Borax Versus Bleach

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Borax versus Bleach

Should you clean mold yourself?

We do not recommend for customers to clean mold themselves, unless cleaning it from an item such as clothing or a non-porous item. For areas inside of your home greater than 10 square feet, make sure to contact a professional to handle this for you. It is imperative to not only remove the mold properly, but also rectify the moisture problem. Also, a professional can make sure the proper containment is set up to ensure that the mold spores do not spread to other areas of the home.

There is generally quite the misconception when it comes to cleaning mold yourself. People tend to think they need to use Bleach to clean mold, when it is the exact opposite. Bleach will change the color of your mold to a clear and/or white color, as it would your clothing. Unfortunately, all you have done is to create a biosphere for the mold to grow in and you may have possibly ingested the bleach fumes & airborne mold spores (never healthy). Usually, within three to four months, the mold will return and do so with a vengeance.


What is Borax?

The only product that we recommend to our customers to use in order to remove mold is Borax. We NEVER recommend using Bleach. Borax is unique in the fact that it is a naturally occurring substance.
Borax is a common ingredient in detergents and cosmetics. It is prized for its effectiveness as a cleanser and deodorizer. 

What Are the Advantages to Using Borax?


  • Borax is helpful as a mold killer because of its natural anti-fungal properties. 
  • Borax is chemical-free, does not emit harmful gases, and is significantly safer than other mold killing products.
  • Borax has can be used for multiple purposes including a detergent and cleanser. It is inexpensive and available at most local grocery stores.
  • Borax is not harmful to the environment, in comparison to bleach and other mold cleaning products. 

Why Should I Not Use Bleach?


  • Bleach does not kill all types of mold.
  • Bleach only disinfects the area.
  • Bleach has a shelf life of approximately one year, dependent upon the storage conditions.
  • Bleach is a caustic substance. We Do Not Recommend Its Use in Any Circumstance

If you have any questions about mold growth in your home, call us at 585-235-6182 or visit Comprehensive Mold Management's website for more information at www.compmold.com. 

What to Look Out For When Searching For a Mold Remediation Company

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What to Look Out for When Searching For a 

Mold Remediation Company

There are many different tactics and sales techniques used when trying to sell home improvement projects such as mold removal. Mold remediation can be a costly expense and you want to make sure that you are hiring an honest, legitimate and experienced company. It is not a project where you just want to go with the cheapest quote, you do not want to cut costs for quality. Here are some tips to keep in mind and questions to ask when searching for a Rochester Environmental or Mold Remediation company:



Ask how many employees work for the company. (You want to check they have staff in house that can complete the mold work versus subcontracting it out.) 
Verify the number of years that they have been in business and the number of years they have been conducting mold remediation. (Many companies have recently just started offering mold remediation. You want to make sure that you are hiring a company that has experience with this type of work, to ensure it is done properly.)
Check to make sure that they are fully ensured and can provide a certificate of insurance.
Conduct a thorough background check by checking online reviews through the BBB, Angie’s List and other reputable sources that can provide reviews and insight into the company. 
Beware of scare tactics. Saying things like; “You Have a Big Problem Here!”  or “Your home isn't safe or healthy to be in.” before they've even done a thorough visual inspection or tested for mold.
Ask the contractor for references from customers that have had similar projects completed. 
Watch out for mold removal companies that only take care of the mold. The quote may be cheaper upfront, but if the moisture issue isn’t resolved, you may face a more severe problem down the road. Comprehensive Mold Management does all the work start to finish. We take care of the moisture issue, remove the mold, and complete any other necessary work that is required.
Inquire to make sure that the company offers a warranty. With cheaper quotes, sometimes there is no warranty associated with the mold remediation. Our work may not be the cheapest, but we do the work correctly. We follow industry standard protocol, so any work we complete is covered with a lifetime warranty* where our mold proof coating is applied. 
Beware of companies that do not follow the proper standards or protocol, having a need for less materials. Comprehensive Mold Management is fully ensured, a NYS licensed mold remediation contractor and CMM always uses the best materials available. We use the highest quality materials available to insure the job is done correctly. 

