24/7 Emergency Service and Water Damage Equipment Rental Within 1 Hour or Less

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Water and Flood Damage Equipment Rental, Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on 24/7 Emergency Service and Water Damage Equipment Rental Within 1 Hour or Less

Minnesota Water and Flood Damage Equipment Rental Restoring your home after water damage is a frustrating experience.  In a few short moments severe weather, broken pipes, floods, or even fires can cause serious water damage to your home or business, easily costing you thousands of dollars. To prevent even more costly water damages from occurring it is vital to have the water cleaned up and structures dried immediately. Lets face it no one wants this to happen to them, but knowing what to do when it does can prevent even more costly water damages from happening it is vital to have the water cleaned up and structures dried promptly. That is why at Done Right Water Damage Restoration we offer top-of-the line Dehumidifier and Fan equipment rentals. Whether you need a small area cleaned up, or need to equipment to do the job yourself, you can be confident you have the proper state-of-the-art equipment to clean up any water damage Equipment We Rent Fans Dehumidifiers Air Scrubbers Ozone Machines Desiccants We understand water damage is never a planned event, therefore we offer 24/7 Emergency Service and Water Damage Equipment Rental. Please feel free to give us a call at anytime....

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Basement Water Damage Repair Plymouth Minnesota

Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 in Flooded Basement Repair, Water and Flood Damage Equipment Rental, Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Basement Water Damage Repair Plymouth Minnesota

Plymouth Minnesota Flooded Basement Cleanup and Repair Leaking basements are a common problem, that affects 60 percent of homes and usually develop within 10 to 15 years. Unfortunately, a leaky basement can be very expensive to repair; costing homeowners thousands of dollars. Wet basements can also buckle basement walls and cause structural damage. It is advisable to fix your basement early before the expensive damage has been done. The signs of a wet basement include musty odors, minor water leaks and efflorescence (aka.”white powder”). The two common causes for a wet basement are condensation and runoff. Whether your basement is flooded, or there is mold growth on your walls, getting the water out of the air isn’t just the best option, it’s the only option. High humidity in a flooded room can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your walls and ceiling. Restoration Experts are highly trained to provide you with quality equipment and know how to dry your damaged room quickly and at the lowest cost possible. Dehumidification Dehumidifiers play a huge role in preventing mold and mildew growth when there has been a flood or some other form of water damage. Many people think that simply allowing the water to dry from a flooded room will remove the problem, but that only solves half of the problem. Placing an industrial strength dehumidifier in the room, as well as professional strength air moving equipment can help you to dry out your valuables and save money. A standard household dehumidifier will typically remove 2-5 gallons of water per day. Professional strength dehumidifiers remove 10-30 gallons of water typically per day. Industrial Strength Dehumidifiers also are capable of at least 50% more water than household dehumidifiers. A high-powered and portable Phoenix 200 MAX LGR Dehumidifier can remove up to 30 gallons of moisture from the air in a day, all while using minimal electricity. You might think this seems excessive, yet with concerns of mold and bacterial activity, time is of the essence. A Professional Dehumidifier has the size and strength needed to dry the job Done Right! Minnesota Flooded Basement Cleanup and Repair Once a building has been exposed to a large volume of water, it becomes extremely hazardous as water causes both health and structural risks. When it comes to your flooded basement, it is critical that it be done immediately. To prevent even more costly water damages from occurring it is vital to have the water cleaned up and structures dried immediately. Water and Flood Damage Cleanup is a big job that is best left to the pros. If the water damage is extensive, your best bet is to call a Minnesota Restoration Expert that can get your home, assess the problem, and remove the water before any additional damage can be done within 1 hour or less.  They will have the right kind of equipment for the job that can save most of your valuables. 24/7 Emergency Service and Water Damage Equipment Rental If you decide to take on the mess alone, make sure you have the proper state-of-the-art Water and Flood Damage equipment to do the job yourself. Some of the equipment they rent: Fans Dehumidifiers Air Scrubbers Ozone Machines Aquadry Systems...

