Why Air Duct Cleanings Are Important

Keeping the air ducts in your home clean is fairly important. After all, those air ducts keep air circulating throughout your home, and bring air from both the heating and cooling systems for consistent interior comfort all year round. Since the air in your home circulates through the ducts multiple times a day, and is the air that you and your family breathe on a regular basis, you’ll certainly want that air to be as clean as possible. We’re here to explain the benefits of regular, professional duct cleanings, and how your home will benefit from them.

1.) Reduces Allergens and Irritants

Aside from dust, there are frequently other harmful contaminants and organisms that take up residence in your air ducts. These range anywhere from pet dander, pollen, mold spores, mildew, or other toxins. If you or any of your family members suffer from respiratory issues such as asthma or allergies, you’ll definitely want to look into having professionals clear all the micro junk out of your air ducts. By doing so you’ll make your home a much healthier environment, and breathe easy knowing your ducts aren’t repeatedly circulating dirty air.

2.) Gets Rid of Smells and Odors

All sorts of things can contribute to a stale smelling home, including food preparation, household cleaning products, mold, tobacco use, etc. As air flows through your ducts, those smells are consistently distributed around your home. If it’s been years since you’ve had your ducts professionally cleaned, there is a chance the build-up of dust and dirt are the reason for the musty scent emitting from your air ducts. All the odor trapping particles are cleared out when you opt for a professional cleaning, which results in a much better smelling home.

3.) Improved Air Flow

Ducts with heavy build-up of dust and grime can restrict the flow of air coming from the air conditioner or furnace. This decreases efficiency because your system must then work harder to either heat or cool your home. After getting your air ducts professionally cleaned, your system will be operating a peak efficiency. You’ll likely see a decrease in your monthly heating or cooling bill too! 

As the season slowly begins to change, you should consider scheduling an air duct cleaning, especially if you’re a bit fuzzy on when the last one was. We suggest getting your ducts cleaned at least every two years, so try and use this as a base for yourself going forward. If you’re in need of an air duct clean out, look no further than Moldguys Restoration! Call us at 781-910-5029, or fill out our online contact form today!         

Tell-Tale Signs of Mold in Your Home

Mold in your home or business is nothing to play around with. Not only will it damage your property and decrease its value, it can be harmful to you and your families physical health. Microscopic mold spores can enter your home through a lot of different avenues, making it difficult to detect exactly where it’s coming from. Below, we’ll take a look at the tell-tale signs of mold growth in your home, so you can be on the lookout for this terrible inconvenience and catch it before the problem amplifies. 

Odd Odors

Sometimes mold can be undetectable by eye-sight alone. If there is an infestation of mold you will most likely be able to smell it in some form or another. The smell can be different depending on what variation of mold is growing bust it is usually a musty type smell. If you do notice a musty smell that was not there before it may be a good idea to further investigate.  

Allergy-like symptoms

While a lot of the population suffers from allergy-like symptoms due to changes in the climate, sometimes they can be amplified by mold growth in your home. If you have symptoms of a runny nose, constant sneezing, congestion and puffy eyes, all while inside your home and not during peak allergy season, it could be another sign of mold growth.  

Actually Seeing Mold

If you notice fuzzy, leathery black and green spots in areas of your home that are prone to moisture, that is probably the biggest indicator of mold growth in a home. The color can also appear as black, green, or whitish. For some examples take a look at the photos below. 

black mold in home
      Black Mold Growth on a Wall
mold growth on wall
              Mold Growth in a Basement

Find Areas With High Moisture

Especially in older homes, there can be areas that allow for significant moisture buildup becoming a breeding ground for mold. Signs of moisture build-up will be discoloration of walls and ceilings, visible water stains, and moisture on the surface area. Also, if you have had a recent pipe leak or flooding in your home this can lead to mold growth as well. 

Where Does Mold Usually Grow?

The most popular place for mold growth in the home is your basement. Thanks to the lack of sunlight, abundance of pipes and typically poor airflow mold loves to make its home in dark, dungy basements. Other places that tend to have a higher chance of being affected by mold are appliances like the washer and dryer, windows, vents, air ducts, bathrooms and in-between floorboards, especially wood. Also pay attention to any closed off areas that could potentially trap moisture for extended periods of time. 

Oh, No I’ve Found Mold, What Do I Do?

Because of the dangerous nature of mold, it is important to seek out a mold professional near you to take care of the issue before it escalates. When finding a mold remediation specialist be sure to find one that is well-trusted, has a plan of attack they can walk you through, and has the right tools to get the job done. 

