Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:53:02 GMT
A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
When you're trying to save money, it's easy to cut corners when it comes to home maintenance, but a little fixing up around the house can actually be an important money-saving tool.
"When you're on a tight budget, the mentality tends to be, ‘Why fix it if it's not broken?'" said Polyana da Costa, a senior mortgage analyst for Bankrate.com. "But instead, it should be, ‘Let's take care of it now before it becomes an issue.'"
Jennifer Galluzzo remembers the day the shower floor shifted beneath her feet.
"It had completely molded out underneath," Galluzzo said. "The shower needed to be completely gutted and redone."
The major repairs could have been avoided if the bathroom vent had been cleaned more often. Galluzzo did not realize the vent should be cleaned every 2-4 months to avoid back-up.
But the bathroom isn't the only room of the house to worry about mold damage. Mold can destroy walls, cabinets, floors and more.
"The best places to check for mold are: in the basement where water can seep in through the foundation or where water leaks end up, up in the attic for a lack of ventilation, in bathrooms," said Robert Weitz, environmental inspector and founder of RTK Environmental Group.
Da Costa said Galluzzo's story is quite common, but spending up to a few hundred dollars early on can save homeowners thousands down the road.
"We would have saved thousands of dollars and weeks of headaches," Galluzzo said.