Friday, September 22, 2017

CCS Names New VP

Corporate Cleaning Systems, Inc. (CCS) has appointed Jesus Guerrero vice president of its Colorado branch. Guerrero has been with CCS since 2002. In his new role, Guerrero will oversee the... Read more

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Washington DC Achieves LEED Platinum Status

Washington, DC, has become the first city in the world to reach the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum status. Washington, DC Mayor... Read more

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SC Johnson Purchases Two Cleaning Product Suppliers

SC Johnson, parent company of SC Johnson Professional, has signed an agreement to purchase Method and Ecover, two suppliers of environmentally friendly cleaning products, from People Against... Read more

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Weekly Product Showcase September 22, 2017

Weekly Product Showcase September 22, 2017Stay up to date on the industry's newest products and services from these ISSA members. Need a Lift? Toter, Inc.’s 3069-MT-2000 is a fully mobile automated waste cart lifter designed to fit... Read more

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Violand Vault: Bridging the Gap to Potential

Does your company have potential that is yet to be realized?

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Demand for UV Disinfection Equipment Expected to Grow

The worldwide demand for ultraviolet (UV) disinfection equipment is expected to grow 7.9 percent per year to US$1.5 billion by 2021, according to a new study from industry market research firm The... Read more

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Diversey CEO Wins Golden Bridge Award

Dr. Ilham Kadri, CEO and president of Diversey, was named the recipient of a 2017 Golden Bridge Award®. The annual Golden Bridge Awards program recognizes global companies for outstanding... Read more

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Kimberly-Clark Commits to Wind Power

Kimberly-Clark Corp., parent company of Kimberly-Clark Professional, has agreed to purchase approximately 1,000,000 megawatt hours per year from wind farms in Texas and Oklahoma. The electricity... Read more

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Ask Annissa: Getting Paid for CAT Work

Annissa covers the gamut of what you need to know to get paid for the CAT work you're doing.

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Atalian Acquires Aetna Integrated Services

Atalian Global Services has acquired Aetna Integrated Services, Inc. Atalian’s purchase of the Columbus, OH-based janitorial firm expands the company’s geographical footprint and... Read more

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BICSc Announces 2017 Award Winners

The British Institute for Cleaning Science (BICSc) presented the following member awards at its 2017 Annual Awards Dinner, September 14, at Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa in Northamptonshire,... Read more

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mold in Basements: Mold Symptoms

Mold in Basements: Mold Symptoms

Mold in the basement can be a major problem and can seriously worry you. Mold can easily grow in the basement of your house or apartment building, especially in old buildings. This can create a very unhealthy living environment. How can you recognize the existence of basement mold?

Depending on the type of soil under your building, mold can easily emerge from a moist soil. If your city or town is built on a former swamp or wetland or is located under sea level, your house or building might be built on moist soil.

Mold can occur and grow in the basement of your home without anyone noticing it, especially if the basement is not inspected regularly by a person or resident. However, there are symptoms that could indicate the possible occurrence and/or growth of mold in the basement of your home. Also, there are a couple of actions that could prevent mold from growing and affecting the (wooden) construction of your house or building.

Mold Symptoms

When you suspect mold growing in your house or building, contact a professional mold remediation company to inspect the infected areas. Follow their advices or, if necessary, ask another mold remediation company for a second opinion. Mold can affect the construction of the building, the floor and the staircase, putting you, your family and neighbors in serious danger.

But how to suspect mold in your home? A couple of symptoms can easily be perceived. If you had leaking water pipes in the near or far past, chances are that this has caused a damp atmosphere in the basement. When the basement is not ventilated properly, mold can occur in this damp atmosphere.  This is also discussed in another blog on ‘Basement mold growth’. It could take months or years before the resulting mold can be perceived. The mold, subsequently, can affect the wooden parts of your home or building. For example, the wooden construction poles that supports your house or the wooden floor. This can result in a sudden cracking sound when walking over the floor.

A damp atmosphere in the basement can also cause a damp wooden floor and staircase, making the wooden floor and wooden staircase weaker. This also results in cracking sounds and flexible wooden boards.

