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Few homeowners have been able to avoid water damage of some form over their many years of homeownership. Damage may have been minimal or overwhelming, but by any definition, it’s a stressful situation. The key is to have a reliable restoration company on hand, where everything is being managed effectively, and damages are restored to the satisfaction of the homeowner.
Even today, there are residential homes that contain residual asbestos. At the time of installation, the asbestos material may have been used for thermal insulation, or often as a flame retardant. But today, asbestos materials are banned, and in most cases, complete removal is required. This is work that should be left to an experienced professional – one who can accurately identify an asbestos deposit, and who is qualified to handle the removal. Asbestos removal is not a weekend do-it-yourself project – it’s work that requires the appropriate tools, equipment and expertise.
Residential water damage, whether from a burst pipe, a leaking roof, or a natural flood, can cause havoc for a residential homeowner. In some unfortunate cases, the damage can last long after the water recedes. And while damaged personal items can be costly to replace, the long-term effects of mold growth can be devastating. Mold growth, and the spread of mold spores, can impact the health occupants, and can sometimes take a permanent toll. Needless to say, taking immediate action and the proper restoration steps after water damage can limit the scope of injury or harm.
The firemen may have put out the fire in your house, but the process of getting your house back to normal doesn’t stop here. The process of fire damage restoration has just begun. To revive your house to it’s original condition, you will need professional service. Restoring your house from fire damage is not an easy task, so don’t try to do it yourself. Not only will you waste energy, but you may even cause further damage. Having a house fire can be a scary and exhausting experience for any homeowner. Thus, you must remain calm and walk through all the steps to ensure the y
Have you ever watched your toilet overflow with water and flood your entire bathroom? Have you ever had your kitchen full of water, and you have no idea how it happened? These scenarios are commonly due to clogged pipes. As soon as you notice signs of clogged pipes such as slow drainage, you should check your pipes right away and have them fixed. Otherwise, these issues will soon escalate. It’s much better to spend a little money now on remediating the problems, than to have your entire house flooded. If your house is already flooded due to blockage in your pipes, here’s what you should do.
In emergency situations, immediate action is often the decisive key between managing the situation, or ending up with complete disasters. When it comes to water disasters, damage and bacteria growth begins within hours of a flood, so you need to take action right away. Calling in a professional is a smart choice, but while you wait for them to come to your rescue, there are emergency measures you can take care of to ensure the wellbeing of your health and safety within your home. When faced with water damage such as flooding that caused water to overflow and enter your property, don't panic, just follow the steps below.
Asbestos a set of 6 naturally occurring silicate minerals, which have been commonly used decades ago as insulation to fireproof houses. It’s also extensively used in roofs and other siding materials to enhance their durability and strength. In fact, it was so popular that close to 80% of all structures built before the 1980s contained traces of asbestos. However, the use of asbestos has been banned by the Environmental Protection Agency due to its carcinogenic nature. Asbestos in your walls can be harmful to everyone living in the house, and should be removed as soon as possible. But do asbestos in roofs need to be removed?
When you speak to most people that have experienced water damage in their homes, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone that would like to go through the experience again. Recovering your valuables, remediating your home, and paying the bills are definitely not fun activities. To avoid having to deal with water damage to your home again, it’s possible to put several measures in place to protect your home from water damage in the future. Here are some tips on the best ways to prevent your home from experiencing further water damage in the future.
As much as we love our planet earth, sometimes mother nature tends to throw a couple of challenges at us. Floods after rainstorms, erosion of our home’s exterior materials, and molds forming in our homes are common occurrences, which we all tend to wish never happen to us. Asbestos are toxic fibres that circulate in the air after earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and/or fires. The airborne nature of asbestos makes them very easily inhaled, and pose a big threat to our health. The inhalation of asbestos can even lead to mesothelioma — a fatal lung cancer. Six different types of asbestos have been identified, and here are some tips on how to best survive them.
According to the philosopher Maslow’s hierarchy of needs for happiness, one of the basic necessities of our lives is to have a roof over our heads. But did you know that your roof is one of the most vulnerable part of your home? While it shields you from winds, rain, heat, and other natural hazards, it’s constantly put to the test of natural elements. Under constant exposure, your roof is likely to get damaged overtime. One of the root causes of roof damage is standing water, which may occur after severe storms or heavy rainfall, and commonly leads to the formation of mold.
Life never goes perfectly according to plan. Growing up, you probably heard the saying “when life throws you lemons, make lemonade”. Unforeseeable accidents and natural disasters can happen at any time, and and to any person. When your home is affected by a fire or flood, it’s impromptu nature can leave behind catastrophic damage- to your home, and to your belongings. Fire disasters in particular can cause lots of damage, as they can easily spread from home to home in your neighborhood. Fortunately, there are ways to fireproof your house so that you can minimize and in some cases avoid serious damage to your home.
Without any visible signs, there could be a lot going on behind and inside the walls of your home. Whether its mold, asbestos, or even residual water damage, these are all cause for alarm, mainly because of the potential for property damage and personal harm. In many cases, none of these situations may even be visible, and symptoms may be hard to pin down. The good news is that remediation is possible, with accurate diagnosis and viable options for repairs and restoration.
Very few homeowners have been lucky enough to avoid home damage of one type or another. It could be a flood with water damage; a fire with smoke damage; even a mold infiltration. And in most cases, there’s no warning and no expectation. The damage itself is devastating enough - let alone the confusion, chaos, and stress that follows. But with a good damage restoration company on hand, the disruption can be effectively managed and the damage successfully restored.
By any description, mold has been associated (directly or indirectly) with negative health effects. Whether its mold sensitivity, allergic reactions, physical infections, or physiological disease, there are human side effects with exposure to mold. On one hand, mold conjures up damp carpeting, water leakage, and soggy drywall. On the other hand, there is also good mold: penicillin, yeast, and various fungus strains (mushrooms). As for so-called “bad molds”, some can be dangerous.
When allergy reactions and symptoms are more prevalent inside a home than out, there may be reason to suspect mold. This applies to a residential home as well as a workplace, mainly because of the dramatic difference between the inside and outside environments. And although there are other reasons for respiratory symptoms to surface, checking for mold is one of the more obvious.