House Mold Removal

September 6th, 2010   Filed Under Mold Removal  

Nobody wants to discover mold in their home. It’s a pain, no matter how you slice it. It can take forever to fix, it can be expensive, and your only other option is to live in a house that isn’t really healthy and ignore the problem. The only thing worse than mold is when you hire a house mold removal “expert” who is entirely unprofessional and you wind up paying more than you should and getting lesser service than you deserve.

House Mold Removal

House Mold Removal Photo by bittbox via Flickr

So how do you make sure you’re bring in a real, professional, qualified expert to deal with the problem? Well, it’s quite simple, really. Just follow these basic steps and you should have that mold gone in no time, and without spending more than you bought the house for.

Toss the Phone Book

Well, don’t throw it away, per se, as it can be quite handy in finding a great Chinese restaurant that delivers and it can be a big help if for some reason you forget the phone numbers of all of your local friends and family. But when it comes to hiring professionals, forget it. You wouldn’t hire a babysitter based on nothing but their ad in the Yellow Pages, would you? Of course not. You’d do the following, first-

Find Referrals

If you’re a lawyer, a mechanic, a plumber, a general contractor, a graphic artist, a house painter or, most importantly, a mold expert, then the first thing on your website is going to be referrals. No matter what line of service you’re in, if your job entails service rather than products, then referrals are the number one top form of advertising you want to use. Mold experts know this, and the ones with no referrals will try to skirt around that fact. What it comes down to is that the people who have referrals are people who have helped someone out at one point or other. “More referrals” doesn’t mean “more qualified”, it just means more business, maybe a more established name. But “no referrals” tends to mean “no qualifications”.

Shop Online

By looking on the web, you simply cast a wider net. You can find better quotes and estimates, you can find a wider variety of experts, meaning that you’re more likely to find one who’s qualified AND will work at reasonable rates. You can also check out customer reviews and, if you like, do a quick check on the person you’re hiring. They may or may not have been fired from a dozen jobs before this one on the grounds of utter incompetence, but with the web, you’ll now in minutes flat.

Talk To Them On The Phone

So you sent’em an email. Next step: Talk to them on the phone. You don’t have to grill them, but ask a few questions and see if you get straight answers. If they dance around every one, skip them. Maybe they’re qualified, but the fact is that you’re bringing them into your home to do a job, so you should be able to talk openly with them without being shut out or patronized.

Basement Mold Removal

August 29th, 2010   Filed Under Mold Removal  

Steps And Tips On Basement Mold Removal

No one wants mold or mildew in their home. It is very harmful to humans. Did you know that mold is the main cause of indoor allergies? The only perk that comes with basement mold is that the spiders, mice, and roaches won’t be looking around trying to find a nice, cozy place to call home under and around your home! Mold keeps them far away. Basement mold removal isn’t entirely easy, but it’s not extremely hard either.

Basement Mold Removal

Basement Mold Removal Photo by tigertwo via Flickr

Since mold and mildew go hand in hand, you probably have mildew in your basement as well. Before you jump the gun and pay money got someone to come clean up and fix everything, make sure it’s mold. There’s no worse feeling than paying a professional to come and fix something that’s not broken. Mold is most of the time white or black. Sometimes it’s a blueish-gray fuzzy spot. Mold can grow almost anywhere.

If you have anything in your basement that looks anything similar to what was previously described, then it may be a good idea to have someone come and take a look. Once you have called someone and made plans, you should clean your basement to the best of your ability. This won’t involve any scrubbing, just move your basement around so that you or the professional is able to get to the places where the mold is.

Next, you should be on the look-out for any leaking pipes. Also look for any cracks where rain and ground water are able to collect. If you are one of those people who would rather save every penny and fix everything yourself, that’s fine. The first thing you will need to do is fix all the cracks and leaking pipes. Fix them so that no moisture is able to get through.

After this, apply any kind of mold remover to the floors and walls. Make sure you clean the whole basement, even the places where mold isn’t visible. If there is carpet in the basement, decide whether you want to keep the carpet and clean it, or throw it out and get new carpet. You don’t have to go out and purchase any expensive, heavy duty equipment or cleaner. Hot soapy water will work just fine. Don’t forget to wear protective gear when cleaning!

You should use a disinfectant to get the musty smell out. Once the walls and floors are washed, you have to dry them. Dry them with a dry, clean cloth or towel. Now it’s time to turn on the dehumidifier. This will take all the moisture out of the room and leave it bone dry. Make sure the basement is completely dry before you decide to repaint or remodel anything. This is very important.

You may need to replace any insulation that was in the basement to make sure that you don’t put mold back into the basement. Be sure to check everything that you removed from the basement for mold and mildew. If you don’t, all that hard work will have been for nothing and mold will grow right back.

To make sure that mold and mildew don’t come back with a vengeance, dehumidify at least three or four times a month to keep your basement clean and dry. Depending upon where you live and the humidity, you may need to dehumidify more or less than three to four times a month.

Mold Test Kits: Their Importance And How To Use Them

May 20th, 2010   Filed Under Mold Removal  

Do you know that a home should always have mold test kits? This is because they can be extremely hazardous to health.

Mold Test Kits

Occasional molds are actually not a threat. However, if you do not know anything with them, they will multiply and thus can wreak havoc into your health. You will experience an increase of respiratory problem cases, especially when it comes to asthma and allergy attacks. Worse, there is a good chance that you will suffer from a lung disease later on in life.

Molds do metabolize, and when they do, they release volatile organic compounds into the air. You will know it because your surroundings will smell nasty. However, when inhaled, a person can develop problems in the eyes and lungs, as well as headaches, fatigue, nausea, and dizziness.

How the Molding Test Kit Works

You can ask a mold expert to take care of your problem, or you can simply purchase a mold test kit, which contains the testing films. This is what you are going to use to collect mold samples. You will also have your screening kit, which will tell you how to identify the kinds of molds you have and how to make use of the other components of the kit. It is also common to receive a set of instructions or detection guide.

There are a lot of places where molds can grow. These include the living rooms, bathrooms, carpets, garage, bedroom, basements, and attics. Places that tend to accumulate moisture such as your air-conditioning system may also be breeding grounds for molds.

The first step is to get your mold samples. You will have to use the films or the Petri dish to hold the fungi. It is advisable to conduct the test in different parts of your home and compare the molds you gathered at the same time.

Using your guide, you can then conduct a test and see which kinds of molds you have. The ones that you should be wary about are known as toxic molds. If they have been detected, the immediate step to take is to remove them. There are plenty of mold cleaners that you can use today. Nevertheless, you may still want to clean those areas that developed molds.

After cleaning, you can wait for at least a day and perform another test. This is to determine if you have removed all the molds during cleaning. As long as the results will provide you with positive results, you have to clean the areas.

You can purchase a mold test kits that comes with a monitoring system. It speeds up the work since it informs you once molds will start to develop. Before they propagate, you can already reduce or even eliminate them from your house.

You can also send the mold sample to a laboratory just to give you an idea of the kind of mold you have and its possible implications to your health. Moreover, you can take the necessary steps to remove them completely or prevent them from developing.

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September 7th, 2009   Filed Under Mold Removal  

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September 2nd, 2009   Filed Under Mold Removal  

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September 1st, 2009   Filed Under Mold Removal  

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