Air Quality

Hardwood Floor Separating in Winter

LESLIE: Judy from Illinois is on the line and is dealing with a hardwood floor separating in winter. How can we help you? JUDY: Well, I have a little problem in the winter with my hardwood floor and separating. And I can kind of see down in there. And I was wondering about a whole-house…

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How to Control Humidity with Indoor Pool

LESLIE: Leslie in Tennessee has a question about how to control humidity with indoor pool. How can we help you? LESLIE IN TENNESSEE: Yes. I’m an avid listener of your show. We really love it. We have a question. After several years of having an outdoor pool and enjoying it but not being able to…

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How to Get Rid of Cigarette Smoke Odor in a Home

LESLIE: Bill in Florida needs some help with eliminating cigarette smoke odor in a new home. How can we help you with that? BILL: My brother-in-law purchased a home lived in by a smoker of 13 years: a heavy smoker. Inundated the home with – considerably with the smoke. And we had mentioned some options…

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Black Spots in Bathroom: Is it Mold?

LESLIE: Heather in Texas is dealing with black spots in bathroom. Tell us what’s going on. HEATHER: Well, I have black spots in my restroom and I’m not sure if that’s mold. And I would like to know: how can he fix it? TOM: Without seeing it, I can’t tell you but if they’re black…

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Stop Sniffling and Sneezing! 10 Tips for Allergy Relief at Home

This year’s allergy season? Nothing to sneeze at. More Americans than ever are finding themselves suffering from seasonal allergies, or are finding that their allergy symptoms get worse each year. Around the world, the intensity and length of allergy season, as well as the rates of people affected by seasonal allergies, are increasing making allergy…

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Breathe Easy: How to Keep The Air in Your House Clean

When older homes were constructed, they had lots and lots of natural ventilation, also known as drafts. Older homes provided as many as six to eight air changes every hour, meaning that the home was so drafty that all the air inside was exchanged with outside air that many times in an hour. While this…

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Well Water Treatment – What’s Needed?

LESLIE: Susan in Texas is on the line with a water question. What’s going on? SUSAN: My daughter has a country home she just purchased and there’s a 900-foot-deep water well on it. And she wanted to know, does she need to use a water softener or a carbon filter for the drinking water? And…

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Get Rid of Mystery Odor in Guest House

LESLIE: Donna in Tennessee has got a funky guest house. Let’s just call it that. What’s going on, Donna? DONNA: We have been in this property – on this property – for two-and-a-half years. And when we purchased the property, the guest house had tenants. And they moved out a little over a year-and-a-half ago.…

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How to Get Rid of Tobacco Smoke Smell and Stop Gagging

Photo Credit: geralt / Pixabay There are few things more disgusting than having to clean up a house or apartment that been saturated to the core with cigarette or another tobacco smoke smell!   If you’ve ever spent time around a smoker, you know the odor lingers – long after they’ve left the room.  But for…

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Construction Dust Control: Asthma and Remodeling Ventilation

Living through a major home remodel can turn anyone’s life topsy-turvy, but when you suffer from asthma, it can become a hazard to your health. That’s why it’s important to hire a contractor who knows how to control indoor air pollutants like dust during a home remodel, according to the National Association of the Remodeling…

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