Category: Mold

How Common is it to Have a Mold Problem?
October 24, 2020 About Mold,Cause Mold,House Mold,Indoor Air Quality,Mold,Mold Symptoms,Mold Testing,Residential Ben Fetzer

The news occasionally has an uptick in the subject of mold. This usually happens when people suffer health consequences or even death. Some better-known widespread instances have occurred at hospitals and dormitories. But how common is it to have a mold problem? The answer may surprise you.  Surprising Mold Statistics According to a documentary entitled

Check Your Gutters to Prevent Mold in Attics
October 20, 2020 About Mold,Attic,Basement,Cause Mold,DIY Tips,Mold,Residential,Roof and Gutters,Where Mold Grows,Winter Ben Fetzer

There are things that you should do before the cool weather hits, and one of those “winterizing” activities is checking your gutters to prevent mold in attics.  How to Check Gutters If it has rained recently and you’ve noticed leaky gutters, then you already know you need to check your gutters. If it hasn’t rained

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

Why Mold is Good for Some Things
September 7, 2020 About Mold,Mold,News Ben Fetzer

When you think of mold getting into your home or causing health problems, you may also wonder why it even exists. Sure, you might flippantly admit that it is all part of the bigger picture, but you’re probably still irritated at its existence. In reality, mold is good for some things. It’s just not good

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

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

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

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