Buying a home in a flood prone area

What to keep in mind

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Here’s what to consider when buying a property in a flood-prone area. (Photo Credits)

Buying a home in a flood prone area can be unavoidable to some especially if there is a business, source of income, or other important family consideration in the area. So what does buyer have to know when purchasing a home in a usually flooded community?

Homes.com discussed this matter, as they dished out reminders about buying homes in vicinities where flooding can be possible.

“Floods can happen anywhere in the U.S. at any time of the year, and weather isn’t the only cause of flooding. It doesn’t have to be a raging river, or torrential rains that destroy your home. It’s possible to have your home flooded by poor water diversion from new construction on your street. Something as simple as a clogged storm drain can flood your ground floor in a matter of hours. According to Floodsmart, more than 20% of flood claims come from places where the flood risk is low, so beware.”

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Buying a flooded home

CBS News’ Money Watch meantime shared the factors property buyers have to consider when purchasing a commercial or residential structure that has been subjected to flooding. More info here

“Look out for dry rot. The hygienist or a rot and pest inspector should also look for dry rot, which is the rotting of wood caused by a fungus. That could spread to other parts of the home and weaken the home’s entire framework over time. Beware of corrosion. Hurricane flooding is more problematic for a home than freshwater flooding because the salt can eat away at metals. That means that all the wiring inside the home is particularly vulnerable.”

Read the rest of the tips here.

 Advice for home buyers

SF Gate also came up with tips for those who are buying flooded homes on purpose.

“Review the home inspection and contractor reports. Write down the total estimated cost to repair the water damage. Get the market value of the home by contacting local real estate agencies and asking for sales data for comparable houses in the area. Subtract the repair cost from the home’s market value. Your bid should be around the resulting figure, but pick a lower bid to open negotiations with the seller.”

Read all of their tips here.

Buying a water damaged home can be complicated, it is important to know the factors to consider in purchasing one.

Can a flooded washing machine be salvaged?

 

 

 

Can a flooded washing machine be salvaged?

When the Washer Gets Flooded

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Can flooded laundry appliances still be repaired and saved? (Photo Credits)

Home laundry equipment like washers and dryers are important for any home. When flooding happens though, it could be one of the heaviest appliances that might is difficult to move to safety. With this homeowners ask, can flooded washers still be refurbished or salvaged?

The website House Maintenance does not recommend a repair if the unit has been submerged in flood waters.

“Flooded washer / dishwasher – both have electrical wiring, motors, and other components installed in the lower portion of its enclosure – if submerged, have it replaced. Flooded clothes dryer – gas or electric will have a motor at the base, some wiring, gas valve / pressure regulator – if submerged, have it replaced.”

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Sanitizing after repair

For those that can be salvaged as per technicians, the North Dakota local government mentioned some tips on sanitizing the washers and dryers after a flooding occurrence. Read this post  

“After washers and dryers have been reconditioned, sanitize them as follows: Pour  a  disinfectant  (chlorine,  pine  oil,  or  phenolic)  into  the  empty  washing  machine.  Then  complete  a  15-minute  cycle  at  the  “hot”  water setting.  Unplug the dryer and wipe the drum and door with a cloth dipped in disinfectant solution. Rinse with a cloth dipped in clear water.  Leave  the  dryer  door  open  until  all  parts  are  thoroughly  dry  —  preferably overnight.”

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Replacement Advice

The Pennsylvania State government also came up with a similar advice. It also shared some tips, if and when the homeowner decides to just replace their home laundry equipment.

“If you decide on replacement, be aware that most of the energy used by washing machines is used to heat the water. Look for machines that offer several water temperature selections for both wash and rinse cycles. A load of laundry washed and rinsed in hot water can cost as much as 20 times more than one using cold water for both cycles. Also look for machines that allow you to choose different water levels.  If you decide to replace your dryer, you’ll find that newer models are able to sense dryness and automatically shut off. Compared with the older models, which operate on a timer, a new model can save between 10 percent and 15 percent on energy costs. “

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For whole home restoration following a flooding, it is best to get in touch with expert flood restoration service companies.

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Repairing Flood-Damaged Flooring

Dealing with flood-damaged floors

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Flood-damaged floors need to be repaired soon. (Photo Credits)

When flooding hits a home, it will for sure hit and damage the home’s flooring system. Homeowners should be quick in dealing with this issue so that the damage and the expenses can be toned down.

The response to this issue basically depends on the type of flooring the home has.

Service Ratings Website Angie’s List recommends that for laminate flooring, professional help should be sought for most cases.

“Not only can the moisture damage the subfloor itself, mold could develop within 24 hours. That’s why it’s important to quickly remove sodden laminate, and provide good ventilation for about a week so the subfloor can fully dry. Reasons a pro should remove laminate: If the subfloor is damaged, very old or might contain asbestos, you’d be wise to hire a professional who knows how to properly remove and dispose it.”

Read the rest of Angie’s List’s advice here.

Wood flooring

For wood flooring, the same initial response in needed – fully dry the flooring before attempting to repair. Wood Floor Doctor published a comprehensive guide on dealing with a flooded wooden flooring.

“You can expect the wood to continue to swell, and if it gets to a point where you simply cannot walk across it, you should then relieve the stress by removing about 2 boards all the way across the middle of the kitchen. It’s a good idea to do this anyway because this will allow more ventilation of the subfloor.”

Check out the rest of the guide here.

When molds have set in

The Spruce meantime shared some tips on how to deal with wooden flooring that may have already been affected with molds. San Diego, CA  

“Scrub with the water/TSP solution until mold and mildew are removed, then rinse with clear water and allow to dry. It helps the “healing process” if you can remove any pooled-up water from your cleaning efforts as soon as possible, rather than waiting for evaporation. A rubber push squeegee or Shop-Vac will do the trick.”

The continuation of this article can be found here.

When unsure of how to deal with a flooded flooring, get in touch with a flood damage contractor that is both licensed and well-trusted in the community.

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Home Carpets and Flooding

Home Carpets and Flooding

What to do when floodwaters soak the carpet

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Carpets are the first casualties in disaster. (Photo Credits)

Once flooding reaches a home, it is already understood that it will definitely affect the carpeting of the home.

And a homeowner would not like a wet carpet because sooner or later, molds will start to grow on it, damaging the carpet and causing allergies to the home occupants.

SF Gate came up with a list of ways to avoid molds on carpets that have been soaked in flood waters.

“Soak up excess water with towels. Open the towels completely, and lay them around the wet sections of the carpeting. Press down with your hands or feet to absorb the water. Replace the towels as they become saturated with water. Keep a bucket nearby to store the towels or to wring the water out so you don’t drip water around other areas of the room. Make sure your hands are dry and plug in the wet-dry vacuum. Set it to ‘Dry,’ and move it around the wet carpeting. Go over the damp carpeting multiple times in slow, straight lines. Empty the vacuum’s canister as needed.”

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Immediate action

Service Ratings website Angie’s List also has its own share of advice for its readers. It emphasized that every homeowner has to have a sense of urgency when dealing with flooded carpets.

“The sooner you start cleaning up after water damage, the sooner you can stop mold from growing under your carpet. The tools are simple: fans, bleach and cleaners. Red Cross officials say many homeowners can get rid of the mold just fine after a flood, but it will require a bit of elbow grease.”

See the rest of the article here.

Overlooked carpets

Just in case the property owner has overlooked the wet carpets to attend to other fixtures that have been damaged by the flood waters, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors or INTERNACHI came up with an advice on what to do when mold has already grown in the flooded carpets.

“In many cases, if mold has grown on carpet, cleaning will not be possible.  If growth has occurred on more than one area of the carpet, or if there is a large area of growth, the carpet will probably need to be replaced. Small areas of growth that have been quickly identified can sometimes be dealt with.  Detergent and water used with a steam-cleaning machine may be enough to clean the carpet thoroughly.  It is then important to ensure that the carpet dries completely after cleaning to prevent the growth from recurring.”

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Carpets are very vulnerable to damage once it gets hit by flooding. It is important to act on the damage as soon as it is safe to do so, or call on professionals flood restorers to help address the situation.

What to do when flood damage reaches the kitchen

Can a flooded refrigerator still be fixed?

Flooding and Home Refrigerators

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During a flooding, the fate of a refrigerator lies on its insulation. (Photo Credits)

A flooded refrigerator is definitely a sight for sore eyes. Apart from the possible expenses that could be incurred due to damage or possible replacement, the food items inside most likely perished due to the flooding.

So how can a homeowner determine if his flooded refrigerator can still be fixed?

NC State Extension says the best way to know is to ask a qualified technician. Flood Ace Damage Restoration

“Call an appliance technician to check your appliances. Manufacturers usually recommend that all motors, electrical components, safety controls, and (for gas appliances) gas valves be replaced. Refrigerators and freezers with wet insulation cannot be salvaged. If there were only a few inches of water in the house, refrigerators and freezers are probably fine.”

Read more here.

When to replace?

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection gave some pointers on how to deal with flooded appliances, and it includes dealing with flooded refrigerators and freezers.

“If flood water covered only a few inches of your floor, it is likely that the insulation for a refrigerator/freezer is dry, and you will only need to check the refrigeration system along the bottom and back of the unit. The system is sealed and unless it was punctured during the flood it should be in good shape. Check all electrical controls including the defrost timer, thermostats and other safety interlocks and replace them if there is significant water damage.”

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The US Food and Drug Administration meanwhile tells the public to discard refrigerators that have been submerged in floodwaters to ensure safety.

“Discard refrigerators that have been submerged in flood water, or if enough moisture was present from liquefied food items to reach the insulation inside the equipment.”

Read the rest of the FDA’s recommendations here.

To make sure that a refrigerator is still salvageable, it will be best to contact the manufacturer and have it checked by their technician.

What to do when flood damage reaches the kitchen

 

What to do when flood damage reaches the kitchen

Kitchen flood damage

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When flood damage happens in the kitchen. (Photo Credits)

When flooding hits the kitchen, damage can be massive. Flooring can be damaged, kitchen cabinets can warp, appliances might malfunction, and electrical shocks can occur. The best thing to do to avoid all these expensive damages is to be more pro-active in terms of keeping the kitchen safe from flood damage. San Diego, CA   

House Logic gave an advice on what to do as soon as a property owner discovers that his kitchen is flooded.

