5 Hidden Signs of Mold

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5 Hidden Signs of Mold

Mold can be lurking inside of your home, causing damage to both your home and your loved ones living inside. When mold is visible, it is very apparent that you have mold. However, mold can also grow in places that are hidden such as behind walls or in your attic. Therefore, it is important to follow these five hidden signs of mold:


1.       Moisture Issues

Mold can grow anywhere inside of your home where moisture is present and there is a food source. Mold flourishes in moist environments, so from a small leak in a wall or improper attic ventilation can lead to mold growth. If you notice any signs of excess moisture such as water spots, floors buckling or bubbling, make sure to have a professional come out to inspect it. If your basement has either flooded or has ongoing excess moisture, make sure to have that evaluated as well. These preventative measures can help save you money, prior to mold growth occurring.

2.       Respiratory Symptoms

Healthy people can experience many annoying or even dangerous symptoms due to the presence of mold. People with allergy/breathing issues, compromised immune systems, children and the elderly are especially impacted. There are numerous different types of mold that cause allergy or flu-like symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing, runny nose, headaches, nausea and many other symptoms. During the winter, when it is not allergy season and you show signs of these symptoms, you should have your house evaluated.

3.       Musty Smell

A key indicator that mold is present is its distinctive musty smell. The musty smell alone does not mean that you have mold, however you should have it looked at.

4.       Spotting and Discoloration

Discoloration throughout your home on walls, ceiling or floors could be a potential sign of mold growth. It should be evaluated by a licensed inspector. If there are dark spots on your walls that can be an indicator that mold is thick on the inside of a wall.

5.       Ventilation Problems

Ventilation issues in your home can also lead to mold growth, this is common in attics and bathrooms. Homes that are too tightly sealed, which can often happen with newer built homes can lead to moisture issues that promote mold growth. If there is a room in your home that constantly feels more humid or damp than others, that can also be an indicator of poor ventilation. In addition, you should have your ducts cleaned every few years to improve air quality and help prevent mold growth in your duct work.

Make sure to be aware of all of these factors, however the best way to prevent mold is to prevent any moisture problems throughout your home. When purchasing a new home, make sure to request an inspection that includes an inspection for mold. If you have a mold or moisture problem in your home, make sure to contact a mold professional, as this is the only way to ensure the mold will be treated and removed properly. This is not an endeavor a homeowner should take on themselves.

Should My Air Ducts Be Cleaned Every Year?

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Should My Air Ducts Be Cleaned Every Year?


Numerous homeowners throughout the Northeast, including those in upstate New York have come to realize the many benefits that can come from having their air ducts cleaned. It provides cleaner air for you to breathe, save money on your electric bill and your home will be cleaner overall with less dust everywhere. Many people wonder how often they should have their air ducts cleaned and if it should be on an annual basis. 


In the majority of cases, it is not necessary to have your ducts cleaned annually. If you find that you live in extremely dusty conditions then it may be a good idea. Otherwise, for most people your ducts should be cleaned approximately every three to five years, possibly sooner if you have pets with hair. In addition, if you have had reconstruction or remodeling in your home or if you just recently purchased a new home then you may need to have your air ducts cleaned. 

According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) you should get your air ducts cleaned no matter how long it has been if you suspect mold in your ducts, or if you’ve noticed any rodents in your home, including your ducts. Also, if you see dust actually coming out from your vents, then you should schedule a time to get your ducts cleaned.

If you have never had your air ducts cleaned or it has been some time or you have any of the signs described then contact an air duct cleaning professional for assistance. We will clean out your ducts and provide you with cleaner air to breathe. Contact Comprehensive Mold Management at 585-235-6182 for your air quality questions. 


How to Prevent Carpet Mold

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How to Prevent Carpet Mold

Mold can be a major issue for many reasons whether it is structurally in regards to your home, or even more importantly, being the cause of serious health problems. It can be difficult to determine if you have mold and it is best to have it inspected by a mold professional. Carpet can often be overlooked when thinking of mold inside of your home, however it can be very serious. It can develop beneath the carpet fibers making it difficult to detect.



