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Some Facts About Mold

In addition to our other services, at FastPro Restoration are experts in mold remediation.

Here are some facts and things you might not know about mold.

fastpro-restoration-mold-2Some types of mold are commonly known as mildew.

Mold may live indoors or outdoors and thrives in damp warm or humid environments. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimate range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more.

Although shower stalls and basements are typical for moisture, mold can grow in any moist area in your home. Mold can become well established before we even see it or discover it.

Allergic reactions to mold are the most common side effects such as wheezing, rash watery eyes, runny nose, itchy eyes and coughing to name a few. Sometimes people can develop severe reactions to mold exposure. Symptoms of severe reactions include fever and difficulty breathing. People with compromised immune systems or those with lung disease can develop serious infections of the lungs due to molds. It is not possible to know the degree of the severity of the health risk associated with mold in the home.

The best way to prevent mold in your residence is to control the moisture. So you are probably thinking, what is mold?

fastpro-restoration-mold-1Mold is various types of fungi that grow and reproduce. The term mildew is sometimes used to refer to some kinds of mold, particularly mold in the home such as in shower stall and bathrooms.

Mold can grow indoors or out and thrives in damp, warm and humid spaces. Mold can be found in any season or environment. The most common types found inside the home is stachybotrys and is sometimes referred to as black mold, sometimes it looks greenish-black. Stachybotrys grows on surfaces in your home that have high cellulose content such as wood, fiberboard, paper, dust and lint.

Mold reproduces by forming tiny spores that are not visible to the eye. Mold spores are very hardy and can survive in conditions in which mold cannot grow, such as dry and harsh environments. These spores travel through indoor and outdoor air. They land one surface where moisture is present mold can start to grow.

Outdoors mold plays a role in the decomposition of dead trees, compost and leaves. They are most common in dark damp spaces.

With that being stated where can mold be found in your home?
Although bathroom and basements are typical areas that are prone to mold growth there are several other places not as common such as drywall, ceiling tiles, carpets, furniture, ductwork, roofing, paneling, wallpaper, under sinks and around plumbing fixtures.

Mold from outdoors can travel into the home through open doors, windows and vents. It may also come attached to clothing, shoes and pets.

Mold can have different colors and sometimes appears in spots. There is a musty odor present as well.

How can you prevent mold in your home?

fastpro-restoration-mold-3The best way to prevent mold in the home is to control the moisture. Although it is impossible to eliminate all mold spores in an indoor environment, the mold cannot grow in the absence of moisture, so controlling that is the key to preventing any growth.

If you suspect mold is a problem in your home or place of business, please consider FastPro Restoration for our knowledge and experience in a safe and effective mold remediation. We can start with a free estimate so call us today at 484-415-0818.

Who to Call When Your Floors are Soaked

slide03DID YOU KNOW that water is the most essential element of life? That’s right. We all need water. We need it to bathe, to drink, to water plants and the grass, and even to enjoy recreationally, such as in a swimming pool.

But are there times when you may wish water was in short supply? Yes, such as when some water ends up where it shouldn’t be, like on your valuable wood and carpet floors.

When that happens, you must clean it up quickly or permanent damage might occur.

Any remaining water in your valuable wood floor means there is the potential of the floor warping and then requiring expensive sanding and refinishing. Worst case scenario? You may have toreplace areas of the wood floor that can’t be fixed. Ouch! That’s expensive. Wet carpet can start to develop mold which is a health risk in of itself.

Here’s the problem, though, the real challenge. When water does intrude, you can dry the wood floor with mops, towels and even that old box fan you have in the basement, but did you get it all? Is the water totally gone? You touch the floor; it seems dry, but is it really dry?

It would be nice if there was a way to determine if all moisture was removed after your home suffered from water damage.

Hold on… is there a way?

There is! We are a specialized Philadelphia water damage company that has some really cool equipment that can detect even the smallest amount of moisture. Like in carpet, in walls, in your wood floors, for example.

And that’s why calling a company specializing in moisture detection is a smart decision. Do it right. Call Fast Pro Restoration, the water damage restoration pros.

How to Take Care of Frozen Pipes

frozen pipesMost people, when they think of frozen pipes in their homes, automatically think of broken pipes, spraying a huge mess that soaks carpet, subfloors, walls and more that require the attention of a water damage professional such as Fast Pro Restoration.

But many times, a frozen pipe doesn’t necessarily become a broken pipe. You might have experienced this yourself: You go into a bathroom, during a really cold part of winter, turn on the faucet and nothing comes out or perhaps only a trickle dribbles into the sink.

This is an annoyance that must be dealt with quickly, before the pipe actually breaks and creates a bigger problem.

Preventing this from ever happening is the best course of action. Here are some things you can do when temperatures drop well below freezing:

  1. Take control of the temperature in your home. Some, especially when leaving for a few days, will set the temperature low to save money. Keep your home at 60 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Installing a thermostat that you can control remotely with your cellphone means you can monitor your home 24/7 while traveling.
  2. While home, when temperatures are extremely cold, open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air to flow among the pipes and, for problem sinks that have had their pipes freeze in the past, or that you feel might freeze, allow a slow trickle of water to run.
  3. Keep garage doors closed if you have water supply pipes in the walls or ceiling of your garage. This occurs especially when a bathroom is next to or above a garage. When you pull your vehicles into the garage, immediately shut the garage door so the heat from the engine can help warm the garage.

