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.