Are you in the need of mold removal? It’s important to address any and all mold as it can cause safety hazards for you and your loved ones. To help prepare, here are some tips to promote a successful mold removal day.
- Don’t Clean It – Mold typically looks like black dirt, and it may be tempting to scrub it off. Mold technicians often take samples and note the appearance to identify the type of mold, so scrubbing off the mold could interfere with the technician’s work.
- Air Quality Sample – Getting an air quality sample will tell you if any of the mold spores are airborne. Airborne mold can be hazardous to some people. An air quality sample will either give you peace of mind or indicate that you need extensive mold removal.
- Don’t Remove Anything from the Molded Area – You may assume that you will need to move all furniture and belongings away from the affected area to make way for the technicians. However, it’s better to leave everything untouched until the professionals arrive. This prevents mold spores from spreading.
- Take Pictures – It’s never a bad idea to take before and after pictures of the space in the case of damage occurring during the mold removal process.
- Find Temporary Living Arrangements – Mold removal may require you and your loved ones to relocate temporarily. Removal often requires chemicals that aren’t safe without personal protective equipment.
We hope these tips will help you prepare for your mold removal. If you have any questions regarding mold removal, and the services we provide, contact us today at Warren Restoration.
If you have been a victim of severe weather, vandalism, or an accident, you are already facing a stressful situation. You don’t need unanswered questions complicating matters. At Warren Restoration, we are a valuable resource for information and services to get you back on the road to normalcy. Our board-up services are designed to keep things from getting worse as a plan is being put in motion to restore your home or business after a flood, fire, or other disaster. Here are a few common questions we’ve been asked about our board-up services:
Will the board-up services cause additional damage to my property?
We do our best to avoid any additional damage, but rest assured that any holes resulting from affixing the boards will be remedied during the restoration process. When you consider the major damage that could occur without the board-up services, it is without a doubt the best option available.
How much do board-up services cost?
We will provide you a quote based on the number of openings (windows and doors) that need to be covered to keep your home or business safe and secure. If the storm damage is covered by your insurance coverage, they might also cover the board-up services. You should check with your insurance adjuster to see if the cost of board-up services can be included in your claim.
Do you also remove the boards after they are no longer needed?
Yes, we can return to remove the boards when danger of weather, broken glass, and illegal entry has passed and your restoration project is moving on to the next phase.
When water is clean, fresh and located where you want it, it can be a blessing to have within your home. However, water throughout your home where it is neither wanted nor intended is highly problematic and can lead to severe water damage issues. Here at Warren Restoration, we want to help ensure that your water damage is cleaned and taken care of speedily with the help of our experts. Here are a few things you should do when you encounter water damage.
- Ensure your safety, above all else. Water damage can come from many sources and range from a leaky sink to an overflowing river flooding your property. Above all else, ensure that you are safe should the water damage be severe.
- Don’t panic! It can be easy to worry or panic when you see flood waters in your home. Do your best to keep a level head and assess the situation before diving in, figuratively speaking.
- Quickly assess the source of the water with precautions. When it comes to water sources, you have clean water, grey water and black water. Clean water is from pipes or rain, grey water comes from sources like washing machines, and black water comes from sewage or serious flooding. Do not enter black or even large amounts of grey water, since these can be hazardous to your health.
- Find a water shutoff source, if any. If the source of your water damage is from a clean or gray water source, find the source of the shutoff. Sometimes this can be the shutoff valve for the water to the property.
- Call in an expert in water removal/cleanup. If you are able to stop the water or not, your first call should be to water damage cleanup experts like ours. Because we have emergency services, we can get to you any time of the day or night and start immediate cleanup.
- Call your insurance agents. Your next call should be to your insurance agents. Because insurance companies want to avoid as much damage as possible, they will most likely work with any reputable company that you call.
- Be cautious in removing wet items. If you have slow but steady flooding occurring, you might want to start removing items to save them for drying. Be cautious in doing so, however, since these items might not be salvageable and could be hazardous.
- Keep your receipts during the interim. If you are displaced by your flooding and cleanup process, be sure to keep your receipts for your insurance company. This can include receipts for lodging, food, office accommodations, etc.
If you have other questions about water damage, our team would be happy to help you. For more information, please give us a call today!
A flooded basement can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Not only do you have to deal with the process of drying out your basement, there’s also the fact that your valuables have been damaged or ruined. If you’re lost on where to start with a flooded basement, here’s a beginner’s guide on what to do.
- Remove Water – First and foremost you’ll want to have a plan for removing the water in your basement. If there is minimal water (few inches or less), you can likely use a wet vac. However, if your standing water is much deeper, you’ll need to call a professional who will have commercial equipment to remove the water.
- Dry Out – After the water in your basement has been removed, it’s time to dry out your basement. This step is crucial to ensure mold and mildew don’t grow in your basement. To dry out your basement use fans and dehumidifiers (8 inches from walls) and have your air conditioner running.
- Clean Floors – Most hard surfaces such as vinyl, tile, and linoleum can be cleaned using a gallon of water mixed with a cup of bleach. Remember to always wear gloves when using any sort of bleach. Giving your floors a good scrub after a flood will prevent mildew and bacteria from forming.
- Freeze Assets – If any documents or valuables have been damaged, consider sticking them in the freezer to stop any mold from growing until you can deal with them later. In the future, use plastic bins over cardboard boxes to prevent damage to belongings.
We hope these steps will help you navigate your flooded basement and what to do. If you don’t feel confident in your flooded basement cleanup, call a professional for help. If you have any questions regarding a flooded basement, or other services we provide, contact us at Warren Restoration today!
At Warren Restoration, we provide several damage solutions, including water damage services. When you think of water damage, you likely think of flooding repair. However, did you know ice dam removal falls under our water damage services? It’s important to address ice dams as they can be extremely dangerous. Here’s everything you need to know about ice dam prevention and quick removal.
- Prevention – The most common way to prevent ice dams from forming is installing heated cables along your roofline. This is done by installing the cables in a zig-zag pattern using clips. This method allows the roof’s temperature to stay warm enough that ice and snow don’t form along your roofline.
- Fast Solutions – It may be tempting to take an axe or hammer to your ice dam. However, that method could be dangerous for you and damage your roof. Instead, consider the following methods.
- Cold Air – If you have an attic, take a fan and aim it at the exterior walls and ceiling seams. This method will stop the ice melt leak and prevent it from forming a dam.
- Rake – While using a roof rake, carefully remove the snow off your roof while you are safely on the ground. This will change the temperature of your roof without you having to worry about shingle damage.
- De-Ice – Use an ice-melting solution such as calcium chloride. Fill a long skinny bag (with holes in it) with the solution and lay it across the ice dam to create a spout for water to escape off your roof.
We hope these tips for handling ice dams will help you prevent and resolve this dangerous hazard. For more permanent ice dam removal, call a professional. If you have any questions regarding ice dam removal, or other water damage services we provide, please contact us at Warren Restoration today!