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Why You Need A Professional For Mold Clean-Up

Did you know that over 25% of Americans are born with a predisposition to mold-related illnesses? That’s a big problem, considering over 45 million buildings in the U.S. have unhealthy mold levels in their air. Mold growth is an issue in modern housing, and removing it can pose a significant challenge. Professional remediation can be expensive and time-consuming, so, understandably, many people prefer to handle it on their own. But is mold removal something that has to be done by a professional, or can the average person take care of it? 

The short answer? Maybe. It depends on many factors, but usually, mold remediation needs to be handled by a professional unless the affected area is small and easily accessible for treatment. If you’re trying to decide whether your mold problem is a DIY situation, consider the following before getting started:

The Golden Rule of Mold Remediation

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends professional remediation for any mold situation larger than 10 square feet. They also recommend professional remediation for any water damage or sewage-related mold problems, due to the hazardous situations and materials involved. 

Mold Removal Is Dangerous

Mold spores often contain mycotoxins that contribute to diseases and illnesses in the human body. In large amounts, mold can even cause death. Even if a mold problem is smaller than 10 square feet, the wall, floor, or ceiling affected could have asbestos in it. Asbestos is highly toxic and causes respiratory illness and damage. This means any building built before the 1980s needs to be tested for asbestos before any building materials impacted by mold are removed. Bear in mind that these risks remain even in more minor mold situations, and professionals have the gear to protect themselves from these hazards. 

Professional Work Means Professional Knowledge

Remediation cost is a big factor homeowners consider when choosing to do mold remediation on their own. The trouble is, while removing the evident mold may be easy, a DIY job can quickly lead to a far more expensive professional job farther down the line. 

DIYers generally don’t have the experience to know whether mold has extended beyond the clearly impacted area. But mold grows and travels quickly through organic materials in a building. Mold in the bathroom can spread through the walls to the floors.  Mold can even invade a home’s ductwork. A professional mold specialist knows to look for possible spreading and can investigate the house for any hidden colonies of mold. 

Professional Work Means Professional Results

When it comes to mold removal, the reality is that professional remediation services have tools and abilities that a DIYer typically does not. For proper mold remediation, professionals utilize expensive HEPA vacuum cleaners, antimicrobial cleaning agents, and power tools. These materials are costly, and in some cases can be dangerous to work with. Professionals know how to use their machinery safely without posing a risk to your home.

These tools and resources, combined with the experience and knowledge of the professionals, guarantee better results. Improperly remediated mold may grow back or continue growing in hidden nooks and crannies. But the experts know to properly clean and seal an area to prevent mold resurgence. Their job is not just to remove mold but also to prevent regrowth and hazardous scenarios in the future. Most DIYers simply aren’t set up to handle long-term mold prevention. 

When mold situations have grown out of control, it’s best to work with a professional. At Green Genie Environmental, your safety and comfort are our priority. Our experts know how to handle any situation that comes their way. Call us today at 716-466-6653 for all your mold removal and remediation needs. 

Flood waters can wreck your property in minutes.

How To Clean Up After Flood Damage

Flood waters can wreck your property in minutes.
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Flood damage can turn your home from a quiet, relaxing place to a disaster zone in minutes. While you can take a few measures to be prepared for dangerous floodwaters, nothing can stop the waters from causing flood damage to your home. However, after flood damage, you can take the proper steps to restore your home as quickly as possible and to ensure your family’s safety. Green Genie Environmental is here to help with flood damage experts dedicated to restoring your home in an eco-friendly way.

Roll Call

First, make sure everyone in your household, including your furry friends, is safe. If someone is unaccounted for, make sure to locate them as soon as possible and call authorities if you can’t find them. This is also an excellent time to check to make sure others in your neighborhood are safe. Help those in need and band together on the initial cleanup. 

Safely Assess the Damage

The next step after a flood is to safely assess the damage to your home. If it is not safe to do so on your own, leave it to a professional. You should never enter floodwater where electrical wiring may be exposed to water or contaminated sites. If – and only if – it is safe to do, you should create a list cataloging the damage to your home and lost personal belongings. Taking photographs is also a wise idea to help document the extent of your home’s property damage. Follow this up by immediately calling your homeowner’s insurance company to escalate the process of returning your home to normal quickly. 

