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Learn Tips on How to Get Rid of Mold in Attic

Homeowners usually focus their attention on removing mold in different visible areas of their homes such as the bathroom. However, there is one important space that is often overlooked and neglected. And that is —– the attic. If you are not able to check the walls, floors, sides, and corners of your attic, then it needs a thorough check. Because ignored attics are likely to have a mold infestation. Moreover, if mold stays in your home for a long period of time, long-term effects can harm you and your family.  Please read on to learn a few tips on how to get rid of mold in the attic. In addition, hiring a professional for mold removal can be of big help in completely eradicating even the mold spores in your property.

 Why is there mold in the attic?

 Determining the cause of mold growth in your attic is the initial step in any mold remediation process. When there is an excess moisture problem in your attic plus the dark environment, it creates a perfect breeding ground for mold including black mold.

The top causes of mold in the attic are:

  • Inadequate / poor ventilation
  • Roof leaks
  • Siding or window leaks
  • Improper / insufficient insulation / poorly installed insulation
  • Poor or incorrect venting from the home’s bathroom, kitchen, or clothes dryer
  • Uninsulated air ducts
  • Improper installation of water heaters or furnaces

 If your home’s ventilation is not sufficient or the venting has not been properly installed,  the moist, warm air from the bathroom, kitchen, and clothes dryer will rise up. And it will go into the attic. When warm, moist air mixes with the cooler attic air ( especially in the colder months and high humidity), it can create a condensation issue that will lead to mold problems.

How to prevent mold in the attic?

 Prevention of mold is way better than spending a lot of time and money on damages (structural and health) in the long run. First, make sure where the moisture is coming from and repair any venting or insulation issues that you might find. 

  • Proper insulating your attic to keep off mold growth.
  • Reduce moisture by sealing the sources such as gaps and cracks where the moisture seeps through.
  • Make sure that there is adequate ventilation in your attic. You can do this by determining the amount of roof ventilation required for the attic space.
  • Make sure there is a minimal difference in temperature inside the attic and outside to prevent condensation on the underside of roof sheathing.
  • Make sure to check for blocked ventilation or damage. Rafter ventilation or baffles should not be damaged or blocked with insulation. Fix broken or improperly installed rafter ventilation/baffles.
  • Check the roof for any leaks or damages. Repair the roof if necessary.
  • Air seal all points of entry such as fans and hoses in the bathroom or recessed lighting/ pot lights. Use low-temperature light bulbs (LED) and install or repair weather stripping around the attic hatch. Moreover, seal around holes, gaps, and cracks inside the attic including wiring, plumbing vent pipes, or ducts (in some instances).
  • Vent appliances used in your bathroom, kitchen, and dryer should blow the air to the outside.

 How to get rid of mold in the attic?

 After correcting the source of mold in your attic, you can also try the following ideas to correct mold issues yourself. Check how:

  • Protect yourself completely by using protective gear such as a disposable mask, goggles, rubber gloves, etc.
  • Remove all items from your attic and place them in thick bags. Get rid of all items that are covered by mold-like carpeting, drywall, etc.
  • Close all openings, including windows and vents with plastic.
  • Treat moldy areas by using cleaners and disinfectants of your choice, chemically or naturally. Bleach is effective in removing surface molds. Natural products such as vinegar, baking soda, borax, tea tree oil, etc. are also useful and effective in eliminating mold in your attic.
  • Spray the moldy areas with a solution of your choice and use a wire brush to scrub the attic. Allow it to dry before removing the plastic sheeting.

Does homeowners insurance policy cover mold in the attic?

 Your homeowner’s insurance will only cover mold damage if the damage occurred from an accident that has been reported right away.

 Mold damage in the attic can be covered as water damage in this area of a home and can go unnoticed for months. For instance, if you are hit by a harsh winter with much snow, ice, and rain, water leaks can enter through your roof going into your attic. If this is the case, your insurance will likely cover the damage.

However, the homeowner’s insurance policy will not cover mold damage in your attic due to negligence. For example, if you have not been up to your attic for over a year and when you do, you suddenly find out that mold has formed on the walls.  But there is no sign of any leaks or cracks.

