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Filtration Soil – What It Is & How To Eliminate It

What are these dark lines in my carpet around the floor boards and how do I get rid of them?

This is something we see frequently in homes and it actually has more to do with the air quality and construction of the building than the number of dogs or children they have. When the cool air in your home sinks, it moves under doorways, around furniture, between baseboards, and actually filters itself through the carpet fibers; over time this leaves behind visible particles that are particularly oily and hard to remove. This is called filtration soil.

Filtration soil collects around baseboards, doorways, etc.

So how do you get filtration soil out of your carpet, especially in that corner where the wall and carpet meet? There’s an “edger” tool specifically designed to clean that last inch that other tools are not able to reach. Hardly anyone actually takes the time to use this tool and most companies don’t even have one. This edger tool combined with a special cleaning agent is that extra step that we take to ensure high quality carpet cleaning for our customers.

If these dark lines look familiar, feel free to make an appointment with us right from our website. Any other questions? Add CleanWorks on Facebook and send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Mold Remediation – Can You Do It Yourself?

Have you found a small area of mold in your home, but are hesitant to call a professional? In this post, we’ll take a look at the standards for when professional mold remediation is needed, and when you can handle a small project yourself.

An example of proper PPE for larger projects.

An example of proper PPE for larger projects.
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Mold remediation can be a frightening prospect for many homeowners. Some people prefer to call a professional even for very small spots of mold because they don’t want to have any worries about air contamination or the health of their family. That’s always an option, and CleanWorks can help with any mold remediation project, large or small.

However, the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) actually has placed recommended standards on what size remediation can be handled with relative ease by the homeowner, and when a professional needs to get involved. The recommendations are as follows:

  • The homeowner could take care of any mold remediation of 32 square feet or less in total area with little to no extra training.
  • For areas of 33 to 100 square feet, the homeowner can take care of the issue, but would need to utilize personal protective equipment.
  • If the moldy area is larger than 100 square feet, a professional should definitely be called in.

Taking care of small mold removal projects yourself can help you save money, but calling an expert may give you extra peace of mind, even for these minor problem areas.


Water Damage Prevention & Preparation

No one likes to think about the prospect that a flood or other water damage could affect their home. But preparation can make the difference between a small cleanup and a huge disaster. So what can you do to prevent and prepare for a water damage emergency?CleanWorks can fix that!

1. Have a plan.

Think ahead of time about your course of action. When water damage prevention isn’t possible, preparation is key. Keep the names and numbers of your preferred plumber, your insurance agent or claims line, and a certified water damage restoration company saved in your phone, as well as in a water-safe covering on your fridge or in another easy-to-reach area.

It’s also a good idea to have an evacuation or safety plan in place in the case of a major flooding disaster in your area. Talking this over with your family now could save you valuable time and worry in the future.

2. Check your insurance policy.

If you’re a homeowner, you probably have homeowner’s insurance. But did you know that most regular homeowner policies don’t cover flooding? They may cover damage from a dishwasher malfunction, toilet overflow, or plumbing issue occurring inside your home. But if outside flooding creeps in, you may be sunk. “Flood” in insurance terms means any water that hits the ground before coming into the house. It isn’t limited to just big weather disasters: an outdoor pipe break, for example, could cause flooding in a basement or crawlspace. This circumstance is often not covered on homeowner’s insurance policies without extra flood protection.

Talk to your insurance agent. Most of the time, you can add a fairly inexpensive rider to your homeowner’s policy to protect from outside flooding, which is a great supplement to what’s covered under your homeowner’s policy. This can give you added peace of mind and ensure that your home and belongings are safe even in the worst weather.

3. Check your sump pump.

Many water damage losses can be prevented or minimized through use of a properly functioning sump pump. Check yours periodically to make sure it’s working properly.

We often see flooding or water damage emergencies occurring when power is lost in an area due to extreme weather. Unfortunately, this is when you need your sump pump the most! We highly recommend looking into getting a sump pump with a built-in battery backup, so that even if the lights go out, your home will have some defense against water damage. However, a note of caution: even the best backup battery can only last 6-8 hours. If your power looks like it’ll be out for longer than that, and your plumber can’t get there first, you may need to go out and buy a second backup battery to keep the pump running until a plumber can assess the situation.

