Home improvement projects have the potential to make or break your wallet, your investment and your resale value. This article will give you lots of great advice on how you can protect the investment you’ve made, get the best bang for your buck and not go broke in the process.
A great way to reduce your chance of mold growth in your household is by making sure your bathroom is well ventilated. Bathrooms that don’t have a window or some sort of vent usually get steamy, but are unable to be rid of the humidity. Eventually this humidity contributes to extensive mold growth.
You should have exhaust fans in bathrooms, your kitchen and even your laundry room. Venting this air will drastically reduce the probability of mildew and mold invading your home. Not only that, but lowering indoor humidity can also prevent condensation from becoming trapped inside your walls, where it could eventually lead to rot.
A simple way to improve your bathroom is by repainting it. Always use a satin/eggshell or semi-gloss paint, as this is more mold resistant than a flat paint, and can also be wiped down more easily. When choosing a color, take into account the size of the bathroom. If it is very small, then opt for a light color. If the ceiling is of low or average height, then consider painting it a shade lighter than the walls. This will create the illusion that the ceiling is higher.
Be sure you properly install ventilation or windows in the bathroom. Mold can grow quickly in the moisture left behind by daily showering. Even keeping your bathroom repainted often will not kill all mold spores. Instead, do something that will prevent it from growing at all. Install a window or ventilation, to dehumidify your space.
After putting down tile, seal off the grout. Unfortunately, grout has lots and lots of open pores. If it is not properly sealed, moisture might ruin the grout and cause mold or mildew to appear. Unsealed grout also stains easily. By sealing the grout, it will be easier to clean the tiles and you are less likely to battle mildew.
Sometimes, as any pet owner can tell you, your pets can be destructive. If you have had a dog tear holes into your carpet do not despair. You can actually cut out a square of carpet, measure it, and using carpet tape actually mold the piece right in the empty slot seamlessly.
Check the caulking to be sure that it is still in viable condition. Check your sink and bathtub frequently to be sure that the caulking is still good. Small holes or cracks that appear can allow moisture into your walls, which supports mold growth; this sometimes toxic substance may lead to respiratory problems. Over time, water may drip through these cracks, leading to problems with the floor below. Before applying the new caulk, remove all of the old caulk. Next, remove all built-up moisture from the area. This will help the new caulking to adhere properly, forming a waterproof seal.
As you can see, there is a lot involved in even the most simple of home improvement projects. But, if you follow this advice and use it to make really wise investment decisions, you should have no problem choosing the best projects and the best money saving ideas for your home.