Mold, flood, and fire damages are some of the major damages to homes and commercial buildings across the United States, and the world. In this article, we will take a look at these three different kinds of damages, some quick fixes, and DIY, and professional restoration services offered by Bedrock Restoration for these three damages.
MOLD DAMAGE AND RESTORATION – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
When mold begins to grow in your house, getting rid of it swiftly and securely should be your top priority. Mold can spread throughout your house in as little as 72 hours, causing health problems for your family as well as material damage.
Bedrock Restoration will analyze your problem as soon as possible after receiving your call. To pinpoint the source of your mold problem, Bedrock Restoration personnel use advanced equipment and years of experience in mold mitigation. Then, with as little disturbance to your family as possible, we’ll assist you with the cleanup and restoration procedure.
Mold restoration is a process that is used to clean and remove any mold from a surface. It is a necessary step in order to prevent the spread of mold and to protect your health. Mold can grow anywhere there is moisture, so it is important to be vigilant in cleaning up any spills or leaks immediately.
The restoration process begins with a thorough cleaning of the affected area. This includes removing any moldy materials, such as drywall or insulation, and disinfecting all surfaces. Once the area is clean, a mold-resistant primer is applied to help prevent future growth. Finally, the area is repainted or re-sealed to restore its original appearance.
If you have a mold problem, it is important to act quickly. Mold can cause serious health problems, so it is best to call a professional mold remediation company like Bedrock Restoration as soon as you suspect there is a problem. We will be able to assess the situation and determine the best course of action for your particular case.
5-Steps Mold Restoration Process
Mold has had its 15 minutes of fame over the last few years. Though the hype has died down, mold—and mold remediation—in homes is still an important issue. Customer complaints require home builders to have a fast action plan, both to clean up the mold problem and to show customers that a quality home builder (you) is looking out for their health and safety and the durability of their home.
There are two important things to remember about mold:
1. Prevent it by doing things right the first time
2. When you do face mold, take care of it immediately.
Ensuring your warranty team follows a process for mold cleanup and remediation will take care of the latter.
The following steps, which can be adapted to fit within your company’s policy, serve as a basic process for quickly remediating mold problems.
Step 1: Learn about the role moisture plays in mold growth
Assessing mold growth involves more than just looking at what’s visibly growing on the walls or in a corner. Mold can be an invisible intruder, growing behind and around what you first see. Such devious behavior requires inquisitive thinking.
First, understand that behind all mold growth is a water or moisture problem. Second, become a master of moisture — know where moisture comes from and how it gets into the home. The ultimate goal of these two steps is for warranty representatives to identify a moisture source and use its location to help locate all mold growth, not just what’s immediately visible.
Mold grows by releasing its reproductive cells (spores) into the air. Spores are invisible to the naked eye, and mold can spread and grow anywhere in the home as long as moisture and oxygen are present. Common surfaces that harbor mold growth include drywall, insulation, tile, fabrics, and wood.
Step 2: Document the mold problem and create a mold remediation plan
Before you begin mold cleanup and mold removal, document the mold situation with writing, photos, and video. The warranty team supervisor will use the documentation to develop a remediation plan, which typically answers questions such as when work is slated to begin, when that work is scheduled to be completed, who will be performing the remediation, any testing that should be done, and if homeowners will be temporarily relocated.
In the longer term, the documentation can help manage liability for your company or point to larger trends in mold growth.
Step 3: Calculate the extent of the mold contamination
Mold may not always grow in one area, so you need to figure out how much contamination you’re really looking at. Calculating the extent of the contamination will impact how you approach mold removal and clean up. The goal of mold removal is to clean up mold growing within the home, and to avoid exposing homeowners to large amounts of mold.
The New York City Department of Health (NYC DOH) has developed guidelines for cleaning up mold contamination. These guidelines are widely used in the construction industry and recommend six levels of mold removal based on the square footage of the mold and whether or not the mold is located within the home’s HVAC system.
Step 4: Remediate mold contamination
Mold removal and remediation will always involve cleaning up existing mold while avoiding exposure to oneself as well as homeowners, as well as preventing new growth by addressing the moisture source. Based on your calculation of the contamination area, determine if you’re working in an area up to 30 square feet (approximately the size of a full sheet of drywall).
If so, you’ll be following the guidelines for remediation levels 1 and 2. Level 1 remediation is used for small, isolated areas of mold up to 10 square feet and Level 2 remediation covers square footage from 10 to 30 square feet.
The cleanup process is the same for Level 1 and Level 2 mold remediation and is comprised of these steps:
- Repair the water problem. This will help prevent new mold spores from growing.
- Isolate the contaminated area. Close all doors and windows between the contaminated area and other rooms of the home for both levels. For Level 2 remediation, also cover all doorways and any other openings with 6 mil polyethylene sheeting. Seal all seams of the sheeting with duct tape and slip openings in the sheeting to enter the contaminated area.
- Suppress dust. Do this by misting the contaminated areas.
- Remove materials. Remove all wet and mold-damaged porous materials. Check with your supervisor and reference Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) documents on mold remediation if you’re not sure which materials to remove.
- Place materials in plastic bags. Discard all wet and moldy materials in plastic bags that are at least 6 mil thick, double-bag the materials, and tie the bags closed. The bags can be disposed of as regular trash once the outside of the bags are wiped with a damp cloth and detergent solution prior to leaving the contamination area.
