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.”

Take a look at the material here.

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

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.”

Check out the continuation here.

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

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!”

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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

Using vinegar for a natural clean

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!”

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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.”

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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

 

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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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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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.”

Check out the whole post here.

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.”

Check out the rest of the post here.

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.”

More on this post here.

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.”

Check out the rest of the post here.

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.”

Check out the rest of the advice here.

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.”

Read the rest of the post here.

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.”

Read the rest of the article here.

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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Restoring flood damaged documents

What to do when important documents get water damaged?

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Documents could be damaged due to flooding. (Photo Credits)

When documents get water-damaged, the stress of a home or business owner gets elevated further.

It is very important for any home or business to have a back-up copy as well as plan in case flood or water damage affects important documents.

ABC 15 News shared the advice of South Carolina libraries to home and business owners with regard to documents getting damaged by flooding.

“Photographs that are stuck together should be wrapped in wax paper and frozen. As the photographs thaw, individual photos can be peeled and placed on an absorbent surface to air dry.”

Read the rest of the tips here.

What can be done with flood damaged documents?

Route Fifty meanwhile shared a pot on the digitization efforts of documents following a massive flooding. Click Here For AceRestoration San Diego

“Water from Schoharie Creek, rising 6 to 8 feet high, entered the Schoharie County offices, filling the building’s basement and reaching the first floor. Beyond the extensive damage across the area from Irene’s flooding, the county administration also had to deal with an archivist’s nightmare: 1,700 boxes of court documents, some dating back to 1795, were damaged, too.”

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Flood Damaged Documents

BBC meanwhile reported about the document restoration for a big church in Manchester following a flooding that occurred in the area.

“Bibles, parish registers and the legal deeds of a Greater Manchester church are being professionally restored after they were severely damaged in last month’s floods.  When the water poured into St Mary’s Church in Radcliffe, it threatened to ruin precious documents including marriage and baptism records.”

Read the whole post here.

How do you avoid document loss during flooding occurrences?

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Warning Signs of Mold Growth Due to Water Damage

When Mold Grows in the Home

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Tell-Tale Signs of Mold Growth. (Photo Credits) 

Mold growth can happen in a residential or commercial structure that has been flooded and have not been dried appropriately.  Flood Repair service homepage    

When professional remediation has been skipped, the chance of molds growing in a home or building becomes very likely.

But what are the signs that mold has started to infest a home?

Environmental Services Group shared warning signs of potential mold growth.

“They may look pretty from afar, but icicles can be a clear sign that conditions in your residential or commercial property may be ideal for mold growth. Icicles on your eaves or roofline indicate heat loss from inside the house and this situation, coupled with snow on the roof and cold temperatures, can cause ice dams. Snow on the roof melts due to the sun or due to heat loss from the house (such as the attic) and then trickles down. When cold temperatures return, the melted snow will freeze, forming ice dams, or thick, solid barriers of ice that form along the edges of the roof. These then prevent future melting snow from properly draining off the roof. Ice dams can cause rook leaks, damage to shingles and gutters, and water to back up and enter your home.”

Read the rest of the post here.

More Signs

AA Action Water Proofing also shared some signs of mold growth, this time specific to the basement.

“While mold can be tough to spot, there are always ways you can pick it out if you know where and how to look. Mold will leave its subtle signs even when it’s tough to see, and knowing how to read these subtle signs can save you from turning a small remediation job into a much larger one.”

Check out the three signs here.

Professional Help

Wise Mind Healthy Body says the best way to find out if old has already infested a home or a commercial structure, is by having a mold growth test or inspection.

est your home for mold. One of the best tests is called an ERMI, and I suggest that you hire an environmental professional to perform a visual inspection of your home and sample several rooms. You can perform an ERMI on your own at a lower price (about $325) but it’s only helpful if it’s positive, in which case you’ll need to hire an environmental professional. So I suggest skip the self-testing.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Do you suspect mold presence in your home?

Why Molds Thrive After a Flooding Incident

 

Why Molds Thrive After a Flooding Incident

All about flooding and Mold Growth

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The dangers of mold growth after flooding occurs. (Photo Credits)

When a flooded home or commercial structure has not been properly dried out after a flooding incident, mold growthtake place in as short as 48 hours. Find a Flood Removal specialist

ABC15 News says flood removal should not be taken lightly.

“But in time if those damp walls and floors aren’t properly dried out, mold build-up can cause serious respiratory issues, especially for people with allergies.”

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More warnings

Oklahoma’s Own also has its own share of warnings, as it quoted the Red Cross in giving homeowners advice on what to do after a flooding occurs.

“The Red Cross said cleaning works on hard surfaces, but drywall, carpets and furniture usually cannot be cleaned well enough to eliminate the mold. The Red Cross said the proper way to clean mold is to: (1) Keep the room ventilated, if possible; (2) Always wear a mask, goggles and gloves. (3) To create a cleaning solution, mix one cup of bleach with one gallon of water; (4) Wipe down all items that can be cleaned with your bleach solution, and then rinse with plain water. (5) Clean everything, including floors, walls, appliances, doors and any items with hard surfaces.”

Read more tips here.

The State meantime gave its readers warning signs of mold growth.

“Mold sometimes appears as a tiny black spot, though it can come in several different colors, and often is too tiny to be detected by the naked eye. A musty smell often accompanies the presence of mold, and experts say the smell can be an indication that microbial growth is already underway, even though the growth is not visible.

Unchecked mold growth leads to poor indoor air quality, experts say, and breathing mold is unhealthy.”

Read more here.

Has your house ever been flooded? How did you make sure everything has been thoroughly dried out?

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Road Safety during Flooding Incidents

How to stay safe inside vehicles during floods

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Staying safe on the road. (Photo Credits)  

Knowledge on Road safety during flooding incidents is very important especially if a driver gets trapped in flood.

