Category: Mold Removal

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 […]

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 […]

5 Signs of Mold Sickness

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Mold grows from tiny spores. These spores are always present in the atmosphere and in your home. They’re usually microscopic and harmless. However, when they find their preferred conditions, they grow very quickly and manifest as mold. The preferred conditions are darkness, warmth, and moisture. These conditions can be reached in many different ways. The most common issues are pipe leaks, burst pipes, and floods. If there has been something obvious such as a flood or a burst pipe, you need ot definitely call a disaster recovery specialist. If it is a leaky pipe, it might not be so obvious. You should look for signs of moisture in your walls. You should also look for signs of mold sickness.   1 — Respiratory Illness   Respiratory difficulties are one of the most common signs that you might have mold sickness. Mold is microscopic and floats very easily on currents in the air. It can float on your air conditioning currents or just the wind created by someone walking past you. Furthermore, if you don’t have a HEPA filter on your HVAC system, the central unit will just circulate it around. Those who have respiratory vulnerabilities such as asthma or allergies […]

When a disaster strikes your house, it almost always involves water somehow. If your roof or windows are damaged during a storm, that storm will likely bring rain with it. Flooding is a serious issue as well. Finally, pipes often leak or burst without you even knowing. All of those instances involve water. If you hire damage restoration experts instantly, they’ll likely remove the water and dry up your home. That will be the end of the damage. However, if water is allowed to sit for even a short amount of time, you will likely run into problems with mold. Mold is a pernicious and persistent problem. Mold Problems Mold can never be completely removed. The microscopic mold spores are present all over the world; they simply need somewhere to grow and multiply. To grow and multiply, mold spores need three things: they need darkness, moisture, and warmth. When you have a burst pipe or a flooded basement, there will be many spaces in your house that are now dark, moist, and warm. That’s especially a problem with basements, attics, and crawl spaces. If that happens, you might experience some mold issues. Mold can cause health problems for you, your […]

Is Your Home at Risk for Mold?

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Mold can never be completely eliminated; mold spores can be can be microscopic, and they’re naturally occurring. Therefore, they’re always going to be floating around in the atmosphere. They are just looking for a comfortable area to grow and reproduce. That’s why your home is never completely free of mold; mold is said to be remediated. It’s removed to a safe level of parts per million. There are some things you should look out for if you’re worried that your home might be vulnerable to mold. Look in Corners  There are several factors that mold needs to grow. Mold needs darkness, warmth, and moisture. That’s why the basement and the attic are two places it often proliferates. You should look in the corners of your basement and attic. The corners are often hotbeds for mold because they’re often shielded from the light, and moisture often collects in corners. If you see mold or mildew in the corners of your basement or attic, you should call a specialist in mold remediation. Oftentimes, damage restoration companies will have experts in handling mold. You shouldn’t do it yourself because mold spores are so tiny that they can quickly become airborne when disturbed. They’ll […]