CONTRACTORS

How to Hire Quality Mold Testing & Remediation Contractors

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Here is the process to follow when hiring a quality mold testing and remediation contractor to avoid getting scammed.   Always compare qualifications Compare the qualifications of contractors/industrial hygienists/remediators through reputable organizations. Keep in mind, however, that just being connected to any organization does not ensure quality performance or qualify as a recommendation, but it […]

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 […]

CLEANING

Cleaning Ducts – Don’t Get Scammed!

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Anyone Can Be Scammed This is an actual picture inside my ductwork AFTER a scammer had cleaned it! I called references and thought I was being very thorough. If it could happen to me, it can happen to anyone. I figured out the scam while they were ‘working’ but not before they blew contaminated dust […]

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 […]

BUILDING

Slab Foundations: The #1 Myth in Mold Avoidance

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What’s the #1 myth regarding mold avoidance? Avoid mold problems by living in a home or working in a building on a slab foundation. WRONG! Regarding slab foundations… know that in most parts of the country and the world, slab foundations have foundation walls going down to undisturbed soil and going below the local frost […]