Signs You May Need a Mold Inspection

water damage in basement

Mold is a subtle but irksome problem to have in your home. Not only can it be difficult to get rid of but it can be difficult to spot. While most mold is not of concern to your health, some molds, such as Black Mold is dangerous to your health. Although for most people, most mold is benign many people are allergic to mold.

Some signs mold may be making you sick are:
1) Respiratory Problems (especially if you have asthma)

2) Rashes / Irritated skin

3) nausea or vomiting

4) Coughing and sneezing

5) Chronic headaches and fatigue

Better yet don’t wait until you’re seeing your health go downhill to get your home inspected. There are other signs you can check for around your home without waiting to get sick from potential mold.

Mold loves to grow in humid, moist climates. These are the first places you should be checking. Check for white or black spots forming. Be careful not to inhale to closely to the substance as black mold can be dangerous. If you have any doubts whatsoever your best bet is to call a mold remediation expert.

If your located in Massachusetts and think you may have mold, contact us to schedule an inspection.

The Most Common Spots to Find Mold in Your Home

Mold is something that we come into contact with every day. Mold spores live in the air all around us, in public spaces, and in other homes we visit. Even knowing that it isn’t a pleasant thought to imagine mold in your own home. Mold in your home can lead to an increase in asthma and allergy symptoms, as well as coughing and wheezing even for those without asthma or allergies. Take a closer look at these places in your home to discover where the mold is lurking. 

Bathroom

Mold thrives in a warm and moist environment. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what your bathroom provides. Your bathroom can hold mold anywhere, but the shower is a common culprit. Check in between the tiles, around the faucet, and even on your shower curtain for signs of mold. You should also look out for damp walls and ceilings that give mold the perfect place to grow. Prevent mold in your bathroom by using the vent when you shower and keeping the door open whenever the bathroom isn’t in use. 

Kitchen

The kitchen is the second most wet place in the home. Under your sink is likely filled with a variety of cleaners and kitchen supplies, giving the mold the perfect place to grow without your knowledge. Clean out your cabinets and look for signs of mold, as well as any leaky pipes that give the mold the moisture it needs to grow. Your fridge and pantry can contain mold from expired food. To prevent moldy food, pay attention to expiration dates and clean out your fridge on a regular basis. Don’t forget about the food splatter in your microwave too! 

Basement

Basements are notoriously dark and damp places. You should inspect any pipes and drains in the basement for signs of mold. Around the foundation can be another common spot for mold if you have a leak that needs to be repaired. Older windows that hold condensation may cause mold to grow around the windowsill. To help prevent mold in the basement, use a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier will help pull the excess moisture out of the air and make it harder for mold to thrive. 

Contact us for Mold Remediation

If you find yourself overwhelmed by the mold in your home, it’s best to call an expert to come out and take a look. At Moldguys Restoration, we specialize in both commercial and residential mold removal services. Fill out an online contact form or give us a call today at 781-910-5029 to get started! 

Preventing Mold in the Summer

Living in New England, we’re all familiar with the hot and humid temperatures that summer brings. Although we wait all year long for the warmer months, unfortunately, there are some drawbacks that come along with it. The heat and humidity provide the perfect environment for mold to grow in your home. Being proactive and taking action to prevent mold from growing intially is key. After all, you want to enjoy the summer months while they’re here, not be dealing with a mold problem! Check out some of our top tips to keep your home mold-free this season.

Clean, Clean, Clean!

It may seem obvious, but keeping a clean home is one of the most important factors in heading off mold growth. Moisture is the primary element that mold needs to make itself at home; Excess water around the shower or tub, cooking oils left around the stove and on the counter, and dirt can all invite mold growth. Regular cleanings are an easy and effective way to prevent this.

Humidity

As mentioned earlier, moisture is the number one thing that mold needs in order to grow, and this includes humidity. In the summer, the humidity in the air is often extremely high. Therefore, it’s crucial to make sure the humidity levels in your home are controlled. Using fans in the kitchen and bathroom to remove moisture is a necessity. You should also wipe down any excess moisture on the walls or ceiling with a towel before mold has the opportunity to grow.

Control the Temperature  

The optimal temperature for mold to grow is between 77 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s common during the summer months for temperatures to reach above this threshold. Staying aware and controlling the temperature inside your home is crucial. Keeping your home in the low 70’s will not only keep you cool during heat waves but also assist in your efforts to prevent mold growth. 

Air Circulation

Keeping the air in your home flowing is also important. Keeping vents open, utilizing ceiling fans, and opening windows even in empty rooms, will help to have proper circulation. Attics and basements are two of the most popular spots for mold to grow, so be sure to keep a close eye on these areas especially in the summer. 

Contact Moldguys Restoration 

If you do find mold in your home this summer, it’s always best to call in the experts for professional mold removal services. We provide mold remediation services in Bridgewater, Nantucket, Plymouth, and beyond. Fill out an online contact form or give us a call today at 781-910-5029 to learn more. 

