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February 24, 2017

Identifying Mold in Your Home

Identifying Mold in Your HomeThe idea of living with mold is pretty scary and there are several mold types that look similar to black mold. That’s why you need Project X Restoration in Denver to help in identifying mold in your home. If you have leaky pipes, roof leaks, lack of ventilation, floods, water in the basement, or condensation, you may have toxic black mold. Did you know that after your home has suffered water damage, mold can begin to grow in two days? That’s how fast mold can create a wide variety of dangerous health risks for you and your family.

An article in Black Mold Award Space, explains how to know if you have black mold growing in your home. Toxic black mold looks slimy and greenish-black. It needs water to grow. With water, it begins to feed off of organic materials like drywall, wood, and cloth. Stachybotrys Chartarum is the real name for black mold. It produces toxins called mycotoxins.

There are signs that mold may be present in your home, including musty odors, humid conditions, itchy eyes and runny nose, dizziness and headaches, long-term dampness, stained or discolored floors and walls, peeled paint and bubbling wallpaper, warped walls and bowed supports, or damp surfaces.

Identifying mold in your home is important because its mycotoxins can create symptoms like nausea, respiratory problems, mental impairment, tiredness, skin inflammation, hemorrhage, damage to internal organs, irritation of the mucous membranes, and immune system suppression. Toxic black mold can lead to permanent health problems and even death. The mycotoxins kill neurons in the brain and impair your mental ability. They can also cause nervous disorders such as tremors and personality changes such as mood swings and irritability.

As soon as you suspect mold may be in your home or business, call our experts at Project X in Denver. We will begin the process of mold removal immediately. The more you are exposed to toxic black mold, the more damage to your health. It’s also important that you have it removed the right way. If not, large amounts of spores and mycotoxins can be released into the air for you to breathe. At Project X, we’re experienced and knowledgeable in all the best practices for proper remediation.

If we find mold in your home, we will recommend that you and your family move out as soon as you can, until we can get rid of it. You don’t need to risk any more damage to your health from breathing in the spores in the air.

As for remediation, the first thing we will do is find and fix the water problem. Once the water is gone and everything is completely dry, mold will not be able to grow. We’ll then carefully clean up the mold-infected area. If repairs need to be made, such as replacing drywall, carpeting and any other contaminated materials, we can help with all restoration projects big or small.

Identifying mold in your home is just the beginning. But our mold remediation experts at Project X Restoration in Denver can take care of it for you by eliminating the black mold and returning your home to good health. Contact us today for more information and to schedule an inspection.

February 4, 2017

Is Mold Removal Covered by Insurance Policies?

Is Mold Removal Covered by Insurance Policies?Your home has been flooded. You’ve filed a claim for water damages, but now you’re wondering is mold removal covered by insurance policies? Unfortunately, damage is not always included in homeowner’s insurance. That’s why it’s important to address the water damage that could result in potential mold problems. However, if you suspect mold, simply contact Project X in Denver to help you get rid of the mold problem lurking in your house.

The Dangers of Being Exposed to Mold

According to this online resource, symptoms of toxic black mold include issues that affect your neurological, respiratory, immune, reproductive, and circulatory systems. Also common are problems with your skin, vision and eyes, as well as tiredness and discomfort. Mold can also cause a wide range of other illnesses. If you have mold in your home or have been exposed, you may notice throat irritation, coughing, eye irritation, and nasal stuffiness.

Addressing the Moisture and Mold Issues

If you’ve had a flood and are concerned about mold, give Project X a call right away. Our mold experts will conduct a free on-site inspection to identify the mold type and the extent of your contamination. The most important thing we’ll pinpoint is the underlying water problem that will need to be addressed in order to stop the mold growth. Finally, we’ll test the air for mold spores. If these spores are present, we can provide moisture control by decreasing the humidity level and applying adequate ventilation.

Once our mold experts inspect your property, determine the extent of the water damage and identify all mold-related problems, we will give you a removal and remediation plan along with a no-obligation estimate. We’ll then move forward restoring your home to a pre-damage state.

Mold in your tile and grout can be removed by scrubbing it using a mold-killing solution. Once all the mold is gone, a grout sealer can be used to prevent the mold from growing back.

