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April 9, 2018

7 Must-Know Signs of Dangerous Mold In Your Home

signs of moldMold is not only smelly and disgusting, it can also be dangerous. And when spores get into the air in your home, they can be nearly impossible to remove.

If you see the signs of mold in your home, it's easy to get disheartened or even overwhelmed. But there are ways to get your home back.

The key is to catch the problem early on and take immediate action. If you are living in a home with signs of mold and you don't take action, the problem can grow out of control quickly.

Keep reading to learn the warning signs so that you can clear mold from your home before it becomes a serious problem.

1. That Horrible Odor

One of the most distinctive signs of mold is its horrible odor. The pungent smell takes over a space making it almost impossible to be in.

If you notice a persistent odor in your home, then mold could be at the root of your problem. You should hire someone to come inspect to see if there is any present.

2. Visible Signs of Mold

You may find it obvious that visible growth is one of the signs of mold, but many people don't notice small amounts until its too late.

They may mistake the mold for soot or dirt or just ignore it until it becomes a bigger issue.

If you can see any mold growing in your home or business, even if it's only a little bit, you should call for an inspection immediately.

A small patch of mold will spread quickly if the conditions are right. What's now a small annoyance can turn into a major problem seemingly overnight.

In fact, if you have visible mold, it can be a signal of a much larger colony growing out of sight on the other side of your walls.

Sometimes it's difficult to distinguish if a stain is a mold since there are so many different kinds. It can be white and thread-like or black and blotchy. It can appear in small clusters of spots or cover a surface.

3. A Known Moisture Source

Many people let problems continue until they get out of hand. If you have a known moisture source in your house like a bathtub or shower leak, then this can quickly lead to the development of mold.

If you know that you have a leaking pipe, you should do something about it immediately. Mold will go quickly in the area around the leak, even if its initial growth is out of view.

4. Respiratory Problems

Mold is known to cause serious health problems.

They include:

  • Shortness of Breath
  • A Chronic Cough
  • Sinus Congestion
  • Skin Inflammation
  • Irritation of Mucous Membranes
  • Internal Organ Damage
  • Nausea
  • Hemorrhage
  • Immune System Suppression

There is no way to relieve these problems without getting all the signs of mold out of your home. Once it has been eradicated, your body will start to recover and your symptoms will subside.

But if you are exposed to black mold for a prolonged period of time, then you can experience permanent lung damage. Make sure you get help restoring your home when you see the first signs of mold.

5. Past Flooding

If your home or business has ever flooded in the past, there is a really good chance that you will have a mold issue down the line.

It's nearly impossible to get all of the moisture out of your floor and walls after massive water damage.

6. Discolored or Stained Walls

Even if you don't see mold itself, discolored or stained walls are a sign that it may be lurking.

To determine if your stains are one of the signs of mold, you should have your home or business inspected, especially if the discoloration occurs in an area that is prone to moisture.

They will be able to tell you if your problem is mild, or something more serious.

7. Fatigue and Trouble Concentrating

Toxic mold doesn't just affect your body's physical health, it can also play tricks on your mind.

You may experience problems with concentration or even memory loss. These effects take place after a few weeks of exposure.

Mold is also a cause of chronic fatigue. It is more likely to occur on humid days. You'll know the fatigue you are experiencing is coming from the mold if you feel relief from an air conditioner or by taking a step outside.

Choosing a Mold Inspector

If you are seeing any of the signs of mold that have been mentioned then you need to hire an inspector. They can provide you with the information you need to identify the cause of your problem and tell you the steps it will take to clear it up.

A good inspector will know all about the psychometrics of mold. These are the measurements of humidity, temperature, and dew point that contribute to the growth of a colony.

They will also have the extensive biological knowledge to help you get this living organism out of your home. They should be able to gather samples and perform tests on your mold and interpret the lab results to analyze how best to attack your issue.

They will also provide you with an inspection report that documents their visual findings, environmental observations, lab results, and recommendations.

Before you choose an inspector, make sure that they have all the right credentials. Shop around and find a company that makes you feel comfortable.

If someone tries to get you off the phone quickly or doesn't seem interested in hearing about your problem, then you should look for another provider. Their attitude in the initial phone call is an indication of the kind of work they will do.

Where to Go for Restoration

If you suspect that there is a mold problem in your home or business, then you should contact us today.

Project X Restoration in Denver offers comprehensive mold removal services. We will give you a free inspection to find out the extent of your issue and let you know what it will take to correct it.

 

March 30, 2018

Signs That Someone You Know is a Hoarder

flood trash Project X Restoration DenverToday, Project X Restoration in Denver wants to share the signs that someone you know is a hoarder. Most people have days when their house is cluttered or messy, but for a hoarder, it’s not just an occasional problem but a deep psychological issue that interferes with their day-to-day lives. For these people, intervention may be necessary and professionals brought in to assist with a hoarding cleanup.

