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How to Prepare for Mold Removal

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.

Flooded Basement: What to Do

Flooded Basement: What to Do

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!

Ice Dam Prevention & Removal 101

Ice Dam Prevention & Removal 101

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!

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Do you live in a climate that gets hit hard in the winter with freezing temperatures? If so, you may have suffered from frozen pipes a time or two. If you’ve had enough, here’s a guide to help you prevent your pipes from freezing.

  • Drain Pipes– Always drain your smaller pipes that are likely to freeze if you suspect temperatures to drop significantly. This includes draining the pipes to your landscape sprinklers and the pipes to your pool. Additionally, consider disconnecting and draining your hoses.
  • Promote Circulation – It’s important to promote heat circulation throughout your home to ensure your pipes are receiving heat. To promote warm air circulation, consider sealing wall cracks, periodically opening kitchen cabinets (that lead to pipes), keep garage doors closed as much as possible, and insulate around vents and light fixtures.
  • Don’t Let Your Indoor Temp Drop – It’s not uncommon for people to shut their heat or air off when they are leaving their home for a long period of time. However, in the winter this is not recommended, especially if you live in a cold climate. To prevent frozen pipes, don’t let your home temperature fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Bonus Tip – One final tip that could make a difference when it comes to frozen pipe prevention is allowing your faucets to drip. During freezing temperatures consider letting your faucets drip cold water. The movement in your pipes will make it difficult for the water to freeze.

We hope these steps will prevent your pipes from freezing. In the case that your pipes do burst, always call a professional. If you have any questions regarding frozen pipes, and the services provide, contact us at Warren Restoration today!

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Here at Warren Restoration, we know from experience just how much damage can result from a frozen pipe. If you find yourself dealing with frozen pipes this winter, you can call our team to get the expert restoration services you need to make your home or business as good as new. However, our team also understands that you no doubt want to avoid this situation if at all possible, so in this article, we’ll go over some key steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing in the first place.

  • Temporary Steps- There are a number of different steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing in the short term, but the majority of them rely on the same basic principle of exposing your pipes to heat. One strategy is to simply turn up your central heating, but you can also do things like open vanity and cabinet doors or set up fans to blow warm air towards these vulnerable pipes. In addition to exposing your pipes to heat, we recommend letting water drip overnight to prevent freezing–setting your faucets to trickle will keep the water moving and make freezing less likely, and it will prevent pressure from building up and potentially bursting, which is the main danger of frozen pipes.
  • Long-Term Steps- If you want more permanent protection from frozen pipes, you’ll need to make more significant changes to your plumbing system or other parts of your home. For instance, you can call a plumber to install heating cables around your pipes, or to reroute pipes away from the coldest spots in your property. Other solutions that we at Warren Restoration encourage you to consider include replacing your outdoor faucets with frost-proof models and even insulating your crawlspace. If you’d like our professional advice on how best to protect your home or business, just give us a call.
3 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Home from Storm Damage

Our team here at Warren Restoration knows from experience just how bad storm damage can get, and just how much it can devastate the families that have to experience it. If your home has been damaged in a natural disaster, you can turn to our team to get the expert restoration services you need. Of course, even the top-notch restoration services we provide can’t erase the difficulty of the experience, so in this article, we’ll go over three things you can do to protect your home from storm damage in the first place.

  • Keep Up with Home Maintenance- In our experience here at Warren Restoration, a great deal of storm damage can be prevented with some regular upkeep. Missing shingles, for instance, create a gap for wind to get under the surrounding shingles, and thus increase the likelihood of damage. Replacing missing shingles promptly will eliminate those gaps and keep your home much safer. The same principle applies to damaged siding, so make sure to get that repaired too.
  • Trim Your Trees- Another step you can take to prevent storm damage to your home is to care for the trees on your property. Dead or weakened tree limbs can easily break in a storm and do significant damage to whatever they land on, so it’s best to have your trees inspected regularly and have any dead branches removed.
  • Clear Your Yard- A third thing you can do to protect your home from storm damage is to secure any items that are out in your yard before the storm hits. When storm winds blow in, they can pick up the furniture, tools, potted plants, etc. in your yard and hurl them with great force. We at Warren Restoration recommend moving these items indoors until the storm has passed.
What to Look for in Mold Remediation Companies

While there are some household problems you can fix using DIY methods, a mold infestation is not one of them. If you are dealing with a mold problem, then you’ll need the help of mold remediation experts like ourselves here at Warren Restoration. Our team has extensive experience dealing with mold, and we want to help you choose the best professionals to eliminate the mold that’s plaguing your home. In this article, we’ll go over some key qualities you should look for when comparing mold remediation companies in order to find the right team.

