Category: Prevent Mold

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Adding Climate Control to Prevent Mold
May 9, 2019 Indoor Air Quality,Prevent Mold Ben Fetzer

Mold is a health hazard, and it destroys belongings. Mold remediation can be a big burden to families and businesses that have to wait for it to be eliminated by professionals. However, many mold infestations can be prevented by adding climate control to your structure. Adding Climate Control to Older Properties You think you cannot
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#1 Method to Prevent Mold: Ventilation
May 6, 2019 Prevent Mold Ben Fetzer

New homes are focused on sealing the inside from the outside world. However, this is only a good option to a certain point. Sure, it is good to limit access into the home to bugs, dust, and other pests. But proper ventilation is what keeps a home from becoming an illness incubator. One of the
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4 Mold-Resistant Materials that Prevent Mold
April 19, 2019 Construction,Prevent Mold,Top Articles Ben Fetzer

1. Drywall You may have heard of green board, which is often used in basements or bathrooms where moisture can be present. It is cheaper than mold-resistant drywall and less effective. If you really want to inhibit mold growth, invest in mold-resistant materials like drywall. It is not a guarantee that it will be mold-free,
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Dehumidifier Reduces Moisture, Not Mold
February 15, 2019 Indoor Air Quality,Prevent Mold Ben Fetzer

The use of a dehumidifier is becoming a more common practice in commercial buildings to deal with dampness, moisture and water damage. Because black mold is a major health concern when detected. It must be removed. Part of that process is reducing the moisture in the environment, and a dehumidifier is a great option. Don’t
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3 Tips to Prevent Black Mold During Winter
January 15, 2019 Prevent Mold,Winter Ben Fetzer

Mold during winter is a concept that many would never think of as a possibility. Yes, mold growth is less likely to occur in the winter months than during the hot and humid seasons. However, there are many causes of winter flooding and maintenance issues. Hence the reason for elevated moisture in the air even
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6 Ways to Prevent Freezing Pipes this Winter
January 8, 2019 Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance,Winter Ben Fetzer

Freezing pipes are a common occurrence in the Kansas City area during this time of year. With cold temperatures especially in the winter whereby pipes are exposed to freezing temperatures. When water is in the pipe then it may lead to the expansion of the pipe. In extreme cases, the pipe may crack or burst
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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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Roof Repairs & Inspection: Prevent Mold Damage
November 27, 2018 Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance,Roof and Gutters Ben Fetzer

Roof problems are common house damages that develop with time for different reasons. The following is a list of roof repairs and recommendations to prevent water and mold damage from roof problems. 1. Improper Installation It may be as a result of improper installation by the roofing companies. This always happens mostly when homeowners are
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When Premium Gutters Are a Facade of Beauty
video November 7, 2018 Construction,Luxury Homes,News,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance,Roof and Gutters,Top Articles,Videos Ben Fetzer

The Faulty Nature of Premium Gutters Premium gutters are a common item on the luxury homes we service in the Kansas City metro area. We have noticed a common trend with many premium gutters. Especially some of the more luxurious “minimalist” designs. For example, we just completed a mold remediation project on a luxury home in
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5 Ways to Prevent Mold This Spring
March 18, 2018 Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance,Spring Ben Fetzer

5 Easy Maintenance Items to Prevent Mold this Spring Let us help you with ways to prevent mold. With springs comes so many preparations and maintenance items. We wanted to give you a few tips on the top items to address to prevent mold from the heavy rains and humid conditions we have here in
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Ice Dams: How to Resolve and Prevent
January 3, 2018 Attic,Insulation,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance,Roof and Gutters,Winter Ben Fetzer

Ice dams are a large mound of ice that forms at the edge of the roof. Ice dams are very common with extreme and sudden temperature drops as we experience in the Kansas City area.  An ice dam can cause significant damage to your roof, attic, and even the interior of your home.  Gutters and downspouts
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Frozen Pipes Cause Water and Mold Damage
December 27, 2017 About Mold,Cause Mold,Commercial,House Mold,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance,Winter Ben Fetzer

Frozen pipes can cause lots of damage in a short amount of time. Water expands when it freezes and quickly can create havoc in the most beautiful homes and buildings. This expansion process puts enormous pressure on the pipes. No matter how flexible the pipe material is, it can eventually break. And if it breaks
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Local News: Grocery Stores with Mold
November 1, 2017 Commercial,Indoor Air Quality,Mold Symptoms,News,Prevent Mold Ben Fetzer

Kansas City Grocery Stores with Mold It was in January of last year that my phone started going off. With reports of local grocery stores with mold problems. One of our leading grocery store chains; here in the Kansas City metro found themselves dealing with a big mold problem. Out of curiosity, I jumped into my truck
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5 Practical Tips for Problem Basements
video October 13, 2017 About Mold,Basement,House Mold,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance,Top Articles,Videos Ben Fetzer

When Problem Basements Can’t Be Repaired In the Kansas City metro, we are have heard or dealt with problem basements. We all desire to repair and maintain our properties to it’s best. However, there are times when the repairs needed to correct the foundation leaks or the drainage problems is far more costly than what
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4 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Vacation
July 12, 2017 House Mold,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance Ben Fetzer

Don’t Forget to Prepare Your Home for Vacation 1. Set Thermostat and Lock All Windows Heating and cooling are almost always a home’s largest source of energy use. First of all, adjusting your thermostat is the number one item to prepare your home for vacation. There is no reason to spend money unnecessarily when you’re
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