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What are the Different Stages of Mold Growth?

Mold isn't choosy about where it grows. It can flourish on carpet, food, insulation, paper and wood. The crawl space under your home is a prime target because it has organic material, moisture, oxygen and the right temperature. Understanding the phases of mold growth can make it more clear why professional treatment is necessary to get rid of it. The Process of Mold Growth When the conditions are right, mold begins to reproduce. It has a four-phase growth cycle that loops. Stage 1 Mold growth starts with hyphae, which are thread-like cells that feed on cellulose, wood and other carbon-containing materials. They release enzymes that degrade and absorb nutrients like plant roots absorb nutrients from the ground. Then, the hyphae grow into a cluster or mycelium that forms the main body of the fungus that you see. Stage 2 Next, some of the hyphae in the mycelium develop spores on the...
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Why Get an Attic Inspection

Attic inspection services can help you to discover a pest infestation during the early stages. This is helpful when you are dealing with pests that are capable of hiding in your attic and building their nests unnoticed. Stop the infestation as soon as possible with an attic inspection that will allow the inspector to located pests and identify them correctly. Many pests have particular breeding habits, and knowing how to find them is the key to eliminating them from your home. This is an important service for people who have been living in the same home for a long period of time. An accumulation of items in the attic can provide pests with many opportunities to build a colony. Pests in the Attic There are many pests that are attracted to the attic because of the conditions that can be found in this area of the home. The dark spaces appeal...
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Benefits of Using a Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers help us all breathe a sigh of relief. These quiet devices make homes and workplaces cleaner and safer. Just plug one in, turn it on, and reap the benefits of reduced humidity, which include these three. 1. Saying Goodbye to Fungi When a room is less humid, it has less fungi growing in it. Therefore, people who have allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems are less likely to experience breathing difficulties and other nasty symptoms. What's more, people who live with mold and mildew over long periods of time may be more prone to depression. Not to mention, with less mold, a room smells less musty. 2. Getting Dust Mites to Bite the Dust A dust mite is an arthropod — an animal with segments and an outer skeleton — that's too tiny to see. These creatures eat pieces of human skin that have been shed. And, despite their minuscule...
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Crawlspace Encapsulation & Moisture Management Equals Mold Prevention

Crawlspace encapsulationWhat brings mold into your home or place of business? Why does it matter? Even if you don't mind the persistent sour smell of mold getting into everything you own and invading your nightmares, mold growths have serious health hazards. Protecting your family, business or property investment is a matter of working to stop mold from growing or spreading. How can you evict mold from your property and your life? Here's how a simple combination of proper moisture management and smart, economical building modifications like crawlspace encapsulation can help. Mold Explained Mold is a general name for a broad group of fungi. Distributed around the world, these organisms are known for forming colonies of millions of individuals acting together to decompose food, break down plant matter and ruin buildings. Mold depends on water to live. According to the U.S. EPA, controlling moisture is the preferred means of staying on top of...
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Is Your Home at Risk of Mold Growth?

Crawlspace mold treatmentMold is a common problem in many buildings. There are different types of mold, and contact with the spores can expose the person to a variety of health problems. This is even more relevant for people who are living with depressed immune systems. In addition, many people also have mold allergies, which can result in serious symptoms from exposure. Take precautions to prevent mold from growing by learning the conditions that allow it to flourish. Eliminate these conditions from your property to minimize the damage associated with mold growth. What Causes Mold to Grow? Mold will grow in areas of the home that have been exposed to moisture. This includes the bathroom and basement areas, which are known as likely areas of growth. The type of materials used in the construction of the building can also play a role in the level of mold growth in the home. Some older buildings...
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Top 10 Ways Humidity Can Impact Home Value & Your Health

Crawlspace DehumidifierExcessive humidity can affect the quality of your living environment in a variety of ways. This problem can affect the value of the home if it is left untreated. Fortunately, the signs of excessive humidity are relatively clear. After you understand how important it is to maintain adequate levels of humidity in the home, you can take preventative measures at the earliest possible moment. Once the damage is done, it is very difficult to reverse. Excessive humidity levels can affect the health of your family or the value of your home in the following ways: You may see the paint peeling from the walls. Although this might appear to be a purely cosmetic problem, the paint indicates the underlying issue. Water damage from humidity is just as devastating to the structure of the property as water damage from a leaky pipe. Some of the plywood or drywall that is exposed may...
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How Minimizing Moisture Can Keep Your Crawlspace Free of Mold, Pests and Rodents