Flood Damage Risks

Flood damage can be particularly concerning since it carries a series of health risks for homeowners. Floodwaters sweep through homes, streets, sewer systems, and backyards. They bring animals, insects, sewage waste, trash, and a whole disgusting stew of deadly bacteria and sediments. 

The longer you wait to have your floodwater damage problem fixed, the worse the problem will become. These waters spread quickly and become a catalyst for several other issues, including mold growth, structural damage, and electrical malfunctions. 

Go Green! 

At Green Genie Environmental, we tackle all your flood water cleanup problems with eco-friendly solutions. We can help with mold, mildew, and bacteria mitigation, and we use a rapid drying method to quickly dry out your home’s interior. Green Genie Environmental offers exterior cleaning services to help clean up flood damage outside your home. We only use USDA-approved natural cleaning solutions, because we believe your home should be clean and safe for your family. All of our cleaning materials are safe for children, pets, and plants, and will not leave harmful toxins on your personal belongings or home surfaces. 

Contact Green Genie Environmental

Dangerous floodwaters can ruin your property quickly, but Green Genie Environmental also acts rapidly. Unfortunately, nothing can stop the power of floodwater completely, but when this happens, we are here to help. Green Genie Environmental Services is ready to help 24/7, and we respond to most cases within the hour by phone at 716-466-6653. Our promise to clients is to never compromise their family’s health by using complex chemicals and pollutants. We clean your home efficiently with only eco-friendly solutions. 

 

Storm damage can wreck havoc on your home.

Things You Should Do After Storm Damage

Storm damage can wreck havoc on your home.
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Storm damage can wreak havoc on your home. Nobody can totally prepare for the unexpected costs that come with thunder and windstorms. Rising water levels, destructive winds, and even heavy rainfall can all impact your property after a large storm. However, you can make life easier after severe storm damage by taking these steps and calling Green Genie Environmental. Here are a few things you should not hesitate to do after a storm damages your home.

Assess the Damage

The first thing you should do after a storm is to assess the damage. You need to know what has been ruined, what can be saved, and what you need to clean up. Depending on the type of storm and location of your property, damage can vary. Types of storm damage include fallen trees, roof leaks, structure complications, high water, backed-up sewers, and electrical issues. Once you know which categories of damage your property has sustained, such as water and wind, then you can proceed to the cleanup. 

Remember to Stay Safe

After a storm, many hazards lurk nearby. Power lines could be down in standing water near your home. Tree limbs could be precariously perched, ready to fall at any moment. Floodwaters could be much deeper than they appear. Because of this, it is essential to remember to stay safe and take precautions. Do not leave your home more than necessary until it’s declared safe to do so by storm cleanup officials. 

Other Things To Remember

  • Band together with your neighbors to ensure everyone is okay and to work together on cleanup.
  • Avoid driving more than needed. Check road conditions and avoid flooded areas. 
  • You don’t want to risk flooding sewer lines, so make sure that your plumbing is functional before flushing any toilets. 
  • Keep pets inside.
  • Operate generators outside in the open air, away from windows and doors.
  • Be very careful climbing ladders or working on roofs.
  • Use extreme caution if using a chainsaw to cut trees or branches.
  • Cover leaking roofs before the next rain to prevent further water damage.
  • Remove wet rugs and carpet from floors.
  • Open windows and run fans if you have water damage in your home.

Call Your Insurance

One of the most critical steps after sustaining storm damage is to contact your insurance provider(s). Sometimes the damage is not limited to your property but may also affect vehicles, boats, and other belongings. Make sure to safely document any damage with photos/videos before calling your insurance. It may also be helpful to write a list of items and property that sustained damage. Do not hesitate to leave messages or contact your insurance through multiple avenues if they are slow to respond. After a severe storm, insurance providers are busy dealing with many calls; persistence is key.

