Mold, Water, Fire & Radon
Water, Fire and Mold Remediation/Mitigation
It can be very stressful having mold, water damage or a fire in your home. Our company has all of the proper knowledge, certifications and equipment to help you with your restoration needs. We carry several certifications: Water Damage Restoration, Applied Structural Drying, Journeyman Water Restorer, Certified Mold Inspector, Mold Remediation, Applied Microbial Restoration, Fire & Smoke Restoration, Odor Control, Journeyman Textile Cleaner, Carpet Cleaning, and Upholstery & Fabric which ensures you have come to the right place.
There are 2 types of Mold Tests that we can perform to determine "if" you have mold and what type of mold, as well as the severity of your situation.
1. Swab Test: Swab Testing provides instant on site results and is usually performed when you can see physical mold growth. This test includes 3 swabs for$189.99. Additional swabs can be purchased for $10.00 each.
2. Air Quality: Air Quality testing provides a detailed lab report. This form of mold testing is performed when mold is suspected with no visible growth. Air Quality Testing includes 2 cartridges for $289.99. One of the cartridges is collected outside for a controlled specimen, the other cartridge is collected inside the suspected level/area of the home. Additional cartridges can be purchased for $99.99 each. Lab results will be provided in 3-5 business days. Both of these tests will help to determine what type of remediation work will need to be performed. This will help to determine the source of your situation so that it can be fixed to prevent from further damage.
Having water indoors is an abnormal condition and can contribute to a number of issues. The damage to the wet areas and health implications increase the longer the materials remain wet. Always contact a professional such as America's Best Cleaning & Restoration Services for water extraction and to dry out the structure properly. Hiring a professional really makes a difference ensuring the area and structure is properly dried out.
We use state-of-the-art drying equipment such as industrial carpet dryers and dehumidifiers. Each water damage situation is unique and may require different steps in remediating your home during the process. Water damage can catch you off guard and usually happens at the most inconvenient time. When you call us, anytime, day or night, you will have peace of mind knowing you called the right professionals.
Effect of Abnormal Water: Water indoors is an abnormal condition and can cause or contribute to a number of problems. There are progressive stages of indoor water damage:
1.) Water migrates into areas not originally affected. Water spreads laterally into adjoining rooms, penetrates materials below, and/or wicks up into porous materials above. It is best to evaluate all affected areas, not just areas with visible saturation.
2.) Saturated materials begin swelling as they absorb moisture. In many situations, drying and restoration will restore them, but in others, the damage may be permanent. Rapid drying will help reduce the chance of permanent damage.
3.) As water evaporates it causes abnormally high humidity. High humidity can damage some porous materials, if allowed to continue. It is best to reduce the indoor humidity to between 25% and 45% RH quickly, to help prevent humidity damage and reduce the likelihood of fungal growth.
Mold Remediation & Removal
Investigating hidden mold problems may be difficult and will require a certified professional. Caution must be used when the investigation involves disturbing potential sites of mold growth. For example, removal of wallpaper can lead to a massive release of spores if there is mold growing on the underside of the wallpaper.
There are many ways to control moisture in your home. We recommend the following steps to prevent mold in your home:
- Fix leaks and seepage.
- Put a plastic cover over dirt in crawlspaces.
- Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens.
- Turn off certain appliances (such as humidifiers or kerosene heaters) if you notice moisture on windows and other surfaces.
- Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners, especially in hot, humid climates, to reduce moisture in the air.
- Raise the temperature of cold surfaces where moisture condenses.
- Use insulation or storm windows. (A storm window installed on the inside works better than one installed on the outside.)
- Open doors between rooms, especially closet doors, colder than the room they are located in.
- Be sure that your house has a source of fresh air and can expel excessive moisture from the home.
- Pay special attention to carpet on concrete floors. Carpet on concrete flooring can absorb moisture.
- Use area rugs which can be removed and washed often.
America's Best has experience in fire/smoke damage that may occur in your home or business. America's Best provides board up services to protect your investment from further harm. A fire can leave you subject to further damage if the situation is not dealt with in a proper manner. Call the professionals today!
Typically fires cause serious damage to the structural integrity of a home or commercial building. This may leave the interior of your home or business exposed to the elements and thieves. In order to restore the security of your property, America's Best sends certified professionals to perform an emergency board up. This will seal the interior and reduce the chance for further damage.
Most board up procedures are complex because of fire's erratic nature and the damage it causes. Holes often appear in areas that are difficult to cover up with a simple wood panel. In order to best protect your investments, these affected areas need to be sealed tightly and securely. We have the knowledge and equipment to secure your property from unnecessary damage.
