Eco–Friendly Mold Killers

 

Eco–Friendly Mold Killers

Non-Toxic Ways To Clean Mold

Even the cleanest homes are not completely safe from mold. Pests constitute a serious threat for you and your family’s health. Mold and mildew can trigger allergic reactions, respiratory problems and even asthma. Feeling down lately? Recently, scientists found a link between this type of fungus and depression. They are invisible to the naked eye, but you will soon experience their effect as they fill up the space with toxins. Mold is not an unusual problem, but it can be easily prevented and eliminated without the heavy volatile cleaners.

Mold prefers moist, warm and damp environment. You can typically find it in the bathroom, the basement or the roof. In order to prevent the evolvement of mold, you need to fix any existing leaks and to clean up spills right away. Purchase a dehumidifier for the areas where you can’t control the humid level, like the bathroom. Place your clothes in the wardrobe when they are completely dry. The filters of your air conditioning system can also accumulate mold. Regular effective house cleaning is the key to effective prevention. Pay extra – attention to the areas that are vulnerable to mold like shower curtains.

 

Don’t grab the bleach immediately. The commercial cleaning products are easy and efficient way, but they also emit hazardous toxins. You can get rid of the mold for good with a few natural cleaners that you can find in your kitchen cupboard.

Baking Soda

This is a well known cleaner that has many appliances in the household. It is not only useful and harmless ingredient, but it also removes the moist and the bad smell. Mix it with water and pour it in a spray bottle. Apply it over the stain and then start scrubbing. For more persistent stains sprinkle the baking soda directly over the spot. Then get a damp cloth and rinse. Most often, baking is combined with vinegar.

Vinegar

This is a natural acid that dissolves instantly mold and mildew. Plus it is anti – microbial. You can create a solution with water or you can put it straightly over the spot. It is cheap and can be used on almost anything.

Tea Tree Oil

You can use this not only in your cosmetics. All you need are 10 drops of this miraculous ingredient. Combine it with water and you are good to go. It is a little bit more expensive than the other options, but even a small amount of tea tree oil can remove the mold.

 

Vodka

Except that is a perfect ingredient for your cocktail, it can actually get rid of the mold. You don’t need to grab the most expensive bottle. Any kind will work. Actually, the cheaper the liquid, the better. Approach it the same way as vinegar. Wait for a couple of minutes to work. Then wipe it with a sponge or a rag.

Eco–Friendly Mold CleanersFor lasting results – ventilate your living space often by opening the window. Keep the temperatures low, while you are out. Lastly let the direct sunlight penetrate your home, UV light has a natural mold removal effect.

Removing Mold Naturally With Thyme Oil

Removing Mold With Thyme Oil

The Mold Killing Properties of Essential Thyme Oil

Thyme has been used for centuries as an essential herb for cooking, medicating, teas, and more. As the need for new effective disinfectants grows daily, a new rising star has proven as effective as the leading brands, Thyme Oil. Yes, you heard me right, common household thyme, that many of us have growing in the back yard is one of the most potent natural disinfecting agents on the planet.

As a recent study suggests, Thymol, the essential active ingredient in thyme oil, is effective against mold, fungi, HIV, bacteria and viruses. Making it a good alternative to common household cleaning detergents.

Natural Water Damage Remediation

After a leak, flood or any kind of water damage, its very important to dry the entire structure thoroughly and prevent mold growth in the home. Because mold is present everywhere, even the slightest moisture source can trigger a mold problem. That’s why professional mold remediation companies often use chemicals to disinfect the affected area and reduce the possibility of mold growth. The main problem with this practice is the toxicity of the agents used for disinfect the area . Thyme oil based products are an effective alternative to toxic chemical use and can actually achieve the same results.

 Effective Against Norovirus

Thyme is a powerful disinfectant, and can be used both externally (as a cleaning agent) and internally (as medicine). Taken internally, it can help soar troth and boost the immune system against viruses.

A recent study reviled that many of the current home disinfectants are not effective against the Norovirus, which is the #1 cause for food-borne illnesses. Surprisingly, the all natural Thyme Oil, kills the Norovirus and could be a better solution.

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Black Mold In Maryland Workplace

Black Mold in the Workplace

Maryland metro area houses many office buildings serving as a workplace for hundreds of thousands of office staff members. Most workplaces are a very safe environment, loaded with the latest comforts of modern office designs and features. Office spaces became so comfortable, its hard to imagine it as being a hazardous environment. A leaking pipe in the  main restroom changed that reality for Jack Hezman, a senior lending adviser for the firm.When complaints arose from office staff members, about strange physical symptoms in a small Rockville office, EnviroCare was hired to investigate a possible black mold infestation.

Black Mold In Maryland Workplace

Jack started to display an array of symptoms like a rash, headaches and watery eyes, in the past few weeks. Thinking he was alone, Jack took a few days off and stayed home. The symptoms subsided and he went back to work, only to have the same rash reappear. Other staffers started having issues like runny nose, sneezing and fatigue.

An EnviroCare inspection with a thermal imaging camera reviled a pin hole leak in the restroom caused extensive water damage in the walls, that led to black mold to grow and infest the office.

“I thought I was loosing my mind, I never imagined black mold could make me sick like that”

Toxic mold is becoming a real issue for employers with raising awareness for mold effects. Some employees are going as far as suing the workplace or refusing to work in offices with mold problems.