Construction waste can be left in a basement of especially a building with multiple apartment units. The waste could be left after renovation work or after other construction work in and around the building. Waste in any form is a perfect habitat for rats, mice and other pests. These, subsequently, contribute to an environment where mold can occur easily. Try to keep the basements clean and tidy and don’t leave any waste or garbage.

When a basement is not ventilated properly, a moist environment caused by a moist soil and other symptoms can develop. This results in the perfect conditions for the growth of mold in the basements. Ventilations holes can be blocked intentionally or unintentionally. Unintentional blocking might be done by construction work in which a ventilation hole is removed, plants growing at the outside of a ventilation point or not regular cleaning and checking of the ventilation holes. Keep in mind that good ventilation is essential in efforts to prevent mold.

Do you recognize any of these symptoms in your own home or apartment building? Turn to a professional mold remediation company and ask for an inspection and advice.



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BSCAI Reveals 2017 CLEAN Award Winners

BSCAI Reveals 2017 CLEAN Award WinnersThe Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI) announced the winners of its 2017 CLEAN Awards. The winners were announced last week during the 2017 BSCAI Annual Convention,... Read more

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Nyco Celebrates Anniversary of Community Employment Program

Nyco Celebrates Anniversary of Community Employment ProgramNyco Products Co. recently celebrated the first anniversary of its supported community employment program in partnership with the Helping Hand Center (HHC). HHC is a Countryside, IL-based... Read more

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EPA Awards $332K to Pesticide Regulatory Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded US$332,000 to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA). The HDOA will use the funds to support its pesticide regulatory program. The... Read more

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Office Depot Names Jerri DeVard Chief Marketing Officer

Office Depot, Inc. has appointed Jerri DeVard executive vice president and chief marketing officer. DeVard joins Office Depot from The ADT Corp. where she served as senior vice president and... Read more

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RGF Environmental Wins Dealer Designer Award

An independent panel of contractors acted as judges in the contest that had 81 entries.

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Several Companies Complete More Floods Training

End goal is to learn the full More Floods systems and hit the ground running when new and existing members return home.

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Advanced Microbe Shield Technology Protects Against Mold Issues

Explosion in mold complaints and lawsuits creates massive need for environmentally safe, state-of-the-art treatment for single family and multi-unit housing.

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Increasing Dangers of Illicit Fentanyl Labs in the U.S.

A person without training and experience in remediating a fentanyl lab can actually jeopardize his or her health, and even life.

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Violand Vault: Positioning, People, and Partnerships | Part 1

How do accounting firms, law offices, or restoration contractors differentiate themselves from their competitors?

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ISSA Presents DEAL Awards at Inaugural Ceremony

ISSA Presents DEAL Awards at Inaugural CeremonyISSA presented the inaugural DEAL Awards at the ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2017 Trade Show and ISSA Convention, in Las Vegas, NV, September 14. The awards recognize the outstanding... Read more

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SMS Assist Wins Technology Award

SMS Assist Wins Technology AwardSMS Assist, LLC has been named the recipient of the Illinois Technology Association’s 2017 CityLIGHTS Lighthouse Award. The 18th- annual awards program recognizes companies for their... Read more

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Diversey Extends Contract With AccorHotels

Diversey has extended its contract with international hotel group AccorHotels through 2019. The deal calls for Diversey to serve as the sole supplier of cleaning solutions to AccorHotels, which... Read more

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Staples Finalizes Divestment

Private equity firm Sycamore Partners has finalized its acquisition of Staples, Inc. The US$6.9 billion transaction was approved by Staples shareholders earlier this month. As a result of the sale... Read more

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ISSA Hygieia Network Announces 2017 Award Winners

ISSA Hygieia Network Announces 2017 Award WinnersFour individuals and two businesses instrumental in promoting women in the cleaning industry were honored by the ISSA Hygieia Network at the ISSA/INTERCLEAN® 2017 North America Trade Show and... Read more

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CoreLogic Data: Hurricane Irma Caused $42.5 - $65 Billion in Property Damage

Total insured and uninsured loss for both residential and commercial properties, including damage from both flood and wind, is estimated to be between $42.5 billion and $65 billion.

