Category: Mold

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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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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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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