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How to Identify Bathroom Water Damage

Finding water damage, especially in your bathroom, is not a pleasant sight to see. It’s that unique place in your home where you get yourself refreshed, regain your positive energy or simply enjoy some privacy as you relax in a fragrant wash-tub.

You need your bathroom to be in a lovely, impeccable condition, whether it’s just for taking a quick shower or doing time-consuming cosmetic procedures. It’s one part of your home you should not make compromises.

Don’t hesitate to spare any effort or expense in creating that perfect ambiance. That way, you get to relax, have your body cleaned up, and ensure you’re in the right mood to begin your day.

Here are some hints you should consider for possible areas of water damage in your bathroom:

Musty Smell/Odour

You can identify a mould problem without ever actually setting your eyes on it. All you need is your sense of smell. Mould leaves a musty odour, and it’s quite distinct.

When you notice this smell in the bathroom, it most likely means that there’s mould growth festering somewhere. While scores of people can recognize this unpleasant odour, they make the mistake of doing nothing about it immediately.

They unwittingly ignore the problem, giving the mould spores room to grow and spread, not just in their bathrooms, but in other areas of the home.

Don’t delay. Start searching for mould growth once you detect a musty odour in the bathroom.

Damaged Bathroom Floors

Your bathroom floors are built to hold water without seeping, so unless a leak develops, they should generally be in excellent condition. However, if moisture gathers below the floor persistently, this eventually leads to cracking, buckling as well as stains.

Thus, once you observe the presence of any of these in your bathroom, take action right away. The subfloor of your bathroom will most likely be plywood that starts rotting when exposed to moisture.

If the leak persists, the bathroom floor gets softer gradually; it may even appear somewhat unstable and spongy. Repair the source of excess moisture as soon as possible; else you’ll need to have a water damage restoration done in your home.

Check for Visible Mould

Once water damage becomes a reality in your bathroom, more often than not, mould appears. In bathrooms, it’s reasonable to find small leaks that can bring about gradual water damage.

These types of leaks create the perfect growth conditions for mould as the water leaks can persist without detection for some time due to the subtlety in penetration.

Once you detect any mould growth in your bathroom, get it cleaned up immediately. If you can do this as soon as possible, it may save you the cost of repairing extensive damage.

Signs of Warped Walls

Warped walls could be indicators of a massive problem. Once drywall absorbs water, it starts swelling and then softens up. The damaged area, over time, starts crumbling, particularly around the baseboards.

Once you run your hand across your bathroom wall, and it doesn’t feel even or leveled, get professional as soon as you can. If it appears crooked when you look at it, call in experts ASAP.

At Disaster Restorations Australia, our team is available to help you with any restoration issues or water damage concerns.

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How a slow leaking roof can cause water damage and mould

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Summer is over now. We are well into Autumn and the weather is cooling down. It’s the perfect time to think about what we can do to stop any water damage before the next wet season. But it’s not just the heavy downpours that come from storms that can cause disastrous water damage within our homes, what about the slow steady leaks that could be occurring at any time?

If a slow leak finds its way into your home, water can easily penetrate any porous materials that make up your property and could eventually cause not only mould growth, but also the possibility of major structural damage leven before you become aware that there may be a problem. Even the tiniest leak in your roof, can become a major hassle for your property.

A roof leak is not just a structural problem. It can also cause electrical and health problems also. Water can leak into electrical wires which can cause shortages, and even electrical fires. Where as mould can grow rapidly and if untreated can lead to health issues for you and your family.

To prevent such slow water damage, you need to rectify and roof leaks as soon as possible. If you fail to address them at the first signs of roof damage, you won’t just have costly roof repairs to contend with, but also with mould remediation and other water damage restoration issues.

What are the signs of a leaking roof?

When it comes to a leaking roof, we need to know what to look for in order to identify potential issues and put a stop to them as soon as possible. Roofs should last a long time, but components and fasteners can wear out, and strong weather and climate can also play a part in the structural integrity of your room. We recommend that you have your roof inspected at least annually, otherwise any minor leaks can pass unnoticed and cause bigger problems for your property down the track.