Call Green Genie Environmental 

Once you have assessed the damage, documented things properly for your insurance, and remembered to put safety first, you will want to get your cleanup and repairs started. Green Genie Environmental offers a wide array of storm damage cleanup services, including wind- and water-related cleanup. We also promise to meet our customers’ needs in an environmentally friendly manner. At Green Genie, we never use chemical agents that could be harmful to people, pets, plants, and belongings. Our services include roof and exterior, water mitigation and restoration, and duct cleaning. 

When storm damage threatens to take over your life and home, call Green Genie Environmental immediately. Whether you are an individual whose home was damaged or a business owner whose property took an enormous hit, we are here for you. Call us at 716-466-6653.

Sewage Backup is a dangerous problem that can be mitigated.

3 Ways You Can Prevent Sewage Backup In Your Home

Sewage Backup is a dangerous problem that can be mitigated.
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Sewage backup is one thing no homeowner ever wants to deal with. It is essential to take precautions to protect your home from this smelly problem. Sewage backup can be particularly dangerous and damaging. The amount of water backed up can cause serious trouble to floors and belongings on its own.  It can also add to the risk of spreading diseases and growing harmful mold spores within the confines of your living quarters.

Green Genie offers 24/7, eco-friendly clean-up for sewage backup, including water removal, reduced tear-out, and mold remediation. All services use eco-friendly and natural solutions, proven to remove harmful bacteria without putting you at further risk. 

However, it is best to avoid sewage backup in the first place. There are many things you can do to protect your home from this hidden danger. Several factors can contribute to backup: for example, tree roots entering sewer lines, high levels of rainfall within a short period, and blockages inside a building’s plumbing system. Here are three things you can do to prevent sewage backup in your home. 

Be Careful of What You Flush & Rinse

One of the most common contributors to a sewage backup is the improper disposal of items in the sink and toilet. Not everything can be flushed or washed down the drain safely. For instance, you should never dump cooking oil or grease down the drain; this can solidify in the pipes and become a catalyst for backup. Similarly, diapers, feminine hygiene products, facial tissues, and other paper products not designed to be flushed can easily create blockage in pipes. Always make sure to dispose of all items properly to avoid unnecessary clogs. 

Cut Tree Roots 

You should also regularly cut tree roots that are close to active sewage systems. Tree roots can grow into and around sewage lines damaging the system. If you have had recurring problems with this in the past, you should not overlook this harmful factor. 

Install a Backwater Valve

Finally, it is always good to have a safety net such as a backwater valve installed. The purpose of this valve is to keep any sewage from flowing into your basement should the primary sewer system begin to back up. You will still be able to operate sinks and toilets as usual, but the switch will not allow further water to flow back into your home. 

Green Genie Can Help If You’re Facing Sewage Backup

Nobody wants to have to deal with a disgusting, stinky, dangerous, and damaging sewage backup. Everybody should check their homes’ sewage systems regularly and work to avoid plumbing issues in the first place. Unfortunately, all the preparation isn’t enough sometimes. In that case, professional clean-up is needed immediately. Green Genie Environmental Services is ready to help 24/7, and we respond to most cases within the hour. Reach us by phone at 716-466-6653.

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4 Reasons You Need Professional Water Damage Clean-Up

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The consequences of a flood can be far more severe than you realize. It may seem like the worst damage is that everything is wet and ruined, but it can be far greater than what is seen initially. The classic mistake made by homeowners is underestimating the effects of water damage. Our experts at Green Genie Environmental have the equipment and expertise to handle any water damage that might happen to your home. Our water damage clean-up services are even environmentally friendly. Give us a call today if you experience water damage in your home.

Avoid Mold Growth With Water Damage Clean-Up

Mold growth is typically the most common consequence after a flood or water damage. The increased level of moisture leads to mold and mildew growing inside your home. Make sure to take the proper precautions after water damage and clean up as soon as possible. One of our professionals can help you make sure that mold does not become an issue. Mold can be very hazardous to you and your family’s health and cause various respiratory problems. 

Contaminated Water 

If the water that has flooded your home comes from sewage, it can be a contaminated source. This type of floodwater contains E. Coli bacteria, which can cause serious gastrointestinal illness. Other bacterial pathogens, like staphylococcus and streptococcus, can lead to things like skin infections. Additional bacteria sources can cause illness with diarrhea, vomiting, fever, stomach pain, and even dehydration. If you think that the floodwater in your home might be contaminated, avoid it altogether and call in one of our professionals to take care of the cleaning and restoration process.

