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Do you know why drying carpets is not always a safe idea?

Commercial or residential water damage can be a big headache. Even after the mess is cleanup, the property as such and even the environment takes it time to recover.

One of the major or common concerns during a residential or commercial water breakout is wet carpets. We recommend throwing away the carpets that are beyond repair or have been waterlogged for more than 48 hours.

Drying and reusing the carpets that survived water damage can sound an easy and effective strategy. You need to consider several factors prior to making a call on this. This post features some pointers on why drying carpets to reuse might not always be a safe or smart idea.

Blackwater contamination

While you can get away with drying carpets on some of the occasions, most people overlook the possibility of water damage type.

Water contaminated with fecal matter or water from the sewer can make the carpets beyond repair. Even a dried carpet which suffered black water contamination looks good, chances are its housing different bacteria types. This is where you need an expert opinion regarding whether its worth to reuse to carpet or to buy a new one.

Mold growth

Mold growth and wet carpets go hand in hand. Wet carpets seconds effective and rapid mold growth. The possibility of mold growth is at its peak when a carpet remains waterlogged for more than 24 hours.

On most occasions, mold growth at its initial stages is hard to detect. It might spread to different areas unnoticed, for instance, the wooden floor beneath the carpet. People who dry their carpets and reinstate on the floor misses these mold spread which can start deteriorating the air quality and property structure.

Even when people consider the possibilities of mold growth and take action against it, with limited experience, they are always vulnerable to make some mistakes. The consequences of not adhering to IICRC’s standards on mold removal can be severe.

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Health concerns

A carpet that is not properly dried or housing a highly destructive mold type like Chaetomium can induce several health concerns. The air quality deterioration from wet carpets usually goes unnoticed and continue to affect your health slowly and consistently. Your family members, especially toddlers can keep falling sick for no apparent reasons.

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Dangerous chemicals

We have been noticing increased cases of people drying the carpets on their own and resorting to chemical cleaning to address all the related health concerns or risks.

Even when carpet cleaning companies use “mild” cleaning chemicals, you need to understand that mild doesn’t always mean good. Chemicals like perchloroethylene, Naphthalene and Butyloxy Ethanol are potentially dangerous and can trigger several health concerns.

Carpets can be a critical component of a healthy home. There are several reasons why you need to hire a water removal specialist when it comes to addressing a wet carpet or other related concerns. When engaging with a carpet cleaning company, ensure that they are using industry level equipment to dry your carpets.

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Fire Hazard prevention tips for home and office

Overlooking the basic fire safety precautions can lead to scenarios that can cost you your income, job and even life. Inefficient housekeeping, carelessness, and ignorance are the major reasons for fire in workplaces and residential properties.

Being a major cause of accidents in homes and offices across the United States, every business and house owner should take fire hazards seriously. As per the U.S. Fire Administration report on both residential and non-residential property fire damages, in 2017 alone, a sum of 10,516,400,000 was lost to fire damages.

The risk of fire hazards can never be eliminated completely. Sticking to some standard precautionary steps to prevent fire at the workplace and residential property, however, is mandatory.

Know the causes

The ideal means to prevent any hazard is to understand and foresee the possible causes. The US Fire Administration classified the major cause of fire at residential and non-residential properties as the following.

  • Intentional
  • Playing with Heat Source
  • Smoking
  • Heating
  • Cooking
  • Electrical Malfunction
  • Appliances
  • Open Flame
  • Other Heat
  • Other Equipment
  • Natural
  • Equipment Malfunction
  • Other Unintentional, Careles

Precautionary steps to address any concerns related to the above list should start from the installation or even at the property planning/construction level. This is where an expert new contracting or restoration specialist can make a huge difference.

Prevention strategy checklist:

  • Prevent unnecessary trash clutters within the property
  • Do not try to contain fat/oil fire using water as it will help the fire spread
  • Inspect and service electrically appliances periodically
  • Keep the fire exits free
  • Have special storage areas for hazardous materials
  • Have designated smoking areas
  • Know the limits of your power circuit and prevent overloading it, for example running multiple industry level appliances from a single power source using something like a low capacity electrical connector can be risky.
  • Check whether appliances are overheating and turn them off and in an unplugged state when not in use
  • For offices, having a designated fire warden and some mock fire drill test and putting together an emergency plan is mandatory. Residential buildings can invest in fire extinguishers and a fire escape plan which has to be familiarized by everyone. Training family members to use fire extinguishers can come in handy.
  • Spend on quality equipment and wiring as these can turn out to be critical in preventing unwanted fires.

