A failing roof can be susceptible to many different types of damages. Holes, fractures, and depressions are all common symptoms of a failing roof. While these symptoms are unsightly, they present numerous kinds of danger to both your family and to the integrity of your home. Leaks The same fractures and holes that allow air to escape from your home will also allow rain to seep into the frame of your roof and into your attic. Leaks are a very serious danger to the integrity of your home. The water that leaks in through your roof can weaken walls, floors, and make the damage to your roof worse. A small leak is generally difficult to detect since a small drop of water here, and there won't really raise any alarms. Once enough water leaks through your failing roof, the cracks and holes will become larger, allowing more water to leak inside. Drops of water will fall from your ceiling and create puddles on the floor below. Once your leak reaches this severity, the unseen water damage to your roof and attic will already be extensive.   Mold Mold is an unfortunate reality of damaged and failing roofs. Mold is an organism that grows best in dark, moist places. When your roof becomes damaged and allows water to leak inside of your home, many areas will become moist. These areas tend to be void of light since they exist inside of your walls or inside of your attic. This creates the perfect conditions for mold to begin growing. While not all forms of mold are toxic, some forms of mold are incredibly toxic. It's a gamble with your health to allow these moldy areas to continue to exist in your home. If your roof is failing and allowing water to leak inside, chances are very likely that you've also developed mold growth near and around the damp areas. If this is the case, be sure to contact a mold remediation expert to help you out. Increased Energy Costs When your roof becomes damaged or develops holes, it can cause a myriad of issues for you and for your home. One of the most expensive consequences of a roof filled with holes and fractures is the sudden increase in your monthly energy bill. Replacing your old broken roof and adding a metal ridge roof vent could save you thousands of dollars in repairs to the rest of your home. When a roof develops holes and fractures, it has a tendency to allow your air-conditioned air to escape during the summer while simultaneously allowing hot air to enter. This causes your air conditioning system to work harder to keep your home at the temperature to which you set it and costing you more money. Alternatively, a failing roof will allow warm air to escape during the winter and will cause your home to be filled with cool drafts, creating an increase in your heating costs. Pests Not only is your roof designed to keep out inclement weather, but it is also designed to keep out pests. Insects and rodents love making their nests inside of homes. Your home is dry, warm, and full of food. All of these things attract pests frequently. When your roof is full of holes and fractures, the pests have an easy way into your home to begin building nests. There are signs to be aware of that will alert you to the presence of unwanted pests who might be living in your attic.Remember that with a failing roof, these dangers only get worse the longer you wait to have your roof repaired or replaced. If you wait too long, there could be irreparable damage done to the framework of your home. ...

A refreshing dip in your own backyard pool is an excellent way to end the day. A pool is a nice convenience, especially during the scorching hot summer months. It's great for entertaining guests and lounging around on the weekend. A pool is a nice addition to your home, but it requires regular maintenance and upkeep. Damage requiring expensive repairs can result from neglect or not addressing problems in a timely manner. Here are some of the best ways to keep your pool from falling into disrepair and causing water damage to your home. General Maintenance General maintenance of your pool includes keeping the water clean and chemicals balanced. Try to test the pH and chlorine levels at least once a week. Treatment with chlorine should be done on an "as needed" basis. You may need to do it more often under certain circumstances, such as heavy rains, extreme temperatures, or a large number of people using the pool. Your pool pump should run for about 8 hours every day to circulate the water. This is necessary to keep the water clean and chemicals distributed evenly. The flow of water through the filter aids the removal of pollutants in your pool. It also helps to prevent the growth of bacteria and algae. Periodically, you should remove leaves and other small debris from the water surface and drains. This will keep your filters clear from possible clogging, resulting in flooding, or damage to the plumbing, resulting in leaking. If where you live experiences regular heavy rainfall, consider installing a fence with a concrete berm to direct any possible flooding from the pool away from your house. Finding Leaks, Cracks, or Damage Leaks can occur in the pool structure itself or its plumbing fixtures. The pool may develop cracks from shifting of the earth around the surrounding area. Any noticeable fracture should be dealt with as soon as possible to minimize damage. Regularly check for cracks to avoid extensive damage and costly repairs. One way of testing for leaks is to gauge leakage when the pump is on versus when it's off. Leaking when the pump is off can be caused by an issue with the pipes that supply water to the pool. If leaking occurs when the pump is on, it may be an indication of problems with the pressure-side pipes. Continuous leakage could be a sign of a crack in the tile or plaster.Your pool is a fun recreational tool, and it adds value to your home. General maintenance will provide a clean and safe environment for you and your guests. It will also prolong the life of your pool and all of its components. Keep your pool in top-notch shape by fixing cracks or any other damage promptly. This will protect your property value and provide a lifetime of enjoyment for you and your family.Have you suffered water damage from a leak in your pool? Let us help you get your life and home back in one piece....

