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STRUCTURE DRYING/WATER LOSS

Did you know that structure drying involves a number of steps? Removing water inside your home or building is a task that can be challenging or cumbersome. Most people whose homes have been ravaged by serious water intrusion need experts to extract water and effectively dry the affected indoor space and all furniture in it.Structure drying starts with removal or extraction of water. This is an important step, especially when water is contained within an enclosed space (e.g. basement) with little or no chance of draining. Water should be pumped out of the area.

Though largely helpful, water extraction is not enough to keep the structural integrity of the affected area. Remaining moisture will raise indoor humidity and cause further problems. One particular problem is growth of fungi and mold, which cause deterioration of wood, so wet walls and furniture are at risk of rotting. For this reason, it is necessary to dry all materials and all areas affected by water.

Mold contamination can occur in moist indoor environments after two days. Mold can coat walls and ceilings and make your indoor air an unhealthy place.Drying moist surfaces can be successfully achieved through a combination of air flow and de-humidifcation. This is accompanied by raising ambient temperatures to facilitate faster drying.

If your house or property has been affected by a recent flood or severe water leak, contact us.

AIR PURIFIERS

You may think the air inside your house is clean, but studies have suggested that the air you breathe indoors may be 6 times more polluted than the air outdoors. An indoor environment does not have sufficient circulation mechanism that distributes and diffuses contaminants. Because we choose to seal our homes for energy efficiency, we often build a contained indoor environment and discourage exchange of outdoor and indoor air. In other words, contaminants indoors never find their way out, unless we purify our indoor air.

Indoor air pollutants can come as particulates—dust, pollen, dander, smoke, and aerosol. They can also come as floating microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, dust mites, and mold spores. Other pollutants are gaseous in nature, and these are generated by smoking or cooking. Cleaning products may release vapors and fumes that diffuse inside an enclosed space. Indoor air pollutants may be benign, disgusting, or hazardous.

It is the irksome and hazardous air pollutants that compel a lot of homeowners to install indoor air purifiers. After all, we all want to live in a healthy environment. We don’t want to inhale dirty air. We don’t want to suffer from allergies and respiratory diseases.

Air purifiers can be installed as a separate device or it can be installed right in the heating and cooling system, actively filtering passing air and releasing clean air into the house or the building. Air Purifiers come as a portable device or a unit that can be installed in your HVAC system or as a simple plug- in appliance.

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Mold in Homes NYC

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The Effects of Household Mold in NYC

We hear so much about household mold these days, but what really are the effects of having mold in your home? The key to controlling mold is to control moisture. However, if there is a problem that you are either unaware of or that you cannot solve immediately, you need to know the effects of household mold on you, your family and your house.

Mold can destroy homes and cause illness in humans and pets. It is not usually found indoors unless there is a moisture issue. Mold spores may be in the environment inside your home all the time, but it does not attach to surfaces and grow unless there is moisture or humidity over 55% in the home. So the first step in avoiding the effects we will discuss here is to eliminate any moisture from your home.

Effects of Mold on Your Home

Mold growing outdoors is always seeking to decompose materials such as dead leaves, tree trunks, fruits and nuts. You can find a wide variety of molds when you take a walk through a forest or heavily treed area. If you look hard enough you are sure to find a dead tree log that is covered from one end to the other in green, sometimes slimy mold.

If mold can do this in nature what can it do if it is growing in your home? The answer is actually pretty simple. It can destroy your home if it is growing on wooden joists or load bearing walls. It can ruin a hardwood floor; require you to rip out all the drywall in an affected area or room. It can grow on wood or brick both inside and outside your home and it can grow on aluminum gutters attached to the outside of your home. It can permanently damage aluminum overhangs as well.

In addition to any damage and health issues, mold also causes everything to look dirty and neglected.

Effects of Mold on You and Your Family

There are thousands of types of mold and the majority of them are not toxic or allergenic. These types of mold, such as mildew, can be cleaned and eradicated from your home easily and safely. However there are several household molds that are either toxic or allergenic or both.  Let’s look at some of the best known of these and the deadliest one in particular– black mold.

