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Facts You Need to Know About Fire, Water, and Mold Damage

 

If you have been a victim of a fire, water and mold damage, you know that it is a stressful time.  You may even feel upset or overwhelmed at how you will be able to get your house back to normal.  The first thing you need to do would be to contact your insurance company and let them know what happened.  They will then let you know what steps you need to take as well as what is covered and what is not covered.  Depending on the damage, you may need to move into a hotel until everything is restored.  Or, if you are able to remain in your home, you will have to live while the professionals restore your home back to a livable healthy environment. In this article we are going to cover:

  1. What the full extent of fire damage is
  2. How Restoration Works for Fire Damage
  3. What the full extent of water damage is
  4. How Restoration Works for Water Damage
  5. What the full extent of Mold Damage is
  6. How Restoration Works for Mold Damage

1.) What the full extent of fire damage is

  • There are many different types of fire damage ranging from a small stovetop fire all the way to major fire damage to most of the home. When there is fire damage, there are some things which can be cleaned, other things which can be restored and some things which must be completely disposed of.  For example, if there is soot on the walls, it can be cleaned and repainted.  However, if the walls have been burned, the sheetrock and studs may need to be completely replaced.  The same goes for furniture, if it has a smoke odor, it can be cleaned and restored, however, if it has been burned, it must be disposed of.
  • If you are the victim of a fire, it would be in your best interest to contact a professional fire restoration company who has ample experience working with fires and who is IICRC Certified. The IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration) certifies that the company is compliant and knows the proper way to take care of fire damage.)  This is important because they will be able to properly inspect, clean, restore and dispose of anything which has been impacted by the fire.
  • According to FEMA, since 2005 fires are down 22.7% in the United States. This is fantastic news, but although the number of fires is down, the number itself is still high. In 2014 there were over 1,298,000 fires in the United States.  There are many things which can cause a fire in your home including cooking, unintentional carelessness, open flame, electrical malfunction, heating issues, smoking, and arson.  Read FEMA’s full report by visiting their website.  The best way to protect yourself in the event of a fire in your home would be to have several working fire detectors, fire extinguishers, and a planned-out fire escape plan.

2.) How Restoration Works for Fire Damage

  • When there is a fire in your home, it can be extremely stressful and have a huge emotional toll on you. But the important thing to remember is that everyone has gotten out safely and the things which have been damaged can be replaced and you and your loved ones cannot.  You can make new memories to replace the old and be happy knowing everyone is safe and your home and belongs are being restored and replaced.
  • After the fire in your home has been safely extinguished and you have been given the go-ahead to re-enter your home, you can then begin to take an inventory of your loss. Before you begin this process, you need to have paper and pen so you do not forget anything.  To ensure you get the right inventory, you need to walk from room to room and begin making a list.  It is important to note, that even though a room does not look as if it has been damaged, it may have smoke odor damage which needs to be taken care of.  Once the professional fire restoration company arrives, you can walk through the home again and provide them with your assessment of inventory loss.  You will also need this information for the insurance company for those items which cannot be repaired.
  • When it comes to choosing fire damage restoration services, there are a couple of key things to look for. It is important that they be IICRC Certified, have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and have positive client feedback. If the company does not have these, then they should be immediately disregarded as you only want the best one taking care of your home.  Click here to read more about what to look for in a good fire restoration company.
  • Once your home has been taken care of and your belongings have been replaced, the fire restoration company can work with you to ensure you have everything which is needed to help prevent fires in the future.