Make A Flood Damage Recovery Plan today!Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings? What is my shelter plan? What is my evacuation route? What is my family/household communication plan?Step 2:  Consider specific needs in your household. As you prepare your plan, tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.  Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:Different ages of members of your household Responsibilities for assisting others Locations frequented Dietary needs Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment Languages spoken Cultural and religious considerations Pets or service animals Households with school-aged children  [ WATER DAMAGE REPAIR PROCESS ]   Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to creating your own.Emergency Plan for Parents (PDF)  Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household   ShareablesWallet-Sized Emergency Communication Plan (PDF) Family Emergency Communication Guide (PDF) Emergency Plan for Parents or (PDF) Emergency Plan for Kids or (PDF) Emergency Plan for Commuters (PDF) Pet owners PDF Steps to make a plan (PDF) Tips on emergency alerts and warnings (PDF) Protect Critical Documents and Valuables (PDF) Document and Insure Your Property (PDF) Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (PDF)[video poster="https://www.flooddoctorva.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Flood-Insurance101.jpg" width="1280" height="720" mp4="https://www.flooddoctorva.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Flood-Damage-Checklist.mp4"][/video]...

Flood damage can be devastating. Whether your home is flooded in a natural disaster or sustained damage from a burst pipe, the process of salvaging your belongings can be daunting. Before you start on restoring your flood-damaged living room, be sure to file a claim with your insurance company and comply with any rules the company may have regarding repairs. This will give you the best chances of having your damages reimbursed. Once you've filed a claim, be sure to save receipts for any out-of-pocket expenses. These include cleaning supplies, restoration company fees, garbage disposal fees and any other costs associated with renovating your living room after a flood. You may not get all of these expenses reimbursed, but keeping track of them boosts your chances. Your first concern when it comes to disaster recovery is mold. Items that stay damp for too long will begin to develop mold spores, and it may be impossible to kill the mold once it's taken hold. This is why it's important to act quickly to dry out your belongings as soon as possible.  Rugs and CarpetingPicking up the carpet and airing it out from below is a good first step for helping it to dry faster. You may need to replace the carpet padding but salvage the carpet itself. Rugs should be taken outside and hung in the sunlight to dry if possible. A wet-dry vacuum can help to soak up moisture as well.  Cushions and PillowsStuffed cushions and pillows can be challenging to dry due to their stuffing. If you suspect that they came in contact with contaminated floodwater, throw them out to prevent the risk of disease. Otherwise, try washing them with warm water. Use an extra rinse cycle and tumble dry or hang on an outdoor line.  Furniture Upholstered furniture is very difficult to restore once it has been soaked through. Your best tactic is to strip the furniture down to the frame, clean the frame and reupholster it. It may be cheaper to purchase new furniture than to reupholster your existing pieces. Mattresses, similarly, should be thrown out if they become soaked through. If water damage is less severe, both upholstered furniture and mattresses may be salvaged by drying thoroughly outdoors. Use a wet-dry vacuum to pull as much excess moisture from the furniture as possible before removing all cushions and other accessories and dragging the piece outside. If any of your belongings came in contact with sewage, it might be best to dispose of them for health reasons instead of trying to salvage them....

