Prevent Bathroom Mold by Making Sense of Humidity

Prevent Bathroom Mold by Making Sense of Humidity

By Jamie Shelley

A hot, steamy shower soothes achy muscles, washes away grime and just plain feels delightful. It also raises the humidity level in your bathroom, which can create an ideal environment for mold and mildew.

Preventing Mold With a Bathroom Exhaust Fan
Many people mistakenly believe that the exhaust fan in the lavatory is there to whisk away unpleasant odors. While they can help with that, these fans actually serve a much larger purpose. Bathroom exhaust fans draw the moisture-laden air that fills the room after a steamy shower or hot bath out of the lavatory, bringing the room’s humidity down to a healthier level. This is a vital step in preventing mold growth and averting mold damage.

Your bathroom is an ideal location for mold because it thrives in a humid environment.
Your bathroom is an ideal location for mold because it thrives in a humid environment.

Why a Humidity Sensor Can Help
Is your exhaust fan up to the challenge? The answer may depend on how you use it. Most people turn the fan on when they enter their bathroom to shower and turn it off when they leave. Unfortunately, this does not always give the exhaust fan enough time to evacuate the steam and humidity. Ideally, the fan needs to run until it the moisture level in the bathroom is back to normal. You could just leave the fan running and come back later to turn it off, but you run the risk of forgetting it. This wastes energy and can shorten the lifespan of the exhaust fan. Instead, consider installing a humidity sensor. The sensor will automatically cut the fan off when the correct humidity level is restored. It is an easy way to prevent mold damage.

Dealing With Mold
If you find that you have a mold issue in your bathroom, do not attempt to handle it yourself. Disturbing the mold may facilitate its spread. Instead, turn to the experts. Technicians have the training, specialized equipment, and protective gear to address mold damage. They can inspect the area, identify the source of moisture, contain the mold, remove it, properly cleanse your belongings and restore a healthy environment.

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Six Ways To Prevent Electrical Fires

By Jamie Shelley

As many restoration experts know, electrical fires do serious damage to commercial and residential properties all over the country. However, there are several prevention strategies you can implement to decrease the likelihood that a disaster will impact your home or office. Read the information and advice found below to keep your property as fire-proof as possible:

Six Ways To Prevent Electrical Fires

1. Look for damaged electrical cords
Every now and again, check your cords to see if there are any frayed or damaged wires. Also, look at your plugs to make sure they’re not bent. If they are, be sure to replace them as quickly as possible.

2. Don’t cover your cords
Don’t tuck your cords under carpets or hide them across doorways.

To protect these devices from the huge rush of voltage that can cause fires, utilize surge protectors.
To protect these devices from the huge rush of voltage that can cause fires, utilize surge protectors.

3. Ensure that your light bulbs have the right wattage
Each light has a specific wattage restriction indicating what it can handle. Typically, a light or lamp will show the highest wattage level that the bulb can use. Be sure to conform to these guidelines. Some lights and fixtures will cause melting or fire if the wattage level is exceeded.

4. Check for overloaded plugs
Thanks to the rise of the power strip, it’s quite easy to overload your plugs. If you find that your appliances appear dim or are no longer functioning optimally, you might have overloaded your plug.

5. Install power surge protectors
Electrical appliances and computers can suffer when a power surge transpires. To protect these devices from the huge rush of voltage that can cause fires, utilize surge protectors.

6. Check your electrical system
If your residential property is 40 years old or more, it’s time to check the entire electrical system as well as the wiring. In many cases, properties are subjected to fires because of outdated aluminum wiring and faulty wiring. Old wiring should be replaced with more fire-resistant material, such as copper.

Call A Professional Today
Although implementing fire prevention strategies can decrease your home’s susceptibility to a disaster, there is still a chance that a mishap could occur. If your home is subjected to an electrical fire, call a fire damage restoration company. IICRC-certified technicians will work with skill and speed to ensure that your property is restored to its original condition.

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How Will I Know When My HVAC System Needs A Check Up?

How Will I Know When My HVAC System Needs A Check Up?

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These days, many residential and commercial property owners are interested in keeping their HVAC systems in optimal condition. This is a prudent approach to take because attaining high quality; regular HVAC maintenance services can keep your equipment functioning well while also extending its life. There are several ways that you can determine whether it’s time for you to get an HVAC system checkup:

Temperature Deviations
One sign that will indicate that your HVAC equipment is in need of maintenance work is a decrease in efficiency. Buildings and houses have a uniform temperature. In the event that you notice significant deviations from your temperature norm, this could indicate that there is an issue with your ductwork. Remember that the U.S. Department of Energy reports that leaky ducts in crawl spaces and attics can contribute to 20% of your property’s cooling and heating energy losses.

This is a prudent approach to take because attaining high quality; regular HVAC maintenance services can keep your equipment functioning well while also extending its life.
This is a prudent approach to take because attaining high quality; regular HVAC maintenance services can keep your equipment functioning well while also extending its life.

