Making Homes Look Their Best Since 2009

About Me


Scott Martin Hello , I worked for Dowlen Construction painting for over 25 years and as a trim carpenter for around 5 years. I studied mechanical engineering and business at Chattanooga State. I enjoy photography, hiking and camping with my wife and wood working. I am married and we live in the city of Red Bank even though our mailing address is Hixson. I have attended Oakwood Baptist Church in Chattanooga since 2004 with my wife. We were married there in 2006.

Signs Your Home is Making You Sick and What You Can Do About It

November 29, 2018

 

Signs Your Home is Making You Sick

and What You Can Do About It

When is “home sweet home” not so sweet at all? When the things in your home leak toxic fumes and chemicals into your air, it can have serious health consequences for you and your family. That’s why it is so important to recognize these serious signs your home is making you sick and what you can do about it.

 

Your Sheets Are Making Your Skin Itchy

 

Did you know the average person sheds about half an ounce of dead skin cells each week? That’s a shot glass of dead skin in your bed every fortnight! If you don’t wash your sheets regularly, those cells become an all-you-can-eat buffet for dust mites. These nasty little bugs are tiny little arachnids (read: spiders) that love living in the warm, dark and humid environment that is your bedding where they feed and, yes, expel waste right there where you sleep. Left unchecked, they can cause eczema flare-ups, allergic reactions and skin rashes among other dermatological problems. To keep your skin clear and your bed bug-free, be sure to wash your sheets in hot water about once a week. Furthermore, clean and disinfect your mattress at least twice a year.

 

Your Home Air System is Making You Wheeze

 

It’s not always obvious if the air in your home is polluted. You may confuse the early signs with seasonal allergies. However, these symptoms can lead to larger health problems if the indoor air quality is not improved in due time.

 

The following are some causes of poor indoor air quality:


     Smoke

     Dust

     Mildew

     Mold

     VOCs

     Paints

     Solvents

     Radon

     Dander

     Pests

     Humidity

     Gas appliances


 

 

To improve indoor air quality, it is important to make sure your home is as clean as possible at all times, especially if you have pets. Getting rid of dust and dander can have a huge impact on your family’s health. Many of these pollutants thrive in humid environments. Control the humidity in your home by making sure all vents lead outdoors and turn on all fans after using the bathroom, kitchen, or any other area of the house where moisture can build up. Adding indoor plants that filter air for your family is another earth-friendly way to improve air quality.

 

As far as VOCs (volatile organic compounds) go, you can’t always avoid them. Some paints and building materials are going to give off these fumes. While you can look for products that don’t emit toxins, you’re not out-of-luck if you find yourself in the vicinity of VOCs. 

 

Anytime you use something that may be harmful, always make sure there is proper ventilation that allows the toxic air to flow out and clean air come in. You can also keep an air purifier in the room to enhance the efforts. These devices can remove pollutants and even secondhand smoke. Proper ventilation is one of the keys to improving and maintaining optimal air quality. If you are unsure about the state of your system, have a professional evaluate your air conditioning and ductwork while making sure there is proper venting around anything combustible. Switch out cleaning supplies and other VOC-containing products for natural cleaning products that help improve the air quality of your home.

 

Your Appliances can Poison You

 

If your home has gas stoves or hot-water heaters, your family is at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to abdominal pain, headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, fainting, changes in vision, fatigue, chest pain and shortness of breath. Over time, it can cause confusion, depression, hallucinations, seizures, memory problems, mobility issues, impaired judgment and death.

 

To keep your family safe, install a carbon monoxide detector by each gas appliance in the home. Carbon monoxide is both colorless and odorless, so a detector is the only way you’ll know if there is a leak. If your family shows the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, go to a hospital emergency department immediately.

 

****

 

Your home is a haven, but it’s not invulnerable. If sleep is leaving your skin all itchy, a colony of dust mites may be making their home in your bed. Chemicals and allergens can build up and pollute your air. Even your hot water heater can leak poisonous gas in your home. The key to keeping your family safe and healthy is proper maintenance. 


Guest article by Charlotte Meier posted by Scott Martin 

 

Masking Tape

February 15, 2017
When I started painting it was easy to pick a masking tape. There was tan type and it was not great. It is still being made and it is cheap. We never use it anymore because it can be hard to remove even after being applied just a few minutes. It does stick well sometimes but maybe a little too well for my taste. 

We use the Scotch Blue masking tape when we need to tape things off. Now that is said all blue masking tapes are not created equal. Not some prevent paint bleed using special adhesive...
Continue reading...
 

The Magical painters*

December 15, 2016
We were painting for a client on Signal Mountain this week.  Paul and I were painting a master bedroom and we over heard the clients four year old daughter say Scot and Paul are magical. So I guess we are the magical painters. I told her mother that her daughter made my day. That was so sweet. Their other daughter made us a thank you card four years ago when we painted her bedroom. We painted it again this week and she loves her newly painted bedroom.
The client wants us back next week to do a...
Continue reading...
 

Next week we stain a boat dock

June 16, 2016
We are staining a bunch of boat slip walk ways and a large deck using the stain the club bought to use. I will post before and after photos the end of next week but here is a preview. 
.
Continue reading...
 

