Prevent Water Damage Caused By The Winter Weather

We know well that winter brings chilling temperatures and it can cause huge damages to the home. As we have seen residential properties suffer the most from winter’s wrath. Dealing with water damage in freezing temperatures is the last thing that anyone would like. To prevent this you have to know some of the most common water damage caused by the winter weather and the ways to fix them when they occur.

  • The first one is Ice dam formation on the roof

Ice dam formation is one of the most common problems in homes with sloping roofs. It easily forms when snow accumulates on the roof. As a result, ice dams cause a significant amount of water damage each year and it may become a black mole damage problem as well if it is left untreated. So you have to ensure that your attic will remain uniformly cold by keeping it ventilated properly before winter starts.

  • The second one is related to the burst pipes

Bursting pipes happens as a result of pipes getting frozen during the winter season, in particular, if there is water left in the hoses or pipes outside your home. Of course, the winter period has temperatures can plunge below freezing, making the remaining water in the pipes to freeze. You have to prevent this by installing pipe insulation, specifically to pipes exposed to the freezing temperatures in winter.

  • Another water damage problem is the snowmelt

Melting snow can obviously damage any property, in particular, homes that have a basement, crawlspace, or a slab foundation. If a huge quantity of the snow is piling up next to these foundations, it’s going to create a lot of water once it melts and poses flooding risks to your home. As a result, it can cause mould problems. Remember to control the gutter as water may freeze in it and damage your gutter system.

  • Water heater leakage

This is a huge problem for many homeowners. As the temperature drops during winter, your water heater works double to be able to provide you and your family hot water for your shower. Please make a regular checking to your water heater to prevent it from bursts or leaks.

  • Overflowed gutter

Another problem during winters is overflowed gutter. It can cause big damages when the snow melts.

If you have water damage problems or other emergency problems feel free to contact us here.

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Prevent Mold Growth From Your Closets

Of course, if you find mold spots on your clothes will be frustrating. This means that you have to take all of your clothes out of the closet, wash them, dry them, and put them away again. But in these cases, you have to find the root of the problem. Check if your clothes were wet or if the wood of the closet damps in some way. So in this way, you can prevent mold growth.

The best steps to prevent mold growth in closets and wardrobes:

 

  • The primary step is to make sure that your clothes are totally dry before putting them in the closet. Sometimes, the homeowners make mistakes of putting damp clothes in closets.

You have to know that dampness is usually the result of mold – warm, moist air from damp clothing meets with cold internal surfaces like the ceiling or walls of the closet, then once the air cools, the water collects on cold surfaces and causes patches of mold to grow. In this way, the clothes begin to smell damp and musty.

  • The second step is to check if the airflow through the closet it’s correct. The most common causes of mold growth are damp and dark conditions. Closets and wardrobes are the favorite places for mold spores to reproduce and spread.

Inside the wardrobes, it’s dark so you have to take care and prevent mold growth. As possible as you can, open all the doors and windows to allow fresh air to flow through the house and, in turn, the wardrobe. Don’t forget that the fresh air helps to naturally dry out excess moisture in clothing, closets, and wardrobes, no matter the cause.

  • Usually, you have to use a dehumidifier to keep clothing, walls, and ceilings dry. It also helps to keep clothing and closets free from mold. Dehumidifiers eliminate moisture in the air to a much safer 50%.

If the level of moisture can be maintained, mold will become inactive and emit mold spores far less. It is essential to know that dehumidifiers aren’t a cure-all for mold. They help to prevent mold growth but not to remove it.

  • The last step is to leave the light on at times. This reduces moisture from the air. This method will help rid the closet of moisture. Remember, the light heat rises, so ensure the bulb is a decent distance away from your clothing to avoid potential house-fires.

However, if mold is spreading throughout your home, get in touch with the team from IBX. Our fast, efficient service will kill-off mold spores in your home, closets, and wardrobes while making your home a safe, healthy living environment. Feel free to call us at +1-416-252-5959.

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Water Damage Problems | What To Do?

Are several reasons that water damage can happen in your home or business area. Starting with common floods from faulty appliances such as washing machines to plumbing mishaps, burst pipes, leaking roofs, and guttering or to heavy rain and natural floods. As a result, water damage problems have to 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.

What to do and what not in cases where you have water damage problems in your home:

Have water damage problems at home? You have to react to reduce any further damage to your property and assist in water damage restoration.

