Concrobium » Blog http://www.concrobium.com Eliminate, Clean & Prevent Mold Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:36:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Musty Basement? Treat it with Concrobium Mold Control Aerosol http://www.concrobium.com/musty-basement/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=musty-basement http://www.concrobium.com/musty-basement/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:31:20 +0000 http://www.concrobium.com/?p=3046 Chances are good that if you have a basement and you’ve spent any time in it whatsoever, you’ve probably noticed that distinctive, slightly funky, musty basement smell. Chances are also good that you’ve likely just accepted that smell as something that all basements have. While many basements have that musty basement smell in common, it’s…... Read more »

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Chances are good that if you have a basement and you’ve spent any time in it whatsoever, you’ve probably noticed that distinctive, slightly funky, musty basement smell. Chances are also good that you’ve likely just accepted that smell as something that all basements have. While many basements have that musty basement smell in common, it’s definitely not inevitable, and it’s certainly manageable.

What most people don’t realize is that the musty smell is actually a symptom of something, and that something is mold. Mold needs food, moisture and warmth to grow, all things that basements have in abundance. During its growth cycle, when mold consumes the organic material found in basements on building materials like wood or drywall, it releases “MVOCs” or “microbial volatile organic compounds” into the air. Another way of thinking about it is that what you’re smelling is actually “mold burps”. While the smell is harmless, the mold may not be so it’s best to take action.

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Concrboium Mold Control’s patented formula eliminates mold and prevents it from coming back by leaving an invisible anti-microbial shield as it dries. And the new Concrobium Mold Control Aerosol format is the ideal tool to treat mold in basements because it’s ultra-fine mist is great for quickly reaching deep into basement cracks and crevices where mold hides and “fogging” a space with the solution to get rid of the musty basement stink.

Breathe easy knowing your basement smell is history and your mold is under control. Visit our Where to Buy page to find a Concrobium Mold Control Aerosol retailer near you.

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It’s the Great Concrobium Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! http://www.concrobium.com/great-pumpkin-charlie-brown/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=great-pumpkin-charlie-brown http://www.concrobium.com/great-pumpkin-charlie-brown/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 17:55:38 +0000 http://www.concrobium.com/?p=3059   At Concrobium Mold Solutions we love hearing how you’ve used and loved our products.  We receive a steady stream of messages that start off as horror stories where mold is discovered in a a dark secluded corner of the family home and threatens the health and safety of all who dwell there.  Fortunately, most of…... Read more »

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At Concrobium Mold Solutions we love hearing how you’ve used and loved our products.  We receive a steady stream of messages that start off as horror stories where mold is discovered in a a dark secluded corner of the family home and threatens the health and safety of all who dwell there.  Fortunately, most of these horror stories have happy endings where people manage to exorcise the mold and keep it from haunting them down the road just by spraying Concrobium Mold Control on the problem.

However, we recently received a message that was both a perfect tale for the Hallowe’en season and features a completely different narrative arc but with a no less happy ending.  Bruce and Colleen Waugh from British Columbia, Canada sent us an e-mail yesterday and it made our week:

Hi, I’ve been using this product for construction related projects for some time now.  Recently I’ve been searching for something to preserve my pumpkins so they would last a little longer after they’ve been carved. Walking into my  garage the other day I saw the bottle of “mold control” and thought “i bet this would work”.  I sprayed the inside and out of my pumpkin and hoped for the best.  Its been 4 days now and the usually mouldy, rotten soft spot pumpkin is still in fantastic shape. It seems to even repel the fruit flies!

Bruce Waugh displaying some serious carving skills on that pumpkin.

Bruce Waugh displaying some serious carving skills on that pumpkin.

 

Now we can’t guarantee that your pumpkin will look as good as Bruce and Colleen’s (they are professionals after all) but it’s great to hear that they’ve found Concrobium Mold Control is keeping their pesky pumpkin mold at bay!  If you’ve had a similar experience, or have used our products in an ‘unconventional’ sort of way, please post a comment since we’d love to hear all about it and feature it in an upcoming blog post.

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Concrobium Mold Control Featured in The Family Handyman http://www.concrobium.com/concrobium-mold-control-featured-family-handyman/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=concrobium-mold-control-featured-family-handyman http://www.concrobium.com/concrobium-mold-control-featured-family-handyman/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:02:01 +0000 http://www.concrobium.com/?p=3003     The Family Handyman Magazine, one of the most popular and well-respected sources for the lastest on DIY projects has given a HUGE shout-out to Conrobium Mold Control.  Appearing under the banner “Stuff We Love” right in the front of the magazine on Page 8 the editors had this to say about Concrobium Mold…... Read more »

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The Family Handyman Magazine, one of the most popular and well-respected sources for the lastest on DIY projects has given a HUGE shout-out to Conrobium Mold Control.  Appearing under the banner “Stuff We Love” right in the front of the magazine on Page 8 the editors had this to say about Concrobium Mold Control:

Forget about all those homemade concoctions using washing soda, bleach, etc. Pick up some Concrobium Mold Control, which is formulated to treat mold and mildew on just about any surface…unlike homemade solutions, Concrobium Mold Control kills the mold completely and leaves behind an antimicrobial barrier to prevent new growth.

