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5 Ways To Prevent Shower Black Mold in Dayton Apartments
SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek offers both commercial and residential mold inspections
Shower Black Mold
Property managers in Dayton Ohio know how scary it is when they find out that there is a mold problem in their complex. We want our local property managers to be prepared on who to call when mold is found in their building. We also like to educate our Dayton locals to know how to prevent black mold from growing in their shower.
Ohio Mold Remediation
Ohio isn't known to have a severe mold issue, but it is still prevalent. Most mold issues in the homes that we respond to are from when a homeowner has water damage that had not been appropriately mitigated. Mold is relevant in places that have a humid climate. The reason that mold likes a humid environment is due to the fact that mold reproduces when there's moisture in the air.
Five steps to prevent black mold in a shower
- Good ventilation. Many people like to take really hot showers that produce a lot of steam. To avoid mold growth while taking a shower, it is best practice to open a bathroom window. Another suitable method to prevent moisture in the air is to leave a shower exhaust fan on while showering and 30 minutes afterward. Lastly, and if only possible, we suggest leaving the bathroom door open to allow better circulation throughout the bathroom.
- Remove hair in the shower drain. Cellulose materials like soap scum, body hairs, and oils can be a breeding ground for black mold. We believe that it is best practice to keep your drains open and clear so that mold can not feed. Having clear pipes also prevents future water damages. There are many chemicals in the market that keep the drain clean. We suggest cleaning out a shower drain once a week if the solution that you use allows.
- Invest in an antimicrobial. An antimicrobial is an agent that kills and stops the growth of microorganisms. We suggest that you spray down your shower once a week to kill any new mold spores trying to grow.
- Deep clean once every two weeks. At a bare minimum, your shower needs to be clean every two weeks. If time prevails, we suggest that you do it weekly. Please don't forget that a shower deep clean includes whipping down the shampoo bottles.
- Avoid unnecessary materials. We have come into many homes that use a shower mat to avoid slipping. SERVPRO cares about the safety and health of our customers. We suggest that if a customer can remove any mat from their bathroom shower; it will help from mold growing underneath the mat. Bathroom mats are a mold magnet.
Call SERVPRO East Dayton/Beavercreek if the above prevention tips do not work. We want our Dayton residents to be free of mold growth throughout their home. Mold spores can grow anywhere and can navigate in the air affecting other surfaces and parts of the house. We are available 24/7 and have trained technicians that are willing to help.
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The Importance of Promptly Seeking Water Removal Services For Your Dayton Restaurant
Call us at (937) 228-3433 for any water restoration emergencies.
SERVPRO Moves Quickly to Mitigate Damages Caused by Water and Moisture
Your Dayton restaurant might be a well-established facility for all of the readers and researchers in your area, but that same foot traffic is what pays the bills and keeps your business in the black. When disaster strikes your building and leaves high volumes of water on the floors throughout your business, professional restoration is one of the best solutions to get your doors open again to that critical customer base more expediently.
When your Dayton Restaurant requires water removal services along with restoration efforts, there is typically quite a lot on the line to getting the issue resolved promptly. No matter which area of your shop takes the brunt of the water damage, there are constant considerations you have to concern yourself with as the owner. The amount of time that your shop has to remain closed for restoration, damage to your books and other stock, time off for employees that count on a paycheck, and also the threat of costly substantial structural damages, all matter.
When our SERVPRO technicians reach your storefront, it is critical for our team to look at the full scope of the damage, as we prepare for the extraction. Removing the water from the area is often a task for a combination of our equipment. With higher volumes of water to extract, the most efficient means of pulling the bulk out of the affected area is through one of the pump trucks in our fleet. Spot extractions follow suit after this, using both portable pumps and wet-vacs for small and inaccessible places.
Drying the area completely is a critical component of our restoration process. Our SERVPRO professionals utilize several different tools for this step as well, based on the severity and size of the dampened areas. For inaccessible areas that commonly remain damp following flooding or excessive water damage, our technicians utilize equipment like our Injectidry system to get inside of walls and dry them out entirely. Moisture reduction is crucial to prevent books from absorbing dampness or degradation.
