Emergencies like fires and floods can damage many of the soft goods in your home. This includes clothes, sheets, towels, and more. It can be very upsetting to think about all your soft goods being ruined. Luckily, Esporta can help. Esporta is a washing system that helps save damaged soft goods. The machine uses a combination of detergent and software to optimize the washing solution. This is better than traditional laundry systems where users must guess the proper ratio of cleaning products to use. Here are three ways Esporta can help after a disaster situation.
Salvage Soft Goods
The first benefit of Esporta is that it salvages soft goods. If your home has experienced a fire or flood damage, it is important to call Soil-Away as soon as possible. Soil-Away will work with you to collect all damaged soft goods for Esporta cleaning. Esporta wash systems are very efficient. They end up restoring 85% of textiles and soft goods that normally would be damaged beyond repair. The Esporta system is also eco-friendly, as it uses 35% less water than traditional laundry systems. The system can remove bacteria, viruses, odor, soot, grime, mold, bio waste, and mildew. Rest assured that your soft goods will be returned in great condition.
Cleans Emergency Personnel Uniforms
Another benefit of Esporta is that it cleans the protective clothing of emergency personnel, such as firefighters and EMTs. Esporta will clean and disinfect uniforms and have them returned quickly in stellar condition.
Soil-Away Deals with Insurance
A benefit of Soil-Away is that we deal with insurance companies. Soil-Away will provide your insurance company with documentation, inventory lists, and photos of damages. Esporta will actually save your insurance companies thousands of dollars by not having to cover the expense of unsalvageable soft goods.
How Soil-Away Can Help Restore Soft Goods
Did you know that Soil-Away is the only Esporta Certified Operator in the state of New Hampshire? Esporta is extremely helpful after a fire or flood. Instead of losing thousands of dollars’ worth of soft goods, your items can be cleaned efficiently and effectively. When the soft goods are returned, they are as good as new! We provide many other services in addition to the Esporta system. We’re on-call 24/7 and can help with floods, sewage cleanup, fire damage, mold remediation, and more. If your home needs professional disaster restoration services, contact Soil-Away today.
Let’s face it: winters in New England are long and cold. Frozen pipes are an unfortunate circumstance that can happen in those long, cold winters. This is especially common with pipes that are in exterior walls or crawlspaces. When a pipe breaks, severe damage can occur. Often the leak will be slow, and you may not notice it for a while until a wet spot appears on the dry wall. This slow leaking process can cause mold to grow within the walls, which is very harmful to the health of the residents. While it may seem overwhelming to have to deal with a frozen pipe, restoration services like Soil-Away can help. Here are three things to do immediately when your pipes have frozen and burst.
Shut Off Water
The first thing you want to do if a frozen pipe has burst is to shut off your main water valve. This will stop water from continuing to come through the pipe and further damaging your home.
Report to Insurance
Next, report the issue to your insurance company. Call them and explain exactly what the damage is and figure out how to submit a claim. The insurance company might want to send someone out to inspect the damage in person.
Call Soil-Away Restoration Services
The third thing to do is call a restoration services company like Soil-Away. We provide 24/7 emergency services, so even if that pipe bursts in the middle of the night, we will come out. Upon arrival, we will inspect the property and do an initial assessment of the damage. We tell homeowners what the next steps are and can provide support for the insurance claims. Once the plan of action is determined, our certified water damage restoration technicians will get to work. We stay in close contact with your insurance company throughout the entire process. Once our work is complete, we will go on a final walk-through with homeowners to make sure everything is set and fully restored. Since Soil-Away provides full emergency services, we can also complete related tasks like mold removal or carpet cleaning.
Choose Soil-Away When You Need Restoration Services
Having a restoration services provider like Soil-Away just one call away 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is very comforting. Homeowners can rest assured that even if a pipe freezes and breaks over the long, cold winter, the restoration process will be handled professionally and efficiently by Soil-Away. For more information about what to do about frozen pipes, contact us today.