 

Contact a Mold Removal Specialist in Boston, MA

When you need effective Boston, MA, mold removal, you can count on Moldguys Restoration LLC to provide it. Our staff is trained and fully understands the consequences that come with fungus in any home. You can expect us to explain how to avoid the issue in the future once we fix it for you today. Please call our Boston, MA, office at (781) 910-5029 to arrange your first visit from our staff or fill out the contact form on this page to send the Mold Guys a message!

Flooded Basement? The Process to Restore Your Property to It’s Former Glory

It’s that time of the year in the Bridgewater area when the snow has just about fully melted and Spring showers are in full force. While most people see this as a glimmer of hope that better weather is on the horizon, it can be a disaster for some home or business owners thanks to the possibility of basement flooding. If you find that your home or business has become the victim of flooding, there is a very high possibility it will cause mold growth.

basement

If you do experience the unfortunate event of a basement flood, there are a few steps you can take prevent and remediate mold growth. Mold can begin to grow in as little as one to two days, that’s why it is important to act as quickly as possible. The best bet is to hire a trusted, professional mold remediation company to handling any mold related issue as it can be dangerous if not done correctly.  

Remove objects from the flooded area that are not wet

After your home or business has flooded it’s important to asses the situation and see how bad it really is. The first step is surveying the area (only entering after it’s safe) and quickly removing anything that hasn’t been damaged too badly by the water. Mold loves to grow on things such as furniture and other things, so the faster you remove them from the affected area, the better chance you have of the mold not spreading and saving your belongings.

Removal of flood water

Using the combination of years of experience and top of the line equipment, mold removal professionals in Massachusetts can ensure that all water will be safely and completely removed from the affected area. If the area is carpeted there are also additional steps to salvage and prevent mold growth. Within 24-48 hours carpets will be treated with a water extraction vacuum, de-humidified with a commercial dehumidifier, and have the drying process started with industrial strength fans.  

If the ceilings are affected from the flood, all tiles will be discarded and replaced. As for drywall and gypsum board, it’s possible that it is salvageable if there is no swelling and the seams are all intact. If not, they will be replaced and the area will be aired out to dry.

All wood surfaces shall be treated in the same way as if it was a carpet (dried/de-humidified immediately) as well as using gentle heat to treat the wood surface. After, it’s important to clean treated wood with a mild detergent and clean water. Wood paneling located on walls needs to be pried off and allowed to dry separately.   

Post-Flood 

After it has been treated for water damage and mold prevention, there are a few things you need to look out for upon return to your Brockton home or business. Re-check all of the items you removed from the flooded area and ensure there is not signs of mold on anything as re-introducing these items can encourage mold to spread and grow all over again. 

Do a few smell tests around the area to see if it smells outrageously musty or different. If so, it’s possible there is an area thats been missed or passed over. 

 

The best idea is to get a professional or an expert to inspect (and perhaps mold test) your home for you to let you know for certain that it’s alright to resume living in.

Water damage repair and mold remediation specialists in Bridgewater, Quincy & Brockton MA

If you have been on the wrong side of mother nature this spring, your best bet is to call the Moldguys. Moldguys Restoration LLC has the experience and customer-friendly approach to ensure you are taken care of in difficult times for your property. Located in East Bridgewater MA, we have been servicing everywhere from Quincy to Braintree and beyond for all of Massachusetts mold removal and water damage repair needs. If you need the Moldguys services you can call us at (781) 910-5029, 24/7 or fill out our contact form located on this page. 

 

Does Warm Weather Cause Mold?

With winter in the rearview mirror and warmer days on the horizon, most of Massachusetts is exciting for spring and summer. However, many homeowners do not know that with warmer weather you run a higher risk of mold growing throughout your property or business. Due to humidity and conditions that allow mold growth to thrive, warmer weather can indeed put your dwelling at a greater risk for growing mold.

Mold In Kitchen from Leaky Roof
           Mold In Kitchen from Leaky Roof

Many times you will not even realize that mold has spread throughout your home or commercial business. If you do discover mold in your home or business it is most likely a good idea to call a company that specializes in mold remediation and mold restoration services in the Bridgewater, MA and surrounding areas.  

Here are a few steps you can take to stop mold from spreading or to prevent it in the first place when the warm weather hits: 

Regularly Clean Your Home- Okay this one might seem a bit like common sense, but as the warmer weather arrives it is a good idea to start cleaning your home more often than normal. Moisture is the main culprit when it comes to aiding mold growth, things such as cooking oil spills in the kitchen, soap scum buildup, and dirt need to be taken care of daily.  

Humidity Control- In order to strive and spread, mold needs moisture as a lifeblood. Before the warm, humid weather hits, check all of your fans in your kitchen and bathrooms to make sure they are in working condition. Also, make it a habit to wipe down the walls in the shower and bathroom if then have any condensation from a shower.  

