Understanding The Side Effects Of House Mold

mold removal martin, mold cleanup martinMost people think little of finding mold inside their home.  After all, a little mold on a piece of bread won’t kill the consumer, so why discard it? The same can be said with mold inside your home. If it is just a little mold, how bad can it really be? 

What people fail to understand is that there are dangerous side effects of household mold. Not only will mold damage the structure of your home, but it can affect the health of the occupants. 

Just like trees, and other species, mold comes in all forms.  In fact, studies show there are at least 1,000 different types of mold that can grow within the typical American home.  What they are called depends upon the effects granted onto humans and pets alike.

Thankfully, regardless of the different type of mold discovered, the side-effects of mold sickness are relatively the same on all counts. 

  1. Foggy thoughts and temporary memory loss, loss of focus, & headaches
  2. A weakness of the muscles, and exhaustion
  3. Joint Pain, constant nerve pain, and random muscle pains
  4. Tingling and numbness within the body
  5. Sensitivity to lights with one’s eyes
  6. Coughing or shortness of breath
  7. Slight tremors of the body
  8. Change in appetite, diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal pains
  9. Metallic Tastes in one’s mouth
  10. Irregular body temperatures changing at random intervals
  11. Increased urination and a higher intake of liquids in order to stay hydrated

Having just one of these symptoms can indicate a mold issue in your home, but having several can indicate more serious health issues. These are likely to increase for people who have health issues, the elderly, and infants.  If you or anyone within your household start experiencing one or all of these symptoms, get in contact with a doctor immediately.  The sooner you get checked out, the sooner that the illness can be treated and its side-effects negated so that proper health can be restored to yourself or your family if you do not live alone. You also want to make sure you contact a certified professional mold remediation company that can inspect your home and remove any signs of mold and mold spores.

Mold is common within many homes, and it does not strike quickly.  As a matter of fact, the growth of mold can go unnoticed for months, perhaps even years.  And if it does remain unnoticed, then the spores can detach themselves from wherever mold has grown, and find their way into the airways or bloodstreams of any humans or animals within the contaminated areas.  

But, you don’t have to deal with this issue alone! If in fact, if you suspect mold within your home, the professionals at Regency DRT are here to grant you aid and relief!  Available 24/7 in the Martin Florida area, their certified crew members will make sure that any mold within your home is not only located but also entirely eradicated. 1.888.221.5791.

Water, Water Everywhere!

DID YOU KNOW that water is the most essential element of life? That’s right. We all need water. We need it to bathe, to drink, to water plants and the grass, and even to enjoy recreationally, such as in a swimming pool. 

But are there times when you may wish water was scarce? Yes, such as when some water ends up where it shouldn’t be, like on your valuable wood floor.

When that happens, you must clean it up quickly. If you don’t, permanent damage can occur.

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Safe or Not Safe?

Have you ever walked or drove down a road and came across a sign that declared, “Floodplain Zone!”

If it was near your home, you might have panicked. But if it was somewhere far from your home, you felt safe.
A floodplain can be dangerous because any home in or near one is subject to flooding. If you have a basement, you have more to worry about.

But did you know that even if you live outside a floodplain, there are flooding issues that you must be aware of? Continue reading “Safe or Not Safe?”

Touchy Subject: Just how dirty are the things you use the most?

You wash your hand after you use the restroom, or handling raw meat, or riding the subway. That’s a great start. However, our handsimmediate surroundings harbor more bacteria than we like to imagine – and not just the usual suspects. The fact is, germs are all around us – it’s their world, we’re just living in it. Often they’re harmless, but not always, and it’s a good idea to avoid taking any unnecessary risks. It all starts with awareness – knowing which items, areas and surfaces are likely to harbor unwanted bacteria. From there we can take measures to disinfect those spaces and prevent potentially disease-causing germs from invading our bodies. Read on to learn which everyday items tend to be the most infested. The results may be surprising.
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Detergents, Soaps and More

Detergents, Soaps and More

When it comes to your home, you usually have two prime, important goals in mind: Keep your home clean and keep your home healthy. Family is important to you.

To do that, it takes a lot of thought. Not about your cleaning technique… but about the products you choose to do the cleaning.

When you wander the cleaning supply aisle at your favorite department or big-box store, the options are endless. The list of ingredients is long and the descriptive words are confusing. While a scientist working in a laboratory knows what those ingredients are, it’s not your fault that they mystify you.

