Tuesday, April 13, 2021

What is a Vapor Barrier?


A vapor barrier is a material that we can install on the outside of your home to help keep water vapor from seeping in. Many people are not aware that there is such a thing as a vapor barrier, but it's essential to have one if you want to protect your house from dampness and mold. If you're concerned about moisture in your home and would like more protection, it's a good idea to invest in your very own vapor barrier!

How It Works

Water vapor is continuously evaporating from the ground; even if the crawlspace floor looks dry, this water vapor evaporation is still occurring. A vapor barrier is the most straightforward and cost-effective way to stop this problem. A sound vapor barrier can reduce humidity by 15-30 percent, depending on the installation type.

Traditionally, a vapor barrier was used to cover only the ground floor to prevent water vapor from evaporating from the soil and moving up into the crawlspace air. This water vapor can cause excess humidity levels that also allow water damage, odors, and bugs to become a problem in your crawlspace and upper living spaces. You should only install a vapor barrier after any groundwater problems are corrected.

The Material

A standard and commonly seen vapor barrier is made of 6-mil poly plastic. This is the minimally accepted material allowed by codes such as the International Residential Code. This type of vapor barrier is used when an attic or crawlspace does not have a sidewall water penetration problem. Industry requirements for this type of installation are that the material must cover the entire floor and that seams should overlap 12 inches.

Greenpro's Vapor Barrier Process

At GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration, we take it a step further. Understanding all of the problems occurring in your attic or crawlspace is extremely important when recommending a vapor barrier that will last and perform. It should provide the expected results of a clean, dry crawlspace. That's why our specialists go into your crawlspace and check from corner to corner. We need to see what is going on to provide you the best, most cost-effective solution possible.

Vapor Barrier Installations For Suffolk County

At Greenpro Cleaning and Restoration, we want to help you protect your home for the long run. We’ll be sure to install a vapor barrier that lasts and provides your home with the protection and comfort it needs.

Friday, April 2, 2021

4 Important Things to Remember When it Rains


In the past, it was just a nuisance when it rained. Nowadays, with increased temperature changes and more frequent rainfall, it can cause a lot of damage to your home if you're not careful! If there's one thing you should remember this rainy season, it's that water doesn't stop at your doorstep - even if you have a sloped roof or gutters. It may be obvious for some people, but for others who don't know what to look out for, here are a few things to keep in mind when it does rain.

1. Pay Attention to Your Gutters

Make sure that gutters and downspouts are clear of debris before rainstorms happen. Debris can clog up the drainage system, leading to water getting backed up into other parts of the house. They can especially get blocked up during spring, so when you see the weather forecast is predicting rain, be sure to get up there and clear things out.

2. Clean Up Standing Water

One of the worst consequences of heavy rains or flooding is standing water. Standing water can harbor all sorts of harmful organisms and bacteria, which means that you should take extra care to make sure your property is dry before anything else. If you see any standing water on your property after a storm or rainfall, be sure to clean it up as soon as possible. If you don't do this right away, there's a good chance that mold will grow in the wet area.

3. Seal Your Home Before

Be sure to seal cracks in floors and walls to keep moisture out, especially around doors and windows, before heavy downfalls come your way! To fill any cracks on the inside of your home, use caulking around doors and windows. You may also want to consider using silicone-based paint for flooring, as this will keep moisture out from below.

4. At The First Sign Of Water Damage, Give Us A Call

If you suspect you have water damage in your home or building, don't hesitate to call for help right away. You must get to the source of the water damage and fix the leak to prevent it from worsening! Our team specializes in the cleanup and removal of water damage. We will visually survey and test for water damage at a reasonable rate!

Water Damage Evaluation in Suffolk County

At GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration, we will come test for water damage to ensure you and your family are safe after a rainstorm. If you suspect that there may be a problem in the home or building, call us to schedule your indoor evaluation at 631-940-8100.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

How to Create Cleaning Schedules for the Whole Family


Spring is finally here! And so, it's time to start planning for some spring cleaning. Pick a day or two that works for everyone in your household and assign some age-appropriate chores for any younger kids who want to help out too. Putting this all together might seem complicated, but it's a lot easier than you may think! Here are some of the best ways to create a cleaning schedule that works for the whole family this spring.