“Even if the water in your home is clear, it could be contaminated by sewage or household chemicals. Ramirez recommends wearing waders, hip- or waist-high waterproof boots. In addition, wear rubber gloves to remove water-damaged possessions and to avoid contaminants, Ramirez notes. Be sure to throw out any food that may have come into contact with flood waters. FEMA recommends boiling water until authorities declare the water supply is safe.”

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Damage Wrought

The website Home Advisor has shared information on how kitchen flooding can affect the whole property.

“Water standing over your kitchen floor, can cause irreparable damage to the flooring tiles of your kitchen space, sometimes even requiring complete removal and installation of new floor tiles. This requires a fair amount of capital, which adds to your existing troubles of having to deal with the tiring procedure of cleaning up your kitchen flood. In case of a kitchen flood on your property, open up the windows and switch off and remove all electrical appliances from the kitchen space. You need prompt professional assistance for an effective drying up and restoration procedure of your kitchen.”

Read the whole informative article here.

Kitchen Flood Prevention tips

Kitchen Warehouse meantime came up with tips on protecting the kitchen from flood damage.

“Flood guards and barriers are a very effective method of reducing the chances of water coming into your kitchen. These can be fitted to the external doors in your home and create a reliable way to prevent water intrusion. Sealing drainage pipe surrounds and flood-proof airbricks (or at least covering them) will also work well. Water tolerant plasterboard that is 1 meter about floor level for existing homes or from top to bottom for new builds is another effective method of limiting water damage.”

See the whole article here.

When kitchen flood damage occurs it is best to immediately seek professional help from flood damage restoration specialists and prevent more costly damages and accidents.

 

Signs Pets are Getting Sick from Mold Exposure

Signs Pets are Getting Sick from Mold Exposure

 Flood Damage, Molds and Pet Poisoning

 

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Here are the symptoms to watch out for when pets get sick from being exposed to molds. (Photo Credits)

Mold exposure can cause a lot of illnesses on humans, and it can affect pets too.

Some may think that it is a pet suffering from ordinary pet illness, but when flooding remains untreated, and molds become present at home, it is not unlikely that the pets have been negatively affected by mold exposure.

Petmd.com offered pet owners some advice on mold exposure.

“It’s best to keep your pet away from any areas in your home that are contaminated with mold. If a case is particularly bad, it might be a good idea to relocate your pet to a friend or relative’s house while yours is being professionally treated. Store pet food in an air-tight container to discourage mold growth. Water bowls, food bowls, and plastic or rubber chew toys should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a week. Launder and completely dry pet beds, plush toys, and other similar items your pet may use frequently to lessen the chances of mold growth. A best practice is to keep anything your pet touches clean and dry.”

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Treatment Plan

Petful.com explained the type of treatment pets may most likely undergo when they get ill of mold exposure, particularly black molds.

“The treatment may involve a blood transfusion (if the pet bleeds unduly) and antibiotics to fight secondary infections. Your vet will repeat blood tests to monitor liver function. The pet must rest to reduce the risk of knocks and bumps, which could cause bleeding. It is crucial to get rid of the black mold or stay away from it. Remember, this is a condition that affects pets and people, so if your cat or dog is unwell, then you must leave that environment and seek urgent medical help for yourself, too.”

Read the whole treatment plan here.

Recovery from molds

Vetary meanwhile detailed the whole recovery process for the pets who have been afflicted with mold-related illness.

“The treatment and the recovery of a mold allergy go hand in hand. Consistent adherence to the therapies prescribed by the veterinarian, as well as work on your behalf will help a pet living with allergies. Avoid allowing your pet to go in areas that have a potential for mold, like basements and under the deck. Use a dehumidifier in your home and clean rooms that typically produce mold (like bathrooms and humid laundry rooms) often. Use cleaning products that remove mold and spores, and have air conditioning ducts checked regularly. Pets can wear washable booties and a sweater when heading outside. Wiping the fur and feet upon entry into the home may help as well. The veterinarian can guide you further if you have questions, and will want to re-check your pet’s skin as needed to ensure that the measures that are being taken to combat the allergy are sufficient.

Read more here.

The best way to ensure that pets will remain safe from mold-related illnesses is to ensure that water and flood damage is treated by professional contractors at the soonest time.

When untreated flood damage triggers asthma

 

 

When untreated flood damage triggers asthma

Asthma and Untreated Flood Damage

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Untreated flood damage can affect the health. (Photo Credits)

When flooding hits a home or any structure, it is important that the whole affected area be treated and restored immediately. Full drying and disinfection should be undertaken to avoid the many menaces that flooding can bring about.

Within two days of not fully drying a flooded area, molds and fungus can grow. Such organisms can cause various diseases and even trigger allergies and asthma.

Web MD published an article on the correlation of mold exposure and asthma onset and attacks, particularly on children.

“Mold has been linked to asthma before. So have other irritants such as cigarette smoke, dust mites, and furry or feathery pets. A family history of asthma or hay fever give children genes that raises a kids’ risk of being susceptible to environmental triggers to asthma, say the researchers. You don’t have to see mold for it to cause problems. The smell alone can be bad enough, the research shows. Stamp Out Dampness, Mold. Household mold odor increased kids’ asthma risk about 2.5 times, according to the study. No connection was seen between asthma and homes’ visible mold, water damage, or the presence of moisture, like wet spots in the home.”

Here’s the whole article.

Asthma Triggers

The National Institutes of Health also published studies correlating asthma attacks and mold exposure.

“Three particular species of mold were most associated with asthma: Aspergillus ochraceus, Aspergillus unguis and Penicillium variabile. The home inspection team also looked and smelled for evidence of mold. Sometimes even homes with no sign of mold were found to have high ERMI values and result in the development of asthma. Other studies have shown that many homes with high ERMI values have undetected mold problems and that remediating those homes improves children’s asthma. The association between the trio of molds and asthma doesn’t prove that the molds cause asthma on their own. But it does provide strong evidence that indoor mold can contribute to asthma development.”

Read the study here.

Dampness and Molds

The British Government’s National Health Services advises its constituents to ensure that dampness is prevented around their homes, and that if ever there is dampness brought about by flooding or water damage, it should be dealt with by professional flood damage restorers. More info here 

“A newly-built home may be damp if the water used when building it is still drying out – for example, in the plaster on the walls. Excess moisture indoors can also be caused by condensation. If you have mould or damp it’s important to find out why you have excess moisture in your home. When you know what’s causing the damp, you can make sure your home is repaired or take steps to limit the moisture in the air. You may need to get a professional to remove mould for you, but if it’s only a small amount you may be able to remove it yourself.”

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When a home has been hit by flood damage, it is important that it be addressed immediately, on a professional level as much as possible to mitigate further issues, and prevent health problems.

Pets and Flood Damage

Pets and Flood Damage

Pets can suffer from flood damage

 

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Safety of pets should be ensured during flooding. (Photo Credits)

Flood damage is dangerous for both humans and their pets. Apart from the devastation that can occur from the flooding, animals are also put to risk. Even after the flood has subsided, pets remain to be endanger due to the ill effects of untreated flood damage.

Australian-based website Flood Safe enumerated precautions pet owners should take when it comes to imminent flooding. “Include in your Home Emergency Plan what you will do with your pets before, during and after floods. Your pets are reliant on you during floods. Never leave pets behind if you evacuate and transport your pets appropriately (carry cages, muzzles and other safety equipment). If you are going to an evacuation centre, make sure they cater for pets or find somewhere to go outside of the flood area which does (family or friends).”

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Pets during flooding

In its website, Blue Cross also shared what to do with pets during flooding.

“Bring all small animals inside and, if possible, take them upstairs. Move food, bedding and fresh water to somewhere safe and dry. Keep your portable pet carriers at hand. Keep familiar toys dry, as animals under stress will welcome something that smells of home.  Think about taking animals to a family member or friend who lives outside the flood risk area until the risk has passed. Put documents like vaccination records, your vet’s details, and pet’s microchip number in a sealed bag with any other important documents. Include a current photograph in case your animals should get lost.”

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Untreated Flood Damage and Pets

For homes who had been subjected to flood damage, but have not been adequately treated, flood damage risks can still hound both humans and pets that occupy the structure.

This is because as early as 48 hours from the flooding, molds can grow and wreak havoc into the health of both humans and pets living in the structure.

The website Vet Info carries important information on the effects of molds on pets. Flood Ace Damage Restoration   

“A variety of tests, including blood and skin tests, are used to diagnose a mold allergy in your dog. After the test results are available, your vet can come up with a plan to treat your dog’s mold allergies. Your dog may receive injections to build up his immunity, or he may receive other medications to treat the problem. Keeping your home mold-free can help alleviate your dog’s mold allergy symptoms.”

Read more here.

Once flooding subsides in a home, it is important to immediately restore the damage, ideally by professionals and flood damage experts to ensure that flood damage can be mitigated.

 

Flood Damage and Elderly Health

Flood Damage and Elderly Health

Flooding, Molds and Senior Health

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The health risks of flood damage on senior citizens. (Photo Credits)

When flood damage has not been properly addressed, structural damage, mold growth, as well as other domestic issues can ensue. And while all these can be devastating in terms of financial repercussions, one of these after effects of flood damage can also affect the health – Molds.

Mold growth has been linked to many illnesses, and one of the most vulnerable groups of people are the elderly.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration emphasized this fact in one of the articles it published tackling molds.

“Molds produce and release millions of spores small enough to be air-, water-, or insect-borne. They can also produce toxic agents known as mycotoxins. Spores and mycotoxins can have negative effects on human health. For those people who are affected by mold exposures there can be a wide variation in how they react. People at greatest risk of health effects are individuals with allergies, asthma, sinusitis, or other respiratory conditions, as well as infants and children, elderly people, and pregnant women. In addition, individuals with a weakened immune system are at risk.”

The whole explanation can be found here.

The Problem with Mold Exposure

Griswold Homecare echoed the same sentiment, with a stronger focus on what mold exposure can do to elderly people.

“Most people are not aware that their homes are infested with mold until they start becoming ill for no apparent reason. Combine the effects of mold with an elderly adult who has a weak immune system and it can be very dangerous to the health of that adult. Older adults who are already coping with chronic illnesses may especially have their healthy compromised by a mold-filled home. The symptoms that occur to seniors due to indoor mold may be easily overlooked and thought to be other medical conditions. However, if your loved one has been living in their home for decades, it is important to ask the doctor if their health problems could be a result of mold.

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If suspecting mold growth in a home that has not been properly restored following a flooding incident, one may want to physically inspect their home before calling on professionals so that basic information can be provided during their service call.

