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Mold under sink

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth Mold growth under sink

East Cobb, GA Mold Removal and Mold Remediation | SERVPRO of East Cobb

Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the 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. For all your remediation needs, please call SERVPRO of Lake County Florida at 352-735-3311       

Drying Chamber

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Plastic Drying chamber Drying Concrete wall Cavity

The Essential Guide to Drying Chambers in Water Damage Restoration

Drying chambers, by nature, will limit the risk of moisture spreading. Because they can section off a specific area, the moisture is quickly pulled out of the air by dehumidifiers. If not sealed, the moisture would move throughout the building, potentially causing damage in other areas. Drying chambers can be established for any site requiring treatment, including small cavities, cupboards, and within walls.

A main concern with other treatment methods is how much resourcing is required to dry a given area. With drying chambers, you’re able to target the specific location you need to work on and not waste energy by the surrounding environment. If the flooring is all that needs to be treated, you’re not losing precious time and power to keep an entire room at the proper temperature, with the right amount of airflow. You’re simply applying energy to the damaged flooring, dramatically reducing resource requirements and saving yourself from other potential issues.

While drying chambers are efficient, they need to be implemented correctly to maximize their benefits. 

Mold Remediation

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Treated Wall studs Encapsulated wall studs after sanding and treating with antimicrobial products

When is Encapsulating Mold Appropriate?

Always wear the proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) before removing as much mold as possible by scrubbing the moldy surface with a fungicide. Professionals will sometimes sand wood to remove additional mold that could not be removed by scrubbing. Sanding mold is rather hazardous though, because it sends so many microscopic mold spores flying into the air, where they are easily inhaled. Only professionals should attempt to sand moldy wood. After as much mold as possible has been removed, a mold sealant is applied. Note that you should never paint over mold with regular paint. Regular paint, or even mold-resistant paint, will not prevent mold in the wood from growing or spreading. It will only make it harder to see the mold when it does begin to grow. Only a product designed specifically to encapsulate mold should be used for that purpose.

Summer Is for BBQ

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

10 Tips for Safe Summer Barbecues:

Dos and Don'ts That Will Keep You From Becoming a Statistic

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

If you do experience a house fire this summer be sure to call SERVPRO of Lake County at (352)735-3311 to help with all your fire damage and smoke damage needs. We are always here to help!

We are Cleaning Experts

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Lake County, 352-735-3311

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Got Mold

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.

Consider the following mold 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.

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

Clean Homes Sell Faster

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

GET RID OF TROUBLED LISTINGS

The word is out that it is a sellers’ market here in central Florida and many investors and home owners are looking to capitalize on the money making opportunities that are becoming available. If you have a home you’d like to sell then now is the time to learn about what SERVPRO of Lake County can do for you.

It is not uncommon for a house to sit vacant for months before it is sold and in this case there may be un-detected leaks as well as insect and rodent problems that can occur. The services we specialize in can help your clients pass home inspections and generally get their homes in top show condition. Whether the problem is a water stain on a hardwood floor, a mildew smell in the closet or even if the home was lived in by a heavy smoker we offer free inspections and can come determine the scope of mitigation services that are necessary. We also offer residential cleaning services such as full detailed micro cleanings, carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, upholstery cleaning and even drape and curtain cleaning.

Let us turn a problem listing into a quick sale. 

Call us today at (352)735-3311

Water Damage

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Drywall removal Removal of damage drywall from water damage



The Short- and Long-Term Effects of Water Damage

 

The first problem that you might be concerned about when it comes to flooding in your home is damaged belongings. As you might already know, even minor flooding can lead to damaged or ruined furniture and other belongings. If your home has recently been flooded, there is a good chance that at least some of your belongings will have to be thrown away. Before you start bagging everything up and hauling it off to be disposed of, though, you should contact a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Lake County FL In some cases, household belongings can be salvaged. For example, during the water damage process, water is often removed from upholstered furniture in an effort to save that furniture from permanent damage. Sometimes, clothing and linens can be washed and salvaged. If dried in time, wooden furniture can sometimes be restored after flooding too.                                                                                                                                         

Church Fire

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fire in the Church Fire in Sanctuary

Fires can be devastating to your place of worship. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Lake County Florida have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your Church Sanctuary to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. Our SERVPRO team of professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. In this case there are several adjointing rooms that were only affected by some smoke can be chem-sponged, sealed and painted. 

Hospital Water Damage

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment Equipment Drying out the hallway

About 12:15 am on a Saturday morning SERVPRO of Lake County Florida received a call about a water damage at a local hospital. Our crew responded very quickly and arrived on site at 1:00 am, that was a 45 minute responds time on site. They discovered a chilled water line had broken on the 2nd floor, which affected the 1st and 2nd floor hallways and patient rooms. We extracted all the water we could then we began to set equipment. The facilities director asked us if we could keep the equipment cords from the air movers and dehumidifiers away from the center of the hallway as much as possible. We agreed with him and taped down the all of the cords that had to cross the hallway. The hospital facilities director was very pleased with our company. Great job SERVPRO of Lake County Florida