If the walls have mold, portions can be sliced out and the rest saved. However, unpainted drywall will need to be removed. On painted drywall, often times you can wipe it down with the mold-killing cleaner. If mold is on your wall-to-wall carpeting, the carpeting needs to be taken up and thrown away.

A complete cleaning of your heating and air conditioning systems may be needed to get rid of the mold spores and toxins from the air. You should seal and insulate doors and crevices to make sure that condensation does not get in your home.

Is Mold Removal Covered by Insurance Policies?

Whether or not your insurance will pay for the mold removal depends on your policy coverage and may be determined by what caused the mold. Usually, insurance will not cover water or mold damage caused by improper maintenance and related flooding. Some policies provide coverage if it came from an accidental water loss like a burst pipe, while others specifically exclude or limit coverage for mold from those causes as well. It will really come down to your policy so be sure to read the fine print or contact your agent to make sure you’re covered.

If your home has been flooded, you may be wondering is mold removal covered by insurance policies? At Project X in Denver, we have a lot of experience in working with carriers and will help you figure everything out, including all the complicated paperwork. Even if your policy does not cover mold damage, you can rest assured that we provide quality work for honest prices. We’ll fix your water damage and eliminate the mold so you can concentrate on getting your life back together. 

January 9, 2017

Fire Damage Asbestos Removal

Fire Damage Asbestos RemovalAt Project X Restoration in Denver, we take pride in our commitment to help make people’s lives better during their time of need. Our ability to restore your home or business with honesty, integrity, and professionalism during fire damage asbestos removal is always a top priority for our experienced restoration team. We are locally owned and operated and our services come with a 100% satisfaction and workmanship warranty. So, when you need fire damage asbestos removal, we are ready to help you.

If your home or commercial building has suffered a fire that reveals the presence of asbestos, Project X in Denver can facilitate removal services to meet your unique needs. Our certified and experienced independent contractors are ready to take on any project, big or small.

What is asbestos?

It describes a group of minerals that were used for their heat resistance and insulating properties, particularly in acoustic ceilings, roofing materials, vinyl flooring, plaster walls, and duct insulation, as well as other areas before the dangers of asbestos, were known.

The types of asbestos that are regulated are Anthophyllite, Crocidolite, Tremolite, Chrysotile, Amosite, and Actinolite. Asbestos deposits can be found throughout the world and are still mined in Australia, South America, Canada, and South Africa.

In the mid-1970s, the EPA banned asbestos due to concerns over the health effects of exposure to carcinogenic asbestos fibers. Issues that were found to be linked to asbestos include cancer, lung disease, and mesothelioma.

Asbestosis is a lung disease that causes scarring of the lungs. Eventually, this scarring may reduce the function of the lungs. The latency period (the time between the exposure and the onset of the disease) is often 25-40 years.

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lung, the chest, and the lining of the abdominal wall, that is caused by asbestos exposure. The latency period is often 15-50 years.

Asbestos exposure can also cause lung cancer. If you smoke and you are exposed to asbestos, you have a much greater chance (50 to 84 times greater) of developing lung cancer. In addition, cancer of the gastrointestinal tract can also be caused by asbestos exposure. The latency period for these cancers is often 15-30 years.

Many older homes and commercial buildings still contain extremely dangerous asbestos fibers. So, if your property is damaged by flood, fire, any type of other emergency situation, or you are doing remodeling or renovation work, you’ll likely need asbestos abatement and removal from Project X. Immediate removal is the only way to ensure your property is completely safe again. With our help, it will be done properly and comprehensively to give you peace of mind.

What happens to asbestos in a fire?

If asbestos is exposed to extremely high heat like a fire, it can become brittle and breakable and turn into a very serious health hazard. This is why it is important to only work with experienced professionals to handle the cleanup after fire has damaged your property if it contains asbestos. Again, only licensed fire damage asbestos removal professionals can complete the job safely and correctly.

What happens is that once the fire causes the asbestos to be broken and airborne, the fibers can be inhaled by your family, employees, first responders, cleanup workers and anyone else who might be exposed to the site of the fire. This can cause severe issues and as described above, lead to a number deadly health issues.

