Putting a Stop to Basement Mold

When it comes to mold in your home, the basement is probably one of the biggest areas of concern. Between the moisture, humidity, darkness, and clutter of all the junk in your basement, mold has everything it needs to make itself a comfortable home. However, that doesn’t mean its welcome… Try these tips to finally put a stop to mold in your basement.

Monitoring and Reducing Humidity

When the humidity in your home reaches above 45%, mold is subject to grow. Using a hygrometer to monitor the levels in your basement can help to keep you informed. If you notice the levels are higher than normal, try a dehumidifier. Make sure to purchase a high-quality one that will be effective. Making sure that all appliances are ventilated to the outside is crucial in keeping the humidity to a minimum. You can also use an exhaust fan to get rid of humid air and allow in fresh air.

Insulate Pipes

You might notice that your cold water pipes in the basement tend to accumulate condensation. As you know, any type of excess moisture is an open invitation to mold. Covering your pipes with insulation can help to reduce the humidity in your basement.

Ditch the Plants

Plants can be a great way to liven up your home, if they’re not kept in the basement. Growing plants in your basement is simply recipe for disaster. Mold and mildew can quickly form in these conditions.

Do a Cleanout

The basement is often where all of our junk gets thrown. Cluttering of boxes, trash, and other items can block air from flowing freely, making ventilation difficult. Using your basement for storage is not ideal, as mold and mildew will make a home on your belongings. Only store necessary items there, and try to keep them off the floors and away from walls.

Contact Moldguys for Basement Mold Removal

If you do notice mold growing in your basement, not only is it unattractive, but it could also be causing harm to you and your family. It’s best to call in a professional, to ensure it is safely and completely removed. Moldguys provides basement removal in Boston, Nantucket, Bridgewater, and surrounding areas. Fill out a contact form or give us a call today at 781-910-5029 to learn more!  

 

Preventing Mold in the Winter

While you may think that now since the hot and humid temperatures are long gone, that means that mold growth is too. But unfortunately, that is not always the case. Under the right conditions, mold can spread and wreak just as much havoc in the winter time. In fact, cranking up the heat during the winter actually provides just the right environment for mold to grow. Not only does it look a bit unappealing, but it can also stir up allergies in your home. Here’s what you can do to help prevent this growth, and keep your home mold-free this winter.

Air Circulation

To ensure that air is flowing properly throughout your home, use fans and open windows on warmer days. Since those are few and far between in the winter, you could also consider purchasing a dehumidifier instead to help reduce moisture. You should aim to keep the humidity level in your home below 40%.

Exhaust Fans

Kitchens and bathrooms are the two biggest culprits when it comes to producing moisture in your home. Between long steamy showers, and boiling pots of water, an excess of condensation can build up if you don’t use exhaust fans. Don’t be afraid to leave them on for a bit even after you’re done cooking or bathing, and wipe down walls with a dry towel to clean up any excess water.

Leaks

Since mold thrives in wet climates, any excess moisture from leaks can encourage mold growth. If you suspect any sort of leak coming from outdoors or in your plumbing this winter, it’s important to take care of it immediately to prevent mold growth. You can take preventative measures by regularly checking places such as the bathroom, or under the kitchen sink.

Contact Moldguys Restoration

If you do find mold growth in your home this winter, it’s always best to call in the professionals to remove it. Even if it is minor growth, household cleaning solutions and bleach typically are too weak to completely remove mold spores. Our team is available 24/7 for emergency calls. Located in East Bridgewater, we also service Plymouth, Nantucket, Boston, and more. Fill out an online contact form or give us a call today at 781-910-5029. 

Importance of Air Duct Cleaning

If cleaning your air ducts wasn’t on your to-do list this holiday season- you may want to reconsider. If you’re hosting this year, you certainly don’t want your guests breathing in dirty air. Keep reading to learn just how necessary it is to keep clean air ducts.

Cleaner Living Environment

If you notice an excessive amount of dust around your house and find yourself cleaning more than normal, it’s likely that you would benefit from an air duct cleaning. Having this done professionally will reduce the number of dust mites circulating throughout your home, landing on your furniture, bedding, floor, counters, etc.

