If your home is infiltrated by water, either through broken pipes or heavy rain, it’s important to mitigate the situation quickly. If it remains damp, the water damage becomes worse and mold could begin to grow. An important part of mold prevention is to keep areas in and around your home dry.
Mold spores are everywhere in an outdoor environment, and they can even come in when you open your door or windows. Mold needs a damp area in order to grow in a home. When mold finds a suitable area that is moist and doesn’t have good airflow, it finds a home.
Mold can spread quickly. As it spreads, it feeds on the organic materials in your home. As this breakdown occurs, so does the integrity of your home’s building materials.
How to Mitigate the Problem
If the water issue is new, it’s possible to clean and dry the area before it becomes a mold issue. It’s important to get as much air as possible on the damp area so it can dry quickly. Any damaged materials should be replaced as part of mold prevention.
If the area has been moist for an extended period of time, mold growth could already be present. If this is the case, contact NWA Restore It to assess the situation for you. We have top of the line equipment we utilize in the removal of mold and can do so safely without putting the rest of your home at risk.
The source of the water damage will need to be corrected so the problem doesn’t occur again. If you’re not sure where the source is, we can help! Mold prevention begins with quick mitigation. If an area is moist, get air to it and fix the issue. If you discover an area that has been damp for a while, have NWA Restore It assess the damage.
Your instinct after a house fire is probably to save as many of your belongings as possible; however, you may need to throw away some items because they can not be safely salvaged. These four categories of the property may need to be tossed after a fire.
1. Nonperishable Food
Nonperishable food is a food item, such as canned or boxed goods, that has a long shelf-life and does not need to be refrigerated. Soot and smoke from a fire may contaminate even unopened packaging, rendering the food unsafe to eat.
2. Perishable Food
Perishable food items, such as fruits, vegetables, and meat, are foods with short shelf-lives. These foods often need to be refrigerated or frozen to slow bacteria growth. House fires may cause power outages. Foods that require refrigeration that has been at a temperature higher than 40° F for more than two hours should be thrown out. A power outage between two and six hours may render refrigerated food unsafe, while food in the freezer may become unsafe after an outage of 12 to 24 hours. You should also throw away perishable foods that have come in contact with flames, soot, or smoke.
3. Damaged Furniture and Mattresses
Furniture and mattresses that have fire damage may be structurally unsafe to use. Hardwood furniture with minor or moderate smoke and soot stains may be salvageable.
4. Medicines, Cosmetics, and Hygiene Products
Any medicines, cosmetics, or hygiene products that have been exposed to high heat, soot, smoke, or flames should be discarded. Contact your physician if you need a replacement for any prescription medications.
Property with cosmetic damage may be salvageable after a fire, but you should throw away any contaminated or spoiled food and medicine or structurally damaged furniture.
NWA Restore It can help you clean up and restore your home after a house fire. We are your local restoration and cleaning company in Centerton, AR.
If you experience a sewer backup in your home in Centerton, AR, the result will likely be messy. Here are some things to keep in mind if you discover a backup.
Prevent Further Contamination
If you find a bathtub backup, the first thing to remember is that sewage can contain high numbers of bacteria, so keeping you and your family safe is key. Follow these steps to help with this:
- Shut off the water to prevent flooding throughout the rest of the house.
- Open a window in the room and close the door, if possible.
- If and when you need to be around the sewage, make sure you wear protective gear such as rubber gloves, a mask, rubber boots, and safety glasses.
- If you can’t take care of the problem without coming into direct contact with the water, stop trying, and call a professional.
Find the Source of the Problem
If you can safely, try to figure out the cause of the sewer backup. Use a drain snake in both your toilet and your bathtub to try to clear any clogs, and make sure the vent in your bathroom is clear of any debris. If these don’t solve the problem, it’s time to call the experts.
If you’re able to solve the problem yourself, safely dispose of any soaked, ruined items and move other damaged items to a well-ventilated area with surfaces that you can easily disinfect. Once you have the clog taken care of, wash down the bathtub and other surfaces with strong disinfectants, and then wash it a second time using your regular cleaner. If soft surfaces or walls were in contact with the contaminated water or if there is too much for you to safely dispose of, it’s a good idea to call in a professional restoration service.
A sewer backup can cause an unpleasant mess, but you can prevent further mishaps by handling the situation with care and understanding when to call in a professional. NWA Restore It is your local restoration professional!