Is your home making you sick? This 5-point checklist may help improve your health

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Do you have a sick house? According to WebMD, “Sick-building syndrome,” otherwise known as “indoor air quality” by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, can cause symptoms such as watering eyes, headaches, dry skin, nausea, heart palpitations, nosebleeds and chronic fatigue. Use this checklist to give your house a thorough physical and call in the professional if you identify a major concern.

Indoor Pollution

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HVAC is the biggest culprit or indoor pollution which can lead to respiratory issues such as asthma, allergies, coughing and headaches. Air-conditioning can leave traces of water in the ducts that become the breeding ground for mold and bacteria.

What you can do

In addition to changing your air filters as directed for your system, you should also have your ducts professionally cleaned once every 2 to 3 years. If it’s been years since your heating system had a check-up, get it looked at and potentially updated to make it operate efficiently and cleanly.

Invisible mold


Water leaks that you can’t see can lead to hidden mold growth, making you sick without seeing the cause.  High humidity can also promote a breeding ground for mold. Mold is one of the greatest dangers to your home and family and can grow in as little as 48 hours on organic sources such as wood and drywall.

What you can do

If your house suffered from significant water damage, you need to call a professional immediately to have the area investigated for potential mold growth. If you spot any leaky areas, clean and dry the area and then contact a professional for mold remediation. Even without leaks, your home is still susceptible to old growth. You can help prevent this by purchasing a humidity monitor to measure, run fan vents when showering and cooking and open the windows when the outside has drier air.  If necessary, invest in a dehumidifier. Also take proactive measures to prevent moisture intrusion by properly diverting rainwater away from the house and watch for any sign of a drip on plumbing fixtures.

Dust mites


Warning: you might start to feel itchy reading this. Look at your couches, chairs, pillows and mattress – it’s likely these microscopic bugs are enjoying a relaxing hangout where you like to lay. Dust mites thrive on the humidity and warmth provided by our bodies, and according to the Environmental Protection Agency, live in every home, but can be especially problematic for someone who suffers from asthma or allergies.

What you can do

Small traces of dust mites might be inevitable in every home, but you can eliminate a large percentage of them with recurrent upkeep. Wash sheets and towels once a week in hot water to kill dust mites and bacteria and thoroughly dry before using or putting away. Also vacuum carpets, curtains and furniture, and dust frequently.

Bathroom dangers


What’s designed to get you clean can also be disgusting and lead to health concerns for you and your family. Take a look at your shower head, when’s the last time it was cleaned? What about your bath mat? Shower heads carry high amounts of bacteria called Mycobacterium avium that once inhaled or swallowed can cause lung infections or pulmonary disease. When you step out of the shower, you’re helping to create the perfect breeding ground for mold, bacteria and dust mites on your bath mat. Go throw it in the washer now and make sure it’s completely dry before putting it back on the floor. Continue to wash it 1-2 times a month, and to help prevent the bacteria from growing, dry off before you step on the mat.

What you can do  

Clean your showerhead often and consider changing it out once a year. Wash your bath mat in cold water; schedule the wash on the same day as you wash sheets to help you be consistent.

Carpet and hardwood floors


Your carpet is a cozy place for a lot of little dust mites and other critters to build their own homes. But when not properly maintained, your floors can contribute to allergies and other respiratory issues. Dust and allergens build up quickly, especially with pets, so it’s important that your carpets are cleaned frequently. Your hardwood floors can seep water damage easily and help push around dust particles in the air. With water spills, your floors can also rot and grow hidden mold.

What you can do

Along with vacuuming at least once a week, try to prevent outside particles like dirt and dust from tracking across your house. Take your shoes off at the door and keep a welcome mat outside your door to wipe your shoes off before you enter. Hardwood is a more environmentally- friendly and hypoallergenic choice than carpet, but requires proper care and treatment to ensure its longevity and beauty. Clean up any spills right away, like from your pet’s water dish or dropped ice cubes that fall from the fridge.

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Northwest Restoration Emergency Services Available 24/7 to Address Your Urgent Issues


Responsible Contractors are available for more than just exciting kitchen remodels or a new exterior paint job. The right contractor can also restore your home after an emergency.