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Water Damage Restoration Maple Grove MN

Posted by on Jan 5, 2012 in Flood Damage, Flooded Basement Repair, Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Water Damage Restoration Maple Grove MN

Maple Grove Minnesota Water Damage Repair When dealing with water damage, being thorough and being fast is the key.  In order to avoid your property falling into decay and having to deal with much higher water damage repair expenses and the risk of mold and bacterial problems – which could cause severe reactions or disease – you should reach out to a water damage repair specialist who can take care of the problem quickly and effectively. If you don’t respond appropriately within the first 24 to 48 hours, you are likely to face much greater issues as your water damage problems compound.  Your water damage repair expenses can increase by the thousands, while the probability of experiencing severe health issues also increases. Time Is Your Enemy Waiting is a bad idea when it comes to water damage cleanup.  In as little as 48 hours, the probability that water damage will cause severe damage is increased by a factor of 10.  This means that the expense of the water damage cleanup can also be increased by thousands of dollars. Responding to water damage quickly is extremely important, and is second only to preventing water damage.  By responding in a timely manner – victims of water damage can reduce the amount of damage to their homes and wallets considerably. So don’t put it off – every minute is costing you money, and increasing the amount of time it will take to clean up your damage. Insurance Approved Water Damage Restoration What could make your watery situation even worse?  Dealing with difficult insurance companies! The last thing you want or need is to have to deal with the insurance company and that entire process. Individuals who try to navigate their insurance alone can often find they have complicated the situation further, and are forced to wait much longer than necessary to see their insurance come through for them. Letting professionals who are experienced in these situations help you through the muck can not only save you a great deal of aggravation, they can help speed up the process! An expert in water damage restoration, water extraction, flooded basements, and sewer backup restoration can help you wade through those waters. They bring with them not only the expertise to restore your property – they come with years of dealing with insurance providers! One Call Does It All! Direct Insurance Billing | At Your Door in 1 Hour or Less | 24 Hour Service We work with all insurance companies and can help make this process a lot easier and less distracting for you.  All you need to do is to call Done Right and we will guide you through the process. For the future: It is important that you ensure your insurance covers water damage to your property! Whether homeowners, renters, or business – contact your insurance provider and make sure that you are covered for water damage caused by: Floods Tornadoes Burst Pipes Sewage Backups Other natural disasters Other failure within your property You should also be sure of the following: You have liability insurance Your Business is covered What your Flood Insurance...

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Minnesota Water Damage Repair and Restoration Minneapolis St Paul MN

Posted by on Jan 3, 2012 in Flood Damage, Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Minnesota Water Damage Repair and Restoration Minneapolis St Paul MN

Minneapolis and Saint Paul MN Water Damage Restoration Whatever the cause and type of water damage, nowhere does the term “the right tool for the job” have as much, meaning that a thorough and complete job requires the right equipment. Insurance adjusters who do not authorize and approve the use of HEPA-filtered Portable Air Scrubbers (PAS) on all water loss jobs may want to rethink their position. Any water loss poses a significant opportunity for particle contamination and for microscopic bio-pollutants such as fungi (molds) and bacteria that thrive in wet indoor environments to proliferate. Even smaller water leaks or overflows of sanitary water can ultimately trigger fungal growth if wet materials are not promptly identified and thoroughly dried. The Importance Of Using The Right Equipment For Water Damage Restoration Why Insurers Should Approve the Use of Portable Air Scrubbers on Every Water Damage Remediation Job It is very important to note that the very activities undertaken to remediate the problem can increase the risks of air contamination. For example, as forced-air drying evaporates water from surfaces, carpet and other materials, contaminants such as fungal spores and ultra-fine dirt and dust particles are likely to be released into the air. Once aerosolized (suspended in air), workers exposed to these pollutants can inhale them. Particles stirred up during remediation also create housekeeping and cleanup issues that can increase the cost of the cleanup. ANSI/IICRC Standard S500 The Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) has developed an ANSI-approved standard for water damage remediation. Now in its third edition, ANSI/IICRC S500-2006 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration places water hazards into one of three contamination categories based on the quality of the water after it comes in contact with building materials: •   Category I – Water that originates from a sanitary source and does not pose substantial risk from dermal, ingestion or inhalation exposure. •   Category II – Water with a significant amount of contamination and the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if ingested by humans. •   Category III – Grossly contaminated water that can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Types Of Indoor Air Pollutants The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) places air pollutants into three general categories: particulates, bio-aerosols, and volatile organic compounds (VOC), all of which may be released into the air during or following a water loss event. Particulates Particulates from building materials are primarily released into the indoor air after the event or during the remediation process as opposed to during the water loss event itself. These commonly include dirt, drywall, VCT and concrete dust, fiberglass, carpet and asbestos fibers, sawdust, smoke particles, and metal fumes. Larger, visible particles and smaller particles that agglomerate (clump together) will likely settle onto surfaces within minutes and remain there until physically removed by cleaning or vacuuming. These particles are not generally a respiratory health issue, because they are too heavy to remain aerosolized for very long. Studies have shown, however, that more than 99% of the particles suspended in air are ten microns (0.0004 inches) or less in size. That’s five to 10 times smaller than a human hair and smaller than we can see with the naked eye. Particles and allergens this tiny are typically light enough to remain aerosolized for...

