Mold and Mildew Allergies

Spring is here, and that means springtime allergies. But, just like plants in your garden will enjoy the warmer weather of the new season, mold and mildew like this time of year too.  Many types of mold and mildew can trigger allergies or make symptoms worse. So, what can you do to minimize the effects of mold and mildew allergies in your home? Let’s take a look.

Mold and Mildew Allergies

Allergic reactions are your body’s response to a perceived threat, mobilizing the immune system to protect your body from unwanted invaders. Allergies come in many shapes and forms whether it’s an adverse reaction to dairy, shellfish, medication, or something else.

Mold and mildew allergies are the result of the same kind of immune response. You’ve probably heard about black mold, which is also known as ‘toxic mold’. As the name suggests, this type of mold is hazardous to your health. Black mold is just one of many types of molds that can cause allergy symptoms.

The Symptoms of Mold and Mildew Allergies

Many types of mold and mildew are not hazardous to your health, but your body has an immune response anyway, causing allergic symptoms.

The symptoms of mold and mildew allergies include:

  • Runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Dry skin
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion

If you have seasonal allergies, you may notice that a lot of these symptoms overlap with springtime allergies. Getting your air quality tested is one way to determine if there is hidden mold in your home.

Preventing Mold and Mildew Allergies

No one wants mold or mildew in their home. However, these fungi are adept at hiding in places most people don’t normally go – the attic, crawl spaces, and unfinished basements, to name a few.

Preventing mold and mildew from occurring is the best way to avoid the symptoms of mold and mildew allergies. The best way to do that is to make sure your home is free from the conditions that they love to grow in.

Here are our top tips for preventing mold and mildew allergies:

Keep Your Home Clean

Spring is the perfect time to give your house a thorough shake-down. Dusting, sweeping, and airing out closet spaces will help keep your home as fresh as possible and reduce the where mold and mildew tend to congregate.

Keep Your Air Circulating

Mold and mildew love nothing better than stagnant, humid air. Keep your air circulating by opening your windows, installing fans, or turning on standing fans for a few hours a day.

Likewise, open your window if possible and circulate air in naturally humid spaces like bathrooms and kitchens when in use. This will help prevent moisture from accumulating inside the home, which in turn lays the groundwork for mold and mildew growth.

Replace Your Air Filter Regularly

If you have an HVAC system installed in your home, be sure to replace your air filter at least twice a year. If you or someone you live with has allergies, then you may need to replace the filter more often than that.

Replacing your air filter at the start of spring will ensure that your filter is ready to keep your air clean even when the pollen count is high. Meanwhile, replacing the filter at the start of fall will get you started on the colder months with a filter that’s not clogged with spring and summer pollen and dust.

If you don’t have an HVAC system, consider investing in an ionizing air cleaner to attract dust and keep your air clean.

Have Your House Checked for Mold and Mildew

Aside from seeing mold and mildew for yourself, the best way to know whether your house is free from mold and mildew is to have professionals check the air quality. If they do find mold and mildew spores during their tests, consider having professionals remove these unwanted guests from your home.

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Mold and mildew have a way of cropping up when you least expect them. If you find mold or mildew in your home, cleaning them with surface cleaner is only a temporary fix. To make sure that mold and mildew are completely removed from your home, call a professional such as Tidal Wave Response Atlanta. We’ll find the cause of the mold to address the problem at the source, ensuring that the mold and mildew don’t grow back immediately.

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Black Mold and Air Quality in Your Home

It’s easy to take clean air for granted, so for many of us, air quality is something we don’t really think about for most of the year. In the Atlanta area, pollen decreases the air quality during the spring while smog makes its impact during the summer. But did you know that black mold and air quality in your home should be checked regularly?

Black Mold and Air Quality in Your Home

black mold and air qualityThe term ‘air quality’ refers to the amount of pollution present in the air at a given moment. At its broadest definition, pollution refers to any airborne particles (also known as particulate matter) in an area.

It’s hard to detect poor air quality without the proper equipment because unless the cause of the pollution is obvious – such as in cases of wildfire smoke, pollen, or smog – the particles aren’t visible to the eye.

Molds and mildews growing in your home are large contributors to a decreased air quality. Fortunately, removing them and having them cleaned professionally can remedy the problem and keep you breathing freely.

