Is There Mold in Your Summer Beach House?

Everyone loves a good summer trip to the beach house, until you throw open the doors only to be assaulted by a musty stench that permeates the whole structure. While your first instinct might be to throw open all the windows, this may not be enough. If there is mold in the house, you need to get rid of it before the situation can improve at all.

If you think there is mold in your home in Delaware, Core24 Services is here to help!

What Causes Mold in a Summer Beach House?

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Mold is everywhere, all the time. No matter how well you clean, you won’t be able to eliminate all its spores. In addition, it can feet off different parts of your home, including your drywall, carpets, and floors. All it needs is some extra moisture (humidity and mold go together!) and its food source, and it can grow fast.

You may find summer cottage mold for a variety of reasons. Maybe a pipe burst over the summer or there was a leak that fed the mold. Maybe the gutters filled up or the ground retained extra water because of weather conditions. There are a million reasons why you might find mold in your house.

Signs of Mold in Your Beach House

Not sure if there’s mold in your house? Consider the following questions.

  • Does your family complain that the house smells musty in the summer?
  • Is there high humidity in your condo or beach house? You may see steamy windows or mirrors or even find pools of water.
  • Do you see spots on the walls, floor, ceilings, or elsewhere that might be mold? You can also look for bubbles under paint or wallpaper.

How to Deal With Mold in Your Beach House

If you think that you might be dealing with mildew or mold in your beach house, here’s what to do.

Mold Remediation

Get the house inspected by professionals ASAP. At Core24 Services, we would be happy to perform this service for you.

If your professionals find mold, it’s time for remediation. This is the process of containing, destroying, and eliminating mold from your home for good. It may involve simple cleanup or you may need to rebuild part of the structure. Our team can get this done quickly and efficiently for you.

Use a Dehumidifier

Since humidity and mold go together so well, installing a dehumidifier can keep mold from causing more problems in the future. You can install a whole-house unit or one that will work specifically in a small, mold-prone area. Make arrangements to keep it running even when you leave.

Increase Ventilation

Install and use fans. Additionally, keep the doors and windows closed when it’s humid outside and open them when it is dry. You may also want to install and use bathroom ventilation fans so all of that extra humidity can get out of your house.

Check Outdoor Drainage

Check your gutters and get them cleaned at least twice a year. Make sure that water drains away from your summer cottage and not directly into or under it. Professionals can help you make any changes you might need.

Finding mold in your house is never fun, but we can help. Call Core24 Services today or whenever you find mold in your beach house, we are the Georgetown, DE mold remediation company your neighbors trust!

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A&R Environmental is Now Core24 Services!

A&R Environmental is Now Core24 Services!

We are proud to announce that we are changing our name to Core24 Services!

Don’t worry, though, because we still plan to offer you the same quality of customer service and excellent craftsmanship that you have come to know and love. Our team is not changing and neither are our values.

Why do we feel like we need to take this step? Read on if you want to know more.

Why the Change?

We are known as a premier mold and water damage restoration company in Delaware and Maryland, but the truth is that we do so much more than that! In fact, we want to be known as the company you can call on 24 hours a day before the water damage happens or the mold takes over part of your house.

Over the last 4 years, since we started the company, we have picked up additional skills, along with the required training and certifications to go along with those. Some of those skills don’t tie easily to the old business name, because they aren’t always associated with a home’s environment.

Core24 Services reflects who we really are and who we want to be for you. We offer the core services that you need to make your home a safe place where you and your family can thrive. Whether you need us before or after any damage occurs, we are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

What Do We Offer?

If you’re looking for mold remediation or water damage restoration expertise, we still have that. However, we have added some other services that we think you’ll love because they will make your home a safer, happier place to live.

We offer:

If you need any of these offerings for your home, call us at Core24 Services today! Remember, we’re here 24 hours a day, so contact us whenever your need arises and we’ll be there soon with the friendliness and expertise you’ve come to rely on from our team!

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Frozen Pipes 101: Preventing Frozen Pipes & How to Unfreeze Water Pipes

Do you worry about getting frozen pipes? If you do, we don’t blame you! After all, these can potentially cause damage to your home if they burst, or leave you without water. When you live in the freezing and unpredictable weather of Delaware winters, it can be hard to predict when the snow will come and freeze your pipes. 