Reduces Allergens

With less dust in the air, and other harmful contaminants such as bacteria, pollen, mildew, and mold spores, your respiratory system will thank you. Those that suffer from allergies or asthma and are very sensitive to these airborne particles will notice an immense difference. Even those without chronic allergies can experience sneezing, coughing and sinus congestion when breathing in dirty air.  Periodically getting your air ducts cleaned helps to promote healthier air.

Remove Odors

Have you noticed a stale smell in your home every time the furnace or air conditioning runs? These smells, such as tobacco, pet odors, food, etc., circulate throughout the air ducts leaving an unpleasant smell in your home. A detailed cleaning of the air ducts will dismiss any odors in your system, leaving you with a new, fresh smell.

Improve Air Flow Efficiency

If your ducts have build-up of dust and other particles, it can restrict the flow of air. This means that your system has to work harder to pump out air to heat or cool your home, meaning your efficiency is lower. An air duct cleaning will help your system operate at maximum efficiency.

Contact Moldguys Restoration

If you’re in need of professional air duct cleaning, contact Moldguys Restoration! We gladly travel to Nantucket, Boston, Foxborough, and more. Fill out a contact form or give us a call today at 781-910-5029! 

Cleaning Your Bathroom to Prevent Mold

We all know that the bathroom is one of the most susceptible spots for mold growth. Between the steam from hot showers, the puddles left on the floor from when you step out, or even just small drips that get stuck in the grout, mold practically receives a personal invitation into your home. However, it’s not inevitable that you have to let mold win. By regularly cleaning your bathroom and taking preventative measures, you can greatly decrease the chances of a serious mold problem. Use the following tips to help clean your bathroom and prevent mold from making a permanent home in your bathroom.

Bath

After every use, bathtubs should be rinsed and dried in order to keep limescale away. Keeping the moisture around longer just gives the mold the opportunity to grow. In addition, regular cleanings with an all-purpose cleaner help to prevent dirt or bacteria from accumulating.

Floor

First, start by sweeping your bathroom floors to get any loose dirt and debris. Then use a mop with a soapy water mixture and bleach, paying close attention to the area around the toilet, sink, and shower, as these cracks and crevices often get the dirtiest. Using a wet paper towel can help to collect hair and dust that collects in the corners of the room.

Grout

One of the most difficult areas to clean, and often a popular sport for mold growth, is the grout. Water that seeps in often gets trapped, making it an optimal sport for mold. Using a fungicidal bathroom spray can help to prevent regrowth of mold. If you prefer to go natural, you can make a paste made of baking soda and water.

Shower

After a shower, it’s important to leave the door open in order to let the room breathe and combat humidity. Shower curtains should be washed once a month in order to stop mildew buildup. If your shower curtain is Nylon, it can be put in the washing machine to clean, while other materials can just be hand washed. To clean the shower head, scrub with an old toothbrush and a small amount of bleach or other disinfectants. This can be applied to any small nook and cranny in the bathroom.

Toilet

Toilets should be cleaned at least once a week, using a toilet brush and disinfecting cleaner.  Be sure to also clean the brush after each use, with a mixture or hot soapy water and bleach. The outside of the bowl can be wiped with an all-purpose cleaner, paying special attention to the flush, as this is one of the most common places bacteria lives in a bathroom.

Walls and Ceilings

Mold can also live on your walls and ceilings from moisture buildup after showers. Keeping windows open and fans going during showers can help with ventilation to discourage mold growth. If you do find mold, it can be sprayed with disinfectant. Let rest for a few minutes and then scrub away.

Contact Moldguys Restoration 

Sometimes we do all we can to keep our bathrooms clean, but mold growth still can happen. If your bathroom has become infested with mold, contact the experts at Moldguys Restoration. Fill out a contact form or give us a call today at 781-910-5029. 