Air quality can be influenced by many different factors, including:

Type of furnace in the home (eg. forced air / HVAC system)

  • Whether the HVAC system is cleaned regularly
  • Whether you have any pets
  • Type of carpeting and flooring in the home
  • Humidity and moisture levels in the home (increased levels can lead to mold and mildew)
  • Age of the home
  • How well the air is able to circulate and flow between rooms
  • And of course, the big one – the presence of mold, especially black mold

Testing for Black Mold and Air Quality in Your Home

black mold and air quality

Black mold doesn’t always grow in the most obvious of places. It’s most often found in crawl spaces, attics, behind walls, and insulation. That can make it very difficult to detect without specialized equipment.

You might be wondering how to know when to test the air quality in your home. The symptoms of poor air quality can make you feel unwell without fully realizing why. For people who have lung conditions, asthma, or allergies, poor air quality can exacerbate their symptoms.

Testing your home for air quality at least once a year can help you identify problem scenarios and allow you to fix the issue before it starts negatively impacting your health. If you’ve noticed sudden changes in your health, you may also want to consider having the air in your home tested.

Symptoms of poor air quality include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Allergies
  • Dryness of the skin, mouth, or eyes
  • Sinus congestion
  • Dizziness
  • Coughing and sneezing

On top of this, black mold can cause symptoms too. Symptoms of black mold exposure include:

  • Headaches
  • Watery eyes
  • Hair loss
  • Breathing problems
  • Ear pain and infections
  • Allergies
  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss or memory problems
  • Decreased concentration

As you can see, some of the symptoms of poor air quality and black mold exposure overlap. That’s why it’s especially important to have the air in your home tested to make sure that black mold isn’t to blame.

If your air quality test does turn up positive for the presence of black mold, it’s important to act quickly. While it might be tempting to start cleaning your home immediately, black mold is very hazardous to your health and is recommended to be cleaned by professionals. Otherwise, you could actually wind up moving the spores to other parts of the home and cause the problem to spread instead of eliminating the problem.

Tidal Wave Response Atlanta

Black mold is a pervasive and dangerous type of mold that can cause serious health complications. The best way to deal with black mold and air quality in your home is to let the professionals help. At Tidal Wave Response, our teams not only clean the black mold thoroughly, we find the source and cause of the problem and remedy the issue so that black mold doesn’t grow back immediately.

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Can a Humidifier Cause Water Damage?

Humidifiers can be a wonderful addition to homes with forced air or central heating. They keep the air comfortable to breathe and help prevent your skin from drying out, especially during winter or in places with naturally dry climates. But as wonderful as they are, can a humidifier cause water damage?

Can a Humidifier Cause Water Damage?

In a word, yes – humidifiers can cause water damage in your home. But it is important to note that this mostly happens with whole-house humidifiers.

Whole House Humidifiers

can a humidifier cause water damageWhole-house humidifiers are installed alongside the furnace and produce moisture that is then distributed throughout the house along with the forced air. The potential for water damage occurs when condensation begins to form on the inside of windows, starts accumulating on walls, or moisture is trapped in attic spaces.

Older models of whole-house humidifiers need to be manually adjusted to compensate for the temperature fluctuations that occur throughout the day. Without this adjustment, the imbalance of temperature between the interior and exterior of the home lead to the buildup of condensation at night. Correctly setting and resetting these older models can help prevent condensation and moisture problems, but it does need to be done a few times a day.

Newer models have automatic sensors to accommodate temperature fluctuations, so it might be wise to invest in a newer model to spare yourself not just the trouble of changing the settings multiple times per day, but the risk of the humidifier causing water damage to your home.

Single Room Humidifiers

Single room humidifiers have less of a tendency to cause extensive water damage through the home, but they do need to be cared for properly otherwise they can lead to the same problems as whole-home humidifiers – just in a single area instead of throughout the house.

Usually, replacing the water daily and the filter as recommended by the manufacturer should prevent water damage from occurring. Clean your humidifier at least twice a week using a mixture of water diluted with hydrogen peroxide. It’s also recommended to fill your humidifier only when you plan to use it. Storing water in the unit can encourage mold and mildew growth and spread spores into the air when used.

