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Disasters Happen: Prepare Now

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

As a business owner you are a leader in your community, and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers, and community to follow.

This year For National Preparedness Month (September), join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. "Disasters Happen" and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes.

As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your employees, company and its infrastructure. This will maximize your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster. You can do this by taking three simple steps:

  1. Plan to stay in business-develop a Emergency READY Profile with SERVPRO 
  2. Encourage your employees to become ready-Download the READY Plan APP
  3. Protect your investment-Plan Ahead

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

  • No Cost Assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
  • Establishes us as your local SERVPRO restoration provider
  • Identification of the line of command for authoring work to begin
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and critical contact information

We must all work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, and neighborhoods are ready when disaster strikes. At ready.gov/business companies can find vital information on how to begin preparing and addressing their unique needs during an emergency. Contact SERVPRO to find out more o how to be ready when disaster strikes wit the Emergency READY Profile program and APP.

After the Storm watch for Mold Growth

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Intrusion of water into your home or business from a storm can result in mold growth. When water damages are not addressed right away, the result is an increased risk of harmful mold growth. Mold may appear within 24 to 48 hours after a water damage intrusion event if the conditions are conducive to mold growth.

SERVPRO handles water damages every day, and we know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your home or business building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which help prevent the secondary damage like mold growth. 

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may begin to bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

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  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears. Mold spores grow if conditions are conducive to microbial growth.

Before risking further damage to you home, belongings or business facility, don't try to clean a water damage incident on your own, instead call SERVPRO to handle the water damage cleanup and restoration. 

MOLD From the Ordinary to the Unhealthy

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

From the Ordinary: Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods and other food products. An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold. 

To The Unhealthy: Intrusion of water into your home or business can result in mold growth because the moisture levels inside are out of balance.  Water intrusions and excessive moisture levels can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When these problems are not addressed immediately the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside buildings such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation provide a food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that can potentially pose a health threat.

Health Concerns: Health concerns may arise from excessive mold growth indoors. concerns are more likely to arise for "at risk" people, which might include immune suppressed or compromised individuals, young children and individuals with chronic inflammatory lung diseases such as asthma and severe allergies. 

SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle various water and mold issues.  Our initial focus is to stop the source of water feeding the mold. We then isolate the affected area using a negative air pressure chamber. Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (800) 497-7179
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment (may need to be done by an outside source)
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Does Your Home or Business Have a Mold Problem?

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Home or Business Have a Mold Problem? Mold Found Inside a Wall


Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.

This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. SERVPRO has specialized mold removal equipment and trained technicians to get the job done right. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any source of water must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your porperty and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today - 1(800)497-7179. Read our Mold Blog to learn more about mold. Visit our Mold Web Page to learn about all our services.

Learn the Facts About Mold

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Learn the Facts About Mold Mold Found in Basement raffers

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Managing Mold

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing Mold Mold on Fire Wall

When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process. 


CALL 1(800)497-7179 
The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call our office. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the neccessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed. 

Inspection and Damage Assessment
Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. 

Mold Containment
Various containment procedures will be places to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. 

Air Filtration
Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress. 

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth. 

Cleaning Contents and Belongings
SERVPRO will clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings.  

Restoration
Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpets; or it may involve major repairs such as the reconstruction of entire rooms within your home or business. 

No matter how big or small your mold problem is SERVPRO will make your mold problem "Like it never even happened."

After the Storm

8/23/2018 (Permalink)


Water Restoration after Storms

8/22/2017

After any water damage situation, like a storm your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you home or business is near a coastline, along a city street, in the mountains, near a river or even in a desert--there is always a potential for flood damage. 

Floodsmart.gov reports, in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. 

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact the Professionals at SERVPRO, even minor floods can lead to major damage when not treated quickly and properly, and cleanup is often an overwhelming task. SERVPRO can handle any size disaster.

Flood Smart

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen fast. Just because you haven't experienced a flood doesn't mean you won't in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. 

The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an emergency or evacuation due to flooding.

  • Water-3+ day supply; one gallon per day per person
  • Food-3+day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries (all sizes)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medications (7 day supply) and medical items (hearing aids, glasses, contacts, syringes, canes)
  • Multi-purpose tool, supplies to secure your home
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication lists, deed/lease to home, insurance policies, birth certificates)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Blanket
  • Baby supplies, pet supplies
  • Maps
  • Extra car and house keys
  • Extra clothing for both warm, cold and rainy weather-sturdy footwear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of damage

Summer Grilling Safety

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Every year, approximately 7,000 Americans are injured while using backyard BBQ grills. It's usually a case of good products used incorrectly.

Do:

1. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. Farther is even better. This includes portions attached to your house like carports, garages and porches. Grills should not be used underneath wooden overhangs either, as the fire could flare up into the structure above. This applies to both charcoal and gas grills.

2. Clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups.

3. Check for gas leaks. You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.

4. Keep decorations away from your grill. Decorations like hanging baskets, pillows and umbrellas look pretty AND provide fuel for a fire. To make matters worse, today's decor is mostly made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot, making this tip even more important.

5. Keep a spray bottle of water handy. That way, if you have a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won't harm your food, so dinner won't be ruined!

6. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill. And KNOW HOW TO USE IT. If you are unsure how to use the extinguisher, don't waste time fiddling with it before calling 911. Firefighters say many fire deaths occur when people try to fight a fire themselves instead of calling for expert help and letting the fire department do its job.

Don't:

7. Turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER do this. It causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face. 

8. Leave a grill unattended. Fires double in size every minute. Plan ahead so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling.

9. Overload your grill with food. This applies especially fatty meats. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire.

10. Use a grill indoors. People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. In addition to the fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide, the deadly colorless, odorless gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, your family and pets.

Smoke Alarms: Life Savers

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Assoc. (NFPA). 

Follow these tips:

  1. In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met. 
  2. Test Smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other smoke alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms are present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries. (source NFPA)
  3. In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building is smoke is detected in just one area. (source NFPA)

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarm, contact your local fire department, electrician or the American Red Cross.

(Source: Restoration Newsline Vol.29, Issue 9)