Category: House Mold

Mold and Walls: It’s Probably Not Superficial
September 21, 2020 Drywall,House Mold,Mold,Mold Removal Ben Fetzer

When you first detect a mold issue in your home or commercial building, your first instinct may be to tackle the problem on your own. However, DIY mold removal comes with a lot of risk. For one, it can be dangerous to remove mold without proper protective gear. Secondly, if the mold is in your

What are Optimal Conditions for Mold Growth?
September 7, 2020 About Mold,Cause Mold,House Mold,Residential,Where Mold Grows Ben Fetzer

Looking at news articles about mold infestations in institutional buildings like hospitals and universities can be alarming. People have died from health conditions that worsened due to mold exposure. Yet, many people don’t know the optimal conditions for mold growth. Understanding where mold likes to grow is the best way to prevent it from growing

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

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

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

Inactive Mold: A Hidden Danger
November 2, 2019 About Mold,House Mold,Indoor Air Quality,Mold Removal,Mold Symptoms,Mold Testing,Property Maintenance,Rental Properties,Where Mold Grows Ben Fetzer

Mold spores are everywhere, and they are brought into the home by clothing, shoes, and gusts of air that carry them inside. There are always some mold spores in any home. The problem arises when that mold is allowed to make a home and procreate. Inactive mold can be spread suddenly due to disturbance during

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. It can be found both in houses and outside of them. Mold reproduces

Is Your Washing Machine Moldy?
August 2, 2019 DIY Tips,House Mold Ben Fetzer

Nobody wants moldy items 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. If you notice a musty smell emanating from it. This occurs because of mold growth, and front-loading washers are more

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

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