Recent Posts

SERVPRO of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon sponsors a Pony Ride for Humane Society Fundraiser

7/19/2016 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon sponsors a Pony Ride for Humane Society Fundraiser We have a lifelong love of animals at our Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, so we had to sponsor a pony ride for our Humane Society's fundraiser!

RESCUE ME is a local Humane Society Program in Westchester County, NY and they need help:  SERVPRO of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon to the rescue!

We co-sponsored a great event last weekend, with a Pony Ride for kids and a Gallery opening with wine and cheese for adults – hosted by Transform Gallery of NYC.

Fun was had by all at their Westchester County Studios, especially the little ones who had their first ride in a saddle, according to some parents. 

Our SERVPRO of Scarsdale… was invited to sponsor because Forrest Sheperd’s fine art paintings were juried into the gallery. Also, the Sheperds are friends and fans of Kara O’Neill, the Design Strategist & Art Gallery Director at Transform. 

Kara knows all about our horse, Krys, too, and that we are equine fans.  Some of Forrest’s figurative Impressionist paintings are of horses and other “equines.”

As horse, dog, bunny and animal lovers, we had to support the cause and participate in our local Humane Society’s fundraiser. Numerous children’s books and a painting or two were sold that night, plus the show is on exhibit at: www.transformgallery.com

If you can visit the gallery on a weekday, feel free to select a work of art or sculpture, with pet and wildlife themes, to support the dogs and cats -- that need food and a forever home!

Thanks so much,

Forrest & Hillary

SAFE WINDOWS FOR CHILDREN SAVE LIVES IN SCARSDALE NY 10583

7/19/2016 (Permalink)

Community SAFE WINDOWS FOR CHILDREN SAVE LIVES IN SCARSDALE NY 10583 Recently, a child fell from an open window in NYC and is in critical condition. We try to offer Hillary's Home Safety Tips for families: Window guards

Window Safety for children this summer in Scarsdale, NY 10583

When the weather's blazing this summer, it can be tempting to open your windows and let in a fresh breeze. But did you know this is a safety risk for young children? Help prevent tragic falls with these window safety pointers for your kids.  

Window Safety Do's

& Don'ts

    • DO: Ensure all windows are closed and locked when you are not in the room. Children can push windows open.
    • DON'T: Allow windows to open more than 4 inches. This prevents small children from being able to squeeze through.
    • DO: Keep windows open at the top, not at the bottom, whenever possible. Kids are less likely to access the opening.
    • DON'T: Assume that a screen makes the window safe. Screens aren't strong enough to hold even a small child.
    • DO: Install window safety devices (see below) on all windows — even on the first floor.
    • DON'T: Make windows accessible. Move furniture that kids might climb on away from windows.

Window Safety Xtras!:

Window stops and guards are designed to help prevent anyone from falling out the window, even our elderly parents, or guests.

Window stops keep windows from opening more than a few inches, and they block the window opening.

Help ensure safe and effective use with these tips:

    • Purchase the correct type of window guard. Find the correct fit for your window and follow the manufacturer's installation instructions.
    • Know how to remove the safety device. Practice removing it regularly so you'll be prepared to do so in the event of an emergency -- like a fire or carbon monoxide concern in your home.

~ Most of you know Forrest & me and our family owned SERVPRO of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon.  You may have seen our bright green trucks around the Village and town and at Scarsdale events.  

We're the premiere disaster cleanup Fire & Water Restoration pros in Southern Westchester, with a mold removal crew / chaser.  

But, if we can help with your windows and framing for child's safety guards, feel free to call Forrest for a complimentary walkthrough at:  

914.573.3738.  

~ This is my small woman owned rebuilding and renovation biz based in southern Westchester County, NY:   

All Hands on Decks Kitchens

& Baths

HAVE A GREAT, SAFE SUMMER!

Is Your Restoration Company for Fire & Water Cleanup or Mold Removal an IICRC firm?

6/15/2016 (Permalink)

General Is Your Restoration Company for Fire & Water Cleanup or Mold Removal an IICRC firm? When our crews roll up to your home or business that flooded or had a fire, you can rest assured that they are really trained & IICRC certifified.

Like many qualified restoration companies, our SERVPRO of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon is an IICRC firm – that’s the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). 

