Whats Hiding in Your Carpet?

Many of us grew up with memories of carpeting in our homes and offices, and while carpet feels great on bare feet, it can hide a lot of different things that you would never know are there.

Why is it important to clean the carpets regularly?  Carpet tends to be in areas of the building that are high-traffic areas.  As such, there is a lot of potential for various materials to get caught in the carpeting and remain.  There is a lot more in your carpet than just the spilled drinks and food that you think are the only things present.

The most obvious thing that can be found in carpet is dirt.  In many carpeted areas, they are high-traffic areas that near outside locations.  It is very easy for dirt on your shoes to find it’s way into the house and end up in the carpet.  It is estimated that the typical home accumulates over 30 pounds of dirt each year.  With the dirt can come very small bugs and pollens making your living area very unpleasant.

Next, the carpet also retains dust and pet dander.  If you have pets, chances are good that they shed regularly.  Dogs and cats produce hair and old hair is shed which ends up in carpets.  In addition, dust is a collection of yourself as your skin flakes accumulate in the carpet.

Bugs and mold can hide in your carpets as well.  Small bugs such as mites and fleas can live on the dust and debris collected in the carpet.  Through molting, mites can make the air quality in the home difficult to handle.  Also, mold can thrive in damp carpeting feeding off the dust particles and spreading sickness.

It is very important to vacuum and clean your carpets on a regular basis.  All the above can have negative effects on the presentation of the home and the ability to sell, but they can also have negative health effects as well.  Many of the issues that arise are related to breathing.  Copious amounts of dirt, dust and molds make it difficult to breathe properly in a home resulting in shortness of breath, wheezing, allergies.DSCF5072

The good news is that these issues can be easily managed.  Taking off shoes can prevent dirt from entering the home.  Using rugs that can be maintained and washed help to eliminate the debris from entering the carpet.  Vacuuming on a regular basis helps to mitigate the effects of many of these issues.  The more of the signs that you have, the more frequently you may want to vacuum.  For example, if you have multiple pets, you may want to think about vacuuming every other day.

The best way to keep the carpets clean is to shampoo and deep clean them.  It can be tedious to rent bulky equipment, so you can hire a company that is trained in carpet cleaning and will be guaranteed to do the best job, the first time.  These cleaning services not only clean the visible sections of carpet, but they get into the carpet to get whatever might be lurking in the very bottom.

You might think that your carpet looks great, but after years of use, you would be amazed at knowing what is present.  In order to improve your home, make sure that all carpets are cleaned on a regular basis so you can truly enjoy your home.

 

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Prevent Water Damage While You are on Vacation

When it is time to go on vacation, you spend a lot of time picking the right place for you and your family.  Money and time are spent to get you the perfect vacation.  The last thing that you need is to face a water issue when you return.

The fact is that water issues occur regularly while people are out of town for a variety of reasons.  It can happen from a freak deluge that comes through your area, but more times than not, water damage occurs from something that could have been checked and done before you left.  As you are going over your checklist for packing, create a checklist for your home as well.

You should perform routine checks on all of your appliances if you are going to be gone from your home for more than three days.  Not only will it make the home safer, but it will allow you to relax in ease.

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Clear gutters for any debris and leaves.  This will make sure that water will drain correctly and not pool.  Inspect the hoses connecting your appliances from water supplies.  Make sure that there are not leaks and everything is connected tight.  Check under your sinks to make sure there are no leaks or drips.  De-ice your freezer in order to prevent water from escaping the refrigerator and pooling on the floor.  Finally, make sure that your sump pump is in proper working order.  If anything does happen with standing water, a sump pump will be one of the first lines of defense.  Also, if you know you have a humid, moist area of the home, you may wish to run a dehumidifier with the water catch draining into a utility sink.  This will prevent any water from escaping and pooling on the floor.Water Damage, Water Removal

Further action that you can take is to turn off the water to the appliances.  They cannot leak if there is nothing to leak.  Make sure that all windows and doors are shut.  If your windows are closed properly then there should be no potential for leaks.  One of the best things that you can employ however is to have a trusted friend check on your house every couple of days.  Have them go room to room, and they can assess whether or not there are leaks present.

