Improving the Air Quality in Your Home

Have you ever taken a minute to think about everything that happens in your home? All of the meals, the movie nights, the sleepovers, the get togethers’, the barbeques, the arguments, the birthday parties, and the list goes on. Your home is the central hub of the whirlwind of activity that is your life. With […]

Considerations When Doing HVAC Ductwork

A space quite often forgotten and left unprotected during renovations is the HVAC ductwork or mechanical equipment. Sawdust is biodegradable but if it gets into the ductwork, it can become moist making it the perfect nutrient for mold growth. When the HVAC unit kicks on, it spreads the mold spores throughout the building. If replacing […]

What should I do when I find mold when I am renovating?

Many D-I-Yers that take on home renovation projects like interior painting, kitchen remodeling, bathroom renovation, floor replacement, and window replacement, rarely understand the risks of mold. Even if they do, they may not know how to ensure that the mold contamination is prevented from spreading throughout the home. The biggest risk you encounter by doing […]

Do You Know The Most Dangerous Material In Your Pre-1980 Home?

Do you know what it is? And more importantly, do you know if you’re at risk? Let’s say you’re deciding whether or not to go with a new look with your kitchen or bathroom this summer before the holidays. You’ve created a checklist of things like New cabinets Paint Appliances Flooring. After doing some research […]

Seven Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality During the Winter

Seven Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality During the Winter Clean your floors and carpets regularly using a HEPA-filtered vacuum. Choose non-toxic cleaning products. Avoid fragrant products. Maintain humidity around 35-45%. Introduce fresh air at least once a week. Use low-VOC materials during home improvements. Inspect your HVAC ducts and clean when appropriate. To […]

COVERING UP THOSE NASTY ODORS?

Growing up, that was the solution.  Something smelt bad, we were taught to spray it with a fragrance.  Then the fragrance market got smart and added disinfectants.  So, we bought fragrant disinfectants and sprayed the nasty smell till it went away.  And, when it returned, we knew it was time to spray it again. Indoor […]

SHOULD WE GET OUR AIR DUCT CLEANED?

SHOULD WE GET OUR AIR DUCT CLEANED?  Is there visible mold growth on the hard surface ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system? Are the ducts infested with vermin such as rodents or insects? Are the ducts clogged with dust and debris or are particles actually being released from the supply […]

BUSTING MYTHS ABOUT RADON

Myth:         Scientists disagree on whether or not radon is a real problem. Fact:           The dispute is not whether or not radon is real. Scientists are in agreement that radon causes lung cancer. The dispute is over the number of preventable lung cancer deaths every year. ** Myth:         Radon testing is difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. […]

WHAT IS RADON & SHOULD I REALLY BE WORRIED?

Radon is a radioactive gas that cannot be smelled, seen, or heard.  It moves up through the ground to the air above and into our buildings through cracks and other holes in the foundation.  Buildings then trap the radon gas inside where it can build up. Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the […]