How to determine mould in the home by Cornerstone

How to determine if your home has mould

Mould is an issue that effects many homes around the UK. Mould grows where there is moisture, so is mainly found in areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and basements. Exposure to these damp and mouldy environments can cause various health issues for some people, including nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation and in some cases skin irritation, so it is important that you get rid of it and prevent it. Many people however are unsure of the warning signs of mould and some of them are actually quite difficult to spot, so here are some ways to tell if your property has a problem.

Appearance of Mould

In some areas it is easy to spot the appearance of mould, with it having slimy features and a dark green, black or yellow coloration. These are often found on walls and ceilings and develop into a more hairy appearance as the mould matures. Mould also easily rubs off the surface, which might seem like good news, but actually means it is more likely to have gone airborne, so you will still need to eliminate it from the source and prevent it from happening. Mould can grow underneath your flooring or behind your walls, so you might find bubbles and cracks in your paint and wallpaper and your walls could look warped.

Smell of Mould

Mould has a very strong smell, especially when it is confined to one area of your property. Even if you can’t see the mould itself it could be confiding in your walls or behind your wallpaper, so if you have a musty smell that you can’t quite pinpoint it could well be a sign that your property has mould.

Health Symptoms caused by mould

Are the residents in your home starting to have health issues, such as coughing or breathing issues, that don’t appear to be because of a cold or flu? Do these symptoms subside when they leave the house and come back when they return? This could be a good indicator that your house has mould, which is causing these problems.

Condensation and water issues

If you have excessive moisture on your windows or condensation in your building from your pipes, it will indicate there is a lot of moisture in your home, making it a great breeding ground for mould, so can indicate that mould is already present in your property. If you have had problems such a leak you are at more risk of having mould. Basements are very susceptible to getting mould as they often don’t have a lot of ventilation and often very cold, so if your house has a basement it is important to check this out for damp and mould.

Call in a professional

If you need help diagnosing whether your home has mould, Cornerstone have years of experience in diagnosing condensation, mould and fugal growth. Along with their experienced expertise, Cornerstone use a Remote Monitoring service of internal atmospheric conditions and give a detailed structural moisture survey that help clearly identify the existence of mould and where it is coming from.

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11th December 2017

What to do when your building has been damaged in a fire

Fires can be devastating even when no one is hurt. Seeing a building damaged, whether it be from minor smoke damage or complete destruction, can be very distressing for the owners, especially when it is a company’s office and is affecting their business. The primary objective for most people is to return the damaged property to its pre-incident condition without compromising the environment and health and safety, resultant secondary damage and within a pre-specified timescale and costs. Here are our 5 recommend steps you should consider to achieve this:

1. Insurance

If you are a tenant in the building you will need to make sure that the owner is aware of the fire and damage. If you are the owner the first thing to do after your property has been involved in a fire is to contact your insurance company, to commence the insurance claim as quickly as possible. The buildings insurance should cover the costs of repairing the property and if you have contents insurance this will cover the cost of replacing and repairing any furniture or appliances in the building within the specific policy cover.

2. Call a Restoration Company

With acknowledgement from the insurer the next thing to do is to call a fire restoration company to give you an assessment of the property and any affected contents. It is important to do this as quickly as possible, so that the prevailing damage doesn’t lead to further deterioration. Do not enter the building unless you have been told that it is ok to do so by the emergency services or a professional company. After the professionals have assessed the situation they will be able to derive a plan of how to best restore the building and/or contents, determine how long it will take and how much it will cost. Any possessions that you want to keep will likely need to be removed and put into safe storage, with some companies offering this in their restoration services.

3. Restoration begins

The first thing the restoration company will do will be to make sure anything that could be causing further damage is a priority and dealt with quickly. This willalso ensure the building is completely secure before they continue with the works. For example, if the fire has resulted in a hole in the roof, they will make sure this is sealed in order to prevent any further damage, by inclement weather but also, any residual soot particles can lead to secondary deterioration of surfaces they reside upon.

4. The clean up

Once the initial decontamination has taken place to arrest any further deterioration, an assessment and drying of any water damage from busrt or leaking pipes or from extinguishing the fire will be undertaken. These areas will be dried and sanitised to minimise any potential heath issues and will include the eradication of residual odours as a result of the fire. This could include  dealing with fabrics and/or hard surfaces. The clean up process will include noting, listing and disposing of  any items are deemed beyomg economical repair.

5. Repairs

The next stage is to repair and restore the affected contents. Most restoration companies will take care of any dry cleaning and washing of fabrics around the home. If possessions are damaged beyond economical repair, the restoration company will advise your insurer so that any replacements can be secured. There are occasions where the damage restoration company can undertake timely structural repairs also and this will be in line with instructions from your insurance company.

Cornerstone can provide a professional evaluation and report for restoration or replacement with associated costs for damaged structural and contents materials typically based on the resultant surfaces conditions, post-fire conditions and any pre-existing conditions.

Our reliable service delivery encompasses:

  •  Emergency call out – electrics assessments / boarding up
  •  Structural cleaning – preventing secondary damage
  •  Structural drying – dealing with the extinguishing of a fire and the reactive outcome with soot particulate
  •  Fabrics and general contents – dry cleaning to off-site storage
  •  Specialist assessments of contents – fine art / document retrieval and storage / period furniture
  •  Full reinstatement (reconstruction) – where requested

For general enquiries about Fire Restoration or for a quote, call our expert team today 0344 846 0955.

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6th December 2017
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