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September: Mold Awareness Month
September 1, 2019 House Mold,Indoor Air Quality,Mold Symptoms Ben Fetzer

September is Mold Awareness Month As we begin September, Mold Awareness Month, we want to take a moment and review the basics about mold! Mold is a black, green, purple, white or orange fungus that forms due to the presence of moisture. They can be found both in houses and outside of them. Mold reproduces

How to Prevent Mold from Growing in Your Shed
August 30, 2019 Uncategorized Ben Fetzer

A tool shed or storage shed is an afterthought when it comes to maintenance, but it needs to regain some importance because it can be a thriving growing environment for mold. Here are a few ways to prevent mold from growing in your shed. How to Prevent Mold from Growing in Your Shed 1. Floor

Winter Mold Risks
August 19, 2019 Uncategorized Ben Fetzer

Harsh winters cause a lot of damage to residential and commercial buildings, and those damages can be worsened if mold is allowed to grow. This is why it is important to identify vulnerable spots on your building and inspect these areas whenever inclement weather poses a threat to the water resistance of your structure. 1.

Moldy Rooms without Windows
August 18, 2019 Uncategorized Ben Fetzer

There are many reasons for no windows, but still, there are closets that have been turned into small offices and bathrooms that suffer improper exhaust systems. The center of the building is no place for a room, but when this unfortunate circumstance occurs, there are options. 5 Options for Mold Rooms without Windows 1. Skylights

Keep Your Business Running During Mold Removal in Kansas City
August 11, 2019 Uncategorized Ben Fetzer

Finding mold in your business can be a big stressor due to the thought that the business may have to close for days in order to get the mold removed properly. Stories in the news tell of places like Seattle Children’s Hospital, which had to close operating rooms due to mold infestation. It is true

Is Your Washing Machine Moldy?
August 2, 2019 Uncategorized Ben Fetzer

Nobody wants mold in their home, and the last place you’d expect to find it is in the very appliance that cleans your clothes. But it can happen. Your washing machine can get moldy. First, you may notice a musty smell emanating from it. This occurs because of mold growth, and front loading washers are

Is a Moldy Compost Pile Hazardous?
July 28, 2019 Uncategorized Ben Fetzer

Composted soil is wonderful soil for potted plants and gardens, and it benefits the planet by reducing the amount of trash we put in the garbage can. We are able to reuse unwanted or spoiled food by putting it in a compost bin or pile, and in a small amount of time (varies depending on

The Perfect Mold Storm: Heat and Humidity
July 20, 2019 Prevent Mold,Uncategorized Ben Fetzer

This summer’s excessive heat and humidity have created the perfect environment for mold growth, and all buildings are more susceptible to mold growth under these conditions. While you can’t do much about the weather, there are some things you can do to make sure your buildings don’t get a mold infestation. 5 Ways to Prevent

4 Crucial Tips for Hiring a General Contractor
July 20, 2019 Commercial,Real Estate,Top Articles,Where Mold Grows Ben Fetzer

When deciding to start a new construction project, it is important sure that you choose the best general contractor for the job. The contractor will determine how your project will turn out. It is therefore important to know how to select a contractor who will deliver the best service to you. Here are a few

8 Warning Signs When Buying a Fixer Upper
July 15, 2019 House Mold,Real Estate,Top Articles,Where Mold Grows Ben Fetzer

Fixer-upper houses are a big business today. The seller buys a property, probably on auction at a lower price, spruces it up and resells it at a profit. The demand for such houses is on the rise since they come across as easy to buy, cheap and less time-consuming. However, you need to be alert

How French Drains Prevent Water Damage
July 15, 2019 Foundation,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance Ben Fetzer

French drains are underground water drainage and management systems developed by Henry French. Though these drains have undergone significant improvements over time, they are still considered the most efficient method of directing water around your foundation. French Drains: Great Method to Keep Basements Dry Generally, every civil engineer knows that good drainage is critical in

Prevent Water Damage in Commercial Buildings
July 12, 2019 Commercial,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance Ben Fetzer

Leaks and flooding can cause water damage in commercial buildings throughout the Kansas City metro area. Resulting in safety issues and a very large bill in order to repair it. Not only can water damage walls and flooring, but it can also cause mold and mildew. This can affect the integrity of the structure, but

Mold Kills a Child in Seattle Hospital
July 7, 2019 Indoor Air Quality,Mold Symptoms Ben Fetzer

Mold can be a health hazard in many residential and commercial buildings but rarely is it deadly. Unfortunately, recently mold kills a child at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital. The killer? Aspergillus, and it has caused infections in five other patients. The hospital has closed its operating rooms, as patients are at the highest risk of infection

Yuck! What type of mold is that!
July 1, 2019 House Mold,Indoor Air Quality Ben Fetzer

If you didn’t know it already, your home has mold spores in it. It does not matter if you are diligent at cleaning or not. Spores get in through the ventilation in your home or are carried in on your shoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that there may be tens or

Vinegar and Baking Soda: The Smell Lifters
June 23, 2019 House Mold Ben Fetzer

When water goes places it shouldn’t, mold and mildew happen. The by-product of this unfortunate incident is a smell that may not make a person gag, but it is difficult to inhale and definitely unpleasant. It is a lingering, earthy, rotten scent that permeates everything it contacts. Regular cleaning products don’t cut it when it

Using Your Five Senses to Detect Mold
June 13, 2019 About Mold,House Mold Ben Fetzer

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states: “If you are susceptible to mold and mold is seen or smelled, there is a potential health risk; therefore, no matter what type of mold is present, you should arrange for its removal.” If you detect mold by sight or smell, then it’s safe to say you have a

4 Steps in Preventing Basement Mold
June 7, 2019 Basement,Prevent Mold Ben Fetzer

Basements are common locations for mold growth because it tends to be moist down there. That doesn’t mean you have a leaky basement (although it could mean that). Basements are moist because they are in the ground, and ground moisture seeps through foundations and increases the humidity in the environment. Couple that with stagnancy, and

5 Ways to Keep Your Air Mold-free
May 30, 2019 Indoor Air Quality,Prevent Mold Ben Fetzer

Mold exists nearly everywhere, and it waits for a suitable environment to grow. Then, it explodes, and you may end up removing walls, carpets, and personal belongings to get rid of it. Not all mold is toxic, but toxic black mold can create a big health hazard for you and your family. Normally, toxic black

5 Wacky Places Mold Grows
May 25, 2019 Where Mold Grows Ben Fetzer

I was scrolling through the internet yesterday, and I saw an article about mold growing in water bottles. It reminded me of how many places mold grows that we don’t think about. Understanding some of the less obvious places molds can grow helps to be vigilant in cleaning these areas, so you don’t suffer the

Spring Cleaning May Stir Up Mold Spores
May 18, 2019 About Mold,Indoor Air Quality,Spring Ben Fetzer

It is almost June, and you’ve probably engaged in some sort of spring cleaning. In addition, it’s the rainy season. If you haven’t considered the potential for mold growth in your home or office, now is the time. Mold likes high humidity, and it likes warm and stagnates air. You may not have many places