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Mold Allergies: Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment
Mold cleaning, Mold remediation services

Mold Allergies: Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment

Mold spores run rampant throughout the natural environment. Decayed leaves, rotting tree stumps, and various other natural debris are consumed by mold spores in the great outdoors. The moment mold spores latch on to indoor surfaces, people with mold allergies begin to adversely react. What is a Mold Allergy? Mold spores are present everywhere, indoors and outdoors. When an individual who is sensitive to mold inhales airborne mold spores, her immune system may begin to battle the intrusion into her nasal passages. As a result, antibodies, like histamine, are readily produced. What are Mold Allergy Symptoms? The antibodies that flock to the irritated areas to fight the inhaled spores are responsible for allergy symptoms, like wheezing, coughing, watery, and itchy eyes, throat and skin ir...
How Homeowners Insurance Covers Mold
Mold cleaning, Mold damage restoration, Mold damage restoration remediation

How Homeowners Insurance Covers Mold

When you find mold growing in your home, it is a concerning issue for a variety of reasons. Exposure to mold can cause people to suffer from health problems, such as allergies and infections. Prolonged exposure always increases the risk of these health effects and can make them worse. If there’s mold growth in your residence, then this means there may be a water problem that caused the mold to develop. The mold growth itself also damages your property. What Causes Mold Growth? Mold spores are naturally present in the air, but with moisture and a food source, these spores will be triggered into causing mold growth in your home. That said, mold is commonly a result of water damage, because water damage provides the moisture (water) and food (organic materials often found in common building...
Prevent Water Damage by Keeping Your Home’s Gutters Clean and Repaired
Cleaning and restoration tips, Water damage restoration

Prevent Water Damage by Keeping Your Home’s Gutters Clean and Repaired

The welcome, warmer climate of spring brings with it torrential rain. Springtime downpours fall straight into a home’s gutter systems, making a clean gutter essential. The balmy temperatures of spring allow homeowners to ascend to their rooftops and bring down the host of debris that has accumulated along the gutter throughout the frosty winter. A spring season gutter cleaning removes all the accumulated debris from the winter. Plus, spring gutter cleanings are necessary due to the fact that the spring blossoms and seeds of trees and plants develop and can potentially land in the gutter, causing blockage problems. Gutter Cleaning to Avoid Water Damage A blocked gutter leads to a significant issue—water damage. When the spring’s rainwater and melting snow along the rooftop have nowhere...
How to Thaw a Frozen Septic Line
Frozen Pipes, Sewage Cleanup

How to Thaw a Frozen Septic Line

Septic lines are most often found in rural areas. When your winter cabin, for instance, is located out in the woods, the septic line is responsible for treating wastewater from the cabin’s bathrooms, laundry, and kitchen drains. In the countryside, centralized sewer systems are uncommon, giving the septic line importance. The septic line in a winter lodge occupied for a few months of the year, for example, is likely to freeze due to disuse. Normally, the septic line functions well, even under frigid temperatures—if the plumbing is in regular use. Routine draining and flushing of the home’s plumbing system ensures moving water. Immobile water can freeze and block the septic line. If your winter getaway features a septic line, and it freezes in the bitter temperatures of February, you ...
How to Clean Your Washing Machine and Dryer
Cleaning and restoration tips, Mold cleaning

How to Clean Your Washing Machine and Dryer

As your clothes whirl around the washing machine, your trusty appliance puts your clothes through the ringer. An essential household unit, the washing machine dutifully breathes new life into your garb and adds a fresh scent to newly laundered apparel. The dryer has an equal importance in your home, completing the other half of the task of cleaning your tops and bottoms. If you weren’t aware before, you soon will recognize the importance of washing machine and dryer maintenance. Regularly Clean the Washer How often should you clean the washing machine? Regular machine cleanings prevent detergent streaks from appearing on newly laundered whites and darks. The white residue from the soaps used to wash your clothes is more apparent on dark colored apparel. Fabric softener and the dirt ca...
How to Safely Remove Snow from the Roof
Water damage restoration

How to Safely Remove Snow from the Roof

Chances are your roof will probably not cave in from snow, but it is heavy and can cause significant water damage given the right conditions. It can also slide off if the roof is sloped and cause serious injuries to anyone standing in the wrong place at the wrong time. So to avoid the risk of injury and any roof leak, here’s how to safely remove from the roof (without hiring a professional). How to Safely Remove Snow from the Roof Remember, removing snow from your roof yourself is only recommended if you have a one-story home. If the job involves getting on top of the roof, always hire a professional. To remove the snow yourself, you will need a long-handled snow rake which will cost about $45 from a hardware store. Make sure to look for ones with built-in rollers and sturdy teles...
Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing with These Tips
Emergency Tips, Water damage restoration

Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing with These Tips

When temperatures sink into the 20’s and below, the chances of your pipes freezing are much higher. In fact, one of the most common disasters during harsh winters is frozen and burst pipes, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. Preventing Frozen Pipes The pipes at the highest risk for freezing include those that are in unheated areas, like in attics, basements, and garages. Also keep in mind that the pipes that run through the walls and ceilings are also at risk of freezing. On the other hand, there are some steps you can take to prevent this from happening. Preventative methods like pipe insulations are one of the best ways to avoid this disaster. They are an inexpensive investment and are more than worth it when it comes to protecting your property structure and surround...
Water damage cleanup, Water damage restoration

What Causes Water Stains Near the Air Vents?

Water stains around the air vents are a common household issue. Homes in warmer climes (imagine Floridian weather or Southwestern temps), experience this phenomenon more frequently than abodes in cooler areas. While the problem leaves some homeowners scratching their heads, water stains surrounding the air vents can be easily explained and effectively resolved. Moisture is clearly the culprit when it comes to creating unanticipated water stains in unexpected places. But how does excess water saturate the ceiling? The answer is condensation. Droplets of water that form in one of three ways contribute to the water stains near the air vents. What is Condensation? First, it’s important to understand the concept of condensation. Water vapor, or the moisture in the air (which is always ...
Prepare for the Winter with These Furnace Maintenance Tips
Air Duct HVAC Cleaning

Prepare for the Winter with These Furnace Maintenance Tips

With the winter season approaching, your furnace will soon be put to work, heating your home to provide you and your family with a comfortable, cozy environment to live in. Before the winter arrives and you start putting your furnace to heavy use, it is essential to check that it functions correctly. Otherwise, you’ll risk having a problem with the heating system and going without heat in your residence during the coldest months. It is important to do routine maintenance on your furnace in the fall and clean it out to ensure its effectiveness. Use the following tips as a guide for furnace maintenance and cleaning so you can ensure that your furnace will provide you with heat throughout the winter. Safety First When it comes to doing any type of maintenance around the house, your safet...
Fire Safety Tips to Keep in Mind During Thanksgiving
Fire Damage Restoration

Fire Safety Tips to Keep in Mind During Thanksgiving

Especially during the holidays, the kitchen is the heart of the home. From experimenting new recipes to following family traditions, cooking and feasting with the family is one of the best ways of spending the holidays. But during all this cooking, the chances of house fires are significantly increased. These times are more important than ever to be practicing fire safety, especially in the kitchen, during all these activities. When preparing for holiday celebrations and organizing the table for the big dinner, it’s important to keep all safety tips in mind so you can enjoy your time with your loved ones while keeping them away from the dangers of property fires. Know What to Do During a Fire While there are steps you can take to prevent property fires, it’s impossible to guarantee th...