BUILDING

Will Mold-Resistant Materials Stop Mold?

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Materials are always a hot topic when discussing mold. But any materials-only focus when talking mold avoidance is misguided.    Does avoiding bio-based materials ensure a mold-free environment? Commercial buildings are mostly ‘non-organic,’ but more and more steel, concrete and masonry structures are proving to be highly toxic and moldy. Repairs and remediation often costs […]

CLEANING

No Bleach for Cleaning Mold!

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NO BLEACH For Cleaning Porous Materials – Including Wood! I noticed an error in advice from the American Wood Council (AWC) regarding mold and mildew on structural wood members, in the FAQ section. It seems there are many, very reputable sources on the internet with poor information related to the cleaning of porous materials such […]

MOLD

12 Tips for Buying or Renting A Mold-Free Home

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Look out for these construction and moisture management defects to succeed in buying or renting a healthy, mold free home.    Inspect the roof design with an eye towards drainage Water follows gravity. Consider the following: Do valleys come together creating an area that will store water rather than drain it away?  Does a roof […]

MOLD

How to Use Humidity Monitors to Find Mold

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Humidity Monitors are an excellent tool to help find concealed mold sources. Fortunately, they are also inexpensive, so there is no excuse not to monitor your humidity. Costs start at as low as $9-$11. CHECK humidity levels in each room. Having several monitors might be a good idea. Humidity monitors are readily available through online […]

MOLD

Warning Signs Of Mold Exposure Often Ignored

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Health Effects and Symptoms of Mold Exposure Problems of water damage in buildings along with mold growth are on the rise and so are complex health challenges. Could there be a connection? Often times, water damage and related health hazards in buildings are completely concealed. When water damage or mold does become apparent on surfaces or […]