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Why It’s Important to get Mold Damage Restoration in Rancho Santa Margarita

10/6/2014 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why It’s Important to get Mold Damage Restoration in Rancho Santa Margarita black mold symptoms and health effects

Busy Californians often take their home’s maintenance needs for granted until they are confronted by disrepair and some organic outgrowths, such as molds, showing up in places that they’ve become too disturbing to ignore. 

Molds grow slowly and proliferate in dark and damp places and surfaces. When large mold colonies form, their presence—especially when ingested or inhaled—can pose health problems for the entire family, including pets. At this point, a homeowner can resolve this best by calling for mold damage restoration in Rancho Santa Margarita.

An Unseen Danger

For mold to grow, moisture is the most important player in the mix.  Its spores spread airborne,  absorbing moisture until the mold spores stick to a surface and propagate. Sunlight kills them, thus molds ideally thrive in darkened and dank cracks and crevices in your house. 

Mold and your Home

Mold organisms seep deep into the structure that they cling on, which, based on how tough they are to remove, can pretty much determine how long the mold has been in place. In time, molds not only pose health risks to humans, but also compromise the integrity of materials they contaminate. This explains why organizations like the Occupational Safety & Health Administration have set recommendations for preventing mold development.

Mold and your Health

Molds that produce spores, (black mold, in particular) threaten the health of occupants in any building where mold propagates unchecked, as HGTV’s Sean McEvoy writes:

The most common black mold symptoms and health effects are associated with a respiratory response. Chronic coughing and sneezing, irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat, rashes, chronic fatigue and persistent headaches can all be symptomatic of black mold exposure or black mold poisoning.

Prevention and Cure

To keep mold away, always clean your home thoroughly, especially on humid days. Moreover, if you fear that some form of water damage might have taken a toll on the indoor air quality of your basement, attic, or room, or on the integrity of your drywall or carpets, call professionals like Servpro for water damage restoration in your Rancho Santa Margarita home, immediately. You can also do your part by scrubbing off any mold infestation before they fester and become too much to handle.

Don’t let mold get the best of you and your home – look for signs of infestation and snuff any mold growth immediately, while rectifying the cause. Not only will you be keeping your home sound and intact, but you’ll also be securing a safe and clean refuge for you and your family to cherish for a long time.  

(Source: Black Mold Symptoms and Health Effects, HGTV Remodels)

IICRC Certified

3/31/2014 (Permalink)

Water Damage IICRC Certified Our IIRC Certificate

IIRC stand for - Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification

Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.

More than just removing excess water, IICRC-certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to pre-loss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.

All IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, and remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.

Homebuilders sue water districts over copper pipe leaks - The Orange County Register

2/12/2014 (Permalink)

SANTA ANA -  Two homebuilders have filed complaints in Orange County Superior Court claiming drinking water provided by two South County water districts is corroding copper plumbing, resulting in leaks that require hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs.

Slab Leaks and Pinhole Leaks in Orange County, CA

2/3/2014 (Permalink)

Water Damage Slab Leaks and Pinhole Leaks in Orange County, CA Small unseen leaks can cause big problems

Slab Leaks, the development of a pinhole leak in one of the copper lines below your concrete floor, are an increasing problem to property owners nationwide and our Orange County area in particular. Most homes built in our area since the late 60’s have a soft copper water system installed below the concrete slab on grade foundation. It is in this system that our homes are seeing frequent pinhole leak failures. We are acquainted with one commercial insurance adjuster in South Orange County who handles 6 to 7 slab leak claims per day for home owner associations.

According to a 2008 report published in Water Intelligence Online Pinhole leaks in copper water systems have been confirmed in all states and most major urban areas. Approximately 8.1 percent of homeowners nationally have experienced at least one pinhole leak and between 21-60 percent of homes in certain communities have developed pinhole leaks in their copper pipe water systems. We have found exceptionally high instances of leaks in newer homes in South Orange County including the communities of Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita and Anaheim Hills.

