5 Tips to Prevent Roof Leaks & Water Damage

The best way to stop a leaky roof is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Damage to your roof isn’t always preventable. Excessive rainwater and natural disasters aren’t controllable, or always predictable, factors. However, there are steps in prevention from the normal and everyday you can take as a homeowner. Small roof … Continued

How to Prevent Water Damage at Your Business

Sometimes water damage is unavoidable. Flooding and other natural disasters are unpredictable and cause a wide range of damages. However, appliances, pipes and drains, and roofing can all play a part in water damage. Fortunately, there are some measures you can take as a business owner to prevent water damage to your property. Drains & … Continued

The Truth Behind the Dangers of Black Mold in Your Home

Black mold has a nasty reputation and for good reason. It’s also known as stachybotrys chartarum, which is the most common type of toxic mold. This fungus breeds and lives off moisture. If your home has ever experienced flooding or pipe leakage, black mold is probably alive and hiding in your walls or floors around … Continued

5 Key Facts About Fire Restoration in Your Home

House fires are an emotional and traumatizing time for anyone, but it is important to act quickly to prevent further damage to your home. Flames are the culprit for the most visible damage to your property after a fire, but smoke, soot, and water share in the responsibility of damage too.  Odors from smoke and … Continued

Why Maine Mold Testing Is Important for Your Health

Mold, which are very small organisms that grow indoors and outdoors, is a problem year-round in Maine. There are many different types of mold, some being harmless and some being incredibly toxic. Mold thrives in warm, damp, environments. Basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry areas are prime breeding grounds for mold spores. Mold affects everyone differently. … Continued

How to Properly Avoid Carpet Mold After Water Damage

Flooding, burst pipes, and plumbing leaks are a nightmare for both home and businessowners. These annoyances are not planned and generally costly to repair. One of the biggest consequences of water damage is mold growth. Repairing water damage and eliminating mold spores, especially on carpeted areas, is baffling and stressful. Luckily, Octagon’s 24 hour emergency … Continued

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

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 … Continued

5 Warning Signs Your Home Has Mold

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 … Continued

How to Properly Remove Black Mold From Your Home

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 … Continued

The Importance of Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

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 … Continued