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1808, 2014

India and Nepal Experiencing Severe Flooding

By |August 18th, 2014|News|0 Comments

India and Nepal have experienced extreme flooding the past three days caused by heavy rainfall. Relief teams were deployed with medicine, food, and emergency shelters, however the death toll has already reached 180 by Monday morning. Northern India and western Nepal were the areas hit the worst as rushing floodwaters washed away dwellings made of natural materials like mud and straw.

Flooding severely damaged many roads in western Nepal so several helicopters were deployed to bring in supplies according to Jhanka Dhakal of Nepal’s National Emergency Operation Center. With thousands of people without food and shelter, local officials gave out rice, lentils, and specialized cooking pots to those who lost their homes. Most of these people were poor farmers who do not live in permanent housing.

india-floodsAccording to local authorities, over 100 people have died in Nepal and 84 in India since the flooding started on Thursday. Dams in Nepal were damaged by the flooding which caused the situation to worsen in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The rising waters and continuous rain caused several rivers to breach their banks according to Alok Ranjan, a prominent official from Uttar Pradesh. State officials reported 10 more deaths Sunday night which raised the total dead to 34 since Thursday. 50 more people died in Uttarakhand, another state in northern India, when rivers rushed through their fields and villages. Villagers from the most damaged areas were in the process of being evacuated to temporary relief camps set up in government building Monday morning, Ranjan said.

The Kaziranga National Park, in the Indian state of Assam, was severely flooded, causing animals to cross a major highway to escape to high ground. The Kaziranga National Park is also a wildlife reserve that is currently home to 2,500 of the remaining 3,000 one horned rhinos still alive. M.K. Yadava, the park’s director, said rising water from the Brahmaputra River, which flows along one side of the park, caused 5 feet of water to flood most of the park.

In Nepal, Prime Minster Sushil Koirala reached out to foreign disaster response agencies to assist in helping flood victims. Koirala said the government was in the process of sending medical teams and supplies to prevent diseases commonly caused by flooding such as cholera. They are also passing out food and temporary shelters to all those who have been displaced by the flooding.

Monsoon season typically lasts from June to September and brings regular flooding to Nepal and India. A landslide destroyed an entire village outside of Katmandu earlier this month killing over 150 people.

Luckily we don’t have a monsoon season here in San Diego, however a little rain would be welcome in the state of California during the drought we have been experiencing. Water damage from outdated plumbing systems can lead to severe flooding in your home or business. If you are in need of a San Diego flood cleanup company give Orange Restoration a call 24/7!

1508, 2014

Common Types of Household Mold

By |August 15th, 2014|Mold|0 Comments

When looking at the mold growing inside your San Diego home or business you may have noticed that some areas may look different than others. There are several types of mold that can grow in the basement, attic, and bathroom of your property. One of these is the Alternaria mold which is the most common type of mold found in buildings. If inhaled, Alternaria can cause allergies like asthma, hay fever and other respiratory problems.

Another common type of mold is mucor. It is normally found in organic material like soil and animal droppings. However, it can also be found inside homes and offices and lead to serious health issues like lung cancer. Aspergilius is another mold that can cause respiratory problems, especially for people with weak immune systems.

black-mold“Black mold” or Stachybotrys is one of the most feared types of mold for property owners. It can be commonly found on cellulose materials like wood and is a contaminant that can cause diseases in both humans and animals. It can grow on walls and ceilings and may not be easy to spot through standard air sampling processes. It is known to produce toxins which can prove fatal to the human body.

Penicilium is the mold you see growing on food left in the refrigerator too long. It can be found in other parts of the home as well. This mold grows when the food is going bad and it can cause allergic reactions if you come into direct contact with it. Mold growing on food can only effect you internally, while the mold found growing throughout your property will have negative effects on your respiratory system.

Broken plumbing, leaking water heaters, flooding and other water damage issues will almost always lead to mold growth if not taken care of immediately. If you have found mold growing anywhere inside your home or office you need to give us a call right away. If mold is left in your home for an extended period of time your family, tenants, or employees could be subject to serious health issues.