Keep Air Circulating- Stagnant air (especially in the kitchen and bathroom) can encourage mold growth and allow it to spread aggressively. Be sure to open your windows from time to time and turn on any ceiling or standup fans around your home or business to allow some fresh air to move out the old air.  

If you’ve discovered serious mold inside your home or business, the last thing you should do is ignore the problem. When left untreated, mold will cause serious damage to your property; and possibly you or your family’s health. If you need mold remediation or mold restoration services in the Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater or Brockton, MA area Moldguys Restoration has the tools and track record to handle any mold issue. 

Moldguys offers 24/7 emergency service, so don’t hesitate to give us a call at (781) 910-5029 any time! 

Recent Office Mold Remediation in Newton, MA

The Moldguys crew just finished up another mold remediation for a small office in Newton, MA. While is was just a small space, there was plenty of mold to tackle on this job. If there are any instances of mold in an office or home usually you’ll notice it first on drywall. Drywall stays wet for a while if there is any water that comes into contact, and it may not be that easy to notice as it’s not usually completely exposed. Take a look at the gallery at the bottom of this page to see some before and after shots of this job.

On this Newton mold removal job our crew was able to remove moldy drywall in multiple areas of the office, including the kitchen, bathroom and a bunch more in the boiler room. Having mold damage is not only dangerous to the tenants of the office, it can be detrimental to a business losing money and time open. Our crew was able to get in, locate all the sources of the mold, remove & clean up the rest of the office using a HEPA VAC to ensure the office was back in its glory.

Mold can begin to spread in your property within 2-3 days if not taken care of immediately. That’s why our crew at Moldguys Restoration are sure to act fast, efficiently & professionally to ensure the job gets done and you can have your area back to normal. We also understand that mold damage can strike at anytime, that’s why we offer 24/7 emergency support just in case.

It is important not to wait if you notice any mold, your office or property could end up needing a total gutting losing you business and costing more money down the line. The quicker you call the less mold will have time to spread throughout your property. The Moldguys crew will come to your home and fix the issue including removing any and all mold growth and ensuring it won’t come back. Give us a call today at (781) 910-5029 or (781) 733-3675 if suspect mold is growing in your Massachusetts home or business.

Moldguys Blog

Moldguys Blog

Moldguys Blog

Moldguys Blog

Dangers of Using Bleach to Kill Mold

When you think of powerful clean many people's first thought is bleach. Bleach is a common cleaning product for many people because of its versatility and cleaning power. You can use bleach for many different jobs from getting stains out of clothing to disinfecting bathrooms. But when it comes to mold clean up bleach is not an acceptable cleaning product.

Bleach is not the answer for mold clean up and can actually contribute negatively to certain mold problems. Chlorine bleach can only kill surface mold but mold can grow deep roots within porous surfaces such as wood or drywall. Because the bleach cannot penetrate to destroy mold growth at the roots bleach will not help stop the growth from coming back. If fact, the only component of the bleach that can reach the roots is the water component which can actually feed the mold growth.

Check out these photos from a home whose owner tried to clean up mold themselves with the use of Clorox bleach. Within 48 hours the bleach made the mold growth 10x worse!

20161109_084938 20161109_084930

When it comes to mold removal the most important thing is to stop mold from growing. Mold cannot grow without a moisture source so first find the cause of moisture and make any necessary changes to assure the mold will not return and the area is properly dried and ventilated. This will make certain that the mold roots are removed and will not return.

If you have mold in your home or business the best thing to do is call the professionals at Mold guys Restoration. We have been in the industry for over 20 years and understand the proper ways to remediate mold issues from your property. Don’t let mold growth control your home - Call us today for your free quote!

Recent Mold & Water Remediation In Walpole MA

The Moldguys crew has recently completed a huge job in Walpole MA. This job entailed 3 full apartments that had suffered from water damage over 2 years ago. After 2 years of water damage the entire property was covered in dangerous mold making the apartments unlivable. Our crew came in and gutted the whole thing from floor to ceiling removing all the mold and making the apartments livable once again.

Water damage on your property can cause major issues as seen here in this Walpole property. Water is the main source of mold, without moisture mold cannot grow and thrive but when you introduce a water source your property can become a breeding ground for mold. And left unattended your home can quickly become infested with damaging mold. Mold can begin to spread through a property in as little as 48-72 hours producing allergens and irritant that have the potential to cause other health effects.

If you notice water damage in your home or business do not wait, your home or property could end up needing a total gutting like these apartments in Walpole MA. The quicker you call the less mold will have time to grow and spread throughout your property. The Moldguys crew will come to your home and fix the issue including repairing water damage & removing any and all mold growth.

p1030439 p1030443 p1030452 p1030993

Check out our full Gallery from our Recent Walpole Mold & Water Damage Remediation Job Here!

