Monday, 23 November 2015

Fire Damage Restoration Pros Offer Advice on Fire Safety for the Elderly

When it comes to the elderly, the importance of fire safety can never be understated. According to statistics, Americans over the age of 65 are the group with the largest number of fire fatalities. Every year, more than 900 Americans aged 65 and up die in fires. An elderly man threatened by home fire in San Diego Last October 3, a fire started in a detached garage in El Cajon around 4:45 p.m. The fire raged and started to spread to the main house where a disabled 83-year old was home alone. According to the reports, the senior citizen, Earvin Brundege, suffered from dementia and Parkinson’s disease, and seemed completely unaware of the fire.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

What to Do In Case of Flood Damage to Your San Diego Home or Business

Floods can arise due to natural or man-made causes. Aside from causing catastrophic loss of lives and property, floods can also leave other harmful effects in their wake, including moss and mildew growth and contamination of drinking water. As you can imagine, human health is at serious risk whenever floods occur. A case of flood damage in San Diego The Veterans Affairs hospital in La Jolla recently experienced massive flooding on September 29, 2015 when a broken sprinkler caused $5 million dollars’ worth of damage. Local VA officials were compelled to temporarily reshuffle patient care inside the medical center, because patient areas such as the women’s program, sleep clinic, substance-abuse treatment program, hemodialysis, lab administration, and blood draw areas were affected.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

When Should San Diego Homebuyers Seriously Consider a Mold Inspection?

Mold thrives in both indoor and outdoor environments. When you’re in the market for a home, it is important to know whether there is a full-blown contamination inside the house you are looking to buy. All those airborne mold spores can pose potential health risks, especially to those with mold allergies and weakened immune systems. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) stand on the matter is that an inspection is not necessary if visible mold growth is present. Certain instances, however, make mold inspection absolutely necessary.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Water Damage: Can You Still Salvage Your Waterlogged Wood Furniture?

Wooden furniture and water just don’t mix. Perhaps you have some lovely antiques or modern wood furniture adorning your air-dry home. If by some unfortunate circumstance, a heavy floor or a burst pipe causes considerable damage to your wooden furniture, you need to act fast if you want to save it. Waiting too long can only increase the chances of a mold infestation. Follow these tips in the event of a disaster, and call on water damage companies like EcoPure Restoration for prompt restoration. Assess the Damage Before you wade through waist-high waters to rescue your expensive wooden furniture, assess the situation first. If you are dealing with a sewage back-up or a flood in your home, you should not go cannon-balling into the murky, contaminated water. That would only put your health at risk. Instead, call a San Diego water damage company for the proper cleanup, drying, and restoration.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Mold Removal in San Diego: The 3 Different Stages of Mold Sickness

In small doses, mold merely acts as an irritant. This is why the beginning stages of mold sickness can be similar to a basic cold or allergy attack. If you frequently suffer from these symptoms when you enter your home, it’s a sign that your home could very well have a mold problem. Contact a San Diego mold inspection professional to confirm whether or not this is the case. Late stages For mold-sensitive people, staying in a contaminated area for a long period of time may lead to the following conditions: constant headaches, vomiting, constant fatigue, diarrhea, weight and hair loss, sinus infections, sores, skin rashes, sexual dysfunction, and short-term memory loss.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Water Damage Professionals Offer Tips to Restore Your Wood Fixtures

Apply a thin layer of paste wax onto the repaired surface with a clean soft cloth. Work the wax into the surface until you achieve an even shine. You may use liquid or cream varieties, but paste wax works best as it leaves a longer-lasting finish. What about your home’s other wood surfaces? Just like wooden furniture, wooden walls, floors, ceilings, and etc. can sustain water damage if exposed to excessive moisture. If your home endures massive flooding, it will require more than the tips above to rescue it from water damage. Thankfully, you have help. Trusted water damage restoration experts in San Diego, like EcoPure Restoration, can repair and restore your home’s wood fixtures properly while helping you stay within budget.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Have you experienced Fire or Smoke Damage in your San Diego area home? Response Time Is Critical

After the experience of a devastating fire in your home, one of the first questions that come to mind is if the home could ever look the same again. The walls, ceilings, and furniture are often burnt, while almost all surfaces are either smoldered or covered with black ash, and the unmistakable smell of smoke seems to be all you can smell. In such dire circumstances, it is imperative to stay as calm as possible and remember that it is indeed possible to restore your home to its former glory by calling for the services of a San Diego fire damage contractor immediately. You need to do so within 24 hours of a fire disaster in order to prevent widespread secondary damage.