If you have any concerns or questions about mold growth or moisture issues in your home, call Comprehensive Mold Management at 585-235-6182. Make sure to educate yourself and do a thorough check before hiring any contractor, to protect your biggest investment, your home. 

(*Lifetime Warranty applies to wherever our mold proof coating is applied.)

Why You Should Not Paint Over Mold

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Why You Should Not Paint Over Mold

Cleaning Mold Yourself

When you have visible mold on the walls of your home, then it is very apparent that you have an issue. Some homeowners may think that if I just wipe it off with bleach and paint over it, then that will do. However, bleach should not be used to clean mold. Bleach will change the color of mold to a clear and/or white color, as it would your clothing. 

Unfortunately, all you have done is to create a biosphere for the mold to grow in and you may have possibly ingested the bleach fumes & airborne mold spores (never healthy). Usually, within three to four months, the mold will return and do so with a vengeance.




Do Not Paint Over Mold

It is quite common for people to just paint over mold to hide it. Yet, this just masks the mold and it is still underneath growing and will resurface once again, since paint is a food source for mold. This quick fix is common of property managers, landlords, those selling a home and sometimes homeowners in general. It is a cheap and fast fix that temporarily, cosmetically fixes the issue. 

If you are trying to determine if walls in your residence has mold that has been painted over, there are some key visuals to look out for. Some indicators to look out for are discoloration of yellow or brownish spots, this can be a sign of water damage. Another sign is paint bubbling, cracking or chipping and walls bowing out.


Mold Remediation 

If you see any of these signs, then you more than likely have water damage on the wall and it was not cleaned up properly. To properly remediate the mold, you need to make sure to correct the moisture problem. Mold will only get worse over time, it will not just go away by itself. Mold can create several health issues if not rectified, therefore it is important to address it in a timely fashion to ensure you and your family’s health.

If you have concerns about mold growth, it is best to contact a mold professional. You need to make sure that the mold is removed properly, and the moisture problem corrected before painting. Contact a New York State Licensed Mold Remediator to come out to your home to evaluate the situation and put together the best course of action. They will take the necessary steps to contain the area and use the proper equipment and attire, that a typical homeowner would not have. Mold is dangerous, and you do not want to be handling it yourself, unless you know what you are doing. The last thing that you want to do is to make the issue worse and risk the health of your family and further damage your home. 


Conclusion

Mold is a nuisance and unattractive, mold remediation can be costly which is why people tend to try and avoid taking care of it properly. Painting over it is not the solution and can cost you more in the end, if the problem gets worse. Do not risk extensive damage to your home and jeopardize serious or even permanent damage to your health by putting a band aid over a problem that would need extensive surgery. If you have painted over mold yourself, or see signs of water damage or that mold may have been painted over, please call Comprehensive Mold Management at 585-235-6182 to schedule a time for us to come out and evaluate your home. 

How to tell if it is Mold or Efflorescence?

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How to tell if it is Mold or Efflorescence?

Mold has become an issue that homeowners have become more aware of, and is of concern seeing as it can impact the value of your home and your health. If you are trying to sell your home, it can prevent a sale from going through. However, if you are lucky you may be confusing mold for efflorescence. There are some key differences between mold and efflorescence.


Efflorescence is considered a residue, it is the migration of a salt to the surface of a porous material, where it forms a coating. The essential process involves the dissolving of an internally held salt in water, or occasionally in another solvent. The water, with the salt now held in solution, migrates to the surface, then evaporates, leaving a coating of the salt. However, contrary to mold, it will not spread or grow and is not a fungus. It generally looks like white deposits, but can vary depending on what type of material it is coming through. Normally, efflorescence is not harmful to your health. If it is appearing in your home, it could mean that there is a bigger water issue, which could lead to issues with mold or the structure in the future.