Instead of worrying about your pipes, though, do something to prevent the problem. Here are some simple steps you can take to protect the pipes in your house so you never have to deal with a frozen pipe again! And If you find yourself unfortunately faced with frozen pipes, we have some tips to help you thaw frozen pipes safely  

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Find the Pipes Likely to Freeze

Pipes exposed to uninsulated air are in the most danger of freezing. These may include outdoor pipes or those used for your sprinkler system. Pipes in your attic, garage, basement, etc. are also in danger.

Add Insulation

Once you know which pipes are most likely to freeze, insulate them. You can insulate around the individual pipe. Simply buy some pipe sleeves, slide them on the pipes or wrap them around, and they are already safer. 

You can also add insulation to the uninsulated areas of your home. This may have the added benefit of lowering your heating bills all winter long!

Keep Your Heat On

Make sure your home stays at a warm temperature, even if you’re not there. Typically keeping it above 55 degrees will work, but check your insurance policy to see their recommended temperature, so you don’t get denied a claim! Use a programmable thermostat to lower temperatures while you’re gone and raise them when you come back. That way, you can still reap the benefits of lowering the thermostat without freezing your pipes or yourself!

Take Special Precautions

If there are particular pipes you’re concerned about, wrap them in heat tape. You can find this at your local hardware store. We recommend the kind that does not plug in since this can become a fire hazard. Simply wrap the tape around the sections of pipe you’re worried about, activate the heat, and leave it there all winter long. 

You can also set up a space heater to blow on pipes you’re worried about. This is a major fire hazard but, done carefully, can also protect your home. You’ll want to watch it regularly and inspect the heater weekly.

If you’ve come home and discovered that it’s too late to prevent your pipes from freezing, you now have to act quickly to make sure that your pipes don’t burst or bulge. 

What to Do if You Have Frozen Pipes

In reality, frozen pipes are often easy to deal with and they don’t always cause major damage to your home. Here’s what you need to know in case your pipes freeze. 

Find Your Frozen Pipe

You’ll know the pipes are frozen because one or more of your faucets will stop working. Turn the water off, then try to find the frozen pipe. You’ll want to look anywhere pipes are exposed to outside air without insulation. This can include attics, basements, garages, etc. The pipe will likely have condensation or even ice around the frozen part. 

Decide Whether to Thaw or Wait

Most pipes will thaw on their own as the weather warms up. If it’s getting warmer soon, it may not be worth unfreezing the pipe manually. Instead, just wait. You will want to watch the pipe to see if it leaks after it thaws. If it does, then it’s time to replace that section of pipe.

If you need the pipe unfrozen quickly or it’s not thawing on its own, then it’s probably time to manually thaw it. 

How to Unfreeze Frozen Pipes

You can turn up the heat in your house or set up a space heater near the pipe. Aim the heater at the pipe but keep it several feet from it to avoid inadvertent damage. You can also purchase heat tape. This either plugs in or is self-heating. You wrap it around the frozen pipe, start the heating process, and wait. 

Working With Frozen Pipes Underground

If you suspect a frozen pipe underground, it’s time to call in a plumber. At Core24 Services, we have the expertise you need on your side when these pipes freeze. We’ll find the frozen section, then determine the best way to thaw it for you. Before you know it, your frozen pipe problem will be a thing of the past!

Call Core24 Services whenever you have questions about frozen pipes!

Everything You Need to Know About Duct Cleaning

Air Duct Cleaning 101

Have you heard of air duct cleaning but you’re not sure if it’s right for you? Are you worried about potentially wasting your time and money on something that might not do you or your home any good? Here’s everything you need to know about air duct cleaning to decide if it is right for you. If you have any other questions, call us at Core24 Services today. We would be happy to answer them and help you decide what would be best.

What is Air Duct Cleaning?

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When we refer to your air ducts in this context, we are talking about all of the components of your HVAC system that air passes through. This includes your vents and ducts, as well as your cooling coils, drip pans, and more. 

When we clean them, we aim to remove any dust, allergens, debris, bacteria, fungus, and more that has collected in these areas. We do that through a combination of processes, which takes a little longer, but is more thorough than our competitors.

Why Is It Important To Have Ducts Cleaned Regularly?