Monday, 2 November 2015

What to Do Immediately After Your Home Goes Through Flood Damage

When there is a heavy downpour, or the snow melts too quickly, especially in a natural disaster-prone region like San Diego, the risk of suffering from flood damage increases exponentially. This literally translates into thousands of dollars’ worth of home damage in the form of destroyed upholstery, wooden furniture, electronics, plumbing equipment, and other household appliances. Quite recently, Hurricane Dolores unleashed its fury and wreaked havoc across the county. There was such an overflow from the San Diego River that aquatic dwellers, such as crawfish, were seen crawling on the roads. The damage was so extensive, it knocked out electricity for almost 3,000 residents, while also overwhelming the drainage pipes and sewer systems in some neighborhoods.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Expert Flood Cleanup in the Garage: Dealing with the Damage Afterwards

A well-sized house will oftentimes have a garage located somewhere in the property, whether as integrated with the main house or a separate facility. Other houses, though, have the garage established out of sight as a basement garage, accessed through a downslope ramp. That tends to be a problem when bad weather sets in; the water flowing down there should be taken out through a flood cleanup team.

Taking Stock

Many professionals recommend that the homeowner do a number of tasks to aid the cleanup crew with their eventual duties. These include shoveling out any mud that may have penetrated into the garage, raising all important gear into unaffected areas, and alerting your insurer for a claim. You will need to check if the water was clean or contaminated and recheck if the waters reached anywhere else in the house. The main garage structure may have to be checked for leaks, while taking note of the high-water level.

If there was a vehicle in the garage at the time of the incident, it must be thoroughly checked for flood damage. Some insurers are not keen on compensation if the vehicle is not under comprehensive coverage.


It is possible that any tools may be dislodged. Account for all of them and clean as much as you can, especially tools like screwdrivers or torque wrenches that may rust over time. Make sure all power tools were safely disconnected and the power was cut.

Do not wait for the damage to set in before doing anything about it. Call your contractor now.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Water Damage Restoration Specialists Doing It Right in the Basement

The basement can be one of those places in the house that can be either damp and dark or warm and lively after a remodel. The big problem, though is that if the house is located at a place with mostly inclement weather, there stands a chance of flooding that may trickle down below. That can be the precursor of bigger headaches – warranting the immediate intervention of a water damage restoration professional.

Water Flow

One of the cardinal elements in any water damage removal job is to trace where the water may have come from. A close look at the entire basement area can reveal various clues such as cracked walls, leaking or burst pipes. Any changes to the house’s landscape may even play a role in terms of erosion and allow more water to push against the foundation.

Out with the Water

Some professionals advise waiting for clearer weather before a full water damage repair job can be made; the interim may focus on removing as much valuables from the basement that have not been touched by the water. The house’s power must be closed at the circuit breaker. The area can then be sealed off and accessed again for the cleanup. Your preferred contractor will use special removal devices to further expedite the drying of the structure before the damage sets in. Take the time to catalogue the damage to be accounted in your insurance claim.

Water can be either your friend or enemy, especially you’re talking about the basement in the latter case. It’s never too late to take out the water in the basement and clean up everything.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Categories of Water Damage

We all know that grimy water is hazardous to your health, which is why it is crucial to understand what kind of water you are dealing with in the event of water damage. Did you know the water that comes from a broken water pipe line is different from the water that comes from a drain in the floor? Are you aware of how dangerous dirty water really is? There are three distinct categories of water damage and their respective sources are clean, grey, and black water. The experts in water damage restoration usually gauge the quality of the water involved before they proceed with the removal process.

