Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Dangers of Mold in the Household

Mold is something that is very dangerous and you should do your best to get rid of it. Some just think its an aesthetic print on your walls but it signifies something else. If there's too much mold, your insurance company may suggest that you move out for you safety. 

The mold is something can affect your health. When there's too much of it, the mold can contaminate your lungs. This can lead to the fungus infecting your lungs which will affect your health. This is a long-term effect that can last for years and years. Then you will have to deal with surgeries and recovery from the surgery. There are also a number of allergic reactions that can happen to your body. The fungi can interact with your immune system and cause inflammation. Despite this, Tobacco is still the leader in lung cancer related aliments which is a shocker to some.

Your house is also at risk. Mold often sticks to the wood. Its very unlikely that the mold can stick to brick or plastic. However the pain on the wood makes for a great target. The steam that's built up throughout the house can make it easy for the mold to grow and contaminate your home. There are some methods you can use to damage the mold in its early states. Bleach is a great cleaner and it makes sure that the mold will temporarily stop spreading. This is also the most common method that you will find.

With those things being said there are also some after affects and things that will be done. If you find yourself in a house with a lot of mold, you may be forced to wear a mask that affects your breathing paths. You will also need someone to do service on your home because they have special detergents. In extreme cases you have to burn the house to kill the mold the mold because that's the only option. However this is a last result and shouldn't be done if you have other options. You can talk to your insurance company for more details.

Mold isn't something to put off if you notice it. Any visual or scent queues of mold should be addressed. If you find yourself with water damage or notice any inside moisture build up in your walls or floorboards, be sure to give us a call for inspection. We offer a non-destructive method of checking for water damage, please give us a call at 631-940-8100 or visit our site to learn more.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Home Water Conservation Tips

As a homeowner, it is important to keep some utility use low in order to save money. One of the best utilities to conserve as a homeowner is your water use. Although you will need to use water on a regular basis, there are ways to cut back or save how you currently use it.  When looking to conserve your water use, there are a number of things that you can do.  By following these tips, you will be in great position to conserve water use and keep your living expenses low.  


One of the best ways to conserve water use in your home is to use water during non peak hours. In most locales, water use is charged more during certain hours of the day each week. As a result, you will pay more than usual during certain hours of a given day when using water. Therefore, it will benefit you to avoid using water on a regular basis during the hours of the day when use is charged at its highest rate. By not using water too much during non peak hours, you will be able to save money on your water and utility bills.


Another tip you can follow to conserve water use in your home is to limit the use of appliances such as your washing machine. The washing machine uses up a lot of water and can therefore raise your water bills. As a result, you will benefit by doing your laundry once or twice per week. This will allow you to keep your water bill lower and enable you to save a considerable amount of money each month. Using the washing machine once or twice per week will allow you to complete your laundry and also keep your water usage costs as low as possible.


When looking to save money and conserve your water use, it will be a good idea to avoid leaving faucets on. There are times when you might leave a water faucet on for an extended period of time. This could include, taking a shower, washing hands, washing the dishes in the sink, or brushing your teeth. It will be important to stop doing this so that you don’t run up your water bill on a regular basis. If you avoid leaving on the water faucets, you will be in better position to conserve water in your home and the rest of your local community.


Conserving water is one of the best ways to save money as well as help the environment. When looking to conserve water use and keep your home in the best condition possible, you will want to consider using the services offered by Go Green Pro Cleaning & Restoration. Visit our website at to learn more.

Monday, December 4, 2017

How GreenPro Cleaning Can Non-Invasively Survey Your Home for Water Damage

Winter in NY brings rain, sleet and snow accompanied by strong winds. Those winds can damage a roof, allowing rain and other precipitation to enter. Sleet, ice and snow accumulation on a roof can cause it to cave in, allowing precipitation to enter. Cold weather causes pipes to leak or burst. Once inside a structure, water can wreak havoc in numerous ways.