- Clean. All non-porous materials and wood surfaces that are moldy must be cleaned. Use a wire brush on all moldy surfaces and then wipe the area with disposable wipes. To dispose of as regular trash, discard wipes in 6 mil polyethylene bags, double-bag and tie closed. Finally, scrub all moldy surfaces using a damp cloth and detergent solution until all mold has been removed and rinsed cleaned surfaces with clean water.
- Clean the affected area and egress. The process for Level 1 differs from Level 2 at this point. For Level 1, clean with a damp cloth and/or mop with detergent solution. Level 2 requires you to vacuum all surfaces with a HEPA vacuum, and then clean all surfaces with a damp cloth and/or mop and detergent solution. Discard wipes as described above.
- Visibility test. All areas should be visibly free of contamination and debris — no dust and dirt means no mold.
- Dry. Cleaned materials should be dried to allow leftover moisture to evaporate. To speed up the drying process, use fans, dehumidifiers or raise the indoor air temperature.
- Replace. All materials that were moved should be replaced or repaired.
Reference the remediation plan during the actual remediation to make sure it’s being followed. If additional mold is discovered during the clean up, the warranty supervisor should update the plan.
For contamination areas greater than 30 square feet, many builders hire outside mold removal firms to perform the clean up. In this case, you and your team switch from actually performing mold remediation to supervising a qualified contractor. Having a general understanding of the proper procedures an outside company should be following is useful. The NYC DOH guidelines address such procedures for Level 3 contamination and above.
Step 5: Determine if mold cleanup has been successful
Just because the mold is gone and there’s no dirt or dust doesn’t mean that you’re done. Your last step is to determine if your clean-up efforts have been successful. While this last step is a judgment call, there are some options and guidelines to follow.
The EPA document, Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings, is a great resource that provides guidelines for helping you complete your clean up efforts. Some of these guidelines include:
- The moisture problem has been fixed. Verify this by revisiting the home soon after remediation — you shouldn’t see any signs of recurring water damage.
- No sign of visible mold, mold-damaged materials or moldy odors.
- Homeowners should be able to occupy or re-occupy the home without physical symptoms or aggravated health complaints.
Depending on your company and the specific details of a mold problem, additional testing by an environmental testing company may be performed after the clean-up to verify that all mold has been removed.
When it comes to mold, the key is to implement a comprehensive moisture management strategy. Potential liability and health issues from mold can be dramatically decreased by doing it right the first time. Clean-up must be immediate and thorough, following a process like the above steps. It may sound over-simplified, but the primary failure in response to homeowner complaints is simply the fact that builders don’t respond fast enough, or with the emphasis that the issue is potentially serious.
Minimum personal protection equipment for levels 1 and 2 remediation includes an N95 respirator, eye goggles without vents and rubber gloves that extend to the mid-forearm.
What to Know Before Hiring a Mold Remediation Pro
Mold Removal: Professional Qualifications, The Process, and Costs
We know mold removal can be a daunting task. Where should you begin? And how can you get it done right at a reasonable price?
Well, the truth is that mold removal isn’t as complicated as it’s often made out to be. The right mold professional can guide you through the process while charging a reasonable price.
Any mold professional should be able to explain your mold removal project in plain English. If a contractor is unable to explain the basic processes and steps of mold remediation and mold removal in layman’s terms, be very wary!
If someone tries to confuse you about the process and scare you into hiring them, walk away and say, “Thanks, but no thanks.”
**Note: For the purpose of this section, Mold Removal, Mold Remediation, Mold Abatement, and Mold Mitigation are interchangeable terms that essentially mean fixing a mold problem in a structure.
Hiring the Right Mold Remediation Professional
Mold professionals are licensed and skilled tradesmen, just like a plumber or electrician, so you can expect to pay more for a mold company than a regular handyman. Keep in mind that mold professionals have high overhead costs, such as high general liability and workers comp insurance which also factors into their price.
Hiring a Mold Remediation Professional vs. a Handyman
- Proper safety gear should be worn when dealing with mold. High quality, high filtration face masks are a must, as are vinyl or neoprene gloves. A full protective suit is recommended when using harsh chemicals and for larger mold remediation projects.
- Mold professionals use expensive, professional equipment such as HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) air scrubbers, HEPA vacuums, commercial-strength dehumidifiers, etc. Regular handymen won’t have that stuff.
- Some mold remediation companies also do restoration work, just like a general contractor. Restoration can often cost far more than the remediation depending on the style of home, building materials used, etc
Experience is also so important. A company like Bedrock Restoration that has been in business for 10+ years will be prepared for any situation and will know how to best handle your job.
So, here are Bedrock Restoration’s tips for finding the right pro to get your job done right without breaking the bank.
What is the Mold Remediation Process?
Do I Need to Test for Mold?
Usually, you do NOT.
If you can already see mold, you usually do NOT need to spend money on pre-testing mold. Plain and simple: you just need to remove it.
Since no visible mold growth belongs in a healthy home (no matter what the type) and all mold should be removed the same way, there is usually no need to identify what types and concentrations of mold you have via testing.
If a so-called mold professional insists that you need to spend hundreds of dollars on pre-testing when mold is already visible, our advice is to be very wary because it’s often a waste of money.
The only time we recommend pre-testing when there is visible mold is when you need ”hard proof” for a negotiation. For example, if you are buying a house that has some mold, it’s probably a good idea to get it tested/confirmed so you can negotiate the price down with the seller.