  • Make Sure They Treat Mold Like a Hazard- One of the first things you should ask when interviewing mold remediation companies is whether their team considers mold a health hazard. Believe it or not, there are some people who market themselves as mold professionals while not taking it seriously as a health concern, and this lack of concern will show in their work. Our team here at Warren Restoration takes mold and the health risk it poses very seriously, and we will take every precaution to keep ourselves safe and to make your home completely safe for everyone in it.
  • Make Sure They are Properly Licensed and Insured- Another essential question to ask when searching for mold remediation companies is whether they have the right licensing and insurance for the job. Just like doctors need medical licenses to prove that they are qualified to treat you, contractors need trade licenses to prove that they are qualified to restore your home. In addition, mold remediation companies need insurance to protect you, the client, in the event of any accidents during the course of the project.
  • Make Sure They Will Treat You with Respect- A third thing to look for when comparing mold remediation companies is whether the team treats you with respect. Do the technicians answer your questions to your satisfaction? Do they answer your calls promptly? Are they upfront about the extent of the damage and how much remediation will cost? Our team at Warren Restoration is committed to offering all of our customers the superior results and friendly, courteous service they deserve, and you can count on us to always treat you and your home with the utmost respect.
What You Need to Know About Commercial Restoration

Here at Warren Restoration, we know that you care about your business, and we understand that suffering damage to your facility can be devastating. If your place of business has been damaged in a fire, flood, storm, or other accident, then you’ll need the help of a professional commercial restoration company like ours. In this article, we’ll go over more about what commercial restoration is and what you need to know about the process.

  • Every Disaster is Different- Commercial restoration is a broad term that covers a number of different services. As we mentioned above, there are many things that can result in your business becoming damaged, such as storms, fires, floods, etc., and each type of damage has its own restoration needs. Fortunately, our team at Warren Restoration has extensive experience with all types of cleanup, so you can count on us to return your business to the best possible condition.
  • Response Time is Key- When it comes to commercial restoration, the longer it takes to start the process, the worse your results will be. Because of this, our team is available to take your call 24/7, and we make sure to get our experts on the scene as soon as possible to assess the damage and get to work on the necessary repairs.
  • Results are Not Immediate- With that said, commercial restoration does take time, and you will likely need to take steps to protect your business in the interim. For example, our team at Warren Restoration may need to board up the windows to protect your facility from the elements while we complete the necessary repairs. Our team is committed to delivering the top-notch results you deserve, and we will salvage, clean, and restore everything we possibly can.
How Hoarding Cleanup Works

How Hoarding Cleanup Works

Here at Warren Restoration, we know that there are many occasions when you might need the help of a professional cleanup crew, such as after a storm, flood, or fire. While these types of natural disasters can and do cause extensive damage to a home, damage can also come from inside the home in the form of hoarding. If someone you love has struggled with hoarding, then you know that cleaning and organizing their space is no easy task. Fortunately, you can turn to our team for professional hoarding cleanup services, and you can read on to learn more about how the process works.

  • Preparation- Before the actual cleanup can start, we at Warren Restoration make sure to prepare ourselves and our clients. Hoarding environments can often contain biohazards such as Staph, E. coli, hantavirus, and more, so we make sure to equip ourselves with masks, gloves, and plenty of cleaning solutions. These environments are also often infested with roaches, mice, or other pests, so we bring the appropriate tools to deal with those hazards, as well.
  • Sorting- The next part of hoarding cleanup is similar to less extreme forms of house cleaning, as it involves the same basic principle of sorting the items into categories: things to keep, things to donate, and things to trash. Of course, this part of the process is much more emotionally fraught for hoarders, as hoarding behavior is a symptom of underlying mental conditions such as OCD or depression. We encourage those suffering from this behavior to seek out professional counselling in order to better cope with letting go of their items.
  • Cleanup- Once the items have been sorted, our team at Warren Restoration will clean the home itself. We’ll get rid of any underlying dirt, grime, mold, animal droppings, or other biohazards. We have the right equipment and training to deal with these substances safely and effectively, and we’ll make sure that the house is clean and safe to live in once again.

You would be surprised at how the many pollutants found in your home can be the root of your allergic reaction. It isn’t just outdoor irritants, such as pollen, that can cause allergies. Your home often contains a concentrated amount of particles that can cause an allergic reaction to occur.

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