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Home flooded? How to prevent mold growth later.

No homeowner ever expects to experience flooding in their home, even after a heavy rain storm or from leaking plumbing. But floods and other means of water invasion can happen, and when it does happen, a lot of damage can occur beyond what the water may do to materials within your home. Often mold formation follows, damaging not only walls but your furniture and other items. However, there are steps you can take to prevent the encroachment of mold after water damage. This action will help to keep your family healthy since mold damage can have a serious detrimental affect on health.

 

Remove all damaged items from the affected areas

The most important task will be to dry any which may have been damaged or contaminated by water. You must first remove all wet or damp items where flooding has occurred. Move these items to a location where they can be properly dried and assessed for damage or salvage. Special care must be used in removing damaged items relying on electricity like lamps and electronic devices.

You can use towels to dry hard items which have been in standing water; other items may only need to dry at room temperature. You may also need to use fans to dry other items like furniture, rugs and carpeting. Just be sure to only use electrical sockets in dry areas. Rugs and upholstery items may require dry cleaning, or simply may be too damaged to salvage.

 

Mark the water level on walls

Once excess water has invaded your home, causing damage in its wake, you must now focus on the walls. Your home’s walls will be the first to suffer mold growth, so dealing with that issue is extremely important. The prevention of mold encroachment is important not only for the damage and unpleasant odor it causes, but also because its existence can cause serious health issues for all occupants of your home.

To help your restoration specialist assess the damage and design a game plan for dealing with the damage, be sure to mark the water levels. You can use a marker (like a Sharpie), chalk or painter’s tape to mark where the water damage begins. Doing this will help the professionals to decide what materials need to be replaced and what can be saved. This will save you money in repair costs as well allow the professionals to work quickly, preventing mold growth.

If you are experiencing water damage, flooding, or mold, we are here to help 24/7!

Give us a call (619) 376-6838

Orange Restoration is the leading damage restoration company in San Diego providing flood damage, water damage, fire & smoke damage, and mold remediation services.
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San Diego , CA
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By |May 25th, 2017|Mold|0 Comments

Mold in the Shower: Prevention Tips and Tricks

It’s a given that water and moisture will always exist in your shower; unfortunately this constant becomes the perfect breeding ground for mold formation. But you don’t have to resign yourself to tolerating mold odor when showering (plus, it’s just not good for your health). There are easy steps to take to keep mold from taking up residence in your shower or bathtub.

An investment in a small humidifier can reduce humidity levels in the bathroom to 30-50%, helping to prevent mold growth in your shower, tub, and sink. Also, remember to leave the bathroom door and any windows open before you take a hot shower. If you don’t have a ceiling fan or a built-in fan in your bathroom, you can use a small fan to blow steam away. By employing these techniques, you will help to prevent mold from taking root in tile grout, caulk, and drains.

Be sure to always keep the shower and tub area clean and free of any standing water. Periodically check to clean the areas where you keep shampoo bottles, body wash bottles and soap bar, making sure they are not sitting in standing water. If you keep a shower mat on the bottom of your shower or tub be sure to clean it on a regular basis – especially underneath, keeping the suction cups clean. Those suction cups are mold breeding grounds!

Know that soap scum is your enemy. A combination of soap, body oils, hair and other organic materials get trapped between the bath mat and shower/tub floor every time you bathe. Every color of mold will call that area home if you don’t clean it. You’ll have to both scour and sanitize the bath mat on a weekly basis – and it might be a good idea to eventually replace it entirely. Remember to allow the mat to completely dry before returning it to the shower or tub floor. Cleaning this one particular item regularly will go a long way towards keeping your bathroom mold-free.

Also, regularly mist a 50/50 solution mix of vinegar and water to your shower curtain, glass doors, tile grout and inside shower walls. If you can tolerate the smell, you might want to use straight white diluted vinegar instead. Be sure to spray the caulked corners, as well as all cracks and crevices around spigot, spout, drain, and shower nozzle. Do not rinse right away, allowing all treated areas to dry completely. Fortunately, the vinegar solution has only a slight odor and will dissipate fairly quickly after application. The vinegar solution will help with deodorizing as the acids in the vinegar continue to consume and kill any remaining mold spores. This process will help to prohibit future mold growth.

Mold prevention in the bathroom is easiest when you keep to a sound prevention plan. Also useful are applications of tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, as well as trusty white distilled vinegar. Employing these methodical steps regularly will keep mold from setting up camp in your bathroom.