This organization was created in New York state originally and it is the national organization that sets our standards in the restoration industry.  They also provide training and certifications to restoration companies like our SERVPRO of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, in the Fire & Water Cleanup business.   Also, only IICRC Certified Firms like ours have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force for decades, in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field:

Manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon 

SERVPRO of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon helps business and homeowners from the White Plains line through Five Corners and down to the Mount Vernon / Bronx city borders & beyond.  We specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage and flood event.

Our staff is background checked and are highly trained in property damage restoration, as an IICRC Certified Firm.  We believe in continuous training:  from our initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certifications, you can rest assured that our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet our whole SERVPRO of Scarsdale team:  

Here are all of our certifications and completed training data, in order to help you with your home or business.

Is Your Restoration Company for Fire & Water Cleanup or Mold Removal an IICRC firm?

6/15/2016 (Permalink)

Like many qualified restoration companies, our SERVPRO of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon is an IICRC firm – that’s the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). 

This organization was created in New York state originally and it is the national organization that sets our standards in the restoration industry.  They also provide training and certifications to restoration companies like our SERVPRO of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, in the Fire & Water Cleanup business.   Also, only IICRC Certified Firms like ours have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force for decades, in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field:

Manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon 

SERVPRO of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon helps business and homeowners from the White Plains line through Five Corners and down to the Mount Vernon / Bronx city borders & beyond.  We specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage and flood event.

Our staff is background checked and are highly trained in property damage restoration, as an IICRC Certified Firm.  We believe in continuous training:  from our initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certifications, you can rest assured that our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet our whole SERVPRO of Scarsdale team:  

Here are all of our certifications and completed training data, in order to help you with your home or business.

Window Safety for children this Summer in Bronxville, NY 10708

6/13/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services  Window Safety for children this  Summer in Bronxville, NY 10708 This is a mesh window guard and just one of many solutions to keep children inside, preventing falls out of an open window. Others look like bars.

Window Safety Do's and Don'ts

With weather warming up early this summer, it can be tempting to open your windows and let in a fresh breeze. But did you know this is a safety risk for young kids?

Help prevent tragic falls with these window safety pointers:

DO: Ensure all windows are closed and locked when you are not in the room. Children can push windows open.

DON'T: Allow windows to open more than 4 inches. This prevents small children from being able to squeeze through.

DO: Keep windows open at the top, not at the bottom, whenever possible. Kids are less likely to access the opening.

DON'T: Assume that a screen makes the window safe. Screens aren't strong enough to hold even a small child.

DO: Install window safety devices (see below) on all windows — even on the first floor.

    • DON'T: Make windows accessible. Move furniture that kids might climb on away from windows.

Window Safety Xtras!:

Window stops and guards are designed to help prevent anyone from falling out the window. Window stops keep windows from opening more than a few inches, and window guards block the window opening.

Help ensure safe and effective use with these tips:

-  Purchase the correct type of window guard. Find the correct fit for your window and follow the manufacturer's installation instructions.

  • -  Know how to remove the safety device. Practice removing it regularly so you'll be prepared to do so in the event of an emergency -- like a fire or carbon monoxide concern in your home.

Most of you know Forrest & me through our SERVPRO of Scarsdale... in Westchester, and from Bronxville concerts and events.  We sponsor town events and have been on the Chamber of Commerce since 2010.  

We are the local disaster cleanup and Fire & Water Restoration pros in southern Westchester, with mold and mildew removal services, too.  

But, if we can help with your windows and frame for a child's window safety guard, feel free to call Forrest for a complimentary walkthrough at:  

914.573.3738.  

My small woman owned rebuilding and renovation biz that we run in Westchester County, NY:   All Hands on Decks, Kitchens & Baths is at allhandsbuilders.com

Not only can we restore and clean your home or business, but we can rebuild and "get you back to paint."   Safety for children are of the highest importance!

HAVE A GREAT, SAFE SUMMER!

Severe Wind & Weather cause flooded basements in Scarsdale 10583

6/9/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Wind & Weather cause flooded basements in Scarsdale 10583 Our certified, background checked staff will do everything that we can to save a client's flooring and carpeting; It helps if we get in in first 48!

Wild winds and storms since Sunday knock down trees and power lines, causing flooding flooring and failed sump pumps in Scarsdale, NY 10583

You know all about sump pumps, if you have a basement in a Scarsdale, NY home or business, in southern Westchester.  