Spring is finally here. Flowers are starting to bloom, but it also means it’s the start of the rainy season. While the spring can bring welcome relief after the long winter months, flooding is a real concern for homeowners. You don’t need to live in a flood zone to fall victim to flooding. It’s best for everyone to be prepared in case the worst happens. While those in flood zones are more likely to experience some level of flooding, the reality is that it could occur anywhere. Changes in the area could create flood zones in areas that were deemed safe in the past and major weather storms could cause severe flooding that extends into zones that aren’t used to experiencing the flooding. All homeowners should take the time to make sure they’re prepared just in case anything happens. It’s important for them to make sure they understand what can be done to prevent serious flood damage inside homes and to protect their belongings from these issues. Along with this, they’ll want to make sure they can prevent as much damage as possible to protect their family from safety issues that could occur if the home is flooded.   Know Your Risk Before Spring Begins   Even though a homeowner might have checked to see if they were in a flood zone when they initially bought the home and purchased homeowner’s insurance, it’s a good idea to recheck this occasionally. Flood zones can and do change. With growing cities, the arrangement of new homes and businesses could lead to a change in the areas that might be considered flood zones and could lead to more flood zones being created. Homeowners should make sure they know whether their home is now in a flood zone to ensure they can take the proper precautions if anything has changed since they bought the home. Homeowners will also want to make sure they check the expected flood levels. This will give them a better indication of how high the flood waters could get in their home, so they can make sure anything important is above this level. Many homeowners will want to have their furnace, water heater, and other equipment inside the home placed above this level to minimize damages if flooding does occur.   Prepare with Building Supplies and Sandbags   Sandbags can often be obtained nearby when there is the potential for a flood, but the lines to obtain sandbags can be long and the amount a family can take for their home may be limited. Homeowners can keep their own sandbags on hand to use if there is a threat of flooding in their area. The sandbags should be placed where needed to help keep flood waters from getting into the home when there is a chance of flooding. Along with purchasing and preparing sandbags, homeowners can purchase building supplies to keep on hand. It’s a good idea to secure these up and out of the way in case flooding does occur. Having a few stud boards, plywood boards, tarps, nails and more on hand can help with emergency repairs if there is the potential for flooding or help create a way to protect some of the items in the home from damage. Additionally, there could be a shortage of building supplies in the immediate aftermath of the flood, so having these supplies on hand could lead to faster repairs if anything is damaged.   Keep Important Documents and Irreplaceable Items Above Flood Levels   Homeowners who know their flood levels will want to prepare by placing any irreplaceable documents or items in boxes that can protect them. These boxes should be placed above the potential flood levels but should be easy to grab in case of an evacuation. This will help homeowners ensure identifications, passports, deeds, insurance documents, and more are both safe from the flood and easily accessible if a flood does impact the home or an evacuation is necessary.   Prepare an Emergency Plan in Case Flooding Occurs   Families should always have a plan in place to deal with potential natural disasters, and flooding is no exception. Even if the home is in an area that is not likely to flood, parents will want to speak with their children about what could happen in a flood, what they should do, and how they can stay safe. This should include how to prevent injuries or illnesses from contaminated flood water as well as what to do if an evacuation is needed and what should be grabbed from the home if they need to evacuate.   Act Fast to Minimize Damage After a Flood   If a home is impacted by a flood, the first step will be to assess the damage and remove all water from the home. This can be done by a water removal company to ensure it’s done properly. At this point, the homeowner will want to start removing anything damaged from the home and repairing anything that needs to be repaired. Flood waters, even after the majority is removed from the home, could cause mold growth because of the water that was inside the home and that soaked into the building materials. The faster the home is repaired, the lower the chance for mold to grow. Additionally, the damage from the water won’t have the chance to spread to more areas of the home if it’s removed as quickly as possible. The emergency building supplies purchased before the chance of flooding could help the homeowner repair their home faster and enable them to minimize the potential damage that could occur while they wait for help with larger repairs. Spring can be the start of beautiful weather and a welcome change from the dreary winter, but it can also bring significant flooding to many areas. Homeowners can use these tips to ensure they’re prepared for flooding and know how to protect their home, belongings, and family from any potential floods. Start preparing your home today to ensure you and your family are as safe as possible in case anything happens....

