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Home Safety Tips Against Intruders

How to Protect Our Assets from Intruders

The thought of a home intrusion or burglary is something that is everyone’s worst nightmare. Our homes are not built to be completely intruder-proof. The good news is you can take action to minimize the chances that your home will be attacked. Check out some home security tips below.

  • Look for weaknesses around your home- Inspect the outside of your home for anything that could make it vulnerable to burglars. For example, ensure that screens are secured, windows don’t easily pry open, or left open. While you’re outside, look through your windows to check if your valuables, such as electronics or jewelry can be easily spotted. By moving them out of view this  could deter thieves from entering your home.
  • Trim shrubs and trees in your yard- Burglars can use untrimmed shrubs around your house to cover and hide. Trees and bushes can be used to gain access to the second level as well. Robbers could use long tree branches to break into your home. Thus, keep your shrubs and vegetation trimmed ­– under two feet in height and at least two feet away from the house. 
  • Install a fence- Intruders rarely want to jump over fences while carrying stolen goods. If you don’t have a fence already, build one to keep unwanted visitors at bay. Choose a style like an open chain-link or ornamental metal fencing that’s secured into concrete. If solid fences are installed it may be easier to climb and may offer thieves a place to hide.
  • Use curtains or blinds on windows- Keeping your goods inside is a good idea, but you also need to ensure they can’t be seen from the outside. Put up curtains or blinds in your home, in your garage, and in front of basement windows for privacy and protection.
  • Keep windows, doors, and gates locked- Never leave your garage door open even if you’re at home!! Invest in a quality padlock for your outside entrances. On the outside fences install latches with locks on top and bottom. This will ensure the fence wont be able to pry open. To reinforce your doors, install deadbolts in addition to locks on the door handle itself. Don’t leave your home without locking the windows and doors, even if it’s a short trip.
  • Have large numbers for your house- Install large and reflective numbers on both your house and mailbox. This helps police easily identify your home in case of an emergency. Crooks prefer homes that are hard to identify as it can buy them time to run. 
  • Secure valuables in a safe- A good safe not only keeps your valuables safe from theft, it also keeps them safe from flooding, fire or other disasters. If you have a small safe or lock-box, consider bolting it to the floor to prevent thieves from taking it. Also, keep your safe in an area of your home that’s hard to access.
  • Install a home security system-  In today’s market home security systems are not only affordable but very easy to use! Home security system can be customized with tons of features. From the basic doorbell wireless camera, to the intricate full home security system with door and window sensors and 12+ camera systems. In addition to the security system, install sensor lighting outside your home. This can help deter thieves as it gives light to the area occupied. 
  • Get a dog- A large breed such as a German Shepherd is the ultimate security system. They provide advanced warning of thieves and can be reliable during power outages. Thieves hate noisy and protective dogs. (Please train your dogs to respect your local ordinances. We Love all animals!) 
  • Befriend your neighbors- It helps a huge deal to know that your neighbors are on the lookout for suspicious activity around your home. You should do the same for them! Get to know your neighbors so you can tip each other off in case a thief sneaks into your neighborhood.

By putting these tips into practice, you’ll hopefully discourage unwanted intruders from entering into your home. The fewer weaknesses your home has, the less likely it is to get robbed.

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Exterior Water Damage

Tips to Prevent Water Damage to Exterior of Home

Water can enter your home in many ways and end up damaging the foundation. To fight back against water intrusion, take preventative measures both on your home’s interior and exterior.

Here are essential tips to safeguard your home’s exterior from water damage or mold occurring. 

Roof

  • Check your roof to ensure the shingle’s, flashing’s or tile’s aren’t missing, broken, cracked, curled or damaged in any other ways.
  • Make sure the vents, flues, chimneys, air conditioners, and evaporative coolers are properly installed and in good shape.
  • Check for leaks around rooftop air-conditioning units, vents for exhaust or plumbing, or other specialized equipment.
  • Cut tree limbs that hang above your roof, so they don’t cling to shingles and trap moisture. Leaves or twigs can also clog your gutters.

Pursuit Restoration is continuously working with Treasure Valleys roofing contractors and can refer a company at request.

Gutters and Downspouts

  • Ensure these are clean, free from debris, and in good condition so that water can flow freely.
  • Install metal screens to prevent leaves, twigs, silt and other debris from clogging the gutters and drainage holes.
  • Ensure downspouts direct water at least five feet away from your home’s foundation. Install downspout extensions if needed. (Follow video link… Attaching Gutter Extensions

Pursuit Restoration is continuously working with Treasure Valleys Gutter contractors and can refer a company at request. 

