Monthly Archives: December 2014

You’re Welcome! Crawlspace Mold Project

After a recent crawlspace mold removal job, Mike Fort received this lovely thank you letter from customers Marv and Connie Tuttle:

“Connie and I just wanted to thank you and your team for making our lives better. The work that you performed on the crawl space of our home has really paid off. When it used to rain, we would experience the worst musty order in the house. After your team installed the sump pump and encapsulated the whole area, the nasty smell went away. When we hear the soft, short sound of the sump pump coming on we are reassured that everything is working.

Thanks for a job well done and now we feel that we are in a healthier space.

Marv and Connie Tuttle”

Crawlspace mold is a hidden health hazard. Mold spores are everywhere and only need three things to grow: warmth, moisture and food. Your crawlspace can be the wettest area of your home and clearly Marv and Connie had a problem with moisture in their crawlspace after rainstorms.

With the rainy season approaching (we hope), moisture will get into places it hasn’t been, maybe for a long while. If you experience musty odors after rain, don’t just let it go when it goes away. It will come back next time. Call Seacliff for crawlspace mold cleanup and encapsulation and help fixing moisture issues before it gets any worse or begins to affect your health.

When was the last time you checked your crawlspace for mold?

We hope you had a wonderful holiday and wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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Dust Mite Allergies in Winter

Now that winter has finally arrived, even in Southern California, those of us with allergies and sensitivities to winter triggers are in for our more difficult time of year. Dust mite allergies are one of the most common and worsen in the winter.

What are Dust Mites?

“House dust mites are microscope bugs that primarily live on dead skin cells regularly shed from humans and their animal pets. Dust mites are generally harmless to most people. They don’t carry diseases, but they can cause allergic reactions in asthmatics and others who are allergic to their feces. People sometimes confuse dustmites with bed bugs.” Environment, Health, and Safety Online

Unlike bed bugs, dust mites live everywhere. They are in your bed, in your couch, your recliner, your pillows. The idea of dust mites can be pretty disturbing.

Dust mites and what they leave behind are one of the most common allergens and can be found in all climates. Allergy symptoms can be worse in winter because the contaminants that trigger them are trapped indoors. The symptoms of dust mite allergies include:

  • Itchiness
  • Sneezing, especially on waking up or 10 or more times
  • Inflamed or infected eczema
  • Watery or red eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Coughing

What can you do to reduce dust mite allergies?

Here are some of our tips for reducing dust mite allergies:

  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter
  • Wash bed linens and pajamas in hot water to kill mites
  • Keep carpets and rugs out of bedrooms
  • Use dust mite barrier covers on pillows and mattresses

If someone in your family has dust mite allergies, it might be time to treat your home with heat to kill them before sealing up the house for the winter. ThermaPureHeat kills dust mites and the heat process is accompanied by HEPA vacuuming and air scrubbers to remove any airborne and dust residing allergens.

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Prevent Mold Growth After Water Damage

With all the recent rain throughout the state of California, homeowners need to be aware that mold is a serious problem when the interior of the buildings are wet. When an area is left wet or damp mold can begin to grow.

Mold can cause structure damage to a home and can lead to costly repairs. Mold inside a home can also cause health problems because mold is a indoor air pollutant.

You Can Control Indoor Mold Growth After it Rains to Avoid Water Damage.

  • First, make sure that materials that get soak do not contain any hazardous material like asbestos.
  • If in doubt, contact an asbestos remediation company so that they may test the material first.
  • Heavy rain can cause the wallboard, insulation and flooring to begin to rot and cause these microorganisms to grow.
  • Removing moisture can help eliminate the process of mold growth.
  • If there is a musty smell there might be mold growing without you knowing.

Any areas that have been damaged by a heavy rain or simply by water should be dried out immediately. Contacting a professional will re-assure that the area is dry to avoid mold growth.

Seacliff Environmental will remove all wet materials from the site and provide the necessary air circulation to deter dampness before bacteria can multiply. Alliance Environmental also utilizes ThermaPureHeat® to get rid of mold, fungus, mildew, odors and viruses.

You can Request a Free Estimate, or download a free copy of ourAsbestos, Lead Paint & Mold eBook to learn how to mitigate the liability risks associated with common environmental threats found in residential properties.

 

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Leaks and Mold After a Storm

We had the biggest storm in 5 years last week–and our three-year drought means it’s been a good long while since we had a lot of rain coming down.

During a drought, everything dries out: gardens and lawns get parched, the flora on the mountains gets brown and fire danger is rampant. When it rains enough, we will get our green hills back, at least until summer. But the rains also may have exposed cracks that led to water leaking in where three years ago it did not.

Did you have any unexpected leaks turn up last week?

Leaks and Mold Growth

Mold is everywhere and it only takes three things for it to grow:

  1. Food–Mold can use any organic material for food.
  2. Warmth–Mold can grow in temperatures from 32 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, but it loves temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees–just about what it is inside a home or building
  3. Moisture–This is the element we can control. Moisture can become a problem in high humidity, with poor ventilation and after natural disasters like storms and floods.

After a storm, leaks that have been hiding can be revealed.

Preventing Mold

Here are our tips for preventing mold growth in your home:

  • Fix leaks promptly–it only takes 24-48 hours for mold to grow
  • Keep your humidity level between 40% and 60%
  • Use fans in the bathroom during and after showers
  • Add mold inhibitors to paint in rooms that will become damp
  • Keep your bathroom clean, but don’t use bleach or ammonia to remove mold!  Bleach will only hide the mold and, combined with ammonia, creates a toxic gas that can kill!
  • Never carpet a bathroom
  • If you have had a flood, replace your carpets and other porous materials

If you have a problem with mold that you cannot handle yourself, please call a professional mold-removal company. Seacliff Environmental provides all the necessary services to kill and remove mold and any contaminate materials quickly and safely. A mold problem can quickly become a health problem–don’t let it! Prevent mold growth and call Seacliff.

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Crawl space Moisture and Mold

A crawl space in a home can be an inviting place for moisture and mold to exist. Crawl spaces maintain conditions that allow for mold to grow and can cause other problems. When moisture levels are high and water is present, you will begin to see a colony of mold.

 Requirements for Mold to Grow in a Crawlspace

1. Water: Plumbing leaks or a drainage problem can cause standing water to exist and cause mold to grow and major foundation problems. Fix them immediately!

2. Moisture: Moisture that evaporates can ruin pressed wood and invigorate mold to grow.

3. Outdoor Air: When air from outdoors enters a crawl space and cools down and humidity levels are high,temperatures inside can escalate.

Symptoms of a crawl space moisture problem can cause mold to grow, musty odors to exist, and increase humidity levels. If you suspect to have mold in the crawl space of your home, it’s important to remediate the mold.

Seacliff Environmental is a licensed mold removal and remediation contractor. Seacliff Environmental will develop a remediation plan detailing method, scope, time and controls to be used, based on fungus type and location. Our services include proper containment and removal as well as thorough site decontamination

Download a free copy of our Asbestos, Lead Paint & Mold eBook to learn how to mitigate the liability risks associated with common environmental threats found in residential properties. Contact Us to receive a free estimate.