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Dry Wet Areas Immediately

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Dry Wet Areas Immediately

Mold can't grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away. Seepage into the basement after a heavy rainfall, accumulation from a leaky pipe, even a spill on the carpet should be dried within 24 to 48 hours. If you've experienced a flood, remove water-damaged carpets, bedding, and furniture if they can't be completely dried. Even everyday occurrences need attention: don't leave wet items lying around the house, and make sure to dry the floor and walls after a shower. Don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine, where mold can spread quickly. Hang them to dry — preferably outside or in areas with good air circulation.

https://www.treehugger.com/how-to-prevent-mold-tips-4864317

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Floods can happen

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Floods can happen

Even if you don't live in an area that's particularly rainy, a house flood is not out of the realm of possibility. There are a number of unpleasant situations that can cause water to spill inside your home, including a burst pipe, an overflowing toilet, or problems with your washing machine—as if you needed one more possible disaster in your home to stress out about!

While it doesn't help to worry about things you can't control, you can be aware of the actions you should take if you do find yourself in a messy—and potentially toxic—situation like this. We certainly hope you never experience a flood in your home.

https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/immediate-things-to-do-house-floods/

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How Do I Know When the Remediation or Cleanup is Finished?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

How Do I Know When the Remediation or Cleanup is Finished? 

  • You must have completely fixed the water or moisture problem before the cleanup or remediation can be considered finished.
  • You should have completed mold removal. Visible mold and moldy odors should not be present. Please note that mold may cause staining and cosmetic damage.
  • You should have revisited the site(s) shortly after cleanup and it should show no signs of water damage or mold growth.
  • People should have been able to occupy or re-occupy the area without health complaints or physical symptoms.
  • Ultimately, this is a judgment call; there is no easy answer. If you have concerns or questions consult our Frequently Asked Questions database and ask a question if you don't find what you need.

https://www.epa.gov/mold/brief-guide-mold-moisture-and-your-home

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Why is mold growing in my home?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Why is mold growing in my home?

  • Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.                              

The key to mold control is moisture control.

If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem.

It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

https://www.epa.gov/mold/brief-guide-mold-moisture-and-your-home

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Smoke and ash damage from a wild fire

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and ash damage from a wild fire

If your home was exposed to wildfire smoke and ash, you want to make sure it and its contents get properly inspected, tested, cleaned/treated and restored to pre-exposure condition.  Damage to your home and possessions by smoke and ash is covered in your home policy.  Payment for smoke damage to the structure of your home (walls, studs, wall-to-wall carpeting etc.) comes out of your dwelling coverage.  Payment for smoke damage to area rugs, clothing, curtains, furniture, etc.) comes out of your contents coverage.  No special dollar limit cap (such as you may find for mold) should apply, other than your overall dwelling and contents insurance limits.

https://www.uphelp.org/pubs/smoke-and-ash-damage-wildfire

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Be thorough when documenting damage

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

Be thorough when documenting damage

Your insurance policy will likely cover losses you experienced in the fire. With that in mind, your first job after experiencing smoke damage in a fire is to thoroughly document your losses and damages.

Make a list of information that includes all of the following about your property:

-Date of Loss

-Type of Loss or Damage

-Location of Damage

-Any Related Injuries

-Others Involved

-Condition of the Home

-Description of Damaged Contents

-Whether or Not Temporary Repairs or Complete Replacements Are Necessary

-A Police and Fire Department Report

Remember: your insurance company likely requires you to contact them within a certain amount of time after a loss has occurred. Make sure you know that amount of time and file your insurance damage claims on-time.

During the insurance claims process, you’re likely going to exchange hundreds of emails and documents with your insurance company over the next few months. Make sure you document everything. Get a binder or good storage system, to start and keep things as organized as possible.

https://claimsmate.com/4-things-you-need-to-know-about-smoke-damage-insurance-claims/

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Other Cleaning Tips

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Other Cleaning Tips

  • Consult a professional about replacing drywall and insulation that has been soaked by water from fire hoses. It cannot be dried out and maintain structural integrity or resistance to mold and mildew.
  • Pots, pans, flatware, etc., should be washed with soapy water, rinsed and then polished.
  • Stuff purses and shoes with newspapers to retain shape. Leave suitcases open.
  • Wear protective clothing, including work gloves and heavy soled shoes.
  • Learn more about how to clean up after a home fire, including the supplies you’ll need, how to deal with contaminated food and water, and how to repair smoke and water damage.
  • Follow public health guidance on safe cleanup of fire ash and safe use of masks.
  • Wet debris down to minimize breathing dust particles.

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/cleaning-up-after-fire.html

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After a windstorm

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

After a windstorm

Take some time to inspect your house and property for debris and damage. If your building smells of gas, stay outside. You should also keep away from downed power lines and contact  your local power company to come and have a look.

Let your insurance provider know if wind has damaged your home so they can walk you through the claims process, and don’t forget to make an inventory of your damaged property , Link opens in a new window. , Important: This PDF is intended for printing. It has not been optimized for screen readers..

 Be ready next time

There are some great tools on the market that can warn you of severe weather. Check out Radar. It’s an alert service that notifies you if a storm is headed your way—and it’s available free on The Personal mobile app.

https://www.thepersonal.com/blog/-/6-steps-to-protect-your-home-against-high-winds

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Checking your Home after a Fire

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Checking your Home after a Fire

Do not cut or walk past colored tape that was placed over doors or windows to mark damaged areas unless local authorities advise that it is safe to do so. If a building inspector has placed a color-coded sign on the home, do not enter it until you get more information, advice and instructions about what the sign means and whether it is safe to enter your home.

If you have children, leave them with a relative or friend while you conduct your first inspection of your home after the fire. The site may be unsafe for children, and seeing the damage firsthand may upset them and cause long-term effects, including nightmares.

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/checking-home-after-fire.html

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Electrical, Plumbing and Heating Systems

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Electrical, Plumbing and Heating Systems

  • If you see sparks, broken or frayed wires, or if you smell hot insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker.
  • If there is a pool of water on the floor between you and the fuse box or circuit breaker panel, use a dry wooden stick to try to reach to turn off the main fuse or breaker, but do not step or stand in water to do that. If you cannot reach the fuse box or breaker panel, call a qualified electrician for assistance.
  • Inspect the panel box for any breakers that may have tripped. A tripped breaker may indicate damaged wiring inside your home. Do not turn them on. Call an electrician.
  • Use a flashlight to inspect fuses. Replace broken fuses with exactly the same amperage rating and never use an object such as a coin or strip of metal to bypass the protection that fuses provide.
  • If you suspect sewage lines are damaged, avoid using sinks, showers or toilets and call a plumber.
  • If water pipes are damaged, turn off the water at the main valve. Call a plumber for assistance.
  • If you have a heating oil tank system, turn off all valves and contact a professional specializing in maintenance of such equipment before using it again.

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/checking-home-after-fire.html

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