How Does a Mold Infestation Start?

Mold is every homeowner’s nightmare. One day there’s nothing there, and all of a sudden your basement wall is covered in black spots. While most of us know that mold tends to grow in moist, warm, and poorly lit places, many don’t understand how a mold infestation actually gets started. By understanding how a mold infestation starts, you’ll be better able to prevent one from sprouting up in your home in the future. How does a mold infestation start? Mold is a type of fungus Continue reading →

3 Reasons More Americans are Paying Attention to Mold

Just how big a problem is mold in your home? Mold spores are everywhere in the air, both indoors and out. That considered, to what extent are these pesky fungi really a threat to your health and home? While mold may not be life threatening, it’s certainly something that most home owners worry about. Here’s why. 1. It affects property value Mold invasions — even if they’ve been cleaned up and professional addressed — can and do affect the property value of a home. All Continue reading →

Can the Mold Removal Process Damage My Home?

If you live in a humid area or just don’t have great ventilation in all parts of your house, mold can more than a pesky annoyances. Not only can this silent intruder be dangerous to the health of anyone who lives in (or visits) your home, it can also cause serious structural damage to the home itself. While most mold infestations can be cleaned up without long-term damage, this isn’t always the case. There are a number of instances in which merely cleaning the visible Continue reading →

Basement Mold: What Should I Do?

One of the most unpleasant and unexpected surprises of homeownership is the appearance of mold in your home. Mold tends to grow in places that are dark, warm, and moist, making one’s basement the perfect place for a mold infestation to form. This is especially true if you live in a humid environment, have your washing machine in the basement, or have an old home that may have leaky pipes, as any of these things can increase the amount of moisture in your basement. In Continue reading →

5 Ways to Prevent Mold from Starting

Residential mold is never a welcome sight, especially when you consider the ramifications. It can wreak havoc on property values, lead to complex and costly cleanup operations, and seriously affect the health of anyone exposed to it — including pets. The problem is, homeowners have enough to think about already. Mold is one of those subjects that rarely comes up until it becomes an issue — and by then, the infestation may have progressed substantially. So the operative question is this: How do you prevent Continue reading →

When is it Time for a Professional Mold Inspection?

When you become a homeowner, your scheduling and organizational skills are really tested for the first time. Suddenly, you find yourself in charge of an entire property where any number of things could go wrong at virtually any time. There are plumbing and electrical issues to consider. There is roofing, renovation, chimney sweeping, driveway asphalt, and the list goes on. It might seem daunting at first, but a lot of people actually enjoy the various tasks and challenge that go along with owning a home. Continue reading →

6 Easy Ways to Prevent Mold in Your Home

Discovering a mold infestation in your home can be devastating. Mold frequently results in decreased property value, and serious mold infestations tend to “stay” with the home, in terms of being on record for real estate agents and homebuyers to see. That’s not even the biggest problem. Any type of mold can swiftly bring on an array of respiratory issues, asthma, depression and other health issues. Once the conditions within the home are right for mold to start growing, the mold itself can be very Continue reading →

Types of Residential Mold

Everyone knows the feeling of disappointment and disgust that comes with opening a container of food and seeing multi-colored mold growing there. Finding moldy food or any other kind of mold in living spaces can never be a positive thing. However, while some mold, such as that found on food, is easily seen, there are other types that grow in the home that are hidden from view. The kinds that hide underneath tiles and in other secret places are the types that people must look Continue reading →

3 Important Questions to Ask About Residential Mold

As a homeowner, you invest constantly in the place you live and call your own. You know that keeping up the value of your home is important, especially if selling the home in the near future is a consideration. Home improvement shows and do-it-yourself tutorials are enormously popular. However, all the upgrades you make to your home will be insignificant if an underlying mold problem persists behind the walls or under the floors that you thought were in top shape. Mold thrives in damp conditions. Continue reading →

How to Avoid Mold Removal Mistakes and Do it Right

Mold is already a tricky adversary to deal with. It grows in hard to reach and often invisible places, behind walls, beneath floors, even inside ductwork and attics. Basements are definitely a favorite hiding spot of this residential menace. But mold is even trickier to eliminate when you consider the fact that some of the mistakes people commonly make will actually cause the mold problem to get worse. If we take a careful look at these common errors — and if we understand the underlying Continue reading →