Flooding is always a threat when natural disasters happen. When a flood-prone area experiences a natural disaster, your home, your belongings, and your personal safety are all on the line. Even if you don’t live in an area that is in danger of flooding, you may experience a broken pipe or water leaking into your home because of improper drainage. You don’t want to deal with these problems, so here are five steps you can take to protect your home. Keep the Gutters Clear First, you want to clean the gutters and the drains in the home. This makes the gutters more effective at diverting debris. Clogged gutters are prone to overflowing, which makes it easy for water to enter the home. With limited space in the gutters, the water gets redirected too close to the home. Be proactive in checking the gutters to make sure that they are cleared, especially if you know there is a big storm coming, or you have just had one. Use Your Security System Your security system is meant to protect your home in all ways, not just from criminals. Many security systems also come equipped with flood sensors that you can place in your basement or near your plumbing. You can monitor these sensors from anywhere, which means you can react quickly to any problems, even if you aren’t home. Inspect Your Roof Regularly You can keep out rain during inclement weather with a solid roof. Verify that the roof is in condition so that you can have peace of mind in knowing that roof damage isn’t a threat to your property. You want to take a quick look at your attic and verify that there are no unresolved leak problems. You should have your roof inspected at least once a year if you live in an area that has a lot of strong storms to make sure there aren’t any problems. Keep an Eye on Danger Spots If you are aware of problem spots that may be prone to flooding, keep an eye on those areas during any storms. If you catch it early on, you can contain the damage. You should also avoid storing anything valuable in that part of your home, so you don’t have to worry about moving a lot of stuff quickly in the case of an emergency.Following these steps prepares you in the event of a flood. You should always be vigilant in preparing for natural disaster events like these. If you do end up with a flood, it is important to act quickly to prevent further damage. This isn’t something you can repair yourself, so get a professional company in right away....

The days and weeks after hurricane damage to your home and neighborhood are incredibly difficult, both from an emotional standpoint as well as a physical one. There can be so many emotions running through a person’s mind in those days that many victims often feel paralyzed about what to do next. As a nationwide flood restoration service, we deal with these natural disasters often and know all too well what you’re going through. Our country was just hit with 2 of the most devastating hurricanes we’ve ever seen, and for them to happen within a couple of weeks is unprecedented. But as regional and national resources are put in place to begin the rebuilding process, it’s important for you as a homeowner to understand there are things you can do to begin the difficult task of getting your property and your life back to normal.  When should I return home?  Often times returning home is dictated by local government agencies. In many instances, there are immediate health threats that make it incredibly unsafe to return home. Whether it’s downed power lines, or the presence of flood waters that are highly contaminated, in many disaster areas it’s simply not feasible to have people wandering around in. It’s always advised that you check your local government’s website in order to receive up to date information regarding the cleanup efforts along with recommendations regarding your return.  Will my home’s damage be covered by insurance?  This is the most common question homeowners typically have when they return to survey the damage to their home. If the damage is severe, it’s clear it’s going to cost a lot of money to get the property back to its previous condition. We can’t offer a blanket yes or no answer to this question because every insurer’s policy is different and every homeowners’ situation is different. But what we can do is outline some of the factors that may help you get to an answer more easily. That said, we always recommend you immediately reach out to your insurer to speak with them about your house damage directly. Do you have flood insurance?If you live in an area that is prone to flooding and you took out a mortgage for your home, you’ll often be required to carry flood insurance. In the event you do have this additional coverage, you’re most likely covered for the cost of the damages. Do you have significant wind damage?In the event you only have homeowners insurance and your house flooded due to a hurricane, you’re most likely not covered by the cost of the flood damage. With that said, you may be covered for other damage the occurred, such as roof damage, broken windows, siding, etc. That said, some insurers do not cover wind damage in the area susceptible to hurricanes. So again, you’ll need to check with your insurer to find out what’s covered.  Should I wait to start getting my home fixed?  This is one thing that often trips up homeowners that suffer any type of water damage, whether it’s from a broken pipe or a hurricane. The answer is quite simply ‘no.’ You should never delay the process of cleaning up and restoring your home. That’s especially true when it comes to a natural disaster like a hurricane. Under normal circumstances, it might take an adjuster a couple of days to come assess your property. But in the event of a massive natural disaster, insurers become overwhelmed with claims and it often times takes weeks for them to respond. That’s more time for the effects of the flood to cause even more damage to your property.We always recommend you contact us or another certified flood restoration company immediately to begin assessing your options and to begin the cleanup efforts. You’ll end up being able to salvage more of your property and possessions and reduce the cost of the cleanup effort!...

