(HawleyHomeInspectionsLLC.com) Have you neglected to clean your washing machine? It can seem counter-intuitive at first—this is the machine that CLEANS things, so shouldn’t it, by definition, be clean? Nope. Dirt and grime from all those dirty clothes don’t wash away entirely and eventually builds up in your machine, as well as hard water minerals and possibly mold and mildew. So, then you are essentially washing clothes in dirty water. Yuck!
The good news is there is a cheap and easy fix. All you need is some white vinegar, bleach and your washers hot water cycle. Exactly which way to approach the task depends on what type of machine you have.
Front Loading Washing Machines:
Run your machine on a hot cycle using about two cups of vinegar (add vinegar to the detergent dispenser or right in the tub). Vinegar is great for cleaning grime and soap scum.
Once the vinegar wash cycle is complete, do the same thing again using two cups of chlorine bleach and the hottest water setting. This time, when the wash cycle is done, run an extra rinse cycle to make sure all the bleach has been washed away.
Don’t forget to clean the rubber seal around the door! Wipe it down using a solution of ¼ cup bleach and about a quart of warm water.
Wipe it down using a clean cloth as thoroughly as possible, then dry it with an absorbent cloth.
Top Loading Washing Machines:
Run the bleach clean first using about a quart of bleach. Fill with hot water and bleach, then let it soak for an hour or so to kill all the mold, mildew, and germs. Again, run a complete wash on the hottest water setting you have. No need to double rinse. Next, fill the washer with hot water and about a quart of vinegar. Again, let it soak for an hour. Then run it again using the hottest water setting. Next Steps:
All machines will benefit from a simple wipe down with vinegar water. Be sure to get into the nooks and crannies, and don’t forget the inside of the door or lid! If you can remove the soap, bleach and fabric softener dispensers, soak them in a sink or pail of soapy water for a few minutes. Clean each piece with a rag or brush. Rinse and dry them and put them back.
Be sure to wipe down the outside of the machine with a damp cloth. Ta-da! Your washer is sparkling!
Check out these tips for how to clean your dryer vent from Ace Hardware.
(HawleyHomeInspectionsLLC.com) Protecting your home & family from mold and other contaminants can be a daunting job. Indoor air quality is a major concern as we spend a lot more time inside our homes these days. Even before pandemic worries had us all staying home, people in the U.S. spent about 70% of their lives inside their homes. This suggests that the condition of your home is a primary factor in your overall health. If your home has problems, your health may be suffering, too.
Of the 137 million homes in the United States, 12 million have problems with water leaks and four million have experienced mold problems within the last year.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency molds are part of the natural environment and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors. The EPA says it isn’t generally a problem unless it begins growing indoors. Unchecked, indoors it can damage a home’s structure, causing wood rot and ruined drywall. It can also cause significant health problems.
High indoor levels are associated with a wide range of health issues, including respiratory illnesses such as asthma. Chronic coughing and sneezing, irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat, rashes, chronic fatigue, and persistent headaches can all be symptomatic of black mold exposure or black mold poisoning. The condition of a person’s housing is an important influence on their health.
It can be hard to identify mold problems because the source is often in isolated areas—behind walls, and in attics and crawl spaces. An indoor Air Quality Test can identify these issues and allows us to make recommendations that will guard your family’s health and your home’s safety.
A professional test starts with a thorough inspection of your property. We will investigate any signs of past or present water intrusion which can promote mold growth. Testing allows us to record an accurate comparison. Swab testing is also available for visible microbial growth. Our inspectors are IAC2 Certified. That means they’re air quality experts.
We are changing our approach to home inspections and COVID-19. As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe and in our communities, we are constantly re-evaluating our policies and procedures. We want to keep you up to date on changes in our practices aimed at protecting our clients, employees, realtors, sellers, and others involved in the home inspection process.
To that end,
we are asking buyers to refrain from attending home inspections, even in vacant homes. They will still receive a full report, complete with pictures, and our inspectors are happy to go over their findings with the buyers (and their agents) by phone and answer any questions they may have.
Home Inspections COVID-19 safety measures we’ve instituted include:
Protective gear: Our inspectors are wearing booties over their shoes and boots any time they are inside a home. They’re also donning protective gloves before entering the home.
Keeping equipment sanitized: Our inspectors wipe down all their equipment with sanitizing wipes between inspections, so everything they bring into a home is clean.
Certified COVID-19 safety training: All of our inspectors have completed the COVID-19 Safety Guidelines course through the InterNACHI School, a home inspector college accredited by the US Department of Education.
Maintaining social distancing: We’ve asked buyers not to attend home inspections. On those rare occasions when they do still meet with our inspectors in person, our team members are maintaining the CDC’s six feet of separation guidelines and all meetings will take place outdoors at the end of the inspection. Anything we can do remotely and by phone helps to keep everyone safer.
We’re here for you: Our inspectors and staff are happy to answer any questions you may have about our new safety protocols and any other aspects of our home inspection process. As always, we’re here for you.
I want you to know all of us at Hawley Home Inspections value our relationship with our clients and their agents, and we appreciate your referrals. Please know that you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers, and together, we will get through these challenges.