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November 2017

Mold and Your Health

Prolonged exposure to mold is extremely dangerous to your health, which is why it's important to remediate before things get worse. Read more on some of the health risks involved with untreated mold in your home, from Active Beat:

http://www.activebeat.com/your-health/6-health-symptoms-of-prolonged-mold-exposure/

October 2017

Mold Misconceptions

I can clean mold with bleach

When mold has colonized in or on a porous material such as drywall, wood, paper, or furniture the mold spores are often deep inside the material. Using bleach will temporarily make the surface look clean but in a short time the mold will come back even stronger. Bleach cannot pass beneath the surface of porous materials, whereas the water in the solution soaks right in, feeding the mold and bringing it back with a vengeance. We have seen numerous homes where someone tried to remove mold using bleach or another Do-It-Yourself method where after a short time mold has grown back and you can see the old wipe marks.

Restoration 1 uses equipment and antimicrobial designed for mold removal, mold clean up and mold remediation.

Black mold is “toxic”

There is no “toxic” mold, some mold can be toxigenic. If a toxigenic mold is growing and releasing spores into the air, it can create unhealthy air quality that affect members of the household. Black mold, also known as Stachybotrys, is one of the most well-known toxigenic molds associated with health issues. The spores will also contaminate other areas of your home by latching onto other household materials.

The equipment and tools we use help prevent further cross contamination.

If it is black, it is Black Mold

Mold will grow in a variety of colors (yellow, green, brown, white and black), shapes and textures. Mold black in color does not necessarily mean it is Stachybotrys.

Only Black mold is dangerous

Black mold is not the only species of mold that can cause health issues, there are also other species of mold such as Penicillium, Fusarium, Alternaria, Aspergillus, and, that can be unhealthy.

I can just paint over mold

Painting or covering mold growth with another material, like paint, actually does nothing to slow or stop the growth of mold. You won’t be able to see the mold under the paint, but rest assured, the mold growth will continue to consume the surface on which it’s growing, and the damage will worsen if not treated properly.

Restoration 1 of Horry County is certified in mold remediation (mold removal). We serve Myrtle beach, Conway, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Calabash, Surfside beach, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island and Georgetown. We ate available 24/7 for water damage clean up, mold remediation and fire/smoke restoration.

September 2017

My house flooded, what should I do?

With Hurricane Irma apparently headed our way I have seen countless stories and warnings on preparedness. Very good advice and I would highly suggest you are prepared.

But what do you do in the unfortunate circumstance your home has water damage due to flooding?

Hopefully you have protected all your important paperwork (insurance, wills, birth certificates, deeds) as well as pictures and anything else that cannot be replaced with money. Put these in zip lock bags and double wrap them in poly bags. Maybe even take pictures of them along with important phone numbers and policy numbers form your home owner’s insurance. The goal here is to keep them dry and close by.

Water damage due to ground water or flooding is a Category 3 water loss. Category 3 water in considered “black” water and anything it touches should be removed and disposed of. This would include water damage from rook leaks.

During a flood, the water will penetrate all porous material. Once penetrated the porous material will absorb water and swell. As the water evaporates, humidity in your home will increase which will cause non-affected areas to develop mold growth and the need for mold removal and mold remediation.

To help prevent mold growth:

  • Remove all wet porous material from your home as soon as possible. This would include carpeting/rugs, drywall, furniture, clothes, fabrics, anything made of particle board (most cabinets vanity’s, tables, wall units etc). Removing this will significantly reduce humidity in your home and help prevent cross contamination and mold. Left I the home, this material is ideal for mold growth and once started, mold will grow fast.
  • Chances are your wall studs, floor joists, even cement floor will still have high moisture readings and must be properly dried to prevent potential microbial growth. To dry the structure you should use high velocity air movers and commercial dehumidifiers. The Restoration companies will be backed up and may not be able to get to you right away. What can you do until we can reach you? Use regular fans and an “open air” drying method. This simply means that if the humidity outside is lower than it is inside your home, open your doors and windows.
  • Using a pump sprayer, apply antimicrobial to your home. DO NOT use bleach, this may clean the area but mold will come back. Bleach does not kill mold on porous material.
  • Contact your insurance company to ensure you are covered and to what extent.

These are quick fixes that will work (and save you money) until you can get a restoration company certified in water damage clean up and mold removal to come out and finish the job. Restoration 1 of Horry County can do that for you and make sure your home is properly dried and mold free before you rebuild.

August 2017

Insurance: Are You Covered?

Do you know your insurance coverage? Are you covered for mold? A sewage overflow or back up? What is your storm coverage, if any?

Mold is very common along Myrtle Beach, and mold remediation can be very expensive. An average cost to remediate mold is around $6,000.

