How to Remove Mold from Your Dishwasher

Mold. It’s one of those four-letter words that can do more than offend you or give you the creepy crawlies. It can cause serious concerns about the condition of your home and the potential for health-related problems that mold can trigger.

A common mold breeding ground is right inside your dishwasher. Mold thrives in warm, dark, damp places. It also loves leftover food particles and soap residue – so, what’s not to like about a dishwasher.

Luckily, with a little elbow grease and some basic cleaning supplies, you can remove even the most stubborn of mold deposits and keep it from coming back.

  • Start with an empty dishwasher and remove all racks and silver-wear trays or baskets. Wash the racks and trays by hand with warm soapy water and set aside to dry.
  • Mix 2 cups hot water with ½ cup distilled white vinegar in a bowl or empty spray bottle, and apply to the moldy areas as well as all seals and crevices where mold might be hiding. Thoroughly scrub the inside of your dishwasher with an old toothbrush or sponge – paying special attention to the underside of the spinning arms – and then rinse with warm water.
  • Place the racks and utensil tray back in the dishwasher. Pour two cups of vinegar into a small dishwasher-safe bowl or measuring cup and place it upright on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run a full wash cycle on the highest heat setting.
  • Finally, sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the dishwasher floor and run a full wash cycle on the highest heat setting a second time. While the vinegar works to kill the mold, the baking soda tackles any mold spores the vinegar may have missed while it deodorizes the interior.

When the job is completed, you can step back and enjoy your shiny clean and fresh-smelling dishwasher. To keep mold from coming back, wipe down any wet areas if you won’t be running the dishwasher for a few days.

At Eagle Service Company, we can stop the spread of mold in your home when the problem stems from a leaking water pipe. So, if you should spot black mold forming on all walls, ceilings, or inside your tub or shower, contact us so we can determine the cause, source, and take the necessary corrective action.

How to Protect Your Pet from Heat Stroke

For pets that are heat sensitive, the steamy summer months not only make their lives more uncomfortable, pets are risk of heatstroke – a potentially fatal condition.

Here are some tried and true techniques to help keep your pets from harm:

  • First, make sure they have plenty of shade all day long. Just because they’re in a shady spot in the morning doesn’t mean the same spot will be shady later in the afternoon. Pets also need a cool surface to stand, sit and lay on.  Asphalt, for example, can quickly burn the pads of their feet.
  • Next, provide plenty of cool, fresh water several times a day. Make sure they can reach the water, and secure the water bowl so it can’t be overturned. Avoid ice water, though, as it causes problems for some pets.
  • NEVER leave your pet in a parked car. The temperature on dark, leather seats exposed to the sun can reach 180 degrees Fahrenheit and hotter.

Still, how would you know if your pet is in the throes of heatstroke. In the early stages you’ll notice heavy panting, rapid breathing and a bright tongue and gums.  Try to cool your pet down to prevent the condition from growing worse.

Symptoms of more advanced and dangerous levels of heatstroke include unwillingness to move, noisy breathing, and uncontrollable body functions.

To help your pet recover, the AKC advises you to apply ice packs to the groin area, douse it with water and allow it to lick ice cubes. If it can’t be cooled down and begins to show signs of advanced heatstroke, take the dog to an animal hospital as quickly as possible.

How about inside your home?  Are conditions cool and comfortable for pets and humans alike? Eagle Service Company can help keep it that way with annual preventive maintenance, which features our multi-point cleaning and inspection service.  If it’s been a year or longer since your last such service, why not call today to avoid problems later on.

5 Common Home Remodeling Mistakes

You’ve been dreaming about it, saving for it, and planning it in your head for months – maybe even years. Suddenly, it’s time to embark on your long-awaited remodeling project.

So, what’s the last think you want moving forward?  Costly mistakes and delays, that’s what!  That’s why you’ll want to avoid these 5 common home remodeling mistakes.

Not setting, and sticking to, a budget.

Remember that the quotes you often see for remodeling projects are simply estimates and averages. While you can remodel a bathroom for $5000, you’re going to pay quite a bit more for such luxuries as floor-to-ceiling marble, a cast iron claw-foot tub, or a multiple-head shower system.  So be sure to price out materials and labor when setting your budget. Then, prioritize your must-haves so you know where to splurge and where to save.

Questioning your decisions.

Between HGTV and Pinterest alone, you could literally spend every waking moment digesting new and old design ideas. Then, just when you think you’ve made up your mind, something shinier, newer, and more exciting pops up. That’s why you should consider your design ideas set in stone once the materials have been purchased and work has begun.  That’s not to say you can’t make small tweaks here and there, but changing your mind about the kitchen backsplash after it’s already been ordered – or worse, installed – can set you back by weeks, and cost you a pretty penny to boot.

Scheduling work without materials.

When ordering materials, appliances, and furniture, keep track of when everything is expected to arrive and don’t forget to factor in delivery time. Then, consult your contractor and schedule a start date for the renovation. Otherwise, you might find yourself without a usable kitchen or bathroom much longer than necessary.

Not staying organized.

Let’s face it, remodeling means temporarily living in a construction zone. But you can make that experience more tolerable by staying organized. Find a place to store items you know you won’t need for the duration of the project, and designate a place for everything else for quick and easy access.

Ignoring permits.

Whether you’re doing the work yourself or hiring a professional, make sure you know what does and doesn’t require a permit. Your father-in-law might swear that he didn’t pull a permit for his sunroom addition and everything worked out fine, but should a nosey neighbor report you or an inspector happen to drive by, skipping this step could cost you big time. Also, don’t assume that your contractor is pulling necessary permits, either. Ultimately, it’s the homeowner’s responsibility.

If your home remodeling project involves updating or placing any of your plumbing, heating, or cooling equipment, you’ll find Eagle Service Company a ready and able addition to your project team. Talk to us early on the process so we can help you stay true to your goals and budget, too.  For a free in-home consultation and proposal, contact Eagle Service Company today.