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Mold Scam Alert: Encapsulation, Sealants, and Mold Paint

Fly-by-night mold remediators sometimes use encapsulation to simply paint over mold while charging gullible clients thousands for their unscrupulous services. Also called mold sealant or mold paint, encapsulation is the process of treating mold with a product that “glues” the mold in place so it cannot release any spores – rendering the mold powerless. This works to some extent, but encapsulation is not completely effective and should never be the sole means of remediation. Encapsulation is sometimes relied upon as...

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Mold Might Move Medical Marijuana

There is an interesting debate in California right now involving Prop. 19 that will be voted upon this month.  The bill would allow local jurisdictions to regulate their own taxation on production of marijuana, make marijuana legal for those aged 21 and over, and allow adults to grow pot in small plots in their homes.  What does this have to do with mold remediation and mold removal? Opponents of Prop. 19 are now pointing to their own study analyzing the...

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Should You Buy a Moldy Home?

Now that economic uncertainty has dropped housing prices, many new buyers are in the market to purchase used property. But what should you do if a property has mold? Considering all the bad things we say about mold, you might assume this is a deal breaker. But this isn't necessarily true. The issue of mold in a home can turn into a home buyer’s biggest nightmare, and yet it can also be their greatest fortune. When buying a property, you want to...

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Investigating the Link Between Mold and Cancer

We’ve talked extensively about the numerous health effects that have been linked from toxic mold exposure – everything from skin rashes to brain damage. But can toxic mold exposure actually cause cancer? It’s a touchy subject; perhaps why we’ve avoided it for so long. But there are a lot of rumors and sketchy evidence floating around that say mold and exposure to certain mycotoxins can cause cancer. It’s time to separate myth from fact. Can mold cause cancer? Absolutely, yes....

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Do Vent-Free Gas Appliances = Mold Growth?

More than 1.25 million vent-free space heaters, fireplaces, logs, and stoves that operate on natural gas or propane are sold every year in America. But gas appliances produce water vapor, and that can bring high humidity into the air if  there’s not enough ventilation. So could these vent-free gas appliances increase the humidity enough to promote mold growth? A lot of people aren’t too familiar with the controversy around mold and vent-free gas products, so it helps to look at...

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Mold Found in California Office

Another sticky, slimy situation in a government facility involving disgruntled employees, obtuse administration, and mold. This time it’s the Mendocino County Social Services building in Ukiah, California. When James Marmon started working in the building in 2007, he noticed red Xs on the floor mats. Only weeks later did he find out why. Mr. Marmon had stepped into a moldy office that was causing employees a range of symptoms from extreme fatigue to nosebleeds. There were rumblings of inspections and...

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Hospital Mold

Where is the absolute worst place for mold to grow? No, it’s not between your toes, it is in hospitals. Hospitals must be sanitary for a reason. While a small amount of mold may not be a problem for most of us, mold can be deadly for patients with weakened or suppressed immune systems if not quickly removed by a mold removal company. So it is understandable that the Cape Coral Hospital in Florida is taking hasty action to discolored...

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Mold at Ground Zero

All this controversy about building a mosque or cultural center near the site of the former World Trade Center has made me think about another controversial building that once stood at Ground Zero. But in this case, mold played a pivotal role in this building’s fate. 130 Liberty Street, otherwise known as the Deutsche Bank Building, was once a 42-story skyscraper that stood adjacent to the Twin Towers. But the collapse of the towers during September 11 tore a 24-story...

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Understanding the Dangers of Toxic Mold

What Is Toxic Mold? Stachybotrys is a greenish-black mold that is often known as toxic mold, or black mold. This type of mold is often more dangerous than other white molds, such as food mold. Highly dangerous toxins are released into the air by Stachybotrys, and breathing anywhere around the infestation of mold can cause serious health risks. There are also other dangers of living with this toxic mold, including damage to the home that can be costly to its...

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Dangerous Mold | Who is at Risk?

How Do You Know if You’re At Risk? If you suffer from allergies, you are probably aware of exactly what will trigger an attack. You work very hard to avoid these allergens mainly because you want to save yourself the discomfort and health complications associated with it. However prudent they are with avoiding the things that cause their allergy attacks, not everyone who has allergies is aware of all their triggers. The same is true of people who aren’t even...

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