Just like this story featured by Lift Bump. San Diego, CA Flood

“Once out of the car, the water continued rushing around them. As a result, the pair had to cling to the closest object they could find — which happened to be the cross — until help arrived. They held on for five hours.”

Check out the pictures and the video here.

Safety is a Must

A Man meanwhile clung on a tree for life after his car has been swept by raging flood waters.

The website Jalopnik featured the interview of the man.

“Unaware that he’s still in the tree, local KVUE anchors ask how Packer and his wife are doing. Packer goes details how the flood waters snuck up on him and swept him about half a mile, before jumping out of his window and climbing up a tree. ‘So I’m up about 20 feet in a tree right now,’ he adds.”

Watch the video here.

How to Survive

Australian News Website ABC meanwhile shared a survival guide on how to weather being trapped in a flooded car.

“He said a good quality life hammer should be kept in a part of the car close to the driver to break a side window in case the vehicle’s electrics failed. Drivers should aim to hit the corner of the window which is weaker than the centre, and use the hammer to push out the remaining glass. Alternatively, a mobile phone, laptop or keys could be used to break the glass.”

Read the rest of the tips here.

Do you have what it takes to survive flooding?

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All about Flood-Proofing

Protecting against Flood

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Is there such a thing as a flood-proof area or structure? (Photo Credits)

Flood-proofing has been a by-word lately, with all the weird weather occurrences as of late. From areas, structures, buildings, homes, and even vehicles, manufacturers have been attaining for flood-proofing to ensure the protection of both life and property.

Inhabitat featured an apartment in Venice, Italy that has received a flood-proof upgrade. Ace Restoration Commercial Flood San Diego

“Rising sea levels are wreaking havoc with the architecture in Venice. While the city of Venice, Italy celebrates its history by preserving and utilizing its canals, citizens have been forced to address some of the consequences of these famous water features: flooding caused by rising tides and sea levels. Act_Romegialli have taken on this challenge, titled the San Giobbe +160 project, by remodeling a workshop-turned-residence on Fondamenta di San Giobbe, a canal-facing street in the city, to include a concrete basin at the entrance of the home intended to capture invading waters.”

View the slideshow here.

Make it safe, make it flood-free

One of the most famous subway systems in the world, the New York Subway, is also working towards being flood-proof. According to the NPR, one of the solutions the management is eyeing are flex gates. Flood in San Diego

“To make things even more complicated, the subway entrances themselves are all slightly different sizes. So O’Grady is looking for solutions that are easy to deploy. That’s one reason he likes the Flex-Gate: it’s built right into the subway entrance itself.”

Read the rest of the post here.

Avoiding flood damage

In the Philippines, a community of flood proof homes are being built in the southern part of the country.

JB Solis shared, the houses are earthquake proof as well.

“This Monolithic House is the latest technology that will protect you and your family from typhoon, storm, and earthquake, as well as flood. This typhoon and storm-proof house, as well as flood proof house design or flood-proof house, as well as earthquake resistant house structures is specially designed to withstand typhoon and strong winds. Initially, they are planning to build 200 of this strong dome house in the Philippines”

Check out the homes here.

Are you dreaming of living in a flood-proof home?

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The Dangers of Flooding

Electrocution and Flooding

Flood + Live Electricity = Danger. (Photo Credits)

Flooding do not only bring waves upon waves of water, it may also bring electric current coming from electrical sources that have yet to be turned off.

This mix is just so dangerous that your size nor weight will not matter as shared by a report published by The Indian Express.

“An adult elephant that was part of a herd that was moving to a highland in view of the Brahmaputra flood-waters entering and inundating the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, was electrocuted when it came into contact with a live electric transmission line that was passing by low.”

Read the rest of the report here.

So dangerous

In Bangkok, a teacher who is bicycling through flooded waters also suffered electrocution as reported by the website Coconuts Bangkok. Commercial Flood Ace Restoration San Diego             

“The teacher was found lying in the water. Rescue volunteers attempted to restart his heart but it was too late.”

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Dilapidated electrical grids and flood water s claimed the lives of dozens upon dozens of Iraqi nationals as reported by the website PJ Media. More info here    

“The Iraqi Ministry of Health said 69 people have died across the country over the past two weeks, due to a combination of the country’s dilapidated electrical grid and heavy rains that overwhelmed sewer systems. Many died in their homes as they waded through flooded first-floor rooms. Others, like the al-Qurayshi sisters, were electrocuted in the city streets where electrical lines are haphazard and jerry-rigged, connecting homes to the municipal grid and a network of generators. Most homes in Baghdad only receive nine to 14 hours of electricity a day from the government. While the rainy Iraqi winter has only just begun, this year’s death toll is already higher than last year’s, when fewer than 60 were killed by electrocution amid widespread floods.”

Read the rest of the report here.

What precautions do you take when wading through flood waters?

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Staying Safe During Flooding Incidents

Staying Safe During Flooding Incidents

What to do During a Flooding Event

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How to go about flooding. (Photo Credits)

Flooding can happen anytime especially during vulnerable communities and season. How a household or an individual reacts to such occurrence can spell out safety or disaster to his or her home.

Website Clean Link gave tips on how to react to flooding. AceRestorationCompany Flood Damage Restoration San Diego  

“Move special furniture, area rugs, computers and other electronics and essential paperwork to a higher level to keep them dry.”

Read more tips here.

How to React

The British Government’s official website also disseminated information on how to stay safe during flooding events. Commercial Flood Ace Restoration 

“Prepare a flood kit of essential items and keep it handy.”

Take a look at the online brochure here.

Media Agency KSAT.com also shared their own advice for their readers.

“Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.”

Read the rest of the tips here.

Have you ever experienced flooding?