Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects, or none at all. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can lead to symptoms such as stuffy nose, wheezing, and red or itchy eyes, or skin. Some people, such as those with allergies to molds or with asthma, may have more intense reactions. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath.
In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition.
Wash your moldy clothes with very hot water and laundry detergent. Hot water will kill mold spores, and laundry detergent will remove any musty smells. Since mold stains are hard to remove, you should also pre-soak your stained garment before washing it.
Add baking soda to your wash cycle. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer that can help remove musty smells from your clothes. Add half a cup of baking soda to your wash cycle, along with your regular detergent.
Apply a mold stain remover like bleach, although you need to read your clothes’ labels first to make sure bleach can be used. Add the laundry and detergent to the machine, then start a normal cycle. Pause the cycle when the washer has filled with water, then add a cup of bleach and resume the wash. Alternatively, soak the clothes in a solution of one cup of bleach and two gallons of hot water for at least one hour.
Instead of bleach, you can use vinegar, baking soda, borax, or ammonia in a similar way. Start a wash cycle with your laundry and detergent, then add a cup of the product you prefer. Stop the cycle when the clothes have become soaked and wait at least one hour before you turn it back on. Pausing the cycle while the clothes are wet will allow the chosen product to fight the mold. DO NOT mix ammonia with bleach, as it can create poisonous fumes that are dangerous when breathed in.
If your home has ever experienced water damage, you already know firsthand what an intense experience it can be. Whether from a storm or accidental flooding, it is important to hire an experienced restoration professional to help your home recover. Luckily, at EE&D, we offer water removal, structural drying, and all the other services needed to make sure your property is up and running again ASAP. We also provide options like mold remediation, to ensure your house is safe from toxic mold growth in the wake of a disaster.
“But what happens to my belongings after water damage occurs?”, you may be asking. This is a great question, as you do not want to leave your precious items in a home that has experienced serious damage. Moreover, you may have some possessions that require a certain amount of restoration themselves. That’s why Extreme Extraction and Decontamination LLC. also offers packout and storage service. This allows us to keep your items safe while the larger restoration process continues, so you never have to worry about the long-term health of your belongings. Keep reading to learn more about the steps involved in packout and storage, and remember that for all your restoration needs, Extreme Extraction and Decontamination LLC. is here.
Steps Included in the Packout & Storage Process
Has your central Florida home recently experienced water damage? If so, you should promptly call a restoration company for water damage drying, aka structural drying. “But wait,” you may be thinking. “My home has only experienced minimal water damage. Does that mean I still need professional drying service?” The answer, surprisingly, is often yes.
It is possible to take care of a small amount of water damage on your own, removing any visible water and cleaning up the mess so everything appears normal again. However, excess moisture often leads to unseen consequences, the most common of which is mold growth. While you may think you can sufficiently dry your property on your own, it is hard to remove the moisture that seeps into flooring, drywall, and other parts of your home without a professional. By hiring a restoration company for water damage drying, you will be able to avoid the more expensive process of mold remediation down the line. Failure to remove mold can lead to extensive structural damage, and professional water drying service ensures this is something you won’t have to deal with. Plus, a professional water damage restoration company will be able to assist you in navigating the insurance process, which is something you will need to be extremely precise about whenever you are dealing with water damage.
Fortunately, at Extreme Extraction and Decontamination LLC., our team offers affordable and efficient water damage drying designed to prevent homeowners from incurring expensive damage down the line. Our company’s reputation speaks for itself, and we are even available 24/7 for emergencies, so we can get to work helping you mitigate water damage ASAP. As storm season intensifies, do not hesitate to call us if your property experiences flooding. And remember, even if your home experiences minimal water damage, it is still a safe bet to call our experts at Extreme Extraction and Decontamination LLC.
Extreme Extraction and Decontamination LLC. is available by phone at 407-593-9268, or you can contact us online.
Dealing with water damage in Central Florida: Kissimmee, Celebration, Florida, etc., is an extremely challenging experience, and that’s without getting the insurance company involved. The good news is that many types of water damage are covered by home insurance. The bad news is that you often have to jump through a ton of hoops to get your insurer to provide you with full compensation. Fortunately, our water damage experts at Extreme Extraction and Decontamination LLC. have dealt with so many disasters, we know how to help you receive a payout that lives up to the fullest extent of your policy. Keep reading to learn how to get homeowners insurance to pay for water damage, and remember, if your home experiences a sudden flood or storm, you can reach our team at Extreme Extraction and Decontamination LLC. 24/7 for emergency assistance.
