Category: Mold

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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Spring Training & Mold – Is There a Correlation?

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Any Correlation Between Spring Training & Mold Problems? What a strange winter! Depending on your location, you’ve probably seen some unusual weather events over the last few months. Here in Baton Rouge we’ve had what’s been (for us anyway) a pretty cold winter. When roads freeze around here things grind to a halt. I know it’s technically not Spring yet, but it’s gotten a little warmer here, the sun is…

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Stucco Repairs For New Buildings–Why?

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Why does stucco leak water into buildings? We get many calls about stucco and water intrusion. I have one friend (he develops buildings) who hates stucco.  Why  Stucco has been around for a long time. Think of the beautiful stucco structures that are over 100 years old. The stucco was used initially on full masonry walls. It helps shed water and in some cases provided a sacrificial protective service.  Really…

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Blog Roundup: Shady Mold Inspectors, Building Commissioning, and Helping Others

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Periodically we bring you a roundup of posts from our blog that we think you’ll find interesting, informative, and entertaining–even if they’re written by an engineer. Post Sandy Mold Inspectors and Remediators – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels? (Free Download) “ABC News issued a Consumer report about mold inspectors who are ripping off building owners along the east coast. During the interviews, Dr. Richard Shaughnessy, Ph.D. gave great tips on what to…

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Post Sandy Mold Inspectors and Remediators – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels? (Free Download)

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ABC News issued a Consumer report about mold inspectors who are ripping off building owners along the east coast. During the interviews, Dr. Richard Shaughnessy, Ph.D. gave great tips on what to do to protect yourself (and your building). Dr. Shaughnessy is who I looked  to in 2001 when I decided to enter the mold inspection/consulting field. Poor performance may not come to light until your building has been ruined. Here…

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Mold Problems after Sandy (Audio)

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A look at mold problems after Hurricane Sandy from WNYC: Michael Reilly, Director of the Division of Planning and Response at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness and Assistant Professor of Clinical Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public, talks about the threat of mold in buildings after Hurricane Sandy, and what it could mean for public health during the ongoing recovery. Listen below: Do you have questions about…

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10 Tips and 3 Tricks to Kill Mold

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Imagine you’re sitting in your office when you notice a drip-drip-drip. You get the trash can out and put it under the leak-problem solved! Or is it? Does that water touch anything that supports mold growth, like the gypsum board ceiling or your ceiling tile? Do you notice odors after it rains? Do you notice dark fuzzy stuff around the leak or on your air conditioning vents? Mold might not…

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