Welcoming Spring!

Welcoming Spring!

As the warmer weather of the spring is moving in to replace the frigid air of the winter, many homeowners across the country are breathing a sigh of relief. However, it is important to remember that new seasons bring new potential problems and while the spring weather is much more pleasant than the winter, it can still cause problems for homeowners especially concerning mold. The thaw of the last bits of ice and snow from the winter along with the higher concentration of moisture in the air create ideal conditions for mold to grow. So as you open up and clean out your home this spring, make sure to be aware of high moisture or humidity that could cause mold growth.

If you control the moisture, you control the mold.

Mold growth can occur just about anywhere when the right conditions are met and moisture is a major factor in creating the right conditions. This is why controlling the moisture level in your home is so important for preventing mold growth, especially in the spring when moisture levels are higher. High moisture levels can cause mold spores which are ever present in the environment to latch onto surfaces such as wood, drywall, or insulation and start growing. It is important to identify mold growth immediately because it can cause property damage and health issues for those with a sensitivity to mold.

Finding Mold Growth

While the sight of mold is an obvious indication of mold growth in your home, mold might not always be visible. It can grow within walls, behind molding, and in hidden corners throughout the home which can be more difficult to discover. One way to find hidden mold growth is to smell it. Mold can produce a musty odor and if there is a strong musty smell in your home, there is a good chance it could be caused by hidden mold. Try to locate the source of the smell the best you can to find the growth. Another way to find hidden mold growth is to check areas prone to water damage. Kitchens and bathrooms as well as areas around doors and windows are susceptible to water damage so make sure to check these areas for excessive moisture or mold growth.

Preventing Mold this Spring

If you discover mold in your home, the extent of the mold growth will determine whether it should be handled by a mold removal specialist or if you can remove it yourself. Unless the growth is very minor, it is probably best to hire a professional to remove it which makes mold prevention the best action you can take. The following tips will help you keep your home mold free this spring:

  • Clean out your gutters and keep them in working order.
  • Fix water leaks from plumbing fixtures or pipes as soon as you find them.
  • Wipe off condensation that may be found on windows, pipes, and walls.
  • Water spills and leaks should be dried up immediately before mold has a chance to form.
  • Minor mold growth can be scrubbed off of walls and other hard surfaces with water and detergent.
  • Clean out the drip pans of your air conditioner.
  • Try your best to keep the humidity level in your home below 60 percent.

The spring season is an exciting time because the long winter is finally over but it is important for homeowners to pay attention to the moisture level of their homes and watch out for mold growth. Taking the right precautions can help you avoid mold but if you do discover mold growth in your home, it is best to contact a mold remediation professional to handle the problem.

If during spring you come across water damage or signs of mold, call us asap! Dry Out Restorations has your back during every spring! Call us nationwide at (877)655-5529.

Source: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/K2.html

 

