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Congratulations Tara!

Congratulations Tara!

The team at Tri State Restorations commends and congratulates staff member Tara Wilson on obtaining her Council-certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor (CMRS) designation by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC). This prestigious, board-awarded certification recognizes Wilson’s knowledge and field experience in mold, microbial and bacterial remediation.

To earn the CMRS designation, Tara passed a rigorous examination based on respected industry texts.  She then submitted documented, verifiable field experience to a board of peers, earning a unanimous vote of approval. Read more here.

Congratulations, Tara! We’re proud to have you on our team!

For your mold remediation needs, call us today at 1-866-818-1949 or contact us online!

Tropical Storm Damage

Tropical Storm Damage

Tropical Storm Damage

hurricane damageHave you been experiencing tropical storm damage of any kind? Whether you have hurricane damage or wind damage from a cyclone, you may be experiencing excess water, sewer backup, or mold growth—problems that can grow more serious the longer they’re left untreated. In order to avoid health complications for you and your family and prevent serious structural damage to your home, it’s important to have hurricane repair work done immediately—typically within 24 to 48 hours, at most.

Tri State Restorations helps home and business owners keep their properties safe from harmful bacteria and toxins that grow with storm and water damage. We treat tropical storm and hurricane damage throughout Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, providing 24-hour service so you can count on us whenever there’s an emergency. Contact us today!

What Are Common Forms of Tropical Storm Damage?

Depending on what type of storm hit and how severe it was, there are various types of tropical storm damage you may be dealing with—typically related to heavy winds, flying debris, and excess water. Common forms of tropical storm damage include:

  • Flooding
  • Mold growth
  • Sewage backup
  • Roof damage
  • Damage to interior walls, flooring, and furniture
  • Large amounts of debris
  • And more

These are just some common forms of tropical storm damage, but you could be facing a number of other problems as well—and the methods of treatment depend on the nature of the issue. If you have roof damage, for instance, you’ll need to tarp this area whereas if you have excess water, you’ll need to remove damaged furniture and undergo water extraction.

Tropical Storm & Hurricane Cleanup

As soon as the storm has passed it’s important to begin hurricane cleanup immediately. Call a professional restoration company as soon as possible and be sure to avoid any unstable power lines while you wait for us to arrive.

Of course the type of tropical storm damage treatment we give you depends on what type of damage you have. However, the process usually consists of the following steps, with some variation:

  • Assess the extent of any damage
  • Provide water extraction
  • Set up fans and dehumidifiers for ventilation
  • Remove any damaged materials and furniture
  • Tarp and board up the roof area (for those with wind damage)
  • Provide structural drying
  • Remove any growing mold
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect damaged areas

Treating Tropical Storm Damage in Maryland, Washington, DC, & Virginia

Do you need help dealing with hurricane damage or tropical storm damage of another kind? Don’t leave your building untreated! The longer you wait, the bigger the chances that the indoor air quality in your home is affected by mold growth and harmful bacteria are released into the air—potentially leading to disease and aggravating health issues related to asthma or allergies. You could also be in danger of getting electric shock or slipping in the excess water.

Don’t leave tropical storm damage untreated! Contact Tri State Restorations within one to two days to begin tropical storm or hurricane cleanup in Maryland, Washington, DC, or Virginia.

Coping with Fire Damage and Loss

Coping with Fire Damage and Loss

A fire damage can be one of the most physically, emotionally and psychologically damaging things you can hope to never experience as a homeowner. As horrific as the initial fire can be, the rebuilding of life and property can be a trying and stressful ordeal, regardless of the cause of fire. However, navigating your insurance claim shouldn’t be an additional trauma. Read on for some valuable advice on how to ensure you’re treated fairly following a fire. More

Sewage: It’s Grosser Than You Think Part 3: Risks & Health Hazards

Sewage: It’s Grosser Than You Think Part 3: Risks & Health Hazards

Sewage: It’s Grosser Than You Think

Part 3: Risks & Health Hazards

Dangers that lurk in sewage and sludge

If you’ve checked out our last two posts, you know about how to prevent sewage damage in your property and how to respond appropriately in the untimely event of a sewage loss. This week, we’ll discuss the risks that raw sewage poses to health and property, and exactly why preventative action is so important, and why urgent steps are required when dealing with a sewage intrusion on your property.

Last week, we discussed hiring a professional when handling any kind of sewage damage. One of the principal reasons professionals should be employed to deal with sewage is because untreated sewage contains pathogens and chemicals which pose a grave threat to the lives of humans and pets. Untreated sewage must also be disposed of carefully and in accordance with local and federal laws; sewage dumped inappropriately contaminates soil and groundwater. Be cautioned that even water from a sewage backup that appears clean or clear almost certainly contains pathogens and other harmful agents.

Below is a list of common pathogens that flourish in water that originates from an unsanitary source such as sewage pipes or drain backups.