Flood damage can be very harmful to a home. Not only it is costly to repair damages, but it can also ruin things with sentimental value. It is critical for homeowners to do as many things as they can to prevent flood damage before it happens.
Make Sure Appliances are Shut Off When Leaving The House
It can be easy to leave the appliances running when you leave the house. It is very tempting to get that last load of laundry completed or to make sure the dishes are clean before dinner. However, it is vital not to leave appliances running in the house when you are not home. If one of the appliances were to break and leak, you could be looking at a lot of flood damage. This is especially problematic if you have a basement. If the dishwasher starts leaking, the water can easily go through the ceiling and damage the basement as well.
Address Leaks Immediately
The second thing that all homeowners should do is address leaks immediately. If you realize there is a small leak under the kitchen sink or that the shower is constantly dripping, call a plumber immediately. Small leaks can sometimes turn into big leaks that cause flood damage in the house.
Inspect Roof and Clean Gutters
Another important homeowner responsibility is to periodically have the roof inspected. If the roof becomes damaged, it can lead to leaks, which could cause flood damage in the house. In addition to getting the roof inspected, get the gutters cleaned twice a year. A clogged gutter can overfill and will not properly flow water away from the house. This can lead to water flowing into the basement and cause flooding.
Invest in a Sump Pump
Homeowners with a basement that easily floods should invest in a sump pump. If the water table is above the foundation of the home, it can cause the basement to flood. A sump pump will pump water away from the house to ensure that the basement does not flood during rainy or snowy times.
Let Soil-Away Help With Your Flood Damage
No homeowner wants to come home to a flooded house. Flood damage can be costly and can ruin important and sentimental items in the home. It can also cause structural damage to the home. As a homeowner, work to prevent floods in as many ways as you can in the house. If your home does experience a flood, call Soil-Away. We will work to dry and restore your property as quickly as possible. Contact us today for more information about the flood restoration process.
Each season has the potential to bring storm damage to your home. Whether the damage is from flooding, lightning, hurricanes, a nor’easter, or high winds, you’ll need a professional to restore the property. At Soil-Away, we are here to help. Our family-owned business has expertise in the area of home restoration. Here are three things we do to restore properties after a storm.
Assessment of Property
The first step in the storm damage restoration process is to inspect the property in order to assess damages. We inspect the house for standing water and water damage. Then we will check for wind damage by looking at the windows, doors, and siding. In addition, we assess the house for any fire damage caused by lightning strikes. The team will also analyze floodwater to determine whether it is contaminated. Floodwaters can contain various toxins that are dangerous to residents. Because of this, it is crtiical to understand the type of floodwater present. This helps us properly sanitize your home.
Restoration of Property
After the initial assessment, it is time to restore! If there is water in the house, we use equipment to remove the water and then dry the area. There is also a moisture-detecting device that will check for any hidden moisture that could potentially cause mold growth. We will also decontaminate and sanitize the house. This protects residents against any toxins that floodwaters brought in. Anything that is damaged beyond repair will be removed and replaced.
Working with Insurance
Dealing with insurance companies after storm damage can be very overwhelming. It is a long process that leaves many homeowners feeling frustrated. At Soil-Away, we will help you deal with your insurance company. We assist you in filling out an insurance claim and will provide the insurance company with any documentation that they need.
Storms can cause a lot of damage to homes. Not only can your house need a lot of repairs, but it also may contain potential toxins from things such as contaminated floodwaters. Have no fear; Soil-Away is here to help you through the entire process. We will assess the damages, clean, repair, sanitize, dry, and more! In addition, we work with the insurance company so that your claim is filed and processed in a timely fashion. If your house is hit by storm damage, contact Soil-Away immediately.
Sewer backup is a nasty experience that no homeowner wants to go through. Not only can it ruin parts of your house, but the sewage also contains a lot of germs and bacteria that can make residents very sick. If you do experience sewer damage and a backup occurs, call Soil-Away as soon as possible. They are experts in sewage cleanup and sanitation. Before it gets to that point, though, there are things you can do as a homeowner to minimize the risk of a sewer backup. Here are three tasks that can prevent sewer backup.
