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Can Flooded Carpet Be Salvaged?

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Water is a good and necessary part of life, but it can also be something that causes destruction. When water floods your home, it can leave your home in ruins and your belongings damaged, including the carpeting in your house. If your carpet was affected by this flooding, you may want to find out if it can be salvaged. In most cases, it is better to replace flooded carpet; however, there are times when it can be saved. The Most Important Factor When determining whether to salvage your carpet or get rid of it, the most important factor to consider is the type of flooding that occurred. You should examine why the flooding happened, what caused it, and what type of water it was that entered into your home. There are three main categories that you should understand: Sanitary flooding – When flooding occurs with sanitary water, you could decide to keep your carpet. Sanitary flooding involves water that is not contaminated with anything. This type of water often comes from rain or plumbing leaks. If you have either of the other two types, you should not consider keeping your carpet. Unsanitary flooding – If the water that floods your home is even just slightly contaminated, it can be too hard to sanitize the carpet that gets wet. Unsanitary water comes from plumbing leaks (involving waste water) and water sources that contain bacteria. Black water flooding – Black water is water that comes directly from a sewage system, and this type of water is highly contaminated with bacteria and microorganisms. If the water that entered your home is sanitary water, you could decide to keep your carpet; however, you may still want to consider replacing it. With either of the other types, you should plan on ripping out the carpet as soon as possible. The Steps Needed To Restore Wet Carpet If you decide to keep your carpet after the flooding occurs, you may want to call a professional carpet cleaning company to help you restore it. You may also need to hire a flood restoration company to help you clean up the mess you have and make any necessary repairs needed. Here are some of the steps that will need to be taken to salvage your carpet: Stop water flow – If water is still flowing into your house, your first step should be to stop it. Until the water stops, there is not much you can do. Any work you do perform will simply be a waste of time, money, and energy. Remove everything from the room – When you have wet carpet, you must get everything off of it. This includes furniture and anything else that might be present. You may want to move these items into your garage while you work on restoring the carpet. Let it dry – If the carpet is completely saturated with water, you will need to first extract the water from it, and this is something a carpet cleaning company can do for you. After most of the water is out, you will need to place fans in the room to help the carpet dry out as quickly as possible. As it is drying, make sure you stay off of it. Walking on it may damage the fibers on the...

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Blood Spills: A Danger And Proper Clean-Up Guide For Business Owners

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Blood might look like just a thick, red liquid, but it’s actually a body tissue comprised of many tiny cells. Not all of these cells are necessarily of human origin. Some may be bacteria or viral particles that can cause disease if you come into contact with them. Thus, if a customer becomes injured in your place of business and blood ends up on a surface, it’s essential that you are aware of the risks it presents and how to clean it up properly. Even if it’s just a few drops of blood, dealing with the problem in a safe manner is essential. Common Diseases Transmitted Through Blood There are hundreds of diseases that can be passed through the blood. if the person who was bleeding was infected with Staphylococcus bacteria, you could contract this bacteria from the blood and develop a staph infection on your skin. Similarly, you could become infected with a number of parasites, including those that cause malaria or babeseosis, if the bleeding person happened to be carrying these organisms. Perhaps the most concerning diseases that can be passed from person to person through the blood, however, are these three: Hepatitis B People infected with hepatitis B carry the viral particles that cause the disease in their blood. If you come into contact with contaminated blood, you could develop this serious condition yourself. Hepatitis B causes mild illness in some, but severe, chronic liver failure in others. In the United States, most people are vaccinated for hepatitis B as children. However, vaccines are never 100% effective, so even if you were vaccinated, there is a chance you could contract the disease. Hepatitis C Hepatitis C is another liver disease caused by a different virus from the one that causes hepatitis B. This is the more severe of the two illnesses, as about 75 – 85% of people who catch it end up suffering from severe, chronic liver failure. There is no vaccine available for hepatitis C, and more than 3.2 million people in the United States are infected. Thus, it’s vitally important to avoid contact with spilled blood, since it may contain the hepatitis C virus. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) HIV is best known as a sexually transmitted disease, but it can be spread through the blood, too. Even if you think you’re certain that the person whose blood was spilled is HIV negative, you can never be too careful. Some people are infected with HIV for several years before they are diagnosed, since symptoms don’t usually set in immediately. Once symptoms do appear, they include weakness, fatigue, and frequent illness. Drugs to manage the condition are available, but they often have unpleasant side effects. How to Clean Up Blood Spills Safely The two primary concerns when cleaning up a blood spill are to avoid any skin contact with the blood, and to fully remove the blood from the surface so no one else comes into contact with it. Secure the area where the blood spill occurred, or have another employee direct traffic away from the spill area. In the case of a small spill, you can perform the cleanup yourself by following these instructions: Put on a clean pair of disposable gloves. Absorb as much of the blood as possible with some absorbent, disposable...

