Musty Smell and Odor Elimination

If your house has a musty odor and is not “Midwest Fresh and Clean” the way you would like, the cause is probably hidden odors in your air vents, walls, carpets and upholstery. Call David to schedule upholstery and carpet cleaning, mold and moisture testing and mitigation, and air duct cleaning. But between cleanings, here are a few things you can do to help eliminate the musty smells that sometimes lurk within your home.   Vinegar – this is a great natural way to eliminate musty and unpleasant odors throughout your home. Vinegar is a natural fungicide, killing many mold spores that may be suspended in the air in your home. You can dilute vinegar in a spray bottle and mist it throughout the air in your home. A vinegar solution can also be applied to moldy areas in showers, tubs, drains, basements, and closets. Check for colorfastness before applying to the whole area. Essential Oils – In a study done for the NIH, two doctors found that Peppermint, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, and Orange essential oils were effecting in killing all 22 strains of bacteria included in the study.  Diluting a few drops of essential oil with a few drops of white vinegar and 2 cups of water in a mister bottle can help eliminate bacteria on surfaces like carpeting, vents, tile, grout, and upholstery, as well as airborne particles.  Test for colorfastness on a small area before applying to the entire surface. HEPA Filters – HEPA filters are proven to capture 99.97% of mold spores and airborne virus and bacteria.  While there are still some microscopic strands that can...

Don’t declare your basement flooded, instead state the cause.

This article is in no way meant to replace a conversation with your insurance agent, but based on our research, we have found some information that may clear the confusion of whether or not a flooded basement is an insurance claim. If you experience flooding in your basement, it’s gross, unsanitary, upsetting, and can pose a serious health risk to your family, but it may or may not be covered by your homeowners’ policy depending on the cause of the flooding. Sump Pump Failure: If your basement floods due to sump pump failure, unless you specifically have a “Sump Pump” endorsement (rider) on your policy… you may want to check. Plumbing Leak: This is likely covered, but again, check with your agent. If plumbing leaked from a toilet, shower, a burst pipe under the floorboards, or from a sink, it’s likely a covered event. Appliance Leak: Hot water tank (make sure you have maintenance records), air conditioning unit, fridge, or washing machine leak is probably covered. Ground Water Seepage: Whether it was due to heavy rains and poor grading so water came in through windows, or saturated soil and water is seeping in through cracks in foundation and basement walls, this is likely NOT covered. This may need to be handled via a Public Adjuster because your homeowners’ policy will probably deny this claim. Sewage: If sewage seeps in due to a line breaking outside your home, this is probably not covered by your homeowners’ policy. The municipality would likely be responsible. If sewage is leaking from your own toilet you may not be covered unless you have a...
Heavy Rain Foundation Prep

Heavy Rain Foundation Prep

Heavy rains often means standing water and inadequate drainage around your foundation. However, there are steps you can take to help reduce the risk of poor drainage issues leading to foundation cracks and basement leaks. Make sure gutters are clean. Overflowing gutters means water is not channeled away from the house the way it should be.Direct water away from the soil around the foundation. Make sure gutter extensions are channeling the water at least 3 feet away.Loosen the soil. If you frequently notice standing water near the foundation of your home, it may be that the soil is compact so the water cannot properly be absorbed and dissipate. Use an aerator or soil conditioner to help loosen the soil to ensure that during heavy rains standing water near the foundation doesn’t become a problem.Check the grading around your home. This can be a real problem. Most homes are constructed with good grading away from the home, but sometimes older homes are not. If water is draining towards the foundation anywhere around the perimeter of your home, get a landscaping crew in there to help you. If that’s not affordable, there are some great tutorials online that can help you create berms and French drains to help protect your foundation from water damage. If you experience flooding in your basement or crawlspace after heavy rains, contact David at Royal. IICRC Certified, using powerful equipment, he will get you dried out and stay in communication with you until the job is done....

Steam Cleaning Grout

Using steam when cleaning grout make the job much simpler and leaves the area sanitized and bacteria free. It’s also the best technique to use before your are sealing or re-sealing your grout. Royal’s powerful truck mounted equipment can get steam much hotter than rental / consumer machines, and will prevent any unfortunate injuries that occur when people attempt to do steam cleaning on their own. Why is steam so effective? Well, before the grout is steamed, a preleminary mop of the floor or tiled surface removes loose dirt and residue recently deposited. However, dirt, grime and bacteria have become embedded in the grout over time, and therefore remain even after mopping with very hot water. Steam serves to loosen embedded dirt, creating an almost “muddy” liquid from the released grime, dirt and bacteria. Once this “shushy” muck is loosened, it can be mopped up using sanitizing solutions, leaving your floors truly clean and freshened. The frequency of steam cleaning grout is determined by the traffic in your home, whether you have kids and / or pets, and your family’s lifestyle. Contact David at 580-324-0919 to learn more about industrial steam cleaning, the safety and effectiveness of hiring a licensed professional, and the frequency of services. Royal Means...

Certain Types of Mold Can Cause Severe Health Issues

Common Types of Household and Office Mold Alternariais one of the more common molds found indoors and outdoors is alternaria. Alternaria usually appears in areas that are damp like the sink, shower, or dark and dimly lit areas outside the home. Health problems associated with alternaria include asthma attacks and allergic reactions. Aspergillus This mold incredibly common and does minor damage to those that inhale it. Severe reactions include respiratory infections, allergic reactions, and inflamed lungs. Aureobasidummold is most often found on wooden furniture, surfaces, painted walls and wallpaper as well as around windows and in caulk. If you notice a spotty substance that is pink and black in color in those areas, it’s probably this type of mold. Since aureobasidum is so common, most people do develop allergic reactions to it and it has been known to cause more severe reactions than other molds. Chaetomiummold is found in drywall that has experienced water damage. People typically identify its presence when they smell a musty or old odor in their home. Cladosporiummold is often found inside both cool and warm areas like carpet, wood floorboards, wooden cabinet and older fabrics. Being around the cladosporium mold can leave homeowners with breathing problems and respiratory issues. Fusariumis a mold that tends to grow in colder, wetter areas. The typical homes for the fusarium mold are carpeted areas and similar fabrics. Fusarium can cause the standard allergic reaction as well as respiratory infections and inflammation. Penicilliumis a mold that can found indoors inside insulation, furnishings, water damaged furniture, carpeting and more. Penicillium is known for spreading quickly throughout the home and can...
Keep Air Free of Rodent Allergens

Keep Air Free of Rodent Allergens

It’s getting cold, and who can blame them for seeking a little comfort? We may all find the little mice in “Frederick” adorable as they winter in the stone wall, their droppings can spread disease and increase allergens.  So we definitely don’t want them in our homes or crawlspaces to contaminate the air. Here are 5 Tips to keep Frederick and his Rodent pals in the stone wall and out of your home.