When your restaurant falls victim to a water emergency, time is often of the essence. Contact SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek. Our experienced IICRC trained technicians are available 24/7 for any restoration need you might have. Call us today at (937) 228-3433.
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The Characteristics of Commercial Water Damage
Commercial Water damage can occur in the blink of an eye from a wide variety of sources.
No matter the source, our expert technicians here at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek can identify the source and type of water damage that has occurred and promptly work to resolve the issue to restore your business to its normal state and give you peace of mind as soon as possible.
If you are in the unfortunate position that your business has suffered any extent of water damage, you must give us a call immediately. At SERVPRO, our highly trained professionals are ready to respond to the situation immediately to remove the water as quickly as possible. Whether coming from a burst pipe or flood moves extremely quickly and can damage an entire building’s contents if not dealt with right away. Chemicals and other contaminants in water can leave surfaces permanently tarnished or stained and can also open up the opportunity for mold and bacteria growth.
The long term effects of commercial water damage include the increased risk of allergens in the area, mold and bacteria growth, as well as an unpleasant odor. Standing water in any location left unattended can also create issues within your property by warping floors, splitting frames, and leading to structural failure. Let the experts here at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek ensure your business is properly inspected, repaired, and restored to prevent extensive damage. If you’re able to identify water damage quickly, our IICRC trained professionals will be on the scene within the first few hours. Our quick response will help greatly reduce the cost, the time needed, and the extent of work required to repair and restore your business.
There may be times when water damage may not be apparent as the source may not be visible until it’s too late. Even the smallest leak can turn into a huge problem if left unattended and unnoticed for long enough.
When dealing with any water damage, we ensure all areas are properly dried. We use a variety of equipment depending on the scope of the water damage from air movers to dehumidifiers to force dry any affected areas so that they may be properly cleaned and repaired and to minimize further damage. When you give our water damage professionals here at SERVPRO a call, we will first identify and stop the source of water on the scene, determine the level of damage and contamination, and begin the drying and repair process. By quickly removing all moisture from the premises, the chance for mold and bacteria growth is greatly limited as well as the potential for any further damage by standing water to be caused.
If you are in the unfortunate position of having water damage in your home or business, give our experts at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek a call at (937) 228-3433, and we will make it our top priority to restore your property as quickly as possible - because we’re faster to any size disaster.
Commercial Water Removal In Beavercreek, Ohio
The best rental equipment cannot match the commercial-grade machines we bring to each water damage job.
Commercial Water Removal
The weather in Beavercreek is OK now, but as most business owners know, most of their flooding and other water issues come from broken toilets or split water line. No matter the setting, all water damages should be handled by a professional service.
We have seen that there is a tendency to cut corners when it comes to commercial water removal in Beavercreek. Many business owners have no problem spending money on a licensed plumber and then will rent a shampoo machine and a water-vac from the nearest big box store to clean up the mess. At SERVPRO of East Dayton, we know that this is never a good idea.
The best rental equipment cannot match the commercial-grade machines we bring to each water damage job. We have qualified IICRC personnel trained to maintain our equipment on-site and have it ready every time it's needed.
Take carpets as an example. A water-vac removes most of the water, and they may even feel dry to the touch, but there is always some moisture trapped inside. To thoroughly remove the water and dry them, SERVPRO technicians use pumps, water extraction wands, air movers, and dehumidifiers.
If the water is over two inches, we start with the pumps. Even in an ample space with multiple offices, our pumps can finish the job in just a few hours. If it is under two inches, we begin with the extraction wands. Unlike a water-vac, we have multiple settings to adjust the speed and force used. Most of the wands also have a built-in heating element, so we can start to dry the carpets as we finish removing the water trapped inside.
Once we finish with the wands, there is still a small amount of moisture trapped between the carpet layers. Most commercial carpets are glued down, so we use air movers to send dry air over the surface. Proper training is essential so that the glue does not cause the carpet to form bubbles.