Repainting a new home

May 21, 2016
When you buy a new home you expect it to be finished nicely don't you? Sure you do. But a lot of builders including large ones don't care and build and finish them so cheaply by using cheap south of the border labor. Sure they can look great to the untrained eye but can be a mess. We see things most do not and we are very picky about how our finished jobs look. We recently repainted most of the walls in a home right after closing before the owners could move in. The builder would mot upgrade ...
Continue reading...
 

Valspar and Sherwin Williams

April 27, 2016
This is not common knowledge but earlier this year Sherwin William bought Valspar. I have been asking myself what this will mean for our customers that have used Valspar paint in the past. Valspar Duramax has been our go to exterior pant for years. It has been very good and I hope Sherwin Williams does not monkey around with it and keeps the Valspar brand. I do like some of Sherwin Williams products but they are high in price most of the time. Valspar Duramax is not cheap either but reasonabl...
Continue reading...
 

Get rid of those ugly gutter streaks!

April 21, 2016
We have been this amazing product for a year now. It takes work but it is well worth it. It is not a spray and hose off product and takes some mussel to get them clean but your gutters will look like new when done. Be sure to get the Gutter Smop to use on a long paint pole. It is needed if you do not want to scrub from a ladder. One story homes are a breeze. A two story home is not as simple. 

   

This can also be used on garage doors!

Continue reading...
 

Vinyl siding can be painted

April 17, 2016
Yes vinyl siding can be painted and in the past it needed to be painted a lighter or similar shade.  But Sherwin Williams now has VinylSafe colors technology. Using their special color pallet you do not have to choose a similar or lighter than your old siding. Heat absorption has been the problem in the past. When you would paint the siding with a darker color the siding would warp and looks unsightly. Now Sherwin Williams seams to have come up with the solution with their new technology.
We h...
Continue reading...
 

When testing out paint colors do not paint them on the walls!

April 16, 2016

When testing out a new paint color for a room in your home please do not paint them directly on the wall. Instead use a paintable sheet made just for testing sample colors. They come with instructions.
They are low tack peel and stick and easily removable and replaceable on other walls around your house to see what 
 the  the color will look like elsewhere. You really don't want big test spots on your wall for several reasons.
  1. They can be hard to get the final color to cover.
  2. You could leave bru...

Continue reading...
 

Artillery Fungus

March 4, 2016
So you have never heard  of this. Did you just make this up?
The term artillery refers to the fact that these fungus use energy to shoot its spore masses up to 20 feet like a cannon.
This fungus is more prone to be on the shady side of the home more than any other since the bark chips stay damp longer.
This black spots on the siding pose no risk to the siding other than making it look bad like it has been sprayed with tar droplets. At first sight they should be removed as soon as possible. The l...
Continue reading...
 

Signs Your Home is Making You Sick and What You Can Do About It

November 29, 2018

 

Signs Your Home is Making You Sick

and What You Can Do About It

When is “home sweet home” not so sweet at all? When the things in your home leak toxic fumes and chemicals into your air, it can have serious health consequences for you and your family. That’s why it is so important to recognize these serious signs your home is making you sick and what you can do about it.

 

Your Sheets Are Making Your Skin Itchy

 

Did you know the average person sheds about half an ounce of dead skin cells each week? That’s a shot glass of dead skin in your bed every fortnight! If you don’t wash your sheets regularly, those cells become an all-you-can-eat buffet for dust mites. These nasty little bugs are tiny little arachnids (read: spiders) that love living in the warm, dark and humid environment that is your bedding where they feed and, yes, expel waste right there where you sleep. Left unchecked, they can cause eczema flare-ups, allergic reactions and skin rashes among other dermatological problems. To keep your skin clear and your bed bug-free, be sure to wash your sheets in hot water about once a week. Furthermore, clean and disinfect your mattress at least twice a year.

 

Your Home Air System is Making You Wheeze

 

It’s not always obvious if the air in your home is polluted. You may confuse the early signs with seasonal allergies. However, these symptoms can lead to larger health problems if the indoor air quality is not improved in due time.

 

The following are some causes of poor indoor air quality:


     Smoke

     Dust

     Mildew

     Mold

     VOCs

     Paints

     Solvents

     Radon

     Dander

     Pests

     Humidity

     Gas appliances


 

 

To improve indoor air quality, it is important to make sure your home is as clean as possible at all times, especially if you have pets. Getting rid of dust and dander can have a huge impact on your family’s health. Many of these pollutants thrive in humid environments. Control the humidity in your home by making sure all vents lead outdoors and turn on all fans after using the bathroom, kitchen, or any other area of the house where moisture can build up. Adding indoor plants that filter air for your family is another earth-friendly way to improve air quality.

 

As far as VOCs (volatile organic compounds) go, you can’t always avoid them. Some paints and building materials are going to give off these fumes. While you can look for products that don’t emit toxins, you’re not out-of-luck if you find yourself in the vicinity of VOCs. 

