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Our cleaning process kills a variety of viruses and bacteria including coronavirus. The chemicals and processes used have been proven effective against human coronavirus as well as other viruses and bacteria. There have been no proper clinical or scientific studies that have been conducted on the new strain, COVID-19 to determine the effectiveness of these chemicals and processes. However, these chemicals and processes have been proven effective against the SARS coronavirus, which is almost identical to COVID-19.
During our disinfection process, all areas in buildings will be required to be vacant for a period of at least three days, and all living organisms (plants or animals) are required to be removed.
We have chemical and non-chemical processes that we use for disinfecting homes and facilities.
Mold is a type of fungus that lives almost everywhere there is moisture, oxygen, and organic matter. Mold plays an important role in nature as it helps decompose organic material. However, mold found indoors can cause health problems, as well as structural problems to buildings.
Mold releases microscopic mold spores into the air. Since mold spores are airborne, all homes have mold spores in them, some more than others. Mold grows in homes because almost all homes meet the requirements of mold growth: moisture, nutrients (such as cellulose), and time.
Mold commonly grows in areas that are prone to moisture, such as the basement and bathroom. However, mold can also grow in hidden areas of the home, such as behind walls, under the floor, in the air conditioning systems, in the crawlspace or in the attic.
When you suspect that there is mold growing in your home, you don’t have to know which type of mold it is, but you should have it removed as soon as possible. It is not necessary to test for mold if you already notice the signs of mold growth in your home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sampling and culturing are not reliable in determining your health risk.
Stachybotrys chartarum, also known as black mold or toxic black mold, is a variety of microfungus that produces its conidia in slime heads. It is sometimes found in soil and grain, but the mold is most often detected in cellulose-rich building materials from damp or water-damaged buildings.
Preventing mold requires fixing moisture problems in your home. Repair leaks in the walls, roof, gutters, and plumbing pipes, keep indoor humidity at 30-50% by using a dehumidifier, ventilate appliances that generate moisture, and keep the gutter system clean.
For unhealthy people or those sensitive to it, indoor mold can cause:
Shortness of breath
Chronic sinus infections
Fungal infections, if mycotoxins are present
Mold can start to grow in areas damaged leaks or floods as few as 24 hours, but it can also take weeks to process. Some materials such as carpeting are known for growing mold quickly. For this reason, it is important to dry out the area and remediate flood damage quickly.
Every policy is different, some policies cover mold other doesn’t. If the source of water comes from a busted pipe or leaking roof it should be covered under most insurance policies as long as it is reported immediately. If the source of water is seepage from exterior water through foundations it is normally considered flood waters and is only covered under flood insurance.
You shouldn’t remove mold yourself unless you can throw out the contaminants without any danger to your health. Mold is difficult and tricky, and in some cases, you could make it worse.
Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same.
Containments should be built, in areas that are affected with mold, during remediation. The extent of mold damage would determine if the structure should be vacated.
Water damage can occur after natural disasters that cause flooding, from pipe bursts, appliance malfunctions, roof leaks, foundation leaks, septic tank overflows, poor drainage, and more. Flash flooding, pipe bursts, and sewage backups are especially dangerous as they can produce several inches of water in less than a day.
Floodwater that comes from outside and from sewage backups contains dangerous contaminants like viruses and bacteria. If the water isn’t drained within 24-48 hours, structural damage and mold growth can ensue. Even water leaks that infiltrate your home slowly can cause damage to the building and lead to mold growth. Mold left unchecked will spread quickly through the home.
Don’t wait as water can cause mold and irremediable damage to the wood, walls, and carpet in your home. Afterwards, contact your insurance company to start the claim process. If safe, shut off the utilities in your home to avoid further damage. Don’t enter your home if it has suffered structural damage. Don’t walk through floodwater if electricity hasn’t been turned off and to avoid contaminants.
Homeowners insurance provides coverage for damage that is sudden and accidental (such as water heater ruptures or pipe bursts). However, flood damage, no matter the source of the water, is NOT covered by standard homeowners’ policies. Note that water damage that results from lack of maintenance is not covered on a standard homeowner’s insurance policy.
The only answer to this question is It depends. It all depends on the size and scope of the loss. Completely drying a structure depends on the type of water damage, how bad it was, how long the water dwelled, and the type of building materials involved. For example, concrete takes much longer to dry than wood. Many times, water damage to your home or business takes 2 to 3 days to dry. However, properties exposed to water damage for a long time will take longer to dry!
If the property damage doesn’t require a lot of reconstruction, you can stay in your home or office. However, the equipment we use during the drying process can be noisy. And it creates a lot of air movement which may be considered as unlivable or unworkable conditions. If the bathrooms in your office, or the kitchen in your home are a part of the damaged area, check with your insurance company for reimbursement of alternate living expenses or business continuity expenses until the restoration job is complete.
Absolutely! Our specialized equipment is made to run continuously without overheating or causing safety problems. Remember, we position the equipment in a particular way to promote the drying process. So please don’t move it.
The drying process requires running the equipment 24 hours a day for several days. Our equipment is designed for efficiency. That means, depending on the size of the loss, on average, the estimated cost to run this equipment can be as little as $1 to $2 per day. And because we know the noise might be problematic, for sleeping purposes or the quiet enjoyment of your home or office, we often suggest you call your insurance agent to see if your policy covers alternate living expenses or business continuity expenses.
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