For San Diego’s best home restoration services be sure to contact Orange Restoration, for our 24/7 emergency services.

By |May 15th, 2017|Mold|0 Comments

Tobacco Smoke: Helpful Tips on Mitigating Damage

Does your home reek of tobacco smoke? Here are tips on how to remove the odor

It’s one thing to bring home smoke odor on your clothes and in your hair after a night of partying, but when that smell invades your home thanks to inconsiderate guests and their furtive smoking breaks, you must act quickly once they’re gone. Unfortunately, that smoky odor will permeate the fabrics in your home and will hold onto that odor, leaving you to smell it for days and weeks later.

You may not be able to easily remove all of the fabric from your home – particularly furniture, like a large sofa – but it’s very important to move all fabric items to an area unaffected by smoke, no matter how inconvenient. These items can include any decorative pillows, bedding, blankets, and especially curtains and drapes. If you have a washing machine that can handle large loads you should be able to run all of these items through a cold wash cycle with two (2) cups of vinegar added to the load.

Be sure to not use high heat to dry these items. The heat appears to reactivate the smoky smell, setting it permanently into the fabric. Instead, use a low heat or fluff cycle; if you can, line dry the items in the sun, which will be even more effective in removing the odor. And any light breeze along with the sunshine will be a bonus.

If you have a large, bulky item like a comforter, you may need to take it to your local dry cleaner. Put all of the smelly items into a trash bag and bring them to the cleaners; be sure to inform them that you require help in removing smoke odor. They can then use all of the professional techniques in their arsenal to banish the smoky smell. You may also want to include delicate items like curtains and window treatments. Window treatments can be expensive, so you don’t want to risk ruining them in your washing machine.

Once all of the items are washed and rid of the smoke odor, you don’t want to start the process all over again by returning them to a smoky home. Instead, put all of those clean items into fresh trash bags and store them in your garage or other area unaffected by smoky odor. You can return these items to their rightful locations once you have removed the odor from the home itself.

Remember that time is of the essence and these steps must be completed rather quickly. If you do one step without doing the others, the odor will simply redistribute itself around the home. If multiple rooms are affected, you’ll have to work on one room at a time. Once a room has been cleared of smoke, be sure to seal off the clean room as best you can. You don’t want smoky odor traveling to other areas – particularly an area you’ve just cleaned.

If you ever need help removing tobacco odors from the home, or need help mitigating a fire damage be sure to contact us as soon as possible. Dealing with carcinogens is never something that should be shrugged off as not a big deal. Orange Restoration San Diego prides ourself on being San Diego’s most qualified and honest home restoration company.

By |May 8th, 2017|Fire|0 Comments

Stucco Water Damage: How to Spot & Fix it

Can stucco actually cause water damage?

If your stucco siding has been improperly installed, water damage is sure to follow. The purpose of any type of siding is to protect your home from rain, snow, and other elements. But if the siding is installed carelessly, it will be unable to do its job and water damage will make itself known in an unattractive (an expensive) way to.

The primary culprit causing water damage in stucco results from improper sealing in the areas where the stucco connects with windows, flashing and other joints. Improper sealing makes it much harder to repair stucco water damage. Have you noticed dark, rusty-looking streaks seeming to drip from the corners of windows, particularly in older structures? These are called “stucco tears” and they are an obvious indication that water damage within the stucco has occurred. These “tears” cannot simply be wiped or power-washed away, as there is a deeper issue at hand. If you ignore the underlying issues causing this damage, you will be continually using such “band aid” remedies. You must establish the cause of the damage, then apply the proper repair for a lasting solution.

Determining whether there is moisture damage behind your stucco

Obviously, stucco tears are an indication that there is underlying water damage. However, water damage may be occurring beneath the siding, revealing no outward signs of damage. On the surface, everything looks fine to homeowners yet there may be mold, mildew and rot lurking beneath that nice surface, making a meal of your property. Don’t wait for the stucco tears to show themselves!

How can you tell if there is water damage happening under the stucco? Well, a visual inspection isn’t enough—you’ll need a moisture test to determine if your property has this problem. This isn’t a DIY opportunity—you’ll need to hire a professional to perform the moisture test. Once the issue has been diagnosed, you’ll be given recommendations on whether to repair or replace the stucco.

Should the moisture damage be caught early, it’s possible that repairs may be enough to fix the issue. Unfortunately, those repairs are often not a permanent solution. If moisture damage has occurred once before, it may happen again and again. In fact, if the damage is extensive or the recommended repairs intensive, the more cost-effective (and easiest) solution may be to have the siding replaced completely.

