You got off work after a hard day. Feeling a sense of accomplishment, you decide to relax and watch a little TV. Flipping channels you come across a program about a house with mold. Watching closely, you start to feel for the home owners. What a devastating find! It must be terrible to be in their situation. I’m glad I don’t have that problem, you think to yourself. After a while you wonder. How do I know if I have mold? How do I know that I don’t? How does anyone know? As you watch the disaster unfold for the unlucky homeowners you feel your heart begin to speed. Your throat tightens. Don’t fret. Here are a few ways to tell if you have a mold problem.
Spring is finally here! As you spend more and more time outdoors, you start to notice your winter-racked yellowish brown lawn. You glance at the sky – not a cloud in sight. Shrugging your shoulders you figure this has to be a man-made undertaking. You turn on the hose and set the sprinklers to water your thirsty lawn. Looking around your bare yard, you decide this is the time to plant those flowers you wanted to add to your garden. You go to your basement to retrieve your gardening equipment. That’s when you notice your basement is flooding. Where is this water coming from?
Does your home or business have carpeting? Have the carpets lost their cleanliness and visual appeal to the point where they resemble a mixture of dirt spots and stains? If so, you are not alone. Many New Hampshire (NH) property owners suffer with unsightly carpets that are sprinkled with coffee stains, remnants of mud puddles and/or imbedded pet hair. While your carpets may have seen better days, the good news is that a thorough cleaning can help restore your carpets and assist in removing those pesky, unwanted spots that are keeping your carpets from looking and feeling like new.
Living in New England, residents are accustomed to the fluctuating temperatures and ever-erratic weather patterns that can bring pop-up storms and unexpected rain showers. Here in the Granite State, snowstorms, wind-driven rain and heat waves are ordinary occurrences, and can sometimes be experienced in the same week! While most New Hampshire (NH) residents are accustomed to the unpredictable New England weather, many home and business owners may not be aware of the steps needed to ensure their home or business is “storm-ready.” Sure, those pop-up summer rain showers may be quick and uneventful, but torrential downpours and wind-driven rain can lead to interior flooding, roof damage and clogged gutters.
Soil-Away, one of New Hampshire’s premier cleaning and restoration companies, today announced the launch of their new residential mobile app that is available for both iOS and android devices. Soil-Away’s main focus has always been on providing our customers with quality service and customer satisfaction. Adding this mobile app provides you, our customer, quick information to contact us for emergencies, quotes or claim submissions, a listing of what services we provide, and the ability to receive different promotions we will be providing throughout the year. To help you protect your home, we also provide home tips and reminders, keeping you informed, to help prevent disasters from happening.
Apple cider donuts, orange and red-hued leaves and chilly nights are the many tell-tale signs that fall is here in the Granite State. Aside from enjoying all of the amenities and fall scenery that unfolds before us every year in New Hampshire (NH), many business and home owners are checking tasks off their fall “to-do” lists, which may include inspecting gutters, draining hoses and checking caulk around doors and windows. While evaluating your home’s gutters for debris and other questionable matter can seem like a daunting and undesirable task compared to apple picking and hiking, these fall tasks may save you time and money by catching any issues before they strike unexpectedly in the future.
You might need professional air duct cleaning and not even realize it. HVAC systems typically are out-of-sight and out-of-mind. As long as the heat is working in the winter and air conditioner in the summer, everyone is happy. Just set your desired temperature on the thermostat and enjoy the comfort of your home or office. But is that all there is? What about the system of ductwork circulating the air? This mechanical system runs below floors, through walls, and above ceilings. It is a hidden network of ducting that carries the air we breathe. So does this system require any maintenance or cleaning? Here are four reasons why you should consider professional air duct cleaning.
Summer is officially upon us here in New Hampshire (NH), which means gearing-up for weekend picnics, roasting s’mores by the campfire and dusting off the grill for some weekend barbecues. Aside from all the weekend gatherings and beach visits, the summer months in NH also brings warmer weather and, you guessed it, the need for an air conditioner. With temperatures climbing into the 90’s on some days, performing routine tasks can be difficult and seemingly impossible without the relief of an air conditioner. Once you dig out the portable air conditioner from storage, dust off the spiders and place it in the desired location, you notice the unit is leaking and causing unsightly water damage. What do you do next?
Dryers are one of those appliances in your home where you “set it and forget it.” You throw your freshly washed clothes into the dryer from the washing machine, set the timer and then forget about it until the timer goes off 50 or 60 minutes later. However, did you know that by “setting and forgetting” about the clothes in your dryer, you could be putting your home at risk for a fire? According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), there are over 16,000 reported home fires each year resulting from a clothes dryer, with dust, lint or fiber igniting first in just under 30% dryer fires. So, before you toss your laundry into the dryer without cleaning the vent first or leaving the house to run errands while the dryer is running, there are a few tips to keep in mind to help prevent an unexpected fire.
The attic is a space in your home that you may not venture up to very often. If you’re anything like me, you brave the dark, extremely hot or extremely cold (depending on the time of year) area a few times per year, and that is more than enough! Since the attic is a location in your home that does not get as much traffic as the living room or kitchen, issues such as mold may go unnoticed for quite some time. Mold is one of those words that make New Hampshire (NH) homeowners cringe, as dollar signs and anxiety immediately come to mind when the dreaded green or white-colored enemy is witnessed. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help prevent attic mold and tips on what to do if you find it in your home.
The attic: a space in your home that houses Christmas decorations, bins of seasonal clothes and the occasional tarantula-sized spider that makes you cringe at the thought of venturing up to this dark and desolate space. However, while you may be like me and only make your way up to your home’s attic when you absolutely need to, what many New Hampshire (NH) homeowners do not realize is that this dark, moist area may also be home to mold growth. Since the attic is not as frequented as other locations in the home, mold can form and grow quickly and discretely, and may only become noticed when other issues arise from the growth.
Sump pumps are a great item to have in any home or business, as they help keep the structure dry by pumping water away from it. Sump pumps are especially useful during the spring months when melting snow saturates the ground and builds-up around the structure’s foundation. However, while sump pumps are a great commodity to have, they can fail from time to time, so it is essential to learn what common issues may cause sump pump failure, as this may save you time and costly repairs down the road.