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Dialing #250 Now Connects Customers with Forensic Restoration Pros

By becoming a member in good standing, you can take advantage of the #250 Victim Services program and share the BioPTO App.

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Understanding Mold Stain Removal

Many of the new mold stain remover products are just re-marketed old chemistry, some are improvements of older formulations, and a few are unique new technologies.

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911 Restoration Expands with 4 New Locations in Lake Tahoe Area

The expansion covers Reno, Tahoe, Carson City and Truckee, highlighting just how dedicated branch owners are to providing as many property owners as possible with the utmost customer care.

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ATI Welcomes Troy Mette as VP of Commercial Sales

Mette will oversee all national commercial accounts for ATI, including business development, day-to-day management, and leading a diverse team of sales account executives based around the country.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Texas Contractors: NEW Disaster Recovery Contracts Package Available

Each form consists of one easy-to-read page, unlike "over-lawyered" contracts that spill over onto multiple pages and intimidate customers.

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The Ultimate Challenge: The Driven vs. the Clock-Punchers

It’s your business culture that determines the behavior of employees, but it’s you who determines the ingredients of that culture.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bed Bug Scent Detection

Dogs have been trained throughout history to perform a myriad of services to assist humans in the completion of essential tasks.



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Friday, September 15, 2017

The Link Between Mold Allergy and Mental Health

What is Mold Allergy?

Mold spores are all around us, in the form of thousands of different species of mold. They manifest themselves on walls, in damp spaces, on food, and in public spaces. To most people, the near-constant contact with mold is virtually undetectable. To those with mold allergy, the contact can lead to a whole host of problems that can range from physical to mental.

Symptoms of Mold Allergy

Recognizing the trigger of your allergy can help you to seek relief from the symptoms. Weather conditions such as rain, wind, and storms can exacerbate the mold that is present and cause it to be in the air for longer than usual. You may experience coughing, watery eyes, wheezing, and rashes during an episode. These symptoms are typically similar to those of seasonal allergies and may not immediately pinpoint the real culprit.

There are other, more surprising symptoms of mold allergy, such as anxiety, insomnia, memory loss, and confusion. Other conditions that a person already has may make the mold allergy worse, usually without the sufferer having any idea why he or she is feeling ill. There is no direct test for mold allergy. Doctors must take into account the patient’s medical history and rely on ruling out other allergies and ailments before settling on the mold allergy diagnosis.

Depression and Mold

Scientists found that persons living in high-mold environments also suffer from higher rates of depression. After researchers factored in other variables that may contribute to depression, such as poverty or overcrowded housing, there still remained a 28-34% higher rate of depression than among the general population. While researchers cannot safely say mold allergy is directly related to depression, it is a factor that doctors must consider when treating patients for depression.

In severe cases, mold types and can affect the central nervous system and lead to inflammation in the body. Inflammation is an important factor in mental health disorders and can lead the body to display symptoms of illness after a short period of time. For instance, doctors have found cases in which diagnosed dementia was instead inflammation-induced by mold spores and not related to Alzheimer’s at all.

Prevention and Treatment

To rule out mold allergy or to reduce and even eliminate the symptoms altogether, you should ensure your home and work environments are scrubbed of mold. The best way to check for mold is to buy a test kit, although professional companies are able to perform the tests for you. Once mold is detected, efforts should be made to reduce moisture such as using dehumidifiers and removing any standing water. Some mold-affected materials may have to be replaced, to include insulation and flooring materials. Ventilation is vital in preventing dampness and reducing the risk of mold. Once the mold has been treated in the environment, treatment in the form of taking allergy medication should begin.

