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The Best Ways To Control The Smell Of Mold And Mildew In A Home

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in blog | 0 comments

One of the first indicators that a home has an infestation of mold and mildew is the detection of the smell associated with their presence. The single greatest mistake a homeowner can make is to ignore the smell, and just hope it will go away on its own. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the smell of mold and eliminate the dangers associated with it, which will ensure a home not only smells pleasant but is free from airborne mold spores.  Dehumidifier The greatest contributing factor for any mold or mildew activity is water, as it will help feed the growth and allow it to spread rapidly. The underground location of basements makes them a breeding ground for mold and mildew, due in part to the excess moisture that is present in the air. A dehumidifier can remove the excess moisture, which can help to reduce the odor associated with mold and mildew and ensure the air is clean and healthy to breathe. More extreme infestations may require the use of a commercial dehumidifier, which will also use heat to make sure that the air in a space is dry. Mold Killing Chemicals If the mold is visible, then the greatest way to eliminate it is to use a mildew-stat and fungicide chemical that will kill it on contact. Using items such as bleach can be hazardous and cause the spores to become airborne, which can further the area that is infected with the mold. If a homeowner isn’t sure of the extent of a mold problem, they should consult with a professional who has the tools needed to test for the presence of moisture and mold behind walls and under flooring. Water Absorbing Products A dehumidifier requires electricity to run, which can create a problem for areas where a source of power isn’t available. Fortunately, homeowners now have options and can utilize products that remove moisture from the air without the use of power. While they do not offer the same amount of water reduction as a commercial dehumidifier, they can help reduce air moisture levels so that any unpleasant odors are eliminated. Professional Mold Remediation If the smell associated with a mold infestation is not easily remedied, then it should be inspected by a company that provides mold remediation services. They will be able to utilize advanced extraction equipment to remove any water that may be feeding the mold, and then run commercial dehumidifiers which can prevent it from spreading. Advanced cases of mold and mildew infestation should only be handled by a professional, as they will be able to eradicate the fungus, and ensure a home is free from any immediate dangers.   Mold and mildew can wreak havoc on a home and lead to severe odor and health issues. There are some tactics that a homeowner can use to help reduce the presence of mold, but more extreme cases should only be addressed by a professional who can use certified products and techniques to ensure safe remediation....

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6 Causes of Unseen Water Damage in Your Home

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in blog | 0 comments

Water damage in your home can be stressful, especially if you can’t spot the source of the mess. How do you know your house is water damaged? Usually, unpleasant odors emanate from stagnating water somewhere in your house. Stains on walls and ceilings are other indicators of water damage. In extreme cases, visible signs of mold growth indicate excess moisture penetration on walls, floors, and ceilings. On walls affected by water, paint peels off as a result of free water inside the walls. Here are seven possible causes of water damage your home. 1.Leaking Pipes Plumbing work of your home could be faulty which results to leakage. Usually, the leakage comes from loose pipe joints or broken pipes. The leakage affects walls, under the floor, or anywhere the drainage system passes. By the time the results of water damage are noticeable, extensive damage has occurred and may require water restoration procedures. 2.Blocked Sewer Lines and Drains Water damage results from broken waste disposal pipes from kitchen sinks, laundry sinks, washing machines or dishwashers. Most of these amenities have their piping done on walls. If the pipe joints are faulty, the leakage occurs on the adjacent walls. To identify the affected areas, check for odors, stains or peeling paint on walls. 3.Heating and Air Conditioning Systems Some air purifiers, house heaters, and conditioners gather moisture in the cooling ducts. This could, therefore, cause the formation of mold on adjacent walls and ceilings. Such moisture could also facilitate the growth of harmful bacteria leading to diseases. 4.Gutters As much as gutters are useful in storm water disposal, they can also cause damage. After some time, the channels may be blocked by debris such as leaves. Water then starts to run from the edges of the gutters hitting the walls. Cracks and holes on gutters will also lead to leakage of rain water even during light showers. You can note such damage by dirty water marks on the walls. 5.Flat Roofs A flat roof should have a slight gradient to allow free flow of rainwater. The issue arises when certain factors affect the slope of the roof. Such factors include deterioration of the rooftop surface or accumulation of debris. These factors distract the free flow of water resulting to stagnant pools on the roof. With time, the water soaks into the ceiling and walls which causes molds and cracks. This damage requires extensive water damage restoration. 6.Basements Soil surrounds the basement walls which hold up plenty of moisture. Over time, the moisture makes its way into the foundation walls. The moisture levels go up and eventually make it to your floors without noticing any water damage signs. Excess moisture in a house raises the humidity levels and contributes to mold growth. Water restoration applies to protect the walls, floors and prevent further damage to your building. Recovery also helps to cut down maintenance costs and timely repair of damaged surfaces. It’s important to regularly check around your home to establish the various causes of water...