There are some visible indicators that you have mold growth, such as white or black splotches on your carpet. In these cases, the carpet needs to be removed and discarded, preferably by a professional to ensure there is no cross-contamination in other areas of your home and to prevent ingestion. Carpets that become fully saturated for an extended period of time more than likely have mold.

If your carpets are wet and you are unsure why, make sure to have a mold professional or a plumber check for any leaky pipes within the walls. If carpet becomes wet and is not dried out within 24-48 hours, then it can become conducive for mold growth. Professional cleaners may be able to quickly dry the carpet. They generally have the necessary equipment needed for fast water/moisture removal.

Killing or removing mold from carpet is next to impossible. It is best to focus on mold prevention and keeping the carpet clean and dry to begin with. Carpets are less likely to visibly develop mold in comparison to other areas of the home. Therefore, mold detection is the key to prevention.

Those looking to kill mold and mildew should hire a professional, seeing as there are health risks involved. Some homeowners may try a DIY method to try and make the mold less visible, however the mold spores will still be active and embedded in the fibers.

The one major cause of mold is moisture. Reducing the humidity within your house is the best way to ensure mold goes away forever. You may want to invest in a large capacity dehumidifier such as the Santa Fe Classic. They are designed to remove moisture from the air and keep the humidity at acceptable levels throughout your entire home.Make sure to check your bathrooms for leaky pipes and other areas of the home for leaks as well.

It is best to not install carpet in your basement, bathroom or kitchen (they tend to be damper areas of the home in general). Make sure to check your home regularly for mold growth. By taking preventative steps, you can save a lot of money and aggravation down the road. 

How to Find a Contractor that Fits You

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How to Find a Contractor that Fits You

It is very important for homeowners to know how to select a contractor to work on their home. Time and time again, it pains us to see homeowners who select a poor contractor who is “cheaper” and “fast.” However, many times they do the work incorrectly and make the homeowner spend even more money in the end seeing as they have to have the problem corrected properly. Your home is such a large investment and worth spending the time and money to have it fixed properly.

Before you begin the hunt for a contractor rather it be on the Internet or Yellow Pages, you need to have in mind your expectations. Nowadays, quality and skilled contractors are in high demand which means that they are very busy. When you call a contractor and they tell you they cannot come out for a couple weeks, although that may be longer than you would like, that also means that they are busy. A contractor being busy is a good thing with many people wanting to hire them. At times they may have a cancellation where they are able to fit you in sooner, however this may not always be the case.

Good Contractors

If you do not call during their normal business hours, and leave a voicemail or submit a contact form do not be surprised if they do not contact you immediately. They will contact you as soon as they are able, and do not take it personally or assume that they do not want to talk or help you.

It is also important to note that a good contractor is normally booked out at least one to three months. There are times when they may be able to accommodate certain situations upon request, so make sure to mention if there is a dire reason. Also, remember that “bad contractors” are always available right away because they are not in demand. You do not want a contractor that rushes through the job. You want a contractor that takes their time to ensure that it is done correctly.

A main concern of most homeowners is the cost of the job. No one wants to spend more than they need to on a renovation.  However, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. You should not take the cheap way out, when you receive quality work it can cost a bit more. Make sure to shop around and get several quotes, then, in the end find the right balance for you between price and quality. Go with your gut and the company that makes you feel the most comfortable.

In conclusion, make sure to prepare and educate yourself prior to selecting a contractor. Remember that it is worth the wait and expense when it comes to contractors. Follow your instincts and ask questions in order to make the best decision for yourself. For more information visit our website at www.compmold.com

Us vs. You - Why You Hire a Mold Removal Specialist

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Us vs. You

Why You Hire a Mold Removal Specialist


There are several reasons why we do not recommend for homeowners to try and clean the mold themselves. Two of the top reasons are for safety and cross-contamination.  Homeowners do not have the proper safety equipment. Also, they do not know how to set up the proper containment to prevent the mold spores from spreading throughout the home to areas that were not contaminated to begin with. In addition, mold remediation professionals can clean hard to get areas, such as crawlspaces under your home, in the ductwork and behind walls and your attic. Mold spores can get into your HVAC system and can get recirculated throughout your home. If your ductwork is not cleaned it can continue to make you sick even if the area with mold has already been cleaned.
The cost for a mold remediation job can vary significantly, which is why it is necessary to come out to do a visual inspection to provide you with an estimate. There are numerous factors that can vary from home to home. Some mold removal companies 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.
Typically, cheaper quotes 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*. If you sell your home, our work is covered with a five year transferrable warranty*. Other companies may not follow the proper standards or protocol, having a need for less materials. Comprehensive Mold Management is fully insured, and CMM always uses the highest quality materials available to ensure the job is done correctly.

