The Effects of Mold on your Health and Property

Mold and your Health

Mold is ever-present in our world. It contains tiny spores that commonly grow within household dust. When these mold spores become greater in quantity, they pose a health hazard to humans. As a result, humans face serious health hazards such as respiratory issues and allergic reactions.

They may also manifest something called mycotoxins.  High exposure to these types of spores can cause serious health concerns such as neurological problems.

Since the spores are toxic to humans, a variety of harmful health problems can develop over time. Some people are more sensitive to the spores than others. Consequently, there is a higher risk for people with any sort of chronic lung illnesses, which will result in more caustic reactions when they are exposed to mold.

Some other troubling health concerns include:

  • Nasal and sinus congestion, with a constantly runny nose.
  • Eye irritation, including itchy, watery eyes.
  • Wheezing, difficulty breathing and chest tightness.
  • A lasting cough.
  • Sore throat.
  • Skin irritation, often a rash.
  • Headaches.
  • Sneezing.

In most properties, the air conditioner will act as a dehumidifier, removing the moisture from the air. Basements, closed in porches, and crawlspaces need to have moisture removed from it different since air conditioning does not reach these areas in most cases.

Mold Prevention

Any water damage that occurs in a building needs to be treated quickly. The spores can grow quickly in right conditions.  Mold will begin to grow within 24-72 hours once moisture and contaminants are present. As soon as water is found, remove the source of the water. If the roof is leaking, place a tarp over the roof. If a pipe is leaking, change the pipe. After the source is stopped, drying the property can take place. Most of all, it is highly important to have a certified and trained water damage technician be the one to dry it. When moisture spreads, it goes to places that are unseen. A trained technician will know the right method to dry all of the affected areas.

Keep Mold at Bay: Take Away its Food

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes how water damage situations (such as from a flood, leaky or broken pipe, sewage backup, etc) can be potentially hazardous… not just initially, but over time as well.

Why? Because of the potential of mold and how it affects human health. Exposure to damp and moldy environments and materials can be especially harmful to those sensitive to irritants common to mold contamination. Some find that even being outside near plant life in the process of decomposition is a problem. Mold and mildew can run rampant under certain conditions, causing allergic reactions.

So when a water damage does happen in your home, don’t take chances. Mold needs moisture. It needs to be fed. It will grow on organic materials that are wet. If you take away its “food” you inhibit the ability of mold to grow.

Important reminders

Remember that mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, anywhere there is a leak. This can be around windows, behind walls where water has intruded, from leaky roofs, and especially from leaky pipes – especially those that are leaking and you didn’t knptp_info_moldow about it!

Many homeowners are tempted to clean up water that comes into their home, such as when a sump pump might fail or when a toilet might overflow. Good intentions for sure. But if you don’t get it really dry, really fast, there can be problems.

Here’s a scary thought: Some professional water damage experts won’t even do a water removal job if they can’t get to it within 24 hours. They know mold could have started to grow and that means more work than simply extracting water and drying the home could be required.

You don’t want all that headache. When any water intrudes into your home, remember it’s more than water. It’s breeding ground for mold. Do what’s best. Call your water damage pro!

Hidden Leaks

When a pipe breaks, you know it. Water spewing everywhere, making all kinds of noise and a huge mess that leads to all kinds of expensive damage. 

When a pipe leaks, that’s a different story as you may not discover it until expensive damage occurs.

Under every sink in your home, you have two types of pipes: Supply and drain. Either type can leak and cause all kinds of damage, often at a slow but steady rate, and not only to the floor directly under the pipes. Water can run down into the sub-floor, into floor cavities and even into rooms underneath.

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Take the Offensive Against Water Damage

Water Damage Cleanup Martin FL, water damage martin flWater and flood damage is one of the biggest causes of damage to homes throughout America. As a result, the need for water damage restoration is great. The prepared homeowner will take certain precautions to minimize the effects and influences of flood damage. Although a flood may come despite those preparations, this homeowner is well-prepared to begin the restoration process, work with their insurance company, and not be overwhelmed by the task looming before them. The unprepared homeowner, on the other hand, is not equipped to deal with such a disaster and likely suffers severe stress and worry as a result. No matter the amount of preparedness, however, the most important thing to do after a flood is to call the professionals to aid you in the restoration process. Regency DRT in the Martin, Florida area is here for you day or night for all your water damage restoration needs.

Pay Close Attention To Your Water Bill
A simple but sound way of ensuring there are no water leaks throughout your home costing you money and causing damage is to regularly check your water bill. You should look back at your water bill records to determine what the average amount spent for each month is. Once you know that, an abnormally high water bill will be able to tip you off that there is probably a leak somewhere. By doing this simple task of consistently monitoring your water bill, you could save yourself from a water damage or mold disaster in your home.

Document Your Possessions
The last thing anyone wants to do on a Saturday afternoon is having to take a detailed inventory of their possessions in their home. Furthered by the need to scan and upload important documents, this job is not much fun. Nonetheless, it can save you lots of money and a serious headache if your home is ever flooded. When doing an inventory of all your possessions, you should take pictures of them, record their condition, and record their worth. This will help significantly when dealing with your insurance company after a disaster. Scanning your important documents is important because you will always have them with you and won’t need to worry about discovering which ones were destroyed and which ones were lost in the aftermath of a flood.