We were at a home in Little River that had water damage due to Hurricane Matthew The wet material along with high humidity and high temperatures provided an ideal environment for mold to grow. The homeowners did not have mold coverage and ended up abandoning their home as the mold damage would have cost close to $60,000 to repair. We would have had to gut the entire house, including fixtures, flooring, cabinets, doors, etc.

Below are a few pictures of the house. This of course is an extreme case, most homes only have a room or two that are affected. Below are some pictures from this home.

Sewage overflows are another common water damage loss that you may not have coverage for. We have had 2 sewage overflow losses on the past month, one in Murrells Inlet and one in Myrtle Beach. Obviously, water damage from sewage water is highly contaminated and any porous material it touches needs to be disposed of. One of these customers excluded sewage overflow from their policy, and had to almost $30,000 out of pocket. The overflow went unnoticed for about a week and we hand to gut the 2 downstairs rooms including disposing of cabinets, dressers, rugs, flooring and very nice paneled walls. Below are some picture of this home.

After the storms, many homes in Conway, Socastee, Pawleys Island, and everywhere else in Horry County had water damage. Several home owners had a very high insurance deductible, and decided handle the water damage clean up themselves. While most did a great job, unless they have a certified restoration company test to ensure the home was properly dried, they may end up with mold. We have seen several cases of this over that past few months.

So, please take time to call your insurance agent to check your coverage. Make sure you are covered by water damage and mold. It may cost you only $100 more per year, a lot less than the thousands you may pay if something may happen to you.

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Water Damage Experts

Covering Myrtle Beach, Conway, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Longs, Surfside Beach, Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, and Georgetown.

July 2017

It's Just Water, What Damage Can a Little Water Do?

You may wonder why you need to call a restoration company when you have an abnormal amount of water due to a leak, overflow, flood etc.

Water will expand laterally to areas you may not be aware of or even be able to see. It will penetrate porous materials such as cabinetry, walls, furniture legs etc.

Saturated materials begin swelling as they absorb moisture. In many situations, drying and restoration will restore them, and in others, the water damage may be permanent. Rapid drying will help to reduce the chance of permanent damage.

As water evaporates it causes an abnormal humidity condition. High humidity can damage some porous materials if allowed to continue. Humidity damage is most common when the indoor humidity exceeds 60% over time. It is best to reduce the indoor humidity quickly to help prevent water damage from high humidty.

After water intrusion, mold and bacterial spores germinate and multiply. Given acceptable growth conditions, one organism can multiply to more than one billion organisms in less than 24 hours. Microorganisms can cause mold damage and degrade indoor air quality. Some microorganisms produce antigens and allergens, which cause allergies while other can cause infections and toxic diseases.

Restoration 1 uses state of the art equipment to not only identify the full extent of the water damage but to dry it properly and prevent mold growth. We also use antimicrobial to kill mold and we clean and disinfect the area. We are certified in water mitigation and mold remediation (mold clean up and mold removal)

We offer free moisture inspections, so you have nothing to lose by calling us

We are water damage experts

We service the following areas.

Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, Surfside Beach, Little Rover, Conway, North Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Island, Georgetown, Socastee and Carolina Forest.

June 2017

Why Choose Restoration 1?

Picture this: you come home from work, your floors are soaked and you’re walking through water! You find the source and discover the supply line to your washing machine leaked all day and your kitchen, living room and dining room are soaked!

It is 6pm, what do you do? Who do you call?

Believe it or not this is an ordinary scenario. Water damage may come from a water heater, toilet, dishwasher etc… Whatever the source, it happens and is more common than you might think.

Your first instinct is to probably call a plumber, but that

Here is why you should call a water restoration company:

1. We know and work with plumbers so can get the best plumber for your situation.

2. Most restoration companies are certified in water mitigation. (Make sure you ask, you do not want "Chuck in a Truck" causing further damage by not doing the job right) 3. We have the equipment to properly dry out your home. This includes:

Thermal imaging

Moisture detectors

High velocity air movers

Industrial dehumidifier

Water extraction machines

And much more depending on your loss 4. Left untreated or not properly dried and with the right condition, mold can start to grow and quickly expand. Certified restoration technicians can help prevent this from happening.

Why choose Restoration 1?

1. We are certified in water restoration.

2. We will work with your insurance company but work FOR you.

3. The owner of the company will be the one in your home doing the work or directly managing the work.

4. With less overhead, we can usually offer a better rate than our competitors.

5. We can offer you options on referring trade partners for any rebuild that may need to be done.

6. We offer free inspections.

Even if you do not choose Restoration 1, please make sure you use a reputable restoration company for any water damage. Using "Chuck in a Truck" may end up costing you a lot more in the end.

Restoration 1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are just a phone call away and can usually be at your home within an hour. Please call us at 843-360-1440.

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