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2208, 2022

What’s A Moisture Barrier & Do You Need It?

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Waterproofing is a critical component of just about any new construction or remodeling project. Though it’s not always the top thing that people think about when setting up design or construction plans. Basic waterproofing measures such as flooring and electrical components are easy to think of, and it makes you feel like you’ve ticked the waterproofing box off the list. So, you can just give in to the more fun temptation of more serious design and construction considerations. Yet this is just the tip of a much larger waterproofing iceberg. Other water protection measures need to be taken into account. Especially if you want a water incident damaging your investment and you also want to be [...]

2208, 2022

Different Types of Hoarding Explained

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Hoarding is more than just the topic of shocking reality TV shows. In fact, Hoarding Disorder is a recognized mental health and behavioral condition where the individual has persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived value or a compulsory need to save them. An individual with hoarding disorder will often experience distress at the thought of getting rid of these collected items regardless of their actual value. Left unchecked hoarding disorder often leads to very cramped living conditions where the individual’s home can be filled to capacity. The only remaining available space might only be narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Countertops, sinks, stoves, desks, stairways, and most other surfaces are [...]

2008, 2022

How Do You Dispose Of Blood & Biological Waste

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Blood is known for its ability to carry a wide range of pathogens. At the same time, blood deposited in porous materials can also serve as a medium for bacteria and other harmful microbes to colonize. Anyone who is exposed to bloodborne pathogens is considered to be at high risk for contracting serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. This is why many labs, medical facilities, and clinical settings have so many stringent biohazard level protocols. Of course, blood is also an issue in manufacturing facilities and other vocational settings where there is the risk of an injury. When someone is badly injured, or simply has a minor injury that expels some blood in the workplace. You might [...]

1908, 2022

What Are The Four Biohazard Levels with Examples

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These days health and safety measures are more important than ever before. A lot of people work diligently to understand how they can keep their families, clients, business guests, and patrons safe and healthy. This includes familiarizing yourself with a wide range of terms and classifications. Though did you know that there are different biohazard level classifications? Each of which has its own distinct definitions, and once assigned requires specific remediation, cleaning, disinfecting, or sanitizing measures. Known as BSL for “Biohazard Safety Levels” they are designed to help protect the environment, as well as laboratory staff members, and the surrounding community. BSL safeguards are officially categorized by the CDC into four different levels. Each level is [...]

2407, 2022

How To Prevent Mold In The Kitchen?

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While the bathroom and the laundry room are two of mold’s top targets in a home, mold spores are more than happy to infest your kitchen with active colonies. Especially if they can find the moisture. Adding to this concern is the fact that the kitchen is rife with food supplies and water which mold can exploit. If mold establishes a colony in your kitchen, the spores and mycotoxins can irritate the respiratory system of anyone who enters. Especially those with respiratory allergies, asthma, or chronic inflammation conditions. Not to mention the very real risk of getting sick if you accidentally eat food with mold on it. It helps to be aware of the surfaces that [...]

2207, 2022

How To Prevent Mold In The Bedroom

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When you stop to think about it, a third of your life will be spent in your bedroom, sleeping. Maybe more if you are the type of person who likes to read in bed or watch TV before falling asleep. This makes good sleep hygiene and sleep habits critical not only for the quality of your rest but also for your overall health. Yet the bedroom can be one of the most problematic areas of a home, as you breathe in a higher volume of allergens and toxins over the number of hours you spend there. This can be compounded by chronic medical conditions, sleep apnea, and allergies. Not to mention the threat of mold spores [...]

2207, 2022

Can Mold Make Me Sick?

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Mold is a naturally occurring type of fungus that’s found nearly everywhere in the world. It propagates by releasing microscopic mold spores and mycotoxins into the air. When these spores land on a warm, moist surface, with a modest amount of available nutrients they can germinate into a new, active colony. Under the right conditions, certain strains of mold can develop into a colony in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Unfortunately, one of the best environments for mold to thrive can be found inside our human homes. Especially homes with moisture and humidity issues. This makes your bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room some of the prime locations for mold to thrive. Though it’s just [...]

2406, 2022

Will Opening Windows Reduce Mold?

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It seems like every day there is a story on the news talking about the dangers of indoor mold. Not only can mold devastate the look of your home, but it can also pose a very serious threat to your health. There are even some people who have adverse health problems, including complications with chronic inflammation, and respiratory distress. While toxic black mold is the most dangerous strain of mold that can infest an indoor environment, even seemingly benign strains of mold can cause a problem. Once a mold colony is established, the airborne mold spores and attached mycotoxins can cause respiratory problems for vulnerable people with asthma, allergies, and other respiratory health conditions. How Does [...]

