Monthly Archives: September 2013

Beware Of Mold Remediation Ripoff

Beware of mold remediation ripoffBeware of Mold remediation ripoff whenever major disasters happen, such as hurricanes.  Because of local backlogs, hordes of unscrupulous wannabes descend into the area.  They set themselves up as experts in mold remediation and take advantage of desperate homeowners.

Trust us!  Living in Florida, we have experienced many hurricanes and seen far too many ripoffs. Be smart, heed the following 10 commandments:

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The ABC of Mold Remediation

mold remediatorMold remediation should not be taken lightly.  Hiring a “handyman” is not a good idea because he could make matters worse by contaminating the entire house.  Theoretically, less then 10 square feet of visible mold can be handled by a handyman.  But, considering that the visible contaminated area represents the tip of the iceberg, opening the wall is similar to opening Pandera’s Box!  Once it’s open, it’s too late to think about setting up a containment area to prevent mold spores from contaminating the entire house.

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Home Maintenance To Prevent Mold

home_maintenanceHome maintenance helps homeowners keep their homes in top shape, save money, and avoid headaches! Water and mold cause major crises, which can be avoided simply by practicing regular home maintenance. To understand how to avoid water damage and mold, one needs to understand how mold grows. Mold needs three things in order to grow – a surface to grow on, food (dead organic materials, such as wood,) and water. The only factor we can control is moisture. It therefore behooves homeowners to practice home maintenance by performing simple periodic checks. Considering that mold has the potential to start growing within 24 to 48 hours, responding quickly to an indoor water problem or water infiltration from the outside is of the utmost importance.

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Green Building Construction And Mold – Part 1

green building construction and moldThe point we are trying to make with this picture is that the meaning of green can sometimes be confusing or even misleading. Obviously green ferns growing out of a cracked chimney spells trouble. Don’t be fooled by advertising.  Many products on the market today use the word “green” in their labels without possessing any attributes related to green building construction. A second point we want to make is that not all green products are created equal because some products are better or “greener” than others. Finally, there are “green” materials that could be disastrous if used in the wrong place, as far as mold growth is concerned.

In this 4-part series on green building construction, we will explore the intrinsic properties of green products and how various components in a building can affect each other.

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Green Building Construction And Mold – Part 2

green building construction and moldBuilders involved in green building construction tend to believe that using mold-resistant materials will ensure that their building will be free from mold.   Not necessarily! In this segment, we will evaluate materials sold as “mold resistant” used by builders specializing in green building construction.  Many  builders and homeowners with green building objectives tend to equate the mold-resistant material an an insurance against mold.  Let us share with you the results of a casual outing to an outdoor green building festival.

We stopped at two separate booths that advertised bio-based insulation and listened to the company’s representatives.  Along with documentation, we took home two samples of soy-based insulation that according to the manufacturers were “green” and “mold-resistant.” 

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Green Building Construction And Mold – Part 3

green building construction and moldThis segment is a continuation of “Green Building Construction And Mold – Part 2,” where we found that two soya-based types of insulation were mold-resistant.  As you remember, we also found that sample A insulation was compact, while sample B was spongy.

We live in Florida where every year we brace for hurricanes.  We have investigated countless homes that suffered hurricane damage. To evaluate which of the two soya-based insulation are best, let us suggest a hurricane scenario where the roof has been compromised by a couple of shingles being blown away, and water gets into the wall cavity of a room.

Let us imagine two wall assemblies built using green building construction materials. 

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Green Building Construction And Mold – Part 4

green building construction and mold Green building construction calls for more organic and biodegradable materials than traditional homes. For this reason, builders must be vigilant because adding more organic materials, which is mold food, will increase the incidence of mold.

Because of a lack of knowledge, or because things do not always behave in the real world as they do in a laboratory, mistakes will be made. We live in an imperfect world and many variables come into play in the building construction. Experts in various fields must share their knowledge so that adjustments and compromises are made to optimize green buildings without creating problems.

In our previous segments on green building construction, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3,

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