INDOOR AIR QUALITY

DIY Air Purifier for Under $30!

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The steps people need to take to deal with mold illness is expensive – really expensive! Once the immune system has been triggered by mold or other environmental toxins due to water damage, creating a safe place to live is a must and a high-quality air purifier is just one of the components necessary for […]

INDOOR AIR QUALITY

Do-It-Yourself Cool Air

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Make your own air conditioner! Did you know you could use a fan, some copper piping, a fountain pump, and some ice to make your own, mold-free AC unit? Use it to keep cool along with your DIY air purifier (instructions here). Try this DIY cool air solution using a fan, copper pipe, a fountain […]

CLEANING

Diffusing Essential Oils and Mold

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How diffusing essential oils relates to mold remediation Diffusers and essential oils can be helpful before, during and after remediation. The best diffusers for mold challenges do not use water, since water fuels the growth of mold.   I have had good experience with these two diffusers: TheraPro by Young Living Aroma Ace by Diffuser […]

CONTRACTORS

Finding Mold Testing & Remediation Help

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Resources for mold testing & remediation In this post, I will share with you where to find mold sampling professionals, the standards they should be using, and the right questions to ask.   7 places to find mold sampling professionals Local Engineer or Architect Referrals – Licensed professionals are have lots of education & liability […]

MOLD

How to Find Concealed Mold

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Do-It-Yourself Guide for How To Start:  Very toxic mold can be completely concealed. You may not smell it. Some people exposed to toxic mold will feel fine. But the mold is still there and it may be compromising your health or the health of people you care about without event knowing it. Do not completely […]

BUILDING

Crawl Spaces: Should You Encapsulate & Dehumidify?

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Crawlspaces are really challenging. If you have a crawlspace foundation, you may be wondering if installing a crawl space dehumidifier is enough to keep mold growth away. Or maybe you’re wondering why encapsulation is needed if there’s already a dehumidifier.   Should You Encapsulate? Yes, you have to encapsulate the dirt floor. In some climates, […]

MOLD

Do-It-Yourself Steps for Mold Investigation

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How to evaluate your buildings for water damage Discovering water damage and mold, especially concealed sources, can require detective work and close attention to details. Start with this list and compare your notes based on what you find to help focus additional investigation. Here are the first 5 steps to take to evaluate your buildings […]

CLEANING

Facts On Ozone Use – Beware!

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Is ozone for air cleaning SAFE? There is significant doubt… Ozone generators that are sold as air cleaners intentionally produce the gas ‘ozone’. Often the vendors of ozone generators make statements and distribute material that lead the public to believe that these devices are always safe and effective in controlling indoor air pollution. For almost […]