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Black Mold Could Be Making You Sick

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? How could the place that provided you with shelter for all of these years do this. The same place that has been the backdrop for many of your fondest memories with friends and family, your home could actually be bad for your health, and the culprit is black mold.

Now don’t think I’m crazy, and I’m not describing a scene from a cheesy horror flick. I’m talking about an all too common occurrence known as “Sick House Syndrome” or SHS.

There a number of things that could lead to SHS, but one of the most common causes is black mold. The scientific name is Stachybotrys atra, and it is quite serious. Symptoms include chronic fatigue, headaches, fever, excessive coughing, and eye irritation.

If you ever detect even the slightest mold in your home, call a specialist for further testing. Even if you utilize some DIY cleaning methods, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

The best way to best way to determine if your home has been sickened by black mold is by getting an evaluation from a San Diego mold inspection company like Orange Restoration.

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By |May 21st, 2011|Mold|0 Comments

Realtors – Meet Your New Best Friend

As a realtor, your days are long dealing with client needs, doing paperwork, attending meetings, and a variety of other laborious duties. It’s a very stressful job, and the last thing you need is a new problem like mold in a home that you’re selling.

Mold can be a big problem and dealing with it at the last minute is enough to drive a person crazy, especially a realtor. Even though you may have a general home inspector to check for mold, many times they don’t see the obvious sign of mold problems in the early stages.

So it’s vitally important to have a trusted source to go to for consultation like Orange Restoration. We’ve been very lucky and fortunate to develop long-lasting relationships with local real estate agents. They depend on our San Diego mold inspection services to thoroughly evaluate their properties.

In the end, our services are significant part of the home inspection process for many realtors. Our expertise helps keep them and their clients happy. If you’re a realtor that could do without the stress of hidden mold, contact Orange Restoration today.

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By |May 12th, 2011|Mold|0 Comments

Protect Your Rental Property from Mold

It’s still just as surprising today as it was many years ago when we got started in the San Diego mold inspection and removal business. The fact that so few rental property owners enlisted the services of professionally qualified mold specialists was and still is baffling.

Naturally after discovering an out of control, full-fledged mold infestation, we’ve gotten calls from various property owners. In those situations, we’ve been more than willing to come in and take care of the problems. However by then, it was almost inevitable that the only solution was a costly mold remediation project. Needless to say, dealing with irate tenants whose lifestyles got disrupted in the process was even worse for the owners.

As a rental property owner, you might think it’s better to save a buck or two by having your unqualified, maintenance guy to perform mold inspection. However, it’s not. And using your landscaper to do the task doesn’t fare any better.

Leaving proper mold testing and inspection of your rental property to amateurs is one of the worst mistakes that you can make as an owner. This is a job that should be given to professionals like Orange Restoration. Cutting corners only costs you more in the end, both in money and dealing with unhappy renters.

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By |May 6th, 2011|Mold|0 Comments

New Home Buyers – Don’t Forget the Mold Inspection

So you signed your name on the dotted line, the move-in is done, and you’re comfortably settled. Then you realize that your new, dream home has a hidden nightmare – MOLD. Remember the stress that you felt during the home buying process about making such a big financial commitment?  Well that feeling almost pales in comparison to the reality of the added financial burden of a full mold inspection and remediation.

Luckily it does not have to happen to you.

For years, new home buyers have utilized our San Diego mold inspection services. In a few short days, your dream home could be inspected and fully tested for mold infestation. In addition, you could get expert advice on the steps you could take to minimize your home’s risk to mold growth.

If you’re in process of buying a new home, don’t neglect thorough mold inspection and testing. It could save you a lot of heart ache and money down the road. If you’re in San Diego, don’t hesitate to call Orange Restoration for assistance.

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By |May 3rd, 2011|Mold|0 Comments

Destroy the Mold, Not Your Home

Many people panic when they find a trace of mold during a DIY inspection. Immediately their minds start to race, and their worst fears set in. Could this be a toxic mold situation, and if so, will I have to tear out walls in my home to alleviate the problem?

