Mold prevention can seem a bit harder when the air is cooler and the rain is more frequent. It seems like everything begins to feel damp and smell musty. Below are a few ways you can reduce your chances of developing a mold problem.
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The speed that a small amount of mold can grow into a huge problem is alarming. Keeping your Los Angeles County home clear of mold can be easier if you follow the four suggestions below. Continue reading “4 Ways to Eliminate Mold in Your Home” »
Moisture is one of the main ingredients needed to help encourage the growth of mold in your San Bernardino County area home. Below are five areas that can have mold problems directly related to water infiltration caused by a leaking roof.
The attic is the first space the water will try and access after a heavy rain on a leaking roof. Depending on the condition of your Orange County roof, water can pool quickly into the insulation and wood. It’s the perfect area of undisturbed air to begin growing large amounts of mold.
Behind the Siding
Faulty roof eaves and gutters can lead to water getting in behind the siding of your home. Eventually, the mold will become noticeable as it begins growing on the outer surface of the siding of your Riverside County house. The problem is that the mold will begin to invade deeper and deeper into the interior walls of the home.
If you notice wet areas of wallboard, you might have a building problem from water leaks from the roof. It can run down behind the wallboard and completely soak the insulation, wood, and wall materials. Not only will begin growing mold, but it can cause rot of the structure of your Los Angeles County home.
Serious roof leaks can actually allow enough water to enter behind the walls that it begins to spread out beneath your feet. The entire subfloor can become soaked. It can weaken the floor and cause failure and promotes the growth of mold.
Basements and Crawlspaces
Basements and crawlspaces of Orange County homes are already notorious for feeling damp and smelling slightly moldy. A roof leak will allow even more water to pour in and allow for mold problems to escalate. It can be a serious issue, even if your crawlspace has a dirt floor.
Fire damage is often accompanied by water damage. It’s because the fire department normally has to spray a fair amount of water on the structure to ensure the fire is out. At Tri Span Environmental, we know how devastating these events can be and offer quality services that encompass both problems.
Stay Out of the Home Until It Is Safe to Enter and Retrieve Items
Smoldering areas that have experienced fire have areas that are hot to the touch. You need to stay out of your Los Angeles or Riverside County home until you are told it’s safe to enter and retrieve things or explore the damage. You don’t want to add serious injury to the list of bad things happening. It may require hiring someone to stabilize the structure before you can enter, depending on the extent of the damage.
Protect Your Eyes, Lungs, and Skin
If you do enter the home, cover your mouth and nose with a mask, wear goggles to protect the eyes, and wear long sleeves to keep the soot off your skin. Soot is considered a carcinogen and can contribute to cancer.
Find a Remediation Company That Can Handle Both Problems Simultaneously
You don’t have to hire separate contractors to handle the damage of fire and water typical of many San Bernardino and Orange County home fires. Choose one like Tri Span Environmental that can handle both at the same time.
Remove Water and Fire Damaged Items and Materials
All of the water, water damaged and fire damaged items, or building materials will have to be removed from your Los Angeles home before the actual work of repairs can begin. The sooner this happens, the less the damage will be.
Repairs Are Done to Make It As If It Never Happened
True fire and water remediation services will provide repairs that bring your home back to pre-fire conditions. Everything will be back in place, and it will seem as if the fire never happened. It’s a better way to start over again without feeling as if you’ve lost everything.
Opening your basement door and finding that you are looking at a few inches of water covering the floor can be shocking. At Tri Span, we are ready to come out at any moment and help you get this type of situation under control before your Los Angeles home sustains serious water damage.
Stop the Source of the Water Leak
A break in the main water line of your Orange County home can cause your entire basement to flood. It can be stressful knowing that anything stored down there will have some level of water damage. It’s critical to have this problem taken care of quickly to avoid a further problem of mold.
Pump Standing Water from the Basement
Our water damage specialists will start the water removal process right away by pumping any standing water out of the basement. The walls of your Los Angeles basement can become damaged by water if it’s allowed to stay for any length of time.
Remove Any Damaged Storage Items, Wood, or Wall Boards
Finished or semi-finished basements will often have walls added to close off separate areas. Flooding will damage portions of these materials. You may have items stored in cardboard boxes that will have to be removed. Wood stairs can become water damaged and might need to be removed as well.