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Different Types of Mold and Where They Grow

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in blog | 0 comments

Common Types of Indoor and Outdoor Mold Finding mold in moist areas of your home can be an unsettling experience. The presence of mold essentially means that water accumulated behind a wall or on a surface and was never dried out properly. This is why it’s important to have proper air circulation channels in rooms such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundry areas, where lots of water is being used every day. Not all mold is toxic to humans, however, and some of it can be eliminated yourself. Other types require the services of a professional, especially if the mold has spread. What follows is a summary of the different types of mold and places where it tends to build up. Molds Frequently Found Growing Indoors Aspergillus: Commonly found growing on food and inside air conditioning systems, Aspergillus mold can give people allergic reactions, including itchy, watery eyes and respiratory infections. Cladosporium: Appearing spotted and pepper-like, it grows on the backs of toilets, on painted surfaces and on carpets and insulation. While nontoxic to humans, it can cause mild allergic reactions such as itchy throats and eyes. Botrytis: This type of mold grows in areas with high humidity, such as bathrooms with inadequate ventilation. It can cause severe respiratory problems. Fusarium: Found on water-damaged carpeting and other fabrics, it can often spread to nearby areas if not treated. It causes respiratory infections, allergic reactions, and asthma when people come in contact with it. Stachybotrys Charta rum: This type of mold is commonly referred to as black mold due to its slimy black appearance. It usually grows in places that stay wet all the time, like air conditioning ducts, or anywhere else where there’s a lot of condensation. Trichoderma is closely related and grows on damp carpet and wallpaper. both of these molds cause similar health problems. Penicillium: It’s found growing on materials damaged by water, such as carpeting, wallpaper, and mattresses. It can spread quickly and easily to other parts of your home, so be sure to call a professional to eradicate it quickly. Ulocladium: Frequently grows in areas with extensive water damage, and is commonly found in homes that have been flooded, especially wet, damp drywall. Molds Frequently Found Growing Outdoors Many molds found growing outdoors can be pink, red or orange in color. It can appear slimy and often grows on decaying plants and wood. Very often, outdoor mold is not toxic to humans and should only be removed for aesthetic purposes. Common types include: Alternaria: primarily found on plants or in potting soil. Aureobasidium: Found on plants, wood or foundations. Serpula lacrymans: A yellow mold that commonly grows on wood and causes dry rot. Humid weather is also a big culprit of outdoor mold, as it can cause high concentrations of mold spores in the air. If you suspect your home has mold problems, give us a call at Drying Tech and we can remove it for you safely and...