We know that the smoke from fires is highly dangerous because it contains a mix of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, water vapor, fine particulate matter, hydrocarbons and non-organic and organic substances. But if there are asbestos fibers added to the mix it is especially harmful. You should stay at least 1,000 feet away from this type of burning debris to protect yourself from asbestos exposure. Protective gear will help, but you really need to be trained to know how to handle this situation. That’s where our professionals come in.

Once the fire has been extinguished, the asbestos and burned material residue needs to be removed by cleanup crews. Our Project X experts will examine the site and check out the roofing materials, ceiling tiles, insulation, asphalt, and flooring as they are the areas most likely to contain asbestos. We will respond quickly to identify and remove any potential threats posed to your health by damaged asbestos from the fire.

When and how is asbestos a hazard?

Asbestos is made up of microscopic bundles of fibers that may become airborne if and when they’re disturbed – whether due to renovation construction or something more catastrophic like a fire. If these fibers get into the air, you can inhale them into your lungs where they may cause dangerous health issues. Researchers still have not determined a safe level of exposure but the higher the concentration of fibers and the longer the exposure, the greater the risk of contracting an asbestos-related disease.

Asbestos-containing materials in your home should not pose a hazard to people if it’s in good condition. The asbestos should be left alone and its condition monitored. But if the asbestos is disturbed or the materials become damaged, then it can quickly become a hazard when the fibers separate and become airborne.

When you need help, bring in the professionals

At Project X, we are committed to our community and you. We’re locally owned and operated, have an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and we back all work with a guarantee. We’re proud to be Denver's trusted choice for cleanup, restoration, and remodeling, as well as fire damage asbestos removal. To get the job done right, we only work with licensed, certified and insured professionals. From estimate to completion, we'll manage and coordinate everything for you, giving you peace of mind that your home or commercial space will be safe and free of asbestos

If you experience a devastating fire, don’t hesitate to call Project X Restoration. We take on all jobs, big or small. We’ll handle your fire damage asbestos removal needs from start to finish.

December 27, 2016

Protect Your Home from Basement Flooding

Protect Your Home from Basement FloodingThere’s no guaranteed way to protect your home from basement flooding. One nasty storm or a burst pipe, and its game over. That’s where Project X Restoration in Denver comes in to save the day. Make us your first call if your basement floods, and we’ll respond no matter the day or time. Our experts will stop the water damage before it spreads and get your home or business back to its original condition.

To protect your home from basement flooding, there’s actually a great resource called the Handbook for Reducing Basement Flooding from the Institute of Catastrophic Loss Reduction. This complete guide gives suggestions on what you can do to be more knowledgeable, and of course, better prepared. Let’s take a look at a few highlights from the guide.

First and foremost, you should know what your insurance covers and if it’s adequate enough to cover a flooded basement. Talk to your insurance agent and make sure you have coverage for repairing water damage and sewage backups, as well as restoring your basement and replacing its contents.

How to Prevent Basement Flooding

While we all know that basements can flood, many of us don’t take the precautions necessary to reduce our risk. Here are six great ways to keep your basement dry or lessen the damage.

  1. Don’t Pour Oils, and Grease Down the Drain

Oils and grease should be thrown away. Don’t pour them down your drain because they can back up your pipes. They solidify when they cool and can cause a backup that could flood your basement.

  1. Clean Out Your Eaves and Downspouts

To protect your home from basement flooding, make sure you have good drainage from your roof. If you don’t clean your eaves and downspouts, clogs can cause water will fill up and spill over. In winter, pooled water may freeze, causing breaks and water to run down, which can collect at the foundation.

  1. Fill Cracks in Your Foundation

If the groundwater level around your home gets high, it may be able to get into foundation cracks and cause a leak. If you have cracks in your home’s foundation or walls, seal them up.

  1. Keep Catch Basins Clear of Debris

Storm sewer grates located on the street are responsible for storm runoff drainage to the storm sewer. These grates can get covered with debris and prevent water from draining, which can then cause or worsen flooding. Keep the debris away from the drainage grates.

  1. Check Your Sump Pump

A sump pump in your basement collects groundwater and pumps it away from the house. If you don’t have one, you should absolutely get one. If you do have a sump pump, make sure it’s sized properly, maintained, and has backup power.