The Pros and Cons of Home Humidifiers

Just like with most things, there are pros and cons to having a humidifier in your home. Whether or not the pros outweigh the cons will ultimately come down to a personal choice.

Cons of Humidifiers

can a humidifier cause water damageExcessive levels of humidity can be problematic in homes because the added moisture provides the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. Over time, extra moisture can also seep into wood structures, cause damage to upholstery and furniture, lead to mold and mildew growth, and negatively impact your health. The EPA recommends that humidity levels in the home remain below 50% at all times.

Using tap water might be the easiest option to refill your humidifier, but tap water contains minerals that are dispersed into the air when the humidifier is used. These minerals settle onto nearby surfaces and look a lot like white dust. While this might seem harmless, inhaling this dust over time can lead to health problems.

Benefits of Humidifiers

But humidifiers have a lot of benefits – that’s why they exist in the first place! They can help keep your wood floors from cracking. For people with certain lung conditions, extra moisture in the air can help ease breathing and prevent nosebleeds and dry mouths. And, let’s face it – some of us like the feeling of extra humidity in the home.

Tidal Wave Response Atlanta

If your single-room or whole-house humidifier has caused water damage to your home, call Tidal Wave Response. We are water and mold damage restoration experts servicing the metro Atlanta area. Our technicians are on-call 24/7 for those unexpected late night water damage emergencies.

Keeping Pets Safe During a Fire

Keeping Pets Safe During a Fire

For many of us, our pets are a part of our family. And, much like our family, we want them to stay safe in the unexpected emergencies that can happen in life. Keeping pets safe during a fire starts with some planning.

Keeping Pets Safe During a Fire

Fires are especially dangerous situations for our pets. They’re just as scared as you are and can hide in the most difficult to reach places. Here are some of our top tips for keeping pets safe during a fire.

Keeping Pets Safe During a FireStay Calm

While it can be difficult to stay calm when your home is on fire, your pet will respond better to an unexpected, dangerous situation if you approach them calmly and with confidence.

Put a Fire Safety Sticker on Your Door

Put a pet rescue fire safety sticker at your front door. The location should be clearly visible to any firefighters. You can get these online, at your pet’s veterinary clinic, or at your local pet supply shop.

Microchip Your Pet

If you don’t already have your pet microchipped, now may be a good idea to do so. Microchips can ID your pets when collars break or fall off, greatly increasing the chance that you can be reunited with them after a disaster.

Make a Pet-Friendly Fire Escape Plan

If you don’t already have one, make a pet-friendly fire escape plan. Just like having a fire escape plan for your family can help minimize the confusion after a disaster, creating a pet-friendly plan will ensure that you already know what to do with your pet instead of having to think of solutions on the fly.

Your pet-friendly fire escape plan should include:

  • Locations of your pet’s favorite hiding places
  • Who is in charge of getting the pet or pets out of the home
  • Who is in charge of getting caged pets out of the home
  • Where the family will meet after evacuating the house
  • A list of pet-friendly hotels in the area in case you cannot return to your home after the fire
  • A list of boarding shelters in case you need to board your pet overnight
  • A disaster kit with your pet’s medications, food, a copy of their current medical records, a blanket and some toys, and ID tags.
  • The contact information of a friend or family member who has agreed to be an emergency caretaker in case you are out of town or unable to get home for any reason.

Keep Your Leashes and Carriers near the Door

By keeping your leashes or pet carriers in an area close to the door, you save valuable time instead of having to dig through a closet at the back of the house and potentially putting yourself at risk.

Caring for Your Pets After a Fire

After a fire, your pets will need time to recover just like the rest of their two-legged family members.

  • Keeping Pets Safe During a FireIt’s important not to let them roam loose; a frightened pet can bolt even though they are in a safe place. They are likely to be disoriented by all the change and confusion and will mistake safety for an uncertain scenario. Keep dogs on leashes and cats on carriers until you have a roof over your head again.
  • Inspect your pet – everything from nose to paws to tail. Hot surfaces can burn the pads of paws but go unnoticed until well after the danger is over. Contact your veterinarian or a 24-hour clinic if your pet has been hurt during the fire.
  • Know the signs of smoke inhalation in pets. Symptoms include coughing, red eyes, weakness or lethargy, singed hair, difficulty breathing or open mouth breathing, and singed hair.
  • Be patient and offer as much comfort and support as you can. While it’s easier for people to start moving past the trauma of a fire, your pets may not understand that the danger is over. Give them time and you’ll hear that purr or see that tail wagging again before you know it.

