What to know about Mold
Mold is a fungus that can grow in your home or business. There is also no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in an indoor environment; but you can control indoor mold growth with moisture control and making sure your home or business is properly insulated.
Here are a few things and tips you can use to make sure you are keeping your home or business free of mold growth:
- Fix the source of any water problem you may have.
- Reduce indoor humidity to 30-60%
- Vent bathrooms and dryers
- Use air conditioners and dehumidifiers
- Use exhaust fans when cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
- Increase ventilation
- Clean and dry any damp materials or furnishings within 24-48 hours
- Don't install carpeting in areas where moisture is an issue, for example by the front door/back door.
If you happen to find mold growth in your home or business, we are always here to help.
Call SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/ New Baltimore at 586-598-5050!
How Mold Grows
There is no known number of species of mold, we know of at least 20,000 but there can be as many as 300,000 different species of mold.
Mold grows by sending out different branches. There are four kinds, Hyphae, root-like Hyphae, Surface Hyphae, and spore-producing structure.
It is important with mold to contain the spread of any spores. That is why we set up containment around the affected areas when we are doing mold cleanup.
Mold begins as a tiny spore, the spore mass is actually much smaller than the pinhead, they contain thousands of spores. When something causes the spores to be aerosolized, the spores are set free, letting them set up shop and grow elsewhere. This is why containment is important.
If you think you may have mold in your home or business we are always here to help. Give SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/New Baltimore a call: 586-598-5050
Hurricanes: Deadly Natural Disasters
Did you know that hurricanes can be up to 600 miles wide and have strong winds up to 200 mph?
During 2017, we experienced four major hurricanes, which means they were category 3 or higher.
Before having updated technology and weather tracking the U.S. was vulnerable to more extreme amounts of fatalities from major hurricanes. Luckily now we can track them in enough time to give the area of destruction warnings and time to evacuate the area.
Though we may have had quite a few major hurricanes last year they were not apart of some of the deadliest that the U.S. has seen. However this past hurricane season was one of the costliest that the U.S. has seen since 1900. There was over $200 billion in damages to the states affected by these hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria.
Hurricanes are definitely a scary thing to see, we are proud to be apart of the SERVPRO family and to see all of the great work some of our other teams have done to help people rebuild their homes and businesses after these disasters.
Essential Winter Maintenance Tips for Commercial Buildings
SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/New Baltimore is always here to help. It is crucial that businesses and homes maintain their properties over the winter to avoid any pipes freezing or other winter weather damage.
Many people may not know that we do offer commercial restoration services, but we always want to be here as a preventative measure. That is why we are offering you some maintenance tips for your commercial facilities.
- Winterize cooling systems
- Inspect the heating systems, examine fumes and carbon buildup
- Calibrate thermostats, more efficient and cost saving
- Change old air filters
- Inspect doors and windows for leaks or gaps in insulation
- Clean gutters
- Inspect interior and exterior faucets
- Repair sidewalk cracks
- Inspect the roof or attic
- Prepare for power outages, make sure batteries are charged for flashlights
Preventing those Pipes from Freezing
With temperatures plummeting this winter season your home or business could be at risk for freezing or bursting pipes. Pipes that are located in unheated spaces are at the highest risk, that would be spaces like the basement, attic or garage.
Luckily for you, SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/New Baltimore is always here to help. Here are some easy tips that you can use to make sure you avoid any water damage to your home or business this chilly winter.
- Keep your garage doors closed
- Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors, this allows warmer air to circulate the plumbing.
- Let the cold water drip from a faucet, running water can help prevent them from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and night.
- Leave your heat on if you plan to be away, always set no lower than 55 degrees.
If you happen to have a pipe freeze or burst SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/ New Baltimore will be there to make it "Like it never even happened."
Call us at 586-598-5050!
Beware of Carbon Monoxide
Did you know that many common household items can put you at risk of exposure to a poisonous gas called Carbon Monoxide?
These household appliances can include central heating systems, water heaters, cookers and fireplaces.
SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/New Baltimore is here to help and remind you to check your batteries on your CO2 detectors and if you don't have one make sure you get one for your home or business. Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer, there is no smell or taste to it.
Here are some of the causes of excess CO2 to look out for.
- Leaving a car in a closed garage with it's engine running
- Burning charcoal
- Blocked flues and chimneys can stop CO2 from escaping.
- Fumes from certain paint removers and cleaning fluids
SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/New Baltimore is always here to help. We want to make sure everyone stays safe these cold months. Make sure you are up to date on batteries for all of your smoke and CO2 detectors.
Planning a Fire Escape Route for your Home
SERVPRO of Mount Clemens is always Here to Help and we wanted to provide you with some helpful things to add to your home fire escape route.
It is important to have everyone in your home know the route in case of an emergency. We want to make sure everyone is able to escape as quickly and safely as possible.
- Make sure that you can find two ways out of every room. You don't want any exits blocked.
- Make sure all doors and windows are not blocked which allow for a quick escape.
- Choose an outside meeting place in front of your home. This will help emergency responders find yous quickly.
- Make sure you plan to assist anyone who may need help escaping, like the elderly, disabled or young children.
- Make sure you regularly test your smoke alarms and replace the batteries. These are essential for making sure you can spot a fire and escape quickly.
Facts about Home Fires and Smoke Alarms
SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/ New Baltimore is always here to help and we want to make sure that everyone stays educated so that way we can find ways to avoid home disasters.
Here are some recent home fire facts to keep in mind when replacing smoke detectors and keeping our homes as safe as possible.
- Having a working smoke alarm can cut the risk of home fire deaths in half.
- It's important to know the difference between hardwired and battery powered smoke detectors. Hardwired alarms operate 90% of the time and battery powered ones only work 84% of the time. Which is a pretty decent difference when it comes to a home fire.
- According to a National Fire Prevention Week survey only 1/3 of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
It is important to have a plan in motion. If you need help developing a fire escape plan SERVPRO would gladly help you along. Or you can visit www.nfpa.org for more information.
Understanding Industry Terms Pt. 3
SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/ New Baltimore is always Here to Help. We know that sometimes some of our jargon can be confusing so we usually try to break it down as easy as we can out in the field, but we know that our customers like to stay informed. Here are some common terms used in the field with their definition so you can understand better what is happening in your home or business.
Fire Damage Recovery: The process of restoring and recovering property and belongings after a fire. The objectives include minimizing existing damage, damage mitigation, structure stabilization, soot & odor removal and reconstruction.
Smoke Damage Removal: Neutralizing or removing smoke odors that linger after fires.
Smoke Particles: Smoke is composed of gases, aerosols, and airborne solids. Dry wood, natural fibers and paper all produce small non-smearing material. Plastic, foam, and rubber (polymers) produce large easily smeared residues.
Stay tuned in the following weeks for more Industry Terms.
Understanding Industry Terms Pt.1
We understand that sometimes things at your home may get hectic when dealing with any kind of home disaster. We always want to be able to help but sometimes our terms may be something that you don't understand. This article will list some regular terms that our technicians may be using out on the job site.
Anti-Microbials: A substance, mechanism, or condition that inhibits the growth or existence of an organism.
Fungi: The unicellular or multicellular eukaryotic organisms embracing a large group of microflora including molds, mildews, yeasts, mushrooms, rusts and smuts.
HVAC: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
HEPA Filter: High efficiency particulate air filter, a specialized filter capable of removing 99.7% of particles.
Masking Agents: Designed to prevent or remove heightened awareness to odors by providing a fragrance, which is stronger and more pleasant to smell while the source of the odor is being eliminated.
Stay tuned every week for more industry terms!
SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/ New Baltimore is always Here to Help.