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Hardware Tip of the Week: Rain Gutter Tune-Up & Put Mold on Hold

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Gutters: It’s a good day for fixing-up your rain gutters (with quick-fix tips from the Carey Brothers).
Gutters leak? Sag? All clogged up? Runneth over like the proverbial “cup”?
To find sagging low spots pour water in the high end and gently bend metal brackets up with pliers where water accumulates.
Then patch leaky joints with silicone caulk or gutter sealant.
To fix a leaky steel gutter apply a liberal coat of roofing cement, add a layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil followed by more cement, more foil and a third coat of roofing cement.
When clearing gutters don’t mess up siding by dumping debris overboard.
Tie a long rope onto a bucket instead and lower it to the ground where a helper can dump it or you can climb down safely using both hands. Patch up the gutters and raindrops won’t be falling on your head anymore.
Mold: There’s a growing environmental problem caused by energy efficiency and moisture. It’s mold...both hidden and out in plain sight.
It can show up in and on walls, ceilings and carpets and any porous material that can absorb moisture and hold it until mold spores begin to grow.
So why are we hearing about this more than ever before?
Because more homes today are sealed air tight and when small water leaks occur in a roof or somewhere in a home’s structure and they go undetected for a period of time, wet insulation and wallboard become breeding grounds. The answer (if you haven’t been told) is knowing how to put mold on hold. Reduce interior moisture and humidity levels with good ventilation and a dehumidifier if needed. Catch and repair leaks early and know that condensation creates moisture problems too. Watch for any signs of mold and act quickly to correct and prevent it. More than being unsightly it’s a health hazard too. And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle and Hardware.