Posts in Mold & Moisture
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM HIDDEN MOLD PROBLEMS DURING A PURCHASE OF A HOTEL

Don’t let inexperience and the absence of viewing the building as a whole unit fail to protect you during the buying process. Protect every step of your purchase transaction with tried and true building expertise.

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DON’T LET A SIMPLE BAND-AID FIX CAUSE A MOLD OUTBREAK IN YOUR HOTEL

Band-aid fixes are often applied to a hotel prior to selling to make the building more appealing. Catching these masked issues early on can prevent a catastrophic mold and moisture problem in your hotel.

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HOTEL RENOVATION FOR THE SUPER BOWL HALTED DUE TO MOLD OUTBREAK

The Super Bowl was right around the corner, and much was at stake for this hotel. It was  undergoing a room rehab with a hard deadline when an unforeseen mold and moisture problem brought work to a screeching halt..

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Air Barriers: Expectations vs. Reality
 -- Thawing a Frosty Relationship

When it comes to building performance, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. Humidification to provide medical patient comfort is a good thing. Frost and ice damage due to that same humidification is not so good.

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Climate Considerations to Help You Avoid a Mold & Moisture Problem

Unique challenges presented in all different types of climates (especially hot and humid climates) are often overlooked by the design and construction community.

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Why Buildings Fail

The primary reason we are not coming to grips with this far-reaching problem is simple:  the design professionals entrusted with building performance are not receiving adequate feedback on the performance of their previous buildings.

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Hotel Renovation Threatened Due to Unexpected Mold on Plaster Walls

There’s an assumption in the hotel industry that plaster walls are not susceptible to mold growth--but don’t let your guard down. Experts at Liberty Building Forensics Group (LBFG) helped guide a hotel renovation team that encountered an unsuspecting mold problem in the hotel’s plaster walls that could have cost millions of dollars in remediation and lost room revenue.

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PTAC Unit Myth 3 of 3 - Dehumidification

This is a 3 part Vlog series of, “The 3 Myths of PTAC Units.”

Over the past 30 years, building experts at Liberty Building Forensics Group (LBFG) have investigated hundreds of moisture problems (involving thousands of guest rooms) and in the process, have observed three repetitive assumptions that appear to be completely ignored by the building industry:

  1. PTAC units cannot effectively ventilate interior spaces.

  2. PTAC units cannot effectively pressurize hotel guest rooms.

  3. PTAC units are often ineffective in dehumidifying hotel guest rooms, especially when outside conditions are hot and humid.

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PTAC Units Myth 2 of 3 - Pressurization

This is a 3 part Vlog series of, “The 3 Myths of PTAC Units.”

Over the past 30 years, building experts at Liberty Building Forensics Group (LBFG) have investigated hundreds of moisture problems (involving thousands of guest rooms) and in the process, have observed three repetitive assumptions that appear to be completely ignored by the building industry:

  1. PTAC units cannot effectively ventilate interior spaces.

  2. PTAC units cannot effectively pressurize hotel guest rooms.

  3. PTAC units are often ineffective in dehumidifying hotel guest rooms, especially when outside conditions are hot and humid.

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PTAC Units Myth 1 of 3 - Ventilation

This is a 3 part Vlog series of, “The 3 Myths of PTAC Units.”

Over the past 30 years, building experts at Liberty Building Forensics Group (LBFG) have investigated hundreds of moisture problems (involving thousands of guest rooms) and in the process, have observed three repetitive assumptions that appear to be completely ignored by the building industry:

  1. PTAC units cannot effectively ventilate interior spaces.

  2. PTAC units cannot effectively pressurize hotel guest rooms.

  3. PTAC units are often ineffective in dehumidifying hotel guest rooms, especially when outside conditions are hot and humid.

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The Mold Tree - A Predictability Chart to Help Avoid Mold and Moisture Problems

Why are we still seeing the same PTAC-related mold and moisture problems today as we saw in the 1980’s? We need to become more cognizant of the basic principles for low-cost systems in very simple applications. Liberty’s team has developed a diagram, using their 30+ years of experience in building forensics, that will help you avoid the potential risks of a catastrophic mold and moisture problem in your PTAC-equipped room.  

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Preventing Modular Hotel Mold and Moisture Problems in the Warm and Humid Southeast

The emergence of modular construction as an option for new construction is becoming mainstream. While the reasons why have been reported on extensively, what has not been reported is that the modular construction industry has been plagued by mold and moisture problems, especially on projects located in warm and humid climates like the Southeast U.S. Both wood-frame and steel-frame modular construction units have experienced condensation problems in crawl spaces, within marriage walls, and within ceiling-to-floor cavities that have not only resulted in deterioration of the wood and corrosion of metal floor pans, but have also led to damaged wallboard and mold issues.

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Hot, humid climate makeup air conundrum: The moisture and mold risks that developers, designers and installers continue to take

But why?! Hasn’t there been enough lessons learned through moisture/mold construction litigation in the hospitality, multi-family apartment high rise, student and military housing sectors that show that dumping the make-up air to the corridor is a risky proposition. Apparently not?!

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Innovation Isn’t Always Better: The Impact of Low-VOC Mastics on Mold Growth and Corrosion in Ductwork

Those involved in the development of most sustainable green buildings typically use innovative products and implement new design and construction approaches. The intent of these new materials and procedures is to achieve a structure with reduced negative environmental impact, both during construction and throughout the building’s life. 

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Campus Community Management Firms, Beware!

Before too long, they were faced with a property management company’s worst nightmare: the entire complex had to undergo a $50M+ reconstruction after significant water intrusion was found to have deteriorated the building structure and after moisture and humidity from the HVAC/plumbing systems had resulted in large-scale hidden damage that included mold.

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