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Solved! Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Mold?
Q: I found mold in my home and I’m hiring a professional to remove it. Does my homeowners insurance cover mold proble...
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Solved! What Kills Mold?
Q: I think I’ve found mold in my home. What’s the best product to kill mold once it’s identified?A: When a homeowner ...
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The Best Mold Test Kit to Ensure Healthy Air in Your Home
Mold is a problem that can crop up seemingly out of nowhere, though there are common areas where mold tends to recur,...
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How To: Identify Black Mold
There are various types of mold in nature, many non-hazardous, but mold is not something anyone wants to see inside t...
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How Much Does Mold Remediation Cost?
Typical Range: $1,120 to $3,325 National Average: $2,214Mold is one of a homeowner’s worst nightmares: The hidden ...
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How Much Does Mold Inspection Cost?
Typical Range: $295 to $1,010 National Average: $648Any source of moisture in a home can lead to mold growth. Bath...
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Solved! What's Causing the Fish Smell in My House?
Q: Help! I haven’t cooked fish for several days, but my house smells like I invited the neighborhood over for a huge ...
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Solved! What Does Mold Smell Like?
Q. There’s a strange musty odor in my basement. I’ve opened the windows, but the smell won’t go away. Is it mold? Wha...
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Solved! What Does Black Mold Look Like?
Q. There are some odd black stains that suddenly appeared on a wall in my basement. Should I be worried that it’s mol...
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What’s the Difference? Mold vs. Mildew
There’s a lot of confusion about the difference between mold and mildew, likely because of how much these two organis...
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The Best Air Purifiers for Mitigating Mold Problems
Mold isn’t only unsightly, it can make a home smell unpleasant, and at worst, trigger health issues. An air purifier ...
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The Best Small Dehumidifiers for Use at Home or On the Go
Dehumidifiers eliminate excess moisture from the air, drying damp or excessively moist environments. Specific allerge...
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5 Fixes for Mold in Hiding in Your Washing Machine
Over time, the moisture inside the washing machine can get trapped in hard to reach places and can easily become a gr...
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The 12 Most Common Types of Mold in the Home
Mold is a vital part of the earth’s natural recycling process, and because it’s so prevalent in the environment, it’s...
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The 6 Best Home Improvements You Can Make in Allergy Season
Prepare yourself for seasonally elevated pollen counts as well as all-year-long allergy triggers like dust and mold by taking care of a few home maintenance tasks...
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12 Big Mistakes That Lead to Mold and Mildew Growth
Mold and mildew are types of fungus that thrive in moist, warm areas both inside and outside your home. Although most of these annoying fungi aren’t directly harm...
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The Dark, Dirty Truth About Household Mold (And How to Rid Yourself of It)
There are few homeowner problems more terrifying than mold. While thousands of molds are part of the natural environment, ghastly examples of it can be lurking in...
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12 Places in Your Kitchen Where Mold Could Be Hiding
Kitchens are supposed to be spaces for creating delicious meals and memories, not breeding grounds for mold. But because kitchens have a lot of moisture, they off...
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This Lawn Fungus Might Be Lurking Beneath the Snow in Your Yard
After a long winter, the return of songbirds and colorful splashes of early blooming bulbs are welcome signs of sprin...
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Solved! What to Do About Mold on the Walls
Q: Ugh! I've recently discovered ugly patches of mold on the walls in my bathroom. Is it dangerous? How do I get rid ...
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Buyer's Guide: Dehumidifiers for Basements
Because they’re located below ground level, basements tend to absorb moisture from surrounding soil, making them damp...
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7 Health Hazards Lurking in Your Basement
Basements were once used solely as utility rooms that housed furnaces, laundry areas, and overflow storage for seasonal items, tools, and sometimes even root vege...
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Bob Vila Radio: Basement Flooding Damage Control
Basement flooding easily ranks among the top ten homeowner nightmares. Though recovering from a flood certainly isn't...
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8 Ways to Mildew-Proof Your Bathroom
Plagued by excess moisture and lack of ventilation, bathrooms are especially susceptible to mildew. The fungus typically appears on walls, tile, or grout, and it ...
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14 Surprising Places Where Mold Hides in the Home
One of the most common living organisms in the world may have taken up residence in your home, and you may not even know it. Mold—the common name for thousands of...
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How To: Test for Mold
Ever walked into a bathroom and paused to question the mustiness of the space? It's not news that those damp quarters...
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3 Steps to Remove Mildew from Your Home Exterior
This content has been brought to you by Hyde Tools. Its facts and opinions are those of BobVila. com. Are mildew stre...
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How To: Remove Black Mold
As a naturally occurring and pervasive substance in our world, mold exists in a variety of different forms—many of wh...
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11 Bathroom Hazards That Harm Your Home and Health
Your bathroom may be your spot to relax in the tub after a long day, but with all that plumbing, humidity, and other business going on in there, the location’s fu...
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How To: Get Mold Out of Carpet
Untreated dampness on carpet—whether caused by a persistent leak, overzealously watered plants, or a not-quite-houset...
