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Debunking the myths of mold

BY HBSDEALER Staff

If you control moisture, you control mold. If there is no moisture, there is no mold.

That’s the message delivered by Morrie Newell, staff officer for the Responsible Solutions to Mold Coalition (RSMC), whose group represents building materials companies, associations and government and academic organizations. The coalition released its Guiding Principles, a document designed to give dealers, builders and homeowners information on controlling moisture and, thus, mold.

The bottom line, according to the coalitions: mold spores are everywhere, and they can grow on virtually any surface where moisture is present. Consequently, controlling mold begins with moisture control through best building practices

“It comes down to water intrusion,” Newell said. “Water intrusion should be treated like a smoldering fire.”

Newell noted that water intrusion is not inevitable, but once it materializes, mold is sure to follow. No mold resistant product will work effectively if the building isn’t first properly designed, according to the RSMC. “Mold resistant products are wrongly marketed,” Newell said. “They are not the solution, they are backups, an insurance policy. People are increasingly looking for silver bullet answers when the key is a comprehensive approach that starts with keeping moisture out of the building.”

RSMC, sponsored by grants from USG Corp., National Gypsum and American Gypsum, released “Myths about Mold.” Here are four of them

Myth #1 Mold grows only on paper, wood and other organic material. Mold will grow on any surface, including glass, fiberglass and steel. Mold needs three things to grow: 1) mold spores, which are always in the air; 2) moisture; and 3) a food source. Houses are constructed using a variety of organic materials; therefore, the only effective strategy to control mold is to control moisture.

#2 Mold can be eliminated. Everyone benefits from some molds such as the species that led to the development of penicillin. Only “clean room” technologies can eliminate mold spores. Therefore, the only thing you can control in your home or office is moisture.

#3 Only experts can clean mold. Homeowners can clean small patches of mold using household detergents and warm water. After cleaning, rinsing and drying the spot where mold has grown, rubber gloves and cleaning cloths used in the process should be discarded. Larges patches of mold may need to be eliminated by trained professionals.

#4 Once mold starts, it will always be present. Mold can be stopped but only if moisture is minimized or eliminated. Therefore, leaks should be corrected as soon as they become apparent.

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Big players offer fourth of July promotions

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The fourth of July is a time for strong barbecue sales and, many retailers hope, a time for a significant spike in DIY activity. Home Depot, Lowe’s and Menards are offering a number of promotions around the holiday to capitalize on the holiday week.

The fourth of July is a time for strong barbecue sales and, many retailers hope, a time for a significant spike in DIY activity. Home Depot, Lowe’s and Menards are offering a number of promotions around the holiday to capitalize on the holiday week.

Home Depot also is offering the 10 percent military discount, from July 3 through July 6, on purchases up to $2,000. The countryOs largest home channel retailer is also offering a 10 percent discount on appliances, and a similar rebate promotion on Behr paint — $5 off one gallon and $20 off a five-gallon container. Other items and services being promoted over the holiday include $200 off Kampar patio sets; $199 whole-home carpet installation; 10 percent off various kitchen countertops, sinks and cabinets; and free shipping for certain air conditioners.

At Menards, the Midwestern retailer is putting a heavy emphasis on patriotic items, including American flag lawn chairs and T-shirts. Flag kits and red, white and blue lights also are being promoted. The retailer is offering 15 percent off Coleman camping gear for the holiday, as well as 20 percent off certain barbecue tools and sale prices on all grills.

Other promotions at Menards include a $7 rebate on a gallon of Dutch Boy paint and a $35 rebate on a five-gallon purchase. UltraDeck decking is on sale over the holiday season, and the retailer is offering 14 percent off Crestline and PeachTree brand windows.

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Thieves use display tools to rob Home Depot store

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A Miramar, Fla., Home Depot store was robbed this weekend by thieves who used power tools displayed in the store to break into a safe in the store’s vault room, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The amount of money stolen from the store has not yet been released. The thieves reportedly used the power tools to open the door to the vault room and cut the hinges off the store’s safe.

According to a local CBS affiliate, employees discovered the robbery when reporting for work at 5 a.m. on Sunday.

The employees also discovered the store’s alarm system had been disabled, and it was unclear whether the store’s surveillance system was able to capture the incident.

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