Mold Remeidation the Right Way!
Is it okay to use bleach on mold, in place of conducting a proper mold remediation?
For one thing, IICRC Mold Remediation Guidelines according to the IICRC:
People use bleach to "kill" mold. The IICRC emphasizes that even dead mold spores (also referred to as "non-viable" spores) remain toxic and allergenic. Re-mediating them fully --by using the proper containment techniques that prevents cross-contamination to surrounding areas.
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If you suspect that you have MOLD, call the experts at SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City today @ 954-741-4321.
Common Signs of Water Damage
Water damage in a home can be a serious problem if not detected early. Unfortunately, water inside of a house can migrate anywhere it wants to and thus present a potential issue for homeowners who are unaware of its existence. Contrary to popular belief, a leaky or busted pipe is not always easy to notice, especially when water is moving slowly. The ability to recognize the most common signs of water damage is critical to identifying the problem before it becomes a costly, major headache. While water damage repair and restoration can fix almost any losses, protecting your home or business from water damage by spotting the signs early is extremely important.
Things like flood damage or a toilet overflow show water damage in a property clearly. However, some of the most damaging issues come from the seemingly undetectable leaks. The following are the most common signs of water damage:
- Moisture in carpet or other flooring
- Painted walls with raised lines or wallpaper that begins to peel
- Dark grouting around floor tiles
- Separation between trim or baseboards from the wall
- Stains on ceilings that look like rust or watermarks
- Mold spore growth on walls or ceilings
- A musty odor in particular spots in the home
- Higher water bills
- Buckling of wood floors
- Changes in the “typical” sounds of the plumbing system
From the walls to the floors, water damage usually shows itself in one way or another. Being aware of the common signs of water damage can help homeowners save money and the integrity of the home’s structure.
If you think that your home is showing some of the above signs, contact us today to learn more about our water damage repair and restoration services.
SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City's IICRC Certified Technicians can help determine if there's moisture in your home using specialty equipment. Should you find signs of water damage, call us at 954-741-4321 for an assessment.
How to Protect Your Business
Owning and operating a commercial property ca be stressful. South Florida business owners understand how quickly a commercial property can go from up and running smoothly to suffering badly from any disruption of business. As such, protecting your commercial property from water damage is essential to maintaining your business goals, keeping profits up, and making sure that your employees and customers are happy and satisfied with your business operations.
There are a million different things on your mind as a business owner and keeping up with water damage prevention may be on the bottom of your to do list. However, failing to plan can result in lost business, dissatisfied customers and work force, and a damaging reputation that may be impossible to come back from. Whether you delegate the commercial water damage planning process to someone else on your team or you take it upon yourself to get it done, thinking through a myriad of “what if” scenarios is critical to keeping your business afloat during trying times and unexpected natural disasters.
First and foremost, your business must establish emergency procedures during a storm. Who is responsible for what tasks? What if a storm is coming and the business is closed that day? Which staff members are on call for last minute preparations? Are all of your data and important documents backed up somewhere? Who has access to this information? Have you had a full inspection of the interior and exterior of your business in the event that damages are suffered? Are there any leaks or cracks in the windows, doors, or walls that need to be addressed? Is your plumbing up-to-date and effective? If these questions are overwhelming you, it’s time to create a plan before it’s too late.
Don’t panic! Efficient and effective planning now can be done with organization, dedication, and professional assistance.
The team at SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City specializes in commercial property water damage cleanup and restoration. We understand how important your business is to you and your family and our staff of highly-trained commercial restoration specialists are here to help! Call us 24/ 7 /365. @ 954-741-4321.
Tips to prevent mold in a bathroom!
Heat and moisture accumulate on a regular basis in bathrooms, providing the perfect environment for mold to grow. Not only can mold impact the appearance of your bathroom, but it can also cause damage to your walls, floors, and ceilings and become a health hazard. Prevent mold by keeping the bathroom clean, eliminating moisture accumulation, and providing ventilation.
Here are 7 easy steps to prevent mold in your bathroom.
1. Dust and clean your bathroom regularly with all-purpose cleaner.
2. Wash your shower curtains and bath rugs frequently.
3. Check for sink or toilet leaks and get them repaired.
4. Keep your shower walls as dry as possible.
5. Don’t keep bathing products in your shower or tub.
6. Provide ventilation by using your exhaust fan and opening bathroom door and windows.
7. Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air.
If you see signs of mold, call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City and our IICRC Certified Technicians are here to help!