After preforming a mold remediation process and testing the air for black mold, the Maryland office passed the clearance test. EnviroCare Cleanup & Restoration  allowed employees to go back to work with confidence.

 

 

 

EnviroCare is Now the Newest Member of the EAA

EnviroCare & The Environmental Assessment Associations

EAA Certified Firm

EnviroCare Cleanup & Restoration is now the newest member of the Environmental Assessment Association. EAA members adhere to higher level of industry standards and go through meticulous background checks to insure each one is a high quality, educated professional.

The Environmental Assessment Association (EAA) is an international organization dedicated to providing members with information and education in the environmental industry . EAA represents thousands of environmental professionals who provide services to a wide variety of clients including lenders, federal & state agencies along with private companies.

EAA Membership and Environmental Impact

As part of the EAA membership, EnviroCare employees have to comply with strict regulations and uphold industry standards and ethical conduct. EnviroCare is one of many water damage restoration companies in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Using environmentally safe cleaning practices with zero environmental impact is one of the reasons for EnviroCare’s popularity with the local community.

As mold removal and water damage gains more and more awareness with US home owners, many uncertified cleaning companies claim to be professional restorers but end up doing more harm then good. Its time to establish some ethical ground rules for cleaning companies, to ensure indoor air is kept harmless after an mold removal or water damage project.

 

Black Mold In The Air Ducts

Air Duct Cleaning & Indoor Air Quality

Most people don’t understand the importance of air duct cleaning or refuse to believe they need any maintenance at all. Well we now know that air duct cleaning and HVAC cleaning (or lack of it) is one of the determining factors of our indoor air quality. Our HVAC system is in fact the perfect habitat for microorganisms to flourish, its a closed system that rarely sees the light of day, its humid and there’s lots of organic material to munch on, ITS MOLD PARADISE!

Mold In The Air Ducts

Air ducts conduct cold or hot air throughout our home. Through the years, dust is accumulating to form buildup of organic material, coating the interior housing of the system. What is dust really? Well, I don’t want to gross you out but common dust is about 80% dead skin cells…! In other words, a buffet for any fungi, bacteria or dust mite. The climate in the air duct system is perfect, not too hot, not too cold and plenty of humidity, mold would just need to colonize in one place, release spores in to the air and reach the entire HVAC system and every room in the house which has a vent opening. Air duct cleaning would basically eliminate one essential ingredient to the mold cycle, the food. Once the ducts are cleaned, mold wouldn’t have what to feed on and most likely, wouldn’t grow.

EnviroCare’s Approach on Air Duct Cleaning

At EnviroCare, we include an intensive air duct cleaning with every mold remediation project. In every case there is black mold in the building, mold spores travel trough the air duct system to other rooms and areas. Removing mold from an air duct system is not an easy task, and should be handled by a professional. Using the right equipment is key, some air duct cleaning companies will use very basic vacuums to clean and will risk doing more harm then good. A source removal device should be used to clean air ducts.

Water Damage & Mold Removal


Water Damage

No one can anticipate a flash flood, storm or a burst pipe, worst off are the damages left behind by the water. If not recovered rapidly  water damage may result in rapid mold growth that will require professional mold removal. Water will go in to all building materials if you let it. After working as a specialist at EnviroCare Water Damage Restoration for over 10 years, I’ve learned water has a mind of its own and even after so long in the water damage industry, water still manage to surprise me.

Removing Black Mold Safely

If you have black mold growth, you will need to take steps to remove it ASAP. The EPA has issued new guidelines for “do it yourself ” mold removal projects if you want to take the risk of exposing yourself or others to toxic molds. The guidelines for professional mold removal companies, devised by the IICRC, are much stricter to ensure minimal exposure to mold toxins. A safe mold removal project should include:

Black Mold

  • Careful removal of infected building materials
  • Creating barriers to prevent contamination
  • HEPA Filtration to purify the air
  • Moisture detection & monitoring 
  • Dehumidification 
  • Mold Testing
  • Mold cleanup, treatment & prevention

EnviroCare is obligated to follow the IICRC S500 and S520 standards for water damage and mold remediation. Following those standards ensures the safety of the occupants dwelling in the property and prevents re-occurrence of mold growth.

How to Remove Black Mold?

Removing Black Mold

A lot of people ask me, how do I remove Black Mold? Well, the answer is you don’t! In most cases, Black Mold is very hard to remove without harming yourself and those around you! The better way is to call a professional that can remove mold safely and without cross contaminating your environment.

The problem with removing black mold is dealing with microscopic contaminates that if in-hailed could cause allergic reactions at best, and a toxic inflammation or worst. Controlling microscopic spores is hard and could prove to be very complicated. Professional restoration companies like EnviroCare use heavy duty air movers to create Negative Air pressure in the affected area to prevent cross contamination, as an extra precaution, a professional will create a barrier between the contaminate area and clean areas, again, to prevent contamination.

Protective Equipment

In every mold removal project you must use protective equipment. The EPA and CDC recommend using a respirator of N95 rating or higher. For best protection in toxic mold removal projects, please use a P100 respirator and a full HASMAT suit including the hood. Remember, black mold is invisible and will attach it self to your cloths or hair, if not taking the right safety precautions,  you will contaminate your home with black mold spores that will colonize and become a problem.