7 Steps to Take So Your Water Damage Is Covered by Insurance
Water leaks and moisture infiltration can cause serious damage to a house or building, and can be difficult to detect until it’s already too late. Using a thermal imaging camera and under the right circumstances, it’s possible to find hidden water and moisture issues without resorting to destructive testing.
There are many sources of building moisture, including humidity (during any season), condensation, pipe leaks, rain and snow, and even people and animals breathing. Usually a low level of moisture is fine, but leaks or heavy condensation can cause serious problems. A thermal imaging camera cannot “see” moisture in walls, but it can detect subtle temperature differences and patterns that reveal the existence of water.
Moisture in buildings usually spreads in a recognizable pattern depending on where the water is:
Walls - top-down triangular shape formed as water spreads downwards
Ceiling - amorphous, unstructured shape with areas of wet, damp, and moist material spreading outwards with different temperatures
Flooding - water wicking up a wall into the insulation and up wall studs
Hot Water Pipe - leaks shows as a warm area
Moisture is one of the most difficult issues to detect in a building - the signs are subtle and easy to miss until water starts dripping from the ceiling. Thermography training can help with identification, as well as getting the right camera for the job.
What’s the Best Thermal Camera For Moisture Detection?
Moisture tends to cause only subtle heat differentials. A thermal camera capable of detecting moisture needs to have high resolution and great thermal sensitivity (NETD), meaning that small temperature differences will be displayed. In the case of thermal sensitivity, the lower the better, so a camera with 30mK sensitivity is great for moisture applications, while a 100mK sensitivity camera is better suited for industrial applications and detecting large temperature differences.
In addition, it’s best to use a camera that allows you to manually adjust the level and span of the thermal image. Moisture problems appear best when the image is adjusted for about a 10°C or 20°C span, which helps even minute temperature differences stand out.
Great thermal cameras for this purpose include the FLIR E6 for basic applications, and FLIR E8 and FLIR E95 for higher resolution options.
Don’t Forget About Moisture Meters
Thermal cameras can help locate water and approximate the moisture extent, but identifying a pattern that looks like moisture does not guarantee the presence of water. There are a multitude of reasons you might be seeing a temperature differential besides moisture in the walls. To check what you’re seeing, you should always use a moisture meter to confirm what the thermal camera has detected.
Moisture meters from FLIR and Extech offer multiple detection options for every application, and meters like the FLIR MR176 even combine both thermal imaging and moisture measurement capabilities for both locating and testing for moisture.
When performing a building inspection looking for water leaks, be sure to take your time. Water is detected with a thermal imager due to temperature differences caused by evaporation, capacitance, or conduction, and these processes can be affected by weather conditions or interior humidity.
Whenever a home or commercial building in Kissimmee has suffered from a water event like a flood or pipe burst, professionals like Extreme Extraction and Decontamination LLC. steps in to perform water extraction and cleanup. Whether a small leak or a large flood, water extraction is crucial as it helps to mitigate from further damage occurring and is one of the first steps in the restoration process.
What is Water Extraction?
Water extraction is another term for water removal. It is the steps taken with proper tools to remove excess water from wet contents or surrounding structural material. Based on the size of the event and the volume of water introduced to the property, water extraction performed by a professional is crucial.
Property owners may own a wet vacuum and fans; however this does not compare to the industrial grade equipment and expertise a company like EE&D has when it comes to water extraction. Utilizing the most efficient method of water extraction is important during this step as it allows for shorter drying times and the ability to salvage as much content as possible. Equipment for water extraction includes submersible pumps or industrial vacuums that work to drain the water in areas that have been saturated.
Once water extraction is deemed complete, the water mitigation process will begin. Extraction and mitigation are both very different steps in the water damage restoration process but are both crucial and always subsequent.
Why Is Water Extraction Necessary?
The goal of damage restoration is to return the property affected to pre-loss condition. Timing and efficient, quick solutions are vital when it comes to water extraction. Restorers are concerned with the level of primary and secondary damage a home may suffer if any standing water or material that is saturated is not properly addressed.
Primary damage consists of any wet materials like flooring, drywall and contents upon the water intrusion event. This is damage that could not have been prevented. Secondary damage is the damage that occurs should water extraction and mitigation be untimely. Secondary damage includes mold growth, content loss, or the comprising of structural integrity to a property.