If a power outage from a rain or snow storm has ever shut down your sump pump and flooded your basement, you may have been a little worried this weekend and during monsoon rains yesterday.  

Our days of heavy rain and big wind gusts could have caused a power outage, or a brown out in your Scarsdale neighborhood.  So, be sure to check your basement and that your pump is on and any dehumidifiers are on and working.

That's as we get through this stormy, windy week.  This is especially important in older homes in the LowerHud, like our 1898 Colonial in Westchester, NY.

Homes with below ground basements and "ground water rise" through a cement floor or "slab," are inclined to flood.  This makes the fun of finished basements or a clean, safe lower level for the kids' playroom or a media room very difficult in southern Westchester...ahhh!

 If certified restoration companies like ours are called in soon, within the first 48 hours -- like that TV show -- we can usually save carpet and flooring!

When the power goes out in an electrical, wind or summer storm -- even "microbursts" like this Thursday that dumped inches of rain in just hours --  it's always wise to keep an eye on your sump pump and power.

If you have valuables, carpeting, drywall rooms and holiday decorations that are not on shelves or in plastic storage containers, check on all when we have these June storms.  Of course, if you have a nice, finished space downstairs, make sure the carpet is not wet and check flooring!

Severe summer storms have been the norm for decades, but we can tell you that they are getting more severe each year because we get more emergency calls for flooding at this time of year.  

We all stress out when the power is out, so channel that energy into checking that all of your electrical systems, dehumidifiers and pumps are on and working, especially after heavy rains and snow melt!  If it breaks, or you cannot reset it, then call your plumber.

Meantime, a restoration company may have to come in and help extract the water, or "mop up."   Usually, your insurance will cover a sump pump power failure because it's often considered a "mechanical failure," especially if the power is knocked out.  

Restoration companies usually work directly with insurance companies and take photos, document the whole process for your Claims folks, uploading them to support your insurance claim.  Mainly, we try to prevent MOLD!

Did you know nearly 60% of homes in the U.S. have some sort of underground wetness or water damage?

These basements will usually flood again, at some point, but it's really important to dry and disinfect your flooring, to prevent further damage and even mold growth later on.  

Usually your carpet can be saved and wood floors, if you call us in "the first 48."  But, the padding should usualy get tossed out in a basement or "grey water" flood situation.

Most home and property owners believe that this only happens when there is a large amount of rainfall or water rising up in your area and affecting your home or business / building.  

However, a small amount of water can indeed cause a large amount of problems. In fact, it takes very little time and very little water to create that mildew smell and, later on, harmful mold issues. 

No one can guarantee that your sump pump will work 100% of the time and never fail, but, here are some ways to increase the chances that it will work.

Causes of Failure

Some common causes of sump pump failure include electric power outage, wrong size of sump pump installed, improper installation, switch/float arm problems, or lack of maintenance:

Have your plumber check your sump pump and functions at least once per year, while they are looking at your boiler, HVAC unit(s) and or hot water heater.  That's what they do and a plumber visit is a lot more economic than an insurance deductible and replacing ruined flooring, walls and belongings.  Just sayin'...

What You Can Do

Hire a certified and qualified plumber to install and maintain your sump pump annually.  If you’re installing a pump, following the manufacturers instructions very carefully is crucial.

If you’re not familiar with sump pumps and have never installed one, it’s probably best to hire a professional to properly install it. You may not want to fork out the installation fee, but we guarantee it’s a lot cheaper than paying for water damage when your basement floods.

Other suggestions  

A professional will know what size pump is necessary for your home and also make sure the switch is working like it should. You can’t control power outages, but you can be prepared for them. Having a generator ready to go as a backup power source can save the day… and a lot of money. Like any mechanical device in your home, maintenance is key. It’s important to check your sump pump regularly to make sure it’s functioning properly.

Easy Maintenance Tips

  • Either quarterly or at least 2x per year, clean your sump pump, run a vinegar solution through it. This will free up any small pieces of debris and help the pump run more efficiently. You can do this yourself, but if there is a serious problem, call a professional.
  • Check the sump pump’s float switch. If this is restricted, it will not kick on when there’s a flood.
  • Clean all vents and air holes so your sump pump can run like it should.