Is it Mold or Efflorescence?

If you notice the white residue on other materials other than concrete or other types of masonry, then it more than likely is mold. If the area of concern is greater than 10 square feet, then you need to contact a licensed mold remediation professional. You need to make sure that the moisture issue is resolved and taken care of, otherwise the mold is bound to return.
If you are unsure if it is mold or efflorescence, then spray it with a little water and wipe it off with a rag. If it is gone, then it is more than likely efflorescence, which is good. If you are still in question or just want to make sure, then contact a mold expert and they can send someone out to evaluate the area of concern or test for mold.

What do I do if it’s Mold?

If you have mold in your basement, it generally means you have an issue that is severe enough where you should have a professional evaluate it for you. Even it if were a small area that you tried to clean yourself, you would need to make sure to wear the proper protection and make sure that it does not spread to other areas of your home. In addition, if you do not correct the moisture issue then the mold will continue to come back. Therefore, it is best to contact a mold professional, Comprehensive Mold Management would be happy to come out and evaluate your mold or moisture problems. If it is efflorescence you can clean it yourself, but you want to keep an eye on it to make sure it is not the root of a larger issue which can lead to mold.

Toxic Versus Non-Toxic Mold

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Toxic Versus Non-Toxic Mold

Toxic vs. Non-Toxic Mold

Mold has been becoming a bigger topic of concern as of recent, as it should be, seeing as it can impact the integrity of your home and your family’s health. It is a red flag when purchasing a home and people get scared when they hear the term mold. There is some confusion when it comes to if mold is toxic or not, however mold inside of your home is never a good thing. Some people think that if it is not the black toxic mold then they are in the clear. On the other hand, if it is the toxic mold, they panic and want it to be taken care of right away. Regardless, neither response is necessary when it comes to it being toxic or not. If you have mold inside of your home it needs to be taken care of either way, but there is no need to panic, if taken care of in a timely fashion.



Mold Testing

People also have a misunderstanding when it comes to mold testing, to determine the kind of mold that it is. Comprehensive Mold Management offers indoor air quality and surface sample testing for mold. Mold experts say that it is rarely necessary to test for a specific type of mold, because mold inside of a home is bad. If there are specific health concerns or documentation is needed, then air testing may make sense. Air testing is performed to determine the presence and concentration of mold spores in your home's air, especially when mold is not visually evident. Testing is typically done prior to and after remediation work is performed to validate the elimination of the mold threat. Comprehensive Mold Management offers both air and surface testing. We provide a report which includes spore concentration, types of mold and the health effects that can be caused based on the specific types of mold.


Removing the Mold Properly

Removing mold from your home can be a complicated and confusing process, especially given you want to make sure that the mold does not return. Therefore, it is best handled by a mold remediation professional, if it is not handled properly more problems can arise and exacerbate the issue. Mold professionals make sure to wear the proper equipment and set up negative air and containment to prevent it from spreading to other areas of the home.

If you are concerned that your home may have mold, contact a licensed mold professional at 585-235-6182. Comprehensive Mold Management is a licensed mold assessment company and mold remediation contractor. We would be happy to come out to evaluate your home for mold or any moisture issues.

Top Reasons to Buy a Dehumidifier

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Top Reasons to Buy a Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers are not a luxurious expense or an item that someone enjoys purchasing. However, it may be a necessary expense depending on your home, to ensure the health and well-being of you and your home. Here are several reasons investing in a quality, high capacity dehumidifier is worth the expense.



1. Mold/Mildew in Your Home

It is quite common if you have a basement in your home, that it can be humid and may have a smell of mold or mildew. In addition, mold can cause substantial damage to the structure or foundation of your home. Mold growth can occur when humidity levels are above 45% and there is a food source such as drywall or wood. Mold can begin breaking down walls and floors of your home and ruin your belongings. If you purchase a high capacity dehumidifier it will help prevent mold from growing by keeping the humidity levels down.