  • Category 1: Clean Water – the water originated from a clean source and does not pose hazardous effects if consumed by people. Category 1 damage is usually caused by broken water pipelines, and rainwater.
  • Category 2: Grey Water – this type of water is contaminated and may cause health problems if consumed. The common causes of category 2 include overflowing dishwashers and sump pump failures. In any case, this category has huge potential to increase rapidly to category 3 in two days if left untreated.
  • Category 3: Black Water – this type causes the biggest health problems. This category involves flood waters from rising rivers and ground surface water. It can contain bacteria, parasitic organisms, and even more deadly viruses.

The water damage restoration process depends on the type of water that has permeated your home. It is important to never delay treatment, especially if you’re dealing with category 3. Contact EcoPure Restoration at 858-2770-1850 or visit our website at

Monday, 5 October 2015

Cleaning Your House after Flood Water Damage

When left untreated for a long time, water can cause serious damage to your home and to your family’s health. Immediate action is crucial to help minimize the damage and somehow save a few of your valuable possessions. Your carpet and some electronics that are greatly hit by water are probably ruined and not useful anymore. Never treat flood water in your house lightly. It can start the growth of mold.

Mold growth inside your home not only ruin your furniture, walls, carpet, and other things inside your home, it can also affect your indoor air quality causing health problems, including asthma and other severe illness. One great way to keep your home safe and healthy for your family is to prevent mold growth.

  • Shut down your main power source immediately.
  • When removing items, always remember to move all electronic ones first.
  • Remove your carpets and place them where they can dry.
  • Get rid of water. Use buckets, old towels, and others things to help soak up as much water as possible.
  • Once you’ve soaked up the water from an affected area, use fans to dry out the area.
  • Use a disinfectant to get rid of any bacteria.

While you can plan a basic prevention routine, it is better to seek help from the professional water damage restoration company like EcoPure Restoration for a reliable, thorough fix. Contact us at 858-2770-1850 today!

Monday, 28 September 2015

Fast Restoration after a House Flood

You have a matter of days to restore your house after a flood if you want to avoid high costs and long-lasting damage. You can take the necessary steps in the first few days after a flood by knowing what actions are vital in restoring your home back to its former condition.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Mold Remediation after a Flood

One of the foremost worries that homeowners must be concerned about after a flood is mold. Mold can sprout quickly in the dank and damp conditions of your house, bringing with it a host of potential health challenges for you and your family. When you want to safeguard against this danger, and get your home ready to move back into soon, you should rely on professional restoration contractors to clean up and restore your house.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Structural Damages Resulting from Floods

Flooding in one’s home can throw many people into a panic as they quickly grab towels to soak up the water. While this method may get rid of the liquid standing in the middle of the living room floor, damage may already be done to the structural integrity of the home. Directly after a flood, homeowners should seek professional services to remedy the problem thoroughly, particularly when it comes to the following components.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Professional Restoration Services: An Overview

Professional restoration services are typically required after a home has been struck by disaster. Fires, floods, and other damages can leave a structure uninhabitable and a family without a home.

Cleaning up after a fire requires professional services.

If their homes are still standing after a fire, people sometimes believe that they can clean up whatever is left behind. In reality, however, the damages left by the firefighters putting out the fire, as well as the blaze itself, can be too dangerous. Professional contractors have the equipment and chemicals needed to clean up the devastation.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Water Damage: What to Do With Sagging Ceilings

Any sort of water damage, whether it’s from a burst pipe or a flood, can weaken the integrity of your home’s structure. Perhaps the most dangerous damage water can inflict upon your home is on the ceiling. Compromised, the whole ceiling can break down and fall on top of the home’s inhabitants. After a water damage incident, if you see your ceilings start to sag, here are somethings you can do to avoid disaster.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

