Water Damage and Basement Water Problems

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Water Damage and Basement Water Problems

Basement Water Damage Can Happen To Your Home Basement leakage is one of the most common problems found in houses. While structural damage caused by leakage is very rare, water in the basement can be a major inconvenience, and often causes damage to interior finishes and stored items. In addition, odors caused by mold, mildew, and lack of ventilation are particularly offensive to some people and can even be a source of allergic reaction. A Problem That Can Damage Your Health and Home Moisture problems in existing basements are also common, but often are not understood or properly treated. In a basement that is seldom used and separate from the living spaces above, this may not present a great problem. However, most basements in Minnesota are connected to the rest of the house through ductwork or other openings. In addition, basements are increasingly used as finished living and bedroom spaces. In these cases, moisture problems are not only annoying and uncomfortable, but can lead to significant health problems. Molds and mildew can grow in damp carpets and beneath wall coverings. Finishing a basement without first dealing with the moisture problems can result in making health conditions worse and lead to significant damage as well. Basement water problems are solvable, but there is a cost to doing it right. Solution To Moisture and Water Problems It’s a fact: Water damage can happen after just 48 hours. Act fast or drywall water damage, carpet water damage, leaky basements and home water damage can happen. We know as you do, that the safety of your family is your highest concern. Moisture can cause illness-causing mold and also damage materials you want to store or use in your basements. A wet basement is unlivable, unhealthy, and a hazard. If you have a house flood, you need to get the water out of your home right away. You need comprehensive water damage and water damage restoration services from a trained Minnesota Water Damage Restoration Expert. There are companies especially trained and equipped to extract water out of water damaged homes quickly, so that it won’t damage the structure itself. They also use special tools and techniques to dry up the house so that it won’t become a breeding ground for mold and other bacterial growth.  ...

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Water Damage Mold and Your Home

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in Flood Damage, Flooded Basement Repair, Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Water Damage Mold and Your Home

Water Damage and Mold For significant mold growth to occur, there must be a source of water (which could be invisible humidity), a source of food, and a substrate capable of sustaining growth. Common building materials, such as plywood, drywall, furring strips, carpets, and carpet padding are food for molds. In carpet, invisible dust is the food source. After a single incident of water damage occurs in a building, molds grow inside walls and then become dormant until a subsequent incident of high humidity; this illustrates how mold can appear to be a sudden problem, long after a previous flood or water incident that did not produce a mold-related problem. The Right Conditions The right conditions re-activate mold. Studies also show that mycotoxin levels are perceptibly higher in buildings that have once had a water incident Both our indoor and outdoor environment have mold spores present. There is no such thing as a mold free environment in the Earth’s biosphere. Spores needs three things to grow into mold: (1) Nutrients: Food for spores in an indoor environment is organic matter, often cellulose. (2) Moisture Moisture is required to begin the decaying process caused by the mold. (3) Time: Mold growth begins between 24 hours and 10 days from the provision of the growing conditions. There is no way to date mold. Mold colonies can grow inside building structures. The main problem with the presence of mold in buildings is the inhalation of mycotoxins. Molds may produce an identifiable smell. Growth is fostered by moisture. After a flood or major leak, mycotoxin levels are higher in the building even after it has dried out (source: CMHC). Food sources for molds in buildings include cellulose-based materials, such as wood, cardboard, and the paper facing on both sides of drywall, and all other kinds of organic matter, such as soap, dust and fabrics. Carpet contains dust made of organic matter such as skin cells. If a house has mold, the moisture may be from the basement or crawl space, a leaking roof, or a leak in plumbing pipes behind the walls. Insufficient ventilation can further enable moisture build-up. The more people in a space, the more humidity builds up. This is from normal breathing and perspiring. Visible mold colonies may form where ventilation is poorest, and on perimeter walls, because they are coolest, thus closest to the dew point. If there are mold problems in a house only during certain times of the year, then it is probably either too air-tight, or too drafty. Mold problems occur in airtight homes more frequently in the warmer months (when humidity reaches high levels inside the house, and moisture is trapped), and occur in drafty homes more frequently in the colder months (when warm air escapes from the living area into unconditioned space, and condenses). If a house is humidified artificially during the winter, this can create conditions favorable to mold. Moving air may prevent mold from growing since it has the same desiccating effect as lowering humidity. Minnesota Water and Flood Restoration Expert There are many ways to prevent mold growth. A Minnesota Water and Flood Restoration Expert is capable of repairing the damage – usually by removing the affected areas and eliminating the cause of the excess moisture with state of the art...