Last, most sump pumps will last about 10 years, according the the U.S. Department of Housing and Development.  If your sump pump gets regularly maintenaned, you could increase this to 10-15, or even 20 years. Our recommendation is to check your sump pump regularly and consider purchasing a generator, if you don’t already have one.

We hope this sump pump info. helps, as calls are coming in, after trees fell on power lines last night.  Welcome to Summer 2016 and the start of Hurricane Season...was the monsoon rain part of Tropical Storm Colin pass by us in the Atlantic.  Will check and be on the lookout for my annual hurricane watch blog.  

Stay safe...from all of us at SERVPRO of Scarsdale...!  Cheers!

Severe Sunday Storm Cuts Power to some Sump Pumps, Causing Flooded Basements in Bronxville NY 10708

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Sunday Storm Cuts Power to some Sump Pumps, Causing Flooded Basements in Bronxville NY 10708 A sump pump failed in a Bronxville office building in their basement, near a storage area. The client called a plumber and we dried up afterwards.

Wild wind gusts on Sunday cut power to some sump pumps, causing flooded basements in Bronxville, NY 10708

You know all about sump pumps, if you have a basement in a Bronxville or area home or business, in southern Westchester County, NY.  The main road is called Pondfield for a reason!  

If a power outage from a rain or snow storm has ever shut down your sump pump and flooded your basement, you may have been a little worried this weekend.

Severe storms on Sunday evening took down trees, branches, power lines and electricity to some of us by 9pm. 

These big wind gusts could have caused a power outage, or a brown out, so be sure to check your basement and make sure the pump is on, as we greet this sunny week ahead.  

This is especially important in our older homes in the LowerHud, like our 1898 colonial that we've renovated -- it's for sale everyone!  Homes with below ground basements and "ground water rise" through a cement floor or "slab," are also inclined to flood, even without a sump pump in play.

This makes our having a finished basement or clean, safe lower level difficult in southern Westchester...ahhh!  When the power goes out in an electrical, wind or snowstorm, or even summer storms and "microbursts," like that April rainstorm, it's always wise to keep an eye on your sump pump and power.  

So, carefully check those basements, but do not walk in rising water because it could cause an electrocution.  This is especially true in your Bronxville home or a business, with storage and materials stored in our basements.  

We all stress out when the power is out, so channel that energy into checking that all of your electrical systems, dehumidifiers and pumps are on and working, especially after heavy rains and severe weather, like Tropical Storm Colin!  If your sump pump or other system will not reset, then call your plumber.  

Meantime, a restoration company may have to come in and help extract the water, or "mop up."   Usually, your insurance will cover a sump pump power failure because it's considered a "mechanical failure."  We work directly with insurance companies and take photos, document the whole process...mainly, Preventing MOLD!

Did you know nearly 60% of homes in the U.S. have some sort of underground wetness or water damage?  This can lead to mold growth quickly or over time, depending on your humidity levels in a lower level.

These basements will usually flood again, at some point, but it's really important to dry and disinfect your flooring, to prevent further damage and even mold growth later on.  Usually your carpet can be saved and wood floors, if you call us in "the first 48."  But, the padding should usualy get tossed out in a basement or "grey water" flood situation.

Most home and property owners believe that this only happens when there is a large amount of rainfall or water rising up in a home.  

However, a small amount of water can indeed cause a large amount of problems. In fact, it takes very little time and very little water to create that mildew smell and, later on, harmful mold issues.

No one can guarantee that your sump pump will work 100% of the time and never fail, but, here are some ways to increase the chances that it will work.

Causes of Failure

Some common causes of sump pump failure include electric power outage, wrong size of sump pump installed, improper installation, switch/float arm problems, or lack of maintenance.

What You Can Do

Hire a certified and qualified plumber to install and maintain your sump pump annually.  If you’re installing a pump, following the manufacturers instructions very carefully is crucial.

If you’re not familiar with sump pumps and have never installed one, it’s probably best to hire a professional to properly install it. You may not want to fork out the installation fee, but we guarantee it’s a lot cheaper than paying for water damage when your basement floods.

Other suggestions  

A professional will know what size pump is necessary for your home and also make sure the switch is working like it should. You can’t control power outages, but you can be prepared for them. Having a generator ready to go as a backup power source can save the day… and a lot of money. Like any mechanical device in your home, maintenance is key. It’s important to check your sump pump regularly to make sure it’s functioning properly.