Each type of business and building has its special requirements to remove water and reopen the doors to customers. If you need us, call SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek.
Hidden Mold Damage to Structural Components and Interior Contents of Commercial Buildings in Dayton
"Once mold damage is detected in a Dayton commercial building, remediation should quickly take place to repair the situation".
As a darkness-loving microorganism, mold can easily be missed by the human eyes. Their ability to quickly gain a strong foothold allows microbes enough time to cause damage inside a Dayton building. The affected areas can sometimes be hidden until the furniture is rearranged or when a renovation takes place.
Once mold damage is detected in a Dayton, Ohio commercial building, remediation should quickly take place to repair the situation. It's important to begin restoration as soon as possible to help prevent several different problems from occurring or escalating. Keeping mold and spores contained through the use of temporary barrier walls, double-bagging, and quick disposal keeps the spores from spreading throughout the unaffected areas.
When a project involves areas damaged by microbial activity, many contractors refuse to continue until after an expert remediation team removes the moldy materials. Too much exposure to mold can quickly infest new materials. The best practices are to remove any ruined contents to protect the investment.
Rearranging furniture, even within a room, can reveal mold growing on walls behind furniture. Mold can be found under large pieces of furniture and also around window frames. Many mold spores can easily collect underneath a bed or couch, while window frames collect spores from the air outside as it moves through tiny cracks.
Call SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek for all of your commercial mold remediation needs. We are here to help.
Dayton Commercial Mold Damage Needs Remediation
Remediation is an extensive and complicated process.
Dayton Commercial Mold Damage Needs Remediation
Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Cleanup at Your Dayton Property
Most fire and water damage are easy to see and straightforward to clean. An untrained individual can remove burned siding or waterlogged sheetrock, although we do not recommend this. What is much harder to find, clean, and remove is mold.
To stop and remediate the effects of mold damage in Dayton, SERVPRO uses the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) Mold Remediation Standard. This is a five-step process that protects occupants and workers, cleans and removes mold, then eliminates the environmental factors that led to the initial infestation.
First, we reduce exposure. Homes with extensive mold growth can cause a limited number of health effects once the growth is disturbed by cleaning and removal procedures. Technicians isolate the affected areas from casual foot traffic by occupants in untouched areas and use the latest in industry-standard equipment to protect themselves.
Second, we document every action. Our remediation team records the initial inspection to include mold growth size, which rooms, hallways, or work areas where it was found, and air content test results of mold spore and moisture levels. These are baselines we use to make sure surfaces are cleaned, and air quality has returned to normal after technicians complete their work.
Third, we control contamination at the source. After the area is isolated, we keep it from spreading as the cleaning procedures get underway. One of our best practices uses negative air machines at the point of drywall and other demolition. These devices draw out dust and particulates from the air; when combined with a HEPA filter, they pull out mold even down to the size of a single spore.
Fourth, we remove the contamination. The particles removed by negative air machines are typically blown outside of your home, but can also be captured and removed to another location. Any debris that has settled onto a surface is then wiped down using a dry cloth. Thicker amounts of contamination require a cleaning agent and a wet cloth. In some cases, a vacuum with a HEPA filter may be used for larger quantities.
Fifth, we reduce the humidity level. As the current infestation is remediated, SERVPRO technicians set up dehumidifiers to lower the moisture content to normal levels, preferably below 60%.
Once technicians have completed work, we test the areas to make certain everything is back to safe levels and then hand you the keys back to your home. Remediation can be an extensive and complicated process, but SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek is here to help you through it. Call us today at (937) 228-3433.
Can Water Damage in Your Apartment Affect Your Neighbors?
The benefit may be the same as the drawback for apartments: in a confined place, you're tied to your neighbors.
