Renovating Your Bathroom: What to Do If You Discover Mold by roger ricafort

Friday, October 30, 2009

Each year, thousands of homeowners make the decision to have their bathrooms remodeled. Many of those homeowners enjoy doing their remodeling, but there are others who feel as if they opened up a can of worms. Those homeowners are likely the unlucky bunch who found mold in their bathroom. If you were remodeling your bathroom and you find mold, do you know what to do? Unfortunately, a large number of individuals would not.
Before you familiarize yourself with what you should do if you find mold in your bathroom, it is important to examine what mold is. Mold is scientifically described as being a microscopic fungus. This fungus not only looks unattractive, but it can be dangerous. While some types of mold are considered relatively harmless, there are other types of mold that are considered toxic. Unfortunately, due to the moisture that can be found inside most bathrooms, black, toxic mold can be found in thousands of bathrooms in the United States. If you start to remodel your bathroom and you find mold under your toilet or even under you floor tiles, there is a good chance that you may have black mold on your hands.

As previously mentioned, black mold is often defined as being a toxic mold. This is because it is one of the most dangerous types of all molds. In addition to having respiratory problems, you may develop headaches, skin rashes, fevers, and other flu-like symptoms. Although your first impulse may be to remove the mold yourself, you may want to rethink your decision to do so. When mold is improperly removed, mold spores can spread throughout the rest of your home. That is why it may be good to call upon a professional. That professional will likely be a mold removal specialist or an air quality control specialist.

Although it can be quite expensive to have your mold tested and removed, you will want to do so. If your mold is not taken care of, professionally, it can begin to spread and even move into other parts of your home. Once you have had all of your mold removed from your bathroom, no matter what type of mold it is, you will want to take steps to prevent another mold outbreak from occurring in the future. You can easily do this by incorporating a few extra projects into your bathroom remodeling plan. It may be a good idea to make sure that your bathroom has a fan installed in it.

If you do not already have a bathroom fan installed in your bathroom, you will want to get one right away. It has been noted that working bathroom fans help to eliminate the moisture that mold, particularly black mold, thrives off of. No matter what type of bathroom fan you would like to purchase, whether it be a traditional bathroom fan or a decorative one, you should be able to find whatever you are looking for online or at one of your local home improvement stores.

Regardless of where you purchase a bathroom fan from, you are advised to purchase one, even if you don't already have a mold problem. Bathroom remodeling projects, even relatively small projects, can get quite costly. For that reasons, you will want to make sure that you do everything to protect your newly remodeled bathroom from being attacked by mold

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Are Corner Bathtubs Right For Your Home? by Pieter West

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Deciding how to remodel your bathroom is not easy. There are so many options available, how do you know which ones are right for your family? Do you want to re-do everything or do you simply want a touch up? Do you want new features and fixtures or just some new paint? What kind of bathtub do you want? Do you want to keep the same old bathtub or have some of the new corner bathtubs on the market caught your eye?

Corner bathtubs are a great addition to any bathroom. Many people opt for corner bathtubs because they can save quite a lot of space in the bathroom while providing a far superior bathing experience. Many people enjoy corner bathtubs because they feel more like Jacuzzi pools or hot tubs than regular old bathtub and shower units. Other people choose corner bathtubs because they add to the ambiance of the bathroom. You certainly have more decorating options when you choose corner bathtubs than the straight bathtubs that have become traditional!

Of course, not all bathrooms are set up to accommodate corner bathtubs. If your bathroom is long and narrow you will probably have a hard time fitting a corner bathtub into that space and should stick with a standard long tub. If, on the other hand, your bathroom is full of odd angles or is square in shape, a corner bathtub could be just what you need to give your bathroom an entirely new look and feel.

Corner bathtubs come in all sizes, shapes and colors. This can make choosing the perfect corner bathtub for your home difficult. In this instance, it is a good idea to look at the rest of your remodeling project. What kind of changes to you plan on making to your sink, cupboards or toilet? Remember that re-doing the plumbing can be quite a challenge, so choosing which corner bathtub is right for your home might depend on where the water pipes sit in the room.

Many people like corner bathtubs because they offer a number of comfortable options. If you are remodeling your bathroom to accommodate a family member with special needs, you can choose a corner bathtub with doors and benches to allow the family member to bathe easily and comfortably while still allowing you to improve the aesthetic quality of your bathroom.

If you want to turn your bathroom into a home spa, you can choose corner bathtubs with raised sides and whirlpool jets to give the illusion of having a relaxing Jacuzzi tub in your home. If you have the space and your plumbing can handle it, you might consider installing a separate shower and allowing your corner bathtub to be your spa pool!

