When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:
* Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
* Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
* Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants and have the potential to cause other health effects.
* Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
*Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and the odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
* Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
What Is Black Mold?
Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called "black mold" or "toxic mold". Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution - stay out of the affected areas and don't touch or disturb the mold.
How Do I Tell If It's Black Mold?
Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualifies mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact our franchise immediately and we will make it "Like it never even happened."
Mold Removal vs. Remediation
Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.
A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. Our franchise has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.
Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.
Step 1: Contact SERVPRO of Joliet
Step 2: inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
Step 3: Mold Containment
Step 4: Air Filtration
Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold Infested Materials
Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Step 7: Restoration
November - when cooler temperatures arrive, and the leaves change, and family-oriented get-togethers, like Thanksgiving, begin the holiday season. While you are busy whipping up delicious dishes in the kitchen, it is also important to take time to remember safety.
Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home-fire-related injuries in the United States. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports "Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48%) of all reported home fires...and tied with heating equipment for the second cause of home fire deaths."
SERVPRO of Joliet wants you, your family, and your property to stay safe. If you do experience a fire or water damage during the holidays, or any time of the year, we can make it "Like it never even happened."
Five Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey
A deep-fried turkey: delicious, but worth it? If you've seen any of the numerous videos of turkey fryer explosions and fires online, you may have asked yourself this question before. Running the risk of bodily injury or property damage is something to consider when menu plannning this holiday season.
* Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
* An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.
* Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
* Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
* The sides of the cooking pit, lid, and pot handles can get dangerously hot.
Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is potential for suffering flood damage.
Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, doesn't mean you won't in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cast $3 billion in annual losses in the United States.
According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather-relate disaster.
Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. Remember, when fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO of Joliet will help you take it back.
When Floodwaters Rise
If your home or business has been damaged by a severe flood, it is natural to want to get back to your property to begin the cleanup process. However, the first rule is safety. The FEMA website warns us to be aware of roads or bridges possibly weakened or damaged by the flood. Flood waters are often considered "black water," meaning they may contain contaminates such as oil, gasoline, raw sewage and more - all of which may be harmful upon contact.
Electric lines are often down following a severe flood, and this can be a severe hazard. FEMA cautions us to stay away from any downed power lines and return home only when authorities tell us it is safe.
If flood strikes your home or business, call SERVPRO of Joliet and we will make it "Like it never even happened."
A Business Plan
An emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses; however, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing such a plan.
Organize an Emergency Preparedness review with your employees to review your company's emergency plans. You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.
Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and well lit.
Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed.
There are a variety of events that can cause water damage in your home. From a sump pump failure during a rain storm, a pipe break, appliance malfunction, to a toilet overflow. And that's just a few! We wanted to share some important tips and things to do and don't do in case of a water damage emergency. (These tips are for clean water situations only.)
*Shut off the water source if possibe and can be done safely
*Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
*Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying
*Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs
*Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature
*Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting
*Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water
*Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water
*Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting
The Emergency Ready Profile Advantage
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." - Colin Powell
The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it now. The best way to plan for a disaster is with a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile.
Some advantages of the SERVPRO Ready Profile:
- A no cost assessment of your facility.
- A concise profile document and app that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
- Establishes your local SERVPRO Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
For more details about the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile, refer to the prior blog post titled Emergency Ready Plan-Are you ready?
Call us today to get started on your business's Emergency Ready Plan!