 Seek Attic Mold Removal Experts

 After a few days/ weeks in spite of your effort in getting rid of mold in the attic and mold keeps returning, consider hiring an expert. Especially if the affected area is more than 10 square feet, you should contact an IICRC certified company. Superior Restoration offers professional residential and commercial mold remediation services.

 Please don’t hesitate to contact Water Damage Murrieta. We offer mold cleanup, water damage, and fire damage restoration. Our office is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Water damage flooding by natural disasters and its dangers

Hurricanes, tsunamis, tidal waves, and overflowing lakes or rivers may cause catastrophic flooding and devastating water damage. They are natural disasters that typically result in a high rate of fatalities. The death toll from the China floods of 1931 is estimated to be about four million people. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunamis killed about 230,000. In 2005, even with highly advanced hurricane tracking and warning devices in place, Hurricane Katrina killed over 1,800 people in the Greater New Orleans, Louisiana area.

It may be difficult to be prepared for these powerful and destructive forces of nature. The general warning for tsunamis (a wave of water produced by underwater earthquakes) is a violent shaking of the ground. And even with that warning, the time frame is narrow. It is estimated that most tsunamis reach land within 20 or 30 minutes following an earthquake. An escape route might be limited; getting to higher ground on time may or may not be accessible.

Aside from death and destruction, flood waters often carry infectious bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella and may contaminate drinking water. This may include floods caused by a hurricane’s heavy rains. Also, when actual flooding activity has ceased, standing water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can lead to additional health risks such as West Nile Virus, encephalitis, and other diseases. Areas not completely dry after flooding and remaining damp for an extended period of time can attract dust mites, cockroaches, and mold. This can cause lung ailments and other diseases for the people exposed in that environment.

Being mindful of the dangers and threats that flooding can bring will help one to understand the magnitude of the problem and find better ways to prepare oneself.

New Awareness of Fire Damage Needed for Murrieta

Summer is in full swing here in Murrieta, and with the Southern California summer comes the Southern California fire risk. Just a few weeks into Summer 2015, and Murrieta residents have already been alerted to the potential fire risk to the area. This warning acts as a reminder that Murrieta homes and their owners are always at risk of fire damage. Are you ready for when fire damage strikes? Statistics from the American Red Cross suggest that you probably aren’t.  Fortunately, there are some simple steps to take to ensure that you and your family are ready.

Create a Fire “Buffer Space”

Cal Fire has advised homeowners to create a “buffer space” between their homes and the surrounding brush in the area. This can be accomplished by minimizing the presence of flammable wood and plant material near the home. Clearing your lawn of weeds and brush, keeping firewood piles away from the house, and removing overhanging branches are all actions that a homeowner can take to create this anti-fire “buffer space”. Depending on the size of your property, that space should range from 30 to 100 feet.

Plan With Your Family

Given how frequently wild fires occur in Southern California, Cal Fire has also advised homeowners to have an emergency plan in place in case fire damage strikes. The steps in this plan are as easy as creating a meeting place for family members after evacuation, mapping out escape routes, and arranging emergency contacts. Despite an emergency plan’s simplicity, a startling amount of families don’t have one ready. By taking time with your family and planning out a fire emergency plan, you can be confident that when wild fire damage strikes, everyone will be secure.

Talk to Your Insurance Provider

When wild fire damage does strike, there won’t be a lot you can do to keep back the flames and prevent wild fire damage. Instead, verify that you have a homeowner’s insurance policy that covers fire damage, and confirm what the protocol is for when the worst happens. You may not be able to put out a wildfire already happening, but you can ensure that any fire damage inflicted on your home can be easily restored once the worst has passed.

It’s Up to You

Not many Murrieta residents are ready for when fire damage and wildfires strike. Make yourself the exception! By taking precautionary steps with your property, creating an emergency plan with your family, and keeping tabs on your insurance policy, you can ensure the safety of both your loved-ones and property from fire damage from years to come.

What is Contents Restoration?

