Our 18th Year!!!

We were established on May 1, 1998 and today marks our 18th year of service.  We are proud to have more reviews and more awards than any other company in our service area and thank all of our customers for making this possible.  pic-18th-anniversary.png

Mold Basics – Part 1

Mold is the common name of many types of fungi and funguslike protists; the fuzzy growths these organisms form are also called molds. The growths consist of numerous individual molds growing in colonies. Some molds are saprophytes; they live on dead organisms such as decaying plants or animals and on nonliving organic substances such as food, paper, and fabrics. Other molds are parasites; they obtain nourishment from a live host.

Molds have many harmful effects. For example, molds often grow on breads, pastries, jellies, and dairy products. They can damage stored grain, fruit and vegetables, and livestock feed, thereby causing serious financial loss to farmers. They can also cause diseases, such as gray mold, in garden plants. Athlete’s foot as well as other types of ringworm are skin diseases caused by parasitic molds. Mold growth is prevented by maintaining dry, airy surroundings; by heat-radiation techniques in the processing of food; and by using fungicides.

Molds, however, also have many beneficial effects. They are instrumental in the decay of dead things, thereby aiding in the elimination of debris. Molds are the source of such antibiotics as penicillin. Molds are used in making such cheeses as Roquefort and Camembert and in the commercial production of such biochemicals as enzymes and hormones.

Preventing Mold on Carpeting

In order to grow, mold needs moisture, oxygen, a food source, and a surface to grow on. Mold spores are commonly found naturally in the air. If spores land on a wet or damp spot indoors that contains dust for them to feed on, mold growth will soon follow. Wall-to-wall carpeting, as well as area rugs, can provide an ample breeding ground for mold if conditions are right. At especially high risk for mold growth are carpeting located below ground level in basements, carpet in commonly moist or damp climates, and carpet that has been wet for any period of time.

Preventing Mold on Carpeting

The best method for combating mold is to not allow mold growth in the first place. The best way to do so is by ensuring that conditions conducive to growth do not exist. Below are some ways to prevent mold growth in carpets.

  • Reduce indoor humidity. The use of dehumidifiers will help control moisture in the air, depriving mold spores of the water they need to grow into mold. A range of 30% to 60% humidity is acceptable for interiors.
  • Install intelligently. Do not install carpeting in areas that are likely to be subject to frequent, high moisture. Carpet in a bathroom, for example, will quickly turn to a breeding ground for mold growth due to the high humidity from constant water use in that area.
  • Choose high-quality carpet padding. Solid, rubber-slab carpet padding with anti-microbial properties is available. It is slightly more expensive than other types of padding but can be helpful for preventing the growth of mold, especially in climates prone to periods of high humidity.
  • Never allow standing water. Carpet exposed to standing water will quickly be ruined. If standing water ever occurs because of a leak or a spill, all carpeting exposed must be immediately cleaned and dried. The top and bottom surfaces of the carpet, any padding, and the floor underneath must be cleaned and completely dried within a short period of time after exposure to standing water if the carpet is to be saved. If a large flood has occurred, or if standing water has been present for any extended period of time, the carpet will probably need to be replaced.
  • Clean smart. When carpeting needs to be cleaned, try to use a dry form of cleaning, when possible. If any water, liquid, or other moisture has come in contact with the carpet during cleaning, be sure it is dried thoroughly afterward.

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Our Angie’s List Record

Many people ask about the awards we’ve won on Angie’s List.  We’re going on our fifth year on Angie’s and have won an award for each year we’ve been on their site.  We also have more reviews and more A’s than any other contractor in our service industry.  Here’s the breakdown of awards we’ve won:

2011 – Mold Testing, Mold Remediation and Water & Smoke.

2012 – Mold Testing, Mold Remediation and Water & Smoke.

2013 – Mold Testing, Mold Remediation, Water & Smoke and Bio-Hazard Cleaning.

2014 – Mold Testing, Mold Remediation, Water & Smoke and Bio-Hazard Cleaning.

That’s 14 category wins on Angie’s and add the other awards:

2013 – Best of Philadelphia

2014 – Best of Philadelphia, Best of the Best Philadelphia Life Magazine & Business Hall of Fame

That’s a total of 18 awards in 4 years making us without question the #1 restoration company in the market.

Poor Plumbing

Pictured here is a photo of a bathroom where the floor, toilet and portion of the wall was removed due to water damage.  The plumber didn’t properly secure the toilet which leaked each time it was flushed.  The leak caused damage to the bathroom as well as the basement ceiling and two walls.  Be sure when hiring a plumber to always get referrals or damage like this could easily happen to you.DSCN0952

Non-Culturable Air Sampling

Overview

Non-culturable spore trap samplers draw measured volumes of air through the sampling device for a specified length of time. The collection surface is a coated glass slide. Particles in the air (spores, dust, etc.) impact onto the sticky surface and are “trapped” for later analysis.

A general philosophy regarding the interpretation of biological air samples is formed primarily by two guiding principles. First, an effective interpretation is based on the comparison of indoor and outdoor samples. There are currently no guidelines or regulations to indicate “safe” or “normal” spore levels, however, we typically expect indoor counts to be 30 to 80 percent of outdoor spore counts, with the same general distribution of spore types present. And second, variation is an inherent part of biological air sampling. The presence or absence of a few genera in small numbers should not be considered abnormal.

Pros

Spore trap samplers are capable of capturing all spores and particulate matter in the air. Consequently, it is possible to accurately characterize problem environments where spores are present but either are no longer viable or are species that do not culture well (i.e. Stachybotrys). These are two situations where culturable sampling techniques, if used alone, may miss a potential indoor air quality problem.

Cons

While many mold spores have a unique morphology and are identifiable by direct microscopic examination, others do not and are more difficult to identify. These latter types must be counted in broader spore groups.

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