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Preparing your home for winter

by The Jana Caudill Team

 

 As the leaves begin to change from green to an array of beautiful fall colors here in Northwest Indiana, it is time to think about what you can do to prepare your home for winter. Below is a list of Fall to Winter preparations.

 

Combating Lead-Based Paint

by The Jana Caudill Team

Most homes built before 1960 contain paint with dangerously high levels of lead.  Many homes built as late as 1978 contain some level of lead in their painted surfaces.  This doesn’t mean only interior and exterior painted walls though.  Other common areas for lead-based paint in older homes are window frames.

There is a significant health threat by ingesting particles of lead-based paint, most often by inhaling dust from dry-scraped lead-based painted surfaces.  The danger is compounded for infants, children, and even unborn fetuses as the growing body more readily absorbs and is damaged by the lead.

If you are undergoing a remodeling or refurbishing job and have old lead-based paint to deal with, here are a few safeguarding tips and links going into greater detail to help you mitigate the potential negative impact on your family’s health.

  1. Seal off and ventilate remodeling areas separately from the rest of the living areas in your home.
  2. If it is in good condition, leave lead-based paint alone!  Lead paint in good condition poses little threat.  It is a surface that is worn, potentially from rubbing against itself like in a window frame that creates the harmful dust.
  3. Keep work areas clean, and avoid tracking paint dust through the house on your clothing or work boots.
  4. Read the EPA’s pamphlet titled “The Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right” here.

If your home was built in 1978 or earlier (really, if your builder’s permit was issued in 1978 or earlier) you owe it to your family to observe these safety tips before beginning any project that could expose them to potentially lethal levels of airborne lead through lead-based paint.

Check out our blog for more how to tips for Do-It-Yourselfers.

Caulking Bathroom Fixtures

by The Jana Caudill Team

Cracked and pealing caulk around kitchen and bathroom fixtures can cause more problems down the road if not addressed right away.  If improperly sealed against moisture, water can get between the fixtures and adjacent walls, and if the wall stays damp long enough soon you will be dealing with bigger issues, mold and rot.  Considering faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms are used multiple times every day, if you notice a caulk problem you’d be better off to fix it sooner rather than later.

Replacing caulk is one of the simpler home repairs you can do on your own.  Here is a video on the basics.  Supplies you will need are a putty knife, a tube of caulk and caulking gun, household cleaner, chlorine bleach, and scissors.

First peel away the old caulk using the putty knife.  Then use household cleaner to clean the surface, adding bleach to take care of any mildew.  Dry the joint where you will lay down the new caulk thoroughly.  You don’t want to seal any moisture in.  Put down a new bead of caulk following instructions on the package.  Check out this step by step video illustrating a bathtub project.

Visit our blog page for more great articles including additional do-it-yourself home repair projects.

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The Jana Caudill Team
Redkey Realty Leaders
503 East Summit St., Suite 2
Crown Point IN 46307
219-661-1256
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