 

Vacations should be periods of relaxation.  Remember, you’ve earned it.  Don’t come home to a stress that will negate the vacation.

 

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Mold in The Washer and Dryer

When you wash your clothes, it is a reasonable expectation that your clothes will be clean and ready for use.  We all look forward to the fresh smell of clothes when they emerge from the washer and dryer, but what if your clothes weren’t as clean as you hoped?  With mold potentially in the washer and dryer, your clothes might need to be washed again once the mold issue has been resolved.IMG_5048

Mold is incredibly pervasive, and it gets everywhere in your home.  We hope that washing machines and dryers provide us a safe haven from mold, but the recent court hearings of the past few years show that concerns about mold need to extend to washing machines and dryers as well.

Mold can be very detrimental to your health if you allow it to go unchecked.  It feeds on dust and moisture, and it reproduces by spores.  All of these can be present when we do laundry.  When clothes come from the washer, they can still contain particles and provide the moisture needed for mold growth.  The spores of mold are very durable and can withstand extreme heat and cold, and when you wear your favorite outfits, you could be spreading mold spores throughout your home.  This would raise your risk of wheezing, coughing, allergies, and potential for asthma in severe cases.Water Damage Photo

While washers and dryers can contain mold, there are some easy ways to help mitigate the mold issue.  First, wipe the machine dry when you are done with your laundry.  By removing moisture, you are depriving mold a key ingredient that it needs to grow.  You can also clean the detergent dispenser at least twice a month to prevent a buildup that could feed mold.  If your laundry room is damp, you may wish to run a dehumidifier in order to remove extra moisture from the air.  Keep your washer open when not in use in order to keep air circulating in the unit to air-dry any moisture you may have missed.

If you do the above on a regular basis, it is possible to minimize the impact of mold in your laundry room and home.  However, there are instances where mold grows, and it is necessary to call in a professional remediation.  Be sure to save all your warranty paperwork, but mold remediation professionals can help identify and solve mold issues in your home.  Being certified and knowledgeable in the most recent and up-to-date practices, these services can get it right quickly so you are sure that your items are clean when they are washed.

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What is Mold Testing?

 

Mold testing is done by taking a sample of the air or of a surface in the home.  This is done to determine what kind of mold is present, and if it is growing in the area of the home that is being tested.

When testing the air of a room, the tests can be done in many different ways.  The most used method is known as a ‘spore trap’.  The sample is called a ‘spore trap sample’.  These traps catch mold spores by having a fixed amount of air come into contact with a surface that catches spores as they travel through the device.  Mold makes up a small percentage of the particles that are captured by the device, so it is necessary to send the device to be tested.20150103_144708

When the mold is tested in the laboratories, it is necessary to classify the findings, so stains are applied to the mold found in the device.  These stains allow the testers to identify the types of mold, but also judge the extent of the growth by assessing the numbers of spores in the trap.

If the mold comes from a surface, then there are several different ways that samples could be collected.  The first is using what is known as bulk samples.  This would be when a large piece of the sampled area that had mold would be sent to lab for testing.  For example, if the home has mold on drywall, then a piece of the drywall could be removed and sent for the tests.

The next surface test would be based upon swab samples.  A cotton swab is moved across the area of a smaller size.  Once the swab has been completed, then it is carefully packaged and sent for testing.

The third sample is taken through tape sample.  Clear tape is pressed to the mold, and then the tape is removed from the sample area.  Using tape, the mold sticks and is removed when the tape is removed.  This sample can then be packaged and sent for testing.

When the mold arrives in the laboratory, there are several ways to test it for the type of mold that is present in the sampled area.  One of the most common is to create a microscope slide from the mold sample, and then the sample can be assessed for type of mold found.  Molds can also be grown in culture in petri dishes to ascertain the type of mold.

