When Water Seeps Into Your Walls: Protect Your Foundation And Health With Professional Cleanup Services

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When you have water damage in your home, the cleanup can go far beyond the standing water that you discover. Water seeps into walls quickly, and water that was left for too long will cause problems in areas that you can’t even see. Left alone, water damage can destroy the integrity of your walls, create a breeding ground for mold and mildew, and cause health problems for people living in your home. If you have had water damage in your home and you aren’t sure if it has been completely cleaned up, it’s important to call a water damage restoration service to assess the situation. Water Will Ruin Your Walls If you find standing water in a room and it has seeped into your walls, it’s important to determine the extent of the damage the water has caused. Even if you have dried out the walls, this can leave walls made out of sheet rock weak and crumbling. You don’t want to allow your walls to dry out over time, as this can make your problem worse and cause the need for a complete wall replacement. Taking care of the problem before it gets worse is your best way to save money in the long term. When Water Remains Whether unknown water is still in your walls, or it has seeped into an area you have not discovered, remaining water is a breeding ground for mold and mildew. While this may not seem like a big deal, mold and mildew can cause respiratory and other health problems in otherwise healthy individuals. If mold is allowed to grow in your home, such as in your basement, it can be difficult to remove the mold if it goes deep into the structure of your home.  People who already have asthma are susceptible to mold and mildew growth, and this can make asthma much worse. Once you determine the source of the water that has entered your home, it’s important to get the problem fixed right away. If water continues to leak into your home, you are risking further damage to your foundation, walls, and the support system of your home. While you may be able to clean up some of the water on your own, it’s almost impossible to find all of the water unless the leak was small. Take your time and call in a professional when you have water damage, you will avoid more costly repairs in your...

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Grease Fire In The Kitchen? Simple Instructions For Cleaning Up The Smoke Damage

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If you’ve had a small fire in your kitchen, you’re going to be dealing with the clean-up for quite some time. Even a small grease fire on the stove can generate enough smoke to cause serious damage. Once the fire department clears your home for re-entry, you’ll be able to assess the damage and begin the clean-up. If the fire didn’t do any real structural damage, you may be able to clean the smoke damage up and begin living in your home again. Before you move back in, it’s important that you thoroughly remove any smoke that might be lingering in your home. Here are some step-by-step instructions for cleaning smoke off your walls and windows. Scrub the Walls When cleaning up smoke damage in your home, it’s important that you begin by ensuring proper ventilation. Open all the windows in the room and bring in a small fan. The fan will help circulate the air so that you can breathe easier during the clean-up. Now you’re ready to begin the clean-up. Supplies You’ll Need Face mask Gloves Safety goggles Bucket Trisodium phosphate cleaner Warm water Sponge Directions Put your protective gear on. Fill a bucket with warm water. Add 4 tablespoons of trisodium phosphate cleaner. Place a sponge in the water to get it wet. Scrub an area of the wall with the cleaning solution. Continue scrubbing the wall until all the smoke has been removed. Be sure to rinse the sponge often to remove smoke. Allow the room to air dry for several hours. Repeat the process if necessary. Clean the Windows Windows can also get covered in smoke during a kitchen fire. Luckily, smoke can be removed from glass fairly easily. For the initial clean-up, you can use the same trisodium phosphate solution that you used to clean your walls. However, you’ll want to add a second phase to the clean-up to bring back the shine to your glass. This cleaning solution will remove the residue and restore the shine. Supplies You’ll Need Plastic spray bottle Water Vinegar Lemon juice Soft cloth Directions Fill your spray bottle with two cups each of water and vinegar. Add ½ cup of lemon juice. Spray your windows and allow the solution to sit for about 5 minutes. Wipe your windows clean with a soft cloth. Repeat the process if necessary. If you’ve had a grease fire in your kitchen, you’ll need to clean up the smoke damage. Once the fire department has cleared your home for re-entry, you can use the instructions provided above to clean your walls and windows. For extensive smoke damage, be sure to contact a professional smoke damage restoration contractor, such as one from Serclean...

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Signs Of A Broken Pipe On Your Residence

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Water being an essential part of a household means that you need to always ensure that your supply is working appropriately. If you are experiencing a broken pipe, you will notice a range of abnormalities with the water in your home. Here are some of the signs to look out for to avoid extensive water damage and other complications. Low water pressure in the faucets One of the first conspicuous signs of a broken pipe is low water pressure or complete lack of running water. Typically, the pressure will start to steadily dwindle and eventually end up with a lack of flowing water altogether. In the event that you notice your water pressure is fluctuating, you should engage the services of your local plumber. Perhaps a blockage is causing it and could be fixed before the pipe ruptures entirely, which could translate into more expensive repairs and possible replacement of the plumbing system. Astronomical utility bills Another sign that you could be dealing with a broken pipe is spontaneously high water bills. If your water consumption has remained the same, there should be no reason for your utility bill to have a price hike. However, if you have a broken pipe, this means there could be water running off without being detected.  If you notice a fluctuation in your water bill, you would be best advised to hire the services of a plumber who could investigate and figure out whether you are dealing with a broken pipe. Soggy grass and random puddles Puddles should set off alarm bells in your head if you have not been experiencing any rainfall in your area. This is because puddles mean water is escaping from somewhere and if left unchecked the problem could lead to extensive water damage. When it comes to soggy grass and puddles outdoors, chances are that one of your underground pipes has ruptured. If left unattended, not only could this significantly increase your water bill but also the excess water could get into the foundation of your home and wreak havoc. Contaminated water from your faucets If you notice the water in your home has changed color or smells off-putting, there is a chance you could be dealing with a broken pipe. When a pipe ruptures, not only does it let water out, but it also lets contaminants in. This could be in the form of soil, debris, bacteria and more. Contaminated water may look murky, may be tainted in color, or you would visibly notice debris such as tiny stones and pebbles in the water. If your home does sustain water damage, contact a business like Accutech Restoration to learn about what it will take to repair...