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Simple Prevention Goes a Long Way

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in blog | 0 comments

Simple Prevention Goes a Long Way

The Wake Up Call Imagine! Waking up to the sound of a busted water pipe. You’re snatched out of a wonderful dream. You stumble around like a zombie trying to find the shut off valve to the water system. You’re still not fully awake, so you go for your morning shower to bring life back into your anatomy. That’s when your brain conceives the realization that you now have no water! To make matters worse, you can’t make coffee! That’s when that bolt of lightning hits you, and you think back to when you first knew about the unwrapped pipes. It was a small problem at first, but it’s the small problems that can lead to the overwhelming disaster that can ruin a person’s day. So What Now? It’s simple! You make phone calls between breaks to find a plumber who can, hopefully, work around your schedule and fix the problem quickly. This would be easy, if it wasn’t in the middle of the winter, and hundreds of other people were not calling for the same problem. Finally, you find someone who can come and do an estimate after you get off work. An estimate? You need the problem dealt with, not just an estimate. What’s worse, you never even thought about cost. Is it even in your budget to have the leak fixed? Are you going to have to sacrifice something else to have this done? Prevention of Unwanted Stress Levels Who needs the chain reaction involved with a simple mishap gone awry? No one wakes up thinking how much they would love their budget, and mind, to be put in complete chaos. So, what can be done to prevent these setbacks? Wrap your pipes. Have a qualified professional inspect your home every 2 years. Don’t put off the little things that can lead to the bigger problems. Yes, these simple steps can keep you alert to what is going on in your plumbing system. Wrapping your pipes that are along exterior walls will help prevent freezing and bursting. Check for cracks or breaks in existing insulation. If you find anything replace it. It doesn’t take much to wrap the pipes and you can buy the proper insulation at most hardware stores. If you really don’t trust your judgement on insulating the pipes, you can ask your plumber or an esteemed company that prides themselves in the quality of their work who even give free estimates. They will inspect for existing water damage and mold buildup that went unnoticed. Let the inspectors, like Drying Tech, know of the date of your last inspection, so they can assess the situation properly. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice. That’s what they are there for. The more you know about prevention the better off you and your family will be. Putting off these little things can cause you to live a life of regret and misery. Don’t be that person who procrastinated. Start the prevention steps now. You will save time and money in the...

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Hire Certified Professionals!

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in blog | 0 comments

When your home is damaged by a flood or from a broken plumbing fixture, the water can create a lot of damage quickly. In order to remove the moisture from a home, you need to hire a professional cleanup team. The experts who understand water damage cleaning have the proper tools and cleansers to remove moisture that contains pathogens. Working around the slippery surfaces in a flooded home is dangerous for amateurs who don’t have the proper safety equipment. After a flood occurs in a home, it is also likely that there is no electricity in the building, but a remediation company can provide a generator so that technicians can operate extraction machines and sump pumps. 1. Removing Water from the Lower Levels After a flood of water recedes from your home, you are left with a huge mess of mud, sewage and moisture on floors, walls and ceilings. However, the first thing that a remediation team must do is remove the remaining standing water from the lower level of your home. The lowest level is usually a basement, and if water is not removed quickly, then the moisture will destroy your home’s foundation. In addition, the water will continue to creep upward, damaging your home’s insulation layers and electrical wiring. Technicians must install a sump pump to suction the standing water from the lower levels of your home, and the water that is collected is taken to an off-site location. 2. Increasing Air Circulation to Eliminate Humidity While Drying Surfaces Flooded homes have poor air circulation, leading to a high humidity level that makes it difficult to dry the surfaces. A remediation technician will install circulating fans and dehumidifiers to eliminate the humidity. Not only does reducing humidity in a flooded building help the surfaces to dry faster, but also, a reduction in humidity can prevent secondary damage from mildew and mold. Professional remediation teams also focus on drying a home’s ductwork to improve a building’s air quality as fast as possible. 3. Extracting Moisture from All Surfaces in Your Home If your home has wall-to-wall carpets, then the fibers become saturated with dirty water that requires efficient removal with specialized extraction machines. When your home has been underwater for an extended amount of time, the remediation team must remove the carpets from your property. In some cases, these carpets are dried in a warehouse in machines, but it is usually less expensive to throw the items away. Alternatively, a technician can use an extraction machine to suction the water from the carpets before the items are sanitized with cleansers that destroy bacteria, viruses and insects. Remediation Teams Can Work on a 24-hour Basis When you contact a professional water damage company, it will send several technicians to your home to work on a 24-hour basis. After the moisture is removed from every surface, it is important for the remediation team to apply chemicals that will eliminate mold and deodorizers that reduce foul...

