Top 10 Causes of House Fires

Cooking EquipmentWhen a pot or pan overheats or splatters greases, it can take seconds to cause a fire. Stay in the kitchen when cooking, especially if using oil or high temperatures; most kitchen fires occur because people get distracted and leave their cooking unattended. Keep combustibles (e.g. oven mitts, dish towels, paper towels) away from […]

Health Effects of Radon

Radon is one of the “noble” gases (such as neon and argon). It is a naturally occurring element that is produced from radium which is part of the uranium decay series. Radon has a half-life of 3.82 days and during decay produces particles called radon daughters. These particles are solid, short-lived radioisotopes that emit alpha […]

Health Effects of Asbestos – Part 1

Nature of Asbestos Asbestos is a mineral with a unique crystal structure. Individual crystals of asbestos are long and thin (needle like) and these crystals occur as a “palisade” in tightly packed bundles. When disturbed, these bundles break and crystals are released individually, either whole or as fragments. This crystal structure is responsible for the […]

Adopted!!!

Nearly a month ago, upon inspecting a property which caught fire, I came upon an abandoned cat. Not knowing what to do, I found out about an organization called Red Paw Emergency Relief. I met Jen Leary who rescued and named the cat Bailey, and ever since, I get asked about her status. I’m so […]

Water Damaged Floors

Here’s a photo of a hallway which was flooded and the water damage was so extensive, that even the baseboard is being lifted. Floors in such conditions can not be restored, as the only course of action is to completed remove it, dry the sub-floor, and reinstall new hardwood flooring. This particular property was a […]

Mold Growth & Sporulation in Buildings – Part 2

    Each stage of fungal growth (spore germination, vegetative growth, sporulation) has a specific set of conditions that is optimal. Important conditions in this set are nutrient types and concentrations, light, temperature, oxygen and water availability. Water availability (i.e., water activity) is one of the most important of these. Each fungus has optimal water activities […]

Severe Mold Growth

This photo shows a basement where a major water loss occurred when a pipe burst and no one was living in the home to notice until thousands of gallons of water went throughout the home. A contractor was hired to dry out the basement, but only was equipped with 3 fans, when the size of […]