Crawlspaces: Why They Get Moldy And What To Do About It

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Friday, January 25th, 2013

Being in the mold business, especially after Hurricane Sandy, we get an awful lot of calls from people concerned about mold in their crawlspace. Mold growth in your home, even in the crawlspace, attic or other non-living space, is less than ideal. It can cause or aggravate a whole variety of illnesses, and stop a […]

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Old Photos & Mold Dogs • A Love Story

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Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

I recently sat down and shuffled through several boxes of old family photos, putting aside the ones I’m going to send off to a great little company I just discovered, called ScanCafe. They very inexpensively scan and repair old prints, slides and negatives by hand. I love the idea of getting my old pictures digitized […]

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In Dog We Trust

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Monday, July 9th, 2012

It is often said that dogs don’t lie, except to lie down, of course. While I’m pretty sure I’ve been tricked into a treat or a walk from time to time, my experience largely supports this popular notion. Late last month, three Nevada Highway Patrol officers filed suit against Chris Perry, the director of Nevada’s […]

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With 50 Percent of Childhood Asthma Uncontrolled, Time to Look Homeward

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Monday, July 2nd, 2012

“Despite available treatments, less than 50 percent of asthmatic children control their symptoms,” announced Prof. Nikos Papadopoulos, Chair of the International Consensus (ICON) on Pediatric Asthma, two weeks ago at The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) 31st Annual meeting, Geneva, Switzerland. As a childhood asthmatic, and someone who has long worked with […]

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It’s an Unusual Spring, but Spring it is: Time to Clean and Inspect

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

This has been a strange and unusual spring, whether you’re in the eastern half of the US where it was so warm in March, or in Europe where it’s been abnormally cold. But spring it is, and that always brings to my mind Spring cleaning. It’s the time of year  also to do a thorough […]

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The Argument Against Biocides: Why We Don’t Need to Kill Mold

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Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

We fix sick homes. Every day, people with asthma, allergies, sinus problems -  and a plethora of other sometimes seemingly unrelated maladies – suspect something in their home might be at the root of their woes and call upon us to do the sleuth work. More often than not, when we find a mold problem […]

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Mold? In my attic? It’s more likely than you think

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

This is the time of year for moldy attics. It may not be festive, but it’s reliable. Most people think of attics as inherently dry spaces, unlike basements, and assume they’re impervious to mold problems due to the lack of moisture. Most people are wrong about that. Whether it’s used as storage with a staircase […]

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Indoor Mold and Illness: A Primer

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Thursday, October 27th, 2011

It seems to be common knowledge that living in a moldy home, or working in a moldy workplace, is not good for people. But what is it about mold that’s bad for us, and why? There have been numerous studies aimed at answering this question and, while no single study tells the whole story, taken […]

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Vacation Homes and Vacant Homes

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

When you close up a house, whether it’s at the beach, in the mountains, or in a development, things start to happen that weren’t happening when people were there. Humidity rises and falls with the weather, and when it rises it gives rise to mold growth in places you wouldn’t expect in an occupied home. […]

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What to Do After the Flood

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Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

It’s critically important after a flood to waste no time getting things as dry as possible and getting rid of things that have soaked up water. The idea is to head off the emergence of a major mold growth. In last summer’s edition of our seasonal magazine, Habitat Quarterly, we published an article detailing what […]

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