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Friday, July 1, 2022

Common Insulation Issues

 

The insulation in your home can greatly impact your comfort and utility bills, as well as the environment, so you want to ensure that it’s in good shape. You may not even be aware of many common insulation issues, but here are the most common reasons why your insulation might need replacing or updating.

Fire Risks with Inadequate Fire Retardant Materials

When choosing insulation for your home, you want to ensure that it will protect your property from fire and damage. There are a few different options for insulating, such as fiberglass batts or rolls of material used in blown-in insulation. Be sure to choose the right product for your needs so you can keep the risks low in your home.

Improper Ventilation, Regulations, or Permits

Installing insulation without proper ventilation can cause deadly carbon monoxide in your home. Before you buy, hire a professional to ensure your house meets all local, state, and federal codes regarding safe insulation installation.

If it doesn’t, an added cost may be necessary to make your new insulation safe before installing it. But it’s worth paying for peace of mind that you won’t later be faced with a house full of poison gas or even a total collapse.

Attic Stairway Blockage That Leads to Mold Growth

The attic stairway can become a perfect hiding place for dust, dirt, and insulation. When these particles collect into a single area, they have nowhere to go but down, landing on your insulation below. This is one of the most common causes of mold growth in many attics. If you see that there’s no insulation on some or all of your attic stairs, call a professional to come and clean up any existing mold.

Outside Air Leaks Into Attic Spaces

If your home’s insulation has been properly installed, there should be no gaps where air can leak into an attic space. However, homes are not always insulated properly during construction. Over time, even if installed correctly, it can deteriorate and lose its ability to block outside air from entering a home through leaks.

When it comes to your insulation system, if you can feel a draft coming through a wall or window, then outside air may be entering your home in areas you didn’t know about before.

Vapor Insulation 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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

2022 Hurricane Season Predictions

 

Long Island has had its fair share of hurricanes in the past. During the summer and early fall, we’re no stranger to the dangerous conditions that the Atlantic can blow in. However, every year, these storms change. Meteorologists do their best to predict what each season will look like, how intense it will be, and just how many actual hurricanes the east coast will experience.

So, we’re here to break down 2022’s hurricane season predictions and what you need to know to protect your family and home.
 

What You Need to Know About Hurricanes

A hurricane is a tropical cyclone that develops over warm ocean waters. Tropical cyclones have winds that reach at least 74 miles per hour (mph) and measure at least 74 miles across. Even though they start small, they can grow into massive storms within just 24 hours! As these storms move over land or water, they lose energy due to friction with their surroundings.

Hurricanes are dangerous, unpredictable, and cause millions of dollars worth of damage each year. If you live in an area prone to storms, it’s important to know what to do when one is approaching. It’s also important to be prepared for a hurricane before it hits.

This Year’s Hurricane Predictions

Forecasters foresee that this year’s hurricane season will again be above average — making it the seventh above-average season in a row. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center’s 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast, “There is a 65% chance of an above-normal season, a 25% chance of a near-normal season, and a 10% chance of a below-normal season.”

There’s a chance for 14-21 named storms, with 6-10 of those possibly becoming hurricanes and 3-6 of them becoming major, damaging hurricanes.
 

How To Minimize Flood Damage in the Home

Hurricanes can do a bunch of damage, from fallen trees to electrical outages. But, sometimes, the worst damage to a home can be flooding. You can do many things before and during a hurricane to minimize flood damage in your home. Consider:
  • Checking your insurance policy: You might want to check with your insurance company ahead of time because there may be coverage that applies specifically to hurricanes.
  • Remove valuables: Get any valuables and important papers up off floors that could flood in less than 10 minutes and place them on a high shelf or even another room if possible so they won’t get ruined if water does come in unexpectedly.
  • Put down sandbags: If you don’t have shutters, consider putting down sandbags to help protect your home from flooding.
  • Keep doors closed: It can be tempting to open doors during storms, but it is best not to do so unless necessary because it will make your home more susceptible to flooding.
  • Contact a water damage expert: At the first sign of water damage, it’s essential to contact the professionals to take care of it!