Every winter, especially if you live in a cold climate, your home is under assault from the elements. Eventually, that constant assault can cause your home’s systems to fail. One common result of these failures is water damage. And while any type of water damage is bad, there are certain types of damage that can be worse than others. That’s especially true in the winter.Perhaps no system in your home is more important in the winter than your furnace. Without it, you’d be in big trouble. So while the impact of home water damage is bad no matter how you look at it, having your furnace damaged when the temps are freezing outside can be catastrophic. So let’s talk about things you can do to protect your furnace from water damage should the worst case scenario happen to you this winter.  Elevate your furnace  Furnaces are hidden from view for a reason. They’re not exactly focal points of a home you want people’s eyes drawn towards. Whether it’s in a crawl space, basement or mechanical closet, it’s typically in a place you naturally don’t find yourself visiting very often. One way to help protect your furnace from water damage is to create an elevated platform upon which the furnace can sit. If it’s the case your furnace is found in an unfinished basement, you can simply pour a concrete block and install the furnace there. If it’s in a closet, it may make more sense to create a wooden box to hold the furnace. In either case, having the additional 18-24″ of height can typically protect against most types of home water damage.  Granted, in massive flood events this isn’t going to have much effect, but then again there isn’t much you can do from a preventative standpoint when mother nature decides to take charge.  Install water sensors near your furnace  Another way to help prevent massive damage to your furnace is to install a water sensor near the unit. We’ve blogged about these systems before at length, but they work by sensing water intrusions and alerting you, either by a loud alarm sound or by notifying you via your cell phone. Some even work by shutting off the main water valve to your home so that in the event the water damage is caused by your home’s water supply, that supply will be shut off to prevent additional damage.  Call us if you get water damage this winter!  While we’ve tried to help you limit damage to your home’s furnace in the event a flood happens this winter, what we haven’t discussed is the damage that probably has occurred.  We sincerely hope that you won’t try the cleanup and drying process on your own. We’ve seen so many homeowners try this before, only to call us months later once it’s clear they’ve got major problems. Perhaps the biggest problem is that because they waited so long to have professional diagnose and fix the problems, the house has even more damage to it and their insurance company probably won’t honor any claim filed for the loss because it happened so long ago. Don’t let that happen to you! Make sure you act immediately in the event of a water loss and call us now!We are happy to provide you with a completely free on-site estimate for any water damage restoration services you might need!...

You weathered the storm. After all the warnings and speculation, precautions and concern, the worst is over, and your home is still standing. Standing in water, maybe, but intact. Now all that’s left to do, after counting your lucky stars, is buckle down and focus on flood restoration efforts. Regardless of the extent of damage to your home, the task may seem overwhelming. After all, water has a way of seeping into the most inaccessible places and causing significant harm. The last thing you want to do is overlook key renovation details, ending up with more problems later as a result. Below you’ll find specific information regarding complications to look out for when dealing with flood damage, as well as tips to help safeguard your home from further destruction in the future.Check Your Foundation and Structure Knowing that your house is standing and intact in no way precludes the possibility of foundation compromise. Check by first scrutinizing your exterior walls. Make sure the sight line from one corner to another, and top to bottom, is straight. If you note curvature or a bulge in the center, this may indicate your house has shifted. Evaluate any chips or flakes found on foundation concrete. Poke firmly with a screwdriver. No area should be soft enough for a chunk to break off. Finally, look up and study your chimney. Does it have a definite lean to it? Be aware of indoor structural signs that also indicate probable foundation movement:Do you have posts in your basement? Are they at a strict 90-degree angle with the flooring? Do the walls bow? How about your crawl space? Roll a marble along the floor to make sure it’s not sagging. Do the same thing to any porches or stoops.Windows, doors and floor tiles can also present tell-tale red flags. Do your doors open, close and latch smoothly? Are any of your windows stuck or difficult to seal close? If you haven’t dropped a heavy object directly on floor tiles, they should not be cracked. Neither should doorways and points where walls meet.Look Around Outdoor Areas for Damage Any of the above indicators point out the need to protect your home from further disrepair. During restoration, pay strict attention to the soil around your foundation and the slope at which it falls. Make sure surrounding soil slopes downward at an approximate grade of 6 inches for every 10 feet. Clear drainage gutters and extend downspouts out at least 5 feet. Consider a rainwater catch system to further assure water does not seep into foundation walls. Are there any mature trees planted close to the house? Their roots will draw water right where you don’t want it. Move deep-rooted plantings, and consider soaking the soil about half a foot around your home when it rains to prevent subsequent expansion and shrinking.Look for Mold and Protect