Exploring Windstorm Damage Repair

Knowing When To Call A Mold Remediation Service Can Save Your Home And Your Health

When you see mold, you need to get rid of it. The problem is, you can’t always see mold in your home. Knowing when to call a mold remediation service to remove the mold in your home takes a bit of investigation on your part. You can look for mold in your home, check damp areas for a musty smell, and consider calling a specialist if you have allergy symptoms that go away when you are out of the home. In general, consider the following situations to determine if it’s time for call for mold remediation help. You’ve Had a Recent Flood or Consistent Water Intrusion Into Your Home While mold spores need to be around in order for mold to grow in your home, they are just about everywhere. You can’t see mold spores, and water will cause the mold to grow. Mold spores need moisture in order to thrive, but it’s important to remember that just because there is water, does not mean there is mold growth. Mold Causes Discoloration If you notice a ceiling or a wall that looks as though it’s growing a colored stain, this can be due to mold growth in the structure. Discoloration of a wall or ceiling, especially after a water intrusion, usually indicates that there is mold growing. When left untreated, the mold will continue to grow. It’s important to remember that mold isn’t just black. Mold can look like dust, appear fuzzy, and be white, brown, and even some lighter colors like pink. The food source of the mold and the relative humidity in the air will determine how...

How To Deep Clean Your Basement Carpet After A Minor Flood

Basements are a little more difficult to clean after experiencing water damage because of how the room is below ground, but if you are able to remove the bulk of the liquid in a short time, your carpet may be salvageable. Deep cleaning your carpet can be a lengthy process, but it can be worth it if it means not having to pay to replace the entire room’s carpet. Clean The Subfloor Your subfloor is whatever is under your carpet and carpet padding, and since dirt and odors sink, this is where you’ll need to start. If you have a concrete subfloor, take up the carpet and padding, then use a mixture of water and bleach to scrub the concrete. You don’t need to use so much water that you would need a wet vac to clean it up; instead, just set up some fans and a dehumidifier to help it dry faster. If you have a wood subfloor, you’ll need to be a little more careful. Use a mixture of bleach and water or vinegar and water to scrub the floor, but be careful not to soak the wood. Work in small areas at a time to prevent the wood from getting too wet. Wash The Carpet Padding Carpet padding is a little more difficult to clean because of the way it absorbs liquid, but this is where a special tool called a water claw comes in handy. Spread a mix of vinegar and warm water over the carpet padding with a sponge, then let it sit for about half an hour. Next, scrub a mixture of dish...

2 Important Things To Know Before You Purchase A Former Drug House

Are you thinking of buying an investment property that used to serve as a drug lab or drug den? These properties sometimes become available for auction after the police department has conducted all of their investigative work. The good news is that you can often get a seized drug house at bargain basement prices. On the other hand, these homes sometimes need a significant amount of cleanup work before you can even start remodeling, let alone put it on the market. Here are two things you need to know before you start the rehab project: Assume you can’t keep anything on the inside. If drugs like meth were manufactured on the property, then you’ll likely have to gut the entire interior of the home. The reason is that meth is basically made of a mix of a bunch of different poisons. Those elements produce a toxic coating that get into the air and coat everything around it, from walls to carpet to furniture and more. Inhaling those fumes can be deadly. It can also cause long-term medical conditions like blindness, liver damage, and reproductive disorders. You obviously can’t make the home available for sale or rent with any of the toxic materials remaining. Doing so would open you up to serious liability. Just assume from the get-go that nothing on the inside can be saved. Additionally, it’s not uncommon to find stains and discoloration in former drug homes. Smoke and other drug toxins can quickly deteriorate a home’s furnishings. Drug houses can also see a lot of fights and other violent activity. There could be blood stains on the...

Flooded Basement? 2 Reasons To Approach The Cleanup Carefully

The instant you spot a flooded basement, you might be ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Unfortunately, moving too quickly can create more problems than it solves. Here are two reasons you should approach the cleanup carefully, and what might happen if you don’t: 1: Fast Water Removal Can Damage Your Home’s Structure After you find water standing in your basement, you might head to the home improvement store to pick up a wet-dry vacuum, a sump pump, and a few buckets. When you get home, you might call all of your closest friends and family members to help you to get that water outside as soon as possible. Unfortunately, displacing standing water too quickly could severely damage your home’s structure. When your basement floods, the soil surrounding your home can also become saturated with moisture. Unfortunately, if you move interior water without giving the exterior soil a chance to drain, it can create a dangerous pressure imbalance. Wet ground soil can press against your home’s foundation, potentially causing cracks and bowing your structural beams. To avoid trouble, wait until the surrounding soil has drained before you start pumping. After you start removing water, don’t pump more than 2-3 feet of water per day. It might take a lot of patience, but by moving slowly during your flood cleanup, you can protect your home.    2: Flooded Areas are Inherently Dangerous That flooded basement might be a discouraging mess, but don’t let your frustration cloud your judgment. Flooded areas are inherently dangerous, and here are a few reasons why: Water Saturated Objects: As water soaks through...

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Welcome to my site. I’m Chase Carran. A quick moving windstorm recently knocked down a tall tree right onto our roof. The tree fell through the roof and straight into the living room. Luckily, no one was in that room at the time of the incident. We hired a damage contractor to fix the drywall, ceiling, and structural materials destroyed by that tree. The damage contractor used a wide range of materials and tools to complete the job. I will explore those materials, tools, and techniques on this site. I hope you will visit my site to learn all about home repair practices. Thank you.