5 Things that Increase Fire Damage Restoration Expenses for Businesses

Household fires can be quite expensive, especially if the house is big and contains a lot of valuable items. However, commercial fires can be even more costly, particularly if the business has expensive inventory or office supplies. The aftermath can also be more concerning for the business owner and staff, for they must deal with the lack of income for a period of time. Of course, exactly how the fire transpired, and how the damages were addressed or resolved will also have an impact on the whole ordeal. The cost of fire damage restoration services, specifically, can become especially high if these five things happen: 1. The building has a lot of flammable materials. If the business premises have a lot of wooden structures, combustible chemicals, textiles, and other materials that are not resistant to fire, the fire would probably consume these items easily, and the damage would be irreversible.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

3 Basic Factors That Can Affect the Cost of Flood Damage Restoration

In real estate, the location of the property significantly affects its price, and a more affluent zip code will make the home (and its insurance premiums) more expensive. A recent analysis of claims featured by The Wall Street Journal showed that payouts for restoring flood and fire damages in these neighborhoods are also higher (sometimes, even more than 50% higher) than other areas in the state. Experts in the insurance industry emphasized that the presence of luxury fixtures and furnishings in these affluent homes increase the price of claims as well.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Every Nook and Cranny in a Home Where Mold Inspection Is Usually Done

Mold infestation in your home can be obvious sometimes. You can easily spot signs, like visible green or black and brown growths in the indentations between your bathroom tiles. You can also easily see mildew on your shower curtains, or even stains on a wooden wall, which may indicate mold colonization behind the baseboard. On the other hand, some mold problems won’t be obvious, or the problem may be worse than it appears. Mold colonies could lurk under surfaces and within crawl spaces, such that you may not be aware that the growths are already causing significant structure damage to your property. Some mold species are also more toxic than others, and their spores could circulate indoors, which eventually causes sickness to the members of the household.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

How Common Clogs Burst Pipes and Lead to Water Damage in San Diego Homes

When you hear about “floods”, you might think of those caused by natural disasters, such as those epic ones that occurred in San Diego as a result of hurricanes. You might also think that there are more flood damage claims arising from these calamities compared to other kinds of causes. It’s interesting to find out; however, that the opposite is true. In a study featured by The Wall Street Journal, household incidents like burst pipes were more often to blame for flood damage in residential properties across the country, instead of weather-related incidents. Thousands of filed insurance claims were analyzed to determine that the top reasons for household floods, such as basement flooding, were mostly resulting from damage inside the house, like a faulty faucet or an overflowing washing machine.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Why Is There Mold in Your Bathroom?

If there’s one place in your home which is always at risk of getting a mold infestation, it’s your bathroom. There’s nothing mold likes more than dank, damp, and humid places – and your bathroom is all of the above. If you see significant mold growth in your bathroom, the first thing you should do is call for professional mold removal experts. After that, it’s your job to make sure mold never comes back by eliminating common sources in your bathroom.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Identifying Mold

Identifying mold growth in your home is an urgent task; which isn’t to say you should check for it daily--that would be time consuming and absurd. What would be more practical is to learn the signs of mold growth and learning to identify their source. Here at Ecopure Restoration, we suggest running through these signs before calling an expert:


One sign that there might be a growth in your home is if you’re constantly getting allergies while indoors that clear up once you’re outside. Another sign is a persistent odor of dampness or mustiness. Even if you cannot see the origin of the smell, there is a good chance that it is growing underneath walls or floors.


Visible amounts of mold may start as small clusters at first, which is easy to mistake for dust or soot. Do not think that by wiping away these patches that you are nipping the problem in the bud. There is most likely a bigger colony that may not be in the same area. Other signs of growth can be chipped, bubbling, crackling paint or wallpaper. Discoloration, water stains, warping and bulging walls are also a good sign that there may be mold in the immediate area.


If you have continuous moisture problems, you also have to consider that your house is a breeding ground waiting to happen. Notice where condensation on metal pipes and windows occur often, this can be a site for future mold growth. Obviously, leaks and floods also contribute to the problem.

