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The Truth Behind the Dangers of Black Mold in Your Home

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… Read more »

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5 Key Facts About Fire Restoration in Your Home

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… Read more »

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Why Maine Mold Testing Is Important for Your Health

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…. Read more »

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How to Properly Avoid Carpet Mold After Water Damage

How to Properly Avoid Carpet Mold After Water Damage

Flooding, burst pipes, and plumbing leaks are a nightmare for both home and business owners. 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… Read more »

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5 Warning Signs Your Home Has Mold

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… Read more »

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How to Properly Remove Black Mold From Your Home

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… Read more »

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The Importance of Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

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… Read more »

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3 Common Misconceptions about Mold Mitigation

3 Common Misconceptions about Mold Mitigation

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… Read more »

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Furnace Puff Backs: Prevention & Cleanup

Furnace Puff Backs: Prevention & Cleanup

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… Read more »

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