Write Everything Down

Plan out the day first by writing down everything you know needs to be done. Which areas of your home were neglected the most during winter? Which chores do you think each person in your home can handle? Once this is mapped out, you'll have a better idea of where to start.

Assigning Chores

When it comes to getting everyone in your household involved, you should keep in mind each person's age and preference! Here are some suggestions:

Adults: The adults of the house can tackle the more complex cleaning tasks. For example, they can handle the bleaching and washing of the bathroom. Or special cleaning of hardwood floors, kitchen appliances, sinks, fridge cleanout, yard work, and decluttering of important rooms throughout the house.

Teens: Set your teen on some basic everyday chores such as vacuuming, organizing miscellaneous items around the house, sweeping, cleaning their room, helping with the laundry, and helping with any family pets.

Kids: The little ones in the house don't need to feel left out during spring cleaning! They can be encouraged to take on some simple tasks such as dusting, helping with the family pet, organizing toys and rooms, and deciding what toys they might want to give away this year.

And You're Good To Go!

Once you know what kind of chores everyone in your household can take on and what needs to be done, you can create your schedule from there! And remember always to make it fun. Play music while you work, or make a game out of it for the little ones. Anything you can think of that might make the day a little more exciting is a great way to ensure the whole family will be ready for spring cleaning again next year.

And don't forget to ask for help when you need it. If your air ducts need a complete cleaning, or your attic and crawlspace have seen better days after months of neglect, calling a professional is the best way to ensure you and your family breathe easier this year.

Cleaning and taking care of your home can be challenging to deal with, and it is often best to bring in some professionals to help. Contact GreenPro Cleaning and Restoration to take care of your ducts, attics, crawl spaces, and water damage needs.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Go Green For St. Patrick's Day


Soon it will be time to celebrate the luck of the Irish, and do you know what follows soon after that? The celebration of our planet on Earth Day! Why not combine the two this spring and work on some positive habits that will promote green living. It's time to start adding some environmentally-friendly routines into your life and consider what kind of an impact you have on this beautiful world. Here are some easy ways to go green this season!

Invest in Reusable Bags

The popularity of plastic and paper bags at grocery stores and shopping centers has long passed, but there are still instances where they are used. We highly recommend you invest in reusable bags for everything! They can be washed and even personalized to match your personality. All in all, it's a great way to keep this planet free of plastic waste.

Recycle Used Bottles

We all know that Saint Patrick's Day is the day for celebrating through spirits and good fun, but make sure you dispose of those empty bottles properly after drinking them! Find a recycling center near you or a local store that takes care of recycling for you and brings everything there. There's no need to throw leftover bottles in your regular garbage can.

Hire Green Services

When doing work on your home or business, be sure to research which services offer environmentally friendly supplies and methods. And if you're looking for some green air duct cleanings and more, look no further than with us! At GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration, we promote healthy living! When it comes to the ecosystem, our earth-friendly approach sets us apart from the rest. All of our products are bio-safe, and all of our methods are bio-friendly. We do not use any toxic chemicals, and our cleaning systems produce superior results.

At GreenPro Cleaning, we're taking eco-friendly cleaning solutions to a higher standard and strive for cleaner indoor air quality for all of Long Island. We believe that by respecting the environment, we promote a healthy, safe, and clean area for your home, workplace, and life.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Options


Soon enough, it will be time for spring cleaning! But, are the cleaning products you're using environmentally friendly? It doesn't take too much research to find materials and products that can both keep your home clean and keep the Earth clean. Here are some of our favorite options for you to try out:

DIY Products

You don't have to go searching for new cleaning materials when you probably have plenty of options right at home! Here are some products you have at home that can double as cleaning materials:
  • Baking soda: Mix with warm water to help clean off any annoying residue in your home. You can even use it on stainless steel and silverware.
  • Lemons: These sour fruits are a great option when doing some deep cleaning. The acidity in them is antibacterial and antiseptic. It can even act as a natural bleaching agent!
  • Salt: You can use this as both an absorbing agent and a scrubbing material. Either way, it gets the job done relatively quickly.
  • Walnuts: Did you know that walnuts come in handy when it comes to removing scratches from wood?
  • Vodka: It is so strong that it can actively help fight off mold and mildew in your home!