  • Water damage steps:

  1. The first step is to check for the source of water and to end it. In case that your pipes are leaking get in a plumber to fix the problem. Prevent long leaking and fixed the problem as soon as possible.
  2. When happening water damage problems, immediately turn off the electricity to wet areas. This helps so that access to the electrical panel is safe for those attending to the job.
  3. It’s recommended to record photographic or video evidence of the root cause of the problem that led to the water damage.
  4. Try to reduce and to remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and wiping. You can use large fans to circulate air to assist with drying.
  5. Try to retain samples of the damaged property materials such as carpets, flooring, or other damaged areas. Are needed for the insurance assessment.
  6. Move away wet rugs or other floor coverings. Remove any precious photos, and other sentimental items to a safe, dry location.
  7. Cases where water damage problems are with water contaminated, avoid contact with such water and contaminated items and wash hands thoroughly if the contact has been made.
  • Avoid this water damage steps:

  1. It is not allowed to use a household vacuum cleaner to suck up water or any wet debris. Never use any electrical appliances, if you are on wet carpet or wet floor. This causes disaster.
  2. Don’t touch any flooded carpet. You have to call professionals to do this task as it can lead to further damage.
  3. If you see mold problems call IBX Team. A professional like us will take care of that.
  4. It is not allowed to turn on ceiling fans or lights if the ceiling is wet. Take care also to not enter any room where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  5. In cases where the floodwater is contaminated, try to not walk on damage space.

If you have water damage problems in your home the IBX Services Team can help you. Water damaged areas easily help bacteria grow, so call us as soon as you can at (416) 252-5959. We offer water damage restoration in quick methods.

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Water Damage | What Causes And Its Effects

Water damage includes any sort of destruction or loss caused by excessive water intrusion. It can be instantaneous, fast, and destructive such as flooding or maybe slow such as damaging surfaces by water spots, rotting of wood, rusting of iron, the growth of moulds, and delaminating of some surfaces. You have to know that destruction and damage become more serious if the water is contaminated, unsanitary, and delay in restoration services.

What causes water damage?

There are thousands of causes of water damage. It occurs when a large amount of water accumulates in the area where it should not in a normal situation. Floods, melting of snow and heavy rain are the reasons for sudden and catastrophic water damage. The excessive water in any area can lead to further damages including accumulation of water in basement areas, destruction of homes, and offices.

Effects

If the water damage is not frequently and properly treated, the effects of it could be serious and threatening to health. The immediate water damage includes soaking of furniture, electric appliances, and other items. If not quickly treated and restored, long term and damaging effects will be obvious. It can cause corrosion of steel and iron and rot of wood and furniture.

Some of the severe and extremely damaging effects are:

After any water damage, it takes only one to two days for moulds to grow and spread on items that contain moisture or wet. It can embed in the fine mesh of carpets, rugs, clothing, and even walls. The moulds are highly toxic entities causing harmful and toxic effects on health and many breathing and allergic conditions to sensitive persons.

  • Damaged electrical appliances and wiring

Whatever the reason and severity of water damage, you must turn off the electrical appliances and power source to avoid the explosion. If the wiring is damaged during water damage, the risk of electric shock and explosion will be higher. There must be a need for rewiring and installing new appliances if necessary to get back to a normal routine. This type of damage can leave you devoid of house utilities for a longer time. Even a small leakage of water in the basement can lead to destructive damage to your house appliances.

How To Deal With Flooded and Water Damage

To avoid long term effects, it is important to hire a professional team for complete restoration of flooded basement damage. If the home or office withstands water damage, it must be clean immediately without any delay to save your furniture, rugs, carpets, and other belongings from soaking up in unsanitary water. Timely clean up will also prevent you from pathogenic and harmful moulds.

IBX Services as professional water damage restoration services offer complete cleanup of the property and removal of all the damaged items. We use some steps adopted by the team to complete the restoration process.

  • Inspection
  • Water removal
  • Drying
  • Cleaning
  • Restoration

IBX Services is always ready to help you. Feel free to call us at +1-416-252-5959!

 

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How to remove water in home air ducts?

Moisture or water in-home air ducts can seem harmless at first; however, if ignored it could lead to serious problems like mold or mildew growth. Moisture in your ductwork can also indicate underlying problems that need to be addressed.

