Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Rebuilding Water-Damaged Homes in Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada


Mold levels may be dangerously high in flood-affected homes, and increase when moldy items are disturbed. Long-term or heavy exposure is unhealthy for anyone, and particularly children or anyone with respiratory problems. Mold can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks, lower resistance to illness, and cause other health problems. If you can see it or smell it you don’t need to test for it.


High humidity increases the risk of dehydration, since it reduces the efficiency of sweating. Dehydration can start before we get thirsty!
Some signs of dehydration in various stages:
• mild: increased thirst, dry lips, and discomfort
• moderate: nausea, sunken eyes, increased body temperature,
difficulty concentrating
• severe: weakness, confusion, rapid/weak pulse, cold hands/feet, rapid breathing, lethargy and muscle spasms
Strategies for preventing dehydration:
• Drink before, during, and after exerting work in high temperatures.
Try to consume 4-8 oz. of water every - 30 minutes during heavy
activity. Fluids at room temperature replace lost fluids faster than
chilled fluids. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Drink extra water (at least

2-3 cups of water or electrolyte solution to prevent dehydration.
• Check with your doctor about the medications you are taking. Anti histamines and some blood pressure medications decrease sweating and therefore increase risk.
• Dress in light colored fabrics that breathe.

Lead dust

Homes built before 1978 may have paint that contains lead. Lead dust eaten or inhaled can cause permanent brain and nerve damage. Lead is most dangerous to young children, but it can harm people of any age. Water damage can cause paint to flake and peel. If this happens, small particles of lead paint in the home can be dangerous to workers and residents. Unless you are able to test floors and other surfaces to make sure lead dust levels are low, assume there is a danger. Use proper precautions to prevent exposure and clean surfaces thoroughly before people return to live in the home. Lead dust created by demolition is particularly dangerous. NEVER dry sand or power sand without a vacuum attachment and NEVER burn off old paint. Heat guns are discouraged even if kept below 1100 degrees Fahrenheit, the Federal limit. Avoid chemical strippers in poorly vented spaces and under no circumstances use strippers containing metheline chloride

For information on lead-safe work practices, see the federal Lead Paint Safety Field Guide,, or order a copy of Maintaining a Lead Safe Home (see appendix for ordering details).


Asbestos is a natural mineral fiber used in some building insulation (pipes, siding, wall or ceiling insulation), spray-on textured ceilings, and ceiling and floor tiles, especially before 1981. Any home may contain asbestos. When broken or disturbed, asbestos-containing materials produce airborne fibers that, if inhaled, can later cause serious diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. It is dangerous to clear and haul asbestos-containing construction waste from homes without using proper protective equipment, including a full face respirator with HEPA filter cartridges and a full body suit. Disposable face masks, except N100s, offer very little protection.

Get professional advice regarding safe asbestos removal. Even the tile glue may have asbestos in it. When working with asbestos, keep it wet so tiny particles will less likely become airborne, use plastic sheeting to collect debris, and dispose of smaller asbestos pieces and collected dust in plastic bags that are clearly labeled “asbestos waste.”
Toxic sediment

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Produced by The Alliance for Healthy Homes
Dennis Livingston
Jennie Keinard &
Ruth Klotz-Chamberlin

Ralph Scott

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cleaning Services in Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada Why some survive and some Don't

After the September 2008 crash many people lost their jobs by February 2009 the economy was shedding a hundred's of thousand's jobs per month or more. Some of the newly unemployed saw cleaning houses and offices as easy money. Since the rescission people found themselves looking for a new occupation and its seemed easy to clean up in a new Janitorial or Maid Service. The thought was they could get started with relatively no capital or experience in the cleaning business. Quickly they found out that the cleaning business is not a very easy way to make a living.

Although this new entrepreneur would be quickly up and running with their $150 business licence and $200 in chemicals and tools they would needed to clean offices or homes. Most of those small upstarts by the early half of this decade will have failed to survive. The cleaning companies that had been already in business before the downturn saw their client list have a sharp decrease do to the  influx of individuals starting out and undercutting the brick and mortar shops, also devastating to the established shops was the down turn itself companies (Clients) needed to cut back and Janitorial was the first to go clients could easily persuade a employee who's hours had already been cut to stay a little longer that day and clean the office. As for home owners if it was a choice between retaining your housekeeper and keeping your kid in privet school, that's a no brainier..

Henderson House Cleaning Services | Mayberry's Maids In the past few years the cleaning companies in Las Vegas and Henderson who have survived the down tune ether had a strong balance sheet, a large client list or deep pockets to sustain and are just now in 2014 seeing the phones start ringing again.

