Crown Molding To Accentuate Your House

Crown Molding To Accentuate Your HouseMolding is known as ornamental piece that is used to outline other objects as decoration. Molding can be made from various materials such as plaster, clay, metals, plastic, wood or any other material that can be shaped into molding.

In many houses, crown moldings often used to accentuate both in exterior and interior such as doors, walls, ceiling, windows and many others. Some molding types which often use for this purpose are the chair rails, baseboards and crown molding. In this post we will talk specifically about crown molding or also called as cornice.

Many interior designers are agreeing that crown molding can improve any room in your house. It will make the crossing between walls to ceiling, corners, doors or windows become smoother. It is accentuate the room’s style and design, make the room more beautiful and stylish.

The crown molding is available in various styles, sizes and color. You can find it from the simple pattern or just cove shape to the elaborate pattern large cornice for large houses or entry.

Although the use of cornice in building a house can be traced back all the way to the ancient Greeks and Romans, no one really knows when cornice or crown molding becomes the parts of building’s element. But, at first the use of cornice was rather more as a roof support than decoration.

Since the roof of building in ancient Greeks time most of them are made from heavy stones, the cornice is use as additional support to hold the roof’s weight. Most of the crown molding’s pattern from the ancient Greeks and Romans are still used for the modern cornice till this day.

If you are conducting a crown molding project to decorate your house with several types of cornice, it will be better if you pick the main cornice’s size and style first. The main cornice will become the one that is often used in many areas. And then you can choose other crown molding types and size that match with the main molding.

There are various guides on how to choose the crown molding size, but those guides were not the iron rules in choosing the right crown molding. So, you can have the freedom to choose the one that suit to your taste or trusting the decision to your home designer.

Controlling Humidity In Your Home With Regular Check Up

High humidity level can cause bad thing to your house and the people who stay in the house. It can damage your home and jeopardize the health of people who live in it. This is because places with high humidity are a perfect place for mold to grow and multiply.

Mold release very small size spores to breed and multiply. In small amount it is not dangerous to most people unless for sensitive people. But, if the spores are present in a large numbers, they become very dangerous even for strong person. The most affected people are from infants, baby, little children, elderly, and person with allergic condition, chemical sensitivities or asthma.

The most ideal humidity level in your home is about 30% to 50%. To prevent the humidity level increase more than 50% you need to pay attention to any factors that can cause an increase from humidity such as water leak, water damage, flood, condensation or rain.

To control the proper humidity level in your house, you need to do regular check. Here are some tasks that you can do to control humidity level regularly. You can perform these tasks by yourselves if you have enough time. But, if you are too busy or do not know how to do it, you can hire home maintenance service to do it for you.

Check the drain lines from your HVAC system

Find out whether if the drain lines are damage or clogged causing waste water overflowing the drip pan. Make regular service schedule from the HVAC service company to maintain the air conditioner to prevent the drain lines get clogged by molds, algae or dirt.

Check the garbage disposal system

Check for damage, crack or other factors that make the disposal leaks periodically. Find damp or drip spots under the counter to find out the location of the leakages.

Check for water heater system

After some time the water heater could get rusted and even cracked which can cause leakage. So, you need to check for rust and cracks on the water heater unit at least once a year. Check the drain line for water pan is not damage or clogged. Drain and clean the water heater unit regularly according to the manufacturer’s instruction.

Check the sink, tub, toilet and shower for leakage

In most cases, if there is leakage from these places often goes unnoticed because it is out of your sight until the leakage becomes big or until you see the molds growing near the leakage. Check if there is any tile grout on the surface of wall or floors and crack in caulk.

Check the sprinklers system

Make sure that the water from sprinklers cannot reach your house exterior walls, deck, porch or terrace. It is to protect your house to get damped by the water from the sprinkle.

Check the attic

Check the attic 3 – 4 times a year for water stains that indicate leaks from the roof. If you find it check the roof above the stain for cracks or hole and fix it right away before rain comes.

Reduce The Risk Of Molds Infestation In Your Home

It is quite common to find mold spores inside every home. Since the spores are very small and light, it can spread easily from outdoor into your house using the air flow and land themselves to any rooms and the surface of any walls, doors, windows, indoor decorations or furniture.

If you let the mold’s existence inside your home, the molds will grow and damage your home and put risk on the health of everyone who lives in the house. Most people are exposed to molds and its spores every day. But, since the amount is too small, this condition has no effect or only has very small effect to their health (unless for people who allergic to them).

But, if people have been exposed to the molds spores in large quantity, it will bring serious harm to their health. To prevent the spores from growing inside of your home and make some damages, you need to clean your home properly and regularly.

Therefore, you need to be alert if there is large infestation of molds that growing wildly in your house. This problem is usually caused by the high level of humidity and water leakage at the place where the molds are growing or because of flood that entering your home.

The large amount of molds in your home will increase the level of airborne mold spores in your home. This will make the molds able to spread to other places inside your home, especially the one that has high level of moisture or humidity.

If the molds grew uncontrolled, they can even ruin your building’s structure. Once they have infested your house, it will not be easy to clean it right away. Although there are no easy methods to get rid of all the molds and their spores once they have infested a space inside your house, it will be easier to eliminate them while they are still little through proper cleaning regularly.

Here are some guides to help you to prevent the molds grows inside your house;

Make sure every place that has high humidity level such as bathroom, kitchen, laundry room or basement has proper ventilation to the outside.

Make sure that the HVAC ventilation is not blocked.

Use dehumidifier to reduce the humidity in crawlspaces, attic and basement.

Turn on the exhaust fans in the kitchen when you are cooking.

Install proper insulation on water pipes, air ducts and any other cold channels to reduce condensation that could produce moist or increase the humidity.

If it possible, you could install moisture sensor alarm to any places that have high risk of sudden increase in humidity level.

Reduce The Air Leaks From Your House

Do you want to reduce the expenses on your house and save some money for other need? There are some methods to save up on your home energy bills up to 10% or even more by reducing any air leaks that are present in your house as low as possible.

These air leaks make warmer air move in to your house, causing the increase of energy usage to cool your home. Meanwhile in the winter, the air leaks make the warm air leave your home, causing the increase of energy to make your house warmer. Therefore, these air leaks make you spend extra money on the wasted energy.

To eliminate the air leaks in your home, you have to seal, caulk and closed every cracks, seam and any opening that let the air pass freely to the outside or entering your house. Here are some suggestions to start your task;

Air tightness test

You can perform this test to find out if there is any air current to the outside or inside of your house that cannot be seen with naked eyes. It will be easier to locate any opening with this test if you do it on a windy day.

Use an incense stick and lit it close to the wall that you suspected there is any opening. Use the smoke from the incense to determine any opening. If the smoke is blown vertically that is mean there is no opening that causing air draft. But if the smoke blown horizontally that is mean there are openings next to the incense even if you cannot see it.

After you have found the opening, you should seal it with sealing material such as caulk, weather stripping, cement or other sealing material. You can also use this test to check the tightness of your doors, electrical outlets, windows, ceiling and many more.

Seal or caulk any gaps from electrical wiring, plumbing, ducting installations that penetrate to the outside of your house.

Use rubber gasket to seal outlets and switch plate that are installed at outside of your house.

Check your insulation for grimy and dirty spots. It is the signs that there are air leaks on the insulation. Check underneath the insulation for an opening, cracks or gaps and then seal it.

Close the fireplace flue tightly when you are not using the fireplace. The chimney is built to let the smoky air go outside of your house. But when the fireplace is not use, the chimney will let the warm air from inside your house to the outside. Therefore the energy that used to warm your house will increase as well as your home energy bill.