Fire Damage Restoration with Tidal Wave Response

Hopefully you will never have to use any of these tips, but in the event that a fire does damage your home, contact Tidal Wave Response Atlanta. We offer an emergency 24-hour assessment of water and fire damage. We’ll work with your insurance company so that you can focus on what matters – caring for your family and your pets.

kitchen fire safety essentials

Kitchen Fire Safety Essentials

Unless we’re talking about a campfire or a fireplace, an open fire isn’t something most of us want to deal with. Fires in the home can happen unexpectedly and cause a significant amount of damage within minutes. Kitchen fires, however, can be some of the most devastating types of fire. Between grease and gas top stoves, they can lead to significant and damage that can spread quickly. And, let’s face it – many of us have walked away from a pot on the stove for a few seconds. These kitchen fire safety essentials will help you stay safe in the event of an unexpected fire.

Kitchen Fire Safety Essentials

The best way to avoid a kitchen fire is to prevent the situation from ever arising. While there’s no 100% guaranteed way to prevent fires, there’s still a lot you can do to prepare. Keeping these kitchen fire safety essentials on hand will help you keep your kitchen and your home safe.

Baking Soda

kitchen fire safety essentialsBaking soda has hundreds of uses around the home from making the perfect chocolate chip cookies to deodorizing your fridge. Among other DIY home projects, baking soda can also be used to put out fires.

Keep a box of baking soda by your stove or cooking surface. That way, in the event of a grease fire, you can quickly extinguish the fire by pouring baking soda onto the flames.

An Oversize Lid or Sheet Pan

Fire needs two things to burn: fuel and oxygen. Chances are that a fire in your kitchen has found the fuel, but you can put it out by depriving it of oxygen. That’s why keeping an oversize lid or sheet pan handy can help put out a grease fire before it becomes a major problem.

Fire Extinguisher

A fire extinguisher is an invaluable part of any home cook’s safety arsenal. Make sure to get a fire extinguisher that is rated specifically for kitchen use or one that is rated for use around the home. Keep it near your stove in easy reach, and recharge it at your local fire station annually.

Timer

It’s easy to get caught up in social media, your favorite TV program, or the news and lose track of time. A timer is a great way to remind yourself that food is in the oven or on the stove.

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning your stove and oven regularly helps prevent the buildup of grease that facilitates the start of grease fires. Regular cleaning also helps cut down on cleanup time by maintaining the cooking surface instead of the occasional hours-long deep clean.

Smoke Alarm

Install a smoke alarm if you don’t already have one. While a smoke alarm won’t put out a fire, it’s an early alert system that is useful not just for fires, but for detecting carbon monoxide and gas that can lead to serious health hazards.

With these kitchen fire safety essentials, you’ll be prepared to respond in case a fire breaks out while you’re cooking.

Top Tips for Preventing Fires in Your Kitchen

There are many ways you can prevent fires in your kitchen. Here are our top tips.

  • kitchen fire safety essentialsCheck Your Appliances: Inspect your appliances for frayed cords, and don’t use appliances that have holes or worn spots in the cords.
  • Children and Pets: Keep children and pets away from open flames, and don’t leave when you are cooking, even if only for a few minutes.
  • Gas Stoves: If you have a gas stove, don’t use it if you smell gas. Open the windows in the kitchen, leave the premises, and call your local gas provider. Do not re-enter the home until the technician gives the all clear.
  • Electrical Outlets: A lot of kitchens are designed with spare counter space centralized around a single outlet. While it’s tempting to plug everything into a power strip, overloading your electrical outlets is an electrical hazard. Split up the cords between multiple outlets. If you only have one outlet, then consider unplugging any appliances that are not currently in use when using appliances.
  • Declutter: Move flammable objects away from open flames and hot surfaces before you start cooking. There’s nothing quite as unexpected as leaving a pot holder, plastic container, or plastic bag on the stove and turning on the wrong burner!
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What are the Most Common Types of Indoor Mold?

