Friday, January 19, 2018

ISSA Member Named Super Bowl Referee

The NFL has named Gene Steratore the referee for Super Bowl LII, which takes place February 4 in Minneapolis, MN. Steratore and his brother Tony are the co-owners of Steratore Supply, Inc., a... Read more

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Sodexo Invests in French Food Delivery Company

Sodexo has purchased a majority stake in online restaurant and food delivery company FoodCh√©ri. Sodexo’s investment in Paris, France-based FoodCh√©ri expands the company’s... Read more

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The Mold Remediation Process

Discovering mold in your home can be scary. You’ve probably heard of all of the horror stories related to mold illnesses and the costs associated with removing it from your home. Now that you have found it in your own home, a bunch of questions are probably floating through your head.

  • Is this mold dangerous to me and family or even my pets?
  • How do I get rid of the mold?
  • Who do I call for help?
  • What is the mold remediation process?
  • How much is this going to cost?

All of these questions are to be expected. After all, the average person doesn’t have much experience with mold, at least until they find it in their home. In this blog post, we are going to walk through the common mold remediation process. Depending on location, type of mold and severity, this process may vary. Finding a specialized mold remediation specialist will help determine what specific steps need to be taken in your home.

The Mold Remediation Process

Inspection

Your home will first need to be inspected as the first step in the mold remediation process. Before you can outline any type of remediation, you need to know what caused the mold (moisture source), what type of mold is present, and the extent of the mold growth in your home. This information will guide the expert in determining the exact mold remediation process required for your home.

For the inspection, you may want to consider hiring a mold inspection expert or a mold remediation company. While you may be able to handle the visual aspect of the mold inspection, professionals are trained and specialized in mold. They will be able to quickly determine and test for different mold types and guide you in the repair of the moisture source. They will also be educated in the health effects of different types of mold and be able to suggest medical steps for you and your family to take if necessary.

Sealing the Mold to Prevent Further Growth

Mold grows very quickly in the right conditions. The mold that is present in your home will need to be quickly sealed to prevent further growth, damage and contamination. The mold must be contained so more of your home is not affected. The mold professionals will document and photograph the mold and then quickly contain the affected areas using multiple different techniques. If required, they will use an HVAC system and building envelope to seal the mold. In this part of the mold remediation process, a negative air pressure is created and a HEPA filter exhaust to the outside of your home is used to prevent any cross contamination.

Moisture Control

Mold loves moisture. Therefore, after sealing the mold to prevent further growth, the next step in the mold remediation process is to remove the environmental conditions that tend to breed mold growth. That environmental condition is moisture. Moisture can be removed through a variety of different techniques such as extraction of standing water and dehumidifiers. The source of the moisture must be repaired as well (if applicable).

Mold Removal

After the affected zones are completely dry, the mold remediation company will use a HEPA vacuum on all of the affected surfaces in your home. These vacuums use very fine filters which can remove even the tiniest of particulates. All surfaces are thoroughly washed and dried. The mold remediation specialists will take any additional steps to remove the mold based on the type of mold and extent of the damage. These steps may vary depending on those factors. But when you hire certified professionals, you can rest assured that the mold will be completely removed as part of the mold remediation process.

Clean Up

As part of the mold remediation process, the furnace and duct systems in your house must be cleaned and free of mold. This is a very important part of the process as mold in these areas can contaminate your home again.

After all of the mold has been removed, all of the equipment and tools should be cleaned up leaving your home clean and fresh.

What Should You Look for in a Mold Remediation Company?

When it comes to who you hire for the mold remediation process, you have choices and should always do your homework before selecting a company. Be sure to read reviews and talk to friends and family for recommendations if you can. When you begin to compare mold remediation companies, here are a few things to look for or assess in your choices.

  • What standards and guidelines does the company perform work in accordance with?
  • What certifications does the company have?
  • Does the company include mold remediation in the crawl space, vents to the exterior and HVAC system if required?
  • Is the company able to extract water or remove moisture from your home?
  • Does the company have hands on restoration experience?
  • Do they have all of the specialized tools and equipment required?
  • Are they willing to walk you through the process and answer all of your questions?

Mold remediation can be costly so you may want to get several quotes and evaluate a few different companies in your area. Don’t just go for the cheapest quote but rather look for a company who can offer you a complete package that you are comfortable with. You should feel safe and secure in your choice so that when you return to your home after the mold remediation process is complete, you are confident that the mold is fully removed.

