Water Damage Can Lead to Mold
As we have seen recently, thunderstorm season is upon us. With those storms comes increased possibility for drain backups in your home. Water damage in your home can unfortunately lead to mold growth.
Mildew and mold will develop within 24-48 hours of water exposure if your home has sustained any type of water damage due to:
- Sewage backup from flooding in the area
- Overflows from showers, sinks, or bathtubs
- Elevated levels of humidity
- Plumbing and/or roof leaks
Worse still, that mold will continue to grow until the source of the water in the area has been stopped and repaired, and the existing mold is dealt with properly and effectively. While there are thousands of types of mold that exist, some are known for being allergens, and some serious health problems can be caused by a few molds that produce harmful toxins. All molds however, are capable of affecting your health in certain conditions and higher concentrations.
Even lesser amounts of exposure for certain people, especially infants, children, immune-compromised patients, pregnant women, those with preexisting respiratory conditions, and the elderly can produce adverse health effects. Typical symptoms from mold exposure include:
- Respiratory problems
- Sinus congestion or cough
- Eye irritation
- Skin irritation
- Nervous system such as headaches
- Aches and pains
Preventing or eliminating all mold and mold spores is unavoidable indoors, but there are several ways in which you can help to control mold growth, such as:
- Stop the Water – have leaks and water intrusions repaired
- Keep it Clean – clean fabrics regularly and store in dry spaces; have air ducts cleaned
- Keep it Dry – reduce air moisture with dehumidifiers, fans, air conditioners, but DO NOT use fans if mold already exists; try to keep indoor humidity below 40%
- Disinfect – be sure to check moisture or mold prone spaces in the house like bathrooms, laundry areas, mechanical rooms for moldy odors, and use a commercial disinfectant
Most importantly, call in the experts to help! Water damage can lead to problems that can be easily missed or shrugged off as not that big of a deal. It is important to have the space affected thoroughly assessed for signs of mold growth immediately, so there are not future health concerns that could have been prevented.
SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike is here to help with all of your water damage questions. Call today! 216-464-4498
Big or Small, SERVPRO of South Euclid Handles it All
What do you do if you have a large commercial water loss? How can anyone possibly clean up all that water? SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike has the equipment and the expertise to get the job done right!
No Job Is Too Large
Our SERVPRO team can get on the scene with a trailer mounted dehumidifier, called a desiccant, in tow. It is fully equipped with a generator, so it can perform dehumidification even at sites where power is not available.
Pictured is a recent commercial water loss job for which we brought in the desiccant trailer. When the owners were surprised to walk in one day and find water had been flowing through their building for days due to a failed hot water tank, they knew to call in the experts. Even though it was cold outside and there was no heat on in the building, we were able to get the job done with the trailer desiccant that provides its own power and dehumidifies even when heat is not present. The owners and property managers were thrilled with how quickly and effectively our team extracted the water and dried the nearly 100,000 square feet of mixed commercial, industrial, and office space that had been affected by all the water.
When our SERVPRO disaster team arrives on the scene at a small residential job or a large commercial job, they know how to handle it with expertise no matter the size or scope of the situation.
We take pride in providing our employees with the best tools, equipment, and vehicles to effectively and efficiently get the problem solved with minimal stress and impact on our customers. We know it is never anticipated when a water emergency occurs, but when you call in our SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike, you can count on us to get things clean and dry even when it seems impossible!
If your business suffers a major loss, call SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498!
How Are Refrigerated Items Affected by Power Outages?
Warmer weather is finally here in northeastern Ohio!
Spring & summer thunderstorms approaching. We thought you should know what to do with refrigerated items should there be a power outage. Here are some tips compliments from American Red Cross on Food Safety:
1.) Call electric company, advise and inquire about how long the outage may last
2.) Keep fridge and freezer doors closed as much as possible
3.) Food that is over 40°F for longer than 2 hours should be disposed of as well as food that is discolored or has an odor
4.) Eat perishable foods first: fridge first, then freezer
5.) Have a cooler and ice prepared if the outrage may be more than 24 hours; keep it in cool place covered in a blanket or towel
SERVPRO and The American Red Cross are close affiliates as both companies enjoy helping those in need during a time of loss. We are proud to have such a great business relationship!
