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Best of MoldBlogger Remodeled – Past 2 Years

MoldBlogger’s 2 Year Anniversary – Remodeled!

The Newly Remodeled Site is finally up and with that, we at MoldBlogger have decided to create a helpful post combining the exciting things that have happened over the past 2 years.

Why?

October of last year, 2007, marked MoldBlogger’s Second Annual Anniversary.

In celebration of the past 2 years and in light of the exciting new things we have planned for the new year at hand, we’re putting a close on the past and opening the way for the future by highlighting some of the very best of MoldBlogger.

MoldBlogger has 16 separate categories containing 184 informative posts as of February 17th, 2008, on various topics regarding mold.

Out of these 16 categories, we have carefully chosen 45 of the best, most informative posts we have here at MoldBlogger.

We hope you enjoy them and gather the information that you need.

Let us know if you have any questions and we’ll be happy to answer them!

The Best of MoldBlogger by Category :

Mold Testing :

Black Mold :

Mold Allergies :

Mold Information :

Mold Inspectors :

Mold Legal Information :

Mold News :

Mold Prevention :

Mold Removal :

Mold Stories :

Mold: Questions and Answers :

Toxic Mold :

Most Recent Miscellaneous

We hope our selected posts have been helpful and we wish you a Wonderful Year!

Jonathan & Joslyn from the MoldBlogger Team

Does Your Home Have Mold?

How to Know if Your Home has Mold

Are you a present homeowner, or considering buying your first home? Because buying a home is one of the most important investments you will make in your lifetime, it is just as important to make sure you’re making a GOOD investment without having to deal with mold problems in the future.

So how can you tell your home, or prospective home is contaminated with mold?

According to Michael Pugliese, author of “The Homeowner’s Guide to Mold,” there are 2 general indicators that a home may be mold infested :

  • A Musty Smell (Approximately 90 % of homes with mold have this)
  • Evidence of a water leak or condensation

What Kinds of Questions Should I Ask?

When buying a home, it is important to find out from the previous owner or realtor if there has ever been moisture or mold problems. Know this kind of information before signing any contracts or paying for your home.

Pugliese in his same book, also lists 16 questions that can guide the conversation with your realtor to get all of the important information :

  • What is the condition of the home’s roof? How old is it? Has it ever been replaced or patched? If the roof was replaced because of leaking, how long had it leaked?
  • Have you had a chimney, dormer, vent pipe, or other flashing repairs done?
  • Have you had window casings or trim replaced?
  • Have you had any repairs made to your siding?
  • Have you ever replaced the hot water heater? When? Was it due to leaks?
  • How is your air conditioning unit functioning? Have you ever had any condensation line or pump back up?
  • Is the heating and/or central air conditioning system in the crawlspace or attic? If so, has it ever leaked?
  • Has the dishwasher ever overflowed?
  • Have any of the sinks or toilets leaked?
  • Has the refrigerator or icemaker ever leaked water?
  • Has the washing machine ever leaked, backed up, or overflowed?
  • Have you ever had sewage back up?
  • Have you ever had a broken pipe anywhere in the house?
  • Have you ever had flooding throughout the home?
  • Have you had any problems with moisture in your crawlspace?
  • Have you replaced the shower unit or tile? (Shower leaks share top billing for causes of water damage)

Already a Homeowner?

You should know most if not all of these questions. Ask yourself each question, and if any of the above have been a problem it may be a good idea to test and think about remediation procedures.

Further Recommended Reading :

Joslyn from the MoldBlogger Team

Source: Pugliese, Michael. “The Homeowner’s Guide to Mold.” 15-17.

11 Ways to Know You Have the Wrong Mold Remediator

Mold Remediators Gone Wrong

Are you having trouble choosing a mold remediator for your home? Doctors James Schaller and Gary Rosen have put together in their book “Mold Illness & Mold Remediation Made Simple,” a list of humerous ways to know if you have a “bad” mold remediator :

You Know You Have the Wrong Remediator When..