As noted above, fire safety is something that has been foreseen and acted on when you are building/designing a home or office. A company like Titan Restoration specializing in both fire damage restoration and new construction can be the ideal source who can walk with you throughout the journey and ensure that your property is designed in the best and the safest possible ways in terms of alleviating fire hazards.

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Why DIY Mold removal is not safe

Mold is a natural phenomenon, but something that you want to avoid at any cost. As per the EPA and Berkeley National Laboratory, 2007, of the 21.8 million people diagnosed with asthma in the United States, 4.6 million can be linked to mold and dampness exposure. Furthermore, around 25% of the total population has a genetic predisposition that makes them vulnerable to mold-related allergies or illness.

Mold can be equally dangerous for both your property and health. Mold grows by consuming cellulose, a substance present in organic matter. Materials within your house made of wood and anything organic like drywall can easily feed mold. Longer the mold grows, the faster and deeper it eats away these organic substances and inflicts damage to the property.

Eliminating mold from your house should be a priority, however, you need to be smart enough to understand that DIY mold remediation techniques may not be effective every time.

The effectiveness of DIY mold removal techniques can rely on different factors like mold type, the severity of the growth, humidity and moisture levels within your house.

This post features some factors why DIY mold removal might not be the safest option on every occasion.

Mold Exposure

By taking on the task of mold remediation you are risking mold exposure. Exposure to mold can trigger health problems, especially when dealing with something like black mold.

Moreover, mold exposure can even cause any underlying health concerns to escalate with ease. It is recommended to wear protective gear while dealing with mold, however, you might also have to customize your gear with respect to the mold type or other scenarios that you are dealing with.

Damaging your property

While attempting a DIY mold removal method, if not careful, you can inflict some damage to the property. The internet is a hub of residential DIY strategies. You can easily tackle a bogus or even an invalidated strategy.

For instance, bleach can be used to kill mold is a popular myth that you see on the internet. As a matter of fact, using bleach does not kill the mold. The chemical composition of the bleach takes away the color of the mold and creates an illusion of a mold-free surface. The fungi present can continue damaging your property. Furthermore, the overuse of bleach can also cause permanent damage to residential possessions like furniture or marble.

Hidden mold

That musty smell and feeling of dampness are one of the signs of mold growth. However, most people end up eliminating the visible mold and overlook the hidden ones.

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Some people are unaware of the fact that mold can grow in the most unexpected areas like behind the walls, crawl areas, beneath the tiles and air vents. The areas that you miss out can turn out to be the regrouping base of mold to grow. This can make the situation worse for anyone who has to continuously stick to the DIY strategy without hitting the root area of mold growth.

Even when mold growth can be easily identified, eliminating it can be a much harder and complicated task. This is where a mold remediation specialist can be your best option.

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Mold Vs Mildew: What you need to know (comparison table)

That moist discoloration on the ceiling corner or bathroom walls, is it mold or mildew? A question that taunts every homeowner unless they are experts in mold, mildew and related concerns. Most property owners find it difficult to distinguish mold and mildew.

While the differences between mold and mildew are subtle there are some factors that differentiate the two concerns and govern how the condition should be identified and addressed.

What is mold?

Mold is a form of fungus that develops from the microscopic spores in the atmosphere. There are different varieties of mold in the ecosystem. Some mold types play a crucial role by decomposing the organic matter including dead trees and leaves.

While some mold types can be beneficial to the ecosystem, certain types can be harmful when it grows indoors. These mold types, if left untreated can pose a threat to the health and even the cosmetic and structural value of the property.

What is mildew?

Mildew is a mold type that usually thrives on the flat, moist surfaces. The affinity of mildew towards flat surfaces can be the main differential factor when comparing it with mold.

Mildew usually does not pose a severe threat to the health of the inhabitants, but can damage the aesthetics and structure of the property.

   

Mold Mildew
A type of fungus. A type of mold.
Found throughout the ecosystem. Grows on flat, moist surfaces.
Types thriving indoors can pose health concerns and affect aesthetics and structure of your house. Damage is usually more cosmetics, can be destructive towards plants and animals.
Health concerns in humans are sneezing, runny nose, dry or scaly skin, itchy throat or eyes. Similar to the health concerns due to mold like throat irritation, headache and wheezing.
Can be found anywhere within your house, clothes and even pets. Commonly found in window sills and shower walls.
Mold can appear as long filaments with a fuzzy look. Mildew can appear in powdery or downy texture.
Mold can appear in black, white, gray, blue, green, brown, or yellow color. Mildew can appear in white, yellow, black or brown color.

