What causes mold?
- moisture, heat and humidity are the main causes or mold growth
- water leaks
- water incursion
- leaking roofs, water pipes, faucets, etc.
Why eliminate mold?
- health issues - respiratory problems
- untreated areas can affect property values
- liability from tenants being exposed to untreated areas
How to identify:
- visual mold inspection for active growth or water leaks
- air samples to determine types of growth and concentration levels
- bulk or swab sampling
- removal of contaminated materials using state of the art practices
- waterproofing structure
- duct cleaning
- treatment with cleaning agents
- prevention of further growth through proper treatment
Most health organizations consider exposure to some molds as a health hazard.
Lead Based Paint
Lead based paint is a major source of lead poisoning for children and can also affect adults. Poisoning in children can cause irreversible brain damage and can impair mental functions. Disturbing lead paint by sanding or scraping can release large amounts of the dust. The dust, which may not be visible, can settle on floors or other services, where it gets on children's hands and into their mouths. Lead was used as a pigment and drying agent in "alkyd" oil-based paints. Latex water base have generally not contained lead. In 1978, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission lowered the legal maximum lead most kinds of paints have to trace. If your home was constructed before the 1980s, consider having it tested for lead before renovating or if the paint or underlying surfaces is deteriorating.
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that, at one time, was added to a variety of products to increase and provide heat insulation. Many types of building products and insulation materials used in homes contain asbestos. Some products today still contain asbestos. Some products that contain asbestos are: roofing and siding shingles, insulation, textured paint and patching compounds, artificial ashes and embers used for gas-fired fireplaces, stove top pads, vinyl floor tiles, vinyl flooring and adhesives, the coating, tape or blanket found on hot water heaters and steam pipes, insulation on oil and coal furnaces, protective paper, millboard or cement sheets found in the walls or floors around wood stoves.
Dean hunter & Co. has highly qualified service technicians that are eager to service your pest control needs. They have been trained in all difficulties that may arise while servicing your home or business. Our procedures include, but are not limited to, inspection of your home or business, communicating with the home or business owner about the best and safest treatment needed for his/her specific situation. We will follow any and all requests made by the homeowner as to chemical or non-chemical treatments. Our pest control services are fully guaranteed. We will utilize any method necessary to correct your pest problem.
People are concerned-with good reason-about the possibility of damage and loss from fires, and from severe weather. But statistics show that there's far greater reason for concern about damage caused by subterranean termites... the very costly "underground movement." Termites cause more than $750,000,000 in damage each year. That's more than is caused by all fires and storms combined-and earthquakes as well. Granted, the damage caused by termites isn't as dramatic as a fire or tornado. And it may not be discovered for years. But eventually it can lead to sagging floors. Loose trim. Cracked plaster, and more. Eventually, major repairs to the structure may be necessary.
Standing water inside and seepage into residential crawl spaces and basements can cause frustrating problems for the homeowner. These problems can both be immediate and long term. Standing water and mud inside crawl spaces make it very difficult and messy to gain access under the house for inspecting, maintaining, and servicing electrical circuits, drains and water lines, heating and air conditioning, and other utilities. Wet basement and crawl spaces are sources of high humidity, which can produce surface condensation, mildew and fungi, musty odors and an unhealthy environment. Such moisture can cause deterioration of floor joist, beams, subflooring, insulation and electrical-mechanical systems. Prolonged water around the footer and foundation wall can soften the soil and weaken its bearing capacity, increasing the possibility or wall settlement and cracking. Serious seepage under the foundation footer may erode soil away and cause the wall to drop or crack. Excessive moisture can eventually penetrate the subflooring and buckle the flooring or cause warping, making doors and cabinets difficult to close or open. Since crawl space or basement dampness always moves towards the drier upstairs area, higher humidity will result in costlier heating and air conditioning bills. In the case of crawl spaces, if the underflooring insulation collects moisture or sags from excessive wetness, the heating and air conditioning cost are driven even higher. Wet basements and crawl spaces reduce the value of the house - at least by the amount that would be required to repair the damage and to eliminate the cause of the problem. Waterproofing of foundation walls of below-grade foundations, basements and other foundation walls prevents subsurface moisture penetration and dampness in basements or crawl spaces. Excessive water may also prevent from entering crawl space area with the use of an effective and correctly installed vapor barrier over the ground surface or a drain system.