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Mildew vs. Mold: What’s the Difference?

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

While these two words are often used interchangeably, and although they are in the same family (fungi), mildew and mold are actually quite different.  They do have some commonalities however. Mold and mildew both have a liking for moist, warm and poorly ventilated areas where they are best able to thrive.  Mold usually appears to be more rigid and resistant to removal while mildew appears to be less resistive. Both can develop in any area of the home or outdoors where there is an apt environment and there is almost an equal level of danger of infections and allergies from both. Both mildew and mold grow when spores find their way into suitable environments for colonies to mature.  They need porous, organic material to grow on, with some examples being: wood, fabric, drywall, insulation, carpet, padding, upholstery, foods, etc.; but rarely grows on synthetic man-made materials, like plastics or most metals. More on Mildew Around the house, mildew can usually be found in bathrooms, where the abundance of moisture provides a suitable environment for the fungus to grow. It can also be found on belongings, such as pieces of paper or clothing that gets damp and are left in one spot for several days or weeks. Mildew in these situations is more often than not a thin, powdery growth of fungus. When it is untouched and continues to grow for a long period of time, it could turn into what most people would refer to as mold. More on Mold Mold often looks fuzzy or slimy, depending on the variety. Heavy mold might begin to look like a plant growth covering the surface. Some surfaces that are covered by mold might begin to rot. Mold can also appear in various colors, from red, to yellow, to green, or black. On a wall or ceiling, some types of mold might appear to be irregularly shaped spots of black or gray.  Severe mold growth will look moss or plant-like and can begin to eat away at the cellular integrity of its host. There are several types of mold, and a few of them are black in color. Some of these molds are completely innocuous. Others produce toxins called mycotoxins. The most dangerous strains of mold are Chaetomium and Stachybotrys chartarum. The latter is the strain of mold that is often called black mold. Stachybotrys grows on commonly used building materials such as drywall, insulation or wallpaper. Misconceptions About Mildew and Mold It is a general perception that mold develops on foods and mildew develops on flowers. However, both mold and mildew can develop on foods and flowers are not very likely to develop mold. Also, mold is often associated with moist places and mildew is associated with drier places. Mold and mildew can both develop in dry as well as wet areas. The key to their growth is not liquid or fluid, but moisture content. Humidity can also lead to the growth of either or both. If you see mold or mildew in your home, it’s important to take action as soon as possible. Whether it winds up being mold, or if it is mildew, it should be removed so that it doesn’t cause any health issues or spread its spores any...

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Common Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

