Water Damage Assessment

Water Damage Assessments for Rainwater Damage

With the multitude of tropical storms and natural weather events of record proportion, many are dealing with excess rainwater. Areas around some of the hardest hit places are not suffering from flooding, but from the rain that the storms bring with them. Rainwater can be damaging, just think of all of the water that falls at once. The quicker it falls, the more rain that accumulates and the more rainwater damage you can see as a result. That’s why it’s important to secure your home by checking the roof for leaks, doors, and windows for proper installation and sealing and the perimeter of your home for problem areas.

If your home has been lucky enough to avoid rainwater damage or moisture issues, you may think you’re safe. However, with the increase in unprecedented natural weather events across the country, it’s important to double check your property and make sure you are protected as best as you can be now. The system that you already have in place around your home, draining away from the house can become overwhelmed if more than usual amounts of rain come your way.

 

Moisture in your home from rainwater can, of course, cause mold to grow. This is why we urge homeowners to see the importance in updating and repairing drainage systems around the home. Focusing any drains at aiming rainwater away from the foundation of the home, fixing leaks in the roof and replacing leaking or moisture prone windows.

To protect your home from rainwater:

  1. Check to see if the ground slopes away from the foundation of your home. If you already know the ground is sloping towards your home, consider installing a trench to drain it
  2. Add extensions to the gutter downspouts, this helps to direct the water away from the foundation of the home
  3. Create openings on the border of flowerbeds to help the soil drain away from the house
  4. Keep roofs and gutters clear of debris
  5. Dig a Trench that extends to the lowest point of your property. Line the high end of this trench with some filter fabric and then fill with gravel or rock. This way the water will get filtered before clogging the drain.
  6. Hire a professional or if you’re handy build a Dry Well in the ground to fill with gravel or crushed stone. If you have a home that puddles or has a big pool of water after rainfall, this is a great idea to act as a makeshift drain to return the water to the ground
  7. After a thorough check, if you see an area of concern, hire a professional for a water damage assessment

These are some beginner tips to prevent moisture from getting into the home. If you already have a small leak or a problem that has been on your list to fix, make it your priority. Dealing with mold due to moisture in your home is a much larger and more hazardous problem in the long run. We’ve gotten very lucky in New York and New Jersey to have only been affected by rain as a result of these terrible stormes plaguing so many countries, and have only received a moderate amount of rain. Call us today for a water damage assessment to check protect your home now from moisture problems such as mold in the future.

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Licensed Mold Assessors

NYS Licensed Mold Assessors: What You Should Know

You may have already heard the buzz, as of January 1st, 2016; there are new rules in New York State on Mold Assessment and Remediation. Here are the top three things you should know about the changes.

  1. The mere presence of mold growth or evidence of water damage in the home is not to be disregarded. These are both issues that need to be addressed immediately in order to protect those dwelling in the home from possible harmful mold exposure.
  2. When hiring someone in New York State to investigate mold growth or water damage, you must use an NYS Licensed Mold Assessor. This company will assess the extent of the mold growth or moisture issue and develop a remediation work plan if the specified requirements are met.
  3. When hiring someone in New York State to remediate mold growth or water damage, it cannot be the same company that assessed your mold. The new contractor must follow the remediation work plan, remove and or clean any area that is outlined in the plan.

Your mold assessor may use a variety of invasive and non-invasive inspection techniques. These include moisture surveys, a sampling of air/surfaces, thermal imaging surveys and visual inspection. Once they have sufficiently evaluated the area of concern they make recommendations to the homeowner.

The homeowner must then hire an NYS licensed remediation contractor to carry out the removal and abide by the NYS mold remediation regulations, policies and procedures set out in the New York State Mold Bill. This person cannot be the same person who assessed the mold or water damage.

If you are dealing with moisture issues or mold presence in your home and are a Rockland County or Westchester County resident, let the professionals here at HNST Mold Inspections help guide you through the process by calling (845) 215-9258. Our NYSDOL Mold Assessor License is #00057.