessen mold growth require regular and thorough cleaning.
  • Ventilate closed rooms by opening doors and installing fans.

Miscellaneous:

  • Avoid sleeping in areas of the house that are below ground level.
  • Don’t put carpeting directly on concrete or damp floors. The carpet may become moldy.
  • When painting damp areas, choose mold-inhibiting paints. They can be found at most paint stores.
  • Remove all carpets and wallpaper with visible mold or mildew.
  • Don’t over-water plants. A few household plants probably will not cause problems if you’re mold-sensitive, but standing water promotes mold growth.
  • Keep windows sealed tightly. You may need to replace weather stripping on older windows.
  • Eliminate dark areas. Most mold needs darkness to grow. In the basement or in closets that tend to be damp, install a light on a timer. Add windows or skylights to dark rooms.

 

(Editor’s Note: These are merely suggestions and what has worked for others in the past. Results may vary.)

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Update Your Home Without Breaking The Bank

DHREA 02/05/2018

Tired of your home looking off-trend and out of touch? Or investing in an older home and want to update it? You don’t need deep pockets to do either. In fact, upgrading your home can be quite affordable with the right projects.

Here are five ways to make a big impact without spending a lot:

REPAINT

Paint trends come and go, so if your walls are still the same color or have the same wallpaper from 1950, they’re likely out of date. Consider giving the walls a new look with a more modern tone.

CHANGE LIGHT FIXTURES

It’s time to kick out-of-style light fixtures to the curb. Pendant lighting, Edison bulbs and simple recessed lighting are what’s hot with today’s designers and buyers.

UPDATE YOUR HARDWARE

You’d be surprised at how easily doorknobs, drawer pulls, locks and handles can start to look aged. Take a good look at your existing hardware, and consider upgrading to newer models. And don’t forget the hinges.

REFACE YOUR APPLIANCES

Have an old, yellowing appliance but don’t want to replace what’s not broken? Just use peel-and-stick stainless steel or marble contact paper, and reface those appliances instantly.

INSTALL A KICKPLATE

If you want to upgrade your curb appeal but can’t afford a new door, consider installing a kickplate. It’s an instant, affordable way to add visual appeal to any existing entryway.

These upgrades may seem minor, but when done properly, they can have a serious impact on your home’s aesthetic. If you’re considering more extensive updates, let’s get together to discuss ways to increase your home’s marketability and long-term value!

 

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DIY Corner: Repair Your Exterior!

DHREA 13/04/2018

 

 

With the cost to paint a house’s exterior averaging about $2,500 nationally, homeowners longing for a new look may be considering their DIY options.

You don’t need to be particularly handy to make your home’s exterior look like new. All you need is some spare time between now and summer. You can wash your house in a day, prep it in a weekend, and finish giving it a dazzling makeover over the course of a few weeks (and for about one-fifth of the cost to hire pros).

1-day project: Wash your house

If you aren’t already washing your siding once a year, now is the time to start. This will remove any mold and mildew, expose any potential problems and get the surface ready for prep work and painting.

  • A pressure washer is the most popular cleaning tool, thanks to its powerful spray — but it’s not a magic wand. In addition to patience, you’ll also need protective eyewear, a couple of five-gallon buckets, a pressure-washing cleaning solution and a stiff brush.
  • Soak the surface first to loosen up debris, and then start cleaning with a wide, sweeping motion, from the bottom to the top of each wall.
  • To prevent damage, start spraying at a distance of 10 feet and work your way in. Wash windows, garage doors and cracked seals at the lowest setting or by hand.
  • If that big, loud pressure washer leaves you feeling a little gun-shy, you can get the same results with a scrub brush, bleach solution and garden hose.

Weekend project: Make repairs

Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned your home’s exterior, use the next weekend to prepare it for a paint job. On Saturday, sand, fill and weatherproof the surfaces. On Sunday, cover any stains with primer.

  • Using a sanding block and razor blade, remove any protruding burrs or paint drips. To speed up the job, use a rotary tool or power sander.
  • Patch and fill holes with the filler that’s appropriate for your siding. For example, you can use wood filler on wood, but fiber cement siding (sometimes known as Hardie Board) requires cement patch. Sand when dry.
  • Replace old caulk with either a small putty knife or painter’s tool. Apply the caulk slowly for a smooth bead, using a damp rag to wipe up the excess. Practice in an inconspicuous area if needed.
  • Replace any rotted trim or siding immediately. This will definitely add some time and cost to your project, but it sure beats painting over rotted wood and a colony of termites.
  • Spend Sunday applying primer, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Even if you plan on painting with a two-in-one paint that includes primer, old paint jobs and stained areas will still need a layer of primer to help paint adhere. If you run out of prime-time this weekend, finish when you kick off the next project next weekend.
  • In the meantime, do some planning. Decide on a paint palette with two or three colors (base, trim and accent) and get ready for the fun part.

