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Indoor Air Quality in the News

Mold? Leaky Roof? Obama Administration Says All Americans Must Have ‘Healthy Housing’ February 8, 2013 By Susan Jones Peeling lead paint is one of the hazards the Obama’s administration’s new “Advancing Healthy Homes” initiative seeks to remedy. (AP Photo)   (CNSNews.com) – Under the broad banner of “health,” the federal government not only is telling Americans [...]

Ten Basic Things Everyone Should Know About Mold

Ten Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Mold Some potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, sinusitis and other respiratory complaints. There is no feasible way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in an indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. If mold becomes a problem in [...]

Ice Dams – ‘Tis the Season

If you’ve lived in any cold climate region you’ve observed ice dams where melted snow refroze at the lower edge of roofs.  While admiring the classic beauty of icicle formations hanging off of roof eaves, most folks don’t see the harm of these ice bands forming until they begin to experience water flowing inside their own homes. Water oozing, dripping or actually running through the roof [...]

Tips For Preparing Your Home For Winter

   Insulation is a really big deal                                                                                                                                              1. Protect those pipes. Exposed pipes are vulnerable to freezing and bursting. Avoid water damage and a huge repair bill or insurance claim by wrapping exposed pipes with insulation, towels or even blankets. Check in your entire crawlspace for open vents near exposed plumbing on outside walls. Remove all hoses from [...]

Who Credentials Mold Remediators?

  ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (2006) ANSI/IICRC S500-2006 Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration is a procedural standard. It is based on reliable restoration principles, research and practical experience. In addition, there has been extensive consultation and information obtained from numerous sources. These sources include, but are not [...]

When you think about personal safety, you probably first think about smoke detectors or door locks but seldom about the quality of the air you constantly breathe. You spend most hours indoors, especially in the fall and winter months. Indoor air can be full of pollutants, allergens, bacteria and germs, which contribute to respiratory conditions, [...]