Doors and Windows

  • Check for leaks near the corners of your doors and windows. Signs of leaks include peeling paint, paint discoloration or swollen frame.
  • Protect exterior doors and windows from the sun, rain, and snow by installing overhangs above them.
  • Close your doors and windows to check for a tight fit. Look for cracks between the sash and frame of your windows.
  • Repair or replace damaged flashing or weather-stripping around windows.

Pursuit Restoration is continuously working with Treasure Valleys Window contractors and can refer a company at request. 

Walls

  • Check and repair cracked or broken siding boards, bricks, stone or other masonry, as well as structural sheathing.
  • Seal any openings from wiring, plumbing, phone, cable, and heating and air conditioning lines with foam or caulk. Repair any damaged or unpainted wood surrounding these openings.
  • Check for signs of termite activity on the walls and the wooden structures around your foundation. Termites can eat wood, plaster, and even metal siding.
  • Ensure that the exhaust vent doors properly open and close.  
  • Remove any shrubs and other landscaping features from along the walls.
  • When irrigating the garden, avoid directing water towards the house to prevent excessive water near the foundation.
  • Foundation vents should be free of debris and properly working to be opened and closed throughout the temperature changes. (Follow video… Open/Close Foundation Vents.)

Pursuit Restoration is continuously working with Treasure Valleys Siding, Framing, or Any other contracting services and can refer a company at request. 

Keeping your home free from water damage is critical.  If your home has suffered damages Pursuit Restoration provides a Free Inspection for your comfort and knowledge. 

For professional water damage repair or mold removal service, contact Pursuit Restoration at 208-515-6503.

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Senior 2020 Send Off

Water Damage Services
Pursuit Restoration has expertise to quickly remove all the water from your property and promptly dry the structure. The most important factor in a quick and efficient drying process is the rapid and FULL removal of water. Our certified and experienced professionals understand the stress of each water damage. Pursuit will help alleviate the stress by handling the entire process from start to finish whether covered by insurance or out of pocket.
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Fire And Smoke Services
After a house fire, homeowners are in shock, and they are at their most vulnerable stage of recovery. Take the time to research your Fire and Smoke Damage restoration company. The restoration process often can take 6 months or longer. We understand that choosing a company to work with for that time can be a long and tedious process. Pursuit Restoration does the restoration process with a proven and, a guarantee of satisfaction. Most importantly, we care about your family, your home, and doing the job right through communication the entire process.
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Mold Services
Pursuit Restoration offers mold damage restoration services in the greater Treasure Valley. Pursuit Restoration has full mold removal services.Mold can not only cause damage to your home, but also to your health. Mold is known to cause adverse reactions to people, especially elderly or the youth, as they have respiratory systems that are weak or developing.
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Congratulate Your 2020 Senior!

Pursuit Restoration would like to Congratulate all the SENIORS graduating in the TREASURE VALLEY this year! We will be treating TWO FOUR seniors to their own Graduation Gift baskets customized to their preferences and a $150 Visa gift card! 

(Due to the overwhelming support from the community we have changed the guidelines to include more schools. We also have increased from TWO to FOUR Seniors.)

We will be picking the random winners on 06/05/2020. They will be announced on Pursuit Restoration’s Facebook page. (Adding Pursuit Restoration as a Facebook friend and following allows tagging of winner. Not required but will help recognize the seniors.)

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Don't Wait for Water Damage to Happen to You

Water damage always happens when we least expect it! That is why it is so IMPORTANT to identify water damage before it causes significant damage to the property. Water damage can happen for a variety of reasons. 

We are now offering individual inspections for your PEACE of mind, as well as annual inspections for the COMFORT of knowing you are protected!

Inspections include moisture testing of all areas that have water supplies and inspection of attics and crawlspaces. Infrared cameras can be used to assist in showing existing water damage. This is a non invasive inspection which will help identify moisture issues before they become LARGE water losses or worse mold damage! Photo reports can be provided at customers request. 