Imagine, for a moment, that the worst has occurred and disaster has struck your home; flood, fire, whatever you can think of. Fortunately for you, your home is insured against that type of disaster. Your insurance company, after assessing the damage, calls in a restoration company to begin renovation on your damaged home. Sure, a contractor can rebuild the home itself, but what happens to the damaged goods inside? “Contents restoration” is the term that refers to the process of removing, restoring and replacing the damaged goods inside your home. This is how they do it.

Inventory

The first, obvious step is to remove all of the items to be restored from the home. These items are then catalogued and stored safely off-site, where they are assessed for service.

Repair or Replace?

The restoration company only has a certain amount of resources to use on items from the home. Some inexpensive items, such as a plastic lawn chair, might be more easily and cheaply replaced than more substantial items.

Restore and Refinish

After items are assessed, the real work begins. Items are cleaned of stains and odor, whether they came from water, mold, fire, or smoke. Wooden furniture items are refinished, and fabric furniture items are sometimes reupholstered. Special techniques might be used for artwork, electronics, or other specialty items.

Safe Keeping

Household items are usually finished before home repairs are complete. The contents restoration service will then return the restored items into their storage facilities until home repairs are complete.

The Return Journey

Once the home is habitable again, the restoration team goes to work taking all the restored items out of storage and moving them back into the home. Items are set up for the homeowners to move back in.

Content with Restoration

Contents restoration is, simply put, the restoration of the contents of your home. If disaster strikes, and your property is damaged, partner with your insurance company to find the contractor and content restoration company that’s right for you. Many restoration companies, such as Superior Restoration, are capable of providing both services to clients affected by disaster. Regardless of what path you take, content restoration helps get your life back on track.

Recent Fires, Weather Increase Flooding Chances

With rain in the forecast for areas recently affected by fire, the threat of flooding is ever-present. Ground that has recently seen major burns does not absorb water very well, leading to an increase in fire chances in many areas of San Bernardino County affected by the lake fire. NBC Los Angeles Reports as follows:

“Desert and mountain areas will likely see the most significant shower and thunderstorm activity. The storms increase the chance for lightning-sparked wildfires and flooding in the Lake Fire burn area in the San Bernardino County mountains…

…The threat of flooding will continue early this week.

Floodwaters can carry trees, large rocks, gravel, ash and other debris.

Lightning strikes also brought the risk of more wildfires during an active fire season. Hundreds of lightning strikes overnight sparked three dozen new wildfires in Northern California, authorities said Sunday.

The 36 blazes triggered by 800 lightning strikes were small and quickly put out, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The agency reports 2,486 wildfires since the start of the year, compared with 2,030 during the same period last year. The state averages about 1,650 wildfires from January to mid-June.

Temperatures will be in the 70s and 80s, accompanied by humid conditions throughout Southern California.”

El Niño Prompts Flood Damage Worries

While rain might sound like a blessing to drought-stricken Californians, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. That’s exactly what meteorologists predict with the upcoming El Niño weather event this winter that will see a sudden rain increase across California. When you suddenly have increased rainfall in drought-stricken areas, flash floods and water damage are bound to occur.

“Yes, El Niño’s great, and it could provide us with relief and replenish some of these reservoirs,” Climatologist .Woods said. “The flip side of that is it could mean catastrophic flooding, too.”

Satellite image of El Niño surge.
Satellite image of El Niño surge.

For the uninitiated, El Niño is a phenomenon that occurs where warm water cycles through the seas along ocean currents. These warm water surges affect the atmosphere and weather, especially in areas along the Pacific Coast.

“What we want is just enough water to come in slowly enough for the watersheds to hold that,” Woods said. “The nice thing is that so many of them are dry that they have the capacity, but the flip side of that is, as anybody knows in a desert climate, is that terrain is just parched and so a lot of that can be runoff if those storms are too warm.”

It’s always important for California residents to be prepared in the event of flooding.

