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Attic Ventilation

Home design is much more complex than I ever realized. You can’t just throw up four walls, slap on a roof, and call it done. Homes need to breathe, and breathe correctly. Pressures, temperatures, conductivity, and other physics principles play a role in how it all works. Proper home designs turn homes into a system with features that work together to keep the home stable against the natural elements. If any one of these parts becomes out of whack, it...

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Mold Exposure May Cause Sneezing

Mold as an Animal It’s impossible for the human eye to distinguish among species of mold; if indoor mold can be seen growing in the open at all. Also, mold harms people in unseen ways. I believe that because of these elusive qualities, people tend to oversimplify mold and lump it and its behavior together. And when it’s oversimplified,  mold leads to misunderstandings of what it is and underestimating what it can do. The fungi kingdom is as diverse as...

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Doctors Diagnose on Mold May Complicate the Problem

I hate to come down so hard on the medical community. Medical professionals dedicate their lives to healing the sick and improving the quality of life for all of us. However, in the interest of protecting those who have had their lives turned upside down by mold, I have to give you this warning: Your doctor may not be a reliable source for information. From my observations, receiving the necessary treatment for toxic mold poisoning is a gamble. Your doctor...

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Mold Hazard: Vented Crawl Spaces?

Did you know that there are building code specifications still in practice in some areas of the US that actually encourage mold growth? It’s unfortunate, but true. These codes have to do with the false idea that crawl space air can be ventilated to keep out moisture. This flawed idea of the ventilated crawl space has to do with the simple idea that vents let air circulate and dry up, which prevents moisture from collecting in your crawl space to...

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Apartment Life Mold Litigation

I feel bad for Charmaine Green-Forde who recently experienced a terrible, but not uncommon, ordeal with mold in her apartment building. But I am doubting that she will get the $8,000 she wants from her landlords in lost clothing, and housing and medical expenses. Often, mold victims are far too optimistic about the legal system when it comes to mold. We look to the courts to help us fight for fairness. But after legal costs, arguments, and lawyers, we usually...

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Bleach as a mold killer?

Chlorine bleach is well known for killing bacteria, and it has no rivals when it comes to removing color.  But is bleach effective in killing mold?  Not really. Here's why: It is too diluted and thus too weak to permanently kill mold unless the mold is simply sitting on top of a hard surface like a counter top or sink. What little killing power chlorine bleach does have is diminished significantly as the bleach sits in warehouses and on grocery...

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Michigan Mold – Top 3

1.  Poor ventilation in the attic.  Often mold in the attic isn't found until the house hits the market and a home inspector pokes his (or her) head up there and sees the black spots or white fuzz.  This is usually results of poor ventilation, and can be compounded by inadequate insulation or a bathroom ceiling fan vented into the attic. 2.  Damp and wet basements.  We all love to finish our basements, don't we? Even if we live in...

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Go Green against mold

Other gentle alternatives to bleach include full-strength white vinegar or a tea-tree oil solution. "Tea tree oil is my favorite mold-killer because it's such a broad-spectrum fungicide," says Annie Berthold-Bond. Ms. Berthold-Bond mixes two teaspoons of tea-tree oil and two cups of water in a spray bottle, and then applies it directly to the surface, with no rinsing. Its very strong odor lingers for a few days, she told Well Journal, but "I've never had a mold problem that tea...

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Stachybotrys = Black Mold

Mold in attics It happens to countless homeowners around the end of the year – you make the annual visit to your attic to collect the holiday decorations and what do you find? Spots and blotches covering the bottom of the roof sheathing. Worse yet – it turns out to be attic mold! Although mold growth in attics is generally black it most likely is not “black mold” What is most commonly referred to as “black mold” is Stachybotrys chartarum....

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Mold in the Laundry Room

You might not ever think of this as a mold generator, but the laundry room could be a problem! An un-vented or improperly vented clothes dryer is a virtual incubator for mold - since it's moist and very warm -- an ideal environment for mold to grow! Where does your clothes dryer vent to? Are there holes in the duct? Are there many bends in the duct restricting airflow? Check your dryer vent it, if it is a problem it...

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