Your Guide to Residential House Painting

It’s amazing what a painting job can do to your home. Aside from increasing the price value of your house, you’re also protecting it from harmful elements and adding years to its life in the process. But while it may seem like a good idea, having to hire somebody for the service can be costly. That is why it is important to know the basics of residential house painting. You will at least know why it is priced that way, in case the painting services contract turns out to be a rip off.

Residential house painting basically involves two areas – interior and exterior. The method as well as materials and tools used for both are different.

Interior

Interior painting may seem the easier job, maybe because repairs are minimal compared to those of the exterior. That is why you do not need to paint interiors often. If the existing paint is of good quality, or there is lesser traffic in these areas, painting may not even be necessary. Because it is relatively easy, some home owners do the painting themselves.

Interior painting consists of painting the ceiling and walls. This also includes the windows and trims, and sometimes the floor. But the crucial part of painting is in the preparation. It can make or break any painting job.

Preparation starts with the inspection of the areas and making the needed repairs. Fill holes and level off surfaces. After that, you can sand the wood and then apply a primer. Primer must be applied to the wood in order for the paint to adhere well. There is a specific primer for each kind of paint, so choose the correct primer.

Exterior

First step is power washing. Using a pressure washer and some detergent, all the accumulated dirt and mildew as well as loose paint are removed. When surfaces are dry, it is time for scraping or sanding. This is to remove old paint so surfaces are level.

Next step is repair. Check if there are leaks, cover holes with spackle and caulk cracks along corners or joint area. After doing so, make sure that the surface is leveled off and there are no bumps or excess spackling paste. Remove them with a scraper. Treatments may also be added to the wood, such as mildew and termite treatments. After this, the next step is priming.

All of these steps ensure a solid surface for the new house paint to adhere to. If your house painter skips these steps, be on the look out for peeling paint within months or even weeks in some cases.

We’d like to thank Twin Falls Painter for their help with this article.  If you’re looking for a house painter in the Twin Falls Idaho area, give them a call!

Residential Air Duct Cleaning – Basics

How to select an air duct cleaning company?

There are health benefits for all residents from regularly cleaning the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) System.

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems collect mold, fungi, bacteria and a variety of contaminants that reduce the quality of the air residents and visitors breathe. A dirty air duct contributes to poor indoor air quality and affects the health of people in the residence.

The purpose of residential air duct cleaning is to remove these contaminants from a home’s HVAC system to get the best indoor air quality.

The most effective way to clean an air duct and/or ventilation system is to use a specialized, powerful vacuum which puts the air duct / ventilation system under negative pressure. While the vacuum draws air through the system, devices are inserted into the ducts to dislodge contaminants and debris from the interior surfaces, moving the contaminants/debris from the home’s air ducts and ventilation systems into the vacuum.

Vacuum collection alone does not clean the HVAC system. Brushes, air whips, “skipper balls” and other tools that agitate contaminants and debris scrub the surfaces within the air duct system and propels contaminants and debris into the vacuum collection device(s).

Anti-microbial chemical sanitizers are applied to the interior surface of the air ducts to control microbial contamination…but…before sanitizers are used, the system should be thoroughly cleaned. All anti-microbial chemicals used must be EPA registered for use in HVAC systems. Ask to see the chemical’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). If you are still concerned, call the EPA at 1-800-438-4318. There are no EPA registered anti-microbial products for use on porous system surfaces – such as fiberglass surfaces.

When sanitizing air ducts you want to make sure the air duct cleaning company uses safe; effective EPA approved products that are safe for people, pets, and the environment. An atomizer fogs the sanitizing product throughout the entire ventilation system.

Allergic people, infants and elderly are especially sensitive to the microbes that cause respiratory problems like bacteria, mildew, fungi algae and dust mites which require a highly-effective sanitizer to eliminate odor-causing microorganisms as well contaminants associated with allergies, mildew and bacterial growth. Make sure the sanitizer is rated by the EPA as a category IV product with the lowest toxicity rating. Sanitizing air ducts means toxicity and safety safeguards that establish and ensure there are no harmful dermal (skin), ocular (eyes), inhalation (breathing) or ingestion (swallowing) effects from the products.

We are thankful for Hyperclean Boise for their help in writing this article!  If you are looking for Air Duct Cleaning Boise, give them a call!