Be Careful What You Put Down the Drain
Certain items should never be put down the drain as they lead to clogging in the sewer lines. Don’t put things like grease, oils, coffee grounds, and eggshells down the kitchen sink. In the bathroom, never flush tampons or baby wipes. By not putting these things down the drain, you will maintain the health and quality of the sewage line, making it much less likely to back up.
Be Aware Where You Plant
Did you know the roots of plants can cause sewage issues? The roots are looking for water and will grow towards the sewer line. When you are planting new trees and plants in your yard, be sure to keep them far away from the sewer line. If pre-existing trees are encroaching on the sewer line, you may need to cut the roots to avoid a sewage backup.
Call a Professional
Sometimes the key to prevention is calling in a professional. Because of this, hire someone to inspect your sewer line. They can tell you if it is in danger of backing up. Sometimes it is necessary to install a valve system to prevent backups. If you discover that tree roots are growing into the sewage line, you will need to call in a tree professional to cut back the roots.
Sewer damage is an urgent matter as it can cause backups into the house. If a backup occurs, call a disaster restoration service such as Soil-Away immediately. They will help clean up the water, assess the affected areas, and remediate mold. If you haven’t had a sewage backup, get started on prevention tasks today. Be extremely careful about what you are putting down the drain, be careful where you plant trees, and call in professionals to assess the sewage line. Contact Soil-Away today for more information about how you can prevent sewer backups.
It is so important to be cognizant of fire safety practices at home. If you do not practice fire prevention strategies, then you are at risk of seriously damaging your home and putting your family’s health in danger. Examples of fire prevention strategies are always making sure your smoke alarms work, checking to see if the oven is off after cooking, and not running the dryer when you are not home. Here are four things that you risk when you don’t try to prevent fire hazards.
A fire can be extremely damaging to a home. With bigger house fires, the actual structure of the house can become damaged. Sometimes the home even needs to be rebuilt.
Damage to Personal Items
Fires bring great damage to personal items. This includes furniture, clothing, photo albums, electronics, and more. It can be devastating to see your memories and sentimental items ruined by a fire. Fortunately, Soil-Away is New Hampshire’s only certified Esporta Operator, which allows us to restore fire- and smoke-damaged items, including clothing, blankets, stuffed animals, and more.
Water damage is a side effect of fires. Firefighters use a lot of water to try and get the fire stopped. In the process, this can leave the home full of water damage. This moist environment allows black mold to thrive, which is very unhealthy for humans and animals to be around. Soil-Away removes water and dries the house using HEPA Air scrubbers, industrial fans, dehumidifiers, and air movers. An array of moisture meters and infrared cameras are used to detect hidden moisture.
Smoke and Soot Damage
A fire also leaves behind a lot of dangerous debris. Toxic debris and soot can get inside the HVAC duct system. Soil-Away uses HEPA vacuums and filtration systems to clean out air ducts. We work to remove soot, dust, and mold spores. Soil-Away also cleans other items affected by smoke and soot, such as furniture, carpets, and appliances. The goal is for everything to be sanitized and deodorized. Soil-Away will help get your house back to its pre-fire condition.
Fires are extremely dangerous, which is why daily fire prevention is so important. Make sure that you are doing these little things every day to ensure that you are avoiding fire hazards. Without fire prevention, a fire could easily cause widespread structural damage, water damage, personal item damage, and mold contamination. If your home has suffered a fire, contact Soil-Away Restoration today for more information about cleanup and repair services.
Mold in a building can be extremely dangerous to all occupants. Mold remediation by a professional company, like Soil-Away, is essential to get the structure properly cleaned and remediated. There is a lot to learn if you’ve never dealt with mold issues. Read on to understand more about common concerns around mold and the steps to take to remediate the issue.
