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Title: What Can Everyone do to Repair Water Damage?


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What Can Everyone do to Repair Water Damage?
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Table of contents
  • What Can Everyone do to Repair Water Damage?
  • Should Everyone Have Their Air Ducts Cleaned?
  • What Can Someone Do About Water Damage To Their
    Home?
  • What Does Air Duct Cleaning Involve and Who
    Should Do It?
  • Why Mold in the House is Dangerous and Must be
    Removed

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What Can Everyone do to Repair Water Damage?
  • This is a question that gets regularly asked
    online, but there isnt a simple answer. The real
    answer is that it depends on what type of water
    damage is being dealt with. Water damage can
    range across a number of areas in the house and
    by degree. There is minor water damage and then
    there is major water damage. 
  • Minor water damage can be handled by the
    homeowner if its a quick, easy fix but should be
    handled by a professional if it takes any real
    measure of carpentry to repair.

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  • Quick, easy to fix water damage is usually
    something simple like some discoloration in the
    paint on a wall or ceiling. It can result in some
    discoloration to wallpaper. The truth is that
    replacing the wallpaper is a job that takes time,
    but can be done by almost anyone. If the
    situation involves a little bit of discoloration
    to paint, then there are two options one can
    take 
  • First Dilute water with a sterilizing agent.
    Vinegar can be used, but it isnt as effective as
    bleach. Bleach will kill any bacteria in the
    stain and, for white paint, is better at
    restoring the color. With this, its better to
    delicately brush away the stain and then let it
    dry overnight. The best results with this method
    are over a twenty-four hour period.
  • Second Repaint. This is a solution that means
    repainting an entire wall or an entire room, but
    should only be used if the first solution doesnt
    work. This takes time, but can be done by anyone.

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  • Major water damage is an entirely different
    subject and can range from destroyed drywall to
    an entire wall needing replacing. Regardless of
    the amount of damage, its best to have a
    professional come in and make sure that there
    isnt more damage that cant be seen or if more
    damage will occur due to an ongoing problem.
  • If a specialist does come into the house and
    discovers that water damage has happened because
    of an ongoing issue, then its best to take care
    of the issue first. If it isnt solved, then the
    water damage will just occur again and again.

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  • Once the source of the damage is dealt with, its
    then that a professional team will establish if
    there are any further issues that might be a
    problem, like the development of mold or other
    issues. After that, they will make sure that
    everything is properly dried out so that they can
    begin work and ensure that there arent any other
    issues that rear their heads once everythings
    dry.
  • Its then that final work can begin. This means
    that something minor, like drywall can be
    repaired quickly, or more major work to replace
    damaged wood, insulation, floors, etc. can be
    done. Again, if this is the type of damage thats
    occurred to a persons home, they shouldnt
    attempt to repair it themselves. Get
    professionals to do this type of repair work to
    ensure that its done correctly!

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Should Everyone Have Their Air Ducts Cleaned?
  • This is a relatively new question and a new field
    of service relative to most others in the
    industry. For people who have forced water
    systems for heat, then there is nothing to
    discuss. But, for those who do have forced air
    systems, there are proponents now of the idea of
    having their air ducts cleaned. 
  • So, is there any basis behind this? There isnt
    any scientific proof yet as to whether or not
    its better for people, but there are good
    reasons to have it done beyond just a regular
    maintenance issue. Here are a few reasons as to
    why someone should have their air ducts cleaned
  • Efficiency The average home can collect up to
    forty pounds of dirt in its air ducts in one
    year. Thats a lot of buildup and can result in a
    lowering of the overall efficiency of the duct
    system. By cleaning a homes duct system, one
    might just end up with lower power bills.

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  • Mold buildup This is one of the biggest reasons
    to have a duct system cleaned. If there is a
    sufficient buildup of mold in the air ducts, then
    a homeowner can literally have their own
    ventilation and heating system working against
    them. If mold is found in the ducts, then not
    only are the air ducts blowing it all around the
    house, which is dangerous for people, but it
    could actually be helping the mold to spread.
  • If anyone is experiencing the symptoms of mold
    contamination, which involves various
    breathing-related issues, like difficulty
    breathing, sneezing, coughing, sinus problems,
    etc. then have a professional check the
    ventilation system of the home. If mold is
    present in them, then they need to be cleaned. 
  • Infestations This isnt one thats commonly
    thought of, but it can happen. In major cities
    with rodent infestations, rats and mice can get
    into air ducts and use them as an easy highway
    through a persons home. For insects, like ants
    and wasps, air ducts are the perfect place to set
    up shop as they arent easy to get at by humans,
    but again, they make great passages of transport
    for the insects.