Your Home for the Future Anytime water enters the drywall or wood of a structure, an excellent possibility of mold infestation follows, especially if the water is allowed to sit. Once mold spores begin to grow, they spread quickly. Not always visible to the naked eye, mold may be a factor if you or your family members suddenly present marked allergy symptoms such as sneezing, upper respiratory congestion and labored breathing. During flood restoration, keep the moisture level in your home low by:Using fans, air conditioning, exhaust ventilation and dehumidifiers. Removing soaked carpeting, rugs, curtains and upholstered furniture. Considering re-flooring with hardwood or ceramic tile. Re-evaluating your home’s insulation with an eye toward preventing habitual condensation. Pipes, windows and water tanks are common culprits.Search for Hot Points Electrical issues associated with flood and water damage can be severely dangerous and should receive full evaluation. Be aware of any outlets that are hot, have a pervasive burning smell, or put off electrical shocks or sparks. If your lights flicker or do not work, check the circuit breaker with caution. If the panel, fuse box or fuses have been submerged, they must be replaced. The same goes for your furnace or boiler, heat and air conditioning units, blowers, fans and lights. All household items that are motorized or run off a circuit board such as cell phones, computers, TVs and microwaves may be rendered inoperable. Keep careful records for insurance claims. Take pictures and try to include make, model and serial number codes. Make sure you hire a licensed electrician to evaluate the damage and offer recommendations for raising electric ground components. You might also consider a more highly elevated location for your HVAC system, especially if it, too, requires full replacement. Perhaps the best way to begin restoring your home after a flood is to contact a specialist who has helped clients weather storms — and their aftermath — time and time again....

Mold can grow in virtually every area of a home and on any surface if given the right environment. That includes the beautiful carpets that you spend so much energy trying to keep clean and looking beautiful. While there can be many common causes of mold in a home, when it comes to moldy carpets there are a few things you can do to reduce the chances you ever have to deal with it.  Steps to prevent mold damage to your carpets  Mold damage can be expensive. Not to mention the health effects it can bring upon inhabitants of the dwelling with a mold problem. As with many aspects of home maintenance, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Not only can moldy carpets be unsightly and need to be replaced, but they can also be the tip of the iceberg in terms of more substantial damage to your property. So consider taking these steps to keep black mold from growing on your carpets! Control the humidity and temperature in your homeMold grows best with a certain amount of moisture in the air as well as certain temperature ranges. One way to help prevent mold growth on any surface in your home, including your carpets, is to ensure your humidity levels never reach 60%. And while it’s unlikely you like living in this warm of a house, make sure you don’t set the thermometer to 80 degrees. Consider a different floor covering in areas prone to moistureSome areas of a home are just more prone to humidity and moisture. Like your bathroom, for instance. Every design aspect of your home should be done with appearance and functionality in mind, and that includes making sure you’re making smart decisions about the type of floor coverings to have in certain areas based on the area’s usage along with environmental aspects. When it comes to bathroom floors, and to lesser extent basement floors, sometimes the smartest plan is to avoid carpets altogether. Use carpet padding that is anti-microbialThere are a few different types of carpet padding most commonly used in residential homes. While some are more budget-friendly than others, if you’re considering carpet in areas that may be more prone to moisture issues, consider installing rubber-slab carpet padding. It’s much more resistant to mold growth than traditional carpet pads. If you do get standing water on your carpets, get it out fast!This goes for any surface type in your home, and it’s especially true with carpets. With the right humidity levels and temperatures, mold growth can accelerate quickly when food and water are present. Getting the water and excess moisture out quickly can be the difference between a close call and a serious health problem for your family. Clean your carpets regularlyVacuuming your carpets regularly, along with having them professionally steam cleaned, can go along way in preventing mold growth. One of the components of rapid mold growth is food, and mold loves dirt, grime, food, and any other organic substance that can be found in your carpet fibers. Regularly cleaning your carpets is a great way to help reduce the likelihood of dealing with mold in the future!  Do you suspect you have mold growth in your carpets?  Typically if you have black mold on your carpets a visual inspection is all that is necessary. But in other instances, you may notice a musty smell or perhaps you’ve also been experiencing some troubling health issues that you think may be attributed to high levels of mold. In most states, mold remediation companies must be different than mold testing companies. The way it works is that the mold testing company will come to take environmental samples from your home and have them sent off to a lab to be evaluated. If it’s determined through the testing that your home has a toxic black mold problem, it’s at that point that you’ll want to hire a mold removal company like us. We would be happy to provide you with a no cost estimated for any mold remediation services you may need, so just give us a call!...