Keep an Eye Out for Natural Products

If you want to permanently switch to eco-friendly products, be sure to check out different kinds of cleaning materials that fit under this category. It's time to start appreciating both the space we live in every day and the planet that we live on. With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start taking care of the world around us! Get rid of any harmful chemicals and products you might still use, as these materials can end up in our water systems or cause harm to others living in your home. Make the switch today for a cleaner home and planet!

Cleaning and taking care of your home can be challenging to deal with, and it is often best to bring in some professionals to help. Contact GreenPro Cleaning and Restoration to take care of your ducts, attics, crawl spaces, and water damage needs.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Benefits Of Going Outside in Spring


Most of us have been inside for the majority of this year. And although things are different now, there are still plenty of ways you can enjoy the outdoors safely and comfortably. From going on walks to trying some new forms of exercising, you can get a lot out of the nice weather that is coming soon. Here are some of the benefits to going outside in spring:

To Get Vitamin D

The days in winter are so short that our time in the sun feels like it’s cut in half. But, once spring starts to roll around, we begin to get some much-needed longer days. You can now spend some extra time in the sun, helping to increase your vitamin D levels. This helps increase your body’s growth, strengthen your bones, and reduce inflammation in some cases.

To Stay Active

Even if the world isn’t the same as it used to be, taking the time to walk or jog around your neighborhood is a great way to stay active. You can even try something new like going for hikes or kayaking in open water. It’s a great way to reconnect with nature after a long month of freezing temperatures. Everything is just beginning to bloom again, so you’re sure to see some beautiful sights while you’re on the move!

To Breathe Fresh Air

Staying inside all day working and not feeling or breathing fresh air can cause many more negative effects than you may think. Going outside often has been shown to reduce stress levels and help fight high blood pressure. Of course, this isn’t to say you need to go outdoors every day. It’s just important to remember on a nice sunny day to allow yourself to take a break and take some much-needed rest.

And if you want your indoor air to be as fresh as the outdoor air, it might be time for a proper cleaning throughout your home!

Cleaning and taking care of your home so that you can breathe easy again can be challenging to deal with, and it is often best to bring in some professionals to help. Contact GreenPro Cleaning and Restoration to take care of your ducts, attics, crawl spaces, and water damage needs.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Spots Where Dust Likes To Hide


Dust can build up on surfaces all over your home, and unfortunately, there are many spots where dust likes to hide that aren’t easy to find. The debris will cause respiratory problems for those who have asthma or allergies. So the sooner you take care of these hard-to-see areas, the sooner you’ll start to breathe easily at home.

Your Closet

Dust can build up a ton on your clothes, attaching to the clothing’s fibers and making your entire closet dirty. Especially if you have shelves, your wardrobe is dust’s favorite place to hang out in. Remember to give attention to pieces of clothing that have been sitting alone for a long time, and be sure to brush off even ones you wear often.

Underneath Furniture

Although it seems obvious, many times, it’s easy to forget about all the dust under your furniture. We go for the areas within our eyesight, but these lower spots build up as much debris as on top. Take some extra time to vacuum under here, or move your bed and couches to reach what needs to be cleaned.

Ceiling Fan Blades

They’re so high up, it’s hard to tell! But dust loves to accumulate on your ceiling fan blades over time. What’s even worse is if you don’t give this area proper cleaning, once you turn the power on, dust will fly everywhere! Avoid this by using a broom or vacuum cleaner to reach here, especially before it gets warmer outside and you need to start using your fans.

Air Ducts

Dust and debris love to hang out here. You can tell if your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system needs cleaning by doing the following: First, with a screwdriver, remove a floor or wall register. If there is visible dust, dirt, or debris, you should have your ducts cleaned.

Even with proper cleaning and changing quality filters, the HVAC system will still become dirty over time. Have your system inspected every two years to determine whether your system needs to be cleaned again.
Dust and Debris Cleaning on Long Island

Here at Greenpro Cleaning and Restoration, we will explain the causes of your HVAC air duct problems, what can be done to correct them permanently, and provide you with a written estimate. Our goal is to solve your specific situation in the most cost-effective, non-intrusive way possible.