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1405, 2013

The Dangers of Black Mold in the Home

By |May 14th, 2013|Mold|Comments Off on The Dangers of Black Mold in the Home

Most experts would agree, black mold is one of the worst types of mold that can be found inside of a house. Not only can it damage property, but it can also cause illnesses for the people living near or around it. It is important to identify the symptoms of black mold so that the proper professional help can be contacted to help with the mold remediation.

There is no reason to wait for mold to cause health problems before you realize it’s even in your home. It is a good idea to investigate any area that is exposed to moisture for mold. Mold is most commonly found in places that have high moisture like basements and places where water is running like leaky pipes under the sink. Catching mold growing in these places before it gets out of hand makes it easier for the professional to clean up the mold problem before it can spread throughout the entire home.

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There are several ways that black mold can damage your home. There are a number of things to look for to check if black mold symptoms are present in the home and affecting the health of any occupants. Some of the most common symptoms reported from mold exposure include headaches, watery and itching eyes, sneezing, itchiness, and skin irritation. These obnoxious symptoms can grow worse the longer the resident is exposed to the black mold.

There have been a number of studies conducted showing how exposure to black mold can cause cancer and other serious illnesses. While it is rare, other serious symptoms like asthma attacks, difficulty breathing, ear infections, sinus infections, nausea, and other major symptoms can occur from long term exposure.

Would you like to read more information about black mold and mold remediation? Visit www.Orange-Restoration.com for more information.

 

 

805, 2013

Saving Your Books and Pictures from Water Damage

By |May 8th, 2013|Water Damage|Comments Off on Saving Your Books and Pictures from Water Damage

In most cases, water damage hits you before you even know what is happening. Because even a relatively small amount of water damage can be disruptive, it can leave you confused and unsure of exactly what to do with your personal belongings that have been damaged. Whenever it comes to family pictures, heirlooms and books, it may seem as if it is impossible to restore or replace them. The best way to make sure that you save as many of these valuable items as possible is to act quickly. Although you should take any of these important items to a restoration specialist, there are a number of things that you can do to get started.

Because mold damage Los Angeles can start in as little as 48 hours, starting the restoration immediately is paramount to salvaging your property. Once mold growth starts, it can be very difficult to save your things. The first step that you should take is to remove all of the items from the water and, if possible, rinse them with cool, clean water. Once everything has been rinsed, you can shake books and photos to begin the drying process. A great way to start drying your books is to place them in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer.

Saving photos from water and mold damage in Los Angeles is much more difficult than salvaging books. Photos are known for sticking together and to other items that they are in contact with. Attempt to separate them by soak the photos in warm water and then apply very light pressure to attempt separation. Avoid coming into contact with the image. Once the photos are separated, you can place wax paper in between them and place them in the freezer alongside your books.

Naturally, the best route to take is to work directly with a local restoration specialist. We can help you salvage as much of your valuable property as we possibly can.

605, 2013

The Basics of Water Extraction

By |May 6th, 2013|Flood|Comments Off on The Basics of Water Extraction

With all the crazy weather in recent years, there are thousands of homes suffering from flooding. A flood can be a one of the most devastating events for homeowners. Your possessions and your home itself can be dramatically affected by both rushing and creeping waters. Severe storms, hurricanes, rising rivers or lakes, and more can cause flooding. These waters from outside can seem safe, until they are swirling around you’re living room. When the panic subsides, the real work begins. Water extraction from areas where the water is still standing must be accomplished. Flooding leaves behind a disaster zone. Mud, silt, and items swept in from outside settle in flooring. The water also leaves behind dangers that may not be visible to the naked eye.

Water from the ground, sea, lakes and rivers all hold physical, chemical and biological contaminants that can seriously endanger the health of those in the home. The moisture that soaks into the walls, flooring, and furniture provides a perfect environment for the growth of mold. Mold can cause serious respiratory illnesses and allergies. In fact, breathing in mold and mildew spores can cause permanent lung damage. There may still be water standing in lower levels of the home. Water extraction, especially from basements and crawl spaces, requires specialty equipment in order to get all the moisture out.