Month-long project: Paint!

Once your exterior is washed and prepped, give it a total overhaul with new paint, trim and accents.

Week 1: Upgrade the front door casing

  • Once you’ve found the perfect style, take measurements and plan out the placement on paper before purchasing and cutting the lumber.
  • If feasible, purchase rot-resistant PVC trim. Pressure-treated wood is cheaper but must be preserved, dried and primed before installation.
  • To remove the old casing, cut through the caulk with a utility knife and carefully remove casing with a pry bar.
  • Cut the new casing to size, letting it sit flush against the bottom.

Week 2: Paint the siding

  • This can be done in the afternoon or evening, so tackle the job in sections. Shake and stir the paint before you begin for even coverage.
  • Cover any light fixtures, doorbells, and windows where you intend to paint, and use an angled brush to paint along edges without making a mess. Use a roller to fill in the broad areas, working from top to bottom. Paint the trim last, wiping up any stray spatters with a damp rag.

Week 3: Apply a second coat

  • Sand out any paint drips or debris.
  • Paint the siding and trim another coat.

Week 4: Tackle the details

  • Paint the front door the color of your dreams.
  • Add shutters, if you like.
  • Upgrade and add extras: new crown molding for the porch, a doorbell, a new house number, door handles, and light fixtures.

 

 

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Lawn Care Tips For First Time Homeowners

DHREA 12/04/2018

 

First-time homeowners can be overwhelmed at the responsibility that comes with home ownership. While some of those responsibilities can be stressful, others can prove therapeutic.

Many homeowners find caring for their lawns to be an enjoyable hobby that helps relieve stress. Time spent outdoors in the warm sun helps improve mood, and a lush lawn and garden can instill a sense of pride in homeowners. First-time homeowners with no history of caring for a lawn can still turn their lawn into a lush oasis to be proud of.

START WITH THE SOIL

Soil is the foundation for any good lawn or garden. Healthy soil will result in healthy plants and vegetables. Unfortunately, not all homeowners are lawn care enthusiasts, and first-time homeowners might discover their lawn sand gardens need lots of work. That work should begin with a soil test. Do-it-yourself soil kits are available at most major home improvement and lawn and garden centers. For those who prefer to trust a professional, the United States Department of Agriculture has Cooperative Extension System offices in every state and U.S. territory. Such offices provide valuable information to homeowners, and many even provide free or low-cost soil tests. These tests can help homeowners learn more about their soil and what, if anything, they need to do improve its health.

FIND THE RIGHT GRASS

Some lawns might be an eyesore because the grass is not the right type of grass for that particular region. If a grass is not a good fit for the region and local climate, it likely won’t thrive or will require considerable and often costly maintenance to stay lush.

Bermuda and tall fescue grasses are popular options in many areas of North America, but it’s still best to consult a lawncare professional to determine which grass is best for a given region. Learn the ins and outs of caring for the grass, including which types of seed and fertilizer are the best fit, as well as the recommended watering guidelines.

PLANT PROPERLY

Planting new grass might seem like a big undertaking, but it’s actually quite easy, even for first-time homeowners. Once a person has determined the correct type of grass to install, planting is much more simple that one might think.

* Aerate the soil. Soil compaction is a problem for many homeowners. Heavy usage often compacts the soil, making it very difficult for the lawn to hold oxygen and water that roots need to grow and absorb valuable nutrients. Aerating increases nutrient, oxygen and water movement into the soil, improving rooting and controlling thatch buildup. Hand aerators might prove effective on smaller lawns, but most lawns would benefit from a core aeration machine. For first-time homeowners, it might be best to enlist the services of a professional the first time aeration is done to learn the process.

* Spread seed evenly. Grass seed should be spread evenly over all tilled areas. Spreading can be done by hand or by using a seed spreader.

* Add a light layer of soil over the seed. Once the seed has been spread, cover the seeded areas with a light layer of soil. Some soils are treated, and these treated soils provide nutrients that encourage growth.

* Water well but don’t overdo it. The soil around the seed should be moist until the grass has grown in to its desired height. However, avoid overwatering, which can drown the seed and make new grass growth impossible.

FERTILIZE

Fertilizer is a friend to lawns, providing the nutrients a lawn needs to grow in thick. When fertilizing, use a spreader. The type of spreader is up to the homeowners, but know that drop spreaders, which drop the fertilizer directly below the spreader, tend to be more accurate but take more time, while broadcast spreaders, which drop fertilizer in a pattern away from the spreader, are less accurate but cover large areas in a much shorter period of time. Avoid fertilizing the same area twice, and be patient. Fertilizing might seem like a tedious process, but if done correctly, it should lead to a lush lawn.