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Solved! What To Do About Black Mold in the Bathroom
Q: I just went to clean our rental property after the tenant moved out, and I found black mold in the bathroom. Yuck!...
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Bob Vila Radio: Do's and Don'ts of Mold Removal
No doubt the best way to manage mold is to prevent it. But if your basement floods and mold gets a head start, there'...
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The Do’s and Dont’s of Basement Storage
Whether you're packing away seasonal gear, or stockpiling a few extra home essentials, the basement is a natural storage spot. Because the basement is dark, cool,...
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How To: Clean a Shower Curtain
Though your shower curtain performs a valuable service, preventing water from cascading across your bathroom floor, y...
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How To: Remove Mold from Wood
Wood, which naturally soaks up and retains water, makes an ideal environment for mold and mildew. If you're dealing w...
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How To: Get Rid of Mildew Odor
Among household odors, mildew undoubtedly ranks among the worst. And unfortunately, it's all too common, lurking in t...
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11 Home Hazards to Know and Avoid
If you ask most people where they feel the safest, chances are the answer will be in their own home. But home safety depends on a variety of factors, and potentia...
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How To: Kill Mold
For those who live in a damp climate—or in a poorly ventilated home—mold can be a cause for concern. That's not only ...
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Quick Tip: Mold Prevention
 Because today's new houses are built to allow less air infiltration than older homes, mold growth has become a conce...
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Bob Vila Radio: Humidity Gauges
An exhaust fan is a must in a bathroom, because it whisks away the humidity that can allow mold and mildew to grow. N...
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How To: Prevent Mold and Mildew
Mold is more prevalent today because the focus on improving energy efficiency resulted in more airtight homes that do...
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Quick Tip: DIY Mold Removal
Can You Tackle Mold Removal on Your Own?Mold problems are present in about 4 out of 10 American homes. With the often...
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From Wreck Room to Rec Room: Drying Out the Basement
One lesson I learned fast when I bought a house is that a homeowner’s number-one enemy is not the mortgage—it's the w...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mold Removal
Four out of ten American homes have a mold problem. If you’ve got an area less than 10 square feet and your household...
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Bob Vila Radio: Basement Waterproofing
There’s no such thing as a waterproof basement.  The key is to minimize the water that gets in and get it back out ag...
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What You Need to Know Before Buying a Sump Pump
I’ve been lucky with basements. Having purchased five houses in my life, not one has had serious basement moisture is...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mold Problems
It’s estimated that 40 percent of American homes have a mold problem. LISTENListen  to BOB VILA ON MOLD PROBLEMS, or ...
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How To: Dry a Wet Basement
A basement water problem can be as obvious as there being several inches of floodwater standing at the base of the st...
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Insulating the Roof and Installing Mold-Resistant Drywall
The roof of the new addition is being insulated – in an environmentally conscious way – to retain the heat from the radiant heating system. Moisture- and mold-res...
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Fiberglass Windows, Sliding Glass Patio Doors, and Mold-Growth Prevention
Fiberglass windows and sliding glass patio doors are installed. A trailer is brought in to remove moist air and bring in dry, clean air to prevent mold growth whi...
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Finishing Touch: Master Bath Custom Corian Tub Surround
A Corian tub surround is installed in the master bathroom, custom fit through a digital photo template system. Steps are taken to prevent water seepage and bacter...
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Fixing Squeaky Floors
Bob talks with a floor expert about how to fix squeaky floors.
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Reworking the Existing Plumbing and Replacing Brass Water Pipes with PEX Tubing
Bob reviews the work done on the existing plumbing in the basement and the replacement of obsolete brass water pipes.
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Keep Water Out of the Basement
Basement drainage systems are installed to control moisture and humidity and to eliminate rot and mildew.
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Fixing the Home's Gutter System
Bob reviews how keeping water out of the basement is a central concern in any basement remodeling project.
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Touring a Neighborhood in Melrose
Bob meets with a local real estate broker and with homeowner Sarah Monzon, whose basement will be finished to create additional family space.
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Basement Remodeling Update and Installing Subfloor to Prevent Water Damage
Bob discusses the installation of a plastic subfloor to prevent water damage and the selection of a basement dehumidifier.
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Installing a Basement Half-Bathroom
Bob discusses the installation of a basement half-bathroom, including wiring, plumbing, and radiant heating.
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Fast-Pace Drywall Installation and Mold-Resistant Interior Siding
Bob spends a moment with the drywall contractor before speaking with Thad Goodman of Georgia Pacific. Mr. Goodman tells Bob about the unique, mold-resistant prope...
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Moisture Content and Vapor Barrier for Wood Floors
Howard Brickman shows Bob two ways to measure the moisture content of wood.
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Blowing In Cellulose Insulation
Bob joins Joe Sheridan (from Energy Guard) to learn more about the US Greenfiber Cocoon cellulose insulation being used in the barn.
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Decorative Woodwork Restoration
Bob assists Patty Hettich in stripping paint from decorative woodwork, then making rubber molds to create new details in the Federal-style home.
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Bench Construction
The wood has arrived for the perimeter benches, so Bob and contractor Bob Ryley begin constructing the architect-designed benches for the greenhouse. The wood is ...
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