Each inspection includes Moisture testing of all water supply areas including but not limited to; bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, utility room, etc. As well as the attic and crawlspace. These inspections are to help identify and prevent water damage or mold damage from occurring.
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Save Your Hardwood Floors

How to Restore Hardwood Floors After Water Damage

As in all water-related property damage, TIME is of the essence. Floors are at a greater risk for permanent water damage and mold growth if you don’t take care of water or moisture immediately. Hardwood flooring will absorb moisture quickly due to its density. Besides rapid response time, successful hardwood floor water damage repair depends on the type of flooring, wood, and finish, method of installation, amount of moisture, and replacement value.

For hardwood floor water damage restoration, consider hiring a professional disaster restoration company. They have the necessary knowledge and expertise and use specialized equipment for efficient drying. The specialized drying equipment is crucial in making sure floors are dried in time and to the correct moisture levels. However, if you want to repair hardwood floor water damage yourself, check out the tips below.

How to Repair Hardwood Floors

  • Wear protective gear such as gloves, rubber boots, and a mask.
  • Stop the flow of water!
  • Turn off the power to the affected room until the water has been removed.
  • Assess the damages before you begin the restoration to determine whether to clean up or replace the floor. Take photos, list damaged items, and show them to your insurance company.
  • Remove any items (carpet, furniture, etc.) from the floor and take them to a dry area.
  • Open windows and doors to allow moisture to evaporate more quickly.
  • Start removing the excess water with a wet/dry vacuum cleaner or with mops. Anything to remove water is ideal. If the water level is deep, use a sump pump to drain the water. Asking someone to help you can finish the task faster and avoid further damage.
  • Use dehumidifiers, heaters, and fans to speed up the drying process. Place them evenly spaced out in the flooded area. Direct the fans towards the floor’s surface or wet areas.
  • Clean any debris from the floor with a non-abrasive brush and detergent while the heaters, fans, and dehumidifiers are running. Rinse the floor with clean water and continue to dry the floor.
  • Using a sanitizer to eliminate any bacteria growth is recommended. 

When dealing with a flooded hardwood floor, YOU must act quickly to save your floor from permanent damage and mold growth. Contact a professional flood remediation company, such as Pursuit Restoration, that can quickly mitigate the damage and implement the best course of action. Also, this could help learn how to avoid hardwood flooring water damage in the future.

What Type of Flooring is Installed?

Inspection is always crucial when starting to repair any hardwood floor that has water damage. Hardwood flooring comes in a variety of species, such as oak, pine, maple, and cherry. More and more exotic species are being used in flooring. Every type can expect different challenges in the drying process because of the varying levels of moisture absorption.

There are also varieties of flooring that look like wood but are not. These floors will sometimes have a laminate on the surface and a particle board substructure. When moisture gets beneath these floors, drying is nearly impossible. The inability to dry these surfaces is due to moisture being trapped under the laminate, which acts as a vapor barrier. For more help, call Pursuit Restoration to help you evaluate your flooring’s type and condition.

Professionals will also assess the initial installation method of the hardwood flooring. Original installation may be nailed, glued or installed in a floating method.

  • When nailed floors have suffered from water damage, the nails may lift.
  • If the floor has been glued onto the substrate, the moisture may release the glue.
  • In the case of a floating type floor, it may not be true wood and may be a laminated product. Tongue and groove hardwood flooring may “cup” after absorbing moisture.

Patience in Drying Hardwood Floors

Once the technicians have determined the wood floor type and installation method, drying can begin. Using surface and/or subsurface drying methods and proper dehumidification, technicians can force airflow beneath the surface of the floor (in a positive or negative manner) to remove this moisture. It may also be necessary to access the floor from below for faster drying. Specialized equipment using drying mats can be placed to pull moisture from the ends of the hardwood floors. Hardwood typically has flutes that allow water or air flow to move in a parallel direction with the hardwood.

Effective drying of a hardwood floor is a slow process. It will sometimes take 7 to 10 days for the floor to release enough water to complete the forced drying process. Removing all the absorbed water from the floor can be costly, but very inexpensive compared to replacement. 

The hardwood drying continues until the wood’s moisture levels reach the floor’s dry standard. At this point, nature will acclimate the floors to the atmospheric conditions they are installed in. Education in this process is key for a successful job. Let the restoration professionals at Pursuit Restoration help you dry your hardwood floor properly.

Repairing the Finish

Once the hardwood floor is dry, there may still be damage to the floor finish. Finishes, such as waxes and polyurethane, may inhibit the evaporation of the absorbed moisture. They will sometimes have to be removed in the drying process to allow for moisture removal.