During our performance of hundreds of leak detection services for slab leaks and pinhole leaks here in Orange County we have seen type K hard and soft copper water lines, correctly installed, develop leaks within 3 years of installation. Two cases in particular come to mind:

  • A 3 year old custom home in Shady Canyon, Irvine, had developed 3 active leaks below the slab. The installation of the soft copper type L lines was flawless with both hot and cold lines being fully jacketed with ½” closed cell insulation below grade. The failed lines had no contact with concrete or soil.
  • A 6 year old townhouse in Ladera Ranch had developed a pinhole leak in the middle of a 10’ section of type L hard copper. This installation was also as close to perfect as could be with all piping isolated and supported on a hanger system with plastic inserts. When the leaking section was removed the internal pitting corrosion could be clearly seen.

Based on our observations of many pipe sections and repairs the pinhole leaks are a result of the water chemistry reacting with the copper and not external forces on the piping. We have observed internal pitting corrosion within most of the leaking lines we have opened for repair. Dr. Marc Edwards* of Virginia Tech has done extensive research into the copper pipe corrosion problem and his studies point to several factors that accelerate the incidence of internal pitting corrosion in our copper piping systems. Two key conditions he isolated are the reduction in NOM (natural organic minerals) as mandated under EPA clean water guidelines and the use of chloramine gas as a disinfectant.

As of this writing no one entity is accepting responsibility for the early demise of our household water systems. The water departments simply state that they are delivering water that meets the EPA guidelines and the Copper Counsel is virtually silent on the issue, they offer a 50 year warranty on copper piping but exclude corrosion. So we are on our own to repair or replace our failing copper pipe water systems.

Mold Remediation for Residential and Commercial

2/1/2014 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation for Residential and Commercial Mold growth on a wall from a slab leak

Mold is becoming more and more prevalent in homes and commercial buildings in orange county, CA. It may be the musty odor you notice under your sink. Or the green black, blue or even pink spots that begin forming on the wall. However you are alerted to the presence of mold proper action is needed. But before you go call your handyman, contractor or neighbor there are a few things you should know.

Fungi and mold occur naturally in our environment. In fact over 100,000 different kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used to bread, baked goods and some alcoholic beverages. The flavor in Blue Cheese is a result of mold. Even life saving Penicillin is a product of mold.

However, when a water intrusion cause by a pipe leak, weather, storm, plumbing failure, pin hole, toilet overflow, leaky dishwasher or washing machine are not taken care of immediately, problems can get worse. The types of building materials that are used in construction today tend to be prime for mold growth to occur. Even high humidity in a home can result in mold growth occurring on some of these materials. This type of mold growth can cause a threat to health. This threat grows when mold amplification occurs which increases the amount of mold spores (seeds) in the air. Mold spores are microscopic and invisible to the human eye. Proper equipment, training, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), certification and experience is required in order to remediate the mold problem. Most handymen, contractors or neighbors do not have this type of training. The professionals at SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto de Caza/Trabuco Canyon/Ladera Ranch/Las Flores/Wagon Wheel carry all the applicable certifications, equipment and know how to get the job done properly the first time. If you are experiencing mold in your home or have had a recent water damage don’t hesitate to the Professional’s at SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto de Caza/Trabuco Canyon/Ladera Ranch/Las Flores/Wagon Wheel.

SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto de Caza/Trabuco Canyon/Ladera Ranch/Las Flores/Wagon Wheel specializing in Fire, Water & Mold remediation services. With an extensive background in restoration they are also capable of rebuilding the structure “like it never even happened”. SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto de Caza/Trabuco Canyon/Ladera Ranch/Las Flores/Wagon Wheel has performed work in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Coto de Caza, Villa park, San Clemente, Irvine, Orange, Tustin, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Fullerton, Placentia, Garden Grove, Corona Del Mar, San Juan Capistrano, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladera Ranch, Trabuco Canyon, Corona, Anaheim Hills, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Lake Forest, Fountain Valley and Yorba Linda.