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BACTERIA, MOLD WARNINGS FOR RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY FLOODING & SEWAGE CONTAMINATION

Hoboken, NJ experienced flash flooding on Sunday, May 31st 2015, which filled a number of streets with several inches of water, and caused raw sewage to overflow and debris to blanket the area. Forecasters are calling for heavy rains and flash floods through Tuesday night, and more damage is expected. Northwestern Hoboken is known to be flood-prone, apartment floodand storm water often causes the sewage system to overflow, and flood back into the city’s streets – and unfortunately stores, homes, and apartments. These buildings are then exposed to bacteria, and if the water is not properly cleaned up quickly, mold can begin to grow in 24-48 hours.

When flood waters take over streets and neighborhoods, they pick up whatever is on the ground. In addition to raw sewage, it can include toxic cocktails of diesel fuel, debris, chemicals, storm water, and various other pollutants pooled in basements.

The most important thing is to be educated about what the risks are, and what you can do to protect your health and prevent costly damage.

If you were exposed to contaminated flood waters, here are the steps you need to take:

– Get the water out and dry the area as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Use dehumidifiers and fans. If wallboard is affected, take pictures of the damage and call your basement waterinsurance company and alert them to the situation immediately;

– If items in your home or business are wet, they need to be dried and cleaned within 24-hours, or thrown out. Some items should be discarded regardless, such as carpets, toys, makeup, and boxes, as they cannot be properly cleaned from bacteria, and will also likely grow mold.

– Even if your apartment was not affected, your building may have been. Have the property mold-testingmanager check the basement for leaks, flooding, and raw sewage. If there is standing water in the basement that is not promptly attended to, it will start to grow mold, and bacteria, like E-Coli and streptococcus, will multiply. A few days or weeks from now, your whole building may be at risk for serious health hazards and structural damage;

– If you have water or sewage in your apartment or building, get mold and bacteria sampling, quickly. The only way to know if your home or building has been contaminated with bacteria, has mold, or is at risk for a mold infestation is to have it tested by an independent environmental testing company, like RTK. Since RTK does not do remediation, our reports are unbiased, and will clearly tell you what next steps should be to help get your home back to normal.

If you have questions about your situation, contact us. We are happy to answer your questions. You can also visit us at www.rtkenvironmental.com.

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Don’t Get Hosed! Look for Signs of a Pipe Burst

Spring is here, and we are finally heading outside to plant, play, and power wash! That means turning the water back on to the outdoor faucets. But do it carefully! You won’t know if your pipes froze and cracked over the winter until you turn the water back on. Even if you disconnected your garden hose, opened your spigots, and turned the water off from the inside, there may have been a tiny amount of water left in the pipe, which could have frozen, expanded, and broken the pipe. Here are a few tips to avoid a major headache and expense:

  • When turning on your outdoor faucets, watch carefully for water leakage along the outer wall and inside floor. This is where the water will likely first appear.

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  • Stay alert and be prepared to shut off the main water supply (not just the faucet) quickly at the first sign of a leak. This will help minimize damage.
  • Look for signs that water pressure has dropped. If you turn on the outside faucet and then lose water pressure in faucets nearby, you may have a pipe leak. Turn off the main water supply to that pipe from the source.
  • If you open the outside faucet and water comes out of walls, shingles, or burst pipe hoseanywhere else, don’t take any chances; call in a plumber to find out what’s wrong. A burst pipe can cause major flooding in your home, which also can lead to mold.
  • Try to dry out the area as quickly as possible. Damp and wet areas are prime locations for mold growth, which can take root within 24 hours. Once the repairs are complete, have a certified microbial inspector come in to test the area and make sure there is no lingering mold.

 

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Unseen Danger: After the Ice Dam

If you had a leak from an ice dam, there may be hidden danger behind your walls. What seems like a small leak from your roof into your home could be a sign of hidden issues including wet insulation, standing water, and saturated wall board. The only way to know how extensive your damage from ice dams may be is to have your home tested for mold and moisture. If left untreated, you could develop a serious mold infestation.

This video shows the extent of the damage an ice dam can cause from just a small leak.