The most common signs of roof leaks are:

  • Water seeping into the home during heavy rainfall;
  • Water spots or discolored areas on ceilings and walls;
  • Darkening of ceiling paint;
  • Peeling paint around skylights or windows;
  • Cracked or bubbled plaster;
  • Crumbling drywalls;
  • Wood decay in your crawlspace, or around skylights and windows;
  • Decaying or stained soffits and fascia;
  • Granules collecting in the gutters;
  • Curling or cupping shingles (on older style roofs);
  • Decreased home energy efficiency;
  • Deteriorated indoor air quality;
  • Musty smell in the crawlspace or upstairs rooms;
  • Mould on insulation, ceilings, etc.

It could be difficult for the untrained eye to locate the leak even if all the telltale signs are there. Slow leaking water can be sneaky and travel along roof panels or framing in the crawlspace before dripping onto the insulation and leaving any visible evidence of its presence. If the telltale signs are there it may be a good idea to have your roof professionally inspected. Finding the source of the roof leak as quickly as possible will help you prevent major structural damage and unhealthy mould issues.

Will my roof leak by covered by insurance?

Some people ask, “Does homeowner’s insurance cover roof leaks?” Well, it depends on the individual policy and the cause of the leak. Sometimes it also depends on when the leak was discovered and what you have done about it, how and when.

Most insurance policies should cover damage from leaks as long as you have responded with rectification measures at the very first signs of the damage. Damage must be sudden and accidental. If you ignore a wet patch on your ceiling for a couple of months and only report it after mould has started growing or the ceiling starts to sag, then your claim may be rejected. Insurance does not tend to cover wear and tear or neglected maintenance and according to most insurance policies, failure to detect a roof leak constitutes negligence. If you do discover a roof leak, the best chance for it being covered by insurance is to first determine the cause. Then it will be up to the individual policy and insurer as to whether it is covered.

What are the causes of roof leaks?

There are many things that can cause roof damage. You have your general bad weather such as hail, high winds, torrential rains, cyclones etc. Roof materials could be not quite right for your area and climate, or the roof fasteners and other componentry may not be correctly installed or have worn down over time. Whatever the cause may be, eventually it will result in leakage.
The most frequent causes of a leaking roof include:

  • Broken or missing tiles – tiles can get damaged or blown away in strong storms. Missing tiles are usually very easy to identify but seeing if a tile is damaged or not may require detailed storm damage inspection;
  • Improperly installed or damaged flashing – If the metal installed around the chimney, windows, skylights or vent pipes cracks or breaks, rainwater and moisture will easily get into the property;
  • Improperly sealed valleys – If the valleys (the places where two roof planes come together) are not sealed together well, rainwater can get through them as it runs down the roof. Sometimes this can also happen when fasteners have rusted or blown off in heavy wind;
  • Improperly installed or damaged skylights – Improper installation and/or disintegrated insulation along the skylights’ edges will allow water to leak into the property;
  • Clogged gutters – When the gutters get clogged, rainwater cannot drain away and pools in one area of the roof. It may then cause rust holes and eventually find a way inside;
  • Inadequate roofing materials – Certain roofing materials are specifically designed for certain types of roofs and certain areas and climates. If your roof was not constructed with adequate and proper fitting materials, leaks can easily occur.

Does a leaking roof cause mould?

A leaky roof can cause mould growth within just a couple of days – when water enters your property and has the chance to sit and stagnate, mould spores begin to breed upon the moist surface. Mould can surprisingly begin to form in as little as 48 hours when in the right conditions.

If you are unfortunate enough for mould to grow through the entire roof cavity due to a roof leak, you will need professional assistance to remediate the mould condition and restore your property. If your roof has enough ventilation to prevent condensation, the moisture should only accumulate in the area of the leak, which will be a lot easier for eradication of the mould problem.

Mould problems should be addressed without delay as all types of mould can eventually cause health issues for inhabitants of the home. Mould spores spread rapidly, even through heating and cooling systems and can lead to respiratory problems, allergies, headaches and other health problems.