If you choose to replace your damaged stucco, there are many other siding options available. Your best bet is to select fiber cement since it is excellent in resisting damage from both hot and cold weather—even holding up well to impact from hail. Fiber cement will even remain solid in the most humid of climates. Best of all, fiber cement is very easy to maintain.

Fiber cement won’t rot or warp, unlike with stucco. With proper care its finish can last up to 15 years. It’s also cost-effective: fiber cement siding costs 20 percent to 50 percent less than what you might spend on brick, stone or stucco. The only siding that matches fiber cement in price is high-end vinyl siding.

Here’s another plus: fiber cement siding can mimic other siding options, including stucco. That’s a bargain any way you look at it: you’ll have the look of stucco at lower cost and without the risk of moisture damage in the future. That’s hard to beat.

For the best home restoration in San Diego be sure to contact us, and be sure to visit our Facebook and Twitter pages. Our technicians are San Diego’s best for repairing stucco water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation.

 

 

By |March 20th, 2017|Water Damage|0 Comments

Best Company To Repair Mold Damage in Rancho Bernardo

Unfortunately, mold damage in Rancho Bernardo isn’t far behind. Clinging to the underside of walls and floorboards are colonies of mold, with mold spores traveling through your ventilation system. When this happens health problems can arise: allergies, asthma and even weakened immune systems. That’s why whenever you’ve experienced a significant water leak, you should contact a mold remediation specialist to properly gauge where the mold lives.

Even without significant water damage, however, microscopic mold spores are found everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, which is why it’s impossible to completely remove all mold from your home. Water damage alone isn’t enough to bring mold into your home since it can travel through AC/heating systems, and can attach to clothing and even to your pets. Mold remediation technicians, however, can remove enough mold to bring the amount of spores to healthy, manageable levels.

All mold needs to thrive is a plenty of water and moisture. If you have an unseen leak somewhere, you can be sure that mold will be establishing a colony in that area. Sometimes you may be able to detect it using your nose since it has a strong, musty odor. Mold spores can adversely affect your health in many ways and so when mold is suspected, mold damage in Rancho Bernardo must be dealt with immediately. Understand that mold spores can begin to form within 24 hours of a water emergency.

Mold remediation involves the utilization of high velocity drying equipment, vacuums (with HEPA filters) designed for spore collection, and anti-microbial treatments which should prevent any future mold growth. Often materials like drywall and flooring are so damaged by mold that they must be replaced. To locate and inspect materials for mold infestation, thermal imaging and infrared and borescopes may be used. The technicians will completely document the damage and will even take photographs to submit to your insurance company. Once the remediation is complete, technicians will search for signs of any recurrent water damage, and any residual moldy odors or visible mold, ensuring that the cleanup was successful.

If you are experiencing mold damage in Rancho Bernardo do not hesitate to call Orange Restoration! We are open for emergency water damage services 24/7. Our highly experienced team is able to handle any size job and we will get you back in your home or business in no time!

By |March 13th, 2017|Mold|0 Comments

The Best Company to Repair Fire Damage in Rancho Bernardo

When you live in the East County, you know that brush fires can happen, especially during the summer months making fire damage in Rancho Bernardo a possibility. Not only that, but any homeowner in any other part of town can expect ire damage after an electrical outlet short circuits or even from a tumbled candle. If the fire is confined to a certain area, then a restoration specialist can begin the process to bring your home back to its former condition.

Once you’ve survived the initial conflagration, and the firefighters have pulled up their hoses and have gone, it’s time to deal with the aftermath of fire damage in Rancho Bernardo. It’s now time for fire restoration specialists to come in and take over. They will perform a complete inspection of the damage and will determine the type of fire, for example protein fire or petroleum fire, etc. Performing such an inspection helps technicians estimate the extent of work that needs to be done, as well as how long it will take to affect complete restoration and repairs. They will also determine if the affected area is structurally sound – if not, you may have to find alternate accommodations.

Depending on the amount of damage to the area, you may need to gather up undamaged items and store them in a safe location. Items suffering some fire damage should be packed up and delivered to an off-site location for contents restoration. Once this is done the real cleanup begins. It’s a given that with any fire damage, no matter how severe, soot covered and smoke damaged items and materials must go through restoration. Walls are HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) vacuumed and washed, materials are hand-cleaned and carpets are deep cleaned to remove soot residue.