Once in the home, here are some things you can expect from a professional worth their salt:
- Mold professionals seal off the work area, often using plastic sheeting so that mold spores do not become dispersed throughout the home.
- After mold is physically removed from its source, the air should be cleaned of airborne mold spores using HEPA air scrubbers and air exchange (i.e. replacing dirty moldy air with clean fresh air through simple ventilation or more sophisticated negative air controls for bigger jobs).
- When vacuuming and using air scrubbers for mold remediation, the filters used should be HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air). Only HEPA filters are designed to capture particles as small as mold spores. Regular filters will not work and could make the problem worse.
- Mold professionals usually discard moldy, porous building materials such as drywall, insulation, and baseboards. These materials are relatively inexpensive to replace and difficult to impossible to restore to their previous uncontaminated condition.
- Antimicrobial chemicals will be used to clean any remaining mold and mold stains after demolition
- A sealer or an encapsulant will then be used to make the treated areas more resistant to water damage, mold, and also to help with odor control.
Sometimes it is necessary to have your HVAC air ducts professionally cleaned since they can collect dust and mold spores. For more information on duct cleaning, please refer to the EPA Publication, “Should You have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned?”
How Long Does Mold Remediation Take?
While mold remediation can cause a disruption in a household’s daily routine, rest easy knowing that professional quality improvements can be made in just 1 – 3 days.
To sum it all up, hiring a mold professional doesn’t have to be as confusing as you may think. There are plenty of good ones out there. They won’t push for unnecessary testing, will charge reasonable prices, are able to clearly explain what work they will be doing, use professional practices and equipment, and have lots of experience.
Mold Remediation Costs
How Expensive Can I Expect Mold Removal to be?
No need to take a wrecking ball to the entire house at the sight of a little mold. You can keep the price down by focusing on the area where this is visible mold. For example, mold on drywall in one corner of the room only needs to be cut out and replaced in that corner.
Yes, the rest of the room (and maybe adjoining rooms) should be cleaned, but only damaged drywall needs to be cut out and replaced.
The price of mold removal depends on the size of the job – they can often be over $1000. But, some mold professionals out there exaggerate the amount of work that needs to be done, driving up the price. If you think a quoted price seems high, we recommend getting multiple quotes to compare.
However, if you get a quote that’s shockingly low, that’s also a big red flag. Companies that don’t do things properly are the only ones that can charge shocking low prices.
Bedrock Restoration’s Professional Mold Remediation
As discussed earlier, mold is always something you want to get checked out as soon as possible. It should be checked by mold removal professionals. When left untreated mold can cause multiple issues in your house or business. From small allergic reactions to long-term health issues.
If you notice any symptoms of mold growth in your home and are based near Minneapolis, our mold removal and remediation professionals can help. Don’t call just anyone when dealing with mold, you want certified and educated technicians who do this for a living. Bedrock Restoration will always be with you side by side walking you through the situation and process for how we handle it.
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FLOOD & WATER DAMAGE AND RESTORATION – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
It’s one of the hardest jobs a homeowner can face. It’s an enormous challenge for businesses too. Cleaning up after a flood takes time, hard work and patience.
Our flood remediation checklist is designed to help you with initial recovery efforts. You can’t do it all by yourself, but there are important steps you can take to jump-start property restoration after you’ve experienced flooding due to heavy rain, a broken pipe, or other situation.
A 12-POINT FLOOD REMEDIATION CHECKLIST
Recovering from flood damage in the basement or other parts of your home involves removing contaminated water, reducing interior humidity and dealing with mold-damaged materials. As you work through the flood remediation process, be sure to take these precautions.
• Confirm that storm damage hasn’t destabilized the structure.
• Wear protective gear including gloves, boots and safety goggles.
• Use ground fault circuit interrupters on all outlets and extension cords.
1. CALL YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY
• Most homeowners insurance policies don’t cover storm flooding, but you may be covered under the National Flood Insurance Program. Depending on your location, you might qualify for FEMA disaster assistance.
• Ask your agent for details. He or she can also recommend a professional flood damage restoration service in your area.
• If you can’t stay in your home during flood remediation, give your insurer your temporary contact information.
2. CALL A LICENSED ELECTRICIAN
Water damage left behind after storm flooding can compromise a structure’s electrical system. Don’t take any chances. Even if you can shut down the main circuit box without standing on a damp surface, call in a licensed electrician. He or she will inspect the property and make sure it’s safe.
3. DOCUMENT YOUR LOSSES
• Develop a digital record of damages by taking photos with date and time stamps.
• Document everything from soaked personal belongings to wet furniture and soggy carpets.
• Document how high the water rose inside your home or business.
• Drywall will have to be removed at least 2 feet or more above the documented waterline.
4. START INITIAL CLEANUP
Tackle preliminary flood cleanup one job at a time. Always wear your protective gear, and be prepared for a long-term project. Flood remediation can take several weeks or even months.
• Shovel mud from hard surfaces, and spray wash when possible.
• Use hot water and heavy-duty detergent for initial cleaning.
• Run fans and dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process.
• Mix a quarter cup of chlorine bleach with 1 gallon of water to use as a first-pass disinfectant.
• Protect yourself from airborne contaminants and mold spores by wearing a disposable N95 mask.
5. SORT THROUGH CARPETS AND FURNISHINGS
•It’s impossible to prevent mold growth on flood-damaged carpets, upholstered furnishings and mattresses.
