How to Donate & Volunteer to Help Hurricane Florence Victims
When disaster strikes, people come together to help. To make the most of your contributions, consider these tips from FEMA for donating and volunteering responsibly:
How to Donate Successfully:
1. Provide a financial contribution to a voluntary organization involved in disaster activities.
2. Find out what services state government is providing via Website or state donations hotline.
3. Do not begin collecting, packing or shipping until or unless you have a known recipient to accept it.
How to Volunteer Successfully:
1. Get training before the next disaster.
2. Connect and affiliate with a voluntary organization.
3. Consider volunteering for the long-term community recovery.
4. Check with your local Volunteer Center for volunteer opportunities in your own community ( 1-800-Volunteer).
5. Plan to be as self-sufficient as possible (go to www.ready.gov for assistance in developing your plan).
For more information, click here.
Lunch & Learn With SERVPRO!
Do you work for a real estate office or insurance agency? Are you part of a company that could benefit from having a quick knowledge of restoration and commercial cleaning options for your clients?
We can offer you and your coworkers a great opportunity for to learn all of SERVPRO's services that are relevant to you and your industry.
But wait...why not do it over coffee and donuts? Or maybe lunch? Or fresh, homemade cookies?
Are we getting your attention yet?
Our SERVPRO marketing representatives would love to chat with you and your coworkers and let you know about all that SERVPRO of the Quad Cites has to offer you. Whether you find yourself dealing with a disaster situation or you just need to have some general cleaning or mold testing done, we want you to know that SERVPRO is here to help.
There is no cost for a Lunch & Learn, just give us a call and make an appointment and our marketing representatives will come to you! It is only approximately 15-30 minutes in duration, and participants are free to ask questions and chat as long as is needed.
If you are interested in setting up a SERVPRO Lunch & Learn for you and your coworkers, call us and we will schedule a date and time that works best for you! All you'll have to do is be present and hungry to eat good food and learn a little more about how SERVPRO of the Quad Cities can help with your cleaning and restoration needs.
Water Leaks Can Cause Mold
Mold grows on basement wall of a home in Muscle Shoals.
Water Leaks Can Cause Mold
A leaky faucet in your home can be very annoying, but it has the potential to be much more than an annoyance. The moisture caused by leaks can make your home into the perfect environment for mold growth. Mold spores may cause adverse health effects and can grow rapidly if you fail to notice a leak shortly after it starts, especially in humid climates like we have here in Florence. Knowing the risks that mold presents and quickly fixing your water leaks can help to protect your home from mold growth.
About Mold Growth
Mold growth will begin in areas of your home that are wet. The mold spores will land on moist surfaces and then start to germinate. The materials on which mold can grow include:
• Painted surfaces
Indications of Mold Growth Due to Water Leaks
If you see black and white spots in the area of the leak, this is a sign that you have mold. Kitchens and basements are some of the areas in your home where there is a high risk of mold growth as these areas are prone to leaks. It is therefore important that you properly maintain your plumbing fixtures.
Get Professional Assistance
If there is a part of your home that is prone to water leaks, contact a plumber. If there are hidden problems that are causing leaks to recur, you may not be able to find them yourself. A licensed plumber who is experienced at finding and fixing leaks will be better able to find and fix the issues. Your plumber will also be able to advise you on how to maintain your plumbing to prevent water leaks and mold growth in the future.
Inspecting a Commercial Building for Mold
No commercial building in Florence is completely immune from developing a mold problem. Mold can occur any time there is excess dampness or condensation inside a facility. If you’re unsure whether there is mold at your commercial property, an indoor environmental specialist can perform a mold test so you can try to catch it early.
First, here are a few questions to consider:
1. Has there been any recent water damage? Moisture is the primary source of mold, so whether it’s a leaky roof or the effects of flooding, any kind of water inside your commercial facility can lead to mold growth.
2. Are the air ducts cleaned regularly? HVAC and other ventilation systems are commonly known to carry mold, so it’s important to find out when they were last cleaned.
3. Is there a strong odor in the building? Sometimes a musty smell means there is mold present. If your employees report an unpleasant odor, it could be the presence of black mold, which is often smelled before it is seen.