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Water Damage Repair and Restoration St Paul MN

Posted by on Jan 1, 2012 in Flood Damage, Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Water Damage Repair and Restoration St Paul MN

St Paul MN Water Removal | Water Damage Repair Saint Paul MN Restoring your home after water damage is a frustrating experience. Fortunately, natural disasters don’t occur every day, and chances are you’ll never have to deal with water damage from rising water or flooding. However, simple plumbing leaks or overflows are far more common. While dealing with water damage may seem fairly simple (mop or wet vacuum; fans used to promote evaporation), unfortunately, this fails to consider the degree to which water can penetrate into structural cavities and assemblies, creating trapped pockets of saturation. Too late, property owners become aware of the on-going effect of this trapped water on structural and contents materials, which may include: discoloration, warping, splitting, delamination, and musty odor and mold growth. Control The Moisture and You Control The Mold! The key to mold control is moisture control. It is important to dry water damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. If mold is a problem in your home, clean up the mold and get rid of the excess water or moisture. Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of water. Wash mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely. Absorbent materials (such as ceiling tiles & carpet) that become moldy may have to be replaced. Moisture and its effects in your house or office can cause a lot of harm, like the growth of mildew and mold, and dry rot, and if not cared for it can carry with it seriously large problems if not met fast and skillfully extracted. Any drying being done must be Done Right to see to it that there aren’t any environments which promote and allow hazardous materials to flourish, taking your home or business and turning it into an problematic one that will only get bigger if not cared for. A Water Damage Restoration Expert utilizes powerful state of the art equipment in removing as much water as possible, and then begin drying the area with high velocity fans and ventilation systems. The consequences of ineffective restoration – including possible health effects – are far too great to leave water damage improperly restored. Most property owners are not familiar with the essential steps and tactics for proper restoration, and naturally, they have a lot of questions. That’s where the certified water restoration professional comes in. He or she will be qualified through formal training and experience to remove excess water efficiently, to promote efficient evaporation and to establish the dehumidification conditions necessary to stop on-going damage. Moreover, they can document the return of your property and contents to normal conditions to ensure that future problems will not be experienced. Be prepared to let flood-damaged walls, ceilings and floors dry for several weeks. If restoration work is completed before proper drying techniques are used, mold and mildew will continue to grow. The result may be structural damage to your home, the need to repaint walls or replace new wall coverings, and discomfort or illness to family members who have allergies....

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Water Damage Cleanup Repair and Restoration Minnetonka MN

Posted by on Dec 29, 2011 in Flood Damage, Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Water Damage Cleanup Repair and Restoration Minnetonka MN