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Tips to Prevent Mold in your Business
Why should you worry about mold in your building? According to OSHA, some mold, over time, may cause structural damage to wood along with damage to furnishings and finishes. Additionally, if left unchecked, some types of mold have strong odors and may trigger allergic reactions or irritate existing respiratory conditions in some people.
Mold can grow anywhere with enough moisture and organic material. Use the following tips to help prevent mold growth in your business.
Tip #1: Clean Out the Refrigerator
It can be difficult to keep track of shared refrigerators. Some people will always remember to clear out their leftovers, others won’t. Old food storage containers are a perfect breeding ground for mold. Over time, mold can travel to the shelving and even outside the refrigerator.
Consider instituting an office refrigerator policy. If something is left in the fridge by a certain time each week, it goes in the garbage.
Tip #2: Look for And Repair Leaks
Leaks from plumbing, windows, roofs, and more can lead to significant water damage in your business as well as an increased risk of mold growth. If you aren’t regularly inspecting your property, it’s easy for these leaks to go unchecked until they create a larger, more costly problem.
Watch for telltale signs of a leak such as lower water pressure; wet spots on the floors, ceilings, or walls; and condensation around window sills and in attic spaces.
Tip #3: Keep It Clean
It’s easy for anyone to get caught up in work and let clutter take over his or her work-space. However, clutter creates lots of hiding spots for crumbs and dust, which are both great food sources for mold. Make sure to clear the clutter and wipe down hard surfaces regularly. Make sure to promptly clean all spills as well.
Clean and sanitize break rooms and bathrooms frequently. Both rooms provide ample opportunity for mold growth. These rooms should be cleaned at least weekly depending on how regularly people use each room.
Tip #4: Turn on the AC/Dehumidifier
Leaks aren’t the only way for moisture to accumulate in your business. High humidity levels can lead to moisture and mold as well. On hot days, fans can cool you off, but they don’t do much for humidity levels. Run your AC or a dehumidifier to cut down the humidity in the building.
Tip #5: Clean out Trash Cans
While you might switch out the liners regularly, can you remember the last time you washed out the trash cans? It’s easy for bits of food and condensation to sneak beneath liners into the can, which is all mold needs to grow.
Try washing out office wastebaskets about once a month to prevent mold growth.
Tip #6: Take Care of Your HVAC System
Your HVAC system can quickly distribute mold spores throughout your building if there is a problem. Make sure your HVAC system receives regular inspections. Sometimes moisture condenses inside air ducts or leaks drip onto ducts from ceiling tiles, which can lead to mold growth inside the ducts.
Make sure to keep the HVAC drip pans clean and unobstructed. Additionally, replace your filters as needed.
Tip #7: Slope the Ground Away from the Foundation
If the ground around your building slopes toward the foundation, water can accumulate and weaken your building’s structure. Additionally, it provides an ideal environment for mold to grow. The ground should slope away from the building. You should also make sure your building follows the local building codes for drainage.
Mold is persistent. Even if you follow all the right steps it’s still possible for mold to grow and spread in your building. Fortunately, we have the right experience in mold remediation to make your place of business “Like it never even happened.”
Unfortunately, mold doesn’t stay put—it grows quickly. You’ll want to give us a call as soon as you notice it, so we can start the remediation process. Our technicians have the training, equipment, and knowledge necessary to help locate and re-mediate mold efficiently.
If you find mold in your place of business, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City at 954-741-4321 and one of our IICRC Certified Technicians will be happy to answer your questions.
Mold and your Home
When a home suffers any type of water damage, mold infestations can arise within 48-72 hours throughout the home. Removing all mold in a home is impossible as they are microscopic spores living both inside and outside.
In Florida, mold is incredibly common because it thrives on moisture and thus quickly grows into colonies where any water exposure exists. Unfortunately, mold spores produce a variety of irritants and allergens, making them potential health problems. As such, removing as much mold as possible is important for any homeowner, particularly for South Florida homeowners.
As such, being aware of the common places where mold grows is essential to reducing the mold damage and preventing future mold growth. The following are some of the most common places for home mold growth:
- Bathrooms and showers
- HVAC system drain pans
- Underneath kitchen sinks
- Areas surrounding refrigerators
- Ceiling tiles
- Surrounding air conditioning units
- Stacks of paper/newspapers/cardboard boxes/etc. that are dampened or wet
- Areas surrounding any kind of cooling or heating appliances
While the above are some of the most common locations for mold growth, it is certainly not limited to those 10 areas. Nevertheless, consistently inspecting these common regions in your home will help to ensure that moisture is not creating mold growth.
If you suspect your home has mold, contact SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City at 954-741-4321.