WebMD gave a lowdown on molds and where it could likely grow around the house.

“Walls, floors, appliances, carpet, or furniture – they can all provide the food mold needs to grow. But the thing all molds need most is moisture, so you’re most likely to see mold in damp places such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, and crawl spaces.”

Check out the rest of the information here.

When living with older adults it is important to ensure that the home is mold free. Mold inspections are a service that is definitely worth the cost.

 

The risks of untreated flood damage to children

The risks of untreated flood damage to children

Untreated Flood Damage can lead to mold growth

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When mold growth affect babies’ health. (Photo Credits)

It may appear as if untreated water damage only causes physical hazards, but no, it can cause long term illnesses that may largely affect babies and the elderly.

Parents.com published a comprehensive article correlating mold exposure to illnesses on young children. Read this post 

“When your child is mildly allergic, avoiding exposure may be the only treatment she needs. Check your local newspaper or the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology’s National Allergy Bureau (aaaai.org/nab) for outdoor mold-spore levels in your area, and try to stay indoors when levels are high. If your child’s allergy is severe, a combination of an over-the-counter antihistamine, like Claritin or Zyrtec, and a prescription inhaled nasal steroid, such as Flonase or Nasonex, should help. Immunotherapy shots against mold are available, but experts say they aren’t always effective. During our own cleanup after the hurricane, we sealed our daughters’ bedroom door to keep the mold spores contained, and then we tore out the wet Sheetrock and carpet. Within days, Emily’s wheezing subsided, and I’d learned a valuable lesson: If you can’t prevent mold, get rid of it as fast as possible.”

Read the rest of the comprehensive article here.

Infants and Mold Exposure

The website Our Everyday Life also detailed the many health consequences of mold exposure on babies, particularly Black  Molds.

“The mycotoxins emitted by black mold are absorbed into the skin, airways and intestines, according to a 1998 article published in Pediatrics. The CDC reports that otherwise healthy individuals, including babies, are at a higher risk for coughing, wheezing and upper respiratory symptoms when they’re exposed to indoor mold, such as black mold. Babies are at a higher risk for developing asthma, as well, according to the CDC. Acute pulmonary hemorrhage has also been associated with indoor mold exposure, Pediatrics reports.”

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Get rid of molds

Baby Center India echoed the dangers of molds as mentioned in the articles above, and shared some ways to avoid and get rid of it.

“Carpets, rugs and curtains can absorb moisture very easily. Make sure to keep them clean. Dry them in the sun regularly. If your carpets or upholstery become mouldy, throw them away. They will need to be replaced. Having your air conditioning on can help stop mould forming. But, make sure that your air conditioning is kept clean. Mould can form in the system. Also, try to limit your use of humidifiers if you have them. They will keep the air moist which helps mould to form. Clean your humidifier often, following the manufacturer’s instructions. This will stop mould forming in the machine.”

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Molds are indeed dangerous to infants and children. Careful measures should be made to ensure that they will not grow, and that children will not be exposed to it.

Dealing with a flooded carpet

Dealing with a flooded carpet

Flooding and Carpets

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Wet carpets can encourage mold growth. (Photo Credits)

Flooding automatically brings about carpet damage. And usually homeowners feel helpless when they cannot even lift the carpet because it is too heavy because it already soaked in the flood waters.

The Institute for Restoration Cleaning and Certification advises homeowners to seek professional help in case their home carpeting came into contact with flood waters.

“Mold can begin to grow if the water is left standing for long.  The experienced technician will come out and assess the damage and determine whether or not the carpet can be salvaged.  There are a number of factors that go into deciding this. One of the factors to consider is the source of the water.  Is it clean and pure, or did sewage get mixed in during the incident?  If the water contains harmful bacteria and is allowed to sit for an extended period of time, carpeting may need to be replaced.  Only a trained technician can accurately assess the damage and determine what steps need to be taken. Water damage to your carpet is a frustrating situation.  To ensure peace of mind, contact a certified technician that can handle this type of situation and get things back to normal.”

Read their whole advice on dealing with flooded carpets here.

Professional Help is Needed

Service Ratings Website Angie’s List has the same advice for homeowners. San Diego, CA  

“Water damage can easily be hidden underneath rugs or carpet, so be sure to give your home a thorough inspection if you suspect water damage. Cleaning water-soaked carpets and floors is difficult under any conditions, but in the aftermath of a storm or flood, contamination by mud, silt, sewage and mildew, can compound the problem. The Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification recommends that in such cases, a certified mold restoration service provider should evaluate water damage and remove mold.”

Take a look at the whole article here.

The website Do It Yourself meantime came up with a photo instructional guidelines meant to teach homeowners on what to do when flooding strikes the home carpet. “If you have decided to proceed with repairing or replacing your damaged carpet and you have determined that the wet carpet needs to be disinfected, make a solution consisting of 1-gallon of clean water with 2-tablespoons of liquid bleach. If you have furniture sitting on the carpet, remove it so that your floor area is open. Use the solution to scrub the contaminated carpet. Use a box cutter or utility knife to cut through the carpet and padding around the contaminated area. Lift the carpet and remove the padding.”

The continuation of this post can be found here.

The earlier a homeowner deals with a flooded carpet the better the chances that something can be done to salvage it

Flooding can lead to mold growth in unexpected places

Flooding can lead to mold growth in unexpected places

Flood Damage, Molds and Dark Corners

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 Molds can quickly grow after a flood, even where one least expects it. (Photo Credits)

Molds can grow as fast as 48 hours following a flood damage incident. The trouble there is that the growth can spread to places that may not be too obvious.

Facilities Net says Cavity Walls usually hold on to moisture and may be an attractive place for mold to grow.

“To minimize moisture and its effects in cavity walls, leaks must be quickly detected and corrected. Vapor barriers must be properly installed during building construction. All cracks on both interior and exterior surfaces must be filled. Infiltration rates must be reduced by maintaining slightly positive pressure with respect to the outside air.”

Read the rest of the list of unexpected places here.

Cool and Dry

Fox News Health for instance mentioned that even closets that are known as dry, and simple kitchen gadgets could be infested with molds.

“After you use any food prep vessel (like your blender), clean it promptly and dry it fully, so no moisture is left sitting inside. And replace your toothbrush every three months, says Dr. Tuck. Another place mold likes to hide: “cold” spots in your home. If you have rooms or closets that seem cooler than the rest of the house, leave the doors open to improve air circulation, and help prevent condensation. Leaving the fan in your central heating/cooling unit on at all times can help as well.”

Take a look at the whole article here.

Windows may invite molds

House Logic meantime mentioned that homeowners should check their windows as well for mold growth. This is especially true for homes that have been severely flooded. Flood Ace Damage Restoration  

“Why mold grows there: Condensation provides the moisture mold loves; dirt and dust supply food. How to wipe it out: After heavy rains, open windows and wipe moisture from the bottoms of sashes and window sills. If seals between panes are failing, you’ll have to repair or replace window sashes to prevent condensation. Regularly clean windows to deprive mold of food.”

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Inspecting even the most unusual places after a flooding can be infested by molds. The best way to prevent this is by having professionals carefully inspect one’s home.

How to Disinfect after Wading through floodwaters

 

How to Disinfect after Wading through floodwaters

Flood Damage and Disinfection

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Wading through flood waters presents a whole lot of health risks. (Photo Credits)

Flooding inside the home can send the homeowners wading through floodwaters, because in reality, they do not have a choice. The problem with this scenario though is that there are a lot of flood-borne illnesses that can affect any person who have waded into flood waters.

Rhode Island’s Department Of Health has warned its constituents to keep good hygiene measures after a flooding incident. More info here

“Wash your hands with soap and clean water before preparing or eating food, after participating in cleanup activities, and after handling articles contaminated by floodwater or sewage. Do not expose open cuts or wounds to floodwaters. Floodwaters can cause an infection in an open wound.”

Read the whole guidelines page here.

Flooding and Sanitation

Leeds, Greenville, and Lanark District Health Unit meantime reminded its readers that apart from disinfecting ones body, flooded but salvageable items should be disinfected as well following a flooding incident.

“Floodwaters are usually very dirty. During a flood, water leaves the normal course of streambeds and washes over the countryside. The floodwaters then come in contact with farmyards, manure piles, refuse heaps, outhouses, overflowing septic systems and other sources of disease, resulting in heavy contamination of the water. The contaminated water can make people sick and items that have been in contact with the floodwaters need to be handled properly. If flood damaged areas are not cleaned properly and quickly there is a danger of mould growing. Mould can be harmful to some individuals if inhaled or swallowed.”

Read the whole article here.

Importance of Cleanliness and Hygiene

The US Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration meantime came up with a guide on how every worker should conduct himself following a flooding scenario.

“Floodwater often contains infectious organisms, including intestinal bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Shigella; Hepatitis A Virus; and agents of typhoid, paratyphoid and tetanus. The signs and symptoms experienced by the victims of waterborne microorganisms are similar, even though they are caused by different pathogens. These symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, muscle aches, and fever. Most cases of sickness associated with flood conditions are brought about by ingesting contaminated food or water. Tetanus, however, can be acquired from contaminated soil or water entering broken areas of the skin, such as cuts, abrasions, or puncture wounds.” Read the continuation here.

Cleaning up after a flood is important, but equally critical as well is the disinfection that follows after a flood clean up. Flood restoration experts are in the best position to conduct the flood clean up operations. After all they  have the expertise, tools and equipment, as well as all the safety gear needed to restore a home that has been inundated with flood waters.

Best ways to remove mold after a flooding

Best ways to remove mold after a flooding

Molds that grew after a flood occurrence

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Removing molds after a flood cleanup. (Photo Credits)

There are numerous ways to tackle molds that have grown due to flooding. It is important though to keep in mind that professional help remains to be the best and most permanent solution to get rid of a mold problem.

WebMd advised its readers to be more careful when dealing with a large-scale flooding at home. Read this post         

“If the power has been off for a few days, mold may have already gotten the upper hand by the time you’re really able to start cleaning. Both the CDC and the EPA recommend bringing in a trained professional to clean up mold that covers more than 100 square feet or a 10-foot-by-10-foot area. Some states require contractors that clean up mold to be licensed. At the minimum, anyone you hire should have experience getting rid of mold, references you can call, and liability insurance. If you’re cleaning a smaller area, you can wash mold off most hard surfaces with a mixture of detergent and hot water. The EPA doesn’t recommend using chlorine bleach or other biocides — chemicals that kill living organisms — to clean up mold unless there are special circumstances, such as a person living in the home who has a weakened immune function.”

