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Thankful For Our Clients

We don't need Thanksgiving to remind us of how grateful we are to serve wonderful customers like you. That's how we feel every day! We want to take the time to thank you for entrusting us with your residential and commercial construction, restoration, and remodeling needs. It's truly our pleasure to give back to the communities we love by providing...
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Fall Fire Safety: 6 Ways to Prevent Chimney Fires

Before you cozy up next to the fireplace this fall, make sure your chimney is in top condition. Fireplaces are designed to expel the byproducts of combustion which include smoke, water vapor, soot, gases, etc. Condensation occurs as these materials flow up into the chimney, which creates a residue known as creosote. This substance is extremely comb...
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National Disaster Preparedness Month: 10 Things You Can Do Right Now

Disasters such as fires and floods can happen at any time. That's why disaster preparedness is critical to keep you and your loved ones safe in case of an emergency. Here are ten steps you can take right now to make sure you're as prepared as possible if you experience a flood, fire, or other natural disasters in your area. 1. Download the FEMA mob...
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Menold Construction & Restoration Teams Up With USPRO Services

​Have you heard the news? Menold and USPRO in Mahomet are joining forces to meet the remodeling, renovation, and restoration needs of communities across Illinois! Each has been providing the Central Illinois area with excellent remodeling and restoration services for decades and share a compassionate customer service-oriented business approach. Our...
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The Top 5 Dangers of Hoarding

​Hoarding not only poses a threat to your health and mental well-being but your property as well. Here are five consequences to keep in mind if you or someone you know is suffering from a hoarding disorder. 1. Mold Growth Mold can develop if trash, spoiled food, or other expired household items aren't disposed of properly. The mold can eventually s...
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National Fireworks Safety Month: 10 Tips to Prevent Fires

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and that means barbecues, parades, and fireworks. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks cause an average of over 18,000 fires and approximately $43 million in property damage each Independence Day. Follow these tips to stay safe this holiday: 1. Always abide by federal and st...
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Emergency Preparedness Week: The Top 5 Flood Preparation Tips

Flooding can strike anywhere at any time, making it the most common (and expensive) natural disaster in the United States. The ensuing water damage can be detrimental, ruining your carpets, furniture, walls, appliances, lighting, electronics and other valuable items, not to mention the mold that follows. Here are five tips to ensure that you're rea...
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Clean Air Month: 7 Tips to Prevent Mold

We tend to think of air pollution as an outside problem, but in reality, the air inside houses, offices, and other spaces can be even more polluted by a variety of things such as asbestos, nitrogen dioxide, and mold. Ensuring that we are breathing clean air in our homes and workplaces is critical to our overall health. With higher amounts of moistu...
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5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Home

Being cooped up all winter can put a damper on your motivation, especially when it comes to cleaning. Now that spring has sprung, it's time to refresh! Having a clean home does more than just make you happy. It can lower stress levels, reduce allergies and asthma, lessen the spread of germs, and keep pests away. So, what are you waiting for? Bust o...
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5 Common Home Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

You've partnered with your contractor, and you're ready to begin your next home remodeling project. Whether it's a kitchen or bathroom remodel, there are a few common mistakes you should avoid. 1. Vague Vision Make sure to research online, look at pictures, and consider all aspects of your project before discussing your ideas in-depth with your con...
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Menold Makes It Better with Restoration Affiliates

Menold Construction and Restoration is a proud member of Restoration Affiliates. This network enables Menold to exceed expectations through collaboration with other high-quality restoration service providers. Our relationship with Restoration Affiliates also enables us to stay up to date with current industry trends in order to best serve our Centr...
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3 Ways to Prevent Home Water Damage During Spring

Are you ready to thaw out after a long winter? Now that the weather's warming up, it's the perfect time to prepare your home for those April showers and be ahead of the game for next winter. It's never too early to make sure your home is protected from incoming water. There can be a variety of problem areas on your home's exterior that can be ident...
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Falling for Menold: Spreading the Love Year-Round

