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How To Prevent Mold

Because mold can be toxic and expensive to remediate, the best policy is to help prevent mold in your home. Preventing mold is fairly simple and can save you from future problems.

Mold cannot grow without moisture, so the way to avoid mold is to control moisture. Here are some ways to help prevent mold growth in your home:

• Check around window frames to be sure they are sealed tightly so no water can get in.
• Check around toilets, tubs, sinks, and water heater to ensure there is no water leakage.
• Examine the roof for any signs of water leakage.
• Make sure bathrooms have adequate ventilation.
• Check the basement and attic for any musty smells.
• Keep rain gutters clean. Leaves and debris can cause water back up, which can seep into your walls and attic.

Preventive moisture maintenance is key to stay on top of potential mold issues. If you have questions or concerns, contact the professionals at East Coast Mold Remediation.

How To Test for Mold in a House

If you suspect there may be mold in your house, ease your fears with a mold inspection. It is best to have your home thoroughly inspected by trained mold professionals. Sometimes you can visually see mold growing in your house, but mold can often be hidden in areas such as attics, basements, or crawl spaces. A professional mold inspection will uncover issues throughout your home.

When your home is tested for mold, your home will be inspected by a qualified team of technicians (we work with trained and certified third-party mold testing and inspection companies). This inspection will catalog any obvious mold issues and uncover any additional or hidden mold issues throughout your space. The team will do a visual evaluation to locate any high moisture areas that could foster mold growth. They will remove samples for testing and also test for airborne mold. The moisture sources will be pinpointed so you can control any water issues before the remediation process begins.

Don’t let mold affect the health of your family or cause long term damage to your home. If you think you may have mold, we can help. Contact East Coast Mold Remediation today for an estimate.

How To Get Rid of Mold

If your professional inspection team determines that you have mold, mold removal (remediation) is the next step. Mold can grow quickly after water damage in your home and can also become a health risk. Remediation is a priority. Mold remediation consists of cleaning and sanitizing contaminated areas or surfaces.

After moisture sources have been addressed, the mold remediation team will isolate the contaminated areas and remove any mold-infected materials. They will safely discard any moldy materials. The affected areas will be treated for your specific type of mold and then deep cleaned. It is important to choose a professional mold company that uses environmentally friendly techniques and products to help keep your home free from additional toxins.

After visually inspecting for any remaining contamination, fans and humidifiers will be placed to ensure moisture is completely removed. Following mold remediation, you may choose to have mold verification performed. This can provide additional peace of mind that mold has been removed.

Pre-Treatment – Preventing Mold in Construction

Mold growth is a concern for many builders and their homeowner customers. Mold can easily grow on building joists that get wet during the construction process. It is important to prevent mold growth prior to closing walls and ceilings with drywall, but many builders don’t have the proper products or tools to help.

We are proud to offer a solution to help builders control mold growth during construction. East Coast Mold Remediation, a sister company of DeVere Insulation, applies an anti-microbial solution that is used by restoration professionals. This disinfectant kills disease-causing microbes and helps keep odor-causing bacteria away. The product is fog sprayed across building joists, then wiped down the joist to prevent any growth while the home is being constructed.

As builders move into peak season filled with moisture and humidity, mold spray should be added to your construction project. Contact us to discuss using mold spray for your next new construction project.

Covid-19 Cleaning in Baltimore, MD

Sanitation Services for Businesses Dealing with Coronavirus

Our thoughts are with our communities, businesses and families as we all navigate the everchanging Coronavirus situation. During this stressful time, we want you to know there are resources that can help. We are happy to answer any questions about these products and services.

Sanitation Services for Viruses

Coronavirus has quickly and dramatically changed everyday life. Businesses and individuals are concerned about the rapid spread, due in part to how long it can live on surfaces. Not only is there a desire to clean businesses and facilities, cleaning products are scarce. As a small, locally owned business, we would like you to know about some products that can help your company.

  • Cleaning Products
    • Disinfectants from ICP Environmental Restoration Group meet the requirements of the EPA’s Emerging Pathogen efficacy program. They have approvals for multiple Small Non-Enveloped, Large Non-Enveloped and Enveloped Viruses on their labels.
    • While no disinfectant, at this time, may make a claim on their EPA-registered label that the product is proven effective at killing the COVID-19 Coronavirus, it is classified as an enveloped virus.
  • Sanitation Services For Coronavirus at East Coast Mold RemediationFogging for airborne particulates
    • Whole room disinfection enables difficult-to-reach places to be thoroughly disinfected. The fogger produces a super fine ‘dry’ mist that reaches virtually all surfaces, cracks and crevices. This can assist in disinfecting large spaces.
  • Duct cleaning and sanitization
    • Air duct cleaning removes contaminates from HVAC ducts. Mechanical agitation (loosening and vacuuming) removes contaminants from the system, after which a sanitization treatment is applied.
  • Duct UV Lighting 
    • Commonly installed in hospitals and health care facilities, this is a simple and complete choice for germicidal UV light for HVAC systems. Powerful UV-C light kills germs continuously in the air and on surfaces inside the air system.

