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What is the approximate cost for removing green mold from a wooden deck?

4. June 2019

It is inevitable for wooden decks to be affected by mold or mildew as these substances are a part of the natural environment.  When it comes to removing green mold from your wooden deck, you have the choice of doing it yourself, or hiring a professional to clean your deck.  The cost of cleaning mold from your deck will be less if you choose a DIY option.

One DIY cleaning option is to wash the deck with a pressure washer.  You do not need a lot of power to pressure wash a deck; between 800 and 1,000 psi of pressure is recommended to clean a wood deck.  Anything more powerful can damage the wood.  A pressure washer that can handle this job can be rented for between $50 and $100 per day.


Another DIY cleaning option is to scrub the deck with a cleaning solution without using a pressure washer.  To do this, you will need a scrub brush or broom, laundry detergent or vinegar, and a garden hose.  You can make a cleaning solution that is 1/3 of a cup of laundry detergent per gallon of water, or a cleaning solution that is one-part water to one-part vinegar.  Apply the solution to the deck and scrub with the brush or broom.  After scrubbing, use the garden hose to thoroughly rinse the deck.  This cleaning option will simply cost you the price of the materials if you do not have them already available at your home.  Do not use chlorine bleach to clean mold from your deck because this will only kill the surface mold, not the mold roots embedded in the wood.

If you chose to hire a professional to clean your deck, you can expect to spend between $0.25 and $1.50 per square foot.  Deck stairs can cost between $50 and $70 to clean, which is a separate charge from the square footage of the rest of the deck, and many professionals will have a minimum cleaning charge that can be between $100 and $250.  Choosing to have the deck sealed or stained as part of the professional cleaning will cost extra as sealing can typically be done for $1 to $5 per square foot and staining can be done for between $0.50 and $7 per square foot.

Regardless of which option you choose to remove mold from your deck, you need to act quickly.  If given enough time, mold can cause damage to your wood deck and even trigger allergies and other health issues.

How much would it cost to re stain a rocking chair

4. June 2019

There are several factors that will determine the cost of refinishing a piece of wood furniture, the size of the furniture piece, the condition of the piece, the type of finish or stain that is removed, and the type of new finish or stain applied.

When a wood rocking chair, or any piece of wood furniture is re-stained or refinished, it must first be stripped of the current stain or finish and cleaned before the new finish is applied.  If the furniture refinishing professional you choose charges an hourly rate which on average is between $40 and $60, the length of the stripping and cleaning process will factor into the price.  Many furniture refinishing professionals charge a flat rate which for a rocking chair can range between $250 to $450.

Remember, the price will vary depending on the size of the rocking chair, the finish you use, and the current condition of the chair.

We had asbestos tiles removed then removed the black mastic with Bean-ee-doo; next we used Blue Bear to degrease the concrete basement floor. Now we are getting an odor in the basement, almost like rancid oil that won’t go away after cleaning. Would you know what is causing this smell ?

from Denise Johnson 4. June 2019

The short answer to this question is that the rancid oil odor is most likely the Bean-e-doo left over that was not removed by the degreaser.  Now here’s the explanation:

Bean-e-doo is a soy gel that is made mostly from soybeans and natural materials.  It is non-toxic and odor free, at least at the time it is used.  It is good that you used Blue Bear to degrease the floor as the oil residue from the Bean-e-doo must be removed after use.  The problem is that concrete floors are porous and there is a chance that the oil got absorbed in the pores of the concrete.  The degreaser probably didn’t remove all of the Bean-e-doo oil that got absorbed in the concrete.

Like all types of vegetable oil, soybean oil does go bad and it has a rancid smell when it goes bad.  This is the most likely source of the rancid oil smell coming from your basement.  In this case, you should consider getting a professional that can either deep clean the concrete floor to remove the oil from the pores, or a professional that can remove the odor with advanced deodorization services.

Do you know a company that does websites for the restoration industry.

28. April 2019

There is a digital marketing agency that designs and develops websites for professionals of the restoration industry, Proceed Innovative.  Proceed Innovative designed, built, and continues to operate and they have developed custom websites for many of the disaster restoration professionals that are featured on RestorationMaster.  Years of working with restoration professionals to build their websites and handle their online marketing has made Proceed Innovative an authority in the industry.

Proceed Innovative is a full-service digital marketing firm that provides search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click (PPC) management, and lead generation services in addition to web design.  The website designs created by Proceed Innovative are done with SEO principles in mind to help attract more traffic for a higher number of quality leads which will boost conversion rates and lead to a higher ROI.  Their web designs are also mobile responsive which means they will load quickly and function properly for those searching on mobile devices.

Check out the case studies from Proceed Innovative to view their previous web design work and learn how their web design positively impacted their clients’ businesses.

Visit Proceed Innovative’s website to learn more about their web design services.

Our building is in need of sanitization services after a sewer overflow. There is no standing water, but we want to get rid of the smell or any toxins. It is not a full water restoration as nothing is damaged. What is your process for that?

24. April 2019

First thing’s first, if your property has been affected by sewage, you should try to avoid the affected area as much as possible.  There are likely toxins still hanging around that can have a bad impact on your health.

Just because there is no standing water, that does not mean that there is no water damage.  Many furnishings and building materials absorb water, including sewage water, and it is possible that some water has been absorbed by the surrounding furniture or structural elements.  It seems like you want to avoid full scale water damage which is understandable.  Since there is no standing water, full scale water damage is not necessary.  However, a water damage professional should inspect the affected area and furnishings to ensure they have not absorbed any sewage water.

Here’s the good news, the same licensed professional can handle all of the problems that come with a sewage overflow, including water removal, water damage repair, cleaning and disinfection, and odor removal.  Water damage restoration professionals generally provide sewage cleanup services and they will handle all of these steps because they are necessary to restore your property back to its normal condition.

When you call a restoration professional to clean up after a sewage overflow, you can expect the restoration process to include the following steps:

  • Water Extraction and Dehumidification: Water damage professionals can remove standing water, including sewage water, using advanced water extraction equipment. They can also thoroughly dry affected furnishings and building materials by placing air movers and dehumidifiers in the affected areas.  Fortunately, you are not dealing with standing water, but there may have been some water absorbed by the affected furnishings and building materials.  A water damage restoration professional can dry and restore materials that have absorbed water.
  • Property Damage Restoration and Repair: Restoration professionals can generally dry furnishings and building materials that have absorbed water and repair the resulting damage. However, furnishings and building materials that have absorbed any sewage water also absorb the waste materials along with it.  This is why you should have any furnishings and building materials touched by the sewage inspected.  Materials that have absorbed any amount of sewage water may be unsafe to use and difficult, if not impossible, to restore.
  • Cleaning and Disinfection: This is an important step in the sewage cleanup process to ensure that the area is safe to use without the fear of possible health effects. Restoration professionals use powerful cleaning products and disinfectants to remove remaining dirt, waste materials, and toxins.  The cleaning and sanitization products they use are safe and effective for a wide range of furnishings and building materials.
  • Odor Removal: Foul odors from sewage and other sources linger because the odor particles get absorbed and trapped in building materials such as wood and drywall, furniture, and other porous materials. These odor particles need to be neutralized to eliminate the smell from your property.  Restoration professionals use deodorization methods including ozone treatments, hydroxyl deodorization, and thermal fogging to remove odors.  Each of these methods work by attacking and decomposing odor particles at the molecular level.

Make sure you get in touch with a water damage restoration professional as soon as possible.  They will inspect the affected area and handle the complete restoration, including cleaning, sanitization and odor removal. 

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