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Ice Dams: Icicles Can Mean Big Trouble

Winter weather has been pummeling the northeast. With more snow and ice in the forecast, it’s time to take a hard look at the problems these cold-weather plagues cause to homes and other buildings.

roof ice damagePretty icicles hanging from the gutter? Danger ahead! Icicles hanging from gutters and eaves are the first signs of ice dams. Ice dams can cause leaks, and those can lead to structural damage and mold infestation.

“When melted snow refreezes at roof edges and eaves, it forms an ice dam, which is a ridge of ice that prevents the melting snow from draining off the roof,” said Robert Weitz, a certified microbial investigator and founder of RTK Environmental Group. “When the water has nowhere to go, it is forced back up under the shingles, and often into the ceilings or walls inside the home. And then the trouble begins.”

ice guttersIn addition to roof and water damage, ice dams can cause mold and mildew to form in attics, ceilings, insulation, and on wall surfaces, he explains. “The leak itself is certainly a headache, but it’s the mold that follows after the leak that will cause the most damage to your home, and possibly your health,” he warns.

A mold colony can be established in less than 24 hours. When inhaled, mold spores can cause chronic headaches, allergies, fatigue, skin rashes, wheezing, throat and eye irritations, and many respiratory problems including asthma – especially in children.

 

 

So what can you do if you see ice dams forming?

  • Remove the snow from the bottom portion of your roof with a broom or roof 176767140rake. This will help prevent new ice dams from forming when the snow and ice melt;
  • Don’t try to chip away the ice inside the gutter, as this can cause further damage;
  • Turn down the heat inside your home. Make sure your attic is well insulated and ventilated to minimize the amount of heat rising from the house. A colder attic will reduce melting and cause refreezing on your roof;
  • If ice dams are a chronic problem, you may want to consider a roof or gutter heating system;
  • If ice dams are severe and have started pushing water back into your home, call in a professional roofer. He can cut channels into the ice so water drips down and over it, and can strategically place ice-melting agents to assist;

146965478If you’ve had a leak or water intrusion, test your home for mold. It’s best to select an independent testing company, like RTK Environmental Group. They can conduct air monitoring and surface sampling tests; identify affected areas and measure the amount of mold; and determine if the health of your family is at risk.

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Clogged Gutters Can Cause Water Leaks and Mold Growth in Your Home

Fall foliage may be beautiful, but the last thing you want to see is a pile of colorful leaves spilling over the top of your clogged gutters. The number one function gutters serve is to direct water away from your home, protecting it against seepage and flooding. Gutters clogged with leaves will back up, overflow, and cause water to pool and collect at the foundation. Eventually that water leaks into your home, potentially setting off a chain of events that may damage your property and, ultimately, even your health. If gutter maintenance is not on your home fall checklist, it should be. One poorly maintained gutter can lead to a wet, moldy mess. Here’s how.

Clean Clogged Gutters to Prevent Mold

mold gutter“Moisture is the enemy,” says Mark Tamas, project manager at Spotless Gutter Cleaning in Carle Place, New York. “When not properly cleaned and maintained, leaf debris builds up and water eventually surges over the top of gutters—and that’s the making of a disaster.”

Tamas said many of his customers follow a seasonal maintenance schedule, which keeps most gutters—and homes—in peak condition. But at the homes of those who ignore maintenance, he’s seen the worst. He recalls working at one home where leaves, twigs, and moss were not removed from the gutters.

“Heavy rains filled what space was left in the gutters and overflowed, streaming water onto the decking and brick patio below, and leaking through foundation cracks into the home’s basement. The fascia board, which is the protective layer connecting the gutter to the roof, completely rotted. Portions of the roof rafters literally disintegrated into my hand,” said Tamas. “That was what we could see. What we couldn’t see was the hidden damage inside the walls from all that moisture leaking into the house.”

The foundation is only one entry point for the water from overflowing gutters. And once water leaks into the house, basement, or foundation, mold can develop within 24-48 hours, according to Robert Weitz, a certified microbial investigator and principal at RTK Environmental Group.

“Damp and wet areas are prime locations for mold growth, which damages the structural integrity of the home,” says Weitz. “Exposure to mold can also affect a family’s health, from triggering asthma and coughs, to causing runny noses, and other, more severe respiratory conditions.”

