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!

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

Preventing Mold From Growing in Your AC

air conditionersNow that we are in the dog days of summer, many of you may be reaching to turn up the AC and get some relief from the heat. But that cool air can be carrying more that you may know. In fact, if your air condition contains mold, mold can be spreading throughout the house every time you turn your AC on.

The damp air from the air conditioner system combined with dust and debris that get past the air filter begin to accumulate inside the air handler blower and through the duct system of the air conditioner which provides a breeding ground for mold. Once mold starts growing on your air conditioner it is crucial it is removed immediately.

Mold can be found virtually anywhere is a home but when the mold is in the air conditioning system it can be particularly problematic. Microscopic mold spores become airborne when air blows through the ducts and are dispersed throughout the home, where it is easily inhaled by everyone in your family. Children and the elderly are most susceptible to mold-related illnesses, but mold can cause health problems with almost anyone.

This is why it is important to prevent air conditioning mold, to begin with. One way to do so is by keeping your air conditioning ducts free of dirt and other debris which can help reduce the likelihood of mold growth. Mold feeds on organic matter such as dust, so by taking that away you are taking away molds food source to grow. Mold also needs water in order to grow, condensation inside air conditioner ducts often provides enough moisture for mold to thrive. In order to prevent this make sure there is not and standing water inside your air condition ducts, if there is this may mean you need to have your system serviced.

You should check your air conditioning ducts for mold on a regular basis, or if you have mold growing in other areas of your home or begin to smell a musty odor in your home. If you do find mold or suspect that there is mold in your air conditioning system don’t wait, call the professionals at Moldguys Restoration to remove it today. Mold in your air conditions can spread quickly throughout your home and into your family members lungs so don’t wait, call us today!

Mold Growing in Flooded Basement

If you have ever had your basement flooded you could be dealing with more than just water damage. For anyone who has had to pump water from a flooded basement (a not uncommon occurrence in this area) should also know about the potentially lingering problem that can cause serious health issues… mold.

Even if your flood was small, your basement is still at risk for becoming a breeding ground for mold spores. Mold can grow in just one inch of water. As long as there is enough humidity inside, mold spores can attach to surfaces and begin to grow. Mold spores can attach to almost anything, from drywall to carpeting.

Mold can be harmful to your health and those health effects can be even worse if you are allergic to it. Mold spores can become airborne and irritate eyes, nose, skin and airways. Mold will start to grow in a damp area of your basement and eventually release loads of spores tiny enough to float in the air. You can then inhales these airborne spores which can lead to serious health problems.

Flooded basements are among one of the most common reasons mold begins to grow in your home. If your basement floods the most important thing is to take action quickly. Drying out damp areas in 24-48 hours is important to help prevent mold from growing. The longer mold gets warm humid conditions the more real estate it can take over and the more spores it can eventually release into your home.

Moldguys Restoration specialized in the remediation and removal of mold from your home. We also specialize in water damage repair to help prevent mold growth before it happens. Moldguys has the experience and knowledge so you can breathe easier knowing you home and the basement are mold free.

In fact, check out one of our latest jobs in Norton MA. We removed mold and mushrooms from the basement of a home. The basement had mushrooms growing on the walls, so in order to remove these, we used a grinder, as well as wire and brushed the walls. We then used a HEPA VAC on the walls to ensure all traces of mold spores were gone. Finally, we encapsulated the walls with Fiberlock 6,000 (mold paint) to help prevent mold from growing in the future. Check out photos from this job here.

If your basement has recently flooded or you suspect mold in your basement don’t wait, call the trusted professionals at Moldguys restoration today!

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Does Air Duct Cleaning Save Energy?

Air Ducts require regular maintenance and proper care to help ensure good operation and longer equipment life. It is important to clean your HVAC system on a regular basis to keep them dust, dirt and mold free. By cleaning your system regularly there is a much greater chance that it will operate more efficiently.

Cleaning your air ducts can remove dust or large obstructions in your ductwork. With less obstruction in your air ducts, it is easier for the air to flow through you home and deliver the air to your home’s living spaces. Any major blockage that is created in your air ducts can hamper your air flow and mean higher energy costs down the road.

Some things to watch for to tell if you need to get your air ducts clean include…

Insect bodies or rodent droppings: If you notice insects or rodent droppings in your air ducts that is a good sign they should be cleaned. Having insect bodies or rodent droppings in your ducts can result in them circulating in the air in your home but it could also be a sign insects have nested in your air ducts.

Mold Infestation: If you begin to notice a moldy or musty smell coming from your air ducts you may want to have an HVAC technician inspect your air ducts, they could have mold in them. Mold can develop when moisture gets trapped and could be damaging to your overall HVAC system.

Duct Obstructions: if you notice that your HVAC ductwork in your home has a lot of dust or debris it may be a sign it is time to clean out your ducts.

Cleaning your is not only important to your health it can also save you energy. To schedule your next air duct cleaning contact Moldguys restoration at (781) 910-5029 today!

Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned Before Summer

Memorial Day Weekend is often viewed at the official start of summer and with temperatures reaching near 90 degrees over the weekend there is no denying summer is here! That means it is time to start turning on your AC to beat the fast approaching heat. But if you haven’t cleaned out your air ducts you may be in for a not so pleasant surprise when you switch on your AC this summer.

If you haven’t used your air ducts in some time, dust, dirt and other allergens can settle throughout them and when you flip that switch to cool down they could blow all that dust and dirt straight into your home and lungs. Not only can cleaning out your air ducts help improve the health of your family it can also help improve the efficiency of your unit. A good cleaning can yield long-term energy savings allowing you to use less heat or AC because air is able to travel more freely throughout your air ducts, In fact, dirty coils and blowers in commercial buildings can cut efficiency by as much as 40 percent.

In extreme cases, your air ducts could be so backed up that your AC won’t even turn on or it will turn on but it won’t feel like anything is coming out of the ducts. This is because your dirt and dust restrict air flow if the blower fan or motor can’t turn because of dirt or the air filter is clogged with dust, then the system can’t effectively circulate that properly cooled air throughout your home. This will result in your HVAC system running longer and using more energy.

You don’t want to wait until it’s time to turn on your AC to find out they need to be cleaned. Contact the Air Duct cleaning professionals at Moldguys Restoration today to get your home and AC ready for summer with a thorough air ducts cleaning.

Spring Air Duct Cleaning

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Spring is here and the perfect time to clean out your home. But no matter how much you scrub if your air ducts are dirty you will never get the crisp clean home you want. Air ducts and vents are often overlooked when it comes to spring cleaning. Not only could your dirty air ducts be spewing dust and allergens back into your home they could be affecting the overall air quality.
Spring is also the time when many people suffer from allergies, and duct work plays an important role improving the indoor air quality of your home and making it easier for those who suffer from allergies asthma or other respiratory conditions. By cleaning out your air ducts this spring you are cleaning the air of dust debris pet hair and anything else that can get stuck in your vents then pushed back into your home. Regular cleaning of your Air ducts and HVAC system also allows your system to run more efficiently which allows for it to last longer and saves you money.

Now is the perfect time to schedule your Air Duct and HVAC cleaning! Breathe in that fresh spring air throughout your home and check one more thing off your spring cleaning to-do list. And now Moldguys Restoration is offering a Spring Air Duct Cleaning Special! Save $150 on air ducts when you book now through May 6th! You get 10-12 Vents and 1 AHU for only $350. Contact Moldguys Restoration today to book yours before it’s too late!