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How To Prevent Mold And Condensation On Your Windows

What Causes Condensation And Mold On Windows?condensation


When the temperature drops outside, its time for us to turn on the heat.


However, sometimes we wake up to condensation on our windows which can be more serious than you think. 


When the hot air inside your home rises and meets with a cold surface such as your windows, the water vapor cools down and turns back into water droplets. 


When water droplets form on your windows, this can create mold growth which may spread onto other surfaces.


Why is this dangerous?

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4 Expert Steps To Removing Smoke Odor In Your Home

If you’ve had a small fire recently and need help dealing with smoke odor, you’re in the right place. Regardless of what caught fire, there may be a smokey smell inside your home.


Depending on the severity of the fire damage, it may be more difficult to remove smoke odor from your home. 


Higher temperature fires can cause pores of materials to open up more and absorb more of the smoke. 


To properly remove smoke from our homes, we need a combination of cleaning, deodorizing, and sealing of materials. 

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How to Winterize Your Home: 8 Expert Tips From A Water Damage Restoration Company

We’ve all heard the term “winterize your home” countless times…

but what does it really mean?

As the days get shorter and the colder weather arrives, we’re all excited and prepping for the winter months.

When you start dressing warmer to protect yourself from the cold, don’t forget to start protecting your home by winterizing it.

When it’s cold out, water freezes and expands which could cause your pipes to burst. 

This could cost thousands of dollars in water damage cleanup.

Pipes in the exterior walls of your house and poorly insulated piping are the most vulnerable to the cold.

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The 4 Principles Of Drying Your Home After A Water Damage Incident

So you left your bathroom tap running while you were rushing to answer a phone call, upon your return you find that THE SINK HAS OVERFLOWN causing quite a flood in your house.  

The tile flooring and walls are wet, the carpeting outside the bathroom is wet, and so is some of your nearby furniture.

Now, if you are like most people you have grabbed all the towels in your house and have thrown them on the floor to absorb all the water you can.

You have plugged in your multi-speed household fan to help dry the areas and are wondering…


What you should do next?

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Guide To Dealing With Water Damaged Flooring 2020

In this article we will be covering one of the most common types of property damage that we see….

Water Damaged Flooring.

How can flooring get water damaged you may ask?

Well there are countless ways in which water can spill onto your floor but some common ones include:

overflows from sinks and toilets, appliance leaks such as dishwashers and washing machines, and of course broken pipes all seeping into your hardwood floors.

Now, the first thing somebody with water damaged flooring asks is….

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Safety Gear You Should Use When Taking on Restoration Projects In Your Home

We can all agree that both you and your family’s safety is most important when considering taking on a property restoration project. However, this is one aspect that is largely overlooked by the amateur restorer.

So before you start your project you should assess the situation and think of what safety gear you may need; more commonly referred to as PPE (personal protective equipment).

Every different restoration project will have a different set of PPE that should be considered. For example, a simple drywall and painting project may require only minimum PPE such as a dust mask and eye protection, but more involved property restoration projects such as a Category-3 water damage loss would require you equip a much more serious set of PPE.

Some examples of PPE include:

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Mould In Your Home – The Basics

MOULD, the word that scares many homeowners and occupants alike. Our goal in this post is to share some information on the topic that will help you understand the subject better.

Ok, first off there are thousands of different kinds of mould species that could be present in your home so don’t immediately think you are dealing with the infamous “black mould”. Mould spores are referred to as being ubiquitous which means they are found practically everywhere on planet earth, from the forest to the streets, to even inside your home. These mould spores are for the most part harmless, in fact, we breathe them in every day and we are still standing. The point where they can be an irritant to your health is when they become active and begin to grow in your home.

How to identify mould / microbial growth in your home:

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Seeing The Invisible Water Damage – Thermal Imaging

Have you ever encountered a situation where you suspect there is something weird going on inside your wall or ceiling? Perhaps a leak within the structure or you suspect there is a cold draft coming in from somewhere but you just cant seem to pinpoint it?

Well with the use of the latest technology, we are now able to identify these problem areas and start seeing the invisible.

This is done through the use of thermal imaging, at one point this technology was very expensive and reserved only for military and government applications. However as this technology progresses it becomes more affordable to apply it to other new industries, in this case the property restoration industry.

The company we have to thank for this is FLIR. Flir is a pioneer in the thermal imagining sector and produces the best equipment available today. We first started using these Flir cameras in my business about 10 years ago and each camera was in the $10,000-$15,000 range, the technology was just being released for use in our industry so they were quite expensive to own. Nowadays the price for a basic model is very affordable as they go for around $1,000. This new price range makes it a must own for any property restoration professional.

For property restoration, some of the best uses of thermal imaging technology include:

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HEPAs – Cleaning The Air In Your Home

We think we have all heard the word “HEPA” before,  and it is usually associated with clean air. While in simple terms that is correct, we will be going into a bit more detail of what HEPA’s are,  why they should be used in certain situations, and what you should be looking for.

Without getting too much into the science of things, HEPA is an acronym for high efficiency particulate air. Whenever you see the term HEPA being used it means that the filter has been made and certified in accordance with current HEPA filter standards.  Nowadays you can find HEPA filters in household appliances such as fans and even vacuum cleaners.

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