 

 

The Dangers of Black Mold

Black mold tends to grow in damp, dark and humid places where moisture accumulates. Black mold can grow in both indoor and outdoor environments. Despite its name, black mold isn’t entirely black, but could also have a dark greenish hue. It develops a dark coloring when it’s mature. The infestation of black mold can be costly as well as dangerous because of the spores produced by the mold, especially for individuals with allergies or whose immune system is compromised. Black mold could become deadly if left to grow unrestrained. Take a look at some of the specific dangers of black mold.

What is Black Mold?

Black mold is a fungus and the most common species is Stachybotrys chartarum, known to produce mycotoxin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stachybotrys chartarum can grow on material with a high cellulose and low nitrogen content, including fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, dust and lint. The cause of the mold growth can be related to water damage, leaky pipes, condensation from an air conditioning system, excessive humidity or flooding.

Dangers Black Mold Pose

  • Travel Indoors: The last thing you want is for black mold to take up residence in your home, but sadly it can happen. The spores of black mold, which are the real danger, can migrate indoors from outside through open windows, doors, heating, air conditioning unit and ventilation. Spores can also attach themselves to pets, clothing and even people that carry the mold indoors. Once transferred in, the mold takes root in moist areas of your home, where it flourishes and later cause structural damage to the house.
  • Trigger Allergies: Black mold can cause an allergic reaction in individuals who are sensitive to the fungus. Exposure to black mold can cause an allergic reaction, with symptoms that can include stuffy nose, stomach pain, cough, diarrhea, wheezing, red or itchy eyes, or skin rashes. It may also trigger severe reactions such as fever and shortness of breath.
  • Development of Asthma: Asthma in children, in particular, has been linked to mold growing in the home, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). If a disturbed mold source in the home release spores into the air, then any occupant in the home, adults or children inhales or ingests, it could result in an allergic response like asthma. Asthma can cause problems with breathing and chest pain.
  • Opportunistic Infections: Black mold can cause specific health problems in people with a weakened immune system and not affect healthy people. Individuals receiving cancer treatment, organ or stem cell transplant patients, and people taking certain immune system-suppressant medicines are more susceptible to contracting mold-related infections.

Contact Moldguys Restoration 

If you find that black mold has begun to grow in your house, contact MoldGuys Restoration. We’ll get the job done right the first time with our highly trained mold remediation experts and professional service.

 

Preventing Mold in Your Attic

Unless you have a finished, functional attic, most people hardly ever venture up to this space in their home. You may go months at a time without visiting your attic, simply because you have no reason to. However, when you do finally make your way up the stairs to the dark, dingy place that is mostly used for storage, you may find an unpleasant surprise: Mold. With a wet, warm climate, your attic is an inviting place for mold to grow. It may not seem like a huge concern since you’re almost never up there, but don’t underestimate its ability to spread and damage some of your old treasured belongings that cannot be replaced. Taking action and doing routine inspections of your attic can prevent a mold problem from growing out of control.

Roof Issues

If you have a leaky roof, or have in the past, this is a common trigger for mold growth in the attic. Because it is not making an appearance or causing a problem anywhere else in your home, it could be months before a homeowner even notices the damage that has been done. To prevent mold from spreading all over your old pictures and valuables in the attic, perform regular inspection to detect roof leaks early, before it causes further damage.

Improper Ventilation

Although sealing off any vents during the winter to help lower your heating bill may seem like a good idea, you actually need sufficient ventilation to keep your attic cool in the winter time. Without ventilation, the warm air will get trapped in the attic with no place to escape. Because mold thrives in warm places, this is recipe for disaster. Check your soffits to make sure that they are not blocked with insulation, cutting off proper air ventilation.

Water Heaters and Furnaces

Many homes have their water heaters and furnaces installed in the attic. While this solution isn’t quite as simple as picking it up and moving it to a new location, you’ll want to have a professional look at it to make sure it is properly installed and there are no leaks. Routine inspections are a must if your water heaters and furnaces are in the attic, as any sort of moisture is mold’s best friend.

Ice Damming

If water is not being properly drained from your roof, it can freeze and leak into your home through the attic. Gutters should be cleaned at least twice per year to ensure they are working properly. Well-maintained gutters will prevent ice damming and the potential mold growth that could come as a result.