If the hardwood floor cups slightly, the finish may check and crack due to the movement of the wood product. This is a normal part of the drying process. Once the floor is completely dry, the floor can be refinished once it has acclimated. The acclimation process can take up to a few months. 

Hardwood floor drying is a specialty. Our restoration professionals have the knowledge to properly evaluate the many types of floors and have specialized equipment to repair hardwood floor water damage.

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Fill out the entry form below for your chance to win a $150 Visa Gift Card. One entrant will be randomly picked. 

The winner will be announced on our Facebook page on 04/11/2020 at 10:00 a.m. MST. 

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Coronavirus Cleaning

Coronavirus Cleaning & Disinfection

The worldwide Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has people scrambling to protect themselves, their homes, and businesses from potential contamination. The effects of the biohazard situation can last up to a couple weeks and the continued spread of the disease has led to a growing number of fatalities in the U.S. Pursuit Restoration is your industry leader in biohazard and infectious disease remediation, including Coronavirus disinfection. We deliver the highest professional standards as possible. We are ready to respond to any emergency 24/7 throughout the Treasure Valley.

How Do We Clean Coronvirus?

Coronavirus has quickly gained a reputation for being infectiousness and quickly spreading. It can survive on surfaces for up to a couple weeks and people who get infected may not show symptoms for up to 2 weeks after the infection. This makes it extremely difficult to track and isolate the spread. This is why having a trusted professional and biohazard remediation company on your side is important. 

Pursuit Restoration strictly follows all OSHA regulations, is certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification)and follows the most up to date and current procedures when it comes to COVID-19 cleanup or any other hazard. Coronavrus is still novel, therefore we are continuously consulting with the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention for up to date solutions. We utilize CDC and the EPA approved disinfectants.

Disinfecting Coronavirus

  • We use EPA and CDC approved industrial-strength disinfectants with a broad spectrum bacteria killing claim.
  • All infected materials are cleaned, disinfected, and properly disposed of as a biohazard.
  • Full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) including a full face respirator. 
  • We adhere to strict coronavirus decontamination process for our equipment, trucks, and all disposal bins.

Disease outbreak is an extremely serious situation and we understand that your health and safety is the number one priority. Call Pursuit Restoration to make sure your home has been properly disinfected at 208-515-6503.

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WE CARE ABOUT THE SAFETY OF YOU, YOUR EMPLOYESS, YOUR BUSINESS AND YOUR COMMUNITY

When selecting a company to provide Coronavirus Disinfection services, it is important that you select a company like Pursuit Restoration, that is OSHA compliant and follows the most up to date CDC guidelines for Coronavirus. 

“Each employer shall furnish to each of its employees and a a place of employment which is free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to its employees.”

This is stated from OSHA under the General Duty Clause, 29 USC 654, section 5(a)(1)

The coronavirus is not listed as an exception to recording illness in the 29 CFR 1904.5(b)(2). This means that if an employee contracts Coronavirus from another employee or through exposure on a job site it must be recorded for that business with OSHA.

There is a requirement to contact OSHA to actually REPORT a fatality or hospitalization if it is from Coronavirus. In the case of a death, an OSHA inspection and investigation would follow and could result in a fine if the company didn’t take measures when they knew about it and should have.

What is Remediation?

Biohazard remediation  could sound like standard cleaning to some. In reality, the two services are very different. Biohazard remediation refer to the removal, cleaning, and disinfection of blood, bodily fluids, and other potentially harmful pathogens in the affected areas after a death, accident, or communicable disease spread. The high exposure risk to pathogens makes Biohazard remediation a specialty service that requires proper training, equipment, certification, and licensing. Without the proper training, equipment and certifications the risk of spreading a pathogen is very high.

3-STEP Remediation Process

Pursuit Restoration follows a 3-Step remediation process. 

  • After a thorough inspection has been done proper containment is set up with an AFD( Air Filtration Device) with claims to clean air up to 99.97% microns. This is smaller than smoke particles. 
  • All Technicians wear complete PPE, including but not limited to a full suit, gloves, full face respirator. 
  • Then the cleaning and removal process starts which includes the use of cleaning products and cleaning agents approved for health and safety remediation.

We stand behind our work with a 100% Customer Satisfaction. We are diligent and thorough because we understand that the health and safety of you and your family are on the line. Contact us at 208-515-6503 for immediate Coronavirus disinfection.  