2306, 2022

How To Get Insurance To Pay For Water Damage

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The old saying goes that in every life a little rain must fall. Though chances are you don’t want that rain falling into your house through a roof leak, gutter backup, or damaged plumbing. The unfortunate truth is that even the smallest water problem in your home can cost a big amount of money to clean up and repair. This is exactly the sort of time when you’re hoping for your homeowner’s insurance to come through in the clinch. However, if your home doesn’t have specific flood coverage or a specific water damage clause in the fine print, it can be challenging to get the most out of your policy coverage. Knowing the ins and outs [...]

2306, 2022

How To Find Where A Leak Is Coming From

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Finding Puddles & Pools Of Water Water on your floors, and in your basement is an obvious sign of a water leak. Water has a nasty habit of running along rafters and following plumbing fixtures to deposit itself far from where the leak originated. Following these wet areas will go a long way toward helping you find and repair the cause of the water leak. Warping & Water Stains Warping in wood, paneling, and drywall as well as noticeable water stains on ceilings should be taken as a clear sign that you have a water leak somewhere in your home. This includes things like water pooling near a bathtub that seeps into the floor and will [...]

2306, 2022

What Percentage Damp Is Acceptable In Walls? A Basic Guide

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Water, moisture, and even high humidity can cause a staggering array of problems in your home. Anytime excess moisture starts to build up in your walls, it can cause costly structural damage. As time goes on, excess moisture can even cause mildew and mold problems which can threaten the health of everyone who lives or visits your home. Thankfully, there are a few ways to address walls that are too damp. Though you need to know just how much dampness is acceptable in your walls, how to identify the source of the dampness, and perhaps how to better address the cause before it leads to worsening problems. The worst case scenario is when mold in walls [...]

2604, 2022

Mold vs Yeast Differences

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Mold and yeast are both members of the fungi family. Though their life cycles and how they interact with humans can be vastly different. Fungi exist everywhere in nature and can sometimes be in high concentrations in our homes. What Is Yeast? Yeast is a common type of fungus found in nature. It can even be cultured for industrial purposes. Yeast’s taxonomic name is Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. It has unicellular properties that give it an almost oval shape when viewed through a microscope. It’s also worth noting that yeast requires an organic host to provide the nutrition it needs to thrive and reproduce. The Benefits of Yeast Different types of yeast have been used by human beings [...]

2304, 2022

How To Prevent & Get Rid Of Mold In Garage Tips

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The humble garage can serve a lot of purposes beyond simply being a convenient place to park your car. It can also double as a workshop, man cave, and bulk storage space. Though the garage, with its typically poor HVAC system and questionable ventilation, can also become home to a serious mold problem. Especially if your home or garage has recently suffered water damage from a roof leak, gutter problem, or severe storm. How Does Mold Grow in a Garage? Mold spores naturally live in the air. When a wide garage door is opened the air that floods in can bring spores inside. If there is moisture and warmth available, these spores can land on porous [...]

2204, 2022

Blastomyces Dermatitidis. What Is It & How Do You Get It?

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A lot of people hear the word “Mold” and their mind instantly conjures up images of green spots growing on old bread or white fuzzy things that tell you it’s high time to clean the fridge. Though in recent years, there’s been a growing awareness of the severe health risk posed by mold and high-density airborne mold spores. Not only can mold spores in your home make people and pets sick, but they can also lead to a wide range of health conditions. One of the more common, and potentially severe, is a condition known as Blastomyces dermatitidis. What Is Blastomyces Dermatitidis Blastomyces dermatitidis is related to a dimorphic type of mold that is more likely [...]

1402, 2022

What Are Hyphal Fragments?

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As a type of fungus, mold has a complex structure and biology. Many of the mold strains found in nature have some type of filamentous branching, or a thread-like structure known as hypha or hyphae in the plural. When you look at them closely, you will see these filaments are actually growing from fungal spores. This makes up a much greater aggregate form known as mycelium. In certain environments, such as forest soil these mycelium networks can be astonishingly expansive. Though by the individual nature of their structure, hyphae are frequently fragmented into smaller pieces, which are often referred to as hyphal or fungal fragments. Many of which can become airborne when disturbed. These airborne hyphal [...]

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