Contact Moldguys Restoration 

If you have come across the unfortunate sight of mold in your home, you’ll want to contact a professional immediately to address the situation. Contact the experts at Moldguys Restoration for quality service today!

Preventing Mold Growth

Finding mold in your home is never pleasant. Between its unsightly appearance, and the potential health hazards it can cause for you and your family, the word itself is probably enough to make you cringe. And sadly, mold has the ability to grow almost anywhere- on the carpet, floor, ceiling, paper, food, inside drywall, etc. Once it has made itself comfortable, it won’t be long before it starts multiplying. That is one of the reasons mold can be so intimidating- it spreads rapidly, and can be tricky to get rid of. The best thing we can do is to try to prevent the growth of mold altogether. The following tips can help to keep you and your home safe from mold.

  1. Keep It Dry:

    It may seem obvious, but this is one of the most crucial factors in keeping your home mold-free. When spills or leaks occur, try to tackle them right away, or at very least within 24-48 hours. After every shower, dry the floors and walls, as this is an optimal time for mold to start growing.  If there’s been any burst pipes or flooding in your home, you may even need to completely remove water-damaged carpets bedding and furniture if they cannot be dried. Additionally, don’t leave wet clothes in the washing machine for an extended period of time. Mold can spread quickly, so try to remove them promptly and when possible, hang outside to dry.  Mold thrives in damp areas, so try to eliminate any potential areas for it could root and spread.

  2. Ventilation:

    Without proper ventilation, some of our everyday domestic activities could be promoting mold growth in your home. Cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry could be sending an unwanted invitation to mold. You can offset this by using AC units and dehumidifiers in your home to reduce moisture. Opening a window or running an exhaust fan could also work just as well.

  3. Mold-resistant products:

    If you’re starting fresh by building a brand new home, or even renovating an old one, consider using mold-resistant products. Mold-resistant drywall is a good alternative to traditional drywall, as it is paperless. Instead, it is covered in fiberglass, making the service water resistant. This would be highly beneficial to use in rooms that typically acquire the most moisture such as your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and basement.

Contact Mold Guys Restoration

If you have found that mold has already made its way into your home, contact a professional. Mold Guys Restoration specializes in mold cleanup and remediation. Contact us today to learn more!

 

How to Help Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

While most home insurance policies cover water damage claims up to a specifically purchased limit, it’s easier to avoid the claims process entirely and do what you can to prevent water damage in the first place. Take a look at a few surefire suggestions for preventing water damage, read on!

Clean Your Gutters

Grab a ladder and check out your gutters the next time you have some a free afternoon on a nice day. If you see a lot of debris like leaves and sticks, there’s a good chance your gutters aren’t doing the job you installed them for. On rainy days, clogged gutters can send water coursing through your roof, basement, or home’s foundation, and cause some serious damage. Ensuring your gutters are clean is an easy way to prevent water damage being inflicted upon your home. If your home gutters are situated too high up on your home and you don’t feel safe inspecting them, contact a professional and have them take a look.

Avoid Unclogging Chemicals

Clogs can strike no matter how on top of being clean you are. Your first reaction is probably to head to the store, grab a chemical unclogging agent, and utilize it in unclogging your drain. However, those caustic chemicals can eat away at your pipes and cause problems for your plumbing system down the line. A good solution to this is using a drain snake to clear any clogs you may encounter. Not only are they inexpensive, but they can solve most clogs without ruining your pipes or giving you a reaction.

Avoid Pouring Grease Down Your Pipes

This is an easy one, but it does bear repeating. Please do not pour grease down your kitchen sink, regardless of if you follow up with a flush of hot or cold water. Grease will still congeal and cling to your pipes, which causes both blockage and damage. The best thing you can do with grease is keep it in a container and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens, you can easily toss it in the trash.

These are just a few easy ways you can prevent water damage to your home. If you’re currently struggling with water damage and would like the problem addressed, please contact the professionals here at Moldguys Restoration. You can reach us at 781-910-5029 or by filling out an online contact form.   

