Archives for Air Quality

Indoor Mold

Does Mold Grow in Air Conditioners?

Mold can most certainly grow in air conditioning units, whether it’s a room air conditioner or a HVAC unit for central air. To understand how, it’s important to know something about mold and its growth habits.

Mold spores exist outdoors and inside structures. Under normal circumstances, they don’t cause much of a problem. However, the warm and humid conditions prevalent in South Florida changes the dynamic. All mold needs to grow is a warm, moist environment and an organic food source. That can include fabric and even dust, along wood and wallboard which are common building materials.

There are many different types of molds, but only about a dozen are likely to inhabit homes. Cleaning mold isn’t really a job for the average homeowner. It’s a messy job and without the proper precautions, efforts to eradicate it only end up spreading the spores to other locations. Surface cleaning removes the visible signs of mold, but it doesn’t reach the roots that embed themselves in materials.

There are multiple measures that individuals can take to combat the growth of mold. It’s important to regularly change filters to prevent contaminants from entering and ensuring homes have good ventilation. Air conditioning units that are well-maintained can also help prevent mold from growing in the home by keeping air temperatures between 68 and 74 degrees. Keep humidity levels between 30 and 60 percent.

Drain pans should be drained and cleaned regularly and air intakes should be clear of debris. There are also mold inhibitors that can be applied to HVAC units that are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, before applying a mold inhibitor, the unit will need to be disinfected.

The best solution if mold is suspected is to call a professional remediation company. Samples will be taken and identified in a lab to ascertain exactly what type of mold is present. An appropriate remediation method will be utilized and expert precautions taken to prevent mold from spreading to other locations.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

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Effective Ways to Remove Pet Odors from Homes

Pets provide unconditional love and enrich lives in multiple ways. However, having pets can also introduce odors into the home. It’s not just puppy accidents that can produce unpleasant smells into the environment. The good news is that there are easy ways to prevent odors from taking over the environment.

Pet-related odors are the result of bacteria and yeast growth. Unpleasant human-based odors are the result of the same bacteria and yeast process. Dogs and cats sweat through their paws and help cool themselves by panting. It’s easy to see how odors can be transmitted throughout a home with very little effort.

Pet Beds

Keep pet beds washed and fresh. Some are washer and dryer friendly, while others need to be hand washed or air dried. Make sure that beds and toys are thoroughly dry.

Toys and Dishes

Soft toys may be able to withstand a washer and dryer. Read the instructions. Hard toys and pet dishes can be hand washed using a solution of water and baking soda. Rinse thoroughly. Some toys and dishes can also be placed in the dishwasher, but be sure to check if they’re dishwasher safe. That same solution of water and baking soda can be sprayed on machine-washable items prior to placing them in the washer.

Enzyme Products

There are a myriad of cleaners and odor neutralizers that contain specialized enzymes. They’re effective for addressing urine odors, along with stains that don’t seem to respond to other methods. Some are more effective than others and individuals may need to try several to find the one that works best for them.

Air Purifiers/Ventilation

An air purifier removes dust, dirt and debris from the air and they can aid in mitigating pet odors. There are air purifiers that are specifically designed to address pet odors. Ventilation is also important and simply opening a window can help dispel odors.

Vacuuming/Sweeping

Regular vacuuming is essential to remove pet hair and dander that can build up and contribute to odors. Be sure to change bags and clean filters regularly. Sweep and mop hardwood floors. Consider steam cleaning carpets using an enzyme-based cleaning product.

Pet Bathing

It can be helpful to regular bathe canines or take them to a groomer for the service. It’s best to take felines to a groomer familiar with the ways in which cats can be bathed without traumatizing them. Bathing every 4 to 6 weeks is sufficient, with consideration for any health or age factors. Too frequent bathing removes essential oils from hair and is detrimental.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

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air duct cleaning

Are Duct and Vent Cleaning Necessary?

People generally don’t think about the ductwork in their homes or business. The systems convey air-conditioned air to keep people comfortable and provide a welcome respite from hot and humid air. However, there can be dangerous elements lurking in ductwork that can make people ill. There are a variety of reasons why ductwork should be cleaned, not least of which is better air quality.

Mold

Small amounts of moisture can collect over time in ductwork, providing an ideal environment for mold growth. All the fungi need to proliferate is a warm and damp environment. Mold that’s growing in ductwork is dispersed throughout a home or business every time the air conditioning operates. Periodic cleaning of vents and ductwork removes mold.

There are approximately 12 types of molds typically found in structures. Some are responsible for symptoms that are similar to allergies such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose, and watery eyes. Others can be far more dangerous, causing lung irritation, respiratory distress and even memory and cognitive problems.

Flooding

During a flooding event, water enters ductwork and it carries an extensive variety of contaminants. Floodwaters contain contaminants that include chemicals, human and animal waste, and medical and industrial waste. The water also carries bacteria, viruses and parasites. Cleaning ductwork after a flood removes those contaminants.

Fire

Not all burning materials in a fire are completely consumed. Microscopic particles called soot are released and they infiltrate even the smallest of cracks and crevices. Those particles are known carcinogens and they’re responsible for an odor of smoke that can linger for months. Removing them alleviates health concerns.

