Bernhardt Restoration is a local flood & water damage restoration contractor specilalizing in mold remediation, carpet cleaning and reconstruction. In addition to providing our flood restoration services to local cities and villages, our in depth knowledge and experience is often required in various other states where large storm events occur which result in flooding.
We are professionals who possess the right tools for the job. Our experience coupled with our state of the art equipment, ensures your restoration will be performed in a manner that eliminates the possibility of allowing moisture, humidty and mold to hide beneath your repairs.
Here at Bernhardt Restoration we like to educate our clients in understanding every step in your flood restoration process.
Here on some tips on preventing mold:
When water leaks or spills occur indoors - ACT QUICKLY. If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow. Mold is created in place where humidity and moisture festers. Here are some useful tips that will assist you in preventing mold.
Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity. Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, a small, inexpensive ($10-$50) instrument available at many hardware stores.
If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
Action That Will Help Reduce Humidity
Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers, stoves, and kerosene heaters to the outside where possible. (Combustion appliances such as stoves and kerosene heaters produce water vapor and will increase the humidity unless vented to the outside.)
Use air conditioners and/or de-humidifiers when needed.
Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering. Use exhaust fans or open windows whenever cooking, running the dishwasher or dishwashing, etc.
Actions That Will Help Reduce Condensation
Reduce the humidity.
Increase ventilation or air movement by opening doors and/or windows, when practical. Use fans as needed.
Cover cold surfaces, such as cold water pipes, with insulation.
- Increase air temperature.
We Provide Testing and/or Sampling for Mold and Humidity
Sampling for mold and humidity should be performed prior to restoring your flodd damaged floors, walls, cabinets, etc. Sampling for mold and humidity should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in mold sampling, humidity testing protocols, sampling methods, and interpreting results. Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations.
Call Bernhardt's today for more healthy tips to keep your family safe.