As for the new entrepreneur in 2009 a reality set in, a person looking to start from scratch in the cleaning world just as fast they found themselves in business with their shinny new mop buckets and framed licences hanging on the wall they needed a client. You see the old day's of just walking fliers from door to door or getting an add in the local phone book were gone. These days its must to have a website and just because you have one doesn't mean it will be effective. Its and new and complex world we live in, new companies and careers get made by doing what called Search Engine Optimization or (SEO)

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)  process is the knowledge or ability to make a website rise in the ranking of search engines or move your web site to the first page of a respected search engine such as Google. Over the years in most cases cleaning companies in Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada will advertise on the web some use Google Adwords, Bing and Yahoo also have their own pay per click systems as well. The pay per click advertising if your not familiar usually is the top three companies at the top of any search, for example if you enter in your search bar "Maids in Las Vegas" you will find in most cases that the top three findings are in a colored box and in very small print labeled Ads related to maids in Las Vegas underneath the sponsored adds that some company is paying the search engine for the privilege to be at the top of the page.

More than likely the same companies that use sponsored links spend their time and money climbing the charts of Yahoo, Bing and pay to have advertising on various other cleaning orientated sites such a Angie's List, all of thees things can help your site gain prominence above the others. Potential clients should not be detoured from pay per click advertisers like they use to be from large Ad's in the phone book. I remember when I used the phone book to find a plumber let's say, I would turn to the section labeled Plumbers and make my way passed the four to five full page ads to get to the smaller ones, thinking to myself If they have the money to support a full page they are probably very expensive that just not the case with pay per click advertising.  In a increasingly competitive cleaning business pay per click advertising is in some cases the only way to reach a new client and it is much more cost effective you can change your budget almost instantly to fit your schedule or advertising budget for that week advertising in the phone book was a fixed cost. I hope that my thought have been helpful to whomever is reading this if you are a potential client for us at Mayberry's Maids or if you are just getting started out in the cleaning business and looking for helpful hints either way do your homework and just ask if you have a question we would be happy to help.

Smoke Damage after a Fire How to clean it up and contain it .

Handling Smoke Damage after a Fire – Getting Soot and Smoke Out

You may be anxious to clean your home after a fire, but unless you take the time to get professional advice, you may be wasting your efforts or creating further damage. Contact your insurance agency immediately once the fire is out. He or she can provide advice on restoration or replacement of damaged items and a restoration company like Mayberry's Restoration in Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada. If you rent, notify the owner so both of you can assess the damage.Your insurance agent may be able to recommend a professional fire restorer. Fire restorers can provide hints to prevent further damage, help determine which items can or cannot be refurbished, and provide estimates and services for thoroughly cleaning and deodorizing your home. Their services can be expensive, but the cost may be substantially less than the cost of replacing damaged furnishings and floors. You can find the names of fire restorers in the yellow pages of the phone directory under “Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners” or “Fire and Water Damage Restoration.”

Preventing Further Damage

Even if you don't hire a professional fire restorer, you can minimize further damage by following these guidelines. Be sure you have permission from your fire marshal to safely re-enter your home before doing so.  Get the air moving. Open windows to ventilate areas. Install a fan to circulate air. Note: if there has been substantial water damage and the weather is warm, you will probably need to keep the windows shut and run a dehumidifier. In cold weather, your
heating system is operating and the cold air will usually help remove the moisture. In this case, change your furnace filter daily until it shows no soot.
Dry wet items as soon as possible. Use fans and dehumidifiers to dry carpets and draperies. If not thoroughly dried, carpets and floors underneath may be quickly damaged beyond repair by mold and mildew. Remove brass and copper items and clean them using brass or copper cleaner (smoke can etch brass or copper in 24 hours). Place aluminum foil or plastic food wrap under furniture legs. Remove oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpeting. Cover dry, clean items with plastic while repairs are in progress.

Removing Soot from Household Textiles

Soot is oily and easily stains carpets, draperies and other household textiles. For this reason you must remove it before you attempt to clean or deodorize items. If possible, hire a professional restorer to remove soot with a heavy-duty vacuum. If you don't plan to hire a professional, you can remove some soot by holding a vacuum cleaner nozzle slightly off the surface of the item. Do not use vacuum attachments or an upright vacuum because the brushes tend to force soot into fabrics. Cover carpets after removing the soot to keep other soil from being tracked in during clean-up. Removing Smoke Odor from Textiles Smoke odor may remain in clothing, upholstered furniture, carpets and draperies unless they are properly deodorized before cleaning. Professional assistance is recommended. Consult professional fire restorers and/or dry cleaners about using
"counteractants," chemicals or additives that break up smoke molecules to eliminate odors. The type of counteractant used will vary with the type of material burned in the fire. Counteractants may be professionally applied to furniture, carpets and draperies. Restorers also may provide them for laundering clothes. Fire restorers and dry cleaners sometimes use an ozone treatment to break up smoke molecules and eliminate odors. If the process is done in the home, items are put under a tent while an ozone generator is operating.  Keep in mind that most household deodorizing sprays and disinfectants provide only temporary relief. In addition, deodorizing sprays may interact with smoke odor and create an additional odor. If you are unable to have clothing or similar textiles professionally treated, try one of the following methods: 1 Dissolve one cup of dishwashing detergent—the type used in an automatic dishwasher—in one gallon of warm water. Completely submerge the items and let them soak all night in your washing machine or bathtub. Drain and launder as usual the next day. 1 For items that can be bleached, mix 4 to 6 tablespoons trisodium  phosphate (available from your hardware store) with 1 cup Lysol or household chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of water. Add clothes, rinse with clear water and dry.

