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Ways to Improve Air Quality in your Home

If you’re suffering from what you think is seasonal allergies – think again. The runny nose and itchy eyes could be the result of poor air quality in your home. The air in indoor environments can make you ill and those with respiratory ailments are especially susceptible to air contaminated by potential irritants encompassing pollen, pet hair, dust, and environmental pollutants.

The vast majority of people mistakenly believe that their home environments are cleaner than outdoors, but it can actually be worse and increasing with more people staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Air conditioning and closed windows won’t prevent pollutants from entering.

Pollution from various avenues gains access through clothing that’s worn outside, mold and mildew in high humidity climates, and from naturally occurring sources such as radon, forest fires, and ground-level ozone. The following are easy ways to improve the air quality in your home.

Air Conditioning Filters

While an air conditioning unit provides a comfortable environment, the filter is also screening out a variety of pollutants. A dirty filter doesn’t remove pollutants effectively and actually makes your air conditioning work less efficiently, leading to reduced efficiency and higher cooling bills.

Air Ducts

Dust, pet hair, and mold can build up in air ducts and as air conditioner work, contaminants are spread from room to room. Your home can greatly benefit from annual ductwork cleaning by a professional.

Air Purifiers

A whole-house air purifying system, or smaller air purifier units throughout the home, can help significantly in reducing the number of pollutants within the home. Even a single purifier in the bedroom can contribute substantially to your health and more restful sleep.

Cleaning Carpets

Rugs and carpets attract pollutants and hold them within fibers. Regular cleaning is essential. You can clean them yourself with a home steam cleaner or have them done by a professional.

Exhaust Fans

You’d be surprised how many pollutants originate in your own kitchen. Gas and electric stoves emit carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide when you cook and bake. Exhaust fans are designed to remove odors and they’re effective for venting those chemicals.

Humidity Levels

Managing humidity levels is critical for controlling the growth of mold and mildew. A whole-house dehumidifier or several smaller units strategically placed throughout the home provides an excellent strategy for combating humidity.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070 

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Damage can Happen When you Least Expect It

Household emergencies can’t be predicted and the damage is typically far worse than anticipated. They can occur due to water, smoke, fire, and power outages. The problem arises from the unexpected nature of the situation and the fact that damage can be occurring for days or weeks without your knowledge.

When an emergency happens, it’s time to call in the professionals as quickly as possible. They can remove water, dry the premises, repair the problem, and restore a wide range of belongings to pre-damage condition. Professionals will provide pack out and content services for your possessions, sanitize the premises, and leave the entire area sparkling clean and healthy.

The following are just some of the common types of household emergencies that can be rectified through rapid restoration and mitigation services.

Appliances

Refrigerators and freezers are appliances that can leak and cause water damage. Sometimes they may just be at the end of their life expectancy. In other situations, a power outage will cause freezers and refrigerators to thaw and leak.

Bacterial/Viral Sanitation

Outbreaks of bacteria and viruses are extremely difficult to control by ordinary means. The methods available to a professional service are appropriate for homes, businesses, commercial properties, and medical/lab facilities.

Biohazard Cleanup

Crime scenes produce a variety of contaminants, including blood and other bodily fluids. Rapid cleanup and restoration of premises is essential and aids in addressing trauma. Another situation that constitutes a biohazard is a backed up toilet that can spread infectious diseases.

Blocked Drains

Blocked drains are inconvenient, cause significant damage, and can spread infectious and communicable diseases. It also affects air quality.

Burst Pipes, Leaky Water Heaters

A pipe that bursts violently will spray water for quite a distance. A slow leak from a broken pipe or water heater is insidious and can take months to notice. By the time it’s discovered, a significant amount of damage has been done to floors and walls. In condos and apartments, water damage can occur when water leaks down from above.

Damaged Roof, Gutters

Even a small leak from a damaged roof can compromise the structural integrity of a building. Damaged gutters result in rainwater backup that will seep under roof edgings. Both situations result in damage to the wood and insulation and promote mold growth.

Fire

A fire and resultant water from sprinkler systems or fire departments soak every inch of a structure and the acrid smell of smoke can be overpowering. Professionals can repair any damage, remove smoke and water, and sanitize the premises to eliminate any trace of mold or odor.

Mold

A side effect of leaky appliances, storm damage, and humid climates is mold. It can grow behind walls, in ceilings, and in air conditioning ductwork. It adversely affects air quality and can even be dangerous if you have allergies or chronic respiratory conditions.

Storm Damage

Hurricanes and even ordinary storms can result in flooding and storm surges. The damage is extensive and it’s imperative that the water and possessions be removed quickly to enable crews to dry the premises, repair any damage, remediate mold, and minimize damage.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070 

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Storm Damage can Come in Many Forms

Those in South Florida tend to think of storm damage in terms of hurricanes, but the state’s unique position lends itself to a wide variety of storms and resultant damage that many may not have considered. It’s not just during hurricane season that Florida residents have to be vigilant for storms and the damage they cause. The potential for extreme weather events exists year-round and they can take many forms.

