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Are You Worried About Mold In Your Air?

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Most of us become very concerned when we think that the air we are breathing is contaminated with mold. Mold conjures up images of us sneezing, wheezing, and coughing. Just the very thought of it is sometimes enough to make our allergies go haywire.

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Lets Talk Mold

Today’s subject matter is mold. When most people think of mold, they don’t think of the nice variety of cheese that we obtain from mold, their thoughts immediately go to the dark scary “black” mold that we hear so much about on the news. The last thing you want to hear is that mold remediation needs to happen in your home.

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Does Insurance Cover Mold

This question comes up alot from our homeowner clients. The answer actually depends on the cause of the mold problem. The only way insurance covers mold related issues is if the source of the moisture that accelerated the microbial growth was from a man-made source.

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Indoor Air Quality under Attack!

Rep. David McKinley has said to Congress that Indoor Air Quality can be up to 96 times more harmful to a person’s health than outdoor air.How can this be possible? Because many of the items we have in our homes emit dangerous fumes such as formaldehyde! Read More »

Don’t Always Trust Your Maintenace Man

A condo tenant in Tampa has a unit that he rents out during the “season” to help pay his mortgage and insurance expenses. Last month his renter called him to say that the cold water supply hose on the washing machine burst during the night. Before he could wake up, find the main water shut off and stop the flooding there was 1 inch of water in the hallway to the front door, the kitchen and guest bathroom were flooded and water was beginning to soak the living room and guest bedroom carpets.
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Should I worry about mold in my Tampa home?

Yes and no. On the one hand, there will always be mold in your home in the form of spores and pieces of mold cells. The presence of mold in the air is normal. On the other hand, one should not let mold grow and multiply indoors. When this happens, your level of exposure can increase, thereby increasing the risk of potential health problems. Building materials, household goods and furnishings may also be damaged. Mold needs to eat to survive, and it’s perfectly happy eating your home if you allow it. Read More »

Don’t Delay With Water Damage

Water Damage? Don’t Delay.

Mitigation procedures should begin as soon as safely possible following the initial moisture intrusion. If building materials and structural assemblies are exposed to water and water vapor for extended periods, moisture penetrates into them more deeply. Materials that absorb water slowly tend to release it slowly. The more water they absorb, the more time, effort and expense is required to dry them. With extended exposure to moisture, some materials undergo permanent damage that could have been partially or completely prevented with a more rapid response. Read More »

Water Damage And Your AC System

What happens to your AC after Water Damage

Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems, when directly contacted by Category 1 water, can cease to operate, or they can function inefficiently or spread excess humidity throughout both affected and unaffected areas of a structure. If contacted directly by Category 2 or 3 water, they can spread contamination to unaffected areas. Even if an HVAC system is not directly contacted by water, when operating, it can spread humidity or contamination from affected to unaffected areas. Further, microbial growth from other causes can be carried to the interior of HVAC system components where it can accumulate and degrade HVAC component operation. Read More »

Preventing Indoor Air Problems After A Flood

During a flood cleanup, the indoor air quality in your home or office may appear to be the least of your problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long-term health risks. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria, and mold. They can cause disease, trigger allergic reactions, and continue to damage materials long after the flood. Read More »

Intelligent Mold? Watch These Slime Molds Figure Out Problems. (Video)

Check out this preview for a documentary called “The Creeping Garden”. Watch how some of these slime mold’s figure out simple problems, make decisions and operate a simple form of intelligence. Read More »

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