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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. A Water Damage Restoration Expert can help you locate the water source, do the necessary testing and help you remove the mold from your home before it has an opportunity to do any further damage. Mold loves moisture and it needs an organic surface to live on. That means that...

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Basement Water Damage MN | Minnesota Flooded Basement

Basement Water Damage Can Cost You More Than You Think It always happens suddenly, and without warning … Toilets overflowing, household appliances malfunctioning, water pipes breaking, leaking roofs or windows … And now you have to make a decision: “Do I submit a claim to my insurance company? If it’s not a covered loss, do I try to clean it up myself?” Here are some important things to keep in mind: Water in the Basement Can Cost You The Sale of Your Home DON’T WAIT! The longer the affected areas are wet, the greater the amount of damage. Water doesn’t just sit there … it spreads. If carpeting is involved, it doesn’t take long for it to seep into the pad, the subflooring, then up the walls or paneling. Once those are damp, the potential for mold and mildew growth is just hours away. DON’T EXPECT IT TO “Air-Dry!” One of the most common problems encountered comes from the homeowners decision to “see if it’ll just dry out by itself.” Because of the potential health hazards, that means you have to discard the carpet and pad, and replace with new – An expensive proposition that could have been avoided! Even if it’s a “covered loss,” your insurance may deny your claim because you waited too long! Water in the Basement Can Cost You The Sale of Your Home THINKING ABOUT SELLING YOUR HOME IN THE FUTURE?  Then keep in mind that you have to disclose information on past water damage, and you will have to prove it was properly remediated. If mold is present in the home, the potential buyer may not be able to obtain insurance! You may not even be able to sell your home!  Therefore, don’t take any chances! Call a Minnesota Water Damage Restoration Expert right away! The key is getting it dry as fast as possible! Preventing Water Damage In Your Home Unexpected water in your basement can damage walls and floors, destroy carpeting, ruin furniture and lead – pretty quickly – to mold. And perhaps the most upsetting of all: As basements are so often used for storage, water downstairs can ruin irreplaceable items like photo albums, antiques, and family heirlooms. The first signs of water damage might seem trivial: a drip here, a drop there – nothing that can’t be dried with a towel. But warnings like water stains on the ceilings or a leak under the kitchen sink can lead to real problems like a weakened roof or rotten floorboards. Burst pipes can damage your furniture and other personal possessions, and flooding can very quickly lead to problems with mold. Why take a chance? Learn where your home is most likely to suffer water damage, and what you can do to help prevent...

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Buying A New Home? Look For Signs Of Water Damage

Buying a New Home? Inspect For Signs of Water Damage With so many houses on the market, there has never been a better time to buy.  Whether you live in the area or not, house prices are low thanks to the plethora of foreclosures within the last few years.  Sadly, when it comes to the housing market, one person’s loss is another person’s gain.  But not always. While shopping for a new home or even a vacation property, it is important to know what the signs of water damage are so you can sport them long before you get into a potential buyer’s contract.  Look For Signs of Water Damage Knowing what to look for during your home search can help you greatly in the long end.  Not only will it give you an idea of the work that may need to be done to restore the home but it will flag the fact that the home does have problems.  Too often lately, home buyers are complaining of home inspections that did not show serious water damage or mold damage problems.  While home inspectors are supposed to record all findings of damage or problems to the home, some do not. When observing for signs of water damage of a potential property to buy, begin with the exterior.  Start with the roof.  Are there any missing or damaged shingles? Bent or damaged gutters? Is the roof collapsed in any area? Is the chimney damaged or cracked? Are any areas of the roof or directly under the roof stained or damaged? Ask your realtor for their opinion.  Find out how old the roof is as well and when it might need to be replaced. Next, check all exterior walls and windows.  Do you notice any collapsed walls? Are there any cracks or stepping in the walls? Are the exterior walls wet even though they should be dry? Are any windows broken or cracked? Can you notice any sign of water intrusion through any windows or window wells? Finally, look at the lawn and backyard.  Are there any puddles or flooded areas? How does the ground slope” towards or away from the house? Does any of the landscaping look damaged or drowned? Again, talk to your Realtor through the process and ask questions. Regarding the interior of the home, document anything you find suspicious and make sure you check everything.  Observe the walls, ceilings and floors.  Are any of the surfaces wet? Can you spot any cracks? Do you see any stains? A water stain on the ceiling may point to a roof leak, however if you have water pipes in the attic these may be the issue.  Look at the walls.  Do you see any signs of flaking, swelling or any discoloration or yellowing? Are any of the walls soft to the touch? Is the ceiling ballooning anywhere? Can you see any visible signs of mold? While inspecting rooms, check for warped or damaged wood.  For example, check hardwood floors, baseboards and cupboards.  If you see any warping or bucking in the hardwood floors, it is most likely a sign of water damage.  Look closely for molds on wood.  If there is carpet, check for stains or areas of wetness. Check inside cupboards for water stains.  Water stains in the bottom of your cabinets can be a product of a leak in your sink pipes.  In the kitchen, check to see if there is an exhaust fan: does it work? Also, check the bathrooms: do they have fans and do they work? In both kitchens and bathrooms, test fixtures to see...

