Water, Fire, & Mold Restoration Blog

2812, 2016

Mold Damage in Carmel Valley

By |December 28th, 2016|Mold|0 Comments

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!

2212, 2016

Mitigating Mold Damage in Del Mar

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

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!

2012, 2016

How to Prevent Fire Damage In Carmel Valley

By |December 20th, 2016|Fire|0 Comments

Fire Damage In Carmel Valley

Even though you live in the coastal zone, your home is still vulnerable to fire damage in Carmel Valley. The culprit could be a random spark, a malfunctioning circuit, or something left cooking too long on a kitchen stove. Accidents happen. But when fire damage happens, you must deal with it immediately to reduce the chance of further damage to the structural integrity of your home. One of the featured imeirst things you’ll need to do is properly ventilate the affected area by opening all windows and using fans to blow as much of the smoke odor as possible to the outside. You may want to wear a surgical mask if you use a HEPA vacuum cleaner as you try to remove additional residue and particulates of soot, debris and fire extinguisher residue. Be aware that soot and other fine dust can cause respiratory problems.

There is nothing wrong with conducting your own inspection if you are experiencing fire damage in Carmel Valley, provided that the area is still structurally sound of course. You might want to take inventory of items and materials that have sustained damage, noting the extent of the damage. You can document this information in a notebook or a tablet, which will be useful in providing this information to your insurance company. The restoration specialists will also conduct their own inspection and coordinate a recovery plan with your insurance company.

There are tasks that you may want to perform before the arrival of professionals, but you should leave these tasks to the specialists. Never wipe or attempt to wash fire residue from walls, ceilings, or other absorbent surfaces. Discard any carpeting or upholstered furniture which have been heavily affected by smoke residue or debris (the smell of a fire is nearly impossible to get rid of). You must also discard any food items or canned goods exposed to heat. You should not turn on computers, televisions, stereos or electrical appliances until they’ve been professionally cleaned and checked for safety.

Once you’ve prepped the fire damaged area, your team of fire restoration specialists can do the rest so that you’ll have at least some peace of mind.

If you are experiencing fire 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!

511, 2016

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

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

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

2810, 2016

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

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

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.

2110, 2016

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

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

1410, 2016

Flooded Crawl Space – Immediate Action Steps [Restoration Tips]

By |October 14th, 2016|Flood, Water Damage|0 Comments

710, 2016

Choosing A Restoration Company [Restoration Tips]

By |October 7th, 2016|News|0 Comments

3009, 2016

Fire Damage – Save Your Property [Restoration Tips]

By |September 30th, 2016|Fire|0 Comments

2709, 2016

How to Handle Water Damage in Torrey Pines

By |September 27th, 2016|Water Damage|0 Comments

water damage in torrey pinesInclement weather and humid marine layer moisture are recipes for possible water damage in Torrey Pines. And, of course, there’s always a leaking toilet or sink – even the dishwasher – to blame for water invading your home. You must take action quickly. Your first task is to remove as much excess water as possible, drying surfaces as best you can. You can rent large fans (even industrial grade versions) and sump pumps to drain the excess water outside of your home. Once this is done, it’s time to call in restoration specialists to assess the extent of the damage and take the steps necessary to restore your property. Why bring in specialists instead of doing the work yourself? Professionals will have all of the equipment necessary, as well as the know-how to perform the restoration work quickly and efficiently. Plus, safety is an issue. You would have to deal with air quality problems, slipping on slick surfaces, heavy lifting, and electricity. The experts know how to deal with all of these issues.

The box fans you’re probably using will not thoroughly dry highly damp surfaces – at least not in time to stop the eventual growth of mold. That is why it’s best to ultimately call a water restoration specialist in to do the “heavy lifting” of drying those surfaces. They will employ industrial-grade fans that will remove moisture thoroughly from materials in half the time it would take smaller fans to do this. But that’s only one thing. They will also have at their disposal other equipment such as air movers, air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, wood floor drying systems, and sub floor drying equipment. Some of this equipment must remain in your home to continue the drying process. They will also use sanitizing and deodorizing equipment, particularly if there is extensive contamination from sewer water damage in Torrey Pines.

Also, be sure to check your homeowner’s insurance policy to see if you are covered for water damage restoration, particularly in the event of flooding or pipe breaks. Understand, however, that your claim must be officially submitted by a professional restoration company who will provide your insurance company with a full inspection report. If you file a claim by yourself you run the risk of the claim not being approved. Be sure to document all of the damage yourself prior to bringing in restoration specialists. This can be a simple accounting of all damaged items within the affected area.

If you are experiencing water damage in Torrey Pines 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!