The hot summer has officially ended, and we now find ourselves in the throes of Autumn. While that doesn’t change the weather for us much in Southern California where it’s sunny year round, it does mean that we can start putting up our Halloween decorations, and, even better — building the spookiest haunted house possible.

A lot of people love converting their home into a haunted house, and we can’t blame ‘em. It’s good fun, it can be great for a party, or memorable for trick or treaters. But, as professionals in the industry of commercial and residential damage restoration, we have to warn you against a few extreme measures.

Want to build a haunted house? Here’s what not to do.

Don’t: Create a Foul Stench With Real Mold

Are you looking to create the most authentic haunted experience possible? What would a real haunted house be, if not filled with the foulest stench? While we’ve never been to an actual haunted house, we’re going to assume they don’t exactly smell like perfume. But we’re going to warn you — if you want to create “the funk of 40,000 years” in your home, please don’t purposefully introduce mold into your home to do so. We have our hands full enough doing mold remediation jobs all over Southern California that we’d hate to have to come in for people that created the problem intentionally.

Did you know that mold, in addition to foul odors, has detrimental health effects? It can trigger allergies, cause asthma attacks, and worsen the air quality in your home. If you want to create a nasty smell in your home, do it some other way. Or maybe just don’t do it all; we could live with our haunted houses being slightly less authentic.

Don’t: Create an Actual Crime Scene

Yes, Halloween is a holiday where we celebrate the macabre. If it wasn’t such an ingrained tradition in our society, people would probably lose their minds at the prospect of a day where severed heads, bloodied corpses, and spooky monsters make up the lion’s share of decorations. But we’re used to it! So what’s the harm in adding some blood to your haunted house?

Well, before you get any ideas, consider our very professional advice — don’t make an actual crime scene in your home. SM Absolute has performed countless jobs of trauma and crime scene cleanup, and trust us when we say that real blood isn’t pretty, and crime scenes can have severe effects on their environment with biohazards galore. You don’t want this in your home.

And aside from that, well, it’s murder, and that is actually a much more compelling and important reason not to do this.

Don’t: Burn Down Your Home for the Cool Aesthetics

The “old burned down home” is as common a trope in Halloween media as spooky skeletons themselves. But, as tempting as it is to commit arson on your own home, stop for a moment and think of the consequences!

Fire damage restoration is a taxing process, even for professionals such as our team at SM Absolute, and if you ever plan on actually using your home again, you’d be better off not taking a torch to the walls.

And that’s not even considering the grievous effects of smoke damage — did you know that smoke can have long-lasting effects on your furniture and walls? Also, you don’t want little trick or treaters inhaling that as they walk through your incredible authentic haunted house. Think of the children!

Although we appreciate having clients that are willing to pay us for fire and smoke restoration services, we simply can’t advocate that you burn your house down, even if we stand to make a buck from it. Stick to the good old-fashioned jack o’ lanterns and fake spider webs to make your home spooky.

Damage Restoration Services in Riverside and San Diego

We shouldn’t have to tell you why intentionally damaging your home is just a bad idea, even if it could potentially lead to having the coolest haunted house on the block. However, if your home is already damaged in some way, that’s something we’re willing to help with.

At ServiceMaster Absolute, we offer quality mold removal services, crime scene cleanup, and fire damage restoration. And that’s not all we offer — we have a wide variety of other services as well, such as water damage repair, odor removal, and structural repairs. When it comes to restoration jobs, we offer pretty much everything under the sun and we’d be happy to help with whatever needs you have.

We’ve served more clients than we can count in the San Diego and Riverside area, hitting up areas such as Murrieta, Indio, Banning, Palm Springs, La Jolla, Chula Vista, and more. Contact us today for our commercial and residential damage restoration services!