Unfortunately, tragic situations such as flooding or fire can happen to your home or commercial property. Thankfully, Northwest Restoration Emergency Services, your local experts in restoration, provides an urgent response to these issues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Northwest Restoration was founded by Lance Tone and Jack Turney as a full-service local restoration company serving residential and commercial properties in Kitsap & Pierce counties. The team has more than two decades of experience in the restoration field with a comprehensive understanding of the restoration business. You will feel confident in your restoration and repairs with a staff that has hands-on technical knowledge, expertise in insurance industry practices, current regulations and health codes, and a comprehensive understanding of customers’ unique concerns and requirements.

24/7 Emergency Services – Fast Response to Your Urgent Issues

Emergency situations such as water and fire damage to your home require immediate restoration service. Northwest Restoration Emergency Services offers urgent superior restoration services at an affordable price.

Services include:

  • Water damage and mold remediation
  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Bio cleanup

Mold is one of the greatest dangers to your home and family. It is paramount that it be safely removed after water damage. Mold grows quickly on organic sources such as wood and drywall, and in as little as 48 hours can thrive in environments where there has been significant water damage. Sometimes mold is hidden and needs to be detected by a professional after leaking pipes, roofs or cracked foundations in homes. The crew at Northwest Restoration Emergency Services are certified water damage technicians through the IICRC and Restoration Science Academy (RSA). They have the knowledge and expertise to find and eliminate the moisture so that the mold can be permanently remediated and removed.


Buildings and houses that have undergone fire and smoke damage also need to be attended to immediately. If your home suffered fire and smoke damage you’ll want to get back into a restored and safe home right away. Contact the expert technicians at Northwest Restoration Emergency Services who will use the best technology to perform repair and restoration as quickly as possible.

A tragic accident can also require professional bio cleanup such as biohazard remediation and blood cleaning. This is not a job for just any ordinary clean up company, you need professionals trained in the very specific science of bio clean up. Northwest Restoration will make sure you don’t have to deal with the aftermath of such tragedies alone.


“I have been living in Kitsap for 41 years. This is the very first time that I have absolutely nothing bad to say about a contractor who did work for me in my home! Northwest Restoration & Emergency Services is the way to go. That’s all I really have to say. Punctual and on time. Keeps to the schedule, works carefully, cleans up during and after the work is done. Did a great job for a fair price. Totally professional company and easy to work with. If you want the work done promptly, properly and on time and without hassle, this is the company to call!”
C. Spencer

“Very happy with service. We had water damage from a leak and they handled the complete restoration. I have used them several occasions since for repairs.” Jun, Poulsbo, WA

Keep Northwest Restoration & Emergency Services’ number (360-696-9111) accessible along with your other important documents for easy retrieval during an emergency. When unfortunate instances occur, you don’t need to have additional stress about the cleanup and safe restoration and remediation of your home or commercial property. Hire the experts and trust the experienced team at Northwest Restoration & Emergency Services.

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Still looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Start with your own home and yard.


Whether your dad is the do-it-yourself type or would rather hire a professional contractor, give the gift of home improvement this year for Father’s Day.

1.  Put together a new tool chest or update his existing collection complete with all the tools a homeowner needs.

2. Give him a break and hire a full-service landscaper or lawn maintenance contractor

A well-kept landscape adds value to your home and can increase the value of your home dramatically. When selecting a landscaper for your home, consider all the services you might need. Do you need something as simple planting a few flowers and maintaining or mowing the lawn? Or something more elaborate as landscape design, water features, aquatic plants, retaining wall, fences, lighting and irrigation systems?


Image by Cedar County Landscaping, Inc.

3. Hire a garage and custom shed contractor to build a custom shed, greenhouse and even a chicken coop!

Has a custom garage been a dream of dad’s for a long time? Has he always talked about “someday” having that greenhouse or raising chickens? A skilled and professional contractor may be just what he needs. These additions can add a lifetime of precious family memories – and maybe some new dirt in your home.