Minnetonka, Minnesota Water Damage Restoration Water Damage to Your Home Water damage is one of the most common reasons for claims against insurance policies. Does your homeowner insurance policy cover you against the most common types of water damage? Many homeowners only find out what their insurance policy doesn’t cover when they make a claim. Homeowners Insurance: Is Your Home Insured Against Water Damage? Will My Insurance Cover It? Yes. No. Maybe. The single most confusing element related to water damage is what is and is not covered. Find out what you have, or don’t have, and learn what you need when it comes to water damage and your insurance. Many homeowners only find out what their insurance policy doesn’t cover when they make a claim. Here are some of the most common types of water damage, and what you can expect if you need to make a claim. 1. A pipe bursts in your home and floods the living areas. Are you covered? It depends on the circumstances, but generally the answer is a qualified yes. Your homeowner will usually cover the damages to your home and furnishings, but not the cost of repairing the burst pipe. The repairs to the pipe are considered a home maintenance issue rather than an unforeseen circumstance. There are some exceptions, since your insurer does expect you to take reasonable care and caution with your property. You may not be covered, for instance, if you left your home unoccupied and unheated for several days in the dead of winter and a pipe bursts as a consequence. 2. A sewer overflows, flooding your finished basement with water and sewage. Will your homeowner insurance cover the cleanup costs? Unless you have a special endorsement or rider covering damage from sewers and drains, you may be on your own. Many, if not most, homeowner policies specifically exclude damage caused by sewer backups and overflows. If your home has a finished basement or a basement workshop, a sewers and drains rider could be worth its weight in gold. Often, the cost of repairing the damage after a sewer backup goes far beyond replacing the carpet. You could be faced with massive cleanup and decontamination costs. 3. Your washing machine breaks, and the flood of water damages your living room carpet. Will your insurance pay to clean the carpet? Generally, the answer is yes. A standard homeowner policy will cover the cost of cleaning or replacing the carpet when an unexpected appliance breakage damages your property. There may be exceptions to this, however, especially if your insurer determines that your washing machine hasn’t been appropriately maintained. 4. Your roof leaks during a heavy rainstorm, soaking your daughter’s bedroom walls and furnishings. Will your insurance cover the damage? Your homeowner policy will usually cover the damage to property caused by the water, but not the cost of repairing the roof. That could include the cost of repairing and repainting or papering the walls, replacing damaged furniture and cleaning draperies, bedding and clothing. If the leak was caused by something more drastic, say a tree branch crashing through your roof, the insurance will also cover the cost of repairs to your roof. 5. Your bathtub overflows, and the water damages the floor and the ceiling below. Can you make a...

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Maintain A Fire Safe Home This Christmas Season

Posted by on Dec 26, 2011 in Fire Damage, Fire Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Maintain A Fire Safe Home This Christmas Season

Christmas Tree Fires Thirty-six percent of home Christmas tree structure fires occurred on the ten days between December 24 and January 2 Electrical problems were factors in nearly half (45%) of home Christmas tree structure fires A heat source was too close to the Christmas tree in one quarter (26%) of the fires Twenty-three percent of home Christmas tree fires involved decorative lights Candles started 14% of home Christmas tree structure fires. Half of all home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den An average of 460 outside or unclassified Christmas tree fires occurred on home properties. Fifty-nine percent occurred in January; 86% were intentionally set Holiday or Decorative Light Fires Line-voltage holiday or decorative lights or were involved in an average of 170 home structure fires per year, resulting in an average of 7 civilian deaths, 17 civilian injuries, and $7.9 million in direct property damage Forty-two percent of these fires were reported in December and 13% occurred in January In one-fifth (21%) of these fires, Christmas trees were the item first ignited. Electrical problems were factors in 67% of these fires. Something that could burn was too close to the lights in 10% of the fires. Roughly 5,800 people per year were treated at hospital emergency rooms for falls associated with holiday decorations The following fire safety tips can help you maintain a fire-safe home this Christmas season Tips For Preventing Residential Fires · Install smoke alarms on every floor of the home, including the basement, and particularly near rooms in which people sleep. · Test all smoke alarms every month to ensure they work properly. · Devise a family fire escape plan and practice it every 6 months. In the plan, describe at least two different ways each family member can escape every room, and designate a safe place in front of the home for family members to meet after escaping a fire. · Select a fresh Christmas tree that is kept in water at all times. Needles on fresh trees should be green and should not fall off easily. Don’t put your tree up too early or leave it up longer than two weeks. Dried out Christmas trees can ignite easily and boost a fire by spreading it rapidly to nearby combustible materials. · Place your Christmas tree in a safe place, away from heat sources such as a fireplace or heat vent. · Maintain your holiday lights. Inspect your lights before you use them to ensure they don’t have frayed wires, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets or excessive wear. Only use lighting that is listed by an approved testing laboratory and don’t leave the lights on when you’re not home. · Avoid overloading electrical outlets. Don’t link more than three light strands unless the directions indicate it is safe. Periodically check the wires. They should not be warm to the touch. · Use only nonflammable decorations that are placed away from heat vents and if you’re using an artificial tree, make sure that it’s flame retardant. · Avoid using candles. If you do use candles, ensure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. · Do not leave lit candles unattended, never put candles on a Christmas tree and...