Apartments are convenient for many reasons, like cost, location, and in-building facilities. One factor that can be a benefit or a drawback is the relationship between neighbors of an apartment building. One apartment’s water damage can easily become water damage for surrounding neighbors. If you’ve experienced water damage of any kind in your apartment, for example:
- A burst pipe
- Overflowed toilet
- Cracks in bath causing flooding
- Large spills
- Dysfunctional appliances
It is very possible that the water damage in your apartment could reach the apartment below or beside you. Being that water is heavy in large quantities, can break through material when built up, and flows through all kinds of materials laterally, then it’s more than likely that the damage might reach another neighbor. Don’t feel bad, it’s a very common issue and the physical properties of water cause it to spread easily through floors. So, what do you do?
- Contact Your Property Manager
- Recommend SERVPRO as Your Water Restoration Specialist
- Alert Neighbors to Check for Water Damage
The property manager will repair the damage for both you and your neighbor. When SERVPRO arrives at the scene they’ll finish the rest of the restoration process, which is a five step process.
- Contact (This is what you and your property manager did in calling SERVPRO)
- Assessment (SERVPRO reviews the damage and creates a plan)
- Drying (Using their equipment, the drying process begins)
- Salvage (Any water damaged material that isn’t ruined is now restored)
- Restoration (Ensuring the quality of every damaged material)
The First Thing to Do When Your Property is Damaged
Each commercial property comes with its own set of variables when restoring damage.
When damage occurs in a commercial property, the capacity for the spread of damage is much higher than in a personal property. From surface area to multiple floors, there’s far more to consider when repairing a commercial property. The quantity of people using bathrooms, sinks, ovens, and other appliances raises the risk factor of accidental damage taking place. When it does occur, it can create a decent mound of stress for any property manager in charge of maintenance and restoration. Make sure to take the first, important steps:
- Take pictures of everything. You’ll want to remember each part that needs to be fixed and make sure everything is returned to normal.
- Ensure your restoration professional has the right equipment. In order for any restoration professional to cover a large surface area or multiple floors, depending on the structure of your commercial property, they’re going to need a large quantity of equipment and workforce. Equipment includes: Dehumidifiers (for restoring humidity), air movers (for drying quickly), truck mounted vacuums (for drying surface water), and negative air machines (for trapping contaminated air).
- Call the right restoration professional. SERVPRO is a large restoration company, with over 1,700 locations nationwide. They know what the standards are for a professional restoration job, and they have a large quantity of equipment and employees to bring their best effort to the table, regardless of the size of the project.
If you’re a property manager, unsure where to start with a little or big restoration job, call SERVPRO of East Dayton to take the weight off your shoulders. In just one call you can alert SERVPRO of the necessary procedures needed to take care of the damage in a time efficient manner and return operations to normal. While businesses are not immune to any restoration needs, time is the most valuable consideration in commercial restoration projects. Your business will be returned to normal as soon as you call your local SERVPRO.
Does Size of Property Change Restoration Process?
No project intimidates the skills and tools of your local SERVPRO.
The size of a property does not change the restoration process, in terms of the steps needing to be taken. The process can slide on a scale of necessary equipment and workforce, but remains the same. For instance, if you had two floors of completely soaked flooring, one plan might be two individuals running each floor with as many tools as needed in the assessment. While for homeowners, a smaller sized restoration company could get the work done and in a timely manner, considering the smaller surface area of possible damage and the amount of equipment needed, however commercial properties may not be able to use smaller restoration companies. The best bet for a commercial property in need of any type of restoration, whether its fire, water, mold, or storm damage, is a company that has a large supply of equipment at hand. The volume of equipment and workforce that SERVPRO of East Dayton has allows quick response time and quick restore time, because any number of people and tools can be at the location in a prompt time. In the past, SERVPRO has helped restore a number of commercial properties including:
- Office buildings
- Retail stores
- Strip malls
- Apartment buildings
Don’t worry about the size of the damage, the tenements or individuals affected by the restoration process, or anything else that might prohibit smooth running of the business. That will be little to no concern with SERVPRO, who knows efficiency and can create a flexible restoration plan that works around business operations, allowing you to keep running or to be back as quickly as possible.
What Every Property Manger Needs to Know
This is what your team should look like, even in the middle of a restoration project.
