All posts by Joe

Attic Mold in Armonk NY

Below we have before and after pictures of a Attic mold in Armonk NY.  As you can see in the before photos the sheathing was quite stained and heavy with mold.  Mold in an attic is a byproduct of poor attic ventilation and the accumulation of moisture.  This happens in the winter when warm moist air from the house rises and enters the attic through vents and gaps.  Normally this warm moist air would be removed via circulation of the air and out through the vents, but often there is a problem.  Clogged sofits, a poor design when an addition was built, over insulation, or just plain too much stuff piled up there can cause the air to not circulate.  When the air fails to circulate the moisture condenses on the interior of the roof making it damp and allowing for mold growth.  In this case there had been an addition to the house and no one thought of adding any vents. We came in ans assessed the situation and decided that a treatment of double activated Cal-Brite would do the job.  We sealed off the attic door and began our treatment.  The time elapsed between the two photos was 2 hours.  As you can see it was quite effective, and over time will be even more effective until you can’t tell that anything ever happened.  The attic will still need proper ventilation but the mold has been mitigated.
Attic Mold in Armonk NY

Before

Attic Mold in Armonk NY
After

 

Scarsdale NY Attic Mold

Scarsdale NY Attic Mold

This is a photo from our latest project in Scarsdale NY.  The homeowner called complaining of staining on the attic sheathing and of a musty odor.  When we arrived we confirmed the presence of Scarsdale NY Attic Mold using a  portable mold test.  Upon examination we found the source of the mold.  As you can see from the  first photo the bathroom vent fan is disconnected.  This caused a build up in mold throughout the attic.  The mold had spread quite quickly in under a year to roughly half the 1000 sqft attic.  Mold in the attic is usually not harmful, the molds that grow there are usually non-toxic.   The homeowner noticed the mold growth during the holidays while moving decorations down. Although attic mold is usually ton-toxic it can be an allergen, so it is recommended that people with allergies and asthma avoid going up there.  Due to the nature heat rises it keeps the air and the mold spores from migrating down into the home, so asthmatics need not fear attic mold as long as they stay out of the attic.  We treated the attic mold with Cal-Brite which has a hydrogen peroxide base as you can see in the next series of photos the sequence in which the job progressed.  The mold is present, the mold is sprayed with Cal-Brite, the mold melts away.
Scarsdale Attic Mold

Disconnected Bathroom Ven
t

Scarsdale Attic Mold
Scarsdale Attic Mold

Scarsdale Attic Mold

Cal-Brite Sprayed on Scarsdale Attic Mold

Cal-Brite Sprayed on Scarsdale Attic Mold

Clean Scarsdale attic mold

   

Cooking Safety

Cooking Safety

Cooking Safety

Cooking Safety

There are several things you can do to prevent fires in the kitchen. Make sure you don’t get distracted when you are cooking, and:  
  • Take pans off the heat or turn the heat down if you’re called away from the cooker, e.g. by a phone call;
  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing as it can catch fire easily;
  • Don’t cook if you have been drinking alcohol or taken medicine or drugs – you may get drowsy or lose concentration.

Stove and toaster safety

You can prevent fires when using an stove or a toaster by following these simple tips:  
  • Turn pots so the handles don’t stick out over the edge of the stove.
  • Double check that the stove is off when you have finished cooking.
  • Make sure towels aren’t hanging over the stove and don’t put oven mits on top of a hot oven.
  • Keep the oven, stove and grill clean – built-up fat and bits of food can start a fire.
  • Check that the toaster is clean and well away from curtains and empty the crumb tray regularly.

Cooking with oil

You need to be especially careful when you are deep-fat frying or cooking with oil because hot oil can catch fire easily.  
  • Don’t fill a frying pan or other deep-fat fryer more than one-third full of oil.
  • Use a thermostat-controlled deep fryer, which will make sure the fat doesn’t get too hot.

Dealing with a fire in your kitchen

If a pan catches fire in your kitchen:  
  • Don’t move it because it will be very hot;
  • Turn off the heat if it’s safe to do so – don’t lean over the pan to reach the controls;
  • Don’t use a fire extinguisher on a pan of oil because the force of the extinguisher can spread the fire;
  • Never use water on oil fires as this will cause a fireball;
  • Get out, stay out and call 911.

If an electrical appliance catches fire, don’t throw water on it. If it is safe to do so, you may be able to put out the fire immediately by:

 
  • Pulling the appliance’s plug out;
  • Switching off the power at the fuse box.
  • If the fire doesn’t go out, get out of the house, stay out and call 911.

