Efflorescence on Cement Block

Many home buyers ask us, “What is that white powder? Is it bad?” Generally, efflorescence (that white powder on cement block and brick) is a cosmetic build-up of salts, but it shows where the water has built up. Here’s an overview.

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Burglar-Resistant Homes

Ever wonder why some homes are more susceptible to break-ins? Here’s a simple guide to making your home burglar-resistant, from lighting to doors to windows to pets and even the radio!

Clean Thy Gutters

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Basement Bedroom Egress

Here’s a little post we did about basement bedrooms:

Allergens in the Home

We often tell clients and trainees, “Trust your nose.” If you like being in a home, it’s more likely to be safe. If you can’t stand the smell, it’s likely worth finding out why.

Allergens can be hidden, but often our sneezer finds them quickly. Those suffering from asthma also can sense air quality issues.

Certified-Indoor-Air-Quality-Inspector

Certified home inspectors and other indoor air quality consultants can help you determine if you need testing and/or repairs in your home.

Moisture Makers in the Home

Controlling moisture is the only way to control indoor mold growth, and controlling it also helps with pests and other issues.

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You may not know that the following activities and appliances add moisture to indoor air:

  • Running dishwasher
  • Drying firewood indoors
  • Standing water in the foundation/crawlspace area
  • Showering and running the tub
  • Humidifier use
  • Venting clothes dryer indoors

By watching your in-home use of these items, you can better monitor your indoor moisture.

Mold in Your Home?

Often clients are bewildered by the presence of mold. “How could this happen?!?” But truly, when we understand how mold grows, it actually happens very easily.

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Our partner organization, InterNACHI, has a helpful paper on indoor mold. They explain:

It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors. Some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. Mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present.

InterNACHI – Mold Moisture and Your Home.

The Value of a Mold Inspection

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From a recent client,

The rental management company is reimbursing me for rent and security deposit.  I couldn’t thank you enough for all of your help.  I will recommend you to anyone who could benefit from your detailed inspections.  Thank you again!!!!!  Please let me know if there is anywhere I can leave a review or recommendation.

When clients contact us for mold issues, the living situation is quickly becoming dire. Understanding this, we schedule, sample, and report quickly in order to expedite the client’s process.

The email above was received just over two days after we arrived on-site. Our client was able to pack up and move out with money in-hand. Her investment in us, you might say, was well rewarded.