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 […]

MOISTURE MANAGEMENT

Building Design, Moisture & Mold Guidance

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Moisture control is fundamental to the proper functioning of any building Controlling moisture is critical to protect occupants from adverse health effects and to protect the building, its mechanical systems and its contents from physical or chemical damage. Yet, moisture problems are becoming so common in buildings, that many people consider them inevitable. Excessive moisture […]

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 […]

BUILDING

Spray Foam: Is It Safe?

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All about spray foam Spray foam safety comes down to installation. Proper installation should result in good product that does not off-gas, poor installations can have very toxic outcomes. Instructions for proper installation of spray foam Closed cell foam has some excellent characteristics and can provide important air sealing and insulation properties. I have used […]