Once you have ascertained that there is mold on your home, do not waste time as mold can get toxic pretty fast. Call EcoPure Restoration for reliable mold remediation.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Flood Damage Restoration & Your Insurance Company

In the event of a flood disaster, the majority of homeowners are covered by insurance that accommodates most water and fire damages, which usually offers some solace to the victims. Yet, as most people are aware, and too many may have experienced, dealing with a claims adjuster is often a tricky part of the process.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Fire Damage Restoration: Strictly for the Pros

The fire trucks may have left the scene but without a prompt and proper response, the real damage and its associated costs are just beginning. Of course, the flames may have done their fair share of destruction, but the water used in extinguishing it, along with the thick billowing smoke in the air, pose a problem that could be potentially worse.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

How Prepared Are You for a Disaster?

Most homeowners expect dealing with disasters like floods and fire. They set up extinguishers around the house, make sure that furniture can be moved at any time and buy insurance. In implementing these measures, one makes himself capable of reacting to the accident as it happens. However, a lot of people are unprepared for the consequent clean-up after. Floods, for instance, require immediate attention as water damage is a time-sensitive threat. Here are some tips for effective DIY clean up:

How to Do Immediate Clean Up

DUMP EXCESS WATER: Obviously, one should remove all standing water in the flooded area, best done through a water pump.

TAKE FURNITURE/SOILED OBJECTS OUT: Put all affected furniture outside in order to be aired out. Dispose of anything that is too damaged for repair. For books and pictures, wipe them down gently with a wet cloth and let air dry.

REMOVE MUD: It’s possible that the water entering your home is brackish and as such will have mud. This can be cleaned with a shovel, much like one clears a path during a snowstorm. Just make sure that you wear rubber boots and gloves as a precaution as the mud may contain dangerous bacteria and germs. After cleaning, you may also clear away residual mud with a hose.

CLEAN AND DISINFECT: Fill a bucket with warm water and add two tablespoons of chlorinated bleach per gallon. Scrub all affected walls, floor, shelves and other affected areas of the house with this mixture. This will help disinfect the house.

REDUCE MOISTURE: Open windows and doors in order to air out the area. It will not be wise to turn on electricity for this purpose until an electrician has checked the premises.

These steps are all good emergency care for water damaged homes. But for expert flood cleanup and water damage restoration, contact EcoPure Restoration for excellent service you can trust.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Short and Long-Term Effects of Water Damage

Water damage can originate from various sources. Sometimes, it’s a busted plumbing system, spillage from a washing machine, or overflow from a dishwasher. Other times, the damage could result from terrible weather conditions, like floods and snow storms, which seep into the building from a leak in the roof or a crack in the foundation and walls.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Guide to Mold and Remediation in the Home

Molds, those greenish black unsightly substances that tend to grow pretty much anywhere provided there is a presence of an organic source oxygen and moisture – walls, ceilings, furniture and even clothing materials.

Over the years, there have been rising concerns regarding indoor exposure to mold, which could negatively impact the health of residents, or sometimes even cause severe allergic reactions. There are ongoing scientific studies which seek to link mold exposures to adverse health conditions.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Dealing with the Aftermath: What You Must Do After a Fire in Your Home

There’s no force in the world that’s as destructive as fire. More than completely obliterating everything it consumes, fire can deal terrible damage to your personal life. For sure, having to face the aftermath of such a disaster can be just as stressful and troubling as the disaster itself. Nevertheless, recovering from fire damage can be simplified if you follow a few tried and tested steps. Keep in mind that the tips in this article do not talk about dealing with a fire situation, but what comes afterwards. Let these tips prepare you so you will know what to do in case fire damage ravages your San Diego home.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Flood Damage Restoration: Does Your Homeowner’s Insurance Cover It?

Flooding poses a huge potential problem for many homeowners and renters nationwide. Flooding caused by storms or hurricanes, most especially, can result in damages that cost thousands of dollars to repair. The Atlantic Coast hurricane season has begun, and Louisiana and Oklahoma have already had their share of storms that dealt severe flooding. By mid-June, insurance regulators have begun reminding folks with flood insurance policies to file flooding claims as soon as possible. With the Pacific hurricane season already underway, now’s the time to ensure you’re fully insulated financially should such a catastrophe ravage your San Diego home.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Mold Inspection and Removal: What Employers and Landlords Must Know

