Surface Sampling in Attics

We get quite a few calls per week with customers claiming to have mold in their attics.  While some do, other attics have nothing more than “Suspect Areas” of concern and we always recommend testing.  The proper testing for such a situation is surface sampling.  This is a direct lift of the suspect area which […]

What is a Pollen Count?

The pollen count tells us how many grains of plant pollen were in a certain amount of air (often one cubic meter) during a set period of time (usually 24 hours). Pollen is a very fine powder released by trees, weeds and grasses. It is carried to another plant of the same kind, to fertilize […]

Plumbing Issues – Part 5

In our last part of our Plumbing Issues Series, we’ve included a photo showing water damage to a living room ceiling due to leaky pipes under a sink.  The customer placed a bucket and a couple of rags to catch the slow drip from the water line under the bathroom sink.  When he wasn’t home, […]

Plumbing Issues – Part 4

Low Water Pressure Usually, poor water pressure is caused by clogged pipes. But if you’ve already replaced them or have a newer house with new pipes, try the obvious first. Make sure the shutoff valves near the water meter are fully open. Sounds basic, but plumbers still have to charge for a service call to simply […]

Plumbing Issues – Part 3

Running Toilet This is a very common and annoying plumbing problem that can quickly cost you money. Luckily a running toilet is also easy to fix on your own. Toilets typically run when the flapper valve that lets water pass from the tank to the bowl no longer fits properly, the float is imbalanced or the […]

Plumbing Issues – Part 2

Leaky Pipes Whether your regular inspection reveals a puddle under a pipe or you get an unpleasant surprise when you reach under your sink, leaks can be a costly nuisance. Leaks usually happen at joints, which is why commercial joint fillers and fitting compounds occupy plenty of shelf space in your local hardware store and […]

Plumbing Issues – Part 1

Why would a restoration company write blogs on plumbing issues?  Because 30% of our work comes from faulty plumbing or poor maintenance.  Here’s a few tips in the next blogs to help you possibly avoid major damage caused by plumbing issues. Slow Or Clogged Drains When water in your sink, tub or toilet does not […]

So Called “Flushable Wipes”

Time and time again we get calls about toilets over flowing and come to find out it is from flushable wipes.  We inform every customer of ours not to purchase these wipes, because they are not truly flushable.  They do not break down like they claim, but they do eventually break down which allows companies […]