- Written by Super User
- Category: Sewage Cleanup
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Having a major sewage mishap is not the greatest event with which anyone would wish for. Most people won't have to suffer the indignity of a broken or backed up sewer pipe, but if you do, it is not a cleanup job that you will want to tackle by yourself.
Actually, it could be quite dangerous if you were to attempt to clean things up by yourself, as raw sewage contains such nasty creatures as e-Coli, Salmonella, a host of parasites and many other nasty diseases and problems.
If you do have a sewage breakout, consider it to be an emergency and vacate the premises immediately, as even breathing the sewage fumes can cause serious implications, as high levels of gases such as methane, carbon dioxide and industrial solvents which can displace the oxygen in the air.
A professional sewage cleanup company should be contacted right away and they should be on the spot as quickly as possible while you and your family move out temporarily and stay with friends, relatives or at a local hotel. The sewage breach is then repaired and checked for workmanship and tightness.
The first thing the sewage restoration company will do will be to get all of the liquid out that they can, and they will vacuum it out into a tanker truck for disposal elsewhere. Then of course, you are left with all of your belongings that were affected by the sewage which will then have to be treated and decontaminated or disposed of.
Such things as carpeting and padding, furniture such as couches and overstuffed chairs, draperies, and other low lying items will have to be disposed of due to their inability to be sanitized. The electric may have to be rewired, drywall and wallboard torn out, thrown away and rebuilt, and all of this depending upon how deep the level of the sewage rose to.
Once all of the items that need to be disposed of are thrown out, then the area has to be totally sanitized and sterilized. If one bacterium is left from the sewage, you will have problems from then on. All mold must also be killed and eradicated.
Once any surface that could possibly hold contaminants is cleaned or disposed of, the what needs to be rebuilt, such as walls, studs, drywall, etc. is built painted, and finished. Painting is done, and new furniture and draperies are brought in.
Then the area is checked and rechecked, and when your family is ready to move back into the house you and they can be assured that there will be no illness from the sewage.
- Written by Super User
- Category: Mold Remediaton
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Mold that is dangerous can be a silent problem which many times is not discovered until it has grown to huge proportions. Mold needs three conditions in which to properly grow and those three conditions are a source of moisture, a dark place, and an area where there is no moving air.
If you find mold in your home or business in any quantity, you should leave it alone and call in an expert mold remediation company. If you disturb the mold, you could cause it to spread. Mold puts off spores that float in the air, and they can be inhaled and grow in the sinus cavities, throat and lungs.
Mold is a fuzzy, plant-like substance that can grow from a tiny patch on the backside of a wall to covering the entire wall in a matter of weeks. That is why once it is discovered, it is vital to get down to business and call in an expert.
Once the mold remediation and restoration experts arrive, they will probably take samples of the mold to determine what kind it is. Mold comes in various colors, from green, brown, orange, yellow and black. Black mold is considered to be one of the most virulent and the most difficult to get rid of.
Once the mold type is discovered, the treatment can be determined for that particular type of mold. Simply wiping mold off of a surface will not get the job done because mold has tentacles or roots that attaches the mold to a surface. Mold can literally grow on any surface with the exception of glass. Any porous surface such as wood, paper, concrete, cloth and other surfaces are perfect for mold.
Mold is always traveling through the air and when it finds its perfect conditions, it will take hold. Basements, attics, crawl spaces, backs of closets and other secluded places are areas where you are likely to find mold. If you see some mold on one side of a wall, you should suspect the the other side is completely covered.
A leaky shingle may be all that is needed for mold to take hold and grow out of control very quickly. Periodically walk around your home and check spaces where mold might be present, covering your mouth and nose as you go. If you find any present, don't hesitate to call in a mold remediation expert to help you with getting rid of it.
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- Category: Fire Damage
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When your home comes through a fire, it's natural to be thankful once the emergency is over. As a homeowner, you still have a lot of work to arrange, though! In the vast majority of cases, professional assistance is positively necessary to restore a fire-damaged home to its previous condition.