Water damages particle board, floors and the 2" x 4's that comprise the frames of the walls. It can cause particle board to disintegrate and/or rot. Left untreated, the moisture can cause mold to grow. This creates airborne pollution in the home that creates health risk.

At GreenPro Cleaning, we want to help you keep your home safe. We're committed to using no harsh chemicals and eco-friendly cleaning methods that work. Alert us to a leak in your home or business and we'll respond quickly to complete a non-invasive damage survey. We'll show you the problem areas and provide you with an industry standard remediation estimate.

Our Non-Invasive Survey

GreenPro Cleaning completes a five step survey that requires between 30 and 45 minutes. The survey includes:
  • a walk through of and examination of the suspected leak or water entry points,
  • a walk through of the potential damage areas or existing damage,
  • examining the potential damage areas or existing damage using a flashlight to highlight possible damage,
  • taking structural moisture readings at various wall, floor and ceiling points,
  • taking relative humidity and temperature readings.

The measurements from the latter two survey items tell us if mosture levels exceed acceptable standards and if relative humidity and temperature readings fall within ASHRAE recommendations.

Call us, 631-940-8100as soon as you suspect a leak or water damage in your Suffolk County or Nassau County home or office. Water damage can lead to mold. Children and the elderly feel the health effects of water and mold indoors first. If you notice an increase in severity of allergies or asthma or respiratory problems, look for leaks or evidence of mold growth. GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration can help you by cleaning up the water damage and restoring appropriate moisture levels to the structure.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Most Common Causes of Mold In Your Attic (And What to do About it)

Mold in the attic can grow completely unnoticed, it’s a place that isn’t visited frequently by most homeowners. Growing mold is a health hazard as well as a detriment to your property’s overall value. Here are a few ways mold grows in your attic and what to do about it.

1.  Leak in your Roof
One of the most common ways mold will grow is a leak from the roof. When rain or snow hits your roof, the moister will pour into any open cracks or leaks directly into the attic. When it is snowing, look for any bare patches on your roof. This could indicate that heat is leaving the attic out through the roof, causing the snow to melt and drip inside. The attic isn’t regularly visited, take precaution next time you go up there. If you encounter any mold, get your roof inspected and repaired.

2. Attic Insulation           
Many DIY homeowners feel a good way to save money on bills is to insulate the attic themselves. If the wrong type of insulation is used or installed incorrectly, it can actually hold in the moisture received from a leaky roof or any moisture from the lower floors. If the insulation stays damp, mold will continue to develop. Be sure to do your homework if you feel like doing your own insulation up in the attic or call a technician to properly asses how to approach your next project.

3. Poor Airflow                 
Homeowners tend to shut off all vents that lead to the attic. Doing this, they think shutting them off means nothing will get in. Which sadly means there will be a poor circulation of air flow. Having that constant ventilation allows any type of dampness to expel faster than it would being shut off from outside airflow.

4. Vents in the Home
Make sure that you don’t have any vents (kitchen, bathroom fans, dryer) leading directly into the attic. If you do, contact a handyman to re-route those vents to go outside. Pumping in this heat constantly will contribute to the poor airflow in the attic and accelerate mold growth.

Keep an eye out for mold on your next trip to the attic. If you smell or see anything irregular, please contact us for a free quote.  GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration can evaluate the current insulation in your crawlspace / attic. Call us today: 631-940-8100 or email us at

Monday, November 20, 2017

A Host's Guide to Thanksgiving Day Prep

Hosting a holiday like Thanksgiving is no easy feat, but someone has to do it! If this is your year to baste the turkey and mash the potatoes, you’re probably already starting to feel the pressure. But the holidays are all about family and togetherness, so we’ve decided to share a few ways to make your Thanksgiving as easy and enjoyable as possible.

Cook early and freeze.

With many hosts working up until the day of Thanksgiving, it’s hard to find time to cook everything that a Thanksgiving Day feast requires. Ensure you have a relaxing Wednesday night by preparing food sporadically throughout the week and freezing it.

