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Mold, mold, mold. It’s an ongoing issue!  Want to know why? Because mold is an everyday part of life. You can find it almost anywhere. Mold shows up outdoors, indoors, anywhere you can think of. It’s been here since the beginning and will continue to thrive ‘til the end.

One of the biggest concerns with mold is the health risks. Let me start of by saying, not all mold spores are going to kill you! During our daily lives, we inhale tons of mold spores and can’t even tell. When the mold starts to buildup and create an abundance in one place, that’s when the concern starts to come in. When mold growth begins in the home, it may not be a health concern. If it is, you may experience allergy-like symptoms. This could be rashes, coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes and/or throat, and other respiratory problems. Elders and children are most at risk for health risks.

Mold growth in the home is a sign of high moisture levels in the house. There was probably some water damage in the area before the mold came to be. Some folks waste money on trying to test their homes themselves for mold, when in all reality, it’s very unnecessary. Mold often appears as a fuzzy green or black blob on the wall, floor, ceiling, etc. And if you can’t see it, mold has a very distinguished, musty scent. If you have reason to believe there’s mold growth occurring, the chances of mold actually being present are very high.

Preventing mold can be done through controlling moisture levels within the home. To do this, keep the humidity below 50%, do regular inspections on pipes, seals on windows and doors, foundation checks, roof and their shingles, and just any other inspections preventing water in the home will be useful. Rooms to keep a good eye on are attics, basements, crawlspaces, laundry room, kitchen (sinks), and bathrooms. These areas have the most potential for water to buildup.

If mold is found in the home, it should be removed as soon as possible. Mold doesn’t just disappear. It needs to be removed, cleaned, and sanitized. If you’re not comfortable putting in the work, call our mold damage restoration company. We’ll come help with all of your mold damage restoration needs. Call today for your free estimate!

January 3, 2016 by admin

Water damage and mold damage go hand in hand. In too many cases, water and mold are both found. Not too many people know a whole lot about mold. Some know how to deal with the problem once it’s been identified. But most people don’t understand the “do not” portion of the problem. Here’s a few things you should never do with mold.

First, and most obvious, don’t ignore it! If mold damage is apparent in the home, do not pretend like it’s not happening or think that you can just push it off. Waiting is never the answer when involved with mold. Signs of mold in the home could include musty scents, staining on the walls, or maybe you can physically see the mold growing in an area. Allergy-like symptoms may also be present during this time. This includes rashes, itchy eyes and nose, coughing, and in more severe cases, respiratory issues.

Don’t forget about maintaining the home. If something is broken, especially something like a pipe or water hose, fix it immediately. Try to maintain performing regular inspections through out the home to ensure a mold free home.

Don’t assume, you know what they say! Just because you can’t see mold, does NOT mean that it’s not there. Mold is commonly found in pain to reach/see areas such as in the walls/floors, basements, crawls paces, attics, pipes, etc. Most mold damage removal companies offer free estimates, so you can always have someone come by and check out the place for you. Also, don’t assume dry means mold free. I know what you’re thinking, moisture is needed to make mold growth form. While that is true, it doesn’t need it to live. It’s simply dormant at this time. You’re not solving the problem, you’re just putting a bandaid on it.

Last but not least, don’t bleach! Bleach solutions do not kill mold. All they really do is bleach it – by removing the color! If you’re not sure how to handle the situation, please call the professionals. Their certifications are proof of their know-how in the mold remediation business. Call today!

December 28, 2015 by admin

Water damage and mold damage will probably become a problem in your household at some point in your life. It’s just one of those things that happens to every one at some point or another. Though, not all mold problems are a big deal. Therefore, we don’t always need mold damage professionals. Here are a few tips on how to handle the smaller mold issues within your home.

Don’t forget that mold does have the ability to place health risks in the home. Allergic reactions are nothing new in the mold world. Sneezing, coughing, wheezing, itchy nose, and scratchy throat are just a few symptoms you might receive while working this project. Some more serious symptoms may include different respiratory problems.

The best way to avoid mold all together is to take the time to prevent it. If there’s just water in the home, patch up the water issue, dry out the place within 48 hours and you should be in the clear with the mold. Make sure to check the humidity levels in the home. Try drying out the area with dehumidifiers, opening doors and windows, and heavy use of fans.

