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.
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!
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!
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.