Ask others to pitch in.

There’s nothing wrong with asking your guests to contribute to the meal. When you send out invitations, ask guests to include a dish they’re going to bring along with their RSVP. Not only will this cut down on your baking time, but it will ensure that you don’t end up with four cheese platters and no stuffing.

Make space for guests.

If you live in a smaller home or apartment, consider renting chairs and tables. If you don’t like the “folding chair” look, you can easily cover them with slip covers. You can also utilize other rooms of the house, like the basement, for little ones to eat in.

Decorate your table the night before.

Whether you’re choosing to have a more formal dining experience or a casual, buffet-style one, your table will need some Thanksgiving pazaz. Autumn-inspired plates and cups, as well as napkins and placemats, will set the stage for a lovely evening.

Use eco-friendly cleaning products.

Chemical cleaners pose a major threat to you and your family’s health. Instead of using store-bought, chemical cleaners, create an all-purpose cleaner using 1/2 cup vinegar, 2 tbsp baking soda, and a splash of fresh lemon juice.  

Have your vents professionally cleaned.

Nothing ruins Thanksgiving dinner quite like a dust bunny rolling across the table. Ensure that everyone can breathe easy this year by having your vents cleaned of any dust, dirt, and debris.

If you live in Nassau County or Suffolk County, call (631) 940-8100 to get started with a free estimate. And from all of us here at GreenPro, have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

11 Tips to Help You Recycle More (and Better)

At GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration, we pride ourselves on two things: providing top-notch cleaning services and our “Earth Friendly” approach that promotes healthy living. We know that we have a responsibility to the Earth, as well as those who inhabit it. That’s why all of our products are bio-safe and all of our methods are certified bio-friendly.

Keeping our environment safe is so important to us, that we’re sharing a few ways you can join us in our commitment to eco-friendly practices! Even if you’re new to sustainability and recycling, we’ve got a few tips that will turn you into a pro in no time.

1. Rinse your cans before putting them in the recycling bin. This will help keep unwanted pests and insects out of your bin.
2. Know what you can recycle... Aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, cardboard, magazines, and aluminum foil can all be recycled.
3. ...And what you can’t. You shouldn’t recycle glassware, ceramics, pots and pans, batteries, and light bulbs.
4. Recycle your electronics. You can’t just throw them in your home recycling bin, but you can recycle and donate (a.k.a upcycle) printers, computers, tablets, and even beepers. 
5. Make recycling easy for little ones. Clearly label or color code recycling and garbage bins so that your kids can partake in the eco-friendly fun as well.
6. Flatten your cardboard boxes. Make room for more boxes by flattening them before you place them in a bin.
7. Have a place for junk mail. Despite all the digital communicating we do nowadays, junk mail still makes up a large portion of wasted paper.
8. Have more than one recycling bin. We mentioned before that there’s plenty you can recycle, but that doesn’t mean it can all go in one giant bin. Make things easier on yourself and waste management by separating recyclable materials into different bins.
9. Start composting. Composting not only saves you money by reducing the need for chemical fertilizers, but it also turns what would be waste into something useful.
10. Encourage your neighbors to start recycling. If you notice a neighbor of yours doesn't recycle, bring then a bin and let them know what is and isn’t recyclable.
11. Look for other ways you’re wasting resources. Are you leaving lights on when no one is in the room? Are you putting the heat up too high? Are you using fluorescent bulbs?

If you’re ever in need of an air duct cleaning or water damage repair services, and what a company that shares in your eco-friendly passion, look to GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration! If you live in Nassau County or Suffolk County, pick up the phone and call us at (631) 940-8100 to get started with a free estimate.

Monday, November 6, 2017

How to Prep Your Attic for Cold Weather

Attics are usually an afterthought for most people when it comes to winter weather prep. But if you’re looking to save on home heating costs this year (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) here are five things to add to your to-do list before Old Man Winter approaches:

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Inspect it for air leaks. Air leaks in the attic allow warm air to escape and can cause your heating bill to spike by up to 20%. Check your attic for signs of heat loss by running your hand around the edges of doors and windows (in search of moving air).