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Water Damage Edina MN | Water Damage Repair | Edina MN Water Damage

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 in Water and Flood Damage Equipment Rental, Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Water Damage Edina MN | Water Damage Repair | Edina MN Water Damage

Water Damage Repair Edina MN | Water Damage Services Edina MN Mother Nature has proven year after year that havoc can occur at a split second. Tens of thousands of buildings and homes across the country have suffered moisture/water damage as a result of severe weather (acts of God) or just plain bad luck. Water damage to a structure can occur in many ways.   Even the most solidly built and well-maintained building can be damaged by a violent force of nature, such as a flood, tornado, or wildfire.  In other situations, a water pipe may burst, and air conditioning leak, moisture intrusion, backed up septic tank or sewer line, or a sump pump may malfunction while you’re away on vacation and do serious water damage to your home and possessions. Understanding the categories of moisture/water damage is the first step in getting your home or building back to normal conditions. Categorizing the level of contamination of water in a damaged structure is required to perform loss assessment and evaluation activities. The category of water contamination must be considered so the correct procedures can be established for processing water-damaged structures and materials. Water damage is divided into three general categories: 1) Category 1 – Clean Water 2) Category 2 – Gray Water 3) Category 3 – Black Water However, the category of water contamination should not be identified solely by the color of the water, but by the source, contents, history and characteristics of the water. Category 1– Clean water originates from a source that does not pose substantial harm to humans if the clean up is performed within 24 hours of occurrence. Clean water sources may include, but are not limited to, broken water supply lines, melting ice or snow, falling rainwater, broken toilet tanks and toilet bowls that do not contain contaminants or additives. Clean water that has contact with structural surfaces and content materials may deteriorate in cleanliness as it dissolves or mixes with soils and other contaminants, and as time elapses. Category 2– Gray water contains a significant level of contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if consumed by or exposed to humans. Gray water carries microorganisms and nutrients for microorganisms. Examples of gray water sources may include, but are not necessarily limited to, discharge from dishwashers or washing machines, overflows from washing machines, overflows from toilet bowls with some urine (no feces), sump pump failures, seepage due to hydrostatic pressure, broken aquariums and punctured water beds. Gray water may contain chemicals, bio-contaminants (fungal, bacterial, viral, algae) and other forms of contamination including physical hazards. Time and temperature aggravate Category 2 water contamination levels significantly. Gray water in flooded structures that remains untreated for longer those 48 hours may change to Category 3. Category 3–  Black water contains pathogenic agents and is grossly unsanitary. Any persons with compromised immune systems, respiratory problems or allergies, or who are under 2 years of age or elderly must remain off the job site until the building is judged safe for occupancy. Black water includes sewage and other contaminated water sources entering or affecting the indoor environment. Toilet backflows that originate from beyond the toilet trap is considered black water contamination, regardless of visible content or color. Category 3 water includes all forms of flooding from...

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Water Damage Mold In Your Minnesota Home Part 3

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Flood Damage, Flooded Basement Repair, Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Water Damage Mold In Your Minnesota Home Part 3

