Asthma Triggers Part 2 – Dust Mites

Dust mites are tiny bugs that are too small to see. Every home has dust mites. They feed on human skin flakes and are found in mattresses, pillows, carpets, upholstered furniture, bed-covers, clothes, stuffed toys and fabric and fabric-covered items. Body parts and droppings from dust mites can trigger asthma in individuals with allergies to dust […]

Asthma Triggers – Part 1

Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors. Indoor allergens and irritants play a significant role in triggering asthma attacks. Triggers are things that can cause asthma symptoms, an episode or attack or make asthma worse. If you have asthma, you may react to just one trigger or you may find that several […]

Protecting Your Home From Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are great hitchhikers. They can move from an infested site to a new home by traveling on furniture, bedding, luggage, boxes, and clothing. Although they typically feed on blood every five to ten days, bed bugs can be quite resilient; they are capable of surviving several months to a year without feeding. Here’s […]

Little Known Energy Conserving Tips

Most people think to conserve energy you simply close the lights or lower your air conditioning.  Although these examples do in fact work, there are several other ways that are little known and rarely practiced that can also save you thousands of sollars each year.  Here’s a few: Programmable thermostats can save up to $150 […]

Water Damage in Philadelphia

Here’s a small Water Damage Restoration job in Philadelphia when a leak from the roof went through the floor and into the first floor ceiling.  There was minor damage to the hardwood and drywall, but without a transition piece in the flooring, sometimes the repair can be quite difficult and expensive.  

Are Carpet Repair Kits Reliable?

For simple patch up jobs, a carpet repair kit may seem like a good choice to a homeowner, but as with anything else, buyers beware. Over the counter or as-seen-on-TV products often lure people with exaggerated claims, failing to mention the problems with do-it-yourself techniques. Do-it-yourself carpet patching uses inferior materials and equipment to produce […]

New Carpet Odor

New carpet odor comes from a reaction between styrene and butadiene, the components of synthetic latex or styrene-butadiene latex (SBL). There is no natural latex used in carpet today; therefore, there are none of the latex proteins that cause allergic reactions in sensitive people, as might be the case with latex gloves. When new carpet […]

Top Causes of House Fires

House fires cost home owners $6.9 Billion each year.  But what are some of the causes and statistics associated with fire losses?  Here’s a quick list: 42% of house fires start from Cooking 18% from Electrical issues 17% come from Arson cases 15% from Heating related issues 5% from Smoking 3% from indoor Candles 0.02% […]

Cost of Mold Inspections

Recently, I met a couple who got their home tested for mold and spent an exorbitant amount of money for what is considered a basic test.  They paid just over two thousand dollars for 4 air samples, two surface samples and a visual inspection.  But how much should a test cost?  Generally, air sampling runs […]