Mold In Your Air Conditioning System

Mold In Your Air Conditioning System

Some people may be unaware that mold is lurking in their homes. Mold that is left to grow will eventually release spores, which can easily travel around your home, where your family will inhale them. This can cause respiratory infections, allergy symptoms, skin irritation, and other health problems. People who are allergic to mold and immuno-compromised can experience even more severe reactions. The Dangers of Mold in Your Air Conditioning System Mold in your air conditioning system can allow spores to spread throughout your home more easily. As the cold air travels through the ducts, spores can attach to the ductwork, growing more mold. Over time, mold spores concentrate and replicate, which can cause spores to spread to every room in your home. You and your family could be inhaling mold spores during the day and while sleeping without even realizing it. How Does Mold Grow in Your Air Conditioning

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Top 5 Causes of Home Fires

Top 5 Causes of Home Fires

We tend to think of our home as our refuge. Our safe place to live, rest, and relax. So, it can be one of the most devastating life events if home fires occur. One of the best ways to prevent a home fire is to know what potential dangers may be around your home. Identifying these dangers can help you keep your property and family safe before it’s too late. Cooking The number one cause of home fires is cooking, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). Most residential fires start in the kitchen. They are usually due to unattended cooking, especially when using grease or oil on a stovetop. Once a grease fire has started, it can be quite difficult to extinguish. Some helpful tips when cooking: Always stay in the kitchen when conducting heat source cooking Keep flammables such as dish towels, oven mitts, and food packaging away

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My Basement Is Flooded – Now What?

My Basement Is Flooded  – Now What?

No one wants to walk down the stairs into their home basement and find it flooded. Seeing standing water in a home can cause almost anyone to panic. Most people are so focused on the water. They don’t think about the electrocution danger right in front of them. Entering a flooded basement can be hazardous and even fatal. Water and electricity can be a deadly combination. What do you do to keep yourself safe from electrocution when faced with a flooded basement? Cut the Power and Gas First, never step foot in a flooded basement, no matter how little water there may be. If just part of your basement is flooded and there are still dry spots, disconnect all gas and electric service to the entire property if it is safe to do so. Do not attempt to turn off the power at the breaker box if you must stand

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Asbestos Siding Mitigation

Asbestos Siding Mitigation

If your house was built before the 1970s, chances are you could have asbestos siding on it. The dangers of asbestos are now well known. Many people develop lung cancer, mesothelioma, or asbestosis. When you disturb asbestors fibers, you can inhale them into the lungs. They remain there, increasing your risk of disease down the road. Maybe you’re planning to replace your siding. Or maybe you have noticed damage and think you may have this dangerous siding. In that case, you have options. However, only trained professionals in asbestos removal–like the ones at Allied Restoration in Gambrills, Maryland–can tell if siding contains asbestos or not. Suppose you suspect your siding may contain asbestos fibers. In that case, you must weigh the potential dangers of DIYing the asbestos siding removal. Asbestos Siding Mitigation – To DIY or Not? If the siding is damaged, leave it alone and call in the professionals.

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When Your Deck Falls or Fails

When Your Deck Falls or Fails

Having a deck attached to your home is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. However, an exposed deck is subject to all the weather we face here in Maryland. Nobody want the risk involved if your deck falls. Over time, rain, snow, and sun can take their toll and cause the deck’s condition to deteriorate. The older a deck is, the more likely its condition can lead to failing and potentially falling. The last thing you want is to put your guests in danger while they are enjoying a beautiful Maryland day or evening. An overcrowded deck could collapse if not properly maintained. Here are a few problems that could arise and lead to deck collapse. Ledger Boards Pulling Away or Splitting The most common cause of deck collapse is a failure in the ledger boards, as the ledger boards attach most decks to the home. Depending on the

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The Truth About Asbestos Floor Tiles

The Truth About Asbestos Floor Tiles

Having asbestos floor tiles in your home should not be a danger to your health until you have to remove them. If asbestos becomes airborne, it can cause asbestosis, mesothelioma, or lung cancer. Asbestos used to be a common substance mixed into building materials to make them stronger and heat resistant. If your vinyl floor tiles were put down before 1980, they most likely contain asbestos. Removing Asbestos Tiles Properly Because of the serious health hazard caused by airborne asbestos, it is not recommended for homeowners to remove floor tiles themselves. Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) only allows homeowners to remove non-friable asbestos floor tiles. If floor tiles are friable, hand pressure can crumble or pulverize them. In this case, a licensed asbestos contractor must handle the removal. MDE recommends using wet disposal methods and for homeowners to wear proper PPE, including a respirator and protective disposable clothing. Only

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The Case for Roof Repair

The Case for Roof Repair

When you’re in need of minor roof repair, get it taken care of sooner, rather than later. Roofing replacement can be costly, with most homeowners putting it off until problems show up. Whether it’s a leak in the roof or shingles blowing off in high winds, there is a case for roof repair and replacement. The choice you should make depends on a few factors. The Age of the Roof The average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is between 15 and 30 years. If your roof is relatively new and in good shape, repairing just the damaged or missing shingles may make sense. However, if your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, it’s probably best to replace it. How Long Do You Plan to Live There? If you plan to sell your home in a few years and the roof is in good shape, you may consider

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Creating an Emergency Family Plan

Creating an Emergency Family Plan

A disaster can strike without warning. If a fire, emergency, or severe weather were to occur, does your family have an emergency plan in place? If not, we’re going to help you with creating an emergency family plan. Gather the Family The first part of making a family emergency plan is to gather all your family members together. Walk through your house and inspect all windows and doors as possible escape routes and emergency exits. Once you’ve figured out the best escape route, move on to the next step. Sketch a Map Creating a map of the home and all emergency exits is a great way to visualize how to get out of the house safely during a stressful situation. This is especially useful if you have children. On the map, have your kids help you mark all the doors and windows and where the escape routes are. Including your

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Prepping for the Big Thunderstorm

Prepping for the Big Thunderstorm

The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1st and is trending to be more active than usual. Therefore, it’s essential for you to prepare for any natural disaster, such as a severe thunderstorm, before it happens. Therefore, get organized and have a plan in place.  This will make it easier for you and your family when severe weather hits. Create a Thunderstorm Plan If you have not already done so, create a written disaster plan with your family and have them all review it. It should include: Marked emergency exits A meeting place near your home (building, known landmark, park, etc.) The location of emergency kits Your family may be separated during a big thunderstorm, hurricane, hail storm, or other weather events. In this case, have them meet at the designated location when it is safe to do so. Assign a relative or trusted friend as an emergency contact person.

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Smoke Damage Mitigation

Smoke Damage Mitigation

Experiencing a residential fire is bad enough. Having to deal with the smoke damage left behind can be even worse. Depending on the fire’s severity, you may only have smoke damage in one room or throughout the entire home. Here are some things you can do to help with smoke damage mitigation and which items are better left to the professionals. Smoke Damage Mitigation What You Should Do If the weather is warm, open doors and windows to allow the house to air out and remove the odor from fire and smoke. If you have a forced-air furnace or heat pump, change the air filter to eliminate odors further. Throw away any open food containers or packages. Use a damp towel or piece of cheesecloth to remove soot from air vent covers and registers. Clean nonporous surfaces to prevent further damage and reduce odors, including: Aluminum Chrome Laminate Porcelain Clean out

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