Keep Mold from Gaining a Foothold in Your Home or Building

Mold growth can be a big problem for home and business owners alike. Even in a dry, arid place like Arizona, property owners aren’t immune to the effects of this invasive, unhealthy form of fungus. Mold growth is bolstered by the presence of moisture, so keeping your structure free of any excess water is the best way to reduce the presence of mold. Below are several specific steps that you can take to prevent mold from flourishing in your home or commercial property.

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Keep Humidity under Control

Although you can’t see the small water droplets that are often present in indoor air, even that small amount of moisture can foster mold growth over time. It’s important to install and use ventilation fans in areas that are frequently subjected to high humidity, including bathrooms, kitchens and laundry areas. A dehumidification unit may also provide a long-term solution in basements and other areas with consistent exposure to moisture.

Take Care of Leaks

A damaged roof or problematic pipe can cause unsightly discoloration due to water damage, and that same moisture may also encourage mold to take hold. Regular roof and plumbing inspections will give you advance warning of any potential leaks before the damage spreads, and timely repairs can cut off the source of moisture and head off mold growth before it has a chance to occur.

Call in a Professional after a Flood

The best time to respond after an indoor flood is as soon as possible. Even if the flooding seems localized and insignificant, the water damage and mold growth that result can be widespread. An experienced flood damage professional will use state-of-the-art water extraction methods to quickly dry carpeting and furniture and will assess the need for any further repairs as the floodwaters recede.

If you’d like more information about mold prevention, mold remediation or water damage control services, give Lotus Contracting Services a call today at 480-500-5481!

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Why You Shouldn’t Handle Your Own Flood Damage Restoration

If your home has recently been affected by a flood, then you probably want to do what you can to salvage your home as quickly as possible. This means that you might want to get to work yourself in tackling the job. Even though it’s certainly understandable that you might want to grab a mop and get to work, the truth is that it’s usually a much better idea to hire a team of professionals. Here’s why.

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It Can Be Dangerous

What a lot of people do not realize is that flood damage restoration can actually be a very dangerous job. In fact, this is the case for a few reasons. First of all, if the electrical wiring in your home got wet during the flood, you could have to worry about an electrical fire starting or about being shocked while you’re working in your home. The water that is in your home could also be contaminated and could be harmful. Plus, there could be sharp or otherwise dangerous items floating in the water that could hurt you if you aren’t careful.

You Might Not Have the Right Equipment

In most cases, simply using old towels to sop up the water just isn’t going to do the trick. Water damage restoration companies use special equipment to pull as much water as possible out of your carpet and upholstery, for example. They also have the equipment to find mold, get rid of odors, dry up water more quickly and more.

You Could Spend More Money

If you’re thinking that it will be a good idea for you to handle your own water damage restoration project so that you can save a few bucks, you should know that this generally is not the case. For example, it is common for many homeowners to throw away items that could actually be restored because they don’t have the knowledge or equipment to save them. This could lead to you having to pay for a lot of property repairs and furnishings that you wouldn’t have had to pay for if you would have hired a team of professionals.

As you can see, if you are thinking about doing your own flood damage restoration rather than hiring a professional, you should know that it might not be the best idea. If you contact a flood damage restoration company, however, you can find out more about what is involved in having your home restored.

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Are you Prepared for Monsoon Season?

Hey Arizonans, monsoon season is upon us! It’s time to enjoy that much needed rain, those gorgeous storm photos and to experience the amazing smell of rain in the desert. Although we may enjoy those aspects of the season, monsoons can be unforgiving and damaging to our homes, vehicles and businesses. Here are a few tips on how to prepare yourself and protect your most valued assets from the monsoon season this year.

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1. Have your roof inspected. Make sure there are no missing shingles, broken roof tiles or cracks in your flat roof. Make sure everything is sealed and in good condition to withstand the strong winds and rain that often accompany the monsoon storms.

