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What Is the Difference Between Mold and Mildew?

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Mold Guide, News | 0 comments

What Is the Difference Between Mold and Mildew?

Mold and mildew are used so interchangeably in everyday speaking and in advertising that it’s easy to think they’re the same thing. They both grow in warm, damp places and can grow on almost any type of surface. Everyone has seen moldy bread on the counter or mildew on a shower curtain. In the battle of mold vs. mildew, there are no winners and the losers are people everywhere. There are a few important differences between mold and mildew that everyone should know. What Is Mold? According to the Centers for Disease Control, mold is a type of...

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Dangerous Effects of Mold on Children

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Mold Guide, News | Comments Off on Dangerous Effects of Mold on Children

Dangerous Effects of Mold on Children

Mold allergy symptoms Mold allergy symptoms make anyone feel miserable, but children can suffer the most from the dangerous health effects of mold. The allergies often mimic the symptoms of a cold or hay fever, so they’re difficult to diagnose properly. However, if someone in your home has been experiencing these symptoms for an extended period of time without relief, a mold allergy may be the culprit: • Shortness of breath • Wheezing • Runny nose • Sore throat • Sneezing • Nasal congestion • Coughing • Worsening of asthma symptoms Black mold...

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10 Tips for Reducing Mold Allergies

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Mold Guide, News | Comments Off on 10 Tips for Reducing Mold Allergies

10 Tips for Reducing Mold Allergies

Mold grows quickly and usually without notice because the spores are everywhere in the air, just looking for moisture and food. Once mold forms, those who are exposed could experience a range of negative health reactions. Symptoms of mold exposure include coughing, nasal congestion, and eye irritation as well as more serious infections. Since it’s impossible to completely avoid mold, follow these tips to limit its impact. 1. Keep track of mold levels. Watch the mold levels and avoid outdoor activities when they’re at their highest....

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Healthy Building Technology – InstaScope

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Mold Guide, News | Comments Off on Healthy Building Technology – InstaScope

Healthy Building Technology – InstaScope

By Morgan Renard, Operations Manager, ServiceMaster National Capital Restoration Published in the Washington Building Congress Bulletin – March 2017 More often than not, new technology supplements current business practices causing incremental improvements over time. Productivity tools such as Google Docs grease the wheels of collaboration. iPads supplanting cumbersome laptop computers make document accessibility that much easier. It is only on rare occasion that a technological advancement changes an entire industry. Enter InstaScope –...

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Dealing with Mold in Basement – FAQ

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Mold Guide, News | Comments Off on Dealing with Mold in Basement – FAQ

Dealing with Mold in Basement – FAQ

Mold can grow in any room in the home, but the basement is one of the most common areas in the home to find it. Here are a few Q & A’s about mold in the basement and what you can do about it. Q: Why are basements such prime areas for mold growth? A: Mold grows in areas of high humidity. Many homes have washers and showers in the basement and both can leak, increasing the humidity levels. Basements don’t get as much fresh air, light, or foot traffic as the rest of the home so it’s easy for mold to grow undetected. Q: What’s the best way to...

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What is in the Air You Breathe?

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Mold Guide, News | Comments Off on What is in the Air You Breathe?

What is in the Air You Breathe?

They say “Spring is in the Air!” but do you know what is in the air you breathe in your home or business? Spring often launches “allergy season,” a time of increased allergy symptoms, and triggers asthma attacks. What is it about Spring that causes these heightened issues? On March 12, 2017 the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates released their latest educational video, “What is in the Air You Breathe?” which highlights asthma and the common triggers that affect over 24 million Americans.  The...

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Heaven Can Wait (Indoor Mold Case Study)

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Case Studies, Mold Guide, News | Comments Off on Heaven Can Wait (Indoor Mold Case Study)

Heaven Can Wait (Indoor Mold Case Study)

(based on a true story) By ServiceMaster NCR Greg Gandee   Being diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer is devastating, but when you have a wife and 2 children, your whole life comes to a stop.  Our 42 year old friend was the proverbial healthnut, watching his diet, running several miles a day, trim and fit.  But there he was being admitted to the hospital for immediate chemotherapy and surgery. Word quickly spread and church members took care of the children as family members came in from out of town so his wife could be by his side. It was so...

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Invisible Mold – Case Study

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Case Studies, Mold Guide, News | Comments Off on Invisible Mold – Case Study

Invisible Mold – Case Study

A Story About What You Don’t See! My son found a house that he thought would be a good investment for his family and soon to be new child; quiet neighborhood, safe, lots of children, large trees, and grandparents a few blocks away.  The house had been empty for a few months, but seemed to be in good repair.  When he inquired about what had been done on the house, the realtor stated that mold had been discovered and remediation had been completed about a week before. He asked if I would look at it and tell him what I thought.  Like most homes,...

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