How to Protect Your Home From Water Damage

Water can do a lot of damage to a home, and it can do it fast. It’s a good thing, then, that there are some easy things you can do to protect your home. Here’s what homeowners should know about stopping water damage before it starts.

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Seal (Or Reseal) Your Basement

If there’s water seeping into your basement after it rains or snows, it’s time to seal (or reseal!) your basement. This can be as easy as spraying sealant over cracks or it may involve getting professional help.

Direct Water Away From Your Home’s Foundation

Make sure that all of your gutter downspouts send water at least 6 feet away from your home. That way, it won’t add to the water already in the soil and risk oversaturating it. All of that water has to go somewhere and it can end up inside your house!

Get a Backwater Valve

Sewer backups can cause water damage and more! Backwater valves allow sewage to flow out but not back in. Even if you have a sewer problem, this valve should save you from having to deal with sewage inside your home. Installing one of these can save you a lot of stress and hassle later.

Perform Regular Inspections

Look over the hoses in your house at least once a year. Make sure they aren’t cracked or broken and that they don’t have small leaks. If you spot any problems, replace them right away. Otherwise, they could cause a surprising number of water damage issues.

Turn Off Water Supplies Before You Travel

Find the water supply valves for your sinks, washing machine, and more. Before you leave home, turn these off. This prevents most floods while you are gone. Since standing water causes damage fast, this could save you quite a bit of hassle and heartache when you return.

Find Your Main Shut-Off Valve and Know How to Use It

The main shut-off valve turns off water to your entire house. If you find a leak or something starts spraying water everywhere, this is the fastest and most direct way to stop the flow of water.

Most of the time, these valves are in your garage or your utility area. Turn the knob or the lever all the way to the right to stop the water flow. Then, don’t use any water in your house until you fix the problem and turn it back on!

Install an Emergency Pressure Relief Valve

If you are concerned about frozen pipes and the pressure that can build up behind them, consider an emergency pressure relief valve. These help prevent burst pipes even if they do freeze, and they are relatively easy for a professional plumber to install.

Call us at Core24 Services today, or anytime you want help protecting your home from water damage. We can send out a pro to help you decide what you need, then get your home fully protected soon! Make your appointment now!

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 the Georgetown duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning team staff at Core24 Services. We are here to help no matter what!



Finding mold in your home is never fun! No matter how stressful it is, though, it’s important to deal with the issue before it becomes an even bigger problem.

One key factor to mold removal is determining what kind of mold you’re dealing with. If it’s black mold (scientifically called Stachybotrys chartarum or Stachybotrys chlorohalonata), you’ll need to take extra precautions.

Some people wonder, “Can I remove black mold myself?” At Core24 Services, we don’t recommend it. Here’s what you need to know!

Is it Dangerous to Clean Mold?

While cleaning mold is always a nasty job, you can remove many types by yourself. However, black mold removal is another story.

Black mold can cause all sorts of health issues, including:

  • Skin problems, like rashes or hives
  • Irritated respiratory systems, including sinuses, nasal passages, throat, and lungs
  • Ongoing and continual fatigue
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Headaches

An extreme reaction to black mold might involve nausea, vomiting, and bleeding in the respiratory tissues.

Unfortunately, it’s easy to get exposed to mold during the removal process. This is true for black mold removal as well as other types.

In addition, trying black mold removal on your own could have other negative consequences. These include:

  • Missing hidden mold. Mold spores are microscopic and can hide in tiny crevices, in air vents, and other places. It may look like you got all the mold, it’s easy to leave some behind.
  • Spreading the mold. Disturbing mold, including black mold, may cause it to release more spores than usual. Unless you know how to contain these, you could spread it to other areas of your home.
  • Exposing your family to more mold. Unless you use the right protection equipment and air filters, you may not contain the mold well. You could end up spreading it around your house, including to areas where your family members will breathe it in.

Get Professional Help for Black Mold Removal

Because we want you to get rid of your mold for good without exposing yourself or your family to it any more than you already have, we recommend calling for professional help when it comes to black mold removal.

When you call us at Core24 Services, we’ll work with you to get rid of all the black mold in your home in ways that keep the rest of your house and your family safe. We’ll eliminate your mold problem so you won’t have to worry about it anymore.


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.