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We can experience water damage and flood damage in many ways to homes or places of business such as leaky water pipes or the condensation line to HVAC develops sludge build up and backs up water from the line into home.
Over flowing gutters to home. Keep your gutters cleaned out and flushed out because if they back up with leaves and debris you will have over flowing gutters and this could create moisture issues into the home. For example, if you have over flowing gutters to a home or if you have no gutters, water goes to foundation of home or building and this creates moisture issues and this can lead to not only water damage but termites as well as mold issues and wood rot and more.
A flood to the home creates water damage. If you do not get the water removed in time, this could create Mold issues and could cost so much more money than if you had the water removed.
Water can create costly repairs and lead to not only mold issues but wood rot as well as attract termites to the home. Your home needs to stay dry. Moisture in the home creates so many issues.
- Extract and remove the water.
- Dry out the home.
- Remove carpets and padding where needed.
- Use fans and dehumidifiers where needed.
- Spray an antimicrobial application to home to help us limit mold issues.
- Dry behind walls and ceilings.
- Determine what is wet and where things are wet and dry out where needed.
- Dry it out.
- Extract water from furniture.
- Apply a sanitizing agent.
- Clean where and when needed.
Turn the water to the home or building off.
Call a restoration company such as Executive Restoration to come extract the water and get your home dried. Out.
The most important thing is drying the home out.
You can also use your HVAC unit to get your home dried out by turning it to the On position to create air flow to speed up dry time.
The longer you take to get a company out, the more damage the water can and will create.
You typically have 24 to 48 hours before Mold can set in but the secret is to do this immediately.
According to the EPA , Mold includes all species of microscopic fungi that grow in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae. Mold can thrive on any organic matter including clothing, leather, paper, and ceilings and walls and floors when we have moisture management issues.
Mildew often lives on shower walls and window sills, where moisture levels are high.
Hospital surgery rooms have machines to make rooms safer.
Actually, all buildings have some level of mold. No home or building is mold free. Every building that I have seen has some sort of mold.
You can limit the mold in your home by calling up a certified Mold Inspector and letting me take air samples to see what you are breathing and to send off samples to a lab for testing so I can make my recommendations on what we need to do.
Over 100,000 different types of Mold.
You can have it sampled and tested if you are concerned you have a mold issue. Some of the ways to determine if you have an issue is my taking a photo and looking at the particular type of mold on line in a mold library or just take a sample and send it off for testing to a lab.
You can also notice that some mold has odors and others may not have an odor. You may also see discoloration.
Get air samples and send off to a certified lab for testing. We do not always have to see an issue for there to be a problem. For example, someone may look fine but he or she may have Cancer. Many things can be hidden without proper research and testing.
By the color, By its texture, by its smell. By what it may be on.
You might want to close up or board up windows if you have had your windows busted out by the fire department.
Board up windows and doors.
Set up cameras to keep an eye on property.
I would first check with fire department and fire marshall.
It depends on the type of fire and how big the fire is and what needs to be done.
If you are handy and you want to learn, at least pay an inspector like me to come out to the home and write up his recommnedations.
All the water needs to be extracted or removed and the home needs to be dried out and sanitized.
It depends on how much work needs to be done or performed. Some times you can. Some times it is too much work and you will just be in the way of work to be done if it is a big project but many times restoration companies will work or can work with you and around you .