Although most types of mold are benign and are innocuous to your health, some can cause great harm with prolonged exposure.  You can actually use your health symptoms to discover mold if you pay close enough attention, and people who have a mold allergy are much more sensitive to the mycotoxins in the mold.  In extreme cases, people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may even develop mold infections in their lungs.   So what types of mold are considered dangerous, and why? The fungus that causes mildew is not generally harmful, although the fungi can be fowl smelling and visually unappealing. This is especially true if it’s allowed to grow uninhibited. There are also many forms of mold that are not harmful, as mentioned previously. The harmful forms of mold are quite serious though, and excessive inhalation can result in severe health effects. There are six common types of household mold, each of which can cause different health effects when exposed. Alternaria is a dark green, grey or black mold with long velvety hairs. It doesn’t need as much moisture to grow as the other types of mold do, and it tends to reside in carpet, clothing, around windows, and damp areas such as flooded basements. The health detriments include respiratory problems, asthma and hay fever. Aspergillus is a grey, brown, yellow, green white or black mold that grows very quickly.  It produces a carcinogen called aflatoxin and can cause infections in people with weak immune systems.  This mold can be found on walls, insulation, soil, clothing, and in humid, moist areas like leaky basements. Cladosporium is a green, brown, grey or black mold that is powdery in appearance.  It grows on food, dead plants, wood, insulation and dark, damp environments like basements. It can cause severe allergic reactions and is very harmful for people with asthma, allergies, and weakened immune systems. Memnoniella is a dark green or black mold that causes respiratory problems, headaches and coughing.  This variety of mold can be found lurking on canvas, wool, cotton, ceilings, walls and damp areas (like basements). Penicillium can be green, white or blue and is very fuzzy in appearance.  A person can experience irritation to his/her stomach if penicillium is ingested, and airborne spores can cause congestion, coughing and eye irritation. Stachybotrys is one of the most dangerous types of mold often referred to as “toxic black mold.”  Surprisingly however, it also comes in dark green!  This mold is quite slimy and may cause cancer, headaches, asthma, dizziness, and joint pain.  This mold can be found in walls, ceilings, floorboards, and other moist areas. What are some health symptoms to look out for? Some mold has toxins called mycotoxins that can cause an allergic reaction or other illness in some people. Symptoms of a mold allergy (or sensitivity) might include headaches, asthma, coughing, skin rash, runny nose, eye irritation, and congestion. In other people, exposure to mold and mildew can produce fatigue, nausea, headaches, muscle pain, and/or respiratory, throat and eye irritation.  Some other signs of mold exposure could be: difficulty swallowing, a burning in the lung and throat, bladder or kidney pain, dark or painful urine, balance problems and possibly other ailments, depending on the type of mold to which one is exposed. Broken down,...

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4 Benefits Of Hiring A Professional Mold Removal Service

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

Do you have excess moisture in your home? Was there a plumbing leak or sewage backup? Is your health suffering, such as hay-fever symptoms, dermatitis, or more frequent asthma attacks? You could very well have mold in your house. Hiring a professional mold removal service is the best way to go. 1. Get a thorough cleaning Sure, there are a lot of DIY articles but why do you want to risk your health? If you do it yourself you are putting everyone in the home at risk for medical problems (major and minor). That and you cannot promise yourself that the mold won’t come back. It isn’t possible to completely eradicate indoor mold, no matter who does it, but a professional mold removal company will be significantly more thorough. They have the knowledge and experience to get the job done well. Mold is outside and is always in the air. It will never be possible to remove 100% of it. 2. Reduce the spread During mold cleanup, spores inevitably get into the air and can spread throughout the house. Some of those DIY procedures actually contribute to the spread of mold. Even if mold spores are killed, they can still cause problems if they are left behind. If mold spores get into your HVAC system, the spread will be even more rampant. Those contain moisture from the air conditioning, warmth from the heating system, and a food source with all of the dust. These three factors help mold to grow. Professionals are well-versed in containing the spread of spores. They will also let you know if further services, such as a thorough duct cleaning, would be necessary. 3. Discover the source Cleaning up existing mold is a great idea, but it won’t matter in the long run if you don’t know from where the mold came. Professional mold removal services do more than just get rid of the mold in your home. They also go on a mission to locate the source. There is testing for mold and it is done by an industrial Hygienist. They can explain their process and findings with you if you feel this is a step you want to take before the mold remediation specialists come in to clean. These services know how to distinguish the discoloration usually found in a mold infestation, as well as common places where mold may be hiding. Once the source is identified, they can help you to determine the best course of action to remedy the problem. That way, a recurrence is less likely to happen. They will also alert you as to what to watch out for, so that you can catch a recurrence before it gets out of hand. 4. Keep everyone and everything healthy Swift mold removal will help you to reduce health concerns in your household. Cleaning mold by yourself can also expose you and your family to more toxins. Professional mold removal companies have all of the necessary equipment to protect themselves during mold exposure. You can also save your home and your belongings, as mold can completely destroy structures and personal...

