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Mold Exposure Symptoms: Why Mold Could Be Making You Sick Indoors

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Feeling sick at home or in the office?  While a number of factors can contribute to your health indoors, it’s important to rule out if mold is the reason.  How can you know for sure? Consider what mold exposure symptoms or allergies there are and the possible consequences it could have on a person’s health.

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What is Mold?

What is mold in buildings?

Concern about mold exposure in buildings continues to be a significant issue. The bottom line is that mold has been around for eons and is not going away.  It will grow whenever and wherever buildings get wet and materials suitable for microbial growth are present. So what is mold exactly and its effect on buildings?  This article provides a general overview on this topic.

[Updated 2019 – Originally posted Sept. 5, 2014]

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Smell A Musty Odor In My House: Mold Problem Or Something Else?

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What is that smell? Odors in a home can originate from a variety of sources, including chemicals, bacteria and mold and these odors may vary from mildly sweet to very unpleasant.  Some describe it as a musty odor in their home. Read more

Hurricane Flood Damage Cleanup: Performing it Safely | 2019 Season

Hurricane

Major flood damage cleanup after a hurricane disaster is certainly a daunting assignment to take on. The relief efforts can be overwhelming, both physically and emotionally.  For example, many who evacuated the Carolina coast from last year’s Hurricane Florence were no doubt anxious to return to their homes and begin the flood cleanup as quickly as possible. However, homeowners must be aware that the safety hazards from a storm like this do not go away when the water drains out of their house.

With the 2019 hurricane season approaching, there are some important reminders and resources here we feel can be useful after the storm hits. When beginning flood disaster cleanup following a hurricane, there are significant health and safety risks to be aware of, both immediate and long-term, whether it’s associated with river or ocean flooding.

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Is a Mold Inspection Necessary Before Remediation?

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Is a mold assessment necessary before removal takes place? If mold is visible in the home, why have it tested? Valid questions.

There are several important reasons why Indoor Environmental Technologies, Inc. (IET), and published industry standards may recommend that a mold inspection be necessary prior to starting mold remediation work. In fact, many of the better remediation contractors in Florida will not start a remediation project without a mold protocol in hand. Consider four reasons why:   Read more

Should I Set My Thermostat Fan to ON or AUTO?

Thermostat on or auto for fan setting?

An AC thermostat for a home normally has two fan settings: ON and AUTO.  The third, of course, is OFF.  The confusion lies in which setting should be used. What is the difference between the two? Does it even matter?

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What Causes Mold Growth in a House?

What causes mold growth in homes?

The single most important thing to know about mold growth, whether in a house or commercial building, is that excessive moisture is primarily the culprit of what causes mold to grow.  However, below are other factors along with moisture that can contribute to a mold problem.

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Living the Good Life – Least Toxic Pest Control for Home, Lawn and Garden

There is a natural and least toxic pest control alternative to our environmental challenges. Healthy homes, yards and gardens are available to those who want the best for their environment and family.

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Should I Stay Home During Mold Remediation Work?

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As with most things, this is usually possible but by no means always practical or safe. If you are contemplating whether you should stay home during mold remediation work or leave, here are 6 important factors to consider first.

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7 Important Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

Improve indoor air quality for a healthy home.

One of IET’s most frequently asked questions is, “How can I improve indoor air quality in my home?” This is, of course, a very big topic but here is an overview.

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