What should I do if I think my roof is leaking?

If you are not experienced, you should have a professional do an inspection. Once the leak is found they can fix it and prevent any further issues. If you have mould, definitely have a mould remediation and or water damage specialist remove the mould and repair the water damage.

To prevent further water damage to your home and avoid the build up of costly repairs, you really need to rectify a roof leak as soon as possible. If significant damage has already been done, make sure you call professional water damage specialist such as Disaster Restorations Australia in to handle the restoration process in a safe and efficient manner.

Water pipes can rupture at any time – What are the warning signs? And what should you do?

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A ruptured water pipe is something people usually associate with extremely cold conditions in the middle of winter. As pipes freeze in the cold and then thaw out as the temperature rises, they can in fact leak and burst. Depending on where you live, ruptured pipes can happen at any time of the year. It won’t always be a pipe that’s easily accessible that ruptures; many times pipe fractures will take place inside of walls where it can go undetected for days, weeks or even months!

Unfortunately, ruptured pipes can be one of the most common causes of water damage within the home.

Non-weather related causes of ruptured pipes
There are three main, non-weather related causes of ruptured pipes:

Rust
Unless you have a newer home, chances are the pipes in your property are made from cast iron, steel, or even lead. Over time, all of these materials will rust and weaken the pipes, causing them to eventually break. Newer homes have copper and PVC pipes, which resist rust, but it’s extremely expensive to run new plumbing lines through a home unless absolutely necessary.

Hard water
Water contains a variety of minerals naturally, but an overabundance of magnesium and calcium is referred to as “hard water”. It is deemed safe for humans and animals to drink, although can leave an unpleasant taste. Unfortunately It’s not safe for your pipe plumbing; these minerals can build up inside your pipes. Over time, the buildup slows down the flow of water and can corrode and weaken pipes. Eventually holes can develop and allow water to leak out and cause water damage within your home. One way to limit the damage hard water inflicts on your plumbing is to install a water softener, which removes the calcium and magnesium from the water.

Poor installation
If your pipes weren’t assembled and installed correctly, it will eventually cause problems. A poor soldering job or loose connections can lead to a pipe rupturing, usually when you least expect it.

Tell-tale signs of ruptured pipes
The most common sign of a ruptured pipe is standing water, but there are other signs that may indicate pipe problems long before you need to pull out the gumboots. It is always a good idea to regularly check around your home frequently and look for these red flags:

Wall stains
Water will leave discolorations on walls and ceilings, so be sure to take action at the first sign of a watermark. This may be the only sign you come across for a ruptured pipe inside your wall until the water eventually soaks through the drywall.

Discolored water
If the water coming out of your taps is of a brownish colour, you may have rust inside the pipes. Rusty water will ruin appliances, as well as clothing when it goes through the wash cycle. It’s not nice to bathe or clean your home with rusty water and you definitely can’t use it for drinking and cooking.

Lower water pressure
Small cracks and leaks in pipes can reduce water pressure in your home. If the pressure drops suddenly, a pipe may have recently fractured and started to leak.

What to do if you suspect a ruptured pipe

If you suspect a ruptured pipe, it is important to take immediate action to prevent damage to building materials and furnishings, as well as prevent any mould growth. Disconnect the water supply to the pipes until they can be repaired.

Unfortunately sometimes the damage is done and burst or just leaking water pipes can reach the extent of serious water damage. Quite often the residents won’t even notice until it’s too late and professional water damage restoration is needed. Fortunately Disaster Restorations Australia can help. We can work out where the problem originated and have the issue rectified quickly and efficiently. Our professional water damage specialists provide emergency extraction and dehumidification, applications of sanitation and antimicrobial products, moisture monitoring and assessments, and mould remediation, among other services. We’ll work with your insurance company to process your claim as quickly as possible so you can get your home back to normal as quickly as possible.

Considerations when facing property water damage

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When you have experienced flooding or general water damage within your property there are a few considerations you will face as the cleanup and remediation begins.

