• How to Tell If Hidden Mold In Your Home Is Making You Sick (1)

How to Tell If Hidden Mold in Your Home Is Making You Sick

By |July 5th, 2016|

The scary thing about the symptoms of hidden mold in your home is that they’re commonly diagnosed as a head cold or the flu. Often, people who are severely affected by mold see several doctors and specialists before figuring out that mold is the culprit to their unexplained sickness.

Mold exposure can cause a staggering amount […]

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5 Warning Signs Your Home Has Mold

By |June 30th, 2016|

Mold removal should be trusted to the experts, and Octagon is the smart choice for families and businesses in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

According to ABC News, mold in your home is nearly unavoidable. “Mold spores are everywhere,” said Meg Hamilton, CEO of Hamilton Thorne Biosciences. “They’re in your house, in your attic, on the […]

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How to Properly Remove Black Mold From Your Home

By |June 7th, 2016|

A natural first reaction to mold in our homes is to remove it, however if you detect toxic black mold in your home do not go near it. When black mold is disturbed it can release a lot of mycotoxins in the air, which will pollute your house—and subsequently your health.

Upon detecting black mold in […]

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The Importance of Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

By |May 4th, 2016|

While the topic of air duct cleaning has been a hot debate in recent years between the HVAC industry and its consumers, there are many reasons it is important to both your home and health. According to the NACDA—The HVAC Inspection, Maintenance, and Restoration Association, “if your ducts look dirty, they probably are.” By conducting […]

  • 3 Common Misconceptions About Mold Mitigation (1)

3 Common Misconceptions about Mold Mitigation

By |April 5th, 2016|

Several factors can lead to the presence of Indoor mold in a business or home, including:

Chronic humidity and condensation
Poor ventilation
Improper appliance exhaust
Improperly mitigated water damage

Whatever the reason, once discovered, it’s important to take steps to properly remove and mitigate the mold once and for all by hiring a mold remediation company. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions and advice out there that lead some home and business owners to try to remove the mold themselves…which is almost never successful. […]

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Furnace Puff Backs: Prevention & Cleanup

By |March 21st, 2016|

Any home or business that is heated with an oil furnace runs the risk of experiencing a furnace puff back. If you aren’t familiar with puff backs, they are caused when an oil burner doesn’t immediately ignite, allowing oil fumes to build up prior to ignition. The result is a small explosion, similar to a car backfiring, of the un-burned oil that sends soot through the furnace or boiler’s exhaust system and/or air ducts right into your house or business – coating walls, bedding, drapes, furniture and more. […]

  • 6 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Your Winter Vacation Facebook

6 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Your Winter Vacation

By |February 15th, 2016|

If you are planning on getting away this winter, you need to make sure your home is ready for your vacation before you start shopping for flip flops and sunscreen. We have been fortunate in New England that so far the winter has been relatively mild, but cold temperatures and snow storms are very common in February, March and sometimes even April. By planning how to best prepare your home for your absence you can protect it from potential hazards, and save a little money as well – freeing up some extra cash for souvenirs. […]

  • 3 things to do if your pipes burst

3 Things to Do if Your Pipes Burst

By |February 12th, 2016|

Burst pipes typically occur when temperatures dip well below the freezing mark and water in the pipes freezes, then expands. Older homes tend to be more vulnerable, but it can happen to any home depending on how well the pipes are insulated and where they are located.

If your pipe should burst, you need to act fast to stop or mitigate any potential water damage. […]

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4 Winter Carpet Cleaning Tips

By |January 28th, 2016|

Winters in Maine and New Hampshire aren’t just tough on the outside of your home, they can also be challenging to the inside as you and your family track snow, dirt and salt inside – all of which can potentially stain and damage your carpet. By following a few simple cleaning tips, you can keep your carpeting clean and remove or reduce any salt stains. […]

  • 6 Ways to Prevent Ice Dams

6 Easy Ways to Prevent Ice Dams

By |January 11th, 2016|

Snow and cold weather have finally arrived in Maine and New Hampshire, which is great news for ski resorts but can often lead to headaches for homeowners. Along with rising heating bills, another side effect of winter weather is an increased chance of ice dams forming on your roof.

Ice dams are continuous blocks of ice that form along the edges of your roof due to melting snow. They occur when all or part of your roof heats up to 32 degrees. This is typically caused by heat from your home escaping through the roof, often as a result of a warm attic. The escaping heat melts patches of snow on your roof, causing it to trickle to the edge where it refreezes as the temperature cools – creating an ice dam. The more snow on the roof, the greater the heat loss, and the longer period of time that temperatures remain below freezing, the greater the chances are that an ice dam will form. […]