Can Mold Cause Health Problems?

moldMold is usually not a problem indoors, unless spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. They produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching this toxic substance or the spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis).

Allergic reactions are common. They can be immediate or delayed. This toxic substance can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic. In addition, exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both allergic and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling the spores. Research and health effects are ongoing.

This [guidance] provides a brief overview; it does not describe all potential health effects related to exposure. For more detailed information consult with the licensed remediation professional at NWA Restore It in Centerton, AR.

When dealing with mold damage, specialized expertise matters not only in removing it itself, but also in preventing its return. If the root of the problem, such as water damage, is not addressed, it’s only a matter of time until the it returns. NWA Restore It is Northwest Arkansas’ remediation specialist, and we are proud to say that we are certified in mold remediation and the treatment of mold-damaged structures.

Source: https://www.epa.gov/mold/brief-guide-mold-moisture-and-your-home

Water Damage Restoration Is More Than Removing Excess Water | NWA Restore It, Inc. Centerton AR

water damageWater damage can be deceptive. First of all, structural cavities attract water. Trapped pockets of moisture are created. Most noteworthy, damage can be caused by these pockets. The growth of dangerous molds seems like it could put a homeowner over the spilling point.

Therefore, the detection of water in these areas in the home, can be hard to see with the naked eye. Sophisticated moisture detection meters can often only be the method used. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater sources of damage will only surface when materials delaminate. This can also happen when materials shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.

Most of all, IICRC-certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to dry a home. Probably, this applies the same for a commercial facility as well. They will do more than just remove excess water. IICRC-certified restorers can completely bring the property back to pre-loss conditions. Furthermore, this includes substructure materials. Mold and other health issues can be prevented because through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage is key.

In conclusion, all IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources. Therefore, they can evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected) and contain water damage. Last of all, they can remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that the mold will not return.

NWA Restore It, Inc. provides a quick, professional response to any of your water damage needs.  We serve all of NW Arkansas including: Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, and surrounding areas. We are ready to serve you! Give us a call today: (479) 644-4246

Source: HTTP://WWW.IICRC.ORG/CONSUMERS/CARE/WATER-DAMAGE/

Dealing With Flood Damage in Northwest Arkansas

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First of all, after several weeks with a lot of rainfall and nearly two inches of rain from today’s storm, Northwest Arkansas is water logged! Parts of Johnson and Springdale are flooded, as well as areas in Bentonville, Rogers, Fayetteville, and the surrounding area. As a result, with all this water, flooding and flood damage in the home may occur and it is important to respond to that problem promptly to avoid excessive water damage!

Therefore, whether you are dealing with soaked belongings, wet carpets, a difficult-to-remove odor, or are worried about mold, NWA Restore It, Inc. is here to help and has the expertise and technology to clean up after a flood has taken its toll.

Effective Drying Method

Hence, when you are dealing with water-logged items, you need professionals to help with the restoration process. At NWA Restore It, Inc., we use the most advanced systems for drying your property effectively. Our experts have determined that TES (Thermal Energy System) is a unique water damage restoration system that produces the desired results.

In conclusion, are you wondering how this system works? TES combines controlled heat and air flow to expedite evaporation and dry water-damaged areas quickly. By transferring more energy to the water-damaged area, vapor pressure increases and speeds up evaporation. With the TES system, heat can be targeted to carpets, floors, substrates, and walls. Our advanced system will:

  • Save you time
  • Restrict water damage
  • Limit mold growth and rot

Has water streamed through your home causing flood damage and threatened to ruin your floors, carpets, and personal belongings? You can salvage many of these items if you act quickly and use our TES drying system. For 24/7 emergency services, contact us for water damage restoration in Rogers, Bentonville, Centerton, Bella Vista, Fayetteville, Springdale, and the surrounding areas of Northwest Arkansas. Call us today at (479) 644-4246!

Eliminating Unpleasant Odors in Your Home the Right Way

Eliminate unpleasant odors with NWA Restore It, Inc.

Have you ever come home after a long day of work, only to be met with unpleasant odors? Whether it is some food that got lost or hidden somewhere, the smell left over from that one time you burnt dinner, or when the dog came into the house after getting sprayed by a skunk, a stench can linger in your home for weeks. This is especially true when smells sink into your furniture or carpets.

Sometimes, it is nearly impossible for a homeowner to identify the source of such a smell. However, IICRC-certified professionals, like the professionals at NWA Restore It, Inc., are trained to quickly detect and isolate the source quickly. Based on their extensive knowledge, they are able to use advanced technologies and treatments, including:

  • Cleaning up smoke smells that have penetrated carpet, furniture, walls, and ceilings.
  • Identifying and removing molds and bacteria, which often cause foul odors.
  • Drying and restoring water-damaged areas the right way. (Incorrect drying can sometimes result in a bad smell!)
  • Extensive cleaning and using the right kinds of antimicrobial agents.
    • Textile cleaning
    • Carpet cleaning
    • Upholstery cleaning
    • Fabric cleaning

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The IICRC-certified technicians at NWA Restore It, Inc. are experts at removing all types of odors. Besides unpleasant smoke and pet smells, we have successfully removed skunk and other rodent odors. When you have this type of problem and need immediate help, you can always count on our team.

