Friday, March 12, 2010

Rust Never Sleeps

Hello Again Readers,

We have been home for 3 weeks now and the Iron Woman has decreed that a major spring cleaning is in the works. Starting tomorrow. That is, weather permitting. One downside to living in a natural rainforest area like Portland Oregon is winter time mold. Well now, I have lived here for over 30 years and have never been bothered by mold, but that may have just been for a number of reasons - strong constitution, malt-o-meal, running away for the winter months, luck..... who knows? Hours of internet research on the subject shows an entire industry of mold busters living off of this silent, demonic condition so for sure the thing is real. I have seen it from time to time growing in clients homes but never here in our living areas. It is what I do not see is what I am concerned about.

We are a family of breathers, eaters and skin/hair shedders. So, while there may not be a lot we can do about bugs the children bring home from school, we can bring the home humidity levels down to 35% with a dehumidifier, pick up a hepa air filter and make sure that the sink is always free of dishes!

I wonder how the human race ever managed to survive in a place like this before we all became 'civilized'. Which brings up an interesting question - with a place as damp and rainy as western oregon, why is it that cars and outdoor metal machines very seldom rust?


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