The possibilities are endless! Choosing the right corner bathtub from the variety of corner bathtubs that are available does not need to be a headache. First decide what your aim is when the bathroom remodel is finished and choose a corner bathtub that best fits into that scenario!

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Pieter West travels the world on a regular basis and have written about numerous subjects. He has an extensive knowledge about, finances, DIY, parenting advice and many more subjects. You can find more of Pieter's articles regarding corner bathtubs at

Prioritizing your Home Improvement To-Do List by Maria Polidoro

Sunday, October 25, 2009

If you are like many homeowners, you have a seemingly endless list of home improvement projects - remodel the kitchen, paint the house, replace the roof... where to start? For most people, tackling all of the projects on the list at once would be infeasible, so some prioritizing is in order. We have compiled some tips to help you prioritize your home improvement to-do list in a way that makes sense for your situation:

First address repairs that will incur additional costs if neglected. Any issues with the home that will worsen and cost more money with time should be high priority. Water damage is a good example, as are foundation and roof problems. A water leak left unfixed could mean massive costs down the line, such as replacing water damaged walls and mold remediation. Unfortunately these types of repairs are less exciting than for instance remodeling the kitchen or installing new hardwood floors, but they are necessary for the longevity and value of the home.

Consider any necessary electrical, HVAC and plumbing repairs or upgrades. Ensuring that the mechanical aspects of the home are in working order is another phase of home improvement that may seem less than exciting, but in most cases function takes priority over aesthetics. It would be difficult to enjoy a newly remodeled bathroom without a functional water heater, or to enjoy anything about your home with a broken heater in freezing temperatures. Use your best judgment to determine what mechanical repairs are necessary.

Budget should be considered in planning your home improvement timeline. Your home improvement list probably has a mix of costly and less expensive projects. The financial magnitude of different projects should be considered as you prioritize. Expensive projects may be spaced out according to your financial means, with smaller projects filling the spaces between.

Separate fantasy from reality. There may be one or more items on your list that are more of "I wish I could.." than "I plan to..." There is nothing wrong with aiming high, but distinguishing which projects get the green light and which stay in the wish list category is a part of prioritizing. This does not mean you have to remove your fantasy projects from the list, but rather that it helps to be realistic about them when setting up your project timeline.

Prioritizing the order in which projects should be done and planning a realistic timeline based on your financial situation and the condition of your home can alleviate the anxiety of a seemingly never ending to-do list.

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Maria Polidoro is the owner of Ace Tool, a leading dealer and service center for hand and power tools. Please visit Ace Tool to find the right carbide tipped hole saw, reciprocating saw, router and more from 70+ power tool brands.

Dos and Don'ts in a Bathroom. by Tuffs Sain

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Looking for a bathroom design that stands out, look good and is also practical in use and to avoid silly mistakes in design I have listed down few do's and don'ts for bathroom.
Bathroom is one the most expensive room to decorate or rebuild. So you have to make sure all the pipes used in bathroom are of good quality and pipe work should be very accurate. Pipes can leak in future if good quality pipe are not used, which can cause a lot of problem. It would be very difficult for homeowners to remove tiles and fix Pipe or Pipe work.

Selection of Bathroom Tiles is very important in a bathroom. Colour of Bathroom tile should be very subtle and neutral so that even if you look at bathroom three to four years later it doesn't look out of date. You should get a feel of elegance, softness and sophistication. But a mix and match of tiles look more attractive, such as if you have selected a black basin a black background wall tile behind the basin will give your bathroom a totally new look and feel.

Tiles with floral design or self design on it should be avoided. Floral design on each and every tile makes your bathroom look uglier and is out of date. Floral Borders or Mosaic Tiles are still in fashion but should be used only where required.

You need to be sure Tiles and Tile Adhesive both should be waterproof. If Tile Adhesives are not waterproof tiles can come out very easily in few months. I have mentioned few basic points, which are very important if you are looking to renovate or remodel your bathroom.

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QS is an online and in store supplier of Shower Enclosures. QS Supplies bathroom furniture, bathroom suites, cabinets, vanities and shower enclosure to UK Consumers. With an experience of 18 years we supply quality bathroom products from known brands across the world

How to make your bathroom unique by Mike Justin

Monday, October 12, 2009

One of the dreams everyone has is owning their own custom home. If you already have one then congratulations to you. But even if you haven't been able to accomplish that goal there are some things you can do. The things you can do will transform your house into a semi customized house. One way to do that is to remodel your bathrooms.A custom designed bathroom is one of the nicest things you can do to your home.

We have a glass company in San Diego and one of the biggest jobs we do is making a bathroom nicer. There are many things that can go into a nice bathroom. You can customize your shower. You can change the bathroom windows into more beautiful ones. You can change out the flooring and the countertops. If you are able to do the said things you would have a bathroom that everyone would be proud of.