Read the rest of the post here.

More solutions to Minor Mold Issues

For those minor mold issues, now that there are solutions to the problem that are within reach. It is just wise to have enough knowledge to ensure that the mold removal technique a homeowner is employing remains to be a safe solution to the mold growth problem.

WikiHow for instance shared that molds can be removed by using Hydrogen Peroxide. “Place 3% hydrogen peroxide in a dark spray bottle. Hydrogen peroxide’s effectiveness will diminish if it is exposed to light, so be sure to store it in a dark spray bottle to keep it effective. If desired, add a little bit of vinegar to the hydrogen peroxide solution in order to up the effectiveness of the solution. Perform a spot test on the surface where the mold is on. A spot test will test whether the hydrogen peroxide causes the surface to fade. Spray the moldy surface completely and let stand for 10 to 20 minutes while the peroxide attacks the mold.” Read the continuation of the whole process here.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention meantime shared some guidelines in cleaning up molds at home after a flooding. “ALWAYS open windows and doors when using bleach, to let fumes escape. NEVER use bleach straight from the bottle to clean surfaces. Use no more than 1 cup of bleach per 1 gallon of water when you’re cleaning up mold. If you are using stronger, professional strength bleach use less than 1 cup of bleach per gallon of water.” Read the rest of the guidelines here.

Molds can get extremely dangerous, it is important to follow guidelines in safely cleaning up grown mold. Always choose professional mold removal services when possible because experts are in the best position to safely and permanently remove molds.

Flood-Borne Illnesses

Flood-Borne Illnesses

Why Flooding can be Very Dangerous

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The health troubles that flooding can bring. (Photo Credits)

Flooding can be very devastating, not only because of property loss or destruction but also because of the health problems that it can bring. Flooding can bring about fatal illnesses that can spread rapidly within a community. And while cleanliness and sanitation is key, these can sometimes be impossible especially if the nature of the flooding is unexpected.

In its website, the World Health Organization mentioned that there are two major types of diseases that flood waters may carry. These include water-borne diseases, and then the vector-borne diseases.

“Floods may indirectly lead to an increase in vector-borne diseases through the expansion in the number and range of vector habitats. Standing water caused by heavy rainfall or overflow of rivers can act as breeding sites for mosquitoes, and therefore enhance the potential for exposure of the disaster-affected population and emergency workers to infections such as dengue, malaria and West Nile fever. Flooding may initially flush out mosquito breeding, but it comes back when the waters recede. The lag time is usually around 6-8 weeks before the onset of a malaria epidemic.”

Read their whole article here.

Flooding and Over-All Health

Canadian-Based website About Kids’ Health meantime expounded on Water-Borne Diseases brought about by flooding. San Diego, CA      

“Different types of water-borne diseases are prevalent in different parts of the world. For example, this time in Mumbai, one water-borne disease expected was cholera. New Orleans, however, is expecting to see mostly cases of hepatitis A. Cholera is an acute intestinal infection, contracted by drinking water or eating food contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Incubation period is usually two to three days. Symptoms include profuse watery diarrhea and vomiting. Rapid loss of body fluids can lead to dehydration and shock, and without treatment, death can occur within hours.” Read the continuation of this article here.

The website Archive Global explained why these illnesses can be very dangerous especially if the flooding takes place in a developing nation.

“While developed and developing countries have an equal probability of being struck by natural disasters, limited-resources countries are often less able to cope with disease outbreaks, particularly as response systems are disrupted during flooding periods. Low-income urban regions are highly susceptible to the spread of infectious diseases due to overcrowding, poor existing health conditions, and inadequate health infrastructure. To compound the problem, mass flooding and monsoons have intensified over the past several decades as a result of rising global temperatures. Climate change contributes to both the frequency and the intensity of heavy rains, heat waves, and rising sea levels, all of which accelerate the transmission of communicable diseases.”

Read their whole article here.

As soon as flooding takes place, it is important that homeowners be proactive in restoring their own homes in the pre-flooded state. Seeking for professional restoration services is a must especially when flood waters have reached the interiors of a home and a part of it has at least been inundated.

Untreated Flood Damage can Expose Children to Molds

Untreated Flood Damage can Expose Children to Molds

Mold Allergies following a flooding Incident

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Treat flooding ASAP to avoid mold exposure on children and the whole household. (Photo Credits) 

Unresolved flooding in a home can expose children to mold growth. Such growth can cause allergies, or trigger allergic symptoms in them.

The Mayo Clinic explains how mold growth can affect humans especially children.

“Mold allergy symptoms are triggered by an overly sensitive immune system response. When you inhale tiny, airborne mold spores, your body recognizes them as foreign invaders and develops allergy-causing antibodies to fight them. After the exposure has passed, you still produce antibodies that “remember” this invader so that any later contact with the mold causes your immune system to react. This reaction triggers the release of substances such as histamine, which cause itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing and other mold allergy symptoms. Molds are very common both inside and outside. There are many types, but only certain kinds of mold cause allergies. Being allergic to one type of mold doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be allergic to another. Some of the most common molds that cause allergies include alternaria, aspergillus, cladosporium and penicillium.”

Read the continuation here.

Mold symptoms in Children

The website Healthiline says, children may be exposed to molds even in their respective schools.Flood Ace Damage Restoration 

“If your children are the only ones in the family with histamine-related allergy symptoms, it may not be related to mold in your home. Some school buildings have unchecked mold, which can result in increased attacks while at school. But it could also be that your child has a sensitivity to mold, whereas no one else in the family does. Since some children spend time playing outside in areas where parents might not venture, the source of mold exposure for children may be in the outdoor air. Children with asthma may experience more attacks while playing outside for this reason.”

Check out the rest of the article here.

Mercola.com meantime advised property owners to hire professional mold remediators to address mold problems.

Professional remediation. If your mold problem is sizeable, or if you have black mold, you may want to consider hiring a professional remediator. Unless proper precautions are taken, undertaking black mold removal on your own can be almost as hazardous as doing nothing at all,19 because spores will be stirred up and sent airborne during the cleaning process. This may not be cheap, but it’s better than the alternative. If you catch the problem early, you can save yourself tens of thousands of dollars in extra cleanup costs. (Trust me, as I made this mistake myself and wouldn’t want to see anyone else go through it.) Make sure a remediator doesn’t use chemicals you’re sensitive to—a chemical allergy is the LAST thing you need while you are recovering from a mold poisoning!”

Read the continuation here.

Only professional mold remediators can end a recurrent mold problem brought about by flooding in a home.

Untreated Water Damage and Children’s Allergies

Benefits of using an indoor air purifier

Choosing an Air Purifier

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Cleaner indoor air helps remove allergens and pollutants. (Photo Credits)

After a minor flooding incident in any home, it can be observed that some household members may suffer from nasal or bronchial allergies from time to time. And a common allergen is molds. Molds however do not have to be visible all the time. They may grow in spaces that are unseen but remain damp, and a once flooded home is a perfect breeding place for molds and fungus to grow. Flood Service San Diego Ace Restoration

For people with allergies, molds can be a trigger. Deep cleaning can help, but only professional mold removal services can finally remove all the molds and allergen from a home. But if home occupants do not have direct control on when to hire professional mold removal services maybe because then remedial measures may help. Deep cleaning and setting up of air purifiers may help. But how does one choose the best purifier in the market today?

The website Allergy and Air shared the many benefits of owning an air purifier. “Anyone with air-borne allergies, or living with a smoker, or living around a chemical-intensive commercial area will immediately notice improvements in air quality when an air purifier enters their life. An air purifier offers a perfect solution when someone in your family wants a pet cat, but mom or dad gets asthma from animal dander. Asthma currently afflicts around 24 million adults and children in the US. This is a chronic respiratory condition often resulting from an allergic reaction that may be relieved by a home air purifier. As polluted air flows into an air purifier, contaminants are efficiently eliminated. When the fresh, clean air flows out, it transforms your home, your lungs, your health and your life!”

Read the rest of the post here.

How to choose the best Air Purifier

The website Smart Cooky meantime shared the things to look for in an efficient air purifier. It said a good air purifier has to have a HEPA filter, a Pre-Filter, Activated Carbon Layer, Clean Air Delivery Rate and more. “Say no to ozone emitting devices – Steer clear of any technology in a purifier that emits ozone. According to EPA, (US Environmental Protection Agency), even “relatively low amounts of ozone can cause chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath and throat irritation.” Consumer Reports published in the year 2002/03 stated the fact that ionizing air purifiers gave almost, “no reduction in airborne particles”. According to EPA, ionizing and ozone air purifiers can be hazardous to health.”

Check out the rest of the tips here.

Air Purifier for Space?

The website Clean Alert meantime published a list of great air filters in the market, and one of which that they featured is the Airocide which is a NASA Air Purifier for allergies, asthma and chemical sensitive individuals. “No filters needed. The filtration system, its maker says, was first designed for NASA, to remove ethylene from the space shuttle so astronauts could grow food on long missions. Airocide rids the air of virtually 100% of harmful pathogens by eliminating them completely, including the main allergy triggers: mold, fungi, pollen, dust mites, viruses, bacteria, and VOCs. Compact size only weighs 9 lbs.”

Take a look at it here.

Buying an air purifier can be beneficial for homeowners with allergies. Property owners however have to keep in mind that only professional mold removal services can totally eradicate mold growth in a commerdial or residential building.

Initial Response to Flood Damage

 

Initial Response to Flood Damage

What to do within 24 hours of flood damage

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Responding to flood damage. (Photo Credits)

Flood Damage can be a very stressful and challenging time for any family. Safety comes first, but once the peak of the flooding has stopped and the flood waters have already stagnated, a property owner should immediately act, and respond to the problem at hand.

The property owner’s response to flooding is critical in terms of minimizing the structural and financial damage that the flooding brings about.

Media Outfit 702, shared to its audience, the necessary steps to take in the event a flooding has inundated their home. AceRestoration Company  

“Draw up a detailed inventory of all your belongings at current replacement costs. Prioritise the more important items such as fridge, stove… as these are essentials for the family over and above items such as the TV and sound system and will have to be replaced first. So aim to save up for these items first. Having provisions in place for an unforeseen life changing events is what financial planning is all about. Catering for the short and long term will provide you with the peace of mind that you and your property are protected no matter what disaster may come your way.”