4. Timber! Don’t make dad do all the dirty work, find a tree service contractor take care of the job safely.

Preventative tree services can save you thousands of dollars in damages should a tree or limbs fall due to disease or storm damage. Having a professional check out your tree and do any needed preventative care can be a worthwhile investment – and dad can relax and trust the pros.

5. Is your dad the type that loves to do it all himself? Offer to join and help! Or plan a special outdoor picnic while he works in the yard. Don’t forget a handmade card!

Happy Father’s Day!


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Quality Guaranteed with Anderson Remodel & Construction Inc.


Your home is where your heart is. It’s where you celebrated your first holiday as a married couple or where your kids grew up. Your home is your lifeline to memories and experiences you get to relive every time you walk in the door.

But when your home needs a new look like an updated kitchen complete with new countertops and backsplashes, or the exterior could use a fresh paint job, you want a contractor who will treat your home with respect and courtesy. With Anderson Remodel & Construction, Inc. you will find an honest, quality general contractor who will treat you like family.

Based out of Steilacoom, WA, Anderson Remodel & Construction offers free estimates and a five-year guarantee in writing against defects in craftsmanship. This guarantee will provide you peace of mind before, during and after your project is complete.

From the attic to the basement, inside and out, your home construction needs will be met by the team of qualified and experienced professionals at Anderson Remodel & Construction.

Skilled tradesmen complete several phases of home improvement such as:

  • Kitchen and bath
  • Interior and exterior painting
  • Countertops and backsplashes
  • Laminate, tile and vinyl
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Custom millworks and trim
  • Carpentry and framing
  • Window and door installation
  • Siding, decks and fences


Debbie from DuPont, WA, said, “Kris has done a couple jobs for us including the replacement of a wall heater, fixing a light switch and rebuild of a toilet tank. He did a wonderful job. We are very pleased would recommend his work and his company. I like that they are locally based. They are very pleasant, the pricing was very fair and they back their work. He will be the first to call in future. Everyone was courteous and respectful of my home. Love them.”

Ready to take the next step in your remodeling dreams? Contact Anderson Remodel & Construction, Inc. today!

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4 Must Dos for First-Time Homeowners

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Congratulations on being a new homeowner! For first-time buyers, the fun (and overwhelming) part is just beginning. Whether you’re moving out of an apartment or a home you rented before, you’ll need to rely more on your knowledge and skills than your landlord’s. These four tips will help make sure you’re off to a strong start, and then you can focus on the fun upgrades and decorating.

Build a tool box with the essentials

Every homeowner knows that a house requires a considerable amount of maintenance. While there are some problems you want to outsource to the pros, you can save a lot of money by performing your own small repairs. But in order to DIY effectively, you need the right tools. Get the full list of tools you need in our article 10 Essential Tools for Every Homeowner’s Tool Box.

Improve home security 

When purchasing a new-to-you home, there are extra steps you need to take to ensure adequate safety for your family and possessions.

  1. The house should come with new locks and a new set of keys. But always ask the realtor or former homeowner to make sure this has been done. Otherwise, install new locks and be sure to add a deadbolt to each door that leads outside.
  2. Purchase a fire-proof safe to store all your critically important documents, for example birth certificates, social security card and signed contracts.
  3. Install new batteries in all smoke detectors. You also need to clean the smoke detectors from the build-up of dust and dead bugs, especially if there has been recent construction in the home. These particles can trigger an alarm to go off not long after you’ve moved in. Don’t forget a carbon monoxide detector!
  4. Determine additional home security needs. Home alarm systems and motion-sensor lights will help give you peace of mind.

Maximize energy efficiency

  1. Don’t throw cash out the door (or window) by leaking hot or cold air outside. A contractor can evaluate the quality of your windows and doors and improve your energy efficiency, ultimately giving you a cheaper electricity bill.
  2. Installing energy efficient blinds and curtains are simple ways to help keep the hot sun out when trying to cool your home down.

Commemorate this milestone

Create a keepsake to remember your first home forever. Picture frames and Christmas ornaments are easy DIY mementos that can span generations while celebrating this exciting milestone.

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4 Clever Ways to Ban Clutter with Multi-functional Storage Solutions

In Marie Kondo’s best-selling how-to book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, she claims that “A booby trap lies within the term ‘storage.’ It’s human nature to take the easy route, and most people leap at storage methods that promise quick and convenient ways to remove visible clutter.”

