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Don’t mess with mold!

If you have mold in your home make sure you hire a professional company that is certified in mold remediation.  Some people are more sensitive to mold than others.  Some types of mold can be very dangerous.  Below is a link to a family that didn’t have the right contractor helping them with mold in their home.  Don’t let it happen to you!  Hope this article helps gives you info for if you ever have a mold issue in your home.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/botched-mold-remediation-destroyed-my-life-sanjay-gupta-lion-1000-

April 8, 2015 Posted by | mold | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Important to have an Emergency List if you leave for the Holidays

If you go out of state for the holidays and either have a house sitter or someone checking in on your home you should have a list of emergency numbers for if that emergency happens.  We all know about dialing 911 for break ins and suspicious activity,   But who do they call when there has been a flood in your house?  Is it a plumber, your insurance agent, a restoration company?  Actually it can be all 3…but your best bet is leaving the number of a restoration company which will make the timely connections with the plumber &  agent and be able to take care of everything even if you are out of state.   A restoration company will most likely stop the source of water as soon as possible and start extracting the water immediately,  The faster water is removed the less damage.  If you are going away for Holidays and are in Anchorage (562-7410) or Mat Su Valley  (373-7410) make sure you add our numbers to your emergency call list.  We’re here to help 24 hours a day.

December 12, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Frozen pipes? Flooded carpet?

Below zero temps can freeze and literally pop & burst pipes.  If you find this happening and water gushing everywhere….  The most important thing to do right away is to stop the source of water.  Does everyone in your  home know where the main water shut off valve is?  If not take the time to show everyone.    This can save a homeowner thousands of dollars in damage by stopping the water as quick as possible.

The next step is to remove the water from your flooded home.  A wet vac is NOT going to take hundreds of gallons of water out of wet carpet and flooring.  You need to call a professional restoration expert and have the water removed as quick as possible.  Most restoration companies have crews on call 24 hours a day.  If the one you call can’t get to your home immediately you should call another one.  Time is of the essence and we know by getting to the flooded house fast we can save the homeowner money & shorter length of time dealing with this disaster in their home so they can get back to their regular life.     We serve Anchorage and the Mat Su Valley and do everything from intial dry out, monitoring, content cleaning  & if needed reconstruction.

November 20, 2013 Posted by | water damage | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Maintaining Free Flowing Drains

Plugged up or backed up drains can lead to serious water damage issues in your home.

Here are some simple tips to keep drains throughout your home flowing freely:

  • Use strainers in all your sinks.
  • Kitchen clogs are generally a buildup of vegetable scraps and congealed fats.  Avoid pouring grease down a kitchen sink.
  • Bathroom drains tend to clog with soap scum and hair.  Use a hair trap (available in hardware stores) in bathtub sinks and drains.  These simple devices also capture soap, skin, oils and other residues that buildup in the drain.
  • Periodically clean or replace the drain/plug mechanism in your bathtub and sinks.
  • Once a week, pour a gallon of boiling water down the kitchen drain- half at a time to break up the grease.

May 29, 2012 Posted by | Alaska, house cleaning | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Just a few quick tips to prevent water damage

A study done by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety showed  that more than half of claims in their study were linked to washing machine rubber hose failures.  Life expectancy for rubber hoses is 3-5 years.

Easy Solution: Inspect  hoses annually and replace every 5 years.

Additional tips:

* Avoid overloading washing machine

* If property will be unoccupied for a long period of time, turn off water supply to the machine.

* Keep 4 inches between the water connection & the back of the washer.

Also make sure everyone at home knows where the water shut off valve is and how to use it.  In a water damage emergency this can save lots of damage and expense to the homeowner.

May 14, 2012 Posted by | water damage | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Water Damage Tips- What to do and What NOT to do

If you have a water damage in your home safety should be your primary focus.

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and anything that could cause you to slip & fall should be a concern.
  • Wet materials can be very heavy!  Ceilings can collapse with excess water weight so no one should be standing under them.

What to do after a Water Damage

  • Remove excess water by mopping
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture and table tops
  • Remove wet furniture & prop couch and chair cushions to dry
  • Place wood blocks between wood furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Remove any colored rugs from wet carpeting.  (Some can bleed color and permanently stain carpet)
  • Remove any art work or pictures from walls to a safe dry place.  Humidity in the room can cause unnecessary damage.
  • Gather loose items from floor
  • Call a water damage professional.  We are on call for any emergency 24/7.  If you live in the Anchorage or Mat-Su Valley we can help you out anytime of day.

What NOT to do after a Water Damage

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place.  Hang furs & any leather items.
  • Don’t leave any magazines, newspapers, books or colored items onto wet floor or carpet.
  • DO NOT use your vacuum to remove excess water
  • DO NOT turn on TV or any other electrical item
  • DO NOT turn on lights or ceiling fan if ceiling is wet.   (Keep out of rooms if ceiling is sagging!  Very dangerous!!)

April 23, 2012 Posted by | water damage | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mold Warning Signs

Discovering that you have mold within your home can cause you to feel many things.  You might initially feel disgust, frustration or even a sense of being overwhelmed.  Placing the home up for sale might be the first thing that pops into your mind, but that should be a last resort.

Many people actually live in a home with mold and never realize it’s there.  They ignore the warning signs until the problem reaches a point where the mold is taking over and affecting their health.