Read the whole post here.

First 24 Hours

The Advocate meantime gave its readers pointers about how homeowners can prevent flooding from causing irreparable damage to their respective homes.

“If your home flooded and you can safely return, quick work is needed to avoid long-lasting damage and health hazards, according to experts at the LSU AgCenter. Wet carpets, insulation and drywall along with high humidity can spur the growth of molds, algae and bacteria in affected houses.”

Check out the whole article here.

The business Trial Group for its part reminded its readers to seek professional help when dealing with a flooded or water damaged home.

“The remediation process is critical to resolving water damage. Though your homeowners’ or condo association may put you in touch with an expert, you should make sure that the remediation company is legitimate before allowing them to assess your home. Remediation experts can be expensive, so in addition to keeping receipts of any damage repair, make sure to keep any appliances, furniture, valuables, or perishables that have been damaged by the leak. You may be able to claim reimbursement for this damage down the line.”

More on the article here.

Immediate response is indeed critical when dealing with flooding.

The truth about Flood Damage, Molds and Bleach

The truth about Flood Damage, Molds and Bleach

Banishing Common Ideas

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How effective is bleach in cleaning mold caused by flood damage? (Photo Credits)

Bleach is well-known for its disinfecting, virus, and germ-killing properties. But how effective is it when it comes to killing molds brought about by flood damage?

Rhinohide says it will depend on the surface a property owner is trying to clean.

“Bleach labels will warn you that chlorine bleach will only be effective on a “hard, non-porous surface.’’ This basically means that chlorine bleach is not made to “soak in.” Therefore, its disinfecting properties are limited to a hard surface like tile or glass. So here’s the problem: To ensure survival, mold spores spread its roots (Mycelia) deep into a porous surface. Mold remediation requires a cleaner to reach deep down into wood and other porous building materials to remove or “pull out” the roots. The properties of bleach prevent it from soaking into these materials. The surface mold looks gone (it’s bleached white) but the internal mold always remains to grow back. Another issue: Bleach contains 90% water and mold LOVES water. When bleach is applied, the chlorine quickly evaporates after use leaving behind A LOT of water. This water often soaks into the porous surface allowing the mold to flourish and re-grow in this moist environment. So in effect, using bleach actually feeds the internal mold spores!”

Read the continuation here.

Extreme Danger

Surviving Toxic Mold warned its readers about the extreme danger they are to face if they use bleach as mold remover.

“OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is a federal agency that gives strong warnings against recommending the use of liquid Bleach for mold remediation or even cleaning any kind of mold/mildew and most recently, The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has since edited their “A brief guide to mold and moisture and your home” so that it now excludes their previously stated use of bleach as a remedy to kill mold.  If these ruling agencies are making strong statements and retracting from previous advice given that tells us that they have used govt money to fund some pretty extensive laboratory studies.  Let these studies be a warning to us all.  NOT to use bleach around toxic mold.”

Check out the whole post here.

Better remover

Rodales Organic life says that although bleach can be an effective mold remover in hard surfaces, Lemon can be as effective, even in porous surfaces. San Diego 

“Both lemon and chlorine bleach will effectively remove surface mold and its stains, but neither can permanently “kill” the mold. Since both are performing the same function, opt for the safer, healthier lemon juice. If you have a particularly tough bit of mold or mildew, rub the spot with salt and lemon juice, and let it sit for at least 15 minutes before wiping it away. You can also try adding a splash of vinegar.”

Read the rest of the article here.

The best way to permanently remove molds is to tap the services of expert mold removal service contractors.

Removing Molds after a Flooding Incident

 

 

Removing Molds after a Flooding Incident

Ways to Remove Molds in Home Items

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Household items as mold removal solutions following a flooding incident. (Photo Credits)

Flooding incidents can always cause mold growth especially when not dealt with by mold removal experts.

The concern though is that even random household items submerged in flooding can have molds on it. To immediately make use of it, property owners should at least be aware of what they can use to remove molds from their things.

Rodales Organic Life says lemon, bleach, and vinegar can all be used to remove molds.

“Both lemon and chlorine bleach will effectively remove surface mold and its stains, but neither can permanently “kill” the mold. Since both are performing the same function, opt for the safer, healthier lemon juice. If you have a particularly tough bit of mold or mildew, rub the spot with salt and lemon juice, and let it sit for at least 15 minutes before wiping it away. You can also try adding a splash of vinegar.”

More here.

Caution on using bleach

The website Rhino Hide meantime cautioned its readers into using bleach in getting rid of molds.

“Chlorine bleach is caustic and extremely harmful to wood and many other surfaces. If bleach is used on wood, it will weaken the wood by breaking down its fibers. This can create further problems with the structural integrity of the home.”

Check out its whole published post here.

Prevention is the key

The website Cleaning All Stars says prevention is the key. San Diego, California       

“Be vigilant!! be aware of leaking pipes in your home, wipe your wet floors and walls after showers (dehumidifiers work excellent), clean up immediately after spills and clean with vinegar often!”

Check out the whole write-up here.

Flooding and mold growth should be taken seriously. Expert removal services should be engaged.

Avoiding Molds when buying older homes

 

Avoiding Molds when buying older homes

Older Homes could have been flooded at one point

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Avoiding mold-infested older homes. (Photo Credits)

When buying an older home, it is a possibility that it may have been flooded at one point in its existence. And while the agent may not really inform buyers about how an older home was restored following a flooding incident, there are still ways to determine whether the home has molds or other adverse effects of flooding. San Diego CA Flood Removal 

Apartment Therapy says annoying odours is one of the first signs.

“The thing about weird smells is that they have a source, and the source can cost you major dinero to fix. In older homes, it’s tempting to chalk up any mustiness to that “old house smell.” Real estate agents may even refer to it that way, or try to camouflage the odors with candles or air fresheners. It’s always good to bring up any funky smells when you’re touring a potential home, though, because such smells can be indicators of big problems like water damage, mildew, mold, and even infestations of pests like rats or cockroaches.”

The article is continued here.

Check the ceiling

The ceiling can also give a clue as to whether the older home may have mold or fungal infestations as mentioned in the website Comfree.

“When checking the ceilings of an older house, it is vital to look for any type of sagging or water stain marks that look like little clouds. A ceiling that sags with a parachute appearance is a sure sign that the roof is leaking. Water stain marks on the ceiling could signal that mold exists in the attic. Depending on the size and square footage, those problem areas could cost tens of thousands of dollars each to repair. Before buying an older home, consult with a professional home inspector and obtain a detailed report outlining each problem area.”

Read the whole post here.

Floorboards should be checked

Raywhite.com in its website, also advised older home buyers to check on the floorboards and walls of the home that they are about to buy.

“If you find something major wrong during this stage you could save yourself the time and money of hiring inspectors and perhaps decide to avoid the property completely. Take a close look at the exterior and interior walls, as well as floorboards, skirting boards and the roof. Look out for signs of mould or damp, and check for sagging or cracking that could be a result of structural problems.”

Check out the whole article here.

Here’s a video that will help buyers in deciding about buying an older home.

Improving Indoor Air Quality the Natural Way

Improving Indoor Air Quality the Natural Way

Plants that help Purify Indoor Air

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Indoor air quality can be drastically improved by having housing plants indoors. (Photo Credits)

Indoor air quality can greatly suffer in flood damaged homes. Once a home gets flooded, and unfortunately has yet to be treated by professional flood damage restorers, one of the first things that suffer is indoor air quality.

Plants though can help a lot in terms of improving this.

The website Little Things shared a list of plants that are very helpful in upping the air quality inside a home.

“Most people associate air pollution with the outdoor environment — as brought to light by these pollution-fighting artists. But it’s also the air inside of our homes that we should pay attention to. According to the American Lung Association, indoor air can be even more polluted than the air outdoors.  Three dangerous indoor air pollutants are: formaldehyde (from carpets, upholstery, glues, and paint); benzene (found in plastics, synthetic fibers, lubricants, rubber, and pesticides); and trichloroethylene (found in paint removers, rug cleaning solution, adhesives, and more). Unlike the outside, these pollutants become trapped and concentrated in our air-tight homes, aggravating conditions like asthma and allergies. The good news is there’s a natural way to combat this indoor air pollution: houseplants!”

Print out the list from here.

Houseplants as natural air purifiers

True Activist for its part cascaded a list of houseplants that can further improve the quality of indoor air in any enclosed space.

“Household plants are for more than just decor: they brighten a room and filter toxic particulates and pollutants from the air. And, when one lives in the city, being in an environment full of oxygen-producing flora is essential for vibrant health and well-being. Thanks to NASA, there are no more questions when it comes to knowing which plants are best for your health and your home.”

Check out the 18 plants in the infographic here.

The website Inhabitat.com meantime shared a slideshow on improving indoor air quality through aquaponics. Ace Restoration Flood Repair    

“Jellyfish Lodge by Janine Hung Wide. The project would encourage nearby residents to maintain the lodges while reaping the benefits of the food grown inside. The Jellyfish Lodge received an Honorable Mention in this year’s Biodesign Competition.”

Watch the slide show here.

Air quality, whether outdoor or indoors, is definitely essential in maintaining good health.

Flood Damage and Moldy Odours

Flood Damage and Moldy Odours

The mold stench after a flooding episode

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The musty scent of mold is very pronounced after a flooding. (Photo Credits)

Mold odours can become very familiar in flood prone areas and communities. And while it can be common, it does not necessarily mean that it can be shrugged off and left unaddressed. Flood Emergency San Diego CA 

The website Blackmold Awardspace pointed out MVOCs or Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds as the chemical combination responsible for the musty smell that lingers in a once flooded space that has not been professionally treated by flood restoration experts. The musty odor which you might smell from mold is caused by MVOCs. These odors are actually chemicals which are produced my molds during some parts of the mold’s growth cycle. Laboratory experiments have identified over 200 compounds as MVOCs. They are commonly made up of strong chemicals such as aldehydes, benzenes, tulolenes and many more.”

Read the whole article here.

Beyond wafting musty odour

When clothes suddenly smell musty too, then check the washing machine for possible mold and fuingal growth.

Health Advisor-Team has this to say: “f you notice that your clothes after washing have a strange odor and have black stains between the rubber rings or in the washing powder compartment you should take some action. These black stains are actually dangerous fungus that cause many diseases in humans.”

Read their proposed solution to this concern here.

Mold growth in washers

Foxcarolina.com meantime featured a class suit filed by owners of front load washers that harbor mold growth.

