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Mold and Lake Homes

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold and Lake Homes Mold found in closet of home

Mold and Lake Homes

When a building, such as a lake house, is closed up and has little to no ventilation, mold has the opportunity to grow and contaminate the structure.  Mold is quick growing and can take hold in 47 hours.  To prevent this mold growth, make sure that moisture and humidity is reduced as much as possible.  In order for the mold to grow it takes a damp environment, so taking measures to control the humidity will control the growth.  Consider taking the steps below to control mold issues and keep your homes environment from inviting mold to grow.

  • Increase the ventilation in your home. Air movement reduces mold growth.
  • Try running a fan or air conditioner when you are away.
  • Leave interior doors open
  • Have a dehumidifier in your home
  • Remove all wet towels and wet clothing from home and dry outside
  • Remove water from the toilet and bottom of dishwasher when leaving the home for an extended amount of time
  • Make sure your gutters have been cleaned of debris
  • Removing and cutting back on tree branches can allow the sun in
  • It is also a good idea to make sure someone periodically checks on your Property so any issues can be addressed early on          

Mold is a living organism that naturally exists in the outdoor environment. Mold ejects spores into the air. These spores are similar to plant seeds and will grow additional mold when and if these spores land upon an area which provides moisture and a suitable food source.  While Mold can be a cause for concern, following the preventative measures listed above can ensure your property is suitable for occupancy.

 Non-porous items like metal, concrete, countertops, appliances, and decking can be cleaned with an eco-friendly product.  When items such as carpets, upholstery, ceiling tiles, mattresses and dry wall become invaded with mold they will need to be discarded of.

If you return to your lake home and find yourself with a mold issue call SERVPRO of the Quad Cities for an inspection and moisture check.  Our technicians are highly trained in Mold Remediation. 

Keep your business safe by being prepared with an ERP.

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Keep your business safe by being prepared with an ERP. Steps to take to keep your Business from Flooding

Taking the right steps can help flood proof your Commercial Business

Flooding is one of the biggest concerns and can cause the most damage to your Commercial building, but when you are properly prepared and take the right measures you can help flood proof your business.  The more prepared you are and having a risk assessment can protect and keep the doors of your business open. 

What can you do to Keep your Business from Flooding?

Business Continuity Plan

     An effective business continuity plan builds upon four key steps, such as

     identifying flood risks, assessing critical business components and the  

     resources to support them, and where to house back-up and maintain critical  

     equipment at another location or safe space.

Flood Insurance

Usually, basic commercial property insurance does not cover floods, so make sure to get flood coverage through the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program.

Design and Construction

Take precautionary measures with the design and construction of your building, especially if you are located along the coastline or in a high-risk flood zone.  Consider elevating your building if it is waterfront or in a flood prone area

Clean Up

Prevent water from backing up into your building by cleaning out gutters, downspouts, and roof drains before a storm.

Flood Barriers

     Metal Flood Barriers can be a great way to help shield your business from   

     high-velocity water loads. These highly resistant metal flooding protection

     systems have a long and effective flood barrier in flood-prone areas all over

     the world.

     Aqua Barrier inflated water dams are the ultimate flood barrier for commercial

     areas. The barrier guards your business by placing it around the premises

     preventing invasive water from damaging your property.

Keep your business safe by being prepared with an ERP.

SERVPRO of the Quad Cites can schedule your Commercial Emergency Ready Profile.   The Profile is designed to help business owners save time and money.  Before an emergency strikes your business your SERVPRO Marketing Representative will know your specific emergency contacts, business needs and circumstances allowing a quicker response time.  For more information on the SERVPRO ERP System call us at 256-383-4470.

Routine Maintenance to avoid an ac leak in attic

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Routine Maintenance to avoid an ac leak in attic Water damage to ceiling from ac drip pan that is overflowing.

What’s the best way to avoid an air conditioner leak? Routine Maintenance.

When the air conditioning system runs, it not only cools the temperature of the air in your home, but it also removes humidity out of the air within your home and collects this moisture in a large drain pan inside your AC system below the system's evaporator coil.  In a very humid climate, air conditioning systems remove 20-30 gallons of water a day from the air within your home and all this water has to drain somewhere.

Unfortunately, sometimes condensate drain pans and lines can get damaged or clogged. Overflowing drip pans are a serious hazard that homeowners need to be aware of. The excess water can saturate your home’s ceiling, causing mildew, mold and eventually rot.  In fact most homeowners fail to realize there is a problem with their ac unit until the attic is saturated with water

Regular maintenance for your HVAC unit will keep your condensate line from clogging in the first place. Getting into the habit of inspecting your attic on a regular basis for signs of moisture and the ac drip pan can reduce the chances of a major catastrophe and damage to your home.