Check for openings where critters could invade. With the temperature starting to drop, small animals will soon be in search of warmth. If there's even a small opening in your attic, you could be dealing with a costly pest infestation.

Upgrade your insulation. While there’s no denying that they’re great for storage, the main purpose of your attic is actually to provide sufficient insulation for your home. If your attic is poorly insulated, heat will rise and escape straight through your roof. Keep your heating costs low this year by having your attic inspected by a professional.

Check for possible sources of water leaks. When a sheet of ice forms over your gutters and prevents water from draining through them, you're left with an ice dam. This causes melting snow to seep into your roof and compromise its structural integrity.

Have all mold and mildew professionally removed. Attics are a common hiding spot for mold and mildew, which can affect your home and family’s health. Because you could potentially expose yourself to harmful mold spores, this is usually a job that’s best left to the professionals.

GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration offers professional attic cleaning and mold removal services to homes across Long Island. If you live in Nassau County or Suffolk County, pick up the phone and call us at (631) 940-8100 to get started with a free estimate.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

4 Reasons Why You Need a Vent Cleaning Before Winter Hits

With winter just a few short weeks away, many of us are already preparing to close up our houses for the next few months. But while airtight windows and doors do a good job of keeping cold air out, they also do a good job of keeping debris in. Before you close up your home for good this season, give it one final purification with the help of an air duct cleaning.

vent cleaning

Cut down on allergens.

When you think of allergies, you probably think of flowers blooming and pollen swirling in the sun. But spring and summer aren’t the only times allergies can strike. We hate to say it, but allergies are actually a 24/7, 365-days-a-year problem. Ragweed, mold, dust, and pet dander levels are all just as high in the fall and winter as they are in the warmer months.

Get rid of dangerous mold. 

Not only is mold hazardous to your family’s health, but it’s also bad for your HVAC system. With enough time, mold build-up can start to eat away at your vents, meaning you’ll one day have to replace them entirely.

Improve circulation. 

Dust, mold, and other debris that’s trapped in your vents acts as a sort of screen. The first time you turn on your heat this season, some of that air you’re paying to heat will get trapped in these “dust screens” and never make it to its intended destination. When this happens, most homeowners are forced to bump up the heat — a waste of resources and money.

Improve your overall air quality. 

While clean air is important for everyone, certain groups are more sensitive to indoor air quality than others, like children, the elderly, and those with asthma. Having your air ducts cleaned means you’ll reduce the amount of contaminants everyone in your home breathes in.

Remove unpleasant odors.

Many homeowners don’t realize that the less-than-pleasant smells circulating around their home are due to moldy air vents. An initial cleaning, plus a preventative anti-microbial treatment from us will leave your air clean and smelling wonderful for months!

Schedule your air duct cleaning with GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration before Old Man Winter strikes! Contact us online or give us a call at (631) 940-8100 today.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

How to Protect Your Home From Mold and Mildew After a Flood

There are a lot of places you want to find water at: a water park, in your glass on a hot summer day, and coming out of your shower head. Notice though, we didn’t mention in your basement. Each year, floods cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage and destroy homes. But flood water isn’t the only culprit. The other is a poor clean up job. If your home isn’t cleaned properly, the effects of a flood can last long after the water has been cleared.

Mold and Mildew

First and foremost, mold and mildew can consume your home after it has suffered a flood. Even if the area is just damp, mold can begin growing in as quickly as 48 hours.

How to Protect Your Home from Mold

Accept what you can’t save.

Though it may be tough, some things, unfortunately, can’t be salvaged. Clothes, upholstered furniture, and carpets can often take days to completely dry. In cases like that, it’s best to throw them away entirely.

Use fans to your advantage.