Do you have unpleasant odors in your home, which you can’t tolerate another minute? Do you need mold remediation and removal, so your entire family can breathe easier again? Are you ready to zap those nasty smells with professional textile, carpet, upholstery and fabric cleaning?

To schedule an appointment or request 24/7 emergency services, call NWA Restore It, Inc. today at (479) 644-4246!

Hail Damage Restoration

hail damage restoration

Hail damage is a common occurrence in the Northwest Arkansas area, especially during the spring storms.  This results in needing hail damage restoration. Pea- and marble-sized hail (1/4 to 1/2 inch) might not cause damage. Anything larger, even the size of a dime or a quarter (3/4 to 1 inch), can cause serious damage. Golf ball sized hail is 1 and 3/4 inches and softball-sized hail is 4 and 1/2 inches according to the NOAA. The storms last week brought hail with it and and more storms are forecasted in the area. Call the professionals at NWA Restore It, Inc. if your home has been affected by these storm systems and are in need of hail damage restoration! Don’t take a chance on waiting! Call (479) 644-4246 to set up your appointment today!

Storm Damage Inspection and Repair in Northwest Arkansas

With heavy storms last night and more forecasted for the weekend, it is important to be ready to deal with storm damage to your home. Even if you have the best preparation, high wind speeds, hard rain, and debris and fallen trees can surprise you with damage. When damage does occur, it is critical to have it repaired quickly to prevent additional problems, such as:

  • Foundation damage.
  • Drywall damage.
  • Crumbling ceilings and walls.
  • Mold spores growing inside the walls and ceilings.

These secondary problems can start within a single day, even though you might not notice them right away. That’s why it is particularly important to have professionals like the experts at NWA Restore It, Inc. inspect any storm damage promptly after it occurs.

While inspecting a property for damage, we determine the best type of cleaning process to use, including:

  • Drying textiles such as carpets.
  • Removing sewage from overflowing toilets and exterior sewer lines.
  • Applying microbial cleansers to eliminate pathogens.
  • Using wood floor and cabinet water extraction to prevent warping.
  • Removing moisture from stone surfaces to prevent cracking material.
  • Structural drying to avoid a crumbling building.

We offer professional cleanups for emergency flooding situations or after water pipes and roofs leak water into a structure. Our company offers immediate assistance on a 24-hour basis. Contact us right away if you need any storm damage repaired!

Common Asbestos Locations in Homes

Asbestos is a highly toxic, naturally occurring mineral linked to serious respiratory diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. Before the 1980s, when the its dangers became more widespread, it was the ideal material for residential construction because of its heat resistance properties and strength. It was found everywhere, and is still in many older homes and buildings. It is mixed into cement, in roofing insulation, and beneath floor tiles.

If you live in a home built before the mid-1980s, chances are high that asbestos is all around you.

Common construction products containing asbestos include:

  • Adhesives (flooring, wallpaper, HVAC systems, stoves, etc.)
  • Insulation (attics, ceilings, walls and basements)
  • Asbestos sheets (roofing and siding, along with interior walls and ceiling materials)
  • Ductwork connectors (floor cavities, crawl spaces, attached garages and attics)
  • Floor backing (tiles, vinyl floors, linoleum, sheet flooring, floor adhesives)

There is no reason to panic, though, since asbestos is relatively harmless if left encapsulated and undisturbed. It becomes deadly when its toxic fibers enter the air. Once inhaled, they become trapped in the respiratory tract and lungs, where they may stay for life, leading to scarring and inflammation — and in some cases — cancer.

Each year, approximately 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure. This aggressive cancer often requires equally aggressive cancer treatment. An estimated 10,000 Americans die each year from asbestos-related diseases. From 1999 to 2013, more than 300 Arkansas residents died from mesothelioma. In most cases, these serious conditions don’t arise until decades after first exposure. This is called the latency period.

Typical reasons for asbestos exposure within the home:

  • Renovations
  • Demolitions
  • Regular home construction or repairs
  • Fires
  • Natural disasters or inclement weather that cause damage to roofs, walls or floors

Additionally, common asbestos products, such as adhesive materials and sealants, can break down over time.

Handling and removing asbestos is a dangerous task that must be performed with caution. This is why certified asbestos abatement professionals are highly recommended. Hiring certified inspectors and hazardous material specialists make identifying asbestos-containing construction materials and removing the materials safe and minimize health risks.

If you plan renovations or major construction to an area of your home you suspect may contain asbestos materials, consult abatement professionals before beginning renovations.

NWA Restore It, Inc. prides itself for being Northwest Arkansas’ HAZMAT experts. Along with asbestos inspection, we are certified in methamphetamine lab decontamination, lead paint removal, and crime scene cleanup of blood borne pathogens. Our team of professionals makes removing hazardous materials from your home as painless, cost effective, and safe as possible.