Dangers of Mold
Mold can develop in any sort of moist environment. It is common to see mold issues after a flood or major leak. It is also common in naturally moist environments, like basements. The black mold that develops from moisture can create a very toxic environment. In fact, many businesses with black mold have to close until they resolve the mold issue. For some individuals, mold can lead to health issues, including skin irritation, dizziness, confusion, lung problems, and vision issues. If you or others that occupy your home or office are experiencing these issues, it is time to look for mold. Seeking the counsel of a medical professional may also be advisable.
Steps to Remediation
When there is mold, it is critical to involve a professional mold remediation service team like Soil-Away. A professional company will clean and sanitize the environment. First, they test for mold. This shows them where the mold is. They will also use advanced equipment to find any hidden mold. Be aware that there can be mold hiding under the floor and in the walls.
Next, the company will remove drywall and carpet with mold. They will also clean and sanitize any remaining structural areas. They’ll use processes like HEPA vacuuming, HEPA air scrubbing, sanding, and dry-ice blasting. After the cleaning, fans and dehumidifiers dry all areas. The company will also rebuild anything they torn down. Then, they’ll clean and restore salvageable items. They’ll also discard unsalvageable items. Finally, the area is tested again to make sure the remediation was successful.
Contact Soil-Away For Mold Remediation
Mold can be toxic. If you suspect mold in your home or business, call a company that specializes in mold remediation, such as Soil-Away. If you suspect that you have been exposed to mold, see a medical professional immediately. Contact Soil-Away today for more information about mold remediation.
Avoid home disasters in all four seasons of the year. There are risks that come with each season and you need to be prepared for any of them. Restoration companies will be by your side if disaster happens throughout the year. Here are specific tips for each season.
Winter in the northeast means snow, and snow brings many reasons to hire a restoration company. You’ll want to avoid home disasters during the winter season by protecting your pipes. Pipes that go unchecked will freeze, and any water that’s frozen will expand and possibly crack the pipes. Snow and ice that melts can cause water damage as well. Call a restoration company for any water damage or frozen pipes instead of trying to fix it yourself.
You’ll want to avoid home disaster with spring storms as well. They say “April showers bring May flowers” for a reason. A lot of rain could lead to leaks if you have cracked pipes, flooding from clogged sewers, and even mold from all the moisture. Restoration companies can take care of all these damages and more. High winds from storms can cause trees and other outside debris to fall and damage your home or yard. Keep your restoration company on-call in case of any accidents during the spring.
In the summer, dry weather can lead to fire. Whether it’s a forest fire or house fire, you need to be careful. Once a fire gets into your home, it spreads quickly. And smoke spreads even faster than fire. Hiring a restoration company will give you the peace of mind that all fire and smoke damage will be removed or cleaned up. Also, summer will bring pollen and dust into your home. Restoration companies recommend that you have your carpet cleaned professionally once a year, and summer is the best time to do it.
Bigger storms like hurricanes come in the summer and into the fall. Water damage is a big concern after a hurricane. Flooding occurs in areas that are hit the worst, along with storm damage from high winds and debris. You’ll want to board up your house before a big storm and take everything off the main floor in case of flooding. After a hurricane has passed, call a restoration company to check on the damage. You need to call as quickly as possible to avoid lingering mold damage from standing water.
The next time you find yourself in the wake of a home disaster, give Soil-Away a call. We will be there to help you bring your home back to how it should be. Contact us at (603) 641-6555.
Certain natural disasters such as fires, floods, or storms can severely damage the exterior and interior of homes. Repairing the house is a daunting task and you shouldn’t do it without help. Get construction help from a restoration company like Soil-Away. We specialize in home rebuilding and restoration after a disaster. We are licensed, bonded, and insured, and guarantee our work is high-quality. Before hiring a construction company, here are four important questions to ask.
What repairs and restorations are necessary?
First, understand what repairs and restorations are necessary. Remember that sometimes the damage isn’t visible. For example, a flood may lead to mold inside the walls that is invisible to residents but needs to be repaired. Question the construction company about interior work, structural damage, plumbing and electrical issues, and staying compliant with code. Ask the company to create a list of repairs to give you an idea of the scope of the construction necessary for your house.
What is the breakdown of the prices?