If you suspect mold damage

moldy-gutterIndependent, third-party mold testing from companies like RTK Environmental Group can help identify where mold might be hiding inside walls. RTK uses advanced technology like thermal imaging to detect moisture and potential mold growth in hard-to-see areas. They can also identify types of mold, recommend steps for proper cleanup and remediation, and conduct follow-up testing to ensure the mold was removed properly. RTK does not perform remediation, so all testing results are completely unbiased, adds Weitz.

“An independent investigator has no conflict of interest,” he points out. “RTK can advise you on the best way to clean up from mold damage, and ensure that your remediation contractor has done a proper job of mold removal from water leaks.”

When to clean clogged gutters

So, how often should homeowners get their gutters cleaned to avoid water leaks and mold?leaves mold

“Every property is unique,” explains Alex Goliszewski, owner of the The Gutter Guys, in Stamford, Connecticut. “Sometimes homeowners need to get their gutters cleaned several times a year, especially if the property has a lot of trees. We recommend at least once, but perform our service up to six times a year at homes in heavily wooded areas.”

A seasonal appointment to have your gutters cleaned may be the appropriate solution for many homeowners, with an extra service in the fall, given the additional volume of falling leaves. Both Tamas and Goliszewski say service should include cleaning gutters, making sure downspouts are draining properly, cleaning up debris from the ground, and evaluating the gutters’ structure.

When hiring a gutter service company, or an environmental testing company, make sure they are licensed and insured, recommended Weitz.

“When it comes to maintaining your home, you want to ensure anyone you hire has the proper qualifications,” said Weitz. “It will likely save you money on unnecessary repairs in the future.”

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Winterize Vacant Homes Now to Prevent an Expensive Disaster Later

One burst pipe is all it takes to turn a dream home into a nightmare. Imagine opening up your summer home next spring to find a wet, soggy, moldy mess because you forgot to winterize your house this fall. The worst can happen; take it from someone who’s seen it all. Lucas Papageorge, Jr., president of LCP Contractors, LLC, a Fairfield, Connecticut-based contracting, remodeling, and home improvement firm, said he’s seen home owners face hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage from water disasters that occurred in homes unoccupied for the winter.

“We had clients who moved to California while their home was on market,” he recalled. “During the cold winter months, a valve on a toilet broke and burst. The water supply hadn’t been turned off, and over a thousand gallons of water filled the basement. They found out because a neighbor saw water coming out of the basement windows.”

Wet Walls Can Lead to Mold

The chain of events set in motion by burst pipes can cause problems far worse than wet floors. In another situation Papageorge encountered, a homeowner hadn’t properly winterized his vacation home, and neglected to clean the gutters before leaving for the winter. In one section, water built up in the gutter, froze, and the entire gutter fell off. But what happened to another gutter was far more concerning.

“In this case, water had crept all the way up the gutter back to the roof line, and froze over the winter. A ridge of ice (an ice dam) formed along the roof, and on warmer days, the melting snow seeped into the home through nail holes,” said Papageorge. “The homeowner eventually found wet sheetrock inside the home where mold had grown—all the way up to the attic.”

Identifying someone who can check on your vacant home every three to four days is also a key strategy to preventing environmental disasters, according to Joe Houlihan, partner at Houlihan & O’Malley Real Estate in Bronxville, New York. He said not taking steps to winterize a vacant house might even affect its future sale.

“I had a client with a burst pipe in an upstairs bathroom that caused water to gush through the walls down into the dining room below. The wood floors were ruined and the walls were soaked,” he said, noting that wet walls that are not dried quickly can be a breeding ground for mold.

Houlihan also recommended having the home’s systems serviced prior to vacating the home, recalling a messy incident with a client who forgot to have their boiler serviced for the season before relocating. “When we opened the house to a prospective buyer for a home inspection, the inspector turned the boiler on—soot that had built up was suddenly everywhere. It made the buyer think twice,” he said.

Tips to Winterize Your House

Experts agree, there are simple steps to take now to prevent your home from becoming a house of horrors later.

Clean gutters, check the roof

It’s important to keep the gutters free of debris to prevent damage and ice damming on your roof. Make sure winter’s rain and melting snow will drain down and away from your house. Check the roof for leaks and missing shingles in order to prevent mold from growing.

Perform routine maintenance on home systems

Have technicians service your boiler and all heating and air conditioning units and change all filters. Dirty filters impede air flow, promote mold growth and at worst, can cause fires.

