Category: Mold

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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Mold, Asbestos Disclosure not Required in La. Home Sales

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Buyer beware: The Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors Standards and Practice doesn’t require home inspectors to disclose hazardous materials in homes–including asbestos, mold, and even harmful toxic drywall. Check out the story below (link): Law shows home inspectors not required to tell buyers about mold, asbestos on.wdsu.com/WICKV9 — wdsu (@wdsu) February 18, 2013 The reason the for this? Home inspectors are not accredited inspectors for asbestos, mold, and toxic…

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Is the Quest for Energy Savings Killing your Indoor Air Quality?

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The importance of building green or implementing green initiatives in existing buildings is on everyone’s mind. The top three outcomes building owners want to achieve by going green are: 1) Lowering operating costs (energy savings). 2) Having a healthier indoor environment (indoor air quality). 3) Helping the environment. I’ve written about energy savings, but how does indoor air quality (IAQ) tie into the equation? Energy savings and its effect on…

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A Tatooine House in the Desert – Still Prone to Moisture Intrusion (Free Download)

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I don’t often read The New York Times, but when I do, I usually find something interesting like an article that details an innovative way to use bales of hay as a building material. The Big Bad Wolf and The Three Little Pigs come to mind, but in all seriousness using straw and plaster is not a bad way to utilize a renewable building material as long as you build…

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This Miracle Spray Will Have You Walking on Water!

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There’s a “miracle” product advertised on TV that is a miracle cure-all for leaks and all sorts of water problems. I’m sure you’ve seen it – the one where the pitch man sprays the product over an open screen door that’s placed in the bottom of a boat. Then we see him paddling around like nothing ever happened. If you haven’t seen it, watch below. It’s pretty entertaining. That’s a…

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