How to Put Out Kitchen Fires

How to Put Out Kitchen Fires

How to Put Out Kitchen Fires

How to Put Out Kitchen Fires

When a fire starts in the kitchen, you need to act fast to keep the fire from getting out of control. But how you act depends on what kind of fire you have and where it is. Follow these instructions on How to Put Out Kitchen Fires s:
  • If you have a fire in the oven or the microwave, close the door or keep it closed, and turn off the oven. Don’t open the door! The lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames.
  • If your oven continues to smoke like a fire is still going on in there, call the fire department.
  • If you have a fire in a cooking pan, use an oven mitt to clap on the lid, then move the pan off the burner, and turn off the stove. The lack of oxygen will stop the flames in a pot.
  • If you can’t safely put the lid on a flaming pan or you don’t have a lid for the pan, use your fire extinguisher. Aim at the base of the fire — not the flames.
  • Never use water to put out grease fires! Water repels grease and can spread the fire by splattering the grease. Instead, try one of these methods:
  • If the fire is small, cover the pan with a lid and turn off the burner.
  • Throw lots of baking soda or salt on it. Never use flour, which can explode or make the fire worse.
  • Smother the fire with a wet towel or other large wet cloth.
  • Use a fire extinguisher.
  • Don’t swat at a fire with a towel, apron, or other clothing. You’re likely to fan the flames and spread the fire.
If the fire is spreading and you can’t control it, get everyone out of the house and call 911! Make sure everybody in your family knows how to get out of the house safely in case of a fire. Practice your fire escape route.

Fire in the Home

Fire in the Home

 Fire in the Home

Fire in the Home

With the increased use of heaters, and electric blankets the risk of  fire in the home is often greatest during winter.  Working smoke alarms are an essential line of defense and are vital for early detection of a fire. Every home should have working smoke alarms in place, with at least one smoke alarm installed between the bedrooms and remainder of the home, and on every floor of the home. To ensure they are kept in proper working order, smoke alarms should be tested once a month and batteries replaced when we change our clocks. To help lower the risk of fire in the home, homeowners should run through a simple mental checklist before leaving the house or going to bed. There are also a number of steps that should be taken at the beginning of winter to help minimize risk.

Checklist

  1. Ensure heaters are placed a minimum of one yard away from anything that could potentially burn. Be sure to switch off at the appliance as unplugging it when not in use.
  2. Check smoke alarms once a month to ensure they are working correctly. Change the batteries every time you change the clock and make sure there is at least one smoke alarm installed between the bedrooms and remainder of the home, and on any other story within the home.
  3. Ensure all heating equipment is clean and in proper working order. Inspect electrical cords and replace if cracked or damaged.
  4. Switch off electrical blankets before going to bed.
  5. Extinguish any candles before going to bed or leaving the room.
  6. When cooking, don’t leave cooking appliances unattended. If you need to leave the room for more than a few minutes, switch off the stove or oven.
  7. If you have a fireplace, use a mesh guard to protect against flying sparks and embers from an open fire. Ensure the fire has been completely smothered before leaving the room or house.

Fresh Maintenance Earns Coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award–Again

Fresh Maintenance Earns Coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award–Again

Award reflects businesses’ consistently high level of customer service

 
 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Angie’s List Super Service Award

Fresh Maintenance has been awarded the prestigious 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award for mold testing and remediation, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service and health providers. Fresh Maintenance also earned the Angie’s List Super Service Award in 2011.
“At Fresh Maintenance, we’re honored to have won this important award. We’re always striving for excellence, and we understand that our clients’ homes are very special to them. Receiving this award tells us that we’re on the right path to achieving 100 percent customer satisfaction.”
“Only a fraction of the companies Fresh Maintenance competes with in mold testing and remediation in Westchester and the New York metro area are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include receiving consistent exemplary ratings from their clients.
While service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List, members will find the 2013 Super Service Award logo next to business names in search results on AngiesList.com.
Angie’s List collects consumer reviews on local service professionals in more than 720 categories, ranging from home improvement to healthcare. Currently, more than 2 million households rely on Angie’s List to make informed hiring decisions.

