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Moisture problems happen in buildings all through America, in almost every climate. Air contains varying amounts of water vapor - the warmer air is the more moisture it can hold. The most common symptoms are mold (or mildew) and condensation. These can impair the health of the occupants, cause discomfort, and decrease the life of the structure.

Spring means snow melting & warm rain-showers making the flowers grow. But with excess moisture comes MOLD. 80% of all building have some level of mold growth. Mold Spores in the air can make you, your pets & your family sick. It could be in your basement, bathroom, attic, walls...mold will grow anywhere and unchecked can cause serious problems.With our Home Health & Efficiency Check-up we check for mold growth, measure CO2 levels, and overall Air Quality, among a variety of other tests to ensure your home is safe & sound.

 

If you’re tired of being too cold or too hot at home, running your AC or furnace all the time, and paying enormous energy bills, it’s time to consider re-insulating your home.

You might even be tempted to do it yourself. There’s something kind of appealing about those big rolls of fluffy pink insulation at your local hardware store. And how hard can it be, right?

Well, doing it right requires specialized knowledge and equipment. Here are five good reasons to leave it to the professionals.

 

1. You don’t know anything about insulation

 Take energy conservation to an extreme with upgrades that go far beyond simple weatherization.

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and I’m reminding you now so that you can avoid those all-too-eager pinchers that might catch you not wearing green. What if houses participated in this weird tradition? Would an efficient house pinch your energy-wasting home? How can you make your house more eco-friendly? This month we’ll give you some tips on how you can make your house a “green” house!

The historic polar vortex we just experienced in Michigan shows just how vulnerable our homes are.  
If your home showed signs of icicles, frozen walls & pipes, electrical outlets, condensation on your windows, constantly running furnace that couldn't make your comfortable - your home is telling you that it is wasting money and may be creating health  issues for you and your family.    
Did you know that homes retrofitted by BWB performed great during this cold snap?  They maintained comfort, had minimal icicles, and their energy bills didn't sky rocket... Read more

Icicles and Ice Dams

Snow is every child’s dream. The falling flakes mean sledding and snow forts, snowmen and snow angels, cold noses and wet mittens.

 It’s common knowledge that Indoor Air Quality is on the decline. Of course, we all assume Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a problem in someone else’s house, but not yours. You use “green” cleaners and change your filters regularly but is that enough? IAQ can cause or exacerbate illnesses like asthma or emphysema and with pollution being the single largest environmental health risk according to the World Health Organization; maybe it’s better to be sure. Luckily there are some relatively inexpensive products & services available to check your IAQ.

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Anna loves her house. She loves its big front window; she can sit by and watch the kids head off to school in the morning. She loves the back porch where she can see the sunset. She loves the half finished basement where she can escape the ruckus upstairs and get some of that never-ending laundry done. She even loves the bathroom, with its big tub & lock on the door to keep the kids out.

As the weather gets colder & we spend more of our days inside, its important to take a few minutes to evaluate your home's Air Quality- why it matters & what you can do to protect your family's health & happiness.

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