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  • If anyone is experiencing any of the above, its
    best to have professionals come in and clean the
    infestation out of the ducts for the peace of
    mind and health of everyone in the home.
  • Clogs This is also the biggest argument for
    regular duct cleaning. If buildup in ducts
    persists over a long period of time, clogs can
    develop. Not only that, but the buildup can get
    to such a degree that particles of dust and other
    elements can be released through registers,
    causing air pollution problems within the house
    itself. 
  • Should everyone get their air ducts cleaned? Its
    always ultimately the choice of the homeowner,
    but there are some solid reasons behind regular
    duct cleaning that are proactive in removing
    various issues that might already be a problem
    and preventative in stopping future problems
    before they have a chance to start.

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What Can Someone Do About Water Damage To Their
Home?
  • Water damage to a home can be a serious problem
    that needs to be dealt with immediately. All
    sorts of water damage can happen to a persons
    home, including leaks in the roof, leaks in the
    basement, and burst pipes, but flooding is
    usually the most common culprit that can cause a
    great deal of damage to a home.
  •  
  • Once the flooding has occurred, its time to deal
    with it. If a house is still in the middle of a
    flood and water is still coming in, theres
    nothing to be done right away. A clean-up crew
    cant remove the water and start the process of
    cleanup if theres still water coming into the
    affected area!

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  • After floodwaters recede or the issue causing the
    flood had been repaired or stopped, then its
    time to act.
  •  
  • First of all, dont panic. There are many water
    damage restoration professionals out there to
    help and they are just a phone call away. So, get
    a hold of one and give them a call!
  •  
  • This is where the professionals come in to take
    care of a home. Their process begins with a
    thorough inspection of the premises. In these
    times, its best to point out the obvious places
    of damage to make the process of identifying
    issues faster for them, but if they ask or
    inspect places that dont appear to have any
    problems, denying them access or blocking their
    access to those areas can lead to future issues.

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  • Restoration specialists arent being nosy.
    Theyre just usually more experienced in knowing
    where other damage may have occurred that most
    people might not notice, so allow them some
    leeway on where they can and cant go!
  •  
  • At that point, water removal begins. This is
    where the team does what it sounds like they do
    they remove any standing water from the affected
    area(s) of the home. This is the most logical
    start to the process, as nothing can be
    accomplished while there is still water on the
    property.
  •  
  • The team will then begin the process of drying
    out the property so that repairs can begin. Not
    only does it make sense that people cant make
    repairs to something thats still soggy, but a
    water damage restoration company cant properly
    assess damage and repairs until everything had
    completely dried out.

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  • Its then that the team can begin the restoration
    of the home. This final step of the process is
    also one of the biggest. Restoration means that
    the home will be brought back to how it looked
    before the water damage occurred. This can be an
    involved process due to the extent of the damage.
    Drywall, insulation, and even warped wood can all
    be replaced. Final touches like carpeting and
    paint are then added to restore the home to its
    original appearance.
  •  
  • The most important thing to remember about water
    damage restoration is to leave it to the
    professionals. Theyve developed this process as
    the best way to assist people and its proven
    effective. Its also why they are the first
    people that everyone calls!

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What Does Air Duct Cleaning Involve and Who
Should Do It?
  • There is a new wave hitting the suburban market
    and that is the service of duct cleaning. This
    was never seriously considered in the past as a
    must-do for a persons home, but various reasons
    for doing it have come to light in recent years,
    most having to do with air quality inside the
    home.
  •  
  • For people curious to have the service done, they
    tend to wonder what the process involves and who
    they should call to have it done. The process
    itself involves a few different contributing
    factors to cost, like the size of the system, how
    accessible it is, and just how dirty it is.