The following tips can be used for reducing the chances of water damages:

  • Ensure that the central AC system is installed using a secondary drain line, more so if the unit is in the attic.
  • Have drain pan shutoff switch installed, and equip it with a float.
  • Ensure AC unit is installed with a safety pan to catch overflow.
  • Regularly clean HVAC filter or change it out.
  • Ensure correctly insulated duct work.
  • Regularly check on AC refrigerant levels.
  • Use a 50/50 solution of water and bleach to prevent mold or mildew build up in condensate pump.
  • Ensure drain lines include an air vent and p-trap.
  • Have a yearly HVAC maintenance schedule to ensure best performance while minimizing AC and furnace repairs.

Introducing the float switch

A float switch is an electronic water sensor for your HVAC system. It gives your AC system the ability to detect if it has a clogged drain, and if the switch detects a clogged drain , it immediately shuts the system off.  Float switches are great, and can save an expense of coming home to a collapsed ceiling or water damage to your home and furnishings.   Remember when moving into a new home check to see if the previous owner had one installed on the HVAC unit for safety measures.

In the event of a  water damage SERVPRO is always here. At SERVPRO of the Quad Cities, we know how important it is to get your home back in order as quickly as possible. We'll help you mitigate the costs of any water emergency by restoring your possessions and preventing future damage to your home. For more information about our water removal services or to receive a quote, call us 24/7 at (256)-383-4470

Be READY for Severe Weather

6/2/2019 (Permalink)

Are you ready for Severe Weather?

Severe weather in North Alabama is unpredictable and SERVPRO® of The Quad Cities wants you to be safe no matter the season! Below are some severe weather readiness tips to help guide you, no matter what type of disaster you may encounter.

Weather Radios: Weather radios are the most reliable way to receive notifications of severe weather in your area. Although cellular phones, weather apps, social media as well as wireless emergency alerts (WEA’s) are what the majority of us depend on to keep informed, the truth is those devices can have their limitations during severe weather and can be interrupted. Mobile devices rely on towers and those towers can be damaged and cease to function during severe weather. A weather radio, WITH CHARGED BATTERIES, is the most reliable way to be informed of severe weather. Be sure to properly program your weather radio so you only receive the alerts you want for the counties you want.

Emergency Supply Kit: Having an emergency kit can be a life saver. Most emergency management agencies recommend supplies for up to three days. The following is a list you can use as a guideline:

  • Water – 1 gallon per person per day
  • Food – non-perishable
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a weather radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
  • Frist Aid kit
  • Whistle to signal help
  • Clothing, blankets
  • Dust mask or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
  • Wrench or other tools to shit off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents. (Copy of insurance policy, bank account info, identification, etc.)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in waterproof case
  • Cash

Make family plan: Make sure all members in the household are aware where they are to go in the event of severe weather. If for some reason the family is separated in the event of a severe storm, have a meeting place established as to aid in finding each other amidst devastation.

Call SERVPRO® of The Quad Cities at 256-383-4470. We are here to help!

Treat Mold with Caution

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

In Florence, mold damage is a common problem. It affects all kinds of homes and businesses. It is not something to be scared of; it happens to almost everybody, at some time in their lives. However, it does need to be treated with caution. Mold damage, though common, can be both expensive and can cause health effects. 

This is why the only effective solution for dealing with chronic mold damage in Florence is to call in the experts. Qualified mold damage restoration teams have the necessary skills and expertise to make sure that all of the damaged areas of a property are safely removed. If you do not seek professional advice, you risk the problem becoming a recurring one. 

This guide to the importance of professional mold damage restoration will help you get to grips with the best possible solution. 

Fix the Source of the Issue 

While homeowners can go some way to removing the superficial signs of mold damage (visible marks and blemishes), it is much more difficult to pinpoint the cause. And this is vital if the problem is to be eradicated for good. Mold damage restoration experts are trained to look for patterns and uncover the source of the destruction. More often than not, the mold is being caused by an unidentified leak within the building or humidity issues.  

Recognize the Type of Mold 

It is a common misunderstanding to assume that all mold is the same. In fact, there are more than 10,000 different varieties. As they all require a slightly different approach, identification is key to tackling mold damage. Nobody expects you to be able to distinguish between the characteristics of a thousand mold samples, so take the job to somebody who is specially trained for it. 

Use the Right Equipment 

Another important benefit of using a professional mold damage restoration service is access to specialized equipment. You might have a basic dehumidifier in your home or workplace, but this won’t be strong enough to tackle a serious problem. If there is evidence of high level mold in the building – which causes negative health effects – protective clothing is needed to ensure safety. 

Prepare for Disaster with our Emergency READY Profile

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Your business is thriving. On any given day, your sales team is firing on all cylinders, your office is bustling with activity and your operations team is running circles around itself trying to keep up.

You know one the biggest threat to your organization is operational downtime.

That's where we can help.

SERVPRO of The Quad Cities is a full service commercial restoration firm. Our training and experience allows us to handle any emergency at your business in a professional way to reduce operational risks, minimize downtime and save you money.

Consider this: 50% of businesses that suffer a major disaster will never reopen. And of those that reopened, most of them had a plan.

Do your employees know your chain-of-command?

Do your night teams know where your water shut-offs are?

Would your employees be able to direct first responders in the event of a fire?