During our time in the San Diego mold testing business, our experts have seen this scenario many times. And the simple answer is to call a professional who does mold testing for a living.

Professional mold testing is far more sophisticated than the methods that you can do on your own. We take surface, air, and dust samples, and then we run them through rigorous tests. This allows us to give you the best possible advice and solution to your problem.

So if you find a little surface mold, try not to panic. It doesn’t always mean that you need a full remediation and subsequent home repair.  Call a professional like Orange Restoration for professional testing. Often times you’ll find that you only have a far less serious, common mold situation. And knowing this will save your home from needless damage.

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By |May 1st, 2011|Mold|0 Comments

San Diego Mold Restoration Tips: Identifying Mold In Your Home

When it comes to mold, it is always better to catch an infestation early. As the leading San Diego mold restoration and remediation service, we have seen our fair share of mold outbreaks and infestations in the home, and have been helping homeowners recognize the telltale signs and symptoms of mold infestation.

Here are some tips that all homeowners should keep in mind:

  • Not all mold-like substances are actually mold. Pollen, dust, tree sap, and stains can resemble mold, and these substances, unlike mold, are not toxic or harmful.
  • Mold has a musty, or “moldy” smell. It is easily recognizable and can make the air hard to breath.
  • Mold grows rapidly and can be many colors. Most mold is green, grey, brown, or black.
  • Mold exposure symptoms include headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness, fever and chills. If you are suffering from mold exposure, you will notice that your symptoms lessen when you are away from home for long periods of time and get worse when you are home for long periods of time.

If you suspect that you have a mold infestation in your home, contact us right away for a professional mold inspection.

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By |April 27th, 2011|Mold|0 Comments

Air Duct Cleaning and your Health

Air duct cleaning studies have shown that indoor air can be two to five times MORE polluted than outside air. This pollution comes from a variety of sources such as dirt, dust, pollen, mold spores, animal dander and other contaminants that are tracked into your carpeting and collect on your furniture.
Additionally, poorly maintained HVAC systems harbor mold, fungi, bacteria, pollen, dust mites and other disease-carrying biological pollutants which are re-circulated through forced air systems. Given the right conditions of moisture and temperature, these contaminants can flourish in the ductwork and be carried into your home or workspace, exposing your family or coworkers.
When HVAC systems are contaminated with dust, mold, construction debris, bacteria, or insulation fibers the indoor air quality of the facility suffers, putting residents at a higher risk for allergy and breathing problems in any home, and damaging employee productivity for businesses. When the contaminants are combined with varying temperatures, humidity levels, and airflow in the HVAC system the indoor air quality can dramatically deteriorate. Not only are there additional health risks with a dirty HVAC system, but a system’s operating and efficacy standards are impaired, resulting in higher operating cost for the facility.
Considerations that may warrant frequent cleaning:
– Smokers in the household.
– Pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander.
– Water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system.
– Residents with allergies or asthma who might benefit from a reduction in the amount of indoor air pollutants in the HVAC system.
– Recent home renovations or remodeling that may have dirtied your air ducts.

By |March 17th, 2011|Mold|0 Comments

Is Your Home A Breeding Ground For Mold?

At Orange Restoration, we specialize in San Diego flood restoration and mold remediation, among other related services.  Since we work closely with homeowners to help safely remove hazardous mold from the places where they and their families live, we know how to recognize the warning signs of  exposure.

The question is, do you?

Mold grows in dark, damp places, and can often remain undetected for long periods of time. Unfortunately, this also means that by the time many  infestations are discovered, the damage, both structural and health-wise may already have been done.

Not all types of mold are harmful to human beings, but many are toxic and even deadly.  Symptoms of short-term  exposure include:

Watery Eyes
Itchy Skin

Symptoms of more prolonged mold exposure can include:

Chronic Fatigue

Symptoms like these are also associated with a variety of conditions, so the first step in determining whether mold or other health problems are to blame is to find out whether your house contains dangerous mold.  Homeowners can pick up basic test kits at many local hardware and general merchandise stores.  Signs of mold include:

A Moldy Or Musty Smell
Green, Brown, White, Grey, Or Black Substances On Walls, Floors, Doors, And Other Surfaces

If you live in a house with a leaky roof, or faulty plumbing, or if you haven’t had a recent San Diego mold inspection, don’t assume that because you can’t see mold, it isn’t present in your house. Calling a mold remediation specialist to come in and perform a thorough inspection of your home can help to eliminate mold problems before they become worse.