•Move ruined items outside as soon as possible to reduce interior humidity and mold cross-contamination.
• Don’t try to dry wood furniture outside as sunlight can warp frames and trim. Dry it inside, but be prepared for the process to take weeks or months.
6. OPEN UP THE WALLS
• Walls that appear undamaged can hide moisture that causes mold growth and wood rot.
• Tear out drywall up to and above the previously documented waterline.
• Remove wet insulation, dig out and rinse away mud, and continue the drying process with fans and dehumidifiers.
7. PULL UP HARDWOOD FLOOR BOARDS
• Minimize hardwood floor buckling by removing one floor board every few feet.
• Clean, sanitize and dry wood floors before replacing boards and taking care of repairs.
• The drying process can take weeks or months depending on the extent of flood damage.
8. REMOVE SHEET AND TILE FLOORING
Whether your subfloor is wood or concrete, remove sheet and tile flooring so that the structure can dry. Severe water damage can make the job difficult. Most homeowners leave this project to flood damage restoration specialists.
9. CLOSELY INSPECT WOOD SUBFLOORS
It’s possible to dry damp wood subfloors, but the remediation process can take a very long time. You have to watch out for swelling and warping. Plywood and OSB subfloors that were submerged under flood waters must be replaced.
10. CLEAN REMAINING WALLS, FLOORS AND TRIM
Even materials that don’t need replacing need to be cleaned and sanitized after storm flooding. Otherwise, walls, floors and woodwork affected by flood water remain contaminated and serve as breeding grounds for unhealthy mold growth.
• Sanitize walls, baseboards and floors with a phosphate-free cleaner.
• Clean walls by working from top to bottom.
• Kill surface mold with a chlorine bleach and water solution.
• Keep fans and dehumidifiers running 24/7.
11. CLEAN AND DRY PERSONAL BELONGINGS
Take care of personal belongings with preliminary cleanup and remediation techniques. Focus on important documents, records and photographs. Let restoration specialists finish salvaging valuable items.
12. BE CAREFUL WITH MOLD CLEANUP
While most property owners can handle small DIY mold cleanup jobs, flooding usually leaves behind extensive mold and mildew problems. If you face any of the following issues, don’t try to do it yourself. Let certified mold removal technicians take care of the work.
• Moldy areas include porous materials like drywall, wall coverings, wood and concrete.
• You’re dealing with mold growth that covers more than 3 square feet.
• Mold removal requires cleaning hard-to-reach areas behind walls and inside ceilings.
• You suffer from respiratory or immune system problems.
WHAT IS FLOOD REMEDIATION?
Think of the flood remediation process as the second phase of overall recovery. The first phase involves water damage mitigation. This initial response addresses the destruction left behind after a flood and minimizes further damage.
Flood remediation sets the stage for final property restoration. The work covers cleaning up, drying out and sanitizing all affected areas and materials.
Initial repairs are also a part of flood remediation. This ensures the structural integrity of water-damaged floors, walls and ceilings. Once remediation is complete, reconstruction work begins and continues until your property is completely restored to its pre-flood condition.
WHAT CAN BE SALVAGED AFTER A FLOOD?
When your house floods from rain after a storm event, the damage left behind is usually extensive. Much of it requires material tear-out and reconstruction. It’s very difficult to salvage flood water-damaged carpets and soaked belongings.
However, water-damage professionals like Bedrock Restoration can save and clean a surprising number of items from flooded homes and businesses.
These are a few examples of things that can be salvaged after a flood:
- Solid wood furniture that isn’t cushioned or padded
- Clothing, drapes, area rugs and other fabrics
- Photographs and important paper documents
- Many types of electronics, including computers
- Large appliances that haven’t been submerged
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DRY OUT A HOUSE AFTER A FLOOD?
The time needed to dry out a flooded property depends on several factors. You can often clean up minor flooding in a few days, but drying out interiors can take a week or more. Drywall and wood are porous materials that require extensive structural drying techniques.
Industry-certified water damage technicians significantly reduce the time needed to dry interiors.
They closely monitor the process while using the following specialized equipment:
- Centrifugal air movers
- Heavy-duty dehumidifiers
- Aerodynamic axial fans
- Hardwood floor drying systems
HOW LONG SHOULD I RUN A DEHUMIDIFIER AFTER A FLOOD?
As soon as it’s safe to operate equipment, set up dehumidifiers and fans throughout the property. Leave everything running 24/7 for several weeks. Check dehumidifier reservoirs often so that they don’t overflow.
It’s very difficult to dry the interior of a flooded property with home dehumidifiers or rental equipment from the hardware store. Do everything you can to start the drying process, but plan on leaving this portion of flood remediation to certified water damage professionals.
Water Damage (Without Flooding) Restoration Tips Everyone Should Know
Leaking pipes, burst sewer lines, and natural disasters can often leave your home severely water damaged. If your property is affected by water damage, it’s critical to identify the cause and act quickly to avoid further destruction.
Household water damage can be very stressful to deal with, especially when it leads to more problems down the line. While these repairs often require the help of professionals, there are a few DIY steps you can follow to help limit the damage where possible.
In general, a house is one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime. In order to protect that investment, you should vigilantly look out for household problems and address them before they worsen.
How To Spot Water Damage
If left unattended, residential water damage can detrimentally impact the structure or spawn other complications, including mold that poses a health risk to inhabitants. Here are several methods for detecting water damage within your house.
