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DIY Mold Removal  


mold sample up closeThe appearance of mold is simply and unfortunate and highly unpleasant reality of home ownership. Whether it is caused by poor ventilation of lack of adequate heating, mold can be a serious intrusion into your life, rotting away wood panelling, destroying the appearance of your wallpaper or even adversely affecting your health. Whilst most minor cases of mold can be addressed with little more than household cleaning products, we will show you what to do if ever the problem develops into something more sinister.


  1. Identifying the extent of the problem

The first suggestions of mold will appear as small black spots around the grout lines in your bathroom, commonly referred to a mildew. Typically these should be of little cause for concern and can we easily eliminated with a quick dousing of bleach. Mildew is purely a surface mold but if you suspect something more menacing lurking beneath your floorboards, gently prod with a sharp metal tool, checking for any softening of the wood. If it crumples, rot has taken hold. It the worst cases however, the first evidence may manifest itself as an unpleasant smell, in which case, it may be time for some serious elbow-grease.


  1. Prepare yourself

With mold releasing all kinds of potentially harmful spores into the air, the most important piece of equipment you can have when tackling the problem is a mask or some kind of breathing apparatus. Goggles should also be worn to avoid contact with the eyes whilst rubber gloves and perhaps even a full body suit will ensure that the skin will be protected from any kind of infection-causing bacteria.


  1. Kill the mold

Happily, there is a wide variety of reasonably affordable products that you can use to treat mold (see San Diego mold treatment services). White vinegar, baking soda and even tea tree oil can be used to address the issue and whilst bleach is also effective, this can be abrasive on delicate areas and also to yourself and the environment. With this in mind, perhaps the best option is hydrogen peroxide.  3% concentrations can be bought cheaply from home improvement stores as can the spray can necessary for application. Add generously to the affected area, allowing about 20 minutes for the mixture to take hold before attempting to scrub the surface. Be sure to have a liberal amount of sponges and scouring pad at the ready as it can be a surprisingly messy operation. Be sure to wipe down surfaces well afterwards to make sure any lingering spores have been removed.


  1. Prevent mold reoccurring

Having gone through this procedure, you will be well aware that you are in no hurry to do it again. To stop the mold returning, it is necessary to alleviate the conditions that brought it about in the first place. AC units and dehumidifiers can increase ventilation whilst placing specialised ornaments containing the drying agent silica gel can be placed in the most persistent of problem areas. Additionally, purpose-specific paints can be purchased to kill any future occurrences of mold although mold-exterminating chemicals can be added to regular paint to achieve the same effect.

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Erik Sheppard, Interviewed on Voice Overs on Demand!!

This month has been very exciting so far. I wanted to highlight an interview my professional friend Erik Sheppard had with Terry and Trish from Voice Overs on Demand!!

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Erik Sheppard is a Professional Voice Talent, Board Member of SaVoa and was invited for an interview to answer some of the most popular questions for SaVoa. He also addressed some common misconceptions about SaVoa had some fun being put “on the spot” by Terry and Trish. Erik did a great job AND mentioned my name! So…he gets a place on my Blog today!

Erik Sheppard also Moderates the Voice123 Board

Thanks for doing such a great job, Erik!

Kat’s Voice speaks for SaVoa, Inc on VoxTalk

As one of the Directors of SaVoa, occasionally I get the opportunity to speak on their behalf. Last week I was given the honor by Stephanie Ciccarelli of to speak about Guilds, and the benefits of belonging to a Guild in the voice over business.

SaVoa was featured on VoxTalk #49 along with: British Animation Awards Announcement of New Voice Performance Categories, Update on Writers Guild of America Strike, Feature Interview with David Cook, and Adam Fox teaching listeners how to clean your computer in Tech Talk.

SaVoa Incorporated is a not-for-profit corporation based in North Carolina. Its purpose is to establish and maintain an accreditation program for voice over artists, and support continuing education for the advancement of the voice over industry. Membership in SaVoa depends on successful completion of the peer review process. It tells clients that members met or exceeded established standards for vocal delivery (performance and technique) and technical delivery (audio quality and technique), and that members conduct business in a manner that enhances the voice over community as a whole.

I hope that anyone who has any questions about this organization’s standards and goals will contact me with any questions. Or, feel free and contact any of our Directors on this page.

In the meantime, I want to thank Stephanie Ciccarelli and the Staff and Members of for the honor of speaking on their site and I want to thank the members of SaVoa, Inc for having the trust and confidence in my ability to speak on their behalf.

Kat’s Voice…The Voice of Kat Keesling