 

Anytime you use something that may be harmful, always make sure there is proper ventilation that allows the toxic air to flow out and clean air come in. You can also keep an air purifier in the room to enhance the efforts. These devices can remove pollutants and even secondhand smoke. Proper ventilation is one of the keys to improving and maintaining optimal air quality. If you are unsure about the state of your system, have a professional evaluate your air conditioning and ductwork while making sure there is proper venting around anything combustible. Switch out cleaning supplies and other VOC-containing products for natural cleaning products that help improve the air quality of your home.

 

Your Appliances can Poison You

 

If your home has gas stoves or hot-water heaters, your family is at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to abdominal pain, headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, fainting, changes in vision, fatigue, chest pain and shortness of breath. Over time, it can cause confusion, depression, hallucinations, seizures, memory problems, mobility issues, impaired judgment and death.

 

To keep your family safe, install a carbon monoxide detector by each gas appliance in the home. Carbon monoxide is both colorless and odorless, so a detector is the only way you’ll know if there is a leak. If your family shows the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, go to a hospital emergency department immediately.

 

****

 

Your home is a haven, but it’s not invulnerable. If sleep is leaving your skin all itchy, a colony of dust mites may be making their home in your bed. Chemicals and allergens can build up and pollute your air. Even your hot water heater can leak poisonous gas in your home. The key to keeping your family safe and healthy is proper maintenance. 


Guest article by Charlotte Meier posted by Scott Martin 

 

Masking Tape

February 15, 2017
When I started painting it was easy to pick a masking tape. There was tan type and it was not great. It is still being made and it is cheap. We never use it anymore because it can be hard to remove even after being applied just a few minutes. It does stick well sometimes but maybe a little too well for my taste. 

We use the Scotch Blue masking tape when we need to tape things off. Now that is said all blue masking tapes are not created equal. Not some prevent paint bleed using special adhesive...
Continue reading...
 

The Magical painters*

December 15, 2016
We were painting for a client on Signal Mountain this week.  Paul and I were painting a master bedroom and we over heard the clients four year old daughter say Scot and Paul are magical. So I guess we are the magical painters. I told her mother that her daughter made my day. That was so sweet. Their other daughter made us a thank you card four years ago when we painted her bedroom. We painted it again this week and she loves her newly painted bedroom.
The client wants us back next week to do a...
Continue reading...
 

Next week we stain a boat dock

June 16, 2016
We are staining a bunch of boat slip walk ways and a large deck using the stain the club bought to use. I will post before and after photos the end of next week but here is a preview. 
.
Continue reading...
 

Repainting a new home

May 21, 2016
When you buy a new home you expect it to be finished nicely don't you? Sure you do. But a lot of builders including large ones don't care and build and finish them so cheaply by using cheap south of the border labor. Sure they can look great to the untrained eye but can be a mess. We see things most do not and we are very picky about how our finished jobs look. We recently repainted most of the walls in a home right after closing before the owners could move in. The builder would mot upgrade ...
Continue reading...
 

Valspar and Sherwin Williams

April 27, 2016
This is not common knowledge but earlier this year Sherwin William bought Valspar. I have been asking myself what this will mean for our customers that have used Valspar paint in the past. Valspar Duramax has been our go to exterior pant for years. It has been very good and I hope Sherwin Williams does not monkey around with it and keeps the Valspar brand. I do like some of Sherwin Williams products but they are high in price most of the time. Valspar Duramax is not cheap either but reasonabl...
Continue reading...
 

Get rid of those ugly gutter streaks!

April 21, 2016
We have been this amazing product for a year now. It takes work but it is well worth it. It is not a spray and hose off product and takes some mussel to get them clean but your gutters will look like new when done. Be sure to get the Gutter Smop to use on a long paint pole. It is needed if you do not want to scrub from a ladder. One story homes are a breeze. A two story home is not as simple. 

   

This can also be used on garage doors!

Continue reading...
 

Vinyl siding can be painted

April 17, 2016
Yes vinyl siding can be painted and in the past it needed to be painted a lighter or similar shade.  But Sherwin Williams now has VinylSafe colors technology. Using their special color pallet you do not have to choose a similar or lighter than your old siding. Heat absorption has been the problem in the past. When you would paint the siding with a darker color the siding would warp and looks unsightly. Now Sherwin Williams seams to have come up with the solution with their new technology.
We h...
Continue reading...
 

When testing out paint colors do not paint them on the walls!

April 16, 2016

When testing out a new paint color for a room in your home please do not paint them directly on the wall. Instead use a paintable sheet made just for testing sample colors. They come with instructions.
They are low tack peel and stick and easily removable and replaceable on other walls around your house to see what 
 the  the color will look like elsewhere. You really don't want big test spots on your wall for several reasons.
  1. They can be hard to get the final color to cover.
  2. You could leave bru...

Continue reading...
 

Artillery Fungus

March 4, 2016
So you have never heard  of this. Did you just make this up?
The term artillery refers to the fact that these fungus use energy to shoot its spore masses up to 20 feet like a cannon.
This fungus is more prone to be on the shady side of the home more than any other since the bark chips stay damp longer.
This black spots on the siding pose no risk to the siding other than making it look bad like it has been sprayed with tar droplets. At first sight they should be removed as soon as possible. The l...
Continue reading...