What do you really need to know? The basics. Here they are. Continue reading “Detergents, Soaps and More”

3 Ways to Avoid Water Damage

What is a water damage? It’s anything that happens in your home that causes problems for you and your family.home-page2 It can be a simple over-flowing of a sink onto the kitchen floor. Or perhaps a toilet didn’t flush properly and it sloshed out a bit onto the bathroom floor. Then again it can be a little more serious such as from a broken pipe that spewed water everywhere in the basement when it was time for spring watering of the flowers. No matter what, a water damage in your home is bad news. Even the tiniest bit of water can cause all kinds of problems, from the worse (mold damage) to the least (pesky odors). There are three things you can do to help prevent water damage in your home:
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Fire Damage Restoration Tips

Fire damage is devastating to a home and its occupants. Once the flames are out, there will be a lot of things you’ll need to do as the homeowner to minimize the damage to your personal belongings and start the restoration process.  Here are a few tips to help you get started getting your home back in order.

You should not enter the property until the fire department confirms that the fire is out and it is safe to go inside.  Embers can smolder for days and rekindle if not properly extinguished. When it is safe to return, grab any important documents such as birth certificates, insurance papers and mortgage information.   Be sure to take any medications you will need and any valuables you can carry. Anything in a fireproof safe will probably be fine.

The next step is to call a certified fire restoration company, such as our company, for clean up and restorative services. There will be lingering smoke and soot on everything and you may want to stay in a hotel for the duration of the cleanup.  You will most likely not be allowed inside during the restoration process due to the environmental safety risks associated with smoke inhalation and chemical exposure. The cleanup crew will be wearing protective clothing and masks to protect them while they are working.

Important Tips:

  • Do not use any electrical appliances
  • Do not turn on any lights, use a flashlight [electrical wiring could be damaged]
  • Do not attempt to clean anything
  • Do not turn on your furnace or heat source
  • Open windows for ventilation to get smoke out of the house
  • Remove animals from the house [they are affected by smoke inhalation also]
  • Limit the number of people going in and out of the home to avoid tracking soot
  • Call a plumber or HVAC Technician to turn off the gas and drain the water heater.

Contact Regency Disaster Response Team immediately if you have been the victim of fire damage.  Our staff is available 24/7 to respond to emergencies. We know that time is very important and will there within minutes of your call securing everything for your safety and to contain the mess.

Preventing Water Damage from the Outside

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Water has a way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it, destroying everything in its path, and completely taking over parts of your home. This can cause an immense amount of stress and take a lot of work to get back to normal. However, there is a way to prevent water damage from happening to your home. Here are essential tips to safeguard your home’s exterior from water:

Roof

  • Check your roof to ensure the shingles, flashings or tiles aren’t missing, broken, cracked, curled or damaged in other ways.
  • Make sure the vents, flues, chimneys, air conditioners, and evaporative coolers are properly installed and in good shape.
  • Check for leaks around rooftop air-conditioning units, vents for exhaust or plumbing, or other specialized equipment.
  • Cut tree limbs that hang above your roof so they don’t cling to shingles and trap moisture. Leaves or twigs can also clog your gutters.

Gutters and Downspouts

  • Ensure these are clean, free of debris, and in good condition so that water can flow freely.
  • Install metal screens to prevent leaves, twigs, silt and other debris from clogging the gutters and drainage holes.
  • Ensure downspouts direct water at least five feet away from your home’s foundation. Install downspout extensions if needed.

Doors and Windows

  • Check for leaks near the corners of your doors and windows. Signs of leaks include peeling paint, paint discoloration or swollen frames.
  • Protect exterior doors and windows from the sun, rain, and snow by installing overhangs above them.
  • Close your doors and windows to check for a tight fit. Look for cracks between the sash and frame of your windows.
  • Repair or replace damaged flashing or weather-stripping around windows.
  • Install window well covers if you don’t already have them. This will prevent water and debris from getting trapped in your window well, causing water to eventually seep into your basement.

Walls

  • Check and repair cracked or broken siding boards, bricks, stone or another masonry, as well as structural sheathing.
  • Seal any openings from wiring, plumbing, phone, cable, and heating and air conditioning lines with foam or caulk. Repair any damaged or unpainted wood surrounding these openings.
  • Check for signs of termite activity on the walls and the wooden structures around your foundation. Termites can eat wood, plaster, and even metal siding.
  • Ensure that the exhaust vent doors properly open and close.
  • Remove any shrubs and other landscaping features from along the walls.
  • When irrigating the garden, avoid directing water towards the house to prevent excessive water near the foundation.

When it comes to water damage, you can never be too safe and protected. If you follow these steps, you can protect your home from exterior water damage. If water does sneak up on you and wreaks havoc in your home, be sure to give Regency DRT a call. We have the proper training, tools, and equipment to get your home back to normal in no time.

Frequently Asked Questions About Mold And Mold Cleanup in Florida

 

 

Mold, every home owner’s worst nightmare. Not only does it look unsightly, but a mold infestation can be detrimental to your family’s health. In this FAQ we will answer common questions about how it grows, who it affects, and how to get rid of it.

So.. What Is Mold Exactly?

