Category: About Mold

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
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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
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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
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Mold Infestation: Charles Tisdale Library
April 26, 2019 Commercial,Mold Removal,News,Where Mold Grows Ben Fetzer

Many people don’t take mold growth seriously, and in Jackson, Mississippi, they are paying the consequences. Unfortunately, in this case, the library did take the mold infestation seriously. But they weren’t able to relocate soon enough to save anything. Now, the entire book collection is lost. For the past few years, the library has been
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What is Oxygen Bleach?
April 7, 2019 About Mold Ben Fetzer

Most people know the smell of chlorine bleach and associate it with cleanliness. It can also be associated with burning eyes and noses, and it can create toxic fumes if mixed with the wrong cleaning ingredient. Oxygen bleach has sodium percarbonate in it (as opposed to chlorine bleach’s sodium hypochlorite). It has many advantages over
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Are Mold Tests Scams? Not if you need one…
March 29, 2019 Indoor Air Quality,Mold Testing Ben Fetzer

Every property owner and resident fears mold in their residence or building. It can cause property and health damage. Yet, mold tests have been given a bad rap because of scammers. You don’t need a mold test, for example, if you can visibly see mold growing. There is no question that there is a mold
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Will Bleach Solve Your Mold Problem?
March 21, 2019 About Mold,Mold Removal Ben Fetzer

Bleach and mold have been a topic of debate over the last 10 years. The discolored spot on your unfinished basement wall has become more of a black patch, and you now realize it is mold. No problem, right? Just get a little bleach and clean it! Wrong! Mold removal is rarely that simple of
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Why Use Respirators When Cleaning Mold
March 14, 2019 DIY Tips Ben Fetzer

Removing mold and cleaning an area of exposure is a safety hazard because the mold spores are stirred up into the air. This can multiply the exposure and put people at a much higher risk for respiratory ailments. This is why mold remediation experts always wear protective gear including gloves and clothing that can be
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Reduce Lawsuit Risk by Hiring Mold Pros
March 8, 2019 Commercial,Mold Removal,Real Estate,Rental Properties Ben Fetzer

Professional mold removal is necessary, especially if there is a risk of a lawsuit. Mold spores can be found just about anywhere. They can enter a building on the shoes or clothing of a person and spread no matter what precautions you take. It’s life, and it’s moldy. However, mold isn’t a problem unless it
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Can You Get Sick from Mold?
March 1, 2019 Indoor Air Quality,Mold Symptoms Ben Fetzer

It is pretty common knowledge that mold is bad for you, but much of the evidence for this is not conclusive because it is difficult to isolate mold as a sole reason for an illness to exist. When people are sick and mold is suspected, there are almost always other variables present that could be
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DIY Steps to Clean Mold Off a Leaky Window
February 22, 2019 DIY Tips,Mold Removal,Siding and Windows Ben Fetzer

If your leaky window sill is covered by drapes or furniture, you may not notice mold until it is a significant problem. You should identify the type of mold before you consider DIY removal, but if you insist on removing it yourself, there are a few precautions you can take to make sure you are
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5 Primary Causes of Winter Flooding
January 2, 2019 Cause Mold,Insulation,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance,Winter Ben Fetzer

Winter flooding may sound like an oxymoron. However, flooding can occur in the winter. When water drainage is altered and the ground is over-saturated with water. Hence large amounts of water remain on the ground for longer periods resulting in winter flooding. The most common areas prone to flooding in a home are the basement
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Kansas City’s Rental Inspection Ordinance Pt.2
video December 26, 2018 Commercial,Mold Testing,Rental Properties,Videos Ben Fetzer

Some More Thoughts about Kansas City’s New Rental Ordinance Video Transcription: Hey everybody, I’m Ben Fetzer here in Kansas City with Fresh Start Restoration. Wanting to do a quick video. It’s a nice cloudy day here in Kansas City. Starting to rain a little bit. Um, I have some. I wanted to just throw out
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Toxic Mold Exposure in Infants
October 31, 2018 Indoor Air Quality,Mold Symptoms Ben Fetzer

The Dangers of Toxic Mold Exposure in Infants Toxic mold exposure in infants can be a serious condition and negatively affect their fragile undeveloped lungs in a severe way. We are going to start with the basics and then get into some medical studies on the issue: What is a Toxic Mold? Mold is a
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Recent Studies on Mold Toxicity Gives Answers
August 21, 2018 Mold Symptoms Ben Fetzer

With recent studies about mold toxicity becoming more common, it is understandable that you have may have concerns. There are so many scare tactics used by mold remediation companies it can hard to decipher fact from fiction. Here at Fresh Start, we really have tried to do our best to bring information to you as
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Severe Water & Mold Damage in Luxury Home
video July 27, 2018 About Mold,House Mold,Luxury Homes,Mold Removal,Videos Ben Fetzer

Water and mold damage is never a fun topic and most assume that water and mold damage only occurs in dilapidated homes. However, in regions like the Kansas City metro area, we see water and mold damage in all types homes, including high-end luxury homes that are commonly found in Mission Hills, Overland Park, Leawood, Loch
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Looking for Hidden Mold – A Real Life Example
June 12, 2018 Indoor Air Quality,Luxury Homes,Mold Removal,Videos Ben Fetzer

This is a video of the main level of a 6,000 Sq. foot high-end home that had significant visible mold in the basement. We knew we had a hidden mold in the main level, due to water damage from a broken pipe on the 2nd level. This water damage caused sections of the ceiling in
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Stories of Toxic Black Mold in Overland Park, KS
June 5, 2018 Mold Symptoms,News,Rental Properties Ben Fetzer

The Most Common Cause of Mold in Overland Park’s High-End Homes Toxic black mold in Overland Park homes and apartments is common. Most often caused by elevated humidity, leaking concrete roofs, and condensation on cathedral ceilings. Also, drain backups, and an insufficient amount of ventilation in the attic. These are the most common causes of mold
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How Mold Saved My Life: Ben’s Personal Story
June 4, 2018 About Mold,Mold Symptoms,News Ben Fetzer

“How mold saved my life” seems like a far-fetched statement filled with outrageous and untrue statements. However, I can take it further. Mold saved my life and it probably has saved yours or someone you love. Let’s see how.    Ben’s Recent Personal Life Story Most of us consider mold is only toxic. As a mold
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Stucco Siding Causes Water & Mold Damage
May 29, 2018 Cause Mold,Commercial,House Mold,Luxury Homes,Property Maintenance,Siding and Windows Ben Fetzer

Stucco is porous and retains moisture. Hence, it becomes a breeding ground for mold. Stucco siding is a material that is made from cement, water, and lime. It is applied in three coats on top of a lath base. It is used to provide a durable as well as a seamless exterior. If the stucco siding
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