3 Signs Your Home May Have Water Damage

Much like mold, water damage can remain hidden for quite some time before making itself known. Sometimes, the problem can remain hidden for so long that the signs only present themselves once complete havoc has been wrought. However, there are some telltale warning signs to keep an eye out for when trying to spot water damage in your home or business. Read on!

Cupping Wood Floors

If the subfloor beneath your hardwood planks becomes wet, the planks will begin to cup and warp due to the moisture. If your home has a slab foundation, enough moisture can be sucked up by the foundation to completely destroy your nice wooden floors. This is a major warning sign, so if you spot your floors cupping you should speedily contact a professional water damage repair company. That way, they can address the problem before it gets much worse. If you catch the problem too late, you stand the chance of having to completely replace your hardwood floors.

Bubbling and/or Peeling Paint

If your plumbing pipes are situated close to your walls, peeling or bubbling paint can be a common warning sign of there being a leak present. If you notice the paint on your walls acting strangely, get in touch with the professionals. They can visit your home and utilize equipment to confirm if there is a leak or moisture problem behind your walls.

Increased Utility Bill

If you’ve noticed a steady increase in your water bill, you may have a leak on your hands. The thing about plumbing system leaks is that they can be tricky to spot and therefore remain undetected. If you’re not often venturing into your crawl spaces to take a look in between your walls, keep an eye on your water bill! A high water bill can be a clear indicator there is a leak present somewhere within your home.

No one wants to deal with water damage in their home or business. It can be expensive to get everything back on track and most people would like to avoid that kind of situation. If you recognize any of these signs in your home, get in touch with us here at Moldguys Restoration! You can reach us at 781-910-5029 or by filling out an online contact form.

3 Facts Everyone Should Know About Mold

When we talk about the dangers of mold, it can sometimes be hard to convey just how troublesome this growth is. Small amounts here and there in your bathroom that are swiftly dealt with aren’t going to pose a huge risk to your health. If you let it sit, however, and don’t address the problem, or experience a large flood and don’t properly clean the affected area afterward, you’re risking greater exposure to toxic mold. To further hit the ball home, let’s go over some things you really should know when it comes to this fungus.

1.) Mold Only Needs Between 24 & 48 Hours to Grow

In order for mold to grow, three things are required. First, it needs food. Good food for mold includes cardboard, wallpaper, leather, fabric, grout, painted walls, cement, ceiling tiles, insulation materials, and carpet. Next, an ideal temperature is necessary. For the most rapid growth, mold enjoys temps ranging from 41 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Last but not least, the key ingredient to proper mold growth is moisture. If moisture is present in combination with perfect temperature range and food, mold can grow very quickly.

2.) Mold Reduces Home Value

If mold is left unchecked, it will continue to grow as long as food, moisture, and temperatures remain adequate. The only true way to defeat mold is by tackling the moisture source and subsequently removing the materials contaminated with mold spores. Failing to adequately address the underlying causes of your mold problem will ultimately decrease your property value due to structural damage as mold will continue to plague the home.

3.) Most Folks Don’t Even Know the Mold Is There

The fickle thing about mold is that there can be so much of it, but it can have a real knack for remaining hidden for a good long while. It can be detected through smell and visual hints, or by knowing the flood history of the structure. One of the main indicators homeowners should be on the lookout for is a musty odor. It’s a huge indication you have a problem on your hands and should prompt you to identify the source of the problem. Some common areas to start looking include sink leaks in bathrooms and the kitchen, behind appliances, ceilings, and walls where water has leaked, window sills where condensation can accumulate, your basement, closets, and any crawl spaces.

Mold can be a pesky inconvenience or a full-blown problem. It’s important to understand just how troublesome it can be in order to act on the problem quickly as opposed to letting it linger. If you suspect you’re having mold trouble, check out your home in the locations listed about and see if you can spot a problem. Just because you don’t see anything, though, doesn’t mean nothing is there. If you have no luck with your visual search but still suspect there is an issue, contact us at Moldguys. You can reach us at either 781-910-5029 or 781-733-3675, or you can choose to fill out our online contact form.