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What Happens When Fire and Water Damage Combine?

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What Happens When Fire and Water Damage Combine? Commercial property can be affected by water after a fire

What Happens When Fire and Water Damage Combine?

Fire damage and water damage often combine in commercial properties where a fire has broken out and been extinguished. Whether the water present in the property originated from a fire suppression system or a fire hose, it is important to account for both types of damage during restoration.

Fire is often the most obvious cause of damage to the inside and outside of the commercial structure. Fire may:

• Burn or singe carpets, furniture, or fixtures
• Cause structural issues in the walls or roof
• Destroy windows
• Coat surfaces in smoke and soot
• Fill the air and electronics with corrosive smoke

The extent of damage due to water may vary depending on whether it originated with sprinklers or a fire hose. Water may:

• Cause organic structural materials such as wood to rot
• Support mold growth starting in as little as 48 hours
• Ruin porous materials such as carpet or furniture

The specific types of damage caused by fire or water can compound each other and lead to even more extensive property damage. If both types of damage are present in your property, you should contact a commercial damage restoration service with the expertise and equipment necessary to address both fire damage and the presence of water. A combination of fire and water may:

• Intensify the effects of both types of damage
• Permanently stain or otherwise ruin delicate contents

If your commercial property in Schaumburg, IL has been affected by both fire and water damage, you should contact a certified restoration company as soon as possible. Both of these types of damage get worse the longer they are allowed to linger. The combination also increases the degree of fire damage and accelerates the rate at which the damage will intensify. Restoration experts can quickly assess the extent of the damage and come up with a plan for cleaning and fully restoring the property.

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Moisture, Mold, and Your Home

5/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Moisture, Mold, and Your Home Mold can grow quickly if moisture or water is present in your home or business

Many people believe that removing moisture from a room, home, or building in Schaumburg, IL, will quickly kill all types of mold and their spores. Sadly, this is untrue. Mold spores do require water in some form to grow, but when they are deprived of all available water sources, the spores simply go into a type of stasis which allows the dormant yellow, red, or black mold to exist for many years without water. Then, at the first source of water, the fungus begins to grow and spread once again.

Mold Loves To Eat

Mold spores can go nearly everywhere as they float through the air. To complicate matters, the fungus can be a ravenous organism that feeds on anything organic that it can reach. This includes:

• Paper
• Wood
• Paint
• Carpet glue
• Dust
• Fabric

As one of the best recyclers on earth, mold evolved to help break down organic materials. If there is any type of moisture problem in your home and natural resources available, mold will probably soon be found there decomposing everything it can.

Mold Loves To Drink

To eliminate the growth of black mold, eliminate the moisture. This sounds simple enough, but porous surfaces can hold moisture for a long time. That makes immediate water removal nearly impossible.

Mold Loves To Spread

You cannot eliminate mold spores from your home because they are everywhere. Experts on mold remediation claim that when the spots of mold are large enough to be seen and require mold cleanup, it could be a problem. One square inch of visible mold can have as many as a million organisms that can quickly multiply into the billions as it germinates. When mold appears, it is often best to call the experts to evaluate the situation and keep the mold from spreading.

The easiest way to prevent black mold from invading your home is to keep the rooms moisture free, and that is nearly impossible. But you can limit the humidity levels of your home and take care of any water leaks as soon as they appear. Troublesome mold generally won’t be a problem if there is no water available.

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How Can Lightning Hurt the Home?

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Can Lightning Hurt the Home? House Fire after storm from lightening can effect your home

Thunderstorms can be beautiful to see when lightning is involved. It’s a wondrous thing to witness the dark night sky lit up for a few seconds, whether it’s off in the distance or close enough to see it strike. While it can be an amazing sight to see, it’s important to be educated on how lightning fire can affect the home and how to proceed in the event that the home is hit. There are three main threats to a home that is struck.

1. Power Surges

While traveling from the sky to the ground, lightning looks for the path of least resistance. A house has many options to make that path easier, including electrical wiring and the many devices utilizing that electricity. If hit, the power surge that results has the potential to damage any device in the house that is connected to that wiring.