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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Common Questions About Air Duct Cleaning

 

Duct cleaning has become increasingly popular in recent years due to increased awareness of the negative health effects associated with mold, mildew, and dust mites. However, many people don’t know where to begin or what to expect when they’re seeking to hire an air duct cleaning company. These are some of the most common questions about air duct cleaning that you should be asking.

How Do I Know If My Air Ducts Need Cleaning?

There are some common signs to keep an eye out for to know when your air ducts need some extra help. If you notice air from your vents smells different than usual, or if mold or mildew is growing in them, it’s time to clean them.

Also, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you may want to schedule an air duct cleaning:
  • Smells in your home
  • Heating/cooling problems
  • Household allergies or asthma issues
Allergy and asthma sufferers should also consider cleaning their ducts because it can reduce pollen, dust, and pet dander circulating throughout your HVAC system.

How Long Will It Take To Clean My Duct System

The time it takes to clean your ducts depends on various factors, including size, shape, and materials. For example, it may take an hour to clean a small apartment but up to 8 hours for a large house with multiple levels.

It’s hard to give an exact answer because every job is different, but we provide you with a good estimate before starting work.

How Often Should I Have My Air Ducts Cleaned?

The CDC and EPA recommend professional air duct cleaning services for your home about every three to five years or once every two to three years if you have a history of allergies or asthma. You should also consider professional duct cleaning if you see visible mold in your vents or notice that your house smells like mildew or dust. You should get more frequent cleanings if there’s a lot of allergy-causing mold in your area.

Get in Touch With us For All Your Air Duct Cleaning Needs

Getting your home and business ready for winter weather and protecting your heating can be time-consuming tasks, 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.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Summertime and Crawl Space Moisture

 

Every year, during the hot summer months, homeowners are faced with questions about how their crawl space will be affected by moisture. The Greenpro Cleaning and Restoration team is here to explore the possible effects of summertime moisture on your crawl space and provide you with some helpful tips to make sure that it is properly maintained to enjoy a dry home all year long.

How Moisture Gets In

Moisture enters your crawl space during summertime due to high humidity levels, which are often accompanied by storms. Moistness in a crawl space comes from many sources, such as:
  • Rainfall
  • Thunderstorms
  • Condensation
  • Air conditioners
  • Heat pumps pumping water vapor into the area
It is important to know that the type of flooring you have in your crawl space will also determine how much moisture it absorbs or sheds during this time of year. If you have bare concrete floors, expect some condensation due to humidity levels and rising temperatures.

Issues With Too Much Moisture

In a nutshell, crawl spaces have been designed with natural airflow that should be enough to keep them dry in most cases. Unfortunately, there are instances where, as stated above, this moisture can make its way in. Over time, mold can grow under insulation or wood floors, leading to dangerous health hazards and home structural issues!
 

How To Fix Your Moisture Problems

If your crawl space is becoming too moist, then you may want to take some action like increasing ventilation or installing a vapor barrier.

Condensation forms and makes the insulation too heavy for the insulation support to hold. Insulation plays an important part in keeping your crawl space in good condition.

A crawl space vapor barrier is a high-density material that prohibits water vapor from passing through it. Traditionally, a vapor barrier was used to cover only the ground floor. This prevents water vapor from evaporating from the soil and moving up into the crawlspace air.

Contact Us Today For All Your Crawl Space Cleaning Needs

Cleaning and taking care of your home can be a challenge, and it is often best to bring in some professionals to help. Contact GreenPro Cleaning and Restoration to take care of your crawl space damage and cleaning needs.

Friday, June 3, 2022

How To Prepare Your Home For Hurricane Season

 

Hurricane season is officially here, running from June 1st and ending November 30th. Are you prepared? Sometimes, you can never know when a hurricane will hit exactly, but you can take some steps to make sure your home is ready. It's important that you get started on these steps now. Here are some important home safety factors to consider and prepare for before these large storms begin to form and come towards Long Island:

Important Inventory Gathering

Do an inventory of all important documents that you may need in case of evacuation. These include insurance papers, passports, birth certificates, social security cards, etc. Make sure these are easily accessible if needed during an emergency situation.

Create Your Emergency Kit

If you have not done so already, an emergency kit is essential for successfully getting through hurricane season. While Long Island isn't prone to terrible hurricanes, they've happened before and can happen again. Having an emergency kit that includes water, food, flashlights, battery-operated radio, extra batteries, and other necessary items like medicine is the best way to ensure you'll have what you need, no matter how bad the storm is.