Mold can hide in many places indoors, such as under carpet, inside walls and paneling, and in piping and insulation. It has also been found behind wallpaper, but it’s important to be cautious about investigating it without an indoor environmental specialist present; once exposed, mold spores can spread easily. It only takes two to three days for mold to grow indoors. If you do suspect a mold outbreak at your commercial facility, stay away from suspected areas until experts can come and perform the necessary tests.
If mold breaks out, but goes undetected for a long time, it can cause more damage. That could disrupt your operations and impact you financially. If your building has suffered any water damage, watch for mold signs. The sooner it’s discovered, the sooner an indoor environmental specialist can come in to clean it up.
Hurricane Florence Stats & How You Can Help
Our Key Accounts Manager, Bubba Roby, spoke with WAFF 48 News about storm cleanup for Hurricane Florence.
Hurricane Florence is likely to cause significant flooding and wind destruction in the Carolinas and Virginia. There is also high risk of inland flooding in NC, SC and VA due to Hurricane Florence slowly moving through the weekend. Over 3 feet of rain is possible in some locations.
In addition to the 90 local Franchises in the Hurricane Florence affected areas, SERVPRO also has a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country. Franchises like ours are preparing to send crews to help with cleanup efforts. Our sister franchises in Huntsville, SERVPRO of South Madison County and SERVPRO of North Madison County, are also sending crews. Here are some facts that show the power of this monster of a hurricane:
- The tropical storm-force winds stretch more than 335 miles, which is far enough to reach from New York to nearly Toronto.
- The hurricane-force winds extend 80 miles from the center of the storm and cover more than 15,000 square miles, an area larger than Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.
- The size of the hurricane-force winds has doubled over the past 48 hours despite the top wind speed weakening from 130 mph to 105 mph.
- Rainfall could reach 40 inches in isolated locations of coastal North Carolina. For comparison, Washington, D.C., averages 40 inches of rain in an entire year.
- Wilmington, North Carolina, has already had its rainiest year to date and could get eight months' worth of rain in the next three days. The rainfall would shatter all-time records for the region.
As the rest of the country watches the East Coast prep for Hurricane Florence, you may be wondering if there's anything you can do to help. Volunteer fire departments in the Shoals are collecting donations for hurricane victims. Donations can be dropped off at the Lexington VFD or the Nitrate City VFD. You can also make a donation.
You Can Help By Making a Donation Today!
The American Red Cross is working around the clock along the East Coast to help the thousands of people whose lives have been affected by Hurricane Florence.
Click HERE to make a donation.
Is Your Business Disaster Ready?
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
Potential Fire Hazards in Your Home
A fire can cause devastating damage your home. It’s important to take extra precautions to avoid fire hazards before they cause damage. Often, fires are caused by something that we’ve completely overlooked. Here are a few fire hazards you should look for in your home.
Over 80% of residential electrical fires are a result of faulty wiring behind your walls. Winter months are the most dangerous due to increased usage of lighting and heating appliances. Replace frayed wires and have flickering or hot light switches inspected by an electrician. New infrared technology is available that can determine if there are potential wiring hazards behind your walls.
Cluttered Heating and Storage Areas
Storing too many things in your utility room and around your heating system, boiler, or hot water heater is not a great idea. Investing in exterior storage could prevent a fire in your home.
Overloaded Extension Cords
Extension cords are not permanent outlets. Overloading an extension cord can cause overheating and put your entire home at risk of a fire. Regularly check your extension cords to make sure they are not damaged or broken. Stop using an extension cord immediately if it feels unusually hot.
If you notice that your clothes are taking longer than usual to dry it could be a sign that your dryer vent and pipe need servicing. A blocked dryer vent can cause a fire as the hot air attempts to escape. Clean your dryer vents annually and replace the dryer hose.
An electric blanket can be cozy in the wintertime, but they are also a fire hazard if left unattended for too long. Make sure your electric blankets are turned off when not in use and do not leave them around pets.
Is Mold Hiding In Your Home?
We understand mold and mold growth and have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.
Mold spores are constantly floating through the air. Once they land, growth can get out of control. Unfortunately, many strains in Florence, AL become problematic once colonies are established. It doesn’t always present itself in plain view. These are three common places mold growth can occur out of sight in your home.
Mold can be sneaky when it comes to walls. It often lurks behind them where it grows undisturbed outside of view. A musty smell is usually the only clue. Wallpaper can provide refuge for it as well, hiding moldy drywall beneath it. If wallpaper is wet and peeling, there is a chance of hidden fungus beneath. Attempts at self-removal could release more spores into the air and worsen the infestation.