If you want to see Concrobium Mold Control in action, watch this  quick how-to video by DIY expert Steve Maxwell on using Concrobium Mold Control.

It’s always great to be recognized for our hard work and it’s always fantastic getting positive feedback from the press and our customers.  If you’ve used a Concrobium product and have been happy with the results, you can have your say on our product pages by writing a review and letting everyone know!

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Mold-Fighting Tips from DIY Expert Steve Maxwell http://www.concrobium.com/mold-fighting-tips-from-diy-expert-steve-maxwell/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mold-fighting-tips-from-diy-expert-steve-maxwell http://www.concrobium.com/mold-fighting-tips-from-diy-expert-steve-maxwell/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:32:12 +0000 http://www.concrobium.com/?p=2962 DIY Expert Steve Maxwell has been a passionate champion of Concrobium Mold Solutions for years.  In a recent article he gives readers several important tips on how to deal with mold inside their homes.  The first paragraph of the piece is so important it’s worth quoting in its entirety: Most Canadians have just enough knowledge…... Read more »

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DIY Expert Steve Maxwell has been a passionate champion of Concrobium Mold Solutions for years.  In a recent article he gives readers several important tips on how to deal with mold inside their homes.  The first paragraph of the piece is so important it’s worth quoting in its entirety:

Most Canadians have just enough knowledge about mould to foster a nagging sense that it’s dangerous, yet not enough knowledge to understand that there’s no need to fear it if you’re prepared.

One of the first things they teach you in mold school is to respect mold but not to fear it.  Having mold in your home isn’t the end of the world.  Don’t panic and you can take steps to eliminate mold and prevent it from coming back.

Steve is bang-on when he says rule #1 in the fight against mold is treating the source of the moisture.

Of the factors needed for mould growth — temperature, food source and moisture — the last is the only one you have much control over. That’s why lowering moisture levels is always the first step when killing mould, but that’s not enough on its own.

In order to get rid of mold and prevent it from coming back, Steve says there’s no better product on the market than Concrobium Mold Control.  He loves the fact that it’s non-toxic, odourless and contains no bleach.  He warns against using bleach to try and treat mold problems, saying:

Besides being irritating to people, bleach smells strong enough that most registered bleach-based mould control products recommend you wear a respirator when using them.

Lab studies also show that bleach offers no residual mould control and isn’t always able to reliably penetrate porous surfaces like wood, concrete and drywall to kill mould roots.

Steve prefers to use Concrobium Mold Stain Eraser to tackle tough, embedded stains outdoors since it restores the look of surfaces without bleaching them out.  you can watch him tackle a moldy deck in this video:

Steve closes with some sage advice to anyone who comes across mold in their home and wants to treat the situation themselves:

Dry things out, kill mould and spores, then remove the stains. Keep these simple ideas in mind and you’ve got no reason to fear mould anymore, no matter where it shows up at your place.

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Don’t let mold sink your real estate deal http://www.concrobium.com/dont-let-mold-sink-your-real-estate-deal/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dont-let-mold-sink-your-real-estate-deal http://www.concrobium.com/dont-let-mold-sink-your-real-estate-deal/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:55:34 +0000 http://www.concrobium.com/?p=2950 The temperature isn’t the only thing warming up this time of year.  Spring also represents the unofficial start of the real estate season’s peak period of sales.  Once the frost departs, the market starts booming with folks looking for a simple change of scenery or families looking for bigger spaces. The sales window is tight…... Read more »

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The temperature isn’t the only thing warming up this time of year.  Spring also represents the unofficial start of the real estate season’s peak period of sales.  Once the frost departs, the market starts booming with folks looking for a simple change of scenery or families looking for bigger spaces.

The sales window is tight since anyone with kids is looking to close a deal and move in before September 1st and the start of the new school year so there’s not a lot of time to contend with unforeseen problems that might affect your ability to close the transaction.  All it takes is a home inspector taking a quick look in your attic and finding mold there to put the kybosh on an otherwise done deal.

For major mold outbreaks, we always recommend you call in the professionals but depending on the severity of the problem you may be able to tackle the job yourself with the powerful one-two punch of Concrobium Mold Control and Concrobium Mold Stain Eraser.

