On Wednesday, July 23rd Algodones, New Mexico was hit with heavy rains, damaging winds, and flash flooding. Over an inch an hour. Torrential local rain and heavy rains to the north caused the water to move into irrigation ditches, and the flooding began.
How do you know if your home, office, basement or other structure has mold and if it’s serious enough that it needs to be removed, a process known as “remediation”?
In New Mexico, we don’t have nearly the amount of rainfall and humid climate that is known to set the stage for mold growth. But since our moisture tends to fall in our monsoon season during the summer, that moisture often catches property owners off guard.
Your home represents security and piece of mind. We get that — we are in this business because care about you, your family, and your home. At the time of an incident, American Restoration, Water and Fire, LLC takes the time to go over all the information to help you put your life back together.
It’s important to understand the differences between a thunderstorm watch, thunderstorm warning, flash flood watch, and a flash flood warning. A thunderstorm watch means that conditions are favorable for a thunderstorm. You should be mindful of your surroundings and listen to weather reports.
The staff at American Restoration Water and Fire, LLC would like to congratulate our employee, Riley Spill for achieving his certification in Water Damage from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. The IICRC is a non-profit organization that sets the standard for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries. The IICRC serves 25 countries throughout the world.
Disasters: Are you in denial?
Unfortunately, natural and man-made disasters strike every day. Our staff attended a meeting of the Albuquerque Office of Emergency Management and found some useful safety information that we would like to pass along to you and your business.
First-- some alarming data for small business owners! According to the Small Business Administration, at least 25% of businesses impacted by a disaster do not reopen. Additionally, more than 60% of businesses affected by a man-made or natural disaster close within two years. Staggering statistics!
So, what should you be doing?
Our rainy season is fast approaching. What does that mean for mold? The opportunity greatly increases for leaking, stagnant water to come into your home, causing dangerous mold to grow where you live. If you've ever had a water leak in your home, you'll know the smell and the tell-tale visual signs.
The Centers for Disease Control and the Institute of Medicine indicate that mold is linked to a variety of illnesses. These illnesses can range from lung irritation in healthy people - asthma-like symptoms, to acute respiratory illnesses in immunocompromised individuals. Mold will thrive on virtually any organic substance where moisture and oxygen are present. Undiscovered mold can be especially hazardous as it is considered a toxic substance and will often cause respiratory distress to those who are exposed.
There are several effective ways to prevent pipes from freezing. In addition to keeping the interior temperature from dropping below 32 degrees and properly insulating the space, try these tricks:
~ Provide a reliable back-up power source, such as a stand by generator, to ensure continuous power to the building.
~Interior building temperature can be monitored by a central monitoring company to ensure prompt notification if the interior of the building reaches low temperatures after hours, during power outages or idle periods.