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5 Signs Your Home May Have Mold

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

Mold is typically a problem that affects new homes that are not inspected properly and homes that have not been maintained well over time. While in many cases, mold is not dangerous and just needs to be removed by a professional, there are types of molds that are particularly hazardous for you and your family that can be tested by an Industrial Hygienist. Below are five of the most common signs of mold. If you find that there is mold in your home, call a professional mold specialist for the removal and if you wish for the mold to be tested please call an Industrial Hygienist. 1. A Pungent Odor Mold usually goes unnoticed because it is hidden in certain crevices or areas of the home that are not frequented. With that, the best way to realize the existence of mold is to pay attention to the type of odor in the home. Mold will usually emit a musty or earthy smell. 2. High Humidity in the Home All molds require a high humidity level to survive. If you have a pungent odor in the home and if your home is particularly humid, then it is highly likely that you have mold. Homes with high humidity usually do not have the proper ventilation to keep the humid air out and as a result, the water in the air begins to sit and allows the mold to grow. Another reason for high humidity is a water leak or flood. 3. Water Stains Another sign of mold is water stains in your home. The water stains may appear on the roof, the floors, and the walls. Where there are water stains, damaged materials and dampness can occur. As a result, the moist area can turn into mold and mildew that will grow over time. 4. Health Issues Mold is extremely hazardous for your health. Those who have mold in their homes will typically experience health problems such as exacerbated asthma, constant coughing, headaches, eye irritation, and skin itchiness. For those who have existing health problems, the mold is even more problematic. Mold spores tend to infiltrate the lungs and lead one to experience severe difficulty breathing. 5. Seeing Mold The most apparent way to notice that you have mold in your home is to see the mold. Mold can come in different colors and it will usually appear on wet or damp surfaces. Over time, if the mold is not taken care of, the mold will spread over the area and cover the entire surface of the wall, floor, or roof. If you suspect there is mold in an area but cannot see the mold, then it is probably hidden behind the wall or any covering...

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How to Prevent and Put Out Kitchen Fires

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

Have you ever been in the kitchen cooking and things in your home decide to go insane? The kids could start fighting, a spouse may call for help, or an animal gets itself trapped somewhere in the house? These things may tempt a reasonable person out of the kitchen. But, if you want to keep your family and house safe, turn off the stove before you leave the room. Kitchen fires happen quickly and are the cause for most house fires. Precautions will keep one from happening to you. Prevention Prevention is the first step to not being a victim of fire. A few actions beforehand can help prevent fires from destroying your belongings or hurting your family. Here are some suggestions from the mayo clinic: Start with knowing where your smoke detectors are located. Check that they are in working order. Be positive that the batteries have been replaced regularly. Second make sure that all your wiring and your appliances are up to date and well maintained. The stove, oven, and overhead area need to be clean. This ensures that there is not a layer of grease that may catch fire. Before you begin cooking check that all extra material and objects are away from the heat source. This includes potholders, food packages, and loose clothing. Many methods of cooking are very hands on and require you to be in the room. Like in the example above, you know even short errands can have dire consequences, so make sure you turn off the heat before you leave the room. Now when you are preparing a meal that does not need constant supervision, like baking, then you can set an alarm. This prevents any chance of you becoming so distracted you forget that your cooking. Kitchen Fires If these steps fail, keep as calm as possible. There are methods to cope with small fires, but if you have doubts, get out of the house, close the door behind you, then call the fire department. If a grease fire starts on the stove, never pour water on it as that will cause the fire to spread. Grab a hot pan holder and use it to put a lid on the pan. Turn off the stove. Don’t move the pan or take the lid off until the pan is completely cool. The oven or microwave can also catch fire. When this happens simply turn it off, and leave the door closed. If you can reach the microwave cord unplug the unit. Finally, for any fire you can use a fire extinguisher that is the appropriate grade for the issue. If your kitchen is not equipped with the right kind of extinguisher, or the fire is out of control, get out and call for help. It is known that if you have a stove fire that flour can smother the flames but we highly recommend that you have a fire extinguisher.The fire department is never upset to receive emergency calls of people who need their assistance. Do not be afraid to ask for help. And if damage has been done, call a professional fire damage restoration company to safely clean up any...

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