Marcus has a degree in psychology, a masters degree in health psychology and has worked within the NHS as well as private organisations. Marcus started psysci a psychology and science blog in order to disseminate research into bitesize, meaningful and helpful resources.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Trophies Presented at the 2017 ISSA Innovation Awards

Trophies Presented at the 2017 ISSA Innovation AwardsThe annual Innovation Visitors’ Choice Awards and overall ISSA Innovation of the Year Award on September 14, 2017 were held at the conclusion of ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2017 Trade... Read more

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ISSA and WBA Announce Merger

ISSA, the worldwide cleaning association, and the Workloader Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) announced their future merger by signing a memorandum of understanding this week at ISSA/INTERCLEAN... Read more

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Ask Annissa: Helping Your Client De-stress after a CAT Loss

In the chaos of CAT work, please don't forget the importance of reading your client and their emotions, and figure out ways to help them de-stress and cope with the situation.

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CAT Work 101: Florida Mold Laws, Xactimate, Getting Paid & More

An IICRC instructor and licensed mold remediator in the State of Florida shares tips for effective CAT work: Xactimate, estimating, getting paid, laws and regulations, and more!

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As Storm Damage Becomes Clear, Interstate Restoration Responds

This is the first time in recorded history that the U.S. has had two Category 4 Atlantic storms reach the mainland in the same season, and Interstate Restoration has 150 responders in Texas, with another 100 on the way.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Positioning, People, and Partnerships | Part II

In Part I of this article, we explored the concept of positioning, the strategy option of serving the deeper needs of a narrower set of customer markets, and clearly understanding what sets our companies apart from the competition in terms of the order winners that give us an advantage.



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Coach's Corner: Onboarding 101 (Part 1)

You would be surprised how many companies skip things as simple as showing their new employees around the building, and where the bathroom is!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Restorer's Perspective: Examining Proper Protocols in Mold Remediation

A side from our industry standards, there is little to no regulation or licensing required to perform mold remediation and inspections in most states.



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3 Ways Innovative Technology Can Improve CAT Loss Property Scopes

A few of the solutions we anticipate being most useful at Harvey and Irma deployments over the coming months.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

IICRC News: September 2017

After receiving questions pertaining to the ANSI/IICRC S500: 2015 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration and the use of air filtration devices (AFD’s) in different categories of water intrusions,  the IICRC’s S500 consensus body has released a Statement of Interpretation (PDF) to clarify and interpret the relevant language. 



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A Closer Look at Mold – Types, Classes, and Tips to Clean it

A Closer Look at Mold – Types, Classes, and Tips to Clean it

Yellow. Green. Brown. White. Black. Mold comes in these and many other colors, just like a box of crayons. However, unlike crayons, these invasive fungi are nowhere near as fun to work with. If your property has been affected by this highly persistent growth, simply wiping it away will not solve the issue. Below, we will discuss the effects of mold on health, its common varieties, and the cleaning techniques that you can use to prevent the growth from coming back.

What Are Mold’s Effects on Human Health?

Before we focus on the negatives, let’s begin by acknowledging some of the mold’s positive impacts on today’s society. For instance, Rhizopus, a type of mold, is responsible for releasing fumaric acid that is used to produce a type of local anaesthetic, known as cortisone. Aspergillus flavus, on the other hand, has been safely used in China for centuries in the making of cheeses and soy sauce. And Penicillium molds have led to the discovery of the popular antibiotic.

However, not all types of mold are as benevolent as the ones above. Besides looking unsightly, any mold species can become a major inconvenience once it enters the household. If the affected area is not sterilized in time, the fungi will release numerous spores into the air that, once inhaled, can trigger an allergic reaction. The symptoms will vary depending on the person’s age, the level of mold exposure, and their health condition. Here are some of them:

  • Chronic exhaustion and headaches;
  • Red eyes and increased light sensitivity;
  • Lesser ability to concentrate or remember;
  • Joint and abdominal pain, numbness;
  • Shortness of breath and chronic cough;
  • Mood, appetite, and temperature swings;
  • Disorientation or a feeling of lightheadedness.

How Is Each Type of Mold Classified?

