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Is kitchen sink backup “sewage?” Our sink backed up and the water got all over the countertop, into drawers and cabinets, and onto the floor, and the water contains tree particles and dirt. Is this considered sewage?14. September 2017
The water from a backed-up sink most likely does not contain sewage, but the water can still be hazardous. There are three different categories of water damage that are determined by the level of contamination; clean water, dirty water (or gray water), and black water. Clean water generally comes from leaky plumbing fixtures or appliances and does not contain any harmful substances. Dirty water may include some contaminants such as microorganisms as well as debris like dirt and other materials. Black water contains hazardous materials like sewage, waste, chemicals, and other dangerous toxins. Natural floods and sewage backups are the main sources of black water.
In this scenario, it seems like you are dealing with dirty water because the water from the sink contains tree particles and dirt. It is very unlikely that sewage water found its way up and out of a backed-up sink. That being said, you should still react with caution to the dirty water because you never know what type of microorganisms the water picked up with those natural materials. Your best bet is to call a water damage restoration professional who can tell if the water is dangerous or not. These professionals will also be able to remove the excess water and dry the floor, countertop, and cabinets that were affected.
how to fix acetone damaged lacquer finish on a wood table?4. July 2017
This is a common problem because acetone, an organic compound found in nail polish removers, paint removers, and various cleaners, can easily strip the lacquer finish on wooden furniture. If acetone is spilled on a wooden table, it will strip the lacquer coating. If the acetone is not cleaned up right away, it will penetrate the lacquer and discolor the wood. You can repair the damage to your wood furniture from acetone with these steps:
- Move the piece of furniture to a well-ventilated area. Clean the stained area with an all-purpose cleaner and use a rag to wipe off the cleaner.
- Evaluate the extent of the damage. Minor damage can be repaired with a wood stain pen. If the lacquer is damaged but not the wood underneath, you can apply a thin coating of spray lacquer over the affected area. Make sure you follow the directions for the lacquer and give it enough time to dry. Repeat the process until the new lacquer finish matches that of the rest of the piece.
- If the damage goes deep enough to affect the wood, you will have to sand the affected area down to the bare wood and apply a new stain and finish. If you find a stain that matches your furniture, then sand just the damaged area with fine grit sandpaper. If you can’t find an exact match for the current stain, or if you want to refinish the furniture with a different wood stain, then you will have to sand the entire piece down to the bare wood. An electric sander is more convenient for stripping larger areas or entire pieces of furniture.
- After you finish sanding, vacuum the sawdust from the surface of the furniture. Apply the new stain to the affected area, or the entire piece, depending on what you decide. You can apply the new stain with a paintbrush or rag, and make sure it dries before adding a second coat.
- Once the stain is dry, apply a coat of clear lacquer and let it dry according to the directions. Once the first coat is dry, repeat the process to add a second coat.
It is possible to fix acetone damage to your wood furniture yourself with these steps. However, if you do not feel comfortable doing this type of work to your wood furniture, there are furniture restoration experts that can provide professional wood furniture refinishing services to fix minor surface damage like this on wooden furniture.
We had a home inspection and there was mold found on the show door tracks. Is this anything to be concerned about or can we give a good cleaning?23. May 2017
It is difficult to tell if the presence of mold on the shower door tracks is a cause for larger concern or just an isolated incident of mold growth. The good news is that it may just be an isolated incident caused by the constant presence of moisture in your shower.
Mold growth does not appear unless there is a moisture source which is why the shower is a common spot to find mold. Therefore, small amounts of mold growing in a location such as the shower door tracks may just be a result of moisture buildup within the tracks. When the home was inspected for mold, did they test the air? Elevated levels of mold spores in the air of your home could mean that there are problems elsewhere. If the air in your home was tested and the mold in the shower door tracks is all they found, then this could very well be isolated growth.
The other piece of good news here is that if the shower tracks are made of metal, then the mold growth will not penetrate deeply into the surface the way it would on wood or drywall. Try cleaning the mold with distilled white vinegar which is much safer and more effective than using bleach. After the mold is removed, you can help prevent it by wiping the excess water from the shower tracks with a towel after each shower. If you are concerned that you may have a bigger mold problem, you should find a professional that provides accurate mold testing to test the concentration of mold spores in the air.
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What is the formula for carpet cleaning pricing?carpet cleaning - 26. April 2017
In general, companies that provide carpet cleaning services determine the pricing with a per room rate or a square footage rate. There are also other factors like cleaning method, carpet type, and stain removal that are taken into account. There is no industry standard formula for calculating exact prices. The exact price and pricing method will differ between service providers. According to HomeAdvisor, homeowners spend between $120-$234 on carpet cleaning services with costs reaching up to around $500 depending on certain factors.
Companies that offer a per room rate charge a flat rate per room, regardless of the size of the room. Some companies may set a maximum size for what they consider a room, meaning if you have one room that exceeds this set square footage, the company may charge you for the price of two rooms. You must ask any company that charges a per room rate if they have a cap on the size of a room.
Many companies base their pricing on square footage and charge a fixed rate per square foot. According to Angie’s List, the average rate per square foot for carpet cleaning services is between 30 and 50 cents. Companies that price carpet cleaning this way usually send out an employee to visit your home and take measurements to provide an estimate. Some companies will provide this estimate free of charge while others may charge to cover the travel expense. Square footage pricing is more advantageous for people with larger homes.
The type of carpeting also factors into carpet cleaning pricing. Berber carpet is easier to clean than other types which means that the cleaning will cost less. Cotton and wool carpeting is the most difficult to clean, and therefore most expensive. When looking for a carpet cleaning service provider, make sure you mention the type of carpeting in your home and ask how they price for that specific type of carpeting.
Additional services like stain removal and Scotchgard protection will add to the overall price of carpet cleaning. Once again, you should ask specific service providers how they price these services.
i need estimate for water damage wall repair9. March 2017
If your wall has sustained water damage, you should immediately contact a water damage restoration professional. These professionals will come to your home and inspect the damage to your wall, and provide you with an estimate based on their inspection. You must have this done as soon as possible though because the water damage can spread further on your wall and even cause mold growth.