Along with fire damage, there may be leaking water pipes. Technicians may use a desiccant dry air restoration which will eliminate excess moisture. This process allows books and documents to dry quickly and efficiently. Sometimes a vacuum freeze restoration technique will be used which restores photographs and books with minimal warping. Damaged materials will be removed as well as any debris in the affected area. Replacement of damaged structures must also be done. The water extraction continues due to leftover water and foam residue from fire extinguishers used to fight the blaze. This process will include the removal of soot, deodorization and ash.

Why To Choose Orange Restoration To Repair Fire Damage Rancho Bernardo

If you are experiencing fire damage in Rancho Bernardo do not hesitate to call Orange Restoration! We are open for emergency water damage services 24/7. We are fully licensed and insured, and pride ourselves on our fair rates and quality of work. Our highly experienced team is able to handle any size job and we will get you back in your home or business in no time! Feel free to contact us toll free for 24/7 fire restoration emergency services at 1-800-434-4614. 

By |March 6th, 2017|Fire|0 Comments

Best Company to Repair Fire Damage in Del Mar

Fire Damage in Del MarProbably the worst experience you’ll have as a homeowner is dealing with fire damage in Del Mar. Even if your home isn’t completely destroyed by fire, just dealing with the aftermath of any fire damage to your home is stressful – and costly. You may not be allowed to live in your home because of structural instability, or you may be cramped in one small area of your home. However the stress and anxiety, you must deal with the situation immediately. You’ll have to contact your insurance company and a fire restoration specialist.

Before any fire damage restoration work in Del Mar can commence, the damage must be inspected to assess if any structures left standing are stable and safe to enter. If a damaged area is safe to enter, it’s best to release any lingering smoke odor and gasses by opening doors and windows. If there is still a residual amount of smoke within the property, the area will require use of an air filtration device (AFD) in order to properly exhaust the smoke to the outside. An AFD unit processes the air through a series of filters, reducing the potency of the smoke odor and thus any potentially harmful effects.

Also, before actual fire damage restoration work can begin, you will have to sort through any damaged items to see if they can be salvaged or should be thrown away. Obviously, anything completely charred and burnt must be discarded, items or materials which sustained smoke and soot damage may be repairable. Once all damaged items have been removed from the structure it will be easier to determine which materials should be repaired or replaced. Materials that were damaged by smoke or soot may be more difficult to determine whether they should be repaired or replaced, it can be too expensive to repair or restore such items, and replacement might be the more cost-effective approach.

Your restoration specialist will determine the type of fire and soot damage and will plan a course of action according to that specific type of damage. Knowing the type of fire damage will help technicians to determine the proper cleaning process.

Choose Orange Restoration to Repair Your Fire Damage In Del Mar

If you are experiencing fire damage in Del Mar do not hesitate to contact Orange Restoration! We are open for emergency water damage services 24/7. Our highly experienced team is able to handle any size job and we will get you back in your home or business in no time! We pride ourselves on being the most professional home restoration company in Del Mar and the San Diego area. Be sure to call our emergency fire damage hotline at 1-800-434-4614. 

By |February 28th, 2017|Fire|0 Comments

Seven Situations And Issues That Must Be Addressed To Reverse Poor Flood Management In California

So what’s at risk for flooding in California? And what problems does the state face in fixing the problem of flood management? Most of it goes far beyond what a water damage restoration company like ours can fix.

Here are some situations and issues that California flood management advocates must take into account if they are to successfully create and move forward with a sensible flood management action:

  1. Impact on agriculture. There is more than $7 billion of crop potential in 500-year floodplains. Overall, as much as 40 percent of the state’s vital agricultural land is in a floodplain. In fact, the Sacramento and San Joaquin River and the Tulare Lake areas have more than $1 billion in 500-year floodplains, and losing those crops for a season or more could devastate the regional or statewide economy – and disrupt the nation’s food supply.
  1. Impact on the environment. Being good stewards of the environment means establishing plans that protect it while allowing humans the greatest possible freedom and protection. That requires consistent regulation and protections for rare and endangered plants – and much more.
  1. Complex agency involvement. There are overlapping responsibilities among public agencies, conflicting regulations and other problems with getting a handle on flood management. When agencies learn to work together, duplicate efforts can be eliminated, holes in efforts can be reduced or eliminated and grander plans can come together because of greater funding and involvement.
  1. Infrastructure isn’t meeting needs. While the flood management infrastructure already in place – including levees – has prevented billions in damage and saved countless lives, this infrastructure needs maintenance, improvements and more. And infrastructure is not meeting rising demand as people move into areas previously known to flood, in 500-year floodplains or unprotected by seawalls and other barriers.
  1. Funding continues to be limited and unreliable. Even though devastating floods have proven the importance of flood management, funding is still limited and even more unreliable than in the past. In many cases, only a flood event spurs spending, and this decreases after the initial reaction. Budgets are often inadequate since the full cost of flood management sometimes isn’t considered. Plus, bond money for flood management is nearly depleted.
  1. Flood strategies must be part of an integrated water management effort. Collaborations across many fields and disciplines are required, and the need for drinking water stability and other water needs must be addressed at the same time flooding concerns are being dealt with.
  1. Recommendations must be taken seriously. For flood management efforts to work, recommendations from expert panels and committees must be taken seriously. When tools, plans and actions are suggested, they must be funded and acted upon to generate the results that everyone wants. Otherwise, flood management efforts won’t come to much.

