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. 

How Do My Ducts Get So Dirty?

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How Do My Ducts Get So Dirty?


You may consider yourself a clean person and that you keep your home likewise. Even if you dust and clean regularly, it is inevitable that your ducts will get dirty. There are many reasons why your ducts get dirty and debris builds up in them. Dust builds up in your home, even if you keep up with it. Think about how much would build up over months or years if you did not dust. Dust is not the only culprit that can cause build up; mold, pollen and dander can make your ducts dirty. The debris will get into your home and sucked into your ductwork. It will settle in your ducts and will build up over time making your ducts blocked up. 


 

There are several different procedures to clean air ducts, however Comprehensive Mold Management only uses the proper techniques to ensure it is done correctly and efficiently. We use two different methods depending on the design and layout of the home. These methods include direct contact and negative air. (Both methods are equally efficient.)
These are the steps we use to ensure the air ducts in each home are cleaned properly:
Step 1: Clean the furnace/air conditioner.
After testing the system for proper operation, we will disconnect the power before opening the unit for safety.
Vacuum the interior surfaces of the Furnace/Air Conditioner.
Clean the cooling coils with a HEPA vacuum and a coil cleaner.
Clean the Blower unit
Step 2: Clean the supply and return registers and grills.
Remove wall, ceiling and floor registers.
Wash register with cleaner and rinse. 
Step 3: Clean the supply and return ducts. 
Clean all air ducts using powerful duct cleaning equipment. (Using Direct Contact or Negative Air Method.)
Step 4: Install electrostatic air filter and odor control products. (Optional)
Decontaminate cleaned ducts with sealant, and Odor Deodorizer
Additional Services (Individually Priced)
o Clean & Sanitize Heat Exchange & AC Coil
o Fog with Soot Setter & Deodorizer
o Clean Dryer Duct
o Electrostatic Filters
o Replace Dryer Hose (up to 10 feet)
Call Comprehensive Mold Management at 585-235-6182 to have your ducts cleaned. We will get rid of all the disgusting dirt and buildup and create cleaner and healthier air to breathe throughout your home. 

Spring Cleaning & Mold Removal

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Spring Cleaning & Mold Removal

Spring is here! It is the time of year we all look forward to, after several months of cold, gray and dreary weather. With the season typically comes spring cleaning for most people. They want a clean, fresh start and people are productive in tidying and fixing things up around their home. While spring cleaning, you may move some boxes or a piece of furniture that has not been moved in some time and you may find mold. In addition, with the weather warming up, snow melting and the rainy season, water can leak into your basement causing mold growth. Make sure to check your basement regularly throughout the spring for mold. If you do encounter mold, here are some tips that you can follow:

Cleaning the Mold Properly

Mold remediation has several steps and is a complicated process that is best handled by a professional. If you attempt to clean it yourself, you will put yourself in danger by not wearing the proper equipment. Also, you can exacerbate the problem by scrubbing the mold spores which will allow for them to go airborne. Once the spores go airborne they can spread throughout other areas of your home. Therefore, causing your once isolated issue to spread to other rooms in your home creating a much larger issue. As opposed to handling it yourself, make sure to contact a licensed mold remediation professional. 

Borax to Clean Mold

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. New York State requires for any home with more than 10 square feet for it to be taken care of by a NYS licensed mold remediation contractor. 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.

In order to make the cleaning solution mix together 1 cup of “20 Mule Team Borax” with 1 gallon of hot water. Borax can be purchased at most local grocery stores in the laundry/detergent section. Once you have mixed together your solution, apply the borax solution to the area with mold. Do not apply the solution to a porous material, such as drywall. These types of surfaces are porous and absorb water easily, this will only exacerbate the mold problem by keeping the area moist. After you apply the solution, scrub the area with a rag or a wire brush until the mold is gone. Wipe the area off and make sure it dries thoroughly. You can repeat the application of the solution and lightly rinse it as well, however it does not need to be completely rinsed. Borax prevents new mold from growing so it does not need to be fully rinsed away. Once this is complete, run either a dehumidifier or a fan to dry out the area within 24-48 hours. 