When fertilizing, it’s best to do so during the fall and spring. The exact time to fertilize depends on the region, but it’s generally best to fertilize between April and early June, and then in the fall between late September and early November.

When it comes to lawn care, first- time homeowners should not be intimidated by this sudden responsibility. Caring for a lawn can be a relaxing and rewarding hobby.

 

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Creative Financing. How to leverage your business with Other peoples Money

Saturday, Apr 14, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

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We will be bringing in two guest speakers this month. Attorney Matt Beam to discuss different contracts, notes, mortgages and lease options etc.. We will cover some of these different contracts and paperwork to help you navigate through your next creative financing deal. Josh Caldwell who is the director of the Local REIA in the north hills. He is …

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Controlling Indoor Moisture

DHREA 03/04/2018

Bathroom Exhaust Fan.

Moisture condenses into water droplets when warm, humid air contacts a cool surface. Activities such as cooking, bathing, clothes drying and dish washing add moisture to the air. Some heating appliances, such as unvented natural gas or kerosene models, also increase the moisture inside your home. During the winter, windows, walls and doors that lack proper insulation are common cool surfaces. Uninsulated cold-water pipes are examples of cool surfaces in the summer. Droplets can accumulate on these surfaces and run down into the walls, windows and structural components, causing rot and peeling paint, and providing a good environment for mold and mildew growth.

Indoor Moisture and Humidity

When you see moisture accumulating, dry it promptly and deal with the source of the problem. Two basic elements of controlling moisture buildup are minimizing cool surfaces and reducing humidity.Storm doors and windows minimize cool surfaces in the winter by separating the interior from cold, outside air. Double- and triple-pane windows also insulate interior glass from the cold. In addition to reducing moisture, adding these improvements will make your home more energy-efficient year-round. Pay attention to window treatments as well. Opening drapes and blinds in the winter allows warmth to reach the interior glass. Some condensation may occur, but the improved circulation makes it less likely to accumulate. Insulating cold-water pipes eliminates a common cool surface in warm weather. Straight and angled sleeves let you fit insulation to your pipes. Just slide on the sleeves and seal the slits and joints with duct tape.

Your heating and cooling systems can also help control moisture in the home. Gas and electric furnaces reduce humidity with dry heat. Air conditioning lowers the moisture level in the air as it cools. Keep registers open and unblocked to allow good air flow, and have the systems inspected and serviced regularly to make sure they are functioning properly.

Caulking and weatherstripping improve energy efficiency and prevent humid air from entering a home, but they also reduce the air exchange that allows moisture to move out of the house. Bathroom exhaust fans, dryer exhaust and ducted kitchen exhaust hoods that vent to the outside remove moisture that activities such as showering, bathing, clothes drying, dish washing and cooking create. Keep the devices free of dust, lint, grease or anything that could keep them from working efficiently.

Other simple ways to reduce air moisture include:

  • Covering pots while cooking, when possible
  • Leaving room doors open to allow good air circulation
  • Storing firewood outside
  • Covering aquariums

If high humidity is a problem you can’t overcome by other methods, remove moisture from the air with a dehumidifier. They’re effective in laundry rooms, basements, bathrooms and any room that isn’t air-conditioned or has poor air circulation. Look for models that consume less energy than conventional dehumidifiers.

Good to Know

Humid air leads to condensation problems, but air that’s too dry can be uncomfortable or unhealthy and can lead to static shocks. Keep the relative humidity in your home between 30 and 50 percent. You can purchase a weather station that measures indoor humidity levels.

Gable Power Vent.

Other Moisture Considerations

Moisture in the home is not always as obvious as water beading on a window. Knowing other places it can accumulate can help you prevent problems.

Poor ventilation in an attic can result in condensation, promoting mold growth in the framing elements of the house. This can affect your home’s structural integrity. Keep eave vents clear of insulation and make sure you have adequate air flow.

A sealed, unused fireplace creates an opportunity for moisture problems. If air doesn’t circulate in the fireplace, condensation can accumulate on the walls and soak into the masonry. Make sure some air can flow through the fireplace, but rain cannot enter it.

If you have a crawlspace, moisture from the soil can enter your home, increasing the level of humidity. A vapor barrier over the bare soil blocks the moisture, keeping it out of your living space.

Rain that seeps into your home’s foundation can lead to moisture problems. Make sure your gutters work properly and direct water away from your home’s foundation.

Caution!

Some moisture problems require more complex solutions, and sources of moisture may be hidden. Consult a professional if you have serious condensation or mold problems or if you suspect you may not have adequate ventilation.

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