There are several common reasons for water in-home air ducts. Moisture is a sign of low duct temperature. For this reason, during the heating season, unused air-conditioning ducts located in unheated rooms can collect moisture. Moisture or the water can also collect in the summer if cool air passes through a duct in a room that isn’t air-conditioned. Excess humidity in the attic or crawl space can also encourage condensation on the inside and outside of ductwork.

How to Prevent Moisture or Water in Home Air Ducts

1) Eliminate underlying issues.

Look for any sources of moisture that could be causing the problem. Do you see any water-pipe leaks or leaks in the roof? Do you have a humidifier that is turned up too high? Is the clothes-dryer vent free-flowing and leak-free? Is your furnace venting system free of leaks? Or are the bathroom vents and cook range vents leaking?

A leak in one of these systems could be causing the problem, and without addressing it directly, you’ll only be able to accomplish temporary solutions. A hygrometer will give you a good idea of the humidity levels in the house and tell you if they’re abnormal.

2) Use a dehumidifier.

After you determine these systems are working well, run a dehumidifier in the area where your air ducts are collecting water. This will reduce moisture in the air and prevent condensation in the ductwork.

3) Seal off unused A/C ducts.

If you still have moisture in your air ducts, seal off unused A/C air ducts, and supply and return vents in the winter. Don’t just close the dampers – they are not airtight. Cut foam-board insulation into a plug that is the size of the vent, or tape the duct closed with plastic sheeting. Just don’t forget to remove the blockage in the spring.

4) Insulate.

Insulating the air ducts will prevent them from cooling off and condensing the air inside. You can do this with standard duct insulation. In cold weather, homeowners can also circulate warm air through unused ductwork to prevent condensation.

Another option is to insulate the space where the ductwork is located. If you have an uninsulated attic, adding insulation will help prevent condensation from forming on cold ductwork.

Ducts Are Fuzzy

Hopefully, you discovered the moisture or water in-home air ducts before it was too late. If not, you may be at risk of mold or mildew in your air ducts. IBX Services air duct cleaning services and duct inspections give homeowners peace of mind and healthy indoor air quality. Just give us a call at +1-416-252-5959 or schedule an appointment at [email protected].

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Water Damage Restoration Best Practices

IBX Services is pleased to provide you with this consumer information about water damage restoration and how to choose a water damage restoration company.

Water Damage Restoration & Insurance

Under the law, it is your right to determine what company will perform work in your home or business. Some insurance carriers have “preferred contractors” that they recommend, who have agreements with the insurance companies to handle water losses in a certain manner, and at pre-determined prices.

Water damage restoration is something that must be dealt with quickly and effectively. Preventing the presence of mold is one of many concerns for those who have suffered from a water damage event, but it should not be the only, or primary concern. In fact, people have so many misconceptions about water damage and the potential for mold growth, that we decided to offer this consumer education message. When you need to select a water damage restoration company, you can make an informed intelligent decision.

Here are the steps you can take immediately following a water damage event to help minimize secondary damage, as well as precautions that should be taken during water damage restoration to protect your health and safety.

Water damage restoration is a specialized field requiring special protective measures, specialized equipment, and testing capabilities, as well as certain engineering controls to protect you and your property. Most restoration contractors know how to perform simple drying and site clean up. Experienced companies, such as IBX Services, know how to provide restoration services that protect not only the structure but also you and your family’s health.

Below are the most important steps that you can take to reduce the damages and protect your family:

  1. The first thing to do is to eliminate the source of water, if possible, or contact appropriate parties to eliminate the water source or to make necessary repairs.
  2. If there is no risk of electrical shock, its recommended to turn off circuit breakers supplying electricity to wet areas; unplug and remove any small electrical devices currently located on wet floor coverings or other wet surfaces.
  3. Remove all the small furniture items to reduce rust or other stains and expedite restoration.
  4. Place aluminum foil under the legs of wood furniture, especially antiques that might permanently stain the carpet.
  5. Hang draperies and pin up furniture skirts to prevent contact with wet floor coverings as well as minimize damage such as watermarks, browning, dye transfer or migration.
  6. Remove books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants or other items that might stain the carpet (check especially under beds and in closets for these items).
  7. Remove and secure breakables, moisture-sensitive, or high-value items.
  8. Be aware that time is a crucial factor, and delays in loss mitigation and restoration might result in adverse health and safety effects as well as additional damage to the structure and contents.