Ah, Valentine's Day. Chocolate is in our mouths and love is in the air, but there's nothing we love more than using our skills to help our customers. It brings us great joy knowing that we take tragic situations in their lives and make them better. It looks like the feeling is mutual; Cupid didn't have to shoot these guys! Here are a few customer r...
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National Weather Person Day 2018: They Predict, We Prepare

February 5th is National Weather Person Day, commemorating the birth of one of the first known weather watchers, John Jeffries. This national day is dedicated to all those who work in the fields of meteorology, weather forecasting, and broadcast meteorology as well as volunteer storm spotters and observers. We want to take this opportunity to recog...
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3 Types of Property Damage to Avoid During the Winter

 The winter months can be an especially harsh time for home-owners. No one wants to come home to a scorched living room, damaged appliances, or a caved-in roof. Here are three common disasters that can occur during the winter and some steps you can take toward preventing property damage: 1. Fireplace House Fires   We all want to snuggle u...
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5 Tips to Prevent Water Damage from Frozen Pipes

Winter has officially arrived, bringing a variety of concerns for homeowners, including water damage from frozen pipes. Water damage resulting from burst pipes is one of the biggest risks of property damage during the winter months. The chance of your pipes freezing in your home skyrockets as temperatures drop. Water expands as it freezes, putting ...
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Spark Cheer Not Fear: Preventing and Extinguishing Holiday Home Fires

December through January is the peak time of year for home fires, most of which are due to the holiday season. Unfortunately, the number of fatalities is also 70% higher during this time. It's important to consider your family's and your guests' safety when decorating or preparing seasonal items.  Knowing the different causes of fires can help...
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Continuing Education: Always One Step Ahead

It used to be enough to have a degree or diploma, but today, the accumulation of knowledge is crucial to a successful career. Menold Construction and Restoration's Continuing Education (CE) program provides adults working in or with our industry with additional education. CE classes are designed to further employees' skills and educate them on new ...
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Spruce Up Your Small Business with Menold Commercial Remodeling

Is your office or store out of date? Need a fresh look to impress your customers? A small office or store overhaul can be beneficial to your space and business, overall. Minor changes can catch your customer's eyes, but a full remodel project of your storefront is known to increase sales by 5 to 10 percent! Renovations lead to store success and all...
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Central Illinois Fire Prevention Week 2017

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Fire Prevention Week is October 8 – 14, 2017.President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week in 1925, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire. The event left more than 250 people injured, 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned ...
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Sweet Corn Blues Festival Selfie Contest with the Menold Bear

Have Weekend Plans?      Ready to enter? Click here now! In case you're looking for something to do this weekend, we've got the perfect solution: The Uptown Normal Sweet Corn Festival! Sidewalk sales, arts, crafts, and flea market vendors await along with 50,000 ears of corn that will fill the roundabout and surrounding Uptown space....
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Summer Storms and Residential Storm Damage Restoration in the Midwest

If you live in Illinois, you know this summer we've experienced severe storms, one right after another. Severe storms may become dangerous, especially the ones we experience, and it is crucial to know the different types of storm damage and how they can impact the places we call home. If your home is left untreated, damage from pounding rain, hail,...
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What You May Not Realize About Bathroom Remodeling and Water Damage

  When we make the decision to remodel our homes, it's because we want positive change. For some, this is easily accomplished, but for others, changing up the old can reveal a dark, nasty mess underneath. In the case of bathroom remodels this is especially true. Homeowners who contract a remodeling project can find mold and water damage underneath layers of tile, in the plumbing, and even in the walls! This is no reason to delay your remodeling dreams! In fact, Menold Remodeling Services loves handling projects like this because we are highly experienced in both restoration and remodeling services. We truly remodel the foundation and the surface of homes, especially the bathroom. A modern bathroom is not possible without comprehensive construction. We will clean up existing water and mold damage and we don't stop there; we also take necessary steps to prevent future water and mold from wrecking your home.


