Use 3 Of Your Senses To Find Bad Things Lurking In Your Home

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Your home should be a safe haven for you and your family, but there may be bad things lurking there that you are not aware of. To find these things, you can use three of your senses, smell, touch, and your hearing.

Smell

Mold and mildew have a strong smell, especially if they are confined to one room in your home. Mold may be lurking behind wallpaper or within your walls, so you may not think the strong smell is mold at first. If you clean and the smell continues, the culprit is likely mold.

There are different types of mold that can produce a strong musty smell in your home, such as:

  • Aspergillus: This type of mold can cause inflammation of the lungs, respiratory infections, and allergic reactions.
  • Chaetomium: This type of mold usually grows on drywall after it has sustained water damage.
  • Cladosporium: This mold is often found in warm climates, but it may also grow in cooler areas. It usually grows on damp wallpaper and carpets and can cause respiratory problems.

Because the mold may be hard to get to, you may want to call a mold repair and restoration company like Advanced Remediation Solutions Inc to take care of the problem for you.

Touch

If you touch the tile floor in your bathroom and it feels squishy, you are dealing with a water problem, and likely have damage to the substrate. Water can get behind tiles even if the grouting is not cracked or loose, because grout and tiles are not waterproof. By the time your floor feels squishy, you may have to remove the tiles, or at least part of them, to repair the water damage to the flooring and substrate.

Hearing

Do you hear running water or drips in your home?  These sounds can become very annoying, especially if you are having difficulty finding where it is. One place you may be hearing a dripping sound is under your bathroom or kitchen sink. Open the cabinet below the sink, and look for a pipe that is shaped like a J. Some people also call this pipe a trap, as things like hair, debris, and even a ring, can get trapped there instead of going down the drain.

Use a plunger on the sink, just like you would with a toilet. Plunge the sink drain a few times to see if the dripping stops. If this does not work, you can purchase a drain cleaning solution at a home supply store. Follow the instructions on the packing. In most cases, you pour it down the drain, wait a certain amount of time, and then turn on your faucet.

If this does not fix your problem, or you are hearing the dripping coming from another area, such as within your walls, call a plumber.

Using your senses can help you find problems early. This can save you a lot of money in repair bills.

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