You may be surprised to learn that mold isn’t just a single unpleasant house guest. Mold is actually a family of fungi with many unique species. They grow not just in your home, but outside as well. What are the most common types of indoor mold? Let’s take a look.

What are the Most Common Types of Indoor Mold?

While there are dozens of types of mold, there are four in particular that tend to grow inside the home. These indoor molds tend to grow in specific areas throughout the house.

Cladosporium

Cladosporium is a very common type of mold that grows both indoors and outdoors. Its appearance is usually black or greenish-black but is sometimes brown in color.

Outdoors, it most commonly grows in leaf mulch, soil, and rotting vegetation, all of which have high levels of moisture.

Indoors, it is usually found in areas that have experienced water damage, are exposed to moisture, or are located in high-humidity areas like kitchens, laundry rooms, or bathrooms.

Cladosporium grows in a diverse variety of places in the home, including:

  • common types of indoor moldWalls
  • Wallpaper
  • Vinyl
  • Wood
  • Painted surfaces
  • Floors
  • Cabinets
  • Paper
  • Carpets
  • Windowsills

Cladosporium is considered a type of ‘black mold’ and may be harmful to the health. This type of mold is known to a decrease in air quality and may be a trigger of asthma attacks. Cladosporium may also worsen the symptoms of individuals who have allergies.

Testing and removing Cladosporium from your home is recommended to be handled by mold remediation experts.

Penicillium

Penicillium is a type of mold that may sound familiar. In fact, the drug penicillin is derived from certain strains of this mold. Members of this family of mold are usually blue or green in color.

While penicillin is useful in medicine, penicillium is a less welcome house guest. Penicillium grows in damp or humid conditions and is an indicator of increased moisture levels in the home. This type of mold also causes food to spoil.

Penicillium grows in a diverse variety of places in the home, including:

  • Walls
  • Wallpaper
  • Damp building materials
  • Damp carpets
  • Leather
  • Food

Like many types of mold, penicillium can worsen allergies and should be handled by a certified professional to ensure thorough removal from the home.

Alternaria

Alternaria is a type of mold that is typically green, black, or grey in appearance. There are over 200 subspecies.

Alternaria is typically an outdoor mold with concentrations of spores at their highest between spring and fall. When it does occur indoors, it’s an indicator of elevated levels of humidity.

common types of indoor moldAlternaria grows in several different places in the home, including:

  • Textiles
  • Food
  • Cardboard and paper
  • Plants
  • Soil

Much like other types of mold, Alternaria can trigger mold allergies and worsen the symptoms of seasonal allergies. It’s important to note that this type of mold can lead to infections and complications in individuals with compromised immune systems. Therefore, it’s especially important to keep Alternaria out of your home – or have it removed professionally once it’s taken hold!

Aspergillus

Aspergillus is a widespread type of indoor and outdoor mold. Much like other types of mold, it decreases the quality of air in the home and can trigger allergies. In some cases, exposure to Aspergillus can cause a lung condition known as Aspergillosis, which you can learn more about at Mayo Clinic.

Aspergillus grows in a diverse variety of places in the home, including:

  • Carpets
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Basements
  • Soil
  • Wallpaper
  • Paint
  • Leather
  • Insulation
  • Humidifier water
  • Decomposing wood
  • Plastic

Removing Aspergillus is important for those who have compromised immune systems and allergies to prevent complications from illness.

Mold Remediation with Tidal Wave Response

Regardless of which type of mold you have found in your home, Tidal Wave Response can remove these unwanted house guests. Our technicians are trained and certified in not only the cleanup but will locate and remedy the problem causing the mold so that you can rest easy.

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The Effects of Mold and Mildew on your Health

Mold and mildew are both fungi that grow in and from moist areas. Both types of fungi damage the surfaces they grow on by spreading seeds or spores. Once airborne, these spores can be inhaled or come into contact with your skin causing both minor and serious symptoms in people.  The effects of mold and mildew on your health can be serious, so it’s important to keep your home free from these spores.

