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Savvy Consumer Tip: Dealing with Mold in a Closet

Do you suspect you have mold in your closets? Watch this video to learn what to do.

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Video: Mold Remediation Procedure

Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert tips on mold prevention and remediation. One of the aspects mentioned was the rigorous procedure that remediation professionals follow when removing mold. To learn more about what this procedure entails, watch this informative video by Terri Barlcai of 911 Remediation LLC, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Erez Gilad.

 

 

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Diamond Certified Experts: Mold Prevention and Remediation

Due to its potential health risks, a mold infestation should be dealt with promptly and correctly. Photo: NorthBay Environmental, Inc. (2016)

Due to its potential health risks, a mold infestation should be dealt with promptly and correctly. Photo: NorthBay Environmental, Inc. (2016)

Silent, it grows undetected. Hidden, it lurks beneath your floors and inside your walls. No, it’s not some alien from a science fiction movie—it’s mold! While less terrifying than an extraterrestrial invasion, mold is nonetheless a pervasive problem found in homes throughout the Bay Area. Due to its potentially serious health repercussions, combating mold requires a proactive approach, both in terms of prevention and dealing with it remedially. To shed some light on this important subject, we’ve asked four Diamond Certified Experts to weigh in with their professional knowledge.

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It’s well-known that the primary cause of mold is moisture, often as a result of damp, humid conditions, which is why the best way to prevent it is controlling your home’s humidity levels. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Mold Prevention and Remediation” »

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Summer Fungus: Preventing Mold in the Off-Season

Despite the warm, dry conditions of summer, mold problems can persist in moisture-prone areas. Photo: Environmental Remedies, Inc. (2016)

Despite the warm, dry conditions of summer, mold problems can persist in moisture-prone areas. Photo: Environmental Remedies, Inc. (2016)

Mold is a common household problem during the winter, when the moist, rainy weather creates ideal conditions for fungi to flourish. While the arrival of summer tends to reverse these conditions, in some residences, mold is nonetheless a year-round problem. For example, if your home is poorly ventilated or situated in a humid or heavily shaded location (i.e. coastal or dense forest), the warm summer climate may do little to mitigate mold, which means you’ll need to take proactive measures to combat it. Continue reading “Summer Fungus: Preventing Mold in the Off-Season” »

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In-Home Danger Zones: Five Critical Tests to Ensure Safety

Make sure you know how to spot hidden dangers lurking in your home. Photo: Environmental Remedies, Inc. (2015)

Make sure you know how to spot hidden dangers lurking in your home. Photo: Environmental Remedies, Inc. (2015)

If you’re like most people, you think of your home as your sanctuary—a refuge from the uncertainties of the outside world. However, you may not realize just how many dangers can be present within its very walls. Hazardous substances like mold, lead and asbestos are present in many United States homes, often without the homeowners’ awareness. Since the only way to identify these threats is with professional inspection, you should consider having the following tests performed in your home:

1. Mold testing
When mold develops inside a home, it’s typically due to an excess of moisture, whether from a slow leak, poor ventilation or as a secondary effect of catastrophic water damage. Continue reading “In-Home Danger Zones: Five Critical Tests to Ensure Safety” »

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A Top-Down Approach to Home Maintenance

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When prioritizing maintenance for your home, one helpful strategy is to start at the top and work your way down. Photo: Trademark Roofing (2015)

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Control Moisture to Control Household Mold

By Matt Solis, Senior Editor

The best way to prevent mold growth is to keep all materials in your home as clean and dry as possible. Make sure your house is well ventilated with a relative humidity between 30 and 50 percent. To reduce indoor humidity, vent bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; use air conditioners and dehumidifiers; increase ventilation; and use exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing or cleaning. To further protect your home from mold growth, consider the following tips:

  • Standing water sources promote mold and bacterial growth, so it’s important to cover sump pumps, enclose fish tanks and ensure basement drains (for air conditioning hoses, humidifiers and washers) aren’t clogged. Find and correct obvious sources of moisture such as leaky faucets, dripping pipes or cold surfaces where moisture condenses.
  • Use a dehumidifier, air conditioner or furnace to help dry the air in your home.
  • If you have crawl spaces in your house, install a vapor barrier over the ground (4 to 6 millimeter polyethylene plastic) to prevent soil moisture from evaporating and filling your home. Damp crawl spaces can lead to wood rot on floor joists, beams and sills located directly above. You can further minimize humidity by placing vents at opposite sides of your crawl spaces. Also, the grading around your home should be sloped to prevent water from pooling underneath it. Continue reading “Control Moisture to Control Household Mold” »

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