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Who do you call if your garage ceiling is bulging and the tape is coming off

23. July 2019

If the ceiling in your garage is bulging, the most likely culprit is water damage. This is because building materials like wood absorb excess water which can cause bulging as well as other issues like stains, rotting, warping, and eventually deterioration. The tape coming off is further evidence of water damage as moisture will ruin the adhesive.
It is very important to call a professional right away because the damage will become worse the longer it is ignored. You should contact a reputable water damage restoration professional that can also provide repairs for structural damage. These professionals will be able to find and fix the source of the water that is causing the damage and repair the damage to the ceiling. When you call a water damage restoration professional, explain the situation to them and make sure they can fix the damage to the garage ceiling.

I have a client who is in need of removal of biohazard materials from his bedroom. He lives in a two bedroom apartment and the biohazard material is only in his room. We are trying to get estimates on an idea on how much pricing would be to provide this service. I understand you wouldn’t exactly know until you are in there, however an idea would be greatly helpful.

7. June 2019

The cost of biohazard cleanup will depend on how much of the material is present and how many hours the professional believes the job will take.  Biohazard cleaning professionals generally charge an hourly rate that can range from $75 to $250.  The hourly rate will depend on the professional and the estimate will take the hourly rate into account along with the number of estimated hours the job will take.

It is nearly impossible to tell how long the job will take.  A professional will evaluate the extent of the damage and give you an estimate of the hours.  Just as a reference, a professional that charges $75 an hour and estimates that the job will take 20 hours will charge a total of around $1,500.

Call a couple of different professionals and inquire about their hourly rate.  It never hurts to get a few different quotes.

How do you get rid of mold on cement and brick ouside

7. June 2019

It is common for mold to form on outside surfaces like brick and cement and its presence can be unsightly.  Fortunately, you can remove small amounts of mold and mildew from these surfaces with effective DIY methods.  If there is an extensive mold problem on the brick and concrete surfaces on your property, it is best to call a mold remediation professional.

You will need to following supplies to remove the mold from these surfaces:

  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • A push broom or deck brush with stiff bristles
  • Pressure washer
  • Vinegar

Make sure you follow these steps to remove the mold:

  • Dry the area: Mold thrives in moisture which is why the affected area should be thoroughly dried first. Allow the area time to dry in the sun.  If the area is not in direct sunlight, you can use a fan to help dry the area.
  • Sweep the area: Use the push broom or deck brush to sweep away the mold or mildew growth.
  • Wash with pressure washer: If sweeping the area is not enough to remove the mold, you should try pressure washing the surface. You can rent a pressure washer at a reasonable price from a hardware store.  Make sure you spray the surface thoroughly to wash away the mold and mildew.
  • Treat the area with vinegar: Vinegar is very effective for removing mold. If there is still mold on the brick or concrete surfaces after using the power washer, try treating the affected surfaces with a solution of white vinegar and water.  Put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray the affected areas.  Allow the solution to sit for a few minutes and then scrub the areas with the deck brush or broom.  You must be careful when using this solution because vinegar can kill your plants.
  • Call a professional: If the mold or mildew persists despite your best efforts, contact a mold removal professional to handle the job. These professionals have the right equipment to remove mold from any surface inside and out.

I live in a condo in the French Quarter it’s one building with 4 units 2 above me and 1 in back (we are all condo owners )My question is, if there is a leak behind my walls would the sheet rock be damp

5. June 2019

The short answer is yes, if a leak occurs within your walls, the sheetrock will be damp.  Sheetrock absorbs water which can cause noticeable stains and weakening of the material which can easily lead to structural damage.  If you notice any stains or dampness with the sheetrock in your condo, you must act immediately.

Leaks within walls are difficult to detect and it may take some time before you discover the leak.  Stains and dampness on the sheetrock are the biggest indicators that there is a leak behind the wall.  This issue must be taken care of quickly because more water will get absorbed in the sheetrock, increasing the risk of structural damage.  These leaks can also cause mold growth within the walls which will worsen the damage and introduce health risks.

Make sure you check the walls within your condo regularly for dampness, stains, or any signs of weakness.  If you do notice dampness or water stains on the sheetrock, call a professional right away to check for a leak behind the wall.

a rubber tube serving warm water to a laundry room severed two weeks ago in a home, a week ago we turned off the water valve, there is still standing water and it’s getting musty — can I tell the property owner who can help?

from KM 5. June 2019

If there is standing water in the home, you must tell the property manager immediately to call a water damage restoration professional to remove the water.  The musty smell could indicate that there is also mold growth which must be handled by a professional.

Standing water should never be ignored in a home or building because it will continue to get absorbed in the surrounding building materials, leading to serious structural damage and mold growth.  Standing water will never go away either, it must be extracted.  Water damage restoration professionals have advanced water extraction equipment that can remove any amount of standing water.  Once the water is removed, they will thoroughly dry the area with dehumidifiers and air movers to extract moisture from the affected materials.  They will then thoroughly clean and disinfect the area, repair resulting damage, and look for any mold or mildew growth.  Most water damage restoration professionals are also mold removal experts.

The important thing is to make sure the property owner gets a professional to the property as soon as possible because the damage is getting worse the longer the problem is not addressed.

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