Category: Indoor Air Quality

Got Mold? Cure the Cause Not the Symptoms

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Five Quick Tips for Stopping and Preventing Mold 1) Identify problem areas and stop active leaks and condensation. Too often the owner throws money at indoor air quality problems or remediates mold before identifying and curing the source of the odor or moisture. Get to the source of moisture-and stop it! Then remediate (if necessary). 2) Conduct Preventative Maintenance. We recommend that you seal around all doors, windows, roof and wall penetrations. 3) Control…

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If You Audit Your Jobsite, You Might Be Sorry…

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…But you might be sorrier if you don’t. I got a call last week to visit a project site where the Owner is renovating a gym built in the ’30s and turning it into a library. The Contractor has gutted the building, and as it turns out, there was felt paper and granular material beneath the hardwood floor (treated with creosote) that acted as a damp proofing layer for the gym floor….

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NIOSH Alert: Preventing Respiratory Illness from Moisture in Buildings

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has issued a helpful guide for buildings owners and occupants to identify and prevent moisture issues that can lead to mold growth and respiratory issues. Fill out the form below and download it at no cost. Stay dry, my friends. Chris White, P.E., LEED AP has been helping clients solve problems for 20 years. You can follow him on Twitter @ChrisWhitePE.

Tiny but Deadly: Legionella

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Sometimes it’s the smallest organisms that are deadly. Last month we wrote about the deadly meningitis outbreak caused by mold contamination in a compound medicine facility. Now more preventable deaths are being caused by small organisms. You may have heard about recent outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease at a Chicago JW Marriot and two VA Hospitals in Pittsburgh, Pa.  and Oakland, Ca. Potentially fatal Legionnaires’ Disease got its name when an…

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Moisture Meters – Useful Tools, or Only Good for Locating Studs?

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Remember the scene in Ghostbusters where the guys get their first job at the hotel? There’s a scene where Egon Spengler (probably the smartest one in the bunch) is walking through the hotel while holding some sort of scanner, and comes across a live guest. He’s staring intently at the readout, and to see if the person is real, reaches out and pokes the guest. But he’s holding a sophisticated…

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Mold Growth is not like Spontaneous Combustion

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Picture a beautiful sunny day, temperatures in the mid 90s, relative humidity at 50%, and a weather front moving through. Tornadoes spawn and destroy the power lines in a ten mile radius. Luckily, your office and home are spared with no damage at all. But you’ll have no power for two weeks. Will mold grow in your home of office simply because you lose power? A story on NPR titled:…

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