Employers, landlords, and commercial property owners or managers have multifaceted responsibilities. You have to check and continuously improve the financial activities and day-to-day operations of your business. You have to assess the general condition of your property, especially certain aspects that can affect how lucrative your business can be, such as the functionality and aesthetics of your facilities. The health and safety of your staff, residents or customers, and other building occupants should be one of your top priorities. When you assure this factor, you can maximize profits from your business by preventing costly insurance expenses and lawsuits that can arise from illnesses and injuries. You also protect and promote your reputation to attract investors or customers.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Fire Safety Tips

Fire is among the most horrifying disasters that can happen in life. Losing property to a fire is so devastating that one could wonder how one could ever recover from it. Fire can eat up everything we have, even our loved ones’ lives. It is important to be wary to avoid huge property damage. Here are some basic tips to consider.

Kitchen and Heater

  • Try to avoid dozing off if you have the stove or oven running.
  • Use a timer to remind you of the food that you are cooking
  • If your oven doesn’t have a timer, your phone or a traditional alarm clock will do
  • Keep food packaging away from stove top area
  • Put a fire extinguisher near the kitchen
  • Never leave heaters running all day or night
  • Keep the heater out of reach of children and pets
  • Make a fire escape plan

In Case of a Power Outage

A candle is a dependable companion during unexpected power outages so it’s important to keep our temporary lights attended.
  • Extinguish candles before going to sleep or when you’re going out
  • Keep a few feet’s distance between candles and any flammable objects
  • Use candle holders with flat surfaces
  • Use flashlights instead of candles if they’re available and more practical 

In Case of Sudden Fire

Just the idea of getting victimized by fire is frightening, so it’s in our best interests to take every precaution. In case fire happens, call the firemen hotline ASAP and move out from the burning area. Inform the neighborhood of what’s happening and seek help. Wait for the firemen and don’t enter your home without the authorities’ go signal. After the fire is out, call a professional restoration company for help. EcoPure Restoration is 24 hours on call. They will assist you in cleaning and inspecting your home for restoration and mold remediation needs. Save 858.277.15 in your phone directory so you always know who to call when it’s time to rebuild.

San Diego Sewer Backups: On Prevention and Water Damage Restoration

No matter how deep or shallow they are, floods can be devastating to any home. Even a plumbing leak that turns your kitchen, bathroom or basement into a large puddle can bring substantial destruction to your property. Furthermore, the effects that would linger after the flood gets cleared up—like rot, foul odors, mold and other signs of water damage—can be difficult to deal with. One of the common causes of flooding is blocked catch basin grates in the streets. When the San Diego rainy season rolls in, the storm runoff can push leaves, trash and other debris toward this catch basin, which would prevent drainage of rainwater into the city sewers. Of course, when the storm is too strong, the amount of precipitation will be enough to overload the sewer systems, which would result in flooding.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Minimizing Property Damage in Case of Flood

Floods can cause thousands of dollars in property damage per home. While the risk of flooding cannot be totally averted, homeowners can at least minimize the damage and ensure the safety of your family simply by being prepared. Doing so can help speed up the recovery process so things can go back to the way they were. Here are three steps you should take in case of a flood in your area.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Factors that Affect Fire Damage Restoration Costs

If your home or place of business was recently damaged in a fire, you would naturally think of remediation right away. You would want to restore your home or business to make it livable again or to resume your operations. Of course, the cost of the restoration will be a concern, which you need to minimize by acting accordingly.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Before and After Flood Preparation

Floods can be destructive in many ways. We need to understand that nobody is really safe when it comes to disasters and calamities. In fact, there is no such safe place in this world. Proper preparation is key to cope with this situation. People from other regions who have not witnessed rain and typhoons their whole lives might be shocked when they experience one. Negligence of proper planning can cause more casualties and damage in properties and livelihood.