Unfortunately, the growth’s color and texture are not enough to determine if the mold in your home is dangerous. That is why some countries have developed a special mold grading system. Here, the hazardous levels of each mold type are assessed on a scale from “A” to “C”, with “A” denoting the most dangerous molds and “C” – those that pose the least health risks.

  • Class A – these are the molds that can cause the most harm in a home or office environment. Any mold species belonging to this class should be removed as soon as possible to prevent the release of harmful toxins and the spread of airborne infections.
  • Class B – while not as dangerous as those found in class “A”, the continuous presence of this mold group can still cause allergic reactions or greatly exacerbate existing ones.
  • Class C – such molds are completely harmless to humans, even indoors. However, their knack for growing on almost any damp surface can often lead to structural damage.

How Many Types of Mold Are There?

Perhaps too many for us to count. Some of the more commonly encountered mold types are:

  • Acremonium. This genus has been said to contain almost 150 mold species! This makes them a very common sight on many wallpapered kitchens and damp basement walls. However, these fungi can also be spotted growing on insulation and drywall surfaces. They are typically brown, gray, or white in appearance. Hazard rating: Classes A, B, or C, depending on the species.
  • Cladosporium. You will frequently encounter this one. This genus comes in green, brown, gray, or black colors and is comprised of around 40 species. Common gathering spots include painted walls, wood, carpets, wallpapers and other damp organic surfaces. Hazard rating: Classes B or C, depending on the species.
  • Aureobasidium. The natural habitat of this type of mold is the great outdoors. It’s considered to cover approximately 15 species. Inside the home, it can be found thriving on wallpapers, wooden and painted surfaces, and the areas near damp window frames and caulking. Comes in pink and black varieties. Hazard rating: Classes B or C, depending on the species.
  • Alternaria. Contains about 50 species. Unlike the Acremonium, you will not see these black or grey fungi in your home, unless the spores have been tracked from the outside. Hazard rating: Class B.
  • Botrytis. Most notable as a plant parasite, this genus can thrive just as well in poorly-ventilated bathrooms or other areas of your home with unusually high levels of humidity. Allergic reactions or even asthma can be developed over time, so sprucing up the affected area is highly recommended. Comes in various shades of gray. Hazard rating: Class B.
  • Chaetomium. Has a distinctive musty odour and can be found on water-damaged carpets and window frames. Initially red, it soon assumes a brown color. Hazard rating: Class B.
  • Ulocladium. These olive-brown species love water and are often found in damp bathrooms, kitchens, basements, or growing on the sills of foggy windows. An abundance of Ulocladium is often a tell-tale sign that you’re dealing with water damage. Hazard rating: Class B.
  • Penicillium. There are about 200 known species. Penicillium molds that are found in the air or the soil. Their main purpose is to cause food and other perishable goods to spoil, and their presence usually indicates high moisture levels in the environment. Indoors, they will cling to various damp surfaces, such as walls and wallpapers, floors, and carpets. Colors range from blue and yellow to green and white. Hazard rating: Classes A or C, depending on the species.
  • Aspergillus. Yellow-greenish in color and often encountered indoors. Neglecting its presence can lead to respiratory infections or may even cause inflammation of the lungs – a condition known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Hazard rating: Classes A or B, depending on the species.
  • Fusarium. Springs to life even at lower temperatures and is most often spotted growing on water-damaged carpeting and fabrics. Its prolonged presence can cause mild allergic reactions, asthma, and severe respiratory conditions. Orange in color. Hazard rating: Classes A or B, depending on the species.
  • Trichoderma. Like most molds, this genus is also after damp carpets, wallpaper, and any other organic surface that it can muster the energy to grow on. These species, however, can release mycotoxins that are highly toxic to humans and can cause many health problems down the road. They come in dark brown, yellow, and orange colors. Hazard rating: Classes A or B, depending on the species.
  • Stachybotrys. An extremely dangerous fungi, also known as “black mold”. Mold species under this genus produce mycotoxins wherever they are disturbed, which can cause a long list of serious infections. They usually grow on materials that contain cellulose and that have remained damp for a long period of time. Such surfaces include cardboard and gypsum board, ceiling tiles, wood, and other organic materials. Hazard rating: Class A.