Our company is available for board up services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call any of our office numbers to speak with our office staff any time Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If the emergency occurs after business hours, call our office number at any of our locations and you will be connected to a live, on-call technician immediately.
- In Place Structural Drying
- Water Restoration
- Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration
- Board Up Services
- Mold Remediation
- Thermal Imaging Analysis
- Infared Camera Inspection
- Mold Testing
- Water Removal
Emergency Water Damage Tips
- If the temperature outside is above 60 degrees, use dehumidifiers if available.
- Use a fan to circulate the air and assist in drying.
- Remove as much water as possible by mopping or blotting.
- Wipe furniture dry.
- Lift drapery off the carpets.
- Prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying.
- Open furniture drawers and closet doors to enhance drying.
- Move photos, paintings and art objects to a dry location.
- Remove wet fabric and dry them ASAP. Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
- If damage occurs during a cool season, leave the heat on; if in the summer, use an air conditioner when available.
- Do not use a house hold vacuum to remove water.
- Do not use electrical appliances while on wet carpet or floors.
- Do not lift tacked down carpet without professional help. Incorrect lifting could promote shrinkage.
- Do not go into rooms with standing water if the electricity is on. Shut off power ASAP.
- Do not wait to call for professional help. Waiting could cause further damage. Damage from water and bacteria growth could begin within hours.
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What is radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas. It is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and chemically inert. Unless you test for it, there is no way of telling how much is present. Radon is formed by the natural radioactive decay of uranium in rock, soil, and water. Naturally existing, low levels of uranium occur widely in Earth's crust. It can be found in all 50 states. Once produced, radon moves through the ground to the air above. Some remains below the surface and dissolves in water that collects and flows under the ground's surface.
Minnesota Radon Awareness Act
The newly enacted Minnesota Radon Awareness Act became effective January 1, 2014. This Act requires sellers of residential real property in Minnesota to make certain disclosures pertaining to the seller’s knowledge of radon levels within the residential dwelling. Disclosure is required for both newly-constructed and existing homes. Failure to comply with the detailed requirements of the Act may subject sellers to civil liability and could possibly lead the invalidation of the transfer by a court.
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas produced by the natural decay of uranium in nearly all soils. When inhaled, the radon gas releases radioactive particles that can damage the cells that line the lungs. Long-term exposure to radon gas can lead to lung cancer. High levels of radon exist in nearly every state in the United States, including Minnesota. In fact, according to the Minnesota Department of Health, radon levels that pose a significant risk to human health can be found in one in three homes in Minnesota. Nearly 80% of Minnesota counties are rated as “high radon zones.”
The Minnesota Radon Awareness Act applies only to transfers of residential real property. Residential real property for purposes of the Act includes single family homes and units in Common Interest Communities, such as condominiums and town homes. The Act applies to most agreements and contracts that will result in the transfer of title of these properties. This includes transfer of title by sale, exchange, deed, contract for deed, a lease with an option to purchase, or any other purchase option. However, there are exceptions to when the Act applies. For instance, the Act does not apply to transfers by gift, foreclosure or deed in lieu of foreclosure, transfers upon death, and transfers made between certain family members or between spouses resulting from a divorce decree or settlement agreement.
The Act requires that before signing an agreement to sell or transfer residential real property, the seller must make certain disclosures, in writing, to the buyer. The seller must disclose any knowledge that the seller has of radon concentrations within the dwelling, including any records or reports that the seller has pertaining to radon concentrations. The disclosure must include:
- Whether radon testing has been performed.
- A description of any known radon concentrations.
- A description of any mitigation or remediation efforts taken to reduce radon concentrations within the home.
- If a radon mitigation system has been installed in the home, a description of the system and any relevant documentation.
- A “Radon Warning Statement,” that includes the specific language provided in the statute.
The seller must also provide the buyer with a copy of the Minnesota Department of Health publication, Radon in Real Estate Transactions. Notably, the Act does not require or mandate radon testing within the residence.
The consequences for failing to comply with the requirements of the Act can be serious. If a buyer is injured by a failure to make a required disclosure and the seller is aware of material facts about radon concentrations in the home, the buyer may bring a civil action against the seller to recover damages and other relief. This action must be brought within two years after the date of the transfer. Also, although the Act provides that the transfer will not be invalidated solely for failure to make the required disclosures, the statute leaves open the possibility that a court may invalidate the transfer on this basis. Whether courts will actually do so is uncertain, and will likely require further clarification by the judicial system or the legislature.