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Please download the documents below to learn more about mold, asbestos, and the services we provide.
- Can I Buy or Sell a Home with Asbestos?
- Asbestos…What You Need to Know!
- Are you Hiring The Right Mold Remediation Company?
- MOLD in the Attic…A deal KILLER?
- Selling a Home with MOLD?
First Call NY Blog and News!
Mold: 4 Frequently Asked Questions!
Mold is a growing concern. This article explains what causes mold growth, explains what the most common types and varieties of mold are, how mold professionals find and detect mold, and why you should be concerned about the potential health implications caused by mold exposure.
Asbestos and Mold Concerns Caused When Renovating!
If you are planning on renovating your home or business, please read this article. You will gain a complete understanding why you need to take precautions and plan before diving into your home or business improvement project because of the potential problems that can be caused by mold and asbestos.
How To Select A Mold Removal Contractor?
Choosing a mold removal contractor can be a tough decision, particularly if there are many contractors in your area offering that service. How do you know the contractor you call is qualified and experienced? In this article, we explain how to select a mold removal contractor by revealing the top 10 clues that the mold removal contractor you called is inexperienced and not qualified. Clues #3, #6, and #9 are very important.
What Is Black Mold?
We often hear about black mold in the media. This article explores the topic of black mold, explaining what exactly it is, why it grows, and the potential health consequences of exposure, listing the top 15 health issues that black mold, also known as Stachybotrys, causes. Learn more!
Is There Mold Hidden In Your Home?
One of the biggest problems posed by mold is that it can be hidden. This is a cause for concern. You could have mold growing in your home or business and not even be aware that you have a potential problem that could have an impact on your health and the structural integrity of your property. Mold is like a parasite because it will continue to feed as long as the conditions are favorable. In this article, we explain why mold is growing, the conditions required to help it grow, and the top 7 areas in your home that you will most likely find mold growing. Most importantly, we outline 5 actions you should not take if you do find mold!
Ten Things You Should Know about Mold!
Over the years, we have encountered many questions about mold. Inside this article you will learn about 10 key facts about mold. Please pay particular attention to facts number 2, 4, 8, and 10.
Mold Spores: A Tough To Avoid Asthma Trigger!
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways. The exact cause of asthma is unknown, though some research has concluded that mold spores can trigger asthma and possibly be a cause. This article explains, citing four research studies from around the world.
Chronic Sinus Problems Can Be Caused by Mold!
Did you know that 1 in 8 Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis? Generally speaking, the treatment for this medical condition is based on antibiotics, over the counter drugs, and medical procedures. These treatments tend to treat the symptoms. What if the cause is mold? Researchers at the MAYO Clinic believe chronic sinusitis is caused by mold. This article explains, providing long term sinusitis alleviation tips.
If Your Basement Smells Bad, You Could Have A Mold Problem!
Basements are susceptible to mold growth because they provide the perfect conditions. If you’ve started to notice a musty, bad smell, you may have mold and should investigate. This article explains why mold grows and 10 tips to prevent it from growing. Pay particular attention to tips 3, 5, and 7!
Mold In Schools!
Since summer holidays are nearly over, First Call NY, wanted to make you aware of the potential health issues that can be caused by mold and poor indoor air quality in your child’s school. Knowledge and awareness we hope will provide you with the ability to better monitor the health of your child. With this in mind, the purpose of this article is to help you determine if mold and the indoor air quality of your child’s school is making them sick and what you can do.
Why Does Mold Grow In My Attic?
First Call NY is often called because our customers suspect that mold is growing in their attic. This is a common problem. The purpose of this article is to list and explains the top 4 reasons why mold will grow in your attic and how you can prevent this from happening. Learn more!
15 Reasons To Clean Ducts In All Seasons!
We spend 90 percent of our time indoors. This article lists the top 15 reasons you should have your ducts cleaned. Pay close attention to reasons #1, #3, #4, #9, and #13. Learn more!