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Water Damage Cleanup and Your Health

Posted by on Sep 23, 2011 in Flood Damage, Flooded Basement Repair, Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Water Damage Cleanup and Your Health

Water Damage and Mold – The Hidden Dangers Autumn means molds are out in full force. Outdoor molds thrive in gutters, soil, rotten wood and fallen leaves. Damp weather promotes indoor mold growth as well. Check bathrooms, kitchens, basements, carpets and houseplants for mold growth. Allergic reactions may be heightened by the airborne spores molds produce. Molds, mildew and fungi are present everywhere…inside and outside. Furniture, carpet, books, even the air we breathe is full of spores. Humid, dark places with little air circulation promote the rapid growth of these fungi. Hidden Dangers of Mold Eating, relaxing and sleeping in a home full of allergy antagonists like mold, mildew and fungus presents your body with additional challenges which may lead to a worsening of your symptoms. Over 50 molds are considered problematic, including Stachybotrys, more commonly known as “black mold”. Pulmonary hemosiderosis has been linked to toxic mold exposure by the CDC. Mold can grow behind walls and even dead molds can make you sick. Mold can be found in homes, hospitals, schools and office buildings and may not be easily noticeable. All parts of the country are affected by mold and areas where moisture or heavy rain prevails, are more susceptible to mold, mildew and fungal growth. Mold Causes and Symptoms Molds typically grow in homes and buildings affected by water damage and are a potential cause of many health problems including asthma, sinusitis, and infections. People sensitive to molds are particularly uncomfortable on cloudy, rainy, damp days. Molds may also play a major role in cases of sick building syndrome and related illnesses. Allergic reactions can be caused by molds. The most reliable physical findings of mold allergy are dyshidrotic eczema, accompanied by tiny blisters on the palms of the hands. Other symptoms are nummular eczema that looks like ringworm. “I don’t SEE any mold!” Half of the people who call say those very words. But not all mold problems are as obvious as we would like them to be. In fact, the most costly mold related repairs are caused by mold that no one knew was there. Unnoticed, mold can rapidly spread exponentially inside walls, under floors, above ceilings, and deep into heating and air conditioning vents. By the time hidden mold is detected, it can cause thousands of dollars in property damage and pose significant health risks. Immediate Water Damage Cleanup The thing you need to fight water damage and flooding is to hire a professional water damage restoration company. A Minnesota Water Damage Restoration Expert utilizes state of the art equipment in removing as much water as possible, and then begins drying the area with our high velocity fans and ventilation systems. They can restore a healthy environment to your home or office if you happen to find yourself up an indoor creek without a paddle. 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...

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Mold and Hidden Water Damage

Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 in Flood Damage, Flooded Basement Repair, Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Mold and Hidden Water Damage

Mold From Ongoing Minor or Hidden Water Damage 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, 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...

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Water Damage and Your Health

Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 in Flood Damage, Water and Flood Damage Equipment Rental, Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Water Damage and Your Health

Can Moisture and Water Damage To Your Home Be Hazardous to Your Health? Mother Nature has proven year after year that havoc can occur at a split second. Tens of thousands of building structures 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 home or building can occur in many ways. Even the most solidly built and well-maintained home or building can be damaged by a violent force of nature, such as a flood, hurricane, tornado, or wildfire.  Water Damage To Your Home 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 cleanup 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...