Hoarders Defined

If someone you know is a hoarder, they will typically have a hard time getting rid of items with no value. They might keep newspapers, magazines, broken appliances, and garbage. And it’s not just that they keep these items but that the amount they keep starts to interfere with their daily lives, creating problems with their family, friends, and relationships. It can also lead to financial and even legal problems for those who suffer from hoarding.

If you or someone you know needs help cleaning up a hoarder’s home, contact us here at Project X Restoration. We are experienced, understanding and ready to help.

Warning Signs

Not every hoarder has the same issues and not every messy person is a hoarder. Here are a few of the warning signs:

  • Inability to throw away stuff, particularly items with no value. Hoarders often cannot be convinced that they need to throw stuff away or clean. Often discussing the problem can make them defensive and emotional.
  • Throwing stuff away causes high anxiety. When items are discarded, it can cause a high level of anxiety. Hoarding shares a number of characteristics with obsessive-compulsive disorders.
  • Denial there is a problem. Hoarders often have difficulty recognizing that their living conditions are creating trouble. They see themselves as “collectors”.
  • Hoarders exhibit obsessive actions and thoughts. Hoarders often fear not having an item in the future. They worry about throwing out items accidentally. They may even go through the garbage to ensure that nothing they want has been put there.
  • Hoarders often compulsively purchase items. Hoarders frequently purchase more than they planned. They often have purchased items that remain unopened and they will take free items regardless of whether they really need them.
  • Parts of the home become unusable. Sometimes rooms in a hoarders home cannot be used. There are sometimes pathways that are lined with stuff or stuff is piled very high in rooms.
  • Often a hoarders home is unhealthy. Hoarder homes are often unsanitary. Dishes and laundry are unwashed for very long periods. Sometimes sinks, bathrooms, and other areas become unusable.
  • Have a collection of pets. Often hoarders have a number of pets who are not properly cared for. These pets often contribute to unsanitary and unhealthy living conditions of the home.
  • A hoarder’s home affects daily activities. Hoarders often lose important items. They are chronically late and frequently have trouble getting through their days because they are surrounded by stuff.

Here at Project X Restoration in Denver, our team can help with hoarding cleanup. We are discreet, respectful and able to assist in with emptying the home, cleaning and restoring it to livable conditions. If someone you know is a hoarder, please contact us for information.

March 10, 2018

Why Hire Crime Scene Cleanup Professionals

Why hire crime scene cleanup professionals? Here at Project X Restoration in Denver, we know that when there is a tragic accident, violent crime, or suicide, some people don’t fully realize how traumatic such an event can be and fewer understand that cleanup, particularly blood cleanup, is best left to specialists. One of the most important and obvious reasons to use a certified service is to help minimize trauma.

However, there are numerous other reasons why you should consider hiring crime scene cleanup professionals. Let’s take a look.

Safety

Particularly when there is blood to clean up, safety becomes a prominent issue that may not be foremost in people’s minds. Cleaning up blood has the potential for exposing a person to bloodborne pathogens such as Hepatitis, MRSA, HIV/AIDS, and more. A professional can ensure that you and your family are not exposed to diseases and they can make sure that the cleanup is thorough and effective.

Protect Your Property Value

Professional crime scene cleanup technicians can make sure that the blood is cleaned up in such a way that your property damage (such as damage to your home, vehicle, or business) is minimized and your property’s value is preserved as much as possible. Professionals are trained, certified, equipped, and have experience in cleaning up blood. The thoroughness of the cleanup will ensure that there are no further issues by ensuring that all bacteria, viruses, and fungi are eliminated properly.

If you need a professional crime scene cleanup service, please contact us here at Project X Restoration in Denver. We’re here to provide a discreet and thorough restoration.

Limit Psychological Trauma

While people might be able to comprehend that cleaning involves a lot of blood and fluids, there is no way to truly understand how traumatic it can be to clean it up – especially if the deceased is a loved one or someone they knew. Having professionals clean up can avoid unexpected psychological consequences, leaving as little as possible behind to minimize reminders of the event.

Legal Issues

If there is a crime or suspected crime, involving the police is a must. Using specialists for cleanup after will ensure that proper protocols are used. Crime scene cleanup professionals are familiar with preserving the integrity of a crime scene and adhering to any legal issues to ensure that all concerns are appropriately addressed and handled.

Save Money and Time

Cleaning up blood appropriately can be incredibly time consuming, requiring specific tools and supplies. Plus, when tragedy strikes, there are a number of other important details that will require your attention. A professional service can make sure the work is done quickly, saving you time and money, while allowing you to attend to more important matters and alleviate concerns about whether the area was properly disinfected and sanitized.

