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Professional Mold Removal

By Vincent Marone

One of the many frequently asked questions about mold is, “Why does mold grow indoors?” Mold is an ever-present part of the natural environment as its spores, or seeds, are continuously circulated throughout the air in search of a habitable place to start a colony. Mold spores are always both indoors and outdoors. However, mold colonies grow indoors when its spores find a damp, dark, and humid environment to thrive.

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How Home Construction can Prevent Mold

Moisture control is the number one preventative for stopping mold growth, and during new home construction is the easiest and earliest way to take measures to prevent future mold outbreaks.  Homebuilders are using a number of new ideas and products to help keep homeowners mold-free, because they know prevention is the least expensive way to deal with mold.  Some steps being undertaken by contractors during new home construction include:

  • Proper site selection:  The first and most important step in building a home is choosing its site.  If a home is built on a site with a high water table, future moisture problems are greatly reduced.  In addition, the proper site will eliminate any extra landscaping or grading that will need to be done to prevent moisture from entering the home or foundation.
  • Land drainage and grading: The site a house is built on should be graded, or sloped, so that rain and melted snow flow away from the foundation.  In areas where this is not possible, special landscaping and drainage can be installed to redirect the water away from the house.
  • Damp-proofing: Damp-proofing is when a special coating is applied on the foundation wall that sits below grade.  Make sure your builder uses a durable waterproofing material, as the coating can be damaged during the construction of the home.  A high-quality material is essential.
  • Elimination of Fake Stucco:  When fake stucco is not applied properly, it becomes a breeding ground for mold.  Many builders are encouraging homeowners wary of mold to forgo it altogether, as the application of fake stucco needs to be 100% properly and accurately installed to avoid excess moisture between the surface of the material and the walls.
  • Positive ventilation: When the air pressure inside is higher than the air pressure outside, this is known as positive ventilation.  Adjusting the HVAC system so that the air is positive will force allergens and mold spores outside the home.  Negative air will bring the air in from the outside, which is not good for those suffering from allergies.  The air should not be set too positively though, or else moisture will be forced into the walls and other small cracks and surfaces.
  • Whole-house air purifiers:  Primarily used in homes which house individuals with suppressed immune systems, these air purifiers can be rather expensive.  However, if you deal with allergies quite frequently, a whole-house air purifier is an excellent way to prevent allergens, dust mites, and mold spores from entering the home and making their stay known.

While taking all of these steps will not necessarily save a homeowner from a future battle with mold, following them will significantly reduce excess moisture on the interior and exterior of the home.  This extra moisture is the number one factor in the development of mold, and therefore a homeowner’s odds that they will remain mold-free will be high.

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10 Hidden Dangers in Your Bathroom

Whether it’s a strictly utilitarian space or a carefully decorated and designed oasis where you unwind in a bath after a long day, your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home. What you may not realize, however, is that it can also be one of the most dangerous. There are several things that can pose safety risks in your bathroom, and most homeowners aren’t even aware of the hazard. These are ten of the most common hidden dangers present in bathrooms, and ways that you can restore your restroom to a relative level of safety. Read More

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Preventing mold with bathroom ventilation

A properly installed vent fan is an essential weapon against bathroom mold.

Most people understand that mold likes moisture. That’s why bathrooms are so vulnerable to mold. Water that gets onto the bathroom floor after showering or bathing is an obvious concern. But waterproof flooring materials like ceramic tile or sheet vinyl do a good job of minimizing the mold potential of water that gets on the floor. Of greater concern is moisture in the air –moisture that can permeate wall and ceiling materials because of poor bathroom ventilation.
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Could Your Allergies Be Caused By Mold In Your Home?

Having allergies from seasonal changes is bad enough, but things can get even worse when we’re regularly exposed to molds within our own homes.  While pollen-based allergy flare-ups generally only hit at peak times such as late summer, household mold not only has its own heavy attack times—during the moisture of winter, for example—, but it is a pernicious annoyance all year long.   Read More

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Mold in the Workplace

Mold needs moisture, oxygen and an organic food source to grow and is capable of colonizing almost any surface. There are molds that grow on wood, paper, carpet, insulation and dust that gathers in moist areas. Mold growth comes in various colors and is often known as mildew.

Molds alter the look and smell of materials they grow on and can weaken wood framed buildings. Exposure to mold spores can cause allergic reactions and influence health. Allergic responses include a runny nose, red eyes, and asthma attacks.

Local and state sanitation laws prohibit mold growth in most places of business, and while the Occupational Safety and Health Administration does not have a standard for acceptable levels of mold or mold spores, the General Duty Clause requires employers to provide a workplace free of hazards.

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Mold Removal Remedies

Mold can spread like wildfire if left untreated. If you find evidence of mold in your home, you will want to take care of it as soon as possible. Mold is often found in poorly ventilated bathrooms,  where moisture cannot dissipate. It will eventually be absorbed by the walls and reside there, creating the perfect environment for mold growth. Within a few weeks you may notice black spots on the walls or ceiling. This is evidence that mold has begun developing. There are a few easy steps and solutions to help you fight and conquer mold once it has been identified.

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Real Estate Transactions and Failure to Disclose

Almost every single home buyer should be cautious of failure to disclose issues. Failure to disclose generally refers to the sellers failure to disclose material defects with the property. When sellers fail to disclose they will be held liable for damages sustained by the buyer. It is important to make sure you know your rights. Below we discuss some of your rights and the duties of sellers with regards to the sale of any residential real property.

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