The first step in treating mold is to always ensure you’ve eliminated the cause of the moisture.  If you don’t treat the source of the moisture, the mold will keep coming back.

Once you’ve dealt with the moisture issue, apply Concrobium Mold Control directly to affected surfaces and allow to dry.  Non-toxic Concrobium Mold Control will eliminate the mold and contains no bleach, VOCs or other harmful chemicals that may be unsafe to use in confined, unventilated spaces.

The next step is to treat any imbedded mold stains with the oxidizing power of Concrobium Mold Stain Eraser.  Concrobium Mold Stain eraser pulls mold stains out of building materials without using bleach and giving surfaces a washed-out look—just look what it can do on your deck:

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Once you’ve allowed Concrobium Mold Stain Eraser to dry you can treat the attic with one more round of Concrobium Mold Control to create an invisible anti-microbial shield to keep mold from coming back.

A moldy attic doesn’t have to keep you from getting top dollar out of your next home sale.  Don’t panic, and definitely don’t reach for bleach (it’s toxic and it doesn’t work on porous surfaces like most building material), harness the power of Concrobium Mold Solutions to solve all your mold problems.

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Mold School: Making of a Mold Expert http://www.concrobium.com/mold-school/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mold-school http://www.concrobium.com/mold-school/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:25:41 +0000 http://www.concrobium.com/?p=2840 Here at Concrobium Mold Solutions we take being mold experts seriously.  It’s not just a marketing ploy, something we made up we truly believe the best way to help our customers combat mold problems is to be as knowledgeable as possible and become subject matter experts on the topic.  And where do you learn about…... Read more »

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Mold School Course ReadingHere at Concrobium Mold Solutions we take being mold experts seriously.  It’s not just a marketing ploy, something we made up we truly believe the best way to help our customers combat mold problems is to be as knowledgeable as possible and become subject matter experts on the topic.  And where do you learn about mold?  Why mold school, naturally.

Okay, there is no actual mold school but there is a course recognized by the IICRC that allows you to qualify as a Registered Mold Technician, so last week 90% of our corporate office (and everyone who even indirectly deals with the public:  customer service, marketing, and sales included) went back to the classroom (in this case our boardroom) and were taken through the ins-and-outs of the professional mold remediation process.

The course was taught by Michael Pinto of Wondermakers Inc., a well respected expert in the field of disaster recovery and.  After the first day of class everyone in the office started calling Michael the “mold whisperer” because his mold knowledge is formidable and only exceeded by his ability to make the course material really engaging (who knew)– it’s almost as if he can get you inside the head of mold (figuratively) and really understand how it operates.  Michael is a big fan of Concrobium Mold Solutions because there isn’t another product on the market as strong, safe and effective as Concrobium Mold Control. He believes our entire line of products can really push the disaster recover industry forward to adopt newer methods of mold remediation.Concrobium Mold Control Team Goes To Mold School

Everyone learned a lot from the 3 day course:  from interesting trivia like the actual difference between mold and mildew, to how to build a decontamination area to keep mold spores contained during the remediation process.  We learned that bleach isn’t just an ineffective tool to combat mold, it’s actually “mold fast food” (more on that in an upcoming post) and actually encourages the growth of new mold colonies.  Above all, we learned that mold need neither be dismissed nor feared but simply respected. Most outbreaks can be treated with a few simple precautions.  So next time you call customers service, you can rest assured that no matter who you get from our office on the other end of the line, we’re all experts here.

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Winter Water Damage: burst pipes can leave moldy surprises http://www.concrobium.com/winter-flooding-burst-pipes-can-leave-moldy-surprises/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=winter-flooding-burst-pipes-can-leave-moldy-surprises http://www.concrobium.com/winter-flooding-burst-pipes-can-leave-moldy-surprises/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:22:25 +0000 http://www.concrobium.com/?p=2813 Water damage from burst pipes? Concrobium Mold Control Can Help!

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For most people across North America currently coping with the fallout from the polar vortex-influenced record snowfalls and record lows, a flooded basement is probably the furthest thing from their mind.  While it’s true most people associate flooded basements with spring thaws and summer storms, the unseasonably low temperatures currently gripping most of the continent mean there’s an increased chance of burst pipes due to the formation of ice in the line.

If you live in Canada or the Northern United States, our friends at the weather network have put together a little primer on burst pipes and how to prevent them (don’t worry, if you live in more southern climes, they’ve got you covered as well).

Regardless of where you are, if you’re unlucky enough to have your pipes burst due to ice forming you need to take precautions to ensure that mold doesn’t take hold in your basements/crawl spaces.

Remember, mold needs moisture and warm temperatures to grow and a well-insulated basement, although great at keeping the cold out, will also keep moisture and heat in, creating a perfect environment to encourage mold growth.

