What is Asbestos: Types and Risks

July 27, 2017

Asbestos is the common name for six naturally occurring minerals. Asbestos fibers are microscopic and are very durable and resistant to fire and many chemical reactions. It doesn’t break down as quickly as other materials, making it an ideal building material. Asbestos can be found in roofing shingles, floor tiles, ceilings, cements compounds, as well as many textile products and car parts. Types of Asbestos Again, there are six minerals all referred to as asbestos. Chrysotile is the most common form of asbestos and is mostly found floors, walls, ceilings, and roofs. It was also used in the brake lining, gaskets, and boilers seals of cars. Amosite was mostly used in sheets of cements and to insulate pipes. It can also be found prevalently in insulating boards and some ceiling tiles. Crocidolite, also known as blue asbestos, is the least resistant to heat and was used mostly to insulate steam … Continued

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Humidity and Mold Growth

July 20, 2017

Mold can grow when even a little humidity is introduced, and water damage can introduce devastating amounts of humidity. Bacteria grows in warm, wet environments, so you’d better understand and prepare for it. Understanding how water damage introduces into your home bacteria is important. If you’re facing post-storm water damage, watch out. Your home may be at risk for bacteria growth. Humidity and Mold Growth Mold grows in wet environments. Unfortunately, homes experiencing heavy rainfall, broken drainage systems, or even air humidity are at risk. When mold grows, it releases spores frequently. These spores can enter a home’s various areas, becoming difficult to target and remove. Spores are small, and they often exist in big numbers. Normally, the spores themselves don’t cause problems. They can, however, grow uncontrollably if a home’s moisture isn’t taken care of. If a mold spore lands in any stagnant water, an entire mold growth can … Continued

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Top Tips for Eliminating Bad Smells in Your House

July 13, 2017

Smells, good or bad, stick around. To eliminate bad smells in your house, you’ll need to get rid of their source. If you can’t, some deep cleaning is in order. The air inside your home can be 100 times as polluted as outside air. Sometimes, chemical air fresheners are of little or no help. Other times, common odors are too tough to lift. To deep-clean your home, lift the smells and make sure they don’t return, check out the following tips. 7 Tips for Eliminating Bad Smells in Your House Tip One: Apply a Mixture You can mix three parts water, one part cheap vodka, and 15 drops of essential oil into a spray bottle. Then, you can use the spray bottle to lift unwanted odors. If your home smells bad, consider spraying the mixture around the bedroom, the bathroom, and in other high-traffic areas. Vodka, in particular, is effective. … Continued

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Home Restoration After a Disaster

July 6, 2017

Home disasters can include storm damage, fires, and water damage caused by flooding. After a disaster, a fire damage restoration/water damage restoration company needs to be called to clean up the mess. Dealing with a disaster is stressful enough, which is why hiring an experienced restoration company that is available on a moment’s notice is essential. Since it can be caused by a variety of different issues, defining restoration is not always an easy task. However, this is the last step to return your home to its pre-storm, pre-fire, and/or pre-water damaged condition. Choosing an experienced restoration company is vital because there are specific steps that must be followed during the home restoration process. Home Restoration is the Final Step Even the smallest fire can leave extensive damage behind. This soggy, smelly mess is caused by the remnants left behind by the fire itself, as well as by the water … Continued

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How to Prepare Your Home for Arizona Monsoon Season

June 29, 2017

If you’ve resided in Arizona for all four seasons, you know to expect Arizona monsoon season in the summer. This Southwest weather season used to start with three days in a row that had high dew point temperatures, but now the official season is designated from late June to September each year. It comes with storms that are created from the combination of dry winds, moisture, and heat. Monsoons can bring extensive damage to your home from weather conditions such as monsoon rains, floods, and thunderstorms. That’s why it’s smart to prepare your dwelling for this season. Follow these helpful tips to keep your home protected and to prevent problems from monsoons. Rain and Flood Damage The rainfall can be significant during Arizona monsoon season. This weather condition often leads to flooding that can damage your home. To prevent as much damage as possible, try to obtain free sand from … Continued

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How to Clean Up Smoke Damage After a Fire

June 22, 2017

How to Clean Smoke Damage There are few accidents that can leave such a big mark on your home like a house fire. Once the danger has passed and it’s safe to enter your home again, it’s important to act quickly to remove any traces of smoke damage. While it may be hard to know exactly where to start, with a few helpful tips, you can learn how to clean smoke damage on your own. However, professional smoke damage cleaning may still be necessary to restore your home to its former glory. Fire and Smoke Damage Cleaning Tips If you’re interested in doing some of the smoke damage cleaning after a fire, it’s very important to follow proper safety steps to prevent any respiratory issues. Soot and charring are common issues after a house fire, so be sure to invest in the following items before you begin the cleaning process: Rubber … Continued

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How Water Damage Can Bring Bacteria to Your Home

June 15, 2017

What is Water Damage? Water damage, put quite simply, is any damage that is incurred as the direct result of high water from flooding, broken pipes, or overflowed toilets and sinks. This means that anyone can experience water damage, even those homes that are not near large bodies of water. You should take caution when you do experience water damage for a wide range of reasons. The most notable is of course mold. When mold is allowed to grow in a home that has experienced water damage you can be certain that things like breathing trouble, allergies, and even eye irritation are sure to happen. How does Water Damage Contribute to Bacteria? Water is a breeding ground for bacteria. Even clean drinking water that has been filtered for our consumption still contains some levels of bacteria. As such, water that causes water damage in the home has the potential to … Continued

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Is Exposure to Mold Spores the Cause of Your Symptoms?

June 8, 2017

Mold spores do more than hide in your baseboards. They may be the cause of those lingering symptoms. Do you have symptoms of asthma that grow worse in your house? Are you positive your shortness of breath, coughing, and fever is just a short-lived cold? Is it possible what you call allergies is actually mold spores floating in the air your home? Is the same air that is putting your children or older family members in risk of these same symptoms? These questions are not meant to be scary, but to point out unseen potential causes of many health problems. And to give you some easy steps you can take to eradicate that mold and make everyone in your house a little healthier. The Symptoms Caused By Mold Mold is a layman’s term for various types of fungus found in homes. Sometimes referred to as mildew, mold can grow in damp … Continued

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How to Test for Mold in Your House

May 30, 2017

Here is how to test for mold in your house. Mold can be expensive to eradicate. The longer it is allowed to live and grow and spread, the bigger that bill is ultimately going to be. Second, and most important, toxic mold can create health problems for those exposed to it. Even healthy people can feel the effects. The children or elderly family members who share your own are even susceptible to respiratory issues and skin irritation caused by mold. If you think you might have mold, there are a methods to know for sure. Here’s how to test for mold in your house.   Home Test Kit It is best to start the mold discovery tour of your home with an inexpensive molding testing kit. Because even if you cannot see or smell the mold, you may still have toxic spores floating in the air in your home. You … Continued

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Is water damage covered by my homeowners insurance?

May 12, 2017

Water damage can strike at anytime. Whether it’s from a backed up drain, burst pipe, flooding, or any other reason. Water damage can leave behind a huge mess and cause serious damage to your home and furniture. Most homeowners are faced with a million questions immediately after water damage occurs. What’s going to happen? Where do I begin to assess the damage? If my furniture ruined? Is water damage covered by my homeowners insurance? Much like any disaster or emergency, the process can seem daunting, and even stressful at times. Depending on the severity of the water damage, it could impact the market value of your home and even raise health and safety issues for your family if mold sets in. Before starting your water damage insurance claim, keep these helpful tips in mind. 1. Flood Damage is Different Than Water Damage It might seem natural that flood damage would … Continued

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