What Can Be Done to Keep Mold at Bay?

Battling mold can be tricky, especially if the fungi has been around for quite some time. Here are a few tips from Fantastic Cleaners (London) on how to successfully clean up, remove and prevent mold from coming back.

  • Find the root of the problem. Usually, mold appears for a reason. It may grow due to faulty insulation, leaky pipes, damaged guttering, or simply because you forget to leave the bathroom door open each time you have a shower. Whatever the case, identifying the source of dampness first will ensure that your disinfecting efforts will not go to waste.
  • Wear protective clothing. Get a cartridge-type respirator, preferably with a P100 filter. Anything lower than that will still let the spores pass through. Make sure to also wear rubber gloves and safety goggles, especially if you’re scouring the affected surfaces.
  • Don’t sweep or dust the mold. If you do that, you will unleash a small Pandora box in the comfort of your home! Instead, treat the moldy areas with a mold cleaning spray. Once you’ve treated the fungi, gently sanitize the surfaces using a damp cloth and wipe with a dry cloth.
  • Wipe the condensation away. Condensation is like a magnet for muld. Regularly dry and vacuum damp spots on your walls and ceiling to deny the dormant spores a chance to grow into mold by feeding on wood, cotton, cardboard, and other organic surfaces.
  • Dispose of water-damaged items. Most often, you will spot the mold when your carpeting or insulation have already been damaged beyond repair. Mix some water with dish soap in a garden sprayer to decontaminate the affected surfaces. Next, place the items inside a double-bag before discarding. Finally, treat all adjacent surfaces in your home with a mixture of water and bleach before making any repairs.

The mold removal specialists from Sm Etnerprice NJ advice:

“WARNING: Never, ever attempt to mix bleach with other cleaning products that contain ammonia or traces of ammonia since the reaction will produce highly toxic fumes! This will not only pose a risk to you, but your family, pets and even neighbours. Regardless of the type of mold. DIY has caused more problems than solved.”

Types of Mold – The Conclusion:

Molds (spelled “mould” in the UK) stands for a microscopic organism that is capable of growing almost anywhere, as long as conditions are right. Most types can grow inside buildings, as well as outdoors. Mold colonies can develop easily when you have a damp and wet area.

While some species are far from hazard, others are extremely dangerous and can cause severe health issues.

No matter what is the exact type of mold at hand, it should not be taken lightly, but handled with extreme caution!

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Nebraska Contractors Eligible for Free Software Program

With over 9,000 users, more than 7M photos taken, and nearly 1M projects created, CompanyCam is establishing itself as an industry leader in photo management for contractors. 

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Violand Vault PODCAST: More Remedies

We all find ourselves "checking out" once in awhile. Chuck shares some remedies to help you check back in.

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ISSA-TV Live: Direct from Las Vegas

ISSA-TV Live: Direct from Las VegasWhether you’re on site at ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2017 in Las Vega, NV, or not able to make it to the show this week, be sure to tune in to ISSA-TV Live. Experience the show... Read more

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9/11: Forever in our Hearts & Minds as Americans & Restorers | Restoring Success

This year marks the 15 years since the 9/11 Terror Attacks. As an American ... and a restorer, there are lessons to be learned on compassion and tragedy.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Introducing Prof. Microbe: A Safe, New Cleaning Solution

The microbes only destroy the dangerous germs and pathogens, while leaving the beneficial bacteria untouched.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Photo Documentation Plays Critical Role in Restoration Process

Government and insurance companies mandate it and commercial clients ask for it more and more: photos of the job site, damage, and restoration process. 



