How Dangerous is Mold in Your Home?

Everyone wants the safest, healthiest home environment for their families. You would do anything to protect your loved ones from exposure to any substance that could cause them harm.

One of those feared substances is “mold” and with what you have seen in the news in recent years, exposure to harmful or “toxic” mold has affected the health of countless people — folks just like you.

This brings up the all-important question: Just exactly how dangerous is mold in homes?

That’s a tricky question, because there are many types of mold and mold is virtually everywhere. There is probably a little bit in your basement right now. Your shoes when you came home yesterday no doubt brought in a few mold spores. Mold spores can be in breathable space and travel in the air.

When you step outside, you are surrounded by mold. There’s nothing you can do about that. The main concern is usually what’s in the home, not outside, although if you are sensitive to mold you should avoid all damp areas that could promote mold growth, inside and out.

Some people are affected by even the smallest amounts of mold. They may have nasal issues, watery eyes, coughing and other physical reactions. A smaller segment of the population are very sensitive to exposure to mold, having severe reactions that can be life threatening. Others aren’t affected at all, and can be around and/or exposure to all types of molds with no apparent sensitivities.

The CDC has plenty of information for those concerned with mold in homes. One of the issues they raise is keeping moisture out of homes. “Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding,” according to the CDC government website.

The issue is twofold if mold is growing in your home. You must clean it up or have it cleaned up, and you must fix the moisture problem. You can do your research on how to fix the problem, but the best solution is, no doubt, getting expert advice from your professional water damage restoration contractor or mold removal or remediation company. Keep your family safe. Call the experts.

Fight, Flight, or Do It Right

water damage cleanup port st lucie, water damage port st lucieNothing quite compares to the comfort of walking into your house, removing your shoes, and sinking back into your favorite recliner for a moment of relaxation after a long day. On the other hand, nothing quite compares to the panic and devastation that arises from coming home to find your home and belongings soaked, submerged, and potentially destroyed. Upon coming across such a disaster, it may seem that water damage cleanup is a near impossible task. Typically, this is where one’s fight-or-flight mechanism kicks in. 

Realizing your home has been flooded can send you straight into panic mode. This may lead you into some dangerous waters, pun intended and could lead to further harm to both you and your home. You may find yourself tempted to fling yourself into the danger zone in a frenzied rampage to save your belongings. However, entering the area without protective gear can be extremely dangerous, as the water may contain unknown and detrimental contaminants and bacteria, as well as sharp objects such as nails, broken glass, or exposed wires. In addition, without turning off the water and electrical power, not only are you likely to have more water damage, but you also run the risk of fostering an electrical current in standing water. It is not a good idea to impulsively rush into the situation and tackle the disaster without a serious and professional assessment. “Fighting” the flood on your own is extremely dangerous and could inflict serious injury, inevitably leading to bigger problems than you started with.

Additionally, water damage can also be quite overwhelming, and if you are more prone to the “flight” aspect of the fight-or-flight conundrum, you may find yourself searching for quick-fixes to try to patch up the problem and ignore the real, more long-term consequences. Laying a few towels down and turning on some fans might seem to dry out the area, but much of the more serious damage will be virtually untouched. There may still be water in places you can’t see, like in the walls and beneath floorboards, which can lead to structural decay and mold growth. When left untreated, this can pose a serious threat to the health of all those in the household and could potentially generate major problems in the future.

All-in-all, the best way to handle this type of disaster is simpler than you might think. By reaching out to a water damage restoration service like Regency DRT in the Port St. Lucie area, your home can be saved without much hassle at all. Many water restoration companies offer different services, each tailored to your individual needs. Every disaster is different, and these companies are equipped to handle anything ranging from plumbing backups to severe flooding without causing any stress. An inspection will be conducted to assess damages and determine the source of the water.  From there, the service will determine what actions must be taken to recover your home and its contents, and the disaster will be professionally handled so that you and your home are taken care of.