Conclusion

Finding mold in your home is scary for homeowners. It is one of their worst nightmares. However, mold is a very real threat to nearly every home in the world. Conditions that breed mold can be introduced very quickly and can go unnoticed for quite a bit of time. While prevention is always best, sometimes mold takes hold in our homes without us ever knowing how or when it started. It doesn’t take much moisture to create a big problem.

Educating yourself in the mold remediation process helps relieve anxiety and allows you to make better decisions for your home and family.



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Bed Bugs Ground British Airways Flight

A British Airways flight was delayed for four hours earlier this week due to a bed bug infestation. The cabin crew walked off the job in protest after spotting the insects crawling over the... Read more

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Widespread Flu Activity Reported Nationwide

The latest influenza report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that all states except for Hawaii reported widespread flu activity for the week ending January 6.... Read more

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Norovirus Temporarily Shuts Down Michigan College

Officials at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, MI, closed the school’s W.A. Lettinga Main Campus through January 21 due to an outbreak of norovirus. School administrators enacted the... Read more

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Ecolab Honored for Sustainability Initiatives

Ecolab Honored for Sustainability InitiativesEcolab, Inc. has been named the recipient of the World Environment Center’s (WEC) 34th Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. The WEC... Read more

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Cintas Facility in Texas Earns Safety Certification

Cintas Facility in Texas Earns Safety CertificationCintas Corp.’s Austin, TX, uniform rental facility has received the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star worksite designation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration... Read more

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bradley Corp Honored for Sustainable Product Design

Bradley Corp. has been named a recipient of the 2017 Good Design™ Award by the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design, and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of... Read more

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Dow Partners With USGBC

Dow Partners With USGBCDow Chemical Co. has entered into a strategic agreement with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The agreement calls for Dow’s building solutions division to collaborate with the USGBC... Read more

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TNT Unlimited Appoints Regional Sales Manager

TNT Unlimited has appointed Stan Pozniak regional manager. Pozniak has more than 15 years of experience in the cleaning industry. In his new role as regional sales manager, Pozniak will work with... Read more

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Cleaning Product Supplies Impacted by Chinese Factory Closures

Recent shutdowns of Chinese factories due to pollution have affected the price and availability of some cleaning supplies, according to an article by Waxie Sanitary Supply. The factory shutdowns... Read more

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Brain Corp Names New Global Sales and Services VP

Christian Cornelius-Knudsen has joined Brain Corp. as vice president of global sales and services. He will be responsible for Brain’s robotics technology commercialization, market development... Read more

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Grainger Recognized as a Top Company For Millennials

Grainger Recognized as a Top Company For MillennialsW.W. Grainger, Inc. has been named a recipient of a Women's Choice Award for being a 2018 Best Company to Work for Millennials. The annual Women's Choice Awards recognize businesses for their... Read more

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Monday, January 15, 2018

ACI Adds to Membership Team

The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) recently expanded its membership team. Ann Cothran joins ACI as senior membership manager. She previously served as member services manager for the... Read more

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Norovirus Outbreak Strikes San Francisco School

Public health officials have confirmed more than 50 cases of norovirus at McKinley Elementary School in San Francisco, CA. According to the San Francisco Unified School District, 53 students... Read more

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Nine ISSA Members Ranked Among Top Franchises for Entrepreneurs

Nine ISSA-member companies have been named to Entrepreneur magazine’s 2018 Franchise 500 List. To be included in the 39th-annual index, each company is evaluated on objective... Read more

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Latest Sanitary Supply Distributor Sales Report Now Available

ISSA, in conjunction with Sanitary Maintenance magazine, has released the 2016 Sanitary Supply Distributor Sales Report. The latest edition of the survey―conducted every... Read more

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Weekly Product Showcase January 12, 2018

Nyco Sani-Spritz SprayStay up to date on the industry's newest products and services from these ISSA members. Cross Out Cross-Contamination Nyco Products Co.’s Sani-Spritz Spray is a one-step cleaner,... Read more

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

ISS Receives Contract Extension From Hewlett Packard

ISS Receives Contract Extension From Hewlett PackardISS has extended its integrated facility services contract with international IT services provider Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. The three-year deal calls for ISS to provide a variety of services... Read more

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Green Seal Names Doug Gatlin CEO

Green Seal has appointed Doug Gatlin CEO, effective January 16. Gatlin joins Green Seal from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) where he served as senior vice president of market... Read more

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OSHA Increases Penalty Amounts For Violations