If a frozen pipe does happen, your only option is to thaw it. This might take some time. Warm up your house, and use safe heat, such as a hair dryer, to warm the area where the pipe is frozen. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or other heat source fired by fuel, and don’t use open flames. If you can’t determine where the frozen pipe is, a local plumbing company can help.

And, of course, if the worst happens and a pipe does break, call Fast Pro Restoration, your Philadelphia PA water damage experts.

A Few Tips for a Less Daunting Water Removal in Allentown PA

Rainstorms are the most common causes of flooding in Allentown, Pennsylvania. During early spring, the city is most susceptible to flooding because of heavy rains and melting snow. Moreover, there are numerous streams and rivers lacing throughout the city which, during heavy raining, tend to overflow. In some instances, it leads to flooding in residential areas.

Flooding can be an unpleasant sight; however, the more discouraging tasks are actually the water removal and cleanup tasks that come after. Aside from being time-consuming, removing the accumulated flood water in your home and dealing with the entire water damage in Allentown can be stressful. Yet, it needs to be done immediately and efficiently.

Floodwater naturally contains bacteria, viruses and other harmful microorganisms which can even multiply and thrive if not removed. Water that stays or sits for a long period in your home can also cause damage to your home’s structure and belongings. Most of your belongings like sofas or beds may even be rendered useless if submerged in flood water.

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How to Minimize the Effects of Water Damage in Philadelphia PA

Water damage in Philadelphia most commonly results after seasonal rainstorms that often occur in spring. At this time of the year, communities throughout the area can experience two to four inches of rain. Rain water can accumulate quickly causing flooding in residential areas and even threaten to overflow bodies of water like parts of the Delaware River. A few of the damages that can result after such incidents are water damaged cars and flooded homes.

Dealing with water damage can be one of the most daunting tasks, but it can even be more difficult and expensive without the proper preparations prior to a flood or the rainy season. There are actually a few things that you can do to minimize water damage and, most importantly, lessen the financial pains that come with this type of damage.

Buying flood insurance can be the most foolproof protection you can get against the expenses that are associated with water damage restoration. This type of coverage does not generally come with a regular home insurance so be sure to ask your insurance provider if you do have flood coverage. For non-homeowners or renters, most insurance companies offer coverage for home contents only.

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Why There Is a Need for Professional and Immediate Mold Remediation in Boyertown PA

Boyertown, a borough in Berks County, is similar to many communities in Pennsylvania and even in the entire United States in the sense that it is not spared from occasional flooding and high humidity. Whether these are caused by natural occurrences or by structural or maintenance failures, these instances can easily lead to water damage.

Water damage is a common problem that branches in many forms. Boyertown residents have to perform water extraction, sewage cleanup, carpet cleaning, and other tasks depending on the situation. These are often attended to immediately. Otherwise, the structure of the house as well as everything inside it would suffer more damage. However, there are tasks that residents don’t normally consider as urgent; one of these is mold remediation.

Although mold is naturally available everywhere, people react to it differently. Some have no reaction to it at all while others can have severe reactions. What is constant is that prolonged exposure to it is not good for a person no matter what his or her health condition is.

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Easing Tasks Involved in a Flooded Basement in Reading PA

The problem of a flooded basement is a common one, primarily because it is the area that sits in the lowest portion of the home. This is true in all areas regardless if the climate is generally mild, such as in Reading PA. After all, heavy rain is not the only cause of flooding in the home. Structural damages or weak spots in the home can contribute to this unfortunate incident as well.

When basement flooding occurs, you have the option to attend to the problem on your own or by contacting a water restoration company. However, if the extent of the damage is beyond your capability, do not hesitate to contact your local water damage restoration company in Reading PA. This is the best way to alleviate the burden involved in any kind of flooding. The experts have high end equipment and trained technicians to perform a thorough job without causing injuries or more damages.

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Ways to Reduce the Possibility of Fire & Smoke Cleanup in Camden NJ

Camden, a city in New Jersey, is home to the oldest paid fire department in the entire state. It is also proud to be the first to possess an all-motorized fire apparatus fleet in the United States.

Fire damage and smoke cleanup Camden incidents happen as a result of fire. Water damage also becomes a concern when fire is doused. Residents are not only inconvenienced in terms of time and effort, but they can also be financially-strapped in the absence of a comprehensive fire damage insurance policy. For instance, board up service can be pretty expensive, but try to scrimp on it and you may lose more from burglary.

It is not surprising that fire damages can get worse if the incident is not efficiently attended to, which can be expected because of the insufficiencies in the local fire department. Keep in mind, though, that fires do not only damage possessions but can claim lives of pets and humans, too. Hence, it is an urgent matter to check for things that can spark a fire as well as find ways to minimize the damages once it happens.

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