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Beware of Mold Making a Home in Your Kitchen

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Most people realize mold growth is always a possibility in a damp home. Keeping a watchful eye out for mold in the basement and bathroom is a priority for responsible homeowners. While staying on top of any mold issues in these areas is wise, never overlook the potential for mold to grow in the kitchen. Even a slight amount of moisture could contribute to difficult-to-spot mold growth. Such mold then presents a health hazard since the spores might infect food. Food, Mold, and Health Issues Mold can and does spread to food upon finding a home in the kitchen. Spores in the air can land on food and then start to grow. Now, no one is going to eat an apple that has black and green mold growing over it. Yet, people could eat food with minute amounts of mold and not know they have done so. These small amounts could have an adverse effect on the body. Allergic reactions and gastrointestinal problems are possible outcomes upon eating mold. With this in mind, take extra steps to be keep a kitchen mold-free. Detective Work on a Leaking Sink Leaky plumbing fixtures are among the supremely common causes of mold. As water drips from drains under the sink and dampens the area, the resultant moisture helps mold growth. Mold growing on the sink-cabinet door or near it when opened reveals the obvious presence of mold. If no mold is growing in this spot, then there is not likely any there, right? You won’t know the answer to that until you perform a thorough inspection beneath the sink. Upon noticing dampness, get a small flashlight and immediately Shine light on the right and left side walls. Examine the underside of the sink and check every crevice. Look at the back wall, especially the top and bottom corners. Taking these steps helps ensure no small amounts of mold remain undiscovered and growing. Beware of Common Kitchen Mold Causes Traditional, everyday happenings in a kitchen such as boiling water or simply spilling liquids have the potential to contribute to mold growth. In addition to quickly cleaning up all spills and making sure the kitchen is properly ventilated, be mindful of the scent of mold. When the scent is in the air and no mold is visibly present, mold could be growing under the wallpaper, behind the refrigerator, or under the oven. When an unmistakable scent is present, call in a mold removal service like ServiceMaster by Restoration Xperts to perform a thorough inspection. Once these professionals uncover the mold, they will go to work getting rid of...

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Tips For Cleaning And Preventing The Most Common Places For Mold Growth In Your Home

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Once mold spores find the perfect warm, dark, and wet environment in your home, they will grow and multiply by sending out new spores through your home’s air. Mold can be toxic to you when it is in your home, so it is important to be on the lookout for any mold growth and get rid of it. Here are three of the most common places mold grows in your home and tips to clean and prevent mold growth. Under the Sink It can be common for the drain pipe under your kitchen or bathroom sink to leak. Even a small pinhole leak in the pipe will allow enough water to drip onto any items stored under the sink or soak into the wood of the cupboards, creating the right environment for mold. When the wet material under your sink doesn’t dry out within 24 hours, mold can grow. Check underneath your sinks often to watch for any water leaks so they can be cleaned up and repaired. If you do find mold and it is on a surface less than ten square feet, you can use soap and water to scrub it from the surfaces. Throw out any items that you cannot clean with soap and water. If the mold covers a surface larger than ten square feet, you will need to call a professional mold remediation company like Central Flood Management Inc to remove it. Under Carpeting If you have water leaking into any carpeting in your home, this is at high risk to grow mold. The foam padding retains moisture well and when it is sandwiched between the floor and the carpet, it creates the perfect environment for mold growth. When you have carpeting that has gotten wet, it is best to pull out the padding and allow the carpeting and padding to dry separately from each other. Otherwise, the carpet and pad won’t dry fast enough before mold grows. Hang the padding so you can direct a fan to blow over both sides of its surface. Use a shop vacuum to pull out any excess moisture from the carpeting, then dry the carpeting in the same manner as the padding.  If you discover your carpeting has mold growth, you will need to remove it from your home immediately. Behind the Refrigerator Your refrigerator’s water line and coils can be the source of a water leak behind and underneath the unit, allowing mold to grow on the wall and the flooring. It is a good idea to check and clean behind your refrigerator often and be on the lookout for any signs of moisture there. If you do find mold growing, clean it with soap and water, or hire professionals, depending on the size of the mold problem. Use prevention and proper clean-up with these three common mold-growth areas in your...

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