Take Precautions

Long Island is surrounded by water, so find out if you live in a high-risk area and see what storm surge could do. If so, find out where your nearest shelter is located. Pack what's essential and needed, and fill your car with gas well beforehand!
 

Secure and Seal Your Home

When was the last time you upgraded your home's sealing? If you get wind that a hurricane is on its way, take action. Ensure all windows are securely closed with screens on them so they can't fly open during high winds. Make sure also that your attic and crawl space are sealed well against rain leaks, as water damage can quickly ruin furniture or carpeting if it gets into your home.
 

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.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Will a Duct Cleaning Prevent a Dusty House?

 

For many people, a dusty house is an inevitability. Duct cleaning is a service that removes dust and debris from the air ducts in your home. Many people wonder if it will help to keep their house less dusty, but some say that this isn't the case.

If you are one of those people wondering about whether or not an air duct cleaning can prevent dustiness in your home, then read on for more information!

Why Does Your Home Get Dusty?

There are so many factors that contribute to the accumulation of dust in your home, including but not limited to the age and construction of your home, your pets and their shedding habits, allergies you may have, or just general laziness when it comes to cleaning. However, you can take some preventative measures if you notice your house starting to build up some dust.

Why Get a Duct Cleaning?

Because they get dirty! Ducts have a tendency to accumulate dirt and dust from heating or cooling systems over time. This can lead to contaminated air circulating throughout your house, and an increase in allergies and asthma triggers for those who are sensitive to these substances.

Do Air Duct Cleanings Help With Dust?

Yes! An air duct cleaning will help remove the dirt and dust that has accumulated in your home's heating and cooling system over time. While it won't eliminate dust completely, cleaner ducts will help ensure your air is cleaner and that debris isn't circulating constantly.

A lot of homeowners find they're able to breathe easier after getting their vents cleaned because there are no more particles in the air.

Get in Touch With us For All Your Air Duct Cleaning Needs

Getting your home and business ready for winter weather and protecting your heating can be time-consuming tasks, 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.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Most Common Debris Found in Crawl Spaces

 

Crawl spaces are a great place for critters to hide and take residence. This can result from the crawl space being filled with debris or insulation that has fallen off the ceiling, where rodents like to make their homes. We will tell you about some of the most common items found in crawl spaces, what they may indicate about your home's overall health, and how to best address them.

Critters and Droppings

Crawl spaces are often forgotten in the home, but they can be a great place for critters to hide and take up residence. Your crawl space may contain animals such as mice, rats, squirrels, and raccoons. They may not enter your living areas, but they will be chewing on wires, insulation, or other items that you cannot see in the crawl space because it is dark down there.

Mold

Crawl spaces are a great place for mold to form and grow. It is not always visible because it can be hidden in the dirt, insulation, or even between the joists. You might have a mold problem if you notice any of these signs:
  • Damp areas that emit an earthy smell.
  • Patches of white fuzz on your walls or ceilings.
  • A black substance oozing from vents near floor level.
  • Dust that looks like it has fuzzy edges.

Insulation or Foundation Issues

Crawl spaces are often the first source of insulation or foundation issues. A crawl space is typically an unfinished area beneath your home with no insulation, and the ground will be damp. Crawl spaces can get wet from leaks in pipes or roofing, condensation from humid air blowing through them, and even rainwater that has come in through small cracks in your house.

That's why proper insulation in your crawl space is essential. Very often, GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration sees sub-floor insulation that is installed incorrectly. The two most common problems that usually need to be corrected are insulation installed upside down and insulation not secured correctly.

Insulation plays an important part in keeping your attic or crawl space in good condition. A key indicator of a substantial moisture problem in the crawl space is when sub-floor insulation is pulled from its supports and starts to separate. Condensation forms and makes the insulation too heavy for the insulation support to hold.

Contact Us Today For All Your Crawl Space Cleaning Needs

Cleaning and taking care of your home can be a challenge, and it is often best to bring in some professionals to help. Contact GreenPro Cleaning and Restoration to take care of your crawl space damage and cleaning needs.