When it comes to renter’s insurance, water damage can be hit or miss, depending on the situation and the type of policy. Since water damage is such a common problem, some policies do not cover your personal possessions, only the exterior and sometimes, interior structure of the building itself. [Read more…]
After our unseasonably dry and warm “winter” here in Southern California, we’ve finally received some cold, wet and blustery weather in Corona, Riverside and throughout the Inland Empire. The weather system has traveled down the coast from Alaska, which explains the cold winds, at least.
The storm is predicted by the National Weather Service to have a 20% of sending thunderstorms across Los Angeles late today, but other than that, expect more wind and cold than water from the sky. Overall rain totals are predicted to be light, with some areas not even getting any measurable rainfall at all. [Read more…]
After all of our talk about how dry this winter has been, and will be, you might start calling us liars by now.
But overnight rain of half an inch is not going to make up the extremely low rainfall the Southern California area has had since December. Even the weathermen are calling tomorrow’s rain a “tease”.
Luckily, out of the southwest area of the United States, our area is shown as “Drought development likely” rather than the “Drought to persist or intensify” that surrounds our area of Corona, Riverside, Chino Hills and most of the Inland Empire.
But what does this little rain mean? First of all, it does not mean that we are on track with where the rainfall levels need to be to prevent us from getting on the “Drought” list. Jim Purpura of Weathercurrent is hoping for a “March Miracle”, but for February, showers are looking like they’ll be a rare occurrence.
Secondly, this repetitive system of wet weather followed by warm means that mold is going to be a big problem for property owners this year. The amounts of rainfall are small enough to get into leaks, but not create the damage that will make a problem visible. That means that the water will create the perfect breeding ground for mold, meaning that property owners will have a surprise mold damage problem on their hands shortly.
Remember, mold can start to grow within 24-48 hours, and all it needs is food (which would be your property), water (your leak), darkness (that space under your roof) and heat (the dry, warmer weather following every rainfall we have this year). It is truly a recipe for disaster.
And what do we always say about mold damage? It’s three times more expensive to fix than water damage!
But help is at hand! Call us for all of your water damage restoration and mold damage restoration needs. Our technicians are standing by every day, all day and night, to assist you. We are a fully licensed and bonded construction company as well as a damage restoration company, which means that no job is too small or too large for us to handle. Worried about your insurance company? Don’t worry, we’ve dealt with them all and can lead you through the process. We help our clients every step of the way, so call now: 877-732-8471
Um, is it August? These Santa Ana winds are so pervasive this year–right now it feels like the height of summer, not the depths of winter. Many other areas of the nation, like Alabama, are facing extreme weather right now, and Washington State was just ravaged with winter storms that brought most of the state to a standstill. But, they’re still standing, unlike the towns in Alabama destroyed by this week’s tornadoes. [Read more…]
There’s ways to prevent water damage in your home that are just common sense—don’t let your 5-year-old run the bath water for themselves, for instance, or making sure you hire a professional install your windows so you know they are watertight.
But there’s smaller, less obvious ways that you prevent water damage by regularly checking the areas that are most likely to suffer from it. Modern homes have plenty of appliances, sinks, showers and other places where water is merely controlled by hoses, taps or buttons. And let’s not even get into how electricity and water do not mix! [Read more…]
This summer’s crazy weather created the perfect petri dish for mold in the Midwest, and with hot weather following flooding last week in Southern California, it’s likely to happen here too.
The Midwest started out in early summer with a string of days over 100° F, and just when they thought that a record-breaking seven inches of rain was a godsend, they find out it’s caused the highest mold count recorded so far this year.
This is according to the Gottleib Allergy Count, the official allergy count for the Midwest for the National Allergy Bureau. Dr. Joseph Leija, the allergist who performs the Gottleib Allergy Count, points to July’s mold count for the Midwest was 30,000, just 10,000 short of the threshold for an alert warning.
But warning to readers—that count is just for the outdoors. “Many Midwesterners experienced flooding in their homes which can easily cause indoor mold counts to be much higher,” explains Leija in a statement. “Even to dangerous breathing conditions.” Leija is the allergist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of the Loyola University Health System, and her statement goes on to point out that many homes are now pure poison for those individuals with respiratory conditions.
What does Leija recommend for sufferers? Cut out all soaked drywall and remove it, as well as carpets, tile, cardboard boxes and other porous materials. She also recommends to wash everything in plain water, including walls, floors and soaked items, then drying everything thoroughly.
Allergy sufferers should use an over-the-counter nasal rinse product, using the instructions on the package, to rinse out trapped mold particles and spores that will cause a reaction. Symptoms of respiratory irritation from mold include nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, headaches and post-nasal drip.
If you’ve had a flood here in Southern California, the recent high temperatures could be causing the same problems in your home. Are you or members of your family having trouble breathing, or experiencing allergic symptoms? Call Paul Davis Restoration of the Inland Empire. We can help remove mold from your home and make it safe for you and your family to live in again. Don’t create a bigger problem by trying to clean it yourself and cause potential hazards to your health. Call us now for an estimate: we’re open 24 hours a day to serve you when disaster strikes: (877) 732-8471 or use our online form.