Check And Clean Your Rain Gutters
This is just something that needs to be done. Again, it is probably not your favorite Saturday activity, but it is worth it because of future water damage that doing so can prevent. Blockage and buildup in your rain gutters can lead to flooding in areas outside your house that can’t take large amounts of water, and it can even damage your rain gutters costing you money in repairs. Paying close attention to your water bill and regularly cleaning your rain gutters are two simple ways of preventing the need for water damage cleanup. The small amount of time it takes to do these things will be well worth it for you. However, water damage simply cannot be avoided in some instances. When that happens, you will be glad that you inventoried your possessions and digitally recorded your documents. The most important thing to remember when dealing with the aftermath of water damage, however, is to call the professionals who can quickly help you restore your home back to normal. In the Martin, Florida area, Regency DRT is here for you to
promptly respond to all your water damage cleanup needs.

Protect Your Property From Flooding

water damage west palm beach water damage restoration west palm beachThe weather in 2018 and 2019 has brought a lot of heavy rains and flooding. When you are a home or business owner in West Palm Beach, Florida, the weather can be frustrating and scary. Homes and businesses are at risk of suffering major structural damage due to hurricanes and flooding on top of many other disasters that could happen.

When it comes to protecting your home or business from storms and natural weather events, prevention is the best medicine. There are several things that you can do to prevent major flooding damage from happening so that you do not have to contact a water damage professional. However, sometimes hiring a water damage restoration team can help you determine if there is, in fact, any unseen damage that could have occurred during a water event.

As far as prevention goes, here are a few tips:

  1. Start at the source! If you are building a home in an area prone to flooding, use flood-resistant materials. FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have published lists of flood-resistant materials that can be used. Keep in mind that even flood-resistant materials can become damaged, the damage is usually cosmetic and can be repaired quickly. Flood-resistant materials limit the extent of the damage.
  2. Build at a higher elevation. Homes that are built with the bottom floor above flood level are obviously much less likely to experience flood damage.
  3. If you are in an area prone to flooding, levees and floodwalls are good barriers to prevent flooding inside the home. Sealing off areas where water can get into the home is helpful too.
  4. Properly grate your property so that water will drain away from your walls. This is especially helpful if you have a basement as basements are prone to flood damage.
  5. Clear your storm drains. Keep leaves and debris cleared out of storm drains and gutters. Clogged gutters and storm drains will cause water from heavy rains to puddle. This can cause damage to the outside of your property and let water inside, causing floods.
  6. In the winter, make sure that snow does not pile up against your property. Any cracks in the foundation’s walls or windows could cause an extensive amount of water to get in the home and cause water damage.
  7. Check your pipes. Pipes that are not properly insulated in the winter or do not receive proper maintenance can become major causes of property damage. Frozen pipes often expand and burst, causing horrendous water damage, and old pipes break open creating more flooding issues.

Some flooding is unavoidable. But, there are plenty of flooding scenarios that could be avoided with proper planning, maintenance, and care. Don’t let a water damage disaster leave you frustrated and overwhelmed. Take the proper precautions and if you do find yourself in a water damage emergency, contact a professional water damage restoration team that knows how to successfully clean and restore your home or business. Contact an experienced company like Regency DRT!

Prepping For Urban Survival

 

Prepping For Urban Survival

If a disaster strikes in an urban setting, there are certain precautions one may need to take in order to survive comfortably. With limited space and security, creating a well-strategized plan is key in order to survive whatever hurricane-swine-flu-economic-collapse-zombie-ridden-disaster one may encounter in an urban location.

People Planning

In the event a disaster does strike your city or neighborhood, security weakens and your home or apartment may be potentially in danger. To be successfully prepared for any disaster, plan to prepare with friends, family and/or neighbors. Continue reading “Prepping For Urban Survival”

If I Have a Pipe Break in my Home, How Serious is the Wet Structure?

 While not all pipe breaks are readily identifiable as being dangerous or damaging to your home, rest assured that any uncontrolled source of water that enters your home could be a potential source of money that you will lose to repairs or replacement. A pipe break is among the most common, and the most expensive, types of water damage that can occur within a home. Not all pipe breaks are the same, but you will need to deal with the following issues first and foremost:

  • Is the pipe currently active, and if so, can it be shut off to stop the flow of water?
  • Where was the pipe located? Is there electric wiring nearby?
  • Has there been any flooding, including standing pools of water?
  • Is the pipe located in a ceiling, where it can drip to the floor and cause additional damage?

As mentioned, a pipe break can happen in a lot of areas of the home. A pipe break in the basement could lead to flooding and standing pools of water which will require immediate attention. A pipe break in a bathroom or kitchen may not create standing pools of water if your room is at ground level, but could damage your flooring, create a slipping hazard, and promote the growth of dangerous mold.