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Friday, September 8, 2017

3M Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index

3M Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index3M has been named to the 2017 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). Managed cooperatively with Sustainable Asset Management, the index evaluates the sustainability performance of the largest... Read more

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DDI Announces New Corporate Brand & Logo

DDI System will reveal a new corporate brand and logo during ISSA/INTERCLEAN® 2017 North America next week. DDI System will showcase the new brand and logo in Booth 1773 beginning September... Read more

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Triple S Supports Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Triple S Supports Hurricane Harvey Relief EffortsTriple S has donated more than US$65,000 in cleaning supplies and personal protection equipment to Journey Church in Kingwood, TX. The church will distribute the products to victims of Hurricane... Read more

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VIDEO: Keys to Effective CAT Loss Response

The importance of communication before, during, and after the storm passes to make restoration and response efforts as effective as possible.

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Avery Appoints Mark Cooper President

Avery Product Corp. has appointed Mark Cooper president, effective January 1, 2018. Cooper has more than three decades of experience in the office products industry. He has been with Avery since... Read more

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CoreLogic Analysis Shows an Estimated 8.5 Million Properties in Florida at Significant Risk of Potential Wind Damage from Hurricane Irma

CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released data analysis which shows that an estimated 8,456,455 residential and commercial properties in Florida are at either “Extreme,” “Very High” or “High” risk of wind damage from Hurricane Irma.



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Weekly Product Showcase September 8, 2017

Weekly Product Showcase September 8, 2017Weekly Product Showcase September 8, 2017 Stay up to date on the industry's newest products and services from these ISSA members. Featured Product of the Month* Provide your guests with a... Read more

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Interstate Restoration Ready for Dual Response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Interstate is expanding its Florida resources, using its Boynton Beach office as a base, to help businesses get back in operation following any flooding or wind damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

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Sodexo Tops Sustainability Index

Sodexo Tops Sustainability IndexSodexo has been named the top-rated company on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the consumer services sector. Managed cooperatively with Sustainable Asset Management, the index evaluates the... Read more

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ABM Increases 3rd-Quarter Profit

ABM Increases 3rd-Quarter ProfitABM has reported fiscal-third-quarter earnings of US$32.9 million, or $0.58 per share, up from $31.1 million, or $0.55 per share, one year earlier. The company increased its total revenue 1.7... Read more

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Greyland Names James Brough Sales Manager

Greyland Ltd. has appointed James Brough sales manager. Brough has more than a decade of cleaning chemical sales experience. Prior to joining Greyland, Brough worked for Bio Productions and... Read more

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Staples Shareholders Approve Sale to Sycamore Partners

Staples Shareholders Approve Sale to Sycamore PartnersStaples, Inc. shareholders have approved private equity firm Sycamore Partners’ purchase of the company. The US$6.9 billion transaction, which was announced in June, calls for... Read more

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ACS Industries Acquires Treleoni

ACS Industries, Inc. has acquired the assets and operating business of Treleoni, LLC. The deal, which bolsters ACS Industries’ flood pad offerings, includes Treleoni’s Manning, SC,... Read more

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VIDEO: How Can IICRC-Certified Firms Help with Catastrophe Losses?

The IICRC offers some tips to help their certified firms (and others!) prepare and respond to catastrophe losses.

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Ask Annissa: Important Safety Reminders When Responding to CAT Losses

Making sure you’re protecting yourself and your team, head to toe – inside and out.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Brady Accepting Applications for Charity Program

Brady Accepting Applications for Charity ProgramBrady Industries, Inc. is accepting applications for its charitable giving campaign—Brady Shines. Brady established the program earlier this year and has committed US$100,000 per year to... Read more

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Sale of Diversey Finalized

Bain Capital, LP has finalized its acquisition of Diversey from Sealed Air. The US$3.2 billion deal, announced in March, calls for Diversey to operate as a stand-alone company. The... Read more

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Deb Launches Dispenser Design Contest

The Deb Group has opened registration for its second-annual Happy Hands dispenser design contest. The contest calls for K-12 students to design and submit original artwork for a soap... Read more

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Vote Now for the ISSA Innovation Award Program

Vote Now for the ISSA Innovation Award ProgramThe deadline for online voting in the 2017 ISSA Innovation Award Program is rapidly approaching. Participants only have until Friday, September 8, to cast their ballots for the ISSA Innovation... Read more

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