Wall Drying System

Wall Drying System

I get asked quite often, how can you dry a wall out without cutting it completely open? Sometimes you can dry out walls, in very few instances, without cutting them opened by implementing a wall drying package attached to a fan. The photo displays an injection method, which is tubes being inserted into the walls which are connected to the fan that forces air into the cavity without wall removal. And since the holes are made where the baseboard will be replaced, those holes never need repair. A cost efficient and very effective method to drying wall cavities without major removal.

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How to Clean Cat Urine

We all love our pets, but occasionally they too may have accidents.  Having a professional cleaning up the mess is an option, but what if you’re on a budget or decide to do it yourself.  Here’s a step by step list of the procedure that may help.

Step 1.  If the cat has recently urinated on the carpet, first absorb as much of the cat urine as possible using paper towels or an old towel. Place clean paper towels over the cat urine area and tread on them so as to absorb as much of the urine as possible. Repeat with dry towels until no more moisture can be absorbed.

Areas of cat urine that have dried and previously gone undetected can be found with the aid of a black light. The cat urine stains will fluoresce under the ultra violet light in a darkened room. Hand held black lights are quite inexpensive, usually costing between $15 – $25. To save the expense of a black light you can always use your nose to detect the source of the odor. Put your nose down close to the carpet and sniff away.


Step 2.
   Next, wet the area with a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water. Make sure you use enough of the solution to  penetrate the fibers deep down.

After the vinegar treatment dry off the carpet as much as possible. You can assist drying by blotting with paper towels as described above.

If you own a wet/dry vacuum extractor use that to remove excess moisture.

Step 3.  Apply a handful of baking soda over the affected area. Mix a quarter of a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and drizzle this solution over the baking soda. Alternatively you can use a spray bottle for the hydrogen peroxide solution.
(Do not use caustic detergent that you put in a dishwasher)

Work it well into the carpet with a soft brush or your fingers. Put on a pair of rubber gloves if you use your fingers.

Allow to dry. You can assist drying with a heater or a fan.

Once completely dry vacuum up the dried baking soda. Use a hard bristled brush to loosen up the baking soda if necessary.

Remember, you always have the option of calling a company like ours, but if you decide to tackle the job yourself, we hopes this helps.  Always spot test before treating a large area.  Visit our site at biowashing.com

Mold & Clutter

Mold & Clutter

This is a picture of a bedroom which was turned into a storage room. Prior to picture being taken the room was filled with an immense amount of belongings and trash. Old articles of clothing, computers, toys and even empty boxes now filled the space to a height of nearly three feet. Once the items were removed, a severe mold issue was discovered. This photo should show everyone that having a lot of items pressed up against walls not only can be a fire hazard, but also will limit your view of just what may be happening behind.

Flood vs. Water Damage

Many people who experience a water loss never know what’s covered until it’s too late.  Many are completely unaware that water damage losses are completely different than flood losses. There basically are two insurance policies that deal with a homeowner’s damage due to water — a flood insurance policy and a homeowners insurance policy. Losses not covered by one of these policies may be covered by the other. Knowing the losses to which your home could be exposed will help you decide whether to buy one or both of these insurance coverage.

While insurance policies may differ in the coverage provided from homeowner to homeowner, there often are basic features common to all policies. You should ask your insurance agent or insurance company about the specifics of your insurance policy.

FLOOD INSURANCE

As the name implies, a standard flood insurance policy, which is written by the National Flood Insurance Program, provides coverage up to the policy limit for damage caused by flood. The dictionary defines “flood” as a rising and overflowing of a body of water onto normally dry land. For insurance purposes, the word “rising” in this definition is the key to distinguishing flood damage from water damage. Generally, damage caused by water that has been on the ground at some point before damaging your home is considered to be flood damage. A handful of examples of flood damage include:

  • A nearby river overflows its banks and washes into your home.
  • A heavy rain seeps into your basement because the soil can’t absorb the water quickly enough
  • A heavy rain or flash flood causes the hill behind your house to collapse into a mud slide that oozes into your home.

Flood damage to your home can be insured only with a flood insurance policy — no other insurance will cover flood damage. Flood insurance is available through your insurance agent, insurance company or local Federal Emergency Management Office (FEMA). To determine if your home is located in a flood plain, contact your county planning office. If you are living in a flood plain, flood insurance may be an excellent purchase.

HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE

A homeowners insurance policy doesn’t provide coverage for flood damage, but it does provide coverage for many types of water damage to your home. Just the opposite from flood damage, for insurance purposes, water damage is considered to occur when water damages your home before the water comes in contact with the ground. A few examples of water damage include:

  • A hailstorm smashes your window, permitting hail and rain free access into your home.
  • A heavy rain soaks through the roof, allowing water to drip through your attic or ceiling.
  • A broken water pipe spews water into your home.

Even if flood or water damage is not covered by your homeowners insurance policy, losses from theft, fire or explosion resulting from water damage is covered. For example, if a nearby creek overflows and floods your home, and looters steal some of your furnishings after you evacuate, the theft would be covered by your homeowners insurance because it is a direct result of the water damage. However, the flood damage would be covered only if you have flood insurance.

It’s important to note that flood insurance and homeowners insurance do not duplicate coverage for water damage. Instead, they complement each other.  It is up to you to talk to your insurance agent or insurance company about flood insurance and homeowners insurance, and then decide which insurance coverage you need to protect your home, its contents and your family.

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When Water Restoration Companies Cheat

When Water Restoration Companies Cheat

On a recent inspection to a home in Broomall Pennsylvania, I was asked to look at a property that had a major water loss. The restoration was done by a franchise competitor of ours, but the owners had concerns which weren’t answered by the company their insurance adjuster urged them to use. Water Damage Restoration is the process of restoring a property back to pre-loss condition after sustaining any level of water damage. This requires removal of materials or items which are beyond restoring and “drying out” others including the structure. In this case, the restorative company came in and within hours were finished by basically just setting up a considerable amount of equipment for 5 days. Remember, every company, including us at Mold Solutions & Inspections, get paid for each piece of equipment on a daily basis. So the larger the area of loss, the more equipment will be needed, and hence more charges. But in this case, the picture (which shows a non-probing moisture meter) in close proximity to the loss, the restoration company clearly didn’t do their job. The meter shows the highest level possible behind the plaster and the concerns of the home owner were warranted. You must be sure that when you hire a disaster restoration company, that they follow through with all of their responsibilities, and also know you can hire whichever contractor you desire and the insurance company can not do a thing. This claim was luckily reopened and we performed the restoration properly and the structure was completely dried when we were finished. visit our website at biowashing.com for more information.

Ways To Prevent A Sewer Back Up

While floods are probably best known for causing extensive water damage to homes and businesses, they can also cause sewage from sanitary sewer lines to back up into houses through drain pipes. These backups not only cause damage that is difficult and expensive to repair, but also create health hazards.  Avoiding such losses can be as easy as following a few steps listed below: 

  • Dispose of Grease Properly: Cooking oil should be poured into a heat-resistant container and disposed of properly, after it cools off, not in the drain. Washing grease down the drain with hot water can cause significant problems. As the grease cools off, it will solidify either in the drain, the property owner’s line, or in the main sewer causing the line to constrict and eventually clog.
  • Dispose of Paper Products Properly: Paper towels, disposable (and cloth) diapers, and feminine products can cause many problems in the property owner’s lateral as well as in the city main because they do not deteriorate quickly, as bathroom tissue does.
  • Replace your line with new plastic pipe: One way to prevent tree roots from entering your line is to replace your line and tap with new plastic pipe. If you still have problems with tree roots growing in your lateral, you may have to have roots cut periodically.
  • Illegal Plumbing Connections: Do not connect French drains, sump pumps and other flood control systems to your sanitary sewer. It is illegal, and debris and silt will clog your line. Consult a plumber to correct any illegal connections.
  • Install a Backwater Prevention Valve: A backwater valve is a fixture installed into a sewer line, and sometimes into a drain line, in the basement of your home or business to prevent sewer backflows. A properly installed and maintained backwater valve allows sewage to go out, but not to come back in. Property owners are responsible for the installation and maintenance of backwater valves. The cost to install one depends on the type of plumbing in your home or business and the difficulty of installation. Check with a qualified plumber.

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Damage Snow Can Cause

Damage Snow Can Cause

This photo shows the interior of a second floor bedroom where a downspout is completely frozen and the roof is holding a significant amount of snow and ice.