Emergency Restoration Situations

20.7.2014 | 22:04

Emergency Tips For Atlanta Water Damage

Water damage has become quite common these days. The number of floods and natural disasters is on a rise. In fact, there is fire damage, broken and leaking pipes, clogged draining and even malfunctioning appliances of the home that cause significant water damage to you. You might not believe this any malfunctioning appliance in your house can cause a lot of water damage to your property by the time you get back home from office. This may mean that water damage can be faced by anyone and at any time. However, in order to get rid of this damage, you will have to follow certain steps like extraction, mold testing etc. The prospects of restoration from water damage come later. In the beginning, when you see water damage in your house, you have to follow certain emergency steps in order to make sure that you don’t suffer too much damage. Here are some of the do’s and don’ts that you will have to follow as soon as you find water damage in your house.

What to do

  • Find the main electrical switch in your house. Go ahead and make sure that you are switching off all the electrical switches in the house. When you cut off the main supply, make sure that you unplug everything as well. It shall help you a lot in staying safe in water. Otherwise, an electrical shock may be inevitable.
  • Ventilate the entire house. Make sure that you are opting for natural drying. If the water damage is not much and there is only the flooring that has been submerged in water to a small extent, you don’t need to turn the power off. Just turn on the cooling system of your home in the summers and heating system in the winters.
  • If there is standing water on the floors or any other flat surfaces, you should be using blotting and sponging in order to get rid of the water. In case water has reached your basement and it is completely submerged, do not enter. Leave it as it is and come back with professional help.

What not to do

  • Do not operate any electrical appliances if the home is still wet. It will always be better to get rid of standing water and wetness by opening up windows before operating anything.
  • Do not leave wet fabrics anywhere. Get them out in the sun and make them dry. Leaving them somewhere will result in mold overgrowth.

 

Preventing Water Damage To Your House 2

19.6.2014 | 09:33

flood damaged houseIn the previous post, we learnt how regular maintenance of gutters and inspection of the house can help prevent water damage. In this post, we will be learning about more ways in which water damage prevention can be made possible. Take a look.

  • Renovations

You should definitely be looking for some renovations in your house in case there are some replacements or repairs to be made. You can think about installing French drains around the perimeter of your house. Constant rain and inefficient draining can cause a lot of problems in your roofing. As the water keeps seeping in, you will hardly be left with any options to let the water out. So check out the drainage options in the roof as well. Remember, insurance doesn’t do well in case of water damage. Therefore, preventive measures are your best bet.

  • Property Placement

This is an important factor that must definitely be kept in mind by people who are living in areas that are prone to flooding. However, even if you are not, water damage can still be expected. Pay a lot of attention to the basement of the house and this region is badly affected, regardless of the kind of water damage experienced by your house. Your costly furniture, small properties, useful properties and important papers must never be kept in the basement or you risk losing them forever. Basically, any valuables, expensive items or anything that needs to be claimed in the future must never be kept in the basement. Try to keep them on a different floor, preferably not the ground floor. If you cannot do this, just make sure that you keep them at the highest level possible or to a different storage area altogether.

  • Act Quickly

Rainy season and pipe busting issues are quite common reasons for water damage and so is flooding. Therefore, as soon as you realize that any one of them has become inevitable, you should be taking a few precautionary measures. First of all, shut down all the power breakers in the house as well as natural gas or other fuel pipes and supplies. Then, try to make a few provisions like shutting all the doors and windows and using boards and mats, opening the gutters and other water channelization drains so that as less water damages your house as possible. Finally, call a water damage restoration (in case of a busted pipe opt for emergency services) and get the repairs done as soon as possible.

Preventing Water Damage To Your House 1

19.6.2014 | 09:29

flooded neighborhoodWater damage is not just financially wrecking but completely wrecks a havoc on your emotions as well. We cannot underestimate the fact that water damage is a very painful and unfortunate event. It can be caused by a busted pipe or a natural disaster. Either way, water damage will be quite a huge issue for you as a homeowner. Leave alone the furniture, smaller property and papers, the structural integrity of your house comes at stake during water damage because of which it becomes quite difficult for you to remove the issues from your house. However, prevention is always better than cure and if you are carful enough, you will definitely be able to save your property and house. Of course, some kind of damage is inevitable as water can seep in anywhere in the house. However, you can always minimize the damage.

Here are a few ways in which you will be able to do so.

  • Regular inspections

Always make sure that your house is inspected properly by a plumbing expert, a roofing specialist and even a flood damage restoration company. They will make sure that any potential hazards to your house are inspected and treated before any damage is caused in your house. Though plumbing inspections should be as frequent as possible, roofing and other kind of damage inspections must be done at least once in a year. You must definitely do so before the rainy season arrives in order to avoid any major problems later. You should have your roof, all pipes and even the foundation of the house inspected properly. These regions are usually more prone to water damage than any place else. If you have a basement, you should be extra careful and try to find out a few ways in which you can avoid water drainage to the basement to whatever extent possible.

  • Regular cleaning

You should definitely be trying to divert water from your house with the help of a gutter. The water will navigate its way through the ground and will be channeled away from your house which will certainly be very beneficial for you. However, these gutters can get clogged in the absence of regular maintenance. Therefore, try to clean these gutters of dirt so that water can seep in properly and gets moved away from your house. Dry leaves and mud or dirt are often the culprits in this case. So make sure you have made appropriate provisions for the same. If possible, use a grille sub-cover during the dry season so that clogging can be avoided altogether.