Mount several fans on your windowsill. This will not only help to dry your area off quickly, but it will also prevent dust and mold spores from blowing into your home.


If there’s ever a time to go on a disinfectant-spree, it’s after a flood. Excess moisture also draws bacteria and other toxins to your house, so it’s important to use green products to safely eliminate them.

Never pump water into the sewer system.

Pumping water into the sewers will only worsen flooding problems throughout the state and interfere with your local government's ability to contain flood water. Instead, always pump water into your backyard or down a storm drain.

Water damage can severely impact your family’s safety and comfort. That’s why it’s incredibly important that you act fast at the first sign of excess water. Here at GreenPro Cleaning, we dare to tackle the tough jobs most companies won’t touch! For all of your basement cleaning needs, give us a call at (631) 940-8100 today!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Real Truth About Dusty Vents

Company is coming over in an hour — what’s the first thing you do? Odds are, it’s vacuum and dust. But are your carpets and tabletops enough? Most homeowners work hard to keep their house looking fresh and clean, but many forget to think about the real dust culprit — your air vents.

GreenPro Cleaning dusty vent

While we love these inconspicuous cooling and heating vents that send comfortable air throughout our homes, they’re a breeding ground for dust, dander, and mold. And while it may not always seem like it, dusty vents can have serious consequences for your family and home.

Overall health and breathing problems.

Most importantly, dust affects your family’s health. Depending on how much dust is in your home and how long you’ve been exposed to it, inhaling dust can lead to:
  • Eye irritation
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Hayfever
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Exacerbated asthma symptoms.

More time spent cleaning.

Your vents are literally tubes that connect and transport air throughout your house. When dust builds up in your vents, it doesn’t stay isolated in just the vents or even one room of your house. Instead, that dust travels to every room of the house, meaning you’ll have to dust far more often to get the same sparkling clean look.

Decreased airflow.

Imagine if you placed dozens of thin screens throughout your vents. Naturally, air would start to travel a lot slower as a result of these blockages. When your vents are filled with dust they act like screens, blocking air from getting where it needs to go.

Bigger bills.

When a room isn’t getting as hot or cold as it should (because of decreased airflow) most homeowners’ first instinct is to change the thermostat. Because the problem has nothing to do with the actual temperature of your air, rooms won’t actually feel any different and you’ll be paying for that increased energy use.

But thankfully, there’s a pretty simple solution: air duct cleanings! GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration offers professional air duct cleaning services to homes and businesses across Long Island. If you live in Nassau or Suffolk County, contact us today to schedule a free estimate: 631-940-8100.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

How to Winterize Your AC Unit

All summer long, your air conditioner works hard to keep your house cool. So needless to say, you’ll do anything it takes to keep it running well in the summer. But once winter comes, many homeowners are all too quick to set their unit to “off” and go about their days. But if you want your unit to work well year-after-year it’s important that you treat it well all year long. The best way to keep your AC safe from Old Man Winter is by winterizing and covering it properly.

winterize air conditioner

Cut the power to your AC unit. 

First things first, you need to turn off the exterior power to your unit. This will prevent it from electrocuting anyone working on the unit or accidentally being turned on in the winter. If you have:

  • Central air: cut power to the exterior circuits that control the power to the entire unit. It’s usually as simple as pulling out the red circuit handle in the circuit box. 
  • Window units: Window units can simply be unplugged, or removed from the window entirely and stored in a dry space, like an attic or basement. 

Clean your unit — inside and out. 

Freezing temperatures can trap debris in your unit and damage it. With a damp rag and cleaning solution, wipe down the surface of the unit. Then, use a high powered hose to clean the fan blades and condensing coils.

Inspect the ground around your AC. 

Even in the summer, you always want the outside area around your home to be clear of any reaching tree limbs or leaves. Trim any branches that are touching (or will soon be touching) your unit and sweep the ground below so that wind won’t push fallen debris back into your now clean unit.

Cover your AC unit. 