East Coast Mold Remediation and our partner companies can help. We offer the services listed above and are committed to providing cost effective cleaning solutions to businesses and organizations as they navigate the Coronavirus pandemic. We protect our employees by the proper PPE during the cleaning, after which infected materials are cleaned, disinfected and, if needed, are disposed of as biohazard waste.

PLEASE contact us with questions about recommended cleaning protocols for your office, business or community space. We want to help local businesses navigate this situation.

Be well and stay safe.


Tips on Indoor Air Quality by East Coast Mold Remediation

What impacts indoor air quality?

The air quality inside your home is also known as Indoor Environmental Quality (IAQ). Clean, fresh air inside your home is critical for your health, comfort and work ability. Some air contaminants can produce an immediate effect on your health and others may not be noticed for years.

Some of the elements that can impact your indoor air quality are:

Ventilation. Poor ventilation inside your home prevents pollutants from escaping to the outside. It is important to allow fresh outside air into your home. Installing a mechanical ventilation system can facilitate air exchange and improve indoor air quality.

HVAC Contaminants. Dirt and dust particles can accumulate in the ductwork of your heating and cooling system. When your HVAC system runs these particles can circulate throughout your home. Be sure to conduct routine maintenance on your HVAC system and have your ducts cleaned.

Water and Humidity. Water from roof leaks, flooding or extreme humidity can propagate the growth of mold. Mold should be assessed by a professional and remediated if necessary. Mold can exist in a home even if it is not easily visible. Contact us to have your home checked for mold.

Chemicals. Some cleaning products contain toxic chemicals. These chemicals can remain in the air long after they are used. For your safety and to help improve your home’s indoor air quality, select non-toxic products whenever possible.

 

 

What to expect during mold remediation

What to Expect During Mold Remediation

Mold remediation is a specialized home service. It is important to choose a company with the experience to properly address any sources of mold and be sure mold is properly remediated.

Before beginning mold remediation, the moisture source must be repaired so the mold does not return. Then the mold remediation process can begin with the following steps:

  1. The contaminated area is isolated by containment barriers and put under negative pressure to prevent spreading any mold spores.
  2. Materials infected by mold spores are removed and cleaned or carefully discarded.
  3. The affected area is treated with products for the specific mold type.
  4. The areas are cleaned and sanitized to be sure all mold is eliminated.
  5. All areas inside the containment area are inspected to ensure they are visibly free of contamination and debris.
  6. Fans and dehumidifiers are used to assure moisture is completely evaporated.

At East Coast Mold Remediation, we are ready to recommend the best solutions for mold remediation. Contact us today!

is mold making you sick? Mold exposure symptoms

Is Mold Making You Sick? Here Are Some Signs.

Chronic illness can be caused by many things. If you or someone in your home suffers from chronic illness and your physician is having a hard time getting to the bottom of it, you may want to check your home for mold.

Mold exposure can create a variety of symptoms that can be mistaken for other illnesses. Here are some signs that mold in your home is making you sick:

  1. A cold you cannot get rid of.
    Sneezing and a continually runny nose can be reactions to a mold problem, especially if the symptoms occur in a particular area of your home.
  2. Your asthma gets worse for no apparent reason.
    If you have preexisting breathing issues that flare up after being at home for long periods, the cause could be mold. Mold can worsen an asthma condition.
  3. Itchiness.
    Mold can grow on the fibers in damp clothing. This can cause skin to itch. You may also experience itchy eyes, ears or other areas of the body.
  4. Seasonal allergies do not lessen.
    If your seasonal allergies are lingering this could be a symptom of mold. If your symptoms are better at work than at home this could be a hint that your home has mold.
  5. You are chronically tired.
    Fatigue is one possible sign of a reaction to mold. If you have trouble waking up in the morning and staying awake during the day, or feel particularly tired at home, mold could be the culprit.

Mold is not the cause of all illness. If you have recurring health issues that are not resolving despite medical attention, check your home for mold. Contact East Coast Mold Remediation to discuss your home’s mold issues.

 

black mold found under cabinet

Signs Your Home May Have Mold

Key signs your home may have Mold

Mold on your food is an indication that it is time to discard it. Mold in your home indicates a bigger issue. Not only can mold in your home compromise your home’s structure, it can affect your family’s health. Some mold species produce mycotoxins which can lead to health issues.

Here are signs your home may have mold:

  1. Weird smell emanating from your HVAC. Mold can grow in your standalone air conditioner because it is damp, dark and exposed to warm temperatures when not being used. Have your A/C unit checked on a regular basis.
  2. Peeling wallpaper. Peeling, cracking or bubbling can be a sign of moisture which can lead to mold.
  3. Dark spots on your walls. Mold can be many colors and shapes. If an unusual spot appears on your wall, get it checked.
  4. Musty odor. If the odor persists after house cleaning, you may have mold.
  5. A humidifier. Moist air produced by a humidifier can cause mold growth.
  6. New home. Mold can grow even in new homes. Since new homes are built so airtight, humidity inside may not be properly vented. Dryers and dishwashers can also produce heat and moisture which encourage mold to grow.
  7. Flooding around a toilet or sink. Even a small flooding occurrence can invite mold.

If you think your home may harbor mold, seek out a remediation specialist like East Coast Mold Remediation. Contact us today!