One of the popular things we do for our San Diego frameless glass shower doors company is custom showers. And of course installing showers that are all glass is a big request. It can really make your bathroom look expensive. If you do this one thing to your home you will really make it look nice. All customized houses have this frameless glass showers.

Another you may want to do is to install new windows in your bathroom. It doesn't make sense to have a nice custom bathroom but ugly windows. That is the second most requested thing we do to custom bathrooms in our San Diego window replacement business. A nice window can be a nice addition to a bathroom.

Doing these things would not give you a customized house. But it can give you something to be proud of. And it will be less expensive that customizing your whole house.

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Small Bathroom Remodeling Time Table by SA HOME

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Before remodeling your bathroom there are some critical things you should be aware of.
The first thing is the time table. Some bathroom remodeling projects (a lot been submitted to our site) are small bathroom remodel, like replacing the vanity, install on existing vanity a granite counter or a replacement of a linoleum floor.

But if you are looking for a complete bathroom remodel you should prepare your self to at least 2-3 weeks of working inside your home. We prepared for you a time table that will give you an idea to what is the time required to complete a standard complete bathroom remodel.

* Demolition - One to Two Days. Demolition is the easy but the messiest part of your bathroom remodeling project. Depends on the foundation and the size of the bathroom this is the fastest part of the complete remodel. If you have tile floor laid out on a slab foundation it will take longer to remove.

* Rough Carpentry Modifications - One Day. The carpenter or the framer will arrive after the demolition is complete and will start to reform the bathroom structure, like a bench, shower panel and fix any rotten pieces of wood before installation will start.

* Rough Plumbing - One To Two Days. This will depend a lot if any fixtures need to be relocated or multiply. If existing plumbing stay the same you should be done with this part within a matter of hours.

* Electrical Work - One Day. Recessed lights, heaters, vents. The electrical work is usually fast with no delays.

* Insulation and Hang Drywall - One Day. Simple process to prepare installation of fixtures. One day is plenty.

* Finish Drywall - Two Days. Finishing the drywall is simple and fast, but it necessary to inspect again & again to make sure the final finish for your bathroom will be just the way you dreamed about. A lot of professional contractors will prefer creating cement walls instead of using dry wall or green board.

* Install Granite on Walls and Floors and Grout - Three Days. Your dream bathroom is coming together. Now you feel you missed the old one? Funny. Depends on material installed this is the most slow and nerve wracking process of waiting your bathroom to be done.

* Install Cabinets, Tops, Toilet, Faucet - One to Two Days. Depends on the fixtures it should take a day and a half.

* Painting and Final Touches - Two Days. Your bathroom is almost complete and you going in and out with a magnifying glass. It?s done, relax and enjoy.

Weeks for a bathroom remodel it's not a bad timing to complete a job that involves 5-6 trades, numerous number of fixtures and your most private room in your home is done. Usually a complete bathroom remodel priced 8k-22k its all depends on the size and we all know that these days the option are endless.

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Tips And Tricks To Remodel Your Smaller Bathroom by Andrew Stratton

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Many people have small bathrooms and they want to change the look. There are many ideas that you can undergo to remodel your bathroom and make it look nice.
There are many people who have smaller bathrooms and want to change how they look. You may want to start the process by picking up some home improvement magazines which can help you give your bathroom a facelift. You can either go to a bookstore or you can go to a home improvement store that has some promotional magazines lying around.

You can start by assessing your bathroom to see what it needs. For example, does it need painting? If so, then you can pant it yourself or hire a contractor if you want a professional look. If you paint your bathroom, then make sure you paint it with bright vibrant colors that lighten the area.

You can also change the fixture of your bathroom to give it a new look. Maybe you want to invest in chrome fixtures or make sure your shower fixtures and faucet ones match. If so then you may want to take a trip to a home improvement store and check out some nice designs.

You may also want to change the cabinets or possibly get rid of a few cabinets, especially if the bathroom is small. If you want to give your cabinets a facelift, then you can either replace them completely, or you can sand down and paint over the current ones. If you have cabinets that are in relatively good condition, then you may want to keep them and just paint over them.

If you decide to purchase new cabinets, make sure you get good ones that are within your budget and that will not be too big for the bathroom. Make sure you take measurements before you go pick up cabinets.

You can also change the look of your smaller bathroom by putting wall hanging on your wall or changing the bathroom mat or shower curtain so that it matches the decorum. You can add other accent ideas such as colorful looking towels. There are a variety of choices available so make sure you take your time choose appropriately.

If you have a small lavatory, then there are many ideas that you can use to change the look of it as per your wish. You can either do it yourself if you are on a budget or hire a professional.

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