Contacting the San Diego mold removal specialists at Orange Restoration is the first step at remediation the mold problem and getting your property back to a clean, healthy, livable state. Do not put your household or office at risk by allowing mold to grow inside your property. We are available for emergency services 24/7. Call us today!

 

1308, 2014

Keeping Your Newborn Safe From Toxic Air

By |August 13th, 2014|Green, Tricks and Tips|0 Comments

Every expecting parent looks forward to setting up their baby’s first nursery. You spend the months leading up to the birth shopping in stores and online for the perfect crib, furniture, and decorations. You choose a theme and pick out paint, carpets, and other items to transform the room into the ideal sanctuary for your newborn.

air-quality-nurseryair-quality-nurseryYou imagine of your precious baby dreaming away in their crib with colorful pictures and stuffed animals surrounding them on the shelves. But what kind of harmful spores could be floating around the air, unnoticed?

According to The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air quality is the 4th greatest pollution threat to American households. Unfortunately the air in your baby’s nursery is no safer than the other rooms in your home.

But since we can’t see or smell these harmful air spores, it’s hard to imagine these “invisible” enemies could harm your newborn.

Since babies breathe more often and they usually spend most of their time crawling around the floor at ground level, they are at a much greater risk for ingesting harmful contaminants.

Use “safe” paint

It is very hard to find safe paint nowadays. Many brands claim to be low-VOC, but those levels do not include the other pigments or colors in the mixture. Colors are the leading source for VOC’s in paint. We recommend looking for paints with the Green Seal. These paints are certified to meet the strictest indoor air quality standards in the country.

Do not buy new furniture

Sticking away from brand new furniture and instead buying used cuts down on formaldehyde that is emitted by both furniture finishes and glues. Formaldehyde resins “set” after five years. Once it sets it becomes safe enough for a baby to be exposed to. The best part is that used furniture is cheap! Check out your local thrift store or estate sale.

Stick with organic bedding

Take the money you saved by buying used furniture and invest it in a quality organic baby mattress and bedding. Traditional bedding can include the same harmful formaldehyde that is in new furniture. Regular mattresses have been treated with toxic flame retardants that can cause breathing problems.

Avoid pressed wood or particleboard

If you decided to go with new furniture after all, we recommend sticking with solid wood options. They will probably include finishes that have formaldehyde, but letting the furniture sit in a garage or storage area will help air it out.

Keep chemicals away

So now that you have a healthy area for your newborn, the next step is to keep it that way. It is important to only buy safe cleaning products, low in VOC’s.

Knowing your nursery is safe and your baby isn’t in any danger from indoor air pollutants you can rest easier at night. It can be a painstaking process to find the right paint and materials but the extra effort is well worth it. If you have any questions or concerns about indoor air testing you can visit us online or give Orange Restoration a call 24/7. (619) 376-6838

1208, 2014

Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in the Carolina’s and Ohio

By |August 12th, 2014|Flood|0 Comments

It has been a busy few days for floods this past week across the United States. Flooding in Greenville County South Carolina killed two and Toledo, OH experienced 6 inches of rain in less than two hours on Sunday. Dealing with flooding can be extremely stressful. If you ever experience water damage caused by flooding give our San Diego flood cleanup experts a call 24/7 for emergency services.

A stalled frontal system caused heavy rain across North and South Carolina on Saturday, killing two people and shutting down streets and roads across the two states, prompting several daring water rescues. A woman and man were killed after their car got stuck in the rising flood waters during the night. When the water started to rise at an alarming rate, the couple tried to escape the sinking car but was sucked into a storm drain and drowned. According the Greenville County Coroner, the body of the woman was recovered more than a mile down the river before being recovered and the man’s body was found Monday, in a small pond that the storm drain empties into. According to Ari Sarsalari of Weather.com, over 3 inches of rain fell in the Greenville area from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. local time. The 3 inches of rainfall caused the Reedy River, which runs right through downtown Greenville, to rise from 3 feet to nearly 11 feet.

