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.
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:
By Amy Highland Modern manufacturing processes can introduce harmful substances into your home. One category—volatile organic compounds (VOCs)—can find their way into the most intimate of spaces—your bedroom. But, there are ways to avoid and keep VOCs down so they don’t interfere with your health or sleep. The Rundown on VOCs VOCs come from organic chemicals that can be used in everything from adhesives, paints, stains, and cleaning and disinfecting agents. During the manufacturing process, bedding and mattresses may be exposed to
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
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
Living in an apartment building comes with perks. But with so many people living in one place, accidents can happen that lead to mold contamination. For example, a rooftop pool can spring a slow leak that trickles down many stories, causing a major indoor mold infestation. Or a toilet or bathtub overflow in one apartment, and the apartments below wind up with water damage, especially if the flood is not quickly contained. Wet walls, ceilings and floors attract mold. And