These few tips can help you be better prepared for the worst, so you can enjoy the here-and-now with peace of mind. If disaster strikes, don’t wait – call in the experts. Often, damage can be minimized if water mitigation is started right away. CleanWorks can respond to emergency calls within four hours, 24/7, so you can rest easy knowing that we’re on call for you.


How Spring Carpet Cleaning Creates A Healthy Home

There’s never a wrong time to clean your carpet, rugs, and upholstery. Professional cleaning removes the build-up – whether visible or invisible – of grime, dirt, and allergens. But why might a spring carpet cleaning be especially effective?

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Springtime means kids and pets are able to spend more time outside. During the winter, everyone tends to stay in the house as much as possible to escape the cold, which can accelerate the build-up of dirt and allergens in your carpet and upholstery. Wintertime – especially around the holidays – also tends to bring lots of guests into your home. Guests are wonderful, but the extra visitors can mean faster wear and tear on your carpet, as well as more materials being tracked inside on shoes and paws.

Spring also allows us to throw open our windows, often for the first time in months. After spending so much time without being aired out, homes can often become stuffy, and this worsens the build-up of allergens like dust mites and pet dander that can turn your home’s air quality from “a bit stuffy” to “uncomfortable”.

Now that the weather is warmer, it’s a good time to clear out all that winter build-up in your carpeted and upholstered surfaces. A spring carpet cleaning is a great way to refresh your home after the long winter. Give CleanWorks a call or try out our Online Quote Generator to schedule your spring cleaning today!

Preventing Mold Growth In Your Home

Ick! You’ve found mold in your basement, crawlspace, walls, or other area. You may be wondering how this could have happened, and what you could have done to prevent it. Here are a few tips on how to prevent mold growth in your home before it happens.

mold growth in flooded home

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1. Keeping good air flow prevents mold growth.

Mold loves stagnant air. It allows its spores to settle onto surfaces and grow, which creates a big problem for homeowners. A good way to deter mold growth is to make sure your home has good airflow – including in the basement, attic, and crawlspace.

Poor airflow also prevents damp surfaces from drying out quickly, and as we’ll see in the next section, moisture is another thing that mold can’t do without. Ensuring that your home has good airflow is an important step that is often overlooked until mold becomes a problem.

2. Controlling the humidity prevents mold growth.

Mold requires three things to grow: the correct temperature, a food source, and moisture. The ideal temperature for mold happens to also be the ideal room temperature for humans, which is why mold growth in homes is so very common. It is similarly impossible to eliminate all food sources for mold from the home, since it can grow on drywall, insulation, joists – we’ve even seen mold growing on a thick layer of dust. The one element you can control is moisture. Mold is unable to grow in dry conditions, so pay close attention to the humidity in your home. This includes the crawlspace and basement areas. Whether you use these areas or not, ignoring them can be a recipe for disaster.

We highly suggest placing a dehumidifier in areas that are prone to high humidity. In particular, we recommend using a dehumidifier that drains continuously into a sink, toilet, shower, or sump pit. Some dehumidifiers are available that collect water in a tank, however once this tank fills, it needs to be dumped before the machine can continue removing moisture from the air. Because of this, it will only be effective for about a day at a time without constant supervision – meaning that if you leave town or forget about it for a day, it will stop working.

We also recommend checking into purchasing a device called a ‘thermohygrometer’. This device will run you about $15 at a Radio Shack or similar store, and is used for measuring air humidity. This will allow you to make sure that: a) your dehumidifier is functioning properly, and b) the humidity is staying at an appropriate level. We get many calls about mold growth in an area where there already is a dehumidifier placed that simply was not functioning properly or was not drained frequently enough to be effective. These problems can be avoided by monitoring the humidity with a thermohygrometer. Generally, relative humidity over 60% is cause for concern.

If you’re doing everything right and still having problems with mold and/or high humidity in your home, it may be time to call a professional. CleanWorks can put our decades of experience in the industry to work for you. Mold removal doesn’t have to be a headache!

