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. 

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 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.

Tips for Beating Mold and Mildew Before They Start

Mold pops up seemingly out of nowhere. Under the right conditions, it can begin growing in as little as 24 to 48 hours. You won’t have a full-scale problem on your hands right away, but wait long enough and you’ll be wishing you had been a bit more proactive on keeping mold at bay in the first place. Luckily for you, we have some suggestions on how to get the jump on mildew and mold before they ensnare your home in their clutches.

Increase Air Circulation While Reducing Humidity

One of the cheapest ways to do this is simply opening your windows or turning on a fan or two. Although, opening up the windows is likely not an option now that the cold weather has arrived. If you have a bathroom window, however, there is no harm in throwing it open when you take your morning shower in order to prevent moisture from building up in the bathroom. In times of cold weather, consider purchasing a dehumidifier to help reduce overall moisture inside of your living space. If you can, purchase one with digital readings so you can actively keep indoor humidity below 40%.

Quickly Repair Any Leaks

Since mold and mildew grow at a relatively rapid pace, attend to any leaks your home may have. The longer a leak is left unrepaired, the more likely you are to be dealing with the fallout of the mold and damage that comes along with an unattended leak. Fixing the leak as soon as you notice it will only save you time and money in the long run.

Keep Entryway Floors Dry During Wet Weather

While it’s not great to have wall-to-wall carpet, or sections of carpet, in your entryway, you might not have a choice if you’re currently renting your property. If you have carpet up to your door, be sure to vacuum the area regularly when the weather is wet. Regularly inspect carpeted entryways for signs of mold by the baseboards or wherever the carpet meets the wall.

These are a few ways you can help mitigate mold growth in your home. Try them out and you should notice an improvement in areas where you have noticed light to moderate mold activity. If you appear to have a larger problem on your hands than you thought, don’t hesitate to contact us at 781-910-5029 or 781-733-3675. You can also fill out our online contact form!   

Understanding the Mold Removal Process

Discovering extensive mildew or fungus growth within your home or business can be pretty disheartening, not to mention stressful. After all, mold can pose some serious risks to your health if left ignored, in addition to decreasing the overall value of your property. If you’re trying to sell your home but have been battling persistent mold growth, making the sale is likely going to be quite difficult. Mold can give your home a noxious odor that can require significant deodorization, which is another factor that definitely isn’t playing in your favor. With all of these negatives, it’s a wonder people allow mold growth to get out of hand in the first place. But, it happens all the time and that’s why the professionals have to be called in. Let’s take a deeper look into the removal process…

Step One: Mold Testing

While you might think the only testing required for mold growth is spotting it, that is not the case. Just because you see it does not mean testing is not required. Also, what you might not know is that when you test for mold, experts can determine where all areas of mold growth are located throughout the structure. They can also pinpoint what kind of mold is being dealt with. Testing ensures all areas are targeted when moving forward with the remediation process.

Step Two: Mold Removal

Next, the areas impacted by mold must be contained. Spores from the mold can float around in the air once dislodged, which can then lead to new areas of mold growth depending where the spores settle. To keep this from occurring, air vents and other entry points are completely sealed off. The removal team will then kill the mold in its place before moving forward with removing the surfaces with growth on them. The mold has been officially dealt with once the crew has removed all contaminated materials from the building. The deodorization process then takes place due to the pungent musty odor left behind.

Step Three: Restoration

Since some parts of your home or business will have to be taken out during the mold removal process, restoration work must be performed. Your hired professional crew will go through and replace all missing materials using only quality supplies. Some mold removal companies do not offer restoration services, so you may potentially have to hire a third party for this part of the process.     

 

Mold is quite common, so don’t feel ashamed if your home or business is stricken with a major growth issue. The moment you spot signs of a serious problem, get in touch with Mold Guys Restoration. We’ll get rid of the mold fast and get you back on track. Call us at 781-910-5029, or fill out an online contact form!

4 Strategies to Help Prevent Basement Mold

Mold is a common problem in basements, especially those that are dark and damp. Mold itself is a fungus that grows quickly in humid, moist conditions. The problem is that once mold establishes itself in your basement, it is incredibly hard to get rid of. The presence of mold causes a slew of health problems that include asthma, congestions, infections, allergies, and rashes to name a few. So, we’re here to provide you with some pointers on how to prevent mold in your basement.

1.) Monitor Humidity Levels

A basement with high levels of humidity provides the perfect environment for mold to grow. To help mitigate this, you have to ensure the humidity levels in your home are within acceptable levels. To determine the humidity level of your home, use a hygrometer. If the humidity level reads 45% or more, your basement is highly conducive to mold growth.

2.) Ensure that Water is Directed Away from Your Home

The boundary surrounding your home has to be sloped in a way so that when snow and rain fall, their runoff is directed away from the house. If your boundary is not sloped, moisture can begin to pool around your home which leads to increased moisture and leaking problems. In scenarios like these, mold growth is practically inevitable.

3.) De-clutter Your Basement

Having too many objects in storage in your basement can block air flow and reduce ventilation. Also, keep in mind that stored clothing and books are food for mold and mildew. Everyone’s basement is formatted differently, so try your best to store books and clothing in a place where they don’t have direct contact with the walls or floor.

4.) Use a Dehumidifier

If you have high moisture levels in your basement, it’s in your best interest to purchase a quality dehumidifier. Not only will it help alleviate your initial problem, but it will continuously keep humidity levels in check throughout your basement.

5.) Remove Humidifying Factors

Word to the wise, be sure all of your basement appliances, like your dryer for example, exhaust outside of your basement. If all of the dryer air is venting into the basement, humidity levels can rise very quickly. Try to steer away from carpet and wood floorings within your basement too. If one of these floor types is in your basement, do your best to replace them.

These are just a few of the methods you can employ when fighting basement mold. Do your research and see what works best for your situation. If your basement mold problem has gotten entirely out of hand, Moldguys is here to help! Call us at 781-910-5029, or fill out our online contact form!

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. 

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      Black Mold Growth on a Wall
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              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!

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 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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