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I absolutely adore flower gardens. Whenever I want to relax and view nature in one of its most beautiful forms, I sit in or near a flower garden. Smelling the aromatic fragrances of roses always instantly improves my mood. Do you have a flower garden on your property? If you don’t currently have a flower garden, consider starting one this summer. If your knowledge about flowers is limited, visiting a local home and garden center is a great idea. An expert at this kind of business establishment can help you pick the varieties of flowers that grow best in your part of the country. On this blog, I hope you will discover the easiest types of flowers to grow in a backyard flower garden. Enjoy!


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Professional Services To Test And Protect Your Home From Harmful Conditions

by Amelia Sutton

With homeownership comes a great deal of responsibility to maintain your home and keep your family protected inside the home. When you live inside a sealed-off home, it can inadvertently collect dangerous levels of naturally occurring gases and mold spores. Here are some types of home testing you can complete to make sure your home is free of radon and mold, as well as how you can remedy their existence.

Test and Mitigate Radon

Radon is a dangerous radioactive gas that is naturally occurring when uranium breaks down within the soil, rock, and water below your home. The radon can seep into your home through cracks and gaps where it will collect inside your home. Because of radon's radioactive nature, it puts you at risk of developing lung cancer when you are exposed to it. For this reason, it is essential for you to test your home to find out if it is present and eliminate it from your home. 

Contact a local radon testing and mitigation professional, and they can test the air inside your home for radon. You can also buy your own testing kit to complete the test on your own. But if your test indicates there is a dangerous level of radon inside your home, you will need to make sure it gets ventilated from your home.

Radon mitigation services will install a plastic sheeting vapor barrier between your home's floor and the soil below, especially in basements and crawlspaces. Then, they will install a ventilation pipe and a fan to pull the gas from beneath the plastic sheet and to the air outside your home. This type of system is installed permanently in your home to reduce the radon gas to a level that is not dangerous to your health.

Test and Remedy Mold Growth

When you encounter or suspect mold growth inside your home, its existence can also put your health at risk from the mold growth. So, when you have found or suspect mold growth, you can the air test for the existence of mold spores. You can use one of several types of do-it-yourself tests or complete one by a mold professional.

Some testing will give you immediate results, and others will need to be sent to a testing center for the results. For example, one type of test includes a petri dish that you set out on your counter. Then, after it has allowed time to collect mold spores, you close it up and let the interior incubate the grow anything. You can also use a swab test to wipe several surfaces in your home, then send the swab into a lab for it to be tested.

Once you have determined the presence of mold in your home, contact a professional mold remediation service to remove the mold safely. This may consist of removing wall and insulation materials, for example.