There’s no argument that flooding causes billions in property losses and deaths in California. But agencies must learn to work together, consider the serious and far-reaching consequences of flooding and take smart actions that will bring about the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

While it will never be possible to prevent all flooding in a coastal state subject to periods of heavy rain, it is possible to better predict flooding events, prevent property loss, prevent loss of life and reduce the negative environmental and economic consequences that can come with flooding and its aftermath.

It’s a tall order to reduce the negative impacts of flooding on California, but it can be done when agencies, organizations and others take a smart, integrated and long-term approach. And it’s absolutely essential to a stable future for our state.

For help in the San Diego area with flood and water damage, call (619) 376-6838

By |November 5th, 2016|Flood, Water Damage|0 Comments

Four Important Points About Managing California Flood Risks And Protecting Our Future

Flooding is something that can impact any Californian. In fact, all of California’s 58 counties have had at least one flood emergency in the last two decades, and an astounding 20 percent of all California residents live in a floodplain.

Because there are more than $580 billion in assets and property subject to flood risks – not to mention millions of people – everyone in the state must take rushing and rising water seriously. When a flood strikes, loss of life can be devastating, and flood damage restoration to put things back as they should be can cost millions and take weeks or months.

The state and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been working for decades to cut flood risk and reduce consequences when a catastrophic water event happens. Plus, local agencies in San Diego and across local counties and the state have done their part in many cases to control flooding in the best ways they know how.

Still, more must be done.

The Department of Water Resources at the state level as well as the Army Corps of Engineers have developed a plan related to the future of flooding in the state that’s based on four important principles:

  1. Flooding can’t be completely eliminated. While flood management efforts can go a long way toward cutting the risks and consequences associated with flooding, the risk will never go away. Still, flood management can improve the safety of the public, create a sense of environmental responsibility and stewardship and help support increased economic stability.
  1. Multiple-benefit programs are best. When flood management solutions are created with the entire system in mind, there is the best chance of success and public resources are used most responsibly. Going it alone isn’t likely to be successful for something as big as flooding concerns.
  1. Cooperation enhances flood management. Flood management is, of course, the responsibility of all levels of government, and cooperation makes for the best chance of success. Local, state and U.S. government officials must share responsibility for flood management, especially since dealing with flooding often requires working across jurisdictional and geographic boundaries toward overall solutions.
  1. Climate change and other outside factors must be taken into consideration. For flood management solutions to be effective, public agencies at all governmental levels must create solutions that take into account as many variables as possible, including the increasing risk and volatility that could be the result of global climate change.

And something else is certain: now’s the time for California to work to prevent future catastrophic flooding events. That makes sense from a cost perspective, from the perspective of preserving human life whenever possible and from the perspective of environmental responsibility.

At Orange Restoration, we support efforts to prevent natural disasters – because that makes much more sense and costs much less in the long run than cleaning up after them. While there will always be flooding and a need for disaster recovery services like those our company provides, there are flood management solutions that can reduce the day-to-day risk for so many Californians.

We want the very best for California, and that means decreasing flooding risk even though the risk can never be entirely eliminated. And we support any government effort that moves us closer to better prediction, better avoidance and better recovery from flooding so that California’s citizens are protected and our economy stays strong and gets even stronger in the months, years, decades and even centuries to come.

There are many things that can be done. But when they don’t work, we’ll be here to help you pick up the pieces – (619) 376-6838.

By |October 28th, 2016|Flood, Water Damage|0 Comments

Understructure Flood – Before Calling The Plumber! [Restoration Tips]

By |October 21st, 2016|Flood, Water Damage|0 Comments