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The Effects of Mold in Your House and On Your Pet

Menold Offers Tips to Keep Pets Safe When Mold is Found in Your Home Keeping your home safe from the elements is a necessity; especially when you have little ones or pets roaming around your humble abode. Moisture is a common enemy to homeowners and is one of the sneakiest predators. It has the potential to cause sickness to you, your family, and e...
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3 Things First Time Homeowners Should Know About Water Damage

TIPS FROM MENOLD CONSTRUCTION AND RESTORATION FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS. A recent pair of newlywed customers came to Menold Construction and Restoration because they were first time home-buyers and didn't realize there was considerable damage due to water seeping into the basement during storms. As you can imagine, with the recent wet weather we'v...
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Enter to Win A Birthday BBQ Bash For You And 20 Friends

Menold's Giving Away a Birthday BBQ! Heading into warm weather season, we are giving away some smokin' hot prizes in honor of Menold Construction and Restoration's continued 40th Birthday Celebration!   No, sadly, it's not our fire damage restoration services...  This month, we're giving away a Birthday BBQ Feast, on the house, for o...
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Throwing Business Back with a 70's Birthday Bash

​All year, Menold Construction and Restoration has been celebrating our 40th Birthday!  We can hardly believe we've been proudly serving Central Illinois and our Midwest community since 1977! When Tom Menold, our President, started this company in the late 70's, the world wasn't anything like it is today. He established and grew his restoratio...
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Menold Recognized Among the Top Customer Service Leaders

We're pleased to announce Menold Construction and Restoration has won a 2017 Guildmaster Award.Since 2005, GoodQuality has powered the Guildmaster Award to recognize home building, remodeling, and contracting professionals demonstrating the highest level of customer service within the United States. [Out of 600+ eligible applicants, we are one of 3...
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Happy 40th Birthday to Menold!

We've started a new year, and it's time for us at Menold Construction and Restoration to celebrate our 40th birthday! But instead of putting the focus on us, we want to keep it where it's always been: on you, our customers. We know that your business has been the key to our success, and we like to think that our commitment to customer-focused work ...
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Upcoming November Continuing Education Classes

Menold is excited to announce our upcoming classes for the month of November. Menold's Continuing Education classes can be attended by property & facility managers, insurance agents, producers, adjusters, brokers, and the general public. Steve Driscoll, CR, Vice President of Menold Construction and Restoration, is certified by the State of Illi...
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Continuing Education Classes in October 2016

Menold is excited to announce our upcoming classes for the month of October. Steve Driscoll, CR, Vice President of Menold Construction and Restoration, is certified by the State of Illinois as a continuing education provider. Menold's Continuing Education classes can be attended by insurance agents, property & facility managers, producers, adju...
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4 Signs Mold Could Be Growing In Your Home

Do you have unexplained symptoms? Mold could be the culprit. These signs can help you identify noticeable or hidden causes of mold. Early detection of mold can save you money and trouble before it becomes a much bigger, more dangerous problem. 1. Mold SymptomsMold in your home can cause symptoms such as: AsthmaSore eyesItchy skinRunny or blocked no...
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Upcoming September 2016 Continuing Education Classes

Menold is excited to announce our upcoming classes for the month of September. Menold's Vice President, Steve Driscoll, CR is certified by the State of Illinois as a continuing education provider. Menold's Continuing Education classes can be attended by brokers, property & facility managers, adjusters, insurance agents, producers, and the gener...
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Menold's Upcoming Morton Continuing Education Classes

Menold is excited to announce our upcoming classes for the month of August. Our very own Vice President, Steve Driscoll, CR is certified by the State of Illinois as a continuing education provider. Menold's Continuing Education classes can be attended by property & facility managers, adjusters, brokers, insurance agents, producers, and the gene...
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Midwest Food Bank and Menold Construction and Restoration Partnership

At Menold Construction and Restoration, we assist many people who have experienced great hardships and experience first-hand the tragic impact of fires, floods, spreading mold, storm damage, and infectious outbreaks. We understand how important it is not only to be dedicated to customer service but to give back to the community as well. Our partner...
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Eliminate Pathogens With NEXT Pathogen Control®

Case Study Overview To prove the evidence of the photocatalytic properties of NEXT Pathogen Control®, Menold worked with an infectious disease specialist in Peoria, Illinois to conduct a scientific study. To test the effectiveness, Menold applied common pathogens (MRSA, Pseudomonas; the most common causes of nosocomial ICU infections) to slides ove...
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Menold's Upcoming Continuing Education Classes