  1. Be Careful of What’s in Your Basement

Since your basement is the most likely area in your home to be flooded, be careful of what you store on the floor. If you can, put your things in protective bins and up off the floor on shelves.

Also consider not putting expensive or sentimental items in the basement like TVs and other electronics, gaming equipment, pool tables, exercise equipment, heirlooms, and antiques.

Take Home Protection to the Next Level

There are several things that can be done around your home to make a flood less likely. While the scope of these projects might be beyond the abilities of a handy homeowner, they can certainly help protect your home from basement flooding. These are also great things to look for when buying a new home!

  • Foundation Drainage System – There are a variety of types, such as the French Drain, all of which direct water away from the home and its foundation.
  • Lot grading – Make sure the slope of your yard allows the water to flow away from your home.
  • Backfill – You should fill and grade any settled backfill areas close to your foundation so it will allow water to drain away from the home.
  • Fix Reverse-Slope Driveways – A reverse-slope driveway is one that goes downhill towards the home, rather than downhill toward the road. These driveways increase your chance of flooding. Think about changing your driveway slope.

 

We hope you find these suggestions to protect your home from basement flooding helpful. Of course, even if you take every precaution in the book, flooding may occur. That’s when you’ll be happy to know Project X Restoration in Denver. We’ll respond no matter the day or time. Our experts can mitigate damage and start the process of restoring your property right away.

December 7, 2016

What to Do if Your Pipes Burst or Freeze

What to Do if Your Pipes Burst or FreezeIf your home or business floods, you have to think fast. It’s better to know what to do if your pipes burst or freeze before it happens. The first step is to call Project X Restoration in Denver. We're available 24/7 and will immediately dispatch a team to help stop the flooding, mitigate the damages and restore your property. Of course, the best thing you can do is to prepare your pipes so they don’t burst or freeze.

Prepare Your Pipes

As you probably already know, water in your pipes can freeze when the weather gets very cold. This creates powerful pressure on the pipes and can cause them to break. Here are some ways to prepare your pipes and prevent them from bursting.

  • Have your faucets repaired and replace the washers.
  • Leave access doors or hatches slightly open to allow warmer air to circulate in the spaces beneath the roof.
  • Wrap insulation around your water tank.
  • Wrap thick insulation around your pipes.
  • Make sure your outside hoses are disconnected and turned off at the inside water valve.

What to Do if Your Pipes Freeze

If you suspect frozen pipes in your home or business, first turn off the water supply in case they burst. You’ll also want to protect your possessions by moving them away from the area you’re investigating.  And be sure to cover the electrical box to prevent any water from getting to it.

Now, it’s time to try and locate the frozen section or sections of pipe by checking the flow of water from your faucets and toilets. If the flow is very low or non-existent, then you may have a frozen pipe nearby. Feel the pipe to find the frozen area and check for bulges.

Once you’ve located the frozen section of the pipe, use a hair dryer or hot water bottle to thaw out the pipe. Don’t use a blowtorch because you may do more damage than good. Don’t forget to open the faucets near the frozen pipe, so when it melts it has somewhere to go.

What to Do if Your Pipes Burst

If the worst happens and your pipes burst, you should know what to do because the quicker you respond the fewer damages you will suffer and the sooner you can begin to restore your home or business. Here’s your action list to respond to a flood from frozen and broken pipes.

  • You must turn off the water supply to avoid flooding. Everyone should know where the water turn off is at your home or business.
  • Open all the cold water faucets and flush the toilets to drain the system of as much water as possible to avoid flooding.
  • Turn off your heating system and drain the system by opening the hot water faucets.
  • If there are any electrical boxes near the busted pipes, make sure you shut them down the main electrical box.
  • If you can, scoop and remove excess water. Get out of the way if you see your ceilings bulging.
  • Call your insurance office’s emergency helpline. They can help you begin the claims process and instruct you on how to get payment for your repairs.
  • Take pictures and notes of the damage and the cause.
  • Get the leak professionally repaired, keeping copies of the receipts and what was done.

Get prepared for what to do if your pipes burst or freeze, but if the unthinkable happens, don’t hesitate to call our experts at Project X Restoration in Denver. Remember, we’re here for you 24/7 and will help you through the entire process of restoring your property.

 

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