Borax Mold Removal

Borax Mold Removal

Finding mold growth in your home is never fun! It’s unpleasant to look at, unpleasant to smell, and can mean that there’s a major problem somewhere in your house.

As unpleasant as mold is, there are some easy ways to kill it. While extensive or repeated mold growth should still be handled by a professional mold remediation team, basic mold growth can be treated at home. Use borax for mold and make your mold disappear.

What is Borax?

Borax is a mineral, specifically a salt, derived from boron. It’s technical name is sodium tetraborate, and it is usually mined from dried lake beds. Boron looks like a white powder, and is not dangerous unless mixed with hydrochloric or sulfuric acid.

Borax is not boric acid, which is a much more dangerous chemical. It does have a high pH (9.3) and so is significantly alkaline. This is actually the main reason why you can use borax for mold.

Does Borax Kill Mold?

Borax is a solid mold killer. If you have a significant mold infestation, you might want to clean the mold with borax, then leave a layer on the surface to prevent further growth.

Borax kills mold because of its high pH. Most mold prefers to live in an environment where the pH is between 3 and 7 (7 being neutral), though a few kinds can survive slightly higher than that. Borax’s pH is high enough that it creates an inhospitable environment for mold, thus destroying spores before they begin to grow.

How to Perform Borax Mold Removal

It’s easy to use borax for mold removal. Start by putting 1 cup of borax in a gallon container or spray bottle, then fill the rest with water. Shake it well until the borax is completely dissolved.

Once it has dissolved, pour it into the spray bottle if you didn’t mix it there. Spray it on the surface affected by mold. Scrub the mold off the surface. Then spray it with borax again and do not clean it off this time.

This may not be the most effective way to use borax for mold removal on porous surfaces, like wood. Instead, boil down ½ cup of borax and 2 quarts of hot water. When the mixture becomes slightly thickened, paint it on the surface where you want to kill or prevent mold.

Don’t remove the borax. You can even paint over it with mold-resistant paint, if you so desire.

Using borax for mold removal can help you remove mold at home quickly and easily. As always, call us at Core24 Services if you need help or you have an extensive mold removal project.

All About Dryer Vent Cleaning

All About Dryer Vent Cleaning

As a homeowner, you should be aware that dirty dryer vents are hazardous. This is because they can easily lead to a fire starting. Statistics reported by FEMA show that “failure to clean the dryer is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.” This accounts for 35 percent of all laundry-related fires, and leads to $35 million in damages each year, as well as an average of 5 deaths and 100 injuries.

Why Dryer Vent Cleaning Is Important

Because of the risks involved with not cleaning out your dryer vent, it’s a service worth looking into for your home. Not only will a professional be able to get rid of all the lint that builds up and puts you at risk of a fire, but they can also find any other problems that are wrong. You may have a safety issue going on that you are not even aware of! For example, you could have disengaged lines to the exterior, damaged or broken lines in a cavity, of issues caused by pest or animals. Having the lines checked regularly is important when they are cleaned is important because we can repair things before they go really wrong.

How Often Should I Clean My Dryer Vent?

If it’s been over a year, or you know your dryer has not been cleaned in a while, you should call us to have the dryer exhaust vents cleaned. Once a year is a good measure of time, as any longer can create dangerous levels of lint buildup. Larger sized households should have it done more often. If you can see lint behind the appliance, it gets really hot during use, or is not drying well, it could be time for a cleaning.

How To Clean Out A Dryer Vent

There are multiple methods used for dryer vent cleaning. Having multiple methods available at hand allows for most cleaning situation to be conducted.

One way is with a HEPA vacuum, special converter, brush, rod, and drill. Here at Core24 Services, we usually use this very effective technique to clean the dryer vent from inside of the home.

Reach Out Now For Dryer Vent Cleaning!

Instead of searching online for “dryer vent cleaning near me”, just reach out to our staff at Core24 Services. We are here to help no matter what!

The Core24 Process: Did you know?

Emergency Water Damage Restoration, Mold Restoration & Duct Cleaning. We’re Here When You Need Us.

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When you call us with an emergency, you get a Core24 Services employee everytime, any day, any hour. Not an operator. During business hours this is a given with almost every company, but at 3 am, now that’s a different story altogether. When calling Core24 Services in the middle of the night you get someone who lives by a set of core values. Someone who is already waiting for the call. Waiting to help as soon as the call comes in. 

Lead Technician

Directly after receiving your call and getting your information to respond, an on call Lead Technician is contacted. This individual is also waiting for the call. They already know, water never stays where it belongs on a Friday night. 

All vehicles and equipment are ready to go 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Once the call comes in, we gather info and leave as soon as humanly possible. Not allowing for anymore damage to take place. You see, our goal is to respond as fast as possible to prevent further damage. 

We’re Here For You, 24/7

No midnight operators, no weekend robotic communication, no info gathering workforce. You get us, the ones on the way, the ones already ready, the ones trained and prepared for this. 

Our process is simple, but effective. Why? Because we all know it’s coming. Communication and perceived expectations allow us to move quickly and effectively. During business hours we allow for enough resources  to handle the next problem someone may have.

Shop Vacuuming Hardwood Floors, Most Times Isn’t Enough

Shop Vacuuming Hardwood Floors, Most Times Isn’t Enough

When large spills or leaks happen, first comes the water, and then comes the, “Hey, can someone bring me a towel?”. We’ve all wasted water and cried over spilled milk a few times in our lives. These are the times for a nice, good old wet vacuuming.