  • Common Sewage PathogensE. coli – This is one of the most commonly-known bacterial pathogens that causes illness. While many forms of E. coli do not promote disease, virulent forms can cause gastroenteritis, severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fever. In severe cases, E. coli infection has contributed to bowel necrosis, septicemia, peritonitis and pneumonia. Commonly found in the lower intestines of people and other warm-blooded animals, E. coli poisoning occurs from exposure to contaminated feces.

  • Salmonella – Another commonly-known bacteria, often responsible for food poisoning. Salmonella is a gram-negative bacteria which is especially threatening because it can survive for weeks in contaminated properties without the need for a living host or a water source. Salmonella causes gastrointestinal disease, and some strains cause typhoid fever: a potentially severe infection causing fever, malaise, skin spots, severe diarrhea, intestinal hemorrhaging, encephalitis and other life-threatening symptoms, including neurological.

  • Norwalk Virus – Also known as “winter vomiting virus”, Norwalk or norovirus is the most common cause of viral gastrointestinal upset in people, infecting 167 million people and causing 200,000 deaths a year. Infants, elderly and the immunocompromised are the most severely affected by norovirus. Extremely contagious, norovirus is easily transmitted through aerosolized fecal or vomit particles present in sewage.

  • Cryptosporidiosis – A parasitic illness caused by the protozoan Cryptosporidium, Cryptosporidiosis causes intestinal illness and is transmitted via water, soil, food that has been exposed to contaminated feces. In immunocompromised people, the symptoms can be especially severe and are frequently fatal. This infection causes watery diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration. It can also contribute to cholera-like infection which is often deadly.

  • Campylobacteriosis – This bacterial infection is caused by Campylobacter and transmitted by ingesting contaminated food, water or feces. Like many other infections, Campylobacteriosis causes bloody diarrhea or dysentery, cramps, fever, abdominal pain, and sometimes periodontitis.

  • Giardiasis – Also known as beaver fever, this is a parasitic illness caused by the protozoan Giardia lamblia. This infectious agent colonizes in the small bowel and prevents the intestine from absorbing water and nutrients from food. It also causes severe diarrhea, and can lead to vitamin B-12 deficiency, permanent lactose-intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome. Giardiasis can also adversely affect pets and livestock.

With any sewage damage, there is the risk of cross contamination throughout unaffected parts of the property when the affected area is not properly treated and cleaned. Improperly disposing of sewage in your property can also damage soil and groundwater supply. Bacteria such as E. coli can proliferate in water, and spread further illness if ingested. Other potential components of sewage such as nitrogen and phosphates encourage algae growth which can form potentially harmful algae blooms on water supplies. Remains of household chemicals, prescription drugs, detergents and other chemicals present in wastewater and sewage can kill plant life, crops and endanger local wildlife which depend on these resources.

The treatment of any kind of sewage damage is best left to a professional in order to avoid serious illness and further damage to health and property. When you need a sewage cleanup expert, you can depend on Tri State Restorations for help. We have teams throughout the DC Metro area, including the cities of Fairfax, Rockville, Frederick, Manassas, Reston and Bethesda. If you live anywhere in Maryland, Virginia or Washington D.C., we promise to arrive at your home within 90 minutes, seven days a week.

 

Sewage: It’s Grosser Than You Think  Part 2: The Aftermath of Sewage

Sewage: It’s Grosser Than You Think Part 2: The Aftermath of Sewage

Sewage: It’s Grosser Than You Think

Part 2: The Aftermath of Sewage

Aftermath of Sewage DamageAs we discussed last week, sewage backups immediately create stressful situations and can result in significant losses and health hazards. When faced with a sewage emergency on your property, you might be thinking: how bad is the damage? Can I clean it up myself, and if not how long will it take and how much will it cost? Do I have to throw all my belongings away? Will my health or the health of my family and occupants be adversely affected?

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Sewage: It’s Grosser Than You Think  Part 1: Preventing Sewer Backups

Sewage: It’s Grosser Than You Think Part 1: Preventing Sewer Backups

Sewage: It’s Grosser Than You Think

Part 1: Preventing Sewer Backups

Clogs can lead to sewage backupsProperty ownership is a blessing and a curse. If you own a home or other property, you may have experienced a few of the pitfalls of property ownership: plumbing emergencies, electrical mishaps, appliance malfunctions or more. However, one of the biggest nightmares for a property owner is walking into your basement or lower level to find it under water. Even worse: the water is visibly contaminated with silt, sludge and other debris. Your immediate thoughts range: how bad is the damage? Can I clean it up myself, and if not how long will it take and how much will it cost? Do I have to throw all my belongings away? Will my health or the health of my family and occupants be adversely affected?