There are a few home remedies for small areas of mold growth. One includes spraying undiluted vinegar to mold areas, letting the vinegar sit, and then wiping the slate. Adding a little bit of hydrogen peroxide will kick it into overdrive.  Vodka also works like that scenario, let it sit and wipe away. Same with mixing two cups of warm water and tree oil. Any option should remove the mold and leave your area looking brand new.

If you’re still not comfortable doing the work on your own, call the mold damage removal professionals. We’ve got years of experience under their belts and they’re ready for anything. Not to mention the 24/7 availability. And who could forget the free estimates? Call today for yours!

December 28, 2015 by admin

Mold is never a fun project to be dealing with. There’s never a time when you WANT mold in your home. Mold is pretty easy to spot though it’s generally a fuzzy little mess on carpets, walls, etc. And even if you can’t see it, you’ll probably be able to smell it. Mold damage has an intense musty scent to it. So if you’ve seen any of these signs, there’s a good chance that mold growth has begun in your home.

After you’ve been informed of your mold issue, it’s probably a good idea to know some things about it. First thing, not all mold is dangerous. But then again, some types of mold are very dangerous. Some health risks include itchy eyes/nose/throat, coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and possibly some respiratory issues. This thought alone should be enough to make you realize that no matter what, the mold needs to go. Also, keep in mind that mold can thrive on any organic matter. Most common areas of concern are the hot, humid areas in your home.

Cleaning up the mold can be a bit of an involved process. Your best bet is to contact a mold damage removal company. But, if for whatever reason you can’t do that, you’ll have to try to get it out yourself. If you’re lucky, the problem hasn’t become a major problem yet. First, remove the mold. If the mold is on something you can just throw away, do it. It’s much easier to toss and buy a new one than to clean the old one. After the mold is removed, you’ll need to sanitize the air with some air scrubbers or air cleaning machines. Those should remove all the mold particles floating around in the air.

If you’re not sure about doing the entire project by yourself, there’s no shame in calling for help. That’s why we have professionals. They come equipped with all the right gear and tools for these complicated mold damage jobs. We also have mold deterrent cleaners that are better than anything you’ll find in the stores.

Call us today for a free estimate on your mold damage removal. We’re here night and day to get you started!

December 27, 2015 by admin

Mold prevention isn’t always a piece of cake. Mold tends to grow in the worst spots: crawlspaces, basements, under appliances, and worst of all bathrooms. Because of the fact that bathrooms tend to be hot, humid, poorly ventilated, wet areas, the opportunity for mold growth is always there.  Mold in the home creates potential for serious health risks to everyone in it. To avoid all these mold hazards, try to keep the bathroom in tip-top shape at all times. Some people even dry their showers and sinks after use to avoid mold. It seems extreme, but it’s not a bad idea if your bathroom is susceptible to mold.

Prevention is always an important thing to keep up with, especially in the bathroom because of how prone it is to mold damage it is. Regular inspections ARE necessary. The first thing on your checklist should be seals. Ensure all seals around doors, sinks, and curtains are inspected and cleaned before moving on. If you spot mold, there are special mold sprays you can purchase. The area with the most concern is obviously the shower because of the heat and water. Drains should be cleared out regularly to avoid any blockage. Wiping off excess water from the floor and shower walls will also help prevent mold growth. The floor is especially important because the water can seep through the floorboards and create issues on the lower levels.

Keep in mind, mold doesn’t just grow in your shower or on the walls. Mold has the ability to grow on anything it can stick to. Any porous materials or items that are wet all the time are going to be the most prone to growth. This includes anything from items near the toilet, bottles in the shower, rugs, etc. Try to limit the amount of ‘extras’ in your bathroom. If it doesn’t need to be in there, get it out. Items that suffer mold growth should be thrown away, same with rugs. These things are all replaceable at reasonable cost. Grout should also be inspected and cleaned on a weekly basis to ensure no mold grows.

While prevention can go a long way, sometimes we slip up and mold gets into our home. Do yourself a favor and call your local mold remediation company. T he professionals are trained to deal with mold growth, no matter how bad the damage is. And for those who worry about pricing,  our mold remediation company offers free estimates!

October 13, 2015 by admin

Mold can be defined as a furry growth. This furry growth has the ability to pop up in all sorts of places, indoors and out. Mold that grows indoors can create a bit of a hazard for humans. While not all mold is toxic, there are some types that can create a ruckus.