Disclaimer: Though Pursuit Restoration follows the CDC and EPA guidelines for disinfection and cleaning of the Coronaviurs at this time there is no testing to confirm with certainty total elimination of the coronavirus. Pursuit Restoration guarantees that its cleaning will reduce the spread and threat of the infection. However, it can not guarantee with 100% certainty complete eradication. 

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Ionization Vs. Photoelectric Smoke Alarms

What Are The Differences?

Smoke alarms typically come in two kinds: Ionization and Photoelectric. Depending on the source of the smoke, one of the alarms gives a faster warning compared to the other. Do you know which type of smoke alarms your home is equipped with? 

Read on to learn the differences between Ionization and Photoelectric smoke alarms, and why it is recommended to have both types installed in your home. 

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Ionization Smoke Alarms

  • These type of smoke alarms respond faster to flaming fires, meaning those that produce a high amount of heat.
  • An example would be fires started when an oil wax burner tips over and ignites a comforter or bed.
  • Ionization smoke alarms work best in rooms where you have highly flammable items like paints, grease, papers or storage areas. 
  • Ionization smoke alarms have a small amount of radioactive material (Americium-241) between two electrically charged plates. When smoke enters the alarm chamber the radioactive material reacts in such a way that it triggers the alarm. 

Photelectric Smoke Alarms

  • Photoelectric smoke alarms respond faster to smoldering fires, Meaning fires that burn slowly and cause less heat.
  • One type of fire that could occur is when a cigarette falls onto a couch cushion. The slow burn of the cushion could cause significant smoke which triggers the alarm.
  • Photoelectric smoke alarms have a different mechanism for detecting smoke.  The alarm chamber has a light that is reflected onto a sensor when smoke enters the chamber, it activates the sound of the alarm. 

Why Use Both in Your Home?

  • Both types of alarms have their advantages as both types of fires occur in residential and businesses alike. 
  • If you have ionization alarms in your home you should install a separate photoelectric alarm or vice-versa. If you don’t know which type of alarm you have, check the owners manual. (typically tucked inside the alarm). It should also say on the back of the alarm. You should see “Photoelectric” or ” Ionization”, or possibly  even “P” or “I”.
  • While an Ionization alarm will eventually detect a smoldering fire, it will do it at a much slower rate than a photoelectric alarm. Thus,its recommended to use a combination of both smoke alarms. to receive the fastest warning.
  • Alternatively replace your existing alarms with a combination alarm that includes both of the technologies in one single device.
  • Make sure to have smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, including the basement, and every level of the home. 

Pursuit Restoration is here 24/7 for your fire or smoke damage restoration needs. We are available to respond to an Emergency in less than an hour. Contact us at 208-515-6503

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What is Under Your Home?

Vented vs. Closed Crawlspace

The Treasure Valley has seen a rapid growth in Closed Crawlspaces in the recent growth boom. Why are closed crawlspaces becoming so popular around the Treasure Valley? Most of the valleys home builders are applying this method to their new construction. A conditioned crawl space, also known as a sealed, unvented, or closed crawl space, significantly reduces or eliminates many of the problems of the traditional ventilated crawl space. It does this by allowing conditioned air from your home to flow through it in a sealed space, which then vents the used air to the outside of your house. Think of it as a mini basement under your home. Not only does a conditioned crawl space significantly improve the air quality in your home, it reduces your heating and cooling costs. Mold or moisture problems will happen with conditioned or vented crawls spaces alike. if the crawl space is high in moisture, or wet, you need to correct the problem and get it dried out! vents or small fans will not do this!

Vented Crawlspaces are best to keep the vents open during the hot humid months to help keep air changes occurring tin the crawlspace. If you have a vented crawlspace making sure all the plumbing is insulated and the sub floor is insulated to help reduce energy costs. If you ever feel you have moisture or mold issues contact Pursuit Restoration to have a professional assess the damages. 

Concrete Slab

The foundation that your house is built on can have a major impact on the structural integrity of your home. A slab foundation is made of concrete that is typically 4”-6” thick in the center. The concrete slab is often placed on a layer of sand for drainage or to act as a cushion. Houses built on a slab lack crawlspaces, and there is no space under the floor.