Typically seen mold is a form of multi-celled fungus which is constantly present in the atmosphere in the form of fungus spores. These spores can make themselves at home with you, so long as they have a cozy environment such as a moist, generally undisturbed area. Additionally, they require a food source such as paper, wood, fabric fibers, dead skin cells, and more.

That Sounds Kinda Gross! What Impact Does It Have On Your Health?

Touching or inhaling the mold can affect anyone in the household. However, some people are more sensitive to the mold spores than others. Infants and the elderly, people with allergies, suppressed immune systems, and those suffering from asthma feel more effect from the mold spores. Typically they will experience inflammation of the sinuses, sneezing, runny nose, cough, congestion, itchy eyes, and skin rashes.

Yikes! Isn’t Mold More Of A Warm Weather Problem?

While it’s true that mold thrives in warm and moist environments, many onsets of mold occur in the home due to winter conditions. During the winter months, homes are less ventilated and water vapor will condense on cold surfaces such as windows and walls.

What Can I Do To Prevent Mold From Growing In My Home?

The best way to help prevent the growth of mold in your home is to minimize humidity inside the home. Spilled liquids should be cleaned up promptly, and damp clothing which cannot be laundered right away should be hung outside to dry. Ensure that your A/C drip pans are empty and the filters cleaned. Open windows to encourage ventilation in rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen. Also, be sure your appliances such as your dryer are properly vented outdoors.

I Think I Already Have Mold In My Home… What Can I Do?

The first thing to do is begin eliminating the sources of moisture in your home. If possible, open windows and doors while running fans to dry out the moldy area. When cleaning, never touch mold with your bare hands, always wear rubber gloves and a face mask.

If the mold damage is too extensive, you should seek out the help of a professional. They can inspect the property and give you an accurate estimation of what the cleanup will cost and how extensive it should be. If you would like to know more, feel free to visit our website.

Taking Care Of Water Damage

Water Damage West Palm Beach, Water Damage Cleanup West Palm BeachWhether you’re the victim of a broken water line or hurricane flooding, water in the basement always means big problems. Once the source is contained, drying the basement as quickly as possible is essential for your health and safety. Pumping out the basement is “simple physics” but there are considerations. Should you rent some equipment from construction rental or hardware stores? Of should you contract with a water removal service to pump out the residual?

Before Pumping Floodwater

Wait until exterior floodwaters recede; if water is puddling in your yard around your home’s foundation, it’s too soon to pump. Shut off electricity to the house if it’s still on and keep children and animals away from the basement. Be aware of dangers floating or submerged in the murky water.

Equipment

A submersible pump is necessary for removing the water. The pump is encased in a waterproof shell and features a sealed electrical cord and a fitting that connects to a regular garden hose (or a larger diameter sump hose ) The larger the hose, the more quickly the pump will remove the liquid. In addition to the pump and a hose, you’ll need a heavy-duty extension cord and a generator to run the pump. A nylon rope is necessary for lowering the pump if the water is more than a few feet deep.

Setting Up the Pump

The water restoration team can attach the extension cord to the pump cord before putting the pump in the basement. After securing the connection, they will attach the sump hose to the fitting on the top of the pump and lower the pump into the basement, using a rope. Once in place, the generator will start the pump. You can speed the removal process by running two or more pumps at the same time. As the water level lowers to a few inches, the pump might be repositioned in the basement to remove all the water.

Wet/Dry Vacuum for Small Problems

If the water problem is limited to a small area and is less than 1-inch deep, you might be able to pump out the water yourself with a wet/dry vacuum. Wet/dry vacuums work well, but they draw the water into a tank, which holds about 4 to 5 gallons of water. Each time the tank is full, you must carry it upstairs or to a basement drain and dump it. For anything more than very small water problems, this can quickly become labor-intensive. Be vigilant about drying ups drips on the stairs, they will be very slippery.

Germs, Mold or Mildew Considerations

The general rule is that you should replace anything porous if it was saturated with water to prevent the risk of mold growth; drywall paneling, cushions, and carpeting.  For walls, remove drywall paneling and let the wood framing dry completely before installing new drywall. Running a dehumidifier can speed the drying process to reduce mold risk (which start to grow within 24 hours.)

Water Damage Restoration Services

With more than twenty years of involvement in the disaster clean-up industry, Regency DRT has the experience and the knowledge to handle every type of water damage that may occur to your property; hundreds of clients’ residential, industrial, and commercial properties have been helped. Regency DRT is a full-service property restoration company including water extraction and pump outs, complete structural drying, dehumidification, mold and sewage remediation, and off-site personal property cleaning. The team of certified technicians is on-call 24/7 and will respond quickly no matter when disaster strikes. It is critical it is that cleanup begins as soon as possible to limit the damage to your property so call (888) 354-2447.