vapor barrier blogHow Minimizing Moisture Can Keep Your Crawlspace Free of Mold, Pests and Rodents To effectively protect your home from pests, rodents, termites, and mold, your home must have an adequate defense in place to reduce moisture. Moisture can come in several different forms, from standing water and foundation seepage, to excessive relative humidity and condensation. A proactive approach can help prevent issues common within crawlspace homes here on the Jersey Shore. The common thread between mold, pests, rodents and termites is that of moisture. Mold relies on a moist environment to grow. It requires a Wood Moisture Content exceeding 20% and/or Relative Humidity in excess of 55% to sustain life. It feeds on the protein in your wood structure and can cause asthma and allergy symptoms, negative impacts on home value, and structural integrity issues. Condensation can accelerate mold growth and occur in a matter of days, should the environmental conditions...
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5 Reasons to Begin Crawlspace Monitoring in the Spring

Crawlspace doorMany people wait too long to check their crawlspace or avoid doing so, which is a mistake that you won’t want to make. Inability to locate problems in your crawlspace will give mold and other issues a chance to cause trouble for you and your loved ones. 1. Catch Mold Early Moisture is one of the most common problems that people find when they inspect their crawlspace for red flags, and it’s often present for years before they notice. Unless you take steps to solve the issue right away, it creates the perfect environment for mold growth. Mold that lives in your crawlspace can get into the air and put your health on the line, causing sneezing, eye irritation, headaches and prolonged fatigue. 2. Reduce Your Energy Bill A reduced energy bill is another benefit that you can gain when you inspect your crawlspace and fix the issues that you uncover....
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Common Issues Within Crawlspaces and Basements During the Spring Time

Crawlspace evaluationsA lot of local residents are eagerly awaiting spring’s arrival. The warmer temperatures and beautiful scenery seem to put everyone in a better mood. While the spring is certainly a great time of the year, homeowners must make a few important preparations. Here are some of the most common issues that tend to plague crawlspaces and basements. Excess Moisture Buildup The runoff from melting snow can definitely cause problems. As the ground thaws, moisture often builds up inside basements and crawlspaces. Unfortunately, the dampness tends to promote the growth of mold. According to health experts, allergy and asthmatic sufferers are especially sensitive to mold. Installing a vapor barrier will give you an additional peace of mind. This feature essentially prevents moisture from penetrating the walls. Aside from helping to keep things dry, a vapor barrier also acts as an extra layer of insulation. Standing Water Along with the warmer weather come...
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Heating Expenses Got You Down? 5 Ways to Save Throughout the Winter

InsulationDuring the winter, the cost of heating your home to a comfortable temperature can skyrocket, especially during a particularly cold weather pattern. Fortunately, a few improvements around your home can boost your home's energy efficiency, potentially lowering your heating costs. These improvements include, but are not limited to, adding new window coverings and sealing gaps around your windows and doors. Use Your Thermostat Wisely If your heating system uses a thermostat for control, programming it can make a big difference in how much you'll pay for heating. When you're at work and your children are at school, you don't need to endlessly heat your home. Instead, set the thermostat to heat up your home just before you'll arrive home. Improve Attic Insulation If your home's attic doesn't have sufficient insulation, the heat inside your home will escape through the ceiling, leaving your home at the mercy of chilly weather. Installing insulation...
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How to Keep Unwanted Guests Out of Your Home This Winter

spider cardAs winter approaches and the weather cools, many people may notice an unpleasant side effect of the changing seasons. Spiders, insects, rodents, and other pests may be attempting to come into the home to escape the cold. These unwanted guests can be difficult to deal with or even damaging to one’s belongings, but there are a few things that can be done to prevent them from entering. The first thing to consider is whether there are any openings, cracks, or leaks within the home. Sometimes these can be detected by the presence of cool air in an otherwise warm room, but some are less obvious. Such problems often escape notice in places such as crawlspaces and attics, as people spend less time in them than in other rooms, making such spaces especially attractive to pests. Having a professional crawlspace evaluation performed as well as checking other potential problem areas can make it...
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Choose the Right Insulation for your Crawlspace

Is your home damp or musty? Do you have mold or mildew? The problem might be right under your feet. The crawl space beneath your house is most likely bare soil, sand or gravel, and the moisture it naturally contains evaporates into the atmosphere. The rate of evaporation can vary on the amount of moisture in the air, the temperature and other factors. Unfortunately, the vapor can also build up, and when it does, it will condense and increase the risk of mold, fungus and wood rot. Crawl space or foundation vents were designed to improve airflow and reduce moisture, but they are inefficient at best, which is why crawl space encapsulation can be an excellent alternative.A crawl space encapsulation system protects your crawl space from the outdoor environment and eliminates excess vapor and condensation coming from the ground. It can protect your home from a variety of moisture-related issues, including: ...
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