2. Shock Waves

During a storm, the loud crashes of thunder that are heard are the direct result of the shock waves produced by lightning. These shock waves can cause additional damage to structures by breaking apart brick, the ground, cement, stone, glass, and concrete. It is easy to see how a home can be damaged during a storm when considering these facts.

3. Fires

Perhaps the most dangerous part of a storm for a home in Schaumburg, IL, is the possible outcome of a lightning fire. Dry thunderstorms bring the greatest risk for a house fire due to the lack of water. In dry areas, such as out west, there is an added risk because even if it is raining the water may likely be gone before it even hits the ground due to the extreme heat. If lightning fire strikes a home, contacting a local restoration company offers ample opportunity to find the best options for fixing the damages caused by a storm, be it from fire, water, or anything else.

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Moisture, Mold, and Cleanup Tips

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Moisture, Mold, and Cleanup Tips Mold and Mildew should be removed quickly to prevent future damages.

Mold is a positive part of nature and can be found almost everywhere in the world. As an army of decay cleaners, few things surpass the molds, mildews, and yeasts that have evolved. The problem with these super-efficient cleaners is they really like the dust and humidity inside bathrooms, basements, and laundry rooms of homes, schools, multifamily dwellings, and commercial buildings. Whether it is red, yellow, or black mold, the voracious colonies can do a great deal of damage very quickly. That is why correctly cleaning mold is an important consideration in Schaumburg, IL. Here are a few tips about mold cleanup.

Time Is of the Essence

Act quickly when you find mold growth. If the mold issue is severe, contact professional mold remediators or cleaners to help with the damage and mold cleanup. Until the experts arrive, here are a few tips and techniques to help with the mold and moisture problem.

• Don’t panic. There are thousands of types of mold, and black colored mold is not always the dangerous or toxic black mold.
• Wearing a filtration mask with a filter before touching mold infected items is important to your safety.
• Scrub the entire surface of nonporous items that have encountered mold. Using detergent or a sanitizing liquid can kill most mold and their spores.
• Remove absorbent items from the room. If possible, place the contaminated article into a plastic bag before removing it from the room to prevent spreading spores throughout the building.
• Since airflow spreads mold spores, turn off fans and shut windows in the room with visible mold.
• If possible, remove the source of water from the infected area by turning it off at the source. This can also ensure hidden leaks are disrupted.
• Turn off the HVAC system to prevent possible spreading of mold spores.

Revisit the Crime Scene

If the bathroom is damp, it can be difficult to keep it free of mold. Even days after scrubbing and sanitizing the area, mold may reappear. To keep the area free of black mold, try opening a window or increasing ventilation with a fan. If mold or mildew reappear, remove it quickly.

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Steps To Take After Water Damage

4/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Steps To Take After Water Damage Water Damage in Basement

When your commercial property suffers water damage, you may find your to-do list overwhelming. Whether the damage comes from flooding, broken pipes or your fire system’s water sprinklers, the basic steps for dealing with the problem and getting back in business are the same.

1. Contact Your Insurance Company. A representative can assist you with your claim and suggest next steps. It is important to stay informed about what your insurance package covers, and your insurance company can offer more specific information that fits your particular situation.

2. Contact Water Remediation Specialists. These professionals can give you an assessment of the repairs you need and an estimate of what they are going to cost. Certified professionals in Bartlett, IL, are trained to follow environmental and legal regulations so that your repairs are in compliance with local, state and federal laws.

3. Document the Damage. Take pictures of everything that shows water damage, and keep a list of items that will need to be repaired or replaced. This information is helpful when your insurance adjusters arrive. They will likely conduct their own assessment, but having your own records gives you a way to budget for what insurance may not cover. Even if you take pictures and keep immaculate records, though, do not throw any items away, because this makes the damage more difficult to prove.

4. Begin Repairs. Once you have hired professional help, the water cleanup process is fairly straightforward. Experts will remove excess water and dry out the area to prevent further damage. If you suspect the water is contaminated, do not attempt to clean it up yourself, as it might make you ill.