Filter Jams
As you seek to determine whether your HVAC system is in need of a check-up, remember that debris, fibers, and dust can partially block your furnace and ductwork filter. To prevent this from happening, be sure that you’re regularly replacing your filter. In the event that your filter needs to be regularly replaced, this is a sign that dirt is being sucked into it. Know that while your ductwork may have been wrapped with duct tape, the material will deteriorate or “erode” over time.

Allergic Reactions/Respiratory Problems
In the event that you, your family members, or coworkers experience allergy problems, this can be an indication that something is amiss with the ducts. In the event that cool air generates a loss of heat and problems with condensation, mold can grow on your premises. When the mold is blown through your ducts, it can cause respiratory problems and allergic reactions. Note that when mold or dirt make their way into the air system, it will need to be professionally cleaned.

Weather Damage
Weather damage is a strong indication that your HVAC system is in need of maintenance services. For this reason, it’s a good idea to do a visual inspection of roof vents to determine whether they’ve been subjected to damage from snow or hail. Also, note that bees and wasps like to make nests in attic ventilation, and this can create a blockage that precludes the proper circulation of air.

Conclusion
If you want to keep your HVAC system in optimal condition, regular maintenance services are the best way to make it happen. Proactive maintenance services will increase your energy savings and prevent the need for expensive repairs. When you start your search for the ideal HVAC maintenance team. A group of result-oriented, customer-centered professionals with extensive industry experience, should be your first choice for excellent, expedient HVAC services.

Laminate Flooring Water Damage

Laminate Flooring Water Damage

By Jamie Shelley
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When it comes to owning a home, there are a vast array of maintenance routines a homeowner is responsible for. If they are negligent towards such responsibilities for any reason, then they may be at risk of seeing the value of their home diminish. This is certainly a circumstance they will want to avoid at all costs, as a home is usually considered as being one of the most valuable types of assets an individual or family can own. Why risk incurring a potential loss on the return of investment towards one’s property when it can easily be maintained or even increased by carrying out the required tasks of inspections, repairs, upgrades, and replacements when the time calls for them?

Not only does water damage affect the property's value, but it also affects the quality of the residents' lives.
Not only does water damage affect the property’s value, but it also affects the quality of the residents’ lives.

One unfortunate scenario many homeowners experience is water damage within the premises of their property. This can occur from several different reasons, some of which include: weathering effects (flooding and intrusion of water through door cracks or windows), leaky pipelines, corroded pipelines, or broken sewage lines. Although many of these circumstances may not be extreme in their size, the unlucky ones can certainly benefit from acquiring the services of their local restoration company. 

Many aspects of a home’s property can become damaged from flooding. Not only does water damage affect the property’s value, but it also affects the quality of the residents’ lives. A homeowner or resident should not have to live under these circumstance for long, and it is always recommended for them to contact their local service immediately. 

A laminate flooring water damage company can work proficiently towards either restoring one’s flooring in its entirety, or completely replacing the tiles if that is what they prefer. By contacting laminate flooring services, the homeowner will have full confidence in knowing that their home’s conditions will be restored back to where it needs to be to retain its full value. Not only will they be doing themselves and the current residents of the house a favor, but also for those who may occupy the property in the future.

Why Having Fire Insurance is So Vital

Why Having Fire Insurance is So Vital

By Jamie Shelley
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Having fire insurance, whether you own a home or business, is absolutely vital. Fires are a disaster that can happen at virtually any time. When you least expect it, a fire can strike and cause a ton of damage. The problem with fires is that they aren’t always detected right away and they can sometimes happen from things that just go unnoticed. For example, faulty electrical wiring behind walls can easily lead to a fire in the future if it is not detected. A heating source can cause a fire if it’s not properly maintained. Even air duct systems that are not cleaned can eventually lead to a fire.

You might be concerned about the overall effects of a fire for your home and business. Because fires can sometimes occur out of nowhere and when no one is around to extinguish it, the fire can cause lots of damage to the home or building itself. Having specialty fire insurance prevents the damage and repair costs from being your own responsibility. Many people automatically assume that fire insurance is just not needed because they don’t feel a fire could ever happen to their home or building, but this is simply not true.

Having fire insurance, whether you own a home or business, is absolutely vital.
Having fire insurance, whether you own a home or business, is absolutely vital.

Having fire insurance is a good way to have the costs of repair paid for you without it being left up to you entirely. One thing to keep in mind about fire restoration is that it can be one of the most expensive disasters to cleanup. The reasoning for this is because soot buildup, carbon monoxide levels in the air, water damage and wood destruction all need to be dealt with after a fire hits home or your place of business. Without fire insurance, you are left having to pay for all of these things on your own, and they can get pretty expensive rather quickly.

If you don’t currently have fire insurance, it might be a good idea for you to think about opening up a plan with a specialty company. Insurance companies will often allow you to establish the specific type of coverage that you need or want according to future usage. If you would like fire insurance, many companies offer this for both homeowners and commercial buildings alike. The key is to find the plan that’s right for you and choose it to protect your property from a potential fire that could occur in the future.