3.) What is the full extent of water damage

There are many things which can cause water damage to your home.  At first, you may think that it is only water and what kind of damage can it really do.  But if this is not taken care of promptly in can create a host of problems for your home as well as your health.Midwest Water Damage Restoration

The most obvious types of damage that restoration companies will find include:

  • Anything porous in the house including particle board, box springs, mattresses, pillows, and furniture. Once these items have been encased or exposed to a lot of water, it will be difficult to clean them thus they may need to be disposed of.  It also largely depends on where the water damage has come from as some flood waters may be contaminated with harmful microbes.  Read more about these harmful microbes by clicking here. The restoration company will look at these items and assess whether or not they can be cleaned or if they need to be thrown away.  Most insurance policies will cover the cost of cleaning or replacing these items.
  • They will also look for areas which may have moisture by using special equipment that can gauge this. If they see there is still moisture, they will remove drywall, flooring or tile to ensure everything has been properly dried.  They will then use special detergents to clean all areas of any harmful contaminants.  When they do this to dry and clean these areas, they are eliminating the possibility of mold or other harmful bacteria from growing.  While doing this, if they see that mold has already started growing, they will take the necessary measures to ensure it has been properly removed.  Visit this website to learn more about mold remediation.

If you have any type of water damage, there are many benefits to why you should leave it in the capable hands of a professional.  Once you contact a professional, they will promptly arrive at your house to begin removing the water to help minimize the water damage.  They will have industrial sized equipment and know exactly what to do to quickly remove the water.  If the water is not removed promptly, it can result in the growth of harmful mold or bacteria. Once they have the water removed, they will have the proper equipment to check the humidity level to ensure it is where it needs to be to avoid mold growth.  Another benefit of hiring a professional would be they will be able to provide your insurance company with a detailed listing of what they did to restore your home and remove all the water.  Without this documentation, it may be difficult to collect for the damages you received.

Each year many Americans are impacted by water damage in their homes.  This damage can be from a leaky pike which can release hundreds of gallons of water over the course of a day, backed up plumbing, flooding or other storm damage.  Whatever the reason, 40 percent of homeowners in the United States have experienced property loss from water damage in their homes.  When this happens, these homeowners will file insurance claims to cover the cost of what was damaged.

So, when it comes to water damage in your home, it is vital that you contact your insurance company and get a professional out there to take care of it as soon as possible in order to avoid further complications.

4.) How Restoration works for water damage

When you have water damage in your home, it can take a huge emotional toll on you and your family.  The feeling of being displaced from your home as well as the thought of losing some things which you hold dear can be overwhelming.  After you contact your insurance company and restoration specialist, you need to focus on finding a safe place for you and your family to stay the night.  Once you find a place, you should also be sure to pack a bag of clothing along with any personal items you may need while away.  If these things have been damaged, then you should go to the store to purchase what you need and save your receipts for your insurance company.

As previously mentioned, having water damage in your home can have a huge emotional impact to everyone in your home.  It can be very stressful knowing that some of your prized possessions and memories may be lost forever.  To help minimize your loss, you should contact a professional who has ample experience with water damage restoration.  With their expertise, they may be able to save some things which you may have thought were lost.

Water Damage Restoration in MidwestOnce you have stopped the water from entering your home, have contacted your insurance company and a professional restoration company, you then need to take an inventory of your losses.  The best way to do this is to walk from room to room and write down what you believe to be damaged.  Even if you are not sure, you should write it down to be safe.  Once the professional arrives, they will do another walk through with you to point out damages you may have missed.  During this process, they will tell you what can be cleaned and restored and what will need to be replaced.

When it comes to choosing a professional restoration company, you will see there are several options out there.  It can be easy to choose the wrong one, but this can be avoided if you take the time to do your research.  While doing this it is important to choose one who has experience with water damage restoration. It is equally important that they be IICRC certified, so they know the proper way to inspect, clean and restore the items in your home. Finally, you should look at their client feedback to see how they treat their customers.  If you see they have negative feedback, then this should be an indicator to not choose them.

There are a couple of ways you can avoid water damage to your home. First, during the winter months, make sure that your pipes are properly insulated to avoid them from bursting. Next, you should pay attention to the flexible hose that connects to washer and dishwater to ensure there are not any leaks.  Of course, when it comes to storm and flood damage, the only preventive measures you can take is to know who to call if it were to happen. This is critical because the quicker they get there, the faster they can begin removing the water.

So, now you know what to do in the event you have water damage and need to have restoration done.

5.) What is the full extent of mold damage?