Both mold and mildew can be identified by a strong musty smell. Preventing mold and mildew can be a challenging task, especially when you reside in coastal areas where the moisture concentration in the atmosphere is on the higher side.

Once mildew or mold growth is identified within your household or any commercial property, it is ideal to consult a mold remediation specialist to get the condition treated efficiently.

Even though you have several DIY tips related to removing mold or mildew, if the condition is not contained efficiently, the chances of reoccurrence are more than 80%. Foresee these possibilities and keep an eye out for mold or mildew growth as the earlier the condition is detected, the easier it would be to eradicate it.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Deep Cleaning: How We Provide Industry Level Satisfaction

The COVID-19 outbreak has turned out to be insidious and people are striving to protect themselves, their house and offices from infection.

Since the day United States declared Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a national emergency we have been experiencing a high volume of calls and requests for Coronavirus deep cleaning.

Considering the severity of the situation and the fact that the COVID-19 is spreading rapidly and consistently, especially in the United States, it is highly recommended to adopt some stringent precautions.

Some facts about Corona Virus (COVID-19):

  • The virus is spreading rapidly: The number of cases reported on a daily basis in China has declined, however, the cases reported in the United States and Europe are increasing, signifying that the epicenter has moved from China to these countries
  • Older people, public transports, public gatherings, and offices are high-risk factors when considering coronavirus contagion.
  • As per the experts, coronavirus is more contagious than ordinary flu.
  • The United States is not testing enough people for COVID-19: as per Vox, the US is only testing 23 people per million people for Coronavirus Infection, whereas South Korea is testing 3692 per million people.
  • The COVID-19 virus has a high survival rate compared to other normal flu viruses and only show symptoms approximately two weeks after infection.
  • Studies have shown that each new Coronaviirus case has infected an average of 2.5 people at least during the early stages of infection.

The above pointers make it critical to take all the necessary precautions and resort to industry level sanitization and cleaning when it comes to thwarting Coronavirus infection.

How we provide industry-standard coronavirus cleaning?

Our vision has always been in line with the OSHA regulations and ICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification) best practices for cleaning and remediation. We have years of experience in successfully handling different biohazards.

Our Coronavirus Deep Cleaning Checklist is summarized below:

  • We use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) approved disinfectants to clean COVID-19.
  • Since the information about Corona Virus is still evolving, we are continually consulting with CDC for updates on solutions and other variations.
  • We use approved disinfectants to clean and disinfect counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
  • We ensure that any infected or suspected materials are classified as biohazard waste after evaluating the situation and properly disposed of.
  • Our specialized COVID-19 remediation specialists are always equipped with industry grade personal protective gear and high-end full-face respirator masks throughout the cleaning process.
  • We ensure that even the minute or the easily overlooked corners and situations are attended to.

List of some of the EPA and CDC Registered cleaning agents we use:

  • Clorox Multi-Surface Cleaner + Bleach
  • Klercide 70/30
  • Lonza Formulation
  • Lysol Clean & Fresh Multi-Surface Cleaner
  • Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist
  • Lysol Heavy-Duty Cleaner Disinfectant Concentrate
  • Oxycide Daily Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Peak Disinfectant Wipes
  • Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant
  • Peroxide Disinfectant and Glass Cleaner

Why we recommend a deep cleaning for offices

As per the statistics, offices are one of the main and inevitable sources that accommodate a high risk for coronavirus contagion. The Harvard Health Publishing advises cleaning and disinfecting every “High-Touch” areas in the offices including tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones and keyboards.

We are offering 24/7 priority disinfection and sanitization services for both offices and residential properties. Call us today to prevent any chance of a COVID-19 outbreak.

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When to call a mold removal specialist

Commercial or residential property, mold is a major headache for property owners. An ideal means to control mold is to prevent it in the first place.

Once you observing the signs of mold in your house, the next step is to do a thorough inspection to determine whether you need to call a mold removal specialist.

Identifying mold growth and deciding when to call a mold removal specialist can turn out to be a challenging task. This post features some pointers that will help you to make that decision.

Size
If the mold in your house or commercial property appears bigger than a bath towel (more than 10 square feet) consider that as an indicator to call a mold remediation specialist.

Smell

If the indoors smell musty and the smell doesn’t seem to go away even after keeping your windows and doors open for a while you should consider contacting a mold removal specialist.

Air quality

If the air around you feels damp and cold (usually, this comes with the musty smell and a feeling of uneasiness) it can be an indicator of serious mold growth that demands a professional cleanup.

