Mold Inspection – What Is Involved?

A problem with mold growth in your home be it in the basement, attic or on the wall of your bedrooms or lounge is always a cause of worry and demands that you deal with the problem as soon as possible. But before dealing with the problem, one should first identify the type of mold present and the kind of repairs required to check the problem. So, what is a mold inspection all about?

Mold inspection are carried out inspectors who are professionally qualified to do the job. The inspector first identifies factor around your property causing mold growth as well as pinpointing problem areas. Water damages, odours and obvious signs of fungal growth etc. An inspector will usually first check these areas for mold growth and will then move ahead. After the preliminary checks the first job is to see the moisture levels present in the walls of the property. The moisture levels are measured at intervals of about two feet and special attention must be paid to areas like water heaters and sinks. Moisture levels can be measured using a special meter which will give a reading to show the level of moisture present. The acceptable level is usually 15% or below.

Should at this point in the mold inspection your inspector discovers wall moisture readings greater than the acceptable figure or comes across signs of water damage or mold growth he/she should bring them to your attention and possibly discuss whether samples should be taken. However, even assuming there are visible stains from water damage or perhaps mold growth the inspector will still be unable to give any indication for certain that you have a mold problem which is why sampling is essential.

After this, the mold inspector can take around two air samples. The first should be from the area which is causing concern and the second should from outside as during a mold inspection it has to be identified whether or not the mold inside is the same strain as that outside and if it is in the same ratio or less. This will help in identifying the molds whose concentration is much higher inside making it toxic mold.

These samples are then sent to the lab and the inspector will give a verbal report as soon as the results become available followed by a written report within a couple of days. The inspector must be able to confidently interpret the results and make recommendations to resolve the issue. While, there are numerous mold inspectors out there, it is important that you choose one not on the basis of cost but the quality of service they offer.

At The Mold Guy, you really get care! With a service that is highly personalized, they believe in taking care of your home as they would take care of theirs. The service starts at the highest level talking to a company representative that knows Mold, and not an answering service. With a team of proud inspectors working in Toronto and the surrounding GTA, services which Mold Guy has developed with years of practical experience and ongoing education is sure to leave you satisfied and comfortable. At Mold Guy, the goal is to provide great service above and beyond that of any others. They understand that every client deserves honesty, reliability dedication and our commitment of Excellence and are not satisfied, unless you are!

How to maintain and replace blown pistons

As much as you’d want to disagree, pistons require to be inspected and cleaned at regular intervals to prevent them from running out of good condition too soon. The lifespan of a piston depends entirely on how well has it been maintained through its span. With time, there is a build up of carbon deposits on most pistons which can gradually end up causing a considerable amount of damage to your automobile’s engine if not attended to at the right time. There are a number of fuel additives available to help clean these carbon deposits off the piston. However, this needs to be done carefully to avoid damage to the pistons or the piston rings. The most careful step should be of removing the piston from the cylinder before cleaning it.

While there are a plethora of cleaning solvents available, petroleum based solvents perform the job of cleaning the piston best. A cleaning agent such as Marvel Mystery Oil can be put in the fuel tank to dissolve not just the pre-existing carbon deposits but also to prevent the build up of carbon in ner future.

If however the piston has a build up of very large quantities of carbon deposits, the cleaning agent to be used should be of better quality and strength such as Sea Foam or GM Top Cleaner. These cleaning agents should be added to some water in a bucket and the piston should be soaked in the solution for atleast a period of 5 hours. You can later use a wire brush for better cleaning and treatment. You must keep in mind, however, to cover the bores on either sides of the piston to prevent them from getting damaged. Also, you must be on the lookout for any dirt or nicks seen on the grooves of the piston ring and in case there are any you can clean them with diesel oil or kerosene and a broken ring.

If by looking at the piston, you think they are worn out beyond scope of repair and that cleaning agents will fail to work on them, you must consider replacing the piston. While many high quality pistons are readily available in the market, there would still be a good amount of research required to determine which piston will be best suitable for your engine.

You must be on the lookout for companies that make the best pistons in an affordable range to suit your budget. You must however be sure of the piston’s brilliant performance and whether or not can it be used in low or high compression ratios. A good piston is likely to cost you anywhere above $200.

Unsure of where it’s best to invest that money? DSS Racing ensures only best quality products to last you longer and help improve your automobile’s performance.

“Ready, Steady, GO!” with our NEW improved HPI Driveaway

Print“All the elements that made the previous HPI Driveaway such a huge success are still there, but the areas that our customers said needed tweaking have been fine-tuned, thanks to our partnership with Swinton,” comments Daniel Burgess, our Managing Director here at HPI.  Testament to this is the move by thousands of motor dealers, including many of the UK’s leading used car retailers across Britain and Northern Ireland, to sign up and reap the benefits of HPI’s enhanced free short-term insurance solution.”

David Crane, Commercial Director of Vertu explains why it is continuing its longstanding relationship with us: “HPI Driveaway plays a key role in enabling our sales team to complete a fast and efficient sales process.  Crucially, the new HPI Driveaway continues to offer cover for seven days, not just five like some other providers, delivering added value and the ultimate in convenience and comprehensive cover for our customers.   What’s more our customers will be able to take advantage of competitive annual quotes through the brokered solution that Swinton bring, helping to boost customer satisfaction. In such a competitive market, HPI Driveaway really helps us stay one step ahead and the latest enhancements will ensure the product remains our first choice.”

Continues Daniel Burgess: “We launched the HPI Driveaway scheme in 2004 as a 7 day free insurance offering, and the duration of free cover has proved to be fundamental to its success for our dealers. In fact it’s fair to say that the 7 day cover element is recognised and trusted as much as the HPI brand and our service levels behind it.  By aligning ourselves to Swinton we  are not only able to continue to offer 7 days free cover, but move the service from being web based and serviced overseas to being a dedicated UK call centre, is something our dealers called for and which Swinton is perfectly placed to support. Furthermore, we have extended the ages of people we now cover to up to 80, vital for an ageing population.”

Lookers find the simplicity of the new call centre support for HPI Driveaway a key particularly attractive benefit. Andy Bruce, Managing Director of Lookers concludes: “HPI Driveaway has long been an integral part of our sales process.  Now, with no complicated web forms to complete and cover arranged through UK call centres, it will be even faster and easier for our dealers and customers alike. In addition, the enhanced HPI Driveaway offers cover for cars up to 10 years old, making it the ultimate in flexibility. HPI has continued to listen to dealers and deliver the products we need to compete in a tough market.”

Trip Machine reveals handmade leather products for riders

Trip Machine, an online market place for leather accessories, has unveiled its new range of products aimed at riding enthusiasts. With prices ranging from Rs 399 to Rs 8,499, the range includes a wide variety of products including key fobs, wallets and saddlebags.

Trip Machine Tank Bag

Trip Machine’s biggest distinction is that all the products sold by the company are hand crafted. The company takes pride in asserting that the products go through a laborious process in the hands of skilled craftsmen, who create these pieces using some of the finest high quality leather. The range includes simple accessories like key fobs, wallets, handlebar straps, tassles to more complicated and ornate products like tank bags and multipurpose saddlebags.

Trip Machine Saddlebags

Given their target customer base and their usage, all Trip Machine products have been built to be capable of withstanding harsh conditions and capable of taking a beating. Trip Machine claims that all of its products are water proof and given the quality of leather used, grace with age to give them an authentic look. You can check out their range at

Trip Machine Key Fobs