If you do find mold in your basement this winter, you can follow the steps outlined in our Flooding Protocol recovery page to remedy the situation.  Or you can just sit back with a hot cup of cocoa and watch the video we put together below on how to treat indoor mold using Concrobium Mold Control.  Either way, remember the groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter so be vigilant  the next time the mercury takes a nosedive, make sure you’ve taken all the necessary steps to prevent burst pipes and the headaches they create.


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How To Fight Indoor Mold using Concrobium Mold Solutions http://www.concrobium.com/fight-indoor-mold/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fight-indoor-mold http://www.concrobium.com/fight-indoor-mold/#comments Wed, 20 Nov 2013 19:25:36 +0000 http://www.concrobium.com/?p=2790 Unsurprisingly, a picture is worth 1000 words even when fighting indoor mold.  We’ve had a lot of calls to our customer service department on exactly how to apply our products, and rather than fill your screen with a lot of text,  Concrobium Mold Solutions has put together this quick little primer on how to use…... Read more »

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Unsurprisingly, a picture is worth 1000 words even when fighting indoor mold.  We’ve had a lot of calls to our customer service department on exactly how to apply our products, and rather than fill your screen with a lot of text,  Concrobium Mold Solutions has put together this quick little primer on how to use Concrobium Mold Control to eliminate and prevent indoor mold.

Whether it’s at home, at the cottage, or anywhere mold takes hold, you can trust Concrobium Mold Control to do the job safely and effectively on any surface without harsh chemicals.  Let’s see bleach try and do that!

 

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Concrobium Mold Stain Eraser: The Golden Ratio http://www.concrobium.com/concrobium-mold-stain-eraser-the-golden-ratio/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=concrobium-mold-stain-eraser-the-golden-ratio http://www.concrobium.com/concrobium-mold-stain-eraser-the-golden-ratio/#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:28:53 +0000 http://www.concrobium.com/?p=2756 Anyone who’s ever used Concrobium Mold Stain Eraser to tackle tough, embedded stains on outdoor surfaces like decks or siding is usually blown away with the results. DIY personality Steve Maxwell can’t stop talking about how well our product works! You can even watch Steve in action, cleaning an entire deck in the video embedded below….... Read more »

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Anyone who’s ever used Concrobium Mold Stain Eraser to tackle tough, embedded stains on outdoor surfaces like decks or siding is usually blown away with the results. DIY personality Steve Maxwell can’t stop talking about how well our product works! You can even watch Steve in action, cleaning an entire deck in the video embedded below.

That said, sometimes you’ve only got a small patch of mold or discolouration to contend with and it’s a bit of a waste to use an entire bottle for smaller jobs. So we’ve taken the liberty of  providing you with a handy reference guide on how much to use to cover a given surface.

  • 1 bottle Concrobium Mold Stain Eraser (22.9 oz) + warm water (1 Gallon) = 300 sq. ft. of coverage
  • 11 tablespoons Concrobium Mold Stain Eraser + warm water (1 quart) = 75 sq. ft. of coverage.
  • 2.75 tablespoons + warm water (1 cup) = ~19 sq. feet

Note:  For smaller jobs you can pour the combined Mold Stain Eraser + water solution into a standard trigger spray bottle rather than into a garden pump sprayer, spraying it directly on the moldy surface in question.

Looking for more tips on how to use Concrobium Mold Stain Eraser or any of the other innovative Concrobium Mold Solutions? Send us and e-mail and with your questions and you may be the inspiration for a future post!

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Handyman Club of America Member Tested and Approved http://www.concrobium.com/handyman-club-of-america-concrobium/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=handyman-club-of-america-concrobium http://www.concrobium.com/handyman-club-of-america-concrobium/#comments Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:07:34 +0000 http://www.concrobium.com/?p=2664   Concrobium Mold Solutions is pleased to announce that Concrobium Mold Stain Eraser and Concrobium House & Deck Wash have both been tested and approved by members of the Handyman Club of America. Club members from across the country were asked to rigorously test and review both products in various climates and circumstances and log…... Read more »

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Handy Man Club of America Member Tested and Approved Concrobium House & Deck Wash and Concrobium Mold Stain Eraser

Concrobium Mold Solutions is pleased to announce that Concrobium Mold Stain Eraser and Concrobium House & Deck Wash have both been tested and approved by members of the Handyman Club of America.

Club members from across the country were asked to rigorously test and review both products in various climates and circumstances and log their results and their satisfaction with overall performance.  Both products received high scores for overall performance with over 80% of members recommending the products.

It’s always gratifying to get so much positive feedback from our customers and especially gratifying to have our products recognized by a prestigious organization like the Handyman Club of America. Concrobium Mold Solutions proudly stands behind
all our products and are confident that you’ll be happy with them as well.

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