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Gear Up for the Boating Season

 

Gear up for boating season

 

 

It’s every captain’s favorite time of year; when the vessel comes out of storage!

But there’s a lot to inspect and repair on any boat, to insure it is safe and sea-worthy. Here are systems to check, and a solution you may not have considered for keeping your boat dry and fresh this season.

The Fuel System–Inspect all aspects of the system for leaks or damage, and pay special attention to fuel hoses and connections. Replace items when necessary, and check that all clamps and fittings are secure. Be sure the engine, exhaust and ventilation systems are all working properly.

The Electrical System—Check all connections for clean, tight, corrosion-free connections. Remove any corrosion with a stiff wire brush; charge your battery and be sure it can hold a charge. Electrical systems are best evaluated by a qualified technician, and you may want to invest in this service.

Cables, Belts and Hoses—During the extremes of winter storage, brittleness or cracking can occur; these damaged items should be replaced. Be sure belts fit tightly around pulleys to avoid slipping.

Propellers and Hull –Check the propellers for dings, cracks or other distortions, as these can cause excessive vibration and possibly damage the drive train. The propellers should be secure, and bearings replaced as needed. Examine the hull for cracks or blistering, and clean it using an environmentally-friendly solution.

Fluid Levels –Check all levels including engine oil, power steering, power trim reservoirs and coolant. Change the engine oil, oil filter and drive lubricants if this was not done when the boat was winterized.

Control Musty Smells, Mold and Mildew —When your boat is in the water but not in use, it is generally covered, yet exposed to the elements. Stale, humid air is the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew and that not-so-fragrant musty odor. Insure proper ventilation when the boat is underway by keeping the hatches and cabin windows open. Small fans to circulate the cabin air will also help prevent mold spores from taking hold.

Be sure at the end of each trip, you dry out the carpeting, sails, life-jackets and cushions that have gotten wet, before storing them in the covered boat.

Finally, invest in some eco-friendly, portable, mini-dehumidifiers from Eva-Dry. These innovative products require no electricity, are silent and rechargeable, and can last up to ten years. The exclusive silica gel absorbs moisture safely, without the dangers of calcium chloride. They are mess- proof, spill-proof and non-toxic.

The Eva-Dry 500 and the Eva-Dry 333 are especially well-suited to dehumidification of boats, due to their petite size and long life. For additional moisture control in smaller areas, consider the E-150 Moisture Eliminator Pouches. And to keep a firm handle on humidity levels, the EDH-85 Hygrometer is a sailor’s best friend. With just once glance, you’ll know the humidity level in any area of your boat.

Eva-Dry is the nation’s leader in innovative, portable and eco-friendly dehumidification systems. Contact their on-staff consultants today to learn more about other Eva-Dry products that will help make your boating season fresh, safe and worry-free.

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Don’t Forget the Basement When Doing Spring Cleaning

 

Mold and mildew can hide in your basement

 

The obvious spring cleaning projects are the kitchen curtains, after being cooped up all winter with cooking smells, the garage, after having been tramped through all winter with muddy boots, and the floors and carpets throughout the house because ditto. And of course the windows.

But one major culprit that may need cleaning after the long winter is your basement. Especially if you have a laundry area in your lower level, or your water heater is in this area, unrecognized leaks can contribute to mold growth.

Mold and mildew can build up and hide in corners and crevices where there is little ventilation. If your HVAC unit is near the mold, it can inadvertently spread the spores throughout your house. To maintain quality indoor air, you’ve got to get the mold out and keep it out.

Prepare the Area

You’ll notice mold on walls or on corners by its appearance: usually black, brownish, white or bluish patches. Visually examine any organic items nearby as well – cardboard boxes, wooden items and carpeting may need to be cleaned or removed completely.

Scrub Scrub Scrub

You can investigate mold removal products on the market at your local home improvement store, or you can use the original solution: bleach mixed with water. Mix one part bleach with three parts water, and use a sturdy, stiff brush to vigorously scrub the walls and affected areas. You should wear rubber gloves and safety goggles, to avoid splashing the solution into your eyes, and also a respirator mask or dust mask to keep from breathing in the mold spores as you clean. Ventilate the basement by opening any windows and using fans to move the air up and out.

Let it Air Out and Dry

Give the area 24 hours to dry before returning removed items to the basement. Thoroughly check all the items to be sure they are not contaminated with mold before you bring them back into the basement.

Keep it Gone

Washing machines and water heaters involve water, and water generates humidity in the air. The best way to reduce the likelihood of mold and mildew growth is to use a dehumidifier in your basement. The EDV-4000 Rotary Desiccant Dehumidifier is revolutionary in its technology.