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has increased the maximum penalty amounts for violations of its standards and regulations. OSHA revised the fines for civil penalties... Read more

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Listeria Concerns Lead to Ice Cream Bar Recall

Fieldbrook Foods Corp. has issued a voluntary recall for its ice cream bars. Dunkirk, NY- based Fieldbrook issued the recall after random product testing revealed traces of the bacteria.... Read more

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RDA Advantage Adds Buy-Rite Distributors

RDA Advantage has added Buy-Rite Distributors to its roster of independent wholesalers. The addition of Buy-Rite, a Glendale Heights, IL-based supplier of food service products and janitorial... Read more

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P&G Details Quarterly Dividend Payout

Procter & Gamble (P&G), parent company of Procter & Gamble Professional, has declared a quarterly dividend of US$0.68 per share on the company’s common stock. The... Read more

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KBS Expands Facility Management Offerings

Kellermeyer Bergensons Services (KBS) has acquired East Coast Lot and Pavement Maintenance (East Coast)/National Maintenance Systems (NMS). Headquartered in Pawtucket, RI, East Coast/NMS... Read more

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Network Services Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Network Services Celebrates 50th AnniversaryNetwork Services Co. recently celebrated its 50th year in business. The international distribution organization was formed in 1968 when a group of distributors in the Northeastern United States... Read more

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Empire Paper Names Spartan Top Vendor

Empire Paper Co. has named Spartan Chemical Co. its 2017 Vendor of the Year. Empire Paper’s annual award honors suppliers for accounting accuracy, supply chain management, and sales support.... Read more

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Aramark Recognized for Diversity Initiatives

Aramark Recognized for Diversity InitiativesAramark has been included in BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine’s 50 Best Companies for Diversity. Aramark was recognized by the publication for its efforts to foster a positive environment... Read more

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Top Cities For Bed Bug Infestations Revealed

For the second year in a row, exterminating service Orkin has listed Baltimore, MD, as the U.S. city where it has treated the most bedbugs. The list is based on data from areas where Orkin... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/top-cities-for-bed-bug-infestations-revealed/
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Monday, January 8, 2018

Colgate-Palmolive Purchases Two Skin Care Firms

Colgate-Palmolive Purchases Two Skin Care FirmsColgate-Palmolive Co. has expanded its product portfolio through recent acquisitions of two professional skin care brands. Colgate-Palmolive has acquired PCA SKIN® from Norwest Venture... Read more

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Americo Partners With Blue Sage Capital

Americo Partners With Blue Sage CapitalAmerico Manufacturing Co., Inc. announced Blue Sage Capital LP has become a majority equity partner. “We are delighted to be partnering with Blue Sage as we continue to grow our business... Read more

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Office Depot Names Joseph Lower CFO

Office Depot, Inc. has appointed Joseph T. Lower executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). Lower joins Office Depot from B/E Aerospace, Inc., where he served as vice... Read more

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Friday, January 5, 2018

New Oregon Law Requires Cleaners to be Licensed

Effective January 1, Oregon has amended its labor laws to require employers that provide janitorial or cleaning services to other parties be licensed as a Property Services Contractor by the Oregon... Read more

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Registration Opens for The Experience Conference

Registration is now open for The Experience Conference and Exhibition. This year’s event takes place April 26-28, at the Atlanta Marriot Marquis in Atlanta, GA. The three-day event features... Read more

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Kaivac Sponsors HFI Handbook

Kaivac, Inc. has been announced as a sponsor of Healthy Facilities Institute’s (HFI) Healthy and Safe Facility Handbook – School and College Edition. HFI’s handbook provides... Read more

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Weekly Product Showcase January 5, 2018

Weekly Product Showcase January 5, 2018Stay up to date on the industry's newest products and services from these ISSA members. Get a Grip on Safety TASKBrand® SureGrip™ absorbent adhesive floor mats from HOSPECO® are... Read more

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Elkhorn Chemical Acquired by OfficePro

OfficePro has purchased Elkhorn Chemical & Packaging. Per the terms of the acquisition, Elkhorn will continue to operate as an independent company with its current staff and leadership team... Read more

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Don't Miss Discounted Pricing for the ISSA Leadership Summit

Don't Miss Discounted Pricing for the ISSA Leadership SummitJoin other cleaning industry leaders in learning the qualities of successful business leadership at the 2018 ISSA Leadership Summit this spring. The summit, held April 19-21 at Loews Ventana... Read more

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