Before the Storm
SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City wants our community to be prepared before a storm hits. Here are a few simple tips to follow:
Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
- Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”
- Cooper City has this one...Code Red Emergency Notification System
- Davie has this one....Notify Me
Be prepared before a Hurricane Strikes
Here area a few tips from SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City to prepare your home before a storm:
Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet
- Consider building a FEMA Safe Room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels.
- Add SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City to your cell phone @ 954-741-4321.
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Tips for staying safe after a Flood
Floods are one of the most common natural disasters in North America, but not all floods are alike. Some develop gradually after days of slow, steady rain while others are flash floods resulting from a deluge of rain or dam failure. Homes in South Palm Beach and the surrounding areas are near sea level, making flooding more likely than in other areas.
Storms can cause severe damage to your home—potentially even making them unsafe! SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week you can call us at (954) 741-4321 to get immediate help.
What You Should Do After a Flood
Even if you were properly prepared for the flood and weathered the storm until it passed, your home could still have sustained heavy damage. Now that the sky is blue once more, how do you proceed? Here’s a look at what to do after a flood:
Just because the sun is shining and the flood waters have receded, that doesn’t mean all danger has passed. Exercise caution by doing the following:
- Tune into local alerts and warning systems to stay up-to-date with current information and receive expert, informed advice about the flood. After all, additional flooding could still occur.
- Stay away from rushing water. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet.
- Avoid walking through large areas of standing water, which may be electrically charged by downed power lines. The water could also be hiding broken glass or dangerous animals.
- Unless you are specifically asked for help by the police, fire department, or relief workers, keep out of damaged areas.
- Help emergency workers by staying off the roads in and out of the damaged neighborhood or region.
- If you’re caught in a stalled car during a flash flood, abandon the car and get to higher ground immediately.
- Heed barricades and find an alternate route if you encounter one blocking your way. Crossing bridges even after the water has receded could be dangerous if the structural integrity has been jeopardized.
- Return home only when the authorities permit it. Even then, stay out of the building if it’s surrounded by flood waters and exercise extreme caution when you do enter.
Stay Safe and Healthy
Take care of you and your family as cleanup efforts begin. To stay safe and healthy, remember the following:
- Turn off the home’s electricity at the main breaker box, even if the power is out. Only turn the power on when your home is dry.
- Avoid floodwater, which may be contaminated with sewage, gasoline, or oil.
- Fix damaged sewer systems as soon as possible.
- Don’t drink water from the tap. Listen to news reports to learn when the community’s water is safe to drink again.
Clean and Repair Your Home
- Use the information in the Repairing Your Flooded Home PDF from the Red Cross to learn how to enter your home safely, protect your belongings from future damage, record damage for insurance claims, check for gas leaks, and begin the cleanup process.
- Contact your insurance agent to discuss your claim.
- Hire a professional water damage mitigation company as soon as possible. It’s important that the company is qualified for the services you need.
- SERPVRO of East Davie/Cooper City is available 24/7/365 to help when you need it most. Not only are we a local command center, but we also have the resources of 1,600 franchises nationwide—meaning no disaster is too big.
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Protecting your Business from A/C leaks
When you are running a business, proper maintenance of your HVAC system is important to keep your business running smoothly. Leaks in your air conditioning system can be frustrating. They are not only messy but can cause significant damage to your business and your inventory. SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City can help if you have such a disaster, and we work fast to help prevent more damage.
There are different issues which can cause your central AC system to leak and the need for water removal to your business . A clogged condensate drain pipe causes the drain pan to overflow. Water leakage from an HVAC system can cause drain lines to be clogged with rust, algae, dirt, and other debris.
Drain pipe fittings could be insecure if your AC system was not installed properly. They can loosen over time, causing the drain pipe to disconnect and let the condensate drain onto the floor or through the ceiling.
Another problem is a dirty or malfunctioning condensation pump. Leakage from your system can flood your business, and with the continual presence of water, mildew and mold can grow inside the AC unit, causing it clog.
Our SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City's technicians can help you remove the standing water in a case like this, dry the affected area out thoroughly with the use of commercial dehumidifiers and fans, and check for any hidden mold damage. We ensure the area is dry and clean again before we are finished.
Other potential causes for water leakage from your AC unit include low refrigerant, a clogged air filter, no p-trap and air vent in the drain like to stop a water backup, a condensate drain pan which is cracked, and condensate buildup in duct work, which is not insulated. Regular maintenance can help prevent these problems.
Call SERVPRO of East Davie/Cooper City for a free duct cleaning estimate at 954-741-4321.