Most dehumidifiers on the market today involve a compressor, and a large water catch basin that must be emptied every 12 hours or so. The EDV-4000 uses rotary desiccant technology that is safer than a compressor, with a large basin that only needs occasional emptying. Since it uses no refrigerant, it is more environmentally friendly than compressor models. It can effectively control humidity levels in areas up to 4000 cubic feet, and at lower temperatures than compressor type dehumidifiers. The EDV-4000 has a built-in ionizer and bacteria-killing filter; it is the only one of its kind available in the US today.

Eva-Dry has been on the leading edge of dehumidification technology in the US for the past decade, and won an industry award for the EDV-4000. They are committed to developing environmentally friendly, safe, non-toxic and spill-proof dehumidification units in all sizes and for all applications: homes and offices, boats, cabins, RV’s, campers, gun safes and more! Call them today to learn more, and for help with any dehumidification problem you may have.

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Four Simple Steps to Go Greener for This Year’s Spring Cleaning

Eva-Dry makes eco-friendly dehumidifiers

 

At the first breath of spring, most of us are ready to throw open the windows and let the breezes blow in. And no wonder. For much of the country, the goal has been to keep the cold air out. But of course that also means we’ve been keeping the stale air in. In fact, the EPA has reported that indoor air is generally three times more polluted than outdoor air.

This year, when you tackle your spring cleaning projects, think Green. Your lungs, your skin, and your family will thank you.

Ditch the Chemical Air Fresheners

It’s estimated that 75 % of US homes spend over 2 billion dollars each year on air fresheners. Chemical air fresheners actually coat the nasal passages, making it more difficult to notice smells. And some have been found to be linked to disrupted hormones. Try a diffuser with essential oils, or use baking soda to absorb smells. Having houseplants in the home helps to reduce odors and put out fresh oxygen. Or try simmering water with cinnamon or other spices on the stovetop for a fragrant, chemical-free atmosphere.

Don’t Use Paper Towels

Spring cleaning means closets and drawers too, and those mismatched socks and old t-shirts are perfect to recycle into cleaning rags. Rags do the job better than paper towels, and can be washed and re-used, saving trees and landfill space. Some estimates suggest that Americans throw away over 83,000 TONS of paper towels each year. Know what else weighs 83,000 tons? A Disney Cruise ship!

Put Up a Clothesline

Spring cleaning means curtains, rugs and extra laundry. Each load of wash in a top-loading washer consumes about 40 gallons of water, and the dryer sucks up about 5 kilowatts of electricity for each hour it runs. A clothesline, in the laundry area or outdoors, can save energy and money. Consider airing out jeans and other durable wearables, rather than washing them after each wearing. And sheets dried on the line in the sun will have a luxurious, fresh smell that can’t be gotten from chemical fabric softeners.

Make Your Own Green Cleaning Products

It sounds harder than it really is. And you will save money and avoid all those fumes from the powerful cleaning chemicals on the market these days. All you need is a couple of spray bottles and sponges, and you will be a chemical-free cleaning wizard! All cleaning products, whether store-bought or homemade, should be clearly labeled and kept out of the reach of children

  • All Purpose Cleaner: Mix ½ cup vinegar with ¼ cup of baking soda into a half gallon (2 liters) of water.
  • Bathroom Mold: Mix one part Hydrogen Peroxide with two parts water. Spray on moldy area, wait one hour and then rinse.
  • Marks on Walls and Painted Surfaces: Use baking soda applied to a damp sponge to take off crayon, ink and other spots on walls and other surfaces. Rinse and wipe dry.

To freshen your home, keep indoor air pollutants at bay, and control excess humidity, nothing beats a dehumidifier from Eva-Dry. Since 2003, Eva-Dry has been perfecting their eco-friendly dehumidification technology, and now offers an incredible line of products to fit your every need at home, in your RV, boat, gun safe or office. Keep your valuables dry and your home free of mold and mildew, viruses and bacteria, without the use of chemicals or deodorizers. Check out our full line today! Or for a one-to-one consultation, call us at 877-382-3790.

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Running a Dehumidifier During the Winter Months – What You Need to Know

Eva-Dry 500 helps control humidity levels

 

Controlling the humidity levels in your home during the winter months greatly influences the comfort of your entire house. Basements are often a problem area during the colder months of the year, due to decreased exposure to heat and sunlight from outside. This can cause basements to trap unwanted moisture inside, becoming a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

For many parts of the country, using a dehumidifier is a great solution to balance your indoor humidity levels to create a healthy and comfortable environment within your home. When you run a dehumidifier during the winter months, here are a few things you need to know:

  • If you are using a dehumidifier that has an electric motor in rooms that are below 60 degrees (like a basement), use caution. Since a dehumidifier attracts moisture, the coils can possibly freeze if the weather gets too cold. Keep an eye on your device when the temperatures start plummeting to avoid this.
  • If you suffer from allergies during the winter months a dehumidifier will help with your indoor allergy symptoms. Many of the most common allergens thrive in humid environments. A dehumidifier can regulate humidity throughout the home, helping to eliminate many indoor allergy triggers.
  • Do you know what the humidity levels are in your home? The easiest way to do so is to use a hygrometer. A hygrometer will let you know the relative humidity of any area at a glance. Keep in mind, your home will feel most comfortable at humidity levels between 45 – 55%.
  • Safety First! When you choose an Eva-Dry dehumidifier you can rest assured that you are utilizing one of the safest dehumidifiers on the market. Eva-Dry compact dehumidifiers are the most efficient way to gather moisture, and have an absorption rate much higher than more traditional dehumidifying products on the market today.

