Water, Fire, & Mold Restoration Blog

604, 2011

How Safe Is Your Home?

By |April 6th, 2011|Newsletter|0 Comments

You might be tempted to answer that your home is very safe, but before you do, take a minute to think about this question. For those of you who read our blog on a regular basis, you know that we have explored topics dealing with the services that we provide, mainly San Diego flood, fire, and mold restoration.

Most homeowners assume that if their house isn’t flooded, on fire, or covered in mold, that it is probably a safe place for them and their families to be. In many cases this is true but while we don’t want to alarm you, in some cases, it isn’t.

How can you make your home a safer place? Read on to find out.

Periodic Home Inspections: In the same way that you go to your annual physical appointment with your doctor and take your car in for tune ups, your home also needs a checkup every six months to a year to make sure that everything is running smoothly. A professional will check for signs of rot, building deterioration, mold, water damage, and potential fire hazards.

Detection And Monitoring: If you have a mold detector, smoke detector, or any other type of monitoring system in your home, make sure that these devices are functioning properly and that the batteries in them are replaced regularly.

Manual Maintenance: Check your pipes and water levels every few months or so for signs of hidden leaks, and make sure that all electrical cords are kept in good condition and unplugged when not in use.  Simple steps like these can save a lot of time, money, and stress in the long run.

2703, 2011

A Quick Guide To Common Carpet Cleaning Methods

By |March 27th, 2011|Carpet|0 Comments

If you’ve never cleaned a carpet yourself, you may not be aware that there are actually several different methods of carpet cleaning. Depending on the size of the area to be cleaned, the condition of the carpet, and the carpet type, your San Diego carpet may decide that one or more methods are best for them.

Foam Cleaning: Machines that clean carpets via foam work by spreading a highly concentrated foam carpet cleaning solution into the carpet and then removing it through high powered extraction.

Shampooing: Contrary to popular belief, carpet shampooing is a specific carpet cleaning technique, rather than a generic term for all types of carpet cleaning.  Using this method, a concentrated shampoo liquid or foam is spread evenly throughout the carpet, and then activated with hot water and removed via extraction.

Hot Water Extraction: This is the method that your San Diego carpet cleaning service likely prefers to use, and is the method most commonly used and recommended by professionals.  This method involves injecting the carpet with a solution of hot water and cleaning product and then extracting it directly out of the carpet once the dirt and debris has been absorbed.

Be sure to ask your San Diego carpet cleaning service which method is best for your carpet.

2303, 2011

Reducing Indoor Allergens With Regular Carpet Cleaning

By |March 23rd, 2011|Carpet|0 Comments

Without proper cleaning, your carpet and home or office interior can become a breeding ground for allergens, including mold, mildew, dust, pet dander, and pollen.  A San Diego carpet cleaning service can provide the regular maintenance and periodic deep cleaning services required to help keep your carpet, and your indoor spaces allergen free.

When you consider that the average office worker spends approximately 90 percent of their day indoors, and that indoor air quality is often much worse than outdoor air quality, even in highly polluted and urban areas, it is easy to  see how indoor air pollution can quickly become the contributing, or even primary cause of a person’s allergies while indoors.

A San Diego carpet cleaning service technician is also trained to spot problems that the average person may not recognize. Tell-tale signs of mold, for example, including musty odors and discoloration, may be overlooked by the homeowner or property manager, leading to a worsening of the problem.

When choosing a carpet cleaning professional, make sure that you find a company that is insured and licensed and is staffed by knowledgeable professionals who take the time to answer any questions and address any concerns that you may have.  Is your carpet harboring allergens that are making you and those around you sick? Don’t take chances with your health. Contact a professional service today.

1903, 2011

Roof Water Damage Inspection Tips

By |March 19th, 2011|Flood|0 Comments

Inspecting your roof for water damage on a regular basis can help to prevent water damage to both the interior and the exterior of your house. Here are some things that you should watch out for:

Buildup of leaves, twigs, and other yard debris can clog roof gutter and downspouts and can impede drainage.  Take the time to properly clear these areas.

Before winter, make sure that all garden hoses are disconnected from spigots and outdoor watering systems, like sprinklers are turned off.

Curling, cracked, or broken shingles may indicate damage from trees. This damage can cause water damage during a rainstorm.  Repair all broken or damaged shingles promptly.

Keeping your roof in good repair will help to ensure that your house remains in good repair as well.

1703, 2011

Spring Cleaning Tips from We Clean San Diego

By |March 17th, 2011|Green|0 Comments

Spring is upon us and it is time for your Spring Cleaning. We Clean San Diego suggests turning over a new leaf and this year. Give your home or office a “Spring Green Cleaning!”
Follow these tips to maximize your green cleaning efforts:
1) Use green cleaning products. We Clean San Diego uses non-toxic, biodegradable, made-from- renewable- resources, cleaners. Mrs. Meyers cleaning products are a great place to start. Keep in mind vinegar and baking soda can be used to clean almost anything. Mix in a little warm water and you will have yourself an all-purpose cleaner.
2) Open those windows and doors to let some fresh air in.
3) Keep the stuff from the bottom of your shoes out of your house. Designate a place by the front door where family and friends can leave their shoes. This way, less dirt will mean less vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping which will mean less energy, work, water, and cleaning solutions.
4) Employ a green cleaning service such as WE CLEAN SAN DIEGO and leave the green cleaning to us.

1703, 2011

Water Conservation Tips from John Padilla Plumbing

By |March 17th, 2011|Tricks and Tips|0 Comments

California’s people, its economy and its diverse natural environment all greatly depend on water. Faced with increased population demands and challenging climate changes, California’s water supply and delivery method cannot meet these rapid changes. Instead, California must look to its citizens: changing simple day-to-day habits could save precious billions of gallons of water every day through water conservation.

