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Some of the Biggest Threats to Your Home

There are many threats to your home that can cause you to dig deep in your pockets to fix them. Unfortunately, upkeep is a part of a homeowner’s responsibility and at times it can be a costly venture. Keeping yourself an education on what threats can create a financial problem in your home can mean that you are prepared to solve those issues. One of the first threats to your home is the presence of water where it shouldn’t be. You’ll want to keep an eye open for signs of leaking or condensation in places where it isn’t normal. Water stains on your ceilings or walls might not seem entirely threatening but as they grow bigger and mustier over time they lead to mold and continual damage. Water leaking can lead to damp carpet and puddling on surfaces as well as the ruining of paint. If you are experiencing water damage (from a busted plumbing pipe or roof leak) you will want to take care of it as soon as possible. You should take steps to carefully dry the wet areas of your home to eliminate the risk of mold. If you are suspicious of your plumbing or any other areas that may be causing leaks it would be best to hire a professional to inspect your home and find the sources to then fix. This can help to spot any issues that you couldn’t see for yourself.

Another risk to worry about is the biological contaminants that can make themselves at home in your home. This includes things such as molds, mildews, bacterias, animal danders, dust mites, insects and many other factors. If you’ve dealt with moisture issues in your home you should be safer from some bug infestations but keep in mind that some insects crave and seek out the damp. To avoid having issues with insects its best to ensure that your home is adequately ventilated and a humidity level that isn’t causing condensation. Keeping these biological contaminants out can be as easy as keeping a clean home and keeping things maintained. Doing so goes beyond your regular spring cleaning and working on things like changing heating and cooling filters. You should also have your systems (cooling.heating) regularly checked by a professional to ensure that these aren’t becoming a breeding ground for infestations like mold. When your ventilation systems aren’t properly cleaned they can easily become a factor in pushing airborne mold spores throughout your home. If you find that having your filters cleaned and your ventilation free of leaks is not solving your problems with air quality you may want to invest in an air purifying machine.

A further house and health harm that you may not think too much of is dust but it can work on creating respiratory issues for yourself and your family. When working to cut down on the amount of dust that is accumulating in your home you can work at things like reducing clutter, regularly cleaning your air conditioning filters and furnace. You can also begin a habit of leaving your shoes at the door to avoid tracking dirt and debris through the house. To capture dust particular as opposed to pushing them around, you will want to use a wet mop on your floors as well as a wet dusting rag for shelving and other surfaces.

One last thing to worry about before you panic and get into a deep cleaning mode is the chemicals you use while cleaning. If you want to deep clean the walls and ceilings of your home it may be best to contact a company such as USA Restoration. Hiring a cleaning crew could be just the answer especially if you have a home that has very high ceilings. It’s a struggle to clean your ceilings in a regular home so finding a company that practiced in it may be better than doing it yourself. When it comes to the chemicals you use you should be incredibly careful, mixing the wrong two together could have detrimental effects. The chemicals you should be worried about are Semi-volatile Organic Compounds (SVOCs). These chemicals can be found in dry cleaning solvents and in spot cleaning liquids and carpet cleaning fluids. SVOCs have been found to cause nervous system issues as well as a connection to carcinogens that cause cancer. They’re found in things such as mothballs as well as the flame retardants in furniture and paints. It’s better to minimize your expose to such substances in your home by using cleaning products that are safer for you. Getting the walls of your home professionally cleaned by a company like USA Restoration could be a much simpler route to take instead of breaking out potentially harmful chemicals and spending a weekend working away on it yourself. reach out to us at (800) 805-0541.

Expert House Water Damage Repair Company

We know that when you need a house water damage repair company, you don’t have time to wait around for one. So, should you need a water damage repair company to come to your home, we can be there very quickly. In fact, we can be there any time, day or night. Water damage doesn’t say “well, it’s too late in the day to get to work.” So, neither do we here at USA Restoration. Our services are available 24/7/365 and you can call us at any time.

Our House Water Damage Repair Company

If there’s only one thing you take from our blogs, remember this: when you see water damage at your home, call the professionals. That’s it. We’ll have plenty of other tips, advice, signs and more, but that might be the major thing we want you to know. When a flood comes through, or there’s some other sign of obvious water damage, it’s not the kind of thing that you want to tackle yourself. Your home (or your place of business) is too important to leave the water damage to someone who’s never really dealt with it before. When you bring us in, you’ll have a team that’s done this before many times. Now, we can put that experience to work for you and your family.

Best Equipment and Training

The tools we used just a few years ago to help with water damage have been rendered obsolete today. Now, we can offer our customers better flood and water damage relief than ever before. As the technology keeps advancing, we make sure to keep up with it, too – that way, we’re always able to offer our customers the very best in service. So, when you contact us, not only will you get experienced water damage restoration professionals, but you’ll get a team that knows how to use the very best, most cutting edge technology to return your home to its pre-loss state.

Water Damage Cleanup Process

No matter what time we arrive, we tend to follow the same basic steps as we go through your water damage restoration. The first step is to figure out exactly what the extent of the damage is. So, we have a complete and thorough investigation of your location. We find out where the water is, where it came from, how it got there – everything. Then, we go about putting together a comprehensive plan of action. This will include everything we’re going to do, how we’re going to do it, as well as how long we think it’s going to take.