For many of us, running a dehumidifier during the winter months is necessary,” said Matt Henson, Vice President of Business Development at Eva-Dry. “At Eva-Dry we strive to provide the safest solution to your humidity problems, by offering  eco-friendly, renewable dehumidifiers that operate without electricity.”

The Eva-Dry E-500 is a great option for areas up to 500 cubic feet in size where you want to combat moisture and protect your home from the harsh challenges of winter humidity fluctuation.  This eco-friendly dehumidifier silently protects against mold, mildew and moisture. The device requires no batteries or cords, is 100% renewable, and is non-toxic! Plus, it can work for up to 10 years!

About Eva Dry Dehumidifiers

Since 2003, Eva-Dry compact dehumidifiers have earned their reputation as the safest, healthiest and most efficient method to reduce ambient moisture by providing a higher absorption rate than alternate disposable dehumidifying products. The compact, renewable Eva-Dry units reduce humidity to fight mold, moisture and mildew in homes, boats, RVs, safes, and other valuable item storage areas. Visit http://www.eva-dry.com, or call (877) 382-3790 for more information.

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How to Prepare Your RV for a Winter Trip

 

Stay comfortable on winter RV trips with dehumidifiers from Eva-Dry

Tis’ the season for winter getaways for many RV owners. Winter is the perfect time to enjoy the wonderland scenery and partake in other outdoor cold weather activities like skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and so much more.

Before you head out onto the road, it is crucial to get your RV ready to face the icy elements. Here are a few tips to prepare your RV:

  • If you are traveling to locations experiencing extremely low temperatures, mainly below freezing, it is imperative that you inspect your RV’s water system. The last thing you need dampening your trip is a frozen water heater tank or plumbing lines. Be sure your water system is winterized. To do this properly, read your owner’s manuals for systematic guidelines for winterizing your water system.
  • After winterizing your RV to avoid the water system from freezing, you will need to consider how you will use the bathroom. A great tip is to take 1-gallon jugs filled with water to use in the toilet. If your holding tanks are not heated, you can put some RV antifreeze in the holding tanks to prevent the contents from freezing. You can also use the water for washing up and for other hygiene needs. As always, consult your owner’s manual for exact procedures.
  • Check your RV’s tires. Before you hit the road, be sure to have a routine tire inspection to ensure your tires are ready for the roads. Throughout your trip, it is important to check the air pressure in each tire, inflate tires to the recommended PSI, and inspect your tires for cracks and wear.
  • Be sure to cover your windows and doors to avoid the cold air from seeping into the RV. By adding insulated curtains, you can easily keep the inside of the RV much warmer without using any electricity.
  • Check the humidity levels in your RV. Since your RV will be your warm haven from the bitter weather, the lack of fresh circulating air could potentially be a breeding ground for mold and mildew, leading to musty odors and potential health concerns. Additionally, if your humidity levels are high, you could be in for an all-around uncomfortable trip. The first thing you will need to do is check the relative humidity levels in your RV by using Eva-Dry’s hygrometer. Then to rid your RV of excess humidity, equip your ride with a mini-dehumidifier like the Eva-Dry 500. Eva-Dry dehumidifiers are eco-friendly, using natural, silica gel crystals that are non-toxic, colorless and odorless. The dehumidifiers absorb humidity silently and operate without electricity or batteries. You simply renew the dehumidifier when the indicator changes color.

“Just because the temperatures have dropped, does not mean you cannot take your RV out on the road.” said Matt Henson, Vice President of Business Development Eva-Dry. “By taking the time to prepare your RV for the winter, including equipping your vehicle with an Eva-Dry dehumidifier, you can rest assured you’ll have an enjoyable trip, without excess moisture caused by increased humidity levels.”

Before heading out on the road in your RV, be sure to implement the above tips, as well as others, so you can enjoy your winter adventure. Visit Eva-Dry.com to learn more about our dehumidifiers and how they can help keep your RV’s humidity levels under control year-round.

About Eva Dry Dehumidifiers

Since 2003, Eva-Dry compact dehumidifiers have earned their reputation as the safest, healthiest and most efficient method to reduce ambient moisture by providing a higher absorption rate than alternate disposable dehumidifying products. The compact, renewable Eva-Dry units reduce humidity to fight mold, moisture and mildew in homes, boats, RVs, safes, and other valuable item storage areas. Visit http://www.eva-dry.com, or call (877) 382-3790 for more information.

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