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.

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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.

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Taking On Holiday Stains

It’s that time of year when you start planning for family and friends tofamily-holiday-party visit and, since you are hospitable, you start thinking of all the delicious meals, snacks and beverages you will serve them when they arrive.

Despite the very best attempts of you and your guests to keep things on the plate, in the bowl, in the glass and on the spoon or fork, the inevitable happens: Food or drinks spill, and for some reason they always spill on the carpet. Usually white carpet.

There is no need to panic, but there is a need to gather your thoughts, keep your cool and not overreact to the situation. That is difficult when you witness a full glass of merlot splashing onto your white, wool rug in the middle of the living room. Continue reading “Taking On Holiday Stains”

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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Fire Prevention Safety Tips

While a water damage occurring in your home from a rain or windstorm, a broken pipe or perhaps an overflowing sink or toilet is a terrible event to experience, virtually nothing is as devastating as a fire. And while statistics indicate a downward trend in house fires, mainly because of better, modern safety protocols, it is still a huge issue that must be addressed. For example, in 2013 there were more than 1,200,000 home fires, nearly 3,500 deaths and 16,000 injuries reported by the National Fire Protection Association. More than half of home fires start in one of your favorite places: The kitchen. That’s right. Cooking is an everyday occurrence and it is the number one cause of fires. Usually on the stove. Other causes include candles, Christmas trees, overburdened electrical cords/outlets, appliance malfunctions and cigarettes or cigars, to name just a few. What can you do to make things safe in your home and protect your family?
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Leaks Happen – Be Ready!

You know the normal sounds your home makes.

The air conditioner kicking on as the dog days of summer begin. The heating system starting up on a cold, winter evening. The creak of a loose floorboard as someone rises early in the morning.

What you don’t normally hear — and you do not want to hear — are the sounds of spraying water from a broken pipe or hose, or a malfunctioning hot water tank or water filter system. Even worse is when this happens when you are nowater-leakst home and upon arrival you wade through inches of water on the floor, or duck from the dripping water from an upstairs leak.

When water damage occurs (and statistics say water damage claims are among the highest with
insurance companies) you need to act quickly. The #1 concern is to think “safety first.” Before entering into any areas of the home that are damage from flood waters, be sure that the power is turned off. Nothing is worth getting an electrical shock!

Next, find the water turn-off valve and stop the flooding. Many homeowners aren’t sure where the water turn-off valve is located. Now is the time to figure that out, and even put a tag on it so it is easy to find, especially in the dark or in the beam of a flashlight. Don’t delay… find that valve and mark it!

It’s always best to be prepared. Contact your water damage restoration contractor and get the info you need to be safe… just in case.