Call your local SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike team at 216-464-4498 for help with any type of disaster.
Tips To Quickly Remove Pet Stains From Carpet
Even the best trained pets can still have accidents!
When you think of SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike, you probably know that we are experts when it comes to fire and water damage. But did you know that we can also help with less catastrophic messes, like the kinds your pet leaves behind?
That’s right, we can help with carpet cleaning and deodorization. We’re experts at odor removal and have been trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors that come from inside and outside your home.
Maybe you have a pet odor cleaning job that doesn’t rise to the level of needing professional help, though. SERVPRO team of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike has you covered in that case, too. Here are a couple of easy, inexpensive solutions to pet stains and odors that only require a few products you probably already have in your home.
For urine stains that are still wet, blot the excess dampness with paper towels – the sooner after the mess is made, the better. Once you’ve absorbed as much excess as you can, mix a solution of 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups warm water and 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Use a spray bottle to spray directly onto the stain. Let it sit for five or ten minutes and then use more paper towels to dry.
You can use the baking soda and vinegar method with heavier or older stains, too. Instead of lightly spraying, you’ll first want to pour just enough vinegar to soak the stain directly onto the carpet, followed by a small amount of baking soda. Make sure you apply vinegar first, then baking soda. Cover the area with a bowl (to prevent your pet from walking in it or ingesting it – otherwise you could have an even bigger mess), and let it sit and dry completely for a day. Uncover, sweep, then vacuum, and your pet’s bad stain should just be a bad memory. See the link below for more information and a how-to video.
For cleaning and deodorization jobs that will take more than vinegar and baking soda, call SERVPRO team of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike to learn how we can help fix all of your pet odor problems. 216-464-4498
Make Sure Your Home is Storm Ready
We need to be ready for springtime storms in the area. We watch the news, but harsh weather is still unpredictable, so we need to take steps to keep our homes safe from storm damage.
It’s a great idea to conduct an inspection of your home and grounds before inclement weather hits. A leaky roof or windows can cause major problems during heavy rainfall and intense winds. Do all your exterior doors and windows fit correctly? When is the last time you took a good look at your roof?
Loose shutters and unstable large trees and bushes can present a real problem in high winds. It’s best to trim back trees and bushes with large, heavy branches that are not in good condition so that windows and vehicles are not in danger of storm damage in windy conditions.
Many homes in older cities have drainage ditches or creeks on the property. Take time to inspect these areas and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from a heavy rain. A clogged drainage ditch or creek bed can cause a lot of damage by flooding your property during, or even after, a storm. Do you know what to do in the event of a flood? Read more at the link below for flood information and safety tips:
In the event of a storm, do you have a system in place that will help you to get information to everyone you care about in case of a weather emergency? Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but in the case of a bad storm, your cell phone service could be at risk. You might consider installing a good old-fashioned landline, just in case. If you or a family member gets stuck at work or out doing errands, others will worry, so keeping those lines of communication open can keep everyone safe and worry-free.
The SERVPRO team of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike is here to help in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues. You can give us a call today at (216) 464-4498; we’re here to help!
Four Tips to Keep Mold Out of Your Business
The very idea of mold can make any home or business owner cringe. Mold can be a huge problem when it is growing undetected somewhere on your property or belongings. It can grow just about anywhere: on clothing, food, paper, carpet, and the backside of drywall, just to name a few spots. It can produce allergens and irritants and, in some cases, toxins that are dangerous to your health.
Click on the following link to learn more about mold and allergies: https://acaai.org/allergies/types/mold-allergy
Here are four steps you can take to protect your business and employees from a mold issue:
- Do an audit of your property. Are there any areas that are full of moisture much of the time? Seepage into storage areas or accumulation from leaky pipes should be dried within 48 hours to prevent mold damage. Encourage workers to keep wet items picked up, hanging wet coats up, and keeping rain boots and wet shoes in an area that won’t soak up moisture. Take steps to keep floors and windows dry always, and especially during wet weather.
- Proper ventilation is an effective way to keep mold at bay. Keeping bathroom and kitchen doors open can help, increasing air circulation and aiding in the drying process. Using dehumidifiers keeps areas dry and pleasant, and always keep an eye on them to make sure they are in good repair and not contributing any moisture themselves; the manufacturer’s information provided will give directions on cleaning and care of your unit.