flooding-car-submergedIn Toledo, Ohio, heavy rain flooded several underpasses, slowing motorists, and causing others to take completely alternate routes. In addition to Toledo, Defiance, Fulton and Henry counties were issued a flood warning that lasted until 5:30pm on Monday. Heavy rain continued to fall over much of the warning area that caused widespread flooding. Three inches of rain fell on Monday and a few more inches are expected to fall throughout the evening. Several communities are the most vulnerable to flooding including Liberty Center, Napoleon, Colton, Defiance, and Jewell. Jennifer Young, a spokesman for FirstEnergy Corp, the main power provider in Toledo., said earlier today about 1,300 people were without power in the area. FirstEnergy had sent several crews out on Sunday but there were still many households without power.

Remember, the San Diego flood cleanup experts and Orange Restoration has the experience and equipment necessary to handle any water damage. We are available for emergency services 24/7 and will respond in under an hour. Give us a call today! (619) 376-6838

608, 2014

Tips & Tricks: Getting Rid of Mold Damage

By |August 6th, 2014|Mold|0 Comments

Getting rid of mold damage in your home or business can be extremely difficult, especially if you fail to recognize the mold invasion right away. If you wait too long to take action you will probably find yourself with a bigger, and more costly problem than what you originally started out with. Mold is most commonly caused by flooding and water damage at your property. Water damage can cause a severe mold infestation if the water is not properly extracted. Mold can be overwhelming so we always recommend contacting a San Diego mold removal company the second you notice it. Mold can be very dangerous to your health if not removed properly. Mold contains an abundance of harmful bacteria and other fungus that can make you sick if you inhale it or come in direct contact with it. While we never recommend anyone perform mold removal without the assistance of a professional, we want to educate our loyal customers and clients in the event of a mold emergency.

It is very important that you take the right steps to protect yourself and your family when it comes to removing mold from your home. The first step is to identify all the areas in your home or office affected by mold. Next, come up with a plan as to the order in which you are going to treat the affected areas so that you’re not going in “blind”. If you’re unsure about where to start, it’s usually a good idea to spend time on the area that’s affected the most. Make sure that you wear old clothes that you don’t care about because once they are exposed to the mold you’re not going to want to keep them.

mold removal San DiegoThe next step is to make sure you are completely protected from the harmful mold spores before starting the remediation process. Make sure that you wear a respirator as well as some decent protective gloves and boots. Mold can easily spread from one area to another so be extra careful when removing the mold from separate rooms. Make sure the room you are working in is well ventilated. Open up all the windows and try setting up several fans. This will not only aid with the removal but it will also help ensure you stay healthy. Because mold can travel easily through the air it is important you turn off your air conditioning immediately so that spores cannot travel to other areas of your property.

For more information about mold damage and finding a reputable San Diego mold removal company, visit our services page or give us a call 24/7!(619) 376-6838

408, 2014

Flash Floods Strike San Diego County

By |August 4th, 2014|Flood, News|0 Comments

Heavy rains in San Diego caused several flash floods across the northeastern portion of the county this past weekend. The National Weather Service put out a flash flood warning for the Borrego Springs area Sunday evening that lasted until 6:30pm. There was a separate flash flood warning for Ramona that only lasted until 4pm. One road collapsed and several others were completely flooded. Rock and mud slides were also witnessed in the mountain and desert areas of the county.

montezuma-floodCHP officers reported that Montezuma Valley Road was “completely flooded out” and that they had witnessed “debris everywhere” just after 5pm on Sunday. Officers also closed down State Route 78 near Split Mountain Road at 4:30pm after flash floods were reported in the area. Many other roads were also closed including State Route 76 near the Pala Indian Reservation and Route 74 near mile marker 7.8. The rain was so severe that the Ramona fairgrounds were flooded on Sunday afternoon, the final day of the Ramona Junior Fair.

