Silicone Caulking Dam

Grout wicks water down the grout lines in behind the silicone dam to be trapped. If no silicone is used water just wicks out the bottom of the grout and dries. Before the tear out, the tub caulking acted like a miniature dam to hold moisture at the bottom edge of tile...

Mud Set Pan with Drywall Backer Board

This is a tract builder's mud set shower pan. Not sure why they did this as a fiberglass shower pan is less expensive. This must have been an "upgrade" for the home buyer. It seems this has been leaking through the ceiling for a few years, rotted the floor and looks...

Mold in Our Homes

Stachybotrys chartarum (atra) has crept into the limelight over the last decade, becoming one of the most feared bio threats in modern home building. Lawsuits in New York alone are making claims for construction defects and mold ranging from $65 million to $8 billion....

Health Effects of Mold

Generally, the majority of common molds are not a concern to someone who is healthy. However, there are some individuals, especially those who have existing health concerns, who may be sensitive to mold exposure. <strong>How can molds affect my health? If you...

CDC

How do molds affect people? How do molds affect people? Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies...

Bathroom Black Mold

Black mold mud set shower pan Center for Disease Control CDC "Mold Questions and Answers" Moisture, humidity and leaks in your bathroom facilitate mold growth. Mold is a health issue. Use your bathroom exhaust fan, repair leaking pipes and replace poor or damaged tile...

Black Mold and Rot in Bathrooms

Black Mold and Rot in Bathrooms Loose Ceramic Tiles in Bathroom Loose tiles, water seeping into green board backer is a recipe for mold, rot and bugs. Kitchen Remodeling Contractor's Loose Ceramic Floor Grout This kitchen ceramic floor tile was improperly installed...

Health Risks from Toxic Mold

According to a 1999 Mayo Clinic Study, nearly all chronic sinus infections (afflicting 37 million Americans) are a result of molds. A 300% increase in the asthma rate over the past 20 years has been linked to molds. (according to 1999 USA Today Cover Story) Molds...