Hail

While hail isn’t normally a concern in Florida, there have been documented reports of the frozen ice balls measuring up to three inches in size. It’s a rare occurrence, but when conditions are right for hail formation it can cause substantial damage. Hail can damage roofs, dent vehicles, and break windows in cars, homes and businesses.

Sinkholes

A sinkhole is generally considered a geological hazard, but they can have a weather-related component. South Florida isn’t as prone to sinkholes as other parts of the state, but the potential still exists. They can swallow homes, businesses and vehicles, along with costly infrastructure features.

Sinkholes occur when underlying soil is compromised due to water eroding and dissolving the rock underneath the surface. Much of Florida is comprised of limestone and other porous materials that are affected by large amounts of rainfall and flooding.

Water

Damage from water is always a concern for those in South Florida where rainfalls are higher than in other areas of the nation. Even relatively minor storms can drop significant amounts of rain that can lead to flooding. Storm surges from hurricanes are another threat to homes and businesses that result in millions of dollars in damages.

Wind

The winds from storm fronts, tornadoes and hurricanes can lift and damage shingles and blow down fencing. Even straight line winds can turn ordinary items into projectiles that can land on roofs, penetrate buildings, and tear and dislodge shingles. Elevated winds can also blow down trees and limbs that land on roofs, buildings, fences and vehicles.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070 

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Add Duct Cleaning to your Spring Cleaning List

The ductwork in homes and businesses is one of the most overlooked areas of maintaining a healthy environment and better air quality. Clean ducts also save money, allowing heating and cooling systems to function better. Dirty ducts can actually make the people in a building sick, leading to more doctor visits and increased healthcare costs.

The air from heating and cooling systems is circulated throughout an entire structure via the ductwork system. As the air is cycled through, any contaminants are also circulated into every room. Those can range from dust and pollen to mold, along with unpleasant odors.

It’s not enough to simply change the filters. If the ducts in your home or business have never been cleaned, it’s an ideal time to schedule an appointment. The professionals will vacuum the dust, debris, and they can also determine if any wildlife has invaded your duct space.

Air Quality

Regular cleaning of air ducts creates a healthier environment and improves air quality. Having the ducts cleaned is especially important if you’re one of the millions of people that live with allergies or a respiratory condition. The humid conditions in South Florida can exacerbate the growth of mold and mildew.

Cleaning the ducts is critical after a hurricane. A wide variety of contaminants will find their way into a structure that’s been flooded that can cause you, your family, or customers symptoms ranging from headaches and nausea to fatigue, along with far more serious health problems. Ducts can foster the growth of multiple types of bacteria and fungi.

Efficiency

While it may not seem like dust, dirt and debris would cause much of a restriction in terms of the air flowing through your ducts, it does have an impact. Any type of impediment will affect the efficiency with which heating and cooling systems operate. That means the units will work harder and more often to perform their task, thereby costing you more money to operate.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070 

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Ways to Improve the Air Quality in your Home

There’s a saying that “Your house is making you sick.” Even if you’re not coughing, sneezing or wheezing, the quality of air in many homes is less than optimal. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pollutant concentrations are often 2-5 times higher than the levels found outdoors. That’s especially detrimental in hot, humid areas where people can spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors to escape the heat.

There are some very easy and inexpensive measures that individuals can take to significantly improve the air quality in their home. They’re particularly important in homes with children, the elderly, pets, and people with chronic health conditions.

Air Purifiers

Ionic purifiers are especially efficient at attracting and trapping small particles and preventing them from recirculating through the environment. They won’t eliminate every contaminant or pollutant in the air, but they can definitely help.

Cleaning

Even a clean home can attract and trap allergens. Carpets, drapes and bedding are the most common culprits. Carpeted areas and drapes should be cleaned twice a week with a vacuum that utilizes a HEPA filter and dust covers used on pillows. Cloth furniture should also be vacuumed.

Dehumidifiers

They help remove excess moisture that can lead to the growth of mold and mildew, especially in basements.

Filters

The filters in your heating and air conditioning can be a major source of allergen contamination. As the units work, they can be re-circulating allergens so change filters as often as necessary.

Flooring

It’s easier to keep allergens at bay with hardwood flooring, tile and linoleum as they don’t trap allergens like carpeting.

Plants

Plants attract dust and can foster the growth of mold. Even though they’re pretty, it’s best to keep them outside.

Reduce Clutter

Knick-knacks and keepsakes kept on shelves attract dust and allergens like a magnet. When you dust them, it simply spreads allergens around and can trigger a reaction. Over-furnishing homes also makes it more difficult to clean effectively.

Ventilation

Let in some fresh air whenever possible and use exhaust fans to remove cooking odors, fumes and contaminants. Fresh air helps dilute indoor pollutants from multiple sources.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070 

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