To cover or not to cover, that is the question. Some technicians suggest everyone cover their unit, so as to protect it from whirling debris and cold air. However, others believe that covering your unit will trap moisture and cause mold to grow. We think the best option is to combine them and make the best of both worlds. The first cool day of fall, cover your unit but be sure to leave at least 12 inches of exposed coil so that air can continue to circulate. Every month or two, remove the cover, clean your unit, and leave it uncovered for one day.

If you notice mold anywhere in your house this winter, give the experts at GreenPro Cleaning & Solution a call! We offer professional cleaning and mold removal services to homes across Long Island. If you live in Nassau County or Suffolk County, call us to get started with a free estimate at (631) 940-8100.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

7 Ways to Proactively Prevent Mold

While there may be no such thing as a “mold-proof home,” there are ways to make it mold-resistant. In honor of Get Ready Day, we’re sharing a few ways that you can dramatically reduce your chances of finding mold in your house. 

ways to prevent mold

Keep an eye on “problem areas.” 

Some areas are more prone to mold than others, particularly your basement, crawlspace, and attic.

Fix any leaky pipes. 

Leaks are one of the number one causes of mold. And worst of all, they’re pretty preventable. Keep an eye on your water bill and take notice of rising prices — this could be a sign of wasted water due to a leak. 

Use a dehumidifier.

Especially in basements, where humidity tends to be highest, it’s a great idea for many homeowners to invest in a dehumidifier and a moisture meter. The EPA recommends that most houses have a humidity of between 30 and 60 percent. 

Dry damp areas immediately. 

Especially when it’s just water, it can be tempting to let a spilled drink just dry on its own. But mold can only grow where there’s moisture, so it’s important that you dry the area quickly. If you experience a flood, leave it up to the professionals. Because floods can do so much damage, homes typically need to be cleaned with specialized equipment that usually only professional companies have access to. 

Make sure your home is properly ventilated. 

Especially in rooms that are rarely used, like the attic, ventilation is crucial. No matter where you live or what you use the space for, it’s important that you have multiple, unrestricted air vents in your attic. 

Direct rainwater away from your house. 

If your home is on a hill, you probably have very little to worry about. But if your home was built on a flat piece of land, you’ll probably have to get a little creative. Make sure that your downspout points away from your home and not parallel to it. You can also surround your home’s foundation with small rocks to prevent water from intruding. 

Keep air circulating throughout your home. 

Cold air can’t hold onto moisture as well as warm air can — meaning that when temperatures drop, you may start to notice condensation on your walls. Boost your home’s circulation by moving furniture away from the walls, leaving doors open throughout the day, and leaving the windows open. 

If despite your best efforts, mold still makes its way into your house, give us a call! GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration offers professional cleaning and mold removal services to homes across Long Island. If you live in Nassau County or Suffolk County, call us to get started with a free estimate at (631) 940-8100.

Monday, September 18, 2017

How Wasted Water is Feeding Mold

Lately, water conservation has been at the forefront of many people's mind— and for good reason! Wasted water is one of the greatest environmental threats facing our planet today. But despite what you may think, even just a few small changes can drastically lessen your water usage. And not only is conserving water great for the planet, it’s better for your home. Using less water will help keep your house healthier and free from mold.

wasting water and mold

In honor of Water Monitoring Day, we’re sharing a few ways wasted water is negatively impacting your home, as well as a few tips for conserving water.

Where We’re Wasting Water 

  • Small loads of laundry. It can be tempting to throw that dirty shirt you want to wear out tonight in the washing machine alone. But washing small loads is one of the biggest water wastes in a house. Instead, try sticking to a laundry schedule and only doing full loads. You can also ask people in your house if they need to throw anything in. 
  • Long showers. The average 5-minute shower uses around 20 gallons of water. Switching to a low-flow shower head can help minimize how much water you use, while cutting down your showers completely will conserve hundreds of gallons a week. 
  • Leaky pipes. The average household leaks nearly 10,000 gallons of water each year. Leaking pipes, particularly in your bathroom, are the main culprits of this waste. 