Easy Maintenance Tips

  1. Either quarterly or at least 2x per year, clean your sump pump, run a vinegar solution through it. This will free up any small pieces of debris and help the pump run more efficiently. You can do this yourself, but if there is a serious problem, call a professional.
  2. Check the sump pump’s float switch. If this is restricted, it will not kick on when there’s a flood.
  3. Clean all vents and air holes so your sump pump can run like it should.

Last, most sump pumps will last about 10 years, according the the U.S. Department of Housing and Development.  If your sump pump gets regularly maintained, you could increase its "shelf life" to 10-15, or even 20 years.

Our recommendation is to check your sump pump regularly and consider purchasing a generator, if you don’talready have one.

If you do ever become the unfortunate business or homeowner with a water damage and flooded basement, restoration companies work 24/7.  Well, at least Forrest and I have a real human picking up the phone every day of the year, for desperate water or fire damage clients.  

This includes all holidays for emergency fire and flood calls.  When there are inches or feet of water in your boiler or laundry room, you want to talk to a person and get immediate help!  It's a free call and complimentary estimate for us to visit your flooded home or business. 

We hope this sump pump blog helps you and yours, as our calls increased from falling trees this weekend. Welcome to Summer 2016, from all of us at SERVPRO of Scarsdale...! 

Happy May Day Week ~ an official Spring start to our year

5/3/2016 (Permalink)

General Happy May Day Week ~ an official Spring start to our year It's lovely & calm this Spring-ish weekend & so enjoyed having our Servpro friends over. It's May 4th tomorrow, so Forrest is quoted our fav Star Wars

This is to wish all of you a Happy May Day, as we truly see signs of Spring...at last!

...if it was just not so cold and rainy!

But these April Showers are helping our May flowers that we planted Saturday.  The rain also helps us with the "Force" -- Forrest's goofy joke about:  

"May the Force be with you!"

 Really??!

We had a BBQ with lovely SERVPRO friends from near and far this Saturday and the weather was warm and wonderful, at least until sunset!

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod's Beth & Billy Russell joined us and stayed the night.  The Smiths came down from their SERVPRO of S.E. Dutchess, from upstate NY a bit; plus, Lucille & Roy Eterre, my Houlihan Lawrence realtor and star, joined us with her husband!  Had so much fun!

Doing a Sun Dance for next weekend, so we can get our shorts and flip flops out in NY State, for good!  

Enjoy...this rainy week and feel free to join in the sun dance!

~ Hillary

Fire & Water Damages in Commercial Properties can harm or a business in Eastchester NY 10708

5/2/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire & Water Damages in Commercial Properties can harm or a business in Eastchester NY 10708 Our techs were working overtime on frozen pipe damaged buildings all over our area. But, then an attorney client called for help with HIS office.

A Commercial Fire or Water damage can strike your business and shut it down, stopping production and your revenue stream

Water damages are the most common disaster that can sideline your business, whether the damage is because of a major storm event, a toilet malfunction or a broken water line. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity for your and your staff.

So when you have an emergency water event, call on the company that has nearly 50 years in cleaning and restoring businesses quickly!  Our professionals offer fast, 24 hour emergency services, 365 days per year.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service to a Large Loss, or water damage
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with more than 1,700 SERVPROS in the U.S. & Canada
  • Highly Trained Water Damage Restoration Specialists 
  • Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

    Our crews are staff members and not just day workers we bring in to clean your business.  They are all background checked and we have the training, the experience and drying equipment to handle any sized water and flood damage. Whether you have a large water emergency or a small leak, we will respond quickly, to both mitigate the damage and manage your restoration project through to its completion.

    Learn more about our SERVPRO of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon's highly trained crews -- we're also all backgournd checked:

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Soot Restoration Technician
  • Call us directly at 914-699-5181 for faster service.

    MOLD removal in NY State for 10x10 square feet - It's a fungus among us and only a fungacide can kill mold in a Yonkers home or business 10704

    5/2/2016 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation MOLD removal in NY State for 10x10 square feet - It's a fungus among us and only a fungacide can kill mold in a Yonkers home or business 10704 Our trained technicians who respond to remove any mold will create containment, so the spores from this organic growth don't spread in your building

    Remove any Mold & Mildew in your Home or Business for for health & safety, as of January 1, 2016 in NY State ~ Yonkers

    This is why it’s important to remove and mitigate any mold in your house or your business, before someone has health issues -- according to:  epa.gov/mold/mold-and-health.