If you’re smelling a musty odor in your place of business or home, odds are good that the culprit of that odor is mold or mildew. Obviously, visible mold or mildew is a clear sign of an issue. The bad news is that most airborne mold is invisible to the naked eye, yet still a serious health issue.

The Effects of Mold and Mildew on your Health

effects of mold and mildew on your healthSome people are more sensitive than others to mold. For these people, symptoms can include irritated eyes, coughing or wheezing, nasal stuffiness, as well as throat and/or skin irritations. People with chronic lung illnesses have been known to suffer severe infections in their lungs when exposed to mold. A 2004 study conducted by the Institute of Medicine found evidence linking exposure to damp indoor conditions to upper respiratory tract symptoms in otherwise healthy people.

Mildew is not always visible, and contact can breathing, touching or eating, often without the realization of doing so. While children and the elderly are most sensitive to mildew, any person who’s exposed can show symptoms. Much like mold, respiratory issues are commonly caused by exposure to mildew. Symptoms such as itchy eyes, runny nose, and general allergy-like symptoms are common, with some experiencing sneezing, coughing and difficulty breathing.   

effects of mold and mildew on your healthHere are some helpful steps to prevent mold and mildew in your home:

  • Keep humidity levels as low as possible, not exceeding 50% at any point during the day.
  • Be sure your home is properly ventilated, using exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom and make sure your clothes dryer vents outside the home.
  • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls or plumbing denying mold and mildew the moisture it needs to grow.
  • Consider foregoing carpets in areas such as bathrooms and basements that may have a excess moisture.

Regardless of who or where you are, we all need to be conscious of the amount of mold and mildew present in the air we breathe. As we’ve outlined in this article, avoiding any mold or mildew is impossible, but with the proper information and mindset, you can definitely help limit excessive amounts to help keep you and your family healthy for this season and the next.

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Restoring Water Damaged Antique Furniture

Flooding has become the most prevalent natural disaster in the United States. It’s difficult to comprehend the notion that all 50 states experienced a flood or flash flood in over the years spanning between 2011 and 2017, but it happened. In fact, if you live in an area with a high risk of flooding, your home is at a higher risk of damage due to flooding than by fire. Although rarely considered a cause of flooding, hurricanes, winter storms, and snowmelt all commonly lead to flooding. Even a few inches of water can cost you thousands of dollars and potentially some of your most beloved personal items. Restoring water damaged antique furniture is something we all hope to never have to do, but floods can change that within minutes.

Whether flooding occurs is due to a seasonal spring thaw or an unexpected storm event, the effects can be downright devastating to your home as well as your possessions. Once you’ve returned home in the aftermath of flooding, the process of determining what, if anything, can be salvaged can be a very daunting task. Time is of the essence when it comes to assessing flood damage, as each passing hour can lead to increased damage and could mean the difference between repairing and replacing your treasured antiques.

Restoring Water Damaged Antique Furniture

restoring water damaged antique furnitureAntique furniture is often highly prized and filled with priceless sentimental value, and can be extremely difficult to let go. If you’re anything like me, the mere notion of relinquishing my handed down antique furniture is too difficult to even consider. These items aren’t just filling the home, they bring comfort and joy that cannot be measured in dollars and cents.

Wooden furniture fares a decent shot of flood survival, especially if it hasn’t been sitting in water for an extended length of time. Although furniture made from manufactured products such as plywood usually a total loss, it’s often possible to restore solid wood furniture unless severe damage has been suffered.

Solid wood furniture needs to be properly cleaned and dried before restoration can take place. Moisture in furniture encourages mold growth and fungus, so properly drying the piece is crucial to the restoration process.  White mildew spots or blotches can be cleaned using turpentine or a solution consisting of equal parts ammonia and water. Veneers can be glued back on if the damage isn’t too severe. Use lanolin to restore the finish on wooden furniture.

You can expedite drying on heavily damaged furniture by removing all parts that can be disassembled, including drawers, doors and back panels. Remove any remaining dirt and dry the furniture in a well-ventilated space. Make sure to avoid direct sunlight when drying wooden furniture, as warping can occur. Don’t attempt to use force to open or close drawers, air should be allowed to circulate until the item is fully dried.