Another critical thing to understand is the breakdown of the prices. Get the construction company to provide you with a breakdown estimate of all costs. The breakdown should include materials and labor. In addition to pricing, and even more importantly, is to ask if the contractor has experience working with insurance companies. If your property has been damaged by a flood or fire, you may have to submit an insurance claim. Your contractor’s ability to work with the insurance company’s claim process can drastically make or break the project budget process.
How long will it take?
Be sure to ask the construction company how long the rebuilding and restoration process will take. This helps homeowners plan for the time when their house is under construction. It also prevents homeowners from underestimating the time it will take to repair the house.
Do you offer warranties?
Finally, homeowners need to ask construction companies about any warranties they offer. Soil-Away makes sure our customers are satisfied with our work. We also offer various workmanship warranties on restoration services.
Check Out Soil-Away For Construction Help
Before officially hiring a construction company to help rebuild and restore, do research and ask them some important questions. Be familiar with the necessary repairs, understand the cost breakdown, know how long it will take, and be aware of any warranties. At Soil-Away, we promise to give you a turn-key solution to rebuild and restore your house. We are an A-to-Z service solution that will work with your insurance throughout the entire process. For stress-free construction help, contact Soil-Away today to learn more about our services.
Restoration companies do more than just clean up after disasters. They also help rebuild properties. There are several advantages to hiring a restoration company like Soil-Away to handle your construction jobs. Instead of spending time hiring different businesses to complete cleanup and construction, save yourself a headache and use our in-house experts. Unsure of what Soil-Away could do for you? Here are three reasons you should hire a restoration company for construction work.
Most restoration companies have general contractors on staff in addition to restoration specialists. If your home experiences significant damage, Soil-Away can help with the initial damage recovery, cleaning, and rebuilding processes. Having so many specialty services in one company makes your life easier. Whether you need to utilize our 24-hour hotline for an emergency or need a bid for an ongoing renovation project, we have you covered. You don’t have to coordinate several different businesses to get your life back to normal.
All Your Home Repair Needs
Restoration companies handle damage control. Examples are removing smoke odor after fire damage or mold cleanup after a flood disaster. However, you can also hire some restoration companies to complete construction work. So, if your flood damage ruined your drywall in the basement, we have general contractors to fix that. Soil-Away also has contractors who specialize in carpentry, insulation installation, roofing, and electrical wiring. Weather- or fire-related damage that requires rebuilding any parts of your home or business should not be ignored. Our licensed and insured general contractors have years of experience.
Restoration and Construction – Insurance Help
Homeowner’s insurance covers a wide variety of disasters. However, it can be complicated to submit a claim and get it approved. Soil-Away has decades of experience working with home insurance companies. Insurance adjusters can be tricky to work with, especially if different companies are responsible for the various jobs in restoration. Having restoration and construction work completed by the same company simplifies the insurance claim process. You can have peace of mind knowing that our experts will walk you through your estimated damage and potential repairs.
Dealing with the aftermath of home destruction can be overwhelming. The good news is that Soil-Away can help relieve some of your stress by providing a wide variety of restoration and construction services. For more information, call us at 603-641-6555 or visit our website today!
Remodeling your home can be an exciting time! But it’s also quite a bit of work that can cause some stress. Before you start the process of remodeling your home, we’re sharing 5 things you need to know.
Don’t Become Too Swayed By Pinterest
Pinterest can be a great way to get ideas and inspiration for styles you like. But you should understand that not everything you see on Pinterest is realistic for your budget. Most of the images you see – while beautiful – are from luxury homes. The last thing you want to do is overspend on your budget simply to achieve an unrealistic room design. Gather some basic ideas you like and try to incorporate them into a livable space.
Maintain A Flexible Budget
When you decide on your remodeling budget, you need to be sure you leave room for any unexpected expenses. It’s not uncommon during a home remodel to discover issues with your home you might not have realized. Quoted prices can also be changed due to unforeseen circumstances. You want to give yourself a cushion for any extra expense so you don’t overextend too much.