2. Your Health and Allergies

Regardless of if you have allergies or not, drier air is better for breathing and circulation. If you are allergic to mold, then the humidity will make this worse and other allergens flourish in humid air. Dust mites are one example, that enjoy humidity. Therefore, by keeping humidity levels down it can help improve your allergies and breathing overall.

3. Lower Your Utility Bill

The more humid your house is, the harder it is to cool down. An air conditioner would have to work twice as hard to dry out the air before cooling it. As you probably have experienced firsthand, humid weather makes it feel warmer, which would make you crank up the air conditioning. This will lead to a higher electricity bill and make your air conditioning unit to work more.

Comprehensive Mold Management sells Santa Fe Dehumidifiers. Call Comprehensive Mold Management today at 585.235.6182 for more details. Your investment in a Santa Fe free-standing energy efficient dehumidifier will not only pay you back in energy savings, but also create a more comfortable, controlled living space. Protect your home, your family and your comfort with a Santa Fe Classic. Exceeds Energy Star efficiency requirements. Santa Fe high capacity dehumidifiers are the most energy efficient on the market and are designed to effectively and quickly remove excess moisture due to flooding. The units can help maintain the structural integrity of your home, minimize mold growth, and improve the indoor air quality of the overall home by removing odor-causing moisture.

How to find a Reputable Basement Waterproofing Company

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How to Find a Reputable 

Basement Waterproofing Company

People generally do not think about fixing a problem in their basement until there is a bad leak or bigger issue at hand. Do not wait! Find a basement waterproofing company that can help reduce your problems down the road. There are several factors to consider when searching for the right company for you.

Waterproofing companies have different methods and can claim that theirs is the right way or the best, which can cause quite a bit of confusion for the homeowner. Also, how much is a warranty worth if the company is not going to be in business for a long period. It is difficult to determine who is legitimate and who you can trust.



Tips for Finding a Reputable Company

Years in Business
Make sure the company you are hiring has been doing basement waterproofing for several years. You do not want a startup company or someone just breaking into the industry. Comprehensive Mold Management has been in the mold/basement waterproofing industry for a decade, however in the construction business for over 30 years. Reliability and longevity speak for themselves, it proves that you are experienced, knowledgeable and dependable.

Lifetime Warranty
Most basement waterproofing companies offer some type of warranty. Make sure to ask what type of warranty they offer, however do not let the warranty be your focus. Some average companies may offer a fabulous sounding warranty as a tactic to get you to hire them. It is important to offer a solid warranty, but you should be looking for quality work above anything else. Comprehensive Mold Management offers a lifetime warranty wherever our mold proof coating is applied.

Check Reviews 
Make sure to take some time to do your research and look at reviews about the companies you are interested in. Ratings and reviews speak for themselves, you can hear firsthand from previous customers how their experience was working with the company. Check out reviews on Google, the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List.

Start to Finish
It is best to find a company that has the expertise and capabilities of doing all the work from start to finish. There are some companies that may be able to fix the cracks but are unable to do the rebuild or drywall. Comprehensive Mold Management can handle all the work for the project, from drainage and drilling weep holes to drywall and finishing work. It makes your life easier and keeps costs down by finding a company that can take care of all the work. Therefore, you can deal with one main point of contact verses several contractors.

Customer References
If you are considering a company but still have some questions or really want to do your research, ask the company for customer references. They should be able to provide you with names and phones numbers for previous customers that had similar work completed to your project. This can provide some of the most beneficial information and can help you make your final decision.

If you do your research and take these tips into consideration you should be able to find a basement waterproofing that you feel confident and comfortable working with. Comprehensive Mold Management has been in the construction industry for decades, we have many reviews on various websites, can handle all your basement construction needs and can provide customer references. Please do your research and give Comprehensive Mold Management if we can be of service at 585-235-6182.