Top 10 Spring Cleaning Safety Tips

Top 10 Spring Cleaning Safety Tips

  • Do not rush because you are tired or in a hurry.
    This is really the most basic spring cleaning safety tip, and all the other ones, at least to a certain degree, stem from this one. Spring cleaning can be tiring work. Do not forget safety even if you have worked hard all day and want to get done. The better thing to do when you are exhausted is to stop and take a break, drink a glass of water, sit under a nice cool fan, and rest instead of being unsafe.
  • Be careful moving large pieces of furniture and appliances.
    Use proper lifting technique, keeping you back straight and lifting with your legs. Also, wear shoes when moving heavy items so you don’t hurt your toes. Finally, if you feel it is just too heavy and you can’t find someone else to do it for you, just don’t move it. It won’t be the end of the world to just clean around it. Always have spring cleaning safety in mind.
  • Be safe while on ladders and step stools.
    When doing a task, such as washing windows, where you need to be on a ladder use extreme caution.
    Do not lean too far to either side. A good rule of thumb is that your belly button should not go beyond the sides of the ladder. Also, have someone available to hold the ladder steady for you if possible, and make sure before you step on them that the rungs are not wet, and you are wearing non skid shoes.
  • Be careful when walking on wet surfaces.
    This spring cleaning safety tip is really important every time you clean. Everyone knows how easy it is to slip on a wet floor. Make sure you take the proper precautions to keep from falling. Also, make sure others in your family, including children, are also warned of the wet floor to keep them safe. You may need to block small children’s access to wet floors because they just don’t understand not to run and slide on them.
  • Keep stairs, landings, and walkways clear of boxes, bags and other clutter.
    Spring cleaning is a great time to de-clutter your home, but you need to make sure all the boxes and bags of stuff you are getting rid of don’t cause a safety concern. Make sure you place them outside walkways and especially away from steps and stairs where someone may trip on them.
  • Don’t carry too much stuff at once, especially on stairs.
    During spring cleaning you will also probably go up and down your stairs a lot carrying things if you live in a home with stairs. Make sure you keep a hand free to hold onto the stair railing. Also, whether you have stairs or not, always make sure you can see over the load you are carrying so you do not trip.
  • Always follow cleaning product label safety instructions and recommendations.
    Cleaning supplies can create nasty fumes, so make sure you get some fresh air by opening windows, turning on the exhaust fan, or placing a fan in the room. In addition, do not mix ammonia and bleach together, both of which are common household cleaners, because they create toxic fumes when combined. When it doubt don’t mix, just use one product to get the job done. You should also wear rubber gloves to keep your hands from getting dry and cracked from the hot water and chemicals.
  • Wear a mask when cleaning dusty areas.
    This may seem like overkill to some, but if you are at all allergic to dust this tip is very important.
  • Do not leave buckets filled with water around your home.
    Even if you need to take a quick break make sure you empty that cleaning bucket, or at least put it in an inaccessible area. Even small amounts of water are a drowning hazard for small children.
  • Put away all your cleaning supplies when you are done.
    When you finally finish your spring cleaning tasks for the day it is easy to say to yourself, “I’ll put these away later,” or “I am just going to use these again tomorrow, so I’m keeping them out.”

Cleaning supplies are an attractive nuisance for our children and pets, something inviting that they should definitely not be getting into. Put the cleaning products away in a childproof cabinet for your children’s safety and well-being as soon as you are done with them.

Source: http://www.household-management-101.com/spring-cleaning-safety.html

If during your Spring cleaning you come across water damage or signs of mold, call us asap! Dry Out Restorations has your back during every season! Call us nationwide at 1 (877) MOLD – REMOVAL.

Follow these spring cleaning safety tips to have a safe and productive spring cleaning!

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is approaching and soon the streets will be filled with Princesses and Pokemons! Keep your little ones safe this holiday season with the following tips from Safe Kids Worldwide.

Walk Safely

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

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Benefits of a licensed and certified company

Benefits of a licensed and certified company

Obviously, any company that is licensed and certified will be more capable of handling a job than those not. Below are some reasons why we chose to be licensed and insured and the benefits to our customers! We pride ourselves on being the most Skilled, Trained & Qualified technicians in Florida.

Benefit #1: MOST SKILLED

Just as certified accountants, plumbers and mechanics project a higher level of competency in their fields, and just as members of the American Medical Association and American Bar Association set themselves apart through training, experience and comprehensive examination, certification helps to immediately identify the cleaning, restoration and inspection industries’ most skilled and dedicated technicians and businesses.

Benefit #2: MOST TRAINED

Our company, Dry Out Restorations, is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Additionally, our technicians have gone through extensive training from the IICRC. They have received the following certifications…

Mold Remediation Technician
Water Damage Restoration Technician
Carpet Cleaning Technician
Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

Benefit #3: MOST QUALIFIED

Dry Out Restorations is state licensed for mold assessment and remediation, making us your premier company! We can asses your mold situation and provide immediate remediation. Call us today for a free evaluation, 1 (877) MOLD – REMOVAL. Our technician are available all throughout Florida. We service homes and businesses.

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