There are certain areas of the country that are consistently vulnerable to mold because of the damp humid conditions that always exist there. States like Louisiana, Oregon, Texas and Florida have mold infestations. Though not toxic there are many molds in these states that can cause health issues such as asthma, respiratory infections and chronic sinus infections. Some of these milder molds include clasosporium and helminthosporium. How much mold do you have to be exposed to before you get sick? This varies from one person to another and it has a lot to do with how strong your immune system is. If your immune system is compromised you should attempt to avoid mold as much as possible.

Milder allergic reactions to mold include sneezing, coughing, infections, nasal congestion, wheezing and trouble breathing. You might have headaches and burning or watery eyes, diarrhea, vomiting, rashes and fatigue. All of this from the mild, non-toxic molds.

The more dangerous and serious of household molds is Black mold. Formally known as stachybotrys it is the most dangerous mold for humans. Other fairly common household molds that are also fairly toxic include aspergillus and penicillium. People are exposed to these molds by inhaling them, ingesting them or skin contact with them. These molds can cause severe respiratory infections and inability to breath. They can cause pulmonary emergencies, brain damage, memory problems, cancers, infertility, birth defects and miscarriages. It is best to avoid these molds and allow a professional to deal with the problem.

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What Causes Household Mold Growth

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What Causes Household Mold?

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Just what is a household mold and what causes household molds? So many of us are scared off if there is even a slight bit of any kind of mold in our homes or in a home we are considering buying. This is because there has been so much media coverage regarding the dangers of black mold in the past several years. The important thing to know is that there are a variety of household molds with various causes and more importantly various levels of danger.
So what is household mold? All molds are a form of fungus – as are delectable things such as mushrooms and truffles. Except that these fungi are not edible and are not welcome guests in your home. Molds decompose the materials they attach themselves too. This could be food, walls, and wood. While they do cause allergic and sometimes toxic reactions, molds can also be very helpful when producing antibiotics, beer, wine, enzymes and other pharmaceuticals.
There are several thousand species of molds and the one thing they all have in common is the need for a humid and moist environment in which to grow and thrive. There are specific conditions that must be present if mold is to grow in your house. There must be a food source or somewhere conducive for the growth of mold such as drywall, wood or textiles. The environment must be dark, warm and moist if mold is to grow there. It takes approximately 24 to 48 hours for most molds to start growing.
The most important factor in this entire process is the presence of moisture. Mold cannot grow without moisture. The difference is between a home with all the factors plus moisture and a home with all the factors except moisture. The home that has a moisture issue is the home that will have the right environment for mold to grow.
Household molds need a humidity level of 55% to thrive and grow. Things such as drying clothes indoors, using a humidifier over 55%, problems with your HVAC system and leaking pipes can all create an excellent environment for mold to live. If the humidity is too high in the home and you do try to dry out items like clothes, it will take a lot longer for them to dry and mold can begin to grow on these surfaces. Mold also finds it nice and cozy in rooms with 40 to 100 degrees F.
A leaky roof, condensation and poor ventilation can all cause molds. Condensation occurs when you have cold surfaces in a humid environment. Condensation collects on window sills, between window panes and on cold pipes. It can even collect on walls. Mold loves to grow in places that are prime for condensation. Also poor ventilation can cause the air to become stagnant with moist warmer air. Steam heat or boiling a lot of water without providing an outlet for that steam to be released out of the house can also cause mold to grow. Bathrooms and kitchens especially need to be well ventilated.
There are two more common culprits for the formation of household mold and they are damp basements and ground water around the foundation and base of the home. Basements become damp with condensation because they are usually cold and have very little ventilation. Ground water around the base of the house will also cause problems with mold. If water stands in pools around the house or if your yard slopes toward the house instead of away from it, the potential for mold issues exists.
There are many factors involved in the growth of household molds but the primary factor is the presence of excessive moisture somewhere. Without that household molds would not be able to grow. Schedule mold inspection and mold removal service in NYC -

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