Every day we’re exposed to smells that would make us sick with long exposure: chemical fumes like the hydrocarbons in car exhaust or the waft of decay from garbage cans or dumpsters. However, the biggest risks to your health are those things you can’t smell – sometimes because you slowly become accustomed to the smell or they have no smell at all because they are always with you in your own home. Today we’re going to look at one of those home health risks that grow on their own, bioaerosols, and how mold is one of the leading causes of them. [Read more…] about How Mold Causes Bioaerosols and Why They Make You Sick
The process of selling (or buying) a home is a long and potentially nerve-wracking process. Not only is there the inevitable packing and cleaning, but the process of vetting and potentially remedying defects of a home can draw out the sale and put sellers in hot water if they fail to disclose. It’s important for sellers to understand what requirements they have to identify and disclose hazardous materials like asbestos, lead, and mold when selling a home, as well as what to expect from potential buyers. [Read more…] about Selling a Home with Hazardous Materials
Flooding can be devastating to a home, with widescale or high flooding causing irreparable damage to a home. However, even mild or isolated flooding in a home can have long-reaching consequences, especially when it comes to materials in your home – flooring, walls, ceilings, insulation, etc. – suffering from water damage. Besides visual stains and structural damage, water-soaked materials and standing water can also lead to mold, which – left unchecked – can become a serious health hazard. [Read more…] about Remediation Tips: Dealing with Mold Due to Flooding
From commercial complexes to single-family buildings, mold is a problem that often augments other issues of the building, from leaking HVAC systems to flooding caused by storms. Any source of water can potentially be a source of mold, and water damage brings a heightened chance with the “perfect storm” of water drenched materials that are often in hard-to-reach areas. Let’s go over some of the most common types of water damage and how mold can impact them. [Read more…] about Will Water Damage Lead to Mold?
Building remodels are all about intentional damage focused room-by-room or the whole building. From saws to sledgehammers to backhoe demolition, everything from putting in a new kitchen to demolishing an old factory unearths the hidden secrets of the property. One of the biggest risks is exposing contracts as well as those who live in and around the property to hazardous materials during the project, as many of the above tools can easily disturb and cause hazardous materials like asbestos, lead, and mold to become airborne. [Read more…] about Hazardous Materials in Property Remodeling and Demolition
Does your kid have the sniffles, or is it something else? Children, especially those with strong allergies or asthma, can be very sensitive to air quality. If your kid complains of certain symptoms or smells at school, there could be a mold problem at school. This article will give you some basic information on how mold forms in schools, symptoms to watch out for, and what you can do as a parent to get to the bottom of it. [Read more…] about Mold in Schools: What Parents Should Be Aware Of