Even the smallest amount of water can put a home or business at risk, whether that is the potential growth of mold or property loss. To mitigate the spread of water damage and prevent any long-term issues, calling a professional company to provide water extraction services is highly recommended to property owners when the unthinkable happens.
Extreme Extraction and Decontamination LLC. are truly the local experts when it comes to water extraction services, even on an emergency basis. Call us 24/7 for help with any water damage needs.
There are so many different potential causes for apartment water damage, and it’s essential for those in charge to know how to handle them. The burden of responsibility for managing the repairs typically falls upon you, the property manager. While there are unlimited scenarios in which apartment water damage exists, it’s beneficial to understand some of the leading causes and how they may affect those responsible for remediation.
Typical Causes of Apartment Water Damage It might feel like a cliché, but a forgetful tenant is a common cause of water damage in residential units. We’re all prone to human error from time to time, and a sizable portion of floods in apartments stem from people simply being a little distracted. Your tenants (probably) aren’t malicious, but the consequences of their decisions are real, nonetheless. The problem with apartments is that most often, the units are literally on top of each other, so what affects one can quickly spread to others – sometimes in a matter of minutes!
Bathrooms are absolutely ripe for flooding. It’s a familiar story: someone runs water in the bath or sink, only to end up being distracted by the comings-and-goings of life. The next thing they know, water is overflowing, and the flood spreads quickly. Likewise, a flood can originate directly from the plumbing itself and affect neighboring units. Supply lines for refrigerators, toilets, sinks, and HVACs can leak or burst if obstructions form. These pipes are positioned within walls and ceilings, and the ensuing water damage can travel quickly across support beams and conduits into other units within the apartment complex.
Even your most vigilant tenants can’t always prevent accidents from occurring. However, we always encourage property managers, landlords, and tenants to be proactive. Inspect the plumbing for structural integrity regularly. In addition, supply lines and pipes should always be cleaned and maintained to prevent the buildup of debris, which could lead to clogs. Lastly, inspect all appliances regularly, but especially check the condition of washing machine, dishwasher, and refrigerator hoses, connections, and fittings for potential leaks.
Who is responsible for the apartment water damage repairs?The bottom line is, it depends on the insurance coverage and provider. If the water damage results from negligence or a specific act, your tenant could bear responsibility for the costs. This may include situations where your tenant is aware that an appliance is damaged but does not fix the issue before the damage occurs. The tenant may opt to file a claim with their own insurance provider and use the funds to cover the damage. However, how quickly the tenant files their claim could become an issue, so they should be encouraged to do so immediately. Insurance providers look at everything submitted with a claim, and delayed action can be a cause for rejecting the claim.
Likewise, you, as the landlord or property manager, would likely be responsible for fixing the damage in other instances. For example, generally speaking, if the origin of the apartment water damage is from a pipe in a neighboring unit in the ceiling, the repairs should then fall under your commercial insurance policy. The tenants are likely going to have to file a claim with their providers to cover the damages to their personal items, but they can leave the cost of repairs to the damaged ceiling to you. As always, the sooner they notify you of the damage, the better.
In most cases, the same consequences apply if we reverse the roles. If one of your tenant’s misfortune happens to cause damage to their neighbor’s property and belongings, that tenant, in conjunction with you, would likely be responsible. Again, as management, you should expect to cover the repairs for the structural damages, but only where the tenant is not at fault. Please note that it’s critical to communicate with property insurance providers right away when there is any property damage to confirm who is responsible for what. There may be multiple policies involved, and it may take some time to sort out the details.
How can the damage be mitigated?If the damage is slight, you (or your tenant, if they are responsible for covering the damages) can call a licensed home technician to perform minor repairs. However, we recommend only going this route if the water damage is truly limited to cosmetic in scope. Professional mitigation experts should handle the consequences of anything more than ‘misplaced’ water. There might be a temptation to cut corners to save money, but the negative repercussions of hiring an individual who is not fully qualified for the job may actually end up costing more in the long run. Unaddressed issues beneath the surface can lead to long-term structural damage, deterioration, and mold, requiring reconstruction and the potential for lost rent or worse.
EE&D has earned the reputation as the “Paramedics of Property Damage.” Our technicians are certified in the latest commercial water damage restoration techniques. They’ll help identify the source and then contain the flooding, eliminate the excess moisture, and remediate and/or prevent any mold growth in the area. EE&D works with insurance companies, tenants, and property managers to coordinate communication to make the process as easy as possible for all of those involved. Apartment water damage from any leak is an issue best solved by professionals, so call your local EE&D office when your apartment building requires these services.
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