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Little Known Facts
In the year 420 BC, Hygieia was known in Greek and Roman mythology as the goddess of health, cleanliness and sanitation.  This became the root of the word “hygiene”.
Here are 10 most common Halloween cleanup jobs: 
Eggs
Glitter
Sticky candy/gum
Toilet paper
Shaving cream
Silly String
Pumpkin
Chocolate
Candle wax
Make-up

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!
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Is mold making you sick?
Chemical found in molds may be causing Parkinson's disease.
Dangerous state of military housing making service members sick across the U.S.
Mold, rot, and filth: Why your child's school could be making him or her sick.
Drugs like Tylenol can be contaminated with mold and chemicals.
New Findings on Toxic Mold Help Clear the Air.
Household Mold may Promote Asthma and Colds.
Mold in the Home Linked to Mood Swings, Depression.
Damp Moldy Conditions Got You Down?

The above are just some of the article headlines about Mold found at Natural News’ website.  We cannot stress enough how dangerous mold can be to you and your family’s health.  If you even suspect the possibility of mold in your home, office or other location please call us at once for an evaluation.

If you suspect that you may have mold in your home don’t delay, call us immediately for an accurate assessment of the situation.  Call us today at (702) 646-MOLD (6653) if you have any questions or concerns regarding mold inspections or testing.
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What if I don’t see any water damage?

The reason to call a professional to verify that there is indeed no water damage is because of their training and experience along with their tools and equipment, which are the only way to detect certain water damage situations.  The IICRC says this about water detection equipment and tools:

“Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.”

So if there is even a chance of water damage or penetration, call a professional.  It is better to have that peace of mind instead of needing a mold survey in a few weeks because the water went undetected.

Please remember that Above & Beyond Restoration provides inspections and written reports on water damage and moisture problems for you, your attorney, your buyer or your insurance adjuster.  For more information about Water Damage call us today (702) 43-FLOOD (3-5663).
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As an IICRC Certified company we wanted to share with you this information about Water Damage from their website.

“Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.

More than just removing excess water, IICRC-certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to pre-loss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.

All IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.”

Please remember that Above & Beyond Restoration provides inspections and written reports on water damage and moisture problems for you, your attorney, your buyer or your insurance adjuster.  For more information about Water Damage call us today (702) 43-FLOOD (3-5663).
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I think I have mold in my house what kind is it?

When it comes to identifying the specific species of mold here is what the CDC has to say:

“Generally, it is not necessary to identify the species of mold growing in a residence, and CDC does not recommend routine sampling for molds. Current evidence indicates that allergies are the type of diseases most often associated with molds. Since the susceptibility of individuals can vary greatly either because of the amount or type of mold, sampling and culturing are not reliable in determining your health risk.

If you are susceptible to mold and mold is seen or smelled, there is a potential health risk; therefore, no matter what type of mold is present, you should arrange for its removal. Furthermore, reliable sampling for mold can be expensive, and standards for judging what is and what is not an acceptable or tolerable quantity of mold have not been established.” - from the Center for Disease Control website.

If you suspect that you may have mold in your home don’t delay, call us immediately for an accurate assessment of the situation.  Call us today at (702) 646-MOLD (6653) if you have any questions or concerns regarding mold inspections or testing.
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What is a Handyman?
A “handyman” is a person skilled at a wide range of repairs, typically around the home.  These tasks include trade skills, repair work, maintenance work, both interior and exterior, and are sometimes described as "odd jobs", "fix-up tasks", and include light* plumbing jobs such as fixing a leaky toilet or light* electric jobs such as changing a light fixture.

Many people can do common household repairs. There are resources on the Internet, as well as do-it-yourself guide books, with instructions about how to complete a wide range of projects.  Sometimes the fix-it skill is seen as genetic, and people lacking such skills are said to "lack the handyman gene." 

One trend is that fewer homeowners are inclined to do fix-up jobs, perhaps because of time constraints, perhaps because of a lack of interest; one reporter commented "my family's fix-it gene petered out before it reached my generation." 

Tips for selecting a good handyman include: ask questions, get written estimates on company stationery, make sure handymen guarantee their work, pay with credit cards or checks because this provides an additional record of each transaction, check references and licenses, and review feedback about the contractors from Internet sites.

Please remember that Above & Beyond Restoration offers professional handyman services for your home or place of business.  For more information or to get an estimate call us today (702) 433-5663.

*We adhere to all legal limits for handyman services imposed by the Nevada State Contractors Board. (information paraphrased from Wikipedia)
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Happy Birthday America!  Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July from all of us at Above & Beyond Restoration.
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About mold inspections.
It is best to have a mold inspection done by a certified mold specialist prior to doing any work like removing moldy drywall.  A mold specialist will determine the extent of possible mold spread and what needs to be done prior to remediation.  If more than a very small problem exists it is recommended that a certified mold removal specialist be called.

A professional mold inspection will also include moisture testing and a detailed inspection and written report.  In cases where mold may be hidden behind walls it is almost also very important to take samples from inside the walls to determine if there is hidden mold inside your walls.  If a mold inspector tells you they will take one or two indoor samples from the center of a few rooms your best course of action may be to keep calling inspectors until you find one who knows how to take samples from inside walls where hidden mold from water intrusion may be found.

Above & Beyond Restoration provides home, mold, and indoor air quality investigations in the Las Vegas valley.  We also provide mold inspection reports that can be submitted to your insurance company.

Call us today at (702) 646-MOLD (6653) if you have any questions or concerns regarding mold inspections and reports.
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How to properly dry a flooded floor. 
Proper floor drying often involves removing and discarding wet carpets and carpet pads because they trap moisture and hamper drying.  If the flooding was extensive, it may also be beneficial to remove the baseboards because they can trap water and prevent proper drying; in some extreme cases a few holes can also be cut in the walls to allow wet air to escape and dry air to enter the wall spaces.

The use of commercial wet vacuums to remove standing water, high power fans to move air and dehumidifiers to dry the air are critical.  Without dehumidifiers drying the air, you are simply circulating wet air with fans and this is of little or no benefit.  When you can dry your air with the dehumidifiers and maintain relative humidity levels between 30% and 50% it will help everything else in the immediate area dry quicker.  Please remember that Above & Beyond Restoration provides inspections and written reports on drying and moisture problems for you, your attorney, your buyer or your insurance adjuster.  For more information on proper drying all us today (702) 43-FLOOD (3-5663).
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Why Proper drying is important.
Were you aware that it is very important how fast and how well any flooded areas are dried?  Many times people will think that moisture has been removed when in fact there was enough moisture left behind to allow mold to begin to grow.

If a tiny amount of moisture is lingering inside the walls, behind baseboards, in the carpet or under the padding it will likely be weeks before it all dries on its own.  Usually by that time the mold starts forming as visible spots on your walls.

Many mold remediation companies and carpet cleaning companies will focus all their efforts on drying the room that was flooded and neglect those nearby rooms where water is hidden inside wall cavities and under carpet or tile.

Before you realize the dry out was not done properly you may have white, green or black mold spots showing up; you may also detect mold odors and you’ll likely have mold capable of causing allergic or asthma reactions in people who are prone to such problems. Call us today (702) 43-FLOOD (3-5663) if you have a question or concern regarding Drying.
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