Signs You May Need a Mold Inspection

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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. 

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! 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

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.

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

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

basement

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

Remove objects from the flooded area that are not wet

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

Removal of flood water

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

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

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

Post-Flood 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Recent Office Mold Remediation in Newton, MA

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

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

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

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

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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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