Flash floods are the most common weather emergency in the United States. They can cause mud and rock slides and destroy buildings and bridges. By definition, a flash flood is rapid flooding of low-lying areas in 4 hours or less. This can be caused by intense rainfall, or by the destruction of man-made buildings and structures like dams. There will not always be warning when these flash floods strike so it is a good idea to be prepared for such an event.

san-diego-floodingCome up with a Flood Disaster Plan. Educate yourself about your area’s flood risk and where the highest elevation is around your property. You can call your local Red Cross chapter or the National Weather Service for this useful information. If you are in an area where floods are common give your insurance company a call to make sure your home or business has flood coverage included in your policy. You should also develop a flood evacuation plan in the event that you need to leave quickly. Share all this information with your family or employees so that all parties are on the same page in the event of an emergency.

Dealing with the flood cleanup can be an equally stressful time. No one expects flooding in their home or business but sometimes the unimaginable can happen. Calling an experienced San Diego flood cleanup company is the first step to getting your property back to its original state. Our technicians have the experience and tools necessary to complete any job. If you have experienced flooding and water damage in your home or business give Orange Restoration a call immediately! (619) 376-6838

308, 2014

Orange is the new social!

By |August 3rd, 2014|Newsletter|0 Comments

thumbs-upYou have asked for it, and we listened.  Not only have we just updated out website to make it MORE relevant, cleaner, responsive (to your mobile needs), we have also gone social! We have put together a blog calendar and will be writing about things that matter.  We have a series on current events, education, identification and more.  Even better, we are going to finally be tied into to the social networks where you want to get this information.  Sure, we want you to come to the site and read them, but you can also get the info in your facebook, twitter and google+!

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1710, 2013

Preventing Water Damage in Your San Diego Home

By |October 17th, 2013|Water Damage|Comments Off on Preventing Water Damage in Your San Diego Home

You will discover countless restoration companies inside the San Diego area that claim to be water damage restoration businesses. These so called restoration specialists have absolutely zero water removal knowledge, flood damage cleanup coaching or dehumidification gear to perform water and flood damage repair jobs. Additionally they do not have any education or experience with water extraction, drying and clean up. There’s an extremely small opportunity that the residence you are experiencing damage at will be completely restored through their solutions. This is because these San Diego water damage removal, fire restoration and also mold remediation companies have absolutely no experience in the industry. Meanwhile, the water damage has led to additional structural damage to the dry walls, ceilings, carpets, and floors, which can frequently lead to a serious mold infestation.

 

Expert San Diego restoration companies will arrive at your location of emergency as quickly as possible (most time within an hour), which can be the most important component for preventing the mold growth. Our water damage restoration experts in San Diego understand that time is speed is important and a prompt response to your emergency will reduce the duration and price of your individual damage restoration project. These San Diego mold removal and water damage specialists arrive ready to assess the water damage and mold inside your residence or place of business and start drying out area at once. Our trucks stay equipped with the gear and supplies necessary for any fire, smoke, soot and water restoration job in the San Diego area. Expert water extraction skills and drying tools which can be utilized for water removal and will help prepare the structure for the rest of the damage restoration process. Our San Diego water damage restoration experts provide reliable, competent and personalized service take care of a number of recovery scenarios.

 

There are numerous occasions where you can experience water damage and mold. It could be caused by broken pipes, leaky pipes, broken home appliances or sinks overflowing, cracks in a foundation or exterior rooms, improperly sealed toilets or showers, outdoor leaks, and all-natural disasters like flooding for example. What happens to trigger the water damage, it is very important to act rapidly to help with the drying procedure and eliminate all water from your house. You can help with the drying procedure by opening windows and doors, turning off all water sources and make sure all gas lines are off to prevent further damage from occurring.

For more information about preventing water damage in your San Diego home you can view our blog or visit us online.

1909, 2013

O3 Shock Treatment and Mold Remediation

By |September 19th, 2013|Mold|Comments Off on O3 Shock Treatment and Mold Remediation

Excessive ozone shock treatment has generated a lot of controversy in the fields of indoor air quality and mold remediation. This treatment entails the generation of ozone so that you can create extremely high degrees of ozone in an area contaminated with strong odors and/or mould growth. Although ‘ozone blasting’ is inexpensive when compared to more traditional mold cleanup techniques, and can be carried out expeditiously, supporters of this cheap and quick alternative treatment need to be cautious.

