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How to Check, Clean and Prevent Mold in the Laundry Room

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Mold Guide, News | 0 comments

How to Check, Clean and Prevent Mold in the Laundry Room

The presence of mold in the laundry room shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to anyone. Mold needs moisture to grow, and there’s a great deal of it involved in cleaning clothes. Dirty laundry doesn’t always equal dry laundry; we all remember Mom yelling about wet towels in the hamper. She was concerned about mold growth! It’s easy to forget a load of laundry in the washer overnight (or longer) with extremely busy schedules. Washing machines and dryers are often kept in basements, a prime location for mold growth in homes due to increased...

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Benefits of Hiring A Water Damage Restoration Company

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Benefits of Hiring A Water Damage Restoration Company

Benefits of Hiring A Water Damage Restoration Company

Water damage may be the most common form of property damage, but nobody likes to deal with it. Whether it comes from a leaking pipe, a heavy rainstorm, or a hurricane, water causes a great deal of damage to both building materials and furnishings, and it will continue to wreak havoc until it’s removed. This is one job it’s better to leave to a water damage restoration company, for a variety of reasons. Finding Hidden Water Damage & the Leak Source Sometimes it’s easy to find the source of excess water in your home; if a hurricane took off...

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Summer Nor’easter Leads to Serious Mold Concerns

Posted by on Aug 4, 2017 in Mold Guide, News | Comments Off on Summer Nor’easter Leads to Serious Mold Concerns

Summer Nor’easter Leads to Serious Mold Concerns

Last weekend, the DC metro area saw heavy rainfall from the unseasonal “Nor’easter” that led to flooding in many areas. In some locations, or entire neighborhoods, power outages were common and rising water levels closed access to main roads. Many residents were away on vacation or caught unaware of basement flooding until days later. Homeowners and property management are now left dealing with the aftermath of the torrential rains. ServiceMaster NCR (SMNCR), headquartered in Alexandria, VA, has been busy responding to area-wide water damage...

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Toxic Mold

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Mold Guide, News | Comments Off on Toxic Mold

Toxic Mold

Is Your Wallpaper Making You Sick? A recent study was published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology that wallpaper may contribute to “Sick Building Syndrome”.  An estimated 40 percent of American buildings, including at least 25 percent or more of all homes, are believed to be affected by toxic mold.  The study discovered three types of fungi living in household wallpaper that produce mycotoxins that are quite toxic when released into the air; Penicillium brevicompactum, Aspergillus versicolor and Stachybotrys chartarum. NBC News...

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What Is the Difference Between Mold and Mildew?

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Mold Guide, News | Comments Off on What Is the Difference Between Mold and Mildew?

What Is the Difference Between Mold and Mildew?

Mold and mildew are used so interchangeably in everyday speaking and in advertising that it’s easy to think they’re the same thing. They both grow in warm, damp places and can grow on almost any type of surface. Everyone has seen moldy bread on the counter or mildew on a shower curtain. In the battle of mold vs. mildew, there are no winners and the losers are people everywhere. There are a few important differences between mold and mildew that everyone should know. What Is Mold? According to the Centers for Disease Control, mold is a type of...

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Dangerous Effects of Mold on Children

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Mold Guide, News | Comments Off on Dangerous Effects of Mold on Children

Dangerous Effects of Mold on Children

Mold allergy symptoms Mold allergy symptoms make anyone feel miserable, but children can suffer the most from the dangerous health effects of mold. The allergies often mimic the symptoms of a cold or hay fever, so they’re difficult to diagnose properly. However, if someone in your home has been experiencing these symptoms for an extended period of time without relief, a mold allergy may be the culprit: • Shortness of breath • Wheezing • Runny nose • Sore throat • Sneezing • Nasal congestion • Coughing • Worsening of asthma symptoms Black mold...

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10 Tips for Reducing Mold Allergies

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Mold Guide, News | Comments Off on 10 Tips for Reducing Mold Allergies

10 Tips for Reducing Mold Allergies

Mold grows quickly and usually without notice because the spores are everywhere in the air, just looking for moisture and food. Once mold forms, those who are exposed could experience a range of negative health reactions. Symptoms of mold exposure include coughing, nasal congestion, and eye irritation as well as more serious infections. Since it’s impossible to completely avoid mold, follow these tips to limit its impact. 1. Keep track of mold levels. Watch the mold levels and avoid outdoor activities when they’re at their highest....

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Healthy Building Technology – InstaScope

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Mold Guide, News | Comments Off on Healthy Building Technology – InstaScope

Healthy Building Technology – InstaScope

By Morgan Renard, Operations Manager, ServiceMaster National Capital Restoration Published in the Washington Building Congress Bulletin – March 2017 More often than not, new technology supplements current business practices causing incremental improvements over time. Productivity tools such as Google Docs grease the wheels of collaboration. iPads supplanting cumbersome laptop computers make document accessibility that much easier. It is only on rare occasion that a technological advancement changes an entire industry. Enter InstaScope –...

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