We understand no one really plans for a mold problem to occur in their home. Nonetheless, we recommend doing your research. In making your final decision, make sure you are comfortable with the people, their work ethic and warranty. Follow your instincts and go with your gut. If something feels off, it is probably for good reason. When taking care of a mold problem, it should be taken care of the right way the first time. Meaning, they also resolved the moisture issue. The longer you wait to take care of the problem, the more damage you will face down the road and the repairs will be more expensive to fix properly.
As a homeowner, you should feel comfortable letting the mold removal company you choose into your home, and know you will be in good hands. The sooner you take care of your mold problem, the sooner you and your family can go back to enjoying your lives. Your home will be much safer and a healthier environment for you and your loved ones. 

How to Create a Mold Free Room

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How to Create a Mold Free Room

Here are several easy steps for making sure that your room stays mold free.
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  • Check for Humid Areas - Check each area in your room where there is a high possibility of mold growing. Inspect places that have high humidity level, or any space that water can slip in. Molds can easily grow on wood surfaces that are soaking wet. Make sure to inspect your whole home as well for water leaks especially the areas where most of your water pipes are hidden. If there is indeed a leak, fix it immediately. If you have a room that has a higher humidity, purchase a dehumidifier. The dehumidifier will help reduce the moisture levels to a normal level. However, make sure you have a large enough dehumidifier for the area it is being used for. Larger areas can require a large capacity dehumidifier such as the Santa Fe Classic. Comprehensive Mold Management is an Official Dealer of Santa Fe.
  • Conduct a General Cleaning - Although, this may not have a large impact it can still aid in the overall prevention of mold growth in your room. Make sure to declutter any areas, by getting rid of extra papers and old documents that are not needed as they can be common culprit for mold growth. Inspect older furniture or other organic materials that may be in poor condition. Get rid of unnecessary items, to have a more open and clean room. If you have indoor plants, make sure to keep them well maintained and check for mold growth under the pots or in the soil.
  • Air Conditioning Maintenance - Keep your air conditioner maintained in a good and clean condition. Air conditioners are designed to dehumidify as they cool the room and filter the air. The air filtering process disrupts mold spores from growing and spreading in the room. Change your filter on a regular schedule.
  • Vacuum Carpets - Keep your carpets cleaned on a weekly basis. This can also be the source of mold growth because of the moisture absorbed by the carpet from a week old stain. If you have spill on a carpet make sure to dry out the area ASAP, press down on a towel until the towel comes up dry then use a fan to dry the spot. The area needs to be completely dried out within 24-48 hours to ensure there is no mold growth. A professional carpet cleaning service should be used at least once a year to deep clean your carpets. This eliminates mold spores that your regular vacuum cleaner may not be able to remove.
  • Let The Sunlight In - Molds prefer the dark spaces and cold areas of your room to grow in. By making sure that sunlight reaches most areas of your room, you have nothing to worry about. It reduces the chance of mold spores spreading and mildew growing. In the morning, make sure to open your curtains so that sunlight can warm up your room.
These are some tips in order to prevent mold growth throughout rooms inside of your home. However, if you spot mold growth or are worried about a particular area being conducive for mold, please contact a mold professional. Comprehensive Mold Management can come out to your home for a FREE* mold analysis. 

Borax Used to Kill Mold

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Borax Used to Kill 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. 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.

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. The main reason why Borax is so effective in combatting mold is its extreme pH level. Borax is found in very alkaline mineral deposits, and it has a pH level of about 9.3. This level is high enough to be effective, however it is not so extreme that it is harmful to people. For a majority of mold types, they thrive in an environment where the pH is between 3-7, which is more acidic. When borax is brought into the equation with mold, it creates an environment that is not conducive for the mold.



