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Specializing in Evaluation/Inspection for Mold Damage, Water Damage and Smoke Damage

Water Damage, Mold Damage, Smoke Damage Evaluation/Inspection 

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Water Damage Accounts for Over $11 Billion in Damage Each Year

1.42% of 100 Homes will file a Claim

36% of 100 homes will have some form of Water Damage each year

and 51% will not report these lose. 

Water Damage Evaluation/Inspection

Water Damage

Most people don't realize what is involved in the process of water damage. When you think of water damage restoration, you think that all that is involved is sucking up the water and placing some fans down.

Effective water damage restoration is serious business. It is expensive and a trained person is needed to perform this work. Too often, the inexperienced restoration company can actually become part of the problem (not knowing the drying process could lead to a mold infestation and become a target for a lawsuit).

Sewage Damage

Sewage damage is the most serious water to ever happen to a home or business. This is considered to be Category 3 (Black Water Grossly Unsanitary) Water Damage, by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

This water damage should be handled by people trained and certified in sewage damage cleanup. After the mitigation has been completed, then the area should evaluated/inspected and tested for the presence of bacteria. This is known as a post mitigation validation (A.K.A. Sewage Clearance). This procedure should be performed by a third party.

The Ongoing Damage of
Water Damage

Within Minutes

Water Contamination spreads to unaffected areas.

Moisture sensitive surfaces swell and disfigure

Furniture stains appear on carpeting and are

usually, permanent.

Paper Goods and Records are ruin

Rust stains appear on carpeting and other surfaces

Drapery fabrics that contact water may develop

permanent water marks

Within Hours

Pre-existing Moisture related problems are 

activated such as urine, etc.

Drywalls soften and warps

Cellolocusic browning may occur on natural materials

Foam cushions (pad) can begin to disintegrate

Bacterial odor problems begin to develop

wood furniture, in contact with water,

can become permanently ruin.

Within Days

Mildew and Biological growth take place, odor begin

to permeate the structure

Wood floors are warped and ruin, glue down floor

covering and carpet delaminate.

Within Weeks

Structural integrity can be permanently damaged

Mildew can permanently stain/damage natural materials

Serious Health Hazards to occupants of the building

have develop.

Who should Evaluate/Inspect?
Water Damage

Water damage evaluation/inspection is best left to professional like us. There are many reasons for this. You must have the proper equipment for evaluating/inspecting a structure for water damage. 

You would have to know the three categories of water damage, and the four classes of water damage.

Only a trained professional using the right equipment can tell these classes and categories of water damage.

The Water Damage Evaluation/Inspection can help validate that the sewage mitigation was successful, a person who dried their own home out from a water damage to see if it met industry standards in drying, or other reasons related to water damage. 

If you feel uncomfortable about your water damage incident or situation, call or email us today for an appointment.

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Mold Damage Evaluation/Inspection

Mold Exposure is worse than you thought.

Mold is referred to as a "hidden danger" because it's often not seen.

Indoor mold growth and air quality have become serious concerns.

Mold can completely destroy a home or a business

Mold can be move by air, water, and/or insects  

Mold Damage

Molds are fungi of more than 100,000 species that break down organic materials in nature such as dead plants or wood. Mold reproduces through microscopic spores that are spread through the air, by water and/or insects. In order for mold to grow, it requires a source of food, moisture, and suitable temperature. Mold can grow on any surface that is organic or has household dust or soil particles.

Mold can cause Health Issues:

  • Respiratory Issues

  • Gastrointestinal Illness

  • Skin Issues

  • Eye Issues

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Muscle Pain

  • Many other Illnesses

This is why mold damage is very serious and due diligent needs to be apply when dealing with mold. 

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Why Evaluation/Inspection

Mold problems can pose serious health risks and greatly devalue a property. The evaluation/inspection process will identify visible areas of microbial growth, water damage and potential problems that can affect the home or business. Also, with the client's approval mold sampling using national standards of practice, providing vital information that the client would need to know and information for remediation if needed.  

Why a Post Remediation

A post-remediation evaluation/inspection (aka a verification survey or clearance) entails confirming there are no water-damaged non-structural materials left behind and of course, there is no mold in sight. This process should be performed no earlier than 24 hours and preferably 48 hours after mold remediation is completed. Please note that, during the interim, windows and doors should remain closed, and the containment stay up.

If the post-remediation "passes" or "clears", then a written report is submitted to the relevant parties. The report identifies the evaluation/inspection methods and verifies that the remediation was completed in bringing the area back to Condition 1 (Normal Ecology) Status.

The remediation company should never perform the post-remediation evaluation/inspection, this is considered a CONFLICT OF INTEREST!  

Consider DAVHENCO INC. to perform your Initial Evaluation/Inspection and your post-remediation Evaluation/Inspection. We are not a remediation service company. Call or email today to schedule an appointment for a mold damage Evaluation/Inspection.

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Smoke Damage Evaluation/Inspection

Wood smoke has more than 100 chemicals in common with cigarette smoke?

Soot is classified as PM 2.5 --- particulate matter 2.5 um(micrometers) in

diameter-- has been linked to significantly increased risk of death from

lung cancer and other respiratory ailments. Fine particles of this size 

and smaller evade the body's natural defense mechanisms and migrate

deep into the lungs.

The Health Effects of
Smoke Damage

Smoke/soot creates a lot of health hazards in your home including the following:

  • Lung Problems--- Particles from smoke remaining in the structure can get into and irritate the lungs, creating various issues.

  • Skin Issues --- A smoke-damage home or business can cause skin issues such as itchiness or rashes.

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning--- Gases from soot and particles can cause dizziness, headaches, and poisoning.

Prolonged exposure of soot and smoke can even increase the risk of certain types of cancer. According to the EPA, some people are at more risk to smoke damage, such as older adults, children, people with existing heart or lung issues, and pregnant women. It should go without saying that you don't want this smoke/soot in your home or business.​

These should be some of the reasons to have your home or business evaluated/inspected for smoke damage.

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Even After Cleanup the Smoke Damage Still Lingers!

Why Evaluate/Inspect your
Home or Business for
Smoke Damage

Have you ever walked into a home and sense a smoke odor and not knowing what the extent of the problem? This could have been caused by a heavy smoker, a previous fire that was just covered up with paint, or local outside debris burning where the smoke migrated into the house, just to name a few causes.

Since smoke is a complex mixture of toxic gases and particles, which is generated from the various materials that burn. Soot is the carbonaceous deposits remaining after incomplete combustion. Soot is typically black or gray, whereas ash is typically white or light gray. Soot contains traces of the fuel that caused it, allowing the identification of the source. Soot and combustion byproducts associated with it can be harmful.

With a high concentration of smoke, there are several contaminants that may be present on the remaining materials and in the breathable air that can cause health issues or lingering odors in the home or business. The presence of soot may cause discoloration of materials/paints due to the acidic properties as well as settling into porous materials resulting in smoke-like odors that can last for years!

 This should never be overlooked, when there is a presence of smoke odor in a home or business!

 Call or email DAVHENCO INC today to schedule your Evaluation/Inspection and testing today!