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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

Mold infested walls

Mold forms within 24 hours after flood damage occurs

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

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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

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

Mold Damage in Carmel Valley

Even in new homes, a steady stream of water under a floorboard or a buildup of moisture from unvented steam after a shower can lead to mold damage in Carmel Valley. If your home has suffered fire damage, the water and extinguisher foam used to fight the blaze can provide a fertile environment for mold to develop over time. Spores can germinate after only 12 hours and some can grow in 24 to 48 hours, due to certain conditions. It’s very important to contact a mold remediation specialist once you suspect that your home has been invaded by mold. If left unchecked, mold can spread at a rapid rate. Mold remediation is definitely a task you should never take on yourself – leave that to the specialists!

Mold damage in Carmel Valley can cause a host of different heath problems from exacerbating allergies and asthma to lowering your immune system. And you don’t always know that mold is growing and spores are traveling through your ventilation system. Sometimes you can smell a moldy odor, but by that time the mold has significantly proliferated throughout your home. This is the time to contact a mold remediation specialist to halt the progress of the mold, sparing you and your family further health problems – which will be costly as well!

In addition to impacting your health, mold can weaken and eventually destroy materials, causing structural problems on a grand scale. Mold can form around floor and ceiling joists, causing those areas to warp and sag. Eventually the floor or ceiling simply collapses altogether. Those materials will have been completely destroyed and will have to be replaced. Also, be aware that although not porous, metal can still be a carrier for mold growth. If mold is found on aluminum, copper, steel and other metals, it can spread to surrounding materials like wood or drywall. Imagine if you had contacted a mold remediation specialist when you first sensed the unpleasant odor of mold? Ignoring mold formation is costly in the long run: to your own health as well as the structural integrity of your home…and your pocketbook.

If you are experiencing mold damage in Carmel Valley 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 |December 28th, 2016|Mold|0 Comments

Mitigating Mold Damage in Del Mar

It’s pleasant living near the ocean, but with so much marine layer moisture coming in, mold damage in Del Mar can happen. Also, flooding from torrential rains and leaky plumbing can bring mold into your home. Once you are aware that mold has invaded your home, you must contact a mold remediation specialist to handle the problem before the situation worsens. You must understand, however, that it’s not possible to remove all of the mold, since it is naturally present in the atmosphere. The best mold remediation specialists can do is remove enough mold and mold spores to keep their number at healthy levels.

Health Problems

Mold and mold spores are responsible for exacerbating allergies and asthma, causing severe respiratory problems that can affect your health over time. Excessive amounts of mold is known to suppress the immune system, so people with weakened immune systems are highly at risk. It is imperative that should you notice mold growth in your home to contact a mold immediately. Mold doesn’t go away on its own.

Structural Damage

Mold is almost as destructive to your home as it is to your health. Materials such as wood can become completely damaged by mold and replacing it is the only option. Water, which is usually present with mold, can destroy other materials. Wet or damp areas are the perfect breeding ground for mold, so if you have experienced water damage, mold growth is sure to follow. When this happens you’ll have two expenses, dealing with water damage and the subsequent mold removal. Unfortunately, these two conditions go hand and hand.

How much will this cost?

If mold damage in Del Mar goes undetected for an extended period of time, the infestation become widespread and that can adversely affect the cost of removal. This is why it is important to consider the possibility of mold after even minor water damage.

Ultimately, mold remediation is worth the expense when compared to any adverse effects to your long term health. Again, remember that mold is a naturally occurring element in the environment and thus is impossible to completely eradicate from your home. Any restoration company who boasts that they can remove every spore is not being truthful.

If you are experiencing mold damage in Del Mar 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 |December 22nd, 2016|Mold|0 Comments

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By |July 22nd, 2016|Mold|0 Comments

Documenting Mold Damage for Insurance

photo of Black mold on boardFiling an insurance claim for mold damage can be complicated (which is why we usually handle it for our clients). Generally speaking, for mold that is caused by a burst pipe or flooding, the damage is likely covered. If, however, the mold is caused by neglect, such as a damp basement or attic, or a leaky pipe, that damage will most likely not be covered. Some insurance companies are beginning to strictly limit, and even explicitly exclude, coverage for mold damage, even if the mold is caused by an event that is otherwise covered.

