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Mold or Mildew?

Paula Hensley, October 13 2021

When should you worry vs.when you should get cleaned. Did you know that mildew can actually be defined as a specific type of mold? Both mold and mildew are fungusthat containsmultiplenuclei. It can form in patches (green or black) beneath the material's surface. Mildew Mildew; however, is not invasive and...

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What does mold smell like?

Paula Hensley, September 9 2021

Mold produces microbial volatile organic compounds which can either be odorless or have a musty smell. The process of detecting the smell of mold: Check for reactions when entering the room. The nose can detect the smell first out of any of your other senses. If you are in a room with mold, it may be sneezing or nose irritation Check for the sme...

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Floods and Mold

Paula Hensley, December 14 2020

When a city is flooded, it can introduce a new ecosystem consisting of fungal growth. 5o inches of rain not only does damage to the buildings it submerges but it also causes a lot of moisture buildup problems. Wetlands, which once were used to help drain excess water, have been turned into urban neighborhoods, offering little outlet for flooding.

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Mold in the winter

Paula Hensley, December 23 2019

It's holiday season and it's time, it's time to bring Christmas trees out of the attic, not mold. Not many people realize that trees and Christmas decorations are more likely to carry mold. Check for mold on Christmas Decorations: Decorating Without Mold Clean mold and pollen or hose off tree...

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Mold history

Mold removal by fire - Late 1900's

Paula Hensley, September 18 2019

Mold History Back in the late 1900'sand early 2000's, one way used to get rid of a bad mold infestation was by fire. Burning down the house is what a couple in California had to do in 2003. Ballard and Alison had finished getting the house's leaks repaired. Little did...

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House Mold Proofing

Paula Hensley, September 16 2019

Having toxic mold in your home is taxing on your health as well as others. In order to prevent mold from taking over your home there are a few steps you can take before the toxic mold is even present. Mold Prevention Tips: Use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity Raise the house temperature to prevent condensation Clean gutters Vacuum regularly Ventil...

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How to prevent mold growth

Paula Hensley, July 15 2019

Mold growth occurswith excessive moisture. Humidity, temperature and poor ventilation can all play a role in mold growth. When the air cannot hold any more moisture, condensationoccurs leaving behind a wet like substance. You are likely to have seen this occur in bathrooms where steam is present, or near windows....

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Mold, Water, Fire, Oh My!

Paula Hensley, July 1 2019

One fire can cause many unexpected costs and a lot of grief to the homeowner. After making sure the people in your house are safe, it is then important to try to rebuild what was lost. Did you know that water sprinklers and hoses can cost a homeowner more than...

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3 dangers of cleaning mold yourself

Paula Hensley, June 18 2019

There are DIY options for cleaning mold yourself, but by doing it yourself, are you actually doing more harm than good? Here are the 3 risks for cleaning it yourself: Spread mold spores further - By not properly cleaning it up, mold spores will be extracted from where they are...

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Humidity levels and mold

Paula Hensley, June 10 2019

Mold loves humidity. Did you know humidity levels should be between 30 and 60 percent in order to prevent the spread of mold spores? A good way to make sure humidity stays within those levelsis to use a humidifier that will automaticallyadjust to humidity levels present. Good air conditioning systems can also help by adding extra humidity to the ai...

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