Cathy Armstrong

Cathy Armstrong

ABR, CHMS, CRB, CRS, e-Pro, GRI, SRES, Principal Broker, President. Licensed in TN/VA

Heritage Homes at Sixth Street, Inc.

Bristol, Tennessee

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Moisture & Mold


Moisture is mold's best friend and it thrives between 40 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit which is why it is commonly found in homes.  Mold spores float in the air and can grow on virtually any substance with moisture including tile, wood, drywall, paper, carpet, and food.

Moisture control and eliminating water problems are key to preventing mold. Common sources of moisture can be roof leaks, indoor plumbing leaks, outdoor drainage problems, damp basements or crawl spaces, steam from bathrooms or kitchen, condensation on cool surfaces, humidifiers, wet clothes drying inside, or improper ventilation of heating and cooking appliances.

The EPA suggests that if the moldy area is less than ten square feet, you can probably handle the cleanup yourself.  If the affected area is larger than that, find a contractor or professional service provider. 

Increasing ventilation in a bathroom by running a fan for at least 30 minutes or opening a window can help remove moisture and control mold growth.  After showering, squeegee the walls and doors. Wipe wet areas with dry towels.  Cleaning more frequently will also prevent mold from recurring or keep it to a minimum.

A simple solution to clean most mold is a 1:8 bleach/water mixture.  Since homes have thermostatically controlled temperatures and water is used all day long in the kitchen and bathrooms, the environment is conducive to mold. 

See Ten things you should know about mold written by the EPA.


Home Ownership For All
Posted April 14, 2015

Most Americans view homeownership as an achievement and feel now is a good time to buy, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of Wells Fargo. But, despite this, there are several misconceptions about the home buying process that are holding potential buyers back. The survey, titled “How America Views Homeownership,” found that, though 74 percent of respondents said they understand the financial process involved with buying a home, many of their responses indicated otherwise. For example, 30 percent of participants believed that only people with high incomes can get a mortgage and 64 percent said that having a “very good” credit score was a requirement. Nearly half of respondents said they knew very little or nothing about closing costs and just as many said they didn’t feel there were homes available that would fit their budget. Another common misconception was that a 20 percent down payment was required in order to buy a house – despite the fact that there are available financing options that don’t require 20 percent down. Overall, the survey revealed that many potential home buyers aren’t entering the market based on easily corrected misconceptions about the buying process. Informing potential buyers about their options is the key to helping more Americans realize their goal of one day owning a home.

Posted By: Cathy Armstrong
April 14, 2015 02:10 PM

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