 

Mold & Water Damage Providence RI

Water damage can lead to serious problems in your home. Not only can water ruin things like drywall or hardwood flooring it can also create a breeding ground for mold growth. Leaking, flooding and burst pipes are all among the most common types of water damage many properties see.

In fact, our team just finished up a very stubborn job completing water damage restoration & mold removal from a property in Providence RI. The home had sustained water damage from the bathtub resulting in extensive mold growth. The water from the tub had traveled through the walls of the closet where mold had begun growing.

Along with the water damage from the bathroom, old leaky pipes had also destroyed the hardwood flooring throughout the home and caused even more water damage in the basement where mold was growing on the ceiling and walls. We performed a full water damage restorations including removing moisture from wood surfaces using dehumidified, gentle heat and fans for drying. We then immediately began to remove the mold before it had a chance to grow any further.

We then decided to conduct a thorough inspection of the home to ensure there were no other signs of mold growth. Through further inspection of the property, we discovered the attic was also filled with mold, which we then remediated from the property.

Check out all the photos from this mold removal & water damage remediation job on our Facebook page.

This Providence property is a prime example that if you home has sustained water damage whether it be leaky pipes, a flooded basement or plumbing issues it is important you check for mold growth. Mold in your home left unattended to can cause serious health issues for you and your family.

If you have water damage don’t wait, call the trusted professionals at Moldguys Restoration. We will not only repair your water damage and remediate and mold growth we will conduct a full inspection of your property to ensure it is safe for you and your family.

For more information about our mold remediation services, call Moldguys Restoration LLC today.

 

prvidence RI Mold Removal & Water Damage

How Often Should I Get My Air Ducts Cleaned?

air ducts cleanMany homeowners wonder about how often they should have the air ducts in their house cleaned. There are many factors that will affect the frequency of cleaning. Having your air ducts cleans on an annual basis is a good standard. Although, there a few factors that will require you to have your air ducts cleaned on a more consistent basis.

If your home recently sustained water damage, it might be a good idea to have your air ducts cleaned or at least checked as soon as possible. Water that sits in the air duct will gradually start to build mold, which will release spores and toxins throughout your home. This is especially unhealthy if you or your loved ones have allergies.

Another factor that may require more frequent cleanings is if you or your family members suffer from allergies. If allergies are common in your home you will want your air ducts to be clean so you are not moving dust and other allergens throughout your home.

Another issue dealing with allergies is having pets, especially those that shed often and produce a lot of dander. Having multiple dogs and cats increases this effect. People with allergies and/or asthma, who also own pets, should consider more frequent air duct cleanings.

When moving into a new home it is also advised to have the air ducts cleaned. You can never be sure that the previous owners committed to best practices in maintaining high air quality.

Lastly, if there have been any recent renovations, the dust could have built up within the air ducts. Not only will this bog down the HVAC system from working properly, the dust will be blown throughout your home.

As long as you hire a trusted company to do your air duct work, you shouldn’t need to have them cleaned often. Only in these special occasions should you require more frequent cleanings.

Preventing Summer Mold Growth

With summer comes school vacation, sunshine, and longer days, but it also brings hot humid days and late summer storms. These conditions are perfect for mold growth. And on top of that many people go on vacation during the summer leaving their home unattended. Left unattended, mold can cause damage that can not only ruin the structural integrity of your home but also pose a dangerous threat to the health of your entire family.

Here are a few tips on protecting your home from summer mold growth.

Clean Your Home Thoroughly

Mold can grow on almost any surface in your home as long as there is moisture and something for it to feed on. You can eliminate these elements by cleaning surfaces in your home on a regular basis. Regular cleanings can help protect your home from summer mold growth.

Regulate Your Homes Temperature

Mold needs humid conditions to grow, growing best between 77 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. During the hot days in summer temperatures in your home can skyrocket making it the perfect environment for mold growth. Avoid this by regulating your home’s temperature by using air conditioner system and setting your thermostat to the low 70s.

Keep Air Circulating

Air circulation is not only beneficial to your health it is also beneficial to your home. Stale and stagnant air breeds mold. By keeping the air in your home moving and circulating you will help to naturally prevent mold growth. Keep your vents open and turn on ceiling fans or other systems to assist with air circulation during the summer months when air can get hot and heavy.

Turn To The Professionals

If you do detect mold in your home, don’t wait, turn to the professionals for help. The professionals at Moldguys Restoration. Our staff is caring when it comes to the safety of local residents, which is why we offer 24/7 emergency services to ensure we can take care of the problem right away. We are experienced and proud to offer excellent customer service to all of our customers.