“Customers who complained of mold concerns in some Whirlpool, Maytag, and Kenmore front-loading washing machines may be eligible to receive cash from a class action lawsuit settlement. According to Consumer Reports, a preliminary settlement was reached with Whirlpool and Sears in one of several class action lawsuits. The lawsuits allege that some front-loading washers from those brands made between 2001 and 2010 ‘did not adequately clean themselves of laundry residue, and resulted in mold or mildew buildup, bad odors, and ruined laundry,’ according to Consumer Reports. “

Read the rest of the post here.

Mold stink should never be shrugged off as it affects air quality and health.

Natural Allergy Remedies to Try

 

Natural Allergy Remedies to Try

Goodbye Drowsiness

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Avoid the side effects of anti-allergy medicines by trying these simple remedies to allergies. (Photo Credits)

Allergy medicines may work really fast but not without some other untoward effect in the body like drowsiness. This is the reason why some people with allergies just choose to suffer instead of feeling helpless because of side effects like drowsiness and light-headedness.

The Huffington Post shared some allergy remedies that are natural and medicine-free. San Diego, California

“It’s not just your clothes you should wash when you come in from the great outdoors. Dutta recommends taking a quick shower to wash off any pollen that may have adhered to your person. Those trying to cut down on their weekly washings should know that this technique includes actually washing your hair — no shower caps allowed.”

Read the other tips here.

More Natural Remedies

Martha Stewart’s website also shared more non-drug remedies that help relieve allergic symptoms.

“This fruit of the rose plant which are rich in vitamin C. During an allergic flare up, controlling inflammation is key. One of the role’s of Vitamin C in the body is to act as a free-radical scavenger and therefore keep inflammation in check. A common way to enjoy rose hips is by drinking an herbal tisane. You may also find it in a supplement form, usually combined with other forms of vitamin C such as ascorbic acid.”

Take a look at the slideshow here.

Forget about the medicines

The website Whole New Mom also published more remedies and tips.

“Since I have perpetually dry lips (well, they are a lot better these days – thanks to good lip balms and this Nourishing Lip Scrub), I use lip balm.  A lot. But have you ever heard of Nose Balm? You can buy something specifically made for this purpose, but really you can use any lip balm or other balm for this purpose. Just wipe a little all around the base of your nose.  The balm traps the pollen as it’s about to enter your nose and helps relieve allergy symptoms.”

Read the whole list here.  

When symptoms hardly get better though, it may be possible that there are more allergens in the home. Some could even be undetected. One serious allergen is molds, and these could be detected by professional mold restoration contractors.

The Season of Mold Allergies

The Season of Mold Allergies

Mold Allergies Can Be All-Year-Round too.

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Mold allergies can be seasonal in some places, but all year round in flood damaged homes. (Photo Credits)

For flood damaged homes that have not been properly restored, mold allergies can be triggered all year long. But for those who have not been subjected to flood damage, or have been through one but was professionally restored, mold allergies can attack depending on the season.

The website Consumer Reports says, fall is the usual season that triggers the most mold allergy attacks.

“Are you having episodes of sneezing accompanied by a drippy or stuffy nose? Are your eyes, lips, mouth, or nose itchy? If you’re experiencing those kinds of allergy symptoms even when pollen counts are low, you might have an allergy to mold. One in 20 Americans does. Fall is peak mold time in northern areas of the U.S. (It’s the southern region’s turn during the warmer months.) But the unpleasant symptoms of an allergy to mold can crop up during any season, because common allergy-provoking fungi such as alternaria and aspergillus can grow outdoors and in damp spots indoors all year long. In addition, spores from outdoor mold can waft inside when you open a window or door, and they can hitch a ride on hair, clothes, shoes, bags, and even your pets.”

Read the continuation of the post here.

It can attack even during the summer too

CNBC.com meantime published a report which says mold allergies can also be triggered by the warm weather. San Diego, CA

“The dry air in the winter months typically suppresses mold, because fungal spores need food and water to grow. This time of year, mold spores are typically not as prevalent as they are in the summer months, since mold can’t grow in freezing temperatures. It may be tempting for many people experiencing warmer-than-normal conditions to open a window and let in fresh air, but that may not be a good idea for allergy sufferers: The warmth, humidity and spores can enter with it.”

Check out the rest of the report here.

What can be done?

Flonase for its part shared what can be done about these seasonal mold allergies.

“Mold and its allergens are all around us, making them a challenge to avoid. But learning how to properly manage mold both indoors and outdoors can help lessen your symptoms—so you can
feel better.”

Here’s a link to their webpage.

Molds can indeed make any individual with allergies suffer.

Packing a Flood Survival Kit

Packing a Flood Survival Kit

Protect the whole family with an easy to grab flood kit

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A disaster that can take place anytime. (Photo Credits)

Having a flood survival kit can greatly help in ensuring safety during flooding.

United Kingdom Based Home Protect gave the basics on how to make one.

“A flood survival kit should contain all the items you need to get through a flood safely if you are unable to get out through the lower floors of your home. For this reason it is advisable to store (the majority of) your kit on the upper floors where possible, in a convenient and easy to access spot. Because it is not always possible to predict how submerged your home might become, it is useful to store part or all of your kit in water-tight containers and/or plastic boxes with lockable lids. Important documents, such as policies and certificates, need to be sealed in waterproof containers and should preferably have duplicates kept in a secure off-site location.”

Read the whole guide here.

List of contents

The website Urgent Survival enumerated the contents of a flood survival kit. Flood San Diego, Ca    

“With all the flooding, saturated ground, levees & dams maxed out to full capacity all across the south central region, other mandatory evacuations are a very real possibility. Make a plan! If this happens what will you do? If you don’t have a survival backpack kit ready to go for emergency evacuations then stop what you are doing right now and either buy one or make one. When an immediate evacuation order is issued there are always mixed reports on what is actually going on. You need to assume the worst is coming. Grab your kit, wallet/purse, and any prescription meds and head to higher ground immediately.”

Print the whole list from here.

Floatation Device

The Prepper Times meantime shared a Do-It-Yourself Instructional Video of how to create a floatation device that will also serve as a flood survival kit that can be used during a massive and life-threatening flooding situation.

“This is a prototype design of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Survival Kit for water emergencies such as floods and tsunamis. While I have several general purpose emergency kits, I didn’t have anything specific to act as a flotation aid. While the top priority is to evacuate a water hazard path as quickly as possible, I still wanted to have an emergency kit available that could potentially aid with my personal flotation and possibly help save loved ones. While tsunamis are more probable in coastal regions, flooding can occur almost anywhere.”

Watch the video here.

Preparedness can definitely help a lot in increasing survival rates during massive flooding incidents.

Appliances and Flood Damage

 

Dehumidifying a Home after a Flooding Incident

Post-Flood Home Care

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Installing dehumidifiers to prevent mold growth. (Photo Credits)

Even after a full flood restoration program, it will still be in the best interest of any property owner to install dehumidifiers in his home.

Dehumidifiers help a lot in terms of mold growth prevention.

British-Based Website DIY Doctor shared a guide on how to choose the best dehumidifier for the home. 24 hour Flood AceRestoration San Diego, CA           

“If anyone in your house suffers from hay fever, asthma or other respiratory problems you would do well to purchase a dehumidifier with an anti-bacterial filter and an ioniser. An anti-bacterial filter kills bacteria upon contact and provides a much cleaner, healthier air than the air filtered by a standard dust filter. Breathing difficulties can occur due to a large number of positive ions, such as pollens, spores and dust in the air. An ioniser releases negative ions into the air and these negative ions attach themselves to the positive ions. The enlarged ion becomes too heavy to stay afloat and comes to rest on the ground.”

Read the whole guide here.

Make a Homemade Version

If budget is an issue, the Starts at 60 has a solution to it: Make a Do-It-Yourself version. “You will need: two plastic tubs (able of creating two tiers) and rock salt. Place something inside the bottom tub to hold the upper tub off the bottom. Poke holes in the bottom of the upper tub and fill with a layer of rock salt. Place this tub inside the other. The bottom tub will slowly fill with water so check on it every few days and empty when full. Replace rock salt after it has dissolved.”

Read the whole guide here.

DIY Dehumidifier

Instructables meantime has a video instructional guide in making a homemade dehumidifier.

“You will also need an electric fan to pull the humid air through the device. The heat sinks will spread the heat and cold, making it more effective. Heat sink compound is necessary to achieve a good surface bond between the peltier and the heat sinks. You can power the dehumidifier by either a 12V battery, or an adapter. In this Instructable I will be using a lithium polymer battery.”

Watch the clip here.

It is important to continuously dehumidify a home especially in areas with humid temperature.

Appliances and Flood Damage

 

Appliances and Flood Damage

When appliances get submerged in flood waters

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What can be done about flooded home appliances? (Photo Credits)

Home appliances usually get submerged in flood waters during any flood incident.

They are bulky, heavy, and difficult to remove from inundation hence these are the home fixtures that usually get left behind.

Malaysian media outfit, The Sun Daily shared an article reminding its readers about the safety measures in handling flood damaged appliances.

“The public is advised not to use any electrical equipment if their premises were flooded to avoid unwanted incidents like electrocution.”

Read the rest of the report here.

Replacing flooded fixtures

The Irish Times for its part shared that flooded basic appliances can be replaced by their government using humanitarian funds. San Diego, CA

“As people move back into their houses, the department will fund replacement of white goods such as fridges and washing machines, and ‘basic furniture’, she said. Longer term she said the department could offer support for decorating and repairs, such as rewiring.”

Check out the whole article here.

Salvaging flooded appliances

The website Service Centre Info meantime shared useful information on saving and refurbishing flooded appliances for possible re-use.

“Disconnect the power source that is feeding the appliance before unplugging it from the socket. Since water can short circuit an appliance, non-conductors can shock you so it is advisable to wear gloves before handling wet insulation. Flush all parts with clean water and allow the appliance to dry for several days. In order to get rid of moisture on contacts and motors use spray on drying agents. Remove insulation and install new insulation. If the insulation can’t be removed better discard the appliance and if you are not ready to discard your appliance and if you feel that water is not contaminated then drill on the outer casing of your appliance and allow the insulation to dry and make sure you don’t drill through the wires.”

Read the rest of the guide here.

When faced with flood damage, it is important to call flood damage professionals as soon as possible to mitigate problems.