Types Of Water Damage

There are different types of water damage. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) document categorizes the three types of water damage as Clean Water Damage, Gray Water Damage, and Black Water Damage.

Clean Water Damage (Category 1)

Clean water damage is that in which the source of the water is from a clean water source, such as a plumbing supply line, or that wet structure has not “become” contaminated.

Gray Water Damage (Category 2)

Gray water damage is that in which the source of the water may contain chemicals or other contaminants that could cause discomfort or sickness to the occupants. Clean water damage can become gray water damage if left too long before appropriate drying efforts are implemented.

Black Water Damage (Category 3)

Blackwater contains pathogenic agents and is grossly unsanitary. Gray water that is not removed promptly is appropriately re-classified as black water damage.

Water damage restoration has to do as soon as possible. In that way, you can reduce other problems such as mold or moisture. IBX Services is always ready to help you. Call us at +1-416-252-5959!

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Mold Tips | Professional Team of IBX Services

Getting rid of all mold spores in your house, it’s almost impossible. But you know that mold spores can’t grow without moisture, so if you reducing moisture in your home is the best way to prevent or eliminate mold growth. If mold spores growing in your home, it’s important to clean up the mold and fix the problem causing dampness. If you clean up the mold but don’t fix the problem, the mold will most likely return. For this reason, the IBX Services professional team has some mold tips for reducing moisture throughout the home and prevent mold growth.

Mold Tips – Around Your House:

  • We recommend using dehumidifiers and air conditioners. In particular, during hot, humid climates, to reduce moisture in the air.
  • Use a hygrometer instrument available at many hardware stores to measure relative in your space. Always try keeping the indoor humidity below 60%.
  • Often check the air conditioning and keep air conditioning drip pans clean. Ensure drain lines are free of obstructions and flow properly too.
  • During cool weather, try keeping the house warm. You have to know that as the temperature goes down, the air is less able to hold moisture and it condenses on cold surfaces, which can encourage mold growth.
  • You can add insulation to cold surfaces, such as exterior walls, floors, and windows to reduce condensation.
  • We recommend to you, to use heating and cooling contractors to check your heating and cooling system to make sure it’s sized and operating properly to remove humidity. In cases where the system is too big or the airflow is incorrect, your air conditioner will not remove humidity as it should. When this happens, call our professionals to check your duct system for air leaks, and proper size and airflow to each room.
  • Remember to open doors between rooms to increase circulation, which carries heat to cold surfaces. Also, increase air circulation by using fans and by moving furniture from wall corners.

Tips – In the Kitchen:

The kitchen is a space where mold always likes to grow. This as a result of the moistures that can happen in the kitchen during the cook. So, here the mold tips are very essential to remember.

  • IBX Services team recommends using exhaust fans to move moisture outside (not into the attic) whenever you are cooking, washing dishes, or cleaning.
  • If you notice moisture on windows and other surfaces, turn off certain appliances like a baking oven or microwave.
  • Often check for leaks around the kitchen sink, refrigerator ice makers, and other sources of water. Repair or replace it if necessary.
  • Also, you can empty and clean refrigerator drip pans if necessary.

IBX Services as a mold removal company can help you with the mold and moisture remediation. Call us today at +1-416-252-5959 and we will be in your home as soon as we can!

 

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WATER DAMAGE PREVENTION | IBX SERVICES

To water damage happens, have a variety of causes, some of which are unpreventable, there are certain precautionary measures you can take to avoid preventable water damage from occurring. Most of the water damage that occurs in homes comes from plumbing issues and burst pipes, so being aware of the overall health of the plumbing system in your home will help.

IBX Services as a water damage restoration company has some guidelines and prevention tips to help water damage from occurring:

The water supply cutoff valve

You know that knowledge is power, and everyone in your home should know where the water supply cutoff valve is as well as how to shut it off. That way, should a leak occur you can shut off the water supply immediately. This will lessen the extent of any water damage as well as help you save money on any expenses incurred to extract the water.

Water Pressure

Be attention because, ahead of a pipe burst, many times it will give off a warning sign that all is not well with the water pressure. This warns that high water pressure dramatically increases the risk of pipes bursting, so use a pressure gauge to measure the water pressure. The meter should read the pressure and will tell you for any possible risk.