Everything You Need To Know About Mold Remediation At Home 2

19.6.2014 | 08:58

mold damageIn the previous post, we talked about the ways in which you can prepare better for mold remediation. In this post, we shall focus on mold removal and post-removal processes.

  • Removing mold from home

Always make sure that you moisten the mold before removing it. Dry mold often stirs up faster and spreads in the entire house. It is better to opt for a moistened mold as the odds of damages are lessened in this case. You can easily do so with the help of a spray bottle. Just spray lightly over the mold and you are done. You can use 4 different kind of water mixed solutions to remove mold from your house. The solution can be made by mixing water with ammonia, vinegar, borax or even bleach.  Just clean the area of mold growth with a brush and you are done. Make sure that the solution sits over the mold for some time before you remove it. It helps in killing off the entire mold colony in one go.

  • Preventing mold return

After this, you should be taking a specialized mold killing solution and clean the surface that had the mold overgrowth. Use this solution on all surfaces in the room, even if they are free of mold as the mold spores could have escaped and might cause some trouble for you. In case these spores find enough moisture, they will start developing again and you will not be able to stop regrowth’s of mold in your home.

  • Cleaning the belongings

Most of the times, hard plastic, metal and glass or other non-porous materials will be good enough to use after mold removal has been performed on them. You can be sure that there is no mold left below the surface as the materials are non-porous. In case of books, carpets and drywalls, you will have to be extra careful as under-the-surface mold can become a problem for you. In such a case, answer objectively if the items can really be salvaged or not. If yes, then you should be taking some extreme mold removal steps. If not, the go ahead and abandon the items.

  • HEPA vacuum

Once the mold removal has been performed and the room has dried, you can use an HEPA filtered vacuum that shall help you remove the residual spores from the room completely.

  • Disposing off the mold

Use completely sealed plastic bags and place the mold and even the contents after the HEPA vacuum has been run and dispose them safely.

Everything You Need To Know About Mold Remediation At Home 1

19.6.2014 | 08:46

mold remediationIt is always better to call a professional and let him handle mold remediation in your house. It is because of two reasons. First of all, the mold in your house can be toxic which can cause some health troubles for you. On a second note, the mold remediation process is quite lengthy and demands a lot of time and manual efforts. If any of these limitations are not present, you can easily go ahead and remove mold at home as well. Just make sure that the mold growth is initial/preliminary and effects a smaller area while being non-toxic. In such a circumstance, you can easily opt for home mold remediation with ease.

A small overview of mold remediation at home

  • Wearing protective clothing to save yourself from damage
  • Containing the mold spores
  • Setting up negative pressure
  • Removing mold from home
  • Preventing of mold return
  • Cleaning the belongings
  • HEPA vacuum
  • Disposing off the mold

Let us now talk about these factors in detail.

  • Wearing protective clothing

The first step of mold remediation is to wear protective clothing. You will be surprised to know that mold spores grow by leaps and bounds during mold remediation process only. These spores are distributed in the air because of which you should always wear protective clothing. Always use a goggles, gloves, dust filter masks and cover your body fully. The clothes should be easily clean and disposed as well. Don’t take these issues lightly. Protection should be your primary objective.

  • Containing the mold spores

You might want to seal the room where mold has spread so that it does not cause trouble in other rooms of your house. You can use duct tapes and plastic sheets to cover the openings, vents and doorways of the home so that airborne spores cannot pass the contained area and they are remediated right on spot. Try to make sure that there is no dust in the house as the spores often get attached to dust and then create problems for you.

  • Setting up negative pressure

Negative pressure can easily be created by running an exhaust fan or by blowing air outside of the house directly. Most of the mold spores are unable to handle this negative presser and before they can spread in the house, they are transported outside the home.

These were only a few of the factors. We will talk about the rest in our next post.

Reentering Your Flooded House

17.6.2014 | 12:14

floating thingsWhen returning to a house that is been flooded after natural disasters including hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, bear in mind that the house might be contaminated with sewerage or mold, which may cause health hazards to your household.

When You Re Enter Your House

– If you can switch off the primary electricity from a place that is dry and have water in your house, then just do it and switch the electricity off if it delays clean up. If standing water must be entered by you to get the primary electricity switch, subsequently call an electrician to turn it away. NEVER turn electricity on or off or use an electrical tool or appliance.

– If the house was closed up for several days, enter to open windows and doors to allow the house air out for (at least half an hour) before you remain for any period of time.

– If your house has been closed-up for several days and was flooded, presume your house was contaminated with mold.

– If your house was flooded, in addition, it may be contaminated with sewerage.
If storm-water or flood has entered your house, dry it outside when possible. Follow these measures:

Make sure you wear rubber boots, in case you are using equipment in wet places.

– If you don’t have electrical power, or it is dangerous to change it on, it is possible to use a mobile generator to power gear to eliminate standing water. Such use cause carbon monoxide poisoning and can create alarmingly high amounts.

– If weather allows, open windows and doorways of the home to assist in the drying-out procedure.

Fans should be set at door or a window to blow the atmosphere outwards rather than inwards, so not to distribute the mold.

– Have your house heating system, ventilating, and air conditioner (HVAC) system assessed and cleaned by a service or care professional who’s experienced in mold cleanup just before you change it on. When the support determines if it’s safe to achieve this and that the system is clear, it is possible to turn it on and use it to help eliminate excessive moisture out of your house.

– Prevent water outside from reentering your house. By way of example, rainwater from the roof or gutters should drain away from your house; the earth around the home should slope away from the home to keep crawl spaces and cellars dry.

– Ensure that crawlspaces in cellars have proper drainage to restrict water seepage. Ventilate to permit the region to dry.