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Getting sick of Black Molds

The Dangers of Black Mold Exposure

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Black molds can be lethal. (Photo Credits) 

Exposure to black molds can be fatal, therefore it is in the best interest of any property owner to prevent its growth in his home or commercial establishment.

A good way to avoid this is making sure that flood damage gets treated professionally once it takes place so that flood waters, and moisture can be removed from the areas that had been affected by the flooding.

Black molds thrive in moist environment hence areas where moisture may have been retained should be properly dried and treated by a flood restoration company. The illnesses that black molds can cause should convince any homeowner that the money that can be saved from refusing to avail professional services is definitely not worth the health concerns it may bring about.

Dr. Pompa.com relayed the many illnesses one type of black mold can cause.

“Aspergillus is another toxic mold that is a big threat to our well-being. In Pittsburgh, they recently shut down one of the country’s best transplant programs because Aspergillus was present in the intensive care unit for post surgery, and people were dying from the exposure. When you are on an immunosuppressant drug, Aspergillus grows in your lungs very easily. Aspergillus exposure can cause multiple symptoms, including fever and chills, blood streaked sputum from the lungs (hemoptysis) and/or severe bleeding from the lungs, shortness of breath, chest pain, joint pain, headaches, eye problems, nose bleeding and facial swelling.”

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When black molds thrive

Spotmold.com meantime shared a study about toxic black mold exposure.

“One of the biggest problems with mold sickness is that it impacts everyone differently. Some may experience minor allergies, and other health conditions like asthma and chronic sinusitis, while other mold sensitized patients may suffer severe illnesses. One physician documented the health symptoms of 227 patients that lived in water damaged buildings during a three year period. What this doctor found was that 98% of his patients had one of the gene types where their immune systems were not able to effectively deal with contaminants from water damaged.”

Check out the rest of the feature here.

More illnesses from exposure

Psych Central also shared other symptoms that could be felt upon constant exposure to black molds. Get rid of Flood

“Many species of black mold and mildew (or the mycotoxins they produce) can cause or aggravate a quantity of diseases. General effects from molds such as Stachybotrys area, Penicillium, Cladosporium and some strains of Aspergillus, are asthma, pneumonitis, upper respiratory problems, sinusitis, dry cough, skin rashes, stomach upset, headaches, disorientation and bloody noses. Many other kinds of mold and fungus are also toxic, and many mycotoxins are recognized carcinogens. Severe exposures can cause internal bleeding, kidney and liver failure and pulmonary emphysema. Such wellness risks due to the appearance of mold in a residence are a grave matter to residents, and can pose possible responsibility for landlords of rental homes.”

Read the rest of the post here.

Toxic black mold can be prevented from growing inside a home. The key is being well informed about it, and seeking professional services when faced in a situation that could allow it to grow.

Eliminating Molds after a Home Flooding

 

Eliminating Molds after a Home Flooding

Home Flooding left Untreated can cause Mold Problems

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Flooding can cause mold growth. (Photo Credits)

When a home gets inundated by flooding, and water removal was done manually, chances are moisture will remain in areas where flood water may have seeped in.

This moisture is the leading cause of molds.

When a homeowner suspects a mold issue in his or her home, the best thing to do is to seek professional help. This however is not what some households will do given the extra expenses it will definitely entail. But to determine whether a home is indeed in need of professional mold removal services, homeowners should be aware of some tell-tale signs. Ace Restoration Flood Restoration click here 

The website Step To Health shared the trouble untreated mold infestation may entail.

“Mold. There’s nothing more unpleasant and unhealthy than the fungi that grow in the damp areas of our home, in the kitchen, tiles, carpet, and unexpected places where we suddenly find those ugly stains. Millions of people flock to health centers every year for asthma attacks and allergic reactions that require treatment. Not only that, unless you act quickly, mold can permanently damage surfaces, including floors, fabrics and wood.”

In the same post, it shared natural ways to eliminate mold presence in the home. Read about it here.

Illnesses as a reliable indicator

Useful Tips at Home for its part enumerated possible illnesses that ma indicate mold presence.

“Headache; Fatigue, post-exercise malaise, and weakness; Memory problems, focusing issues, executive function problems, brain fog; Light sensitivity, blurred vision, red eyes; Sinus problems, air hunger, cough, shortness of breath, asthma-like signs; Vertigo…”

Read the whole list here.

Green Ways to Remove Mold

Pioneer Settler for its part shared Eco-friendly ways to eliminate mold in any home.

“”The three solutions you should keep in mind are tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract and white vinegar. There are benefits and drawbacks to them but all three are very efficient fungicides capable of destroying mold spores with repeated contact. There is something else you need to keep in mind—letting mold live for far too long is not only dangerous for your health, but is also a real problem for people suffering from allergies. You need to contain the issue as much as you can as mold infestations can also cause fatigue when inhaled or even worse health conditions, which are not desirable.”

Read more here.

To totally eliminate all mold risks, it is best to seek mold removal assistance from professionals.

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Flood Damage and Mold Contamination

When untreated flood damage prompts mold growth

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Flood damage should be treated as soon as possible to avoid mold growth. (Photo Credits)

Mold growth is no laughing matter, especially since it is not just a health risk, it can even cause a lot of financial damage to property owner.

Flood damage that is left untreated is a veritable magnet of molds. Ace Restoration San Diego 

And if removing flood water seems to be a complicated matter, all the more is the removal of molds, as emphasized by the website Mold Sensitized.

“Chemical selection is probably one of the most difficult issues faced by sensitized individuals when deciding how to address a mold-contaminated environment. Part of the problem is that mold sensitivities often induce cross sensitivities to chemicals. Another issue is the effectiveness of the cleaning products in removing mycotoxins along with mold spores and other contaminants. A third consideration is having an antimicrobial impact to help address some of the complications from bacteria and other microorganisms that are also part of the water-damaged environment.”

Read the whole article here.

Jondon.com also gave pointers on cleaning out molds but emphasized that professional services remains to be the top need when it comes to removing mold growth.

“Professional restoration technicians and contractors are often tasked to remove mold from more than just walls, floors, and ceilings. In some situations where mold has grown out of control, there may be items and building contents that also require treatment. Each item that is afflicted with mold growth will require a specific and unique set of procedures for successful remediation. In some cases, due to the nature of the item with mold damage, remediation may not be possible, and the item will have to be discarded.”

Check out the article here.

Dog food contaminant

But what of the molds contaminate animal food? The Seattle Times reported on a similar situation where the product has been recalled. “Life Protection Formula Fish and Sweet Potato Recipe for Dogs — because of excessive moisture and possible mold. The recall is limited to a single batch that was manufactured during a two-hour period, the Wilton, Conn., company says.”

Check out the whole report here.

Once mold grows out of perishable items, then it definitely has to discarded.

Devastating Flood Damage

Devastating Flood Damage

Epic Proportions

Hurricane Tomas Floods Streets of Gonaives, Haiti

Epic flood damage. (Photo Credits)

Flood damage can be very devastating that it does not only damage properties it can also claim lives.

A flooding in Louisiana for instance, resulted to fatalities and at the same time destroyed properties as reported by the website The Daily Mail. San Diego AceRestoration Flood service 

“At least 13 people died in the flooding that swept through parts of Louisiana after torrential rains lashed the region over the last week. Approximately 40,000 homes were damaged by the floods, while 4,000 people still remain in shelters. While the waters have slowly receded in many areas, the hard work of rebuilding lives is just ramping up, with people cleaning out their homes while others struggle to find a place to stay.”

Read more here.

Destruction from Flood Damage

WLKY.com meantime featured photographs of a family home that has been destroyed by flooding from a body of water that overflowed following continuous rains.

“The family said they fact that everyone is safe makes the situation, which could have been a lot worse, a lot better. They said while the home is close to a creek, it is not in a flood plain. They estimate about five feet of water flooded their yard.”

Check out the photos here.

Further damage from flooding

WDSU Meantime shared some tips on how to clean up flooded homes following a major flooding incident.

“Wear gloves, breathing masks, eye goggles, long-sleeve clothing and pants when cleaning up mold. Find and fix the moisture problem; otherwise, mold will return. Shut off all heat or air conditioning to stop mold spores from spreading.”

Read the rest of the tips here.

Flood damage professionals should be called in as soon as flood waters start to subside so that further flood damage can be avoided.

Walling and Flood Damage

 

Walling and Flood Damage

How to address damaged walls from flooding

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Walls get flood damaged too. (Photo Credits)

Flood damage can severely affect a home’s walling especially when it gets submerged for a relatively long period of time.

The Website Inspirations Paint shared some ideas on how to deal with walls that have been damaged by flooding.

“Once your surface is solid and dry, apply a filler to make the surface smooth and ready for painting. Typically, you should give this step at least a full day of drying time. We kind of cheated in the video above by using a hair dryer to speed up the process, but best practice here is one-day drying time.”

Read the rest of the advice here.

Can be Difficult to Address

Tidalwavega meantime said a drywall could be one of the trickiest type of wall to repair following a flooding. San Diego, California Flood Repair Near Me        

“Drywall behaves like a sponge that draws water up above the flood level. It becomes easily breakable if it remains wet for prolonged periods and will likely fall apart if bumped. It cannot be contaminated and should be discarded.”

Check out the rest of the article here.

How about the furniture?

When furniture gets damaged by flooding, expect financial damages to get even higher.

JC Wood Blog says not all wood surfaces can resist flood damage.

“Although most finishes will protect the wood furniture surface, it can still become damaged by water.  Water damage is typically evident as white spots, stains, blushing or other discoloration of the wooden surface. Furniture and trim with shellac or lacquer finish is not water or alcohol resistant.”

Read more here.

Have you ever dealt with a flooded living room.

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The Advantages of Including Flood Damage in a Property Insurance Coverage

Benefits of having Flood Insurance

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Revisit existing insurance policies and make sure flood damage is covered. (Photo Credits)

Flood damage can be stressful, but stress levels can even get higher when a home owner finds out that his property is not covered with flood damage insurance.

Adjusters International Basloe, Levin, and Cuccaro says flood insurance coverage should be taken seriously.

“The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has only two categories of flood risk classifications: moderate-to-low risk and high-risk, as no property is 100 percent safe from flooding. The average commercial property insurance policy does not cover flooding; therefore you must have separate insurance through the NFIP or a private carrier in order to file a flood damage claim.”

Read the whole article here.

Flood Damage and Leasing

For those who are renting a house or an apartment, British Website Mirror says lessees should get in touch with their land lords as soon as they can.

