How to Remove Mold From Your Home
Your home should- and can- look this good.
Knowing the facts about mold is helpful household information. However, many of the details and truths about mold can get lost in the process. This is the case especially when it comes to the fact that we can search any process online through all of the blogs that exist. A number of unaccredited, sourceless websites can post processes without actual facts about things like, for example, how to remove mold from the home. For instance, some people believe bleach can kill mold. That’s not true. While it can possibly temporarily remove the mold, the spores from the initial mold will grow back within a couple of weeks of spraying the bleach. Similarly, people may consider simply painting over the mold. The truth is that mold cannot be painted over. Even if it could be, that would pose a long term threat to the safety of the home because the mold would still impact the air quality. The truth is that mold can only be properly removed with equipment by professionals. There isn’t an article online that can teach the ways of mold removal in the safest possible way. Most of the life hacks centered around mold removal do not acknowledge that mold spores can exist unseen even after we remove the mold. Mold spores can wait for the proper environment and begin the fruition process as soon as those environmental needs are met. Therefore, only professionals can create a genuinely safe removal process of mold.
If you find mold in your home, call your local SERVPRO of Beavercreek at (937) 228-3433. SERVPRO of Beavercreek is an affordable option for mold remediation. They’ll assess the damage and walk you through the process required in order to make your home “like it never even happened.”
Creating a Fire Escape Plan For Your Family
Preparation can save your family and your home.
It is vital for every family to have a plan together in the event of a household fire. This plan can be memorized or printed and posted somewhere in the home that is easy to find. Having a plan ready can lessen the consequences of a fire by having everyone respond out of habit to the possible danger. If your family doesn’t already have a plan ready for a possible fire emergency, here are some tips for creating one.
Firstly, it matters where your smoke detector is located. If the smoke detector is in the hallway, make sure people sleep with the doors open in order to hear it should it go off. If it’s inside a room, it would be okay for that door to be closed since they’ll be able to hear it go off. Make sure there isn’t anything in the way of blocking the alarm sounds. Create a predetermined meeting place for the family. The best possible places for this to occur would be farther from the home. Making the meeting location too close to the home can be dangerous, depending on how the fire spreads. A good meeting place could be a neighbor’s house or an easily identifiable landmark across the street from the home. These preliminary assessments can ensure that everyone is prepared, especially considering the fire may happen during the night and waking up to a fire can be a confusing experience.
If fire damage does occur to your home, call your local SERVPRO of Beavercreek at (937) 228-3433. SERVPRO of Beavercreek can remove smoke damage and restore your home to before the fire happened. Fires are serious events, but with the right planning and the right fire damage professionals, your life can go back to normal soon after a fire occurs.
The Professional Training of SERVPRO Employees
Professionalism and extensive knowledge are highly valued in the restoration industry.
There are plenty of restoration companies across the country, corporate and local alike. The most well known restoration company is SERVPRO, due to the fact that, firstly, they’re a franchise capable of being owned by anyone, and secondly, they have an extensive training program for their employees. This training program is the core of their professionalism, by ensuring that employees show up to the site of any restoration location with the know-how to make it “Like it never even happened,” as their slogan ensures. The training program covers specific topics, including all types of restoration, such as fire, water, carpet and upholstery, and mold. There are further training courses for active employees who want to further their knowledge of the restoration field. The importance of SERVPRO’s training program is that any employee can engage in a number of beneficial classes and continue to train beyond the requirement if they chose to. By having a training program in place, SERVPRO can hire anyone dedicated to the work and teach them how to get the job done to SERVPRO’s standards. SERVPRO has been commended for this training program in the past and it’s obvious why.
In comparison to other restoration companies, SERVPRO has the professional credentials for each of their employees due to the training program they’ve put in place. You can be assured, when hiring them, that the SERVPRO employees showing up to your home or building has gone through several hours of training to be able to do the work they’ve come to do for you. That is just one of the great differences between SERVPRO and other restoration companies.
If you’re in need of a restoration professional, hire your local SERVPRO of Beavercreek at (937) 228-3433. SERVPRO of Beavercreek has employees who have gone through the well known training program of SERVPRO and can offer you the most professional restoration services.
