Here’s How to Clean Mold and Mildew in Your Home

Rain increases humidity in air and can increase mold growth | Black mold remediation services by A&J Property Restoration DKI of Madison, Middleton, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Milwaukee, WI Dells, Fort Atkinson, Watertown, and Waukesha, WisconsinAs the rain starts to pour down (we’re looking at you April showers!), the additional moisture in the air can mean mold and mildew in your home. Mold and mildew, both terms commonly used to describe fungi that grows on various surfaces, are not only unsightly but also unhealthy. And because these microorganism love to feed and grow wherever moisture is a mainstay, it’s up to your to make the fuzzy, colorful spots disappear.

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Black mold cleaning tips from A&J Property Restoration DKI of Madison, Middleton, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Milwaukee, WI Dells, Fort Atkinson, Watertown, and Waukesha, Wisconsin
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5 Reasons You May Have Mold in Your Bathroom

There are thousands of different mold strains, and the one commonality is that no one wants any of them in his or her home or business. Not only are the spots of black, green, white, orange, and other hues unsightly and musty smelling, but also a cause of negative side effects.

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Mold found in bathroom behind tiles need black mold removal services by a mold remediation specialist such as A&J Specialty Services Inc DKI of Madison, Middleton, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Milwaukee, WI Dells, Fort Atkinson, Watertown, and Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Mold and Mildew – What’s the difference?

Mold vs. Mildew: Can You Spot the Difference?

Mold and mildew, while not the same, have a lot of commonalities. Both are fungi, have similar visual characteristics, are drawn to moist spaces, and make for an unsightly mess in a person’s home. However, that’s where most of their likeness come to an end.

While the two can be difficult to tell apart, responding to these household culprits, and the damage they can cause, is an important lesson to learn. (more…)

Mold on drywall surfaces need professional mold removal services by A&J Specialty Services Inc DKI of Madison, Middleton, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Milwaukee, WI Dells, Fort Atkinson, Watertown, and Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Does Your Staff Know WHO to Call in a Restoration Emergency?

Being a facilities manager, business owner or manager brings a host of daily stresses. The last thing you need to worry about is whether your staff knows how to respond in a water or sewage restoration emergency.

If a pipe breaks at 1 a.m. sending water streaming through the ceiling from floor to floor, will your staff know how to respond? The speed in which they react can make hundreds or thousands of dollars of difference.

Our Emergency Restoration App is FREE. Our goal is to make sure you and your staff are prepared when that 1 a.m. disaster rolls around. Features in our water emergency app allow us respond fast, dispatch additional water technicians, and give early indicators to know what we’re walking in to. (more…)

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Should I wear gloves while cleaning mold?

26d4e3_f51aa9281e4c4f7db1090da6e44ddc25Should I wear gloves while cleaning mold? Let’s jump straight to the point, “YES!” But you need MORE than gloves. Not convinced? Alright, here are the main reasons you need to make sure you’re wearing complete protective gear while cleaning mold.

Mold acts a lot like a dandelion field

Picture yourself walking along the side of a beautiful dandelion field. All the seeds safely attached to the plant. The fluffy white field stretches out far and wide. Now imagine you step off the path and walk straight into the field. What happens? The seeds take flight, hundreds to thousands of small white seed launching into the air, completely uncontrollable. (more…)

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Why do ice dams cause mold problems?

Living in Madison, Wisconsin, we’re used to battling through snowy, icy, cold winters. But just because we’re used to the icy cold, doesn’t make our homes immune to ice dams and the danger they pose to the health of our homes.

But first things first.

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Do I need to wear protective gear to clean mold?

26d4e3_890d5b14a9544c4eb989011b84a4084aDo fish swim in water? YES! YES! AND YES! Close your eyes for a moment – wait! Read this first, then close your eyes! Now, imagine walking down a path through a dandelion field. As your eyes gaze over the never-ending field, I want you to notice how all of the dandelion seeds are safely attached to the seed heads on each plant. The sun rises and sets and the wind may blow, but the seeds are safely attached to the seed heads.

Now step off the path and start walking through the dandelion field. What happens? The seeds detach and start floating everywhere, they’re uncontrollable. You can try as hard as you’d like but you are never going to contain them or control where they drift or where they land.

That’s exactly how you should think of mold. Undisturbed, mold spores stay pretty much attached. Once disturbed, the spores detach and start floating everywhere, landing on anything and anyone. If you’re not wearing any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), you’re inviting all of those mold spores to settle on your clothing, the area you’re cleaning, your shoes (allowing mold to travel to other areas in your home), in your eyes, and up your nose into your upper respiratory system. (more…)

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Does bleach kill mold?

If you’re facing a mold problem, chances are, someone has recommended using bleach on it. While it may leave the area smelling bleachy clean, don’t be fooled. The mold is not gone.

26d4e3_1effa258b8994c0d9126e9af866f43ceBleach does not kill mold. It may smell clean, but it is not clean. You must physically remove the contamination. In addition, bleach is hard on the lungs and skin.

So, if bleach doesn’t work, how can you get rid of it?

First, find the source of the moisture. Mold needs a moist environment to grow. Find the leak, and you will be able to stop the problem. (more…)

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Can you smell mold?

One question we are asked all the time is, “can you smell mold?” The answer is, it depends. Where there is a musty smell, there is most likely mold. However, mold does not always have an odor to go with it.

Just to clarify, mold is everywhere. Mold can grow indoors, outdoors, on many different types of surfaces, food, clothing, and the list goes on.

So, when you can smell mold, what does it smell like? Well, that depends. (more…)

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Is Toxic Black Mold the Worst Kind of Mold?

26d4e3_b1800edc11344762a050f9c53a6f4db6The word ‘toxic’ instantly sends shivers down the spine. We all know the connotation that accompanies such a word. Combine that with the word mold and you’ll have a lot of people shifting in their seats.

The phrase is common and widespread and unfortunately, fundamentally flawed. There are two main problems with the phrase ‘toxic black mold’ and righting the misconceptions will allow you to react appropriately when discovering the unwanted dark invader in your home or business.

Problem 1

Mold is NOT toxic it is toxigenic. It can release mycotoxins when it has a moisture source, the right food source and is growing.

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