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All About: Indoor Flooding

All About: Indoor Flooding

All About: Indoor Flooding

It’s a nightmare for any property owner: coming home to a wet floor. There’s no shortage of incidences that can lead to indoor flooding, including but not limited to: broken or burst pipes, clogged drains, tropical storms, runoff from snow melt, sump pump failures, broken water heaters, roof leaks, malfunctioning appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines, and more. Indoor water damage can cost thousands of dollars in damage to property owners. Learn about how to quickly being the remediation process and reduce the damage to your home and your wallet. More

Preventing Storm Damage

Preventing Storm Damage

How Can I Prevent Storm Damage?

The Washington DC Metro area, including suburban Maryland and Virginia, is no stranger to the power of sudden wind and rain storms. These storm events can contribute to devastating property damage all season long.  Whether destruction from hurricane damage or wind damage from a cyclone, sudden storms can lead to excess water, sewer backup, or mold growth—problems that can grow more serious the longer they’re left untreated.

Tri State Restorations helps home and business owners keep their properties safe from harmful bacteria and toxins that grow with storm and water damage. We attend to storm damage throughout Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, providing 24-hour service so you can count on us whenever there’s an emergency. Contact us today!

How Can I Protect my Property?

When a storm is imminent, you don’t have to be a sitting duck. There are several steps you can take in advance to protect your property.

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What Can I Do When Storms Cause Damage?

If you discover property damage after the storm has passed, it’s important to begin hurricane cleanup immediately in order to avoid health complications for you and your family and prevent serious structural damage to your home. Call a professional restoration company as soon as possible and be sure to avoid any unstable power lines while you wait for us to arrive.

When our crews get there, we’ll quickly get to work:

  • Assessing the extent of any damage
  • Providing water extraction
  • Setting up fans and dehumidifiers to expedite drying
  • Removing any damaged materials and furniture
  • Tarping and boarding up any damaged roofs, walls, doors or windows
  • Providing structural drying
  • Removing any growing mold
  • Thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting storm- damaged areas

Treating Storm Damage in Maryland, Washington, DC, & Virginia

For any kinds of storm damage, big or small, we’re here to help. Our expert team can be onsite within 90 minutes of your emergency in order to quickly make you and your property whole again.

Don’t let storm damage go untreated! Contact Tri State Restorations within one to two days to begin storm cleanup in Maryland, Washington, DC, or Virginia.

Spring Cleaning: Tips & Tricks

Spring Cleaning

With spring finally upon us, thoughts quickly turn to spring cleaning. While a nuisance, a regular cleaning and maintenance helps keep your home in good working order and prevents damage. More

Commercial Frozen Pipes

Commercial Frozen Pipes

Did you come into work to find the floors flooded? Or were you awakened in the middle of the night by an employee reporting an unpleasant, wet surprise?  Frozen pipes are a serious risk during the cold, winter months and can easily burst with the excess pressure—leaving your business with extensive water damage. A frozen pipe can cost more than $5,000 in property damage and that’s if you remedy the problem relatively quickly.

If you take action on frozen pipes early enough, it is possible to begin thawing in time to avoid pipe bursting—we can help! Already have frozen pipes in your business? No problem! We’re available 24 hours a day to help you deal with water damage emergencies too. Contact us within 24 – 48 hours to mitigate the damage with our thorough restoration services, available throughout Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

At Tri State Restorations, we personalize our service to meet your needs. The techniques we use to unfreeze your pipes depend on where your pipes are located and whether they’re exposed or concealed. Water pipes located on the exterior wall or ceiling of a drafty building are at even greater risk of freezing in winter, so it’s essential to prepare your water system for freezing weather. You can take these steps to help keep your pipes from freezing in the winter:

  • Provide a back-up power source in case of power outages in your building
  • Monitor sprinkler system temperatures with a central system so you can be notified if the temperature plummets
  • Make sure your building is properly insulated, with no cracks or leaks
  • Install a monitored access flow switch on the main incoming water line to give you early warning of a broken pipe
  • Install pipe insulators or heat trace tape with a reliable power source

Of course, the thawing process only prevents water damage if you’ve caught your frozen pipes before they burst—so be aware of any signs! You may have frozen pipes if:

  • You have no running water
  • There is frost on your pipes
  • The weather has dropped below 32 degrees

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, it’s important to take action immediately to avoid bursting and flooding.

Water Damage Caused by Bursting Pipes

If you didn’t notice your frozen pipes early on, it’s likely that they could burst—and leave you with extensive water damage. Our restoration experts can help you treat the damage by performing the following key steps:

  • Thoroughly inspecting your space to determine the extent of your damage and the appropriate cleanup methods
  • Removing the excess water to minimize damage
  • Structural drying using heavy-duty fans and equipment
  • Removing any affected belongings and furniture

The sooner you begin cleanup, the better chance you have of mitigating damage and preventing mold growth. Fortunately, the restoration specialists at Tri State Restorations are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to begin repairs as soon as possible—and we can be on site within 90 minutes. So contact us within two days to begin water damage restoration services in Maryland, Washington, DC, or Virginia. Or, if you’ve caught the issue early on, we can help you thaw your frozen pipes so you won’t even have to worry about flooding at all!

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