However, using a shop vac for water is NOT the right answer when there’s standing water from an overflowing sink, or a busted supply line, or even a leaky dishwasher.

As a trained professional in mold remediation and water damage restoration in the Georgetown, DE area for the past 8 years, and with 12 years in the construction industry before that, I’ve seen my fair share of damage. I can tell you that it never, ever hurts to ask a professional.

Most companies will come take a look and give you an honest professional opinion. Some companies will even do this for free. The right company will guide you through the process no matter the situation.


When Can You Use a Shop Vac for Water?

When liquid hits a hardwood floor it first moves in the direction of least resistance. With gravity in play, this will more than likely be down.

This means that it moves into the cracks, into the places where the floor covering meets the baseboards, into thresholds, and into the wood itself. Under the hardwood there may be tar paper, rosin paper or a vapor barrier. Under that is the subfloor. All of these can absorb water, too!

Your shop vac can’t get the water out of water-damaged wood. It can’t get under your floor, between all of these layers. And it definitely can’t get any mold or mildew growth that might already have started there.

Sure, using a shop vac for water will get the standing water, but that’s not enough most of the tie. It is a very important step but not the last one.

Instead, multiple layers cause a need for specialty drying. Special equipment was designed to handle such a task, but even equipment alone is not enough. Knowledge of building science, developing a plan of action around the full scope of the damage, and proper implementation of drying equipment is the best approach.

Get Professional Help for Water Damaged Wood

We all know the risks of not properly addressing water damage to hardwood. In case you don’t, here’s a few of the bad things that could happen: Mold… Cupping… Warping…

You never want to deal with these issues with your floor. If the damage is caught soon enough, cupped or warped floors may return back to the subfloor if dried correctly. Additional work may be required, such as nailing, sanding or refinishing, but the floor is there to stay!

The best-case scenario in a worst-case scenario is to call a professional. Find one who values your home and property, and one who cares about doing all they can during your bad situation. Know who to call before the problem occurs.

At Core24 Services, we’ll help you get your home back to normal no matter what happened to it. Call now for professional remediation service from people who care about you!

Asbestos: What Every Homeowner & Contractor Should Know

Asbestos: What Every Homeowner & Contractor Should Know

Many people are aware of the dangers of breathing in asbestos fibers. They can cause mesothelioma, a cancer in the lining of the lungs. They can also cause other types of lung cancer and other, non-cancerous, lung problems.

What most people don’t know is that there is no asbestos ban in the United States. While most in-home uses for asbestos were phased out by the 1980s, it still remains legal for 12 or more applications.

Sometimes, homeowners start a DIY home improvement project, only to unwittingly release asbestos into their homes. Most of these homeowners don’t know how to identify an asbestos ceiling or what asbestos might look like in other places.

Therefore, anyone who lives in a home built in the 1980s or before should have an asbestos test conducted by a certified firm before starting any remodeling project in the home. If there’s a problem, they should hire Delaware asbestos abatement contractors to fix the problem before they continue with their project.

Where Asbestos Can be Found in Homes

Some areas but not limited to where you may find asbestos in a building built in 1980 or prior:

  • Cement
    • Asbestos was added to the cement mix for added strength and lighter weight durability, along with being a proven insulator and fire retardant.
  • Roof Shingles
    • This type of shingle looks just like a slate shingle. The United States roofing industry started mixing color pigments into the asbestos shingle creating more color choices. In an effort to prevent a house fire from burning down the whole town, the near-fireproof asbestos shingle was born.
  • Steam Pipes
    • Cheap and easy meets effective and durable. Water and steam pipes were often wrapped in grayish white corrugated paper and appeared as a plaster or paste on valves and elbows. These contain asbestos. This type of sealant may be located on uncommon parts of the piping system as well.
  • Ceiling and Floor Tiles
    • The asbestos ceiling tile will be in a 2×2 or 2×4 manufacturer cut. It is very hard to tell if an asbestos containing material is present. Asbestos in floor tiles made them very durable and a great choice for high traffic areas. Both 9″x9″ and 12″x12″ tiles may contain asbestos. 9″x9″ if they were made before the 1960’s.
  • Textured Paint
    • Today’s technique for a popcorn ceiling look consists of a paper-based or Styrofoam product instead of asbestos. So again, it’s hard to know how to identify an asbestos ceiling without testing the material.
  • Spray-on Insulation
    • Developed to be a fireproofing, labor reducing, insulating material, spray-on insulation in many large commercial buildings can be found if the ceiling is encapsulated with a thick layer of grey coating.

How to Test for Asbestos

The several types of mineral fiber Asbestos can only be positively identified microscopically. Most of the time, they use a special microscope, designed specifically to identify fibers like asbestos. Some at-home test kits are available for asbestos. Homeowners can purchase these, get a sample of the material they want to test, then send in the kit and wait for their results.

However, unless a homeowner has training and experience to deal with asbestos, they risk exposing themselves and others through the simple act of taking a sample. Instead, finding and locating asbestos should only be conducted by a trained and licensed professional.

The same applies for removal. Delaware asbestos abatement contractors are specially trained to seal, cover, or otherwise treat areas containing asbestos so that it does not escape into the home. Once the work is done, homeowners can feel safe and secure in their homes again.