Dust and Debris

Dirt, dust and debris build up over time in ductwork that can attract insect pests and rodents. It can clump and block the flow of air, while distributing dust back into the air. Cleaning ductwork helps systems operate more efficiently, which saves money.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

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Will Air Duct Cleaning Remove Smells?

Homes and businesses are subjected to an extensive variety of odors every day. They permeate every corner of a structure, originating from sources that includes pollution, cooking, trash, pets, mold, and smoke. Sewer odors are common from drains and decaying animals in ductwork can also occur. Some smells are simply annoying, while others can be dangerous.

Temporary Measures

To mitigate odors, many turn to burning scented candles, using an air purifier, or opening up windows. However, if the smell is coming from ductwork, all of those are only temporary measures and won’t get to the root of the problem. Only cleaning the ductwork will provide a long-term solution and is best performed by trained professionals.

Ductwork cleaning won’t eliminate an odor that doesn’t originate from the system, but there are many types of smells that can be traced back to ductwork. Regular cleaning and maintenance eliminate those concerns.

The Process

An air duct cleaning company will perform a video camera inspection of the ductwork to identify any specific problems that may exist. Samples will be taken and analyzed, a specific plan of treatment will be created, and all appropriate areas will be sealed off to prevent the spread of any contamination.

High-powered vacuums and other technology will be employed to clean and sanitize the ducts. Material from the ductwork is disposed of in an appropriate manner and clients receive a ductwork cleaning confirmation.

Cleaning of ductwork is essential after a fire or flooding event. Soot from a fire infiltrates every nook and cranny of a building. It’s a known carcinogen that can cause long-term health issues and the odor will last for months. Water that infiltrates ductwork during a flood is contaminated with everything from chemicals to human waste. Cleaning eliminates ductwork-related odors, reduces the potential for illnesses, and enables systems to operate more efficiently.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

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How to Test Air Quality in Your Home

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is essential for your health and overall wellbeing. Some of the first warning signs that you may have a problem include:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing and allergies
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dry skin and irritations
  • Inability to sleep
  • Dust buildup in vents and air filters
  • Unpleasant odors
  • Hot and cold spots

If you notice any of those symptoms and suspect your home is the victim of poor air quality, it’s easy to find out with an indoor air quality meter. There are a number of brands from which to choose. The amount of pollution will vary from home to home, even within the same community or neighborhood. An air purifier is a good option for any structure and ventilation is essential – just open a window.

IAQ Monitors

The devices continually monitor the air in your home. Depending on the model, it may measure levels of carbon dioxide, radon, and formaldehyde, along with multiple types of volatile organic compounds (VOC) encompassing those from cooking, burning wood and cosmetics to those emitted by upholstery, photocopiers, flooring, and building materials.

Mold

IAQ monitors typically don’t provide information on mold levels in your home. The general consensus among professionals is that they’re not that accurate. You should be aware that almost every home contains fungi to varying degrees. Mold is present in the natural environment and can enter your home on hair, clothing, shoes and pets. The fungi can even reside in HVAC units and circulate through your home. Dealing with an infestation of mold is a job for mold remediation specialists.

Radon Monitors

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that forms as a result of the breakdown and decay of uranium deposits in the soil. It’s odorless, colorless and a known carcinogen. It can enter your home through cracks in the foundation, areas around pipes, and flooring. It concentrates in the lower levels of homes. Radon detectors are a good investment in your health.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

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A Guide To Indoor Air Quility

Indoor air quality is directly dependent on the number of pollutants in your indoor air. The air that you breathe in every day contains thousands of contaminants. In addition, your indoor air may contain many toxins that have made it through your ventilation system and into your home. Unfortunately, not all contaminants can be seen or smelled. There is also the chance that some indoor air quality problems don’t appear to be visible or that you aren’t aware of. Either way, you can bet that some of the pollutants in your air are making you and your family ill.

 

A simple rule of thumb when it comes to Indoor air quality is this: if your ducts appear dirty, then they probably are. Regular duct cleaning services is a key cornerstone of improving indoor air quality throughout your home. In fact, the air ducts that transport air throughout your home carry many toxic and harmful elements such as radon gas, toxic mold, pollen, and dust. These gases and particles can build up over time and make their way into the air you breathe.

Contaminants

It’s difficult to imagine how much dirt and debris can accumulate in your ventilation system over the years. The majority of dirt and contamination comes from carpet fibers, dust mites, and mold spores. Over time, these tiny particles become larger and heavier, so they are more likely to be picked up by the air ductwork and cause contamination inside your home. Dirty air ducts are often the cause of many health problems for people living in unclean houses. Therefore, if you want to avoid these health problems, you should make sure the ductwork is regularly inspected.

Inspections

Although it is important to periodically inspect and clean your air ducts, you should also consider hiring a company that offers annual indoor air quality inspections. The reason why this is better than doing it yourself is that a professional service will have the appropriate equipment to be able to detect contaminants at an affordable price. Some companies also offer air duct cleaning services alongside their inspection services.

 

Now that you understand what causes indoor air pollution in your home, it is important that you take the steps you can to reduce or eliminate it. Indoor air quality has become more important than ever in recent years because of the number of pollutants indoors. Therefore, it is more important than ever to hire a reputable company to do a quality air duct cleaning. If you do that, you can breathe easier knowing that you and your family are breathing the best air possible.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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