2. Prepare your landscaping. Trim any large trees that are near your home. Weak overgrown branches can break and damage your roof or anything in their path if they snap or break. Stake down any small immature trees to protect them from the damaging winds and water logged soil that becomes soft and unable to stabilize the trees.

3. Evaluate your storm drainage. If you have noticed areas on your property where water pools and puddles, it’s important to address these issues so that water runs away from your home or business and not towards it. Addressing these issues may require that you hire a landscaping company to correct the drainage issues, but it could save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in damage to the interior of your home or business should we get heavy rain in a short amount of time.

4. Gutters and downspouts. If you already have gutters and downspouts on your home, now is the time to free them of any built up leaves and debris that may have accumulated. If you don’t have gutters and downspouts, now may be a good time to invest in them. Gutters and downspouts work by directing rain from your roof, microbursts or downspouts away from your home’s foundation.

5. Make room in the garage. If at all possible take this time to clear out the garage and make room for your vehicles to protect them from the monsoon storms. This also allows you the opportunity to get any valuable belongings up off of the floor, out of cardboard boxes and stored safely so that if any water does get in the garage during the storms, your personal belongings are protected.

6. Talk to your insurance agent about Flood coverage. I know you think this sounds crazy because we live in a desert but we actually do have floods here…quite a few of them. Every year there are thousands if not millions of dollars in structural damage in the Phoenix valley due to flooding. While most homeowner’s insurance policies cover water damage from an INTERNAL source in your home, very few policies cover water that enters from the outside. This requires a special rider that many people don’t know about. Flood coverage is relatively cheap when you consider the cost of restoring your home or business after it has been covered in inches of water, mud and clay soil. It is worth talking to your agent about and evaluating how close you live to a wash, canal or street that floods each time it rains.

We hope these tips are helpful and get you through the monsoon season unscathed so you can just sit back and enjoy the beauty that the Arizona desert storms can bring. But…should you do suffer from the wrath of the monsoon storms, don’t hesitate to call Lotus Contracting Services for any of your damage related needs! 480-500-5481. www.LotusServicesAZ.com

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5 Signs of Hidden Mold Contamination Every Homeowner Should Know

If you or someone in your household experiences asthmatic symptoms, runny nose, nose bleeds, shortness of breath, rashes, coughs or related symptoms that have no explanation and/or go away when you leave your home, you may have a mold contamination.

Because of their tight sealing, modern energy-efficient home designs can trap moisture in your home creating ideal conditions under which mildew thrives. When that’s paired with an opportunistic food source such as wallpaper, cloth, wood, etc., the situation can quickly become a problematic and potentially life-threatening mold infestation.

In this article we discuss 5 signs of hidden mold.

  1. Odor
    The musty smell of mildew is hard to miss for those who have been exposed to it. However, because there are thousands of different types of molds the smells vary accordingly and can sometimes present as a sour stench, damp clothes or the smell of pungent potted soil. When an active mold contamination is the cause, the smell will keep returning regardless of odor treatment.
  2. Visible Growths
    More often than not, the mildew will begin as a black patch. However, some mildews are pink/red, yellow, green, blue, brown and orange. Any such growth in a humid or damp environment points to contamination and should be inspected and treated.
  3. Water Leaks
    Because they create the ideal conditions for mold growth, puddles, water seepage from inside of walls and dripping pipes should be investigated as sources pointing to hidden mildew growth.
  4. Stains and Discoloration
    Related to the visible water leaks are the stains and discolorations, associated with water damage, that result from unseen leaks in your home. A leaking roof or a burst pipe can cause moisture and water seepage that create spots on walls that are lighter or darker than the color of the wall, ceiling, cabinet or floor. Mold growth can cause further discoloration. If your home has water spots or has ever been flooded, you should have it inspected for mold.
  5. Physical Symptoms
    As mentioned in the introduction, the symptoms that result from mold growth are highly unpleasant and often difficult to relate to a specific cause. However, any prolonged cough, chest tightness, sinus condition or symptoms that are commonly associated with allergies or asthma should raise suspicions about possible hidden mold contamination that requires prompt attention.

