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How Do I Clean Up Mold

How Do I Clean Up Mold?

Borax, a white powder that can be found in with laundry detergent is a good option for DIY mold removal.  Mix the borax powder with one gallon of hot water.  You can then apply the mixture to the area, scrubbing until the mold disappears.  The borax does not need to be rinsed off, as the residual will act as a deterrent to keep the mold from reappearing.  Other substances that can treat mold include baking soda, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Make sure areas are properly dried so that residual moisture isn’t left to assist with more microbial growth.

Identifying the Mold

As a homeowner, at some point you will probably have to deal with mold, which typically thrives in warm high-moisture areas such as the bathroom, basement or attic.  Once mold growth has begun in an area, it can grow exponentially so it is important to address the problem immediately.  Mold that has accumulated into big colonies can be harmful to the health of anyone living in the home. 

Properly identifying mold should be done by a professional. Industry experts, such as industrial hygienist, are trained in proper mold testing techniques. They can take both air and surface samples and send them to a lab for results. A report will then be generated to list out the volume and types of mold present. Depending on the testing results, professional mold remediation may be necessary.  Some types of mold are toxic and should be removed by a professional mold remediation team such as Soil-Away.

Wear Protective Gear and Secure the Surrounding Area

Cleaning mold can be tricky business, as the spores can travel through the air contaminating other areas.  The mold spores can also adhere to clothing and other areas, unseen to the naked eye.  Wearing the appropriate clothing and gear (personal protective equipment) can help to prevent this spread, while also protecting you from any harmful effects that can be caused by the mold.  Wear gloves, goggles, respiratory protection and loose clothing during the removal process and be sure to discard or immediately wash these items after.

Containing the workspace is also critical to a successful mold cleanup project. Cross contamination is a big threat during this process. Properly isolating the workspace and using HEPA filtration will drastically manage mold spores migrating to unwanted areas of the property.

By addressing a mold situation immediately, you can ensure that your family and your home are protected.  If you suspect that toxic mold is in your home, you should seek the help of a mold remediation professional.  

Soil-Away is experienced at helping homeowners remove mold from their home safely and effectively.  Contact Soil-Away at 603-641-6555.

Who should I hire to remove mold from my attic NEW HAMPSHIRE

Who Should I Hire to Remove Mold from My Attic?

When hiring a company to remove mold from your attic, you should find a company that is affordable, reputable, and has experienced technicians.  Serious mold removal is not typically a do-it-yourself job.  Anticipate investing time and money into getting rid of the mold and bringing your house back to its pre-mold state.  Choosing the wrong company can negatively impact your property and cause mold to spread.  The more mold cross-contaminates your space, the greater you and your property are at risk.  That’s why it’s important to count on a mold remediation company like Soil-Away.

Why should I hire Soil-Away for mold removal in my attic?

Soil-Away is not just like any other mold remediation company.  The company goes above and beyond to make sure your home is safe and clean.  Soil-Away:

  • Is local, family-owned, well known (established 1990) and reputable
  • Offers 24/7 services
  • Has IICRC-trained technicians. Follows IICRC S-520 standards for mold.
  • Includes fire, water and mold damage cleanup and restoration
  • Offers reconstruction and repair services
  • Fully insured and bonded
  • Offers competitive pricing and will warranty work
  • Specializes in insurance claim work (both with local and national insurance companies)

Don’t wait to get mold out of your attic.  Call Soil-Away right away today at (603) 641-6555.

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Water Damage Cleanup – Salem, New Hampshire

“Help! I need water damage cleanup immediately!” This is what a Salem, New Hampshire woman yelled to her friend over the phone. She knew that her friend would know exactly what to do. She suffered a water loss recently and recovered quickly with a positive attitude about her experience, so she called to get a referral from someone she trusted.

After hearing the details about the situation, her friend recommended Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services for help. The homeowner was nervous about calling for help. She dreaded the cost of repairs and contemplated restoring the home herself. But a little reassurance and education from her friend changed her outlook.

After the crew arrived on the scene, they worked to identify the source of the water loss and category of water damage. In this case, the damage was a simple category 1 (clean water) loss. The toilet supply line busted causing gallons of water to flood the entire bathroom and hallway of the single story dwelling. For the water damage cleanup process, the team worked to carefully detach baseboard and carpet before drying the hardwood floor underneath. To treat the damaged wood flooring, the crew used air movers and dehumidifiers to drive the moisture out of the material. Lastly, the floors were treated with an antimicrobial solution to reduce the occurrence of potential mold growth.

Water Damage Cleanup Process

A water damage cleanup process will not be the same for everyone. Some property owners need extensive restoration while others do not. Also, the category of water, which refers to the level of contamination, will determine what the cleanup process will look like.