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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 be tedious, and the task on hand may not be completed thoroughly. Hiring a fire and water restoration company has many benefits, all of which are to help you return back to your normal routine as quickly as possible. Calling in experts will help you to document and account for...

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Flood Water Damage & Restoration MN | Minnesota Water Damage Restoration

Where Is All This Water Coming From? Water damage is definitely one of the most common complications that people experience within their own homes. Many people think water damage only occurs from flooding after days of heavy downpours. Yet even on a sunny day, water damage can occur, leaving your property soaked. Whether the culprit is a broken plumbing pipe or a leaking roof, the damage can be devastating and costly. Some of the most common trouble spots are: Appliances Common sources for water damage include the water heater, clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators and air conditioning units. The age of the appliance is a major factor. For example over time, water heaters rust on the bottom and can then leak. Water supply hoses on washing machines and dishwashers may develop leaks. Hundreds of gallons of water can escape and significant damage can occur to the building and property inside. Pipes and Drains Plumbing systems are susceptible to clogs and stoppages, which can lead to overflowing appliances such as toilets, sinks and clothes washers. Grease buildup in kitchen sinks, lint accumulation in clothes washers and roots in sewer lines are some of the reasons for clogs and stoppages. In the winter, pipes can freeze, burst and damage the building and the occupants’ personal property. An eighth-inch (three millimeter) crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons ( 946 liters) of water a day. Roofing Deteriorated, missing or damaged roofing materials and ice dams can allow water to enter through the roof and damage ceilings, walls and floors. Inadequate attic insulation and ventilation can speed up a roof’s decay and contribute to the formation of ice dams in the winter. Exposure to wind, snow, ice, rain and foot traffic can also affect a roof’s ability to keep water out. Inspect Your Home or Building It doesn’t take a lot of effort to prevent damage from water. A regular inspection and maintenance schedule for the exterior building structure and interior appliances and fixtures may help reduce or prevent costly water damage. Water may come with from serious down pours by way of a leak in the roofing, or by equipment failures; such as cleaning equipment, dishwashers, ice machines, or maybe even from a major fire. And also, it is extremely important to take note that the longer the water sits over a time period, the more serious that deterioration will become. Promptly dealing water complications can help you save thousands of dollars in damage restoration expenses. Qualified Restoration Experts Whether it’s a busted pipe, a severe storm or a flood; water damage is a huge headache that can use the help of a trained professional. Look for a company that is an insurance approved and qualified water damage restoration expert. Fast response within 48 hours is necessary in order to prevent mold development and latent further damage. It is URGENT to begin structural drying as soon as water damage is observed to confine possible reconstruction...

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