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Mold Doesn’t Grow on Bricks? Not True.
August 24, 2020 About Mold,Mold,Property Maintenance,Residential Ben Fetzer

Some people believe that bricks are a mold-proof building item, but this is not the case. Although bricks are not that porous and don’t have the organic matter necessary for mold to feed, they can develop mold issues. This is because of other materials that can build up on the brick surfaces. Technically, mold doesn’t

Attic Insulation and Mold Risk
August 14, 2020 Attic,Cause Mold,House Mold,Insulation,Mold,Mold Removal,Property Maintenance,Where Mold Grows Ben Fetzer

If you’ve looked at places where mold is likely to occur in your home or commercial building, you’ve probably seen some information about moldy attics. Attics require proper ventilation and moisture control in order to prevent mold. Attic insulation and mold risk is another consideration.  Attic Insulation and Mold Risk from Installation One common reason

Can Your COVID-19 Mask Pose a Mold Risk?
August 11, 2020 Mold,News Ben Fetzer

In July, a fraudulent report alleging it was from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claimed that masks were dangerous and could develop micro-molds from moisture after only 30 minutes of wearing one. The report was viewed by many over Facebook, but an article from AP News eventually debunked it. The CDC did

The Lungs’ Vulnerability to Mold
August 3, 2020 About Mold,Mold,Mold Symptoms,News Ben Fetzer

At the end of July, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro declared that he had recovered from the COVID-19 coronavirus but was now suffering from mold in his lungs. It is not clear whether this was accurate or if he was suffering long lasting effects from the virus, but in reality, both could be true. The lungs

Kitchens High-Risk for Mold Infestation
July 27, 2020 House Mold,Kitchen,Prevent Mold,Where Mold Grows Ben Fetzer

The kitchen is one of the easiest in-sight places to have a mold infestation because of plumbing and appliances that can collect mold without being too obvious. You may be a very tidy person, but mold capitalizes in any neglected place, and there are many opportunities for that neglect in the kitchen.   Where to Look

Clutter Creates Mold Issues
July 20, 2020 About Mold,Cause Mold,Drywall,House Mold,HVAC,Indoor Air Quality,Residential,Where Mold Grows Ben Fetzer

When people think of mold, they often think of floods or water damage as the root cause of destruction. Often, the real problem is simple clutter. You don’t have to be a hoarder to have mold caused by clutter. The mold issue stems from the location of the clutter and how much clutter there is. 

Working on Mold Removal in a Rental
July 13, 2020 Foundation,House Mold,HVAC,Mold,Property Maintenance,Rental Properties,Residential,Where Mold Grows Ben Fetzer

There are two sides to mold remediation in a rental, and they are the tenant and the property owner/landlord. Both parties can be responsible for a mold outbreak, so it is very important to work together on the mold removal process.  Communication is Key When you notice mold is a problem in your rental, whether

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Mold?
June 12, 2020 About Mold,Cause Mold,House Mold,Mold,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance,Residential Ben Fetzer

Insurance is meant to protect you from losses that are outside of your control, which is why it does not always cover mold damage in your home. Here’s what you need to know about your homeowners insurance and whether or not it covers mold. Keep in mind, individual policies vary, so you should refer to

Check For Mold Before You Move In
June 7, 2020 About Mold,Basement,Bathroom,Drywall,Foundation,House Mold,Mold,Mold Testing,Residential,Where Mold Grows Ben Fetzer

Whether you are considering buying a home or looking at potential rentals, it is important to keep mold infestations in mind when touring the property. Mold can damage property, but more importantly, it is hazardous to your health. Even if you are not sensitive to mold, you should check for mold before you move in

How to Choose a Dehumidifier
May 31, 2020 Basement,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance Ben Fetzer

If you are trying to prevent mold in your residential or commercial building, it is wise to invest in a good dehumidifier. If you’ve never looked at dehumidifiers, you may not know what you need. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of dehumidifier options to help you choose the one that is best for your