There are three known categories of water losses, and the source of the water loss determines the category. Category 1 is clean water or water from a sink/faucet, hot water tanks, and supply lines. Category 2 can be described as contaminated water. This can come from fish tanks and washing machines. Category 3 water loss is dangerous and can pose harm to residents and unprotected individuals. This is described as black sewage contaminated water. The remediation of category 3 damage requires a special level of remediation and protection. Special PPE suits should be worn to protect against harmful pathogens, and unlike the other two categories, the use of dehumidifiers and fans can cause airborne toxins to cross-contaminate the property.

Water Damage Specialist in Salem, New Hampshire

Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services is an experienced service provider that has helped New Hampshire residents fight major water losses for 30 years. Their in-depth knowledge of restoration and water damage cleanup has helped the community after major tragedies from water and mold to fire and smoke damage. The IICRC-certified team of experts is there to help you. Water damage cleanup is no match for the team of professionals. The restoration crew is not only equipped to handle any category of water loss, but they are at standby to help transform your damaged personal heirlooms and materials into clean and sanitized momentos and personal treasures. If you have soft materials or textiles that have been harmed during a disaster, the Esporta-certified crew is equipped to cleanup and restore the damage. Don’t hesitate to call Soil-Away for emergency water damage cleanup at 603-641-6555. You’ll be glad that you did!

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Mold Remediation in the Attic – Bedford, NH

You enter the attic in your Bedford, NH home and turn on the lights. While you try to look for an item, something catches your eye. You can’t pull your gaze and decide to have a look at it. The black specks, up close, alerts you to the presence of mold in the attic. There are various colors of mold in the attic: White, blue-green, gray, and black. While black mold is commonly labeled as toxic, it mostly indicated poor air quality. Mold remediation in the attic can easily be done. Before that, however, there are a few things to note.

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Professional mold removal – Kennebunk, Maine

Professional Mold Removal – Kennebunk, Maine

M-O-L-D: Mold can be a problem. However, believe it or not, mold is everywhere. Much of it is found outdoors. It can be carried indoors through windows, doors, the HVAC systems, on peoples clothing as well as on pets. On its own it’s not really a problem. When it attaches to moist objects and the mold spores begin to grow and spread – then, you have a problem. If excessive mold growth is found inside a property a professional mold removal company is typically the remedy. Mold is a destructive organism which can damage or ruin just about any surface some of which are:

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Mold Removal Company Hired in Wells, ME

After a storm hit Wells, ME, a warehouse was flooded and had several areas of water damage.  The managers of the warehouse hired a company to come and clean up the damage, but unaware to everyone, the cleanup was not thorough.  A few days later, mold started to develop.  The contents stored within the warehouse was becoming contaminated and some of it had to be thrown away, causing the warehouse to lose revenue.

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Mold Remediation – York, Maine

Mold Remediation – York, Maine

Mold growth at your York, ME property; the mere thought of it can bring shivers down your spine. Mold is virtually everywhere. It has its purpose in nature, but in the wrong setting it can be quite destructive and dangerous once the spores latch on to objects. If mold growth is discovered in your property, it is wise to call a professional mold remediation contractor to clean up the issue.

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Mold Removal Company - Londonderry, NH

Mold Removal Company – Londonderry, NH

Mold removal can be a hassle for any Londonderry, New Hampshire business or homeowner. No one likes to deal with it and for good reason. Without the proper tools, an at-home do-it-yourself approach can quickly become a waste of time. You can spend hours scraping and bleaching an affected area to only result in a superb coverup job — you may not be remediating the mold, thus only prolonging the problem. To ensure that you solve the mold problem, and get professional-level cleaning results, call a mold removal company who is trained and experienced at dealing with this type of disaster.

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Water Damaged House Repair – Kennebunk, ME

Water Damaged House Repair – Kennebunk, ME

Water damage – the mere thought of it is enough to cause that sinking feeling in your heart. Water damage can create all kinds of harm. It is disheartening to see your home in such a state. Water can damage electronics, wood furniture and carpets to name a few. It can cause structural damage to your home and is a breeding ground for mold. It can also make quite a dent in your pocketbook. There’s no guarantee that your home will never be affected by water – residents of Kennebunk Maine; be warned. If your home has been invaded by water, you need to call a water damaged house repair specialist, pronto.

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Flood Damage Restoration Service – Berwick, ME

Flood Damage Restoration Service – Berwick, ME

After a long winter, just after the snow and ice has melted, the owners arrived to their seasonal business in Berwick, Maine.  They are eager to prepare and clean up the property for the summer, only to find that it was flooded.  The owners of the business now seek a flood damage restoration service to restore the facility back to its pre-flooded state.

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Water Damage Repair Company – Concord, NH

An educational facility in Concord, NH received lots of rainfall from the last storm and is in need of a water damage repair company.  With students attending classes daily, the school did not have much time for repairs.  Knowing that they offered 24-hour services, a representative from the school contacted Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services, a local water damage repair company that was highly recommended from several businesses in the area who had previously received disaster restoration services.

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