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The Mold Remediation Process.

Posted on February 24th, 2018

Finding mold in your home can be scary. Everyone has heard horror stories of how dangerous mold can be. While it is true that it can cause sickness, usually it is caught and removed before it has caused serious illness. If you have found it in your home, you probably have many questions and aren’t sure what the next step is. The first thing you should do is call a mold removal specialist. This will ensure that the process will go smoothly and without issues.

 

The Mold Removal Process 

Inspection

The first thing that a mold remediation company will do is test the home for mold. Even if it is visible. They need to know what kind of mold it is, and what the cause is. This will help them determine the best process to take and to ensure great results. While it may seem like you could see the mold on the walls, this often misses much of the mold. Often mold is deeper than skin deep.  The mold inspection process will also help determine if the mold could be dangerous to your health and may need to leave your house until the home is clean.

 

Sealing the mold 

Mold can grow incredibly quickly. The area in which the mold is growing will be sealed off from the rest of the home. This will prevent the mold from spreading and continuing to grow. If needed an airtight area can be set up to prevent any air from exiting the contaminated area.

 

Moisture

Mold thrives off of moisture. Because of this, once the mold is sealed, removing the moisture is the next step. This also helps limit the speed at which the mold will grow. There are many different ways to remove the moisture. The technique change depending on what the moisture is caused by.

 

Removal

One the area is dry, the restoration company can begin removing the mold. This is done with very specific vacuums that are made for mold removal. The surfaces are then washed and dried. Every spore must be removed to prevent any mold from returning. The removal process does change based on the type and location of the mold.

 

Cleanup

Part of the mold removal process is going throughout the rest of the house to clean up any more issues. This includes air ducts and the furnace. If this isn’t done, then the mold could easily come back.

 

After these steps are taken, your house should be fresh and clean. When hiring the mold removal company, you should choose carefully. Read reviews, check certifications, see what standards they have, are they able to do everything else that may be needed? Do you like the staff? These are all important questions to ask. You want a company that is the best for what you need and will get the job done.

Spring Maintenance Tips

Posted on February 16th, 2018

With spring around the corner (we hope) it is time to start getting ready for your spring maintenance checklist. This is stuff that you couldn’t do during the cold, and usually, these are outdoor repairs. If you neglect to do some of these it can cause serious damage and require a restoration company to help repair the issues.

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How to Prevent Common Causes of House Fires.

Posted on February 9th, 2018

A house fire is one of the worst disasters that can happen to a house. It requires more time and cost to repair fire damage then nearly anything else that could happen to a home.  While Lee Carpet Cleaning is certified in fire damage restoration, and we want to be able to help if you do experience a fire. We also want to give some suggestions on how to prevent fires in a home and general maintenance you can do to protect your home from a fire.

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How to Prevent Your Sump Pump from Freezing.

Posted on February 2nd, 2018

In many homes in this area, a sump pump is needed to keep the basement from flooding. However, because it involves water it can easily freeze. If this happens it can then cause the pump to fail from overheating, which could mean serious damage to your basement. There are some steps you can take to keep your sump pump line from freezing.

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How to Check for Burst Pipes.

Posted on January 19th, 2018

With the cold weather we are having, burst pipes are a common occurrence.  However often if the leak isn’t out in the open it can go unnoticed for an extended period of time. Here are a few ways that you can tell if there is a leak in your home.

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How to Prevent Pipes From Freezing.

Posted on December 29th, 2017

One of the aspects of water is that when it freezes, it expands. When water is in liquid form it will fill nearly any space and then if it freezes it exerts a tremendous amount of pressure on whatever it is held within. Water freezing in your home can put that pressure on the plumbing. Usually, if your home is heated most of the pipes aren’t in danger of freezing. But any pipe that is exposed to the cold such as swimming pool lines, sprinkler lines, and hose nozzles, are much more likely to freeze and burst. Basements and crawl spaces are often not heated directly, and areas such as garages or kitchen cabinets are also common areas for bursting pipes.

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