1. Check the Floors
No matter what kind of flooring you have, it will manifest signs of water damage. For tile and wood, look for cracked, buckling, or warped flooring. When it comes to carpet, be wary of damp spots, gradual rises, soft spots, or the smell of mold and dampness.
2. Look for Stains
Water stains on the floor around the bathtub, toilet, or sink, as well as stains on ceilings and walls, are some of the most obvious signs of water damage. Unusual stains could indicate there is a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall.
Cracks in the drywall or areas that appear swollen and are soft to touch also may signify trouble. Peeling paint is another sign of loose water within wall spaces. As the drywall gets saturated, paint can lose adhesion.
3. Inspect Outside
Observe the exterior of your house. What you want to look for are pools of standing water that can indicate poor drainage in the yard, gutter spouts that aren’t transporting water far enough from the house or leaky rain gutters.
Any of those issues could threaten the foundation of your house. Additionally, common signs of water damage on the roof may include pools of water; cracked, curled or missing shingles; or broken flashing.
4. Watch for Rust and Mold
Inspect your water heater and check for rust on the tank or damp spots on the floor. A rusted tank could indicate a slow leak. Additionally, corrosion around pipe connections could be caused by water seepage. Visual signs of active mold growth mean moisture is contacting microscopic mold spores, often in the nooks and crannies of your home. Finally, don’t rely solely on sight. When water stagnates, mold and bacteria can grow, producing a musty, unpleasant smell.
What Does Water Damage Affect?
Water is critical to life, but it can also destroy everything in its path – leaving you with a huge mess to clean up. As a homeowner, it is important to understand what areas water can seriously damage within your home. To be safe, always inspect the following locations for damage:
- Floor coverings
- Electrical wiring
As you can see, water can wreak havoc on your home’s foundation and quickly wrack up a hefty restoration bill if left unattended. It’s therefore important to act swiftly before the damage becomes worse.
What To Consider Before Water Damage Restoration?
To determine whether you will clean up the area yourself or hire water damage restoration experts, the first thing you want to do is to evaluate the situation and consider a few of the following factors:
If your home is experiencing a small or moderate amount of water, you can typically manage it on your own if you have the proper tools. However, if there is significant flooding that is not going away despite your efforts, it might be best to call a professional.
If your neighborhood is recovering from a natural disaster or large flood, and your home has suffered significant damage, it may not be the time for a DIY project. Follow the instructions from your local disaster relief authorities and leave these repairs to the experts.
- Source of Damage
Before you dive into water damage restoration, you need to discover where the water is coming from. There are three types of water you need to look out for when you have a flooding issue in your home.
Clean water: From rain or leaky pipes, this water does not contain harmful chemicals and is safe to handle yourself.
Gray water: Leaking from appliances like your dishwasher, toilet, or washing machine gray water may be slightly contaminated. With the proper precautions, you can clean this yourself.
Blackwater: The most harmful type of water, blackwater comes from the sewer or flooding from a nearby water source such as a river. It often contains health hazards and is unsafe to handle.
- Damage Level
Lastly, you’ll want to assess the level of damage. Light damage can often be handled by the homeowner, however, significant damage can be hazardous and dangerous to repair without the help of a professional. For example, if flooding on an upper level has seeped through the floor onto the ceiling, the damage is beyond your ability to safely restore.
5 DIY Water Damage Restoration Tips for Your Home
Now that you have properly assessed the situation, consider these water damage restoration tips to ensure repairs are done quickly. It is important to note that wet materials begin to develop mold after 24 hours, so you don’t have time to wait!
The first thing to do when you discover water damage in your home is to unplug all electronics immediately. While you may not see the severity of the water damage just yet, it’s important to be cautious around appliances and gas lines. Using this equipment despite the situation could cause electrical shocks or even explosions.
2. Inspect Mold
Certain mold strains are toxic to humans and pose serious health risks. Most of the time, mold can spread quickly once it infests an area, so it is in your best interest to inspect for growth to avoid any health hazards. For small issues, you can cut out the affected area, bag it, and dispose of it immediately. However, with serious mold infestations, you need to shut down any airflow to stop contamination and then call a mold specialist. Oftentimes, mold can appear inside the walls or floors, so it’s important that this inspection is ongoing throughout the restoration.
3. Dry Water Out
Before more damage occurs, you need to eliminate all moisture and dry out the affected areas. You can use fans or a large-capacity dehumidifier to circulate air and dry out the carpet, wood, and other surrounding materials. While this won’t prevent mold growth altogether, properly drying out the area will help lessen the damage.
4. Remove Damaged Materials
If your porous materials, like insulation or carpet, are soaked with water, you need to dispose of them immediately to avoid mildew. It is important to focus on the ceiling and floors first. This means unsealed cement, drywall, and wood need to be addressed and replaced so the home’s structure can support water damage repair.
5. Disinfect Remaining Areas
Depending on the type of water you are dealing with, it can contain a lot of bacteria and other hazards that can cause health problems. The water could also encourage the growth of mold, so it is important to sanitize immediately.
Once the damaged materials have been removed, you will want to disinfect the entire area before you begin the restoration process. Spray and wipe down the surfaces with bleach so the mold spores don’t grow before you continue with the repairs.
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FIRE DAMAGE AND RESTORATION – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
Where Should You Start?
Fire is not something that any family wants to deal with but it is helpful to know a little bit about the restoration process in case you ever do run into this type of issue. There are a few different steps that will facilitate the restoration process and each is critical to your family getting back up on their feet after a fire.