Turn off the main water supply

Prevent pipes from bursting by cutting off the water supply, and opening all faucets to drain them of water. Toilets and water heaters can also be drained of any remaining water, as can appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers.

Set the thermostat

Many homeowners want to save money and turn the heat down too low in a vacant home. The heat should be left on and kept well above freezing in order to prevent pipes from freezing, bursting, and causing a dangerous mold situation.

“Taking the time to prepare your home to be unoccupied is worth it,” said Houlihan. “A little bit of effort now can prevent a lot of problems from occurring later.”

Contact RTK Environmental for more information both on how to prevent environmental disasters, and also how to recover from one with independent mold testing at 800.392.6468.

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Homeowners Affected by Hurricane Sandy Should Test for Mold

Many homeowners in New York and New Jersey hit hard by Hurricane Sandy have struggled through their recovery from the storm and efforts to rebuild their lives. The release of new funds to help hundreds of homeowners get their homes repaired and rebuilt is welcome news for many of those storm victims, according to recent news reports. New York City’s “Build it Back” program gave a green light this month for 543 reimbursement checks and the construction of over 500 homes for victims of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the city’s shores almost two years ago.

Fortunately, those funds cover environmental reviews—a critical component to rebuilding after Sandy, according to those on the front lines. Like Jennifer Terry, a program manager at the New York office of Rebuilding Together, a national home rebuilding organization which provides low-income homeowners with repairs, modifications and energy upgrades. In the past two years, they have served 90 homeowners in direct repairs and provided assistance to almost 200 additional homeowners in impacted neighborhoods throughout New York City.

“We are seeing some horrifying mold situations—even in homes that have already been rebuilt or repaired,” said Terry. “What people don’t realize is that if mold is not treated properly, it comes back. And it is a huge health risk.”

Almost two-thirds of homes in the Rockaways and Staten Island alone were affected by mold, according to one study, which also found that mold returned in more than 90 percent of homes where owners attempted to remediate mold themselves. Many contracted mold-related illnesses, which can include asthma, rashes, coughing, and more severe respiratory problems.

Terry recalled recently visiting homes and community properties such as synagogues that are still wet or damp from the storm that hit the East Coast on October 29, 2012, and claimed over 125 lives in the United States. She shared her concern about locals entering these buildings without protective gear. “We tell people, you should have a full protective suit and mask on when visiting. Exposure to the toxic black mold on the walls can be really harmful,” she said.

Test, Remediate, Rebuild: In That Order

Rebuilding Together looks to the professionals for mold testing and remediation, said Terry. “We are not in the mold business, but see the damage it can cause first-hand. We have seen homes rebuilt too quickly, where mold is now returning. The problem is growing bigger.”

While it’s understandable that homeowners will want to rebuild so they can re-occupy their homes quickly, it is critical to take the proper steps in identifying mold, determining the scope of the problem, and creating a safe plan to clean it up, says Robert Weitz, a certified microbial investigator and principal at RTK Environmental Group, a leader in environmental testing for mold, asbestos, lead, and indoor air quality.

“After Sandy, a lot of homeowners cleaned mold from behind their walls but didn’t leave time for things to fully dry out. And that’s when it can come back. You might not know it until you smell it. Professional testing can tell you what kind of mold you have, and what the best methods are for removing it. At RTK, we only perform the testing, not the remediation. Our no conflict of interest policy can save homeowners thousands of dollars in unnecessary repairs.”

Weitz recommends testing for mold before a home is rebuilt, and after, to ensure the mold was properly removed. RTK Environmental Group provides each client with a detailed report including the test results, remediation recommendations—essential documentation for homeowners who may be tapping into state or federal recovery funds for Sandy recovery, or plan to sell their home in the future.

With over 600,000 homes in New York and New Jersey damaged by Hurricane Sandy, much work remains to be completed.

For more information visit the RTK website at rtkenvironmental.com or call 800.392.6468.

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Why I Should Have Had A Mold Inspection

By Joan S.

For years, we battled a leaky roof. We patched it, but it still leaked. Water would soak the ice-roof-leakceilings and pour into the house during a big storm.  Buckets and towels became our best friend.