Flooded Flooring

To start, all carpets must be removed so that a water damage expert can inspect the subflooring and commence floor drying procedures as soon as possible.
Wooden floors should be dried gradually. Sudden drying could cause cracking or splitting. Wood drying specialists can advise on the correct procedures and timeframes. When it comes to salvaging your carpets there are three flood-water types that determine whether the carpet and underlay can be restored to their former condition:

Clean Water

Non-contaminated water that may come from a broken pipe, sink, etc. After the water has been extracted, carpets and underlay can be dried and restored in place.

Grey Water

Water That doesn’t contain any solid animal or human waste, but it has been used. An example of this would be a toilet that has overflowed or a broken washing machine that leaks a large amount of water mid-cycle. This water has potential to cause illness, even if the threat of disease usually isn’t present since there’s no solid waste. It is better to be safe and avoid the risk. The carpet underlay that’s been soaked with grey water needs to be discarded for safety reasons, the carpet itself can sometimes be saved, though it is best to have it assessed by a professional.

Black Water

Water containing dangerous contaminants that may originate from sewage and toilet backflows as well as from floods caused by natural disasters. To protect your family’s health, carpets and underlay should be removed, discarded and replaced.

Electrical hazards after water damage

All electricals within the property must be switched off and inspected by an electrician before they can be turned back on. The wiring must be completely dried out, even behind the walls. Mud can be widespread and possibly may have contaminated electrical components.

Appliances may obtain stains, odors, silt deposits, and gritty deposits and will need to be serviced, cleaned and sanitised. Running equipment before it is properly cleaned could seriously damage it and/or shock you. Professional cleaning and servicing is recommended for electronics, TVs and radios, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, and vacuum cleaners. The hard exterior can be hand cleaned. All metallic appliances that have been flooded should be properly grounded to prevent electric shock.

Structural hazards after water damage

When a property is flooded it can cause major problems for the structure of your home. It is always best to have your home assessed by a water damage expert to ensure that it is safe to enter structurally. Sometimes walls will need to be remediated professionally or fully replaced. It depends on the severity and depth of the flood waters and their contaminants. Once again it is best to have your building fully assessed by a flood damage expert to see what needs to be done. Sometimes if flood depths are high enough even roof insulation will need to be replaced. Sometimes it can be salvaged, depending on it’s type and the damage that has occurred. Plaster and paneling can often be saved, but air must be circulated in the wall cavities to dry the studs and sills. Never turn on ceiling fans or lights if the ceiling is wet, and do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Water stain removal after flooding

A common issue after experiencing water damage is water staining. The removal of water stains strongly depends on how the recent the staining is. A water damage specialist can easily assess the extent of the damage and determine the likelihood of your water stain being completely removed. A water damage expert will have many years experience removing water stains from a range of surfaces, most commonly they are asked to remove water stains from carpets, flooring and upholstery after flood damage.

Mould removal & prevention after water damage

Another frequently experienced problem arising after water and flood damage is the growth of mould. Mould can be very harmful to those in the immediate environment if left untreated over a long period of time. Mould has been directly associated with allergies, itchy eyes, sore throat, respiratory problems (asthma), rashes, lung infections and even cancer. Many people do not recognise the dangers linked with inhaling these microscopic mould spores, and often try to remove mould with home remedies such as bleach, which merely changes the colour of the mould and does not get to the root of the problem itself. A water damage expert will have many years of experience in removing mould. They only use the safest, most effective practices for mould removal to ensure that it is completely killed off and prevented from returning.

What should I do if my property has been flooded?

Water and flood damage can be truly devastating to your property and take a massive emotional and financial toll on you and your family. The last thing you want to be thinking about is how you’re going to remove the water and fix any damage that has been caused by the flooding. Disaster Restorations are also experts in water extraction for when your house is flooded and you need to remove the water before further damage occurs. Our expert technicians at Disaster Restorations Australia are available 24 hours 7 days a week to ensure that you have peace of mind at all times of the day, no matter what home disaster you are faced with.

