Secrets of Mold Prevention for Homeowners

Everywhere you look these days, someone is trying to share a secret with you. Every infomercial on TV and every internet advertisement is full of “top secret” information to enhance your health, get a better mortgage, prevent this or that, or otherwise make your life better. There’s obviously nothing secret about this kind of thing. If it were really secret, it wouldn’t be all over TV and the internet! So what about mold prevention? You may have heard that mold is a real threat to Continue reading →

Will a Mold Cleanup Operation Affect the Value of My Home?

Nobody likes to get that call from the mold testing lab that says: Yes, you have toxic mold growing in your home. But there are also situations in which that call isn’t necessary. Sometimes pulling back an old piece of sheetrock, or lifting up a floor tile, is enough to prove that mold has been hiding in your home — and has become a significant problem. The good news for homeowners is that even if mold is discovered in your home, and even if that Continue reading →

What’s the Worst-Case Scenario with a Residential Mold Invasion?

With Halloween just around the corner, everybody is talking about their favorite horror stories. Many families are dressing up their homes with ghosts, witches, carved pumpkins, and other things that are meant to be scary (in a fun way). But could there be something else lurking in your home, something that’s actually scary in real life? Something that may have been hiding for weeks, months, or even years right under your nose? We’re talking about residential mold, of course — and it really is one Continue reading →

3 Keys to Preventing Mold This Winter

Don’t be fooled into believing that mold is a summertime problem. Sure, outdoor humidity levels are higher during the summer, and mold can certainly rear its ugly head during the warmest months of the year— but winter is also an ideal time for mold to grow, particularly inside your home, where humidity levels may be very high indeed. Why is this? Shouldn’t we expect the air to be bone dry during cold winter days and nights, and mold to therefore be a non-issue? Well, not Continue reading →

Does My Mold Prevention Expert Really Know What’s Going On?

If you have recently discovered that your house is ridden with a mold problem, you already know that the wisest decision is to address it right away. Chances are, you’ve already looked into hiring an expert to take care of the removal, and you might even have a good idea about the costs that go into such a job. What you may be curious to find more about, though, is whether the expert you hire really knows exactly how to tell where the mold is Continue reading →

Are older buildings more susceptible to mold?

If you’re the owner of an older home, or if you’re considering buying one, you may be curious to find out if older buildings are more likely to have mold problems. After all, mold lowers the value of the building, and also leads to a variety of health issues. In short, the answer is yes. Older buildings are more likely to have mold issues. Newer homes, however, can have mold problems that are just as serious if the owner does not implement proper prevention strategies. Continue reading →

Does Mold Risk Decrease When the Weather Gets Cold?

Obviously, not every American lives in an area with four distinct seasons. For people who live in particularly dry and arid environments such as Arizona or Nevada, residential mold tends to be less of an issue. This is mainly because the humidity in the air is consistently low, which makes it more difficult for various types of mold to grow. But the vast majority of North America experiences higher levels of humidity. Those areas that do experience four distinct seasons – especially areas with cold Continue reading →

I’ve Noticed Mold at Home: Should I Clean it Up?

The sight of mold and mildew is understandably repulsive to most people, and when these unsightly invaders come into our homes, the first thing we want to do is grab a brush, cover the area with the strongest cleaning fluid we can find, and scrub away until there’s nothing left. But hold on a second — should we really clean up household mold without thinking it through first? There are a number of reasons why the answer should be no: 1. Mold loves to grow Continue reading →

How Does Mold Testing Work?

One of the most troubling aspects of having mold in your home is that you don’t always know that it’s there. As mold often grows in dark or damp places such as in your basement or under a sink, sometimes it is not easily visible. In some cases, mold can even grow inside a wall where it can’t be perceived by the naked eye at all. A mold test is one way that you can find out if there is mold in your home even Continue reading →

What are the Biggest Health Risks of Residential Mold?

We’ve all heard stories about mold infestations that make people ill, but these are usually cases of gross negligence — right? We may see pictures of mold-infested homes and think, ‘that will never happen to us.’ The truth is, however, that most problematic mold infestations aren’t going to produce dramatic photos, or make the evening news. Mold can be just as problematic when it grows out of sight, unnoticed by residents or guests. In fact, mold is happier this way. It doesn’t want to be Continue reading →