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Host A Wildwood Family for the Holidays

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Friday, November 13, 2015

MacFawn Fire and Flood Restoration is pleased to announce that after much consideration, we are sponsoring the Wildwood School's program students and residents this holiday season! There are lots of programs in the Capital Region that you can help with too!  There are so many families suffering in this economy in which we live and thrive and each year, many agencies put together programs to help these families through the holiday seasons. Children's lists to Santa are sent to donor families that will accept them, who then go out and shop for these items, wrap them and return them to the agency or the individual if they would like. 

Wildwood's families and students are in need of support, which is why we are going to help! Wildwood School provides comprehensive educational programming for students with developmental disability, autism spectrum, neurological impairments, profound learning disabilities and more with education and training to become as independent as possible. In the summers, they provide children with a summer camp full of activities and great leadership to continue their individualized educational programs throughout the summer. Wildwood goes wildly unnoticed, but provides a profoundly significant significant positive impact to the lives of developmentally disabled citizens throughout the Capital Region. 

We would love if if you too become more involved and when we launch our Go Fund Me Page, Go Fund Wildwood This Holiday, that you too consider the impact you might have by making a donation to their program this holiday season. There are residences throughout the region that house Wildwood Students, Summer Camp Needs and Educational supplies that they could use to get through the upcoming years! If you would rather donate directly, you can donate HERE

Mold Testing With Home Testing Kits

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Thursday, November 12, 2015

Recently there has been quite a bit of chatter regarding the efficacy of Mold Testing Kits for home use. Mold Testing Kits are used by individuals who generally have a notion that there might be mold growth in the structure. Samples are taken similarly to that of an Industrial Hygienist insofar as taking surface samples, indoor and outdoor samples and bulk samples with higher locale specificity in the home or room(s) effected by potential Mold. The samples are then sent to a commercial laboratory and read/ resulted remotely. While some of the kits have been used have great reviews, a recent study evidences that even the best home mold testing kits have inconsistent accuracy. 

MacFawn Fire and Flood Restoration provides free home inspections of Mold prior to ANY remediation. In order to attain accurate sampling, we typically call on a local Industrial Hygienist to visit the structure and take all necessary samples (indoor and outdoor). After samples of the outside air are collected for a baseline reading of the 'norm' or standard of mold content and type, samples are also gathered from various locations throughout the structure and read immediately in a local lab. As such, for obvious reasons (such as negating the issue of transit and any damage to the sample in transit), results of the laboratory tests are highly accurate and paint a picture for us to move forward with a solid remediation plan. The inspection of mold in any given structure is as much, if not MORE important that the sampling the mold. Being able to examine the physical attributes of the mold can give a contractor a better idea of the source, patters of migration and more. 

Sincerest Thanks To All Vetrans

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Wednesday, November 11, 2015

    Words can't express the gratitude to all those who have served and fought for the freedom we enjoy. As  the world turns with chaos in many directions, as Syria is rife with contempt and migration patterns flood every border, we enjoy our lives, our families and all of the little things that give our existence meaning. Cheers to the Veterans ; past and present and to freedom, to gratitude and to life! 

Mold Remediation and Respiration

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Monday, November 09, 2015

After an enlightening conversation with the one and only James Holland, one of the founding members of IICRC, it became evident that industry knowledge needs to be disseminated for proper remediation and restoration to take place. Over the next few weeks, we will review a number of topics and therein relate current practice to working theory.. 

One of the components to our conversation was Mr. Holland's advice to me insofar as reading up on mycotoxins; versus aflatoxins as we previously covered as being a known Human Carcinogen. As it turns out, mycotoxins are equally as dangerous.

Did you know that mycotoxins are one of the most poisonous substances known to man? Interestingly, mycotoxins, which are formed as a product of mold, are almost invisible to the immune system, thereby sneaking past any antigenic ability the body normally would have in warding off unwanted substances and toxicity in the bloodstream. The effects of mycotoxins (aside from ALSO being known carcinogens) are devastating. Long term exposure to mold, or acute exposure in large amounts can expose a person to those mycotoxins which have been evidenced to correlate with kidney damage, liver damage (and cancer), hemorrhage, changes in hormones, skin disorders, CNS (Central Nervous System) damage and much more. If you or anyone you know have an issue with mold (especially in the home), it's important to take all precautions and have a professional remediate the issue. There are very strict recommendations on respiration devices that are worn during Mold Remediation and a lot of scientific knowledge is analyzed in order to create current Industry Standards. 

Aflatoxins A Byproduct of Mold Is Known Carcinogen

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Friday, November 06, 2015

It is a well known fact that the byproducts of Mold can be far more dangerous to human health than Mold itself. Speaking to the issue of Aflatoxins as a well know immune suppressant, it is also evidenced that Aflatoxins have been found to have carcinogenic properties and have formally been identified in the scientific community as a carcinogen. 

Aflatoxins cause intracellular damage to human DNA in which accumulations of mutations lead to the formation of cancer cell growth in the human body, primarily in the liver. The liver is the powerhouse of the human body that metabolizes all foreign substances and pharmacological materials, so it makes good sense that a person who has had mold exposure would end up metabolizing that foreign substance in their liver(s). 

