Water Extraction >> Water Damage

Standing water is a breeding ground for a wide range of micro-organisms and insects, such as mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can spread diseases like West Nile Virus. Micro-organisms, including bacteria and mold, can become airborne and be inhaled. Where floodwater is highly infected, infectious disease is of concern. Remove standing Water Damage as quickly as possible. Remove wet materials and discard those that cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried, ideally within 48 hours.

  1. While smooth, hard surface materials such as metal and plastics can often be Water Damage cleaned effectively, virtually all building contents made of paper, cloth, wood and other absorbent materials that have been wet for longer than 48 hours may need to be discarded as they will likely remain a source of mold growth. Dry out the building. Heavily contaminated flood waters contain micro-organisms and other contaminants that can penetrate deep into soaked, porous materials and later be released into air or water. Completely drying out a building that has been immersed in contaminated flood waters will take time and may require the extensive Water Damage and removal of ceiling, wall, insulation, flooring and other materials as well as, in some cases, extensive disinfection.
  2. The growth of micro-organisms will continue as long as materials remain wet and humidity is high. If a house or building is not dried out properly, a musty odor, signifying growth of micro-organisms can remain long after the flood. When Water Damage fumes are not a concern and if electricity is available and safe, closing windows and running a dehumidifier or window air conditioner can be an effective way to remove moisture if the damage is moderate. Reduce your exposure to air and water contaminants. Every effort should be made to limit contact with flood water. This includes the breathing of water vapors or mists formed from the contaminated water; this may occur when water is pumped or sprayed.
  3. If removing materials or furnishings already contaminated with mold or when cleaning significant Water Damage areas of mold contamination or generally disinfecting areas soiled by flood waters, federal authorities recommend limiting your exposure to airborne mold spores by wearing gloves, goggles, and wearing an N-95 respirator, if available, or a dust mask. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints. There is no practical way to eliminate all molds and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  4. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning. Clean and dry any damp or wet Water Damage building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

How To Repair And Restore Fire And Water Damage

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent approval of a bill mandating the use of cigarettes that are much less likely to cause fires will save lives in that state and Fire Damage How To Repair And Restore Fire And Water Damage could lead to nationwide use of such "fire-safe" cigarettes. 

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Garbage Cleanup From Wind Storm

FEMA did not approve debris plans that did not identify a DMS or disposal site. As mentioned previously, FEMA is considering revisions to its regulations to incorporate the increased federal share component of the PA Pilot Program, which would require PA applicants to identify DMS and Debris Removal Garbage Cleanup From Wind Storm final dis  read more..

How To Treat Hoarding

Compulsive hoarding is when a person collects and keeps a lot of items, even things that appear useless or of little value to most people. These items clutter the living spaces of the home and prevent the person from using their rooms as they were intended. Most often, people hoard common possession  read more..

White Mold

Toxic White molds Some mold, such as Aspergillus versicolor and Stachybotrys atra (chartarum), are known to produce potent toxins under certain circumstances. Although some mycotoxins are well known to affect humans and have been shown to be responsible for human health effects, for many mycotoxins,  read more..

Tenant Cleanup Too Big

Tenants should review the procedures with an attorney. An appeal bond is money the tenant may have to pay into court to cover back rent and other costs. If the tenant does not make the ordered payments on time, their appeal rights will end. If the tenant does not appeal, Tenant Move Out Cleanup Tenant Cleanup Too Big the Sherif  read more..

Information About Lead Paint Safety

We asked about making changes after attending the seminar, including testing paint for lead; using containment; using safer, less dusty, work methods; cleaning up with HEPA vacuums or wet methods; providing half-mask P-100 (HEPA) respirators; and providing blood lead testing. In nearly all these are  read more..

Plumbing Leak Caused Mold Inside The Wall

Syracuse, NY -- The daily doses of rain that have fallen on Central New York this spring may have some Syracuse area residents ready to call Noah for a reservation. The region has received at least a trace of rain every day since April 16. Since then, Water Damage Plumbing Leak Caused Mold Inside The Wall about 8 inches of rain has fallen  read more..

How To Become Certified To Remove Lead Paint

If an environmental covenant is to be executed for the site related to other aspects of a cleanup(e.g., restricted use soil cleanup standards were used or soil contamination is left on-site under a cap), the Operation and Maintenance Plan can be included as an attachment to the covenant. If no coven  read more..

Mold Mitigation

These Structural Drying Mold Mitigation tracks are traits of Douglas-fir, pines, spruces and larches and are readily visible to your naked eyes, or under a low power magnifier on the end grains of planks and logs. In ponderosas, white and sugar pines, resin tracks are obviously visible as thin, brown stripes on the surfa  read more..

Lead Paint Poisoning

Lead serves no useful purpose in the body and it can cause serious and permanent health problems. How Does Lead Enter the Body? Lead enters the body by being inhaled or swallowed. Lead can be inhaled when lead dust, mist, or fumes ("smoke") are in the air. Particles of lead can be swallowed if lead   read more..