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Safety Trainings: Why are they necessary?

Safety Trainings: Why are they necessary?

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5 Green Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air may be several times more polluted than outdoor air. It’s a disturbing fact that is nonethless true. While we may all feel undoubtedly safer in our own homes, the air that we breathe while in it may be more dangerous than what we inhale once we set foot out of our homes. Polluted indoor air can cause health problems, which may develop into chronic and possibly life-threatening respiratory illnesses.... read more

On Safely Removing Asbestos

If your home was built before 1980, there is a huge change that any part of it contains asbestos, which was a very common substance added to building materials back in the 1950s to 1980s. Due to its fire-resistant and insulating properties, asbestos was used in wall and ceiling plasters, floor and ceiling tiles, floorboards, as well as some vinyl floor and wallpaper backings.... read more

The Greener Way to Keep your Home Mold-Free

Molds are nature’s little helpers, and are considered part of the natural environment. However, you wouldn’t really want to share your home with them, as they tend to not only break down the things on which surfaces they grow on, they can also cause health problems. Most people employ harsh methods of removing mold and spores from inside their houses, but rather than using bleach or borax which could affect pets or the environment, there are other natural and eco-friendly ways to kill mold at home. 

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How to Control Mold Growth at Home

Mold growth may be the last thing on your mind when you think of threats to your health and your home. However, inhaling or touching household molds - whether its the black spots on your shower curtain or white patches on the basement floor - can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs.

control mold growth at home

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), mold is everywhere. It can enter the home through open doors, vents, windows and other systems. Mold outside can also enter the home by attaching onto clothing, shoes, bags and pets.

While it is impossible to prevent mold exposure, there are a lot of ways to control its growth. One important thing to note is that mold needs moisture, food and warmth to flourish.  That’s why you can see it accumulating around leaks in roofs or pipes or where there has been flooding. It also grows well on organic products such as paper, cardboard or wood. It also thrive in paints, dust, fabric and furniture. 

To control mold growth inside the home, follow these tips:

 

Eliminate moisture sources

  • Check for leaks around pipes, sinks, air conditioning units, refrigerators and other sources of water, especially in the basement. Have them repaired if necessary. 
  • Empty and clean refrigerator drip pans promptly.
  • Avoid leaving damp clothes in the laundry basket. Wash and dry them promptly.
  • Do not carpet bathrooms.
  • Most mold need 24-48 hours of moisture to begin to grow. Make sure to dry wet areas within the day to prevent mold growth.

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A Greener Summer

No need to have the summertime blues this year -- let's have the summertime greens!  There are plenty of excellent ways to keep your summer KEEN and GREEN!  

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Green Camping Tips

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Are you camping this summer?  Here are some tips for keeping your camping trip keen and green:... read more

Companion Planting for Natural Gardens

Companion planting is basically just arranging your garden so that complementary plants are near each other. This can mean different things, including plants that deter pests, attract insects, or require different nutrients to reduce competition. Most gardeners will be planting a common assortment of vegetables, so we will try to focus mostly on those you’re likely to find in any garden.

Alfalfa

For starters, there are some plants that are pretty much good to plant near anything. Alfalfa is one of these. A drought-resistant crop, it has strong roots that help to break up soil and aerate it for others with weaker root systems. Its tap root also deposits nitrogen into the soil, reducing your need for fertilizer and making the soil richer for the next planting year.... read more

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