On some occasions, using a dehumidifier can help you alleviate the immediate concern. However, this can be temporary as you need a mold removal specialist to identify what is wrong and implement an effective solution.

Why a mold specialist?

Identifying mold can be a tricky task. Mold identification is a complex process, you need sophisticated or industry-grade tools and systems to identify mold type, the severity of the growth and the infected areas.

This is where a mold removal specialist can have an edge compared to the usual DIY mold remediation tips found on the internet.

Mold colonies can easily thrive behind walls and ceilings, a mold removal specialist uses special tests and tools to identify such unseen colonies and eliminate the respective risks.

You might need professional assistance when it comes to classifying mold and mildew, the treatment for each can vary with respect to several factors.

The mold removal DIY tips often turn out to be a temporary solution. The risk of not clearing mold from your home or commercial property can be major. Inhaling mold-infested or low-quality air can trigger several health concerns with time.

The most dangerous part is that you might not realize the cause of health concerns until it’s too late.
Once you decide to contact a mold remediation specialist, there are several aspects that you need to consider.

Ensure that the specialist is certified and stick to IICRC’s best practices for mold remediation. Go through the reviews and get in-depth knowledge about their service.

It is also ideal to stick with a company that works around the clock with a quick response rate and can assist you with insurance claims if the situation demands it.

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How standing water attracts pests in your house

Water can be inevitable for living organisms. It is ubiquitous and can sustain life in many ways. However, versions of water, especially standing water can make your life a nightmare.

Standing water, if not identified and treated right away can create pest problems that you do not wish to deal with. The concern can be worse, especially during warmer weather. Understanding the hazards of standing water and different means to deal with is important to prevent your house from becoming a hub of pests.

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If you have the habit of leaving the dishes in the kitchen counter or sink overnight, you are making it easier for pests, especially cockroaches and bugs to feed, thrive and form an army.

Pests, especially cockroaches have a strong sense of smell. The smell of leftovers and even the groceries can lure in cockroaches.

Water leaks

Water damage or leaks within your home can be inviting for pests. All they need is a source of a water leak that is consistent and can provide them with minute quantities of water even if it is in the form of moisture.

Therefore, ensure that you do not let a water leak in your house be permanent. Also, try to keep your house free of the clutter, which usually offers hiding spaces for pests. Your kitchen, bathroom and attic are the places vulnerable to water leaks, it would be ideal to inspect these areas at least once a month.

Pests attracted by water

If you observe the presence of these pests in your house and if the number seems to be increasing, you can suspect the presence of an unsupervised water source.

Cockroaches: as mentioned earlier, two main things that can attract cockroaches are food and water. Most people are unaware of the fact that cockroaches love water, they thrive quickly in damp and warm environments.

Ants: ants are always in a never-ending hunt for food and water. Similar to cockroaches, they find it easy to thrive in moist and damp environment. Any water spill can turn out to be a strong inviting signal for ant colonies.

Earwigs: earwigs colonies seems to be thirsty all day. They are in a constant hunt for moist areas and can invade your house easily through small cracks and ventilators in search of water.

If you end up attracting thirsty and water-loving pests, contact a pest control company at the earliest. However, having known the consequence of pests invaded homes, you do not want the situation to go out of control. This is where foreseeing these factors and ensuring that issues like water leakage are taken care of immediately can turn out to be a life-changing decision. Be prepared to contact a professional water restoration service in cases of major issues like flood damage. On top of all, try to keep your house clean and dry.

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6 Major causes of water damage in commercial property

Water damage in the workplace can be a nuisance. You can easily come across some minor water leakage issues like leaky faucet or damage sprinkler systems within your workplace compound. This can be in the garage or at the fire escape. It is important to understand that even the minute concerns like these has the potential to bring the business to a standstill over time.

It is certain that unaddressed water damage issues at the workplace can add up to some hefty bills over time. As a property manager, it is your responsibility to understand and maintain the common sources of water damage in commercial properties.

Faulty appliances

Keep an eye out for a faulty dishwasher or a refrigerator with an automatic ice maker. These appliances are bound to break down at some point or the other in response to daily usage. Keeping these appliances in your routine service inspection checklist is a smart move.

Plumbing mishaps

Leaking pipes and plumbing mishaps at workplaces are almost inevitable. In addition to high water bills, these leaks even have the potential to cause some structural damage if it remains unattended for long.
For instance, water damages or leaks in garages often go unnoticed. Over time, these can develop into concrete spalling or concrete cancer.