Until Help Arrives

There are many steps you can take as a responsible homeowner when flooding occurs in your home, whether from an overflowing toilet or a failed sump pump. First of all, keep it safe. Do not do anything that can cause physical harm to yourself or your family, which can mean working in areas with electricity that have water damage issues. Pick things up. When water intrudes, picking up smaller items and placing them out of harm’s way is important. For objects you value, normally smaller items, and can get to without danger to yourself, start wiping them off and getting them dry. Although your water damage pro will handle the final cleaning and restoring of valuable objects, you can do much to help the process.
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How to Remove Deodorant Stains

How to Remove Deodorant Stains

It can be very embarrassing, especially if it happens at a business meeting or social event. When it does happen, you may wish you could crawl into a hole.

What are we talking about? When you raise your arm for something and show off an unsightly deodorant stain on your shirt, blouse or other item of clothing. You know people notice because their eyes are drawn right to your armpit, and there is never a hole close enough to crawl in to.

This type of stain builds up over time. When you perspire, some of the deodorant transfers to your clothing and each time you do the laundry, some of it sticks. However, removing deodorant stains can be accomplished with a few simple steps. Continue reading “How to Remove Deodorant Stains”

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The Risk Of DIY Water Damage Cleanup

water damage cleanup port st lucie, water damage repair port st lucieIf you have water damage within your home, your first instinct may be to go on to Google and find the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to clean it up yourself. With the internet at our fingertips, it seems that we can find “answers” to our problems within seconds. Although we may find these “answers,” it doesn’t necessarily mean they are correct, that they even work, or are the best option for you.

Why Do I Need Professional Help?

Even when there is seemingly minimal water damage, there could be places and areas in the room that have been affected by the water that are unnoticeable to the untrained eye. There could also be contaminated water that is unsafe for you to be in contact with or other issues that should be dealt with by professionals.

Proper water damage cleanup is not just soaking up the water with towels and using fans to try and dry out the area. There are specific ways to detect water, clean up the water and dry out the area that professionals are trained and licensed to do. A big risk of DIY water damage cleanup is not knowing the seriousness of the situation. This can apply to many circumstances and situations.

Even small leaks can bring big problems. Problems caused by water damage are not always instant. If water damage is not cleaned up immediately, it can grow into bigger problems beneath the surface like mold growth and build-up of bacteria. These contaminants can grow inside walls, around windows and in tiny cracks and openings. 

Speaking of bacteria, there can be instances where sewage water and materials are involved, which is very unsafe to deal with. If you think it’s not so serious, you can be exposed to many germs that can result in illness.

There can also be the risk of electricity and water. Water can cause a lot of problems with outlets, wiring throughout the house and electrical appliances. If you suspect there are these kinds of problems, do not deal with them yourself.

The structure of your home can be damaged by DIY water damage repair. Without fully understanding the seriousness of the damage, the water can’t be cleaned and dried out properly, leading to lasting issues with your home. By not getting the correct treatment to your home, the water can warp and distort floorboards, cause roof decay, rust pipes and many other things throughout your home.

Water can cause more damage to your home than you might think. Trying to find ways to clean it up on your own is not the answer. Call professionals to ensure your home gets the proper care it needs. At Regency DRT in Port St. Lucie, we are an emergency service and are trained professionals to clean up water damage in your home. We hope this was helpful to you and gives you a better idea of what to do when there is water damage in your home.

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

Tis the Holiday season to decorate and be merry! During this time of the year Regency DRT wanted to give some quick tidbits for a safe and merry holiday!

Turn off, unplug, and extinguish all decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house.

Unattended candles are the cause of one in five home candle fires. Half of home fire deaths occur between the hours of 11pm and 7am. (NFPA)

Use battery operated candles.

Candles are the start of almost half of home decoration fires.

Never connect more than three strings of lights.

If more than three strings are connected, it can blow a fuse and possible start a fire.