If you have a mold issue or need mold removal services in the Phoenix, AZ Metro area including the east valley in Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Tempe and Queen Creek call us today for help!

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What To Do When You Have Water Damage in Your Commercial Building

Arizona has hot temperatures, so you probably don’t think that water damage can occur in a commercial property. While it seldom rains in this region, when it does, you may learn that you have a leaking roof on your commercial building.

In the states where rainstorms occur frequently, property owners notice when a building’s roof has a small leak, but you may not think about inspecting a building’s rooftop in Arizona. If a roof on a building is damaged, then when a torrential rainstorm occurs, the rainwater will seep underneath the shingles.

Immediate Responses To Telephone Calls

Occasionally, a major rainstorm does occur in Phoenix, and not only can a building’s roof leak, but also, the rainwater may create flooding conditions. When your commercial business is flooded by rainwater or the rooftop on a structure leaks, you must contact a water damage company immediately for assistance. An emergency water damage team can arrive at a residential or commercial property in less than an hour to begin the cleaning process.

Installation of Tarps On a Rooftop

First, the restoration technicians must determine why a building is flooded with water, and a property owner must fix the problem to prevent additional water damage. If a roof is leaking, then the team of technicians can place a tarp over the roof to protect a structure’s underlying materials. This is often necessary because a roofing company isn’t available right away to make the essential repairs.

Emergency Restoration Teams Work On a 24-hour Basis

When a water-damaged building doesn’t have any power to use industrial-strength fans or dehumidifiers, the remediation company will use a generator to operate the equipment. To remove standing water, the technicians will install a sump pump. The moisture in a water-soaked business requires fast removal, so a team of technicians will work on a 24-hour basis to pump out the water before drying the wet materials.

Degraded Materials Are Ripped From the Building

A lot of the moisture in a water-damaged building is removable with extraction machines, but when materials such as carpets, dry wall or floor tiles are degrading, the technicians will tear out the items for proper disposal at an off-site location. During the water-damage cleanup, the technicians will apply deodorizing chemicals to eliminate mildew odor along with cleansers that will destroy mold spores.

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How to Clean Up Flood Damage in Mesa AZ

Floods are a common occurrence across the country. Frequent floods lead to significant water damage. This water damage affects the home, vehicles, and property inside the home. There are several times a year that floods occur in Arizona especially during monsoon season.

Electronic equipment in the home really does take a big hit. Think about the water damage that might occur to any of your precious electronic equipment. Everything from a smartphone to a HD television could take a massive hit, during the flood. Of course, the first step to take after water damage occurs, is to contact our disaster restoration service for immediate help.

However, it is also important to realize that some of the electronic equipment might suffer severe damage and that corrosion could set in, while other electronics might survive the water damage.

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Muddy water from storm flooding

Taking Assessment After Flood Damage
The first step is to take a quick assessment of electronics after the water damage occurs. Determine if electronic property should be replaced or repaired.

Here are important issues to consider. Was the electronic equipment completely submerged under water? For example, electronics left in a basement that flooded were completely covered and left in standing water.

Generally, the electronics are not salvageable, under these extreme conditions. Repairing the damaged parts would cost more than the electronics are worth. Replacement is the best solution. Perhaps, the item was not submerged, but left out in the rainstorm.

The odds are that corrosion is an issue and the item should be replaced. Certainly, electronics that were exposed to extreme humidity because of water damage, might develop corrosion too. This item should be assessed by an expert or simply replaced.

After Water & Flood Damage
The first steps that you take after water damage are important. Take a quick assessment of all the water damage. Take pictures for insurance purposes. Remember, some water damage might stay hidden behind the walls in the home. Corrosion of pipes and electronics might happen immediately.

Contact our Flood Damage Restoration experts for our flood damage service to have your complete home assessed, cleaned, and dried immediately.