- Many products today contain mold-resistant materials, such as sheetrock or paint. Shop around for helpful products when doing any renovation or repair to your business, especially in areas that will experience moisture such as kitchens, break rooms, and bathrooms.
- Monitoring the humidity indoors in your business can go a long way to mold prevention. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity ideally between 30 and 50 percent; you can measure this with a moisture meter easily found at your local hardware store. (source: https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/care-your-air-guide-indoor-air-quality )
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FEMA and Mitigation
Here is what FEMA says about mitigation (The following was portion copied directly from: https://www.fema.gov/what-mitigation )
“Effective mitigation requires that we all understand local risks, address the hard choices, and invest in long-term community well-being. Without mitigation actions, we jeopardize our safety, financial security and self-reliance.
- Disasters can happen at anytime and anyplace; their human and financial consequences are hard to predict.
- The number of disasters each year is increasing but only 50% of events trigger Federal assistance.
- FEMA's mitigation programs help reduce the impact of events—and our dependence on taxpayers and the Treasury for disaster relief.
FEMA's Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) manages the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and implements a variety of programs authorized by Congress to reduce losses that may result from natural disasters. Effective mitigation efforts can break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. FEMA's mitigation and insurance efforts are organized into three primary activities that help states, tribes, territories and localities achieve the highest level of mitigation: Risk Analysis, Risk Reduction, and Risk Insurance. Through these activities and FEMA's day-to-day work across the country, communities are able to make better mitigation decisions before, during, and after disasters.”
Read more by clicking the link provided above.
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Spring 2018 Arrives and So Do Thunderstorms
Spring season has arrived in Northeast Ohio. There are many terms issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) you will here on the radio or TV. News Net 5 posted on their website a guide that defines these terms. We listed a few below, but recommend you click on the link to continue reading more of the information they provided: http://www.newsnet5.com/weather/weather-news/severe-weather-guide-be-storm-ready-with-the-power-of-5-weather-team
“SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH - Severe weather has the potential to occur. You should *watch out* for bad weather to happen. Watches are typically issued before any thunderstorms develop, and are issued for a longer period of time (6-8 hours on average).
While a Watch does not mean bad weather will happen for sure, it means the conditions could rapidly change and the atmosphere is primed for severe weather. This could mean things like hail, straight-line wind gusts and even flooding.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING - This is your call to action, to do something. Severe weather has been spotted or about to happen and it could impact you. Warnings cover a smaller geographic area and are usually only issued for small chunks of time (on average, 20-30 minutes).”
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Some Prevention Tips For Burst Pipes While On Vacation
Prevent Burst Pipes
Broken pipes can be difficult to fix, and the damage can be costly. It’s best to keep this issue from ever happening. If you’re traveling out of town for an extended period of time, specifically during the winter, there are several steps you can take to prevent your home from being flooded:
• Don’t turn down the heat too far. If you keep the heat on, even if you turn it lower than if you were home, it can keep your pipes warm enough to prevent them from freezing.
• Keep the water running. You don’t have to run the water on full. If you allow the faucet to drip, this helps relieve the pressure in your water system, possibly eliminating water pipe repair.
• Wrap the pipes. If you wrap pipes, especially those that are exposed, with towels or blankets, it provides extra insulation against the elements.
Keep an Eye on Your Home From a Distance
If you’re going to be gone for several days, especially during the coldest parts of winter, it’s not a bad idea to have a neighbor, family member or friend stop by the house once in a while. This can be just a quick peek inside to verify there is no flooding or a broken pipe, or checking the thermostat to make sure plenty of warm air is circulating in your empty home.
You can also use video cameras that you can view from your phone or computer to check on your home. This won’t prevent a pipe from bursting, but it can allow you to at least get a professional there to do a water pipe repair sooner and prevent further damage. Call us right away!
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Are Some Home Improvements Illegal?
Did you know that some DIY projects could put you behind bars? “Just because you can do it yourself doesn’t mean you should. Some jobs call for a licensed professional, especially jobs that involve plumbing, electric, and HVAC installations and repairs. Improperly performed home improvements may cause injury, void warranties, compromise insurance claims, and complicate resales”
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Check with your local city and county to make sure you are also following proper protocol for them as well. Educate yourself before you begin.
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