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Termite Damage

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Damaged by Termites Termite Damage

Termite infestation can do extensivedamage to the inside of walls and floors—often without detection. Since termites eat wood from the inside out, you probably won't find them until your home is infested, and you're more likely to see signs of damage than the bugs themselves. Look for:

  • Sawdust or sand-like material near windows and door frames, which could be droppings of dry wood termites. You may also notice tiny holes where sawdust has accumulated.
  • Mud tubes are structures that subterranean termites build to connect the nest to the source of wood. Check outdoors and indoors at the base of your home where the frame connects to the foundation and scan your crawlspace or basement if you have one, for the brown, branching structures. They can also hang from joists, so check the floor beams as well.
  • Look for accumulations of dry fecal pellets left behind by drywood termites.
  • Shed wings from the swarmer termites or the bugs themselves can often be found near windows or windowsills. Swarmers are attracted to light so check under outdoor fixtures.
  • Does wood framing sound hollow when you tap it? You might have termites.
  • Do you have wood that looks water-damaged but it hasn't been exposed to water? You might have termites.
  • If your painted or varnished wood or drywall is blistering, you might have termites.
  • If you notice damage across the wood grain, you might have termites

Pack Out

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Storage Pod Content Storage

Simply put, a pack out service specializes in retrieving items from a home that has been damaged by a flood or other major disaster. Afterwards, they help to ensure the quality of the items they have retrieved. A typical pack out service operation consists of three steps. These steps are retrieval, storage, and restoration. The pack out service is unable to give your home back to you. But they can help save the most precious items in the house, long after you thought they were gone for ever. They can also attempt to retrieve artwork, consumer electronics, furniture, and so on. However, not everything will be salvageable, which is why it’s important to have a prioritized list of what you would like them to seek out. Once the pack out service has retrieved the items, they will need to be placed in a safe place. Most pack out services have special locations where these items can be stored, either all at once or in stages as the retrieval process continues. These storage facilities are clean and climate-controlled. And the main purpose of such a facility is to house your items while your home is being restored.

Mold Remediation

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Suspect Growth Growth Behind a Kitchen Cabinet from a leaky faucet

It's summer and it is heating up! With the temperature and humidity on the rise this summer be sure to look for signs of mold. 

Mold – Take Precautions

Mold is more than likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

*The presence of visible mold

*Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present

*Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.

*Excessive humidity

HELP IS HERE

If you think you might have a mold problem, please give us a call SERVPRO of Lake County at 352-735-3311.  We will be more than happy send out one of our professionally trained technicians in mold remediation to examine the structure for any visible signs of mold.

If extensive mold growth is present, additional assistance may be required. Some situation require the addition of an Indoor Air Quality / Environmental Professional with the specialized equipment and services needed to assess and / or repair property. You may also wish to consult with your insurance adjuster if needed.

We are always here to help don't hesitate to call SERVPRO with your mold concerns today!

Commercial Airduct Cleaning Equipment

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Airduct Cleaning Commercial Airduct Cleaning Equipment

Why is Air Duct Cleaning important? First of all, your home or business is a very important investment for you. Your HVAC system (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) is the lung of your house or your business so you would want to keep your system as clean as possible. Changing your furnace filters is a big start! But no matter what--dust, pet hair, pollen, etc.--particles get into the duct work & you start potentially breathing in all these things stated. If you feel your system needs a cleaning, we are happy to help! SERVPRO of Lake County has specially trained & licensed technicians to perform the Air Duct cleaning in your home or business.  Give SERVPRO of Lake County a call for all your Air Duct cleaning needs at Ph. 352-735-3311       

Industrial Hygienist

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Growth Growth on Ductwork in Ceiling

An Industrial Hygienist is often called in to test the indoor air quality of structures affected by growth. The hygienist takes air and lift samples to be sent to the lab for comparison to outside levels. The samples are sent out to a lab, who tests each specimen and compares the results to a control group and samples from the outside environment. These tests help determine whether the spore levels inside the structure are outside of the safe range. If the structure "fails" the preliminary test, the hygienist will write a protocol that remediation companies can follow to help deem the structure safe. Here at SERVPRO of Lake County, we frequently work with protocols. Growth jobs can include setting containment, demolition, and micro cleaning. Our crews work diligently to clean the affected areas and reduce spore counts. After mitigation is complete, the hygienist will return to perform a post-test. This test shows whether the mitigation efforts were successful or if further action must be taken.

General Cleaning

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Suspect Growth Growth on Vanity

TIME IS A PRECIOUS COMMODITY

When you need it done right and done fast, call SERVPRO of Lake County for all of your commercial cleaning needs.