Water and Mold

As we all know, mold loves water. So it’s no surprise that houses that waste or use excess water are more likely to experience a mold problem. When you take long showers, the humidity in your bathroom can build up and seep into tile grout and behind walls. But leaky pipes are the biggest threat to a mold problem. And because most pipes are found behind walls, it can be hard to spot a leaky pipe right away.

How We Can Conserve Water Today

  • Choose the dishwasher over hand washing your dishes. But like the washing machine, make sure you only run it once it’s full! 
  • Turn the water off while you’re brushing your teeth. 
  • Choose to take showers instead of baths. 
  • Have low-flow toilets and shower heads installed. 
  • Water plants early in the morning, when the sun isn’t as strong. 
  • Have your home inspected for leaks and mold roughly once a year. 

If a flood or leaky pipes have caused water damage in your home, call the pros at Green Pro Cleaning & Restoration! If you live in Nassau or Suffolk County, contact us today to schedule a free estimate: 631-940-8100. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Transform Your Attic into a Bedroom in 7 Simple Steps

Attics are really only good for storing Christmas lights and old Halloween decorations, right? Nope! Sure, storage is probably the first thing that you think of when you picture an attic, but there's so much more you could do with this space. That's right, you could actually turn your attic into a bedroom. And best of all, it's not as difficult as you think.

Transform Your Attic into a Bedroom in 7 Simple Steps

1. Make sure it's clean.

No, we don't mean 'you can't see spiders or mice' clean, we mean really clean. A room that sits for months, even years, with very little light or circulating air can be a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. So before you think about moving into your attic, make sure it has been professionally cleaned.

2. Add flooring.

If you have a walk-in attic, you're already one step ahead of the game. But if you don't yet have a floor, that's going to be the first thing you need to do, so that you can eventually work on the walls and move furniture in.

3. Insulate your walls.
Even if your attic is insulated, you’ll probably need to redo or replace a few sections since you’ll now have someone living in there year-round.

4. Install electrical outlets.
Whether you decide to use your attic as a bedroom, guest room, office, or playroom, you're going to need good lighting and a place to charge your electronics.

5. Install windows.
Windows don't just let natural light in and look beautiful, they're also a good source of ventilation.

6. Time to decorate.
Now comes the fun part — decorating! If your attic is a little smaller than the average bedroom, choose narrow furniture and bright paint colors. You should also think about adding plants to brighten up and purify your room.

7. Now it's time to keep it clean.
Once you have your dream bedroom designed, it's time to keep it clean. No matter what room of the house you're in, using chemical free, eco-friendly products is always important.

GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration offers professional basement and attic cleaning services to homes across Long Island. If you live in Nassau County or Suffolk County, call us for a free quote at (631) 940-8100!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Why Would I Need an Air Duct Cleaning?

We probably don’t have to tell you that the air you breathe is critical to your health. But would you believe us if we told you that in most cases, indoor air quality across the United States is actually worse than the air outside? Unfortunately, it is. And most often, the culprit is your air ducts. While these wonderful creations have kept us cool in the summer and warm in the winter, they also act as tunnels, dropping dirt and debris throughout your house.

Before you get too nervous, know that there is a simple solution! Regular duct cleanings can keep your home comfortable and your family breathing easy for years.

Indoor Contaminants

Most people think that if they can’t see dust floating around in the air, then it must be clean. In reality, dust isn’t the main problem in most homes. The problem is millions of microscopic particles that come from:

  • Pet dander.
  • Cigarette smoke.
  • Pollen and other allergens.
  • HVAC systems with water damage.
  • Asbestos.
  • Debris caused by home renovations.

What GreenPro Will Do For You

Cleaning your vents isn’t as simple as dusting your table or cabinets. That’s why it’s always best to call on the professionals! At GreenPro Cleaning and Restoration, we’ll make your vents look good as new.

