Plumbing may be defined as the practice, materials and fixtures used in the installation, maintenance and alteration of all piping, fixtures, appliances and appurtenances in connection with sanitary and storm drainage facilities, the venting system, and public and private water supply systems. Plumbing does not include the trade of drilling water wells, installing water-softening equipment, or the business of manufacturing or selling plumbing fixtures, appliances, equipment or hardware. A plumbing system consists of three separate parts: an adequate potable water supply system; a safe, adequate drainage system; and ample fixtures and equipment. (read full article on InterNACHI)
- The key to mold control is moisture control.
- If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem.
- It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.
Why is mold growing in my home?
Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter, such as fallen leaves and dead trees. But indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. (read full article on InterNACHI)
From our monthly eNewsLetter, Associated Content has a useful article by Shana Carlton, who says, “If you are looking for some low cost home maintenance projects to do to improve your efficiency or appearance of your home, there are several low cost jobs that can be done without a lot of hassle. Windows and doors can cost you lots of money on your heating and cooling bills. You don’t have to replace your windows (unless you have already allowed for replacement in your budget), simply replacing seals and caulking can improve on your energy costs. However, replacing windows is your best long-term solution for maximum energy efficiency.”
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