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Water Damage Cleanup Repair and Restoration MN

Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 in Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Water Damage Cleanup Repair and Restoration MN

Minnesota Water Damage Restoration Water damage is one of the most common homeowner’s insurance claims in the country. Most water damages are caused due to burst pipes, leaky appliances and flooded basements. These unfortunate disasters can turn your world upside down wondering what to do next. These occurrences often lead people to discover the details of their home insurance policies. Water damage is hazardous to health and dangerous for any home or business, therefore time is of the essence when it occurs. If treated quickly, you can minimize the damage, reduce restoration costs and prevent the growth of mold, and other contaminants. There are three different categories of water damage: Clean Water Damage – Does not contain harmful contaminants. This kind of water damage is most commonly caused from rainwater or pipe bursts. Gray Water Damage – Has some level of contamination in the water. This kind of water damage is usually caused from flooding of household appliances such as dishwasher, refrigerator, empty toilet, etc. Black Water Damage – Contains contaminants that are harmful if they come in contact with skin or are consumed. This kind of water damage occurs from floods by natural disasters, sewer backups, toilet overflows, etc. Acting immediately after the emergency can save time and dollars in the restoration work. Damage can begin within minutes of the water intrusion. Therefore, immediate action is important following a water-related disaster or accident. How quickly you take action to begin the water restoration process will determine what and how much can be salvaged. Unwelcome moisture not only ruins carpeting and stains floors, ceilings and walls, but if left uncorrected can diminish the value of the property, which drastically affects financial status. One of the biggest problems caused due to water damage is molding. Molds are part of a group of micro-organisms called fungi that also include mushrooms and yeasts. Mold formation is the greatest setback most people face when dealing with water damage. Such a kind of water damage is most commonly caused from rainwater or pipe bursts. Thorough drying is important for effective mold removal and prevention. A restoration company will first perform initial tests to establish the length of time the property has been exposed to water, the amount of moisture that has been absorbed and how deeply the water has penetrated. Then a water damage specialists can immediately place dehumidifiers to dry affected areas and control the environment within the property. Water extraction machines are also carried to allow for the removal of standing water. They can work quickly and efficiently to extract the water as quickly as possible giving you the best possible chance to save fixtures, carpeting and building infrastructure. Molding due to water damage can spoil possessions and can cause health problems. Some health problems triggered by exposure to mold include allergic reactions such as asthma, non-allergic reactions such as headaches, as well as lung and breathing infections. However, water damage restoration is available. Restoration can take place in several ways, including water extraction, sewage clean-ups, crawl space drying, structural drying, basement drying, dehumidification, odor control, sanitization, disinfecting, carpet cleaning, debris removal, emergency board-ups and mold remediation. Hiring A Water Damage Company When dealing with water damage, calling in professional help is always preferable to attempting do-it-yourself methods. These do-it-yourself methods can...

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Air Duct Cleaning MN

Posted by on Sep 16, 2011 in Air Duct Cleaning, Water Damage Repair | Comments Off on Air Duct Cleaning MN

Minnesota Air Duct Cleaning Air Duct cleaning is an essential part of home maintenance just like mopping and vacuuming. Your duct system is the heart and circulatory of your house. If any of it is gunked up with dust or mold, the core system isn’t going to function properly. Because it’s out of sight, people don’t think about cleaning the system that delivers the air they breathe. Do You Need To Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned For Better Performance? Yes! Air duct cleaning services offers, cleaning the inside of air conditioning and heating ducts using a variety of methods. These include vacuuming, blowing, scrubbing, or treating with chemical compounds that are claimed to kill, seal, or prevent the growth of molds and other organisms. Often claims of better indoor air quality and respiratory health improvements are made by these services. In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt found in all homes through regular use, there are several other factors that can increase the need for air duct cleaning: Pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander Occupants with allergies or asthma Cigarette or cigar smoke Water contamination or damage to your home / HVAC system Home renovation or remodeling projects Overall home cleanliness Some occupants are more sensitive to these contaminants than others. Allergy and asthma sufferers, as well as young children and the elderly tend to be more susceptible to the types of poor indoor air quality that air duct cleaning can help to address. Inspect Your Air Ducts You can tell if your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system needs cleaning by one of two ways. First, with a screwdriver, remove a floor or wall register. Then, use a small mirror and flashlight or use a digital camera to take a picture inside the duct. If there is visible dust, dirt or debris, you should have your ducts cleaned. What You Need to Know About Duct Cleaning Air duct cleaning is a misnomer. In actuality, the entire HVAC system should be cleaned. Failure to clean all components of the system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus minimizing the benefits of cleaning. Just as you would not only clean half of your living room floor, you also would not want to clean only part of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. NADCA recommends cleaning the entire HVAC system, including the following components: Air ducts Coils Drain pan Registers Grills Air plenum Blower motor and assembly Heat exchanger Air Filter Air Cleaner Proper HVAC Cleaning Process There are two key components to HVAC cleaning: breaking contaminants loose, and collection of contaminants. Breaking Contaminants Loose Properly cleaning HVAC systems requires removing the sources of contamination. Source removal begins with use of one or more agitation devices designed to loosen contaminants from the surfaces within the heating and air-conditioning system. Examples of agitation devices include brushes, air whips, and compressed air nozzles or “skipper balls.” Agitation can also be achieved through hand-brushing or contact vacuuming. Collection of Contaminants During cleaning, the entire HVAC system is placed under continuous negative pressure (vacuum) to prevent the spread of contaminants. Continuous negative pressure allows very fine particles to be removed from the system as they become airborne, ensuring that these particles are not released into the...

