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2407, 2011

Did Your Honey Accidentally Spill Wax on the Rug?

By |July 24th, 2011|Carpet, Tricks and Tips|0 Comments

You come home to a beautiful candlelight dinner. Your amazing husband slaved all day in the kitchen using every single pot and pan – including the ones in the garage. Dishes sway crowded in your kitchen sink. The sweet smell of meatballs and pasta assaults your senses. Two beautiful glasses of red wine twinkle under the lights. Dinner is served. You sit down and share a romantic meal with your husband. As you finish dinner, you both get up and start to clean up. Your hands brush and you look up with love at one another. Your husband picks up the candle, burns his finger, drops the candle on the ground and now you have wax all over your new carpet.

Romantic mood killed. Now you’re ready to kill your honey. What do you do? You can’t call a carpet cleaning company ten at night. You have to fix this mess before it becomes worse, before the kids wake up in the morning and pull at the wax destroying the carpet.

There are two techniques:

1. The Icing Method: This method requires ice or something frozen. You want to cover the wax with bags filled with ice until the wax is rock hard. Then take a BLUNT object (not something that will destroy the fibers of your carpet) and break up the wax. Follow up with a good vacuuming. Repeat process until you are satisfied. You may need to call a carpet expert to finish the job if necessary.

2. The Scraping Method: Prepare yourself. This method isn’t for the faint of heart. It involves an iron. This is assuming you own an iron or at least know where your iron is located. First scrape the rug and attempt to remove as much wax as you can. Then place a sheet of paper and then use a hot iron (so you want to plug in the iron beforehand) and move the iron back and forth on the paper until you feel the wax attaching itself. Then pull the paper and hopefully the wax has come off. Again, you may need to call a carpet expert to finish the job if necessary.

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2407, 2011

What Effect Does Mold Have on YOUR Health?

By |July 24th, 2011|Mold|0 Comments

The previous blog discussed the origins of mold. To summarize, mold is a fungus that is nearly impossible to eradicate completely.

Fine then. Give me a fierce shrug. Make it fierce. Good. Now, ask me.

“Okay Orange Restoration blogger, if I can’t get rid of mold completely, what effect does it have on my health? Why all the panic about mold if it’s everywhere?”

Good question!

Since we are around mold every day and it’s impossible to completely eradicate it, we need to be aware of its effects and be proactive about eliminating it.

If you or someone in your house has asthma, mold can be a real problem. Exposure to mold can exacerbate symptoms for asthma sufferers who tend to be more sensitive to the effects of mold. Mold itself isn’t the problem; however, it produces substances that potentially carry health risks. Some people may experience fever, shortness of breath, eye irritation, rashes, and stuffy nose. If you are experiencing any or all of those symptoms it could be useful to check your home for mold.

Reactions to mold are individual. Some people have allergic reactions to mold and some people don’t. Now, that doesn’t mean you should allow it to proliferate in your house. Although you are always exposed to mold, there is a difference between a small exposure to it and a large exposure. While a small amount might not do anything to you, a large amount can set off an allergic response. And honestly, what is a small amount to one person can be a lot to someone else. So it’s really important to destroy all of it growing in your home.

One of the best ways to prevent mold from growing is to keep the moisture levels in your home between 40 -60%. Also, checking your home for mold or having an expert check your home will keep you and your family safe.

Don’t be shy. Give us a call. We are here to help you. And no worries if we can’t find any mold, we’d rather find nothing than have you potentially suffer a negative response from finding any hidden within your home.

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2007, 2011

Where Does Mold Come From?

By |July 20th, 2011|Mold|0 Comments

Mold is everywhere.

There is no way to completely eradicate mold from your home since it exists naturally.

From an environmental perspective, molds are eukaryotic micro-organisms that are necessary to help break down dead organic matter, i.e., dead trees, fallen leaves and dead plants. But where does mold come from?

Mold spores travel by air currents and are only visible by microscope. They float easily through the atmosphere landing haphazardly. If the environment is appropriate they will begin to grow immediately. Within a matter of days a small colony of mold can expand to become a large colony of mold enveloping a large area in your home!

Mold spores can survive environments that are poor for mold to grow, waiting for all the right conditions to occur together.