Protect cords from damage.

To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, forced into small spaces such as doors and windows, placed under rugs, located near heat sources, or attached by nails or staples.

Keep trees fresh by watering daily.

Dry trees are a serious fire hazard.

Do not overload electrical outlets.

Overloaded electrical outlets and faulty wires are a common cause of holiday fires.

Inspect electrical decorations for damage before use.

Cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections may lead to electrocution or start a fire.

Keep combustibles at least three feet from a heat source.

Decorations too close to a heat source was a factor in half of home fires that began with decorations.

Stay in the kitchen when something is cooking.

Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires.

Check decorations for certification labels.

Decorations not bearing a label from an independent laboratory, such as Underwriter Laboratories (UL), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), or Intertek (ETL), have not been tested for safety and could be hazardous.

 

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Dealing With Water Damage As A Landlord

water damage repair west palm beach, water damage west palm beachInvesting in real estate can be an adventure. Sometimes the adventure is filled with success and dividends and sometimes the adventure is filled with trials and tribulations. Having water damage is never a fun experience, and when one of your West Palm Beach rental properties needs water damage repair, it can be very stressful. Here are some tips for dealing with water damage repair as a landlord. 

Call A Water Damage Repair Company

The very first thing that you are going to want to do when your tenant announces that there is some sort of water damage in your property is to call a professional water damage repair company. You may be tempted to handle this issue by yourself, but if you are not particularly handy and the water damage is extensive, you should spare yourself the grief. It is especially important to have a water damage repair company do an assessment in situations like these so they can prove if needed in a court of law, what the cause of the water damage was. 

Contact Renters Insurance

Hopefully, you have required your renters to have insurance while they are staying in your property. If you have, then you will likely want to contact them because their insurance will be handling the expenses from the water damage if it was the fault of the tenant. They might have different stipulations depending on the kind of insurance, but it is always best to first give them a heads up that there has been water damage and to find out what they cover. Your homeowners insurance may end up paying the bill as well. Make sure you know the cause of the water damage so you can negotiate with the right insurance company. 

Know Your Rights

It is very important that you know your rights as a landlord. It is your responsibility to make sure that the plumbing in your property is working efficiently and that you are keeping it well maintained. Most of the time, it will fall on the landlord’s shoulders to fix any repairs. However, if there was some kind of leak caused by the tenant like a pipe burst due to pipes freezing in cold conditions in the home, your tenant should be held responsible. This is why it is so important to have the opinion of your water damage repair company of what the root cause of the damage was. No one wants to pay a bill, and you might end up taking your tenant to court or vice versa if there is an argument about whose fault it was. 

If you are a landlord and your property has been hit by water damage, contact Regency DRT before you do anything else. You may need to pay to fix the damage, but if you call soon, you may avoid having to pay for damages to your renters belongings as well as the damage to the property.

Mental and Physical Effects of a Disaster – And How the Right Restoration Company Can Help

Any natural disaster is devastating for those who must endure them. Hurricanes, floods, tornados, fires, and other disasters can wreak havoc on your health, home, and livelihood. Surviving these types of disasters are life changing and stressful enough, but what about after the event? In all the chaos and confusion that happens after a loss, what are the smaller things you need to look out for? What kind of mental and physical risks are there for you and your family? And how can you best get your life back on track?

According to Tulane University, “mental health problems rank among the most widespread long-term effects of natural disasters.” Yet, mental health is easy to overlook in the face of losing your property and working to have it restored. Many people suffer from grief, shock, anxiety, or depression after a disaster. The disruption of a daily routine and the loss of cherished possessions can be hard to deal with on top of the chaos and confusion that accompanies a disaster. Some common feelings associated with experiencing a traumatic event are shock, disbelief, fear, sadness, helplessness, guilt, anger, and shame. These types of feelings are normal, but lasting psychological effects can occur if there isn’t a return to normalcy.