Water Damage Prevention Tips

With all the rain we have been experiencing up and down the coast at the moment there is always risk of flash flooding if your property is not up to scratch with water damage prevention.

Water damage in the home can cause all sorts of issues from mould growth, internal cosmetic damage, all the way to structural damage. We have made a list of prevention tips that can assist in reducing the risk of water entering and damaging your property.

Have your roof checked regularly

Cracked or loose tiles, leaking skylights, rusty or loosened fasteners can all contribute to a leaky roof. When water enters your roof cavity it can cause mould, timber rot and damage to your ceiling from above. Having your roof checked by someone experienced will ensure that small repairs can be done with ease and not turn into larger issues down the track.

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Maintain your gutters

When guttering becomes clogged there is nowhere for excess water to escape efficiently. This can increase the risk of water entering your home where it is not wanted.

Sometimes guttering can become loose or cracked and this can result in water escaping in all directions. Just like your roof, doing small regular repairs when needed can stop water from leaking into your property causing water damage.

It is a good idea to clean out your gutters regularly, and at least once a year have them done by a professional so that any small repairs to your guttering can be performed at the same time.

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Have your drainage assessed

When heavy rain falls blocked drains can be a nightmare. Although you can’t really do much about the maintenance drains on your street, you can keep your drains maintained on your own property. If you feel that water is not draining away as it should, have your drains assessed. If you don’t have drainage on your property, this can be a major risk for water damage to your home in the event of flash flooding or even days of heavy rain.

Large puddles in your yard that aren’t subsiding, rising damp and mouldy areas can be signs of a property drainage issue. Sloping yards also need extra drainage due to pooling wet areas. If you are not sure of the drainage needs of your property, always ask a professional.

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Invest in Sandbags

If you live nearby a body of water, whether it be a large river, creek or even just a large drain – it is a good idea to invest in some sandbags. In the event of rising king tides or flash flooding sandbags will help to keep some of the water out of your property in order to prevent water damage.

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If you have already discovered water damage in your home whether it be from flash flooding, mould, rising damp or a plumbing issue – give us a call at Disaster Restorations Australia. We are water damage experts who will give your specialist advice specific to your property.

What can I do about water damage in my property?

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There are many reasons that water damage can occur in your home or place of business. Floods, heavy rain, plumbing mishaps, burst pipes, leaking roofs and guttering, or even faulty appliances such as washing machines can cause flooding. Water damage problems should be attended to as quickly as possible in order to stop the source, repair the issue and stop any further problems from arising down the track.

If you have discovered water damage in your home, here are our ‘Do’s’ and ‘Don’ts’ in order to reduce any further damage to your property and assist in water damage restoration.

Water damage DOs

Find the source of water and end it. If your pipes are leaking get in a plumber to fix the problem. If the leak has been going on for too long and you are aware of it, you may have trouble with insurance claims if flooding does occur. Therefore it is best to rectify the problem as soon as possible.

If you have water damage, turn off the electricity to wet areas so that access to the electrical panel is safe for those attending to the job.

When discovered, record photographic or video evidence of the root cause of the problem that led to the water damage. This is especially important if repairs have begun before your insurance company has seen the damage.

Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and wiping. Use large fans to circulate air to assist with drying. If you have access to dehumidifier, they are fantastic for removing excess moisture from the air.

Retain samples of the damaged property materials including carpets, flooring, or other damaged areas for insurance assessment.

Remove wet rugs or other floor coverings. If possible, move wet furniture and curtains outside into the sun to dry. Move any precious photos, and other sentimental items to a safe, dry location. Open drawers, closets, and cabinet doors to enhance drying. Spread out any other wet items to dry.

If water the water that has flooded your property is contaminated, avoid contact with such water and contaminated items and wash hands thoroughly if contact has been made.

Water Damage DON’TS

Never use a household vacuum cleaner to suck up water or any wet debris. In fact never use any electrical appliances while on wet carpet or wet floor. This will only end in disaster. Don’t even enter rooms with standing water if electricity is still switched on for the property.