Understand Where Your Remodeling Budget Goes
On average, about 30% of the cost for a remodel goes towards labor costs. Depending on what you’re remodeling, you might be able to save some money if there are things that you can do yourself. Painting is a great example of this. Of course, there are some places you don’t want to skimp on for professional help. If you do opt to perform the labor yourself, be sure you are 110% equipped to handle it.
Interview Multiple Contractors
You don’t want to choose contractors lightly. This is someone who needs to be open to your ideas and will get the job done right. Get quotes from multiple contractors and do your research. Check any reviews they have or talk to previous clients. You don’t want to hire a contractor who won’t get the job done or will be shady with your money.
Get Everything In Writing
In the interview process, getting a copy of the proposal from the contract is a great way to sit down and have an at-a-glance way to review each. Later on down the road, the proposal for the job will serve as a hard copy of what you can expect from the contractor. It’s a great form of accountability and eliminates miscommunication.
Remodeling Your Home With Soil-Away
If you’re ready to start the remodeling process in your home, Soil-Away in Hooksett, NH, is here to help! Contact us today to learn more about our services.
Mold is a nasty thing to find on your property. When the damage is done, entire sections of your house could need to be removed. It’s better to have a mold prevention strategy than a need for mold restoration services. While mold is tricky and likes to hide, there are certain things you can do to aid prevention. These, along with keeping a watchful eye out for mold, will help you greatly in the long run.
Change Air Filters Frequently
The air filters in your home catch a lot of dust and debris that is tracked into your home. Eventually, air can’t flow as smoothly because it’s blocked by clogged air filters. Your home may start to feel stagnant or musty, and the humidity outside will start to creep inside. That’s when air filters become a breeding ground for mold. And once mold grows in the filters, it spreads all over the house through your vents. By changing your air filters regularly, you can bring clean air back into your home before mold can start to grow.
Address Plumbing Leaks
Mold is attracted to damp spaces. Any place there are leaks, mold is sure to follow. If you notice a faucet starting to leak or that your shower isn’t keeping all of the water inside, you need to get the problem fixed as quickly as possible. Bathrooms are already damper than other rooms and can feel humid at times. Cleaning up excess water will help to prevent mold growth.
Check for Water Infiltration – Windows, Doors, and More
Check anywhere that you pass from outside to inside. Windows, doors, walls, and even the roof need to be sealed properly to keep out any outside elements. If there are cracks in the lining or bigger holes, humidity in the warmer months and precipitation all year long will come into your home, making areas damp and mold-friendly. Fixing the damage before mold can spread is your only option here for mold prevention.
Manage Humidity Levels
Spring and summer in New England are typically very humid. Elevated humidity levels in your property for extended periods of time can promote microbial growth. Consider investing in a dehumidifier and running it. Areas prone to the highest humidity are basements or other areas without climate control – such as central AC.
Mold loves to grow in dark, damp corners. It usually starts where you can’t see, so by the time you catch it, the mold has spread to many different places. These mold prevention tips will help keep your house dry, but you still need to be vigilant about looking in dark places. Make sure your attic stays dry and take care of your basement if you have one. And if you find mold damage, call us at Soil-Away, LLC at (603) 641-6555.
Smoke odor can be a pesky household smell to get rid of. It lingers for a long time and leaves a terrible stench in your home. Try these tips to get rid of odor following smoke damage, and your home will smell much fresher!
Use Vinegar on Household Fabrics
If your soft fabrics seem to be harboring irritating smoke odors, vinegar could be your best friend! Before you use vinegar on these items, you’ll want to remove them from the affected areas. Gather up your sheets, blankets, etc., and add about a ½ cup of distilled white vinegar to your laundry wash to rid them of the odor. When you dry them, don’t use high heat, as this can often render the process ineffective. Once they’ve dried, don’t put them back in a room that has smoke damage until you’ve gotten that odor out of the room.
