Misconceptions of Mold
There are many common misconceptions when it comes to mold in a living space. Arguably the biggest one being that you can completely rid your living space of mold. Mold spores travel through the air attaching to your shoes, clothes, hair, or they simply blow into the house if you have the windows open or by opening the door. Some leaks you just simply cannot see. If the leaks go on long enough and depending on where the leak is, you can have mold in the parts of your home you cannot see. With that being said, there will always be some amount of mold inside your home.
The second biggest misconception is using bleach to clean an affected area. I have spoken slightly about the issue with bleach in a previous post, but I will reiterate why you should not use bleach. First, using bleach does not kill all the mold spores in porous areas like drywall and/or wood. In fact, if you do not have proper air flow in the area you could put an even bigger risk on your health with the protentional of producing toxic gas (mixing bleach and ammonia). What do we recommend? For small DIY mold problems, we recommend putting antimicrobial dish soap on a wet rag and wiping the affected area.
The last misconception I will speak about is that Black Mold is the worst mold to have. There are thousands of different molds! Some molds are green, purple, red, blue, white and the dreaded black. The name of the mold that is feared to be the Black Mold is called Stachybotrys. Therefore, it is important to have a professional come out and do mold testing, so we know, and you know what mold is present in the home.
To lighten the mood here are some of my favorite mold jokes:
- What did the mold say when he had his picture taken?
- Why did the Mushroom get invited to all the parties?
- What would a mushroom car say?
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call! We would be more than willing to answer your questions or concerns!
Car fire in Scottsdale 85253
Who wants to make bets on how hot the fire had to be to burn through the steal/aluminum? My guess is 1,221 degrees Fahrenheit…. Okay it wasn’t much of a guess since I cheated and looked up the answer. Now who can guess the average temperature of a house fire? Surprisingly it is not too much of a difference, an average house fire is 1,100 degrees according to the Livesafe Foundation. Thankfully everyone in the home was okay! The fire could have very easily gone uncontrollable causing more damage to the home and/or occupants. It is still unknown why the fire started in the car to begin with but as you can see it totaled the car and damaged the garage, other car, and part of the home.
Slab Leaks in Paradise Valley 85253
The loss pictured may look like it was a leak from the water heater however, it was a slab leak. What is a slab leak? It is a leak that occurs under the foundation of your home. How do you detect a slab leak? There has been a blog already on how to detect leaky pipes throughout your home (not just under your home) which is a similar process. Some of the key detections are huge water bill spike, have water in your home and you cannot find where it is coming from, and limited water pressure. Detecting a slab leak sooner rather than later can save you money and a headache. If you have any questions or concerns about your home potentially having a slab leak we are available 24/7!
Fire extinguisher and Soy Sauce
If you are on any of our social media platforms you probably have seen this picture before. Now ill explain the background of the picture. We were called early in the morning by a Sushi restaurant in Scottsdale Arizona and they had said a fire extinguisher went off in the kitchen. We quickly hurried over and discovered it went EVERYWHERE! A delivery man had accidently bumped the fire extinguisher which damaged it causing it to spew everywhere. We began cleaning what we could (floor, shelves, dishwasher, enclosed food, etc.) and in turn removing/throwing away items/food that could not be clean. One of those items was a soy sauce bucket. As we went to remove it the bucket snapped and then the soy sauce went everywhere! Which brought us back to square one, recleaning the floors, shelves, dishwasher. In then end, we still were able to have the restaurant up and running before opening at 11. If your commercial business has an emergency, we are here to help!
Picture was taken during our break. We also played movie quote trivia during our breaks!
For the first time we have been open we hosted a CE (Continued Education) class. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the class, seeing as I had never needed CE credits, so I had never taken a class for it. The class that we hosted was on Ethics and it was for three credit hours. Some of the key points we discussed in the course was the Sarbanes-Oxley act of 2002, defining ethics, and various other acts/definitions and exercises. The best part about this CE class is that it comes at no cost to you! If you need the hours anyways why not take them in person? If you would like to be put in the loop about the next class or would like more information we are a quick email/call away!