Prevent Mold in Winter: Health and Safety Practices for Avoiding Mold and Stopping Mold from Growing in Your Home

Winter in Northwest Arkansas brings with it changing temperatures and weather conditions fluctuating from dry and windy to cold and damp – and many of these conditions promote mold growth. Stale air from having the house closed up combined with rainy or snowy weather outside allows mold to thrive. Unfortunately, if left unchecked, mold can spread rapidly resulting in health problems ranging from throat irritation and sneezing to severe asthma attacks, fever, and hospitalization. Every homeowner should check for mold regularly and consistently work to prevent mold. When mold does occur, call the mold remediation professionals at NWA Restore It, Inc..

Checking For Mold

The first place to check for mold is around the windows of your home. Any cold surface can become a breeding ground for mold due to forming condensation. When inspecting for mold, keep in mind these key locations and surfaces where mold tends to grow:

  • Around window frames
  • Between panes of glass
  • On windowsills
  • Directly outside the windows
  • Shower and bathtub walls
  • Under sinks
  • Under and around the refrigerator

Preventing Mold

The best way to deal with mold is to prevent mold from occurring in the first place. Forming a few simple habits can help keep your house mold-free and your family healthy. Here are a few things you should always do:

  • Open your blinds. Letting some sun in can help kill mold before it can grow. Mold likes dark places, so try to get sunlight in as many areas as possible.
  • Open your windows as you can. In Northwest Arkansas, even in winter, it can warm up enough to ventilate the house by opening the windows. Fresh air is useful for preventing mold.
  • Keep the house clean. Regular scrubbing around windows and in the bathroom is important.
  • Turn on the bathroom vent when taking a shower. If you don’t run the fan, the room fills with warm moisture and can become a breeding ground for mold.
  • Run a dehumidifier. Keep potentially damp areas like basements dry by running a dehumidifier regularly.

Mold Remediation

Sometimes, even the best attempts to prevent mold are not enough and mold will grow anyways. If mold does begin to grow in your home, you must make sure that it is taken care of properly to prevent it from reoccurring. The experts at NWA Restore It, Inc. are trained to take care of mold the right way so that it does not return. We offer a number of services related to mold remediation:

  • Sealing heating and cooling vents to stop additional contamination
  • Lifting carpeting and padding to remove mold from tile floors
  • Removing mold-infested materials such as wood paneling or drywall
  • Tearing out damaged insulation layers

If you suspect that your home is infested with mold, then contact us today for a professional inspection and quote for our services.

Holiday Season Safety

Don’t let Christmas ever heat up too much — with fire that is. Did you know that Christmas related fires result in 13 million dollars, annually, in property damage? More importatly, these fires present real risk towards family, friends, and pets. Christmas trees are beautiful and elegant touch es to the holiday spirit. BUT, they are the most popular fire starters in the holiday season. This isn’t to discourage anyone to partake in the holiday festivities. This is just to remind and inform people of the possibilities if safety precautions are not taken. So, let’s get started on these helpful tips during the holiday season:

  • When you leave the home, unplug all Christmas lights. When you return plug them back in for you and others to enjoy.
  • Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches. A healthy tree always helps with fire protection.
  • Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.
  • Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety, and throw out any damaged lights. Never use any electrical decor if it isn’t approved.
  • Any lights you use outdoors must be labeled suitable for exterior placement, and be sure to plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
  • Keep all your holiday candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture and décor.
  • Bedtime means lights out!! ­ Don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night.
  • If you leave for holiday vacation, make sure to turn your water off. The worst is when you return and a supply line or water source has been disconnected or busted.
  • Make sure the fire place is not left burn or unattended. All it takes is one small coal or spark to have a fire.
  • Be very careful while cooking and baking. Don’t leave the stove or oven unattended, make sure you can enjoy the meals with family and friends!!

We hope these tips have helped you have a safe and wonderful holiday season. Also, we want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from NWA Restore It, Inc..

YETI Hopper Giveaway!

In honor of the holidays we are doing a BIG giveaway that you don’t want to miss! We are giving one lucky follower an awesome YETI Hopper! All you have to do to enter is:

  1. LIKE our Facebook page! We would also LOVE for you to:
  2. COMMENT and tag 2 friends that would also LOVE to own a YETI Hopper!
  3. SHARE this post with your friends!

See complete official rules below. We will announce the winner as soon as YOU help us reach 1,000 followers OR on January 1, 2016, whichever comes first! Happy holidays!

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Official Rules

Eligibility. Entrants must be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or District of Columbia, and Entrants must be eighteen (18) years of age or older. Employees and their immediate family members (spouse, mother, father, daughter, son, sister, brother, and their spouses) of NWA Restore It, Inc. are not eligible.

General Conditions. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Giveaway will run from December 7, 2016 through January 1, 2017 or until the NWA Restore It, Inc. Facebook page has 1,000 likes. Odds of winning are approximately 1 in 1,000. Approximate retail value of prize is $299.99. Winner will be randomly selected from entrants and will be notified on Facebook.