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.

Clogged Drain Dramas

It sits in the center of every sink, at the end of every bathtub, and could be anywhere at the bottom of a shower stall… that’s right. You see them all the time. Drains that faithfully work to take away soapy water, food waste and more.

So when they slow down or even quit working entirely, it is very frustrating and annoying.

Your first inclination is to grab a plunger, which might work but more than often… it doesn’t work at all. But you have to try! Sometimes, a connecting drain to the plugged one allows air to escape and the plunging action is worthless. You can plug the second drain with a towel or cloth, and that might help with the plunging action.

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Disaster Recovery Plan Resources

 

 

Disaster Recovery Plan Resources

Having a proper evacuation plan can make all the difference in keeping you and your family safe during a hurricane. And, if you run a business, it can also help you get back on track faster after a disaster. Hurricanes are unpredictable and can cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to homes and properties,but the good news is that there are several agencies that offer valuable information and guidance on how to prepare, stay safe, and recover from natural disasters.

  1. American Red Cross: The Red Cross offers tips on how to best prepare for a storm: what to do before, after, and during the storm. They do this in addition to aiding hurricane victims. You can also buy emergency supplies from the Red Cross.
  2. Ready.gov: This site, manage by the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, offers guides to help you prepare for both natural and man-made disasters. It can help with things such as:
    1. Emergency supplies to stock up on
    2. Making a hurricane plan
    3. How to safeguard your property
    4. What to do in the hours before a hurricane
    5. How to be safe after a hurricane passes
  3. National Weather Service: The National Weather Service will keep you updated on current weather developments during a storm. To make sure you can get these important updates, it is recommended you have a weather radio, which will work in nearly any weather conditions. It uses the FCC’s Emergency Alert System to communicate critical information to victims of natural disasters.
  4. NOAA: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is the organization that manages the National Weather Service. Their website has a plethora of information on hurricanes, complete with satellite imagery and hurricane tracking.
  5. CDC: The Center for Disease Control offers resources to help you understand the potential health risks that arise from a hurricane, including bacteria and mold that can grow in the standing flood water. They offer tips on:
    1. Creating an evacuation plan
    2. Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning
    3. How to find safe food and water supplies
    4. How to stay safe when helping your community recover

Sensitive to Mold and Other Allergens?

DID YOU KNOW that even the healthiest of individuals can still feel negative effects in the presence of some common things around the house?

It’s not something that necessarily has to start growing in the basement of your house after a flood. It’s something that can “just happen” and it’s not good news. But it can be easily fixed.

First of all, what are we talking about?

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Why You Must Act Quickly to Clean the Devastation Caused by Wind Damage

 

Why You Must Act Quickly to Clean the Devastation Caused by Wind Damage

When a storm or other serious weather conditions cause wind damage, it is imperative to contact Regency Disaster Response Team immediately. This is especially true if heavy winds damaged the roof or walls of your property and left it further exposed to the elements. Your home or business is even at risk if only your windows were broken.

As soon as we arrive on the scene, we evaluate the damages and come up with a plan to ensure that you and your family or employees are safe. Next, we procure the equipment we need to start cleaning up right away. This may involve temporarily boarding up part of your home or business until you can get it permanently fixed. We may also use a tarp if the situation calls for it.

Ensuring Safety Inside the Property

Due to the recent storm, the high winds may have blown rainwater, dirt, miscellaneous debris, and several allergens into your home. If you or a family member suddenly has difficulty breathing, this is the most likely cause. Our disaster response experts use humidification and total structure drying to remove allergy triggers from your indoor environment. We also use thermal imaging and diagnostics to see if there are additional problems that we also need to address.

Another common problem caused by wind damage is that it allows moisture to settle permanently into the foundation of your property. This leaves you extremely vulnerable to mold. Our team searches for any evidence of mold and removes it before it becomes a permanent health hazard.