**By maintaining just your faucets on a yearly basis you save up to 20 gallons per day..

We always wait for a faucet, hose bib or sprinkler to start leaking before we have them repaired. By being proactive we not only help conserve our precious water supply, we save time and money. During our once a year “Leak Check Inspection”, we not only check the faucets, we look at all indoor and outdoor points of water connection such as; laundry machine hoses, angle stops, risers and your main water connection at the meter. We check for running toilets. Did you know when you hear the toilet flush on its own, it’s wasting water and your money?

**Changing day-to-day habits can save billions of gallons of water every day..

When cleaning outdoor areas such as patios, driveways and sidewalks, use a broom rather than a hose, and conserve about 150 gallons of water in the process. If you need to wash your car, use a nozzle, or turn off the hose when you’re not using it; this method can save up to 100 gallons per wash.

**Keep an eye on your water bill each month..

Since most of your water supply pipes are underground keeping an eye for increases in your water bill is essential. Slab leaks, when the pipes under your cement floor leak, do not always leak in the structure and your water bill would be the only indicator. Water conservation starts with you – decrease overall water use by paying attention to your water habits and keep your plumbing leak free.

 

1703, 2011

Air Duct Cleaning and your Health

By |March 17th, 2011|Mold|0 Comments

Air duct cleaning studies have shown that indoor air can be two to five times MORE polluted than outside air. This pollution comes from a variety of sources such as dirt, dust, pollen, mold spores, animal dander and other contaminants that are tracked into your carpeting and collect on your furniture.
Additionally, poorly maintained HVAC systems harbor mold, fungi, bacteria, pollen, dust mites and other disease-carrying biological pollutants which are re-circulated through forced air systems. Given the right conditions of moisture and temperature, these contaminants can flourish in the ductwork and be carried into your home or workspace, exposing your family or coworkers.
When HVAC systems are contaminated with dust, mold, construction debris, bacteria, or insulation fibers the indoor air quality of the facility suffers, putting residents at a higher risk for allergy and breathing problems in any home, and damaging employee productivity for businesses. When the contaminants are combined with varying temperatures, humidity levels, and airflow in the HVAC system the indoor air quality can dramatically deteriorate. Not only are there additional health risks with a dirty HVAC system, but a system’s operating and efficacy standards are impaired, resulting in higher operating cost for the facility.
Considerations that may warrant frequent cleaning:
– Smokers in the household.
– Pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander.
– Water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system.
– Residents with allergies or asthma who might benefit from a reduction in the amount of indoor air pollutants in the HVAC system.
– Recent home renovations or remodeling that may have dirtied your air ducts.

1703, 2011

Orange Restoration New Services!

By |March 17th, 2011|Newsletter|0 Comments

Orange Restoration has always been committed to providing the highest quality, timely and personalized service to our clients for their water restoration and mold remediation needs. That is why our clients have learned we are the company they can trust in times of disaster. Our commitment to our customers, the environment and to using green practices is what makes Orange Restoration unique in San Diego County. It is with this same commitment we are now offering a variety of new services.

Orange Restoration – When you want it done right the first time!

803, 2011

Preventing Water Damage In The Home

By |March 8th, 2011|Flood|0 Comments

Water damage in the home can be a costly and inconvenient circumstance. When your home suffers water damage, underlying structural damage may also occur. If left untreated, this damage can weaken the foundation of your home.

Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to prevent water damage in your home.

Routinely check for leaks by tightening faucets and monitoring your water meter. If you notice that water meter readings change when no water is being run, this can be the first sign of a hidden leak.

Check your appliances that use water, i.e. dishwashers, sinks, refrigerators, and washing machines on a regular basis to make sure that they are free of leaks and shorts as well.

Don’t forget about your water heaters and air conditioners. Water heaters are designed to last for ten to fifteen years, but if you notice wet spots on the floor or rust spots on the tank, this can be the first sign of a problem. Air conditioners should be professionally inspected at the start of the summer to make sure that the condensation pan is clean and working properly.

These are just some of the ways that you can help prevent water damage and keep your home safe.

2702, 2011

Hiring A San Diego Fire Damage Restoration Company

By |February 27th, 2011|Fire|0 Comments

If your home has been damaged by a fire, you are likely struggling to take inventory of damaged items, meet with insurance agents and adjusters, and dealing with the shock that comes with a traumatic event. With so much to think about, it is important not to overlook one of the most important-hiring a fire damage restoration company

A professional San Diego fire damage restoration company will professionally assess the damage to your house and belongings and will take care of the restoration process for you.  From wet and damaged carpets to smoke in the walls, these types of companies specialize in restoring damaged homes.

Before the fire restoration company arrives, you should throw away any food or medicine that has been exposed to smoke or fire, and be sure to change your furnace filter on a daily basis to remove soot, and turn on all fans and or de-humidifiers to help remove moisture.  Do not try to clean any damaged furniture on your own, however, since smoke and fire damaged furniture require special cleaning techniques.

As tempting as it may be to do some of the cleaning on your own, it is important to remember that fire and smoke removal require special cleaning methods. You should never attempt to wash painted or papered walls that have been damaged by smoke, as this can cause soot residue problems. You should also make sure that you do not try to clean smoke and fire damaged carpets on your own for the same reason.

The right flood damage restoration company can make the difference between a house full of ruined items and a clean, properly repaired home.  For your health, and for the preservation of your home, contact Orange Restoration, your San Diego fire restoration experts as soon as possible.