Ways to Prevent Water Damage

We all know that the best way to deal with water damage and mold damage is to prevent it before it happens. While there are extreme situations that require flood damage control or water damage restoration, more often than not the worst you have to deal with is mold remediation resulting from lack of knowledge about the origins of water damage rather then any of the previously mentioned devastating situations.
Common hidden causes of water damage

Bathrooms and kitchens are obvious starting points for water damage. After all, these are probably the only rooms in the house in which water is regularly used. A small leak under the sink, a crack in the tile, poor ventilation can all be the foundation of much larger problems.

Inspect tiled areas for cracks or damaged grout.

Ventilate by either leaving the window open a crack or by installing a fan.

Check shower stalls and tubs for cracks.

Inspect pipes under all sinks.

Pay attention to any dark stains or discoloration on bathroom and kitchen walls, floors and other surfaces. These may indicate a growing mold colony.

Check all caulking – if you see any cracks or degradation, take the time to re-caulk and avoid leaks. Include showers, tubs, sinks and toilets in your inspection.

Do not forget to check your shower curtain or shower/tub door for signs of mold.

Pool areas and spas are perpetually damp. Cleanliness in these areas, as well as good ventilation, is essential.

There is some research that indicated cedar tubs are better at resisting mold.
Wash frequently using an eco-friendly anti-bacterial agent. Dry thoroughly.
Invest in a pool/spa dehumidifier
Regularly inspect the integrity of water seals to ensure that there is no leakage.
It is equally important to inspect any plumbing attached to the hot tub in your spa.
Provide proper drainage for filter and heating system.

Household appliances can also be the source of water damage.

Clothes dryer vents expel hot, moist air. Poor ventilation or inefficient outtake hoses will lead to moisture accumulation.
Appliances that use water (dish washers, clothes washers, refrigerators with ice makers or a beverage bar) clearly employ mechanisms that carry water to and from the appliance. Hoses. Drain pipes and all other plumbing elements must be kept in tip-top, water-tight working order.

Certain rooms are more susceptible to unnoticed water damage than others.

Visit the basement and attic regularly. Even if these rooms are not regularly in use, they are common locations for undetected water seepage or leaking.
You do not have to memorize the plumbing schematics for your home, but you should be aware that pipes may run in unexpected places. Wall discoloration in any room in the house can indicate a problem with your plumbing and the onset of water damage.

Prevent extensive water damage by paying attention to water pressure – a drop in water pressure can indicate a hidden leak somewhere in the plumbing system.

Allergy Relief Cleaning For a Healthier Home

Allergies are on the increase. In fact, the current level of reported allergies is being referred to by doctors as the “Silent Epidemic.” The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology reports that 36% of the population now suffers from allergies to one or more substances. Though it was once thought to be due to industrial pollution, studies are showing that indoor pollution is actually more responsible for this increase, with most allergens biologic in origin.

Pollen grains, house dust and dust mites, molds, and animal danders make up over 70% of reported allergens, all of which are concentrated in modern, urban homes with predominantly recycled air. These substances are found in carpeting, upholstered furnishings, and draperies where they are released into the air to be inhaled or ingested. Dust mites, in particular, are frequently implicated in triggering allergic and asthmatic reactions and are found among the highest concentrations in mattresses.

The fibers in carpets and upholstery provide a breeding environment for dust mites, molds, fungi, and other microorganisms that feed off of moisture in the air, sloughed skin cells, and dander. Vacuuming alone doesn’t effectively rid the home of these potentially serious allergens that continuously build up deep within the fibers. To effectively destroy them requires steam cleaning on a regular basis.

Professional carpet and upholstery cleaning is recommended over do-it-yourself cleaning due to the superior equipment used that cleans deeply with the heat necessary to kill or neutralize the organisms. Additional treatments are often available to further destroy these allergens and provide more effective protection from unpleasant or dangerous health issues. Regularly scheduled professional steam cleaning is the most effective way to keep a home a truly clean and healthy haven.

Carpet Cleaning Tips – How to Clean Glue From Carpet

When it’s raining outside, it’s great to just sit with your little one and have a day of drawing and making things. Young children love to get the paints and crayons out, and to make their own little art projects with plenty of glue and glitter. It’s a lovely family activity, but a potential disaster for your carpet.

That inevitable moment when your child drips a big dollop of glue onto the carpet is bound to come along eventually and glue can be a nightmare to clean. However, if you act quickly and follow these simple carpet cleaning tips, you will have that glue stain out in no time:

– While the glue is fresh, scrape away the excess with a blunt knife.
– Dip a white cloth in white vinegar and apply to the glue stain.
– Soak the area with warm water and blot using paper towels until the stain disappears.
– If the glue is dried on, then simply cut it away with scissors. Glue is thick enough to not sink deep into the fibres, so a little trim won’t be noticeable.

Remember that the faster you act, the easier it is to tackle any type of spill, and the lower the risk of permanent staining.
Of course, it is a lot easier to clean a tiny area of your carpet, so if you’re in need of a thorough carpet cleaning service then you should consider calling a professional cleaning company.
Carpet cleaning uses state of the art steam carpet cleaners and non-toxic cleaning products to extract dirt embedded deep in the fibres.
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