Frequently Asked Questions
- My house just flooded – what should I do?
- I found mold in my home or business – what now?
- What is mold?
- What causes mold to grow?
- How can you tell if it's mold?
- What are the potential health effects of mold?
- Who is most at risk of adverse health effects from exposure to mold?
- What kind of reactions can people have to mold?
- I've had a sewage spill in my home or business – what do I do now?
- There's been a fire in my home or business and I need help with the repair.
- Does Clean Earth Restorations also provide construction services?
My house just flooded – what should I do?
As a San Diego homeowner who just experienced a flood or major water damage to your home or property, you need help fast. Restoring property damaged by water requires technical skill beyond regular cleaning. Odor, mildew, mold and other problems can result from water damage. In addition, you need to accurately assess the damage and understand your options so you can repair the damage and move on.
At Clean Earth Restorations we will help you recover from water damage or flood by:
- Provide immediate assistance to remove the water and begin the dry-out and cleanup
- Provide an accurate assessment of the damage to your property
- Work with insurance agent or adjuster to make sure you are treated fairly
- Follow industry standards to preserve textiles, artworks, memorabilia and other property
- Set up and monitor the drying equipment, deodorize and disinfect the area
- Provide any needed cleaning and repairs to drywall, flooring and other property damage
- Move and reset furniture
- Provide a final inspection and sign-off, including helping you process the paperwork for insurance claims
I found mold in my home or business – what now?
Mold can become a significant problem inside a home or business, even in San Diego! When there's excessive humidity or moisture for an extended period of time, there can be mold. It's always best to have the mode evaluated and removed by a certified professional.
At Clean Earth Restorations we understand how to identify and manage mold problems. We will:
- Identify moisture sources and evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected)
- Utilize state of the art thermal imaging / infra red and boroscopes for inspection
- Contain damage to the smallest area possible
- Physically remove contamination
- Dry material to ensure that mold will not return
- Perform or recommend procedures for returning property to pre-loss condition
What is mold?
Mold is a naturally occurring substance that evolved on earth long before man. Mold is part of the fungi family, and there are over 100,000 known species of mold. Mold releases enzymes that break down organic material. It plays a vital role in decomposing dead plant matter, and has given us valuable medicines against bacteria like penicillin. The trouble arises when mold breaks down the organic matter like our houses, and causes health consequences in our bodies.
What causes mold to grow?
Mold needs three things to grow – food, water and the right temperature. Mold thrives in the same temperature range that humans generally prefer (48° F to 70° F), and mold feasts on components of wallboard, carpets and other common household furnishings and construction materials. Therefore, the only real way to control mold is to eliminate its water source.
How can you tell if it's mold?
You can usually identify mold from the musty odor. Sometimes you can't see mold, and it can appear in a variety of colors other than the commonly known dark green, black or brown. You can use a home testing kit, or call in an expert for a home inspection to confirm the growth of mold. Besides a musty odor or staining, crumbling or swelling of plaster and the separation of baseboard, the following are also problem signs of mold:
- Mold and/or mildew – fungus that grows in a damp, dark area and causes discoloration, musty smells and odors
- Musty odors – this is the result of the decay process from mold, mildew and dry rot
- Dry Rot – dark brown/black fungus that typically grows on walls
What are the potential health effects of mold?
The link between mold and serious health effects is still being studied, but there is no longer any question that mold causes respiratory symptoms (asthma) and allergic reactions (sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, etc). A Mayo Clinic study has shown that nearly 100% of chronic sinus infections are due to mold. Other adverse health symptoms that can be caused by mold are nosebleeds, runny nose, sneezing, headaches, sore throat, chronic coughing, eye irritation, watery eyes, dizziness, loss of balance, skin rash, fatigue, vomiting and memory loss.
Mold is emerging as a health and safety issue in many areas of the country. Studies have shown that nearly 50% of U.S. homes contain enough mold to cause respiratory symptoms.
Who is most at risk of adverse health effects from exposure to mold?
- The elderly
- Young children and infants
- Pregnant women
- People with asthma
- People with allergies
What kind of reactions can people have to mold?
People react differently to toxic mold exposure. Certain individuals, especially children, exhibit severe reactions to mold which could include damage to lung tissue, memory loss and even death. Other persons exhibit less severe symptoms and fewer long-term consequences when exposed to toxic mold. Severity of symptoms and effects may depend on the individuals' chemical sensitivity, genetic disposition and health history (allergies, asthma, smoking, etc).
For some, the exposure to toxic mold spores may be classified as a "health risk", while it is a true "health hazard" (potential for loss of life or quality of life) for others. Mold is a type of fungus, and is the decomposer of dead organic material such as leaves, wood and plants. The spores and hair-like bodies of individual mold colonies are too small for us to see, but when a lot of mold is growing on a surface, it often appears black or green.
If mold is growing behind vinyl wallpaper, colorful pink or purple splotches may appear. Mold can damage and destroy building materials, and should be treated as soon as possible.
I've had a sewage spill in my home or business – what do I do now?
Sewage spills pose a significant threat to human health and real potential for life-threatening illness. When sewage invades a building, it requires immediate and appropriate action and is considerably more serious than ordinary water damage. You need to hire a professional company to help you deal with a sewage spill.
At Clean Earth Restorations, we know the critical steps to take to effectively cleanup a sewage spill. They include:
- Contain the spill
- Remove the sewage and organic matter
- Thoroughly decontaminate and disinfect the salvageable area
- Dispose of any contaminated material
- Coordinate the structural dry out and repair of the property
There's been a fire in my home or business and I need help with the repair.
There are only a handful of companies in San Diego with the right experience and technical knowledge to find and correct the secondary damage caused by fire and smoke. At Clean Earth Restorations we are proud to be fully licensed and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Institute. We can help you get your San Diego home or business back to normal after a fire.
- Inspection of the damage and provide a detailed bid to repair the damage
- Help with insurance agents or adjusters to ensure you get the repairs your deserve
- Ozone treatment
- Content cleaning
- Pack out and storage
- Full reconstruction
Does Clean Earth Restorations also provide construction services?
Yes, we do! At Clean Earth we cover everything from the architect to the plumber and roofer. Our experienced estimators are experts and helping you plan your remodel and will represent you to make sure the job is done correctly and exceeds your expectations.