Month: October 2014

Mold Eaters

We had a local company called Mold Eaters come in to our office for our weekly meeting today. Brant Rude (certified DMP and CEMR) presented quite a bit of information and allowed us to ask questions. I never would have thought that a conversation about mold could be so interesting.

I was really excited to learn that a great way to fight mold is with 100% organic mold eating enzymes. Apparently, while bleach products will clean mold and kill it to a certain extent, it leaves behind mold that can later grow again.

Brant informed us that although concrete and plastic are not foods for mold, it can still grow there by eating the dust on the surface. Mold is very opportunistic!

People are often concerned that they might have black toxic mold. It turns out that many different types of mold can have a black color to them, not all of which are toxic. Also, other colors of mold can also be toxic or even have specific times that they are toxic. A mask rated n-95 can help protect you from air-borne spores.

Brant said that his company deals with mold in attic spaces quite often. It’s easy to live in a house for years without ever checking on what is going on up there. Sometimes incorectly installed vents from other places in the house bring moist air to the attic. Another issue he sees is with the insallation actually covering the attic vents, therefore trapping moisture inside the house.

Basements often have problems due to old concrete that wicks moisture into the house. In this case, there are products out there that can be painted on to create a seal.

Usually getting rid of mold has elements of removal and setting up the space to address moisture issues. Condensation, leaks, and seepage can all lead to a good mold enviornment. Dehumidifiers are great ways to combat this. French drains and pumps can help as well. Fans with built in humidity sensors can be quite helpful and energy efficient.

In addition to inspections, air quality testing, and mold removal Mold Eaters are also certified general contractors, so they can also insall vapor barriers and repair damage.

Thanks for coming out Brant!

Portland pup resources

Portland is a great town to have a dog in! There’s a staggering amount of dog-friendly parks and businesses here.

I’ve been organizing a local dog meet-up, so I’m researching new dog parks to meet people at every couple of weeks.

Official list of City of Portland Off-Leash Area Maps & Hours.

Near Portland, but a quick drive over to Troutdale is 1,000 Acres Park.

The Portland Pooch lists a number of the same parks, but they have a great map layout. They also have other resource lists like dog-friendly restaurants, dog-friendly housing, and more!

Portland Dog Parks have a Facebook page you can like to get updates.

Speaking of Facebook, check out the Portland Dog Lovers group for photos, videos, and resources.

Portland Dog-Lovers Meet-up, a group that holds events at dog parks and other locations around Portland.

Yelp! page for animal shelters in Portland.

Yelp! page for dog groomers in Portland.

Angie’s list reviews for veterinarians.