Thousands of different types of mold roam the world looking for a nice place to settle. These places tend to be dark, damp, warm, and moist. Mold typically looks like black or white fuzz. Even if you can’t see it, mold growth in the home can become very evident after the musty scent begins to spread throughout. Homes are more prone to mold growth after they’ve suffered water damage. Sometimes people aren’t even aware that they have water damage. This puts them in a bad place. Unnoticed water and mold damage issues usually end up being very time consuming and costly. If at any point you suspect mold in the home, make sure to call a professional mold restoration company right away.

Because there are so many different variations of mold, there’s no set description on what could happen if it does kick off in your household. Some toxic molds, such as black mold, can cause harsh illness and possibly even death. And, even though there are mold forms that aren’t toxic, they can still affect your health, especially for young ones and the elderly. Allergy-like symptoms are common. With all of the mold spores flying around, it’s easy to catch some in your airways. The symptoms can include coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, itchy nose and throat, and respiratory issues. Then, there are some that won’t have any effect. It all depends on the type of mold that has invaded your home.

To avoid it all together, make sure you’re taking preventative steps to ensure that mold doesn’t have the chance to grow in the home. When mold damage is suspected, call your local mold remediation company immediately. The sooner it’s taken care of, the better! Call them today for your free estimate!

October 13, 2015 by admin

Mold is never a good sight to see, especially when it’s in your home. After water damage strikes, there’s a good chance you’re going to spot some. Mold is the worst part of water damage. It’s difficult to get rid of and has the potential to cause health risks to you and anyone else in the home, which is why it’s so important to take care of the mold and quickly!

The biggest issue we have with mold is the health concerns. The health risks hit harder with elderly and children, two groups that need this the least. People with weak immune systems are also on the radar. Most of the time mold creates flu-like or allergy-like symptoms. This can be anything from coughing, sneezing, wheezing, itchy or runny eyes, itchy nose, and irritated throat, respiratory issues, and even some more serious problems. Check with your doctor to see if the symptoms are actually from mold. The symptoms may last longer than average. Some health issues related to mold even end fatally.

To avoid these health problems, make sure you’re checking out your home. Keep an eye out for wet spots, staining, or anything else that may lead to the conclusion of water damage. Unnoticed water damage will turn into mold damage. Wet carpets are famous for this. If water or any other liquids sit on the carpet for more than 48 hours, you’re at risk for mold. Make sure to dry out the area thoroughly to avoid mold growth.

Maybe you’ve already dealt with mold a couple times in your home. If mold is an ongoing issue in your home, get a dehumidifier and let it run during the day. You can go one step further and purchase a kit to test for mold. They’ll be able to tell you if you’ve got a problem or not. All you have to do is locate it.

After mold has been spotted in the home, it’s best to call your local mold remediation company. They’ll be able to tell you about the mold, how to fix the problem, and even prevention tips for next time. Don’t waste time with mold! Make sure it’s taken care of immediately. Call the professionals at Mold Removal Local today!

 

October 13, 2015 by admin

While mold damage can occur anywhere, indoors and out, mold damage in the home is commonly found in the basement. Water can easily slip through cracks in the foundation and it’s also an area that is prone to flooding. Not to mention all of the pipes and such that are floating around down there. Mold is an issue that shouldn’t be over looked or taken lightly. It is a serious situation that should be addressed immediately.  The longer you wait, the worse it’ll get.

Mold thrives in areas with heavy moisture, high humidity levels, and darkness. This could be areas with poor/no ventilation, humidity levels over fifty percent, leaky faucets, etc. After you’ve spotted mold, it’s crucial to take care of it immediately. Not just the mold, but whatever water damage caused the mold as well. For example, if a leaky pipe caused a mold spot in your basement, you need to remove the mold, better ventilate the area, fix the pipe, and take any other preventive procedures you find necessary.  A dehumidifier goes a long way in mold prevention.

Mold isn’t just bad for the look of the home. It also has the potential to cause serious health risks in the home. This is most concerning for older folks, infants and toddlers, and people with poor immune systems. Allergy-like symptoms are a common occurrence. This may include coughing, sneezing, itchy throats, watery eyes, skin rashes, etc. Certain molds may cause more serious issues and may be fatal.  Don’t allow your family to become victims of mold attacks.  Take care of mold issues as soon as you can.

