Despite both mold and mildew being common household fungi, much confusion and misinformation revolve around the two types. Mistaking one for the other is a simple thing to do, as they both share many key characteristics, such as their ability to thrive in humid, damp environments. Since both of these can cause adverse health effects, understanding the difference between mold and mildew can help you effectively eradicate either form of fungi from your home. [Read more…] about The Difference Between Mold and Mildew
Invasive mold is an unsightly and hazardous substance, regardless of the color. However, little do most know that the color of the mold can be revealing of its characteristics. Since some molds are inherently more harmful and menacing than others, it’s important to determine the level of concern you should have for the mold in your building. In this blog, we’ll discuss a few of the different mold colors and what they mean. [Read more…] about Different Mold Colors and What They Mean for Your Building
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?