Sometimes, water damage is unavoidable. You may experience broken pipes or leaks despite the strictest precautions. If you document everything and hire reliable professionals to assist with the cleanup process, however, you can ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible.

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The ABCs of Flood Black Water

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The ABCs of Flood Black Water Water Damage in IL Home

Floods have become big news. Property destruction and personal loss ran into the millions of dollars in 2017 due to water damage. With flooding water often comes unexpected contaminants, such as mud, fecal matter, and refuse. To protect individuals in Schaumburg, IL, guidelines have been established to classify flood waters into three categories:

• Category one is clean water coming from rain, melting snow, or broken water lines. It is seen as generally safe in its original state and presents no immediate health threat within the first 48 hours.
• Category two is gray water often coming from a leaking appliance or broken water pipe, that may contain chemicals, soaps, or household cleaners. This water may be a health risk but is considered relatively safe for the first 48 hours after flooding.
• Category three is black water, the third and most serious type of flood water. Often filled with contaminants and disease-carrying bacteria, this liquid can be a serious health issue immediately after a deluge. Most flooding waters are this last type.

Water Removal

When dealing with clean or gray water damage, working quickly to remove standing water and cleaning the area is the best-case scenario. In many situations, if the zone is dried out, cleaned, and disinfected quickly by a professional team, there may be no further considerations.

Cleaning up category three water should always be done by a professional restoration team because the liquid often contains sewage particles that require special care. Documentation, inspections, and testing are just part of a complete category three restoration. The area will also need decontamination and sanitation.

Post-Flood Water Cleanup

Most personal items touched by contaminated water should typically be discarded. Building management and restoration experts can supply guidelines on what can be cleaned, but many building materials and personal possessions are porous, and as such, the items are often considered contaminated.

To be safe, ask the professionals which items can be cleaned and kept after a flood. Take advantage of the team’s expertise to protect your family from black water damage problems.

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Cleanup After a Sewer Flood: What You Can Expect

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cleanup After a Sewer Flood: What You Can Expect Home Sewer Loss

As a homeowner, few events are likely to be as stressful for you as a sewer backup. When this occurs at your Bloomingdale, IL, home, you may not know where to begin when it comes to cleanup efforts. Calling in a professional cleanup and restoration company to handle the contaminated water safely can be an effective first step, and knowing what to expect once they arrive to handle the sewer cleanup might help you feel more confident about the outcome.

1. Mitigation

Once the flood technicians arrive, they will likely take immediate action to prevent contaminated water from a flooded toilet or other sewage issue from entering additional areas of your home. This can include removing some of the water right away and sealing off the area so it remains contained. They might also tell you and your family to leave the immediate area to avoid being contaminated by the sewage water.

2. Water and Sewage Removal

Sometimes, localized flooding can cause a sewer backup that floods into your home via your toilet or enters your home from sewers that have backed up outside and mixed with flood runoff from streams or rivers. Cleanup technicians have the know-how and equipment that allow them to remove this contaminated water from your home and dispose of it safely. This can offer you peace of mind that the issue is being handled by professionals who can advise you how to proceed with cleanup efforts once the water is removed.

3. Sanitation and Deodorizing

After a sewer cleanup, unpleasant smells may be left behind and linger in your walls or floors. Flood technicians may offer you sanitation and deodorizing services to ensure the space is left smelling fresh and clean after a flood. Special solvents and industry-approved cleaning apparatus can remove all traces of a sewer mishap and ensure the odors do not return.

A sewer cleanup should only be handled by qualified flood technicians in your Bloomingdale, IL. However, understanding the process can help you feel more confident that your happy home can be returned to its former glory.

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3 Hideous Hiding Places for Mold

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Hideous Hiding Places for Mold Wall affected by Mold Damage

Dealing with mold growth in Schaumburg, IL, requires decisive action. You never know where more mold might be hiding when you see moldy drywall— but you will after reading these not-so-secret hiding places where mold loves to tuck its colonies away.