Concrete cancer is a serious concern characterized by the rusting of steel reinforcing within the concrete. The concrete initially cracks which is called spalling and then the steel rods start to rust.

Concrete cancer once formed is really hard and expensive to alleviate. It spreads slowly but consistently making the structure weak with time.

Deteriorating foundation

Irregular maintenance of gutters can result in clogging and the water to channel through from the roof to the foundation. Consistent water leaks like this can cause the foundation to deteriorate over time. A good sign of a weak foundation is the formation of puddles and wet framings.

HVAC problems

HVAC systems responsible for heating and cooling regulations in the workplace can wear out over time and get damaged.

The HVAC condensate water which is a byproduct of the temperature regulation process gets collected in the collection pan. Since the HVAC systems are usually associated with several ducts throughout the structure, it can lead to corrosion and damage.

Sprinkler system leaks

Keep an eye out for wet drywall and carpets even if it cannot be directly related to a sprinkler on the roof, it might be from a duct leading to it. The moisture and dryness in the ceiling or drywall can create the perfect condition for mold growth, which can add to the headache.

Natural disasters

The unexpected and unwanted nuisance like flooding or a thunderstorm can never be off the charts. This is something that you can hardly prevent but can prepare for. Hiring a professional water damage restoration service is critical to ensure that your business is back on track in no time and doesn’t lose too many dollars.

Conducting regular checkup that relates to all these systems are the prime means of ensuring that you are one step ahead when it comes to dealing with water damages. Foresee these concerns and act accordingly to save both time and money.

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What you need to know about Chaetomium: a highly destructive mold type

Mold growth is a common headache among property owners. With over 100,000 identified mold species; the task of mold remediation might not be as easy as it sounds.

Among the prominent mold types, molds of the Chaetomium types are considered to be the most destructive and dangerous. As a house owner, it is ideal for you to understand the characteristics of Chaetomium mold species and its impact.

What is Chaetomium?

Chaetomium is a dangerous mold species commonly found in soil, plant debris and compost. Any material containing cellulose feeds Chaetomium. This mold type feeds and spreads quickly making it difficult to contain.

Chaetomium is highly dangerous and trigger infections in humans. Fluctuations in humidity, usually, high humidity levels second the growth of Chaetomium. Keeping the humidity level below 50% is one way of thwarting growth or re-growth of Chaetomium.

Chaetomium appearance

Chaetomium fungi species appear in colonies and have an initial white cotton-like appearance. The colonies that mature turn to grey or olive color.

Akin to the other mold types, Chaetomium spores once mature, gets airborne to spread. Once the airborne spores land on any material which seems damp and is rich in cellulose e.g. drywall or wood, the spores starts developing colonies.

Most Chaetomium species thrive ideally at the temperature range 25C to 35C.

Toxicity

The mycotoxins produced by Chaetomium makes it deadly. Some of the common mycotoxins produced by Chaetomium are including sterigmatocystin, O-methylsterigmatocystin, chaetochromin. These mycotoxins are known to cause both teratogenic and carcinogenic effects.

Chaetomium mycotoxin tests on animals have shown that it is toxic to spleen and the liver apart from being extremely toxic when consumed in the form of any infected food particle.

Where can you find Chaetomium

Any cellulose rich area within your house that has previously suffered water damage can be a thriving heaven for Chaetomium. Damp attics, leaky pipes and areas around the sink can be the main culprits. Also, keep an eye out on your backyard for white cottony stuffs growing on soil, plan debris and animal dung.

The musty smell and distinctive coloration can help you identify Chaetomium. If you suspect Chaetomium within your household, it is ideal to hire a mold removal professional for an in-depth inspection and efficient removal.

Health concerns

The Chaetomium fungus type can cause several health concerns in humans and pets that come in contact or even through inhalation. Some of the common health concerns are as follows:

• Allergies
• Asthma
• Hay fever
• Dry throat
• Skin and nail infections
• Nose bleeds
• Dermatitis
• Headaches
• Seizure

Studies have also linked neurological damage to myelin sheath from excessive exposure to Chaetomium. This in turn links the autoimmune diseases like lupus and multiple sclerosis to this mold species.

The appearance of Chaetomium in your house indicates sever moisture balance issue. In order to eradicate this mold type, mold specialists usually inspects your house with special tools and systems to identify the areas that are moist or damp prior.

The leaks or the reasons for dampness in such areas have to be contained along with the mold removal process to prevent mold re-growth and facilitate efficient removal.