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How to protect you and your home from mold

How to protect you and your home from mold

As the leaves continue to tumble and the temperature plummets, fall continues and winter approaches in Oregon. You may not give it much thought but wet weather season can be the easiest time of the year to develop unexpected mold and mildew in your house. It is more difficult to get mold out of an environment than it is to keep it away, and if you ignore mildew it could cause extensive damage to your home and complicated health problems for your family. By following these five steps you will be better protected from mold and mildew year round. 1) Patch up the inside and outside of your home to […]

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3 Ways To Help Prevent Frozen Pipes

3 Ways To Help Prevent Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are one big, expensive, mess for any homeowner. The cold weather has already hit us, but it’s not too late to take some preventative steps toward keeping your pipes thawed throughout the winter. Here are 3 ways to prevent frozen pipes this winter in your home: 1. Regulate Heating It might make for a higher heating bill, but making sure you keep the house relatively warm while you’re away will save you a big hassle in the long run. We advise our clients to never let the temperature of their house get under 55 degrees during the winter, even while the house is empty. google down We also […]

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Mold Remediation, Decontamination Chambers, and Negative Space

Mold Remediation, Decontamination Chambers, and Negative Space

Mold is a serious deal — an expanding virus that can infest your entire home if you’re not careful. The scariest part is that because mold will often grow almost entirely beneath the surfaces of your home, you may not even notice the toxic fumes being produced or the deterioration of the insides of your house. Here are the steps we take to make sure hostile mold situations don’t get worse during the remediation process. Setting up a decontamination chamber The first thing we do when we face a mold crisis is set up a decontamination chamber. Setting up a safe place to clean off our bags and tools gives […]

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How To Properly Water Your Lawn Without Damaging Your Home

How To Properly Water Your Lawn Without Damaging Your Home

When you read that title, we know what you were thinking: “How incompetent do you have to be to mess up watering your lawn?” But sure enough, every year, homeowners file insurance claims involving neglected sprinklers and moldy basements. Sprinkler heads can be fussy contraptions and if you are away from your house all day, unpredictable things can happen to even the most responsible homeowner. If you are away on vacation, the chances that an overactive sprinkler system could destroy your property or basement without you noticing are even higher. Moldy basements and leaking roofs If the watering of your lawn isn’t taken care of properly, the most common problems […]

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Mold Damage: Does Your Insurance Cover You?

Mold Damage: Does Your Insurance Cover You?

No one likes mold. It’s ugly and it smells bad. Even worse, mold damage, if left unchecked, can cause rot in wood and other materials in your home, leading to very expensive repairs. Mold can also affect your family’s health: People who have asthma or allergies can have their conditions aggravated by the presence of molds. The big question most homeowners – and even commercial property owners – ask us is whether their insurance covers the cost of remediating mold damage. The answer: It’s complicated. Mold damage coverage depends on the cause – and on your insurance policy Let’s back up for a minute and talk about what causes mold […]

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