3 Reasons Not To Use Bleach To Get Rid of Mold!
One of the most common questions we encounter from new and existing customers pertains to bleach and its use to try to kill mold. This is a valid question. Part of the problem with answering this question is the Internet. One of the benefits of the Internet is it allows anyone to search for a topic of interest and find the information they are looking for. Unfortunately, with respect to mold removal, the bleach myth is perpetuated on the Internet on countless websites. The simple answer is you should not use bleach to try to kill mold. This article explains why.
Mold Genes: The Facts!
One of the questions we are often asked is why do some people get sick from mold and other’s do not? The answer is based on genes. Did you know that 25% of people are genetically pre-disposed to mold illness? This article explains why, citing scientific research, including a list of 37 symptoms!
Mold Inspection: The Facts
What happens during a mold inspection? In this article, we list the 4 actions that professional mold inspectors take when they visit your home or business. In addition, we list the top 15 questions that you will be asked by the inspector. Getting answers to these questions is critical in ensuring that the mold problem is dealt with effectively!
Mold Removal: The Facts!
Ever wondered what happens during mold removal? In our previous article we explained what happens during a mold inspection. In this article we explain why you should always hire a professionally trained mold remediation specialist. Always get YES answers to these 10 questions before you hire the contractor. In addition to listing these questions, this article lists and explains the 8 step process that professional mold remediators implement.
Top 10 Mold Prevention Tips!
One of our goals is to ensure that you have knowledge to prevent mold from growing in your home or business. This article explains the number one action you can take to prevent mold. We also provide you with our top 10 tips to prevent mold. Pay particular attention to tips number 2, 3, 7, and 10!
How Important Is Indoor Air Quality?
Most people are unaware that their indoor air could be polluted. This is a topic of particular importance because we spend more time indoors during the winter months. In fact, we spend 90% of our time indoors. This article explains what causes bad air, how to determine if it is causing health concerns, and what actions you can take. Be sure to check out our bonus section on Christmas Tree Syndrome–causes and what you can do about it–because 1 in 3 people suffer hay fever like symptoms soon after putting up their tree.
Top 25 Winter Mold Prevention Tips!
As the temperature gets colder, we all tend to stay indoors more. To ensure that you stay healthy, please pay attention to the quality of the air you breathe. Mold is not just a concern in the summer when heat and humidity are at their peak. The main purpose of this article is to list and explain 7 key mold facts and provide you with 25 tips to prevent mold in your home during the winter!
4 Tips To Prevent Water Damage and Mold While On Vacation!
Going on vacation? Be sure that you implement these 4 tips to avoid coming home to a flooded moldy property. One tip in particular could prevent thousands of dollars in damage and the onset of mold, and it only takes 5 minutes. It is so simple, yet many home owners forget to do this.
Mold Removal Cost – What You Can Expect To Pay!
We are often asked: How much does mold removal cost? This article lists the top 3 questions we need answers for to provide an accurate estimate. We also provide you with advice on how to hire a qualified contractor. Be sure to get YES answers to these 10 questions!
Ice Dams and Mold: The Facts!
During the winter months, snow can accumulate on your roof and could lead to ice damming issues. The core problem with ice dams is they can lead to mold concerns. This article explains what causes ice dams, the potential mold concerns it causes, and how to prevent ice dams.
What Are The Signs of Mold Sickness?
Most people are unaware that mold could be making them sick. In this article, we explain how you can determine if mold is making you sick. We also explain what you need to do to ensure that you can properly recover from mold sickness. Pay particular attention to the TWO Steps to Recovery!
Got Mold? Stay Calm!
Finding mold in your home or business can create stress. Don’t worry. Don’t panic. In this article we explain what you should and should not do if you find mold. Pay particular attention to the list of 6 things you definitely DO NOT want to do if you find mold!
Sewage Backup Prevention Tips!