Why hire crime scene cleanup professionals? To save yourself and your family from any additional trauma and health issues. Here at Project X Restoration in Denver, we can take care of the cleanup after a suicide, violent crime, or accident. Our services are fast, efficient, thorough, and customer oriented. Let us help you through this difficult time.

February 28, 2018

How to Put Out Different Types of Fires

Kitchen Fire Project X Restoration DenverToday, our experts at Project X Restoration in Denver want to share a bit about how to put out different types of fires to help keep you safe. In the U.S., statistics show that a home fire occurs once every 86 seconds which is surprising to many people. Of course, not all fires are the same, so when it comes to putting one out in your home it’s good to know the difference.

Knowing how to put out different types of fires can save your home, and more importantly, you and your family.

Appliance Fires

Every one of the dozens of appliances in your home is a potential fire hazard. Generally, half of appliance fires are caused by electrical and mechanical problems while the other half stem from user error. Some appliances should be treated differently when it comes to extinguishing a fire.

  • Microwave: If you can, shut the door, turn the microwave off, and unplug it. Shutting the door should suffocate the flames and cause them to die down. Fires need oxygen to continue growing.
  • Oven: Oven fires can be treated much like microwave fires. The first step is to close the oven door and turn off the oven. Be sure to unplug it. If the flames start to escape, a multipurpose fire extinguisher should be used.
  • Television: Televisions can start a home fire if there is not enough space for air to circulate and the heat from the television can catch items that are too close on fire. Curtains, decorative knick-knacks, and paper (like cards or photos) can easily ignite. In case of fire, pull the plug if possible and douse with water or use a fire extinguisher. Do not use a blanket to smother this type of fire because you cannot eliminate enough oxygen for smothering to be effective.

Electrical Fires

Some electrical fires are caused by appliance failure or faulty wiring, but the large majority stem from homeowner missteps like overloading outlets, running extension cords under flooring or carpet, and overloading light fixtures with higher wattage bulbs.

Electrical fires pose a particular danger because many people don’t know how to put out different types of fires. They understandably reach for water first when there is a fire. However, water conducts electricity so using water to douse an electrical fire, can cause flames to spread by spreading the electrical current and can potentially shock those who come in contact with the water.

To extinguish an electrical fire:

  • Use a multipurpose fire extinguisher or smother the flames with a blanket.
  • Unplug devices if you can do so safely.
  • Shut down power to the area from the main, if it is safe to do so.

If you’ve had a fire in your home and need assistance with the cleanup and smoke damage control, contact us here at Project X Restoration in Denver. We provide 24/7 emergency services, including board up to secure your home after the initial disaster.

Natural Gas Fire

A number of natural gas fires start in the kitchen, but natural gas fireplaces and heating sources can also be ignition points. Often the area around the stove, fireplace, or heater will overheat and start on fire. If the fire is small, smother it with a blanket or rug, shut off your natural gas main and open windows to ventilate the area. Call the fire department so that they can help you determine the source and whether there is additional danger.

If you are unable to shut off the main and ventilate the area, it may be best to let the fire department put out the fire. Natural gas builds up in a room and can explode easily, so it could be quite dangerous if not tended to properly.

Grease Fire

America loves deep-fried turkey and lots of turkey lovers have seen infamous videos of the resulting fires. Grease fires aren’t limited to large turkeys in vats of oil. Something as simple as frying bacon can lead to a grease fire in the kitchen. When the oil in a cooking container gets hot enough, it ignites. Grease fires can be incredibly dangerous both because of how hot such fires burn but also because grease can splash onto other surfaces and even people.

This is another area where people don’t understand how to put out different types of fires. So, first and foremost, never ever throw water on a grease fire. Water can cause oil spatter that spreads the fire. In the case of a pot of oil, the water sinks to the bottom and pushes up the hot oil, causing it to explode from the pot.

To extinguish a grease fire, use the following steps:

  • Cover the flames with the lid for the plan. Do not use glass lid because the high heat can cause it to shatter.
  • Contrary to popular opinion, using flour, baking soda, sugar, or other powdered substance can be very dangerous. While these substances may be effective on a small fire, even in these instances, it would be better not to use them. Small, dust-like particles, such as those in flour in particular, can have an explosive reaction and achieving the smothering effect can require quite a bit of the substance and dangerously close proximity.
  • Use a multi-purpose fire extinguisher or a Class B to extinguish grease fires.

Wood Burning Fireplace

Wood burning fireplaces may be the source of a house fire if they are left unattended or not extinguished properly. If the fire is small enough to be contained, spread the logs to help the fire cool faster, then cover the logs and embers with ashes or sand to smother any flames.

If there are no flames and no heat emanating, the fire has been extinguished entirely. Avoid using water because it can cause ash to be spread all over the room and it may even cause damage to your fireplace. In case of a larger fire, always call the fire department.