You might ask, how does it make it into the bloodstream? Good question. Your skin alone absorbs unto 33% of ANYTHING it comes in contact with (thus the reason why you should only use products that you wouldn't mind entering your bloodstream, because that is EXACTLY where they will end up). In this respect, the air that we breathe; if it is affected by an environment prime to being infiltrated with Mold from a previously flooded basement or the like, will lead to ingestion of mold and absorption into the bloodstream via respiration as it enters  the lung(s) (also leaving your lungs at risk for genetic mutation and cancer cell growth). 

This all boils down to ONE THING. If you think you might have a mold problem, it doesn't hurt to check AND RECHECK. 

How Mold Can Affect Your Health

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Thursday, November 05, 2015

It's relatively common knowledge that mold has been found to have strong correlations with Asthma, Bronchitis and many other illnesses, but other than the obvious pathway that mold can travel and physically interrupt biological activity, there is a much stronger force at work in concert with simply having physical exposure to mold.

Mold is a type of fungus that lives and breathes as any life form does. As such the biological function of mold in terms of excreting waste is the crux of why mold can be so dangerous to have in your environments. The by-product or waste of mold spores are toxins that are well known immune suppressants. This means that not only does the mold itself cause a disruption in your respiratory function, but the toxins that it makes as a result of it's own metabolic state is a secondary substance that is even more ominous than the first. Over time, the exposure leaves nothing but a bleak prognosis for those who live in the presence of mold (whether they are bothered by it physically or not).

Here are just a few of the reasons you should stay away from Mold or call in a professional to help if you see it going in your home. Professionals will contain the area(s) so as not to spread it around the house or structure and help protect you and your family against the grim effects of direct exposure. The following are well know correlates to being exposed to aflatoxins:

          • Mental impairment
          • Abdominal Pain
          • Vomiting
          • Convulsions
          • Edema
          • Pulmonary Edema
          • Hemorrhaging
          • Disruption of food digestion, absorption or metabolism
          • Coma
          • Death
          • Liver Damage
  • Growth and development impairment 
  • Liver cancer due to DNA mutation caused by aflatoxins

Call MacFawn Fire and Flood today to have an assessment of your moisture levels, mold growth and levels and a comprehensive professional analysis of your home or business. 877-MAC FAWN

MacFawn Takes Social Media

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Monday, November 02, 2015

Hope you all had a great Halloween! It's time to get back to business and prepare for a long winter. We have been working steadily on professional development courses here on the home front at  the MacFawn Headquarters. As we near the winter months we hope to get our name back out into the community and we need your help! 

We noticed that we are lacking in Reviews. Having been in business for almost 30 years, we hope that some of you might take a moment out of your day and help with Yelp, Google + or the like in terms of reviewing our business. Please, would you mind reviewing MacFawn if you have been serviced by us in the past? We would love your feedback and support so we know we are doing a great job and what we can do better! 

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration! 



Clear Your Storm Drains

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Clear your storm drains! We are expecting cold rain and snow. Cleaning the storm drains and basins around your home(s) and business(es) can be a great preventive measure in anticipation of rain to prevent flooding! With the fall foliage now falling steadily, storm drains throughout the Capital Region are covered and water cannot pass through the leaves. This is a recipe for flooding folks! 

We are here if you need us. 877-MACFAWN

We Are Now Proud Members of NYRCI and ICRA

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Tuesday, October 27, 2015

We at MacFawn Fire and Flood Restoration are delighted to announce that our membership applications for both NYRCI (New York Rug Cleaners Institute) and ICRA (International Cleaning and Restoration) have been accepted and approved. These prestigious membership appointments are essential to maintaining the course of education and professional development that industry leaders must take in order to stay current on application and practice in any given service domain.

Historically, NYRCI has been a leader in the field of Restoration. Founded in 1918 after WWI, NYRCI developed way to clean carpets, rugs and upholstery without using the harsh and unreliable processes  that defined the industry. With collaboration and education, NYRCI meets regularly throughout the year to discuss new technology and chemical processes that are aligned with the mission of maintaining best evidenced practice and putting theory into practice.

ICRA is a leader in the field of Cleaning and Restoration. Comprised of six organizations: CRA, PACR, MCRA, MCPCA, SCRT and NYRCI. Collectively ICRA offers international leadership in creating and maintaining educational programs that are aimed to deepen the understanding of scientific principles behind industry applications as well as support the development of  and strengthen relationships within industry communities. Offering in-depth knowledge on assessment techniques, cleaning techniques and more, ICRA stands as a pillar in the Cleaning and Restoration Industry. 

MacFawn Fire and Flood Restoration's mission is to be a pillar in the Albany Area, offering the best service at the best prices with the most educated personnel in the area and industry. 

New York State Department of Labor Approved Training Providers for Mold Licensing

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The following training providers have been approved by the New York State Department of Labor for licensing in the new Mold Program. This list is updated as providers are approved. This information is located at the New York State Department of Labor site. For a more accurate list of providers, be sure to check their site. This will be updated as often as we are contacted by the DOL with any new providers. COMING SOON: LICENSED ASSESSORS 

Mold Assessor Training Course (32-hour course) 

Cats Home Inspection School, LLC

  1. Mold Remediation Contractor Course (24-hour course) 
  2. Mold Abatement Worker Course (16-hour course)