Please keep in mind this is only for items that are non-porous or for clothing. This solution is not recommended for large areas inside of your home. If the moisture problem inside of your home is not resolved, in addition to the mold being removed properly, then it is bound to return. This spring cleaning, you can be proactive when it comes to mold. By finding it early on it can prevent further damage and is less costly to you as the homeowner. Get your mold taken care of, so you can have a fresh mold-free start this upcoming spring. 

What to Beware of When Finding a Mold Professional

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What to Beware of When Finding a Mold Professional

Your home is your investment. Chances are, when you choose the cheapest estimate or the “best offer”, you may be getting a lower quality of work. As the saying goes, “You get what you paid for.” Checking online reviews on Angie’s List, the BBB, and talking to previous customers are great places to start.

  • 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.
  • Beware if they discourage you from getting a second or third opinion.
  • Beware of hand-written estimates, invoices or contracts.
  • Beware of a contractor that won’t provide references. Be sure to ask for references from previous customers who have had similar work performed. You should also check with your local Better Business Bureau for the company’s rating and possible complaints. 
  • Beware of 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 of the work start to finish. We take care of the moisture issue, remove the mold, and complete any other necessary work that is required.
  • Beware of cheaper quotes that do not include a warranty. 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*. 
  • 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. 

Top Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Mold

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Top Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Mold

We are all subject to making mistakes. However, if possible we try and learn from the mistakes of others to prevent from making them ourselves. Some homeowners when they first find out that they have a mold problem, may try to take the endeavor into their own hands and may want to attempt a Do It Your (DIY) project to save money. However, attempting to remove the mold yourself could make the problem worse and cause potential health hazards. Here are some of the most common mistakes to avoid when attempting to clean mold yourself.


DO NOT USE BLEACH
There is a widely-believed myth that bleach kills mold. We get so many customers inquiring about why this treatment didn't work and their mold came back hardier than it was before. 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.

The only cleanser that Comprehensive Mold Management recommends is Borax. For the cleaning solution mix, together 1 cup of “20 Mule Team Borax” with 1 gallon of hot water. Borax can be purchased at most local grocery stores in the laundry/detergent section. Once you have mixed together your solution, apply the borax solution to the area with mold. Do not apply the solution to a porous material, such as drywall. These types of surfaces are porous and absorb water easily, this will only exacerbate the mold problem by keeping the area moist. After you apply the solution, scrub the area with a rag or a wire brush until the mold is gone. Wipe the area off and make sure it dries thoroughly. You can repeat the application of the solution and lightly rinse it as well, however it does not need to be completely rinsed. Borax prevents new mold from growing so it does not need to be fully rinsed away. Once this is complete, run either a dehumidifier or a fan to dry out the area within 24-48 hours. 

Mold Resistant Paints
Some people may think a quick fix for mold would be applying a mold resistant paint over the mold, however this is not the solution. Although, it may look better temporarily, the problem was never resolved and down the road the mold issue could be even harder to resolve. The mold can continue to grow underneath the coat of paint and sooner or later will make itself visible again. In addition, any health symptoms you may have been having will still occur, seeing as the mold is still there. A mold proof coating or resistant paint should only be used once the surface has been cleaned properly and the moisture issue rectified to ensure that the mold growth will not return.

Make Sure to Get It All
A mistake that is often made by DIYers is that there is no way for them to know if they completely got rid of the mold. In addition, the root of the moisture problem may have not been resolved, which would mean that it is inevitable that the mold will return. Mold spores are so small and can spread easily, therefore while cleaning if the proper containment was not set up then it can spread to another area of your home. 

Improperly Cleaning Materials with Mold
Removing mold from non-porous items such as metal, tile or glass can be handled by homeowners in some situations when it is a smaller amount of mold. We would recommend using the cleaning solution described above. However, for porous materials such as wood, carpeting, drywall or insulation that is best handled by a mold professional. Mold professionals can clean most items, however in certain circumstances it is recommended to dispose the item all together. 

Mold Cross Contamination & Proper Attire
A mistake that is often made by homeowners attempting to clean mold is that they are unaware that they need to set up the proper containment to prevent the mold spores from spreading to other areas of the home. Once you begin scrubbing or wiping off the mold, the spores will become airborne and can contaminate other rooms throughout your house. The proper containment and negative air need to be set up, as well as materials disposed properly to ensure that your mold problem will not spread. Professionals have their crew members wear protective cover all suits and are fit for a high-grade respirator. Purchasing a paint suit and dust mask from the hardware store is not enough nor is it the proper protection.