Try not lift up tacked-down carpets yourself. It is better to get a professional to do this task as it can lead to further damage. Remove any books, newspapers, magazines or any other paper based or coloured items on wet flooring as it could cause staining.

If you discover mould growth – do not disturb it. Call in a professional for remediation.

Do not turn on ceiling fans or lights if the ceiling is wet, and do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

If the flood water is contaminated, don’t spread the problem further by walking on damaged or wet areas. If the water is contaminated, do not turn on the air conditioning system or use household fans to dry the structure. This must be handled by a professional.

If you have water damage in your Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne home we can help. Property damage from water and bacteria growth can begin within hours – call us at Disaster Restorations Australia we are the water damage experts. We offer property tailored solutions and a quick response to get your home back to its former condition as quickly as possible.

What to do after fire damage

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When disaster occurs and a fire strikes a home or business suddenly, what trails thereafter is a lengthy and emotionally taxing process in its wake. When you are standing face-to-face with damaged valuables, ash, soot and smoke damage, figuring out your next steps can definitely feel somewhat overwhelming. When considering the path ahead see our tips below.

Know when you need the help of a professional

You may be able to fix minor fire damage like paint bubbling and blistering on some surfaces DIY style with cleaning, scraping, and repainting. However, when you are dealing with major fire damage, seek the assistance of a fire damage specialist. A professional disaster restoration company will assess the situation and recommend the necessary remediation steps. These steps could include clearing out odours and removing residue to prevent ongoing damage to your contents.

Unfortunately, if proper precautions are not taken, a fire can still wreak havoc on your belongings and health long after it has been extinguished. Besides fire and smoke damage, It may also be necessary to remove excess moisture and address water damage at the same time! A professional inspection can determine the need for structural repairs or techniques to dry out moisture hidden under floorboards or behind walls that has occurred during the extinguishing of the fire.

Health and safety risks after fire damage

Always have your home or business inspected by a fire damage expert before re entering the building. Only re-enter spaces after professionals have assessed the safety of the area. Do not assume that an area which looks and feels ok is safe for habitation or working. Fire can compromise a building’s structural integrity. Floorboards or walls that appear solid may not actually be so. It is best that a fire damage restoration service can help you close off and protect unaffected areas. Fire and smoke can create breathing hazards in the damaged area; however, this contaminated air can spread to other parts of the home or business that are currently unaffected. An expert can also guide you to safe techniques and cleaning supplies for fixing minor smoke and soot damage.

Have an insurance assessment done ASAP

When you are faced with a huge mess it can be very tempting to just sift through the piles and throw things out. For insurance purposes, please resist this urge. Your insurance company will want to inspect and assess the damage and value of everything that has been affected. This process can be taxing on your patience, especially when you are eager to make progress and return to some sense of normality. Though hastily purging items will only make things more difficult with your insurance damage claim. As soon as possible after the fire, call your insurance company to organise an assessment so that you can get the process started.

A home or business fire is a frightening experience, but working with a fire damage expert such as Disaster Restorations Australia means that we are here to support you through the process, work with your insurance company and help you get the best restorative outcome to get your home or business back on track.

Does my home have rising damp or general water damage?

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What is rising damp?

Rising damp occurs when excess moisture from the ground absorbs up into porous building materials such as stone, brick, earth, mortar and into the structure of the building. The moisture evaporates from either face of the wall, allowing more to be drawn from below. Rising damp is common in older buildings, but can also occur in more modern buildings if your damp-proof course has been damaged.

Though rising damp may cause unsightly aesthetic damage, it can also cause the structure of the building to be compromised and cause you bigger problems in the future. Damp walls also encourage mould growth, which can lead to health problems for occupants.

You can often identify rising damp by just looking at and touching your walls, though if you are unsure whether there is a real problem, it is best to have a water damage professional do an assessment.

What are the tell tale signs of rising damp?