Warning Signs of Mold It’s  important to be aware of what the signs and that you may be sharing your home with more than just your family.  Signs that you may have mold include:

  • A strange odor: Mold has a pungent smell.  When it is confined to one area of your home,      you may notice an unpleasant odor when you are in that area. Moldcan sometimes live within the walls or behind wallpaper, and so you might not immediately associate the smell with mold.  If you do notice an unusual persistent odor in your home, the culprit may be mold.
  • The appearance of mold:  In your shower stall or bathtub, it’s easy to distinguish normal soap scum from mold.However, in the basement or cellar you may have to investigate a little further to find the mold.  Mold will take hold of damp areas, so if  you have a wall or floor where dampness collects, mold could very well be there as well.

Health symptoms:  Because mold is not always visible, it can be difficult realizing that you do indeed have a mold problem.  If you feel listless, congested and experience watering eyes while in your home, these can all be signs of the presence of mold.

It’s not uncommon for a person who lives in a home that has mold to feel better while at work or out shopping. Their health problems begin the moment they step through their front door.  Mold can often be the cause of this.

Do You Have a Mold Problem?

If you do think that you may have a mold problem, you’ll need to put on your investigator hat and get to work.  Check all moist areas of your home first.  If that doesn’t turn up any mold consider calling in a professional.

It can be difficult to stay in a home where the mold is causing an odor or is visible.  You may feel very uncomfortable; however, for most people a small amount of mold will NOT cause serious health problems.

If you do suffer from allergies and find it’s causing breathing problems it might be wise to find a temporary place to stay until the mold problem is addressed.

Ignoring the warning signs that you may have mold only prolongs the problems you’ll experience.  Be aggressive in locating the source of the mold and addressing it.  After all, nothing is more important than your health.

April 17, 2012 Posted by | mold | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Fall Is The Time To Insulate Pipes

Now is the time of year when Alaskans start preparing for winter. Snowmachines, studded tires and winter gear are usually the top items on that list. But your home should also be top priority too! Those who do not have the foresight to prepare their home for the coming cold months, often end up regretting that they did not. It can be twice as bad to deal with plumbing problems in the winter because pipes in or under the home have frozen and busted. Not to mention the water damage that can quickly happen inside the home.

During warm weather it is so much more comfortable to do maintenance on the home. People get so busy in the spring and summer with gardening and lawn mowing that they probably do not give much thought to the inconvenience that frozen and busted plumbing causes in the cold months. It is a good idea to schedule your plumbing inspections during the warm months. Going underneath your home into the crawl space, if you have one, is essential to be able to inspect your outside pipes for leaks and deterioration.

If the pipes in your crawl space are not insulated, you can do this simple job yourself by wrapping them with pipe insulation or heat tape made specifically for that purpose. It can be terrible to have to get under there and make pipe repairs when there is a foot of snow on the ground and it is only 10 degrees (or many times MUCH colder) outside. Why not do it now when the weather is nicer?

Outside water faucets are also prone to more damage in the winter months. If you are using your spigots right now and notice that they have leaks anywhere, do the repairs now and save trouble later. These spigots can also be insulated for the wintertime. When you have spigot leaks, it can cause you to lose a lot of water over time. This is not good for the planet to waste water and it will not be good for your home either if you get water damage inside your home because of it. Your local hardware or department store should have the supplies that you need to insulate your outside and inside water sources and pipes to help you get your home winterized.

October 10, 2011 Posted by | Alaska, Anchorage, Wasilla, water damage | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

What you SHOULD and should NOT do in a Water Damage

TCM Restoration and Cleaning provides complete emergency service for water damage that can occur in your home or office. Crews are on call 24/7 that can be paged to help prevent further damage from occurring. It is always important to mitigate the damage as much as possible when disaster strikes. We will work with you to help make sure your loss is settled fairly and completely. The following will help you in an emergency situation:

What you should DO:

Contact a plumber or contractor to eliminate water source (i.e. shut off water or fix roof).

 Contact TCM Restoration & Cleaning to remove standing water and inspect damage.  373-7410 Mat Su Valley or 562-7410 Anchorage.

Call your insurance company. 

For Safety Concerns turn off circuit breakers supplying electricity to wet areas, unplug and remove any small electrical devices currently located on wet carpet or other wet surfaces.

Remove and secure small furniture items and as much as possible to prevent rust or stains and expedite restoration. 

Hang draperies and pin up furniture skirts as required to prevent contact with wet carpet (water marks, browning, dye transfer, or migration).

 Remove books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants, or other items that may stain carpet. Check especially under beds and in closets for these items.

Remove and secure breakable, moisture sensitive, or high value items. 

 Make plans for restoration crews to remove large furniture items onto dry carpet, linoleum, garage, or storage areas.

What you should NOT DO: 

 Use your home vacuum, as electrical shock may result, as well as damage to the equipment itself. 

 Place newspaper on wet surfaces, as newspaper ink transfers easily.

Walk on wet surfaces any more than necessary in order to minimize safety hazards, and to keep from spreading damage.

Activate the HVAC system if it has been directly contacted by water, it might serve as a means of spreading contamination. 

 Adjust indoor temperature unless instructed to do so by a qualified technician.

November 3, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized, water damage | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TCM Restoration & Cleaning (new video of our company)

We do carpet cleaning, upholstery, oriental rug cleaning, duct cleaning, tile & grout.   We  respond 24 hours a day to water damage emergencies in your home or business.

October 4, 2010 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, cleaning, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment