Posts Tagged ‘building maintenance’

6 (more) Reasons for Professional Mold Removal

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

mold remediation rockford ilIn a previous post we gave you five reasons to hire a mold removal professional. It turns out bringing in the pros is such a good call we have six more reasons to share with you.

A professional team will find everything...

Because of the potential for structural damage and health problems (ranging from irritated skin to migraines to fungal infections), it's absolutely essential that you remove all major mold infestations from your home or business as soon after a disaster as possible. One missed or improperly-removed mold colony could cause untold inconvenience and expense. Because they bring technology, training and personal job experience to the table, professional mold removal specialists will be far more able to find everything growing in your building than you, your family or employees.

...and they'll find it faster.

After a flood or other major water disaster, you may be putting your entire life back together. Or, you may be on the other end of the scale, dealing with a smaller water emergency like a burst pipe or even a toilet overflow. In either case, your life can't just stop while you search for mold and remove it. Mold remediation professionals will be able to complete their work while you're focused on other tasks and they'll be able to start immediately. That gets you back to normal sooner.

Mold removal is a big hassle.

Depending on what has caused the mold, you're going to be required to deal with dripping, slippery surfaces and/or with crawling into inaccessible areas and removing materials and fixtures between you and the mold. Before you do so, you'll need to suit up with eye protection, a mask and protective clothing. Then there's the mold itself, which will be unpleasant to deal with, to say the least. If you're sensitive, you could have a lingering reaction as a result of any exposure to spores or dead mold. You can avoid all that hassle by hiring a team experienced in professional mold remediation. As we pointed out previously, it's likely that your insurance company will be covering the mold removal, so taking the easy route won't even raise your costs.

Disposal of damaged material can be a big hassle, too.

Everything that's been damaged by mold and many of the materials damaged by water will have to be removed and disposed of. In the case of a bad infestation, the resulting debris and garbage may be much more than you usually handle. On top of that, local codes or the rules set by your disposal contractor may prevent you from disposing of building materials in your normal trash pickup. Suddenly you're arranging extra pickups at extra cost, and moldy material may be sitting around onsite. A professional mold removal company will already have disposal procedures set up for anything they may have to remove.

Employee time is better used elsewhere.

If your commercial property has mold, there's a temptation to point maintenance staff at the problem and consider it solved. However, every moment they spend on that task is one they aren't spending using the skills you hired them for. In fact, no matter how sharp your staff is, they also almost certainly don't have the training and equipment of professional remediators. Imagine the resulting hassle if the removal takes longer, other work gets piled up and the mold comes back anyway. In the short and long runs, a professional team will cost less in time and money.

When you do it yourself, there are literally no guarantees

Whether it's a written guarantee, a 100% customer satisfaction policy or even just good old-fashioned work ethic, your remediation contractor has a solid incentive to make sure your site is completely mold-free. You'll be able to rest assured they won't quit until it's gone. LDR Cleaning and Restoration is one of the premier restoration companies in Rockford, Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. LDR provides restoration services from water damage, mold removal, fire damage restoration, storm and hail damage repair for commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, the LDR disaster team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Click here to contact LDR, or call 1-888-874-7066. download the free Emergency Response Plan guide.  


 

3 Spring Cleaning Tips to Prevent a Flooded Basement

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

leaves in gutterIt’s that time of year, and in case you’ve just had too much on your plate to get around to spring cleaning around the yard, just remember one thing – leave the leaves. All those oak and maple and birch leaves that fell last fall – the ones you didn’t quite rake out of the bushes or scoop out of the gutters – can cause more trouble than just being an eyesore.

Unclog the gutters

Ensuring good water flow away from your home is probably the top mandate of any spring-cleaning yard job. So if you don’t have screens over your gutters, you should definitely invest the time necessary to clear old leaves out of your gutters and downspouts, no matter how clear you think they are. The work you do on your gutters can actually save problems with your foundation, even prevent water from seeping into your basement. “If your downspouts are plugged, water's going to come over the edge of the roof or overflow the gutter and just come down along the foundation,” says Bob Alexander, foreman with Feste and Co., Inc., a landscape service provider in Byron, Ill. “And if you have issues with your foundation leaking, it's just going to go right down through there. That would be the main issue in terms of water control.”

Clean the shrubs

Even after you’ve cleared out the gutters, the tedious work isn’t over. Now you should look to the health of your shrubs, evergreen and deciduous. The reason? Those palmate leaves form a wet blanket over the root bases of those shrubs and provide a perfect breeding platform for molds and other pests that can damage the plants that create a big part of your home’s curbside appeal. “The important thing is to get them out from underneath the evergreens, like junipers and ewes, and one of the reasons why is that you want to get good airflow underneath them,” Alexander says. “If you're trying to spruce up your yard for spring, it just looks better to get all the leaves out of there. And with dogwoods and viburnums and larger shrubs, down inside where the roots come up out of the ground, it's good to clean them out of there because it doesn't stay wet in there.” That’s especially important for viburnums, which often get attacked by borers. Clearing the leaves out gives the insects one less place to lay their eggs and kill your plants.

Keep good bed lines

In addition to leaves, clearing grass out of your flower beds will also help to ensure that your plants remain healthy and get the nutrients they needs. For flower beds, reestablish the bed line by cutting down 2 or 3 inches into the soil along the line you want and then scoop out the area of the flower bed where your lawn has invaded. Maintaining the bed line is especially important in areas where you have planted groundcover plants such as dichondra or vinca.  The groundcover plants make it especially difficult to remove the grass without damaging the groundcover, too. All in all, maintaining good water flow away from your house and maintaining the health of your landscaping not only gets your yard gets off to a good start this spring, it can help prevent basement flooding. Free eBook shows how to make a home disaster plan  


 

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