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. Therefore, when homeowners try cleaning the mold themselves, it will inevitably return. Also, by cleaning it yourself you run the risk of making the spores go airborne and spreading the mold to other areas of your home as well. If you have an area in your home that you are concerned may have mold, please contact Comprehensive Mold Management. 


Save During the Summer Months by Purchasing an Electrostatic Furnace Filter

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Save During the Summer Months by Purchasing an Electrostatic Furnace Filter

An air filter is imperative to your heating and air conditioning system, it is like the lungs of the unit. Air filters generally need to be checked and replaced/cleaned regularly. By cleaning your filter regularly you can prevent a lot of problems down the road. Throughout the summer when your air conditioning is running on a regular basis, you should check your filter every 2-3 weeks and if it is dirty then it needs to be cleaned.

If you have pets or kids, you will need to check and clean the filter even more often. Homeowners can find themselves replacing their filter multiple times per year. An electrostatic furnace filter lasts a lifetime and can be easily cleaned by the homeowner. You will save money within one year of purchasing the filter by being able to clean it yourself, as opposed to purchasing multiple filters that need to be changed.

Dirty air filters are one of the main causes of failed heating and cooling systems. These systems are designed to deliver a set amount of air to the space being controlled. If it is unable to deliver that amount because of dirty air filters or blocked vents, over time the system will fail. The lack of airflow will overheat a furnace and can trip a safety device, crack a heat exchanger or could even start a fire.

When your filter is dirty and clogged, it makes it difficult for your air conditioner to breathe, thus forcing it to work harder to maintain cool temperatures. This impacts your energy bill, causing you to spend more money when running your air conditioning. By checking and cleaning your filter regularly it provides you with improved air quality and cost savings.

Call Comprehensive Mold Management at 585-235-6182 for more information on how to order your own electrostatic furnace filter that last a lifetime. 

Cleaning Electrostatic Furnace Filters

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Cleaning Electrostatic Furnace Filters


Comprehensive Mold Management is an official dealer of Electrostatic Furnace Filters that last a lifetime. We offer a variety of filters to fit whatever you are looking for in your home. Our standard filters are undercut by 3/8” from the size listed. Always keep in mind you should allow for 1/8” overall manufacturing tolerance. Custom filters are cut to the exact measurements that are entered when you are ordering online.

We also offer 3 types of filter frames; Gold, Silver and Flex. Our Gold frame is a gold anodized extruded aluminum frame that consists of 4 separate pieces fastened together by a screw in each corner.  These filters only come in a 1″ depth. Our Silver frame is made of a single piece of roll-formed aluminum riveted together at each corner.  It slightly less strong and sturdy as the gold frame but, it is more cost effective.  These filters can be purchased in ½”, 1″, or 2″ depths. Our 3rd option is the Flexible filters which are not made with aluminum frames but rather sewn with flexible polypropylene webbing around the edge.  This allows for use in tight fitting areas where bending the filter might be needed to get it installed.


Here are a few easy steps for cleaning the filter which should be done about every 4 weeks:
·         Simply remove the air filter
·         Flush with water in opposite direction of air flow arrows then rinse other side.
·         Spray with ZAP! CLEANER to remove stubborn stains.
·         Rinse thoroughly to remove remaining dirt.
·         Drain excess water.
·         Dry out thoroughly before re-installing.

Following these steps will make sure the filter is kept in good working order.

How to Determine "Acceptable Levels" of Mold

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How to Determine “Acceptable Levels” of Mold

Currently, there are no federal guidelines to determine what levels of mold pose a health risk or is considered an “elevated” level. Each individual responds to mold in a different way, especially children, the elderly or those who have compromised immune systems.

However, there is a general consensus that mold counts should be lower indoors as compared to outdoors. (Lower than the outdoor air that you breathe on a regular basis.) Mold concentrations outdoors vary greatly with respect to time, species, and amount. Exposure to airborne mold outdoors, where levels often exceed thousands of spores per cubic meter, is considered safe for the general public. There are many other factors that can impact this such as the weather outdoors and the person’s overall health, especially if they have allergies or asthma. For people with allergies to mold however, there may be no practical level of exposure, either indoors or outdoors, that would not create discomfort or harm.