This is also why it’s important to call a professional mold remediation company. Professional mold remediation companies are trained and certified to know exactly what they’re doing. Reputable mold remediation companies only hire highly trained and certified people with years of experience. They can tell you where the mold is, where it came from, how they plan to get rid of the growth, and what steps you should take to avoid future mold issues. They’ll even come back two weeks later to take air samples to ensure they did their job right the first time. Our mold remediation company offers all of this plus free estimates! Contact us today for yours!

October 11, 2015 by admin

Water damage that goes unnoticed or ignored has a high risk of creating mold growth within the home. The severity will vary depending on how long, how bad the original damage is, and many other factors. There are plenty of do’s and don’ts that come with mold. Here are just a few of the don’ts.

Don’t ignore inspections. They will help you spot leaks, cracks, holes, and other areas of concern. Inspections aren’t just for mold either, they’re great for just about anything. You may find something else wrong with the home that you may not have noticed if you hadn’t checked out the area. And don’t assume mold isn’t present just because you can’t see it. Mold tends to find its way into areas of the home that don’t have the easiest access. Crawlspaces are almost prone to mold growth, but honestly, how often do you go down there? Most of us don’t because it’s dark, damp, and difficult to navigate. Leave it to the pros!

Don’t make the mistake of assuming that just because an area is dry, it’s safe from mold growth. This is completely false. Yes, mold needs humid, moisture filled, dark areas to thrive, but that doesn’t mean it just disappears if those conditions aren’t at hand. The mold just becomes dormant until these requirements are met. Inactive mold still has the ability to cause health concerns and undesirable scent throughout.

Speaking of health concerns and obnoxious odors, don’t ignore them! If you’re receiving any of these signs, make sure to check for mold. Health risks can get pretty bad but usually relate to allergies: sneezing, coughing, wheezing, itchy eyes, etc. The scent is a little more obvious. If you’ve ever had the displeasure of the scent of mold, you know what I’m talking about. You’ll recognize it every time, very strong and musty.

Don’t use bleach to destroy the mold. There’s a reason it’s not on the list of ‘things to do with this product’ on the label. It’s not EPA recommended. The only thing you’re going to accomplish with bleaching is turning it white. You’re not doing anything to stop the growth with this method.

Mold growth is something that should almost always be handled by the experienced mold damage restoration professionals. They will be able to eliminate the mold without hassle and restore your home to its mold-free state!

August 23, 2015 by admin

A frequent problem that arises from water damage is mold growth. Mold can grow faster than you think, in as little as 48 hours. This time span can be slashed if the water involved has anything to do with the sewer. Under the right circumstances, mold can take over an entire area of your home if not taken care of in a timely manner. Not to mention all the health risks involved. To get rid of mold for good follow these steps. And please, don’t try to skimp out on things, it’s important you don’t miss a step.

First, inspect the home. Mold is pretty easy spot when it’s in plain sight. Green, earthy, fuzzy stuff on the wall is not normal. Scent is another great way to tell if mold is in the home. In some cases, you may smell it before you even know about the problem. This calls for inspecting all the areas in your home that have these characteristics: moisture, dark, humid, etc. Places to go over include bathrooms, under sinks, attic, basement, crawlspace, laundry rooms, etc.

Next, remove the mold spores from the air. Depending on how bad the problem is, there could be mold spores all over your home. This is dangerous because the spores could land, latch on to something, and now you’ve got mold growing half way across the house. To avoid this, set up air filters throughout the home and vacuum. Vacuuming will help take out spores that are just floating around and the ones that have latched.

Afterwards, it’s time to scrub. Cleaning up mold consists of a non-toxic spray, scrubbing, and wiping down the area. Most of the time, the area is secured and sealed to avoid mold spores floating around the rest of the home while you’re cleaning this area. This is definitely a job for the professionals.

Once the area is dry and the mold is removed, it’s time to begin the prevention the mold from coming back. Finding a stable humidity is key, nothing more than 40-50% or you’ll be asking for trouble. Make sure the area of concern is properly ventilated as well. Mold damage professionals will do you one better and come back two weeks later to see if the mold has come back.

Most of the time, mold remediation should be taken care of by professionals. Your us, your local remediation company, and we will ensure the mold is gone for good the first time. Call today for your free estimate!

August 23, 2015 by admin

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