When you have mold in your home, and it exceeds 10 square feet, it is important to hire a professional to take care of it. This is important because if you have that much visible mold, then you most likely have a lot of mold which is not visible.

What is the full extent of mold damage When it comes to mold damage there is a lot that restoration companies need to address.  This can include needing to remove sheetrock, carpeting, subflooring, insulation, and wood. In some instances, they will need to use a specialized cleaning compound to remove the existing mold and to prevent it from growing back. If this is not taken care of properly, then it can lead the mold to spread and this is not good for your overall health.

There are many benefits to hiring a professional mold damage restoration company and the biggest one would be peace of mind.  When you hire a professional, you know that your mold problem has been taken care of and you do not have to worry about the mold adversely affecting your health.  Another benefit would be that they can clean and restore areas of your home which have been damaged by mold. Finally, the restoration company will be able to take care of what is causing the mold.  If you have a leaky pipe which results in the humidity rising, then it will create a perfect breeding ground for mold.  Other things they may check for is that the room is properly ventilated and if it is not, then they can take care of this.

When you hire a professional, they will take the worry out of it and remove the mold and make the environment better so that it is not conducive to mold growth.  Sometimes, this may require the homeowner to purchase a dehumidifier to ensure that the humidity is at the perfect level.  They can then purchase a hygrometer to check the humidity in their home.

Mold spores can be found everywhere in all homes and climates even in Norman, Oklahoma. For the mold spores to form into mold they need the right temperature, food, and moisture. With this being said, this does not mean that every household should hire a professional as some mold problems can be handled by the homeowner.  If the amount of mold present is less than 10 square feet, then the homeowner can use either Borax, Bleach, Ammonia, Hydrogen Peroxide, Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil, or Baking Soda to efficiently and effectively remove the mold. If they were to do this, then they would need to research it further as there are some chemicals which are toxic, and it can be bad to mix them together.  Visit this website to learn tips on how to remove the mold in your home.

So, if you see mold or smell a musty odor then you may have a mold problem.  If you cannot see the mold, then you should immediately hire a professional as it can be inside the walls.  If the amount of mold is less than 10 square feet and you do not smell an overly musty odor, you may be okay taking care of it yourself.  If you are not comfortable doing this and you want to sure it is properly taken care of then you should hire a professional.

6.) How Restoration Works for Mold Damage.

If you have mold in your home, it can take a huge emotional toll on you and your family.  It can be stressful as you may not feel comfortable living in your home while there is mold there.  It also, may not be safe for the health of your family to stay in the home while there is mold present.  To ensure you and your family is safe during the mold removal and restoration, you should find a safe place for you and your family to live.  This can be a friend or family member home or even a hotel.

How Restoration Works for Mold Damage in OklahomaOnce you notice or smell mold, it is then important to take an inventory of the damage or where the mold is present. Depending on the cause of the mold, it can affect your carpeting, subflooring, furniture, bedding, and other household items.  When it is safe to do so, you should walk through your home and write down everything that you see that has been damaged.  You should then also walk through your home with a professional as they will be able to identify things which may have been damaged that you did not notice. After you have taken inventory of the damages, you should give it to your insurance company, so they can add it to your claim to cover the cost of the damages and restoration services.  In some instances, your insurance company will require their adjuster to come out and do a walkthrough, so they can take note of the damages.  When they do this, it is a good idea for you and your restoration company to be present to ensure they see everything which you notated.

When it comes to choosing a mold damage restoration company, it is important to not randomly choose one as this can lead to potentially bigger problems. Before you choose a company, you should look at their client feedback as this will provide you insight as to the type of results you can expect to see.  Read more about what to expect from a mold damage restoration company by clicking here.

The best way to avoid mold from growing in your home is to take preventive measures. You should check for water leaks and condensation and take care of them promptly. For areas which have a lot of moisture, you should ensure they are properly ventilated with vents or a ventilation fan. It would also be a good idea to use a dehumidifier in areas which may have high moisture.

Sometimes even though you are taking preventive action, mold may still grow.  In these instances, you should ensure it is taken care of promptly to avoid further damage to your home and negatively impacting your health.

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