Concrete slabs are more common in warm states where the ground is likely to freeze and cause the foundation to crack. In the Treasure Valley heating units are often used to keep the slab from freezing during cold winter months. Some houses don’t have a basement or crawl space under them but are simply built on a concrete slab – perhaps because the house sits on bedrock or a high water table. The concrete is poured onto the ground all at one time. Some foundations have post tension cables or are reinforced with steel rods called rebar so that the slab can bearing the weight of the house.

Some advantages of a concrete slab are that it takes less time for a concrete slab to dry. Less downtime means that construction can move along without delay. There is no need to wait the several days it takes for the concrete in a poured basement to cure and dry. Slab foundations minimize the risk of damage from flooding or the leaking of gas, such as radon, from a basement or crawl space into the house. A concrete slab can protect a home from termites or other similar insects as there are no open spaces underneath the house that provide access to wooden joists or supports insects could chew. Cost savings is one of the biggest advantages. In many cases, the home buyer can shave as much as $10,000 off the cost of the house. If it is built on a slab there is no crawl space or basement t budget for. This is particularly true when a builder has to carve a basement out of solid rock—a very expensive proposition.

Some disadvantages of a concrete slab are termites and other pests cannot gain access directly beneath the house, they can enter through the walls since the house is typically closer to the ground. This is particularly true if the siding is made of wood and sits on the ground. An air-conditioning unit and furnace may also have to be installed on the ground floor, which means that they will take up room that might otherwise be used for other purposes. One of the most significant potential disadvantages is if the slab cracks. This can substantially compromise the structural integrity of the house and be difficult and expensive to repair. Among the factors that can result in a slab cracking are tree roots, soil displacement, earthquakes, or frozen ground.

Idaho's Least Common... Basements

More often then I hear questions as to why Idaho does not have many basements in the homes. Its a very good question to ask with yet a very simple answer. The Treasure Valley has a very high water table. Even though Idaho’s climate is of a dessert if you dig just a few feet below the soil in many areas you will encounter wet soil. The high water tables are not a good match for basements or swimming pools. There are homes with basements in the Treasure Valley. They are not common and often times where the water table is not so close to the surface. 

Even pools have the chance of cracking and pushing to the surface if placed in an area where the water table is near the surface. 

Professionally Restoration Services

Pursuit Restoration can handle all Water, Mold and Fire Damage to your property. Call 208-515-6503 24/7 for Emergency Services. If you encounter high moisture from your crawlspace or basement it could be a perfect environment for mold to grow. 

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Are Mold Spore Dangerous?

The Myth Of Killing Mold With Bleach

Most homeowners initial instinct when they encounter mold may be to grab a spray bottle and try to kill it with bleach. Our advice, NEVER reach for a bleach bottle and don’t panic. If mold is on a porous material like drywall bleach will only reach the surface level of the porous material. 

“Don’t “kill” or spray mold! Instead, properly remediate it and hire a professional with experience and references that knows what they are doing…. We “killed” mold, sprayed with Lysol, bleached sub-floor and ran fans, replaced carpet but left mold in the sub-floor, walls, etc. Eight months later I was so sick I could not get out of bed….Not one spray has been shown to denature these toxins. Some sprays appear to make toxins worse or more airborne. Humans cannot smell most mold toxins, especially after the mold is “dead.” They are so small that they cannot be seen. They are so tiny that they generally cannot be removed with air purifiers or filters. But they are deadly.” Stated by Christa Upton a Mold survivor 

The main problem with mold is that there is a lot of bad information, especially on the internet. Many DIY solutions recommend that it is safe to kill mold. However, as the case with Christa simply killing the mold is unproductive and can lead to serious health problems. Unfortunately, because of the lack of regulation in the mold remediation industry, even some contractors BELIEVE that killing mold actually works. These contractors are generally speaking poorly trained and educated on mold and the dangers from exposure. There is no “quick fix” for mold situations. The best thing to do as homeowner is to leave it undisturbed, so the spores do not become airborne. If it is in a visible place use a trash bag and tape to cover if until a professional can remediate it properly. 

If you are in need of a professional be very cautious of any contractor who states they can spray or have a magical solution to kill the mold. Dead molds mycotoxins are as dangerous as live spores. 