Once the mold is identified, then the mold removal company can create a targeted removal plan for the home.  This detailed plan will allow you to repair the damage to the home through mold, and it can make clean-up much quicker and complete.

 

 

 

 

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Preventing Summer Mold While Away From Home

 

During the summer, some of us are lucky enough to take extended trips and get out of town for a couple of weeks.  While this gives us time to recharge and create new memories, there is the presence of mold in your home that continues to be an issue that needs to be monitored and controlled.Visual Mold Damage

While your home may sit vacant, the mold present in the home will continue to grow as long as conditions are present that facilitate the growth.  Take steps prior to your leaving to ensure that mold doesn’t get an adequate foothold in the home while you are away.

The first thing to consider when preventing summer mold is that mold growth in these months is dependent on the relative humidity indoors.  Remember that mold grows by having enough moisture present to feed the spore growth.  The key is to remove the moisture present to deprive the mold of an essential building block.

Use of a programmable thermostat is critical to the success of the mold prevention.  You want to run your air conditioner at roughly 72 degrees for several hours in the morning before sunrise.  The remainder of the time, the thermostat should be set for 88 degrees in order to remove any moisture in the air, creating a dry heat in the home.  This takes moisture from the air during periods of the day when the relative humidity is at its highest, but this also gets other appliances, such as the AC unit to run more effectively.IMG_20150601_173343

Another set of appliances to consider is a portable dehumidifier.  These units help to take the moisture out of the air, but you need to exercise extreme caution when using these systems.  If you are going to be out of your home for extended periods, it would be wise to hire someone to empty the moisture catches in the dehumidifier as these run the risk of filling too quickly due to the amount of water in the catches.  You do not want the dehumidifier to overflow from not being emptied.  This exchanges one issue for another.  If you can’t have someone empty the catch for you, try to have the drain tube of the dehumidifier empty into a nearby drain.

During the summer months, it is always good to get out of town for extended periods.  It is a great way to create long-lasting memories with your family.  Protect your home with some simple prep, and you will come home to a clean home from your time away.

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Certified Water Damage Repair

 

Dealing with water damage in your home can be a very frustrating and expensive event.  It is one where you have to take great care in order to have the job done right the first time so you limit the amount of damage that occurs.  To do the best job possible, it is important to hire a water damage specialist that has been fully certified.  This certified company will allow you to focus on the other important points of recovering from water damage without have to stress over the quality of the work to be done.Customer Service is available to serve you 24/7/365

Why is it important to hire a certified water damage specialist?  Water damage is never straight forward.  Water can enter the home and create areas of moisture that can hide for periods and create long-term damage.  The longer that moisture is present in your home, the longer your home will suffer the effects of deterioration from water damage.  These areas of moisture will cause odors, warping, cracking, peeling in the structure of the home.  In many cases, these areas of moisture can only be found using detection meters, but by this time you would be looking at costly and time-consuming repairs.20150602_120954

Certified water damage specialists go beyond the removal of water.  With experience in handling water cleanups, these specialists can further prevent the moisture that is so dangerous to the conditions in the home.  In many cases, these water damage specialists can return the home to the conditions before the water damage occurred.  In order to make sure that your specialist is certified, look to see if they are a part of Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.  You need to see if their issues were made common knowledge.

Certified water damage specialists can protect the home against the growth of mold.  With the their experience and tools, water damage specialists can find areas of mold and sanitize these areas before any negative health effects affect you or your family.  Remember that if you allow water to remain in your home, then mold will grow.  By hiring a water damage specialist you can limit the impact of mold.

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Certified water damage specialists understand that when you need help, you need it as soon as you can arrive.  Immediate work on clearing up water damage is key to saving the home and limit high costs in remediation and remodeling.  The longer you wait to have the water damage cleaned up, the higher your bill will be.  If you contact a certified water damage specialist, you can expect that your request will be handled quickly and professionally.

Recover your home from the effects of water damage.  If you experience water damage, hire a certified water damage specialist, and let them help restore your home to its status before the damage occurred.

 

 

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