Overall, when it comes to mold it is best left to the professionals. New York State requires for any area of mold more than 10 square feet to be removed by a licensed mold remediation contractor. It is worth the investment to have the mold removed properly to ensure the integrity of your home and your family’s health. If you are concerned you may have mold growth in your home call Comprehensive Mold Management today at 585-235-6182.

3 Ways to Keep Your Basement Dry During the Winter

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3 Ways to Keep Your Basement Dry During the Winter

Western New York is known for their harsh temperatures, snow and frozen ground during the winter months. All homeowners should be aware of how to take care of their homes to protect it from water damage during the cold winter months. It is very important to take the necessary steps prior to and during the winter to keep your basement dry and mold free during this season.


Winter can be just as detrimental as spring when it comes to water damage and flooding in your basement and can cause even more havoc to your home. Snow buildup can lead to a disaster in your basement, especially when it begins to melt. When snow that is surrounding our homes melts, it is right up against our basements and foundations. If the water is not pitched away from the home, then it can seep into our foundation and make its way inside through cracks or create new ones due to pressure building up. Grading may be necessary to create a positive pitch, so the ground and pitches water away from the house.

 Ways to Keep Your Basement Dry During the Winter

1. Remove Snow from Foundation
The most important and easiest way to prevent water from seeping into your basement during the winter is to make sure to remove snow from around the perimeter of the foundation. Maintain this as often you would your driveway, doing it frequently to prevent an accumulation. This will assist in keeping your basement dry throughout the winter months.

2. Clean and Maintain Your Gutters
A gutter is supposed to direct rainwater that comes off the edge of the roof away from the foundation of your home. However, if debris is built up, it will clog the gutter and downspout, causing it to drain incorrectly against the foundation. At the end of fall, check that your gutters are clean and free of leaves and other debris. Inspect your downspouts and make sure that they are directing the water far away enough from your home. A downspout extension is approximately 6-8 feet and can be attached if needed to ensure this. Underground drainage systems are also a great option, as they carry away the water to the street or storm drain.

3. Check Your Pipes
Throughout the winter, the freezing temperatures can cause trouble for pipes. Make sure to check your pipes prior to winter. Be on the lookout for leaks and moisture buildup in all areas. When water freezes, it expands, putting a great amount of pressure on your pipes. Make sure your pipes are properly insulated so they don’t freeze when temperatures drop. By continuously running water through your pipes, it will help keep your lines from freezing up. If the temperatures are very cold outside, keep a faucet slowly running. You should disconnect your hoses when temperatures drop below freezing. The cold can get through small cracks, make sure your home is properly insulated and sealed. Even the tiniest cracks can let cold air in and freeze your pipes.

Protect your home during the winter, as it is your biggest investment making it worth your time and effort. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to contact a professional basement waterproofing company such as Comprehensive Mold Management. It can save you time and money down the road to ensure your basement is fit for every season and will stay dry and mold-free. Check out our website at www.compmold.com for more information.

Do You Have Mold Allergies?

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Do You Have Mold Allergies?

Hazards of Mold Allergies

Mold is all around us and it can be hard to avoid. Mold allergies are a common issue that impacts millions of people throughout the world. Approximately 25 percent of people with allergies are allergic to mold, per the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). People of all ages are susceptible to mold allergies and other health issues due to mold. Symptoms can range from minor to severe. Some of the most common symptoms or signs of mold allergies are:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Chest tightness
  • Sinus Congestion
  • Runny nose
  •  Sneezing
  • Irritated eyes
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Sore or Itchy throat
  • Hives
  • Worsening Asthma
Be Proactive When it Comes to Mold!

To prevent mold growth from occurring in your home, you can have a professional come out to evaluate the moisture levels in your home and check areas of potential mold growth. In addition, you can have your basement waterproofed to prevent future issues that may lead to mold growth.

Before purchasing a new home or renting, you should have the property inspected and tested for mold. It is better to err on the side of caution when it comes to exposing you or your loved ones to harmful mold spores. The good news is that indoor mold allergies can be prevented and resolved. Once the mold is removed properly and the moisture problem is rectified and you continue to display signs of mold allergies, be sure to contact a medical professional. If you are concerned about a potential mold issue in your home, please call Comprehensive Mold Management at 585-235-6182.