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Mold vs. Mildew – The Similarities and Differences

Mold vs. Mildew - The Similarities and Differences Although mildew and mold are funguses, there are some important differences that you need to know. This is because the differences are such that they will shape how you clean away the organisms from your home, office, or facility. Similarities - Mold & Mildew Both mold and mildew are organisms that grow on organic materials. Both are essentially harmless until they reach a warm, moist atmosphere. The moisture will spark both organisms to grow rapidly ... Read more

Paint Over the Danger of Lead

Paint Over the Danger of Lead Lead was present in paint prior to 1978. It provided strength and durability, but it also created a serious health risk to those living inside the home, particularly children. Lead has not been included in paint for over four decades. There are still thousands of homes that have lead paint inside.  The lead paint may be under layers of newer paint that keep the exposure to a minimum. Renovation projects may uncover the paint and cause the ... Read more

Asbestos: Past, Present, and Future

Asbestos is a natural substance. It is a mineral that consists of thin fibers that form when it crystalizes. These long fibers provide it with its ability to resist fire, but they also make it a danger to human health. Although most people associate it with fireproofing buildings, this mineral has been used for thousands of years.  History Because the fibers are flexible, ancient societies that mined and used the substance considered it a fiber similar to wood and other linens. It’s fireproof ... Read more

Mold 101: Effects on Human Health

Mold is a term used for a collection of fungi that are found virtually everywhere in the air. When in a dry state, mold is relatively harmless. However, on surfaces that provide a source of food in a humid atmosphere, they can take hold and grow quickly. It does not take long for mold to grow inside the home.  It can consume materials, cause damage to structural integrity, and even create respiratory issues. A damp environment represents a potential home for mold ... Read more

Hidden Health Hazards in the Home

There are many hazards in your home that can be seen. However, many hazards in the home are not visible to the naked eye. It is this type of unseen hazard that is the most dangerous. They can be present in the home for years and can cause damage to you and your family. You can increase awareness of these potential dangers by understanding what to look for. Most Common Health Hazards Cleaning Products: Traditional cleaning products made from ammonia or bleach have been ... Read more

Mold Can Be a Big Problem in the Summer

The warm months of summer make the perfect breeding environment for mold. The combination of rain, humidity, and heat creates the perfect place for mold to grow. Solutions exist to slow or prevent the growth of mold inside your home. Reduce Humidity to Avoid Mold This means that all activities in your home that generate increased moisture in the air need to be reduced. From cooking to showering to running the dishwasher, you’ll want to properly ventilate all areas of the home that generate moisture. By keeping ... Read more

New EPA Ruling Does Not Eliminate Asbestos. How Does This Affect You?

The latest ruling from the EPA, which was released on April 17, 2019, does not call for the total banning of asbestos in terms of imports for commercial use. This means that companies that wish to import or use asbestos materials in their products must be approved by the EPA before they can proceed. This new ruling leaves many angry at the EPA for not banning the substance totally. However, there have been asbestos products that are now banned because they put ... Read more

Recent Rains Promote Mold Questions

When the weather is dry, mold is usually only a nuisance for those who suffer from allergies. But when mold spores find a wet or damp spot to grow inside a home, office, or facility, it can become a considerable problem. All it takes is a crack in the roof, outside wall, or foundation to create the right conditions for mold to grow. Why Mold Grows Inside Buildings A damp or wet area allows mold spores to settle, but what makes the mold ... Read more

New Bill Addresses Mold Removal in Public Buildings

In South Carolina, a bill was introduced into the State House, which if approved, will change the way mold removal is performed in the state. The bill seeks to employ greater oversight into how mold is removed in public buildings. A committee will be formed to examine the scope of the issue and how best to remove any mold that is in place. The co-sponsors of the bill are responding to recent issues in the Cherokee County schools, Spartanburg County courthouse, and ... Read more

The Effects of Black Mold Exposure

Just like standard mold, black mold can infest residences, commercial buildings, and facilities. This is especially true in damp areas where the mold can attach and grow. Black mold is especially dangerous and identifying it in the early stages may mean the difference in affecting the health of those who live or work inside. What is Black Mold? Black mold is a type of mold that appears quite dark, if not fully black in appearance. It gives off a musty, damp odor and ... Read more
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