Episode 344

Discussing Mold Fears, and Dishing out Insulation Solutions

On Today's Episode

The episode is largely focused on the discussion of mold and mildew in the home, tackling the topics of mold anxiety, how to identify and differentiate mold and mildew, how to clean and treat them, and prevention tips.

Chaz Varady from Koala Insulation stops by and shares expert knowledge on types of insulation, where to use them, and common insulation problems homeowners face.

Dealing with Mold and Mildew [00:00 - 09:10]

Dan and Hailey discuss mold and mildew, detailing their similarities and differences. They give out advice on how to identify both and handle infestations. Cleaning tips and when to consider professional help are touched on, stressing the speed of mold growth and potential health concerns.

Insulation Solutions with Koala Insulation [09:10 - 30:19]

Dan and Hailey are joined by Chaz Varady, the sales and marketing manager from Koala Insulation of Grand Rapids. Chaz explains that insulation is about controlling heat, to keep the heat in during the winter and out during the summer. Chaz emphasizes the importance of the R-value, which measures the rate heat passes and transfers through insulation. He talks about how codes have improved over the years, setting higher R-value standards for walls and attics. Different insulation options such as blown-in fiberglass, blown-in cellulose, open-cell spray foam, and batts are outlined during the discussion. Chaz highlights that the choice of insulation depends on the customer's needs and house conditions, and homeowners may also need to consider ventilation in their attics. He gives information about the potential issues with old insulation and necessary removal and replacement procedures. The conversation also touches upon the possibility of mold in an attic caused by bad insulation and the solutions to treat it.

Chaz mentions the financial incentives for homeowners, like rebates from energy companies and tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act for implementing energy-efficient upgrades.on customer needs, specific specifications, as well as the geographical location of the house. They wrap up the conversation by discussing a newer method of insulation called 'wall spray' or 'wet spray', mainly used for new builds.

10 Mold Prevention Techniques [32:34 - 39:28]

Dan and Hailey discuss strategies for preventing mold and mildew in the home. Solutions include using a dehumidifier, installing smart hygrometers, ensuring proper ventilation in susceptible areas like the bathroom and laundry room, storing items correctly in damp-prone areas, and more. These tips help keep homes safe, comfortable, and mold-free.


00:00 Introduction and Show Overview

00:12 Understanding Mold and Mildew

01:39 Differences Between Mold and Mildew

05:24 How to Treat Mold and Mildew

09:01 Insulation Talk with Koala Insulation

10:10 Understanding Insulation and R-Values

12:47 Different Types of Insulation

19:43 Choosing the Right Insulation for Your Home

21:36 Identifying Insulation Issues

22:53 Understanding the Importance of Ventilation

23:51 Dealing with Mold and Infestations

25:56 Insulation Lifespan and Replacement

26:27 Energy Efficiency Rebates and Tax Credits

27:28 Insulation and Ventilation Services

28:50 Contacting Koala Insulation

29:51 Conclusion and Wrap-up

30:05 Preventing Mold and Mildew

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