Archive for May, 2014

How Mold Grows & Why Prompt Removal Matters

May 21, 2014

Article Courtesy of John Leneschmidt, President & Owner, PuroClean Property Damage Restoration Services 

Is your home infested with mold? There are many different forms of mold and some can be deadly to you and your family...get it checked out!

Is your home infested with mold? There are many different forms of mold and some can be deadly to you and your family…get it checked out!

At our recent Continuing Education class on May 14, we covered the topic of Toxic Mold Remediation, including how water-damage related mold develops in homes and buildings, as well as how mold affects the health of the structure and its occupants.  In our next two newsletters, we’ll recap some of the key points, for those of you who were unable to attend.

Let’s start at the beginning, with a brief discussion about how mold develops inside a building.  In most homes, conditions are nearly ideal for mold to grow.  Mold needs only three things to thrive: (1) an organic food source such as wood, paper, fabric, leather, wool, etc., (even dirt on inorganic materials has enough organic material to support mold growth); (2) an agreeable temperature range between 68º and 86º F, which is typical of most occupied buildings; and (3) sufficient moisture that can come from a plumbing leak, water damage from a storm (or even high humidity).

Of course, nearly every home has items #1 and #2.  When you add the third, usually missing, indgrediant, conditions are nearly ideal for mold to grow.  Whether the waters comes from major rain storms, a massive flood like those we recently observed as close as Fayetteville, or from other pre-existing sources, remediation must be done quickly and correctly, or mold WILL grow.

When molds are found indoors, they can damage or destroy the structure, and they pose serious health concerns to persons living in that environment, especially those who are highly susceptible:  the very young or the very old, persons with pre-existing respiratory ailments such as asthma or lung disease, persons who are already ill or are treating a chronic illness, etc.  Department of Health officials state that, “Many, if not most, molds can produce potentially harmful substances, whether it’s allergens, mycotoxins, or other compounds. Hence, all indoor mold growth should be removed promptly, no matter what type(s) of mold is present or whether it can produce toxins.”  (

Of course the very best way to ensure that mold will not begin to grow is to contact restoration professionals, such as PuroClean Raleigh – Property Damage Restoration Services.   We can remediate the loss, or even to do an inspection to confirm that there are no lingering (mold-causing) problems in the home.  Restoration professionals have a wide variety of professional tools and meters to evaluate a home quickly and thoroughly.  If there are problem areas, we will be able to develop a plan for complete remediation and restoration of your property.

Regardless of the circumstances – damage from storms or floods, damp basements & crawl spaces, unattended leaky faucets, or air conditioning overflows, please call PuroClean Raleigh – PDRS at the first hint of a problem.  Our well-trained technicians truly are Paramedics of Property Damage™. We provide the latest state-of-the-science services to all property damaged from water and mold, as well as fire/smoke and other disasters. We will mitigate the loss to prevent further damage and will then deliver restoration services to return the property to a pre-loss condition as quickly as possible.

In this newsletter, we’ve talked about the conditions that lead to mold infestion, as well as the reasons it is so important to remove mold quickly and completely.  Next time, we’ll share information about tell-tale signs for mold detection, as well as tips on how to remove small amounts of mold yourself, and which circumstances call for a professional remediation company like PuroClean – Raleigh.

In the meantime, if you, or clients, family members or friends, experience mold and water-related problems, please be sure to contact them at PuroClean Raleigh – Property Damage Restoration Services immediately. 

You can also follow them on Facebook at PuroClean of Raleigh, where we cover topics related to water damage, fire damage, mold & biohazard removal, as well as other restoration tips, in greater detail.  This month, we are devoting special attention to this topic of mold remediation.

A Hot New Restaurant on Glenwood Avenue…The Oakz!!!

May 9, 2014
A great new restaurant in Downtown Raleigh that specializes in American cuisine...A Must Eat Place!!!

A great new restaurant in Downtown Raleigh that specializes in American cuisine…A Must Eat Place!!!

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Wine to Water fundraiser presented by the Raleigh Rotaract Club at The Oakz. It was my first visit to this new restaurant, located at 510 Glenwood Avenue in the former High-5s space. I met one of the owners, Ira Freedman and we talked about wine…after all, it was a wine tasting. He gave a glowing report to the extensive collection of American wines that he had to offer at his new restaurant.

The Oakz is an American Cuisine restaurant that has tremendous food and an inviting atmosphere. Last Friday, we dined there for the first time and the food and wine were exquisite. Once again, I spoke briefly with Ira and he donated four $25 gift cards to the 5th Annual Jack Andrews Memorial Golf Tournament presented by the Rotary Club of North Raleigh. This isn’t the reason I like the restaurant, but his willingness to support this event shows the type of person he is. He had also donated a gift card to the Rotaract fundraiser.

He and his daughter, Jaclyn Starritt are the creators of this concept and the name is a collection of the first letters of his grandchildren, (Oakleigh, Annie, Karli and Zack) realizing later that it was perfect for the City of Oaks (with a slight spelling correction).

This is the first restaurant the duo has owned, but Ira has spent many years managing restaurants and nightclubs for other owners. He always dreamed of owning his own restaurant and his daughter was no different.

Ira is a native of North Carolina, but spent several years in New York where he met his wife. They returned to the Old North State 22 years ago with their two daughters. Jaclyn spent many years in the industry while working her way through high school and college, and earned a Ph.D in Psychology and currently has a practice in Cary.

Together, they have formed a great restaurant with a focus on customer satisfaction. The atmosphere is impressive and the staff if very friendly. As time progresses, they will begin to feature new regions or states in our country. The executive chef, Jabari Wadlington has created all of the dishes. I have yet to try many of the fares on the menu, but the ones I tasted have been tremendous to include delicious Oakz Mac, which is a blend of three cheeses, Gouda, Gruyere, and sharp Cheddar.

Though they have been opened for several weeks, the official Grand Opening will be Friday, May 9th. I will be there and will have to have the mac again. Even though I am not a professional food critic (a Realtor instead), I would highly recommend this restaurant. My wife and I really enjoyed our experience here and believe it can be the next Bogarts for this building that has struggled to keep these restaurants spaces filled.