Your air ducts are a key part of your HVAC system and the air quality inside your home or business. Your air ducts transport air throughout your property, keeping the area comfortable, but did you know air ducts attract dust and other contaminants? Even with an air filter, dust and other debris still enter your air ducts. Air duct cleaning is an essential part of your HVAC maintenance. Below, we will consider the reasons you should have your air ducts cleaned, and all dust removed.

HIGHER ENERGY BILLS

If dust and dirt restrict your HVAC systems heating and cooling, it will cause the system to overwork itself. It will not be able to heat or cool properly, meaning it will keep running, as it tries to keep the temperatures where you want them. This not only increases your energy bill, but it puts stress on your HVAC system, meaning it may need frequent repairs.

LONGER RUN TIMES MEANS MORE WEAR AND TEAR

With the airflow restricted from the dirt and dust your HVAC system kicks into overtime. All of this extra run time leads to damaged pumps, compressors, burners, hydro pumps, and motor bearings. All of these parts can be quite costly.

DUST AND OTHER ALLERGENS

Dirt and dust are not the only things that can become trapped in your air ducts. Pet dander, dead skin, pollen, spores, rodent fees, and even microorganisms from kitty litter can become trapped in your ducts. This leads to a very unhealthy air quality inside your home. If you are noticing your family having more allergy symptoms or becoming ill easier, it could be your air ducts need cleaning. Air duct cleaning may improve allergy symptoms.

When Should I Have My Ducts Cleaned?

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If you can look at any of the components to your HVAC system and see dust, debris, or something growing, then it’s definitely time to have your ducts cleaned. Be sure to let your cleaners know what you saw, so they can attack that issue in particular.

If you or someone in your home struggles with asthma, allergies, or another lung/breathing condition, it is a good idea to schedule yearly duct cleanings, especially if you live in a dry, dusty place. Even if you don’t see things that could make these conditions worse when you look at your ducts, there’s a good chance that cleaner air would help the sufferer breathe better.

If you don’t have either of these going on, you can still schedule a duct cleaning. After all, it makes sense that dust would build up in the system over time and removing it can make the system work more efficiently, saving you money. However, if there’s not a problem, this is really up to you. People will say you need to have them cleaned at various frequencies, but there’s no hard and fast rule about how often to have it done if there aren’t any problems.

How Do I Find a Duct Cleaner?

Most HVAC companies will also clean your ducts if you ask them to, or you can find a company that specializes in duct cleaning. We at Core24 Services are always happy to do it for you, and we have experts on staff who specialize in providing this service. 

Do you think that your home could benefit from an air duct cleaning? Or maybe you have more questions before you decide for sure. Give us a call and we will connect you with a duct cleaning expert who will answer your questions or get those ducts clean for you. When you callCore24 Services, you know you’re getting the highest quality air duct cleaning, so you can breathe easier today with clean air coming in through your vents.

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Duct Sealing

Duct Sealing

Are you uncomfortable in parts of your home but completely comfortable in others? Would you like to save money on heating and cooling but you’re not sure how?

If these describe you, then our new duct sealing service might be just the solution you’ve been looking for! Call today and one of our duct sealing professionals will be there fast to help you find solutions and implement them fast so you can get the most out of your heating and cooling systems again. 

What is Duct Sealing?

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If you have conventional heating and air conditioning, your system works by pumping air throughout your home via ducts. You can usually see your ducts in unfinished parts of your basement or possibly in your attic or your garage.

Over time, ducts can get small holes in them or separations between the pieces of metal that make them up. Your hot and cold air can escape out of these holes or cracks. When this happens, your heating and cooling systems have to work even harder to keep your home comfortable and they may fall behind.

Duct sealing fills in all of these tiny holes so that a much greater percentage of your hot and cold air makes it into your home, where you need it most.

How Does Duct Sealing Work?

We’ll come out and test your ducts first. Our duct sealing team will tell you how much air you’re losing via cracks or holes in your ducts. Then we’ll hook up the duct sealing system and pump its patented polymer into your system. It will bind with the edges of the holes, then bind with itself until the holes are filled.

When we’re done, we’ll check your system again and tell you how much more efficiently it is running. Many customers recoup their duct sealing costs in energy savings within a few months or a year!

Call us at Core24 Services today and ask about duct sealing! We’ll be there soon to assess your system and get it working at maximum efficiency ASAP. Make your appointment now!