We recommend calling a water extraction expert immediately to increase the possibility that you home can be fully restored. A certified professional can respond rapidly and assess the water category and the class of water damage. The category and class will determine what approaches are needed to deal with water damage repairs and restoration. Professionals have the tools necessary to deal with excess water, contaminants, and mold growth. They also have protective gear to protect against illness or other negative health effects from the contaminants in the water or black mold growth.

Natural flooding is not the only source of excess water you should be worried about. Sometimes pipes break or leak, appliances malfunction, or sinks, tubs, or toilets overflow. These can devastate a home as well. Each type of water damage will have different considerations. For instance, sewage must be handled differently from a clean water flood from a water supply line. With a leak within the home, the source has to be found and repaired in addition to repairing the water damage to the property. The first step in water extraction, getting the water out and the moisture dried up.

Do you want more information about water extraction and finding a reliable water damage restoration company? Visit www.Orange-Restoration.com today!

2904, 2013

How a Water Damage Restoration Company Can Help After a Flood

By |April 29th, 2013|Flood|Comments Off on How a Water Damage Restoration Company Can Help After a Flood

Are you are dealing with the aftermath of flooding in your house? If so, you are most likely struggling with a tangle of frustrating emotions, including panic and anger. Dealing with the aftermath of a flood can be overwhelming. Most homeowners don’t even know where to start after flood water has caused serious damage to their residence.

The first thing you need to do after a flood is call a San Diego flood and water damage restoration company to help you through the clean up process step by step. There are countless water damage extraction companies based in and around San Diego, so your main task is to hire a reputable one to work with you. First, you will be asked to schedule an initial consultation with your water damage expert. This consultation will give your specialist a chance to assess the state of the water damage in your home.

After the assessment is over, your water damage clean up service experts will start doing their jobs! The team you hire will have to complete all sorts of tasks in order to repair the water damage that your house has suffered. They will tell you exactly what is happening in your house, but we recommend you do some research of your own.

Extract all Standing Water

The first thing the cleanup team will do is remove all standing water from your abode. Finishing this part of the job could take multiple days, particularly if most of the water hasn’t already been removed. San Diego water damage repair businesses usually own pieces of equipment that are engineered to make the standing water removal process as efficient as possible. We recommend asking one of your crew members if you don’t understand how these pieces of machinery function.

Your Home Must be Sanitized

Usually, flood water is filled with an absolute kaleidoscope of bacteria and microorganisms. Many of these can make humans ill. Because of the possible health risks, it is critical for San Diego water damage experts to completely sanitize their work sites after they have gotten rid of any remaining stagnant water. One example is scouring your floors with antibacterial solution.

Figure Out What Can Be Salvaged

You should be able to ask your water damage remediation service experts exactly how many of your belongings were permanently ruined during the flood. You would be surprised how many things around your household can be salvaged.

2204, 2013

Everything You Need to Know About Water Damage Restoration

By |April 22nd, 2013|Water Damage|Comments Off on Everything You Need to Know About Water Damage Restoration

Water damage restoration is a very complicated task that requires a variety of techniques and equipment in order to ensure that the job is done properly. Depending on the size and scale of the emergency, several different steps are taken in order to remove the water and remediate any contaminated areas.

The essential steps to any water damage restoration job can be broken down as follows:

* Flood Water Removal
* Moisture Mapping
* Mold Inspection and Removal
* Water Drying Techniques

Flood Water Removal

Removing the source of the water is the first important step on any water damage restoration. Professional technicians should have a variety of equipment available at their disposal when they arrive on the scene. Usually, portable submergible water pumps are used to pump out water accumulation in structures. These pumps have a high threshold for extracting water and can usually dry out an entire submerged area in a short time, which is essential to stop the damage from spreading.

Moisture Mapping

Moisture mapping involves using detection equipment in order to obtain an approximate map for the moisture values on your property. Infrared is one of the more common methods used to obtain accurate readings, and properly trained technicians typically take high-quality digital photos as well to assess the extent of the damage. This step is crucial in order to get an idea of how bad the water damage may be and to take preliminary steps to prevent mold growth.

