Signs of Mold and Remediation

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Picture this: it’s laundry day at your home. Just as you are about to finish folding your towels, you notice a dark, blotchy spot on the wall that appears to proceed from the top of the appliance and continues down the wall to what appears to be floor level.  You grab a flashlight and manage to move the washer just enough to point the beam behind the unit to discover a large swath of mold the almost covers the entire wall behind your laundry units. Unfortunately, this scenario can happen to just about anyone, as mold can be found virtually anywhere: indoors, outdoors, in the air, on the ground, with green eggs and ham; you name it. Mold travels from place to place among microscopic facilitators known as spores, and due to their very small size, they can easily adapt and attach themselves within every nook and cranny in your home- especially those areas that see moisture.  Believe it or not, mold can be carried in on your pets, your clothes and even in your lungs and then exhaled out later. It’s when the spores settle on a place with the perfect conditions (typically damp, dark areas of the home […]

For a quick guide and a loss list sheet, click HERE to download the PDF.  The following article covers what to do when property damages happen, and how to work with your insurance company to ensure the maximum reimbursement. Home-ownership has copious benefits as opposed to renting, but that is no secret.  From making renovations the way you’d like, to saving and investing your hard-earned money instead of handing it to a landlord.  On the downside though, when things go wrong in the home, like fire and smoke damages, structural damages, a broken water valve causing water damages that could lead to mold growth, or whatever disaster may strike your home, you are responsible to take action to mitigate the damages.  So, what do you do as a homeowner when disaster does strike?  Well, if you are a homeowner, then you will have insurance on your home.  Many people do not know what their policy covers in the event of a home disaster.  They usually only find out this information when a disaster strikes.  We highly advise you to be proactive before the fact and review your plan with your agent to ensure there are adequate limits for your home […]

Ice Dam prevention and tips

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Ice dam on home

With snow piling up on the roof of your property the danger of ice dams is on the rise.  While icicles can be very pretty, they are often a red flag indicating an ice dam is or has already formed.  Ice dams are created when snow is on the roof and the heat from the building escapes from the interior of the home into the attic and heats up the roof.  Once the heat has reached the roofline, it begins to melt the snow sitting on the roof.  When the snow turns into water, it will then travel down the pitch of the roof.  At the eaves of the house, there is no insulation therefore it will begin to freeze again.  Thus causing the dreaded ice dam! If you would like a condensed bulleted version click here (ICE DAM PDF)  for a downloadable PDF Once the ice dam has formed on the eaves or valleys, water has an increased opportunity to seep into your home from the water pooling up on the roof.  The water typically will find any small hole in the roof and then migrate down through the attic, eventually reaching your insulation, interior walls, and drywall inside […]

Roof Snow Maintenance and Tools

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Roof snow removal by shovel

Click here (SNOW REMOVAL TOOLS) for a downloadable PDF on suggested roof snow removal tools With winter upon us, as homeowners and business owners, we need to be aware and monitor our properties a little bit more due to old man winter and his ability to wreak havoc.  Of course the obvious comes to mind of freezing pipes causing water damage, and the use of heating devices that can spark a fire and cause fire damage.  However, there are a few more components that winter brings such as ice dams and what we will be coving in the post, falling or shedding snow. When the snow begins to pile up in snowy regions that you may live in or recreate in, the danger begins to rise.  With every accumulated inch on the roof, the weight of the potential hazard increase, thus increasing the force it can have once it breaks free. When there is enough weight and there is a bed surface (aka your roof) that may begin to heat up from heat escaping inside the home, or simply too much weight from the snowpack loaded on the roof, gravity and kinetic energy take the stage and can create disastrous […]

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

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It is important to maintain the inside and outside of your home.  Fall maintenance may be easy to overlook but making it a plan each year can help keep your home in tip top shape.  Making sure your home is in good condition in the fall means you are less likely to have a disaster happen during the winter months. Store your lawn mower – If you don’t use your lawn mower for months and gas is still in the tank it can damage internal engine parts. To avoid damaging your lawn mower, buy fuel stabilizer to add to the tank or run the mower dry. Remove your hoses from outdoor faucets – If you leave your hoses attached all winter it can cause a water backup in the faucet and pipes. If water is backed up and it reaches freezing temperatures, the water freeze and expand. This can cause pipes to crack, and in turn causing water damage to your home. Also be sure to turn off water lines leading to exterior faucets. Drain your exterior pipes and sprinkler system – Turn off the valves and run the water until your exterior water pipes are empty. If there is […]

