Will Your House Fail the Tissue Test?

By
Real Estate Agent with Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 SA5376460000
https://activerain.com/droplet/5dsH

Will Your House Fail the Tissue Test?

 

What’s a tissue test?  Does it have anything to do with the “white glove” treatment?  Does the tissue test have anything to do with dust?  Or is it something else altogether?  The answer might surprise you. 

 

It has nothing to do with dust, although it could be a related topic.  The tissue test has to do with a component of air quality, as in moisture or humidity inside your home.   How much humidity is in your home?  Have you checked lately? 

 

One component of comfort in our homes is indoor air quality.  Our homes' indoor air quality can be more toxic than commercial buildings.  Cooking odors, cleaning products, pet dander and other residual chemical odors can all contribute to poor indoor air quality.

 

Another little known component of indoor air quality is how our houses breathe.  Is your home equipped to manage humidity produced from cooking, laundry or baths?   Do you often feel as if you need to open windows during the middle of winter or summer when outside temperatures keep your doors and windows closed 99% of the time? 

 

When was the last time you checked your exhaust fans for efficiency?  Are they noisy?  Are they older, discolored fans?  Odds are your fans aren’t working as efficiently as they could be to expel some of that pent-up humidity from your indoor spaces. 

 

Err goes the tissue test!  The next time you’re bathroom or laundry room exhaust fan is on, hold a piece of tissue up in the air.  If the tissue is not sucked toward the fan, your fan is not operating properly. If the fan is old chances are it’s not doing it’s job in removing indoor humidity. 

 

Another culprit of poor indoor air quality is that your exhaust fan may be venting into your attic space where it can cause mildew and even mold.  Exhaust fans should vent to the outside of your home to work properly, especially if you’ve sealed your attic with spray foam.  Conditioned attic spaces that are sealed with exhaust fans venting into an attic don’t provide good exhaust avenues for humid air. 

 

Check your fans and try the tissue test.   You might just be surprised!

 

If you're looking for a realtor who cares about the air you breathe in your home, give me a call.  Let's talk air!

Posted by

Signature

Google plus 1

      http://activerain.com/action/blogs_admin/subscribe?subscribed_agent_id=174467

 

HomeSmart Elite Group                                  

8388 E Hartford Dr., Suite 100

Scottsdale, AZ 85255                                                         

(602) 620-2699   DIRECT

www.AZGreenRealty.com

www.GotGreen.info                  facebook   Google + twitter   youtube   linkedin   pinterest   

 

close

Re-Blogged 1 time:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Topic:
Home Improvement
Location:
Arizona Maricopa County Scottsdale
Groups:
Dedicated Bloggers
Local Expert
Bananatude
Bartender, Make it a Double
Hyper-Local
Tags:
indoor air quality
energy audits
exhaust fans
buy a home in scottsdale
green realtor scottsdale
energy assessments

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Rainmaker
966,835
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Ah yes VOC's.  I know them well.  One of my current buyers is chemically sensitive.  She was hospitalized due to pesticides. You can imagine how difficult it is to find a home for her with the myriad of chemicals that are put into and that we add to our homes.  A needle in a haystack for this woman!

Jul 29, 2018 12:00 PM #34
Rainmaker
966,835
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty how did your tissue test go?  Did your system fail?  Mine are all failing and I'm researching which fans to get.  Also included in that research is the thickness of the exhaust pipe through the attic/roof.  I may have to write another post! 

Jul 29, 2018 12:01 PM #35
Rainmaker
573,867
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Jan, my vents may have failed me! Except I have 9 foot ceilings throughout my home. I wonder if that is a contributing factor? No stepladder was nearby. :-)

Jul 29, 2018 03:02 PM #36
Rainmaker
478,366
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Hi Jan Green.  Thank you for sharing the tissue test. I have seen it done, but I'm not familiar with the fans that have moisture switches.

Lastly, thank you for sharing that vests should go outside. Most don't...
Bruce

 

Jul 29, 2018 04:34 PM #37
Rainmaker
2,736,242
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It’s a true test that nobody really thinks about too much, I think. Thank you for posting!

Jul 29, 2018 08:38 PM #38
Rainmaker
2,736,242
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Bruce, I didn’t think about a lot of that stuff, including the vests. It’s definitely good to think about. :) Bruce Kunz

Jul 29, 2018 08:42 PM #39
Rainmaker
1,406,242
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I've never heard of the tissue test but now will have to try it!

Jul 30, 2018 03:51 AM #40
Ambassador
3,918,477
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Jan

That's a great idea and it makes perfect sense. Thanks for sharing this tip.

Jeff

Jul 30, 2018 07:41 AM #41
Rainmaker
966,835
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

That's a good question Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty .  Not sure how close you'd have to be but I would presume if you stood under it and raised that "kleenex" as far up as possible it should at least wave a bit!    Try a step ladder and see how close you have to be.  I'd also bet that if your exhaust fan is at least 20 years old, it would fail.

Jul 30, 2018 08:40 AM #42
Rainmaker
966,835
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

You're welcome Bruce Kunz !  Check your attic to see if your vent pipes go all the way through the roof, too :)

Jul 30, 2018 08:41 AM #43
Rainmaker
966,835
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

That would be a great follow up post Kat Palmiotti ! 

Jul 30, 2018 08:41 AM #44
Rainmaker
966,835
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

You're welcome Jeff Dowler, CRS .  Have a great day!

Jul 30, 2018 08:42 AM #45
Ambassador
2,948,039
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

 

Good reminder  I've used this to check out passive vents in condo buildings. 

Jul 30, 2018 08:18 PM #46
Rainmaker
966,835
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Good for you Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland ! It's easy and clients understand instantly the reference.  

Jul 31, 2018 08:16 AM #47
Ambassador
2,948,039
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Jan Green This could be an entire series. Simple things that you might not know in RE.

You can also use that tissue in a vacant house to check if microwave works. Wet it, put in and turn it on. Careful that tissue should be hot!

Jul 31, 2018 08:25 AM #48
Rainmaker
1,964,063
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jan Green - This is terrific information! Thank you! 

I wasn't aware of the tissue test - it's so easy too!!!  And what I like best is that you get results immediately without having to send something off to a Lab. The next time I show homes to buyers, I'm going to bring along a tissue box and we'll have some education and fun!

Thank you, Jan! 

Aug 02, 2018 09:35 PM #49
Rainmaker
3,246,921
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Jan --- this is often overlooked but very important.  Good post.

Aug 03, 2018 09:58 AM #50
Rainmaker
966,835
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland I like your thinking!  A book, too!   Great tip with a microwave. 

Aug 03, 2018 11:21 AM #51
Rainmaker
966,835
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Patricia Feager You're so funny!  I'm glad to provide any tips I come across. We work so hard that having fun once in a while breaks the tension for buyers.  Have a great weekend girl!

Aug 03, 2018 11:22 AM #52
Rainmaker
966,835
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Michael Jacobs !  Appreciate you stopping by!

Aug 03, 2018 03:06 PM #53
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Rainmaker
966,835

Jan Green

HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
Ask me about Homes in Scottsdale!
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Additional Information