Mold Inspection and Removal

Residual water can lead to mold damage if unaddressed. Water damage professionals will use special detergents that sterilize the area and make conditions unfavorable for mold growth. Additionally, some restoration firms can use deodorization and ventilation as part of the process to get rid of any lingering odors and airborne contaminants.

Water Drying Techniques

These are some of the most common water drying techniques utilized by IICRC-certified professionals. Each technique is used according to the severity of the situation.

Air Movers

Also known as evaporators, air movers help the drying process by controlling humidity in a region and promote circulation of air. This helps on a broad level by removing liquids from porous materials – carpet, wood, drywall, plaster and more – leaving the more difficult trying to specialized equipment.

Dehumidifiers / Desiccant Dehumidification

Dehumidifiers remove the moisture from the air so lingering water in the area can be extracted from the area. These can be categorized broadly under refrigerant dehumidifiers and desiccant dehumidifiers.

Refrigerant dehumidifiers work under the principle of cooling the surrounding air. When this happens, the air loses its ability to retain water, causing condensation upon the cooling coils of the equipment. High-grade dehumidifiers work like a powerful version of consumer dehumidifiers, rapidly pulling the excess moisture from the air.

Desiccant dehumidifiers do not need cooling to remove water; instead, they use materials that naturally absorb moisture. When applied on a large scale, these machines can quickly extract humidity from the air in as effective a manner as refrigerants. The type of equipment uses depends on the company you hire and the conditions of the restoration job.

Additional equipment specific to the homeowner's region may be utilized, depending on the size of the restoration firm. Each water damage job is completely unique and requires proper analysis of the situation at hand to apply the proper equipment and techniques for removing water as quickly as possible.

If you are looking for a reliable water damage restoration company in San Diego, CA, why not try Orange Restoration? We offer great service and our customer reviews speak for themselves. Check out our YELP page today!

1804, 2013

Choosing a Reliable Fire Restoration Company

By |April 18th, 2013|Fire|Comments Off on Choosing a Reliable Fire Restoration Company

Finding the right fire restoration company that suits your needs is critical in the hours and days following a destructive event like a house fire. Fire restoration businesses can do many things for you, and hiring one that makes the aftermath easier to deal with is a very important decision.

Get a Fire Restoration Business Referral from Your Insurance Provider

Your insurance company will most likely be able to give you a referral to a fire restoration business. This is beneficial since it ensures that your insurance provider and the restoration business have a friendly relationship and can work well together.

Make Sure the Fire Restoration Business Can Handle Your Needs

You need to make sure that the fire restoration business you hire can adequately address your needs. Because each house fire is different and drastically affects your home, you need to inquire about the services the restoration company provides before hiring them so you can ensure the company can handle your situation. Some services that fire restoration businesses offer include: HVAC system cleaning, debris removal, extensive drying, and potential structural rebuild.

After a house fire, your home is dangerous, and you need to fix the problems simultaneously. Finding the right fire restoration business is critical to preserve your well-being, prevent further damage to your home, and restore your home to its former state. If you require additional information about finding the right San Diego fire restoration business, consult your insurance provider or search in your local business directory.

1504, 2013

Water Damage in Garages

By |April 15th, 2013|Water Damage|Comments Off on Water Damage in Garages

The garage is usually seen as a space that doesn’t need much maintenance work, and sometimes that’s correct. If it’s constructed the right way, the garage is a strong, safe place that doesn’t contain very many fittings, pipes, and surfaces for water to infiltrate and cause water damage.

But sometimes does not mean never. The concrete floor, concrete walls, and wood surfaces of shelves can all be subject to water damage. That’s not bueno!

But, if you check your plumbing on a regular basis, you’ll find that there are plenty of chances for water to find its way to these surfaces. Be sure to inspect all pipes for rust, leaks, and possible mishaps such as large objects interfering with the piping. These accidents can happen anywhere, however they are more prevalent in a garage which isn’t often climate controlled.

