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PAGE 2B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 28, 20~ (ARA)--The issue of mold and mildew has taken a spot- light on the national stage recently with lawsuits and media headlines popping up almost daily. The fact of the matter is mold has been around practically since the beginning of time. During the past several years, however, increasing public attention has focused on a potential or suspected role in human illness from SOLIN MORTGAGE, INC. BRENDA SOLIN 407-869-1313 901 Douglas Ave. Ste. 207 Altamonte Springs FL 32714 Licensed Mortgage Brokerage Business D Kelli Gilles Nancy Adams (407) 808-4744 (407) 808-4 174 www.itsyourmove.us A Relocation Services for Seniors A n easy transition for Seniors And their Families to new beginnings Comprehensive services, including assistance with handling personal property, moving van arrangements, utility changes and connections and complete packing of personal belongings. We offer a variety of services to fit your move. 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A recent report from a medi- cal group in Texas (one of the states hit hardest by moldaphobia) concluded this attention has been manifest not in scientific or medical publications, but rather in the press and in an increasing number of insurance claims filed for mold remediation of homes and workplaces. The Texas Medical Association, in fact, has concluded that pub- lic concern for adverse health effects from inhalation of mold spores is generally not sup- ported in any available data to this point. Nonetheless, lawsuits and finger pointing continue to drag mold and places where mold takes root into the spot- light without very much re- gard for facts at all. Carpet, along with many other household building ma- terials, have unwittingly be- come some sort of evil con- tributors to the rise of so-called "toxic mold." People who tell you to rip up carpet and re- place it with some other kind of flooring because of mold problems are not doing you any favors. The problem isn't the carpet; it's the source of the moisture. Would you brick up a win- dow because someone threw a rock through it and it broke? Carpet is not the source of air quality problems in homes, businesses and schools, and in fact, has been confirmed to be a valuable asset in the battle for better indoor air quality. Here are some facts you may want to know. Mold has five growth re- quirements: Something to feed on - paper, wood, natural fibers, even soil. Moisture, which can in- clude high humidity in the air. Moderate temperatures, U-LINE We h,ng good things to life. [ [ WJENN-AIR MAYI'A(; especially between 68 to 86 degrees. Stagnant air, especially unfresh or non-circulating air. Time - typically there isn't much growth for the first 24 to 48 hours. After that, it's strictly dependent on the other four conditions above. Prevention and identify- ing the source of an indoor air quality problem is essential. Mold is a direct result of moisture within a building. Find the water source and fix it immediately. Keep humidity levels down. Make sure the HVAC sys- tem is properly maintained and working. Keep fresh air circulating. Mold has always been around. Most of it, though unattractive, is harmless, like the kind you might find grow- ing in the shower stall. Cer- tain types of mold can aggra- vate allergies. Carpet is recommended for its filter-like qualities. Yes, carpet has an innate ability to hold dust and other allergens, a very unique and positive feature no other floor covering can claim. It keeps allergens from being circu- lated into the breathing zone whereas other surfacing does not. Proper maintenance, such as vacuuming, actually im- proves indoor air quality (CRI Green Label Vacuum Testing Program). Carpet is easier and less costly to clean from a time and labor standpoint. Mold can be a real problem for allergy and asthma suffer- ers and for small children and elderly adults. It reproduces by releasing huge quantities of spores - microscopic, seed- like structures that produce even more mold. Some of those spores are small enough to remain airborne for ex- tended periods, unless you trap them with high-efficiency vacuum filter bags or air con- ditioning filters. So what should be done about mold? The answer in three simple words is: "Clean and dry." Keep things clean, keep them dry, and mold can't grow in the first place. Keepingyour house clean and free of mold usually requires only normal mainte- nance and regular cleaning' "Clean and dry" are today's healthy home catchwords, Mold can be prevented bY preventing conditions needed for an ideal growing environ" ment. Always remember: n0 moisture, no mold. Roof leaks or plumbing mishaps can turn small drips into big problemS. over time, so find the source o! your moisture and get it fixecl immediately. Keeping your house clea~ and free of mold usually re- quires only normal maint " nance and regular cleaning. Making your kitchen work for you By Barbara Schmidt (ARA)--The kitchen often becomes a family hub, the heart of the home for daily activity and entertaining. For this reason, the design of a kitchen space should address how the room is used on a daily basis. Identifying how you like to cook, eat and en- tertain are important steps in creating an efficient kitchen space. Whether you are building from the floor plan up or sim- ply reorganizing, kitchen tools and space planning have the most powerful impact on a kitchen's effectiveness. Ask any chef and they'll tell you that cooking with the right equipment makes all the difference in the world. While a full kitchen overhaul can be costly, here are a few innovative ideas that blend functionality and fashion. Mix and match. It is per- fectly acceptable to equip your kitchen with appliances you like, one by one. Most culinary experts do not choose an entire matching set of appliances from one manufacturer. Instead look at individual appliance fea- tures and stick to easy-to- match finishes like black, white and stainless. Stainless steel fixtures and appliances are in vogue for good reason - they work with any color palette and many are built for standard sizes so they are easily retro- fitted to your space. Streamline food prepa- ration and cleanup with spe- cialized fixtures. American Standard's new Culinaire Collection offers coordinat- ing kitchen sinks, faucets and accessories that work extra hard. For example, the re- mote access drain feature al- lows you to drain' the basin without sticking your hand into dirty dishwater. The line also features nonslip cutting boards and metal dish racks sized to fit snugly over the sink surface. If frozen dinners come flying out of the freezer door every time you open it, con- sider adding refrigeration or freezer drawers in your kitchen work island. These products are specifically de- signed to keep certain items, such as produce, at the exact temperature and humidity to stay their freshest. These compact units can add as much as 30 to 40 percent more refrigeration and freezer space to a kitchen. Conquering Space Gadgets and small appli- ances can be very handy but tend to gobble up space. Con- sider these tips to manage clutter so that nothing in- terferes with your culinary projects. What's good-for your wardrobe is good for your kitchen - donate items that you have duplicates of or that you no longer use and re- place them with sleek vet" sions of must-have kitchen elements. Sinks with int " grated accessories, like the Culinaire sink and its int '~ grated drain board and col" ander, are more efficient, stylish and eliminate kitchen clutter. Create more countd space by adding a small ten" ter island or rolling cart. Look for a cart that is deCO" rative but also offers storage space below the work suf" face. Trade in your kitcb ~ table for a bar-style count~, and stools. Not only will th~ free up floor space to aui more cabinets or ext ~ counters, it will also pro .~.pt, you to use your formal lW ing room more often for fa~" ily meals. Annex space from ~] other room to create a wa~.~. in pantry. This is one of t~ most popular features !0 homebuyers. It allows 10~. storage of bulk food iter~ and large appliances li!~ chafing dishes that are us~ infrequently. "i Get creative to better u~" lize deep cupboards and o~ ganize drawers. Lazy Su!~ rotating trays and stackaWt i 0~ spice racks are just the t P, the iceberg - install sheN~ that pull out for easy acCeS~ items in the back Also. li~.~ . , horizontal knife block nCf~: ;['~ ~i~ toyourflatwarecaddytO~.(,~e}. } tect your fingers and the liV [ Ins~ of the blades.