Best Blog Posts 2017

Our Top Blog Posts of 2017

Believe it or not, the new year is right around the corner. We’ve been working hard to give you valuable content through our blog this year in hopes to help you understand mold and make the process of dealing with it as easy as possible. We are looking forward to 2018 and bringing you more valuable content with more blogs! For now, let’s look back at our top 5 most viewed blog posts of 2017. Share with us which blog post was your favorite by heading to our facebook pageRead more

Homeowners insurance

Does Your Homeowners Insurance Cover Mold?

Most of us are grossed out by the fact that mold can grow inside of our homes, and would like to forget it exists altogether, however in the case of mold ignorance is not bliss. Any issue involving mold as the problem needs to be faced head-on. We’ve already given you tips in our previous blogs on Controlling Moisture – Reducing Mold Risk  but, if you already have a mold problem in your home, you should know what that means and if your homeowner’s insurance plan can help you recover the cost of mold remediation.  Read more

Water Damage Assessment

Water Damage Assessments for Rainwater Damage

With the multitude of tropical storms and natural weather events of record proportion, many are dealing with excess rainwater. Areas around some of the hardest hit places are not suffering from flooding, but from the rain that the storms bring with them. Rainwater can be damaging, just think of all of the water that falls at once. The quicker it falls, the more rain that accumulates and the more rainwater damage you can see as a result. That’s why it’s important to secure your home by checking the roof for leaks, doors, and windows for proper installation and sealing and the perimeter of your home for problem areas.

If your home has been lucky enough to avoid rainwater damage or moisture issues, you may think you’re safe. However, with the increase in unprecedented natural weather events across the country, it’s important to double check your property and make sure you are protected as best as you can be now. The system that you already have in place around your home, draining away from the house can become overwhelmed if more than usual amounts of rain come your way.

 

Moisture in your home from rainwater can, of course, cause mold to grow. This is why we urge homeowners to see the importance in updating and repairing drainage systems around the home. Focusing any drains at aiming rainwater away from the foundation of the home, fixing leaks in the roof and replacing leaking or moisture prone windows.

To protect your home from rainwater:

  1. Check to see if the ground slopes away from the foundation of your home. If you already know the ground is sloping towards your home, consider installing a trench to drain it
  2. Add extensions to the gutter downspouts, this helps to direct the water away from the foundation of the home
  3. Create openings on the border of flowerbeds to help the soil drain away from the house
  4. Keep roofs and gutters clear of debris
  5. Dig a Trench that extends to the lowest point of your property. Line the high end of this trench with some filter fabric and then fill with gravel or rock. This way the water will get filtered before clogging the drain.
  6. Hire a professional or if you’re handy build a Dry Well in the ground to fill with gravel or crushed stone. If you have a home that puddles or has a big pool of water after rainfall, this is a great idea to act as a makeshift drain to return the water to the ground
  7. After a thorough check, if you see an area of concern, hire a professional for a water damage assessment

These are some beginner tips to prevent moisture from getting into the home. If you already have a small leak or a problem that has been on your list to fix, make it your priority. Dealing with mold due to moisture in your home is a much larger and more hazardous problem in the long run. We’ve gotten very lucky in New York and New Jersey to have only been affected by rain as a result of these terrible stormes plaguing so many countries, and have only received a moderate amount of rain. Call us today for a water damage assessment to check protect your home now from moisture problems such as mold in the future.

Moisture, mold

Whats the deal with mold anyway?

This time of year, you may be hearing a lot about mold. It’s mentioned on the DIY channels, in home improvement magazines and you may have even noticed some in your home.  Anyone who’s experienced a mold issue knows that this is the time of year where you should check your home for issues. Moisture issues, water leaks or wet basements should all be inspected for and attended to before winter comes to prevent mold growth.  In the age of information at our fingertips, many find it hard to find the fast facts on mold and that leaves people wondering: Read more

Reliable Mold Inspections NY

Reliable Mold Inspections in New York

When you find yourself in a situation where Mold was found in your home, it can be stressful to find a reliable company to inspect your mold issue and guide you through remediation. Unfortunately, there are some companies out there using clients in their time of need by price gouging, suggesting work (to be performed by them, of course) that is not necessary, and plain old taking advantage.  Read more

Mold In the News

Mold In The News

Welcome to another installment of Mold in the news! A story from usnews.com hits home this week as children (and parents) prepare to go back to school with reports of Mold found in schools that had mold issues the previous year. While many may rush to judgment on the school system, it’s important to note that this year, the same school district voluntarily re-tested to ensure schools will be able to open on time this year and pose no health threat to the children and staff. One report suggests that the culprit is an old heating/ventilation system that is not properly removing moisture from the air.  Read more

New York NYS Licensed Mold Assessor

NYS Licensed Mold Assessor Responsibilities

Finding mold in your home or place of work can leave you asking yourself many questions, among the first is “who do I call?”. Many business or homeowners find themselves going online for help and even after help from Google may have questions about the new legalities revolving mold assessment, inspection, and remediation that went into place on January 1st, 2016. These new laws help to further establish responsibilities of NYS Licensed Mold Assessors as well as NYS Licensed Remediation Contractors and protect consumers. For more information on the law, check out our blog post-New York State Mold Bill January 1, 2016 Read more

mold in your basement

Is there Mold in your Basement?

The basement is a dark, generally unventilated and moisture laden area of most homes. In basements, floods happen, pipes are prone to leakage, humidity is usually uncontrolled and air flow is stagnant. These conditions are just perfect for mold to originate and proliferate, in fact, the basement is one of the most common places to find mold.

Although you may run down the stairs to throw in a load of laundry, grab totes out of storage or move unused household items down for storage, how much time do you really spend in your basement? Now is the time to do so, the summer is rapidly heating up, and with all of the rain that Northern New Jersey has been experiencing lately, you should really go do a moisture check in the basement.

WHAT TO CHECK FOR:

  • Go down into your basement and turn on the lights, check for visible mold.
  • Do the smell check! Check for that initial mildew smell when you open the door.
  • Look closely at any plumbing and the materials around it, are they wet or discolored

If you already can see mold in your basement on the walls or carpet, you can bet there is more to be found. For all of the health risks that mold can cause, you want to make sure that you do something now to stop and prevent mold growth in your basement. Although there are many DIY mold killers on the internet, from vinegar to bleach and hydrogen peroxide to boric acid, you should know that all molds are not created equal. These harmful ingredients can also be dangerous to work with both on contact and when inhaled.

Our recommendation is that you find a trusted professional to deal with the problem. Our mold inspection team will inspect and locate the cause or causes of the mold development and can advise on how to best mitigate and whom to call to remove it.

Don’t attempt to take on your basement mold by yourself, employ a professional to test and locate the mold. Call us today for a quote in New York at (845) 215-9258 or in New Jersey at (201)733-0091.

Allergies?

Allergies? Consider Allergen Testing

You’re hearing it everywhere and from everyone, this allergy season is terrible! When a bad allergy season arrives, sufferers choose to stay inside away from the allergens that trigger their symptoms. What if your symptoms don’t go away when you are “safely inside?” It could mean that there are allergens inside your home triggering your symptoms. While it may be dust, dander or other allergens triggering you, it can also be Mold.  Read more

vacation home

Checking for Mold in Your Vacation Home

July is here and the first weekend we have in the 80s in New Jersey is upon us. Many will be heading to their vacation home, shore home or cottages. As a mold inspector, I can’t stress how big of a problem mold can be in vacation homes. It is important that the public is aware of what to look for and how to prevent it.

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