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July 24 2020


A Water Damage Emergency in your home, office or commercial facility can be a true nightmare. Not only is the cleanup an issue, so is the time away from property and the speed of the recovery process. Our professionals have the knowledge, experience and patience necessary to handle the most challenging situations.

We are available 24/7 365 for emergency water damage.

Water Damage is caused by multiple sources and no property is immune to the effects of Water Damage


Ice Dam Damage,

Leaking / Broken Pipes,

Water and Sewer Backup

Our goal is to work with you to determine the process necessary to put the property back to pre-loss condition. With our experience and excellent customer service, we hope to not only Restore your Home but also Restore your Hope as well.

In the event your home or business falls victim to water or flood damage, you can count on Harden Services and our team of restoration professionals, serving Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois 

Biohazard Clean-up & Restoration

February 2, 2020

We at Harden Services love to give our customers a look into the services we offer. Biohazard Restoration is sometimes a mystery. What is it , why would I need a service like this?  Those are all really good questions, You hopefully never need these services but in the case of loved one passing away at home or in the nursing home people will call a company such as Harden Services to come in clean up the mess disinfect and sanitize the area. You may also need this type of service if there has been a suicide or murder in the property. We work with local law enforcement agencies to make sure they have cleared the scene. We use a process that will have the property clean and sanitized in no time at all. We understand that when something like this happens it can be difficult and we want to approach every job with compassion and integrity .


Hidden Mold

Suspicion of hidden mold

March 15th 2020


Hidden Mold

Suspicion of hidden mold

You may suspect hidden mold if a building smells moldy, but you cannot see the source, or if you know there has been water damage and residents are reporting health problems. Mold may be hidden in places such as the back side of dry wall, wallpaper, or paneling, the top side of ceiling tiles, the underside of carpets and pads, etc. Other possible locations of hidden mold include areas inside walls around pipes (with leaking or condensing pipes), the surface of walls behind furniture (where condensation forms), inside ductwork, and in roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation).

Investigating hidden mold problems

Investigating hidden mold problems may be difficult and will require caution when the investigation involves disturbing potential sites of mold growth. For example, removal of wallpaper can lead to a massive release of spores if there is mold growing on the underside of the paper. If you believe that you may have a hidden mold problem, consider hiring an experienced professional.

Cleanup and Biocides

Biocides are substances that can destroy living organisms. The use of a chemical or biocide that kills organisms such as mold (chlorine bleach, for example) is not recommended as a routine practice during mold cleanup. There may be instances, however, when professional judgment may indicate its use (for example, when immune-compromised individuals are present). In most cases, it is not possible or desirable to sterilize an area; a background level of mold spores will remain - these spores will not grow if the moisture problem has been resolved. If you choose to use disinfectants or biocides, always ventilate the area and exhaust the air to the outdoors. Never mix chlorine bleach solution with other cleaning solutions or detergents that contain ammonia because toxic fumes could be produced.

Please note: Dead mold may still cause allergic reactions in some people, so it is not enough to simply kill the mold, it must also be removed.

How do I get rid of mold?

It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem. If you clean up the mold, but don't fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back.

Can mold cause health problems?

Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mold. Research on mold and health effects is ongoing. This brochure provides a brief overview; it does not describe all potential health effects related to mold exposure. For more detailed information consult a health professional. You may also wish to consult your state or local health department.

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