Menold is excited to announce our upcoming classes for the month of June. Our very own Vice President, Steve Driscoll, CR is certified by the State of Illinois as a continuing education provider. Menold's Continuing Education can be attended by insurance agents, adjusters, brokers, producers, property & facility managers, and the general public...
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Remodeling in Peoria, Illinois

 

A kitchen remodel or a bathroom remodel can help make your home feel more personal and unique to you. Menold Construction and Restoration has been in the remodeling business for over 30 years. With a professional team of designers, project managers, and craftsmen Menold will ensure that your project is an enjoyable experience from start to finish.

 

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Mold Prevention and Treatment

Molds are everywhere. They are fungi that grow where there is moisture, may that be inside or outside. Exposure to a damp and moldy indoor environment where microorganisms flourish does pose health risks, especially to people with mold allergies. Menold Construction and Restoration has a team of highly trained professionals that specialize in mold remediation, mold testing, and mold removal. However, there are steps you can take before mold becomes a serious problem in your home or business.

 

Here are some tips on mold prevention from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

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Celebrating the Menold Champaign / Urbana Location

Menold Construction and Restoration is would like to welcome the community to our open house celebration at our new location on 807 Pioneer Street in Champaign, Illinois. The open house will be held on April 14th from 4-6 pm and will also include a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Champaign Chamber of Commerce!

 

Guests can enjoy music by Cliff Stoker and a live painting by Jennifer Heidrick. The menu will include delicious Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments provided by Chef Curtis McGhee. In addition, guests can enter to win a “stay-cation” package which includes a one night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, gift certificates for breakfast and dinner, and even a bottle of wine. You won’t want to miss this great event!

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Storm Damage Restoration in Bloomington-Normal, IL

The tornado that destroyed a large swath of Washington, IL, on November 17, 2013, was a stark reminder to all Central Illinois residents of how powerful storms can change lives in a moment’s notice. Though the Bloomington-Normal, IL, area escaped the smaller town’s fate, it still suffered extensive hail damage as pellets of frozen rain measuring as large as four inches in diameter, or the size of a softball, pelted the community. Bloomington-Normal also required tree damage repair as high winds wreaked havoc across the city.

 

In terms of the amount of harm caused, the horrific tornado in Washington may have been a fairly uncommon event. Hail damage is not. Hail causes $1 billion in lost property and crops each year. In 2014, Illinois reported the second highest number of hail damage claims in the country. There are things you can do, however, to limit the damage hail can cause to you and your property. Here are some safety tips from the National Weather Service:

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Water Damage in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois

Water damage can have short-term and long-term impacts on your home or business. A flood can force you out of your home. An unnoticed leak may have subtler effects, such as allowing mold to grow behind your walls or water to pool above your ceiling. Menold Construction and Restoration has highly trained professionals who will respond quickly when your business or home requires water damage restoration services in Bloomington-Normal, IL. However, there are things you can watch for in order to minimize water damage caused by a flood, storm, or leak.

  • Keep a close eye on your water bill. A sudden increase in your bill could mean you have an unchecked water leak. Pooled water can rot your walls from the inside and create the conditions where mold will grow.
  • Watch for mold. Molds are common fungi that grow inside and outside the home. But they thrive in damp, dark environments, such as basements and bathrooms. A home or business that has suffered water damage needs to be alert for the presence of mold. It can have long-term health effects on the people who live and work there. Symptoms can range from a skin rash and sneezing to more severe respiratory problems. People with allergies are especially vulnerable to mold’s negative effects.
  • Dry soaked furnishings quickly. Make sure to ventilate areas exposed to heavy moisture so mold and mildew don’t have time to find a home in your home. Also dry carpets or rugs that have been exposed to heavy doses of water.
  • Monitor your drainage. Make sure that downspouts are redirecting water at least five feet away from your foundation. Water can cause structural problems if it is allowed to pool too close to the building. Also, check your gutters and clear them of any debris.
  • Check your pipes in the winter. Insulate pipes in attics and basements and those exposed to the exterior so they don’t freeze. Disconnect your garden hose when temperatures drop below freezing.
  • Take a look at your roof and windows after a major storm. Don’t wait until there is a hole in your ceiling or a puddle on your floor to see if all is well. Check for missing shingles and cracked windows to prevent rain and moisture from getting in your home.