Visible mold growth inside of your home is never acceptable. Once mold adheres to a food source such as drywall or wood, this indicates that the mold levels are elevated beyond an “acceptable level” for an indoor environment. Mold growth can occur on areas throughout your home that cannot be seen by the naked eye; behind walls, in your ducting and other hidden areas. This can be trickier to determine, but this also means that you have elevated mold counts, higher than “normal”. If you are concerned that you have a mold issue inside your home, make sure to contact a mold professional. Comprehensive Mold Management can come out and determine if mold is present and perform air quality testing, if necessary. 

Black Streaking on your Roof and Potential Mold Growth

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Black Streaking on your Roof and Potential Mold Growth

The black streaks on your roof shingles is usually not mold, however it can be an indication that you may have possible mold growth in your attic. Black streaks generally come from deteriorating roof shingles and defects with roofing. The black spots or streaks is actually more than likely an algae called Gloecapsa Magma. Algae travels through the air similar to mold, therefore if one neighbor receives a few spores, the rest of the neighborhood may soon have a black streaking problem on their roof as well.

When a home has black streaks on their roof this can be an indicator that there is mold growth in their attic. This can become a serious issue seeing as it is destructive and will eat away at the plywood, joists and rafters. If there is mold growth in the attic then it means that there is also a ventilation issue.  

In the summer, improper ventilation can cause attic heat to reach 160˚F. This can lead to cracking, warping & the breakdown of wood framing. Premature aging of your roofing system, such as curling of the roof shingles, damage to siding, exterior & interior paint and wallpaper. Believe it or not, a roof shingle warranty can be voided if it’s discovered you don’t have the proper ventilation.

Industry standards say that for every 150 square feet of heated ceiling space, you need one square foot of ventilation between the soffit vents and either a ridge vent or box vents on the outtake. In the winter time, warm air will migrate to the attic. When it mixes with the cold plywood surfaces, it forms condensation. If the condensation sits on the plywood for too long, it will start to form mold growth on the plywood and supports. With the proper air flow in the attic, it will keep the plywood dry and free from moisture and mold growth. Remember; more ventilation is always better than not enough. Be sure your soffit vents are not blocked by your attic insulation. This will prevent proper air flow. You may also want to check your bath fan venting. Is it run up and out of your roof or did the installer simply and improperly vent it directly into the attic? (This happens much too frequently.) If it is incorrect, call a mold remediator to not only rectify this but also to check your attic for possible mold growth.


If you have black streaking on your roof then you should take a peak in your attic for any signs of mold growth. If you are able to catch the problem sooner rather than later in your attic, it will save you time and money. If you notice any signs of mold growth in your attic, make sure to contact a mold professional to come out to do an inspection. For more information please visit Comprehensive Mold Management at www.compmold.com

Mold and Sick House Syndrome

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Mold and Sick House Syndrome

People spend the majority of their time inside, especially in Upstate New York and yet they are unaware of the dangers of Sick House Syndrome. It occurs in homes and buildings that are tightly sealed to prevent cold air from entering and noise. Homeowners would think that this would be a good thing, however unfortunately this also prevents harmful fumes from paints, cleaning products, burning wood and deodorizers from escaping. Sick House Syndrome refers to a number of ailments that occur as a result of long periods of exposure to harmful chemical toxins at a home or work building. Some of the main conditions associated with Sick House Syndrome occur as a result of homes or building being well-sealed, errors in heating and air conditioning, along with poor ventilation systems that contain indoor air toxins. Chemicals from the outdoors, such as exhaust from vehicles can be sucked indoors through HVAC systems and can mix with indoor chemicals such as cleaning products.

It is defined as an illness characterized by skin irritations, headache, and respiratory problems that are caused by indoor pollutants, inadequate ventilation, and microorganisms, which include mold. Some of the toxins that may be present in "sick" buildings include synthetic fibers in furniture and often formaldehyde used in manufacturing, pet dander, dust mitesmold and mildewcigarette smoke, VOCs, carpet and gasses released from fabric.

