It’s A Science!!
Below is some information regarding why it is important to keep a clean, mold and mildew free exterior. Click on each type of contaminant to learn more.
You will also find other valuable information associated with some of the external surfaces of your structure and how you can prevent unnecessary damage to your property thorough routine care and maintenance.
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Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.
In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children.
Learn more at: http://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm
How We Can Help
Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water. Accomplish cleaning the surface with a brush, hose, and / or a pressure washer.
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Mildew is a fungus that grows on the surfaces of objects, within pores and in deteriorated materials. They can cause discoloration and odor problems, deteriorate building materials, and lead to allergic reactions in susceptible individuals, as well as other health problems. A common myth with mildew is that it is less
harmful than mold, this is not the case in most species, mildew is more active and grows faster, yet clings to its surface more than mold therefore causing less human illness. In fact mildew causes just as many cases documented by the CDC as mold does, they are usually less severe though.
Learn more at: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/pdfs/appenc.pdf
How We Can Help
Keeping a clean exterior is not an easy task. Most homeowners can clean this themselves, but fail to due to busy schedules, sensitivity to heat, sensitivity to chemicals and other reasons. Let us evaluate your property to day and take care of this pest before it causes any trouble for you, your employees, and most importantly, your family.
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Oxidation is a form of corrosion present on your aluminum gutters and fascia. It is an inevitable fact of life that these aluminum fixtures will corrode over time, and while natural, the dust or powder that is emitted during oxidation is a tough opponent to say the least. That powder rivals the strength of DIAMONDS!! and once embedded in you shingles, wooden fixtures, and lawn decorations, is difficult to remove. Check out this article on Popular Science for more details about the effects of oxidation in aluminum: http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2004-09/amazing-rusting-aluminum
How We Can Help
Removing oxidation and black streaks in gutters and fascia is an easy task for us. We use a chemical created by pressure wash guru Bob Williamson at Pressure Tek called F-13 or “Gutter Grenade.” This awesome chemical will remove oxidation, completely, leaving you with the beautiful gutters and fascia that your home had when it was new.
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Algea is much less harmful to humans internally, but what about other hazards? Anyone who has been on a boat deck, or on slippery rocks at the beach has experienced the effects of algea. This somewhat harmless set of plants present not-so-harmless hazards. Slips and falls are common on shaded decks with this green culprit present on them. Many homeowners make the mistake of bleaching, or using other harsh chemicals to remove algea, this is a huge mistake and can seriously compromise the security and durability of the wood. Check out more info about algea on this website: http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/algae.aspx
How We Can Help
Getting rid of algea is a specialty of ours. With just the right amount of chemicals, pressure, and brushing, we can eliminate all algea on your deck or patio. Let us give you back your deck without hazards, the way it was meant to be!!
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