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Mold FAQs from Homeowners

No one likes mold! Most people know that it can be bad for your health and bad for your home, but not everyone knows how mold grows, why it can be detrimental to your health, or how to get rid of it.

If you’re dealing with mold issues — or think you might have a mold problem — give Choice Property Restoration a call. We’re here to help!

If you’re dealing with mold issues — or think you might have a mold problem — give Choice Property Restoration a call. We’re here to help!

If you live in the Nashville area and think you have a mold problem, we hope you’ll count on the professionals at Choice Property Restoration to handle mold remediation for you, as this is one of our specialties. We would like to provide you with some of the questions we hear most frequently from our customers and our answers to those questions:

Why is mold dangerous?

Not all mold is bad for your health; in fact, mold can be found in some places without much concern. Furthermore, not all people are sensitive to mold. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some types of mold can not only contribute to hay-fever like allergies, eye or skin irritation, and wheezing, but there’s actually a toxic black mold called Stachybotrys that may be especially harmful.

I see mold on my walls, floors, or in my basement. Where does it come from?

Mold is usually the result of excess humidity or water damage. Water and moisture can get into your house in any number of ways, but we most frequently see water damage come from burst pipes, sewage malfunction, dam breaches, an overflowing washing machine, or flooding from excessive rainfall—something Nashville residents know about all too well.

How do I know if my house has mold or where it’s located?

There are certain places in a damp home where mold will naturally grow. Floors and carpets, basements and crawlspaces are prime targets. Basically, the lower an area is, the more likely it is to grow mold; this is why we often hear Nashville homeowners complain of mold on their carpet, tile or grout, and laminate and wood flooring. Walls, however, can also be feeding grounds for bacteria and mold, especially if the leak has originated from the roof.

Though mold is sometimes visible to the naked eye—or apparent to the nose, thanks to its strong musty smell—it just as often is completely hidden from a homeowner’s view, though he or she may see signs of it. If our team determines that the origin of a leak is especially mysterious, we will actually use thermal imaging to locate the source, as our thermal imaging cameras can find mold even behind your walls. We may also use digital hygrometers to test the humidity in your air.

Only a professional will be able to truly determine if you have a mold problem and suggest the best way for you to solve it. Call Choice Property Restoration, located in Nashville, Tennessee, at 615-866-7989 to solve your mold problem.

After the Flooding

Was your home recently flooded? We offer extensive cleaning and restoration services to help you make your home as good as new.

Was your home recently flooded? We offer extensive cleaning and restoration services to help you make your home as good as new.

If your home has suffered water damage from a flood, whether it’s a typical flood caused by heavy rain or something else like burst pipes or an overflowing dishwasher or washing machine, the cleanup process can be extensive. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets standards for restoration companies such as Choice Property Restoration to follow as well as provides helpful tips to homeowners who have suffered this tragedy.

We at Choice Property Restoration would like to share these tips as well as tell you some of the flood cleanup and restoration services we provide:

● use caution when entering your home

The most important thing to do if you have standing water in your home is to turn off all electrical power.

● protect yourself

Wear a vapor respirator, rubber gloves, eye protection, and protective clothing. Open windows in the affected areas for ventilation; you can even place a fan in a window to help ventilation. Work towards the fan while you are cleaning to keep from cross contamination.

● know what to throw away

Anything porous that absorbs any of the flood-contaminated water should be thrown away. What should be thrown away includes drywall, carpets and pads, mattresses, pillows, box springs, and particle board. This prevents mold growth. Wet clothing and many household fabrics may be salvageable, as long as you soak them in a washing machine for 10 minutes in detergent and hot water.

● open pockets of saturation

Part of the drying out process Choice Property Restoration can assist you with, the water line should be located and measured 15-20 inches above, and everything below that should be discarded. Base molding should be removed, along with portions of damaged walls and wet insulation. All flooring should be removed to get to the pockets of saturation underneath to clean, sanitize, and dry.

● clean aggressively

Another step we at Choice Property Restoration can do for you as a pressure washer is needed to thoroughly clean all salvageable materials in the house. After everything is cleaned, a strong disinfectant is liberally applied. With these sorts of chemicals being used, we recommend strongly you call a professional like the technicians at Choice Property Restoration.