Structural Issues 

It is essential after a flood to make sure there are no significant damages to the structural part of your home. This can be extremely dangerous. If you begin to see cracks in the walls of your property or the foundation, call in a professional right away. It will be vital for them to check for structural damage because this damage is not always visible. However, parts of your home can still be vulnerable to collapse without much warning. 

Electrical Issues 

One of the first steps after water damage is to turn off the electric source to your home. If this is not done, it can lead to the risk of electrocution. This should be fixed as soon as possible, because it can also lead to other electrical damage inside your home. Make sure to call in a professional if you are not sure how to handle this process. Remember that floodwater can even get into outlets and circuits inside your home. 

Call In A Professional

It is always best to stay on the safe side and call in a professional after your home has experienced water damage. Our experts at Green Genie Environmental will take care of water damage and repairs so that you don’t have to worry about it. We are here to help you get your life and your home back to normal. Give us a call today.

Mold removal for your business

Places Mold Can Be Growing In Your Business

Mold removal for your business

If the growth of mold gets bad enough in your place of business, the building may shut down due to health issues affecting you and other employees. Because of these health issues and the negative impact on your business, it is crucial to make sure mold is prevented. When conditions are more humid, mold can thrive and grow more readily. However, the mold can be prevented through regular maintenance of your commercial building. If mold is an issue for your business, call Green Genie Environmental today. Here are some of the most common places mold can grow in your building.

Check The Roof 

For some commercial buildings, mold can grow on the roof. Rain, cracks, or damage can cause mold to get inside the building. This is how mold spreads even further. It is essential to check these areas. Thoroughly inspect the building’s attic or top floor to ensure the mold has not made its way in. 

Inspect All Seals 

After checking the roof, you may notice that there are cracks or leaks. Any water that seeps into the building from these cracks will cause water damage and mold issues. Other areas where mold can grow are the lounges or commercial kitchens. Check under sinks and behind appliances that emit steam or heat. Mold could be growing in these small confined spaces. Thorough cleaning and drying can reduce the chance of mold growth in these spaces of your commercial building. Also, check bathrooms for mold or water damage from leaky pipes or toilets. Maintenance or cleaning staff may not realize that the water on the ground is actually from a leak. Be sure to check all bathroom appliances. 

Maintain Your HVAC System 

Finally, your commercial HVAC system can be the most significant breeding ground for mold growth. It is vital to keep your systems maintained and working correctly. As moisture builds up inside the systems, it then expels mold into the building’s air through all vents where the air travels. This can be especially harmful to your own and your employees’ health. Mold can cause significant respiratory issues, nausea, headaches, and joint pain. That sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen. Protect your employees from decay, and make sure to schedule regular maintenance on your HVAC systems.

Additionally, you should clean out vents and replace the filters as stated on the packaging. This is an item that often gets forgotten. Built-up dust and lint will prevent the air from flowing correctly. Moisture will begin to condensate on the HVAC system, which causes mold to grow inside the system. Mildew can ruin the entire system. Changing the filters and maintaining the system can save you thousands down the road. 

Call In The Professionals For Mold Removal

If your place of business has a mold issue, make sure to contact the team at Green Genie Environmental. Our expert team has the proper equipment and expertise to treat any commercial mold issue. We are specifically trained in the mold removal process. Give us a call today for a quote.

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Professional Basement Water Extraction in Cleveland Hill

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If you find yourself in need of professional basement water extraction, it’s probably because your home recently flooded. You do not want to turn that into a stressful do-it-yourself project. Homeowners in Cleveland Hill trust Green Genie Environmental to take care of their property with an eco-friendly focus. 

You might be wondering what our process is like. Here is how we do it: 

Find The Source of Flooding

We start by finding the flooding source in your basement and make sure it doesn’t continue to damage your home. Once we fix the leak, we formulate a plan specific to you based on the level of damage and flooding. We always take the proper precautions if harmful materials are present, like sewage or biohazard waste.

