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Cleaning Mold

Mold impacts human health and the structural integrity of a home. If you find mold growing anywhere in your home, you must take immediate action by killing and removing the mold. By carefully cleaning the infected area, you can also help prevent the mold from returning.

The extent and type...

Chimneys

Sources of carbon monoxide in the home can be significant, and as a professional home inspector who has completed thousands of heating system examinations, it is astounding the number of times I find a problem with carbon monoxide leakage. Severity ranges, but it is not unusual to find life...

Building and Remodeling

Radon exposure in the home poses a serious health threat. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that occurs naturally when uranium in the soil breaks down, and if inhaled, radon can cause damage to your lung tissues and lead to lung cancer.

Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air...

Mold

Mold needs moisture to grow and spread. So, if you have mold in your basement--unless there are leaks in your home's envelope--that doesn't necessarily mean that there is mold anywhere else in the house. The spores from basement mold can travel throughout a house on airflows, but they are just...

Dehumidifiers

With today's homes being built tighter and tighter, the risk of having a mold problem has increased. The tighter a home is, the more likely the buildup of moisture that invites household mold and mildew. When preventing mold from spreading in your home consider the following:

Landscaping

Every year, nor'easters, hurricanes and other major weather events do plenty of damage to the nation's homes. Wind and rain can flood basements, wash out foundations and rip shingles from roofs. If you have had a storm like this pass through your area, it's wise to have a home inspection to...