Another place mold lurks is under flooring. Carpets are porous, and mold loves to hide underneath them. After a leak or large spill, mold can establish itself in the carpet pads. Mold on wood floors underneath carpets is common. It can also hide beneath linoleum. Sometimes the linoleum is curled, or there is fungus on the baseboards that gives a clue to mold growth underneath.
Anywhere there is water, there may be mold. A common place to find water is in sinks, but the sink itself is not the only place mold resides. Homeowners need to look beneath sinks as well. The pipes underneath sinks can leak and cause a big mold problem in the surrounding cabinets. If not checked regularly, growth can go undetected and get out of control quickly.
Mold growth can be found in all sorts of hidden places from the walls to the floor. It is best to call a remediation professional in these tricky situations. With the help of a specialist, even hidden growth can be found and banished to make for a healthier home.
Visit http://www.SERVPROthequadcities.com for more information on mold.
Safe Alternatives for Candles
Keep candles at least a foot away from anything that can burn
Candles are a common but dangerous household item. According to Alder Home Security, candles are the fourth leading cause of house fires. The National Fire Protection Association reported that there is a report of a candle fire 24 times per day, with about one-third of them beginning in bedrooms. And, around the December holidays, be especially aware if a candle is lit - fires caused by candles spike during the winter season. To safely scent your home in Florence, AL check out the following three candle alternatives.
1. Flameless Candles
Battery-operated flameless candles are a great option for areas of your home that are often vacant, such as hallways, guest rooms and bathrooms. They are often made with scented wax to smell like an authentic candle and flicker as if they were lit with a real flame. Leaving candles unattended or forgetting to blow them out are two of the reasons for 85 percent of fires, according to the National Candle Association, and flame-free candles can be a preventative measure.
If you’re looking for an option that looks different than a traditional candle, picking up a flameless luminary is a way to go. It’s made up of a decorated shade, and some brands allow you to choose between different scents. As an added bonus, some types shut off after four hours so you don’t have to remember to turn them off.
3. Candle Warmers
For those who enjoy the look and smell of an authentic candle, candle warmers make great lit candle alternatives. The lamp heats the wax from the candle by warming the top to release its scent. The lamps come in multiple designs and can hold most 22-ounce candles. You may be able to purchase scented candles with or without a wick, or you can heat your own.
Candle alternatives are excellent additions to homes to prevent candle-related fires. These options can still provide the look, smell and cozy atmospheres in your home that traditional candles provide – without the risk.
When Fire Damage to Your Home Needs Reconstruction
SERVPRO responded to this emergency fire and handled the demolition, mitigation, and construction needs for this customer from start to finish!
Our SERVPRO Team Works Hard to Make the Fire Damage Cleanup Process as Easy as Possible for You and Your Family!
There is no easy way to contend with a fire to your Florence home. For many people who have experienced this disaster, the effect on the structure of your home can be overwhelming to see. When it comes to restoring the damages to your home and to reconstruct the weakened portions of your residence following the fire, professional restoration services are more than just highly recommended.
Your Florence home might show its fire damage in several different ways, but the most pressing of any of these issues are the ones that threaten the structural integrity of your home. These issues must be resolved before any of the other problems from the fire, as these make your home unsafe to live in. Fortunately, our SERVPRO technicians get trained in all aspects of fire restoration for houses, including preparation techniques for reconstruction.
The entire process begins with a thorough inspection completed by our experienced SERVPRO professionals. This inspection determines the farthest reaches of the damage from the fire, our approach to restoring the damage from the fire that trouble you and your family, and lastly to assess what areas of your home must get reconstructed or rebuilt to have the structural integrity it once had.
While no one wants to hear that parts of their home must get rebuilt to be safe to live in, our technicians work to make this process as fast and simple as possible for you. Our team utilizes our training in controlled demolition to remove the highly damaged portions of your home and ready these areas for new materials.
It is never an easy thing to deal with the effects of a fire, especially when reconstruction is a requirement, but SERVPRO of the Quad Cities can make this process as easy as it can be. We can restore all of the damage to your home and recontruct the areas with the worst damage. Our emergency response team is available anytime you need us by calling (256) 383-4470.
Click here for information on the Florence Fire Department.