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Author: Servicestar Restoration

Water damage restoration and tips on how to prevent water damage

Damage caused by slow leaks can be hidden for long periods of time before they become visible at the surface. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage or at a minimum cause odors. If the hidden damage has been present for too long, mold will occur. Greater damage can occur as materials delaminate, shrink, split or deteriorate to where costly repairs are required, not to mention the health risks caused by a variety of mold species.   IICRC-certified restorers do more than just extract excess water. They have the knowledge and equipment...

How keeping your dryer vent cleaned can prevent water and mold damage

A properly cleaned and maintained dryer vent can prevent moisture damage and save you money on electricity. When a dryer vent is not properly installed or maintained however, vapor released into your walls can cause extensive water damage because it can, and will, travel in any direction. Here are a few steps to insure your dryer is venting properly: Check the vent on the outside of the house. Make sure that the vent flaps are opening and closing properly. Gently clean away any debris that has accumulated. There are long brushes...

Health Problems Caused by Mold or Improperly Treated Mold

Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by: Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers Increasing ventilation Using exhaust fans whenever cooking,...