• What Is Mold?

    Mold Under Microscope

    Mold is a group of about 200,000 species of fungi. Fungi/Molds occur in both the indoor and outdoor environment. Mold does have a purpose in nature and that is to breakdown or digest dead or decaying organic matter such as dry leaves. Reproduction of mold occurs with the release of mold spores into the air. When a mold spore lands on a surface or substrate the spore releases enzymes to digest the surface or food source. The mold spore then germinates and produces filaments called hyphae. The hyphae are the basic cellular unit of the fungi. The hyphae form a protective mat called the mycelium. The mycelia mat keeps the substrate moist even if the surrounding air is dry. Conidia then generate and release mold spores into the air and the process starts over. The growth cycle of mold can be as little as four (4) to twelve (12) hours. If it is left undisturbed, fungi can spread in 24 to 72 hours. When disturbed, fungi can spread faster.

  • Waterproofing Options for Your Finished Basement

    A flooded basement can turn into your worst nightmare. Outside of the fact that you will need to have the flood water removed from your basement right away, there’s also a good chance you will need to have mold removal done, too. Island Catastrophe Environmental Restoration can help you drastically reduce the chances of your basement flooding by completing basement waterproofing in the Hamptons for you.

    When we come to your home to waterproof your basement, we will do whatever we need to do in order to keep water out of the space. Often times, this can be done effectively by sealing cracks in the foundation of your home as well as cracks in your basement floor. Water is known to leak through cracks like this and cause flooding. Additionally, we will inspect the exterior of your home to see what steps you can take to keep water out of your basement. Our goal is to help you eliminate the need for things like mold removal in the future. When you use the waterproofing services offered by Island Catastrophe Environmental Restoration, we will make it our mission to keep your basement dry from now on. Flooded Basement Problems

  • Is Your Crawlspace Contaminating Your Indoor Air? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    If you’re like most homeowners, you don’t spend much time thinking about your crawlspace. However, while out of sight might be out of mind, your crawlspace is very much a part of your everyday life – in fact, chances are you’re breathing air from it right now. About 40% of the air in the living spaces of your home comes from your crawlspace—this is thanks to the Stack Effect, in which warm air rises, pulling air from your crawlspace. That means if your crawlspace has mold, mildew, rot, or moisture problems, your air does, too. This infographic from Island Catastrophe Environmental Restoration explains more about this indoor air quality issue. Our crawlspace waterproofing in Long Island, as well as mold removal and air quality testing, can put an end to your crawlspace issues. Please share this information about crawlspace waterproofing and its significant impact on indoor air quality with your neighbors and friends. Indoor Air Contamination Infographic

  • Strategies for Reducing Your Risk of a Home Flood

    If you have ever experienced a flood in your home, then you know the kinds of problems that can pop up as a result of one. Water damage can ruin many of your personal possessions and, if you fail to have the flood water removed immediately, you might even experience mold and mildew in your home. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid a home flood, including basement waterproofing . Check out some tips for reducing the risk of water damage in the Hamptons below.

    Basement Waterproofing Waterproof your home’s basement.

    Basement waterproofing is something that all homeowners with a basement should consider. You might not recognize it, but there are all sorts of ways that water can sneak into your home through your basement and cause mold in the basement, which is obviously a huge problem for people. A basement waterproofing company can seal cracks in your foundation walls as well as cracks in your basement floor and reduce the chance of water making it into your basement.

    Make sure your home’s gutters and downspouts are functioning properly.

    The gutters and downspouts that are located on the exterior of your home are designed to take rainwater and direct it away from your home. This will help you avoid problems with your foundation and prevent water from building up around the base of your home where it’s more likely to make its way inside. However, if your gutters and downspouts are disconnected in spots or if they don’t direct water far enough away from your home, you could run into trouble in the future. Check to make sure they are all functioning during your next rainstorm.

    Hire a plumber to inspect your home’s plumbing.

    Is your plumbing system old, or do you have specific pipes that are on the verge of bursting at any time? Plumbing problems are one of the leading sources of home floods. By repairing or replacing your plumbing, you can stop a home flood from taking place and rest easier at night knowing you probably won’t need mold removal anytime soon.

  • Dealing with Black Mold on Your Clothing

    Removing black mold from clothing requires you to do more than just throw your clothes into the washing machine. To complete mold removal, you need to follow a series of steps very closely. Watch this video to see exactly how to deal with black mold in the Hamptons when it affects your clothes.

    In addition to completing black mold removal when it comes to your clothes, you should also make sure it is removed from the rest of your home. Black mold removal is something that should be left to professionals who know what they are doing. Black mold symptoms are worse than normal mold symptoms, so be sure to have black mold removed from your home right away to avoid the dangerous health risks that come along with it.