Cleaning Furnishings and Clothing

Wash regular clothing in warm water with a liquid detergent. Several launderings may be needed. Have carpets cleaned twice—both before and after repairs. Wet carpets must be dried before cleaning. In some cases, removal of carpet is necessary for complete drying and to save the wood floor beneath.

Cleaning Soot Stains from Walls

If possible, use a chemical sponge available from a cleaning supply company or some other non-water-based cleaner to clean soot from walls. Paint thinner or rubbing alcohol may work, but use with caution because of toxicity and fumes. Wear rubber gloves, open all windows and use an electric fan to increase ventilation while working.

Removing Smoke Odor from the Home

During a fire, smoke can permeate walls and other surfaces and drift through household ducts, where it becomes trapped. If not properly removed, smoke odor reoccurs from time to time, especially during warm or damp weather.
Consult professional restorers about a process known as "thermal fogging." This warm chemical fog penetrates your home and walls just as the fire did, neutralizing the smoke odor as it goes. Consult restorers about smoke removal from ducts. They may use a chemical sealer to secure smoke permanently to the sides of ducts since these areas, with their joints and crevices, may be difficult to clean with conventional vacuum-and-brush methods. Consider replacement of attic insulation. Insulation may retain odors. Additional Resources

1 Your local fire department
1 The American Red Cross
1 The National Institute of Fire Restoration
1 The Federal Emergency Management Agency

This information was gather from
The Disaster Handbook 1998 National Edition 
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
University of Florida          
Handling Smoke Damage after a Fire
–Getting the Soot and Smoke Out
Section 13.17
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Water Damage Clean up and Mold Removal in Las Vegas NV | Mayberry's Maids

Residential & Commercial Mold Removal Services in Las Vegas & Henderson Nevada.

Black mold is a dangerous greenish-black fungus that colonizes in high-cellulose material like dry wall, carpet, wall paper, fiberboard, ceiling tiles, thermal insulation, and many other materials.
Toxic mold grows in areas where the relative humidity is over 54%. This particular type of fungus does not grow on plastic, vinyl, concrete products, or ceramic tiles. Mold is an environmental risk and brings up "due diligence" concerns regarding real estate, especially in property development areas where flooding or water damage has occurred.Molds are dangerous to your immune system and can lead to serious illnesses.
If you think you might have molds in your home, inhaling or touching toxic mold may cause health problems. Our certified mold inspectors are available for emergency dispatch. Our professional mold removal crew is equipped to remove molds from your home or business for a safer and healthier lifestyle.
Even though we provide mold removal services, these are a few things you should know about mold
1. Mold can be found pretty much anywhere, they can grow on anything as long as there is a small amount of moisture. Mold can grow on food, carpets, wood & paper.
2. Do not lay down carpet where leakage is possible. That’s one reason people do not have carpets in their kitchen. Do not lay a carpet by water fountains, sinks, on concrete floors that have leaks or wherever there is potential for water leakage. If your basement floods occasionally when it rains do not install carpets. Mold is almost guaranteed to form.
3. Always insulate areas where condensation can occur. Install insulation by windows, exterior walls & near the roof.
4. Mold should be cleaned off hard surfaces with water & detergent. After, make sure you dry completely. Materials that can absorb water or moisture should be replaced if mold has formed.
5. To decrease mold growth you should reduce the humidity inside. You can increase ventilation, use dehumidifiers & use exhaust fans whenever cooking & cleaning.
6. Always clean & dry wet or damp building materials asap to prevent the growth of mold.
7. Fix the leak, if you know where the leak is coming from try to fix it as best as possible. If you can’t do it yourself you can hire a professional company to do mold removal.
8. Clean up the mold & eliminate the source of moisture.
9. The best way to control indoor mold growth it to control the moisture.
10. The possible health effects that are associated with mold are allergic reactions, respiratory complaints and asthma.

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