During the winter, ice dams were another problem; we could not seem to prevent leaks. Eventually, mold set in. Everyone in the family has allergies, and we could tell that mold was causing a problem as our asthma and conditions got worse.

cimney leak moldTo add to our headaches, we had a leak somewhere in the chimney that plagued us for years. Nobody could seem to solve this problem, so water would come in through the chimney flashing and soak the living room wall as well.

We finally wound up replacing the roof, had the chimney redone, and hired a contractor to fix the visibly damaged walls and ceilings. This is where we made our big mistake. We did not have a mold inspection or mold removal or remediation plan.

mold testing new yorkThe contractors fixed the ugly parts, not realizing that there was mold in places they could not see. Thousand and thousands of dollars later, mold suddenly started reappearing on our new walls and ceilings.  Our breathing and allergy problems continued. We decided to get a mold inspection this time, and were able to pinpoint where the problems were. We had to shell out a ton of money yet again for a contractor to come back and do the work properly.

If we had just invested in a mold inspection the first time, we would have saved about $15,000 and a ton of aggravation. Lesson learned!

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Ice Dams, Icicles and Roof Leaks: Mold Matters

In part two of this series, we answer some of your questions about long terms damage to your home and health concerns. Ice dams wreak havoc with roofs, and then the mold that follows wreaks havoc with your health. I don’t see anything wrong, so my roof isn’t leaking, right?

A certified microbial investigator can check behind walls without damaging them to see if mold has developed.

We wish this was true, but it’s not. Ice dams can cause seepage in places the naked eye can’t see, whether behind walls or under floors – wherever the water finds a path to travel. The slightest leak can cause mold to grow, which can have detrimental consequences, both to your home and health. If you think the ice dams on the eaves of your house or gutters are causing indoor leaks, the safest thing to do is hire an independent contractor to test for mold. A certified microbial investigator can use a moisture meter to test for mold and moisture behind walls, as well as take air samples to see if there is a problem. If you decide to wait and see, be diligent about checking attics, basements, and other less frequented places in your home for visible mold or musty odors, which are tell tale signs of hidden mold. At that point, you need to have your home tested by an independent mold inspector – one that does only testing, and not remediation, as this is a conflict of interest.

 

What should I do about the icicles and chunks of ice in my gutters? (Helpful hint: Put away the chainsaw)

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Chainsaws are good for ice sculpting, but terrible for ridding your roof of ice dams.

This is a real Catch 22 for many people. Your first instinct is to get the ice out through brut force, but that is easier said than done. Not only is it dangerous to get up on a ladder that is set on snow and ice, but also swinging an axe, crowbar, or chainsaw on an unstable ladder can cause you bodily harm, let alone mess up your roof and shingles. We’ve heard it all – from blowtorches to steam cleaners, pantyhose to heating pads. We give you credit for creativity, but to be safe and not cause further damage to your roof, remove the snow from the bottom portion of your roof with a broom or roof rake. This will help additional snow from melting into the existing ice dams, and will lessen the weight of the melting snow on your roof and gutters.

Can damage from ice dams affect anywhere in my home or just my attic?

roof collapseDepending on how and where your ice dams form, the water can go anywhere. We just had a call from a family in Connecticut that discovered water pouring into the basement. The cause turned out to be one ice dam that grew so large, that water traveled to the deck, pooled, then leaked into the basement. If ice dams travel down your downspouts, water may be pooling near your foundation with nowhere to escape.

 

What is the most common mistake made in dealing with ice dams?           

rood damageMany people make the mistake of cosmetically repairing water damage without checking to see if water leaks have caused mold to grow.  That’s why when there’s water damage, it’s important to test for mold. Hire an independent mold inspector, one who does not do remediation, for that would be a conflict of interest. An independent testing company can conduct air monitoring and surface sampling tests; identify affected areas and measure the amount of mold – even if it cannot be seen by the naked eye.

For more information, visit www.RTKEnvironmental.com.

 

 

Will homeowners insurance cover damage from ice dams?

According to the National Association of Realtors®, most homeowners insurance policies cover conditions such as damage caused by ice dams, when water can’t drain into the gutters and instead seeps into the house. But, if the water from an ice dam enters the home from the ground, homeowners insurance generally won’t cover mold remediation. You would need flood insurance for that.