Loosen any Contaminants

Using scrub brushes and compressed air, we’ll first loosen any contaminants on the surface of your air ducts.

Collect Debris 

Once your system has been prepped, we’ll use negative pressure to vacuum all of the loosened contaminants out of your system.

Treat with Antimicrobials 

Using sanitizers, disinfectants, and deodorizers, we’ll proactively prevent mold, mildew and other debris from making their way back into your system.

GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration offers professional air duct cleaning services to homes and businesses across Long Island. If you live in Nassau or Suffolk County, contact us today to schedule a free estimate: 631-940-8100. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

4 Signs of Water Damage in Your Basement

We’ve all heard horror stories from friends and family about the time they came home to find their basement submerged in six inches of water. In cases like this, it’s very clear that your basement is going to experience some water damage. But believe it or not, most cases of water damage are not this obvious. Even if your carpet is dry, keep an eye out for these tell-tale signs of water damage in your basement.

4 Signs of Water Damage in Your Basement GreenPro Cleaning

Changes in your wall’s color and texture. If you have a finished basement, paint can give away water hiding behind your wall. When exposed to water or moisture, paint tends to turn a brown or yellow color and peel. Wallpaper will also start to change color and fade. You should also be on the lookout for warped walls. Though subtle, a slight bulge in your wall could indicate water behind it.

Cracks in your foundation. Especially if your spout doesn’t drain downhill from your house, rain water can seep into your basement through the foundation and cracks in your home. Over time, the problem can get so severe that it threatens the integrity of your foundation.  

Mold or mildew. Most homeowners know that if they find mold, they probably have a moisture problem. Mold is typically a dark green, black, or white color and can actually grow in front of your very eyes. So if you notice a growing, green patch in your basement, call a professional right away!

Strange odors. If mold is lurking behind walls or in crawl spaces, it can be hard to find. That’s why it’s important that you pay attention to any strange or different smells in your basement. Usually, mold will have a distinct musty smell to it.

Water damage can severely impact your family’s safety and comfort. That’s why it’s incredibly important that you act fast at the first sign of excess water. Here at GreenPro Cleaning, we dare to tackle the tough jobs most companies won’t touch! For all of your basement cleaning needs, give us a call at (631) 940-8100 today!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How Mold Can Affect Your Health

Black mold has gotten quite a reputation for being hazardous to your health — and for good reason. But black, or toxic, mold isn’t the only type of mold you need to be cautious of. In reality, all mold, no matter what type or how much, is dangerous to your health.

Mold and Your Health

People who are sensitive to mold may experience congestion, throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, and eye irritation. Those with a mold allergy may have more severe symptoms, like difficulty breathing and sever throat, eye, and skin irritation.   

People who are immunocompromised or have asthma are also more likely to be negatively affected by mold spores. One study found that people with obstructive lung disease were more likely to get a serious lung infection after being exposed to mold.

But mold symptoms are not just related to your respiratory system. Other symptoms include:
  • Muscle and joint pain.
  • Headaches or memory loss.
  • Anxiety or depression.
  • A compromised immune system.
  • Fatigue.
  • Gastrointestinal problems.

Though one, or more, of these symptoms does not guarantee that you have mold in your house, you should speak to your doctor right away, and consider having your house professionally inspected and cleaned.

Controlling Mold

  • Control your home’s humidity levels with a humidifier in the winter and a dehumidifier in the summer.
  • Fix any leaking pipes or windows the moment you notice them.
  • If you experience a flood, make sure the affected room is completely dry and clean before moving furniture and other large objects back in.
  • Ventilate your shower and kitchen well.
  • Add mold inhibitors to your paint before you paint a room.
  • Have your home professionally inspected and cleaned of any mold or mildew spores.

GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration offers professional attic cleaning and mold removal services to homes across Long Island. If you live in Nassau County or Suffolk County, call us to get started with a free estimate at (631) 940-8100.