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National Preparedness Month

Thursday, September, 12th, 2013 at 4:20 PM by GoldMe5

Gold Medal Service Encourages Participation in National Preparedness Month

September is the month to prepare your home and business for weather emergencies

 

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. Sept.10, 2013 – In recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month (NPM), Gold Medal Service, an award-winning heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical, and drain service company, is offering New Jersey residents tips to help prepare their homes and businesses before a weather-related emergency occurs.

“This month, Gold Medal Service encourages all area homeowners and business owners to take a moment to think about how well they are prepared for a weather-related emergency,” said Mike Agugliaro, Gold Medal Service co-founder. “Last year and this year New Jersey and its neighboring states suffered from the effects of severe weather, and residents are still recovering.”

Gold Medal Service offers this list of safety checks for area residents to complete now, well before the severe weather season is here:

Perform a home or business audit from the outside first

  • Examine the windows, shutters, gutters, drains and roof of your home or business. Make sure everything is securely attached and that nothing could come off easily and become a projectile in severe weather. Have loose items fixed immediately.
  • Inspect the ground around your home or business for low or damp areas that could become flooded. If you have ever had a drainage problem, now is the time to have a professional examine and repair the problem.
  • Assess the integrity of large trees surrounding your home, and note any dead or damaged areas. Have a licensed tree surgeon inspect any trees or branches that look like they could damage your home or property and have them removed.
  • Consider purchasing a quality generator to maintain your basic needs during a power outage. Schedule a safety inspection of your home by a qualified electrical contractor, and learn the best way to use your generator before it’s needed.

Examine the interior of your home or business

  • Check interior walls, carpeting, flooring, ceiling, windowsills, corners and basements for signs of water damage or dampness. Mold can develop in just 24 hours in damp areas.
  • Dampness means you have a water problem, either from an interior source or from an outside source. Either way you will need a professional to examine and repair the damp areas now to prevent further damage from a storm or weather event.

“And before scheduling a service contractor to come to your home or business,” stresses Agugliaro, “verify that the business conducts background and security checks. At Gold Medal, all of our service contractors go through rigorous background checks and wear easy to see and read identification badges for your convenience.”

About Gold Medal Service


Gold Medal Service, rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, was founded in New Jersey in 1994 with just two employees. Their vision was to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then Gold Medal has grown to include more than 120 employees and technicians solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, and sewer issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is an Angie’s List “Super Service Award” recipient. For more information, call 800-853-6060 or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

Mold

Tuesday, August, 20th, 2013 at 9:30 PM by GoldMe5

Gold Medal Service Addresses Source of Mold, Not Just the Mold

Your family’s allergies could be due to mold spores and the dampness that breeds mold
 

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. August 20, 2013 – Many environmental allergy sufferers assume their symptoms are due to plant pollens, dust and other irritants. But there could be a more serious reason for their symptoms – these individuals could have a mold allergy.  Sufferers with suppressed immune systems are even more vulnerable to the effects of a mold allergy. Gold Medal Service, an award-winning multispecialty home services contractor in New Jersey offers a dedicated team to combat water damage and home basement dampness from turning into a serious mold situation.

“I know many people who suffer from allergy symptoms, especially with the rainy summer we’ve had this year,” said Mike Agugliaro, Gold Medal Service co-founder. “Homeowners may not realize this, but even minor dampness in a home breeds mold.  Often residents become sick without considering their home could be the cause of their allergy or illness.”

“Dampness and mold in a home can also cause thousands of dollars in damage if not taken care of by a qualified contractor,” he said.

According to a report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Berkeley Labs, of the 21.8 million people reported to have asthma in the U.S., approximately 4.6 million cases are estimated to be attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home. The report also noted that the national annual cost of asthma that is attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home is approximately $3.5 billion.

Areas of the home that can be damaged by dampness and mold are everywhere: furniture, carpets, wood flooring, subfloors, framing, windows, doors, drywall, ceilings, foundations and more. A small leak from a dishwasher or sink can end up causing dampness that goes unnoticed for years, breeding mold that you may never see until it has already done significant damage.

“Now is the time to check your home for mold or dampness so that you can address any problems before the winter season arrives,” said Agugliaro.

Agugliaro says his team is prepared, “Our technicians meet a very rigorous set of standards, wear large company badges and are extremely careful of your home and furnishings. Our goal is to leave your home exactly as we found it.”

Gold Medal Service regularly receives the Super Service Award from Angie’s List, a designation given to less than five percent of businesses that maintain a superior service record, and was recently rated “A+” by the Better Business Bureau. For more information, call 800-853-6060 or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

About Gold Medal Service
Gold Medal Service, rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, was founded in New Jersey in 1994 with just two employees. Their vision was to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then Gold Medal has grown to include more than 120 employees and technicians solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain and sewer issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is an Angie’s List “Super Service Award” recipient. For more information, call 800-853-6060 or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.

 

 

Protect Your Home

Wednesday, April, 10th, 2013 at 5:50 PM by GoldMe5