Dehumidify and Dry the Space
Drying a basement area can take longer than most areas of the home. It’s a typically moist area that retains humidity in the air. We will add the power of dehumidifying to shorten the time it takes for the space to dry.
Repair Any Areas of Water Damage
Any building materials damaged by the water, broken plumbing, and other fixtures will have to be repaired or replaced. Window repair might be necessary if the water intrusion is the result of rainstorm activity through a window access.
Maintaining your home environment free of hazardous substances is critical to keeping you and your family safe and healthy. Here at Tri Span Environmental, we are certified and licensed in the abatement and restoration of your home from all types of harmful materials.
Removal of Lead Paint
The greater Los Angeles and surrounding areas have an ongoing problem with lead paint and potentially contaminated soil. It often goes undiscovered until major areas of older homes begin to be stripped of materials during an innocuous renovation. Removal of lead paint is dangerous due to the inability to avoid exposing it to the air. Lead poisoning can happen through inhalation of the lead dust particles that fill the air. Specialists will have the necessary equipment and protective clothing it takes to safely remove the lead from your home and adjoining soil.
Asbestos Testing and Abatement
Asbestos is a deadly fiber found in older building materials that gained popularity for fire-retardant and insulative qualities. It’s another substance that can harm humans when released into the air and inhaled. The bad thing about asbestos is the long period of time that can go between exposure and illness. If your San Bernardino or Riverside County home is tested to have the presence of asbestos, professional removal by experts at Tri Span will completely eliminate every trace.
Fire and Water Damage
The smallest of house fires in your Los Angeles County home can bring complete chaos to life. It’s hard to plan on what to do to bring normalcy back to each day. The home might be deemed uninhabitable until cleaning and repairs are done. You can call on us at Tri Span to begin to clean up right away and make the plans to begin reconstruction right away.
Complete Mold Removal
Science increasingly backs the health risks associated with mold growth within your living space. A mold problem always begins with tiny spores that enter the home through ventilation, windows, doors, and can attach to clothing when outside. With the right mix of air moisture and an undisturbed space in your Los Angeles area home, mold will attach and begin to reproduce at a fast pace. Complete removal is required to improve the air quality and protect your health.
Running a fast-paced Los Angeles area business can seem exciting, but it can prove stressful if you handle, store, or use hazardous materials and there is an unexpected spill. At Tri Span Environmental, we understand how stressful these events can be and work hard to alleviate the problem quickly. Below are a few things to keep handy that will make this unpleasant experience less anxiety-filled.
Internal Spill Management Personnel Phone Numbers
Most Orange County area businesses that handle hazardous materials have a protocol in place for dealing with a spill. More than one person is normally delegated to dealing with the details, reporting the necessary information to the required agencies, and gather all facts for internal company record keeping. Make sure you have the phone numbers for these individuals, including after-hours contact information.
Emergency Agency Numbers
You will need to have the local Los Angeles or Orange County fire department come out to help handle containment of large spills. Check that all employees are safe and unharmed. Request an ambulance if you have any doubts.
Paperwork of All Hazardous Materials
Keep the paperwork on all hazardous materials located at your business in a handy location. It will prove useful to show to emergency personnel and a hazmat cleanup crew.
A large roll of bright yellow caution tape is a must-have item to keep in your office. You can cordon off a wide area to keep anyone from entering the immediate area of a hazardous material spill. It will limit foot traffic to emergency and cleanup crew personnel only.
Notebook for Witness Statements
Take witness statements as early in the event as possible. Memories tend to fade after an event, and you need to gather all the facts you can for internal review. Make sure you have complete names and dates.
Few locations in the world are completely safe from the dangers and damage of naturally occurring floods. At Tri Span Environmental, we stand ready to pull unwanted water from your home and keep damage to a minimum.
Understanding the Direct Flood Threat
Not every area of Los Angeles or San Bernardino County are subject to the dangers and damage of flooding on a frequent basis, but unexpected flooding can happen anywhere. Weather chaos has brought about storms that seem to last for days and can suddenly drop inches of rain in a short amount of time. Flash flooding can enter your home and cause a great deal of damage within a few short minutes.