The Restoration Process Begins 

Once the flooding and water source have become contained, the restoration process will begin in your basement. Keep in mind, reputable companies like Green Genie Environmental start the restoration process immediately. It would help if you did not have to wait days after the initial evaluation occurred for the clean-up to begin. 

If you have carpet in your basement, this will be one of the first things to be removed. It’s the ability to absorb water and trap bacteria that will make this item the priority. We will begin by pulling up the carpet and padding to assess what can come back into the basement and what will be disposed of. Do not try to remove permanent carpet or flooring on your own; let the professionals take care of this. 

Checking The Walls and Floorboards

The sheetrock and baseboards of your home can be very absorbent. The pros will assess the level of damage. Water damage to these areas can cause the materials to buckle and swell. This can affect the wall framing as well as the insulation. Pros will remove the material, begin repairs, and determine what can be salvaged.

Cleaning and Disinfection 

Floods can bring in microorganisms that are hazardous to you and your family’s health. Our experts at Green Genie Environmental will ensure that your home is cleaned and sanitized during the basement water extraction process. 

The Drying Process

Once we remove the water from the area, the drying process can begin. This involves using advanced drying machines and methods. We place air movers and dehumidifiers around the affected area. We then utilize high-tech air scrubbers to remove odors and contaminants from the air. The drying process can take 3-5 days to complete. 

Check For Mold

Often, a flooded basement can lead to mold growth and damage, especially in high moisture areas with little to no light. Our experts at Green Genie check for mold growth before leaving your residence. Additionally, contaminated water can lead to mold growth that can cause coughing and other respiratory issues. 

After the completion of these steps, our restoration professionals will inspect the structural damage. A quality restoration service provider like Green Genie is committed to restoring your basement to its original, pre-flood condition. If you live in the Cleveland Hill area, call us today or visit our website to learn more about our services. 

When Water Damage Happens, Call the Pros

When Water Damage Happens, Call the Pros

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A flooded home can be one of the most devastating events that can happen to a homeowner and their family. For most, it means an evacuated home, damaged materials, ruined floors, and potential mold. It can be an overwhelming process, and most people do not know where to start when it comes to water damage restoration. If you find yourself dealing with a flood, consider hiring the professionals at Green Genie Environmental who specialize in an eco-friendly service. Here are a few things you can do if you experience flood damage in your home. 

Keep Your Family Safe

Start by turning off the power. Turning off the power to your home and specific areas will help protect you and your family from the risk of electrocution. If you have to enter an area of standing water, wait and call an electrician. 

Wear Protective Gear

Make sure to wear protective clothing like rubber boots and gloves. When you re-enter your home, this gear will keep you from getting sick from potentially contaminated water. 

Protect Your Valuables

If you have wooden furniture, you can place aluminum foil under the furniture to make sure that it does not stain your carpet. Make sure to remove the carpets as well and begin drying them out. 

Call a Professional for Eco-Friendly Water Damage Restoration

With water damage restoration, you should call a professional who has the right equipment and expertise to fully clean up and restore your home. Our team at Green Genie Environmental is available for your water damage clean-up needs. 

Dry Out Your Home

Once you have called a professional to help with the clean-up and all the standing water has been removed, the restoration process can begin. If you can turn your electricity back on, use your central air conditioning to help remove the humidity. You can use floor fans and dehumidifiers to help dry out the remaining areas, like floors and walls. Drying out your home will help get rid of mildew and molds. If you can begin drying your home within 24 hours, the risk of mold decreases dramatically. 

Check for Mold After Water Damage

Mold can begin developing after the first 24 hours of a flood, and once it has started growing it will be difficult to remove it from your home. The faster you can begin drying things out, the better chance you have of avoiding mold. If you do begin to have mold issues, call a professional immediately to help remove them. It can be harmful to you and your family’s health. 

Eco-Friendly Professional 

Green Genie Environmental is a better option for your water damage restoration and cleaning needs. Everything we do helps to support a stronger and healthier future for your home and family. We use unique green tools that help set us apart from competitors. Our technicians at Green Genie Environmental are all trained in safe, natural cleaning techniques, and they only use eco-friendly solutions.