Causes of Commercial Water Damage to Watch Out For
Keep your building safe and your tenants happy.
There are a lot of things to consider when maintaining a commercial property. Of course, safety is managed by laws and requirements that every commercial property must maintain, however unexpected damage is still possible. One case of unexpected commercial property damage is water damage. Commercial water damage can not only be a safety threat, but be incredibly costly to repair. So here are some possible causes of commercial water damage to watch out for.
Windows with cracks or weak construction can allow leaks from weather to invade the interior of the building. Make sure windows are strong and up to date. The foundation of the building is an easy place for water damage to occur since it’s low to the ground where water runoff or storm build up can accumulate. Ensure regular check ups of the integrity of the foundation, including cracks and leaky pipes. Sprinkler systems are required in buildings for safety reasons, but nonfunctional sprinkler systems can pose a threat by unexpectedly turning on and soaking rooms. Like the other causes, make sure someone is constantly assuring the quality of the sprinkler system. The answer to all of these possible causes is to invest in a person or team who can ensure the maintenance of the commercial property.
If you own or maintain a commercial property that has experienced water damage, no matter how much, call your local SERVPRO of East Dayton at (937) 228-3433. SERVPRO of East Dayton has dealt with commercial water damage before and knows exactly how to fix and restore your commercial property to make it “Like it never even happened.”
How Common is Mold
We may not be able to see all of the possible mold growth, but that isn't something that should immediately cause stress.
A common belief is that a truly clean building has absolutely no mold in it. The reason why this is more of a myth than a fact is because it would be a waste of time to attempt to completely rid the building of mold. While mold can pose a threat to the safety of a home, office, store, or any other building, mold is still a part of the environment. It will always go naturally outside a building and it will always try and grow within a building, being that it only needs certain requirements to grow. Requirements like dampness and a certain temperature. Since these conditions can happen anywhere, of course mold will attempt to grow indoors just as easily as outdoors. It isn’t the end of the world, nor is it even noticeable, to have a few stray mold spores floating around. How do you know when mold is posing a threat? You can tell mold is posing a threat to your safety when it grows enough to take over a certain area of the building’s infrastructure. Mold like this won’t grow without a moist environment, so if you do find mass amounts of mold growth then something is probably wrong and you should hire a restoration company to analyze the environment. SERVPRO of East Dayton will come to your home, scan the air for moisture, measure the size of the room, and give you a complete analysis of the damage done. Once this initial procedure is over, they’ll send a team of highly trained restoration professionals to use their intensive cleaning equipment. This equipment will dry out the area of impact, creating an unsuitable environment for further mold growth. In addition, they will remove the affected area in order to stop any possible effects of the mold. Mold often seems like a scary, mysterious danger that could happen when you least expect it. But so long as you stay aware of the possible causes of water damage and mold growth in a building, you can avoid your family, coworkers, or employees from experiencing the hazardous effects of mold growth. If you’re ever in need of fast, professional mold remediation, then hire your local SERVPRO of East Dayton. If it’s an emergency, and better safe than sorry, call now: (937) 228-3433.
How Dangerous Are Christmas Decorations?
Candles are beautiful and warm, but can post a threat to our safety this holiday season.
Happy holidays! As the excitement and anticipation of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas increases, many families bring out decorations to celebrate. December is the time of year where you can have a great time driving around neighborhoods, seeing all the lights and inflatable characters and decorated trees at each house. But before we get quick to celebration, it’s important to check that all of our holiday decorations are safe, especially after spending an entire year sitting in our storage, waiting to be used again. Here’s what you can do to ensure safety is a priority during the holidays, to keep the season as magical as it is.
- Not all holiday lights are interchangable.
While we do use very similar looking lights on both the exterior and interior of our homes, they’re not safe to use interchangeably. Lights made for decorating the Christmas tree are not prepared for the outdoors. When lights are designed to cover the outside of the house, they’re made to stand strong and safe against weather like snow and wind. When lights meant for the indoors are used outside, they can be damaged by the weather and pose threats as serious as fires. When buying lights, make sure to read the directions on the box, ensuring that you are not posing a fire threat to your home. And when packing up after the holidays end, try and return all the lights to their original boxes so they can’t be confused next year.
