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6 Tips for Returning Home after a Wildfire

As of this post, there are at least two major wildfires still raging in California after a year that has seen these blazes cause casualties and upend many families. Once it has been deemed safe to return after a wildfire, it will be a good idea to assess the damage it has caused to your property and to begin the cleanup process. Thus, if your home has been damaged by a wildfire fire, these six tips can help you get your life back on track.

  • Use caution as you return: Even though officials may have declared it to be safe to return home in aftermath of a wildfire, there may still be some dangers that are lurking around. For example, there may be pockets of heat, live embers, smoldering debris and broken glass in and around your home. Therefore, keep an eye out for these items as they may not only cause injury, they may even further threaten what is left of your home.
  • Check your home for damage: Once you have determined that it is safe to approach your home, you will want to begin making an assessment of the damage caused by the fire. We recommend that you wear leather gloves and thick-soled shoes as you are assessing the damage. Also, open your windows to let out any remaining smoke/fumes.
  • Create a list of damaged items: You will need this for the insurance company and so that you know how many resources you still have and can use.
  • Contact your insurance agent: The sooner you contact your insurance carrier the soon repairs can begin. Some insurance carriers can also provide help with daily expense known as “loss of use” funds for people who have undergone such a tragedy.
  • Contact the police: Unfortunately, there are people who take advantage of people whose homes have been destroyed by fire. These people will often sift through the debris for items they can use or resale. Contact the police so that will be able to head off such opportunists.
  • Contact a fire damage restoration company: Smoke, water and fire will likely damage a great many items in your home. Mold is also often a problem that quickly develops in the aftermath of a fire. Therefore, you will need to contact an expert smoke repair and fire damage repair Our technicians have experience helping homeowners get their lives back in order. We can inspect and repair damage to your home from water and fire such as mold and smoke odors and stains.opening door

Yes, returning home after a wildfire can be overwhelming. However, by taking precautions as you prepare to move back in, you can help ensure that you and your family stay safe and that you will be able to start on road to recovery.

Ways to Prevent Condensation and Mold Growth on Your Windowsills

Mold forms on windowsills when moisture builds up around them from either condensation or from an airflow issue within your home. Either way it can be quite persistent as it tends to form on wood which is a porous material. Thus, it is easier to prevent mold buildup on windowsills than it is to remove it once it has established a beachhead in your home. Before you panic, read these helpful hints on how to identify mold around your windowsills and prevent it from returning in the future.

How to Identify Mold around Your Windows

Most people have trouble identifying mold growing around their windows. This is because mold often looks a lot like dust when it grows on the sill, joints, etc. Moreover, mold can be nearly the same color as your window frame depending on what kind of mold it is. You can generally spot mold that is not the same color of your window frame because it will make the area around it seem discolored. Finally, mold can damage wood window frames and threaten the health of your family.

Ways to Prevent Mold Growth around Your Window

As we said before, condensation and moisture issues – such as leaking windows – are major causes of mold buildup around the windowsill. Nevertheless, there are several ways you can prevent this kind of mold.

  • Increase the airflow: Keep the humidity in your home low using a dehumidifier. Also keep your doors and windows closed while using your air conditioner. This will reduce the amount of wet, warm air from circulating inside your home. Finally, you may also wish to use an exhaust fan in your kitchen to keep the moisture caused by the cooking process from building up around your windows.
  • Regularly remove condensation to prevent mold: Condensation is also a leading contributor to mold formation around windowsills. Be sure to clean your windows and to wipe away condensation as it forms. Warning: If you have a wood frame and mold has begun to form, it will not be possible to remove it using only bleach.window
  • Add caulk to the edges of your windows to prevent leaks: Caulk will help prevent leaks, insulate your home and save you money on your heating bills.
  • Keep your windows dry: Mold requires moisture to grow. Therefore, wash and dry your windows often in order to deprive mold of the fuel it needs to develop.

Our certified mold removal services cover windows, floors, walls, ceilings and basements too. We’re the area’s trusted mold remediation specialists. We are also experts in water damage restoration and water extraction carpet cleaning which can also help prevent and destroy mold anywhere in your home.

What You Need to Know About Red Mold

Last time on this blog we talked a bit about how mold can come in a variety of colors. We also discussed the meanings and types of mold that appear in the home and in the wild. This time we would like to take some time to talk about a type of mold that usually flies under the radar – red mold.

What is Red Mold?

Red mold is a type of yeast that often appears as small spots are flecks. For this reason, many people mistake it for simple stains. Moreover, red mold can generally be found on building materials such as particle board or drywall and can quickly spread just as any other kind of mold can depending on the surrounding environment. Finally, once red mold has begun to spread its presence can usually be detected by its musty smell.

Is Red Mold Dangerous?

Red mold is not black mold for sure but that does not mean that it does not pose certain health risks. Symptoms of red mold exposure can cause certain symptoms to appear in the following kinds of individuals:

  • Babies, toddlers, and children.
  • People with respiratory problems, such as asthma, pneumonia, or bronchitis.
  • People with allergy, or tend to develop allergic reactions easily.
  • People with compromised immune system, such as those with AIDS, Lupus, and cancer.
  • The elderly.

The symptoms of red mold exposure include dizziness, headache, sneezing, coughing, blocked nose, eye irritation, and exhaustion.red mold

How to Prevent Red Mold

The formation and spread of red mold can be prevented in much the same as the spread of others kinds of mold can be controlled – by controlling moisture levels in your home or business. In particular, you should use a dehumidifier to lower humidity levels and increase the circulation in your home or office if you think that mold may have begun to form in either of these places.

How to Remove Mold

Finally, you can attempt to remove red mold using a DIY like bleach but this is not a good idea. First, you will likely expose yourself to mold or even cause it to spread while you are attempting to remove it. Second, red mold is often accompanied by other kinds of mold and can signify a larger problem. Lastly, DIY methods cannot fully detect the extent of mold contamination like our special equipment can which can test air quality and the presence of microorganisms.

We have all read and heard a great deal about black mold and green mold and many people wrongly assume that these are the only kinds of mold that can be harmful. We hope that this post has dispelled that notion. Any kind of mold can be harmful particularly to those who have weakened immune systems and/or allergies. That is why it is important to take action after your home or business has undergone water damage in Thousand Oaks. Our water damage restoration team can quickly detect all kinds of mold and remove it from your dwelling or place of business ensuring the health and safety of your family and your employees.

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