Indoors, mold spores are only a danger if they can find a wet surface to land on. Mold cannot grow without water or moisture. Moreover, mold needs a source of food (wood, paper, drywall, adhesives, pastes, paints), oxygen and a temperature between 40 – 100 degrees F. Even though mold cannot create nutrients from inorganic material (concrete,metal, glass and plastic) they can grow on any dirt/dust that may lay on these materials. Indeed, even if these materials are not damp, mold can grow if there is enough moisture in the air.

Mold is a potential danger that can never be fully eradicated.

If you think you are having a mold problem, please contact Orange Restoration for help.

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1807, 2011

Informative Cartoon on Water Damage Restoration

By |July 18th, 2011|Flood|Comments Off on Informative Cartoon on Water Damage Restoration

1707, 2011

How to Prevent Water Damage

By |July 17th, 2011|Flood|0 Comments

It is not easy to completely prevent water damage. Natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires are out of our control. We can only try to clean up and deal with the aftermath.

However, some water damage is preventable. Even though we are in the business of water restoration, we prefer to have you as a happy client that only needs us to clean their carpets every six months.

Here are some helpful ideas to protect your home from water damage:

We at Orange Restoration suggest you go through this checklist every year to catch trouble areas before they become a problem.

Kitchen – Inspect hoses and pipes for leaks under the sink,  in the refrigerator and in the dishwasher.

Bathroom – Inspect caulking around sinks, tubs and toilets. If the caulking is not sealed, you can either fix the caulking or hire a contractor to help you. Sealed caulking is also very helpful in preventing bugs and rodents from entering your house.

Laundry room – Inspect your washing machine hose for any damage. If you see any type of dampness on the floor around the laundry machine follow through and pinpoint the solution.

Roof – Clean your gutters once a year. Make sure your downspouts are allowing water to flow off your roof. You don’t want water collecting on your roof and leaking through your attic and into the rest of your house.

The bottom line is being proactive can save you lots of money and heartache. Take the time to inspect your home – and if you’re not sure you’re doing it right, call Orange Restoration, we’re here 24 hours 7 days a week ready to help your house be a home.

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1207, 2011

Water Damage and Restoration

By |July 12th, 2011|Flood|0 Comments

Waking up in the middle of the night and hearing water pour unto your floor is a stressful experience. As you attempt to wake up and handle the situation gallons of water continues to pour from your upstairs toilet. How do you stop it? What do you do?

It’s not like you can get back into bed and deal with it in the morning.

The pouring water is damaging your floors, your ceiling, and your water bill.

Who can you call 3am for help?

You need a 24 hour water damage and restoration service.

You need someone who will show up immediately and start preventing mold from occurring.

Orange Restoration is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We know how to expertly handle an emergency.

We will get to your house and use our expertise to stop any further damage to your home. We will isolate the problem and help you with your insurance claim. One of our clients had homeowner’s insurance and had this specific situation happen to her. The difference between her insurance paying for the restoration and it being out of pocket was where the clog stemmed from. If it was a clog in the sewer, she would have to pay out of pocket; if it was in the plumbing, it was a problem her insurance would handle. Luckily for her, the clog stemmed from the internal plumbing of the house and the insurance paid for new floors, new ceiling and a new heater since her old one was damaged by the flood.

If you need the best San Diego has to offer, call Orange Restoration, you won’t be disappointed.

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707, 2011

How to Vacuum Your Carpet

By |July 7th, 2011|Carpet, Tricks and Tips|0 Comments

Does the topic of this post make you scoff?

Did you roll your eyes as you read the words?

Well, there are ways to vacuum a carpet and there are WAYS to vacuum a carpet.

My ideal way is to lay on the couch and watch the cleaning elves do their magic.

What? You don’t have magical cleaning elves? I’d recommend them, they are awesome.

For those of you lacking magical cleaning elves, here are some tips to extend the life of your carpet:

  • Try adding some baking soda to your vacuum’s bag to eliminate odors.
  • Vacuum your carpet once a week. And if the area is high traffic you may have to vacuum more frequently.
  • Even though vacuuming weekly can become an unwelcome chore, pat yourself on the back. You are adding years to your carpet’s life by eliminating gritty particles that can destroy carpet fibers.
  • Turn on some music and swing to the beat while vacuuming. Try to divide the floor into sections and do each section at a time.
  • You may have to go over a section several times to really pick up all the dirt embedded into the carpet.
  • And don’t forget to have your carpet cleaned by the professionals at Orange Restoration once every 6 months.

