Category: Mold

Baseball Season & Mold Season – What is the Connection?

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What is the Connection Between Baseball & Mold? It turns out that baseball season and mold season are related. If you’ve read The World’s Most Interesting Engineer, you know I have two recurring themes when I write about mold. The first is, well, recurrence. Mold problems can come back if we only clean up the mold and do not correct what caused the original mold problem. The second is that most…

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Hurricane Katrina Asbestos Damage – Katrina Hits the Casinos

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Hurricane Katrina Asbestos Damage – Katrina Hits the Casinos If you ever had any doubt about the intensity of Hurricane Katrina, all you had to do was travel along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Hurricane Katrina blasted that region, and upon seeing the destruction, you can understand the difficulties the region experienced in cleanup and recovery. Hurricane Katrina asbestos damage didn’t help. In early 2006, we were asked to perform an…

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How Do You Separate Hurricane Katrina Mold Damage From Prior Mold Damage?

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How Do You Separate Hurricane Katrina Mold Damage From Prior Mold Damage? We’ll soon observe 10 years since Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita affected the region. I’ve thought of the storms every once in a while, but even more so as we get close to August. Soon we’ll be inundated with stories retelling what happened in 2005 and in the years since. After Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, we worked to help Building Owners…

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Hurricane Rita – 10 Years Later Part 1

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Hurricane Rita – 10 Years Later Like many of you, we lived through Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, but we also worked to help Building Owners and Contractors in the aftermath of both storms. Most of our work was mold related, but we did a fair amount of asbestos work as a result of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. Our work ranged from Pascagoula, Mississippi, all the way to southwest Louisiana. We worked…

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Hurricane Katrina – 10 Years Later Part 1

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Hurricane Katrina – 10 Years Later, Part 1 We’ll soon observe 10 years since Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita affected the region. I’ve thought of the storms every once in a while, but a little less as time passes. Soon we’ll be inundated with stories retelling what happened in August 2005 and in the years since. Like many of you, we lived through Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, but we also worked to…

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Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita – 10 Years Later

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Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita – 10 Years Later To say that 2015 is moving along pretty quickly is an understatement. One thing that may have slipped past many of us, like the rapid passage of time, is the fact that we’ll soon observe 10 years since Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita affected the region. Over the past couple of weeks I’d thought of the storms from time to time,…

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What Do You Do When Your Environmental Consultant Quits?

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What Do You Do When Your Environmental Consultant Quits? If you’re like me, you’re not too fond of change. At the very least, not fond of big changes. I like being comfortable – who doesn’t? One area where facility owners, managers, and project designers all like to be comfortable is with their environmental consultant. So when you find a good environmental consultant and you enjoy working with them, you like…

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Spring Training & Mold – What is the Connection?

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What is the Connection Between Spring Training & Mold Problems? It’s that time of year again! Pitchers and catchers report in two days!!!! If you’ve read The World’s Most Interesting Engineer, you know I have two recurring themes when I write about mold. The first is, well, recurrence. Mold problems can come back if we only clean up the mold and do not correct what caused the original mold problem. The…

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Is Brick Bad For Your Building

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Brick leaks! Why Brick is a relatively new building material. It’s only been in use for about 9,000 years. We’ve graduated from full brick walls to brick veneer walls—and started the bulk of our brick problems. Having said that, brick is really good stuff. So why do some new brick buildings have problems now Well, it seems that we’ve forgotten what our grandfathers knew. We changed how we installed brick…

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Preventing Mold & Moisture Problems From Recurring, Costing You Money, & Wasting Your Time

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Prevent Recurring Problems – don’t waste time and money dealing with the same problem over and over again. Recur is defined as “to occur again, periodically, or repeatedly.” In our mold and moisture work, we see many instances where mold and moisture problems recur. Why is that? As it turns out, there are many reasons. A lot of these reasons have to do with complicated physics – the Second Law…

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