- Check your extension cords are read for wear and tear of the outdoors.
Why wouldn’t you want all the trees in your yard to glow bright and amaze your neighbors? For that, you’ll need an extension cord. When you use one, make sure that it is safe, by checking for wear and tear. In addition, don’t overload your extension cord by attaching all your yard’s lights to one single cord. Like the lights, these cords usually come with instructions that can explain the best way of using them in order to avoid possible fires.
- If your tree is real, don’t forget to water it.
It can be easy to forget to water a tree since we only need to during the holidays, but it’s a vital part of avoiding fire hazard. See, fire burns far easier on dry, dying pines than it would on a well-watered one. The safest thing you can do is have your lights be hung on a healthy tree.
- Candles are beautiful, but keep them away from decorations.
The smell of holiday scented candles adds to the magic of the home during the holidays, however that open flame should be intentionally placed. Never place your candles around the tree, lights, or fabric and paper decorations. Try to have constant locations for placing your candles, where you know no hazard exists and where the open flame can be monitored.
In any case, we at SERVPRO of East Dayton / Beavercreek hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful and safe holiday season. If you do have an accident this holiday season, make sure to call us at (937) 228-3433. We’ll do everything we can to ensure that your holidays are as magical as they can be by restoring your home as quickly as possible.
The Dangers in Your Home You Don't Know About
Your place of serenity could cause you a lot more stress than you might imagine.
Nancy Nord, the commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, once said, “The home is where people feel comfortable and secure, but constant awareness is the key to keeping families safe.” She phrased perfectly the balance of owning a home. Of course it’s where you feel safest, and yet it can pose unpredictable threats to you and your family’s safety. What kind of threats are most common though? Well, as professionals in restoration and experts on damage sourced from fire, water, storm, and mold, SERVPRO knows a lot about these potential hazards. We’re here to share what we’ve learned with you, to keep your home as safe as you dream it can be.
Each year, on average, 20 million visits to the hospital across the United States are due to accidents involving the home. From a fall to a fire, a burn to a break, there are a number of sources of danger we need to be more conscious of. In our time in the restoration field, we have seen it all. Danger can be as obvious as an unmaintained basement, with exposed pipes and electrical circuits that threaten children. It can also be as silent as mold, growing from a water leak in the walls, polluting our home’s air. While there are regulations to make sure our homes are as up-to-date as possible, what can you do if you don’t even know the issue is there?
Here’s a story from one of SERVPRO’s recent jobs on mold remediation, since it appears to us that mold can be one of the trickiest dangers to avoid.
A busy family, with the size and chaos of the Brady bunch, had no idea that black mold was growing in the wall of their home’s foyer. The reason why they had no idea something so dangerous was happening in their own home was because of the way it had started. See, the bathroom above the foyer didn’t indicate any damage inside it, leaving them to believe everything was normal. However, there was a crack in the foundation of the bathtub. That meant every time someone took a shower or bath, a subtle amount of water was dripping into the foundation, until eventually the drywall had become soggy enough for mold to move in. Drywall is one of the most common places for mold to grow, due to its high quantity of cellulose, which creates a great living environment for mold.
By the time we were called, the black mold was visible. The family was nervous when we arrived because they had no idea how the mold had happened. When mold grows, we tend to believe its due to a lack of cleanliness or, at least, a lack of awareness. But it’s perfectly normal to have situations where water damage can be so subtle we only find out about it when the damage is severe. We had to remove the drywall, because once mold grows in drywall it cannot be repaired. We were also able to repair the break in the bathtub and use our dehumidifiers to clear remaining moisture out of the air.
Sometimes things are out of our control, even in our safest place to be. That’s why SERVPRO of East Dayton / Beavercreek spreads what we know about possible dangers in the home, to protect you and your family. If you’re ever in need of restoration for water, fire, mold, or storm damage, give us a call. Let’s keep your house safe.
How a Snow Day Could Affect Your Home
Snow is one of those aspects of life that is both beautiful and sometimes dangerous.
