Mold Basics

Molds are part of the natural environment. Molds are fungi that can be found anywhere – inside or outside – throughout the year. About 1,000 species of mold can be found in the United States, with more than 100,000 known species worldwide. Outdoors, molds play an important role in nature by breaking down organic matter such […]

Testing Scams

Sticking with the theme from yesterday, I want to again leave out anything technical, and focus in on one type of scam that is becoming more and more used in the restoration business, the Post Remediation Test.  Now is this test a scam, absolutely not, but it’s the way that some companies are utilizing it […]

Kilz vs. Encapsulates

Without getting into the technical side of this debate, I just want to bring up a few points to help some understand the differences between each, which can also answer why some mold companies price higher than others when this type of coating is applied after the cleaning is done.  Kilz, is basically a primer, […]

Norovirus

Norovirus infection can cause the sudden onset of severe vomiting and diarrhea. The virus is highly contagious and commonly spread through food or water that is contaminated by fecal matter during preparation. You can also be infected through close contact with an infected person. Diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting typically begin 24 to 48 hours after […]

Mold Exposure In Dogs – Part 1

It is hard to believe that dogs can be exposed to mold just the same as humans, and one of the culprits of exposure is through ingestion. Mycotoxicosis is a term used to denote poisoning by food products contaminated by fungi (i.e., moldy bread, cheese, English walnuts, or even a backyard compost). As well as […]

What is Swine Flu?

Swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, made headlines in 2009 when it was declared a pandemic. Pandemics are contagious diseases affecting people throughout the world or on multiple continents at the same time. H1N1 has already been seen in 74 countries across the globe. H1N1 is highly contagious, allowing it to spread quickly from […]

Buying a New Home?

There’s many calls which we field from new home owners suspecting their is mold or visibly seeing an issue after they moved in.  There are some cases upon inspection which have severe growth, or very costly remediation that went undetected by the home inspector.  I’ve spent years trying to inform everyone about home inspectors and […]