Being a Restoration Company in Arizona
Arizona has hundreds of restoration companies statewide. Did you know that in Arizona you do not have to have a license(s) to restore or remediate a home/business? Even though it is not required why should a restoration company be licensed even when you do not necessarily have to be? Would you let a surgeon operate on you who has never done any training and has never been to college? No of course not, you do your research to see who has the most experience, who has the best reviews, who has the newest technology, etc. A license just shows you have been trained and have been tested on a specific subject (pass or fail no in-betweens). This shows insurance agents, a homeowner or a business owner that you do have experience and you have the results to prove it. When “shopping” for a restoration company always do your research. We recommend answering these four questions before you make your decision,
- Are they licensed?
- Are they insured?
- When you speak to them over the phone do they sound like they know what they are talking about? Or are they just trying to pressure you into deciding?
- What do their reviews look like?
- Are they 5-star reviews
- Are there some 1-star reviews?
- If so what is being said?
Conflict of Interest
Mold hiding behind the cabinet
I have been recently asked why we do not do our own mold testing. Well, by reading the title you can assume that it is a conflict of interest. If we did our own mold testing why would our customer 100% trust us with the results? Would we get greedy and just say the house was positive for mold or even asbestos? I truly believe we would not lie about the results of a test (if we were to do our own testing) but to ensure our customers have 100% trust in us it is easier to have a third party do the testing. If you feel that you may have a mold problem but do not want to spend the money on a company to come out and do the test for you, we would NOT recommend any mold testing kits. From our experience they have many flaws and can mislead the tester. If you have had a positive experience with self-testing mold kits, please let us know! Also, if you fear you may have a mold problem feel free to call us so we can set up a free estimate!
Volunteering for a Cause
Saturday October 14th, I planned to install smoke detectors. What I didn't plan for is how many people truly needed them and wanted them. Almost every door we knocked on they needed one or they wanted us to check if theirs worked because they didn't know how. A major issue that we noticed was a household that had the smoke detector, but it did not have the battery. Which makes it a wall decoration rather than something that could save your life. When we saw this, we tried to really explain why that should never be done again. We have all been awoken by the false alarm that it gives when the battery is dying. I think we can all say that we left the battery out for the night, maybe even nights until a new detector was purchased or a replacement battery. I have been guilty of this before. To this day I tell myself how lucky I was that nothing happened because you never know. The smoke detectors we installed had a non-removable battery and is claimed to last 10 years. I highly recommend everyone to any “Sound the Alarm Campaign.” The volunteers were genuine, the people were thankful, and the Firefighters, Red Cross, and Arizona Burn were educational.
Repairing a roof for your house can be a pain, expensive, and overwhelming. Now imagine trying to repair an apartment complex, condo, and any other building along those lines. A lot more money, a lot more pain, and even more overwhelming. Unfortunately, this means repairs and replacement may not be done when they should be or by the time you realize a repair needs to be done it is too late. For the Lofts on Thomas they realized they needed to repair their roof, but it was far too late. After a heavy monsoon water began running down the walls, soaking the carpets, and “rippling” of paint. When we arrived on scene we began by making sure the roof was getting repaired so there wouldn’t be the same issue again. After we were ensured the roof was getting fixed we began extracting the water and removing all the wet installation. After the installation was removed we set up equipment to dry the remainder of the drywall/carpet.
Common occurrences with Mold Remediation
When water goes undetected for an extended period mold wreaks havoc on your walls (both inside and out). So, what should you expect? Sometimes mold can be "wiped" away if your home is not "hot" for asbestos, does not have harmful molds, or if there are very small amounts. How do you “wipe” it away? Take a warm wash cloth with some soap and simply scrub the affected area until you no longer see the mold. I have done this both out in the field and at my own home (toilet line leak).
What happens when you can’t wipe it away? Often drywall will need to be removed. The reasons vary on why it should/needs to be removed. For example, if you have mold on every inch of the interior part of your drywall, that will need to be removed. Before we start “demo” we cut small holes in your wall to see where the mold is (if there are not obvious signs beforehand). This will help us determine where to start cutting, how much to remove, or what areas do not need to be treated. If there is only one room that has mold we will “seal” that room off so mold spores do not travel through your vents or by opening and closing the door.
Once the drywall is removed we will HEPA Vac the exterior wall, studs, floors to remove all the dust, dirt, and some mold spores (not all will ever be removed, just as much as we can). What else can you expect? Lots and lots of termite trails and grass! Sometimes if you are lucky beehives and wasp nests. The only lucky part about beehives and wasp nests is if there hives/nest is abandoned! No one wants to scream and run out of a room because a little bug is chasing them (been there done that). Talk about embarrassing! In the grand scheme of things this is not ALL of what takes place but these are some key points.