 

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How to Handle Water Damage in Western New York

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Finding water damage in your basement or ceiling is one of the most dreaded problems for homeowners. If you lived in New York in the fall of 2012, you might have vivid memories of the havoc Superstorm Sandy caused. However, it doesn’t take a major hurricane to bring water damage to your home—even a relatively small amount of water can be destructive.

Water damage can be a big headache. It can even cause dangerous mold to begin to grow in your home. Call a professional at Green Genie today for all your water damage problems.

Locate the Source of Water Damage

When you spot water damage or leaking, it is essential to locate the damage source to stop further damage from happening inside your home without your knowledge. Before you begin to manage the water that you can see, you must find the source. Depending on the damage, this might require the help of an expert.

Remove Standing Water

After you have located the source, it is time to get out the wet vac, mop, or whatever you have to begin cleaning up the standing water in your home. Whether it is running or standing, water in your home can cause significant damage to the walls and floor. It can even seep through into places that will be hard to clean. It can also cause mold to grow, which can be harmful to your health.

If the water damage occurs on the second or third floor, it can be more damaging than if it appeared in the basement.

Limit Further Damage

It is essential to move fast when it comes to water damage. The longer it sits, the worse it gets for your walls, floors, and furnishings. You might want to remove the furniture and other fixtures that could be affected by water damage. If you live in an apartment, it might be best to call a professional immediately to make sure water is not spreading and seeping into the lower floors.

If your furniture has gotten wet and cannot be moved out of the home, consider placing it on foam blocks to allow airflow underneath. This will help dry out the furniture and allow you access to the floor beneath it. Depending on how your insurance policy is written, you should make every attempt to mitigate the damage and prevent further damage. Make sure to take lots of photos and act fast.

It can take several weeks for the floors to dry out completely and for you to see the damage’s full extent. More significant issues and mold growth starts behind the walls, so it is crucial to hire a professional who has the tools and know-how to make sure your home is fully inspected and taken care of after water damage.

The experts at Green Genie understand all aspects of the water damage process and are available to help you get through this stressful time. We are a trusted company for Western New Yorkers regarding water damage clean-up, water damage restoration, and mold remediation.

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The Benefits of Professional Mold Removal

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Professional mold removal is a necessary service when stopping any and all mold growth. Mold creates serious problems for any building. The benefits of professional mold removal include knowledge, experience, and equipment to ensure the job is completed efficiently and properly.

Mold Removal Knowledge

Professional mold removal companies know how to properly remove mold. Property owners often try to handle their own mold removal projects. They typically do not have the knowledge to actually investigate the cause of the mold and eliminate its source allowing mold problems to continue. However mold problems will continue to exist because source was not removed. Not everyone is equipment to professional remove mold. Licensed professionals will take the proper course of action to remove  any black mold, fungus, and or mildew.

Mold Removal Experience

Completing a professional mold removal project requires years of experience. People with little experience often struggle completing different mold removal projects. Contracting professional mold removers guarantees that the project is completed in a timely manner. IICRC certified professionals with experience will locate the source of the issue. They will be able to put a mold removal strategy in place without any guessing involved.

Mold Removal Tools and Equipment

Professional mold removal equipment is necessary to complete any type of mold removal project. A project may seem fairly easy however not using the proper equipment can allow the problem to persist. The newest and latest mold removal technologies are too expensive for the average home or business owner to purchase. Do it yourself mold removal kits sold at hardware stores are not safe. They often consist of harmful chemicals that are as hazardous as the mold they remove. Professional mold removal companies will have the best eco-friendly tools at their disposal to safely prevent further mold growth. Industrial grade, eco-friendly mold removal products eliminate the need for harmful chemicals.

Safety equipment is another necessity when completing any mold removal project. Without the best safety equipment however a mold remover subjects themselves to hazard toxins and pollutants. This can lead to harmful illness or even death. It isn’t worth risking your life to save on mold removal costs.

Professional mold removal companies will eliminate mold, fungus, or mildew and their sources better than the average property owner will. These businesses have the right skill set and technology to handle mold removal projects. Contact a professional to remove mold and eliminate any risk to your building and health. Call the mold removal professionals at Green Genie Cleaning at 716-221-6829 for the best eco-friendly mold removal services in West New York.

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