Fungi are part of our outdoor environment

20141127_120103_resizedFungi (or mold) fruiting bodies typically grow outdoors.  This common mold or shelf fungi (or bracket fungus) will eat the old stump by digesting the wood and add natural features unique to this outdoor garden.

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Granada Hills Residents say something Stinks – Air Quality

Los Angeles Air Quality Problems and Indoor Odors - Indoor Environmental ConcernsResidents in the north end of the San Fernando Valley have realized that something stinks and its not just their trash cans.  Sources indicate that the AQMD – Air Quality Management District has already been notified by homeowners that gasses and odors persist within their community.  In a last ditch effort to gain some recognition the residents have filed a lawsuit against the Sunshine Canyon landfill.

“This is one of the most significant environmental problems in Los Angeles,” said Deputy City Attorney William Carter, who says their independent research shows there are “significant odor problems.”

The South Coast Air Management district has already slapped more than $450,000 in fines on the smelly landfill to pay for research, gather information and hopefully improve air quality.  On most days homeowners and occupants notice a smell outdoors and sometimes even indoors.  “Republic is making progress in addressing the main cause of the odor – landfill gas – by increasing the volume of the gas captured by its trash system, Atwood said. That mandate was sought by AQMD.” Dailynews.com

The AQMD says they aren’t “aware of any criminal conduct on the part of landfill operators,” but that there’s nothing stopping the city from pursuing civil charges.

As on of the largest dumps in the country, Sunshine Canyon was formed in 2009 from two landfills–one within the Los Angeles city limits and one under the county’s jurisdiction–merged operations. Sunshine Canyon takes in 9,000 tons of garbage each day.”  LA Curbed

It is a great to see the community coming together to face a common goal and effectively work with each other, the city attorney, and the air quality management district to curb air quality problems.

Fun Guy Mold Inspection and Consulting LLC provided several mold inspections on homes with similar complaints from the homeowners, “indicating a smell could be identified and lingered from time to time.”S. Daughtry  Indoor air quality problems and odors can be created from water damage and mold.  Although minor moisture damage was observed during these mold inspections (within some of the homes) no major mold problems were detected.

Continual maintenance of your home can prevent common indoor air quality problems by reducing indoor allergens, dust bunnies and more.

Land Fills Located within the Los Angeles:Simi Valley Land Fill2801 Madera Road
Simi Valley(805) 579-7267www.wmsolutions.com/Calabasas Land Fill5300 Lost Hills Road
Agoura Hills(818) 889-0363www.lacsd.org/

Wipe out a bad mold problem

how to clean and remove mold

There isn’t enough elbow grease that could wipe out a bad mold problem.  An urban myth usually states that 1 part bleach and 9 parts water will help remove mold from your home. After adding this solution to a wall, its more probable that you just added water to a mold problem,

How long does is take to clean mold from a wall? Well, if it is done correctly and with the right building materials, once.

Different solutions have been made for mold removal and mold cleaning over the years.  Without a proper understanding of the water (moisture) intrusion, mold will be difficult to remove or clean.