● prevent mold growth

Mold only takes a few days to appear, so this step is very important. Mold grows quickly in a damp environment with temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees. Keep air flowing, and try to maintain moderate temperatures.

● dry out before rebuilding

You must wait until all moisture content falls below 16 percent before rebuilding, and this is where Choice Property Restoration comes in to use the latest technology and equipment to properly dry out your home, no matter the size of the area of the water damage. We use everything from dehumidifiers to fans to desiccants to wall injection systems to completely dry out areas that have been flooded by water.

If you have suffered a flood or any sort of appliance malfunction that has caused standing water in your home, do not hesitate to contact Choice Property Restoration as soon as possible to have our technicians come out to fix the problem quickly.

Help, My House Stinks!

Can't breathe in your own home? If your home stinks (literally), find out what's causing it and address the problem ASAP.

Can’t breathe in your own home? If your home stinks (literally), find out what’s causing it and address the problem ASAP.

Ideally, our homes are a source of comfort — our place to escape from the world. But it’s hard to feel comforted when a persistent, foul odor is wafting through your hallways.

The worst part about bad odors in your home — as if the stink itself wasn’t bad enough — is that a foul odor generally isn’t the problem itself, but a symptom of your actual problem. Odors might be an indication of a leak, or of subsequent mold growth, and those need attention before you can do anything to remove bad smells.

If mold is part of the problem, it can also be dangerous to fail to treat the problem properly — mold spores have been shown to contribute to a variety of health problems, particularly with people who suffer from respiratory illnesses like asthma.

Choice Property Restoration specializes in treating home odors and the problems that cause those smelly symptoms — so if you’re dealing with a smelly home, we can help.

If you smell a musty, old basement-like odor

A dank and musty odor — what we all imagine when we think of an old cellar — is generally alerting us to water damage, and potentially mold.

First, we need to find the source of any moisture intrusion — and that isn’t always obvious. At Choice Property Restoration, we use a variety of high-tech leak detection tools, like moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras, that allow us to locate even the best-hidden leaks.

Once we locate moisture problems, we can stop leaks, and clean, dry and restore materials, from carpets to walls. If mold has developed, our technicians are trained to properly mitigate mold problems safely and thoroughly.

If you’re struggling with animal odors

From misbehaving pets to invading raccoons and possums, animals can unfortunately leave some truly frustrating odors in our homes. With our specialized equipment, we can find the specific areas that are damaged and clean and deodorize materials that need attention, getting your air clear again.

Was there a smoker in your home?

Cigarette smoke can feel impossible to get rid of. Even after relatively short amounts of exposure to tobacco, smoke residue will keep that smoky odor lingering, and candles and fresheners do little to cover it up. We’re equipped with the tools and training to get rid of lingering smoke odors after a house fire — so as tenacious as tobacco smoke is, we can tackle it. If you’re getting ready to sell your home, or just bought a new home that still bears the habits of the previous owners, we can help get rid of that frustrating (and home buyer-deterring) smell.

If you’re holding your nose when you walk through the door, don’t worry — Choice Property Restoration can help remove almost any odor problem. Give us a call!

Residential Emergency Planning

Don't just sit there and wait for disasters to strike, prepare yourself and your family.

Don’t just sit there and wait for disasters to strike, prepare yourself and your family.

Natural or other disasters can strike suddenly at any time, and anywhere. A disaster can damage or destroy your property, force you to temporarily live somewhere else, cut your wages and other income, and/or ruin valuable and irreplaceable records, pictures and other keepsakes. The important thing is to begin planning now, before the unexpected becomes a harsh reality. The professionals at Choice Property Restoration can help you develop an emergency response plan that’ll leave you feeling as prepared and confident as possible.

The Importance of a Disaster Preparedness Plan

The American Red Cross, among many organizations both locally and nationally, encourages all households to make the commitment to planning for the “What if…” scenarios. Your family may not all be together when a disaster strikes, and because of this, it is important to plan for certain things in advance:

  • How you’ll get to a safe place;
  • How you’ll contact one another;
  • How you’ll get back together;
  • What you’ll do in various situations.