Try Baking Soda on Carpets and Furniture
For large items like your couch, mattress, and carpet, baking soda will be effective in drawing out the lingering smoke odor. Sprinkle the baking soda over the surfaces, trying your best to spread it evenly. Allow the powder to sit for about an hour. After it’s set, vacuum up the baking soda. You’ll need to use some of the attachments on your vacuum to really get into some of the more narrow spaces.
Afterward, you may need to evaluate if this step should be repeated. Depending on the level of smoke damage and how long it has had to seep in, you might need to go back and do it again. Luckily, it’s a cheap fix, so there are no worries there!
Volcanic Rock is a Possible Solution to Remove Smoke Damage
It sounds pretty crazy, but this little trick works! Volcanic rock absorbs moisture and odors. It’s also natural and non-toxic, so you don’t need to worry about bringing harmful chemicals into your home. You place them in discreet places, such as under furniture, and allow them to work their magic. It’s inexpensive, simple, and doesn’t take a lot of time.
Stubborn Odors Require A Bit More Work
If you’ve tried the easy fixes and nothing is working, it’s time to invest in some solutions that will get rid of the smell for good. The next step may involve hiring a smoke odor removal company. Their process may include a deep cleaning of all the affected areas. There is also a chance that after cleaning the interior of your home may need to be painted and carpeting replaced. This will usually have to be done if the smoke damage is more severe and has deeply penetrated surfaces. It can be costly to do, but it’s ultimately worth it.
Remove Smoke Odor from Your New Hampshire Home
If you live in the Manchester area and you want to repair the smoke damage in your home, give Soil-Away a call! We can help you enjoy living in your home again. Learn more about what we can do for you today. Call 603-641-6555 to get started.
At the first sign of sewage damage, you need to call a disaster restoration company. Cleaning up sewage damage is a big job and not one you should put off. The longer you wait, the more danger you and your family will be in. Here are the top reasons you need to handle sewage damage right away.
Sewage Damage is Toxic
Sewage damage is not like water damage. The bacteria and other harmful substances in sewage can make you extremely sick. This is especially true for children and the elderly. Being around sewage can lead to the flu, e. Coli, and several other diseases. So if you have a sewer system or septic tank backup into your property, you need to have it taken care of quickly. Restoration companies have the right tools and experience to send technicians to take care of the problem safely.
Sewage Damage is Difficult to Clean
Since sewage is full of bacteria and other sludgy substances, the damage to your house stands to be worse than water damage. The longer you wait to treat it, the larger the damaged area will grow. Your home will need to be properly serviced by professionals. A certified disaster cleanup contractor will clean up the mess, remove non-salvageable building materials and contents, sanitize the space and fully dry affected area. This is not something you should necessarily DIY. Call a disaster restoration company to assess the damage and get to work.
Sewage Backups Lead to Mold
The biggest way that sewage damage is actually like water damage is that it can lead to mold. Compounding all of the other damaging facts about sewage is that it still causes moisture damage which can lead to mold growth. So, the longer you wait, the more chance you are giving mold to thrive. This is another reason to call a professional disaster restoration company to clean your house. If excess moisture is left behind, even after the sewage is long gone, you could have an outbreak of mold at any time. For the integrity of your home and the safety of yourself and your family, clean it all up at once.
At Soil Away, LLC, we understand that sewage damage might send you into a panic. Instead of worrying what to do, call us and we’ll send one of our IICRC certified teams out right away to start your road to recovery. We will be with you every step of the way to restore your home to be cleaner and safer than it was before. Call us today at (603) 641-6555.
Mold loves warm and humid places where it can grow. That’s why mold removal is often a much larger problem than initially anticipated. The part that you see is only the tip of the iceberg. It’s important to be vigilant about mold and frequently monitor places prone to moisture. But what happens when mold is in an area you can’t get to? Take a look at these tips.
Call A Restoration Company
First things first: don’t panic. Mold, especially black mold, can be scary to find because of the health concerns associated with an infestation. But you don’t have to clean it all yourself. Call a restoration company for mold remediation as soon as mold is spotted. The right company will have the best equipment necessary to find the mold and remove it quickly and safely.