Mold Facts You Need To Know

  1. Mold thrives when moisture is present. Removing mold without addressing the source of the problem is not a long term solution. As the mold will grow back without the moisture being eliminated. Before any mold removal, the moisture problem must first be found and fixed.
  2. Exposure to mold spores, both live and dead, and their byproducts like microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs), mycotoxins, connecting filaments, etc. can cause illnesses ranging from minor allergic reactions, respiratory problems like asthma and sinusitis, to more serious, life threatening illnesses.
  3. Speaking with restoration knowledge, not a professional or licensed doctor, every person responds to mold differently. Some people will get water eyes, and a runny nose from the moment they contact a room with elevated spores. Other people can remove the materials that are affected with little or no consequences. 
  4. Mold is a biological agent that will continue to grow as long as the right conditions exist. This is the reason that mold is such a concern because it will continue to thrive and grow unless the moisture issue is eliminated. 
  5. Contractors trained in mold removal, refer to the process as “remediation” because they have invested in specialized training and equipment and take precautions to prevent the spread of the mold in other parts of the building. Mold remediation specialists will never recommend a “quick fix” because they understand that relying on mold sprays, bleach, biocides, and fungicides are an ineffective “short cut” to mold removal.
  6. As there are many DIY solutions, Pursuit Restoration recommends ALWAYS hiring a IICRC Certified Firm. This will ensure the follow the Guidelines to Mold Remediation. 

The Myth About Bleach Killing Mold

“Perhaps the most misunderstood aspect of bleach when proposed as a cleaner or sanitizing agent is that its effectiveness is greatly reduced in the presence of organic material. To be a successful sanitizer, bleach must be used on clean materials and surfaces. This is why bleach products are used in the laundry after the wash cycle or in a commercial kitchen as a component in the third sink after the dishes have been washed and rinsed. The efficacy of bleach as a sanitizer is also compromised by heat and light. Despite the fact that the chlorine odor may linger for some time after use, bleach loses strength so quickly that it is not considered to have a residual effect that would prevent future bacterial or fungal growth.” Micheal Pinto CEO of Wonder Makers Environmental

One of the greatest invention thus far today has been the Internet. It has given everyone an equal opportunity to search and invest their time into any topic of interest. Unfortunately, this does allow for both good and bad information to be available for research. As we are barely getting into the scientific studies on mold and the effects of exposure, it is hard to gain valuable information.

In respect to mold, the internet is full of incorrect information! Bleach may have some impact on non porous materials such as bathroom glass, tile, or porcelain toilet but it is completely ineffective on porous materials. 

If you spray bleach all over your “black toxic mold” you won’t kill every single spore….To kill every single mold spore using bleach, for example, you’d have to use such a high concentration of disinfectant and you’d have to keep it on the surface for so long that more likely you’d damage the structure – and still miss some toxic spores.Should we be trying to kill mold? 

Bleach does not address the problem! Experienced Remediation specialists understand the most effective way to deal with mold is to first fix the source of moisture.

The next step is to set containment with plastics, tapes, and poles if necessary to secure the containment and block off any HVAC or areas for air movement.

Set up an AFD ( Air Filtration Device) to create negative pressure allowing to clean the air during air exchanges. 

Then remove the materials under containment making sure to HEPA vacuum bags as they leave the containment. All occupants should be required to wear a full face mask with proper PPE attire.

Proper removal of mold contaminated materials like drywall, carpet, soft goods, insulation, and other porous materials is essential because mold has hyphae, which are basically roots that embed themselves in the material. This is the reason that bleach does not work. Bleach may kill some of the surface mold, but it will not be able to penetrate and kill the roots. The other reason bleach is a problem is that it is diluted with water. Spraying this is counter-productive because water is an essential ingredient mold needs to grow. Keep in mind, even if another biocide or fungicide is sprayed on the material, killing the roots, the material will still be contaminated with dead spores. The best course of action to permanently deal with a mold problem on porous materials is to properly dispose of the contaminated material.

 

Dead Mold Spores Are Dangerous

Even if in theory we could “kill” every spore, the assumption that they are unimportant is highly questionable. “Dead” spores often contain allergens or toxins that are just as harmful to someone breathing them or getting such mold in one’s eye or in a cut, as before….The object is not to “kill” mold, it is – to remove the mold reservoir in the building by physical cleaning or in cases of items that can’t be cleaned, such as drywall, soft goods, carpets, furniture, or insulation, remove the moldy material – to identify the cause and make sure that’s been corrected.”  How to Kill Mold.

If you have a problem with mold contact Pursuit Restoration. We are experts in remediation and removal of mold in residential or commercial property’s. 

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