As spring gets ever so closer and temperatures begin to rise, snow run off and rain increases the number of calls we receive about flooded basements and sewage backups. Sewage backups occur when sewage from sewer lines back up into your home or business. This article lists and explains the top 5 causes of sewer backups and provides you with tips to prevent them. There are 2 key reasons, sewage backup prevention is important…learn more!
Top 3 Reasons Mold Inspections Are Important When Buying Or Selling!
Does the home you are buying or selling have mold? This article lists the top 3 reasons why you should get a mold inspection before buying or selling a home!
What Renters Need To Know About Mold!
One of the top 5 complaints of renters is black mold. Know your rights and obligations! If you find mold in your apartment or rental home and are not sure what to do, this article provides you with helpful information on how to address this problem with your landlord.
Why Are Clothes Dryers A Fire Hazard?
First Call Restoration has been serving residential and commercial customers in the Poughkeepsie, Hopewell Junction, and Newburgh areas for more than twenty years. One of the most heartbreaking emergency events we are called into are fire and smoke restoration jobs. In many cases, the fire could have been prevented with routine maintenance. A lesser known fact is that one of the core causes of house fires is the dryer. This article explains how to prevent dryer fires!
Is Mold Toxicity The Cause Of Chronic Illness?
Mold sickness is often referred to as a hidden epidemic for two reasons. First, many people get sick from mold and doctors are unable to figure out why. Second, mold is often hidden. Common clues mold is the underlying cause of illness include multiple visits to different types of doctors and specialists, different diagnosis, and long term health issues that never seem to go away. In this article, we explain why mold sickness could be the cause of chronic illness, listing and explaining the top 3 reasons!
Does Mold Affect Pets?
We don’t often think that mold can have a negative health impact on pets. Unfortunately, mold can harm pets and is particularly dangerous if the pet licks and ingests it. If you think mold is making your pet sick, this article explains why, what symptoms to look for, and what you should do.
Can Air Conditioners Cause Health Problems?
Recently, Consumer Reports ran a story discussing the health problems caused by air conditioners. Air conditioners are a source of mold if they are not properly maintained. This article explains why your air conditioner gets contaminated with mold and what you can do to fix it.
Top 9 Tips To Prevent A Mold Outbreak After Your Home Floods!
There is a direct link between water damage and mold growth. This article explains why. We also provide you with 9 recommendations to prevent a mold outbreak after your home or business floods.
Could Mold Trigger Parkinson’s Disease?
Is There A Link Between Mold and Parkinson’s Disease? Researchers from Rutgers and Emory Universities believe there is. The purpose of this article is to explain why and how mold could be a possible cause of Parkinson’s Disease.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Mold Exposure!
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is caused by the degeneration of the myelin sheath. When this occurs, nerve messages are not transmitted properly. The exact cause of MS is unknown. Several theories focus on genetics, viruses, climate, geography, and environment. Some researchers think mold may be a factor because exposure to Stachybotrys or Chaetomium can destroy the myelin sheath causing many of the same symptoms that MS victims have. This article explains why some people diagnosed with MS could actually be suffering from toxic mold exposure.
Mold Toxicity and The Brain!
Mold and depression! Is there a link? According to Dr. Mary Ackerley, toxic mold can trigger depression and other psychiatric symptoms. This article explains why.
9 Hidden Dangers In Your Home!
This article identifies the top 9 hidden dangers in your home and provides you with safety tips. Pay particular attention to numbers 2, 5, and 8!
Top 12 Disaster Recovery Planning Tips!
This article provides you with 12 disaster recovery planning tips to recover from fire, water, wind, and other emergencies. Tip number 6 is very important!
Indoor Air Quality and Your Crawl Space!
Did you know that 40% of the air in your home seeps up through your crawl space? This article explains the top 5 ways your crawl space impacts the air inside your home. Pay particular attention to numbers 1 and 2!