The first step is to talk to your insurance agency. The vast majority of homeowner’s insurance companies have clauses that will help put you in contact with a restoration company and that will help you pay for the process. This will ensure that you can get the best company for the best price.
Secondly, a restoration company will first and foremost work to remove the water from the home. Leaving water in a home for a long period of time can end up in mold growing which can make the home even less livable. Removal of water can take a few hours to a few days depending on how much water was pumped into the home to stop the fire.
In cases where the home is a total loss, no steps will be taken and the insurance company will move to help have the home leveled. The second step is to clean up debris; cleaning debris allows the restoration company to get an even better look at what damage was done so that they can begin to assess an action plan to determine what can be saved and what must be trashed.
After debris is removed, restoration companies will use an ozone machine to remove the smoke smell and will start to clean the walls and floors to make sure the smoke smell is gone. The next step is construction; most restoration companies will work with the homeowner to create a reconstruction plan to get your home back on track.
For professional property restoration services, contact Bedrock Restoration. We are specialized in water damage restoration and are also the leading odor cleaning company in the area. Contact us today!
DIY FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION
House fire damage can be heartbreaking. Despite the loss of valuable content, when the smoke clears, property owners are confronted by another big challenge, i.e., getting things back to the way they were.
It can be a lot more challenging to make sure the affected space is restored back to its pre-incidental condition. But fire damage restoration is not impossible using household equipment. Generally, the first thought in the owner’s mind is to clean up what remains and find out what needs to be replaced.
It is not that difficult when the property damage is a relatively small scale. But in the case of a fire that destroys half of your kitchen, it may become difficult to decide where to start from and what to do. But fire alone is not responsible for all damages.
Smoke, soot, chemical substances and gasses expelled from burning contents may also damage the space. Moreover, the water and chemicals used in the firefighting process may do further damage to the carpet, walls, furniture and other things.
When you are facing a situation where it is difficult to guess if you should do the job yourself or hand it to a professional, sitting on the fence may waste time and thus, more money in the form of further damages. Today, we are going to share the best practices of the fire restoration process and tips from our experts that will help you clean up and restore a controllable fire damage situation.
BEFORE THE FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION
The first step in fire remediation guidelines is the assessment of the extent of damages. Once the fire has settled down and the fire marshall confirms that the site is safe for you to enter, the inspection can begin. Proper safety measures such as safety gear must be worn before entering the damaged areas. If you don’t have complete gear, then you can probably use some old clothes and safety goggles to protect your eyes.
Once you are ready to re-enter the space, you may enter carefully and carry out the examination. It is essential that you open up all the windows and doors to let some fresh air pass through. If there isn’t enough air, you will need to get a fan to increase ventilation. This practice does not only remove any residual smoke, but it also reduces the odor that is caused by soot and burnt materials.
SOOT DAMAGE RESTORATION
Soot is black powdery or flaky substance that is left from a fire. You are probably going to find it on every surface that was exposed to fire. Soot is very injurious to health, especially in the powder form. It may fly through the air and enter your body through the respiratory system and cause problems in breathing.
Different types of material create different types of soot which can have distinctive effects on your health if it gets inside your body. So you may want to keep your mask on just to stay safe from it.
If you are attempting to clean the soot, it’s best to begin from top to bottom as some of the soot may fall off from objects while cleaning. Make sure to secure the carpet because soot can be oily and easily stain carpet or fabrics and even upholstered furniture. We recommend vacuuming as it can speed up the process.
SMOKE DAMAGE RESTORATION
With most of the soot removed, your next task in the restoration checklist is smoke damage restoration. Smoke creates odor which can get stuck in walls or anywhere on a molecular level. It’s that grayish black or often lighter shades on walls, ceiling and the surrounding objects. You may not even see its particles deposited on surfaces, but you can smell its presence.
There are some homemade cleaning techniques you can use to get rid of the smoke residue and odor. We recommend using a bucket of warm water with some detergent (non-corrosive). Using a sponge or a soft cloth, you can wipe the walls and those corners of the ceilings where smoke is more likely to deposit.
After cleaning up all the soot and smoke residues, the third and final step in fire damage restoration is repainting of surfaces that have incurred fire damage.
Although you may have succeeded in removing a bulk of debris, there will likely be some remnants of smoke and soot that remains. Applying paint directly over the stains will not cover them for long. You will need to apply a good quality primer that can fill up those cracks in the walls by excessive heat. The primer provides a solid base for the paint to stick to. A coat of primer can ensure the odor will not come back after a few days or months.
As you complete the primer, you can then go for the paint. Choose the paint color as per your choice. If you are not thinking of changing the color of the space entirely, you can pick the same color as previously used. Apply a thin coat of paint to the affected areas and let it dry for a while. Then implement the second and final coat to complete the painting process.
FINAL STEPS OF DIY
The final restoration steps include deodorizing, polishing and washing of household fabrics and clothing. Wash regular clothing with warm water and detergent. You may need to clean the carpet twice after the repairs.
Your fire restoration process is complete. Do not forget to clean up your vacuum and other equipment used in the restoration process. Replace the appliances that were destroyed completely and could not be repaired.
Our Process of Fire Restoration
In 2017, an estimated 23 billion dollars in property damage occurred due to fires. This number is slightly inflated due to the California wildfires, which are again causing untold destruction this year. While you cannot truly prepare for the devastation of a house fire, you can attempt to minimize the losses.