It’s pretty delightful watching our kids wander to the window and stare in awe at the snow falling outside. Especially when it sticks to the pavement, giving them the opportunity to build snowmen together or have a snowball fight. In general we perceive snowy days at nice, peaceful days. However there’s a few other things to consider as the snow falls and our homes are decorated in white. Before the first snowfall hits your area, avoid water damage danger by doing the following:
- clean out your gutters before the winter, making sure that snow can travel clearly through them when it melts.
- inspect your home’s foundation for cracks, where melting snow can sink into the home rather than the ground.
- add caulk around basement windows for proper protection.
- stock up on snow salt before winter hits, so that you’re ready for any sudden announcements of snow coming.
- make sure your tools, such as shovels or snow blowers, are ready for the upcoming season.
Why are these things so important? Well, while your home is susceptible to water damage all year long, snow poses a particularly scary threat. Since snow is the solid version of water, it can layer onto itself on top of and around the home. That means that when it is able to melt, a streamlike flow of water is bound to follow. This excess of water can seep into several parts of the home, from the roof to the foundation to the sides, and cost you and your family money that should otherwise be spent on the holidays. So make sure your home is safe from water damage. Should any water damage happen to you this upcoming snowy, winter season, call your affordable and speedy local SERVPRO of East Dayton / Beavercreek to make sure that come the holidays, you’ll be ready to host your family and spread the cheer!
The Chemistry Behind Fire
One little match carries enough potential ignition power to light a whole forest on fire.
In order to understand fire damage we should understand the process of fire itself. Fire occurring is due to the oxidation of something during the exothermic chemical process. Essentially, that means that when oxygen fuels combustion, heat and light are produced, which is what you see and feel as a result. While most of us aren’t chemists and haven’t been in a chemistry class in years, we can recall on some knowledge of elements and compounds to understand fire better. The flame itself occurs during the ignition point, which is a part of the combustion reaction. The flame, however, is only the visible part of the fire itself. The flames are a combination of not only oxygen, but also nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor. A variety of temperatures and colors of the flames are produced dependent on the circumstances. Different materials can burn hotter, and some can create flames that may be blue in color.
Fire is a hazard to life, once the reaction creates spreadable flames. Of course, we understand that it burns and spreads, however there are other dangerous aspects of fire itself. For one, it can create pollution because certain things, when burned, can put chemicals into the air. Plastic, for example, isn’t something that can be burned safely. Forest fires can threaten the nutrition in the soil, which can prevent a forest from growing back easily. Fires cause permanent damage.
Though fires are helpful, used to benefit the growth of society since the beginning of time, there are a lot of boundaries between it being helpful and destructive. For light and warmth we use it in many ways, but the moment we lose control of it, it threatens the well-being of our homes and belongings and lives.
Fire damage is important to take seriously, since the lingering effects of fire can harm our bodies, homes, and material possessions. In case of fire damage, immediately contact a restoration company such as SERVPRO of South Dayton to limit damaging after effects of the chemical process that we just learned about.
The Origins of SERVPRO
Pride in the family values of SERVPRO keeps us growing.
Did you know that SERVPRO actually started as a painting company, that then offered restoration services in addition? Ten years after opening in 1967, the company purchased Bristol-Meyers Domesticare Division, which added 175 franchises to the young company. Eleven years after that purchase, in 1988, SERVPRO moved to Tennessee to be more accessible to the general population, being in a more central location of the country. The painting company that was founded in 1967 grew into a restoration giant that sold its 1,000th franchise in 2000, only 33 years after it was first founded. That immense growth as a business is a key detail in understanding why SERVPRO is the best there is in the restoration industry. Rick Isaacson, the executive vice president of SERVPRO Industries, Inc, said it best himself, “The SERVPRO franchise system is built around solid core values. As long as we provide superior service and focus on saving our clients money, we will continue to earn their business.” See, a business model centered around helping the clients get the best resources they can earns the money in the most honest way. These values are derived from the foundation of the business. A corporation that retains family business values can attain equal parts quality and quantity. Understanding a company’s values can really help us decide who to choose. We want the resources of a large scale company, of course, but also the customer relations and individuality of a local company. That’s why a company like SERVPRO has the best of both worlds. That’s why a company like SERVPRO is trusted nationally, so you know you can trust them too.