It is possible to salvage upholstered furniture if it’s come into contact with small amounts of clean water during flooding. Make sure to separate upholstery fabrics and colored items in order to prevent color bleeding, then begin drying to prevent mold and mildew.

Water Damage Remediation with Tidal Wave Response

Restoring Water Damaged Antique FurnitureNow that you know how to properly assess and restore your antique furniture, you’ll well equipped to make the next step in life with your prized possessions fully intact! If you experience a flood in your home or business, never forget that Tidal Wave Response is here to help, every step of the way.

Atlanta’s most trusted team when it comes to disaster recovery and household emergencies, Tidal Wave Response is who to call if you experience a flood and have water damage. Our 24-hour emergency service line (770-693-4568) is the number to call before you call your insurance company.  Tidal Wave Response is your most trusted partner in disaster recovery and relief.

can water damaged wood be saved

Can Water Damaged Wood be Saved?

Water has firmly established itself as arch-enemy when it comes to wooden objects. An organic material, wood is only able to resist the damaging effects of water for a short time. There are occasions where water damage can’t be avoided. You’re lying on the beach and soaking up the sun while on a family holiday, and suddenly a pipe bursts resulting in a flooded kitchen that’s impatiently awaiting your return home. Your wooden table, chairs, cupboards and shelves, even your hardwood floor have suffered immeasurable damage and you’re left at a loss of how, or even if repairs are even a possibility. Floods, in particular, have proven to be the most devastating source of water damage in the home. Can water damaged wood be saved? Let’s take a look.

Can Water Damaged Wood be Saved?

can water damaged wood be savedOnce the excess water has been removed, the process of deciding if any of your wooden furniture or items can be salvaged. The unfortunate ordeal of letting go of valued possessions is often a part of this difficult process. The good news is that with the right combination of elbow grease and a bit of luck, some wooden items can be cleaned and restored to their original condition.

First thing’s first; carefully inspect the extent of moisture damage to the wood to see if either repair or removal are needed. It is crucial that all rotting wood be separated from damaged wood and immediately discarded. Failure to do so will lead to the rotting of wood that can possibly be repaired.

As water leaves a piece of wood, shifting tissues cause the wood to twist or bend, which may result in cracking. This sort of bending or warping wood absorbs water then begins to dry out once again. Warped wood is usually easy to spot, just look for bends, cracks or uneven sections of a piece of wood that should have a straight appearance. Staining or discoloration, popped or loose nails, mold growth, table legs may no longer fit into place, joints hold edges together at odd angles and have an uneven appearance, and furniture may jostle back and forth or up and down when bearing pressure. Much of this is relevant to the amount of time these items were exposed to water, and if they were left to dry on their own. These are telltale signs of water damage and a clear signal you’ll need to give the item up or look to restore it.

Use a hydrometer to measure the moisture content of the wood. Moisture content needs to be at or below nine percent before you can begin sanding. Extensive water damage to wooden floors results in swollen and/or warping and some sections becoming partially detached. Typically in scenarios as severe as this, the only solution is to completely remove the wood.

can water damaged wood be savedDetermining factors when deciding whether a water damaged wood item can be repaired or must be replaced include the following:

  • If the item is solid hardwood or engineered hardwood
  • Length of time the wooden item has been exposed to water
  • Severity of damage

Once you have determined if wooden furniture or item can be saved, place it in a room with a dehumidifier for two to three days in order to remove the majority of leftover water. This helps pull water from the air as it evaporates from the wood, minimizing air saturation around the wood allowing it to dry as quickly as possible. Once the majority of leftover water has been released, sprinkle baking soda over the wood to aid in removing the remaining moisture.

Water Damage Restoration with Tidal Wave Response

Floods, burst or leaky pipes and countless other factors can result in either mild or catastrophic damage to your home and the wood inside of it. Now that you know what to look for when it comes to water damage you’ll be able to tell what can be repaired and what should be replaced. It’s always comforting to know Tidal Wave Response is only a phone call away for those emergencies and repairs that are outside your comfort zone or range or expertise.

Our 24-hour emergency support line (770-693-4568) is the number to call even before you dial up your insurance company, Tidal Wave Response is ready to assist and help get you and your home back in good standing. Tidal Wave Response; Atlanta’s ultimate resource and safety net for any and all water damage issues.