Prepare Your Home During Periods of Flood Threat
Staying weather-aware during seasonal periods likely to bring moisture is the best way to stay on top of the local threat level. Drainage ditch problems in areas like Riverside and Orange Counties can lead to localized street and home flooding. Stay prepared to get sandbags and other helpful instruments to assist in minimizing damage.
Protect Valuable Items and Paperwork
Place all paperwork that is valuable and hard to replace in plastic bags and in a high location to avoid possible floodwaters. Items like jewelry, family pictures, paintings, and other things of value should also be placed up higher if flooding begins.
Have a Family Relocation Plan
Develop a workable plan to get your family together in times of emergency and prepare a relocation destination if this becomes necessary. Always evacuate if it is apparent that it could become a dangerous situation.
Hire Professional Water Removal and Flood Abatement Services Quickly
The key to reducing water damage from flooding is to bring in a professional remediation service to begin water removal as soon as possible. Floodwater abatement can help salvage your personal items, home, and reduce the damage that can happen by allowing water to sit.
A crime scene can involve anything from assaults, murder, burglaries, and drug raids. The materials left behind can often be more than unsightly. You could face the unpleasant task of removing biohazard fluids from your Orange and Los Angeles County home or business. At Tri Span Environmental, we are qualified to handle all types of crime scene cleanup detail.
Blood and Biohazard Fluids
Blood and other body fluids that are released from the body after serious trauma from shootings, stabbings, or other means of violent death have to be removed from the surfaces of your Orange or Los Angeles County home or business. Getting rid of biohazard materials is often more than doing a little general cleaning. It will require the removal of items and flooring materials that are stained with blood and other pathogen carrying fluids.
Fingerprint Powder Residue
Burglaries and other crime scenes are often cordoned off until the investigation is completed. The mess left behind of fingerprint powder can make the Orange County residence or business look unkempt. It also stands as a stark reminder of the event that happened. Our crew can have all traces of the fingerprint gathering process removed immediately.
Meth Lab Cleanup
The creation of the drug meth takes place inside home labs, using tremendously dangerous chemicals. If you own a Los Angeles County home that has been discovered to run a meth lab, all chemicals will have to be safely removed and the scene scrubbed for safety.
Pepper Spray Residue
Police raids and arrests many times involve the use of pepper spray. It is a chemical that is incredibly irritating to the eyes, mouth, throat, and lungs. Any leftover residue needs to be cleaned completely off the surfaces to avoid contact with the skin.
Bring the Space Back to Normal
Homeowners and business owners do not always have a say when events unfold and you are left with the mess of a crime scene. It is impossible to predict, but you are in control of finding the right service to clean up the results.
Mold is more common in homes in the Orange County and surrounding areas that you might think. It only takes a little moisture, dark, and undisturbed environment to end up with a huge problem that brings offensive odor and health hazards right to your doorstep.
Inspect the Basement for Signs of Mold
Look in all visible locations for signs of mold or mildew. Most often it will be gray or black in color. Look at lower edges of walls and around windows. Check any stored furniture items, boxes, and clothing for mold. Discard anything that is covered in mold. It will help eliminate the musty odor.
Keep the Home Well Ventilated
Mold is most likely to grow at times you are not using the heating or air conditioning system. It is due to the air becoming still and allowing the mold spores to find a spot and begin growing. Keep the air circulating well throughout your Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, or Riverside County home.
Keep Excess Moisture Out
Rain might be a scarce event in Los Angeles and surrounding counties, but it does come around at times. Make sure there are no leaks in the walls of your basement, window frames, or plumbing leaks from above. Eliminating the moisture problem will reduce the odor of mold.
Place Kitty Litter
If you continue to detect a strong mold odor in the basement, try placing an open container of kitty litter into the middle of the room. It will begin to absorb the smell right away. You should notice a difference within a few days.
Call In Mold Remediation Experts
If you feel you have tried everything and the odor persists, call in our mold remediation experts for professional help. We will track down the source and location of mold, providing complete removal at an affordable cost. You will finally feel free of mold and strong musty odors. You can reclaim the basement space for comfortable use.