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Snow Mold in the Midwest

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Friday, February 26, 2016

Generally around this time, the Northeast experiences the melting phase after a long winter. This year, while we aren't experiencing the standard NY thaw, other regions that had plenty of snow this winter are.  Because of the fluctuation in temperature this year, with unseasonably warm and unseasonably cold days throughout the winter, in many places- this has stopped the snow from completely melting for longer than average.

Some exerts have declared this year's snow mold as being the worst they have ever seen. IN Colorado, where snow melts away as quickly as it falls- the snow has covered the ground most of the winter. What was uncovered- was large amounts of fungi from moisture being sequestered all winter without ventilation.

Mold is a natural part of the environment. It is always ubiquitous to our outdoor environments especially. In the case of snow mold, while this isn't a mold species that has the same deadly effects as black mold, it is still recommended to clean up areas in your yard in which it is observed.

An All Too Common Misconcenption Mold is NOT Only Dangerous to People Woo Are Allergic

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Thursday, February 18, 2016

It's not often that we at MacFawn Fire & Flood utilize this blog in the traditional sense of blogging; in terms of opinion as it pertains to fact and debate as it pertains to content. We recently attended a professional development course in mold. Interestingly, despite representation by a (number of) member(s) of the scientific community, there still existed a substantive void in terms of information about the true nature of the toxicity of mold.

Aligned with the position of the CDC, mold has - for a very long time been considered by health care professionals and civilians as being a substance that is merely an allergen; only affecting those who are allergic. In recent years however, a body of research has surfaced in scientific literature that points to mold as being perhaps one of the single MOST UNDERSTUDIED public health antagonists in the world because of the deadly effects of mold's byproducts, mycotoxins.

It came as no surprise to hear a member of the scientific community characterize mold as being harmless. However, in light of recent legislation in New York State, it seems as though we have a long road ahead for educating the community about the potential long term effects of mold on human health.

It is important to remember that the Center for Disease Control does characterize mold as being dangerous to the young, the old and the immunocompromised. But it is critical to recall that mycotoxins (created and secreted by mold continuously) are characterized by the CDC as being deadly. Some mycotoxins are human carcinogens! While mold and mycotoxins (a.k.a. endotoxins/ bio toxins) are technically two separate substance classifications, they are most certainly not mutually exclusive.

Chemical Cleaning Gives You Exactly 20 Minutes of Protection

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Thursday, February 11, 2016

Did you know that standard chemical cleaning products' effects last AT MOST for 6 HOURS? After the first 20 minutes, pollutants begin to accumulate and at the 6 hour mark, the surface returns to it's pre-treated state!

That's right folks, that's 6 HOURS (AT BEST). Generally, once you wipe a surface down, the maximum cleanliness effect lasts only about 20 minutes. At that point viral and biological material, dust and debris and other environmental pollutants airborne and otherwise, slowly re-contaminate the space cleaned. At the 4 hour marker, the space is almost always exactly what it was before you cle...aned and at the 6 hour mark, no different- given that traffic doesn't change.

Our new CAS (Cationic antimicrobial surfactant) Treatments as a part of our Clean Buildings Solutions program, has been scientifically evidenced to provide FULL ongoing protection for 90 DAYS! There are NO CHEMICALS involved- only electromagnetic energy that zaps microbial culprits and pulls them into it's electrical field continually. It is AMZINGLY EFFECTIVE against black mold (Aspergillis) and will save you the headache of needing to use sub lethal amounts of chemical cleaning products to keep your space up to par. Call today!

Clean Buildings 2016

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Tuesday, February 09, 2016

We are pleased to announce or new Clean Buildings initiative. As a resolution for the new year, we at MacFawn Fire and Flood Restoration have decided to get back to our roots and expand operations to (once again) include not only remediation and restoration work, but sustainable cleaning. As a service provider of some of the largest and most comprehensive facilities in the area, we have honed in on some of the factors that can affect the momentum of a business, especially in the winter months.

Some people view 'Facilities Maintenance' as a job in an industrial area full of boiler tanks and pressure gauges. Sometimes in some facilities- that certainly is the case. However, maintaining a facility often means merely maintaining the space for optimal health of inhabitants and longevity of building and materials. Facilities personnel take great pride in operations that include everything from working overtime when a major emergency strikes or mopping the floor every day at 4:30 PM.

MacFawn Fire and Flood Restoration is now introducing a service to Facilities that will ensure that the building AND the building inhabitants experience optimal health with evaluation of the space and tailored programming according to the unique details and design of the facility. We offer deep cleaning of the carpets with extraction that is guaranteed to remove years of dirt, pollen and biological pollutants. We will wipe the walls, windows and ceilings, degrease the kitchen, disinfect the baths (preventing proliferation of mold, mildew and fungi) and most importantly, we will treat the space with a cationic surfactant that has the propensity to maintain hygiene at a level of OPERATING ROOM CLEANLINESS on day one and continued protection for 90 days. Call today for more information!

MacFawn Fire and Flood Restoration Now Using 100 Percent Organic Cationic Antimicrobial Surfectant

MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration - Tuesday, February 02, 2016

MacFawn Fire and Flood Restoration is pleased to announce that we are now offering a 100% Organic antimicrobial treatment to our residential and commercial customers as an alternative option to harsh commercial and industrial cleaning products and preventive measure against illness causing agents. We first learned of this product years ago when it was being used in operating rooms and medical facilities. The material is composed of carbon, nitrogen and silane (note that is not analogous to silica, the harmful indoor air quality pollutant). This is 96% water and has been scientifically evidenced by a number of research organizations to provide amazing results.


The material is applied electrostatically and remains air-born only for seconds, as once it is released into the environment, it is attracted to every surface at a rate 3x the strength of gravity (9.8 m/s squared). The material is drawn to surfaces because as it is being applied, it is charged with a positive electromagnetic charge and as it lands, it coats the surfaces of the indoor environment with covalent bonding (a bond so strong in that case, it lasts approximately 90 days). Once it lands, the positively charged (or cationic) coating then attracts microbiological material with the positive charge into the molecular matric it formed when it landed and literally electrocutes any viral, bacterial, fungal or microbiological matter that is drawn into it. The technology of this material is truly amazing, allowing facilities management, homeowners and business owners the freedom to use environmentally friendly, sustainable material that is non-toxic and has ZERO off gassing effects.