Beware of Mold When Buying a Foreclosed Home

As more homeowners fail to pay their mortgage, more foreclosed homes have appeared on the market, along with their hidden companion–mold. Research over recent years has shown mold to be one of the most dangerous forms of growth in your home. Foreclosed homes remain closed off and mold and mildew are able to find perfect breeding grounds as a result in nearly half of these homes. These homes are left for long periods of time without any electricity so there is nothing to combat water damage. The absence of ventilation and circulation means that all moisture is trapped inside, and ignored leaks and flood complications aid the toxigenic growth. Mold remediation is a must in these foreclosed homes, for safety reasons that could end in a lawsuit if not addressed.

Why Mold is so Common in Foreclosed Homes

Homes without owners turn into liabilities for realtors when mold begins to grow. Responses and foreclosure procedures frequently waste much more time than expected so houses wait for lengthy durations, contributing to the growth of the mold. Prices are set too high and banks seem to be in no hurry to finalize paperwork so homes are left abandoned during humid, baking months. It’s turned into a real issue and realtors have been forced to collectively work through the “epidemic.” Buyers are increasingly understanding the health risks associated with mold and are hesitant about moving into these properties. Persuading buyers is becoming a larger hassle and the last thing real estate owners want is to drive down the price of the property.

Temperatures inside the house go up despite changing weather and situation can become truly hazardous for consumers’ health. Banks are too busy to deal with each home and fraud paperwork has risen as a result. No matter how quick you make an offer as a buyer, the lengthy process allows for a full-fledged infestation regardless of how minimal the issue was initially. This only elongates the mold issue as houses remain empty, and eventually calls for more extreme measures like the replacement or removal of walls or floors.

The most fool-proof method of moving forward in a purchase of foreclosed property is to have the home thoroughly inspected by a trained professional. They will be able to inform you of any mold buildup and an nearly exact estimate of the costs you can expect to pay in order to resolve the issue. Then at least it’ll be in your hands whether or not a home’s discounted price is even worth the trouble.

Contact Moldguys Remediation 

If mold is found in these foreclosed homes, it’s crucial to have it removed quickly and efficiently to protect the health of potential homeowners. Contact the experts at Moldguys Restoration today. Fill out an online form or give us a call at 781-910-5029

Identifying Water Damage in the Basement

Water damage in the basement can be devastating, as it can damage the foundation of the home and lead to costly repairs. Therefore, the sooner you find and identify any areas of water leakage in your basement, the better. Investigating the source of the leak and assessing the damage immediately can save you in the long run. If you have any of the following warning signs, it is important to call in a professional to address the issue.

Visible Signs

There are a few relatively obvious and visible signs of water damage that any average person will notice. If paint or wallpaper starts peeling off the basement walls, that is a big red flag that there is moisture in the walls. When moisture builds up in the cement, it can cause it to flake and break apart, which then causes the paint or wallpaper to flake off as well.

If you have exposed basement walls, you can look at the cement and see if there is a white powdery substance coating the cement. This is a clear sign of water damage; However high the substance is on the wall, is how high the water has reached.

If you have finished walls that are painted, another thing to look for is discoloration. If there are patches of discoloration on the wall, the ceiling or the floor that can be a sure sign that water is seeping in and causing that color change. If a sign has become apparent, that means the water damage needs to be evaluated and addressed right away.

Damp, Musty Odor

Many basements have a specific odor to them that comes from being underground. However, if your basement smells damp or musty, that could be a sign of mold. Mold gives off a very distinct odor, and mold grows in areas where moisture has built up and been unable to drain or evaporate away. If you have visible signs of mold, that is another sign of water damage. Mold is also something that can be dangerous to your health and requires help from a mold remediation specialist.

Cracks

Many people assume some cracks are standard from the foundation settling, but large breaks or cracks near windows or doors can be a sign that water is getting in. If a crack is wider than a 16th of an inch that is a sign of a bigger problem and needs to be resolved before the crack gets any bigger. Cracks around windows or doors can be a sign that there isn’t a good seal and water is coming in.

Contact Moldguys Restoration 

Remember with any of these signs it is important to get a qualified professional to assess the damage and find the source of the water. If you find water damage in your basement in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Nantucket, and beyond, Moldguys Restoration is here to help! Fill out an online contact form or give us a call today at 781-910-5029! 

Women in the Field at Moldguys

As a family-owned business, Moldguys Restoration is proud to employ women in the field as an integral part of our services. In today’s society, it is unquestionable that equality in the workforce should be enforced. From the time of inception, this has been one of our strongest beliefs and values as a company. The exceptional women on our team take on any and all mold removal tasks that we are presented with. Check out the photo below of one of our female workers all suited up for an attic mold removal project. 

women doing attic mold removal

Contact Moldguys Restoration to Learn More 

At Moldguys Restoration, we aim to treat not only our employees but also clients with an equal level of respect. We are proud to be able to serve our community and address some of the biggest health threats and concerns in our local homes/buildings. If you find mold in your basement, attic, or any other area of your home, it’s always best to call in the professionals. We also provide water damage repair, and air duct cleaning to ensure you can breath easy in your home.  Although we’re located in Bridgewater, we also travel throughout the state to ensure your home is mold-free. Fill out a contact form or give us a call at 781-910-5029 to learn more! 

 

 

 

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.