Quality cleaning and quick response – that’s the SERVPRO way.

Can't Figure Out How to Get the Job Done?

Call SERVPRO of Lake County for all your emergency restoration needs. Because when you experience a fire, water or mold damage in your facility, you need fast response and the expertise to get the job done right, ensuring your business can get back into operation as quickly as possible. Through it all, you expect the most reliable information and the very best service at a fair price.

We are committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery cost.

We can provide:

*Years of experience as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider.

*A uniformed technician will arrive-on-site usually within in 4 hours of notification

*Quick response time to help ensure that the damage is contained and the restoration process begins promptly.

*Large loss capabilities – no fire or water damage is too big.

Be sure to give us a call today, we are always here to help!

General Cleaning

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Suspect Growth Growth on Vanity

TIME IS A PRECIOUS COMMODITY

When you need it done right and done fast, call SERVPRO of Lake County for all of your commercial cleaning needs.

Quality cleaning and quick response – that’s the SERVPRO way.

Can't Figure Out How to Get the Job Done?

Call SERVPRO of Lake County for all your emergency restoration needs. Because when you experience a fire, water or mold damage in your facility, you need fast response and the expertise to get the job done right, ensuring your business can get back into operation as quickly as possible. Through it all, you expect the most reliable information and the very best service at a fair price.

We are committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery cost.

We can provide:

*Years of experience as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider.

*A uniformed technician will arrive-on-site usually within in 4 hours of notification

*Quick response time to help ensure that the damage is contained and the restoration process begins promptly.

*Large loss capabilities – no fire or water damage is too big.

Be sure to give us a call today, we are always here to help!

Masks

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Mask Wearing Masks

Who Should Wear A Cloth Face Covering?

General public 

  • CDC recommends all people 2 years of age and older wear a cloth face covering in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected. That’s why it’s important for everyone to wear cloth face coverings in public settings and practice social distance (staying at least 6 feet away from other people).
  • While cloth face coverings are strongly encouraged to reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recognizes there are specific instances when wearing a cloth face covering may not be feasible. In these instances, adaptations and alternatives should be considered whenever possible.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

6/9/2022 (Permalink)

Steam Extraction Before and after carpet cleaning

Properly maintained commercial carpet is a strong asset to any facility, providing a clean professional look, a degree of comfort, and a means to remove dust and allergens from the air. Preserving this asset is important, and preventative steps should be taken including simple vacuuming once or twice a week during your scheduled facilities cleaning through more extensive carpet cleaning.

Stains

Many things can cause carpet stains; beverages, foods, fertilizer, pesticides, medicines, hair care products and vomit can cause serious staining, requiring carpet cleaning at some level. Often the damage is not discovered immediately, giving the stain time to set and thus becoming more difficult to remove.When this occurs, it is often necessary to contact companies that clean commercial carpets in order to obtain the best results with your facilities cleaning.

Here are a few steps to minimize stain damage:

  • Act soon. Do not let the spot dry and set
  • Always test a spot removal agent in a location concealed from view.
  • Blot the stain. Do not scrub it.
  • Apply a small amount of a recommended cleaning solution to a cloth, not directly to the carpet.
  • Work your way in from the edges of the spot, blotting and rubbing gently.
  • Consult a professional commercial carpet cleaner when dealing with unusual substances such as chemicals.

Mold Remediation

6/9/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on desk Mold on student desk

High Humidity and HVAC system not properly working:

A classroom with a high relative humidity experiences air that is very moist, making students feel overly chilled or sticky depending on the temperature. All that extra water in the air facilitates the growth of bacteria, mold, fungus and dust mites.

High humidity levels even result in condensation forming inside the windows, ceilings and walls of classrooms and other areas of a school, damaging building materials.

Controlling Humidity Levels
Moisture concerns inside schools are caused by a wide range of conditions, such as leaks in plumbing and in the roof, condensation, damp ground beneath a structure and outdoor humidity. The simple act of students exhaling creates moisture. Tightly sealed newer buildings might not allow moisture to escape. Even temporary, portable classrooms frequently see higher humidity and mold growth.

There are several ways to control and reduce humidity levels inside schools and classrooms. 

  • Make sure adequate ventilation exists to keep humidity levels between 30% and 50%. 
  • Install exhaust fans if you have kitchens for cooking and washing dishes inside classrooms. Give individual classrooms a de-humidifier.
  • Install insulation to cut back on condensation on cold surfaces like windows, exterior walls, pipes and floors.
  • Mount tile around drinking fountains and classroom sinks and on the floor below.

By controlling humidity levels, pathogens, mold, fungus and allergens are controlled as well. If mold is not removed after optimum humidity levels are reached.