If you’ve got a major spill in your home, you will need to get it cleaned up as soon as possible. The concrete floor can get water damage, staining, and other problems if the water remains for too long, and the walls can lose part of their structural integrity as well. Be sure to fix these problems as quickly as possible:

  • Mop up all the water
  • Clean every surface that has water on it
  • If the garage remains sealed, use a dehumidifier and fans as the heat will evaporate the water
  • Disinfect and treat every surface that can grow mold

Want to learn more about water damage and San Diego restoration companies? Visit Orange-Restoration.com for more information.

1004, 2013

Mold in Your Home

By |April 10th, 2013|Mold|Comments Off on Mold in Your Home

Discovering mold in your home is something all homeowners fear. Mold is the common term used to describe a variety of microscopic fungi that play an important role in breaking down organic material. It can be found everywhere, from the fuzzy old bread on your counter to the pile of leaves rotting in your front yard, and is a natural and necessary part of any ecosystem.

Most molds flourish in warm, wet environments. Indoors, this means it is most likely to be found on surfaces that remain damp for long periods of time. Common places to find mold included behind appliances like air conditioners and refrigerators, around leaky windows, doors, or pipes, and in poorly ventilated bathrooms. It is also very common after flooding and can be caused by water damage.

It can sometimes be difficult to differentiate mold from other types of stains, but in general large colonies will have a fuzzy texture and can present in a range of colors from black to yellow to white. Some molds also have a distinctive earthy smell. If you are unsure about possible mold in your home, you should call a mold remediation specialist immediately.

804, 2013

How to Prevent Flood Damage at Your Property

By |April 8th, 2013|Flood|Comments Off on How to Prevent Flood Damage at Your Property

Over eighty percent of household damage is the result of water damage and flooding. Broken water pipes are the largest contributor to that figure. Electronic items are destroyed. Rugs, curtains and clothes are ruined. You’ll spend days cleaning up the mess, getting rid of the mildew smell and getting any broken pipes fixed so you can get your water running again. The damage could be too much to handle on your own and you may want to contact a local restoration company. Here are 5 tips for preventing flood damage in your household.

  • If you notice your water bill is abnormally high and you have no idea why, do a complete inspection of your water system. There could be a faulty faucet or leaking pipe causing the problem.
  • Do not pour grease of any kind down your sink or disposal. A layer of solidified oils and fats can reduced the width of the pipe to only 3/4 of an inch.  It is only a matter of time before a small piece of food lodges itself in the grease and causes a clog!
  • Replace washing machine hoses every five years. Make sure everything is connected and there is no rust or corrosion.
  • Check your water heater annually. If you need to replace your water heater which is currently inside your home, explore the possibility of moving it to the garage. If the water heater ends up leaking, water damage will only be in the garage instead of your home.
  • Locate the turn-off valve for your city water supply. Learn how to operate it so in the event of an emergency you can quickly shut off your water.

Want to learn more about preventing flood damage and finding a reliable San Diego restoration company? Visit Orange Restoration for more information.

108, 2012

Encinitas Mold Removal

By |August 1st, 2012|Mold|Comments Off on Encinitas Mold Removal

It is common for our company to get calls for mold removal in Encinitas, Carlsbad, Leucadia, and neighboring areas in the San Diego north county coastal area. The reason mold occurrences are especially common that area is the geography of the ocean facing high cliffs, which allow ocean breeze currents to saturate the houses with humidity. One such project Orange Restoration worked on in the last months is a client located in Encinitas whose lower level family room was affected with mold. The area was carpeted, and the mold was found once the homeowner tried lifting the carpet to replace it with hardwood floors. Once the corner of the carpet was lifted and some of the baseboard removed, there was clear evidence of black stains on the back of the building materials.

Naturally this is something that just a regular flooring contractor cannot handle. She called up Orange Restoration to provide her with an estimate for the cost of repairs, and we ended up performing her mold remediation project. She told us throughout our work that she noticed many of her neighbors that had similar age homes were experiencing the same issues of mold in their downstairs ocean facing rooms.