The Process in Earnest

The first order of business after that is to get rid of the so-called “standing water.” This is the water that’s just in the way, the water that’s just, well, for lack of a better word, standing there. We remove that water completely and thoroughly. This step is critical to getting the home back to where it was. Indeed, the rest of our process can’t really begin until that water is out of the way. So, we use our technology and our experience to make sure that all of the standing water is removed. You’ll notice that we used the word “all.” That wasn’t “some” nor was it “most” or “a majority” – no, we remove all of the standing water.

Then, the next step is to dry out the area where the damage occurred. Even once the standing water has been removed, that area is likely to be quite damp. That’s the perfect sort of condition, unfortunately, for mold. The last thing we want is for anyone to have to deal with mold. So, we dry that area thoroughly. We also make sure to dehumidify it, too. Again, same reasoning: we don’t want to give mold any kind of opening.

Once the area has been completely dried and dehumidified, then it’s time to make sure that the area is cleaned and sanitized. When water damage strikes, it tends to bring a lot of problems with it: some of the water could be contaminated; the water could be carrying who knows what in terms of bacteria, toxins and the like. So, we make sure to completely clean and sanitize the area. That way, you don’t have to worry about any lingering health effects from your water damage.

Water damage is a true emergency, but it doesn’t have to be the end of things. When water damage strikes your home or place of business, we can be there. Moreover, we can be there when you need us to be there. Waiting to see if water damage is really going to be that bad, or trying to deal with water damage on your own, is a surefire way to make everything that much worse. Get rid of water damage now by giving us a call at (800) 805-0541 or heading to our site.

Professional Air Duct Cleaning

Air duct cleaning isn’t the kind of thing that most people think of often. With all that you have to worry about in your day to day life, making sure your air ducts are clean rarely comes up. However, it is important to have clean air ducts. This isn’t something you have to worry about every day or always keep an eye on (it’s not like taking out the trash, doing the dishes, etc.) But, making sure that you have clean air ducts can save you time, money and a lot of headaches. In this blog, we’ll go over how you can tell it’s time to get your air ducts cleaned as well as how we at USA Restoration can help.

 

Air Duct Cleaning with USA Restoration

We make it a point to always use the most advanced equipment on the market for cleaning your air ducts. We’ve been making air ducts clean for a long time. During that time, we’ve seen the technology used in the cleaning of air ducts advance far from where it was when we started. That’s why we always make sure to be in on the most up to date tech and bring it to our customers. We can get your air ducts far cleaner than they ever were before. Moreover, we’re always finding new technology, so we’re always finding new and better ways to keep your clean your ducts.

The Importance of Air Ducts

You may be reading this and think “why is it important that I have clean air ducts?” The truth is that air ducts are critically important to the quality of the air in your home. On average, it’s generally assumed that air cycles (through your ducts) and your entire home roughly seven times a day. So, that’s a little more than every three hours. If there’s something in there that’s causing a problem or is otherwise unsanitary, that’s a massive health problem in your home. You trust that the place you and your loved one’s life is going to have high quality, healthy air – clean air ducts can make sure that’s the case.

Signs Your Ducts Need To be Cleaned

One of the clearest signs that you need to have your air ducts cleaned is that you see dirt and other kinds of debris around the vents. Air ducts are so susceptible to picking up dirt and other kinds of grime. Often, if you see that dirt and debris, it means that something’s blocking your ducts. Inside them, there’s some kind of blockade (in all likelihood) which is why you’re seeing the dirt and debris at the edge. When we show up, we can get rid of the debris you can see as well as the blockade that you can’t.

Other Signs Ducts Need To be Cleaned

Living in southern California, there are going to be months where you have higher energy bills. For many of us, those are the summer months – when we have our air conditioning on for what feels like all June, July, and August. However, if you see that your bills are extremely high when you maybe didn’t run your energy that much, then this could be a sign that your air ducts could use a clean. What happens is that debris and other kinds of problems get into your ducts and then make them less efficient. That shows up on your bill as more energy being used.

Another often overlooked sign of air ducts that could be cleaned is if you or other members of your family start having bad respiratory, sinus, allergy or even asthma problems. Obviously, this isn’t always the fault of the air ducts. In southern California, one’s allergies can pick up when the seasons change, that kind of thing. However, if everyone in your home suddenly has the worst allergy or respiratory concerns than they might during other times of the year (or even in comparison to people they know) then it might be time to bring in the professionals to clean your air ducts.

In addition to cleaning your air ducts, we can also sit down with you and tell you about how you can keep your air ducts and HVAC unit clean throughout the year. At the end of the day, what we’re able to do is restore efficiency to your air ducts. We can make them that much more efficient, which not only saves you money, it makes your home a healthier place to be.

Should you have a concern about your air ducts, reach out to us at (800) 805-0541. USA Restoration has the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. When someone from our company comes out to look at your air ducts, you can rest assured that they’re trained, insured and can get the job done right. For more info, you can go to our site as well.