Several studies show that the air in our homes should be changed ten times per day, if it is any less than it causes build-up of dangerous pollutants.
Here are some tips to help prevent Sick-House Syndrome
·         Make sure to have the proper ventilation – Open the windows whenever possible (even if you are only able to crack it open, that will suffice). Make sure that all vents are not blocked.
Another problem that lack of ventilation can cause is mold and mildew growth. This is found to be a danger not only to your health, but it can also damage the structure of your home.
Areas of your home such as kitchens and bathrooms with humidity need to have the proper ventilation. Also, check areas such as the attic, and underneath floors for proper air circulation. If you have a humidity problem upstairs, it probably means that the attic or roof space does not have enough ventilation.
·         Limit the use of Artificial Scents/Pleasant Odors
Everybody wants for their home to smell nice, and a home that is well ventilated will smell pleasant. However, you will have unpleasant odors once in a while and you need to make sure to not become overenthusiastic in using perfumes and artificial scents that add more pollutants to the air.
Aerosols, in particular, are not eco-friendly and often contain nasty additives such as formaldehyde. Do not try and mask a bad odor with a “fresh” smell that is actually a chemical which will further pollute the air. A diffuser with a pleasant essential oil* added such as peppermint or lavender, is a great way to make your home smell better and naturally. In addition, peppermint and lavender help with allergies, with peppermint helping you to breathe and lavender aids with inflammation of your sinus cavities. Also, brighten up your home with some fresh flowers, they not only liven up your d├ęcor, but also make a room smell lovely. Try to keep chemical-laced cleaners, and perfumed products to a minimum, and use natural products as much as possible.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not tended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. 

Control Indoor Mold Growth During Spring Cleaning

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Control Indoor Mold Growth During Spring Cleaning


The “lingering winter” seems to finally be letting up, however as the snow and ice dams melt and the spring rain begins it can potentially cause basement flooding and leaks in other areas of your home. Homeowners need to be aware that with the additional moisture inside of their homes, this makes them more susceptible to mold growth. Indoor mold can cause property damage, musty and unpleasant odors as well as possible health problems. If the issue is not addressed properly by a mold professional, it could lead to toxic mold growth. Many times people do not even realize they have a mold problem until the problem is more extensive or they are showing health problems associated with mold exposure. Some of these symptoms include allergy and respiratory issues such as sneezing, coughing, skin and eye irritation as well as other flu-like symptoms.

People have begun their spring cleaning with the weather beginning to warm up. While cleaning out your basement and other areas of your home, be mindful of boxes or water soluble materials such as pillows that may have mold. If you find items with mold, do not move them or disturb them, instead we recommend you contact a mold removal specialist. This will prevent the mold from cross contaminating/spreading throughout your home. In the process of cleaning their home, you should check for excess moisture in your home that could lead to mold growth and take the necessary steps to prevent the mold from becoming a problem. If the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed, not only can the damage from mold growth be costly, but it can affect your home’s indoor air quality and the health of people sensitive to mold.

Here are some spring cleaning tips to help prevent mold growth:
·         Reduce relative humidity to below 45% to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside. Use air conditioners and dehumidifiers to increase ventilation whenever possible. Whenever cooking, dishwashing or cleaning use exhaust fans.
·         Clean and dry damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
·         Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
·         Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
·         Identify and fix plumbing leaks and other water problems immediately.
·         Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces such as windows, piping, exterior walls etc. by adding insulation.
·         Scrub any visible mold off hard surfaces with borox and water and dry the area completely. Mix 1 cup of Borox to 1 gallon of hot water.

·         Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.

Good Duct Cleaner vs. Bad Duct Cleaner

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Good Duct Cleaner vs. Bad Duct Cleaner

The process of trying to decide whom to hire to clean your air ducts can be a difficult and tricky situation. As with other home repairs and maintenance, selecting a company is not only based on price or scheduling, but also trust and quality of work.

Homeowners should stay away from offers that seem “too good to be true” or extremely cheap deals for duct cleaning. This is normally some type of scam to get in your home and charge you more once inside or they do not use proper techniques and do a poor job.