There are a number of typical signs that can identify rising damp including:

TIDE MARKS AND DAMP STAINING

One of the most common signs of rising damp are tide marks left on walls. Tide marks are caused by evaporation and salts from the ground. You will usually notice them anywhere up to one metre above the skirting board.

If you do not notice tide marks, another frequent tell tale sign is damp patches or staining. usually, these damp patches are yellow to brown in colour and similar to tide marks, you will notice them again up to one metre above the skirting board.

PEELING WALLPAPER

If you’ve noticed wallpaper coming off or peeling from the wall there may be a damp issue. Usually the wallpaper will start coming loose from the skirting board first, and the corner of the wallpaper may be curved up.

DECAYED SKIRTING BOARDS

As with many forms of dampness, rising damp has the potential to cause rot within timbers it comes into contact with. Look out for skirtings that are cracked, easily crumble or localised fungus growing on or creeping out of the side. Also, look out for damaged or flaky paint.

SALTS WITHIN THE PLASTER

Fluffy deposits in the plaster are a sign of salts within the plaster. This is another sign of rising damp. These salts are washed out of your bricks and into your plaster leaving what can often look like blistering patches on your walls.

BLACK MOULD

If you start to notice black mould appearing above your skirting board it is a clear sign that there is some form of moisture issue affecting the area. This is especially true if you have no other black mould within the property and the black mould you see is localised from the skirting board to up to one metre above.

Just like water damage, rising damp can cause mould!

As you can see above, rising damp can cause mould, with black mould being the most common culprit. Mould can cause detrimental health effects for you and your family, or the occupants of your property. Plus mould spores can spread once they take hold.

Identifying rising damp against general water damage

Sometimes rising damp can be misdiagnosed and it ends up being general water damage. Often water damage can be caused from a leaking pipe or gutter, flash flooding, a damaged plumbing pipe or a number of other problems that can also cause moisture issues within the home. So if you are not sure and you want some expert advice on water damage, give us a call at Disaster Restorations Australia. We can assess your moisture problem and give you the right specialised advice so that mould does not take hold in your home today.

Think you’ve got a mould problem?

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What does mould need to grow?

Keeping mould from growing in your home is really important for the health of you and your family. The first step in keeping mould under control in your home is discovering what areas and conditions are best for mould growth. Mould spores thrive and multiply in moist wet conditions. How does mould grow? Mould grows easily when moisture and humidity are present. Mould spores search for a damp surface in your home so that they can begin to grow and thrive.

What does mould need to Grow? Mould spores need three things in order to grow and multiply. That being nutrients, moisture and time. Mould can start to grow on a surface in the right conditions in as little as 24 hours.

How can I prevent mould?

Mould spores are everywhere. They are carried by air currents throughout your home. They look for a moist dark environment where they settle and multiply. In order to prevent mould growth in your home is to maintain your home in order to keep out excess moisture. This includes having your roof checked regularly for leaks, have plumbing maintained and drying any spills, leaks or flooding that may occur.

It is recommended that home humidity levels are kept to to 30-50% to prevent mould growth. Mould also grows efficiently in warmer more humid climates, and blossoms at 25 to 30 °C. Condensation on or around windows can be an indication that your home’s moisture levels are too high. Two ways a homeowner can decrease the humidity in the home is by increasing ventilation and buying a dehumidifier.

To increase your home’s ventilation, be sure to use correctly vented exhaust fans while in the kitchen and bathroom, to reduce the moisture in the air. Assure that ventilation throughout your home is adequate to keep up with moisture levels, consider sub-floor and roof ventilations as well as high quality bathroom and laundry ventilation systems. If your home is still struggling with higher than advisable humidity levels, consider buying a dehumidifier to maintain a optimum levels of humidity resistant to mould growth. Make sure you purchase a dehumidifier that will cover the square footage necessary for your residence.

Flooding and other water damage to your home

Flooding is a serious risk factor for mould growth. When excessive amounts of water enter a building and remain for a period of time, mould will begin to develop in as little as 24 hours. Therefore prompt action is needed in the event of a flood to prevent or reduce mould damage in your home.

