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Mold vs. Mildew

Do you know the difference between mold and mildew? For many, that mildew smell may actually be an unhealthy mold problem. What do mold and mildew look and smell like? Molds tend to be green or black, and usually grow underneath the surface of anything that has gotten wet. Its’ texture can be fuzzy or slimy. Mold has a strong, musty odor. Mildew is typically white, gray or yellow and grows on the surface of moist, warm areas. Mildew smells similar to mold.

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Video: Why is Independent Mold Testing Important?

‘One-stop shops’ that do both mold testing and remediation tend to magnify the problem in hopes of charging large fees for the remediation to follow, which may or may not be necessary. This became clear on Long Island after the disaster of Superstorm Sandy. If a company offers you testing and remediation services: think twice. Why? You may wind up paying thousands of dollars for exaggerated repair estimates or an improper and ineffective remediation, and you won’t know if the problem

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Fight Mold With These Smart and Easy Tips

Summer is when the mold in your home or business really wakes up. The heat, high humidity, and rainstorms create the perfect conditions for tenacious, unwanted growth to flourish. And if you think mold is just an unsightly nuisance, think again. Once it gets a foothold, mold can wreak havoc on your home or business, and can even be dangerous to your health. Here’s what you should know about it:

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Top Questions on Mold Answered

There is a lot of information circulating about mold. Unfortunately, when it is incorrect, it may cause homeowners to spend money for the wrong reasons or on the wrong solutions. RTK Environmental has created a list of common misconceptions and the top questions on mold. To find out whether or not you’ve been getting good advice about mold problems, read on. Robert Weitz, an environmental testing expert, answers your questions. He’s a certified microbial investigator and principal at RTK Environmental Group,

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Top Questions on Lead Answered

You asked, we answered. Here are the top questions and answers on lead, lead paint, and lead poisoning. What is lead poisoning? Lead poisoning can occur when lead, a heavy metal, enters your system. How does that happen? Usually from ingesting or inhaling lead dust, which is generated when lead-based paint is disturbed, or water and soil are contaminated. Unfortunately, lead poisoning can severely affect both one’s physical and mental development, causing lifelong issues. At very high levels, lead poisoning can

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What Should I Do If My Summer Beach House Has Mold?

So, you’re heading to the beach as summer season begins. The thought is delicious! But don’t be surprised if you’re greeted by a musty odor after you walk into what you had hoped would be your home away from home. Mildew! Mold! Whether you are at the Jersey Shore or the Hamptons, there’s an excellent chance that the home you’re renting or own has been flooded during a hurricane, been exposed to excess moisture and humidity, or has had a leak. Now, your nose