Some signs to distinguish between a good and bad duct cleaner is based on the cost. A good quality duct cleaning should cost approximately between $400 to $1,000 (depending on the size of the home, number of ducts and other factors.) The job on average, should take about half a day or a few hours worth of work with at least a two-man crew. A cleaner who completes the job within an hour or less, more than likely did not do an efficient cleaning.

A good company uses up-to-date equipment that meets all HEPA and other requirements. A bad company that is considered untrustworthy may use scare tactics to try and get you to purchase additional services. A good company may offer additional services when present that could benefit you, however they will not pressure you or try to scare you into purchasing them.


When hiring any company, make sure to do your research. The Internet offers a wealth of knowledge at your disposal, make sure to check out their website as well as their reviews. Visit the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Angie’s List to view their ratings. Also, you can ask the company for phone numbers of previous customers and speak directly to someone who has worked with them before. Make sure to hire a professional that you trust that will provide efficient and quality work. Visit Comprehensive Mold Management's website for more information at www.compmold.com

Dryer Duct Cleaning

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Dryer Duct Cleaning

Did you know that a clogged dryer vent can cause a fire inside of your home? According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers. Excess lint (which is highly combustible) and debris build up in your dryer vent, which reduces air flow to the dryer which backs up the dryer exhaust gases, causing a fire hazard. Most dryer duct lines run between the walls and floors of a home and this fire can quickly spread through the rest of the home. Luckily, these fires can easily be prevented by following a few helpful tips and cleaning your dryer duct vent regularly.


Although clothes dryers have a lint trap, a significant amount of lint bypasses the trap and finds its way into the dryer and the dryer vent duct.  Within less than a year a significant amount of lint can build up and can block the flow of air through the dryer and dryer vent duct. With the warm moist air being dispersed as well into the dryer duct this further aids in the lint clogging the dryer duct.

Plugged or partially plugged dryer vents can also result in increased operating costs with longer drying times.  This will also cause premature failure of components of the dryer.  Overheating can also cause unnecessary wear and tear on clothing, thus shorting their life.

Signs it is time to clean your dryer vent:

·         Clothing remains damp or does not dry completely after a full drying cycle.
·         Drying time for clothing exceeds 35 to 40 minutes in duration.
·         A musty odor that lingers in the clothing following the drying cycle.
·         Clothing seems unusually hot to the touch after a complete drying cycle.
·         The dryer vent hood flap does not properly open as it is designed to do during the operation of the dryer.
·         Debris is noticed within the outside dryer vent opening.
·         Excessive heat is noticed within the room in which the dryer is being operated.
·         Large amounts of lint accumulate in the lint trap for the dryer during operation.
·         A visible sign of lint and debris is noticed around the lint filter for the dryer.
Excessive odor is noticed from dryer sheets that are used during the drying cycle.

Here are some steps homeowners should take to prevent dryer vent fires:

·         Clean the lint screen before/after drying every load of laundry.
·         Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct (hose connected to the dryer) annually.
·     Check and clean the outside dryer vent exhaust for obstructions and make sure the flapper opens and closes properly. If the flapper is not fully closing, birds and rodents can nest in the dryer vent line.
·       Clean behind and around the dryer where lint can build up. Keep the area around the dryer clean and free of lint and clutter.
·        Replace old style flexible plastic/vinyl hose with corrugated or foil hose. The plastic/vinyl hose is no longer allowed in most states and is a fire hazard.
·   The interior of the dryer chassis should be cleaned by a qualified service person periodically. Lint and debris will build up inside the dryer as well as in the dryer duct.
·     Limit the use of dryer sheets used when drying clothing. Instead of dryer sheets for liquid fabric softener.
·      When possible hang clothing such as heavy bedding, pillows and other large articles outside to line dry.

Make sure that you hire a professional to clean your dryer duct vent for you. Although, there are many DIY vent cleaning kits out there, they usually are not as effective as the tools used by the professionals. By hiring a professional, they not only have the experience which ensures that it will be done efficiently but also you have the reassurance that it will be done properly and safely.
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