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Top Five: Worst Natural Disasters in History

Top Five: Worst Natural Disasters in History

Since the beginning of mankind, we have seen our fair share of natural disasters. From Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and even giant fire tornadoes! (A.K.A Fire Devils). But which ones are considered the worst?

Here are our top five picks for the worlds worst natural disasters in history:

1138 Aleppo Earthquake:

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The day was Oct. 11, 1138 and the ground under Aleppo started to rumble. The city sits on between the African and Arabian plates, making it prone to earthquakes. The magnitude of the quake is lost to time (because the estimate comes from the 15th century), but it has been reported that the earthquake collapsed the city’s citadel and houses across Aleppo. The death toll from the earthquake is estimated at 230,000 people. Although, it is possible that the historian reporting this earthquake may have been confusing the Earthquake in Aleppo with another one that happened in Georgia.

1931 China Floods:

During the years of 1928 to 1930, China endured long drought. Fast forward to the winter of 1930 which was particularly harsh which created large deposits of snow and ice in mountains. Fast forward again to the early months of 1931, that snow and ice started to melt and flowed downstream to arrive in the middle Yangtze (Keep in mind, this was also during a huge rainstorm!). Usually this specific region experiences a few events of high water during the hotter months but in early 1931 there was one continuous rainfall. This caused flooding of mass proportions (The size of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut combined!). Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse July of that year alone, nine cyclones hit the region! The death toll is uncertain, but it is said that around 4 million people lost their lives and at least 150,000 people died due to drowning in the first month.

The Daulatpur–Saturia Tornado

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On April 26, 1989 around 12:30 UTC this tornado touched down near the town of Daulatpur (near central Bangladesh) and traveled east towards the town of Saturia. At the time of the event the World Meteorological Organization listed this tornado as an F3.5 even though the winds were estimated at 210-260 mph, which would rank it as an F4. The tornado caused 1,300 fatalities, 12,000 injuries, and 80,000 people homeless.

The Ch’ing-yang event of 1490

Now this one is a little bit out of the norm. During the year of 1490 in the month of March or April, there was a meteor shower that hit the city of Qingyang. Due to the lack of information not much is known about this incident other than one recorded account which said;

“Stones fell like rain in the Ch’ing-yang district. The larger ones were 4 to 5 catties (little over 3 lbs), and the smaller ones were 2 to 3 catties (little over 2lbs). Numerous stones rained in Ch’ing-yang. Their sizes were all different. The larger ones were like goose’s eggs and the smaller ones were like water-chestnuts. More than 10,000 people were struck dead. All of the people in the city fled to other places.”

The 1970 Bhola Cyclone

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On November 3, 1970 the cyclone formed in the Bay of Bengal and traveled northward, intensifying as it did so. It reached its peak with winds of 115 mph on November 11 and made landfall on the coast of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) on the following afternoon. The storm surge devastated many of the offshore islands, wiping out villages and destroying crops throughout the region. In the most severely affected Upazila, Tazumuddin, over 45% of the population of 167,000 was killed by the storm. The storm caused a death toll of at least 500,000 people overall.

Why Should I Not DIY a Bathroom Mold Removal?

Regency DRT is your mold removal specialists! Don’t rely on unsuccessful cleaners and products that won’t get rid of your mold. Call our professional team today and let us help you! 

bathroom mold removal, bathroom mold cleanupFinding mold in your bathroom is a nightmare. Whether you find it on the ceiling of the bathroom, inside the shower and silicone sealant, or underneath the sink, mold is difficult to clean up and eliminate for good. When surface mold appears, usually you are seeing just a small portion of the problem. People often try different over the counter cleaners and paints to get rid of the mold, but it always comes back.

Why Should I Not DIY?

Do-It-Yourself methods of mold removal just don’t work. You may clean up a surface mold spot and remove the color, but the problem is still there and will continue to grow until it is successfully remediated. People often try to use bleach and other harsh chemicals to remove mold from walls, ceilings, and window sills, but the hard surface does not allow the bleach into the wall where most of the problem is.

Professional Mold Remediation

When mold specialists come into your home, they find the underlying cause of the mold problem and eradicate it at the source. Specialists have powerful equipment that is designed to detect bathroom mold so that a successful remediation can happen and get rid of the mold problem for good.

Bathrooms are wet, humid environments that mold THRIVES in! A mold problem in your bathroom can quickly turn into a big problem that is expensive to fix if it is not cleaned up and removed the right way and safely so that it cannot spread. Don’t let your mold problem turn into a bigger problem. Contact the professional team at Regency DRT and let them make sure your bathroom mold issue is taken care of the right way, the first time!

Call The Professionals At Regency DRT Now!

Closet Cleaning & Organizing

Although traditionally a spring cleaning chore, cleaning and organizing a closet can be done any time of year. And no, keeping the door shut isn’t the best solution to a messy, disorganized closet, although it may give you moments of sanity that quickly disappear when you venture inside for that favorite pair of pants you haven’t seen in months. Here are a few quick tips on cleaning and organizing your closet.
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