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What You can Do about Air Conditioner Mold

Many homes rely on air systems to maintain a comfortable room temperature. And while that is important this time of year, it also means that mold could can or has ready begun to form inside your air conditioner. In this post, we will highlight how to prevent mold from growing in your air conditioner.

  • Keep it clean: Dirty air ducts can disrupt the flow of air you breathe and create poor indoor air quality. Keep your air conditioner clear of the dirt and micro particles that could lead to mold formation. If you have a window unit, be sure that you change the filter on a regular basis. This will limit the amount of organic matter that forms there. Finally, if your ducts are very dirty, you may wish to hire a professional to clean your entire unit.
  • Keep the moisture under control: Nowadays, many air conditioners have humidity control built into them. These kinds of air conditioners control mold by regulating the level of moisture in the air.
  • Use the ‘Auto’ Function: Another feature that modern air conditioners possess is auto-function. Set your air conditioner to continue to allow air to circulate even when the cooling function is not being used. A constant flow of air will help prevent moisture and mold build-up.air conditioner
  • Regular maintenance: Have your air conditioner maintained on a regular basis so that it helps cool you when needed and so that problems that could lead to mold formation can be headed off. Many times you will be able to find that heating and cooling companies offer seasonal bargains for this service.
  • Have deep maintenance when needed: Make sure that you have professionals perform a deep maintenance of your air conditioner that goes beyond merely cleaning the unit. Be sure that they inspect the motor, the oil used etc.

Yes, air conditioners can paradoxically help reduce mold in your home by regulating the humidity levels therein and can also be a breeding ground for mold. It all depends on how they are maintained this and at all times of the year. On this site you will find other useful information about mold and how we can remove it wherever it is in your home. We also do water damage restoration and water extraction carpet cleaning which helps prevent mold formation.

Summer Fire Prevention Tips 2019

Summer is the time for camping, family reunions, picnics, and the Fourth of July. However, it is important that as we try to enjoy ourselves that we exercise caution when using fireworks, grills and other equipment that can lead to fire. With that word of caution in mind, here are some tips that will keep your family and home safe this summer!

  • Don’t use consumer fireworks: Leave fireworks displays to the professionals who know how to conduct them and are equipped to handle emergencies. Don’t be one of the many people each year who end up in the emergency room as a result of burns from fireworks. There are public displays nearly everywhere that the public can attend.
  • Clear the area around your grill: What is summer without some grill time? Unfortunately, grill accident are quite common this time of year. As a way to prevent accidents from occurring, make sure that the area around your grill is clear of flammable materials. Moreover, make sure that you stay away from roof edges, siding, deck railing and tree branches while barbecuing.
  • Inspect the area around your campfire: If you’re camping, clear the area around your campfire of scrub or brush that might ignite from sparks or flame. Also, when extinguishing your campfire use water or sand and watch carefully to make sure that the fire has completely died down before moving on.bbq
  • Remember your smoke detectors: There is no doubt that smoke detectors are lifesavers. Yet, many people forget to do a monthly check of their alarm(s). You should also check the batteries on semi or yearly basis. Finally, make sure that there are smoke alarms outside each bedroom of your home and that you have a fire evacuation plan in effect for your family.
  • Keep a bucket of water handy: Whether you are grilling outdoors or have gone camping, always try to keep a bucket of water handy. Time is of the essence when a fire starts and you do not want to have to go scrambling off to find something that can extinguish an accidental fire.

After the devastating time that our state underwent last year, the last thing we need is more fire events. Individual responsibility can go a long way in reducing the chances that wildfires and home fires will occur and cause the devastation that always accompanies them. When dealing with the aftermath of fire, our company can handle mold remediation and any water damage repair.

Reasons You Should Not Remove Mold by Yourself

There are a lot of sites on the Internet that offer tips on DIY mold removal and remediation. To hear the people on these sites put it, mold removal just takes a small amount of time, some bleach and a brush and presto! – no more mold. Well, these sites are doing the public a disservice. Mold removal and remediation is a job best left to the professionals. It is a tricky and dangerous job that not everyone is suited for. For this reason the state of New York, for example, requires a person be licensed in order to assess and remediate mold. In the interest of public safety, here is why mold remediation and removal should be left to the professionals.

  • The public is ill-equipped to detect and remove mold: The general public does not have access to the special equipment it takes to detect and remove mold. This equipment is so specialized that it can even detect mold in places that are not easily detected by the human eye. These special filtration and detection devices help to ensure that removal of mold is permanent and complete.
  • Risk of black mold exposure: It is easy to be exposed to black mold during the removal process if one does not know what one is doing. The last thing you should want is for your family to be exposed to even greater danger simply because you do not know how to remove mold correctly or thoroughly. Moreover, the general public lacks the tools and resources needed to ensure that they are safe during the process.
  • Missing hidden mold in the home: You can never be sure where mold may be hiding in your home especially if your household has recently recovered from a flood or fire event. Therefore, it takes special training and equipment to detect mold in hidden places around the home. In these places, mold can still pose a health risk to you and your family.
  • You could make the situation worse: If not done correctly, DIY mold removers can actually spread mold to other areas of the home making the problem much worse.mold
  • Mold removal can be a massive undertaking: Removing mold completely can be a huge time commitment. It may take more than a few minutes as many sites would have the public believe. We are experts in mold cleanup in Thousand Oaks who can efficiently remove mold and make sure that it does not return. No job is too big for us.

In short, make sure you know all the facts as you decide whether or not to do a DIY mold remediation project. You will see that it is not such a wise decision after all. It may save some money but it may cost your family its health and security in the long run.

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