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

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.

dehumidifier

Humidity is rising

From Monticello to Poughkeepsie the humidity is rising, hot humid days are here and not going anywhere soon. Many are booting up their dehumidifiers for some relief in the home from excessive humidity. Increased humidity can lead to an optimal mold growth environment in your home. Use of a dehumidifier can help to reduce moisture and prevent mold growth. Dehumidifiers while extremely helpful, can pose a mold risk themselves when not cared for properly which many people do not realize. See below for our tips on reducing moisture and using a dehumidifier properly in order to reduce the risk of mold growth in the home.

  • Neglected dehumidifiers can be a source of mold and spread mold spores, keep them clean and keep up with regular maintenance suggested by the manufacturer of your dehumidifier in the instruction manual
  • Use a dehumidifier in any area of the home that is prone to moisture (i.e. Basement, crawlspace)
  • Empty and clean the reservoir regularly with hot soapy water – a dirty reservoir can be a breeding grounds for mold.
  • Purchase a hygrometer to measure the level of relative humidity in your home, strive to keep it between 50-55%, check relative humidity in all rooms and levels of the home or building
  • If you notice an area is particularly moist or wet, use the dehumidifier in that area within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth and keep an eye on that area

We hope that these tips help you to properly use your dehumidifier this summer and protect you against mold growth and exposure. No matter how hard we try sometimes mold happens! That is why we are here for you if you have discovered mold in your home or suspect it may be a culprit of your allergies, call us today for your mold inspection.

Mold In the News

In the News! Mold photos go viral

If you are an avid social media user, there is no doubt you saw the alleged pictures of mold spreading throughout a barracks at Fort Gordon, GA. While we cannot confirm that these pictures are in fact true of the claims, we love when mold hits the headlines so that we can further educate the public on what a true health concern it is. Click here for the story.

The alleged photos show mold on a chair, on the sink, on a pool table, pillow case and the ceiling! Mold can grow ANYWHERE is the important lesson here. The soldier who claims the room is covered in mold stated that the room was bleached, but that the mold came back after a few days. This is a huge point we like to address; bleach does not always kill mold! Once the mold has become visible and spread to multiple places, especially in this case, bleach and at home treatments won’t do the job.

This story stands out to the public as we always worry about the health effects of anyone exposed to mold. When exposure is directly related to chronic health problems that can be prevented, it makes everyone take a second look.

The facts are this; a mold problem needs to be dealt with immediately at the first sign. At home mold treatments, DIY treatments, and bleach are not necessarily going to completely get rid of your problem. There are a lot of other things at play when talking about the growth of mold including humidity, temperature and type. It is important to realize that there are times where an expert is needed and to get the help you need with serious problems fast.

We at HNST Mold Inspections pride ourselves on the principles of honesty and integrity. This means we always provide independent, non-biased opinions and solutions to our clients. If you have a mold problem, contact the experts at HNST Mold Inspection today.

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Top Ten List: What you should know about Mold

There is so much information on the internet about mold, many suggestions for how to get rid of it in the home, and even more information about companies that will inspect and abate your mold problem. If you’re looking for just the facts in your search, you came to the right place. Below is our top ten list of what you should know about mold.

  1. There are many potential adverse health effects as well as symptoms that can be associated with exposure to mold. These include, but are not limited to asthma, allergic reactions, upper respiratory complaints and coughing.
  2. Mold lives as spores, which get released into the air, and circulate in their environment.
  3. In order to control or prevent mold growth, sources of moisture must be eliminated
  4. Controlling humidity can prevent mold from growing. Increase the ventilation in your home, especially in the bathroom or any other area prone to moisture.
  5. There is no limit to where mold can grow. Don’t assume that certain materials can’t grow mold. As long as there is moisture on a surface, there can be mold.
  6. Rugs or carpets should not be installed in places like the bathroom or the basement if there is ability for moisture in the area.
  7. Insulating your home can help to prevent condensation on pipes, windows etc.
  8. Cleaning mold off of a hard surface that is non-porous may be obtainable. Yet, if there is a porous surface, it is better off being replaced.
  9. Timing is everything, if you have had a flood or water event in your home or business, it is important to dry the materials within 48 hours to prevent mold from growing.
  10. Let the experts do their job. If mold is a problem in the home, it is important to get someone that has knowledge and experience in the field in order to investigate and possibly abate the problem.

For more information about mold inspection, please visit our Mold Inspection page. Remember, it is important to act right away if mold is suspected in the home. Contact us today and get your inspection underway.