Mold and Hidden Water Damage Mold From Ongoing Minor or Hidden Water Damage Continued from Water Damage Mold In Your Minnesota Home Part 1 Virtually everyone has some type of mold or another somewhere in their home. Although not all types are toxic, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish types without lab testing. Black molds can develop from water intrusion like water seepage, improper drainage and irrigation, plumbing leaks, basement flooding, rain and condensation issues. While toxic mold is less common than other mold species, it is not rare. For that reason, it is imperative to treat and remove all molds as if they are potentially harmful. Regardless of the type of mold found, a home containing mold is essentially not a healthy home. Exterior Water Intrusion Mold can grow on any wet building materials. Once it is discovered, it must be addressed quickly and appropriately. Delayed or improper treatment of mold issues can multiply repair costs significantly. When building materials such as wood siding, brick, concrete block and stucco are exposed to moisture sources from outdoors, over time that moisture can penetrate exterior walls and enter the wall cavity, creating perfect conditions for mold growth in between exterior and interior walls. Eventually the moisture and mold can penetrate all the way through to the interior side of wall surfaces. By that time, extensive damage to the structure has already taken place. Water and Mold Cleanup and Repair Begin any cleanup by drying your home, including removing any water-damaged items to help facilitate drying. Water-damaged walls and floorboards will need to be thoroughly dried, and drywall will likely have to be thrown away. All wet insulation, carpet, and similar items will also have to be thrown away. If you are cleaning personal items, there will be some hard choices to make. Cloth materials can normally be cleaned by laundering them several times to remove the impact of the water. Many other porous items, such as couches, stuffed animals, papers, and some older pictures, will have to be thrown away if they have been in the water for longer than 48 hours. Remember, it is better to throw something away than have it become a source of mold in the future. The long-term health issues associated with mold can be reduced by ensuring that a proper cleanup is done.  If you suspect you have a mold problem from hidden water damage, it is always best to hire a qualified and experienced specialist that is knowledgeable in the latest water extraction and drying methods. If your home was flooded for longer than 48 hours, you will probably need to consult a Certified (IICRC) Water Damage Restoration Professional. A proper inspection can help detect water intrusion issues early, saving thousands of dollars in repairs costs. Some of this information was quoted from an article called “Is Indoor Mold Contamination a Threat to Health?” by Harriet M. Ammann, Ph.D., D.A.B.T. – Senior Toxicologist at Washington State Department of Health, Olympia, Washington. Is Indoor Mold Contamination a Threat to Health.pdf Download Or for a full copy of her report in Microsoft Word format CLICK HERE Mold In The News // MINNESOTA Investigating and Remediating Mold in Minnesota Public Schools – State Dept. of Health Molds In Our Environment // Health Effects of Mold // Frequently...

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Water Damage Mold In Your Minnesota Home Part 2

Posted by on Dec 16, 2011 in Flood Damage, Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Water Damage Mold In Your Minnesota Home Part 2

Water Damage  Mold As the weather turns cooler, one of the “fast and furious” water leaks that homeowners encounter occurs when a pipe freezes and bursts. Whether you have had a small leak in one of your pipes or a full out flood, water damage mold is nothing to be taken lightly. Mold can be very persistent and hard to get rid of and it can also be hazardous to your health.  Not only that but if left unchecked, mold will ruin any surface it grows on. What Is Mold? Mold is a fungi whose job it is to decompose things. We often think of it as decomposing vegetables, bread and other foods that have been left around but when it gets into your home, mold can decompose your carpets, your drywall, your clothing, your books and any other organic surface in your home. Mold loves more sure which is why water damage mold is so common in flooded areas. Since mold spores are always present outside, it doesn’t take too much for them to get inside. All they need is a moist area, some organic material and the temperature of between two and 40°C. Needless to say, you don’t have to experience a major flood to get mold in your home. What To Do If you have mold in your home whether it’s from a flooded basement, heavy melting ice, or maybe a burst pipe, you want to assess the extent of the damage. Get into the area and see how bad the mold is. If it is excessive, you probably want to check your insurance policy to see if mold damage is covered and then call the insurance company. In many cases, hiring a mold remediation company is necessary to remove the mold safely. If you just have a minor leak at a pipe that has caused a little area of mold that you may be able to remove yourself. The first thing is to be sure of where the mold this. Remember, it can grow on wood, drywall, carpeting, fabrics and books so you want to check to make sure if any of these items around that they do not have mold on them. When removing the moldy items, you want to be sure that you seal them in a bag so that the mold spores do not become airborne and find another place to grow in your house. If it is a big job, you want to section off the entire area and be sure to have ventilation to the outside. Also, wear protective clothing when cleaning or removing mold as water damage mold can be very hazardous to your health. One of the worst outcomes of a leak or natural disaster is water damage mold. That’s because mold can be persistent, is hazardous to your health and is often difficult and costly to get rid of.  It only takes mold 24 to 48 hours to grow in the right moisture conditions.  Chances are, if you can’t see the mold and have a musty smell, that you have “hidden” mold. Hidden mold tends to be located in the air ducts, on the back side of dry wall, paneling or wallpaper, on the underside of carpets and pads, behind furniture, just to name a few locations....

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