Not only does the thought of having mold scare most people because they think it’s toxic. For some people it can be harmful unsafe to breath in mold. Mold comes is different strains, colors, textures, and growth rates. That's why you should leave it to the SERVPRO Professionals to come in and decide the best plan of action if you think there is a possibility of you having mold.
If you think have mold in any part of your house or place of business give our office a call. We’ll send an estimator out for a $155 fee to tell you where the mold is coming from if you do in fact have mold. Also our SERVPRO professional estimators will draw up a detailed plan to rid the structure of mold.
Mold in Basements
Mold in basements is a call our SERVPRO office gets just about every day. This is due to the fact that many basements are not built out correctly meaning there can be moisture present. Or another common problem is moisture seeps into the basement from sources like gutters, drainpipes, faulty foundations, leaking pipes, and the list goes on. Our SERVPRO professionals are trained to spot the source of a water leak especially in the cases related to mold. When our professionals spot the mold they then draw up a detailed plan to rid the area of mold and correct the issue causing mold to grow in the first place.
Mold is also common in structures that have suffered water damages and were not dried out properly after the loss. So make sure you call SERVPRO for your water damage.
Although an emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency situation. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing such a plan.
Draw a map of each level of the building and show all doors and windows or use a blue print. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
Consider escape ladders for second and thirds levels. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory.
Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of building. Mark the meeting place on the escape plan map.
Plan for everyone in the building with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.
Practice your fire escape plan.
Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your company emergency plans.
SERVPRO professionals offer many tools to help their customers in the middle of disasters. However now SERVPRO professionals are offering a tool to their customers to help prepare them before disaster even strikes. This new tool is called an ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) which can be downloaded from the Apple or Android App store by searching SERVPRO. This app allows SERVPRO to set up a date and walk your property with you, to create a profile for what you would be during a fire or water damage. The app holds the information for where the water, electrical, gas, and computer server shut offs are located in your building along with contact and account numbers for those companies. The free SERVPRO app also details where the best location for SERVPRO vehicles to park during an emergency. Your contact person at SERVPRO also has their phone number listed so you just open the app and dial.
Commerical Properties - Arson & Vandalism
For many commercial properties like hotels, apartments, or offices there are a range of every day disasters that can strike that don’t include fire or water damage. Arson and vandalism are a common occurrence in commercial properties. SERVPRO professionals are recognized as experts at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damages but also when vandalism happens. Many times people think that you just paint over the graffiti or other methods used. That however is not the case. SERVPRO professionals come in and provide general vandalism cleaning and deodorization services for graffiti, egg and spoiled foods, and human or animal waste that people feel the need to use. SERVPRO professionals are have specialized chemicals the SERVPRO makes to rid a property of smell and remove the cause of the smell.
Commerical Properties - Bloodborne Pathogens
For many commercial properties like hotels, apartments, or offices there are a range of every day disasters that can strike that don’t include fire or water damage. Bloodborne pathogens are a common occurrence in commercial properties. SERVPRO professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO professionals thoroughly clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure after a bloodborne pathogen job.
Though it is uncomfortable to talk about many people that live in apartments or travel for long periods of are alone. Meaning that if they have a heart attack or pass on for some reason it is usually several days before the situation is discovered. That is where SERVPRO professionals are called in the clean the area of blood or bodily fluids after a body has started to decompose.
Mold is something that most people do not want to deal with in their homes or place of business. Mold tends to be an unknown subject for the average person so here are a few facts for you about mold.
When excess moisture is present within a structure, mold can begin to grow in as little as twenty-four to forty-eight hours. Indoor air quality concerns and potential liability issues make it imperative that the structure is thoroughly dried and the mold is quickly and safely remediated. SERVPRO professionals provide reliable mold cleanup and remediation services in accordance with nationally recognized mold remediation standards.
Our office provides air samples for $190 which comes back in usually one week. This test measures the spore count in the outside are sample compared to the inside sample. This is a quickly and reliable way of knowing what your breathing in.
Fire damage tips while you wait
When fire damage happens at your home or property it is a terrifying moment, because you don’t know what to do once everyone has made it out safely. So here are some tips to help you while you wait for our crews to reach your property:
Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet
Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork
Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
If electricity is off, empty freezer/fridge completely and prop doors opens to help prevent odor
Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim, appliances then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant
If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes
Change HVAC filter; leave system off until a trained professional can check the system
Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC
Tips while you wait for help
When water damage happens you could know about it a few minutes or days after it starts. So here are some tips to help you while you wait for our crews to reach your property if the water source is clean:
Shut off the water source if possible or contact a professional to do so
Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water as electrical shock hazards may exist.
Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items
Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushion to allow more even drying
Move any painting, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture
Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining
Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner
Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet: don’t enter rooms where ceiling are sagging from retained water
Different Restoration Tools
Would you know what the following do?
Moisture Sensor: used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, and walls
Moisture Meters: used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing us to monitor the drying process
Thermo hygrometers: measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, we can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
Ultra Low-Volume Fogger: these will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.
Thermal Foggers: these dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing particles.