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Water Damage Assessment after Burst Pipes

With freezing temperatures in the winter months in the tri-state area, burst pipes are a common occurrence. Burst pipes lead to flooding, water damage, and could lead to mold growth. This is why a water damage assessment after burst pipes events are always recommended.

After any water event such as burst pipes in your home, the water should be removed along with any water-damaged materials and the affected area dried out within 24-48 hours to prevent this. We highly recommend contracting a restoration company immediately to perform material removal and dry out ASAP. Following this, a water damage assessment is recommended.

Water damage assessments include inspection of the affected area and collection of air quality mold samples to determine if the cleanup was done thoroughly and successfully. This assessment is important because a qualified professional knows what to look for that may not be right on the surface or visible to the naked untrained eye.

Homeowners insurance can be difficult to navigate, but generally, when there is water damage from a burst pipe, a detailed water damage report is required. HNST Mold Inspections performs water damage assessment and our report can help to detail the extent of the damage to your insurance company.

If your home as recently experienced water damage from a burst pipe, contact HNST Mold Inspections today for your water damage assessment. Knowing the extent of the damage and what to do to prevent your chances of mold growth in the home can help save you from future costly repairs and damage down the line.

 

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Tips for Maintaining your Dehumidifier

Having an excess of moisture in your home or workplace can increase the risk of mold growth. Dehumidifiers are a great solution for making sure moisture prone areas in your home are kept dry and to reduce the potential of mold growth. There are many types of dehumidifiers, but keeping them in good working shape is generally pretty much the same process no matter what brand or type you have.

Tips for Maintaining your Dehumidifier:

  1. Setting the Humidistat: Be sure to set the humidistat to a relative humidity of 45-50%. This is the optimal setting for allowing your dehumidifier to remove extra humidity from the air. If you’re unsure if your dehumidifier is doing its job, you can check the humidity of your room using a hygrometer which you can find at most home improvement stores.
  2. Regularly Clean Water Container: Check the manual for how often it is recommended to clean out your water container. It is suggested to occasionally wash out the water container with soap and water in order to further prevent the growth of mold or mildew in the container.
  3. Regularly Clean Air Intake/Exhaust Grille: Just as the water container can get dirty, so can the air intake and exhaust grilles. Clear away any dust and debris in order to allow your dehumidifier to perform optimally. Depending on conditions such as dust, pet hair/dander, and other particulars of your home, you may need to clean the grilles more often.
  4. Proper Placement: Be sure to check your manual for specifications on where to place the dehumidifier in the room of choice. Due to the air intake and exhaust, there will be specific recommendations on how far away from walls it should be placed. It is always recommended to place your dehumidifier on level ground.

With these simple tasks, you can be more comfortable knowing your dehumidifier is working optimally to reduce humidity in your home. This is the key to low mold and bacterial growth in your home. Luckily, most modern dehumidifiers are designed for easy cleaning with built-in tools like brushes. Also, the mineral deposits and build up that can happen over time are easier to remove before they turn in to a thick crust that requires scraping.

Winter Mold Allergies & Symptoms

Winter Mold Allergies & Symptoms

During the winter months, there is increased concern about mold growth in the home. Due to the fact that windows are mostly closed and the probability of condensation is high, mold growth is more possible due to the perfect conditions. For anyone with mold allergies, this means your symptoms are heightened and can make you feel sick. If you are an asthma sufferer, mold allergies could increase or trigger asthma symptoms and can lead to an asthma attack if not careful. Read on for more on winter mold allergies & symptoms. Read more

Happy New Year!

2018 is just about behind us and HNST Mold Inspections wants to take a moment to thank all of our customers that put their trust in us this year for their business. We look forward to providing the same, quality and professional work to our clients for 2019 and helping people to identify, protect and be on the road to the removal of mold in their home or business.

We hope that you and your family enjoy a happy and healthy 2019! When it comes to mold inspection, ensuring that you are healthy this year is quite important to our business. Identifying and preventing mold issues in your home or business are a great start to allowing your family to enjoy the healthiest year that they can.

HNST Mold Inspections provides services including the following:

  • Mold Investigation
  • Water Damage Assessment
  • Mold Inspection
  • VOC & Indoor Air Quality Sampling
  • Environmental Mold Index Testing
  • Allergen Testing

For any of these needs, we hope you will consider HNST Mold Inspection in 2019 and beyond. Contact us today! We service New York and New Jersey.

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Experiencing an unexpected water event in your home is a problem no homeowner looks forward to dealing with. Either from a flood, leaks in the roof, or a burst pipe, water damage always seems to cause a heap of trouble. Not only does water damage cause integrity issues with the structure of your home such as construction material, but it can also ruin your furniture, carpeting and other items in your household. As if that wasn’t enough, it can also be the beginning of a mold issue as mold grows quickly when given wet conditions. How quickly does mold grow after water damage? Read more

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Mold Testing vs Mold Inspection

At HNST Mold Inspections, we offer different services depending on our customer’s needs and requirements. One question we get a lot is about the difference between mold testing and mold inspection. Read on for the main differences between the two, so that you can determine which service you’re really looking for. Read more

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Is your Home Inspector qualified to do the job?

Congratulations! You’re in the process of buying a new home if you’ve landed yourself here, probably trying to find a home inspector and wondering what qualifications to look for. For a first time home buyer this is probably a very confusing process for you, heck, even second-time homebuyers go through stress. Read on for why it’s important to know if your home inspector is qualified and experienced to not only identify mold on an inspection but also be able to identify risk potential for mold.

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If you have a suspicion that there is mold in your home or office, you may be researching mold testing, which has brought you here. Welcome! Here at HNST Mold Inspection, information is provided to readers to help them navigate through the confusing and sometimes scary world that mold can be. Let us help you understand how mold testing and inspection work. Read more

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Mold In Schools

Perhaps you’ve seen the following stories on the news:

Mold is being found in schools all over the New York area and it seems that it’s becoming a wider problem than most of the public even knows. Of course, parents worry about sending their kids to school for a variety of reasons, but should they have to worry about Mold? Read more