    The EPA has finally come out in 2016 and issued a federal statement that Mold can cause health issues because of the “spores” that it sends into the air and that humans may breath in. 

    Mold is a fungus -- like those mushrooms under tree roots in the woods.  It is essentially the deterioration of organic matter and it's fine living outside.  But, it's better for humans, the Feds state, if we do not have mold living with us inside our home or business! 

    If your structure has had a leak, has an ongoing dampness problem or was flooded by storm surge, you may be growing mold.  In some cases, your property insurance may cover mold growth, if it is the result of a "water damage," leak or mechanical failure with your sump pump, for example.  Call your insurance broker.

    Dampness offers ideal conditions for mold to grow and feed off of organic materials – like drywall, wood or cloth. After water damage has occurred, mold can begin growing in as quickly as two days in a ripe, humid area in your affected home or business.

    When you encounter mold, your ability to breathe properly should be your top concern. Mold can create health problems through those spores it releases into the air, to actually let other mold and organic growth to know that it “owns” this wall or floor area.

    These health issues may cause breathing difficulties, allergic reactions, infections and other issues, according to the EPA.  This is especially true among children under 12 years old, the elderly and anyone who is immune suppressed (HIV/Aids patients or anyone who has had recent surgery or chemo therapy, etc.)  You may be required to evacuate the home or interior of the property, when the presence of mold becomes too much.

    Any standing water should be removed and cleaned up as soon as you notice it. This eliminates the ideal growing conditions that allow for mold to grow and thrive in your property.  Dehumidification can only work, once any leak is patched or fixed and standing water is removed.

    What Causes Mold?

    Mold is likely growing in your home if you have moisture there. Many types of moisture problems can lead to mold growth. These include damp clothing, leaky pipes, roof leaks, a lack of ventilation, floods, water in the basement, and condensation.

    You should always hire a company that has undergone extensive training and is certified in IICRC coursework – this is the national standard that originated in NY State and it’s the most trusted certification for mold removal.

    Our IICRC training includes courses on how to:

    • Determine where water is coming from
    • Identify the presence of mold
    • Ensure mold does not spread any further
    • Remediate mold
    • Utilize thorough drying techniques to ensure mold does not continue to grow and impact your building
    • Restore property or advise on methods necessary to do so

    You may need to bring in a Home Environmentalist, also known as an Industrial Hygenist, and have them conduct testing.  Only someone in a lab coat, who tests organic materials in a Petri dishe can determine the amount and type of mold.  The testing by an IEP or Home Environmentalist simply gathers the evidence and they send it to pros at a lab.

    Then, with their clinical findings our restoration company now has "menu" for removing the mold and we can go to work, to best remove it / mitigate it. We do not test for mold because it is a conflict of interest.

    Identifying the Mold

    Mold has no set appearance and it can be any number of colors, including black, gray, white, green or pink molds.

    One sure sign is visible identification of mold. But if the mold is unusual in color or size on a wall or floor, or in a closet, you might not even realize what you are seeing. Mold can grow in polka dots on walls and trim or will grow in a cluster.  It can grow in places you may not be able to see, for instance, inside your walls.

    Determining the Presence of Mold

    A IEP or tester – like Jim Rood at Lighthouse Environmental, or Mike at Family First Environmental in Westchester, NY can verify any:

    • Visible signs of mold
    • Musty odors
    • Humid conditions
    • Symptoms of a neurological nature, including dizziness and headaches
    • Signs of long-term dampness
    • Stained or discolored floors and walls
    • Peeled paint and bubbling wallpaper
    • Warped or buckled floors, walls and bowed trim or supports
    • Damp flooring and surfaces

    Get your home or business dry and call in pros, who will be sure to spray fungicide for mold because bleach and over the counter cleansers do not kill or remove it.  Mold is a fungus and must be removed with a fungicide! Testing has shown that bleach does not kill or remove mold, it just lightens it and makes it dormant, until water or humidity returns -- like in our bathrooms.

    Call us for an appointment to conduct a walk-through and Scope of Work in your home or business ~ 8a until 5p, Monday through Friday.

    We look forward to working with and for you on your mold issue, by appointment, at a convenient time for your family or business.