Getting down and dirty

I haven’t got to do this recently but today I went out to take some job pictures with the crew. This, despite my hatred for driving in Portland is one of my favorite things to do. Constantly being under houses and on your belly in the water and mud is not at all a fun job. It is cold, damp, wet and generally icky. I don’t like any of that. What I do like though is watching the crews work. When I show up to a job to take pictures it is almost always the same routine. I look for our truck in front of a customers house and park near to them.

I take pictures of the truck in front of the houses (I like this because most of the houses are these great expensive and wonderful pristine houses and yet they have these awful spaces under their home they were never aware of) . After this, I find the crew and check in. Once all is said and I have suited up if I am going into the crawlspace is where the fun starts. The crews tell me about the project and what they have done so far. They tell me about unique challenges to the jobs and how they plan to fix it. Then I get to watch them. I listen to them chit chat and banter and laugh no matter how wet and dark and gross a crawlspace may be. They include me in their banter and ask about the office and general how are things. I feel pride in our company, and their dedication to a job well done every time I go to the job site. 20160404_130443.jpg


How to Get Rid of Black & White Mold Indoors | eHow

Great and Simple Article about how to get rid of surface mold. The surface mold is not enough though you have to eliminate the source to stop the mold from returning

How to Get Rid of Black & White Mold Indoors | eHow.

Over 100,000 species of mold exist worldwide, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Mold is a fungus consumes organic matter to grow and releases spores to reproduce. Mold requires moisture within the home to prosper. High humidity, areas of the home that flood or leak and areas that become water-logged will readily grow white and black mold. Getting rid of mold in a house requires solving the water problem within the environment so that mold will cease growing. There is no way to get rid of all mold spores but by limiting water the mold can be rendered unable to reproduce and flourish.


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        Fix any areas of the home that suffer from leaks. Mold often grows in areas of the home where there is a roof leak or a cracked foundation. A broken water pipe can also cause mold to grow on walls or other surfaces. All water leaks must be promptly repaired to get rid of and prevent mold growth.

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  1. Dry any throw carpets that have become wet and moldy. Remove damaged, moldy carpet and replace with new carpet if it cannot be successfully dried out.
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    Pull all furniture away from the house’s interior walls. Moving the furniture away from the walls will help air to circulate within the room which will help dry out areas of mold.

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    Open the windows and doors for 24 to 48 hours to help the house dry out after fixing any leaks or removing moldy carpets. Place fans around the house to help the air to circulate and get rid of the mold.

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    Install ceiling exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens. Install an attic fan if the house has an attic space.

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    Install a sump pump in any crawl space or basement beneath a home that floods. A sump pump will remove the water in the area that suffers from flooding. Repair any areas of cracking in the foundation that allows moisture to form beneath the house.

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    Clean all areas of mold that appear on hard surfaces using a mild laundry detergent and a sponge. Wear long rubber gloves, goggles and breathing protection, such as an N-95 respirator available at most home improvement stores, when cleaning up white and black mold, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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    Wipe the coils of the HVAC system to remove biological growth monthly using a disinfectant cleaner. The coils constantly sweat and are an ideal place for black mold to grow, according to the Toxic Black Mold Information website.

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    Change the HVAC filter monthly. Mold spores will become trapped within the filters and quickly grow utilizing the moisture from the air and the organic matter that the filters trap.

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    Replace shower curtains regularly. Mold often grows in the seams and bottom corners of the curtain.

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Humidity brings mold, mildew, and risks to your health and home

Our phones ring endlessly when the rains come. Homeowners with water leaking into their basement, invading their space or their duct work. In the spring the phones stay steady with reports that the home inspector said they have water in the crawlspace that needs corrected to sell the house. Yet once summer comes the calls wind down as things begin to dry out and the water issues are not so immediate or intrusive. Summer is when water and moisture issues can create the most damage though. Warm air means Condensation. This moisture then leads to mold, mildew and musty smells inside the home.
Humid 80 degree air outside the home (like we have had this last week), entering 55 degree crawlspaces through open vents creates problems for homeowners. The warm 80 degree air holds more moisture than the cooler 55 degree air inside the crawlspace does. When the warm air that enters is cooled in the crawl space and the relative humidity increases, condensation occurs. In effect, it’s raining in the crawlspace. Left unaddressed, within 48 hours mold begins to grow on the organic material in the crawlspace. The off-gasses of the growing mold produce musty, moldy odors that permeate up into the living space of the home. Most homeowners have no idea that this is even occurring below them. What they are aware is that these nasty smells are now in their home and they were not there when it was cooler inside.

This musty moldy insulation could be under your home
This musty moldy insulation could be under your home

It truly is the moisture not the water that creates the majority of health issues under the home. A SaniDry dehumidifier will eliminate this condensation and keep mold and mildew from growing. It would also be a prime time to get those water issues addressed before you are dealing with water in your home!!!