These types of mental trauma can also express themselves in a physical way. Physical responses are completely normal and can include trembling, pounding heart, rapid breathing, lump in throat. So, it’s important to get the restoration help you need right away.

In addition to these mental problems, there are significant risks to physical health after a disaster. Your home can be compromised by unsanitary and potentially hazardous conditions. Ruptured gas lines, mold growth, vermin infestation, and stagnant water containing bacteria are just a few of the safety hazards that can affect your home. Take a look at this list of the side effects of mold exposure.

  • Foggy thoughts and temporary memory loss, loss of focus, headaches
  • Exhaustion and Muscle Weakness
  • Joint pain, constant nerve pain, random muscle pains
  • Tingling and numbness in the body
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Coughing or shortness of breath
  • Slight body tremors
  • Change in appetite, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Dehydration, decreased urination

Even if the damages to your home do not seem significant, it is important to use a qualified restoration company to bring your home back to pre-loss condition. Trying to fix damages to your home on your own is not only generally ineffective, it can also be dangerous. Any cleaning a homeowner does is usually only at the surface level, leaving potentially harmful mold and bacteria beneath your floors or in your walls. This can lead to bigger and more costly damages down the line.

Those who have suffered a loss might not understand the whirling emotions, frustrations, and feelings of hopelessness that are common during the restoration process. The knowledge, equipment, and manpower that comes with a restoration company can restore your property to its pre-loss condition much quicker and more effectively than any homeowner.

Safety is one of the major advantages to hiring a restoration company. Even minor issues can turn into large ones; things that don’t seem important, like a little mold or soot, can become health hazards for you and your family. With their expertise, restoration companies can get your life back to normal. Using a professional company means things can move along quickly and still be done to the highest standard of care.

In addition to this, restoration companies can help you to fully understand your insurance coverage. Insurance policies are often difficult to understand and interpret, especially in the wake of disaster. A professional disaster restoration company works with insurance companies every day, so they are best equipped to help you through the process of dealing with insurance agents and claims adjusters.

Regency DRT is the Company for All Your Restoration Needs

  • We Do It All
    • Regency DRT specializes in full-service disaster restoration, providing a one-stop-shop for our clients.
  • There When You Need Us
    • Disasters don’t rest, and neither do we. Regency offers 24-hour emergency response. No matter the time of day or night, a team is prepared to immediately respond to your property emergency.
  • We Work with All Insurance Companies
    • Regency has extensive experience working with insurance companies and claims adjusters on property insurance claims. We will work directly with your insurance company and coordinate everything from our initial response until your property is restored to pre-loss condition. Our objective is to make this process as smooth as possible for you.
  • We Provide the Highest Quality of Service
    • Regency DRT was founded on the belief that a restoration company should provide superior quality of service to their customers while maintaining the industry’s highest standards. We pride ourselves in our extensive training and knowledge of restoration services. When choosing Regency DRT, you can rest assured knowing you will be receiving the best restoration services available.
  • We Can Handle Losses of All Sizes
    • We can quickly respond to any disaster with the necessary amount of equipment, resources, and staff for the unique needs of your job, whether it’s a single residential loss, large loss, or area-wide disaster
  • We Are Committed to Customer Satisfaction
    • Regency DRT is confident that we can meet and even exceed customer expectations. To guarantee the highest level of service, we constantly monitor our work and immediately correct any area that does not meet our strict set of standards. In addition to this, we encourage customer communication and use your input to continuously improve our level of services provided to you. Our ultimate mission is to leave a smile on your face, happy and satisfied about the work performed in your home. 

 

Dealing With Property Vandalism in Florida

Vandalism Recovery

Though vandals will often target abandoned properties, sometimes they turn their destructive tendencies towards occupied homes and offices. The effects of vandalism can be wide-reaching—costing the property owner thousands of dollars and creating fear of future incidents. If your property has been affected by vandalism, follow these steps:
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