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Shona, who lives in Herfordshire, England, had to get rid of her builder who was not dealing with the mold on her walls. "I have excessive mold on plastered brick walls. I have removed most of the detached molding plasterwork back to the brick to find crumbling mortar and damp brick. I was considering repointing, […]

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Quick Column Summary: Tar paper or 6 mil plastic vapor barrier Leave an air gap to avoid mold Video link Charles Gregoire is perplexed up in Ottawa, the capital of Canada. "Confusion on whether to use tar paper or 6 mil plastic. In repairing a 64" section of an existing basement interior wood framed dry […]

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Ms. Lisa Reynolds, who works for the Federal Department of the Interior in Colorado, had her offices flood with water.  Heck, I'll let her tell you the rest: "Our office suffered a burst pipe and about 2" of water flooded our basement. The basement contains offices and our lunch room with wallboard lined with base […]

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David Fern has lots of water and mold in his basement. He's one unhappy customer and wants to know who should have paid to make sure this didn't happen. I don't think he's going to like my answer. "Our basement has water issues. The sump pump runs a great deal, especially after it rains, and […]

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Ruth Hendrickson, who lives in Lincoln, MA wrote to me with a very fascinating question: "My wood frame house built in 1927 has wood shingles outside and plaster over rock lath inside. No wall insulation. Probably balloon construction. Is it safe to put insulation in the walls, or will I get water vapor condensing in […]

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Painting stucco might not be the best idea to cover up or remove black stains. The stains could be caused by mold or mildew. A good cleaning with oxygen bleach might clear up your stucco.

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Algae can grow in a number of places. It grows on roof shingles, shaded decks and steps. Do you know how to remove algae? Oxygen bleach is an easy way to remove algae and it is safe for the environment.

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Condensation, water vapor, moisture and water damage are catalysts for mold growth. Mold can be toxic and cause serious health problems. Search these excellent articles and sites for information on mold, mold removal, mold prevention and clean-up.

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Determining the cause of damage in your home may need an attorney to sort out. Is it a flaw that goes undiscovered or is it a loss that your insurance carrier should cover.

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Mold is sprouting in your shower drain pipe. Black mold. Red mold. And your new bathroom is only two months old! Are you destined for a trip to your doctor with a nasty illness?

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