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June 2017

Radon & Mildew & Mold Oh My! Basement & Crawl Space Owners Please Read!

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All homes require maintenance and upkeep. When it comes to a basements & crawl spaces, one of the main concerns is seepage or rising water. When there’s a water problem within the foundation, homeowners usually act quickly to fix the problem and prevent further damage. But what about other problems in your basement or crawl space? What about problems that are invisible and could potentially be more dangerous?

Invisible Issues

When it comes to basements and crawl spaces, radon gas infiltration, mold spores and mildew are common problems. All of these problems have a MAJOR influence on the air you breathe inside your home. They can easily enter your house through the foundation, slab & cove (where the wall meets the floor). This harmful air eventually makes it’s way in up to 50% of your living space air.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer is from radon gas poisoning. If undetected, over the years, it can potentially pose a life threatening problem. However, this does not have to happen.

 

So How Do I Fix It?

There are actually a couple of different ways to help.

  • You can waterproof your basement. You can contact your local basement waterproofing contractor.
  • Seal & Insulate the Crawl Space (this is going to provide immediate & long term benefits)
  • Invest in a Radon Detector from your hardware stores, home improvement stores or online. (If your home has a radon level of 4 or higher, you need to take action) Click here for more information on testing your home. 

 

As always feel free to call us to find out more information!

423-416-2221

Should I Turn My AC Off When I’m on Summer Vacation?

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Most of us have vacations and get aways planned for the upcoming summer months. Maybe it’s the beach, or the mountains, or even a far away destination. We can be gone anywhere from a day to months! With our minds focused on the destination, the last thing we tend to think about is our air conditioning units.

Turning Your Unit Completely Off Can Actually Cause Issues to Your Home!

Your air conditioner not only cools the air, but also dehumidifies it. If you leave your AC off too long, humidity levels rise. Here’s a few things that can happen where there is too much humidity in your home:

  • Corrode or cause short circuits in electrical equipment
  • Cause wallpaper to peel
  • Warp your wood flooring, doors and cabinets
  • PROMOTES MOLD GROWTH (YUCK! The key to preventing mold growth is keeping moisture low preferably between 40% to 60%).

According to the U.S Department of Energy, “If you live in a hot climate, it is best not to set your thermostat higher than 85 to 90 degrees F to protect any temperature-sensitive building components or appliances, like your refrigerator.”

We recommend setting your thermostat between 76-80 degrees F in Northeast Tennessee.

Want to come home to a cool home after Vacation?

 
Now you know how to set the thermostat when you go on vacation. But you don’t want to come home to an oven, right?

That’s why you should get a programable thermostat that comes with a vacation mode. Or even better, a blue tooth/wi-fi capable thermostat (i.e. Nest).  That way by the time you get home, your family can come home to comfort, not an oven.

Call for more information today! 423-416-221