Always Available

Disaster Response Team understands that natural disasters can happen at any time and often come on with little warning. While we can’t control the weather, we can get your life back to normal as soon as possible. Our crew is prepared to respond to a call for emergency clean-up 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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”

2019 Flu Season Preparedness

We all know what the flu is, and I’m sure a few of you have felt the aches and pains associated with this virus. In the 2017-2018 flu season there were 80,000 flu related deaths, which is the highest it’s been in over three decades! To help you get ready for the 2019 flu season we have put together some helpful information for you.

When does flu activity peak in the United States?

The influenza virus to circulate year-round, but it generally peaks between December and February. February tends to see the highest flu activity though.

How will I know if I have the flu?

Influenza is one of those viruses that will make you feel like you’ve gotten hit by a train when you wake up in the morning. You’ll know when you have it. But just in case you want to make sure, here are the symptoms for the influenza virus:

  • Feverish and/or chills
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea

*You don’t have to have all these symptoms to have the flu.

How does the flu spread?

The influenza virus is usually spread when an infected individual sneezes or coughs. When this happens, tiny droplets land in the mouths or noses of people who are in the vicinity, thus infecting them.

How can I prevent the flu?

The best thing you can do is to make sure you get the flu vaccine every year! The CDC also recommends that you stay away from people who are sick and wash your hands frequently.

Will the flu vaccine give me the flu?

No, the flu vaccine is a dead virus. But you could develop flu like symptoms for a variety of reasons including:

  • A two-week window: After you get your flu shot it takes about two weeks before it starts to work. If you are infected shortly before or after you may catch the flu.
  • Reaction to the vaccine: Your body may produce protective antibodies that will give you flu like symptoms. This should only last a day or two.
  • Mismatched viruses: Sometimes the flu shot doesn’t match the virus that is going around and, as uncommon as this is, you still have some protection against the virus.

I don’t like shots, are there any other options?

Yes, there sure is! You can either get the vaccine as an injection or a nasal spray! Although there are some things to be aware of when going the nasal spray route;

  • The nasal spray vaccine is only approved for people between the ages of 2 and 49.
  • Not recommended for pregnant women.
  • Not recommended for people with weakened immune systems.
  • Children 2-4 years old who have had wheezing or asthma in the past year.

*Make sure you check with your doctor first.

The flu can’t get worse right?

Wrong! When you get the flu, it weakens your immune system; and if your flu gets worse your body won’t be able to fight off the bacteria. Once the bacteria build up enough, it turns into something incredibly worse… pneumonia.

Here are the 4 stages of Pneumonia:

Consolidation

  • Occurs in the first 24 hours
  • Cellular exudates containing neutrophils, lymphocytes, and fibrin replaces the alveolar air
  • Capillaries in the surrounding alveolar walls become congested
  • The infections spread to the hilum and pleura rapidly
  • Pleurisy occurs
  • Marked by coughing and deep breathing

Red Hepatization

  • Occurs in the 2-3 days after consolidation
  • At this point the consistency of the lungs resembles that of the liver
  • The lungs become hyperemic
  • Alveolar capillaries are engorged with blood
  • Fibrinous exudates fill the alveoli
  • This stage is characterized by the presence of many erythrocytes, neutrophils, desquamated epithelial cells, and fibrin within the alveoli

Grey Hepatization

  • Occurs in the 2-3 days after Red Hepatization
  • This is an avascular stage
  • The lung appears grayish brown to yellow because of fibrinopurulent exudates, disintegration of red cells, and hemosiderin
  • The pressure of the exudates in the alveoli causes compression of the capillaries
  • Leukocytes migrate into the congested alveoli

Resolution

  • This stage is characterized by the “resorption and restoration of the pulmonary architecture”
  • Many macrophages enter the alveolar spaces
  • Phagocytosis of the bacteria-laden leucocytes occurs
  • Consolidation tissue re-aerates, and the fluid infiltrate causes sputum
  • Fibrinous inflammation may extend to and across the pleural space, causing a rub heard by auscultation, and it may lead to resolution or to organization and pleural adhesions

 

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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