Air Purifiers to Combat Mold and COVID-19
May 24, 2020 Uncategorized Ben Fetzer

Air quality has become a heightened concern amidst the coronavirus pandemic, and people are looking for ways to ensure that the air they breathe will not make them sick. This is great for people who suffer from the harmful effects of allergens, mold, and viruses. It also highlights how air purifiers can help to combat

Fresh Air or Mold Risk with Windows Open?
May 22, 2020 About Mold,House Mold,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance,Residential,Siding and Windows,Where Mold Grows Ben Fetzer

It doesn’t matter where you live in the U.S., there are going to be some days when you wish you could open the windows. That’s because there’s nothing like fresh air, but when you open the windows, you let in everything that comes with it. That’s why you may have a mold risk with your

Mold Allergy or Seasonal Allergy?
May 10, 2020 About Mold,House Mold,Indoor Air Quality,Mold Symptoms,Seasons Ben Fetzer

With the current COVID-19 coronavirus attracting most of the public’s attention, there are many other respiratory ailments that are not being considered. One of those ailments is seasonal allergies, and they can be confused with mold allergies. Here is how to tell the difference.  Seasonal Allergies Seasonal allergies, as the name suggests, are typically associated

Mold Lawsuits
May 3, 2020 About Mold,Commercial,House Mold,Mold Removal,Mold Symptoms,Property Maintenance,Real Estate,Rental Properties,Residential Ben Fetzer

Mold is definitely a problem in some structures, but who to blame for that problem is a touchy subject. Do you blame the owner of the building? The contractors? The real estate developer? That answer is, it depends on who was responsible for taking care of the problem. There are many mold lawsuits, but there

Mini-split Ductless Air Systems and Mold
April 25, 2020 House Mold,HVAC,Indoor Air Quality,Mold,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance,Residential,Where Mold Grows Ben Fetzer

Mini-splits are ductless units that are a great option for installation post-construction in homes where there is no room for traditional ductwork and central air. Instead, there is a compressor outside and an air handler inside. The air handler is typically visible and hung near the top of the wall, and it pretty much blends

Get Off the Couch, and Check for Mold!
April 20, 2020 About Mold,Attic,Basement,Cause Mold,House Mold,Property Maintenance,Residential,Where Mold Grows Ben Fetzer

Life has been a bit different for everyone lately. If you’re deemed “non-essential,” you probably have a lot of time on your hands. This has allowed some people to catch up on their favorite television series, and it has given others the opportunity to pursue hobbies. Home improvement stores have been flooded with people despite

Climate Change Increases Mold Risk in Deteriorated Public Housing
April 13, 2020 About Mold,Cause Mold,Commercial,Mold,Property Maintenance,Real Estate Ben Fetzer

Climate change has many unexpected consequences, and one of those consequences is the risk of mold infiltration in old, deteriorated structures. Why is climate change to blame for this? Many reasons, some of which are rising sea levels and increasing volatile storm patterns. This elevates the chances of water damage, which can lead to mold

Waterproofing for Mold Prevention
April 4, 2020 About Mold,Cause Mold,Mold,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance Ben Fetzer

When you are looking to prevent or resolve a mold problem, you must reduce moisture. This can be difficult if your building has not been waterproofed. Waterproofing is commonly performed on roofs, walls, and ceilings where there is the potential for water to enter. Once you have waterproofed an area, moisture will not be able

Residential and Commercial Indoor Air Quality
April 2, 2020 Commercial,Indoor Air Quality,Real Estate Ben Fetzer

Environmental justice is the idea that all people deserve the same environmental protection from the law no matter their race, color, or religion. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that this is a major goal not only for the external environment but also for internal environments. Commercial Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a large part

How to Do Your Own Home Mold Inspection
April 1, 2020 DIY Tips Ben Fetzer

If you are stuck at home due to this global pandemic, there is one thing you can do that will proactively retain the health of your home and its inhabitants. That one thing is doing your own home mold inspection.  How to Do Your Own Home Mold Inspection Mold spores are so small, they are