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Professional Mold Removal: Practices That Keep Black Mold From Returning

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If you have black mold in your home, then it is in your best interest to remove the fungi as soon as possible. You can remove the mold yourself, but it may not be wise to do so. Exposure to the mycotoxins released by the black mold can produce a wide range of medical symptoms. Confusion, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, and eye irritation are just a few examples. Professional mold remediation specialists can remove the mold safely from your home. They can also prevent the mold from coming back. Keep reading to find out how they do this. Locate Water Sources You probably know that mold will grow in any area where moisture is present, and you may look for a leaking water line or a wet basement when trying to figure out why mold is growing in your home. You might also complete the single fix and hope that mold does not return. This is often not enough to stop mold from reforming, because most homes have several openings or areas where moisture has been allowed to accumulate. Mold remediation specialists will use the mold formations to figure out if poor basement drainage, a leaking roof, or pipe condensation is causing an issue. The contractors will also figure out if high water levels close to your foundation are causing problems. General repairs, outdoor drainage fields, and the placement of insulation in between walls may all be suggested to keep new mold from forming. Controlling Humidity After the water source assessment is completed, the mold professionals will also provide you with information on how to keep humidity low in your home. You may be asked to stop hanging up wet clothes after you wash them, and a proper ventilation system in your bathroom might be suggested. A good fan that releases moist air into the ducts of your home is a good choice. A properly sized humidifier for your house or basement can be chosen with the remediation specialists as well. The professionals will figure out the size and general humidity of your home so a 30, 40, 50, or 60 pint device can be purchased. Ventilation suggestions may be offered too. Fans may be the best option to keep the air flow moving through your house, or furniture will be moved away from home vents and returns. Thorough Cleaning Techniques Thorough cleaning techniques will also be used by mold remediation professionals to keep mold from returning. Before any cleaning is completed, the moldy area will be sealed with 10 mil plastic sheeting. This creates a vapor barrier in the space so that mold spores are unable to escape. In some cases, a fan will be placed in the area as well that will shoot loose mold spores out through an open window. HEPA masks are worn at this time to protect the lungs and airways. After the area is prepared, the mold is sprayed down with water to keep fungal spores from releasing into the air. Soap and water will generally be used to release larger mold accumulations. Either bleach or a commercial sporicide will be utilized to kill and remove the remaining mold and spores in the area. Cleaning agents are cleared away with water and the experts will inspect walls and floors.   If drywall, wood, or another porous material is...

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Anticipating A Mighty Melt: 7 Ways To Prepare For Spring Flooding

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Record snow may cause a lot of winter headaches, but that may be nothing compared to the spring thaw. From Boston to Nebraska, mountains of accumulated snow mean eventual rivers of melted water. But what’s a poor homeowner to do? Must you simply wait for the weather to destroy your basement and other low lying rooms, or is there an actionable defense you can employ? Here are seven ways to get ready for the inevitable mess that’s coming your way: Watch Specific Forecasts While you do want to keep tabs on the regular weather reports that will keep you up to date with anticipated precipitation, you may also want to watch hydrological predictions. These are reports compiled by experts which take into account a number of relative factors and tell you how likely a flood may be. These sources will also avail you to other crucial info, such as mudslide probability in your immediate area. Safeguard Important Documents No matter what the weather, you should always have copies of your identification and proof of insurance kept somewhere out of harm’s way. In the worse case scenario, what will you need? What paperwork is just too valuable to risk sacrificing to the wrath of Mother Nature? Seal it all in plastic or drop it in a safe deposit box. Inspect All Flood Related Equipment You might have a sump pump downstairs in need of dusting off. If so, now is the time to do it, before the snow you’re surrounded by becomes a quiet pool of murky water. Eek! You don’t have a pump in the basement? Then quickly weigh the pros and cons of the basic types of equipment and prepare for melting. Also, make sure your gutters are clear of any debris that could block them, along with downspouts. Give Appliances A Big Lift Any major apparatus in the basement, such as your washer and dryer or furnace, should be elevated on cinder blocks. Please don’t do this by yourself, lest you risk watching the flooding of your yard and basement from traction. Mitigate Major Hazards Electrical and fuel components in the basement are subject to saturation and currents, thus, you need to prepare them for the possibility of the chaos that a flooded basement brings. Close your eyes and picture the entire ground level filling up with water: What’s going to cause the most problems for you? What requires your immediate attention now, in order to avert disaster? Redirect Waters Away From Your Home From The Outside For water levels of up to two feet, sandbags may be your best course of action. They are relatively inexpensive at a retailer and sometimes free at your local department store. A mix of sand and cement may provide your best protection, but plain old sand or soil will do in a pinch. Strategic placement is crucial to effectiveness, though, so consider land slopes and anticipate the direction of flow of the incoming water when putting your bags up. Have A Recommended Expert On Call No matter how much of a DIY expert you are, water damage makes for nasty clean up you may not be capable of handling all on your own. There are numerous factors to consider, such as mold development from moisture and the structural integrity of...

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