Understanding Mold Growth

So let’s start from the beginning.  What is mold, what causes mold growth, where do we find it, and what is molds purpose?  There are four elements you need for mold growth.  First, you need moisture.  Everyone (seemingly) knows that you can’t have mold growth without...

Mold Myths

There is so much misinformation about mold today, or mold myths, if you will.  “Black mold is bad,” “bleach or Kilz is an effective treatment for mold,” and one of my personal favorites, “I don’t have mold, but I do have some mildew.”  Whaaaa?  So let’s debunk a few...
So You’ve Spotted Some Black Mold

So You’ve Spotted Some Black Mold

Okay so you've seen the dreaded black mold, or least mold that is black in color. Now what? Well, there are over 100,000 specific species of molds identified so far.  Of those, there are an average of 9 sub-species, meaning that we can identify almost 1 million...
Toxic Mold in the News!

Toxic Mold in the News!

Toxic Mold, DON'T Let it Sneak up on You! Just across the river, a Vancouver, Washington family was recently forced to abandon their home of 24 years due to basement and attic mold. Even worse, doctors say the mold was responsible for a variety of health problems...
Dealing With Attic Mold

Dealing With Attic Mold

Dealing with attic mold is no fun! It’s been a hot, hot, hot summer—and fall is now officially here and rain is in the forecast. This is not exactly an unexpected turn of events for anyone familiar with Oregon’s drippy climate, but with the return of precipitation...