“You should have your own contents insurance to cover your personal belongings, but the landlord is responsible for the property itself. They are responsible for most flood repairs. If it’s really impossible to stay in your home, ask the landlord to cover your reasonable costs of alternative accommodation, or suspend the rent. If they will not do this, you can threaten to take them to court.”

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Flood Damage Versus Water Damage

24 hour Flood AceRestoration San Diego, CA   Flood damage coverage and water damage coverage could not be considered one and the same as shared by the website realty times, so the best way to avoid the hassle and expenses is to double check the policy provisions before incidents take place.

Read your policy carefully to make certain that your home has the coverage necessary for all kinds of situations, from a child flushing a toy down the toilet to a tree falling on your roof during a storm. Severe problems such as a sewer backup may not be covered and may require extra coverage.”

See the whole post here.

When dealing with flood remediation, choose a flood damage removal contractor that can deal with directly with insurance firms to minimize inconveniences.

Frozen Pipes Can Cause Flood Damage

 

Frozen Pipes Can Cause Flood Damage

Bursting Frozen Pipes and Home Flooding

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Frozen pipes that have leaked or have been busted are an instant cause of flooding in the home. (Photo Credits)

Frozen pipes have been a common occurrence during winter. The worse thing about it is apart from a busted plumbing fixture, it may also cause flood damage.

In the event that frozen pipes burst what then should property owners do?

Hadley Insurit says water should be removed from an area as quick as possible, but if the damage is beyond a small area, professional help is definitely a must.

“For more severe damage, such as leaks affecting multiple rooms or floors of your home or cases where leaks have gone unnoticed for more than 8 hours, a water mitigation or restoration professional may be required.”

Read the whole article here.

Just the tip of the iceberg

The AA Blog agrees that busted frozen pipes bring more damage than the initial trouble it can cause. Emergency AceRestoration Flood home repair         

“Post-leak damage. It is worth noting that sometimes the secondary damage such as mould growth, corrosion and structural deterioration can be worse than the initial leak. A quick reaction time will help reduce the extent of the damage and the cost to restore your home.”

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Prevention is the key

The website Nothwards Housing explains that prevention is the key from keeping pipes from freezing, and eventually bursting.

“If you’re at home, use the thermostat to keep the temperature comfortable. During the day a good setting is 18°C – it’s comfy and keeps the cost down. If it’s freezing outside, set the heating to stay on all the time, but turn the thermostat lower for the night. Remember, the higher the thermostat, the more fuel you use. If you’re away in cold weather, leave the heating on all the time but set the thermostat right down to 6°C. This will stop your pipes freezing, but it won’t cost much.”

Read the rest of the tips here.

It is important to call on flood restoration specialists when a part of the home has been flooded. The cost of services of a flood remediation specialist is nothing compared to the financial burden untreated flood damage may cause to a structure, and on the health of its occupants.

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Flood Damage from the Roof

 

When Roof Leaks Give Way to Flood Damage

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Flood damage may also come from a leaking roof. (Photo Credits)

Roof leaks are usually just taken and addressed for what it is – a Roof Leak. When it is being  remediated usually it is just the roofing structure that is repaired, and the flood damage it brought about is usually shrugged off.

Roof Doctor Utah warns shrugging off the flood damage a roof leak brought about, can cause even more damage and could even lead to health repercussions.

“When a basement floods, it can be toxic to clean. However, sometimes the worst water damage is what we don’t see. A rotting roof or foundation and dangerous black mold are often caught too late. Unfortunately, this is the kind of damage that homeowners don’t regularly check for. Insurance companies see it time and time again: The warning signs were there, but homeowners aren’t equipped to spot them, and they put inspections, seemingly small repairs and fixes on the back burner until real damage is done.”

Read the whole article here.

How to determine if there is a problem

To give homeowners a clue, Good Rich Roofing shared some ways on how to detect a roofing issue. AceRestoration Flood Removal near me San Diego         

“Check for the following signs of roof damage: Buckling shingles – Buckling is caused by movement in the roof deck. This also happens when roofing felt is improperly applied; Missing shingles – This usually happens when strong gusts of wind blow the shingles away. Improper fastening may also be a cause; Curling shingles – Shingles curl when too much water is absorbed; Damaged flashing – For new roofs, this can be caused by improper installation. For old roofs, on the other hand, damaged flashing can be caused by drying or cracking.”

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What to do now?

Lyon’s Contracting says, when a leak is evident, do not hesitate to immediately call for expert help.

“We’ll begin by tracing the roof leak back to its source. The wet spot on your ceiling doesn’t necessarily correspond to a roof leak above the same spot. Water can travel surprisingly long distances before leaking into your interior. We’ll find this roof leak and repair it. We’ll also perform a thorough evaluation of your roof’s current condition, and determine if there’s any hidden structural damage.”

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Roof inspections are very important when it comes to preveing flood and water damage.

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Protecting against Black Water Damage

The illnesses that black water damage can bring

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Black water damage and health. (Photo Credits)

Black water damage can be life-threatening. It can cause illnesses and discomforts that could pose serious health risks to occupants of a home or a commercial structure. Ace Restoration Homepage

Category three water damage or what is described as water damage is primarily from Sewage backups, drainage overflows, and weather-related flooding.

KSFY.com says in case a homeowner finds his home getting inundated with black water damage here are preventive measures that he can do to avoid illnesses.

“Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water. Discard any food that was not in a waterproof container. Undamaged commercially canned foods can be saved if you remove the can label, wash the can and then disinfect it with a solution of bleach water. Relabel the cans, including expiration date with a marker. Wash all clothes worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent. Seek immediate medical attention if you become injured or ill.”

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Other preventative measures

The News Star also published some warnings. “If your home was flooded, it should be cleaned and dried quickly and thoroughly to prevent mold and future damage by wood rot. Since flood water may be contaminated with sewage or other biological pollutants, it’s advisable to safely disinfect, too. Areas wetted by clean rainwater, for instance from a leaking roof, may not need to be disinfected. All wet areas should be allowed to dry thoroughly before being covered or enclosed.”

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More than just the obvious health dangers

The website My Ark LA Miss meantime shared that apart from the obvious illnesses there are other physical and mental discomforts that flooding could bring to homeowners and their families.

“The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says the flood water and damage could pose a risk to the family’s health. Dr, Shelley Jones, the Regional Medical Director for DHH, says, ‘People, who have been through these traumatic things, are more likely to not eat right or not get enough rest making them more prone to disease.’ Experts say flood victims returning to their homes should be on the lookout for mold that could make them sick.”

More on the report here.

Black water damage should never be dealt with on one’s own. Professional help should be sought at all times to ensure that illnesses and other damages can be prevented.

Saving Flood Damaged Photos

 

Saving Flood Damaged Photos

There is still hope for flood damaged pictures

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What to do when photos get damaged by flooding? (Photo Credits) 

One of the most heart-breaking things a homeowner could see in his flooded home are photos and important documents destroyed by unexpected flooding. San Diego CA Flood

The good news though is that something can be done to salvage these memorabilia.

Ancestry.com gave several tips on what to do with water-damaged photos.

“Carefully separate photographs and documents using both hands and lay them flat on your absorbent surface. Make sure nothing is overlapping or the items will stick together as they dry. If you don’t have time to separate individual paper stacks, dry them in stacks no more than ¼” high. Photos should always be laid out in single layers. If preserving especially old photographs or artwork, consider placing wax paper on top of the item and weighting down just the edges with glass (jars, bottles, etc.) or any small heavy item so they will dry a little more flat. If using a clothesline method, hang only sturdy items only on the line. Hanging drenched papers might result in more damage to the item.”

Read the rest of the tips here.

Salvaging flood-damaged memorabilia

Crest Leaf however said that it will be best to call professionals in case an individual wants to make sure to save the memorabilia from permanent damage.

“If you are worried about messing up the steps, or unsure about how to salvage certain photos, rest assured that photo restoration companies can work their expert magic on saving as many of your family photos as possible.”

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Moving Forward

Moving forward, Water Damage Advice says moving forward, when everything has been restored, keepsakes and photos should at the very least be backed up. “Make extra copies of your important documents and store them in different locations in case of a flood. You can also scan your documents for storage on an external hard drive that you can store in a safe place. Copies of documents are one of the best ways to make sure that you will have one even if another is destroyed.”

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Have you ever had a water-damaged photo?

Restoring flood damaged documents

 

 

 

Restoring Flood Damaged Photos

Can pictures still be restored?

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What to do when photos get damaged by flooding? (Photo Credits)

Apart from furnishings and personal items, photos are also one of the personal effects of home owners that get damaged by flooding.

There is hope though for those who end up with damaged pictures. San Diego, California  

Crestleaf.com offers a unconventional tip for salvaging water-damaged pictures.

“While it may seem like an odd place to store wet photos, photo restoration professionals recommend that you place them in a container filled with clean tap water — the colder, the more beneficial to salvaging your photos. Only place photos in water if they’re still wet from a disaster, however. Change the water every day while you’re working on saving your family photos.

Separate as many photos as possible before returning them to the cold water bath, and repeat the soaking process if needed. After you’ve successfully separated your family photos, you should then store them in water until you are able to rinse them individually. Rinse each photo in another container under clean tap water (paying strict attention not to run it directly onto the photos). Do this until water runs clear into the container. Repeat.”

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There is still hope for flood-damaged photos

Click Here Ancestry.com also offers some advice especially to those who may not be able to tackle the salvaging process right away.

“If you are unable to deal with the drying process at the moment, carefully place all items into a plastic bag and then directly into a frost-free freezer. If possible separate some of the most important items using layers of wax paper. These items will hold up in a frozen state, buying you several weeks or even months of time so you can deal with them when you are ready. Once you’re ready to proceed, place your items in a cooler inside an air-conditioned space and allow them to slowly thaw over the course of ~2 days, then proceed with the following steps.  Note: If the items are in enclosure like albums or frames, remove them immediately to prevent from sticking. REMEMBER: Do not freeze glass!”

Check out the rest of the tips here.

Avoid water damage

Protecting documents and photos from possible flooding is still the best way to ensure that important memorabilia like pictured remain undamaged.

Water Damage Advice.com gave this advice to property owners.

“Sort your documents by the ones that are most important to the ones that are less important. The most important documents will need to be moved as far away from flood damage as possible. This means upstairs or in an attic. You can even go the extra measure of storing them off of the property in a storage unit or a safety deposit box at a bank.”

Read more here.

Did you ever had to deal with flood damaged photos?

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