Mold and Mildew Prevention

Mold and Mildew Prevention In Your Bathroom This Winter

Turning the heater on (and up) can be a necessity for those of us living in a colder climate during the winter months. Many might not realize flipping that although the switch will definitely warm you up, it can also help create the perfect environment for mildew and mold during wintertime. Not only are these culprits an unpleasant eyesore, they both can be a serious health hazard that must be immediately addressed. Many homeowners have discovered that mold and mildew prevention is a constant challenge that needs regular attention to prevent it from growing and spreading.

Both mold and mildew are types of fungi commonly found in the home and have proven to be an established nemesis of bathrooms around the world. They thrive in warm and moist environments, and can easily spread from room to room. They can also grow on a multitude of different surfaces, from the shower, to your lunch or even a sheet of paper. This makes their removal and elimination especially difficult. If left unattended, these dangerous microorganisms can affect large portions of your home, resulting in potential health problems and property damage.

What is the Difference Between Mold and Mildew?

While mold and mildew do share many traits, there are a few striking differences in color, size and texture. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two, as well different types of each.

Mildew

Mold and Mildew PreventionMildew is a specific type of mold and can be easily identified as a surface fungi in the form of a patch of grey or white lying on the surface of a moist area. Mildew is usually found on paper, fabric or damp surfaces and spaces in your home and is usually much easier to remove than mold. The two most common types are Powdery and Downy mildew.

  • Powdery mildew mainly targets flowering plants and first appears as gray or white patterned spots that eventually become a yellowish brown or even black as the fungus grows.
  • Downy mildew typically grows on food, with varying appearance of yellow to brown depending on the surface type.

Mold

Mold and Mildew PreventionGrowing in the form of green or black patches, mold is a fungus containing multiple identical nuclei that penetrate beneath the surface of affected materials. Mold typically grows on food or insides structures like a crawl space or walls. While toxic mold is uncommon in homes that are regularly maintained, this form of mold has been proven to be a dangerous health hazard, resulting in allergies, irritated eyes, chronic headache, asthma and lung issues can be the result of toxic mold breeding within your home.

When all of the perfect conditions are present, ample food, moisture and a temperature between 41 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, mold will begin growing in less than two days. Microscopic mold and mildew spores are everywhere, including the air we breathe. The ‘food’ that mold and mildew require can range from the old loaf of bread on your kitchen counter to the leaky bathroom faucet or cotton rug next to the shower. Growth can often go undetected until spores have grown large enough to affect large areas of your property and potentially cause health issues for you and your family.

Mold and Mildew Prevention Tips

Mold and Mildew PreventionThe good news is that if you don’t provide food, warmth and moisture, mold and mildew simply do not have the resources needed to grow. Here are a few of the essentials measures needed to keep mold and mildew out of your bathroom.

  • Limit areas that Mold and Mildew can grow

Fungi thrives on quickly decomposing items like boxes filled with clothes, loose papers and books. Use caution and strategy when storing these types of items, avoiding external walls or windows that invite condensation.

  • Reduce humidity and Increase circulation

One simple measure when reducing moisture is to open windows and use fans. Cold air is less likely to condense in a bathroom with increased air circulation.

  • Be on the lookout for leaks

Leaky bathroom faucets and pipes can offer up the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Immediately tend to any leaks to avoid buildup of excess moisture in order to prevent them before they’ve become an issue.

Mold and Mildew Remediation in Atlanta

With the proper gameplan to avoid and prevent household mold and mildew, you’ll be able to have the ideal bathroom that’s safe and secure from these unwanted intruders. If you should ever encounter a bathroom or household matter that is out of your hands, it’s in your best interest to remember to Tidal Wave Response. Our 24-hour emergency service line (770-693-4568) is the first number to call.

Atlanta depends on Tidal Wave Response when it comes to household emergencies such as Water and Sewage damage, leaky pipes, roof leaks, wall moisture, foundation cracks, sink and toilet overflows, clogged toilets as well as cleanup and restoration services. Tidal Wave Response works with your insurance company to get your loss covered. In case of emergency in the Atlanta area; look no further than Tidal Wave Response to make the necessary repairs and get you back in the game.