Taking a little time to work out the potential kinks on the front end will reduce the likelihood of serious problems on the back end. You’ll be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency by thinking ahead and communicating with others in advance.

The CDC encourages you to choose two places to meet in the event that you’re separated during an emergency: one place should be right outside your home in the event of a sudden emergency (e.g., a fire), whereas the other place should be outside your neighborhood in the event you can’t return home and/or are asked to evacuate. Everyone should know the address and phone number and how to get there.

Once your family is prepared, it’s time to look to your neighbors. In times of disaster, your neighbors will probably be the first ones available to come to your aid. Find out what resources your share and how you can work together for the common good should a disaster strike.

Disaster preparedness planning isn’t only for Californians, Midwesterners and Gulf Coast residents. Most communities can be impacted by several types of hazards, and knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and can make all the difference in the world when seconds really count. Contact us at your earliest convenience to see how our trusted staff can provide you with the confidence of knowing that you’re doing everything within your power to prepare yourself and your family for all of the possibilities in an attempt to set your mind at ease.

Common Repairs from Storm Damage

When a storm has caused much damage to your house and property, you don't have to worry too much. Just call Choice Property Restoration and we'll have your home back to normal in no time.

When a storm has caused much damage to your house and property, you don’t have to worry too much. Just call Choice Property Restoration and we’ll have your home back to normal in no time.

In Middle Tennessee, we have to be aware of and prepared for serious storms. We’ve all been taught to take tornado warnings seriously, and the flood of 2010 — with the accompanying moisture damage to so many homes here — made us all understand that there’s value in expecting the unexpected.

Part of being prepared for storm damage means knowing where you’ll turn if your home is affected. At Choice Property Restoration, we specialize in reacting quickly and effectively to storm damage, so that you can get your life (and home) back to normal as quickly as possible. And time really is of the essence when it comes to home restoration after a storm — storm damage often goes hand-in-hand with moisture damage, and the more time water gets to work into the building materials of your home, the more extensive the damage will be.

If your home has been damaged in a storm, Choice Property Restoration can help — we’re ready to respond when you need us. If you’re researching Middle Tennessee restoration or emergency services so you can be prepared in case of storm damage, you’re making a smart choice — and we hope we can be part of your peace of mind.

Some Common Storm Damage Repairs

If your home has been damaged in a storm, it can feel overwhelming — you have a lot to deal with in a short span of time, and in the middle of it, your living situation has been turned upside down. Part of our goal at Choice Property Restoration is to help make the process of home restoration and repairs less overwhelming. With over 35 years of experience in the restoration and construction industry, we’ve dealt with just about any type of storm damage you can come across. We’ll respond quickly, thoroughly analyze your damage and give you a clear, thorough explanation of what needs to be done to get your home, and your life, back to normal.

A few of the most common repair needs we see with storm damage:

Roof Repairs

From wind to hail to fallen trees, Middle Tennessee storms can wreak havoc on roofs. If a limb damages your roof in the middle of the night, you have somewhere to turn — Choice Property Restoration will respond quickly to protect the interior of your home, and make the repairs necessary to get your roof back in shape.

Water Damage Repair

Whether you’re dealing with a flooded lower level or rain damage that came through an affected roof, we can help. Choice Property Restoration specializes in thorough moisture damage repair, including properly drying out any affected materials using high-tech tools that can save surfaces like floors and carpet from permanent damage. If any materials, from your walls and floors to ceilings, can’t be saved, we can make the necessary repairs and replacements.

Stopping Mold, Mildew And Odors

Addressing and repairing initial water damage is only the first step — part of our storm-repair job is to ensure that moisture is totally removed from structures and materials so that secondary problems, like dangerous mold growth or lingering odors, don’t crop up. Using high-speed air movers and dehumidifiers and high-tech moisture detection tools, we make sure moisture is removed quickly and thoroughly in response to storm damage. Those steps can stop immediate storm damage from turning into a long-term frustration.

At Choice Property Restoration, we’re prepared to respond to your storm damage, whether you just need a small area of your roof tarped and repaired or major renovation/remodeling work. If you need help, give Choice Property Restoration a call — we’re always ready to respond in a heartbeat!

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