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  • First, realize that duct cleaning doesnt just
    mean cleaning the air ducts, themselves. It means
    cleaning other components of the ventilation
    system as well, including the registers,
    diffusers, heat exchangers, drip pans, motor and
    housing. So, this isnt just cleaning one part of
    the heating and cooling system, its the cleaning
    of all of it.
  •  
  • That means to expect a professional team to show
    up and also expect them to be thorough! This can,
    but may not necessarily include using chemical
    biocides designed to eliminate any harmful
    bacteria that might exist in the system.The
    process for doing a proper duct cleaning means
    that professionals need to be hired to carry it
    out. So, what should people look for in an air
    duct cleaning company?

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  • Find out what their reputation is like. Never
    depend on what a companys website says. Its
    designed to tell everyone who visits it that
    theyre the best, most respected, etc. The right
    thing to do is to get references from the company
    and look up online reviews from multiple
    websites.
  •  
  • Always get an estimate. Once youve done that get
    a few from other companies and compare. The
    lowest price isnt always necessarily the best,
    but it does show a person what the general range
    is and it helps to narrow down the list.
  •  
  • Expect the whole shebang! Never choose a company
    who guarantees that theyll only do half of the
    job. This is another reason to compare with other
    companies, because multiple estimates include
    multiple lists of everything they do and their
    prices. That means that a prospective client can
    also discover which businesses are offering the
    full service, and not just part of it.

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  • Check to see if theyre certified and adhere to
    national standards. This is a little more
    difficult to check on, but one can ask to see a
    professionals credentials to verify that they
    are certified HVAC specialists as no one is
    actually certified to do air duct cleaning.
  •  
  • Watch out for convenient deals. This is where
    someone is offering a complete air duct cleaning
    for only fifty dollars. No one is going to offer
    a deal like that, because they would be out of
    business within a short period of time! Deals
    like that are either scams or theyre
    deliberately misleading with small print that
    covers the rest of the cost.
  •  
  • With these guidelines, anyone can get a good,
    efficient company to do their duct cleaning.

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Why Mold in the House is Dangerous and Must be
Removed
  • A little bit of mold was regarded for years as
    nothing to be afraid of, but recent years have
    shown that mold in the house is not a simple case
    of something one finds in their shower. It can be
    dangerous for everyone exposed to mold and
    dangerous for pets, as well.
  • There are, of course, molds that are the typical
    kinds that one finds that really arent much of
    an issue for people. This is the kind of mold
    that ones find around a shower or a toilet. A
    little bit of vinegar and bleach easily
    dispatches the problem and everyone continues on
    living in the home without a problem.
  •  
  • There are molds, though, that are much more
    dangerous to peoples health and need to be dealt
    with, including the infamous black mold that
    everyones heard about in the last ten years, or
    so.

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  • What is black mold? The simplest explanation is
    that its marked by its color, which is a dark
    black, as opposed to the other colors of mold one
    might find in the house, such as green and grey
    molds. Black mold is found in the warmest, and
    wettest parts of the house. So, the places to
    look for it includes leaky basements and possibly
    bathrooms with ongoing moisture issues, or ones
    that arent well ventilated.
  •  
  • Why is it so dangerous? It doesnt just look bad.
    Mold can seriously damage a persons health. The
    most serious result of mold is how it affects a
    person. Mold consists of spores which become
    airborne. Once in the air, people are in danger
    of breathing them in. Thats where the issue
    starts once the spores interact with the lungs,
    they can lead to health problems.

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  • What is black mold? The simplest explanation is
    that its marked by its color, which is a dark
    black, as opposed to the other colors of mold one
    might find in the house, such as green and grey
    molds. Black mold is found in the warmest, and
    wettest parts of the house. So, the places to
    look for it includes leaky basements and possibly
    bathrooms with ongoing moisture issues, or ones
    that arent well ventilated.
  •  
  • Why is it so dangerous? It doesnt just look bad.
    Mold can seriously damage a persons health. The
    most serious result of mold is how it affects a
    person. Mold consists of spores which become
    airborne. Once in the air, people are in danger
    of breathing them in. Thats where the issue
    starts once the spores interact with the lungs,
    they can lead to health problems.

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  • If a home tests positive for mold, then the mold
    needs to be removed at once. A professional team
    can accomplish this and it is not advised for
    homeowners to attempt to do it themselves. If
    non-professionals attempt to remove a mold
    problem, they can actually inhale the very spores
    theyre trying to get rid of. There is also an
    issue that there can be more mold than meets the
    eye, which specialists are trained to look for.
    So, get a professional in to test for and remove
    mold problems in the home!
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