When to discard a flood-contaminated mattress?

Can a flooded mattress still be reused?

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Mattresses are one of the usual home furnishings that gets completely destroyed during a flooding situation. (Photo Credits)

Flooded mattresses are usually very difficult to clean and save, in fact there are even mattress professionals that specialize in restoring damaged mattresses due to flood contamination.

But how can a property owner tell whether his mattress is still worth saving or not?

Bed Perfect.com came up with some tips.

“Most spillages are usually minimal in nature but in the event of a flood, you might be forced to consider whether the mattress can be salvaged or disposed of altogether. Flood water contains all kinds of contaminants, from raw sewage to fuel. As such, if a mattress has been completely soaked in this water for some time it would most likely have deep stains and if it is made from foam, discarding it would be the best option.”

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Assessing the mattress damage

Ghostbed.com also came up with a guide on how to find out whether a flood-contaminated mattress should be discarded or not. More info here 

“If it has been submersed in water for some time, then the damage could be severe enough that you will want to consider getting a professional to restore your mattress. A completely soaked mattress presents a very difficult job for you to totally remove water and moisture. The water damaged mattress that is not properly cleaned can be a dangerous breeding ground for mold, mildew, and bacteria. Flood waters often contain toxins and sewage. This is absorbed into the mattress and other upholstered furnishings that have been affected.”

The original article can be found here.

The Alabama Cooperative Extensions System meanwhile explained what it means when a mattress gets soiled with flood water, and how property owners should deal with it.

“If a mattress must be used temporarily, scrape off surface dirt and expose mattress to sunlight to dry as much as possible. Cover mattress with a rubber or plastic sheet or mattress cover before using it. If you decide to keep a flood-soiled mattress, it should be sterilized. This must be done at a sterilizing plant such as a mattress company or a state hospital. Ask your local public health department or county Extension agent for information on mattress sterilizing plants in your area. Have mattresses as dry as possible before taking them to a sterilizing plant. Use crop drying fans or household fans to speed up the drying process.”

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Depending on the extent of damage, some mattresses can be beyond repair or salvaging.

When flood damage hits upholstered furnishings

 

When flood damage hits upholstered furnishings

When to salvage and when to discard

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Can a flooded couch still be repaired? (Photo Credits)

Flooded furniture can cause more stress and financial damage to any household. The instinct of most homeowners though is to salvage and repair what can still be saved. Read this post   

Experts warn though that not everything can be saved, and that there is a proper way to deal with flooded furniture.

Purdue University came up with a guideline on dealing with furniture that has been soaked in flood waters.

“Furniture that has been flooded and has porous materials such as leather, fabric
and stuffing is contaminated. It should be discarded because it will likely produce
dangerous molds in your home. Use the following guidelines to begin salvaging flood-damaged furniture. Before starting, evaluate the time and equipment needed.”

Read the rest of the guidelines here.

When to toss

The Spruce meantime shared a guideline on how to determine whether a furniture can still be repaired or not.

“To determine whether a piece of furniture is worth saving you have to look at the extent of the damage. Take into account the cost of the item in relation to the cost of restoration. Finally, you have to also take into account its sentimental value to you. You may want to keep and repair a family heirloom despite the damage.”

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Step-by-step ways to deal with flooded furnishing

The Disaster Handbook of the University of Florida meantime shared a comprehensive advice on dealing with furniture that has been soaked in flood waters.

“Remove furniture coverings using a ripping tool, hammer or tack puller, screwdriver or chisel. Remove all tacks from the frame.  Wash coverings. Throw away all cotton stuffing. You can dry, fumigate, and sometimes reuse padding made of materials other than cotton.”

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Furniture can be usually salvaged when it has been removed from flood waters as soon as possible. Follow guidelines in repairing flooded furniture, or consult a flood restoration professional immediately.

How to spot water damage immediately

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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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.”

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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.”

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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

 

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.”

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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.”

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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

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.”

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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.”

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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

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.”

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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.”

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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!”

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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!”

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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.”

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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.”

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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

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.”

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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.”

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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

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.”

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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

 

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

 

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.”

Read the rest of the post here.

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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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.”

More on this post here.

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

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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?

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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.”

Check out the rest of the article here.

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?

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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?