Is Mold A Problem In Your Home?
In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.
Have a Mold Problem?
If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:
- Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
- Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
- A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional for mold remediation services.
What NOT to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
Hurricane Season 2017
The great thing about SERVPRO is that just people yopu don't live in an area that doesn't always get affected by certain weather events, does not mean that your local SERVPRO franchise is not helping with the aftermath of such disasters.
Hurricane season is currently underway. For the Atlantic, the season begins June 1st and runs through November 30th. Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes. While the primary threat is in coastal areas, many inland areas can also be affected by these hazards, as well as by secondary events such as power outages as a result of high winds and landslides due to rainfall. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. plan an evacuation route and your emergency plan, take inventory of your property, and take steps to protect your home or business.
Carbon Monoxide: Is Your Home or Business Safe?
You cannot see or smell carbon monoxide, but a high levels, it can kill a person in minutes. Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide, or CO, is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas, created when fuels like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas and propane burn incompletely. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning. it is estimated another 20,0000 visit the emergency room. and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning. All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning, with some groups--including unborn babies, infants and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems--being more susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide. All excess of CO, leading to CO poisoning, can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, or idling cars left running in garages. Taking some basic precautionary steps can help eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your home or business.
It Takes Science to Dry!
Did you know there is actually a science behind the drying process? having knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, your local SERVPRO Professionals are trained in the sciences of drying and follow strict industry approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers a water damage, your local SERVPRO professionals will:
- Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
- Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly
- Speed up mother nature by using professional drying equipment.
Speeding Up Mother Nature
SERVPRO uses the term "Speeding up mother nature" a lot. What exactly does this mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will natural move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while your home or building is drying out. SERVPRO professionals have the tool and equipment to help mother nature along, including equipment to help help dry hardwood floors, touch to reach spaces inside walls, and much more. SERVPRO also uses state of the art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.
When Disaster Strikes...
When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO's disaster recovery team is poised and "Ready for whatever happens." Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. For example, here are some disaster events that SERVPRO has helped clean up:
- 2016 East Tennessee Wildfires: One of the largest in history of Tennessee, the Great Smokey Mountains wildfires burned more than 17,000 acres and about 2500 structures in November 2016. The 12 crews that were dispatched worked a total of 78 jobs, where they mitigated over $1 Million in damages.
- 2016 Hurricane Mathew: Following the East Coast from Florida up to North Carolina, this hurricane caused major flooding, primarily as rivers rose in Easter North Carolina. SERVPRO had 169 crews dispatched. These crews took on more than 1050 jobs and over $7.5 million in damages.
The Mold Mitigation and Restoration Process
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 affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have 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 Your SERVPRO Professionals! The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO’s Call Center or your local Franchise Professional. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed. Inspection & 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 which can be hidden from plain view. Mold Containment Various containment procedures will be placed 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. Our 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 & 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 & Belongings SERVPRO Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment. 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 carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. SERVPRO Professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.
Heavy Storms Cause Damage In Troy, MO
On Sunday July 23rd, Most of the State of Missouri suffered heavy thunderstorms. This thunderstorm was quite heavy compared to the occasional rain that we have had through out the summer. Around 1:30 am, most residence awoke to heavy and loud winds rebounding off of their homes, mine included. The house shook with every thunder clap causing windows to rattle. As the electric flickered on and off the storm got eerily quiet while the wind picked up. Its moments like this when you wonder if this is the time you need to wake up your family and head to basement. However as I sat in my bed looking at the radar it was just thunderstorms. Waking up in the morning was a whole other story. The neighborhood looked like a tornado had hit it. As calls started coming into our office about water damage from the storm and trees falling on houses, it was not hard to believe that this storm could have been something more than what I had originally thought. When storms like this happen so quickly it is hard for water to dissipate into the ground at the same speed causing back ups into homes and walkout basements to flood. This is where SERVPRO comes in!
Why Insurers Choose SERVPRO
SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties are trained, uniformed professionals using professional cleaning procedures, providing fast and efficient service to meet SERVPRO's high standards of excellence!
Our equipment consists of state of the art truck mounted unites, extractors, dry cleaning machines, dehumidifiers and other cleaning equipment that is designed to cost efficiently arrest any further damage to the structure and contents and return your insured property to its preloss state in most cases. Only SERVPRO professionals are licensed to offer our exclusive line of products.
Pop-Up Storms Causings Quick Damages
This past memorial weekend has brought a lot of interesting weather. Like many of you, our families traveled to go fishing to some of Missouri's best lakes, such as Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock and Mark Twain. On our way up to the Ozarks we experienced bright and clear blue skies until we reached Eldon, MO. The skies has switched quickly to a greenish grey. A light rain turned into a heavy downpour with golf ball size hail. At this point we all started getting National Weather Alerts on our phone for a Tornado Warning. We were pulled over on the side of the highway as did most of the vehicles around us. In the two and half hour drive the temperature had fluctuated 25 degrees causing very unstable weather. As the rain started to dissipate enough to keep pedaling our way down the highway the skies began to clear and the sun was out shining brighter than it had earlier that day. Most Missouri residence are used to this type of severe fluctuations in weather, however older homes or homes that have poor drainage cannot handle pop up storms. The amount of water that is being produced cannot be properly ran off or drained due to backups. This can lead to damage in basements or roof leaks. In which case, this is why SERVPRO has a 24 Hour emergency service team ready to take action when Missouri's pop-up storms cause trouble in your area.