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Arizona Water Damage and the Need for Water Clean-up Services

Water damage can lead to losses to the tune of thousands of dollars. Water can damage household appliances, furniture, electronics, upholstery, and plumbing equipment. Water damage can also be experienced after a fire has been put out. If you have suffered water damage, mitigation and restoration need to be done in good time. This will help salvage most of the items and reduce further loss.

Water Damaged Basement, Water Extraction, Water RemovalArizona Water damage or Flood damage can be classified into three categories

The first category is clean water. This is water that does not pose a substantial threat to humans and therefore can be consumed at home.

The second category is referred to gray water; this kind of water contains a significant amount of chemical, biological, physical contaminants, or soot and smoke from burning surfaces. This category of water could pose a threat to human beings and even limit the supply of water in the home.

The third category of water damage is black water. This refers to contamination of the indoor environment. This kind of water could contain unsanitary sources of water that could constitute animal or even human waste. This water contains harmful disease causing pathogens.

After a flood damage or water damage, the water should be treated. This is why water damage restoration and water cleanup services are very crucial. Water damage restoration needs to be handled properly by certified, experienced and licensed water restoration contractors. The processes include:

An immediate visual inspection

This is performed by a certified water restoration officer to asses and determine what is needed to restore a property that has been affected by the water damage.

Water Extraction

Water extraction and containing the damage is the first priority. After that has been done all wet materials should be removed from the area and if necessary the walls, floor, and ceilings should be cleared to allow for drying. Water extraction drains all the flooded areas.

Drying

After the extraction process is done, the drying process begins, commercial equipment is used. These include dehumidifiers, air movers, floor drying systems and heat generating equipment to generate dry air and increase air circulation thus allowing evaporation. Normally, drying takes 2-4 days depending on the level of flood damage.

Flood damage & Water damage re-assessment

After the drying process is done, certified technicians conduct another inspection to ensure that there is no hidden moisture that might result to mold formation or result to further water damage problems.

Restoration

Reconstruction is the final process of water damage restoration. This is done after the water damage has been mitigated and the structure has completely dried. This means the place is safe, healthy and has been brought back to its pre-damaged state

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Dealing with Floodwater in the Home: Flood Damage Phoenix

When you go through a flood, you mostly think about the damages as you look at the water stains on the walls and the mold on the floors. However, many people do not consider the dangers that lie hidden in standing water. Identify the risks of floodwater and then work to protect yourself and family members. Make use of water restoration companies that specialize in the task of removing tained floodwater from your home.

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The Biohazards of Floodwater

During a flood, water from the outside flows into the house and forms pools of standing water. Some of the floodwater is mixed with dirt and debris from the yard and may include pesticides, feces or sewage waste. Within this unclean water, there are different forms of bacteria and viruses that cause serious infections and diseases.

Biohazards are not visible to the eye, but after a flood, the threat is apparent to most homeowners. Floodwater looks clean but is toxic and unhealthy for anyone to drink or touch. During a flood, the water rushes in and appears everywhere on the floor, walls and ceiling. Animals are more likely to come into contact with standing water, so your job is to keep pets away from it.

Preventing further damage is the first step when you encounter flooding. Remove the water without touching it, and the best way is to let the professionals handle it.

Professional Cleaning Services

Clinics and hospitals have special methods of dealing with biohazards. The rooms and floors are cleaned and disinfected regularly by professionals. Similar to medical facilities, ensure that the rooms and floors in your home are also cleaned by professionals.

The workers at a flood restoration company are familiar with the biohazards present in floodwater. First, they wear uniforms to protect their skin during the water removal process. They know how to turn off electrical devices safely and to safeguard your personal belongings as they work.

Restoration experts use special extraction tools, which are portable or truck-mounted vacuums, that remove large volumes of standing water. They are able to remove dozens of gallons in one minute, and after a few hours, leave the entire house damp but not flooded.

There are certain safety precautions to follow after a flood. Floodwater comes from the outdoor environment, so it is unclean and full of bacteria. Avoid stepping into the house immediately and contact a company that handles the safe extraction of this water.