The main causes of water damage in a commercial property is appliance leaks and overflowing, plumping breaks and leaks, large spills, and natural disasters infiltrating the structure of the building. This isn’t even including the high population that runs through a building. Customers using the restroom, employees using appliances like a coffee machine or dishwasher, the large quantity of piping needed to cover an entire building. A home bathroom may be used a few times every day, but a building bathroom could be used several hundred times a day, creating a far greater opportunity for damage to occur.
A couple of things to know about water damage in a commercial setting:
- There are three types of water that can be a part of water damage.
- Clean water damage, caused by rain or clean appliance leaks.
- Gray water damage, caused by overflowing appliances or treated water.
- Black water damage, caused by sewage or flooding.
- Identify recurring sources of water damage.
- Follow up with affected individuals after restoration process has been completed.
- Reusing one restoration professional can allow them to understand the needs of the building really well.
When choosing a restoration professional to have continued service with, consider the following:
- Does their amount of equipment and workforce meet the requirement of restoring your specific location’s requirements?
- How efficiently can they restore your location so business can move on as normal?
- How quickly can they pursue the project after receiving details and doing an assessment of the damage?
- How can you get the best price to stay in your business’ budget?
SERVPRO of East Dayton can take care of all those considerations. They are a franchise of a large business, therefore having any needed equipment readily available. They also are local as a result of being independently owned, so they know the area and can give you small business, local prices. They are also a 24/7 hour emergency location. Your needs can be met before you even list them out.
The Future of the Restoration Industry
The restoration industry is profitable and a highly needed service.
Any business that uses a commercial space to conduct itself will come into contact with a restoration company at some point or another. From one business to another, it could be useful to understand the interest behind any company that you do business with. Especially considering that the restoration industry has taken off, there are some interesting things to know about the industry as a whole.
Property restoration is currently a growth industry. This isn’t to say that it’s an easy industry to build a business in, being that it does require professional knowledge of damage and services to fix damage, however it does coincide with hot topics. For instance, as the amount and strength of hurricanes increases due to the warming of the Earth over time, more and more damage has been needed in the South East part of the United States. During especially bad hurricanes, like Katrina of Louisiana, some restoration businesses increased profits by as much as doubling net gain in that year. The best part of the restoration industry is knowing that although large damage provides a high profit margin for restoration companies, this all comes from helping return the communities to the way they were before the storm hit. The restoration industry is not only profitable, but an honest service.
Even smaller projects, like buildings and homes, comes from the service of returning peoples’ lives to the way it was before the damage occurred. In addition, franchise formatted restoration services provide an avenue for which companies can arrive even sooner to the location of need. 24/7 hour emergency would be less possible if it weren’t for the large access to professional equipment and employees.
Water Damage Restoration for Businesses
SERVPRO team works with a Loves Tires to repair water damage done in the garage.
When a Love’s Tire Care location needed water damage restoration taken care of, they needed assistance covering a large surface area that had been affected by the initial water damage. To restore such a large area requires a larger quantity of both equipment and hands to get the job done as quickly as possible. The priority was to make sure the company was back open for business as quickly as possible, despite the size of the project. Though water damage, whether leaks or floods, is a nightmare for any homeowner, it can just as easily be a nightmare for a commercial business. Having to close up shop for any amount of time, losing new potential business and money in general, is an added layer of the nightmare that is repairing water damage, fire damage, or any other number of disasters that can easily come through a business’ location. The benefit of working with a company like SERVPRO of East Dayton is due to the quantity of help a business of its size can administer. In large projects like Loves Tire Care some faults can slip past in the water restoration process, including attention to detail and careful clean up of equipment and returning the site to its’ original space for when business is back on. In order to avoid such time-consuming mistakes when found after the process has been taken care of, order and communication is valuable to the success of large scale projects. SERVPRO, like shown in their work time and time again , knows the scale, detail, and planning required to administer orderly water restoration to such drastic water damage.
Restoring Your Beavercreek Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Flooding and water damage events at Beavercreek commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek
SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.