The pipe care

Don’t forget to cover any exposed piping properly so natural elements don’t negatively affect it. Every time you leave the home for a long time it’s recommended to shut off the water supply. This assurance makes having no problems in your absence.

Household appliances

Household appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, and water heaters have rubber fittings on them that weaken as time passes, so periodically check your appliances as well as your pipes and water supply hoses for signs they’re getting older and should be replaced. A maintenance and inspection schedule of about once a year should be sufficient. Keep your appliances and plumbing systems as clean as possible.

Water damage – bathroom care

Areas around sinks, bathtubs, and showers are constantly exposed to water, so adding additional caulking and grouting to those areas from time to time would be wise. In this way, you can dramatically reduce the likelihood of preventable water damage from happening in your home.

Water damage restoration company

In cases, where water damage from naturally occurring forces like floods is inevitable, you have to call immediately a restoration company. IBX Services is always ready. High-quality equipment, expert team, and along with experience, we will be your best partner. Call us today at +1-416-252-5959!

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Water Damage When You Live In A Villa

When you live in a villa near the water have several advantages. But from the other hand has also a couple of concerns a person living in a villa needs to be aware of. The biggest of these issues is that of water damage that can occur in a villa. This problem, of course, has prevention or solution, but the key is to know what to look for and what to do if the water damage is found.

The first problem caused by water damage

The obvious type of damage is that of wood deteriorating, as well as causing cracks in walls and foundations. These cracks tend to occur in the winter months as the water gets into small areas and then freezes and expands. This expansion causes the small crack to expand and become a larger problem, this can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs and even lead to serious damage id allowed to go undetected for too long.

The second problem caused by water damage when you live in a villa.

The second serious issue is more of a health-related one, this is the issue of mold that can develop in wet dark areas of your home. This can lead to health-related issues such as respiratory infections and in more extreme cases death.

The solution

One of the ways that you can get rid of these issues is to hire a company that will come in and makes the needed repairs to any structure that has been damaged. This will be more cost-efficient in the end than going to the trouble of having major work done on the home.

IBX Services is a restoration company that will help you to prevent all the risks related to water damage. We will be able to give you a price estimate and will break down all of the prices for work that will be done before it is done.

With a partner like us, you can live in your villa, happy,  and out of any health risk. Call us today at +1-416-252-5959.

 

 

 

 

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Home Drying After Water Damage Or Flooding

Cleaning up a house or building after a flood or different types of water damage is a very consuming effort. IBX Services as a water damage restoration company has some tips to help you through the process of drying.

1. Ensure to be safe

The most important thing in any water clean-up situation is safety.  Before preparing for drying, be sure that power has been completely turned off in any flooded spaces. Also, protect your hands, eyes, and mouth as floodwater has the possibility to be contaminated with harmful substances. After those priority things, call a professional with specialized water damage restoration equipment. They will take care of your situation.

2. Before starting the drying

We take lots of photographs of the water damage before starting work. This will help with the guarantee claims and adjustments. IBX Services also take care to repair every area where water can reenter the house, including roof damage.

3. Circulate air as much as possible

Drying and circulating air is crucial in dealing with water damage. We recommend opening all the windows once the conditions are suitable. And, also if it’s safe to use the electricity, set up fans to help circulate air throughout the space. Fans can bring in and circulate air from outside.

If all floor area is dry out, you can open cabinets and closet doors. Avoid using a central air or heating system with any ductwork that has been submerged, as that could blow mold, dirt, or other contaminants into the living space.

4. Reduce moisture caused by water damage

Once the air is flowing, we start dealing with the items in your rooms. It’s important to focus on larger water-soaked items first, like rugs and upholstered furniture. If those items are affected by dirty water, they have to be thrown away immediately. We have to prevent harmful bacteria and other contaminants.

5. IBX Services clean and prevent mold

If recovering from a significant flood, it’s important that all surfaces that could have been in contact with bacteria that came up through sewers, etc. are fully disinfected by professionals. If dealing with a clean leak from rainwater or pipes, disinfection isn’t as high of a priority, but always a safe choice. IBX Services will disinfect all your property. We apply specialty mold preventative to ensure no mold spores survive.

Water damage restoration is very important. If you have an emergency don’t lose time. Make us a call at +1-416-252-5959 and we will be your trusty partner.

 

 

 

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