One last tip: It’s a good idea to check your sump pump every few months and clean it annually before spring rains come. The best way to keep dry is to prepare for the worst and be ready to respond quickly when major water damage does strike.

 

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Mold Removal in Peoria, IL

Mold is common. Tiny spores of mold are invisible to the naked eye and float through the air, inside and outside. Mold grows where there is moisture; it thrives in dark, damp places. So common are these fungi that you might not realize the damage mold can do to your home, business, and health. Menold Construction and Restoration has a team of highly trained professionals that specializes in mold remediation, mold testing, and mold removal in Peoria, IL. Here are five reasons that mold matters.

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Hail Damage in Peoria, IL

Hail damage is a problem in Peoria and across Illinois. Softball-size hail is not unheard of and can shatter glass, puncture the roof of your house or business, and destroy the exterior of your car. In 2014, Illinois reported the second highest number of hail damage claims in the country. As you can see, Peoria is no stranger to hail damage, not to mention the types of storms that bring flood damage.

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Fire Damage Restoration in Peoria, IL

A fire can be a devastating event in your life. You could lose your home, business, or something even more valuable—home fires kill an average of seven people every day in the United States. They also cause billions of dollars in property damage annually, according to the American Red Cross. Menold Construction and Restoration is your fire damage restoration specialist in Peoria, IL, and our experts can help you get your residence or commercial property back in order. There are things you should be aware of, however, in order to lessen your chances of ever needing fire damage restoration services.

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Preventing Water Damage

Water damage is a problem that often appears out of nowhere. A flood or storm can devastate your home or business in a minute’s notice. An unchecked leak can rot wooden structures or compromise your foundation without you noticing it until it’s too late. If your residential or commercial property is in need of water damage restoration, contact Menold Construction and Restoration. We have the experts, experience, and equipment necessary to contain the damage and to restore your property to its pre-loss condition.

 

There are, however, things you can do to limit the risk of water damage and in some cases, prevent it from happening in the first place.

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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois Fire Prevention

Structure fires can strike anytime of the year. The winter months, however, are the peak time for home fires. If tragedy does strike, remember that Menold Construction and Restoration is your Bloomington-Normal, IL, fire damage restoration specialist. Don’t let your holidays be ruined by a fire. Follow these fire safety tips from the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal.

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Mold in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois

Water damage can be destructive to your property and to your health. One major reason for that is mold. Mold grows where there is moisture and thrives in dark, damp places. Menold Construction and Restoration has a team of highly trained professionals that specializes in mold remediation, mold testing, and mold removal in Bloomington-Normal, IL. Here are five reasons that mold matters.

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Prevent Home Fires With These Tips

Home fires kill an average of seven people every day across the country, according to the American Red Cross. Fires injure another 36 people daily and cause more than $7 billion in damages annually in the United States. Menold Construction and Restoration is Central Illinois’ fire damage restoration specialist. However, there are things you can do to help prevent fires before they compromise your safety and property.

 

Here are five tips for preventing a home fire compiled from the National Fire Protection Association:

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Menold's NEXT Pathogen Control

Pathogen control is serious business. Pathogens are biological agents that cause disease. These microorganisms come in the form of viruses, bacteria, and fungi. They can cause problems in a variety of settings such as hospitals, schools, day care facilities, public transportation, prisons, livestock production, food-processing units, hotels, and homes. Menold Construction and Restoration uses the NEXT Pathogen Control System to eliminate and control these viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

 

Menold’s NEXT Pathogen Control System utilizes a safe and proven anti-microbial system, approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), that delivers long-lasting protection against surface and airborne organisms. NEXT kills surface C. diff, MRSA, staph, and other known viruses, bacteria, and fungi, while reducing organic odors in the process.

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