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David Allen

  • How to Reduce Garage Humidity

    by David Allen

    As a homeowner, there are quite a few effective techniques to keep the humidity in your garage under control. If you allow your garage to become too damp and muggy,…

  • Mold Prevention Tips

    by David Allen

    Let’s face it: Nobody likes mold. It’s hard to be too mad at the pesky fungus, as it’s trying to live its life just like we are, but it’s never…

  • Where Does Mold Grow in a House?

    by David Allen

    As a general rule, the parts of the home that are most susceptible to mold growth will be the areas that are damp, warm, and dark. That said, there are…

  • Why Do Strawberries Mold So Fast?

    by David Allen

    Have you ever brought home a package of juicy, delicious-looking strawberries, only to find that they’re covered in mold a day or two later? This frustrating occurrence happens all the…

  • Is Mold the Tenant’s Responsibility?

    by David Allen

    When it comes to the laws centered around rental properties, the rules can vary from one state to another. Although many states lack specific laws about whether mold is the…

  • Who Pays for Mold Remediation?

    by David Allen

    If you find yourself in need of mold remediation, one of the first things you’re likely to wonder is who’s going to pay for it. In reality, the answer is…

  • Size of Mold Spores

    by David Allen

    Size of Mold Spores Mold spores range from 1 to 100 microns in diameter, but the bulk of mold spores are between 2 and 20 microns (U.S. EPA, MSUM, PLOS).…

  • ‘Kill’ Mold Without Bleach

    by David Allen

    The idea of “killing” mold is pretty popular, perhaps since it feels so great to beat something that might harm us and our family. And mold absolutely falls into that…

  • Hygrometer for Mold

    by David Allen

    A hygrometer is a device that measures and displays the humidity level, or moisture content, within a room or environment. “Hygrometer” is derived from the Greek hygros, which means wet…

  • Does the Sun Kill Mold?

    by David Allen

    How the sun kills mold “Remember, sun is mold’s kryptonite.” That’s the next-to-last closing line of what’s probably one of the best books on mold as it affects the human…

  • Texas Mold & Mildew

    by David Allen

    Howdy! Considering calling Texas home now or in the near future? Here are 10 need-to-know facts about mold and mildew in the Lone Star state. 1. Parts of Texas are…

  • Microban 24 on ‘Soft Surfaces’

    by David Allen

    Microban 24® is a disinfectant spray that its manufacturer Procter & Gamble says “prevents the growth of mold and mildew for 7 days.” Its literature and packaging recommend using it…

  • How Long Does it Take Mold to Grow?

    by David Allen

    A variety of factors determine how long it takes mold to grow. In most cases, mold can or will grow within 24 to 48 hours, if given favorable conditions to…

  • What Color is Mold?

    by David Allen

    While black mold is the type of mold that people are most familiar with, the invasive fungus can actually grow in a variety of different colors. In fact, most mold…

  • Symptoms of Mold Exposure in Pets

    by David Allen

    Most homeowners are aware that mold can be harmful to their health, but few consider the possibility of the fungus affecting their pets. Not only can mold exposure be a…

  • How to Tell if Your Dog Ate Mold

    by David Allen

    We all love our dogs, and many of us view them as a true part of the family. So, naturally, keeping them safe and healthy is always a top priority.…

  • Do Dehumidifiers Reduce Mold?

    by David Allen

    Though a dehumidifier may not quite be the powerful weapon against mold that some people think it is, having one can certainly help prevent the fungus from flourishing in your…

  • Can you paint over mold?

    by David Allen

    Homeowners frequently want to know whether they can simply cover up their newly discovered mold problem with a fresh coat of paint. Although the answer is technically yes, it’s not…

  • Do Open Windows = Mold?

    by David Allen

    There’s no universally applicable answer when it comes to the effect that open windows have on mold growth, but in most cases opening a window at the right times will…

  • What is Sick Building Syndrome?

    by David Allen

    Sick Building Syndrome is a condition in which multiple occupants or workers in the same building experience vague health symptoms for no clear-cut reason. Typically, the affected parties will only…

  • How to Prevent Mold in a Bathroom

    by David Allen

    Of all of the rooms in a home, bathrooms are among the most prone to mold. Their close quarters, tight spaces, pipes running to and through them, and the volume…

  • Are Mold and Mildew the Same Thing?

    by David Allen

    If you’ve just seen or smelled something that you believe indicates the possible presence of mold or mildew, you’re probably wondering which it is and what the difference is between…

  • How to Stop Fruit From Molding so Fast

    by David Allen

    Picture this: You’ve bought a batch of strawberries from Trader Joe’s, Ralphs, Vons, or H-E-B, and right when you’re about to pop one in your mouth on a hot summer…

  • Tips to Prevent Car Mold

    by David Allen

    While pretty much everyone knows that mold can grow in their homes, few people realize it can also show up in their vehicles as well. Believe it or not, mold…

  • Mold Removal vs Mold Remediation

    by David Allen

    Although mold removal and mold remediation are two terms that many people use interchangeably, they don’t quite mean the same thing. In essence, the main difference is that mold removal…

  • Can You Get Mold Out of a Car?

    by David Allen

    While it’s certainly never fun to discover mold in your car, it doesn’t mean that you need to panic. More often than not, you’ll be able to remove the fungus…

  • Is it Dust, Dirt, or Mold?

    by David Allen

    Sometimes, mold will be very easy to identify. For example, when you see a textured patch of dark green and black patterns on the wood beneath a sink in the…

  • Can you Clean Mold Out of a Carpet?

    by David Allen

    Significant mold growth can accumulate on your carpet in as few as 24-48 hours. By taking the proper steps, you can get rid of it fairly easily. Granted, sections of…

  • Can you Remove Mold From Drywall?

    by David Allen

    Mold growth on your drywall is not something you want to let linger for too long, as you’ll be putting yourself at risk for serious respiratory issues. Fortunately, there are…

  • When you’re dealing with mold growth on your drywall, every situation is different. In some cases, you’ll have the opportunity to eliminate the fungus without damaging or replacing the drywall.…

  • Are N95s Safe for Mold Cleaning?

    by David Allen

    It’s widely agreed upon that N95 respirators are about as reliable as it gets when it comes to protecting yourself from mold spores. N95s are a type of respirator known…

  • Does Mold Grow on Metal?

    by David Allen

    The short answer is that yes, mold technically can grow on metal surfaces. While materials like steel, aluminum, and copper don’t naturally provide the type of habitat that allows mold…