Air Sample Test
When you call a restoration company for mold removal, they will first want to figure out how much mold they are dealing with. Often, mold will be in places you can’t see. A certified Industrial Hygienist will conduct an air sample test to find out the level of black mold and whether the area is toxic. Depending on the reading, they’ll know how much mold to be on the lookout for. This will help to establish a mold spore baseline. If the toxicity is high, they may advise that you live somewhere else until the mold problem is taken care of.
Since mold grows a lot in areas full of moisture, a restoration company will use moisture-sensing equipment to look for areas with potential mold growth. The equipment will be able to tell the technicians what areas have a higher concentration of moisture than others, helping to narrow down the places mold might be growing. This is especially helpful for areas where mold is growing behind walls and in dark corners of basements and attics. Remember, where there is elevated moisture and a food source, mold will tend to grow.
Call A Professional For Mold Removal
You may be a DIYer for home projects, but you should reconsider when it comes to mold. This is because you have no way of knowing how the mold may affect your health. It’s better to have a restoration company come in to do the remediation work. They will implement safe removal practices for all building occupants and workers. Safety must be the top priority.
At Soil-Away, we will be there to help you find the mold that’s hidden in the most unlikely places. Our technicians are IICRC certified and will make sure mold concerns are eliminated. Give us a call today for mold removal services at (603) 641-6555.
Mold removal seems easy enough. A little bit of cleaning solution, some scrubbing, and you should be good to go, right? This is not typically the case. If you see black mold, you should take a calculated approach and not dismiss the potential hazards. Here are five reasons to take black mold removal seriously.
Black Mold Can Be Toxic
Black mold is usually a greenish-black or grey color. It is often slimy and smells like mildew. Exposure to black mold can cause people to be sick. Symptoms can include dizziness, skin irritation, shortness of breath, and even vision impairment. The longer you are exposed, the more serious risks you will have. If you discover black mold in your home, you may consider an appointment with the doctor to get a checkup and call a mold removal service to repair your home.
Black Mold Spreads Quickly
Once you find black mold on a surface, be cautious of it spreading elsewhere via cross-contamination in the air. Mold is a living organism that likes to grow in a warm, damp, and dark place. It is often started in unreachable places and grows until you see a patch on your wall or elsewhere. So, by the time you catch it, mold has contaminated a larger portion of your home. Because of the toxicity of the mold, it’s cause for real concern even if you can only see a small portion of it.
Black Mold Removal Is Maintained by Health Codes
In many cities, there are municipal health codes for black mold remediation. In public places such as a medical facility, restaurant, or apartment building, the presence of black mold can be cause to shut down the establishment until the mold is taken care of. This is because of the great health concerns that come with black mold. If the mold is in your home, even though there are no health codes to follow, you may want to follow suit and live elsewhere while it is being treated.
When in Doubt About Mold, Get Testing
There are different types of mold. Some common household types are Aspergillus, Fusarium, chaetomium, Penicillium, aureobasidium, and Stachybotrys. Stachybotrys is the mold most commonly recognized as “black mold.” Without proper testing, it is impossible to confirm what types of mold exist in your property. A professional black mold testing company will help identify and quantify the problem so a proper mold remediation scope can be developed.
Black Mold Removal is Tricky
Like we said before, mold grows in damp and dark places. For this reason, it’s often found beneath floorboards, in basements, and by drains. It can be hard to remove because of where it spreads. And black mold doesn’t respond as well to bleach as other molds and mildews. Mold removal should be left to professionals because they have the right cleaning tools and protective gear to make sure all of the mold is removed. If even one spore is left behind, more mold will grow.
Without the proper protective gear, the right cleaning solutions, or the knowledge of black mold that professionals have, you put yourself in a dangerous situation if you try to clean black mold yourself. Instead, hire a professional mold removal service to examine the damage, remediate the mold, and let you know when your home is safe again.
If you see mold damage in your home, don’t panic, but please act quickly. At Soil-Away, we are here to keep your home damage-free and clean. Give us a call today at (603) 641-6555.