Ice Dams--What you can do

Friday, March 15, 2013 3:32:14 PM America/Chicago

ice-damWhat is an ice dam?

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.

What causes ice dams?

There is a complex interaction among the amount of heat loss from a house, snow cover, and outside temperatures that leads to ice dam formation. For ice dams to form there must be snow on the roof, and, at the same time, higher portions of the roof's outside surface must be above 32°F while lower surfaces are below 32°F. For a portion of the roof to be below 32°F, outside temperatures must also be below 32°F. When we say temperatures above or below 32°F, we are talking about average temperature over sustained periods of time.

The snow on a roof surface that is above 32°F will melt. As water flows down the roof it reaches the portion of the roof that is below 32°F and freezes. Voila!—an ice dam.

The dam grows as it is fed by the melting snow above it, but it will limit itself to the portions of the roof that are on the average below 32°F. So the water above backs up behind the ice dam and remains a liquid. This water finds cracks and openings in the exterior roof covering and flows into the attic space. From the attic it could flow into exterior walls or through the ceiling insulation and stain the ceiling finish...........

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Founder Darren J. Vigil, give blood at a Red Cross mobile Blood Bank!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:25:19 PM America/Chicago


HealthyExposure® founder Darren J. Vigil recently spent some time reclined in the back of the American Red Cross Mobile Blood bank and donated his blood for the cause.

A big thank you goes to Jeremy, pictured on the left, who took great care of Darren and is a true Red Cross hero!!!!

The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Their network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world. 

There are several ways that you can help the American Red Cross. You can learn more by clicking here.

 The HealthyExposure® choice is to help those in need!

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Combustion Gases in Your Home — Things You Should Know !

Thursday, February 14, 2013 11:14:39 AM America/Chicago

backdraftAre Combustion Gases Spilling Into Your Home?

Does your home have any of these combustion appliances?

  • Gas-fired furnace, boiler, or water heater?
  • Oil-fired furnace, boiler or water heater?
  • Wood stove or fireplace?
  • Other fuel-burning device?

If so, then combustion gases will be produced as the fuel burns. Normally, these combustion products — which can include both visible smoke and various invisible gases — should be vented to the outdoors through a chimney or vent pipe. Unfortunately, they may instead escape into your home, where they could raise a variety of health and other concerns.

Combustion spillage is the term used to describe the unwanted flow of combustion gases into your home. The quantities involved are usually small. However, the number of houses with potentially significant spillage is increasing, and on occasion the results can be extremely serious. This fact sheet provides some important information about combustion spillage. It alerts you to some of the symptoms and outlines practical steps you can take to reduce the risks. In short, this fact sheet is designed to help you keep combustion gases OUT of your home..........

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Minnesota Homes are a hotbed for unsafe levels of Radon!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 9:29:44 AM America/Chicago

Original Article by: BRAD SCHRADE , Star Tribune:radon-lungs

Wes and Mary Anne Bry moved their three daughters to Lakeville 18 years ago, thinking their new house on a quiet cul-de-sac would be a dream home.

But last September, just days before their 30th wedding anniversary, Wes was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and he began to wonder.

Wes, who is 60, had never smoked, and an Internet search led him to radon gas, the nation's second-leading cause of lung cancer. The Bry's bought a test kit at a local hardware store, placed it in their basement -- and learned that the house where they have lived for nearly two decades has radon levels roughly three times above the federal safety level.

"I alerted all my neighbors," said Mary Anne. "Anybody I know ... I say: 'You should be doing this test.'"

 State health officials are equally alarmed that, despite years of effort by their colleagues, thousands of other Minnesotans remain unaware of the health risks from the odorless, colorless gas.

More than 40 percent of Minnesota home radon tests conducted in the past 13 years show unsafe levels of the radioactive gas, according to a Star Tribune analysis of state records. Yet Minnesota has no mandatory radon testing of homes, schools or day care centers; no requirement that homeowners test for radon before selling a house; and weaker real estate disclosure rules than some leading states.

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You make me sick. How healthy communities create healthy individuals

Saturday, January 19, 2013 11:01:22 AM America/Chicago

Joel Spoonheim

 About Joel Spoonheim


Joel Spoonheim is Healthways’ director of the Healthways | Blue Zones Vitality City initiative. A leader in community transformation, he has worked for city governments, a food manufacturer, healthcare companies, and non-profits directing major initiatives that require engaging diverse stakeholders and complex problem solving.

The Healthways Blue Zones Vitality City initiative is currently transforming three adjacent cities in California. Vitality City coordinates 10-15 concurrent initiatives to change people’s daily environments to make healthy choices easy. The initiative strives to improve well-being – physical, social, and emotional health, as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. In 2009, Spoonheim led the first pilot to prove a saturation strategy, the AARP Blue Zones Vitality Project in Albert Lea, Minnesota.......

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Keeping your ducts clean is key!

Friday, January 18, 2013 3:44:26 PM America/Chicago


Due to the amount of time people spend indoors, we are totally dependent on the quality of the indoor environment for the air we are breathing. And in order to provide a quality indoor environment, one of the critical factors is to have a properly maintained heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

 The hygienic condition of an HVAC system plays a major part in providing a quality indoor environment. Clean coils combined with an unobstructed air delivery system play a major role in the ability to provide a cleaner indoor environment while also providing energy efficiency benefits as well........

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HealthyExposure a featured sponsor of the Healthy Life Expo!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 7:56:14 AM America/Chicago

mediamaxphoyoHealthyExposure, Inc. was a featured corporate sponsor of the Healthy Life Expo this past weekend at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The show is produced by Media Max Events and Expos, Inc.  The Healthy Life Expo had record attendance this past weekend. HealthyExposure, Inc. supports and encourages Healthy Homes, Lawns and Lifestyles.





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National Radon Action Month

Friday, January 11, 2013 6:35:20 AM America/Chicago

National Radon Action Month

National Radon Action Month


EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month. Learn more about the national effort to take action against radon.

  • Reduce your family's risk of lung cancer
  • Find ways to reduce your risk of lung cancer during National Radon Action Month
  • Learn four easy things you as homeowners, renters, and parents can do to take action in January
  • Find links to local radon information and more
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HealthyExposure at the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 2:33:45 PM America/Chicago

mpls-chamberThe founder of HealthyExposure, Inc, Darren J. Vigil who was a guest of Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce Board Member Susan O'Reilly and owner of O'Reilly Creative, LLC addressing Minneapolis City Council concerning small business growth needs and benefits for the local community. 

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HealthyExposure Appreciation Dinner at Fogo De Chao

Saturday, December 29, 2012 8:50:02 AM America/Chicago

Darren Vigil and Jeff Fagerland show their appreciation to the HealthyExposure Team for their work. 




 To show their appreciation for all the hard work that the HealthyExposure team has performed for 2012, owners Darren Vigil and Jeff Fagerland treated the team to a Brazillian Steakhouse dinner at Fogo De Chao in Downtown Minneapolis. All 16 choices of meat are served gaucho style and the service does not stop until you flip your card from green to red indicating that you surrender.

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