While there is no substitute for prevention when it comes to mold, sometimes things happen that are outside of your control. When mold damage does occur, thorough documentation of the extent of the damage, the cause of the mold, and remediation efforts will improve your chances of having the damage covered.

When you experience sudden water damage, the first thing you need to do is stop the flow of water and remove as much water as you can. Remember, most insurance companies will not cover mold damage if they can prove that it was caused by any neglect on your part. The next thing you need to do is immediately contact your insurance adjuster and be sure you know exactly what they require of you.

Get a notebook and use it to document everything that occurs in relation to your water and mold damage. Start with the details of the event that led to the damage and all of your cleanup efforts, starting with removing the water.

As you go, also be sure to document every communication with the insurance company, including date, time, who you spoke with, and the content of the communication. Keeping a detailed log of everything will keep you focused and organized, and make sure you don’t forget any request made by the insurance company or what information you’ve provided them.
Remove all undamaged or repairable items and move to a safe, well-ventilated, and dry place. Your insurance company may require you to hold off on permanent repairs until they can evaluate the damage, but they will want you to take reasonable steps to prevent further damage. Make lists of all damaged items and take plenty of photographs, whether items are salvageable or not. In order to prove losses, you may want to hold off on discarding unsalvageable items until cleared by your insurance adjuster.

Get an envelope, and put all of your receipts in it. Your insurance company may require you to not make permanent repairs until they have assessed the damage, but you may need to make temporary repairs in order to prevent further damage. You’ll need your receipts to prove these expenses.

Insurance companies are notorious for finding reasons to deny claims. By thoroughly documenting every step of the process, you’ll arm yourself to negotiate successfully, or to file a legal suit if your claim is still denied.

If you are in the San Diego area, and would like help documenting your mold damage, and dealing with insurance, call us at (619) 376-6838

By |March 2nd, 2016|Mold, News|0 Comments

4 Signs of Mold in an Investment Property

Property Owner Wearing a Mold MaskMold can cause serious damage that can significantly decrease the value of your investment property. Professional mold inspectors can find mold, determine the extent of said mold, identify the strain, and test air quality… however, professional mold testing isn’t always practical, especially when it comes to prospective investments or rental properties with tenants. Fortunately, there are a few signs you can look for to determine whether you may have a problem.

Musty smell in any part of the building

Mold has a distinctly musty odor. If you notice such a smell anywhere in the building, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have mold, but you could. Even if there is none present, a musty smell could also mean a moisture problem that needs to be remedied before the mold actually starts to grow. If there are no immediately visible signs of mold, check under carpeting, behind drywall, around windows, and above ceiling tiles. Don’t forget the basement, as it is typically the dampest area of a building, and the attic, as a leaky roof could create a perfect environment for mold growth. If you still can’t find the source, check the heating and cooling systems. HVAC systems can have condensation and may be dusty, a perfect environment for mold to grow. If you don’t see mold, you may want to consider collecting a sample of the dust and sending it for testing.

Visible discoloration on surfaces that may be exposed to moisture

Mold loves damp, porous surfaces, especially those in dark, forgotten spaces.Wood, fabric, paper, and dust are all excellent food sources for mold. Look at drywall, carpets, carpet padding, ceiling tiles, and other porous materials that may be exposed to moisture. Look under kitchen and bathroom sinks, under and around refrigerators, around air conditioners, and don’t forget basement, crawl spaces, attics, and closets. Be sure to check rooms that may not be used often and may have had the air vents closed off, lead to restricted airflow.

Tenants with allergy symptoms

If the building is occupied and tenants mention experiencing upper respiratory infection, allergy or asthma symptoms, or sinus trouble, especially if symptoms are better when away from the building, there is a good chance the building has mold.

Water damage or plumbing issues

Mold is common after water damage, flood damage, and plumbing issues. Water from leaks, damage, or other sources can find its way to hidden areas under flooring and inside walls, allowing mold to grow unseen. Water damage doesn’t automatically mean mold, but should be a red flag warranting further investigation.If you see signs of water damage, such as a line of discoloration on an exterior wall, or water marks on ceiling tiles, you may want to take a closer look for other signs of mold.

If you suspect that your San Diego investment property may be sustaining damage from mold, call us at (619) 376-6838 for a free evaluation.

By |February 23rd, 2016|Flood, Mold|0 Comments