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Finding and Repairing Chimney Leaks

During heavy rainstorms, many homeowners find out the hard way that their home is not as waterproof as it needs to be. There are many places where wear and tear can chip away at your roofing and allow for water leaks during heavy rains. However, many times the roof chimney is overlooked when it is in fact a very common source for leaks. Leaks in the chimney around the roof can occur in two ways: cracked or loose bricks that...

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Army vs Mold

A military barracks used to shelter soldiers returning from fighting in Afghanistan has major problems with mold, leaks, backup sewage, and a number of other issues. This barracks, originally designed for Korean War combatants now has lead-based paint peeling off the walls, missing ceiling tiles, broken drain pipes, and, of course, our old friend mold is showing up everywhere it is not welcome. Sewage water backs up into the sinks in the lower floors. A video of the barracks show...

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Mold Remediation is a tax deduction?

Here is a helpful bit of advice for those struggling with the cost of mold remediation. Mold and taxes are both inevitabilities in life, but did you know that mold removal and repair is a tax deductible business expense for landlords and homeowners? It’s been true since about 2006 when the IRS issued a private letter ruling that mold removal costs by a building owner, including both homeowners and landlords, was not a capital expenses, but a business expense that...

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Mold in Schools

It seems like every day a new school is in the news because teachers, students, and parents are up in arms about mold making everyone in the building sick. I couldn’t possibly report about each of these stories, and if I did it would become redundant since they are all so much alike. Moldy schools have become a nationwide epidemic. But why is it that mold is so commonly found in schools? Let’s take a look at a few of...

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Negligence is the Best Nourishment for Mold

What is the best mold food? Wood, dry wall, insulation, brick? Nope, nothing makes mold grow faster than simple human neglect. The kind that is easily preventable. Every mold disaster may have started with just a minor leak, but a lot of neglect is what caused a lot of mold. In most cases, it’s entirely preventable. Take for example a rented home in Lee County that was recently ruined because of mold. After the renters abruptly moved out, vandals struck...

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When a Building is Functioning Correctly It Will Not Have Mold

Out of all the questions people ask me about mold, the most important question to them is always, “How can I get rid of my mold?” Even though this is an important question, it’s not the question they should be asking, which is, “Why do I have mold?” In the past, we’ve discussed things that might contribute to mold growth in a home or building. Some of these factors were high humidity, organic building materials, and air-tight building structures. But...

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Michigan Family Fights Insurance Company

It’s a common story: a burst pipe, a flooded basement, toxic mold, and an insurance company that refuses to honor its coverage. Carl and Mary Becker have been fighting the mold growing in their Michigan home for almost three years, but their fight against AutoOwners of Lansing has just begun. The Beckers were away on vacation when two pipes burst and flooded their basement for days. After a plumber fixed the leak, they moved back into their house thinking the...

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Know Your Mold Insurance Policy

Is mold covered by your home owners or flood insurance? If you had to think about the answer to that question, then you could benefit from a better understanding of the specifics of your insurance coverage. The difference between knowing and not knowing could mean thousands if your home is attacked by mold. Because insurance claims on mold damage and removal has skyrocketed over the last decade, insurance companies are scrambling to rewrite their coverage policies. Make sure you have...

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Is Your Doctor’s Prescription Making You Worse?

It’s cold season. The weather is hot, then the next day it’s freezing. You wake up with a headache, stuffiness, sore throat, and runny nose. Just great – you’ve caught a cold. Your doctor agrees with the diagnosis and prescribes you antibiotics for treatment. But what if you are both wrong? What if your symptoms are actually caused by mold? The common symptoms of an upper respiratory infection – or the common cold – include stuffiness, sore throat, headache, runny...

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Is Mycotoxicosis Posing as Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and currently affects over 3 million senior citizens in America. Although it does not appear to run in my family, I am always saddened when I see someones grandmother or grandfather with Alzheimer’s. Early symptoms of the disease include confusion, loss of short-term memory, problems with attention and spatial orientation, changes in personality, language difficulties and unexplained mood swings. But these same exact symptoms have also been attributed to mycotoxicosis, or...

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