For reading, place lamp alongside your shoulder, with the bottom of the shade even with your head. Extra tall lamps should be moved back 2 feet if possible. Use several lamps in a room to avoid shadows and dark areas. (One standard lamp will illuminate 40-50 square feet.) Desk lamps should focus light on the work surface and be adjustable. The light should be about 15 inches from your desktop. You generally want to position the lamp 36 inches or less from the item to be lit. Be sure your lamp is in proportion to your room and furniture. (e.g. A small end table should hold a small lamp.) Chandeliers should hang approximately 30 inches above your tabletop and be 6 inches narrower than your table on each side.
Water damage can quickly lead to biological pollutants in your home. Follow these guidelines for correcting water damage: Throw out mattresses, wicker furniture, straw baskets and the like that have been water damaged or contain mold. Discard any water-damaged furnishings such as carpets, drapes, stuffed toys, upholstered furniture and ceiling tiles, unless they can be recovered by steam cleaning or hot water washing and thorough drying. Remove and replace wet insulation to prevent conditions where biological pollutants can grow.