  • He laughs when you ask if he has a contractor’s license or a mold remediator certification or license.
  • You ask if he has at least one million dollars in contruction or mold insurance, and he falls on the ground convulsing with laughter. Take him out in a wheel barrow and dump the clown =).
  • He has no clue or concern about fixing the source of the moisure. He does not realize ignoring the source of the moisture problem will mean the mold can always come back.
  • He has no plan to put up temporary walls with plastic wall sheeting to prevent mold dust and mold toxins from going all over your home.
  • The remediator wears no protective mask or gloves.
  • He has no plan to channel moldy dust from the work area outside through a window or external door.
  • The remediator plans to carry unsealed material through your home.
  • You ask him who will do the “post remediation mold testing” and he looks at you like you have 10 heads.
  • He does not use a HEPA vacuum to clean up after himself.
  • He does not seal off your air conditioning ducts to prevent mold spores and dust from going all over your home during the remediation work.
  • He is foggy from his past jobs. He does not know how to contain mold dust, since he is shoing signs of mold exposure. So do not expect him to know how to prevent the release of moldy dust throughout your home.

Further Recommended Reading :

Joslyn from the MoldBlogger Team

Source: Schaller, James and Rosen, Gary. “Mold Illness & Mold Remediation Made Simple.” 75.

How to Handle Mold & Water Damage Claims

Home Insurance Policies

As many of you may already know, mold damage is specifically excluded from all home insurance companies. According to Vicki Lankarge in her book “What Every Home Owner Needs to Know About Mold & What to Do About It,” she lists 4 damages resulting in exclusion from home insurance policies:

  • Normal wear and tear
  • Poor maintenance (you should have replaced the shower grout, but didn’t)
  • Standing or surface water (unles it’s floodwater and you purchased separate flood insurance)
  • Construction mistakes or defects (nails accidentally driven into water pipes or faulty home design)

Note : It is important to understand and be knowledgeable about what your insurance policy covers and what it does not.

Mold & Water Damage Claims

Again, Vicki Lankarge in her words of the same book, lists 14 steps to follow after your water damage claim has been identified :

    • Stop the water leak or flow of water.
    • Notify your insurer immediately. If you let any damage fester and don’t report it immediately, our claim may be denied. Remember, sudden leaks are covered, but chronic leaks are not.
    • Ask what is required of you. Your duties, as outlined in most home insurance policies, may include:

1. Giving prompt written notice to your insurer of the facts surrounding your claim.

2. Protect your property from further damage.

3. Performing reasonable and necessary repairs to protect your property.

4. Keeping an accurate record of your repair expenses.

  • Make a list of your damaged property and photograph or videotape the damage before making repairs.
  • Don’t make large structural or permanent repairs to protect your home and belongings until your insurer has the opportunity to inspect the damage and gives you authorization to make permanent repairs.The insurance company may deny your claim if you amke permanent repairs before it inspects the damage.
  • Remove standing water and begin drying the area.
  • Remove water-soaked materials.
  • Keep removed materials and move them to a secure, dry, and well-ventilated area, or outdoors.
  • Protect repairable and undamaged items from further damage.
  • Keep an activity log, including a record of all contact with your insurance company. This is extremely important.A log not only helps you stay focused and organized, it may play a key part in negotiations with your insurer should you encounter problems with your claim later on.
  • Keep all receipts. For personal property claims, you must proved evidence that you bought the replacement items. If you bought materials for temporary repairs, receipts will help you get reimbursed.
  • Don’t throw away removed or damaged materials until instructed by your insurance company.
  • Don’t jeopardize your safety.
  • Don’t exceed your personal financial or physical capabilites.

Further Recommended Reading :

Joslyn from the MoldBlogger Team

Source: Lankarge, Vicki. “What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Mold & What to Do About It.” 60-65.

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