Mold Removal in Rockland County

Mold Removal in Rockland County

Here is a photo from our latest Mold Removal in Rockland County.   Mold Removal in Rockland County can be tricky because Rockland County tends to be very damp because the soil is loam and it lies next to the Hudson River and between mountains.  As you can see from the photos there was quite a bit of mold on the walls of the basement.  Another remediation company claimed that the walls couldn’t be saved and needed to be removed.  I disagreed and explained how Fresh Maintenance’s chemical free procedure could kill and remove the mold from the walls without the entire wall being removed.  As you can see is the before and after photographs we accomplished just that.  By saving the walls we also saved the homeowner a lot of money in replacement costs.  Our process is chemical free, odorless and safe for children and pets.  Best of all you wont need to leave your home.  So if you are looking for Mold Removal in Rockland County give us a call at 866 543-3257 the estimate is always free.
Mold Removal in Rockland County

Mold Removal in Rockland County

Mold Removal in Rockland County

Mold Removal in Rockland County

The key to successful mold removal is to remove all of the mold

The key to successful mold removal is to remove all of the mold
The key to successful mold removal is to remove all of the mold

The key to successful mold removal is to remove all of the mold

spores. If you discover mold in your home or business, just remember that some molds can be toxic and that it is best not to disturb the mold which could inadvertently release spores in the air and create even more problems. We recommend that you contact us for a professional assessment. Our goal is to provide you with peace of mind.   1. DO NOT try to clean mold with a regular vacuum! Why? Mold spores are extremely small and will go through a normal vacuum filter, meaning this action will simply spread the spores! Mold remediation professionals use HEPA vacuums because the filters trap the mold spores preventing cross contamination.     2. DO NOT remove materials without proper containment! Mold removal professionals set up containment barriers and use air scrubbers to prevent mold from spreading.     3. DO NOT clean with bleach! Bleach is 95% water which mold needs to thrive and grow.  The bleach will kill the mold on the surface but will leave the roots alive and with the added moisture and the dead mold as fertilizer will allow the mold to come back stronger.     4. DO NOT touch mold contaminated materials without wearing protective equipment! Mold is toxic. This is why, mold remediation professionals wear safety equipment to prevent mold spores from entering the lungs and touching the skin.     5. DO NOT ignore your mold issue!  Mold is like a cancer. Untill it is removed it will continue to grow and will reduce your property value and the structural integrity of your home. Ignoring your mold issue is throwing money away because the long term cost is much higher than the short term cost to address and fix the problem when you discover it.

Bathroom mildew

Bathroom mildew

Bathroom mildew

Bathroom mildew

Bathroom mildew is a common shower stall guest. Invited by dark corners, poor ventilation and humid conditions of many shower stalls, mildew makes its presence known with a characteristic smell and discoloration of tiling, walls and other surfaces. Here’s how to make the fungi feel unwelcome: using a spray bottle, concoct a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and water and apply liberally onto all hard, non-porous surfaces. Let stand and repeat after 2-3 hours. The peroxide is a safe alternative to bleach, yet it’s an effective inhibitor of mildew growth.   Peroxide is 100% safe as it breaks down into water and oxygen after you use it.  Buy some from your local health food store as it is more concentrated than the kind you can buy at a pharmacy.  Also be aware that moisture and mildew go hand in hand, so you want to run your vent when you are taking a shower and try to keep wet towels off the floor.  When it comes to mold and mildew problems moisture is your enemy.  If you are unable to control the mildew on yoour own you can always give us a call at 866 543-3257 and we will be happy to come take a look at your problem.

Mold and Mildew Removal and Remediation in Westchester NY

Mold and Mildew Removal and Remediation in Westchester NY

Frankly speaking remediation of a mold and mildew problem in a Westchester NY home can be a tough task.  Homes in Westchester range from the very large to the very old.  The county also has many rivers and streams that keep homes damp.Mold and mildew thrives in damp places. Often, the ideal breeding grounds are the insides of walls and ceilings exposed to a recurrent source of moisture from a roof or plumbing leak  Remediation if not done correctly can make the mold and mildew problem worse by spreading the contamination throughout the home.   The use of toxic chemicals to remove the black mold and mildew can also do more harm than good by replacing the mold problem with a toxic residue problem.  This can lead to an increase in allergy symptoms among the occupants, and cost you much more money because the area that needs to be cleaned up is so much larger.  Mold and Mildew is like a factory that produces billions of spores, The factory runs only when moisture is available. Eliminate the moisture, and you shut down the factory. The lesson in this is to take care of moisture problems when they happen and to keep your dehumidifier set at 55% to keep the home as dry as possible.  If however you think you may have a mold problem the best thing to do is to call a professional.  Fresh Maintenance can perform all kinds of mold and mildew testing even inside walls.   If you would like to schedule an inspection call us at (866) 543-3257.
Mold and Mildew Removal and Remediation in Westchester NY

Mold and Mildew Removal and Remediation in Westchester NY