Knowing how to put out different types of fires properly can save your home and family. If you have had a fire in your home and need help with smoke damage, cleanup, and complete restoration, contact us here at Project X Restoration in Denver. We hope you’ll never need us, but we’re here if you do.

January 16, 2018

Myths About Mold

Myths About Mold Project X Restoration DenverOver the years, we’ve discovered that there are a lot of myths about mold out there and our team at Project X Restoration in Denver would like to clear up a few for you today. Knowing the facts and not just hearsay will help you make better decisions when it comes to dealing with mold in your home or commercial building.

First, it’s important to realize that mold is so common that there’s no need to panic at the sight of this stuff. Mold can be a serious issue, but knowing more about what you are dealing with will help you to make smart decisions and refrain from overreacting. Knowing the truth about mold will help you deal with mold appropriately and effectively.

Myth: All Mold is Awful

Actually, some mold was used to develop penicillin and some mold is what makes some cheeses so delicious. Ever tried a tasty blue cheese? It is delectable because of the specific mold used. So while mold seems awful, there are some benefits to some specific molds. Not all mold is bad. It can be difficult to know what kind of mold you are dealing with though and it is important to realize that some mold really is bad and can cause problems.

Myth: All Mold Causes Health Troubles

When it comes to myths about mold, this is a big one. Mold can be responsible for health problems, but not all mold. It is important to understand that the effects on people can be very different depending on the person and the mold. Molds are responsible for some allergens but not everyone reacts to these allergens.

Some people can be highly sensitive to these allergens and for these people, mold can be dangerous and require mold remediation. Often, these individuals have compromised immune systems. Some people develop breathing troubles, watery and itchy eyes, bloody noses, headaches, as well as other issues. Repeated exposure can cause the onset of sensitivities to mold in many people and the development of additional health issues.

Myth: No Mold Should be Inside

One of the myths about mold is that it needs to be completely eradicated. However, the air around us contains mold spores and there is really no way to avoid mold spores unless you live in a bubble. The problem is not really the presence of mold, as much as it is a concentrated amount of mold in your home. Mold should not be growing on your walls or other surfaces. This is a concentrated amount that can lead to problems.

We all live with mold, but there is a question about how much people should really be exposed to in their homes. If you suspect mold is causing your health troubles, you should consider mold remediation services, such as the ones we offer here at Project X Restoration in Denver.

Myth: Bleach Kills Mold

This is one of the myths about mold that is partially true. Some molds on certain non-porous surfaces can be killed by the use of bleach. It is important to note that bleach itself can pose health risks to people and bleach is still being researched for its effectiveness in dealing with mold. Because of its health risks, bleach is not recommended to clean up mold issues. Bleach can also be corrosive to a number of materials and so using it can be problematic.

When it comes to cleaning up mold, there can be a potential for spreading mold. This is one reason why a professional removal service is recommended and often necessary.

Myth: If the Mold is Killed, There is no Reason to Remove it

Killing mold is really not sufficient. Killing mold does not remedy any health effects because all the allergens in mold are still present even if the mold has been killed. Often, the only way to mitigate further health troubles from mold is to remove the affected materials. This will eliminate the potential for the mold to spread and it will help with the continued mold exposure that contributes to health problems.

Myth: You Don’t Need to Worry about Mold Because it’s Natural

Mold is naturally occurring but that does not mean it is harmless. If you allow mold to gain a solid foothold in an area of your home, the repeated exposure to the mold allergens comes with an increased risk of health troubles. Additionally, mold can cause the materials in your building or home to deteriorate. This deterioration can cause other more serious structural problems. If you have mold, the best course of action is quick, professional, and effective mold removal.

Myth: A Little Mold is Nothing to Worry About

If you can see mold on a surface, it is likely you have a much larger problem than you realize. Mold it a bit like icebergs: most of the mold is going to be below the surface. This means if you see mold, prepare yourself that there is more growing that you may not be able to see.

This is another reason that professional removal and remediation is recommended. Professionals know that if you see mold on a wall, there is going to be a larger amount below the surface that will need to be removed.

Myth: DIY Cleanup is a Good Idea

Here’s another of the myths about mold that is partially true. Some kinds of mold in small quantities may be perfectly fine with a DIY cleanup. But for some molds, you are going to need a professional. Proper mold cleanup includes identifying the source to prevent the mold from re-growing, as well as isolating and removing surfaces that are affected.

You may need a containment unit, a commercial HEPA filtration unit, HEPA vacuums, protective gears, the ability to do a wet extraction, and specialized cleaning agents. This is beyond most homeowners and so the large majority of people would benefit from proper mold remediation which is going to remove the mold appropriately and effectively.

Now that you know the myths about mold, contact us here at Project X Restoration in Denver for your mold removal issue. We can make sure that your mold is removed properly, that the mold is contained to avoid spreading, and that the clean-up up is thorough and effective. Give us a call to schedule an appointment.

 

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