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From our friends at Healthy Building Science (Alex Statner, 10/18/17): The October 2017 California Fires in Northern California were devastating. Northern California will be dealing with the death and destruction of recent wildfires for years.  The immediate life-safety concerns about fire are obvious and frightening, but what many don’t realize is that returning to fire […]

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Ask an Expert is an occasional feature where we pose a question submitted by a reader to our Healthy Home Director Carl Grimes, HHS, CIEC Reader Question:  How do I rid our home of “new construction" smell? The "new construction smell" you are asking about is the combination of the entire mixture of chemicals "evaporating" […]

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"The list of diseases linked to air pollution is growing." This was the headline for a recent article in Science News. Most articles about air pollution and health focus on conditions in third world countries, where people cook by burning wood or animal dung over an open flame, creating heavy smoke inside their homes with […]

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This video from HUD featuring Claudette Reichel, Professor, Housing Studies at Louisiana State University offers some of the best advice we've seen on what you need to know to rebuild. This video covers potential hazards that could arise after a disaster such as lead, mold, asbestos, CO2, and other hazards and how to address them […]

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Homes and buildings with water damage from hurricanes and floods should be dried within 48 hours to prevent mold contamination. However, in disaster situations, such rapid restoration is often difficult. Experienced restoration and remediation companies are often inundated with calls and less reputable operators often surface to fill the gap. In certain states, including Texas, […]

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Even if your home has been spared from acute flooding, what seems like "minor" water damage from leaks and other water intrusions can turn into major problems over time – and need to be addressed ASAP. Hurricane Harvey forecasts indicate torrential rain for Texas and Louisiana for several more days, including a continuation of historic flooding […]

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