 

How can I prevent ice dams in the future?

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There are a number of options to help you prevent future ice dams, depending on your situation and construction of your home or business. Here are a few tips:

Ensure adequate ventilation.
In order to make sure that your attic and roof is properly ventilated, they need to be vented both at the eaves/soffits and at the peak. You need to have a space for cold air to flow above the insulation to keep the roof cold and prevent the snow from melting. If you have a finished attic, it is a little more complicated, but it can be done. House Logic shares some additional tips here.

Properly insulate your home.
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Proper insulation of the attic is another solution, as is a tight vapor barrier to prevent moisture from passing from the living areas into and through the insulation. If air from your home finds its way to the underside of the roof sheathing, the heated air raises the temperature of the roof, causing snow to melt, then refreezes when the temperature drops again. Another important thing: make sure you have enough insulation. Under-insulated homes are more likely to be victims of ice dams. To find out how much insulation your home should have (based on location and age), refer to this chart on the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association webpage.

Protect your gutters.
Whether it’s a snow and ice shield or electric gutters, there are several products that will prevent water roof leak moldfrom working its way into the home. A snow and ice shield consists of a membrane that seals the roof, forming a continuous barrier to water.

If you are experiencing damage from ice dams and melting snow, call us to discuss your options and figure out a plan to keep your home and family safe at (800) 392-6468.

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Ice Dams, Icicles and Roof Leaks: Part 1 – The Big Melt

The big melt is starting, and we have been getting inquiries round the clock with great questions about the melting snow and ice on our roofs wreaking havoc on our homes, creating more drips inside than your toddler eating ice cream. In this two-part blog, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions.  Here’s what you need to know.

What is an ice dam and why should I care?

The icicles hanging from the eaves may look pretty, but they spell big trouble.  During the day, sun melts the ice dam mold damagesnow. When the temperature drops at night, the water refreezes to form ice dams, which prevent melting snow from draining off the roof. Since the water has nowhere to go, it can leak into your home or office, causing damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and floors. Once that happens, mold is sure to follow. A new mold colony can be established in less than 24 hours. When inhaled, mold spores can cause chronic allergies, headaches, fatigue, skin rashes, throat and eye irritations, wheezing, and many respiratory problems including asthma – especially in children. The bottom line: ice dams can cause structural damage as well as health issues.

How can ice dams damage my home?

connecticut mold testDamage from ice dams – outdoors and indoors, doesn’t occur all at once. Outside, ice dams can rip off gutters and downspouts, loosen shingles, and damage roofs. Inside, the damage can be much worse. Water leaking into your home can destroy walls, ceilings, wallboard, floors, insulation, and more. Once wet, insulation will lose its ability to insulate well, and you will lose heat. Luckily, that damage usually can be seen easily. What you may not be able to see is mold infestation behind your walls.

Water is leaking into my home – what should I do?

The most important thing is to act fast. You can call your insurance company, but don’t wait for them to mold testing new jerseyrespond before you take action. Here are the first steps:

  • Take pictures of the damage, and remove the water immediately. Don’t wait for your insurance company to call you back. Waiting — even for a few hours — could accentuate your water and mold damage;
  • Mop, vacuum, or pump water out of the affected area as soon as possible. Remove wet items and materials from the area;
  • mold test new yorkIf you have an ice dam, try to create a channel for the water caused by melting snow to drain off your roof. One recommendation from This Old House is to fill the leg of discarded pair of panty hose with a calcium chloride ice melter. Lay the hose onto the roof so it crosses the ice dam and overhangs the gutter. The calcium chloride will eventually melt through the snow and ice and create a channel for water to flow down into the gutters or off the roof.
  • Dry out residual moisture that is left in the concrete, wood, and other materials. You can use a dehumidifier, fans or ventilation. Unplug electrical devices and water damage new yorkturn off the circuit breakers in the wet area, if possible;
  • If a material cannot be dried within 24 hours, it should be tossed. Unfortunately, this list includes mattresses, pillows, carpets, upholstered furniture, and items containing paper, including wallboard;
  • Put aluminum foil under the legs of furniture to avoid staining floors;
  • Have your home tested for mold.

If you are experiencing any water leakage or flooding, please call us at (800) 392-6468. We are happy to answer any of your questions.

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