While you will find studies that do support the effective use of ozone as some sort of supplementary mold remediation strategy (i. e. when used effectively, ozone continues to be shown to get rid of mold when joined with other remediation practices), there are also studies that indicate just the opposite. It is also necessary to indicate here that to ensure that ozone to have a significant impact on mold along with biological contaminants the organisms need to be exposed to ozone levels between five and ten times higher than public health specifications permit. Furthermore, a widely referenced 1997 examine revealed that even high degrees of ozone were definitely not effectively influencing biological contaminants within porous materials.

For anyone who is still considering the employment of ozone to eradicate microbial growth, proceed at the own risk. Ozone just isn’t the miracle cure that could one day establish established mold removal practices along with the scrutinizing work connected with mold remediation useless. For more home elevators this topic investigate EPA’s website at www. epa. gov/iaq/pubs/ozonegen. html and read the article entitled: “Ozone Generators which can be Sold as Fresh air Cleaners: An Assessment of Effectiveness and Health Consequences”.

So what’s the lower line? Do your own homework! When considering new fads or alternative treatments always do research on the application while simultaneously thinking about the sources and biases connected with articles online (dig deeper than a Wikipedia article). Traditional and marketplace standard mold remediation techniques are referred to as such for grounds, they work and still have been proven as time passes to effectively remove moldy materials.

Even more food for believed: Consider the objective behind any contractor’s treatment procedures. When a corporation or contractor uses fast and inexpensive procedures for their clients, fortunately they are saving themselves funds. In addition, even though effective mold remediation gets rid of microbial growth, any good mold remediation contractor are invariably concerned with approaching the causation from the microbial growth.

For more information about finding a reliable mold remediation company visit us online or give us a call!

1109, 2013

Flooding in the Workplace

By |September 11th, 2013|Flood|Comments Off on Flooding in the Workplace

A pipe bursts. Your roof leaks. A storm unleashes its power on your business. Or a fire causes your sprinkler system to go off, and – BOOM! – you have water damage at your place of work.

 

There are very few things that can put the brakes on a thriving business like the aftermath of a flood in your workplace. You will experience the loss of office equipment, inventory, and most importantly, computers containing office flies, client information, invoices, etc. You will also lose your productivity since you will have to drop everything and deal with the aftermath of water damage and rebuild your business back to working order.

 

Whatever the origin of your water damage may be, the speed of the clean up process all depends on how quickly the materials within your office can be dried. It is important to act fast if you want to get your business back up and running before losing customers and clients. Should you hire a restoration company or handle the cleanup all by yourself? When you decided to hire a water damage restoration expert – a very wise choice, by the way- a fleet of technicians will be dispatched to your office immediately to begin the process of water extraction and repair.  Our certified water damage specialists will also deal directly with your insurance company and claims adjuster, allowing you to focus on getting your business back up and running.

water damage restoration office

Besides needing to get back into business, why is dealing with the water damage quickly so important? Where there is excessive moisture, there is certainly mold. Picture just one tiny mold spore dropping onto a ceiling tile or a soggy section of your carpet. In virtually no time at all, that mold spore can multiply—and suddenly you’ll have employee and client health problems on your hands. According to the National Center for Environmental Health, coming in direct contact with molds can result in hay fever-like signs or symptoms and compromise the breathing of folks with chronic respiratory disease like COPD and asthma. Those with immune problems could possibly be at increased risk for infection from molds. Bottom line: If the job is too large to do by yourself with bleach along with elbow grease, it is very important to contact a mold remediation professional that has experience in effectively cleaning mold to stop contamination and recurrence.

 

To recap, taking fast action and working with water damage restoration experts can mean all the difference between sinking—or swimming—should your small business unfortunately experience flooding. While it’s fresh on your mind, why not save precious time now by pre-selecting a local water damage restoration team you are able to reply upon?