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707, 2011

Did you know? Orange Restoration is a Green Business

By |July 7th, 2011|Carpet|0 Comments

At Orange Restoration we care about being earth friendly.

In today’s terms, that means running a green business.

Did you know we use a soap free, odor free, hypo-allergenic non-toxic cleaner with no VOCs or off-gassing to clean your carpets? This amazing product is called PROCYON and is made with all natural ingredients guaranteeing the safety of everyone in your home.

That’s our priority.

You deserve clean carpets that you can feel good about.

As you may already know, it’s important to have your carpets professionally cleaned once every 6 months and vacuumed once a week to prevent dust and dirt buildup.

Now you might be wondering what do you do about the occasional stain that is bound to happen. There are plenty of chemicals out in the market you can use to clean that stain. However, we at Orange Restoration want to encourage you to try a green approach.

Here are some green ideas to get rid of your carpet stain:

1. Grab an empty spray bottle and mix equal parts white vinegar and water. Spray directly on to the stain, allow several minutes to go by (this is a good time for a bathroom break, a drink, a snack) before using a brush or sponge to clean the spot with warm soapy water.

2. This one will surprise you. For fresh grease spots, sprinkle corn starch (whoever knew corn starch was more than just a way to thicken your soup) on the stain and wait 15 – 30 minutes before vacuuming. (For those times when you can’t keep a firm grip on that drumstick and it goes wheee out of your hand and on to that new white carpet! Quick, clean that mess before your mom/wife sees it.)

3. For a heavy duty carpet cleaner (this is the big gun, the top dog), mix 1/4 cup each of salt, borax and vinegar. Rub paste into carpet. (This would be a good time for a shower/bath/workout video.) Return in a few hours and vacuum the spot.

All of these are green ideas to keep your carpet looking good in-between your professional cleaning. It’s like getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist, but less painful.

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3005, 2011

Useful Flood Damage Prevention Tips

By |May 30th, 2011|Flood|0 Comments

The recent flooding along the Mississippi River has been quite unsettling for most people to watch on the news or look at in the newspaper and magazines. Unfortunately, no amount of precautionary measures that have stopped the devastation and flood damage caused to those 1000’s of homes.

However, in many less disastrous home flooding situations, there are preventative steps that can be taken to minimize damage. Here’s a list of tips to help you get started:

Protection Inside Your Home

  • Fix Leaks
  • Seal Cracks in walls, ceilings, and any foundations
  • Check for water spots on your ceilings
  • Waterproof your walls (interior and exterior)
  • Fit your basement with an anti-flood barrier

Protection Outside Your Home

  • Clean your gutters (especially after heavy rains and storms)
  • Check your downspouts (add extensions if necessary)
  • Install suck pumps
  • Use permeable pavement
  • Install sewer taps

These are a few of the simple, small measures that you can take to prevent flood damage. If you’re interesting in learning more, you should call a specialist like Orange Restoration, the leaders in San Diego flood restoration.

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2105, 2011

Black Mold Could Be Making You Sick

By |May 21st, 2011|Mold|0 Comments

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? How could the place that provided you with shelter for all of these years do this. The same place that has been the backdrop for many of your fondest memories with friends and family, your home could actually be bad for your health, and the culprit is black mold.

Now don’t think I’m crazy, and I’m not describing a scene from a cheesy horror flick. I’m talking about an all too common occurrence known as “Sick House Syndrome” or SHS.

There a number of things that could lead to SHS, but one of the most common causes is black mold. The scientific name is Stachybotrys atra, and it is quite serious. Symptoms include chronic fatigue, headaches, fever, excessive coughing, and eye irritation.

If you ever detect even the slightest mold in your home, call a specialist for further testing. Even if you utilize some DIY cleaning methods, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

The best way to best way to determine if your home has been sickened by black mold is by getting an evaluation from a San Diego mold inspection company like Orange Restoration.

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