If you’ve become captivated with the minimalism and clutter-free approach, you may think you should ignore any more tips about storage. But hiring the right experts to help you utilize multi-functional pieces can give you integrated spaces designed to complement your clutter-free lifestyle. Here are four essentials that will help you tidy up and be intentional with your storage needs.

1. Sophisticated closet storage

When you need more than a simple rod and shelf, closet organizer systems help you to make the most of your closet space. From wire to wood to hanging shelves, special components and accessories, each closet organization system has its own approach to your unique style and needs. But first, before you design your dream closet, go through everything you have and donate or throw away items you no longer wear or need. This will keep you organized and clutter free.


Photo by The Closet Guys located in Marysville, WA.

2. Strategically organized garage

Garages are a no-brainer answer to “Where do I put this?” But how often does it get overwhelmingly full with items that don’t belong or have a dedicated space? Keep your garage tidy and meant for its original purpose, which is to store a vehicle or two. A contractor can work with you customize your garage with convenient and safe storage solutions. A contractor can also help you build that garden shed you’ve always wanted for your big lawnmower and other outdoor supplies and tools, keeping them out of the garage.



3. Storage bench or ottoman

Benches and ottomans are the ultimate multitasker. Add a built-in storage bench to your bay window for a cozy reading nook and as a place to keep blankets or baby toys. Read our post about built-ins for more ideas. Don’t forget about ottomans that act as extra seating, foot rests and a solution for anything you want easy access to, but kept out of site.


4. Go beyond a standard cabinet

Kitchen cabinets have unlimited possibilities. A contractor can create built-in solutions to get even more function out of your cabinets and drawers. Don’t waste space with a junk drawer, and instead use cabinets to hide your recycling or trash bins. Or consider keeping your pup’s food off the floor and in its own dedicated space with slide out drawers for feeding time.











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Trust Simply the Best with Kitsap Custom Coatings


There is nothing quite like a fresh paint job to improve the curb appeal of your home or give you a renewed interior look. With a trusted contractor, you can easily transform the look of your house with an updated, on-trend paint color, or simply touch up fades and chips.

When you need to hire a professional painter, you must look for a company that is committed to excellent customer service and to performing a high-quality job. Kitsap Custom Coatings, located in Silverdale, WA, believes their customers’ needs are of the utmost importance. Their entire team is committed to meeting those needs and they welcome the opportunity to earn your trust.

As a result of their top-rated services, a high percentage of their business earned is from repeat customers and referrals. The team will do “everything they can to meet your expectations.” One of Kitsap Custom Coatings’ satisfied customers, Miller from Bremerton said, “They were timely, priced right, and cleaned everything up well. If you need a painter you can’t do any better than Kitsap Custom Coatings.”

Kitsap Custom Coatings specializes in custom cabinet finishes, painting or staining millwork, interior or exterior painting, driveway finishes, dry wall repair and light carpentry.  The team at Kitsap Custom Coatings will consult with you on your specialty project to bring you that “magazine finish” look to your home.

With so many options available and unique senses of style, it takes a quality paint professional to transform any dream into reality. The specialists at Kitsap Custom Coatings can take white painted columns and turn them into a natural wood finish or distress your kitchen cabinets to give them that beautiful and on-trend vintage look.

For commercial properties, no job is too big or too small. Kitsap Custom Coatings is proud to include medical centers, lawyer’s offices, storage facilities and banquet halls among their list of valued customers.

Kitsap Custom Coatings provides the highest quality of residential coating services in the industry. The results achieved stem from quality products and excellent craftsmanship used on each project. The company is committed to completing the job on time, the first time, and to stay on budget.

“The crew was fast, clean and courteous. The price was great and the quality of work was wonderful. They didn’t skimp on the paint! Would highly recommend.” – Cole, Seabeck, WA

Trust “simply the best in the Northwest,” for first-rate painting services and guaranteed customer satisfaction. Click here to contact Kitsap Custom Coatings for a free quote and consultation on your next home painting projects.

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