Mold Prevention & Remediation

Video: Checking for Mold During a Remodel

Posted on March 02, 2018 by James Florence

OAKLAND — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re remodeling an older home, be sure to look at what’s behind the walls. Today we’re in Oakland with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Michael Ghanivand of Advance Construction to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Michael Ghanivand: In any remodeling project, big or small, whether it is a bathroom or the entire house, like we are doing right now, the homeowner always needs to make sure that they need to think about what’s behind the wall, especially in the older house. Like, we are doing this remodeling and addition in the Berkeley area, and when we open up the wall from the inside, Read more

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Video: Mold Remediation Procedure

Posted on October 02, 2017 by James Florence

RICHMOND — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to removing a mold infestation, the professionals take a thorough approach. To get a firsthand view of the process, we’re in Richmond with Terry Barlcai of 911 Remediation, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Erez Gilad.

Terry Barlcai: We’re here today to talk about how to do mold remediation safely. Inside, we’re going to see how the structure is contained. The areas that we’re working on are completely sealed; negative areas running; and the guys inside cleaning up [00:00:18 unintelligible] to ensure that no bacteria or spores are still settled in. As you can see, all the guys are wearing PPE to make sure they are safe and your house is safe. Read more

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Professional Mold Remediation

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

RICHMOND — When it comes to removing an in-home mold infestation, proper procedure is critical, not only to ensure a thorough job but also to avoid further contamination. That’s why, if you have a substantial mold problem in your home, your best bet is to call a remediation professional.

The first thing a mold remediation company will do is contain the affected area by putting up plastic, which will keep mold spores from escaping while the work is taking place. In addition to being sealed, the work area is put under negative pressure to capture any airborne spores or particles that alight during the course of the job. Of course, while it’s important to contain the work space, Read more

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Mold Testing: Is It Worth It?

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SANTA ROSA — After finding mold in their homes, many people wonder if they should have it lab-tested to find out what strain it is and what level of threat it poses. However, while it’s good to be educated about the nature of a mold problem, testing isn’t always a worthwhile measure. From a remediation standpoint, all mold problems are the same. Whether it’s Stachybotrys or Penicillium, the process used to remove it isn’t going to change.

There are lots of test kits that allow you to send a mold sample to a lab and pay to have it identified. However, a more cost-effective measure is to call a mold remediation professional who can take care of the problem in a safe, Read more

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Combating Mold in the Home

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SANTA ROSA – Upon finding mold in their homes, people often take it upon themselves to get rid of the problem. However, when it comes to removing mold, there are right and wrong ways of going about it. Not only are some methods ineffective, in some cases, they can create a bigger problem than there originally was. That’s why it’s important to know the proper ways to deal with mold, as well as common mistakes to avoid.

The most common way homeowners try to remove mold is by wiping it down with bleach. However, while bleach is an effective cleaner and sanitizer, it’s also a toxic chemical, with a byproduct that can be more harmful than the mold itself. Read more

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Video: Tips for a Mold-Free Washing Machine

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

LOS ALTOS — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you own a front-load washing machine, there are a few preventative steps you should take to avoid mold issues. Today we’re in Los Altos with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Steve Spratt of HPS Palo Alto to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Steve Spratt: Modern front-loading washing machines offer several benefits: In addition to their sleek design, they’re more energy- and water-efficient than their top-loading predecessors. Plus, clothes come out of the spin cycle nearly dry, which reduces dryer runtime. However, there’s one thing you should be aware of if you own a front-loading washer—otherwise, you might notice that your clothes smell a little musty. Read more

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Common Misconceptions about Mold and Asbestos

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

PLEASANTON — When hazardous substances are found in the home, it’s important to deal with them in a safe, proactive manner. However, whether it’s mold or asbestos, people often have an uninformed or misguided perspective on what this entails. Here are a couple of common misconceptions:

Misconceptions about Asbestos
Some homeowners think that asbestos can only be present in areas like walls, but it can actually exist in numerous materials, including vinyl flooring and ceiling “popcorn.” So, if you’re performing your own remodeling work, have a professional abatement contractor conduct an assessment of your home beforehand. That way, you’ll know exactly what you’re dealing with.

A related misconception when remodeling is that you don’t need to worry about asbestos in small amounts. Read more

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