Central Humidifiers

Some homes and climates require additional humidification (you read that right, not “de-humidification). But humidifiers have a host of dangers they introduce. To know whether humidification is best for you and your family, read here.

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Clean Thy Gutters

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Basement Bedroom Egress

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

Airborne Mold Sampling

Often we get questions about airborne testing results. Here’s a sample:

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Here we see that the exterior sample (#3) serves as the “control” value for the home, while the laundry room (#1) and the master bathroom (#2) are the “experimental” values.

With this understood, interpreting the tables becomes easier. The outdoor air has considerably more total spores (420 to 110 and 44), but the master bathroom air has the “water indicator” spore chaetomium, which indicates a more serious moisture issue in the walls, floor, and/or ceiling.

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.