If you have a Flood, Flooding or Flood damage in Phoenix, Arizona or the surrounding areas like Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe call our experts today for help!

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Water Damage Repair Phoenix: Top 4 Mistakes Everyone Should Avoid

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You may never know the cost of water damage repair until you need one for your home. The cost of repair depends on the level of water damage. Water damage repair providers can help you fix your property at a low cost. You won’t have to dig deep into your pocket. However, most homeowners in Arizona make multiple mistakes when they decide to do the repair themselves. Below are a few common mistakes that homeowners make when they try to repair water damage.

Using the wrong technicians

When you talk to your insurance company about water damage, they’re likely to recommend some companies. The majority of insurance companies propose inexpensive contractors who offer sub-standard services. You shouldn’t hire contractors without checking their credibility. It’s crucial to look for water damage restoration companies that will carry out high-quality work. Hire reputable technicians who have the right skill and knowledge to solve your problem. Your insurance policy doesn’t restrict you to some contractors, so don’t feel obligated to hire a certain company.

Overlooking the insurance process

You’re likely to encounter problems with your insurance agency if you undertake a restoration project by yourself. Your insurance provider may delay your compensation process, so you may have to look for other ways to fund your project. A good water damage contractor should help you with the insurance process and offer you a quotation.

Delayed action

When you experience water damage in your home, you should not wait too long to start the repair work. This will enable you to salvage the situation early and avoid further damage. If you wait too long, your belongings might be destroyed. You’ll have to spend money and time to replace the damaged stuff. Professional water damage repair technicians work around the clock to ensure that they attend to damages on time. So, you should make an attempt to contact them when you identify a water-related issue.

Selecting under-equipped companies

A contractor should be a one-stop service. They should be able to handle various damages caused by water. These include mold, smoke, and fire. You have to find a contractor who can deal with both fire and water damage. You don’t want a water damage company that will leave you to deal with fire issues on your own. Not only would this be unethical, but also uneconomical.

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What You Need to Know About Water Damage in Arizona

When purchasing or renting a house in Arizona, an individual never predicts the possibilities of damages as a result of rain, storm, fire or debris. When a storm passes near a house, the homeowner may have to deal with water damages. This is a huge loss with many repairing costs involved. There are also plenty of ways a family can contribute to water damages either from the house or the sources of water in the compound. During a storm, there can be contamination. Contaminated storm or floods contain pathogens. These pathogens can become a breeding place for mold. If the mold is not dealt with immediately, there will be festering of the mold spores in the building. This makes it harder to remove the spread of molds.

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Water Damage Restoration Arizona

In other cases, government agencies condemn the building by labeling it a threat to humanity. That is why there is the need for a certified professional to deal with water damages. Lotus Contracting Services is a key game player in saving homeowners from damages incurred by water, molds, and flood. Being a woman-owned enterprise, homeowners should expect order and prior preparation from the company. The company was formed in 2015. New as it is in the industry, the owners have massive experience in water damage control. Our experiences total to thirty years in the industry. Lotus Contracting Services was founded with the objective of developing a new modern standard in the industry of restoration. The company has a high standard of integrity, honesty as well as compassion to human and animals.

According to our beliefs, not all damages are entitled to insurance claims. Since the company holds that opinion, Lotus Contracting Services has made it possible for homeowners to deal with water damages without involving insurance companies. The teams of professionals combine talent and expertise in delivering prompt and successful recovery in cases of property loss due to water or flood damage. Lotus Contracting Services manages disasters caused by water through handling emergency plumbing repairs, fire, smoke damage restoration, asbestos removal and water damage restoration.

Additionally, the company synergizes modern technology in ensuring client safety at home. Our core objective as a team is restoring customer property to how it was initially. The team prides itself in having the ability to offer emergency response through efficient evaluation of situations. It also provides services for cleaning up the house after restoration. With Lotus Contracting Services, flood, water and mold restoration is possible.

If you think you have a Water Damage problem in Arizona contact our experts today!

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