What should I do after a hurricane?

Posted in:Flood Damage Restoration, Hurricane & Storm Damage | BY Matt Buchanan

The days and weeks after a hurricane damages your home and neighborhood are incredibly difficult, both from an emotional standpoint as well as a physical one. There can be so many emotions running through a person's mind in those days that many victims often feel paralyzed about what to do next. As a nationwide flood restoration service, we deal with these natural disasters often and know all too well what you're going through. Our country was just hit with 2 of the most devastating hurricanes we've ever seen, and for them to happen within a couple of weeks is unprecedented. But as regional and national resources are put in place to begin the rebuild process, it's important for you as a homeowner to understand there are things you can do to begin the difficult task of getting your property and your life back to normal.   When...

What causes attic mold?

Posted in:Mold Remediation | BY Matt Buchanan

If you're like most of us, you rarely if ever venture into your home's attic. Why would you? It's not usually a place you care to venture and for the most part if you do it's because something isn't going well. With warmer temps here for the summer, we start to see an increase in jobs where homeowners have discovered black mold damage in their attic. In this blog post, we'll talk through what we typically see when homes have considerable amounts of attic black mold and help you understand ways you can make sure it doesn't happen to you.   Why black mold grows in attics   Black mold damage in your attic space occurs for the same reasons it occurs anywhere else in a dwelling. It's a combination of a few things: () the right temperature - mold spores like warmer, ambient temps. In fact, it likes about the same temp...

Surprise! You Have a Wet Basement.

Posted in:Basement Flood | BY Matt Buchanan

It is very possible to move into a home and not realize that it has a wet basement. The signs of water damage are often subtle and some home sellers purposely hide the evidence of a damp or wet basement. Even home inspectors have been known to miss the signs of a leaky basement, especially during times of drought or sporadic rainfall. “If you use an inexperienced inspector, there's a good chance they are going to miss it," said Kevin Maynard, of Open Hearth Home Inspections. In a February 2017 survey of U.S. homeowners and renters, 55% said they’ve lived in a home with a wet basement — of that group, 71% were not aware they were moving into a home with a wet basement.   Way Too Much Water   As the global temperature continues to rise, more and more cases of sudden downpours and extreme rainfall are expected. Reports...

Most common causes of household mold

Posted in:Mold Remediation | BY Matt Buchanan

In 2017 we're committing much of our blogging efforts to discuss mold. Over the course of the past several years, as homeowners have become more educated about the health effects of black mold exposure, they've rightly become more concerned with their home's health. So in this blog installment, we'll discuss the most common causes of a sick home that is infested with toxic black mold. Our hope with this post is to help you better understand what causes mold so that you can make sure to be on the lookout and prevent damaging mold growth in your home in the future!   Why does black mold growth occur?   Before we jump into the most common causes of black mold, it's important to explain the reasons black mold forms in the first place. But first a surprising fact: every home has black mold. There are trace amounts in...

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