Rooting Out All The Damage
Fires are, of course, extremely traumatic experiences. Your home undergoes as much stress as you do during a fire! A major part of professional fire restoration is repairing any and all structural damage caused by fire. This requires a highly trained inspector who can detect the slightest sign of significant damage. Structural members that are compromised by fire damage will need to be repaired or replaced. Additionally, many modern building materials, although fire-resistant, lose their beneficial properties if they're subjected to fire. (Insulation, for instance, is often severely compromised by relatively minor damage.) Experts will find every last bit of damage caused by a fire and ensure your home is repaired like new.
Cleaning Up The Aesthetics
Once your home is structurally sound, there's still a long way to go before you've recovered completely from a fire. Just as many structural building materials are damaged by fire, a lot of different finish materials can be spoiled by even a little bit of fire damage. Here again, expertise is your best friend. Companies that specialize in fire damage restoration will know all the tricks to expunge any hint of the fire from surviving finish materials. Whether it's deep-cleaning carpets, patching and re-painting, or treating wood paneling to remove smoke damage, experts have the tools and the know-how to get the job done right.
Choosing A Professional Team
Of course, this all makes a strong case for hiring professional fire damage restoration experts after you and your home have come through a fire. How can you tell which companies will treat you right? As with any service selection, you'll do yourself a big favor by doing a little homework in advance. Any reputable restoration company will be happy to explain all of their credentials, licenses, and insurance before you hire them. All of these points can be easily verified. Hopefully, you can also get references before you make a commitment to a restoration company. Contacting homeowners they've done work for in the past will give you a good idea about the level of service you can expect.
Picking out a good restoration company that knows how to deal with fire damage isn't always easy. It's worth taking your time to make sure you hire the right team. With real experts on your side, though, it's possible to erase every last bit of evidence your home ever suffered through a fire.
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- Category: Water Damage
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Of all the problems that can affect a home, those involving the elements are often the least expected and most damaging. While many people think of fire as the most dangerous of those elements, water can be equally disastrous. In fact, storm-related flooding and plumbing accidents are common events that can make any home virtually unlivable if not properly dealt with in a timely manner. When such incidents occur, homeowners in Portland, Oregon need the experience and expertise that only a professional water damage restoration company can provide.
Most people know others who have experienced this type of destruction in their homes. Sadly, many of those homeowners have been forced to stomach the loss of hundreds and even thousands of dollars worth of appliances, furniture, carpeting, and other items due to flooding. And that doesn't even take into account the loss of irreplaceable personal items of sentimental value. What is most tragic in many cases, however, is the fact that much of the most serious destruction could almost certainly have been avoided with the right approach to the cleanup and restoration process.
For those who try to mitigate this destruction on their own, the task can be daunting. Not only are most people lacking the basic drying and deodorizing equipment needed to handle this sort of chore, but most also lack a clear understanding of just how complex the project can be. To be sure, the potential for saving money with a do-it-yourself cleanup effort can be tempting. Chances are, however, that a poorly conducted cleanup will actually end up costing you more in the long run than it would have cost to hire a competent and qualified group of professional restorers.
There are a variety of reasons for that, of course. One important concern is the issue of insurance for any lost items or damage. Even homeowners with adequate flood insurance often experience difficulty recovering the cost of lost or damaged items in the home. Most people are simply inadequately prepared to properly document what they have lost, and assess those losses properly. Professional restoration companies use the latest industry practices for documenting every bit of water damage so that your report to the insurers is as comprehensive as can be.
When it comes to the actual process of cleaning up the mess and restoring the home to livable conditions, that professional expertise is even more invaluable. The company that is hired to do the job will conduct a full inspection of the areas of the home that have been affected. To do that, they generally use sensor equipment that is designed to locate the source of the destruction, so that any additional damages can be prevented. They then evaluate the type of damages incurred, to ensure that the cleanup process covers every need.
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