Awareness Checklist

Every household needs a survival plan for uninvited calamities that might occur any time of the day. But first, make sure to understand the following:
  • Do research on the flood risk to your area
  • Prepare home and other properties
  • Know how to respond when water comes
  • Recover after a flood

Before Flood

  • Pack an emergency backpack with all your essential needs such as bottled water, canned goods sanitary necessities and medication in case of evacuation needs
  • Evacuate as soon as possible when the authority tells to do so
  • Find higher ground if a flash flood is expected
  • Turn off the general switch at home and disconnect electrical appliances

During a Flood

  • Avoid walking through moving water
  • If you really need to walk through water to go somewhere, choose a path where water is not moving
  • Have a stick with you to check the firmness of the ground where you intend to walk
  • Do not drive in flooded areas
  • Abandon your vehicle and move to higher ground
  • Never touch any electrical equipment especially if you are wet or standing in water

After a Flood

  • Stay updated through community radio for latest updates on the flood and the weather
  • Avoid floodwater that may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage
  • Be attentive—the water might be electrically charged
  • Know the areas where the flood waters have receded
  • Report the downed power lines to power companies as soon as possible
  • Return home only when authorities announce that it is safe
  • Avoid buildings surrounded by flood water
  • Clean and sanitize everything that got wet by flood water. It can contain sewage and chemicals that can be hazardous to your health
  • Call cleaners and restoration experts for more extensive remediation 

Why DIY is not Recommended for Flood Cleanup

You can always do-it-yourself whenever you want. It is understandable that doing-it-yourself can save you money, but not time and effort. You have been through the distress of flood occurrence and you might want to rest from the stress of what had happened. Getting experienced and reliable professionals in flood cleanup and water damage restoration is the best option you can have at this moment. EcoPure Restoration has been serving San Diego residents for emergency cleanup and restoration needs. Visit for more details.

Monday, 29 June 2015

San Diego Fire Damage Restoration Tips: Finding a Temporary Abode

In the event of fire, you will need to take some time to grieve your loss and gather yourself so that you can move forward. That being said, it’s common for a displaced homeowner to rent a property while he awaits the repairs that the San Diego fire damage restoration professional is carrying out on his home. Having the appropriate documents will help you avoid delays and increase the chance of moving into a rental home quickly. The following are important records that a homeowner should gather prior to finding a rental: - Credit report – Obtaining a copy of your credit history through an authorized credit reporting agency can help hasten the application process. Your prospective landlord can secure a copy of this for you if you supply him with some information.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

San Diego Flood Damage: What to Do in Case of Flooding in Your Area

Flood cleanup must start as soon as possible after the waters recede. This will keep damage to a minimum, helping manage your cleanup/restoration expenses. You can get started with the drying process, but it’s important to call in a San Diego flood damage professional to make sure the job is done thoroughly and correctly. - If not done right - A proper and thorough water removal and drying process helps reduce overall damage, and therefore your repair costs as well. If the process is not done right, water can still be left standing in your home’s structure, leading to loose floorboards, warped drywall, soggy carpets, and worst of all, growth of harmful mold. Thus, it’s in your best interests to hire a San Diego flood damage expert to take care of flood damage the right way.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

San Diego Mold Inspection and Remediation—Face to Face with Black Mold

Black mold produces a strong mycotoxin. It usually grows on fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, dust and lint or any surface with high concentration of cellulose and nitrogen. Where there is moisture and excessive humidity, there’s a likelihood of black mold growing on a solid or pervious surface inside a home. The spores produced by black mold are extremely harmful and they can spread throughout the house in various ways. They may come from outdoors and be brought in by air through the windows or doors. If the mold originated in the house, the spores may be spread by the ventilation system throughout the house. This is far more risky since the spores can reach all rooms and be breathed in by any household member, which is why it’s crucial to hire experts in mold inspection from San Diego to have the home secured before turning on the HVAC system.

Confirming Mold Growth with Professional Aid

Sometimes, a homeowner may not realize that there is  already a mold problem in the house, especially if it’s an unusual species. Commonly, mold appears as a moist green substance, but they can also appear as white threads or clusters of gray spots. Aside from that, their color can range from gray, to brown, to black. At times, they can even appear orange, pink, or purple.