Murrieta Buffalo Wild Wings Burned and Flooded at the Same Time

The Buffalo Wild Wings located off of Murrieta Hot Springs Road has been closed indefinitely while it undergoes repairs for both fire damage and water damage. The restoration double-whammy occurred when a small fire set off fire sprinklers, which in turn flooded the restaurant. The fire was apparently triggered by a deep fire left on overnight. Cooking equipment is the number one cause of indoor fire damage.

This turns out to not be the only eventful occurrence in the history of this particular Buffalo Wild Wings location. This was also the same Buffalo Wild Wings that actor Andy Dick was arrested at following some bad behavior, which was the region’s foremost celebrity story up until a certain donut-licking incident in Lake Elsinore.

Poria: the mold that eats your home

When it comes to any building structural integrity is key. Floor supports walls, walls for roof and the whole structure builds upon itself to support itself. Because the structural beams of our houses are covered up with drywall and stucco we often have no idea what’s going on behind those walls. Meruliaporia incrassate may be hiding just behind your wall without you knowing it.

 

This voracious mold, orange in colour, eats away at the wooden structure of your house. In the worst cases a formerly strong wooden crossbeam can be so even the way that you can push your finger through it with little effort.

 

What makes this fungus all the more dangerous is its ability to move around the house. Most mold growth is limited to a small area around a leak or other source of water. Poria on the other hand is not limited to a small area. It can form in the soil under a new patio or around a small leak in a pipe. It then continues to grow feeding off the wood of the house and using its roots to pump fresh water to its furthest extremity’s. It can then grow up the wooden structure of a house eating it as it goes. Unchecked this mold has the potential to destroy a house.

 

Recently California homeowners have noticed this mold and are seeking ways to deal with it. This may be due to a shift in how houses were built after the 1970s. They were built closer to the ground and with poor ventilation creating the ideal breeding ground for this type of mold.

 

If as a homeowner you suspect this mold might be present in your house here is something to remember. A patch job will not help you in the long run. This mold has to be eradicated entirely by a qualified mold remediation company. Left alone your house will literally fall down around your ears. Talking to your insurance and seek professional help.

Battling mold yourself is not the solution

Many people believe that by getting rid of mold using bleach and chemicals they will fix their problem. The problem with that is the dead mold spores are just as harmful to human lungs as live spores. If do not seek professional help from the get go you may have only put the problem on hold rather than actually solved it.

Mold is toxic and can cause many health issues. In fact, mold produces mycotoxins that are pathogenic to animals and humans. There have been cases where pets placed under anaesthesia, in a home that contains mold spores, had failed to regain consciousness. Humans with weak immune systems should avoid mold like the plague.

If you discover mold in your home or business, just remember that some molds can be toxic and that it is best not to disturb the mold, which could inadvertently release spores in the air and create even more problems. We recommend that you contact a professional for their assessment. a professional mold remediation company will take the burden of decision off your shoulders and provide you with much-needed information. The goal is to provide you with peace of mind.

Seeping Sewage! Four reasons why calling in a professional is your best option

If you haven’t experienced it yourself you’ve definitely heard of it. That horrible moment when you realize that the sewage lines have busted and the malodorous human waste of ages starts to overflow from your toilet. If you are a do it yourself kind of person this is not the situation where a quick browse through Google will give you all the information you need. Here are some reasons why you should call in a professional sewage cleanup team.

 

  • The disease-causing pathogens and heavy metals found in sewage can be extraordinary risky to your health. Handling such waste products in without the proper equipment and training puts you in danger of contracting deadly diseases.

 

  • Sometimes a shortcut is not cost-effective. You may be able to clean up the sewage yourself but without the benefit of professional help you cant be sure that you got all of it and mold may form afterwards. The costs will start to mount higher and higher if after all the effort you put in to clean up the sewage you now have to fight off mold.

 

  • There are tools of the trade which unless you’ve been waiting for this event with baited breath you will not have in your toolset. Not only will a professional have all the tools necessary to deal with your problem but they will also have the benefit of the most current training.

 

  • There is nothing quite so horrible is realizing after you’ve completed a job of work and now something else has gone wrong and you have to do it all over again. Hiring a professional and will not only help you out with your current difficulties that give you tips on what to do to prevent this ever happening again.