Why Choose an IEP over a Home Mold Test

Why Choose an IEP over a Home Mold Test

By Jamie Shelley
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In the United States, most home owners have mold or believe that they have mold in their homes. Typically, they buy a mold tester for homes from a local home improvement store and use it to determine any mold issue they have in their homes. They also think that using mold testers that are sold at local home improvement stores are more convenient, efficient and cheap. 

Once the mold tester shows that they do have a mold issue, they will then immediately call a mold removal service provider to take care of the mold issue. There is nothing wrong with hiring a mold removal service provider if the mold test is accurate. But for an average home owner, there is no way for him or her to know if the mold tester is providing accurate results or not. Hence, if the mold test result is wrong, the removal company might be working on a completely incorrect room and proper procedures might not be performed. For this reason, it is crucial to choose an IEP or Indoor Environmental Professional instead of a home mold tester.

The following information will help you understand the importance of choosing IEP over mold testers:

Using a mold tester
When you smell mold in a specific room, you would think that the mold issue is in that room. So you will place the mold tester in that specific room. But, you might be wrong. There is a possibility that the mold is traveling through the vents in your home and it goes from one room to the other. Since mold is known to be airborne, it makes the mold tester easy to fail in providing accurate results. If you will use a mold tester for your home, it would be ideal to do multiple tests all over your home, including outside your property. But it will also raise another issue – the mold removal service provider may not be able to determine the test results.

Once the mold tester shows that they do have a mold issue, they will then immediately call a mold removal service provider to take care of the mold issue.
Once the mold tester shows that they do have a mold issue, they will then immediately call a mold removal service provider to take care of the mold issue.

Moreover, mold testers will only verify that there is mold in your home. It will not determine the exact location of the mold issue and how to properly treat it, which depends on the level of mold damage. If the test results are given to the mold remediation company, they may end up treating the wrong area.

Using IEP (Indoor Environmentalist Professional)
An IEP or Indoor Environmentalist Professional is a trained professional who has the expertise in solving indoor environmental issues, which one of them is mold. An IEP uses specialized equipment that detects mold and where it is located. Most IEPs are trained scientists that can create a professional report and scope of work, techniques, and protocols that is required to effectively treat the mold damage. 

Overall, the information provided above is a solid reason to choose IEP over mold testing kits for handling mold issues inside your home. An IEP can help you get a more accurate test result, allowing you to know where the mold issue really came from. Moreover, an IEP can help you make sure that the mold remediating company that you hired will effectively treat the mold damage professionally and thoroughly.

 

The Importance of Water Mitigation

The Importance of Water Mitigation

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When a person’s home experiences water damage, they will want to reduce the amount of damage that occurs. Water mitigation is the process of preventing damage from water inside a building. The goal is to keep any additional damage from happening by taking fast and effective action. 

Cause And Result 
Water damage can happen after a structure has a plumbing failure. It can also result because of storm water. Broken underground pipes have also caused water damage. This has resulted in soaked rugs, warped floors, damaged furniture, walls and more. This is a time when immediate water mitigation steps need to be taken. 

Water Disaster
When a home has a plumbing failure, it is important the main water source be shut off. When flooding happens, work may not be able to begin until water levels have dropped. No matter what the cause, when water damage happens it is essential electrical breakers be shut down. This makes it possible to safely unplug and remove electrical devices. These devices could be on a wet carpet or in areas submerged in water. Aluminum foil should be placed under the legs or feet of furniture in contact with a wet carpet. Curtains and draperies should be removed if in contact with the water or a wet carpet. Immediately remove papers, shoes or other items that could be damaged. Walking on a wet carpet should be avoided as much as possible.

Water damage can happen after a structure has a plumbing failure.
Water damage can happen after a structure has a plumbing failure.

Inspection
Once the source of the water problem has been addressed, it’s time for professionals to conduct an inspection. They will be able to carefully inspect the property and determine the extent of the damage. A recovery plan will be created. This will cover the details necessary to return a building back to its original condition. 

Water Extraction
Water that damages a building can be contaminated. Water in a home from flooding can be sewage or polluted ground water. This is a situation that could cause severe illness to people and their pets. Pumps and other equipment can be used to remove water. There is a good chance this can be done without removing any of the building’s contents. This also includes removing any items soaked with water. Items such as carpeting, furniture and more. Anything that has absorbed water and cannot be restored must be removed.

Drying and Mold Prevention
Water damage can create vast amounts of mold if not handled correctly. It is important to take steps immediately to remove mold and prevent it from reoccurring. This will require using state-of-the-art dehumidifiers and blowers. It will require the humidity inside a building be carefully monitored and controlled. If the humidity is not handled properly, items not destroyed during the water damage could absorb moisture and be ruined. The damaged area must also be kept at an acceptable temperature. Providing an improper temperature is a major cause of microorganism and bacterial growth after water is removed. 

Completion
It is important for a structure to be stabilized, and its integrity maintained. Every water mitigation project will be different. It’s important to utilize the services of experienced water removal technicians. They will have the proper equipment and experience to restore any type of structure that experienced water damage.