What To Do When Water Damage Strikes

“There’s water everywhere!”

water damage restoration

Maybe you weren’t prepared for that freezing cold night, and a frozen pipe lead to disaster. Maybe your sump pump failed during a storm, and water has collected in your basement or crawlspace. Whatever the case, there are a few steps that homeowners should take as soon as they realize that a water damage has occurred.

Step #1: Stop the water

If the water is coming from a broken or damaged pipe – which could be underneath a toilet or sink, connected to a dishwasher or washing machine, or exposed in a basement or crawlspace  – find the appropriate water shutoff valve to temporarily stop the flow. This will make sure no more is being added to the existing water damage, and will allow you to take control of the situation. If there is electrical wiring nearby, you may also need to turn off the electricity to the wet area using your fuse box.

Step #2: Call a plumber

Once the flow of water has been stopped, call a licensed plumber to fix the problem as soon as possible if the leak is the result of a plumbing malfunction (rather than external flooding). Fixing the source of the leak is always top priority, and is especially important if you are unable to access the water shutoff valve yourself.

Step #3: Call your insurance agent or claims line

Most homeowner’s insurance covers internal water damage, however flooding from outside sources often requires additional coverage. Check with your agent to see if you’re covered for flood and for how much, and if necessary, start the process to file a claim. This will allow the assigned claims adjuster and/or your agent to help you through the cleanup process AND get accurate documentation before work begins, and they can even often recommend contractors that they have successfully used for similar situations in the past.

Step #4: Call a certified water damage professional

The state of Indiana requires no official license for water damage restoration technicians. However, this makes it even more imperative that you thoroughly check out any company that you are considering for your restoration needs. Reputable companies should have technicians that are IICRC Certified for water remediation, which ensures that they have the training and experience necessary to do the job right.

Water damage panic? Give CleanWorks a call.

Our technicians are IICRC Certified and have years of experience. We know exactly how to get your home or business dry fast, and we are guaranteed onsite and working within 24 hours of the call. We offer 24/7 emergency support, so you can talk to a real CleanWorks employee when disaster strikes – not a call center, and not a recording.


Upholstery Cleaning – What’s In Your Fabrics?

A simple truth: all surfaces get dirty. Build-up of dirt and oily grime on upholstered furniture, fabric covered walls, and partitions shortens the life of these surfaces. Remember: whatever gets on fabric will eventually get in fabric.

Soiled fabric looks faded and drab. When that’s the case, CleanWorks can get it clean and replace the faded look with a clean that’s real, and healthier too. Just like carpet, upholstered surfaces can host scores of allergens such as dust mites, pollen, and pet dander.

CleanWorks technicians never begin cleaning fabric or leather surfaces before pre-testing and evaluating the safest cleaning method for each material. It is safer for you and for us to know what works before we get it clean and keep it clean. We have decades of experience in treating various kinds of upholstery, and there is nothing we love more than putting that knowledge and experience to work for you.

Your fabric and leather surfaces are assets worth protecting. All that’s needed to revive fabric’s texture, color, and comfortable feel is a CleanWorks cleaning. Our trained professionals know what to do – and what to avoid – to guarantee total customer satisfaction. Let us show you how truly clean upholstery looks and feels.


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Professional Mold Remediation Without The Panic

Not every instance of mold in a home or business requires professional mold remediation. Let us educate you about your specific situation.

If there is moisture, there will eventually be mold – whether it’s visible or not. Because of this, our inspection process includes identifying the source of moisture that is allowing mold to grow. Mold remediation will not work for long if the source of this moisture is not discovered and corrected.

Common causes of moisture include poor drainage or grading issues around the home, leaky plumbing, high humidity (usually a result of not running the air conditioner inside the home, or running it infrequently), or a poor/nonexistent vapor barrier in the crawlspace. We often help our customer identify the problem and work in conjunction with the customer to help solve it, along with providing our professional mold remediation services.

When you know or suspect that there is a problem with mold in your home or business, call CleanWorks. After our remediation and restoration is finished, everyone will breathe easier – and healthier too!

For more information on the topic of mold remediation, check out one of our previous blog posts HERE.

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