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MN Water Restoration and Repair

Posted by on Sep 15, 2011 in Flood Damage, Water and Flood Damage Equipment Rental, Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on MN Water Restoration and Repair

Water Damage Can Often Be Caused By Weather Flooding due to storms can take a serious toll on your home and belongings. Sometimes the flooding comes in the form of ground water, which can bring raw sewage and other hazardous contaminants into your home. Another type of flooding can be from water main breaks, or other plumbing problems inside your home. Sometimes you’ll have a leaking pipe, or a leaking water heater. Potable (or drinkable) water floods don’t pose the same threats as untreated water floods. No matter the source of the flood, if you have standing water in your home, you may have the right environment for serious health risks. You can’t waste time after a flood. You need water damage repair fast. Most of your belongings and the materials that homes are built from are made to remain dry. Providing walls, carpets, carpet padding and air ducts are dry, they’re safe and serviceable. But add water and the right conditions and your home becomes a big biohazard. Water In The Home Is An Invitation To Grow Mold and Mildew Slow leaks are dangerous because you don’t necessarily notice them right away. Meanwhile a wet area can grow mold and mildew, maybe even going unnoticed and out of control. Major leaks and floods are dangerous too, and they sometimes bring raw sewage and other biohazards into your home. Standing water in the home is an invitation to grow mold and mildew. Even when the water is removed, everything remains damp. In addition to creating mold, flooding causes structural damage as well. When gallons and gallons of warm water (or water of any temperature) spill into your home, wood floors can warp and swell, your walls can absorb water like a sponge, your carpets and carpet padding absorb the water, your furniture soaks in the water, your wood furniture can become damaged, warp and split. Water damage restoration can help lessen or remove the problems associated with flooding. Water Damage and Contaminants Floods can back up sewer lines which break and create dreadful toxic damage to your home and surrounding area. It’s very important to check with health officials and know the capacity of the damage and type of work required. A Minnesota Water Damage Expert will be able to evaluate if the damage is just too great to repair. If hazardous wastes are involved, you’ll need our professional guidance to evaluate the safety issues. We’ll evaluate if it’s safe to do water extraction, or if we’ll be hauling away the debris for a full carpet replacement.  ...

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Minnesota Carpet Cleaning Experts

Posted by on Sep 14, 2011 in Carpet Water Damage | Comments Off on Minnesota Carpet Cleaning Experts