Summer is an ideal time to catch up on home maintenance and take extra steps to care for your home. Staying on track with home maintenance can keep your home safe, and in turn keep your family safe. Just like changing the oil in your car, preforming home maintenance regularly makes your home less vulnerable to problems and safety hazards. Here are some helpful home safety tips to use this summer that will help keep your home safe, prevent damage and keep your home in tip-top shape: Service and clean HVAC system – Contaminants can build up in your HVAC system, causing it to work harder and shorten its life span. Having a clean HVAC system can also save energy, which in turn saves money. Inspect and repair roofing and siding – Missing or broken siding and damage or deterioration to roofing can cause water damage and other serious problems if not taken care of. Clean deck – Cleaning your deck regularly can ensure it lasts longer, and makes it look better. Clean and repair driveway and walkways – Fixing cracked concrete walkways and driveways can drastically improve the curb appeal of your home and keep its exterior looking new. […]

Fires can wreak havoc on homes or businesses. When thinking of a fire, most of us think of the damage the fire itself will do to our home or business. But, people often forget the amount of damage smoke can do to not only the structure, but the contents inside. Smoke damage can have lasting effects on you, your family and your belongings if not taken care of properly by professionals. Smoke will cause discoloration, corrosion, and leave a strong odor. The majority of smoke damage occurs where the fire occurred, but we know air flow and ventilation systems disperses smoke into closed spaces and rooms far from where the fire originated. Time is of the essence when dealing with fire and smoke damage. Smoke will cause more damage and increase restoration prices, the longer you wait to call trained professionals like those at Disaster Response. Ignored smoke damage can have lasting effects on your health, and your belongings. Smoke is made of carbon dioxide, particulate matter (soot), and carbon monoxide. Depending on what is on fire, smoke can release many other harmful toxins into the air like aldehydes, acid gases, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, toluene, […]

Residential and commercial water damage, such as flood, can cause substantial damage if not taken care of properly and timely.  Many people underestimate what water damage can do to your home. Long-standing water in a property can cause serious problems. If left untreated, water damage can lead to other problems like: Mold Damage Within 48 hours of water damage, mold growth can occur. The perfect recipe for mold to thrive is in areas with a moisture source, an organic material and a warmer temperature. However, mold can grow just about anywhere due to its ability to remain dormant until conditions are ideal. The water will saturate items like furniture and carpet, creating the perfect place for mold spores to grow. The faster you call professionals like Disaster Response to take control of a water damaged area, the less you will have to worry about mold growth and spread, and the more cost efficient the restoration will be. Electrical Damage When damage occurs within a residence or a business, it’s likely that damage has been done to electrical systems and appliances. If not properly addressed, it can cause further damage to your home and electrical systems. Damaged wiring can cause power […]

With COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spreading it’s not only important for us to be ready to help clean and sanitize areas for various organizations in the communities we serve, but also vital for us to have internal processes in place to maintain a safe working environment and give our customers peace of mind during this time. We are able and ready to help our communities with infection control and cleaning efforts, but to do so we must keep ourselves healthy and safe first. Here are some items in our action plan: Cleanliness and Hygiene – It’s important that if a team member is sick, they do not come to work. All our locations will be following this guideline and ensuring our employees entering customers’ homes are healthy and safe. We have put hygiene and cleanliness standards in place for our employees to follow. As it has been recommended by many agencies, our employees will also be given the opportunity to work from home and practice social distancing. Individual Safety Procedures – Disaster Response has put procedures in place for individual and personal safety measures as well. All employees will be following simple, but specific safety precautions every day. This includes proper hand […]

What is a contents facility?

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When property damage occurs, it’s obvious that your home will incur damage. Property damage is often caused by fire, water, wind, or mold, or numerous other sources. But what about your personal belongings?  Recovering your belongings after they’ve sustained damaged is just as important as restoring your home or office.  Many items like memorabilia, photographs, sentimental items and important documents are irreplaceable.  Even if items are replaceable, replacing those things adds up quickly and increases stress to an already stressful situation.  This is where a contents restoration facility comes into the restoration process. The term “contents” means your belongings in your home. Recovering your contents is just as important as restoring your home or office. Our team knows just how valuable and important these items are. From clothing to electronics to photo albums and linens, a contents restoration facility can provide the TLC and specialized cleaning that your belongings need after a property damage disaster strikes. Restorable Items Home furnishings Clothing Bedding and linens Electronics Toys and stuffed animals Office equipment Cookware Fine art Photographs Heirlooms and memorabilia Important records and documents Instruments Tools Sports equipment And more Security Our state-of-the-art contents restoration facility holds the proper equipment and materials […]