Monday, July 26, 2021

Mold Health Risks


Mold can be a massive issue during the summer months! Not only do we get many rainy summer storms, but the humidity certainly can do a number on the interior of your home if it’s not well ventilated. This common household fungus can cause serious health problems if it’s not taken care of. The spores are airborne and come from organic matter like wood, food, or paper and can grow on almost any surface in your home, including carpets, tile floors, countertops, and more. The dangers to you and your family’s health increase the longer you let this problem persist!

Health Issues Associated With Mold

These symptoms, especially if they are severe, could be a sign of mold growth within your home. Some illnesses you could experience include:
  • Allergic reactions
  • Asthma attacks
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Skin irritations
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Headaches
If you have asthma or another respiratory illness, exposure may worsen your condition.

An Invisible Danger

Mold can grow anywhere there is moisture. Usually, these spots aren’t easy to find, but if you see some, they will usually be green, black, or white and will spread if not dealt with. Mold spores are invisible to the naked eye, but they can cause a variety of health problems. Unless you give your home a careful search, mold can live undetected and basically invisible.

How to Get Rid of Mold

To protect yourself from these risks, be sure to do an annual inspection of your home for mold by looking in hidden areas like behind the refrigerator or under the sink. If you find any mold growth, it’s essential to remove it immediately!

And we highly recommend calling up the professionals here at Greenpro Cleaning and Restoration to clean up any areas where there are signs of growth, as we have the material and expertise to ensure you and your family are safe!

Contact Us For Mold Cleaning

At Greenpro, we take care of the unseen areas that people sometimes forget. Our services ensure that the hidden areas of homes stay as clean as the rest of the property. Contact us to learn more or to schedule a visit.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Why You Should Never Ignore A Flash Flood Warning


There are many areas across Long Island that are more prone to dangerous flooding than others. If you live in an area under a flash flood warning, and you know how severe water buildup is where you live, take caution. You might think that you can't do anything about a flash flood warning, but the truth is that there are many things you can do to prepare for these sudden storms.

What Are Flash Floods?

Flash floods are the most common type of natural disaster in the United States. They happen when too much rain falls in one area and overflows into streets, homes, businesses, or even rivers. Flash floods are so dangerous because they happen quickly and with little warning—usually just hours before it starts raining.

The Dangers of Flash Flooding

When the rain comes down extremely fast and builds up quickly, it's easy for water to pool in areas with low drainage or uneven surfaces. Some extremities that can occur are:
  • Severe flooding
  • The rapid flow of water
  • Water flooding into your home
  • Pooling on your property
  • Mold and mildew
  • Breaks and structural issues
  • Unsafe driving conditions
  • And more

How To Prepare

Firstly, you should make sure you don't have to be driving during a significant rainstorm. When water is hitting your windshield that fast, it can impair your vision and cause accidents. Not only that, but cars should not be driving into flooded areas, as this can create issues with your engine and leave you stranded with a vehicle that doesn't work. Secondly, if you live in a dangerous flooding area, know your evacuation routes and keep an emergency kit on hand. Lastly, after the storm has passed, be sure to check your home or business for any signs of water damage. You may have to contact your local cleaning and restoration company to help clean up the mess before it gets worse for anything severe!

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, July 16, 2021

Why Does My Crawl Space Smell?


A crawl space is often a forgotten and neglected part of the home. People may not check for odors in their crawl space because they believe that it doesn't get dirty or wet like other parts of the house. However, this is not the case! This area of your home is often more vulnerable to animals, mold, and more. Here are just a few reasons why you might be noticing a smell coming from your crawl space.

Unwanted Critters

Many things can cause a crawl space to smell, but one of the most common reasons is because animals have taken up residence there. In order to keep your home smelling fresh, it's essential to get rid of any unwanted critters in the crawl space before they move into other areas of your house!

Mold and Mildew

There's one thing that crawl spaces are not good at—staying dry. Moisture will always try to make its way into these closed-off sections of your house through leaking pipes or areas that aren't correctly sealed. This will eventually lead to a build-up of mold and mildew, dangerous bacterial growth that is harmful to breathe in and has a nasty odor if it gets bad enough!

Sewage Backup

There are two ways sewage can get into your crawl space—either from a drain pipe leak or a sewage system backup. Either way, of course, this will make a huge mess and cause quite the stink for your home! It can make you sick, induce mold and bacteria growth, and create structural damage.

So remember to give us a call once you first notice any strange smell coming from your crawl space!

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.

Monday, July 12, 2021

What You Need To Know About Water Damage


The rain has been coming down heavily already this summer! With Long Island seeing multiple flash flood warnings in effect already, you should plan before the next big storm hits. Because, let's face it, if your home isn't prepared, heavy rains can do a lot more damage than you may realize.

Heavy Rain is The Most Common Culprit

Water damage can happen from other causes, such as burst pipes or plumbing leaks, but heavy rain can often cause rapid and sudden damage. It washes away loose dirt on roofs or ground surfaces, sending it cascading into gutters or downspouts where it enters a building through open windows or doors.

What To Do if Water Gets in

If water seeps into your home or floods the basement, it's essential that you stop the flow as soon as possible. To do this, open doors and windows to allow air circulation to help dry out any wet areas quickly. And as soon as you notice the first sign of an issue, be sure to contact professional water damage cleaners.

How To Prevent Issues in The Future

It's important to plan ahead, especially during the summer season! Some tips for this include:
  • Check the gutters on your home at least twice a year.
  • Repair any leaks in pipes or appliances.
  • Store important documents (such as birth certificates) off-site so you can access them if necessary.
  • Make sure you have an emergency kit with everything you’ll need during an emergency.
  • Stay in contact with the professionals here at Greenpro to help protect your home in the future!

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, July 1, 2021

How To Prepare For Hurricane Season on Long Island


This year, hurricane season has already begun with a few named storms hitting land on the east coast. The National Hurricane Center predicts an above-average storm season this year, and we want to make sure you’re fully prepared until November. So, here are a few ways to start prepping for the big storms that may potentially hit us here on Long Island.

Create an Emergency Preparedness Kit

The best way to prepare for hurricane season is by having an emergency preparedness kit in your home and readily available. You should include food, water, medications, flashlights with extra batteries, first aid supplies, blankets or sleeping bags (depending on how long power will be out), pet care items such as leashes, and carriers if needed in your kit.

Pay Attention to Evacuation Orders

Long Island is surrounded by water, so many towns are in danger of some bad flooding throughout the island. If you’re in an area like this, pay attention to evacuation orders and be sure to leave if you’re told to do so. This is for your safety! Follow your local evacuation routes and rules.

Prevent Water Damage

Check your home to make sure it is well-sealed against water damage and debris. It could help if you update old roofing materials or trim trees that might fall onto power lines or houses during a storm. However, sometimes even with preventative measures, water damage can happen. If this does occur, know that you’ve got a reliable team here to help!

Contact us For All Your Water Damage Cleaning Needs

At GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration, we will 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.