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October Starts Fall Allergy Season

October is a beautiful month where the leaves are changing from green to orange, yellow, and red, and we celebrate a beloved holiday, Halloween. Unfortunately, with the beauty of October also comes something less welcome…Fall allergies. Mold levels begin to increase due to the temperature changing and leaves and other plants dying. At least 30 percent of people suffer from allergies of some sort, and mold allergies are always an issue for allergy sufferers.

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Basement Bugs – Where are They Lurking?

Bugs and insects are everywhere in the world, which is why it’s impossible to go through life without finding at least one bug in your home. No matter what state or country you live in, insects are a part of nature in your area. Most pests have a purpose, such as killing other unwanted bugs or supporting its local ecosystem. However, if you find a lot of bugs in your basement, which is built underground, then you probably want a way to prevent them from living there permanently.

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Your HVAC – Is It Hiding Something Dangerous?

Think about your HVAC system – it filters all the air circulating throughout your home. Even during the cooler months when you have windows open more often, the minute you turn on your heat to warm up your home your HVAC system is pushing warm air through the ducts into each room of your house. Compare it to a water filter where if you remove a filtration system, then you are the water’s filter. If your HVAC system doesn’t have a filter that gets changed regularly or you haven’t ever had your HVAC system cleaned, then your lungs become the filter when you breathe in the unfiltered air.

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French Drain – What is it and Why Should I Consider Installing One?

While we are past the peak of our rainy season, we still continue to have moderate rain levels throughout the year. If the outside of your home or your basement is prone to flooding, you should consider having a French drain installed.

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Tips for Getting Rid of Dust Mites

Did you know that dust mites are a relative of the spider? That’s right, and it’s the reason why many people are allergic to dust. While many other bugs found in the home are searching for a food or water source, the dust mite doesn’t need either of those things to survive. Dust mites thrive on flakes from human skin and pet dander.

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Top Plants That Purify the Air and are Pet-Safe

Indoor house plants are a great addition to any home. They brighten up any room and bring a little bit of the outdoors inside. House plants are very beneficial as well and can help detoxify the indoor air in your home. However, many plants can be toxic to pets so it is good to research any plants that you bring into your living space to make sure they are pet-friendly.

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Using Bleach to Remove Bathroom Mold – Yay or Nay?

Bleach may seem like the perfect solution when you find mold in your bathroom, but you will want to reconsider using it when you find out it’s not as perfect as it seems to be. Chlorine bleach is a biocide substance that should be used to destroy living organisms; however, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that using a biocide is not recommended for mold cleanup because bleach doesn’t kill the mold entirely. Mold spores have roots and because of bleach’s chemical structure, it stops chlorine from getting down to the roots of the mold. While mold might remove the color from bleach, it doesn’t remove the mold.

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Do You Know How Your Air Ducts Get Cleaned?

In our blog post last month, Where is the most Dangerous Place to Find Mold In Your Home, we revealed the most dangerous place mold can grow in your home…your air ducts! This is why it is so important to look for signs of mold around your air vents and to have your air ducts clean if you suspect any mold growing.

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Quick Tips for a Healthy Home

Toxic chemicals and pollutants can find their way into your home in very interesting ways. It is important to know the signs of a healthy home so you can identify where toxic chemicals are entering and remove them. The things to look for are hidden toxic chemicals, heavy metals, fumes, and other indoor air pollutants. Every room in your home needs to be checked for signs of a healthy home, and we have come up with a list to help you navigate your home to make sure it is healthy.

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Where Is The Most Dangerous Place To Find Mold In Your Home?

Finding mold in your home is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. What about the places mold can grow that you can’t see? In order for mold to grow in your home, it needs a combination of the right temperature, moisture level, and food source. It is important to complete a yearly inspection of your home so you can catch any mold growth before it becomes a major problem in your home.

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Prepare Your Home Before You Leave for Summer Vacation

Summer is the busiest travel season of the year next to the holidays. It’s a time for making memories with family and friends and enjoying the warm weather. While preparing to leave for a vacation always includes packing your suitcase, most people don’t realize it’s important to prepare your home for your departure. We’ve gathered some helpful tips to remember before you head out of town!

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Do You Know What To Do If Your Water Heater Breaks?

Having a water heater is one of the modern conveniences that we take for granted. When your water heater breaks it can cause a lot of stress – no one wants to take a cold shower, even if the idea sounds fantastic during the hot summer months! Even if your water heater is in excellent condition now, there are a few things you can keep an eye on so you are prepared if it were to break.

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Basement Tips for Reducing Moisture

Basements are fantastic for additional living space or storage. However, because they mostly are underground they have a tendency to attract moisture and dampness. The summer months have increased moisture in the air. It can be a struggle to keep the humidity and condensation level low. If your basement has high humidity levels, then you probably want it fixed quick.

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Quick Tips for Battling Summer Allergies

Summer seasonal allergies typically begin in April or May and continue through October. Thousands of plants and flowers bloom during theses months, causing discomfort for almost everyone. From itchy, watery eyes to sneezing to tickles in the throat, sometimes it feels like you might not ever get relief.

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Tips to Save Money on Your Energy Bill This Summer!

As the summer months arrive, so does the heat and higher energy bills again. Keeping your home cool during the hot summer months usually means an increase in your energy bill for a few months while you keep the air conditioning running around the clock. Cooling your home is important so you don’t develop heatstroke, which can even happen indoors if you keep your house too warm.

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Your Home Spring Cleaning Checklist

Springtime is perfect for tackling those indoor and outdoor cleaning tasks you have been putting aside all winter. While you might dread some of these items on the to-do list, taking care of them is important to keep your home in top condition and it will make you feel accomplished when it is done.

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The Five Star Way - About Our Company

While our company was founded 35 years ago and much has changed, one thing always remains the same—our dedication to our customers and employees. Our company’s number one priority has always been to help our customers with problems in their home, while also teaching our customers about having a healthy home for their families.

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All About Five Star Homes Services

When Five Star first opened it’s doors, Larry Sinn was the owner and sole technician. In 35 years, our company has grown to over 50 people serving the upstate and Western North Carolina residential areas. We are here to help guide our customers to comfort, savings, and health for your home and family. Learn more about the Five Star Way in this video blog post

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