No matter the size of the fire, barring total destruction, you must work quickly to avoid further losses due to smoke damage. Fire damage restoration begins with knowing the extent of the damage, securing items that weren’t damaged, and beginning renovations.
This guide will help you avoid expensive repair bills and future issues due to weakened structures and smoke damage.
The first thing you should do is assess how much of your home might have smoke or fire damage. How deep did the fire penetrate the structure of the home? How much smoke and soot covered your surfaces? Do your walls, furniture and fixtures show signs of heat damage?
Hiring a professional fire damage restoration company will allow a complete and comprehensive assessment of the damage. Everything should be recorded and documented for insurance purposes. All untouched furniture needs to be removed from the home as soon as possible as smoke lingers and embeds itself into fibers long after a fire. The sooner that you can air out these pieces, the better.
Do your research when hiring people to do fire damage cleanup and consult your home insurance company for recommendations. Always check into the history of any restoration company. There are organizations out there that prey on the victims of major fires, also known as fire chasers.
Don’t be pressured into signing repair contracts due to the urgency of the situation. They might not be licensed or insured to do fire restoration work.
SECURING THE FOUNDATION
The first priority for the restoration process is to prevent any more damage from occurring. That means plugging up any holes or weakened structures. If the walls, floors, or roof got singed, they should receive an inspection for repairs or replacement. Remember, fire and water damage restoration go hand-in-hand.
As soon as there are heavy rains in your area, your home could be at risk for water or moisture damage. Doing an “eyeball test” of your interior isn’t quite accurate enough to detect potential leaks or places where mold can take a foothold.
The best fire restoration services will be proficient in both repairs and the prevention of water damage. This includes ensuring the home is properly protected by moisture and vapor barriers.
CLEANING AND REMOVAL
The smoke and soot that accompany a house fire can be impossible to clean out on your own. The staining that happens during a fire usually goes beyond the surface. Only a deep scrub, sanding, and refinishing will get rid of the smoke.
If your home has also been affected by water damage, then the cleanup process will include pumping and airing out all the moisture. Special heaters and fans will then dry out all the contents before sanitizing everything. It’s important to take care of this as soon as possible to prevent pockets of mold potentially causing health problems.
In order to remove the odors that linger after a fire, it might be necessary to clean all the carpet and upholstery throughout the home. This is where you should be considering tossing out any upholstered furniture that isn’t expensive to replace. It might cost more to try to clean them.
For the priceless pieces, family heirlooms and furniture that are hard or impossible to replace, restoration is a careful process. Starting with the walls and ceilings, fire often creates bubbling and blistering of the paint. This must be scraped and repainted carefully.
When it comes to wood surfaces damaged by fire, soot, or smoke, the options for repair will fall into two categories. For unfinished wood, you could try to apply a sealant over it to mask or trap the odor, but there’s no guarantee that will work.
Finished wood has a much better success rate of repair and full restoration. The surface that protected the wood gets stripped, sanded and refinished. This ensures that all of that trapped odor gets removed and none of it will linger later on. Restoring wood affected by smoke and fire damage is a job for professional cleaners.
There are many good reasons to use the tragedy of a fire as a starting point for renovation. Sometimes repairs and cleaning can take a very long time to complete. If the damage is so extensive that you can never restore the affected parts of your home to what they were originally, why not start over?
The act of a renovation after a house fire is akin to a rebirth; a chance to remove yourself from that traumatic experience. Many fire damage companies do offer renovation services to go with their repairs and restoration. Experienced contractors will know how to get the most value out of the restoration process, even if that means throwing away and rebuilding a large portion of it.
FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION CONSULTATION
As you can see, fire damage restoration is more than just cleaning and repairing places that fire has touched. You have to take in account how fire transforms the foundation of the home as well as the contents within. Making these tough decisions while under the stress from what just happened isn’t easy.
Don’t make these decisions on your own. Find a company that provides you with all the tools and options that you need to get your home back. At Bedrock Restoration, we take care of the entire restoration process beyond what can be seen at a glance.
We will protect your home from water damage as well as clean your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. We take care of the entire home environment, restoring the safety that your home provides.
Key Benefit Of Hiring Bedrock Restoration for Fire Damage Restoration Services
At the time of the fire, you may think your entire property may succumb to fire. However, with smart thinking and a quick presence of mind, you can restore your property.
Now you will ask how? The answer is simple. With the help of professional damage restoration contractors, you can turn your burnt property back to its original state.
Fire damage restoration services are designed specially to serve the purpose of cleaning and restoring the property. Check out the benefits of hiring fire damage restoration contractors for your property.
24/7 Emergency Service Is Available
Disasters don’t stick at a fixed time. It can happen anytime. Therefore, fire damage restoration contractors provide 24/7 clock service. Their professionals are available every day of the week, month, and year.
Quick help from professionals can help stop and limit the extent of the damage. So if you were to choose fire damage restoration contractors, choose one with an excellent reputation and whose chief priority is your safety and wellbeing.
Knowledgeable Professionals and State-Of-The-Art Equipment
Fire damage restoration contractors use the latest equipment and processes. Contractors train the technicians to work on how to use this machinery and equipment properly.
Professionals help save your home and its valuables with the knowledge and skills gained by years of experience. Knowledgeable professionals will remove smoke, water, debris, and fix back all the things that are damaged effectively.
