We’re all spending a lot more time at home with family this summer. Make the most of all that together time by planning some fun and creative family activities.
Let’s face it, in this world of iPads, video games, cable TV, and smart phones, sometimes it’s hard to get kids and teens to even go outside. Sometimes, you just run out of ideas for family fun. So, here are a few suggestions that can be scaled up or down to engage the whole family.
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.
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
Be sure to wipe down the outside of the machine with a damp cloth. Ta-da! Your washer is
Check out these tips for how to clean your dryer vent from Ace Hardware.
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.
If our inspectors do find mold in your home, there are ways to clean it up. The US EPA (https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-cleanup-your-home) has plenty of helpful information on mold clean up, including when to do it yourself and when to call in professionals.
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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.
Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented situation. The global corona virus pandemic is affecting all our families, our communities, and our businesses. During this challenging time, I wanted to reach out to you and update you on how we are approaching the situation.
At Hawley Home Inspections, the safety and well-being of our employees, customers, and realtors are always our priority. I wanted to take this opportunity to assure you that Hawley Home Inspections is still here for you. We have put rigorous policies in place to limit exposure and protect the safety and health of our employees and clients, so we can continue to provide the quality services and support you expect. Our inspectors are wearing gloves during all inspections as well as sanitizing all their equipment after each inspection.
In order to protect all parties, we are asking that clients and agents refrain from attending home inspections if they have any cold or flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath), if they have traveled recently, or have been exposed to anyone suspected of having corona virus. We are also asking that buyers not attend inspections in occupied homes in order to protect all parties. Arrangements can be made to share all inspection details with clients and their agents remotely if needed. Likewise, we ask that listing agents inform us if any occupants of a home we are scheduled to inspect have any symptoms of the virus or have been asked to self-isolate or quarantine.
As always, our inspectors are available by phone to answer any questions you may have regarding the home inspection.
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. During these challenging times, please know that you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. Kindness, patience, and partnership will get us through this, and we are here for you.
To operate properly the garage door must be firmly attached to the garage structure and all panels and moving parts must move freely. Here is a short video on how to check the operation of your door and operator.
Did you know radon causes cancer? That may seem like a silly question of course you know if you smoke or not, right?
Well before you answer too quickly, did you know about the dangers of long-term exposure to high levels of Radon Gas. Radon Gas is a tasteless odorless gas that occurs in all parts of the county. Unfortunately, concentration levels vary for many reasons and maybe high in one area and low just a few blocks away.
Radon Gas is estimated to cause 21,000 deaths per year in the United States. In contrast that is more than the 17,000 deaths caused by drunk drivers.
The Center for Disease Control lists exposure to Radon Gas as second only to smoking as a leading cause of Lung Cancer. Furthermore, both state that smokers are at greater risk of developing lung cancer when a smoker is also exposed to elevated levels of Radon Gas.
No level of Radon Gas is safe
However, levels of 4.0 pCi/L and above are the cut off level at which mitigation is recommended. Radon Gas mitigation is relatively inexpensive and non-intrusive for most homes.
In order to assure proper results Radon testing and mitigation should only be performed by licensed or certified Radon technicians.
Consequently, testing is the only way to find out your home’s radon levels. The US EPA and the US Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for Radon Gas.
If you would like to have your home tested contact Hawley Home Inspections LLC at 618-593-9631 or 314-257-0040 or send us an email at HawleyHomeInspections@gmail.com.
We offer discounts for Veterans and First Responders in honor of those who served. Hawley Home Inspections, LLC will give a discount on our home inspections. All veterans qualify regardless of length of service. Active first responders will also receive a discount.
This is our way of paying it forward for those who have ran towards trouble as other have ran away. We come from a family full of veterans and first responders and know the sacrifices you have made. This is but a small token of our appreciation of those who take the responsibility of serving others.
We are a veteran owned and family operated Home Inspection company operating in the St Louis and Southern Illinois area. We have been providing home inspection and ancillary services since 2010.
In addition to Home Inspections we also have the following services available:
Asbestos and Vermiculite Testing
Air Quality Testing (for mold and mildew)
Gas Leak Testing
Log Home Inspections
Sewer Camera Scopes
Termite Inspection (included with Home Inspection)
Well Water Testing
Our Inspectors are ASHI and InterNACHI certified and licensed by the State of Illinois. Each inspector is required to constantly upgrade their education through continuing education courses approved by the State. Your satisfaction is our reward for a job well done.
Our goal is to be “Your Home Consultant for Life” feel free to continue to contact us after your inspection. We welcome your questions and only ask that you refer to friends and relatives.
Here are ten questions to ask your home inspector before you make the largest purchase of your life. Most realtors recommend and many lenders require having a professional home inspection performed.
A home inspection may save you thousands of dollars by revealing structural or safety issues that may not have been obvious. It may give your home a clean bill of health; either way knowing is always better than guessing. Before you choose a home inspector you should ask the following questions: Continue reading “ten questions to ask your home inspector”