Carpet Cleaning and Restoration MN As carpet cleaners in Minnesota, we are often asked the question “How often do I need to have my carpet cleaned to keep my indoor air quality up to par?” We have been in business here in Minnesota since 1992, and we have built our business through honest communication with our customers. When we are asked to respond to questions about the recommended carpet cleaning frequency, we don’t guess or tell you that you need to have your carpet cleaned more often that you really need to. We simply refer to the Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines. Recommended Carpet Cleaning Frequency According to the EPA, recommended carpet cleaning frequency varies depending on the type of building involved, how many people are typically inside, whether or not they smoke or have pets, what the outdoor conditions are, and what the building is being used for. The chart below spells out the EPA’s recommendations for carpet cleaning frequency. Environment Environment Normal Contaminated Outside Dusty   Cold Weather Climates High Humidity Biogenic Day Care Center 2 WEEKS 1 WEEK 2 WEEKS 1 WEEK Nursing Home 1 MONTH 1 MONTH 1 MONTH 1 WEEK Residence, 2 persons Non-Smoking 6-12 MONTHS 2 MONTHS 4-6 MONTHS 4-6 MONTHS Residence, 2 persons with Smoking 4 MONTHS 2 MONTHS 3 MONTHS 4 MONTHS Residence, with Children 6 MONTHS 1 MONTH 3 MONTHS 3 MONTHS Residence, with Children & Pets 3-6 MONTHS 1 MONTH 2 MONTHS 2 MONTHS Office Building, Ground Floor 3-6 MONTHS 1-4 MONTHS 2-6 MONTHS 2-6 MONTHS Office Building, Upper Floors 6-12 MONTHS 2-6 MONTHS 3-9 MONTHS 3-9 MONTHS Food Service Establishments 1 MONTH 1 WEEK 2 WEEKS 2 WEEKS The EPA states that extraction cleaning methods are the most effective for removing soil from carpets, and a Professional Carpet Cleaning Expert specializes in the expert implementation of extraction cleaning methodologies by constantly keeping updated in the latest equipment and technology in cleaning methods. Through the impact of technology, there have been huge advances in carpet restoration methods.  Which one to use will best be determined by your Minnesota Carpet Cleaning...

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Minneapolis Water Damage Floor Repair MN | Water Damaged Floors

Posted by on Sep 13, 2011 in Flood Damage, Water and Flood Damage Equipment Rental, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Minneapolis Water Damage Floor Repair MN | Water Damaged Floors

Repair and Restoration For Water Damaged Floors In all cases of water damage in floors, cleanup should always start with removing any standing water to prevent further damage. Next, discard any floor materials that cannot be salvaged anymore such as carpet padding. It is also very important to remove excess moisture from the floor and especially the subfloor of wooden floorings. This can be done by using dehumidifiers or fans and other drying devices that force dry air onto the area and help restore the correct level of humidity. Once the surface is thoroughly dry, it should be treated against mold growth. Water Damage Floor Repair After applying an anti-mold treatment, the floor should be ready for repair and restoration. The specific methods for restoring water damaged floors will depend on the type of floors that were affected. For carpeted floors, replace the carpet padding and then reinstall new carpet if the old one was severely damaged and beyond cleaning. For water damaged wooden floors, make sure you have removed all hardwood that was damaged. The subfloor must also be replaced if the water has weakened it. Apply a floor-leveling compound and then install new wood flooring, making sure it has the same color, thickness and texture as the existing floor. Re-sanding and refinishing the replacement wood pieces may also be necessary so they will blend with the rest of the floor. For water-damaged tiles, use baking soda and water solution to clean stains off tiles. If there is serious staining and discoloration, it would be necessary to call a tile professional. If there are cracked grout lines or any loose tiles, they would have to be removed and replaced. It is important to make sure there is no moisture in the surface underneath the tiles. When It’s Best to Call for Professional Help Whether you have had water damage in your home caused by a storm or the cause of water damage in your home is sewage backup, do not attempt to do the cleanup yourself. You will be putting yourself at great risk because you are dealing with highly contaminated water. You should call a water damage restoration professional instead. Also, if the water damage is extensive, affecting large areas or more than one floor, then it is also best to call professional help because you may not be able to clean up everything quickly and time is of the essence in any water damage incident. Molds can grow on a surface that has been wet for just a day or two. In addition, the wet floor and subfloor must be dried thoroughly and this is done properly with the use of specialized equipment. You may have to rent them so why not just hire a professional water damage crew who already has the needed equipment and training to do the job efficiently. Calling for professional help is not just a convenient way to have your water damaged floors cleaned up and restored. In most cases, it is necessary to prevent further damage....

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