You may wish to hire a professional to restore your home after a flood. This is a very good option because a professional water damage specialist has the credentials and equipment to deal with flood and water damage in a home most flood damage specialists will even deal with your insurance for you.

What are the symptoms of indoor mould exposure?

Sometimes you can’t see mould because it is within a wall or in the ceiling cavity. However, if you’ve been experiencing some of these symptoms that improve when you are no longer in the home, you may want to have your house checked by a mould professional.

  • skin rash
  • eye irritation
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • sneezing
  • cough

You should talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any of these symptoms and consider having your home tested by a mould expert.

Preventing mould in your home

Prevention is better than cure and it It is always better to take action to prevent mould through keeping your home in the right conditions rather than dealing with an expensive and unhealthy mould issue in the future. The right ventilation systems and performing routine maintenance can save a lot of money by avoiding mould contamination in the long run. The following six steps will significantly reduce your risk of mould or other issues in the home.

  • Monitor indoor humidity
  • Clean and repair roof gutters
  • Dry wet materials quickly
  • Fix leaks
  • Increase ventilation
  • Have your roof checked regularly

Do you think you may have a mould problem? Give us a call at Disaster Restorations and we will be happy to assess your home for mould today.

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Can my carpets be salvaged after flooding?

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There are many reasons a home can be flooded – flash flooding from a blocked street drain, heavy rain, river banks bursting due to king tides, plumbing mishaps and damaged pipes that fail. All of which can cause mild to severe water damage in your home. One of the first things to be affected is your flooring, and carpets are not cheap to replace!

After a flood, many homeowners and property managers wonder if their carpet and underlay can be saved. The answer is, it depends. Factors such as the age and quality of the carpet and underlay, as well as the type of installation used, have to be taken into consideration. However, the type of floodwater that caused the damage is most important when determining whether or not carpet and underlays can be salvaged.

There are three flood-water types that determine whether the carpet and underlay can be restored to their former condition:

Clean Water
Non-contaminated water that may come from a broken pipe, sink, etc. After the water has been extracted, carpets and underlay can be dried and restored in place.

Grey Water
Water That doesn’t contain any solid animal or human waste, but it has been used. An example of this would be a toilet that has overflowed or a broken washing machine that leaks a large amount of water mid-cycle. This water has potential to cause illness, even if the threat of disease usually isn’t present since there’s no solid waste. It is better to be safe and avoid the risk. The carpet underlay that’s been soaked with grey water needs to be discarded for safety reasons, the carpet itself can sometimes be saved, though it is best to have it assessed by a professional.

Black Water
Water containing dangerous contaminants that may originate from sewage and toilet backflows as well as from floods caused by natural disasters. To protect your family’s health, carpets and underlay should be removed, discarded and replaced.

Since every water damage situation is different, you cannot know for sure if or when your carpet and underlay can be salvaged until you have a professional water damage and restoration company inspect the situation.

What should I do after flooding?

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors

What should I NOT do after flooding?

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place, hang to dry
  • Don’t leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances
  • Don’t turn on lights or ceiling fans if ceiling is wet, and keep clear of rooms where ceilings may appear sagging.

Whether your carpet is damaged as a result of water or flood damage, or has just become dirtier over the years, Disaster Restorations Australia can assess your flooding situation and your floors. We have the skills to bring your carpet back to life. We have trained our technicians in accordance the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) guidelines and ensure that they always keep up with the newest technology and best practices. All of our carpet cleaning, repairs and re-installations are undertaken by experienced professionals with many years of experience. If you have a carpeted floor that is subdued to water damage, you will NEED to contact a carpet restoration professional as soon as possible to reduce the damage and prevent further problems such as the growth of mould.

If you have experienced water damage or flooding in your property then drying, cleaning and restoring your carpet are absolutely crucial to the water damage restoration process. If ignored you carpet may begin to emit bad odours and even become a breeding ground for potentially harmful types of mould.

Contact Disaster Restorations Australia and our team can assist you in having your water damage assessment done as soon as possible so that your flooring can potentially be salvaged today.

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