Mold can be anywhere, but it generally likes moist places. There are many potential sources of water around your home:

* Sweating pipes
* Humid basements
* Leaks and improperly sealed fixtures
* Damaged roofing

This list could go on forever. Because of the wide variety of possible causes, a mold infestation is usually very difficult for anyone but a professional to assess. Here are the places where they are most likely to investigate when you call:

1. In the Walls

Mold growth on bread may not be sufficient cause to call the remediation professionals, but mold on wood is a different matter. The mold you see is unlikely to be the only colony in your home. Mold on wood trim, for example, is often linked to mold in the walls.

2. Beneath the Floors

Mold on trim could also indicate colonies under your floorboards. Laminate flooring, while easy to clean, water resistant and durable, does not often breathe well. This allows water to build up, providing a prime atmosphere for mold.

3. In Cabinets

You might not think to check, but your sink is a prime area for mold on wood. Temperature changes from doing your dishes in the kitchen or washing your hands in the bathroom might cause condensation. Improperly sealed sinks could leak splashed water down into your cabinetry. Degraded plumbing might leak. To top it all off, your collection of plastic bags, cleaning products or extra toiletries could obscure the problem until your mold colonies start to get well out of control.

If all this potential mold growth sounds like a horror movie, don't be too scared; there's nothing frightening about mold. Thorough and professional cleaners know where to look and how to get rid of all the mold in Schaumburg, IL, homes. Just remember that the mold you see is probably a mere hint of the total problem.

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Flood Preparation for Commercial Buildings

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Flood Preparation for Commercial Buildings Commercial Water Loss

As far as natural disasters are concerned, flooding can be among the most costly. While you cannot always determine when a flood is going to happen, it is useful to take preventative measures. This will not only help keep your employees safe, but it will help protect your business and profit.

Contract a Mitigation Company

Have a mitigation company in mind before you end up with a flood on your hands. After a flood, it is better to have a professional service to call as soon as possible. They will be able to assess the damage done to your building and put forth a restoration plan. They will also be able to deal with dangerous black water. In contracting a professional, you are more likely to have your business up and running quickly.

Utilize Data and Cloud Backups

As the flooding occurs, you might not have time to save your electronics. While you may have time to elevate your computers and electronics, there is also a chance the flood waters could rise above them. Your computers store valuable information for your business, from important financial information to personal employee information. You should have a plan in place in case your computer systems are destroyed. Utilizing data and cloud backups allows you to access the information from anywhere.

Have a Continuity Plan

After a flood, your business may have to close for a length of time. It is good to have a continuity plan in place. You should determine what equipment is needed to keep your business running outside of the building. This could be as simple as answering phones or as complex as distributing your product. All of your important files should be located off-site as well.

You can’t always stop flooding from occurring. However, you can make sure that despite the extensive flood damage, you can still restore your Schaumburg, IL, building and continue with your business going forward.

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What To Do When You Smell Mold

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

One of the first signs that you have a mold problem is the smell. To make matters worse, mold spores spread quickly. The last thing you want is the burden of a mildew smell in your business. If you start to suspect that you have a problem, here are three ways to identify mold.

1. Identify Through Scent

Most people know what mold smells like. It is a pungent and musty odor made up of foul gasses that are released by the mold. Humid air can also help the mold smell to grow. In some cases, you may be able to smell the mold without any other noticeable sign of it. In this circumstance, it’s important that you don’t ignore your sense of smell.

2. Identify Through Sight

The second way to identify mold is to look for it. While most know what mildew looks like, locating it can be a problem. Make sure to look anywhere there is a high amount of humidity. This means bathrooms and kitchens. In particular you can check under the sinks and in bathtubs. In some cases, mold may be hidden behind wallpaper and difficult to get to.

3. Identify Through Professionals

Even if you see no signs of mold, this doesn’t mean that you don’t have it. Sometimes you may need a professional to use a thermal camera to find sources of water that could be causing the mold smell in your building. Keep in mind that some mold may be in the walls or behind wallpaper.

No one wants to have a fungus smell throughout his or her building. Such an issue can make it difficult for employees and customers in Schaumburg, IL to get any work done. When your building is stricken with a mildew problem, it’s best that you take care of the mold smell right away before it spreads.
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