Put simply: Is your team prepared to deal with situations like fire, water & mold damage? 

Thankfully, SERVPRO of The Quad Cites can help you prepare for disaster with our Emergency READY Profile.

With the Emergency READY Profile, SERVPRO will help you create a functional profile that can be used for things like staff emergency manuals, emergency contact information and building emergency critical information. Because disasters often happen when you are away, your team will have all of this data at their fingertips, whenever it's needed.

Give us a call today. The consultation and Emergency READY Profile is offered at no cost to your facility. 256-383-4470

Professional Water Restoration Is A Smart Move

3/23/2019 (Permalink)

After a water emergency that floods a home or business, the last thing that most people want to deal with is a bill for cleaning up the damage. This is what leads many homeowners to attempt water damage cleanup on their own instead of calling a professional. 
 
If you're in need of water removal in Florence, you may be tempted to save money by trying to get rid of the excess water on your own. However, going this route typically has more consequences than benefits and will result in greater losses of time, money, and your possessions in the long run. Here's why calling SERVPRO for professional water removal is a smart move. 
 
More thorough water removal
While some homeowners resort to opening windows and doors, turning on ceiling fans, and blotting towels around the house, SERVPRO has powerful equipment that ensures efficient and thorough water removal. We're also often able to restore documents, books, furnishings, and electronic devices affected by water damage.  We will also get your home's humidity back to an appropriate level. 
 
Many water emergencies are hazardous 
If your house has been flooded with gray or black water, such as that from a natural disaster, backed up sewer line, or a leaky toilet, expert attention to the problem is best. These types of water are risky for untrained persons to handle because it involves disease causing waste and debris. This is the type of material that can't simply be put out with the week's garbage and needs proper and safe disposal.  We're knowledgeable about how to get rid of contaminated waste during water extraction, so there are no lingering health risks to your family or pets. 
 
Mold and mildew risks 
One reason that so many homeowners who attempt DIY water removal eventually end up calling a pro is unseen damage caused by mold and mildew. Your flooring and possessions may look and feel dry.  But without proper water extraction and controlling humidity, mold and mildew will thrive and damage your home's structure along with your possessions and furniture. SERVPRO technicians are skilled at protecting against the growth of mold and mildew and have effective strategies to combat it. 
 
At SERVPRO of the Quad Cities, we know how important it is to get your home back in order as quickly as possible. We'll help you mitigate the costs of any water emergency by restoring your possessions and preventing future damage to your home. For more information about our water removal services or to receive a quote, call us 24/7 at (256)-383-4470

Reconstruction Needs After a Fire or Water Damage

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Often when our homes face a fire or water damage we are left with an abundance of issues that need to be faced. SERVPRO of the Quad Cities has helped many in our community face all these problems in a "one stop shop". Below is the process typically followed for our customers who have construction needs after a fire or water damage.

1. Contact insurance agent or SERVPRO directly when the problem arises. 

2. SERVPRO of the Quad Cities responds quickly and starts mitigation to prevent further damage. 

3. Construction is needed once mitigation is complete. Instead of calling around for contractors to do each project, SERVPRO will handle the headache and work with your insurance company to provide the construction needs to your home or business. 

We are looking to help our customers feel at ease through the stressful times of disaster taking care of all their needs in one place. 

Choose an IICRC Certified Firm

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of The Quad Cities is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of The Quad Cities

SERVPRO of The Quad Cities specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Flood Safety Tips for First Responders

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Flood Safety Tips for First Responders Our owner wades through floodwaters in a neighborhood in Muscle Shoals which was heavily impacted by recent flooding.

Know The Procedures You Should Take To Keep Yourself Safe

If you are a first responder in Muscle Shoals and your area has been damaged by floodwater, you are likely eager to start helping others. However, it’s important to know how to protect yourself as you help with the flood response in your area.

1. Wear the Appropriate Clothing

When you enter a home that has sustained damage from floodwater, it’s essential to protect yourself by wearing the appropriate clothing. Since floodwaters can contain mold and other hazardous materials or waste, it might be necessary to wear a mask. Protective clothing, such as gloves, boots and other items can often prevent you from becoming sick or injured as a result of working in a flooded location.

2. Get Vaccinated

As you help with the flood response in your location, you may be exposed to a variety of biohazards. When taking care of a patient or helping someone out of a flooded home, you might be exposed to potentially dangerous elements. The CDC requires responders to receive tetanus and Hepatitis B vaccines, though you can speak to your physician and ask if there are other vaccinations that could benefit you as a first responder. By being vaccinated, you’ll be equipped to handle a variety of situations without risking illness.

3. Be Aware of Hazards

Even with the right clothing and immunizations, it’s important to know that floodwater can contain, or can cause, various hazards. If floodwater is quick-moving, know the procedures you should take to keep yourself safe. Regardless of the situation, take the time to think about your safety.

Knowing how to keep yourself safe as a first responder can in turn help you protect others. As you work to help others, know that it can be useful to work with experts in flood damage restoration in order to fully restore homes.