3 Ways to Prevent Attic Mold

3 Ways to Prevent Attic Mold

Attics are not a place where homeowners spend much time. In fact, you may have never been in your attic! Here’s why you should at least give it a check: attics are an ideal space for mold growth. Improper ventilation, leaks in your roof and improper indoor ventilation can cause mold to grow and spread. Eventually, if unnoticed and untreated, the mold may seep through your ceiling, at that point, it’s a big job to fix. Here are 3 ways to prevent attic mold before it begins! Read more

Mold exposure symptoms

Mold Exposure Symptoms

Exposure to mold in a certain environment can elicit symptoms that are very common to experience. Mold exposure symptoms can present as sinus pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, a headache for example and while these symptoms may seem pretty innocuous, if they are not responding to regular medical treatment, seem to come and go dependant on the environment or are just out of the ordinary, it might be time to think deeper.  Read more

burst pipe water damage

Burst Pipe & Water Damage

If you’ve never had a water pipe burst in your home, consider yourself lucky. If you have, we feel for you here at HNST Mold Inspections, and we’d like to help by giving you some information on what to do and why after a water pipe bursts. Of course, there are many reasons a pipe may burst, perhaps its old and needs replacing, or the pressure got too high inside the line. Either way, there is a problem and you need to fix it. Read on for our tips on dealing with a burst pipe & water damage. Read more

Reduce humidity in your home

Reduce Humidity In Your Home

Summer is unrelenting right now, the temperature is in the high 90’s and humidity is high as well. You’ve probably seen the signs of high humidity in your home already, foggy windows or that musty smell. It’s time to reduce the humidity in your home now before it becomes a problem. It’s simple to do if you follow our easy tips!

Tips to Reduce Humidity In Your Home:

  1. Ventilate: In areas such as the kitchen and bathroom which create a lot of moisture, ensure proper ventilation fans are set up.
  2. Dehumidify: Using dehumidifiers, from small portable to large whole-house dehumidifiers can help to reduce humidity based on your needs.
  3. Insulate: Add waterproof insulation to your water heater, use proper weatherstripping products and caluking around windows and areas of drafts
  4. Waterproof: Waterproofing basement walls, take measures outside the home to point drains away from the home to prevent water collection.

These four basic tips will help you to assess and attempt to control the humidity in your home. Of course, if your humidity problem is an on-going issue it may be too late to take these measures. Increased humidity in the home along with warm temperatures are the perfect condition for mold to grow and proliferate. Reducing the moisture in your home is of most importance this time of year.

If Mold has already found its way into your home, call HNST Mold Inspection today. When we perform a mold inspection, we are looking at all areas of moisture and usually end up suggesting tips to reduce the humidity in your home as well. When you’re informed and educated on the reasons mold develop and moisture accumulates, then you can take better action.



National Healthy Homes Month

June is recognized by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as National Healthy Homes Month. Throughout the month of June, the EPA is inviting you to learn more about indoor air, housing, and health. It is the hope of these agencies, that by providing resources to the public, the indoor air quality of homes can be improved. Read more

Reduce humidity in your home

Summer Tips to Prevent Mold

Summer weather came in like a bang this memorial day weekend. With it came humidity and of course we had a few thunderstorms throughout some of the tri-state areas. These storms left a lot of standing water in some places, and many homeowners are starting to notice some leaks in the basement, around windows or in attics. This is one way that moisture gets into your home putting you at risk for mold growth. Mold can infiltrate carpet, furniture, drywall, and flooring, there is no limit to where it can grow! In some cases, the mold is behind the walls or under the floorboards and homeowners may not immediately see the problem. Controlling moisture levels and leaking issues in your home is the key to prevent mold in these cases. Read more

Mold Inspection

HNST Mold Inspections- We’re more than Mold Inspection

There is more to the Mold Inspectors job that meets the eye. Many think of mold inspection as a process that they need to go through because they’ve discovered a mold issue. Most of these times, mold inspection seems more like an emergency than doing a regular home maintenance task. Prevention can be KEY in a mold situation, so its time to flip the thinking and look at mold inspection in a different light.  Read more

Moisture, mold,

Viable vs. Nonviable Mold

Did you know that not all mold is dangerous? In this industry, I know a lot of times when I’m dealing with mold its under the assumption that it is, but it isn’t always. That’s my job, to find out if there is a mold issue, potential mold issue or if the mold found could pose a health risk or not. Read more

Licensed Mold Assessors, Mold Inspection

Four things you should know about Mold Inspection

Did you know that Mold isn’t always visible? That’s right, sometimes, mold doesn’t give us a glaring sign that it’s living among us. In fact, there are many species of mold that live in our homes and workplaces that are not harmful and are just part of our environment. The problem comes when you have a mold species that is harmful or potentially harmful to health. If you didn’t know that fact about mold, read on for four more things that you should know about Mold Inspection. Read more

Healthy Environment

Upcoming Webinar: Asthma 101

At HNST, we recognize that one of our customers top concerns is the health and safety of their families. That is why we strive to alert our readers about the possible health issues associated with mold exposure as well as from improper indoor air quality. Over the past few years, we’ve highlighted Asthma in our blogs to ensure that our readers realize the facts. You can read our previous Asthma Blogs here.

On Wednesday, April 4th, the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) team up with the University of Tulsa, Northern Arizona Universit, and the US EPA Region 9 to present to you their first webinar in their series about Asthma.

Included in the series will be the basics of Asthma, the physiology involved, statistics and prevalence as well as triggers, tips for reducing triggers and specific actions that can be put into place to provide a healthy home framework. Future topics in the series aim to cover research, cleaning practices for homes and schools, home and school assessments and funding for asthma activities and healthy cleaning practices.

We hope you will reserve your seat for this webinar and share it with your family, friends and loved ones. The more that we are aware of our indoor air quality and how it can affect us as people, the more vigilant we can be in preventing exposure.

Sign up for the webinar or get more information by clicking here.

We look forward to continuing to empower the public with knowledge whenever we can. If you suspect you have an indoor air quality issue or could possibly have mold in your home, call us today!