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. 

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.