If you’ve had any long-term moisture problems at home, that’s a strong sign that you may already have an existing mold problem. Some signs of mold growth include water stains or discoloration on home features such as walls, floors, and ceilings. Other signs include peeling, cracking, or warping of paint or wallpaper. Try to run your hand across your walls. Do some areas feel damp? That’s another sign of mold growth.

If you suspect mold growth but can’t confirm it, you can have qualified restoration professionals perform a mold inspection and indoor air quality test on your home. With the tools and techniques at their disposal, restoration professionals can accurately confirm mold growth. Aside from that, specialists can precisely identify where these fungi are growing, and what needs be done to get rid of them safely and permanently.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

San Diego Water Damage Experts Urge Quick Cleanup to Stop Mold Growth

Before starting to remedy mold growth, a homeowner should first measure just how far the mold has spread into the house. If the affected area is above 100 square feet, it’s time to hire San Diego water damage professionals to do the cleaning. They have the heavy equipment necessary to completely eradicate the molds and dry clean the affected area to prevent it from growing back. If it’s a flooded basement, however, mold may have started growing on damp surfaces and textiles that have been soaked in water. The homeowner may prepare the basement for professional cleaning by trying to at least remove standing water to expose the surface that requires thorough cleaning. Most hard surfaces that have mold can be cleaned by scrubbing with detergent solution, while soft and pervious materials are usually no longer salvageable.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Minimizing the Effects of Water Damage

It’s best to stay in bed and relax while watching the raindrops fall. But how can you sit back when you know that there might be water dropping from the roof that can cause flood indoors. Water damage at home can be bothersome at times especially during rainy and winter seasons. Aside from that, water damage can also be present in different parts of home so it’s necessary to establish a regular surveillance schedule on the vulnerable areas. While winter season is not yet coming, it is advisable to check for any crack and leakage that can cause flooding, which can lead to unwanted mold growth.

A leaky dishwasher, malfunctioning appliances, clogged toilets, faulty pipes, HVACS (heating, ventilating and air-conditioning units), leaking roofs, and natural disasters are some of the most common causes of water damage. Make sure to remediate leakages as soon as possible to prevent further damage and avoid costly water damage restoration services.

Practices to Reduce Water Damage Risks

Upon knowing the aforementioned causes of water damage, you know now your prospect areas for inspection. Although water damage is not easy to assess at a glance, the following practices can give you a head start to get rid of the plight.

  1. Start scrutinizing the places where there is water presence such as kitchen sink, toilet, pumps and pipes, and roofs
  2. When cracks and faults are noticed, call the experts immediately
  3. Put delicate materials in higher locations such as appliances as well as hazardous materials
  4. Turn off electricity where floods might happen to avoid electrocution
  5. Avoid entering rooms with sagging or slumping ceilings
  6. Safely clear off the snow after winter and ensure proper ventilation
  7. Prepare your family and discuss what to do when flood happens

Prevention is better than solution. Ensure that everything is restored properly to keep safe of your family. EcoPure Restoration has the modern equipment best fit for water damage restoration needs. Our team of experts will assist you to avoid the possibility of expensive restoration and floor replacement in case of water damage situations.

What are the Issues Associated with a Wet Carpet?

You may already know that excess moisture can ruin a carpet, but do you know that there’s a name for the type of damage it does? Carpet delamination is a condition wherein the carpet’s primary and secondary backing separate. Once a carpet has delaminated, it becomes  wrinkled, and loses  its ability to stretch, requiring replacement in the near future.

You can prevent carpet delamination by contacting a water damage restoration company right after a flood in your home or office. These professionals will be able to remove excess moisture from your carpet, ensuring that your precious floor coverings continue to serve you longer.

There’s still some bad news, though, as carpet delamination might just be the least of your worries. As if that wasn’t trouble enough, water-soaked carpets can lead to the growth of harmful mold and mildew, which, if inhaled or if it comes into contact with the skin, can lead to various dermal, respiratory, and even nervous system problems.

A wet carpet is an issue that has to be dealt with immediately. To prevent the costly consequences of carpet destruction, and to ensure your family’s overall health, contact professional water damage restoration technicians, and let them take care of your soaked carpet problem for you.