Call us today to learn more (619) 649-2415 or (888) 666-1421

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By |January 21st, 2011|Mold|0 Comments

Mold Inspection Tips: What Is A Mold Inspection?

You’ve noticed mold growing on your walls or your floors, and now want to find out just how bad the problem really is.  The best way to do this is to hire a mold inspection service to assess the situation.  As the leading San Diego mold inspection service, we’ve had our fair share of calls from homeowners who are unsure about what to expect from a San Diego mold inspection and whether or not they need our services.

During a mold inspection, several tasks are completed, which include:

A thorough search for all signs of mold present.  This means that the technicians may lift the carpets in your house from the backing, take samples of the paint from the walls, and perform other tasks to find all of the mold that can be seen by the naked eye.

Mold culture testing.  Technicians will perform a series of tests on the mold that they find, since the way that the mold reacts to different substances will help them to determine the type of molds that are present.  They may also collect samples of carpet, paint, and other surfaces containing mold to be sent to a lab for further testing.

Airborne particulate counts. Using a special filtering system, the technician will test the air for airborne particulates, including mold spores.  This is important, because it helps the technician to determine how serious the mold infestation is, and the types of mold present.

Remember, not all types of mold are toxic to humans and animals, but all mold has the potential to cause cosmetic and structural damage to a structure. The sooner that mold can be properly assessed, the sooner it can be treated and removed.

By |December 14th, 2010|Mold|Comments Off on Mold Inspection Tips: What Is A Mold Inspection?

Removing Mold and Mildew Stains

Any home owner could be accosted with a sudden need to handle a mold or mildew problem. No household is absolutely mold proof and it can be alarming to discover an ever increasing unpleasant odor that often accompanies mold and mildew.The best way to cope is to know in advance how to tackle such a problem if it does occur.This means that you will need to learn some good cleaning techniques that will help you remove mold and mildew and permanently keep it out of your home

The most important point to remember is that you should always avoid creating the conditions that make it convenient for mold and mildew to develop.Here are some tips on how to do this.If the air is flowing freely there is less chance for mold and mildew to develop.So, keep all areas of your home well ventilated, especially basements kitchens and any other place that tends to gather heat and moisture.

In order to avoid excess moisture use a humidifier. Be on the look out for any specks of food that have been left around on the floor or in corners by children or pets. If mold develops on these it is most likely to spread to the surrounding areas.

Even if you do take these measures, it is well worth your while to carefully search about your house for any signs of mold or mildew. Detecting these could be tricky so your key principle is to search mainly where there is a combination of moisture and heat.Start from the outer walls of your house. See if there is any green mold there.

Indoors, search beneath the flooring and any beams. Mold and mildew are likely to develop under carpets .kitchens cellars and pantries, and although it sounds unlikely (because refrigerators are cold), check that too. Get rid of any moldy foods there. Fruits vegetables meat and cheeses can all develop mold.

For porous surfaces it is preferable to get professional advice.However, non porous surfaces can be cleaned in the following manner.Once you have located the affected area, wipe it down thoroughly, brushing off any excess dirt.Prepare a bleach mixture: 1cup of bleach per gallon of water.From a spray bottle, spray this solution onto the suspected areas.Be sure to use gloves to avoid harm to your skin and keep the environment well ventilated to safeguard your respiratory tract from inhalation of the bleach.Scrub the area clean. It is best to do this with a brush. However if the surface is sensitive, you could use a dusting cloth.Rinse the area well and dry.Remind yourself that “prevention is better than cure” therefore, keep all areas uninviting to mold and mildew by keeping them dry and well ventilated.

By |October 26th, 2009|Mold|0 Comments