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What is Mold? (30 Sec. Read)

What is Mold and what does it have to do with The Built Environment? Mold is a type of fungus. It is classified as its own biological kingdom. Fungi produce spores.  They are classified as Phyla, Classes, Orders, Families, Genera, and lastly Species. But that’s not important in the built environment. (More on that later) […]

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Does my home really need a Dehumidifier? What should I buy?

Dehumidifiers are critical for the health of your home, particularly if you have a basement that is sub grade. Humidity is what contributes to mold growth! It only takes 60% relative humidity to grow a very common mold called Penicillium/Aspergillus. Combined with dusts, humidity can wreak havoc on building materials like floor joists, subfloor plywood, […]

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A Home Inspection May Not Be Enough for your DC, MD, or VA home!

Consider the cost/benefit of a home inspection. A home inspection is supposed to prepare you for taking on a home as a safe and livable environment for you and your family. A home inspection is a great tool for discovering hidden and potentially expensive problems before you buy. But what a lot of people do […]

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Mold in Flex Ducting

Mold in Flex Ducting and HVAC Airhandlers More often we are finding ducting materials known as “Flex Ducting” to indicate for mold growth colonizing on the inner walls of this modern duct material. Flex ducts are constructed of a plastic or mylar tube reinforced with a wire (much like a slinky toy) and are insulated with a fiberglass […]

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