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Ways to Prevent Mold after Water has Damaged Your Carpets

Drying a carpet after a flood should be done immediately. If you do not act quickly, mold could form doing irreparable harm to your carpet and endangering the health and well being of the people in your household. Despite this fact, some people delay or take the wrong measures when a large area of their carpeting has been soaked with water. Don’t be one of those people. It is important to know how to prevent mold growth on your carpet after it has become saturated with water. Here is some of our best advice.
• Remove water as quickly as possible: There is commercially available equipment that will help you remove some water from small carpets but for large jobs you should contact a water and smoke damage remediation company like ours. We have industrial strength equipment that will safety remove water from your carpet without causing it further damage.
• Minimize traffic on the wet carpet: If at all possible, keep people from walking on your wet carpeting. This will prevent it from becoming further damaged.
• Use fans to speed up the drying process: There is good news and bad news about using fans to help dry your carpet. The good news is that they can help air circulate over your carpet expediting the drying process. The bad news is that this method can take some time. You can rent high-power drying fans from a home improvement store but again, our experts have experience handling such machinery.
• Use a dehumidifier to dry out the room: Cool, dry air helps inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. Moreover, a humidifier will help to speed up the time your carpet takes to dry out. This will mean that mold and mildew will have less time to establish a foothold in your home.water damage
• Sanitize walls and baseboards: This may come as a surprise to most homeowners but anything that comes into contact with a s carpet that is also saturated with unhealthy water can also become contaminated. This is why it is advisable to clean all walls, hard-surface floors and other household surfaces with soap and water.
It is a feeling that can only be described as somewhat sickening. This is the feeling one gets when handling a carpet that has been saturated by water from a burst pipe, storm or the aftermath of a fire. The correct course to take at the end of the day is to hire restoration water damage experts to salvage what can be salvaged of your carpet. Water extraction carpet cleaning can remove black water –sewage water that may contain feces, harmful microbes, urine, etc – and its contaminants from your carpet that could lead to the formation of all kinds of mold.

2018 Holiday Fire Safety Tips

Family feasts, gift giving, fancy decorations and family vacations are all holiday traditions this time of year – and so, unfortunately are fires. In fact, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, emergency rooms across the US treat more than 15,000 injuries a year that are caused by holiday decorations. Take these steps to protect your family and home from holiday fires this season.

  • Check your fire alarms and prevention equipment: Once a year, check the batteries in your smoke detector. Also make sure that your home has several fire extinguishers and that each member of your family knows how to operate them.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended: Space heaters are a major source of home fires during the fall and winter months. Be sure to keep your heater at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs. Also, never leave space heaters unattended. If you are leaving your home or are going to sleep, be sure to turn off your space heater. Many space heaters have mechanisms installed that prevent them from overheating but you can never be too careful.
  • Inspect holiday lighting: Electrical fires are another major source of holiday fires. Check to be sure that light strands and power cords are not frayed or pinched. Also, as with space heaters, never leave holiday lighting on for an extended period of time or when you are not home.
  • Secure your Christmas tree: Place your Christmas tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, etc. Also, if you are using a natural tree be sure to keep the base of your tree filled with water to keep it from drying out. Dry, brittle Christmas trees are like tinder boxes ready to go off at any time.
  • Train your family on fire safety: Develop a fire safety plan and be sure that each member of your family knows what to do if the unthinkable should happen. Be sure they know where to go when fire occurs, how to operate extinguishers and which behaviors increase the risks of home fires.christmas lights

If your home or office should become subject to a fire this holiday season, our company is ready to help you with fire damage and flood repair. Water damage often occurs following a fire and this could increase mold dangers around your home. Our staff is fully trained to handle water damage restoration in the wake of fires. Have happy and safe holiday season.

Tips for Preventing and Getting Rid of Plant/Soil Mold

Houseplants are lovely additions to our homes. Not only do they help liven up our living spaces, some research suggests that they even help to reduce stress. However, one disadvantage to having them around for allergy suffers is that through them mold can be introduced into the home. Luckily, there are ways of getting rid of and preventing mold from forming on your plants and the soil that nourishes them.

Preventing Plant and Soil Mold

  • Start with sterile soil: If you are bringing in a plant from outdoors do not assume that the soil in which it rests is clean. Repot this soil and make sure that the soil you use for your plants is sterile by either buying new soil from the store or by sterilizing it in the oven.
  • Never over water the soil: By keeping the soil around your plants moist at all times you are creating the perfect conditions for mold to form. Allow the soil to dry thoroughly before re-watering. For plants that thrive in moist soil, let the surface dry slightly before re-watering.
  • Remove dead leaves: Make sure that you remove rotting leaves as they are a source for fungal growth. Also, make sure that your plants get plenty of sunlight to keep the soil and the plant from staying too wet.
  • Provide good air circulation: Set up an oscillating fan near your plants to increase the air circulation around them.

Removing Plant and Soil Mold

  • Scoop away the mold: Remove small mold spots from the soil around your plants with a scoop. Also, be sure to wear gloves and a mask to prevent contact with the mold.
  • Allow the soil to dry: After removing the moldy soil, allow the dirt to dry before re-watering the plant. You may also wish to repot the soil with sterile soil.
  • Add a natural anti-fungal to your soil: Cinnamon, baking soda, or apple cider vinegar can all act as natural anti-fungals. One solution you may wish to use is a solution of 3 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar and 1 gallon of water to help protect your plant and the soil around it from fungi. plant mold

In short, controlling mold growth on your plants and in the soil that nourishes it will make your entire household more attractive and healthier. Small mold problems can sometimes be controlled by homeowners. However, for larger problems you need restoration water damage experts. They can help with mold remediation in the wake of problems caused by flooding or where mold damage may be extensive.

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