Fire Damage Restoration Professionals Help With Insurance Claims
When you start your insurance claim process, the first question they ask you is whether you have hired fire damage restoration services? That is because professionals not only prevent more damage but also calculate the estimate of the total loss.
You can take this estimation and submit it to your insurance company along with documents that professionals help you prepare. Filing for an insurance claim is an important step for recovering from fire damage.
Without timely payments from the insurance company, your restoration process may get stuck. Hiring fire damage restoration contractors make this process smooth and fast.
Reduces The Damage To The Property
Fire damage can cause you to lose everything. However, if you call the fire damage restoration contractors on time, then they can help take out the fire faster. Moreover, you should also call and hire fire damage restoration services.
Once the fire is out the fire damage restoration technicians can start the restoration process asap. This way they can reduce the amount of damage to the property by using various equipment and skills.
Restores Your Property
Fire damages are ghastly. Cleaning the debris, removing the excess water, and extracting the debris and soot out of the affected zone. You can’t do this on your own. For this, you need Bedrock Restoration’s help.
We will assess the damage, create a full-proof plan, and then will carry it out with the help of his team and utilities. This way WE will restore your property to its original state.
What should I do if my house floods?
If your house has flooded, you should turn off the power and call a professional water damage restoration company as soon as possible. Do not try to dry out the property yourself, as this could lead to mold growth.
What are some common causes of water damage?
Water damage can be caused by a variety of factors, such as heavy rain, leaks in the roof or walls, sewage backups, and more. It is important to be aware of the potential causes of water damage in order to prevent it from happening.
How can I prevent water damage?
There are a few things you can do to prevent water damage, such as fixing any leaks in your home, regularly checking for signs of water damage, and being prepared for severe weather.
What are the signs of water damage?
The signs of water damage can vary depending on the type of damage. Some common signs include:
- Water stains on walls, ceilings, or floors
- Swelling or warping of wood
- Mold growth
- Musty odors
- Peeling paint or wallpaper
- Stuck doors or windows
- Cracks in foundation
If you notice any of these signs, it is important to call a professional water damage restoration company as soon as possible. Waiting to address the problem could lead to further damage and expensive repairs.
What is mold damage?
Mold damage is a type of water damage that is caused by the growth and spread of mold in a structure. It tends to spread with a great speed and destroys the areas of buildings.
How can I tell if I have mold damage?
There are several ways to tell if you have mold damage. The most common sign is the presence of visible mold. Mold may also cause a musty odor, and can result in water infiltration, warping or staining of building materials, and health problems for occupants.
What should I do if I think my home has been damaged by mold?
If you think your home has been damaged by mold, you should contact a qualified restoration company immediately. Restoration professionals will assess the extent of the damage and take steps to clean up the affected area and prevent further growth.
What is involved in restoring a property that has been damaged by mold?
Restoring a property that has been damaged by mold typically involves cleaning and sanitizing the affected area, removing any affected building materials, and installing new insulation and air-sealing measures. In some cases, mold damage may be so extensive that the only option is to demolish the affected structure and start from scratch.
How long does it take to restore a property damaged by mold?
The length of time it takes to restore a property damaged by mold depends on the extent of the damage. A small mold problem may be able to be remediated in a matter of days, while a more significant issue could take weeks or even months to resolve.
Can I do anything to prevent mold damage?
There are several things you can do to help prevent mold damage. These include reducing indoor humidity levels, repairing any leaks or water infiltration problems promptly, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces regularly. Additionally, it is important to have any mold growth professionally removed by a qualified restoration company.
If you think your home has been damaged by mold, contact a qualified restoration company immediately. Restoration professionals will assess the extent of the damage and take steps to clean up the affected area and prevent further growth.
What should I do if my property has been damaged by a fire?
If your property has been damaged by a fire, you should take the following steps:
1) Contact your insurance company.
2) Notify the police department if there has been any criminal activity.
3) Contact your local fire department.
4) Make sure that the area is safe and secure.
5) Gather as much information about the fire as possible. This includes the date and time of the fire, the cause of the fire, how long it lasted, what was destroyed or damaged, etc.
6) Take photographs of the damage.
7) Obtain copies of any reports or documentation related to the fire (e.g., police report, insurance claim form, etc.).
What are some common causes of fires?
Some common causes of fires include cooking accidents, electrical problems, arson, and cigarettes dropped on furniture.
How can I prevent fires in my home?
Some tips for preventing fires in your home include installing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, keeping flammable materials away from heat sources, and having a fire extinguisher on hand.
What should I do if there is a fire in my home?
If there is a fire in your home, you should evacuate immediately and call 911. Do not try to put out the fire yourself unless it is small and contained.
How can I clean up after a fire?
Once the area has been declared safe by authorities, you can begin cleaning up the damage. This may include throwing away damaged items, cleaning soot from surfaces, and airing out the property to remove smoke odor. You may need to hire a professional fire damage restoration company to assist with the cleanup.
Will my insurance cover fire damage?
Coverage for fire damage varies depending on your insurance policy. You should contact your insurance company as soon as possible after the fire to find out what is covered.
What are some common signs of smoke damage?
Some common signs of smoke damage include discoloration on walls and ceilings, soot on surfaces, and a smoky smell.
How can I remove the smoke odor from my home?
To remove smoke odor from your home, you can try airing out the property, using air purifiers or dehumidifiers, and cleaning all surfaces with soot remover. You may also need to replace damaged items, such as carpeting or upholstery.